Hi, I’m Tamsyn Cornelius and I am a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital and print media.
I am a creative at heart.
I love beautiful imagery, interior décor and design, long summer days, DIY and filling blank canvases with colour.
I am a wife and a mom of two (three if you count the dog) and I work from my home in Cape Town… but home is really where my family is, so I have been known to lug a laptop along on family vacations and may often find inspiration in the strangest of places – whether on a bus trip through Istanbul, or in one of the many splendid roadside coffee shops along the pristine coastline of the Western Cape.
I tell stories…
I provide creative content for clients from all around the world as a freelance writer. From marketing material and business profiles to magazine feature writing, lifestyle and parenting blogs, social media management and more… I am your go-to gal for stand-out editorial. I dream, breathe, live beautiful copy and I love being able to translate ideas and life experiences into words. In other words, I tell stories… stories that sell, inspire and have real impact.
You know when you just know…
From the moment I first picked up a pen to copy lettering at the age of 5 or 6, I knew I was going to be a writer. I was born for this.
I found my happy place lost in stories and partook in any creative writing assignment that came my way. With a passion for writing, I then completed a B.A Degree in Media & Writing and English Language and Literature (2006, UCT).
I love freelancing…
Over a decade later and many hours on the grind, I now have the privilege of working for myself and daily interacting with some amazingly talented people and companies. Whether interviewing a South African hero as a cover story for a Christian magazine or inspiring beautiful interior design as the social media editor for one of SA’s leading online design and décor portals… this is my happy space. I specialise in content related to faith, parenting, design, décor, wellness and more and I’m all about empowering others to find their God-given purpose and to make an impact in the world. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective to help grow your brand, do get in touch!
“You may not have my eyes or smile, but from that very first moment, you had my heart.” Say hello to our next #JewelInHisCrown, Verena Read, an entrepreneur mom who lives and works on her family farm in Malmesbury, Western Cape. By Tamsyn Cornelius
As a young Argentinian girl on the cusp of adolescence, the idea of life in South Africa was a foreign concept to Verena, but over three decades ago, she packed up her life in Buenos Aires and trekked across oceans to start a new journey with her family in the Western Cape of South Africa.Read More »
As a work-from-home mom of two very active little people, I am constantly on the lookout for activities and ideas to occupy my two enquiring minds. My 3-year-old son is a confident go-getter and the complete opposite of his 6-year-old sister who is more of an introvert and a gentle, creative soul. Finding something that they both enjoy is quite rare, so when I stumbled upon Busy Bean on Facebook, I knew that we simply had to give them a try.
Instead of plastic toys and figurines that simply end up gathering dust in a toy box somewhere, Busy Bean offers a great range of educational activities for young kids that come in buckets or bags for easy storage.
A few weeks back, my husband surprised me with a little breakaway down the Cape West Coast to a town I had never heard of before. Jacobsbaai is a rural little seaside village situated midway between Saldanha Bay and Vredenburg in the Western Cape of South Africa. It’s only a short drive away from these two popular West Coast towns, and yet, Jacobsbaai feels remote enough so that you feel completely removed from civilisation.
“There’s grace in the journey and joy in the waiting.”
Born in Ibadan Nigeria but raised in South Africa, Toyin Oladiran always had great expectations for her life and worked hard to pursue a career as a qualified lawyer. When she married her best friend, Fiyinfolu, she was almost certain that motherhood would come easily at the right time. But things don’t always work out the way we plan and sometimes we need to experience peace in the season of waiting. This is her journey as a #JewelInHisCrown. By Tamsyn Cornelius
Road trips make for unforgettable adventure holidays with my crazy family. We usually pack up everything the night before and hit the long road before dawn while the kids are still half-asleep. This way they can get shut-eye while we make some headway en route to our destination. Many great family memories are made while road tripping with the kids. But yes, any lengthy time couped up in a car with toddlers can be challenging. Here I share some top tips for a rocking road trip with the little people! By Tamsyn Cornelius
Road trips are somewhat easier than flights! If you’re doing a flight, check out my survival guide for flying with little people. But if you’re heading on a family road trip, rest assured that you can do it at your own pace and in the comfort of your own vehicle. Firstly, the kids can make all the racket they want without upsetting the hundreds of passengers you’d expect on a Boeing! Keep things simple and be prepared to ensure a smooth drive.Read More »
Family is what happens when two people fall in love. Meet our next #JewelInHisCrown, Luchae Williams (34), a blogger, accounts manager and mom of four based in Port Elizabeth. By Tamsyn Cornelius
As a young mom at just 19 years of age, the reality of life’s struggles slapped Luchae square in the face. Suddenly she had another life to care for besides her own. But how would she navigate this journey of becoming an adult and a mother at the same time?Luchae dug deep and found her strength in Christ.Read More »
It’s #TravelTuesday which means I will be posting a travel-related piece today as part of an ongoing Travelogue every week. Today, we focus on the littlest people who often run our homes. Travelling with young kids may seem daunting, but trust me, whether on a flight or in the car, travel can be done without losing your sanity! By Tamsyn Cornelius
Over the years, we’ve successfully lugged two toddlers halfway across the globe (with stop-overs in foreign airports) and we recently packed the family into a car for a seven-hour road trip… and we are all still alive to tell the tale! Here I share some of my top tips for travelling with your little ones!Read More »