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Bonafide Blog Launch Event – Henops Hiking Trail
Some of you know that I’ve been blogging for over ten years already and had different blog names and even tried out different types of content but I’ve finally settled on a platform that is a pretty good representation of me. The dictionary has a great definition of what Bonafide means…
|Origin: Latin, literally ‘with good faith’||Synonyms: Authentic, genuine, real, true, actual, sterling||Adverb: Without intention to deceive.|
I have done everything in my power to live according to just that. I am nothing without my authenticity. I strive to be real and genuine in a world where that is proving to be more rare everyday. I take some time off of social media every now and again, to regain perspective on life and where I’m at. It makes a world of difference because it is far too easy to become what others what you to be, than to truly be okay with being YOU.
But that is why BONAFIDE means so much to me. It is what I will always aspire to be, it serves as a reminder that we are all different and that is what makes us beautiful and REAL!
I started blogging many years ago because of my passion for writing and photography because back then, I guess people found appreciation in my writing and my captured moments. They somewhat related to me in ways I’ve never imagined. Some told me about the many ways I have helped them have courage, others mentioned that I somehow saved them. I remember sitting on my laptop reading responses to my written words, with tear-filled eyes and it’s crazy to me how powerful our own stories can be to others. Somehow creating content has become more than just that. More than sharing my life, but it also helps me deal with moments in my own life, when I feel lost, alone or uninspired. My platform has become an experience to me.. a constant, humbling and, in it’s own way rewarding.
In the time I spend off social media, I choose to be with family and friends that make me feel good and positive amidst all the craziness and because there are people out there, feeling overwhelmed with their own lives as well… I’ve just relaunched the Bonafide CLUB where we join like-minded individuals to just get outdoors and enjoy nature, quality food, and really good company. I’ve had a number of people asking me when my next event was going to be and it felt wrong to have stopped it these last few months. So it’s back! We do bucket list adventures from river-rafting to horse riding or just having a game night around a fire-pit, roasting marshmallows. Surprisingly enough there are a lot more opportunities to hit up a new club that to actually find someone to join you on a hike. So for those, this club is for you.
I am a dreamer, a believer and a hoarder of creating moments and then capturing them. Somehow we are able to freeze those precious moments in time, and re-look at them, and relive them. I’ve become so engaged in capturing moments that I started doing Photography professionally. A couple years ago I used to shoot a lot more, models, corporates, kids, parties, even weddings. After a few years, I had the biggest technology crash of all time, and being the whimp I was… I was too scared to continue, because the idea of failure destroyed me! In less dramatic headlines, I am now over that fear and have started shooting again. I’ve always wanted to do a galleria showcase and hopefully one day I will, but for now, you have the opportunity to shop my art on my online store. I take photos when I feel inspired and I imagine my portraits gracing your walls someday. Like I said, I am a dreamer.
Another dream I’ve had as a kid was having a clothing line, a collection of pieces that I’ve created, that others would feel beautiful wearing. But it was never something I thought would actually happen. About two years ago, I couldn’t find the kind of festival accessories I wanted, and one of my friends suggested that I make it myself. I did. People then started questioning where I bought the pieces and if I’d make some for them too at a cost (their suggestion). At first I didn’t think about actually selling them, but it would be a lost opportunity… so I started making a ton of pieces mostly accessories and I was pleasantly surprised that I sold out on these hand-crafted pieces before I had a chance to put some up in my Online Store.
I am excited to launch a few more products in store, in September and I hope they will do as well as the first few drops. Another reason I make them is because I have the opportunity to add a charitable percentage with each purchase. I either split the actual monetary profits to award a percentage to charity or I donate some of the pieces to woman and girls who could use a little reason to smile and feel beautiful.
I have also started hiring ladies to help me with manufacturing each piece completely by hand, in that, creating jobs for them as well. It is a special feeling to acknowledge this, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity and to my customers. Thank you!
I will also be launching the new Brand Logo and I am super excited to share it with all of you. Also if you would like to submit a charity house, please email the details to me for consideration.
I will be mentioning all of this at the launch event happening on 1 September and I am excited for us to get in on the fit trend. Purchasing of tickets can be done on my Store as well and for only R150 you will be able to enjoy a bunch of outdoor activities at one of the most stunning outdoor locations in Hartebeespoort, Pretoria.
Bonafide has partnered with the incredible people at Impact Adventures Africa and we have worked out some incredible deals for you to enjoy at hugely discounted prices. You can also come and enjoy some hiking trails and bike trails , absolutely free! Keeping on the free trend… we will also be having some boerewors rolls and refreshments for you. You are also encouraged to bring along your baskets, and to enjoy a picnic with us because with all that activity, we need some good grub! It’s about balance!
We have a countdown to our special event and hopefully you will be there to enjoy these moments with us!