BOOK GIVEAWAY: A GAME OF THRONES!!!

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Before the year ends, in true festive spirit, I thought it would be great to end off the year by giving away a BRAND NEW COPY of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin!

Game of Thrones (or more fondly known as GoT) is one of my obsessions that I binge on just as passionately as I binge read. I have re-watched every season from the start each time a new season was released (psyco much?) but true fans will understand haha.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a book that comes highly recommended for GoT fans and for readers who appreciate the detail that comes with traditional writing. I am so stoked to give a copy of the very first book ever written in the Song of Ice and Fire book series to a fellow avid fan who is just as obsessed and here is how you can stand to win it:

To enter the competition, like this post and subscribe to the blog (FemaleMillennialMusings) then proceed to correctly answer ALL 3 questions below and email them to me (tshegomalebo@gmail.com) by the 4th of January 2018 (next week Thursday), the winner will be announced on Sunday, the 7th of January (participants must reside in South Africa and I will personally deliver/ courier the book to you).

  1. Who is the true heir to the Iron Throne after Robert Baratheon dies?
  2. Who was the king’s hand before Ned Stark?
  3. What is House Lannister’s official motto?

Good luck!

 

 

 

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Unboxing my MacBook Pro (Review and 5 things to consider)

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So I just wanted to share a quick review of my experience this weekend when I purchased MY VERY FIRST MacBook!!!! The purchase of a personal laptop has been something that has been waaaay overdue and having been an apple product user for over 10 years now, I think the brand has proven its worthiness to me :).

I must say though, venturing into the Apple space for a laptop has been an incredibly daunting experience… almost as daunting as switching back to a manual car after you have been driving your automatic for a while. There are so many specs and so much to consider when you switch. As much as I am a millennial, I cannot say I am the most tech savvy individual, however, I do make it a point to research the shit out of any big purchase because a. I work hard for my money, and b. because I loathe the idea of being told why, how and what and I should spend my money on by salespeople who are looking to hit their targets- there is power in being an informed consumer.

Cool! Now that that is off my chest let’s get to some of the areas of focus I paid attention to (thanks to other bloggers, YouTubers and tech forums)that guaranteed zero buyers remorse after my purchase.

PURCHASING PURPOSE:

So the first question I would say a user must clarify in their mind is the reason for switching from Windows to MacOs. It is a significant shift and personally, I think fortifying the ecosystem (with your phone, I pad etc) just makes the transition so much easier. And of course it looks cool!

COLOUR:

Honestly, one of the most difficult decisions I had to make, it took me visiting the iStore twice to make my final decision, and I must say, it was worth it! Silver> Space Grey any day. Its more practical, doesn’t show fingerprint/ scratches and its just classy.

AIR vs PRO:

I am a firm believer of contingency plans and as a result I overthink and over plan absolutely everything that I possibly can, as a result I “settled for the Pro” because its an over purchase that I am proud of if I underuse it but it is just perfect if I decide, and have the capacity, to use it for every possible thing I can think of/ imagine. With that said, for me it boiled down to two things that I found useful:

  • Do I just need something personal for emails and the internet- Get the Air/ MacBook
  • Do I need a powerful laptop that can multitask? (edit videos, blog, email, build models)- Get the Pro
  • If I am traveling with it, will the weight bother me?
    • If yes, get the Air
    • If no, get the Pro

STORAGE:

Seems like a no brainer right? wrong. By default the 13 inch MacBook Pro (non touch bar) is configured with 128GB and 256GB; with an approximate price increase of R2 000/ R6 000 for 100GB more memory depending on whether you will forsake speed for storage. My opinion… external hard drives offer more space than a Mac will ever give you for a smaller fee.

SIZE:

For the price you pay for one of these bad boys, I really do not think the 15inch is worth it, I went to see the size difference in store and that extra 2 inches (5 centimeters) is not worth the extra R20 000 (and yes I am probably oversimplifying the tradeoff but then again, I am an accountant before I am a techie haha- LOGIC guys).

So yeah, I think if you are looking for high level black and white comparisons to make your decision and don’t really need to go into technicalities, I would say the above points will put you I good stead to make the correct decision for next purchase.

