Friday, March 6, 2015

Pluff Mud Kids people: Ronel Gilich

"I'm calling off the search for myself."
- my Uncle Austin, who is hilarious.

Who are you? What makes you tick? My Mum and I recently had a discussion about how labels cast a certain light on people and cause us to put them in a permanent box... you are a teacher, you are a housewife (does that term still exist?), you are a runner, etc. Even if you don't see yourself as an athlete, does the fact that you run everyday make you a runner? What are the things that you do every day that make you who and what you are? What could you add into your daily life in 2015 to make a change in the way you label yourself by the end of the year?

Meet Charleston local Ronel Gilich. She's not searching for herself, but rather enjoying the process of evolving a bit more every year. Ronel isn't a been here, she's a come here, hailing from South Africa. Ronel is a wife, mother of two, travel lover, photographer, surfer, Pilates enthusiast (she used to run her own studio in Seattle), physical therapist, and so much more. One of the areas she's expanding upon this year is her love of photography, for which she obviously has a gift.

 Today I'm choosing to highlight just that one piece of Ronel as she shares some of her work with us here.  Ronel reflects that she has always enjoyed looking at life through a lens - even as a young girl, before snapping pictures of everything we see was en vogue.  On recent trips back to her beloved homeland she has captured some striking images that have been featured in Africa Geographic. Herewith, a few examples of what makes Ronel who and what she is...

Just looking at these images makes me feel Ronel's love for South Africa and I feel that I know her a little bit better, don't you agree? Thank you for sharing these, Ronel! Congratulations on this work and keep digging in to this art form - we want to see more.

"Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself."
- George Bernard Shaw

Who will you become in 2015?

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