LIFE… with Elsa Why It’s Important to know yourself

1. Make Decisions More Easily
When you completely ‘know’ yourself, you are able to discern what is beneficial to your character and what is not. This is then something that you can determine BEFORE you allow certain things in your life. How many of us made choices in the past that ended up being disasters and at the moment of the decision we were uncertain. To ‘know’ yourself does not by ANY means say you will never make mistakes, but you will certainly be able to approach them differently. This leads to only making a mistake once and then learning from it. Making choices become easy because you are able to focus on the things that you really want and know how to get it. Things become clear, clarity your comfort and peace your compass

2. Access What You Want In Your Life
Our mind is the MOST powerful tool we will EVER own, and yet we so conveniently underestimate it daily. We all have an AMAZING mind and we experience things in our life based on the way we use our own minds. How often do you experience what you ACTUALLY want?
Fully understanding how your mind works (‘knowing’ yourself ) and how you filter things into your life, enables you to change it.

3. Find The Perceptions Blocking Your View
Whatever your perceptions are, that is exactly what you will experience in your life. This is applicable in ANY and EVERY area of your life. When you completely understand your own mind, you can identify old beliefs and perceptions that are no longer serving you and change them.
The most potent and difficult beliefs / perceptions to identify are the assumption beliefs. They are so true to us that it seems ridiculous to question or change them. ‘Knowing’ yourself enables the unconscious mind to present these perceptions not serving you, one-by-one and getting rid of them while all the things you want start to filter into your life!

4. Take Responsibility For Your Life
It is easier to just blame others, our situation, the government, God, our parents, and terrible things that happened to us. That’s what we’ve been taught for centuries. Having this approach demonstrates an unconscious victim-like mindset leaving us with feelings of powerlessness, fear, disappointment, resentment, and frustration. This can be changed by completely understanding your own thoughts, beliefs, reactions, and feelings. Understanding leads to taking responsibility meaning you deal with the unconscious cause of your past and learn how do the things on your part to create the life that you want

Knowing and understanding yourself releases your mind’s ability to serve you the way it’s been created to serve you. Yes, it was created to SERVE you!
Freedom has a different ‘coat’ for everyone; happiness, peace, confidence, financial freedom, time, leadership, healthy relationships…

What is your ‘coat’ for freedom?
Mine is completely being ME with no guilt, never comparing myself, never walking on eggshells and never feeling the need to prove anything.
I STOPPED surviving and started LIVING!



Eye candy was the predominant theme this year at the Plett Arts Festival, a three week event bringing colour, sound, memorable performances and feasting on fabulous food to the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay.
Festival goers relished in music, drama and comedy, enjoyed musicians, art exhibitions and award-winning films. As always, Plett presented a one-of-a-kind backdrop to our art extravaganza and introduced the Plett Twilight Meander and Plett Peep Art this year.
The town showcased theatrical actors, visual artists, musicians and films to inspire and nourish visitors and local residents of Plett. Local artists displayed their fine art throughout the festival during individual exhibitions and the Plett Arts Twilight Meander. In only a few short years, the Plett ARTS Festival has showcased more than 150 artists. Attendance has grown since its debut in 2014, with more than 2000 festival goers in 2017 alone. With a growing reputation in excellence, Plett is firmly established as a destination for acclaimed artists, all the while cultivating local talent.
Also new this year was the introduction of a Mobile Catering & Catering for the Film Industry workshop. This was hosted by iKasi Media and Plett Tourism, and was presented by Byron de Carvalho of Shesha Caterers. The workshop forms part of Ikasi Media’s intensified local upskilling and training programme, in line with the Garden Route Klein Karoo strategy to attract film makers to our region, to prepare locals for participation in this industry. This falls in line with the food and film theme and the Plett Food & Film.
This year’s Plett Food & Film Ambassador was the effervescent Jenny Morris and the line-up was thought-provoking with an underlying theme of war. Plett Food & Film director, Cindy Wilson-Trollip, commented; “This year, we had all the ingredients of the Plett Food & Film we have come to expect – thought provoking film, excellent food, wine and well contextualized, superb live performances. Our selection of films this year all celebrated the resilience of the human spirit, which became extremely poignant viewed right now, in a time of rebuilding in our town after the devastating firestorm.”
If you happened to have missed it, do yourself a great favour and make a note in your diary right now to attend next year. The Plett Arts Festival was from the 30th of June – 22nd of July this year, so keep an eye on the website and be sure to book for 2018.


A security officer in Plettenberg Bay saw straight through the tall tale of a suspect, and in so doing helped put a suspected repeat offender behind bars.
Fidelity ADT armed response officer Phakamisa Kakaza was dispatched to an alarm activation in Susan Street (on 21 July 2017). On his arrival in the area, he parked a short distance away to first observe the area.
“Our officer noticed an unidentified man standing at the gate to the property with a bucket in his hands. When our officer approached the man and asked why he was at the property, the suspect claimed that he had been washing someone’s car on the property,” says Steven Green, branch manager for Fidelity ADT in Plettenberg Bay.
“Officer Kakaza did not believe the explanation he was given and hand cuffed the suspect to the gate so that he could do a further investigation of the house itself. When he noticed signs at the window and the front door that there had been an attempt to forcibly gain entrance to the house, our officer contacted our monitoring centre asking for police back up.”
When the police arrived at the property they indicated that the alleged suspect had a number of housebreaking charges pending against him. The home owner soon also arrived and confirmed that nothing had been stolen.
“I am really impressed with how officer Kakaza saw straight through the lie he had been told by the suspect. Our officer trusted his gut and his training and helped put a suspect behind bars, where he belongs,” says Green.
Residents are reminded to regularly test their home security systems to make sure they are working. Green also recommends always keeping the system armed, even if you are home.