If you have any more additions to this list please feel free to comment below. Let’s empower each other to make wiser and smarter purchasing decisions!

BOOK REVIEW: BARE (GET THIS BOOK NOW!)

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I hardly ever listen to the radio when I drive (long story) but as fate would have it yesterday afternoon, I was tuned into Metro FM along with a myriad of other fellow South African’s who were curious to hear about and understand Jackie Phamotse’s rendition of the underbelly of South Africa’s 1% and their very interesting lifestyle in her latest book titled “BARE”. I found myself being so engrossed by her story and strength to actually speak out and tell her story and the stories of the women around her who had been sucked into this elite yet damaging lifestyle and social circle.

As soon as the interview ended I was on the phone with Exclusive Books, doing everything I possibly could to source a copy of her book. Curiosity had gotten the better of me, so I bought it, then read it today and here are my thoughts, very briefly.

Firstly I must note that I think the way Jackie decided to structure the story worked well. It allows the reader to literally sink into the book. The book was written in chronological order and is based on a story about a girl named Treasure Mohapi. The story takes the reader through Treasure’s upbringing (which is sadly a very relatable story for any South African child) and the author highlights elements that build up to when she ends up in Johannesburg  as a blessee and ultimately leading to her spiritual demise.

As a character, one can see how the author has woven personal and borrowed experiences to deliver the message and I think because of this, it is a great storyline and lives up to the purpose. I do believe she will continue to make a killing off the book sales however I do believe that it was not personal enough. At some points it almost read like a story and yes, maybe the experience was too graphic to share directly, but I think it would have left readers gasping more had it been written in the form of a memoir because what she exposes us too is REAL. This is not a story, its a reality and if the aim is to drive awareness around this life and the repercussions, give it to the reader straight. It isn’t a fairytale and I think some parts/ events of the book could have been glamorized which is extremely dangerous as it is potentially misleading.

I must say though, in hindsight maybe reading BARE could have made me think  a bit differently about materialistic possessions, its somewhat of a “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” for the Johannesburg female yuppie. It makes one see how having a purpose and knowing your “why” is so important because the value of life can get quite meaningless when everything you can possibly desire becomes attainable to you.

So in closing:

Highlights: The Hockey Club story of course! (See the two pages I posted on my Insta stories last night)

Lowlights: The progression to the blessee storyline was too dragged out, if you want to save yourself time, read from when Treasure got to matric (which is inevitably in the middle of the book- I KNOW….ghaad)

Would I recommend this book: DEFINITO

If you have managed to get a copy of this book, please like the post and share your views! lets get this convo flowing peeps 🙂

BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (Final Review- holy crap!)

Paula Hawkins: Author of The Girl On The Train (Numer 1 New York Times Bestseller)

Okay, so let me start off by saying, I AM SHOOK. Also in this into I must give kudos to Paula Hawkins I would be lying if I said after each of my reading sessions I wasn’t the slightest bit afraid or paranoid at night. The Girl On The Train (TGOTT)was such an incredibly well written book and I am happy that I picked it to join my other children on the shelf.

When I initially purchased TGOTT, it was primarily because of what I had read about its similarities to Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn. If we have ever had a conversation around books, you know how much I loooooved Gone Girl- the book, not the movie (yuck), so I thought “hey why not?”.

Upon the commencement of reading this book, I must admit, I experienced hectic nostalgia back to when I was reading Gone Girl (GG) back in 2015 and I was slightly disappointed because as I went through the book I could very easily pick up where the storyline was going and predict how sections of the book would turn out. However, although similar (from a storyline perspective) it was absolutely NOTHING like GG. GG was an introduction to how twisted relationships/ humanity can get, then TGOTT just took the baton and rode that narrative all the way to psycho thriller land.

Paula’s writing, if I can compare it to food, is like a macaroon from Laduree ; light and delicate, on your palate but full of flavor. It’s nothing like what you have ever experienced before and it leaves you wanting more after the first bite. I was gasping, experiencing chest pains, getting disappointed at character’s stupid decisions, everything! I. FELT. IT. ALL and I was so impressed by these feels.

