Cindy: “I remember playing in the mielie lands with my friends as a child. We use to love playing “toktokkie” – it really was the good old days.
As an adult, I would like to think that I am a go-getter who isn’t scared of trying new things. I love being adventurous and I love sports and the outdoors.
Helping people work towards a life where they feel positive, healthy and financially secure is something I am very passionate about. I am a qualified Emotion Code Practitioner, Fitness Instructor and Body Alignment Coach. I’m also a Youth Health & Fitness Coach and an Entrepreneur.
My greatest challenge was the year that I moved to Australia. Australia is an amazing country and I wouldn’t mind living there, but not alone. I missed my family so much.
I have many proud moments – I received provincial and national colours in various sports and I was chosen as Sports Woman of the Year, many years ago, but my proudest moment to date is when I officially became Nate’s mom.
Nate is my adopted son. I adopted this amazing little boy earlier this year (2017). Even though he has just been with me for a couple of months – I can’t imagine life without him.
In the beginning, it was difficult for both of us – I had to get used to taking care of this precious little bundle. My whole life changed, but certainly for the better. It took him a couple of months to really get used to me as well – he didn’t smile a lot, but now that he knows where he belongs (with me) he is a friendly little boy with the cutest little smile.
There is no better feeling in the world then when I go pick him up from day-care and he gives a little jiggle and big smile when he sees me and then gives me a big bear hug when I pick him up.
I did the adoption through Procare. They are absolutely amazing and extremely professional. From the beginning, they made sure I understand completely what it was all about. The adoption process is a lot different than I thought but in a good way.
My family has been so supportive through the whole process. My sisters came to Cape Town just a couple of weeks after I got Nate to meet him and he has met his Uncle Frank, as well as Barry & Laura – my only nephew and his wife. I can’t wait for him to meet the rest of the family in December, especially all his nephews and nieces, that are all more or less his age.
Being a single parent is not easy, but my best friend and Nate’s godmother, Brenda has been such a big help (still is) and Nate loves her to bits – she’s the only one so far that can get him to laugh out loud – the most wonderful sound in the world.
Nate loves bath time – he would swim and splash around in the water from a very early age. His newest “bath-trick” is where he will go from his tummy into a sitting position and then dive back down onto his stomach – he is only 7 months old. He also got his first tooth a couple of days ago.
Every week I notice something new and different. His personality also develops more and more and some days I can just laugh at what he comes up with – I can’t wait for him to start talking because if he entertains us this much without saying a word, I can just imagine what he will come up with once he starts talking.
I have a dream of starting an anti-bullying campaign. It is shockingly sad and unacceptable how many children (and adults) get bullied. I also want to concentrate on helping young people, as well as women over 40 work towards being fitter, healthier and happier with themselves and their lives.
I might be getting older but I have big plans for the future. My future now includes a little boy, so I have to do what is best for both of us.