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Doing what I love
September 14, 2013
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I know I’ve been a bit scarce lately, but for good reason. I’m making some big changes in my life, which will allow me to focus on doing what I love. I will be plunging into the freelance world,  blogging, writing and travelling more, doing some social media stuff.  Basically I will just be doing what I do best – sharing the love!

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This has been a big and scary step for me. Resigning from my safe and stable government job was not easy, but I am super excited to pursue my passion. Starting this blog has unleashed my creativity and helped me decide on what I need to focus on in my life – travel, Africa, and sharing the Mzansi love.  I know its not going to be easy, but it’s sure to be fun!

Do what you love, and do it often

The Holstee Manifesto has been pasted to my wall for some time now. It has  inspired me to do what I love, create and find my passion.  The call to action really resonated with me. This is your life, do what you love, do it often…




I feel incredibly blessed by the support I’ve got from friends and family but also amazed by the support of people I interact with on social media, many of whom I don’t even know IRL.  I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so many people who believe in me. I wouldn’t be able to be this brave without all of you.

Thanks to fellow travel bloggers and writers Sarah Duff, Anton Crone, Ishay Govender-Ypma, and Keith Jenkins for inspiring me to take the plunge. Also thanks Andre van Kets for your time and motivation. I am so grateful for our wonderful wanderlusting community at the South African Travel Bloggers Network and my dear friends Sadia, Tebogo & Garret for their time and effort in helping me.

Ngiyabonga kakhulu to you all  for your kindness and support  in sharing the Mzansi love. More details coming up soon on my new ventures. Watch this space =)

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Meruschka Govender

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There are 47 comments

  • Roxanne says:

    Kickass news. Feel the fun, share the passion and you will rock!

  • Sarah Duff says:

    Yay! So glad you’re taking the plunge. It’s terrifying at first, but then you’ll realise that working for yourself is the best thing you can do. Good luck my friend, I know you’ll be awesome! x

    • mzansigirl says:

      Thanks Sarah. You really have been an inspiration in starting this blog. Can’t wait to start our new adventures with the little people travel tribe 🙂

  • Fiona Stuart says:

    Go Girl. Always follow your heart! What an exciting journey ahead!

  • Lauren says:

    very exciting Merushka! Living the dream…I hope to get there soon! Enjoy it all 🙂

  • ant says:

    Excited for you, and for the rest of the community, because you inspire us all.

    • mzansigirl says:

      Thanks so much Ant! Your talk at GTBC was truly inspirational and helped me decide not to postpone my dreams. Now if only I could be half as good a writer as you!

  • Graham Page says:

    All the best,girl. Now maybe the time to visit the Northern Cape.
    Contact me if you need help to facilitate.

    • mzansigirl says:

      Hi Graham. Thank you for your support. A visit to the Northern Cape is long overdue. Its definitely the part of SA that I’ve explored the least, and I’m keen to change that!

  • Di Brown says:

    Life is great and exciting and you never know what is around the corner. I cant think of a better person to promote S.A travel, enthusiasm and #Afritravel. You are inspiring! You dont need good luck, just enjoy it

  • Vuyelwa says:

    All the best! What the world needs is people who’ve come alive. And I would add, come alive to their passions and the wonder that surrounds us. Godspeed.

  • Mary Tebje says:

    That explains the change in SM tempo Merushka. You have already made an impression, now you have to really stamp your groove on to #AfriTravel. Good luck and can’t wait for the next instalment.

  • Andrea Rees says:

    Congratulations Meruschka! It just seems perfect to me. Stable jobs are overrated, speaking as someone who has been a self employed photographer for 10 years! 🙂 You so got this! All the best. Hope to meet you IRL some day.

    • mzansigirl says:

      Thanks Andrea for your support. I’m inspired by your courage to follow your dreams. I love how the Internet makes it so easy for like-minded people to find each other and inspire each other. Good luck with the iphoneography project. I’m sure we’ll meet in IRL soon!

  • Linda Markovina says:

    Well done to you,its terrfying but welcome to the wonderful world of freelancing. there wont be weekends or holidays anymore, but the rewards are going to be amazing!! Will be following closely. All the ebst. Linda

  • Hey Merushka,

    Thanks for the shout-out 🙂

    You’re very courageous to pursue your passion. I’m sure you’re going to make a success of it.

    Advice: make Patience and Persistence your travelling companions.

    ~ André

    • mzansigirl says:

      Thanks Andre. I certainly don’t feel that courageous. I just know I have to give it a try, otherwise I’ll regret it. Grateful for your support.

  • Ivo says:

    Yoh, very brave Meru, best of luck, we must catch-up soon, now that you will have more time 🙂

  • Namritha says:

    All the best with the plunge into travel and fun times. If in need of a travel partner, Im ready:)

  • Laura says:

    Congratulations Meruschka, on claiming your freedom. The bravest step is creating space for the growth and actual actualization of your ideas and dreams. You are going to shine, and continue to be an inspiration. All the best!

  • solene says:

    Very inspiring, Good luck!

  • Shupiwe says:

    Amazing news. Well done for following your dreams. That takes a lot of courage; I am really chuffed for you and excited for this next chapter in your life. Looking forward to many many more posts on here. Perhaps we will have a post on Mzansi girl going to the south pacific? he he much love xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • mzansigirl says:

      Hi Shupiwe!
      Thanks for the support hun. So excited! You know I would love to come and visit you guys in the South Pacific. Now all I need is a contact at the Fiji Tourism Association to sponsor me a trip! Big love x

  • Wisaal says:

    Huge congrats again – I know you’ll do well!


  • You go Girl… nothing better than doing what you love and fulfilling your passion – been following you on twitter & FB & looking forward to watching you grow 🙂 All the best!!

  • Keith says:

    Wow! Sure is a big change but one you’ll not regret. I’m sure of it. When it comes from the heart, it can’t be wrong! 🙂

    It’s quite scary at first but you’ll be too busy making plans and following up to even feel a tinge of fear!

    My hat’s off to you M!


  • Ishay says:

    Congrats again M, and wishing you all the best on this new journey. It is scary, and exhilarating. The best part is you get to choose now. See you soon 🙂

  • Dianne says:

    A little late to the party (have been on the road the last 6 weeks) but just want to add my congrats and good wishes. What you’ve created in the last year and a bit with your content, your passion, your generosity and your extraordinary social skills is inspiring. Here’s to brave and beautiful adventures ahead!

  • Sandy Nene says:

    I am very proud of you hun, I will be taking the plunge soon as well. I still believe or see there’s no need for me to quit my day job at the moment until I have saved enough to help me when I reach rainy days as a freelancer. What I love about my job right now is that it still allows me to blog as many times as I want to do my freelance work on the side as well, hence I don’t see a reason but there are times where I just want to write, blog and tweet all day or even travel the country. I went onto my first road trip a few weeks ago and I will be needing your guidance as I want to travel more and get involved in many other travel campaigns. I know you’d find this funny but I have always thought you were a full time blogger.

    • mzansigirl says:

      Thanks for your kind words Sandy. I was just finding having a day job and blogging too much and wanted to follow my passion > sharing the Mzansi love. Haha, funny you thought I was a full time blogger! I’m still not a full time blogger per se, but see it as part of my travel activist / social media person. Just send me a mail if you have any travel related questions, and I will try to help.

  • Jean says:

    Hey I relate with what you are saying. I also left my job to freelance and blog. Trust me, it has been great following my passion.
    “once you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life”.
    Welcome to Nairobi. You should add that to your travel diary if ou haven’t been here.


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