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That's what us nerds call it…

August 2, 2018

August 1st: the start of women’s month, a day when #TheTotalShutdown is trending on Twitter. South African women are marching against gender based violence. It marks the start of a month that highlights women, uplifts and celebrates all phenomenal women.
And what was I doing?
Feeling down! A dry cough and a brain that has shutdown! Supporting the march in South Africa via social media and sadly on a day women are standing up against gender based violence, a day that ends with witnessing gender based violence πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”
That is not my story to tell but sadly a story many women are facing in an age when human rights are emphasized and put to the fore. In an age when effort is made to ensure people are aware of their rights and the consequences of the violations of these rights.
I was saddened but also grateful for my life, the people in it, who make me feel worthy and of course retail therapy also helped!

I bought three books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! I like this woman but I had never read any of her books πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
I posted these and I got different reactions from my friends.
“We have different definitions of retail therapy”
“I love that retail therapy for you is buying books 😍”
“That’s what us nerds call it”
The one thing we need to realise is that we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. Buying these books took me to my happy place: the anticipated cracking open of the book, the flicking of the pages, the smell of the book, disappearing into the pages (can we say old fashioned, I cannot stand e-books).
So go out there, do the things you love: Buy a book or three, go hiking, hang out with your friends and enjoy a glass of wine or two or more, go to a concert and dance it out. Stand up for yourself, then come and stand up for other women. Together we are stronger.
For all you phenomenal women!
P.S I also love the idea that retail therapy for me is buying books, books by a badass modern day feminist.
‘That Malawian Girl’

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