Hello #SpiceGoddessFamily it has been a some time since I wrote my last post on here.I have been using my time during Lockdown to rest,cook, share and grow my other platforms.During these days I have noticed that I have several new followers across all my social media and that I would introduce myself to you all.
Meet Verushka aka SpiceGoddess
Since the start of Lockdown there have been several new additions to the #SpicegoddessFamily so when I was tagged by City Girl Vibe in a post I thought it would be a good idea to tell you more about me.The SpiceGoddess started in 2010 and what initially started as a “Dear Diary” and over the years has evolved into a Lifestyle Blog with a focus on Travel,Food and Culture.Besides working on my blog SpiceGoddess ,I am a full time Lecturer at a TVET College in Durban and I teach Travel and Tourism.
Besides my job and blog last year I studied through Wits Business School a 6 month course on Digital Leadership.This meant online exams,assignments,Zoom meetings with my Turor as well as attending lecturers once a month for 2/3 full days.It was crazy long days but honestly I loved been a student again.
2019 was a busy busy year and it seems 2020 has literally told me to stay home and rest.But in this time of Lockdown I have the chance to spend more time in the kitchen working on my kitchen skills.Most do not know that I am a qualified “Home Economics ” and I am chef trained so yes I do know what I am doing in the kitchen and not taking a chance.Each recipe I share is a family recipe or one I have come up with.Over the years I have experimented in food flavours and eaten food from my travels that have inspired my style of cooking.
When it comes to certain things I am rather old fashioned :
1.Like I love the feel of turning pages and the smell of a new book.But have now come to the realisation that I need to move to digital reading and get a device for that purpose alone.
2.My dress sense is conservative yet modern and often people have asked if I am muslim.
3.I do believe in love and romance and as a singleton I would love to be introduced to Prince Charming.
4.I am very family orientated and come from a very large extended family.My family are loud ,fun to be with,they love fiercely and live life to it fullest.
5.I am very traditional about my culture and religion.Wearing traditional Indian clothing does make me feel like a Goddess.I do observe my Hindu rituals and abstain from eating meat a few days every week.
1.WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING & WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BLOGGING?
My blogging journey started in 2010 when I returned home to Durban after living abroad for several years.At the start the blog was merely a “Dear Diary ” but over the years has evolved as a place where I share my world with the world.
As I started writing,I realised I had a way with words and people enjoyed my style of writing.My readers and followers often say that whenever I travel and share my journey,they feel like they have also been apart of my travels and that inspires them to travel well not now but in the future.
I have kept on blogging as I am still in love with my blog and writing and sharing my world with the world.Over time I have also gained an audience who interact and enjoy my content both locally and abroad and this defo keeps me motivated to produce content.
2- WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?
Most definately a travel post of my experience.Because it is so personal I am able to describe and take my readers along on my journey.Many of my readers have mentioned how they feel they have actually travelled through my words and images captured.
Have you read these posts :
3-WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE BLOG POSTS?
This a tough one it is like asking a parent which child they love the most.So for this one I had to think abit and here are my Top 3 Fav posts :
This blog post is a tribute to my home and it was the longest post I have written to date.It was indeed a labour of love and there is so much I want to still do on my list once Covid is over.
It took me ages to put into words this experience not because I was not interested in writing it but because I was trying to hold onto the magic of this beautiful pilgrimage.
This post was rather emotional for me to write and put my thoughts and feelings onto a screen.All my life I have been a chubby kid who then became an overweight adult.With that came bullying ,tears and a negative mindset.This post explores all this in more detail.
4 -WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO TO RELAX?
Given that we are in lockdown the simple things like going out for a meal/coffee/spa day with my friends to relax can no longer be done so now I find myself doing the following to relax :
1.I am spending a lot of time in selfcare that includes resting and taking a digital detox every so often.
2.I have rediscovered the joys of Adult Colouring again and it has been rather relaxing with a cup of tea/coffee listening to some music.
3.Taking a long shower I find is rather calming and is often the place I end up having a good cry.As a fire sign water is good for my soul.
4.Watching sunset with a cup of tea/coffee is something I have started doing more of.Go check out my #LockdownSunsets on Instagram.
5 -WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS?
1.Books – I love reading and collecting books though with moving house and our home been flooded I lost many of my books.My bookshelf is a collection of recipe books ,books by Indian authors as well as autobiographies.I read most types of books and have probably read over 10k books in my life.
2.Travel – I love travelling and discovering my world.
3.My family and my friends are very important to me as they support my dreams and always have my back.
6-WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENTS?
Every opportunity my blog has given me over the years has been incredible.Some of my highlights include invitations to travel to several parts of the world and the chance to meet bloggers who share my passion.
I have also been featured in print media as well as digital media locally and abroad and been invited to speak on several radio shows on my love of travel. Two years ago I was invited to speak at the Drakensberg Tourism summit on “Blogging as a Tool for marketing”.I was blown away to be invited to speak on this platform as it included stakeholders from the Tourism Industry on all levels.
7-WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BLOGGING?
Outside of blogging well oddly enough most of my hobbies I have included into my blog and they include :
2.Reading and I love the smell of pages of a new book though am now considering reading digital.
3.Travelling – A total hobby of mine and a goal after lockdown is to travel more locally.
5.Reading a passion of mine from childhood.I love going into a bookshop yes I know I watch too many romcoms.The smell and feel of a new book is amazing but I have now realised that I need to embrace ebooks as this is the way the world is changing.I am currently looking at a ebook device.
8-DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS
Inspiring ,Caring ,Postive
9-WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PET PEEVES
1.People who eat loudly.
2. People who lie.
3.People who do not recycle.
10. WHAT ARE SOMETHINGS YOUR READERS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
1.I have a phobia about driving even though I can drive.
2.I prefer dogs over cats.
3.I do not eat meat 3 days a week.
4.I am afraid of heights but that did not stop me from my Hot Air Balloon Experience.
5.I am single ,never been married and have no kids though I would love to someday.
6.I have gained my British Qualified Teacher Status during my time in London.
7.My first media trip was with Lenovo to London for a product launch.
8.I have visited Mauritius ,Dubai and Turkey more than two times.
9.A homebody and enjoy staying at home.
10.I never buy perfumes for my self as I can not justify spending so much on myself but will gift it to others.For without knowing a lot of people gift me perfume.
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Thank you for following my adventures x