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After stints in both newspaper journalism and online content generation, I finally took a fifty percent paycut to dive into magazine journalism, and havenít looked back since... I was simply too busy! In fact, in the past ten years, Iíve done everything from column writing to production, and from translating to editing Ė and every bit was part of a learning curve Iím most grateful for.

Highlights, so far, included being editor of publications such as Proud (for the Proudly South African initiative) and the Val de Vie glossy annual; and being features editor at Real Simple and even managing editor of the Afrikaans version of Seventeen ... Just to keep me young.

Taking my second big career plunge in 2008, Iíve been freelancing for the past three and a half years and itís definitely the best job Iíve had to date. I get to do a variety of things in my own sweet time, and although mind-numbing copy editing and writing advertorials are the bread and butter of most freelancersí existence, the ability and opportunities to travel at the drop of a hat is by far the biggest perk. Iím at my happiest with my backpack, my trusty camera, a map in hand and in a new place. And getting lost Ė which I often do Ė is just part of the pleasure of exploring.

The biggest lesson Iíve learnt is a survival tip to dodge the post-trip blues, which inevitably kicks in the moment the plane touches down and youíre back in the rat race: Immediately book and start planning your next adventure the minute you get back.

And thatís exactly what Iím doing as we speak... So watch this space!
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