As we tackle the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, I’m reminded that we are all in this together. During this series ‘In Isolation with’, I take a peek into the lives of wonderful humans across the globe to see what connects us all in isolation; what keeps us sane, what gives us hope and what we look forward to again post-Covid. As we socially distance physically, may we continue to uplift one another and connect more deeply in other ways.
Meet Elana- Mom of two, StepMom of two; Mother of four. Married to the coolest guy everrrr, Ian Bredenkamp. Experimenting with Meat-free recipes. Radio-The Workzone on Jacarandafm from 9 am – 12 PM. Television DSTV, Kyknet and MNET. Babybrunch.co.za and Podcast recordings.
We have a home in Gauteng and Cape Town. We are in Gauteng. A house with a self-made bike track ( our version is opening the side gates and running and riding bikes around the house), with Esther ( 5 years old) and Annabelle (3 years old).
- Wake up at 6am
- 7am read something beautiful/spiritual.
- Sometimes stretch OR stack the dishwasher and clean the kitchen, breakfast for all.
- 8:30 am I check lines with my radio team.
- I go live to Jacaranda fm with from my home office. During the show, I give activities to the girls. Yesterday we made worms from paper. Today we will finish our butterfly. Show continues.
- The play outside around 10 am, painting in our garage-their converted “ art room”. They paint anything, the floor the walls, paper and themselves. Show continues.
- Snack time is 10:30 I make a sandwich and apples. Show continues.
- They have tv time for 30 minutes. 12PM. Show finishes.
- 12:30 we have lunch as a family, I play stretching games/ do the activities from the school and then we do sleepy time.
- They sleep, I do Zoom calls with my team, my Exco, and podcast guests.
3 things you’re thankful for today
- My husband
- That we are healthy
- That we managed to travel this year and got home just in time.
- That our families are safe.
- We have so much, enough to give during this time.
- That work continues normally for me, and that I am able to be home with the girls as well.
- My gas stove.
- That I can ride bikes with the girls. I am on their motorbike and they have the luxury of an actual bike.
1 thing you’ll do as soon as isolation is over.
Train outdoors and cancel my gym membership. I do two short runs and one long run per week. I can not wait to be back on the road again. I don’t miss driving. I do miss running.
1 thing you’ll NEVER do again once isolation is over
Travel without handsanitizer
Name two places you’d love to go to in South Africa once it’s safe to move around social distancing style.
I miss being on the farm with the girls , De Grendel in Cape Town. Also, a road trip, somewhere near George or Plett.
Two places you’ve added to your global bucket list once flight bans are lifted and it’s safe to travel.
We have three trips planned for the year. Not sure if they will happen. London, Greece for my birthday and Instanbul.
When the ban was put in place we canceled 17 domestic flights.
Any favorite armchair travel books/movies that will help get you through?
OOOOO. I am reading God is my CEO at the moment and Saphiens.
Two tips for isolation survival?
Pray. Focus for just 5 min a day. alone.
Keep it simple and stay off whatapp groups and social media, unless its positive.
Any local small businesses you’d love to mention?
So many. I support all the mommy businesses at the moment.They had to reinvent. Fragrance Boutique, Foodease, Artjamming
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