Personally, I think some authors fail to provide the correct level of detail a reader need for suspense and they also fail to deliver the plot twists at the right time and in the right way and boy does Paula Hawkins deliver! She is so descriptive that I could even go out and direct the movie for TGOTT (I am so afraid to watch the movie, I know already that it will be a let down). Reading this book took me back to the days when I used to be obsessed (trust me, what you see on my Instagram page is nothing compared to how I used to be) with Kathy Reichs novels. Yes, I know I say every book is a page turner, (even though its because I choose to read really good books, HOWEVER, this one was beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Highlights: The ending (Just before “the end”), when Rachel, Anna and Tom have a young reunion. I LOVED THE ENDING…I will leave it there.

Lowlights: Hmmm,not many, I wish Scott featured more after he lost his marbles and also I wish the transition to my highlight could have been written better, it felt a bit knee- jerky, especially after Anna and Rachel’s history. I found Anna was too calm for my liking when she saw Rachel at her doorstep. It almost seemed unreal/ unnatural because I know for a fact that is not how a human being would behave- but these characters are psyco, so hey, maybe it works haha!

Would I recommend this book: YAAAS! It won’t take a crime thriller enthusiast to love this book.

Get your copy of The Girl On The Trainhere  and let me know what you think(South Africa).

Hope you enjoyed my review! Don’t forget to like the post and leave your comments around your views if you read the book as well 🙂

Guest Post: This is why talent just won’t cut it anymore

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Photo by Carl Heyerdahl on Unsplash

Earlier this week, CR7 won his fifth Ballon d’or, the highest individual award any football player on the planet could ever wish for, a joint record between him and Lionel Messi and no other Player has ever won the prestigeous award this many times.

In his acceptance speech, Ronaldo was asked to indicate who he felt was the next CR7 or Lionel Messi, his response was really nothing short of an eye opener and an excerpt of his speech can be found below:

“The next Ronaldo or Messi doesn’t exist. Every player has his own style. There are a lot of players with the potential to win it. That’s not enough though, you have to be professional, there are many examples of that. You have to win big things at the right time and have a bit of luck. Talent and Potential don’t win you anything. Talent is important but you have to train and work hard. If you’re not disciplined, forget it.”

This hit me. I’m 25 years old and I have a strong belief that with my talent and potential, I can become an executive within the next 5/6 years.  But after hearing this speech I though, “So what if I have the potential?” I mean, a lot of my peers probably feel the same way but what else am I doing to set myself apart? Am I just riding on the fact that I believe I have the talent and potential to arrive at my desired destination or am I actually putting in the hours apart from the normal 9 – 5 ? Am I disciplined enough to push myself to the limits and beyond? Am I constantly preparing myself to ensure that im ready to grab the next exciting opportunity? Am I satisfied with the idea of my potential to the point that I don’t really nurture my talent to take me to the next level?

Am I professional enough for people to use me as a reference in their conversations or, have my qualifications tricked me into believing that all my efforts thus far are sufficient? The unfortunate answer is that I’ve been operating in a hidden comfort zone and its high time that I start thinking about how I can do more.

For as long as we continue to pride ourselves purely in our talents  /potential /qualifications /titles, true growth will forever elude us. we need to wake up and strive to make things happen, we need to learn how to work hard towards improving and nourishing our talents, we need to strive for perfection, we need to desperately seek personal mastery and at the heart of everything, we need to be patient but always prepared for the next challenge. our talents and potential can easily become our worst enemies.

24785221_1717008128333952_4722150790596879878_oGuest Post Author: Atticus Tshepo Matlebyane

“For at the hands of worldly logic, my dreams suffered the most and my talents witnessed the wrath of the soil.”

A hopelessly enthusiastic young individual who actually believes that human-beings can fly!

University of Johannesburg  alumnus (Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Marketing Management) and Industrial Psychology, Business Management and Marketing enthusiast . Currently works at Africa’s largest bank as a senior segment analyst while hustling for a part time lecturing and radio gig.