I had fun at work this week. Tomorrow is May 1st a public holiday here and I guess I’m looking forward to the day off. I want to Marie Kondo my home office. Let’s see how that goes. I’m looking forward to the space and not necessarily the part about things getting worse before they get better. I might also blog the whole day or read or watch Netflix or Brazilian telenovelas on Youtube. Anything goes. I took no photos this week, yet. I organised my make up yesterday and skin care items. I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos on makeup. I don’t wear it usually, because of time, or just because I like my skin. I focus on skincare so that I don’t need to cover up my face. When I do wear it it’s fun, but eye shadow I have never gotten the hang of. Anywhoo! It’s only Tuesday evening and it feels like a Friday. And judging by the long lines of cars at the drive-through restaurants so does everyone else. I don’t know where I’m going with this and it feels strange to be writing aimlessly but I need to get back out there. I haven’t blogged regularly since last year and there were times that I missed it. I want to strengthen my writing muscle again and this stream of consciousness is a start. I’ve posted pics – I love entering Cee’s photo challenges and I enjoy looking at other people’s photos. That’s why I prefer Instagram over Facebook, pictures paint a thousand words. My preferred medium. And I don’t like the adverts and manipulating of my feed. If anything makes it onto Facebook it’s because I have cross-posted it from Instagram. I hope Facebook leave Instagram alone. Six more words and I have 300. I made it!
Welcome to this stream of consciousness. Natty is WordPress’s word of the day and the obvious association I make has to do with clothes. More specifically, the wearer of clothes as in, “He is a natty dresser.”
I’ve just finished a syndicate assignment for Social Entrepreneurship where the enterprise we used was a fashion incubator so I am making another connection with natty. Let’s see where all these strands are going.
I’ve noticed a trend with regards to consultancies providing services to social enterprises in South Africa – there are those that are incubators and others that are accelerators. I don’t think it’s a linear process because not every new start-up needs help incubating – the business experience of the founders has a lot to do with this. Acceleration on the other hand provides advice on taking an existing organisation and helping it to achieve more. I am on board with the idea of incubation. I am a bit more sceptical about the whole idea of acceleration.
Acceleration reminds me of the zippy rental I drove for a week and a bit while my car was being fixed. Now that have my car back, it didn’t feel as zippy as the little one. But it did feel solid, hugging the corners as I accelerated out them.
My head is swimming with gross profit margins, ROI and net working capital ratios. You got it – it’s assignment time again – another one. Due tomorrow night. Numbers is not my forte – but those ratios are rather natty aren’t they? Especially if a natty social entrepreneur uses them to make an impact of society.
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Looking at the blank screen wanting to write and no words come out. The sun is starting to come out after a day and a night of unseasonal winter rain. It’s turned the weather icy with gusting wind. In some parts of the country it is snowing. There was a warm wind blowing yesterday when I got home from playing with my nephew and both Che and I commented that this was ideal conditions for snow. Joburg is not a snow region. In all the time I’ve lived here it’s snowed 3 times. It’s thin snow that melts in no time, and those brave people who ventured outside to build a snowman had to steal snow from the neighbour’s yard to complete theirs. It’s thin on the ground, so you see, Joburg is not snow country. I’ve never seen real snow, the type that lies thick on the ground and you sink into it just like in the fairy tale books. On Friday I’ll be in Portugal and it’s tipped to be 37 degrees. From one extreme to another. I’m bingeing on echinacea.
It’s been 11 days since I last blogged. I can’t believe it’s been that long. I can’t say that the time has flown because it has passed in exactly the same rate as it always does, 1 second, 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day at a time.
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