Out & About is our story, your story, the story of living in Africa and surviving to tell the tale. It was born out of the Story Collective – a group of people who have dared to write for the love of it, to tell the stories that need to be told, to find the people that motivate us, to explore the places that inspire us, to photograph the beauty that surrounds us.
Yes, we’ve heard it all before. News will never be the same again. That’s not because of an extra ordinary bug that had us cloistered in our homes or peeking over the tops of masks every time we ventured out, but because this was just the nudge that sparked the inevitable. Sadly, the print age is now becoming vintage and, with it, has gone the fine old art of storytelling. Now, we have little bytes of this or that or sensationalist snap shots of a fake reality, all neatly wrapped in cliché and controversy.
We’re heading Out & About to tell the real stories – to share experiences, to celebrate the beauty and to chat to the genuine folk who might just give you a whole new perspective on how to handle the hum drum so that you can sit back and enjoy the sunshine. Read our stories, share yours – but, most of all, realise that life can still be beautiful when the books don’t balance and that there just might be someone out there who can inspire you to believe in a happily ever after.
Shirley le Guern earned all her grey hairs and wrinkles in the newsrooms of newspapers around KZN. With stars in her still idealistic eyes, she completed her journalism degree at Rhodes University before finding her way into the best known baby magazine of the time, Living & Loving. From there, she swapped piggy banks for commercial banks and booties for bottom lines, finding her journalistic passion at Business Report as the KZN Editor. Since then she has seen both sides of the story, alternating between the worlds of business and hard news and public relations. Over the past 30 years, she’s earned the headlines and the bylines and, at last, she’s not only ready to return to the stories that changed her life but is looking forward to writing about the people and places that still could!
Fitness fundi Cindy Bottomley worked ‘9 to 5’ throughout her 20’s and 30’s. But, by the time she found herself ‘eyeball to eyeball’ with the big 40, she knew it was time for a change. It was only when she found herself lying on a gym studio floor, exhausted, ‘glowing’ with sweat and feeling totally exhilarated that she suddenly realised she wanted to do this full time. Cindy hit the books, earning her certification as a personal and group fitness trainer. Never a thoroughbred gym bunny, she set out to help those who were gym shy, giving them the opportunity to train in their own homes. Whole rooms were adapted to work out and nothing was off limits – even coffee tables! Now, knowing that one size never fits all, she’s sharing years of exercise and diet expertise by blogging and chatting to others in the fitness game. For Cindy, wellness is not just about simply losing weight or exercising. Simply put, it’s a state of mind. Good health is the whole package.