Welcome to my little blog and thank you for stopping by!

About the Author

My name is Alet Swart (née Viljoen).  I am a thirty something female living in Pretoria, South Africa.  I started my career as a travel agent in a busy leisure, retail store in Brooklyn Mall.  After nearly 10 years as a travel agent, I moved into business systems.  Here I have the opportunity to play with systems and trial processes to meet the business’ needs and enhance efficiency and productivity.

Student and Life Long Learner

In 2008, I enrolled at UNISA, as a B.Com. student, majoring in industrial and organisational psychology.  I graduated in 2015 with my degree and completed my honours degree, in 2016, within a year, which is considered full time.  My next career ambition is to become a registered psychometrist and hopefully one day, I may call myself a psychologist.

My mom and I on my graduation day Bcom degree done
Graduation Day | Photo with my mom and I

Mom to Logan (11)

I became a mom, the first time around, at the age of 20.  Logan was a ‘little‘ unexpected and yet, stole my heart and changed my life forever.  He is a busy, stubborn and logic leader that keeps me on my knees and toes!  One of his great passions is Capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian martial art that develops many cognitive skills and intelligencies.   One of Logan’s struggles is ADHD and our current focus is improving his executive function in order to help him cope better at school.

Boy Child Logan #boyLu

Mom to Oliver (6)

Logan’s little brother, Oliver was born in 2011.  I was convinced he was a little girl and was broken-hearted when I found out he was a boy.  After a couple of days in Neo-Natal ICU with blood incompatibility issues, I realised that I didn’t care if he was a boy or a girl as long as he is healthy.

In 2015, Oliver had a second health issue.  The initial diagnosis of mumps turned out to be a rare cancer called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.   By God’s grace, the cancer hadn’t spread to any of Oliver’s other organs and has been cancer free for the past two years.

Oliver is a gentle child, introvert by nature, but boy, when he feels comfortable with you, he does not stop talking.

Oliver #OliMac

About the blog | hello i’m Alet

Turning 30 has given me permission to focus on what I think of me more than what others think of me.  Having said that, I am a work in progress and improving who I am is a top priority.

Like I said earlier, my name is Alet and if you live anywhere outside of the borders of South Africa (or the Netherland) you may need some help with the pronunciation. Here’s how I break it down, start by saying “A Letter” but stop at Let.  A-Let :)

I started blogging in 2007 as a single mom to Logan.  In 2010 I met my soon to be ex-husband and had a baby.  I grew up and I stopped writing- I mainly, stopped writing about what really matters.  In all honesty, I was scared of what other would think or say.  Writing became an exhausting tasking of reading and rereading and making sure no-one takes offence or think funny of me.  So, I have filed away most of my pre-2010 archives.

In 2016, I made the really hard decision to move out and do what is best for my kids and I.  It was an extremely tough year, but I am happy to say, we not only survived it, but we’re thriving because of it.

With everything that had happened, I turned the page and started writing again.  Something I should never have stopped.

Here are the basics:

  • I am an ENTP,  which really means I love a good debate and I am a visionary.  Small mundane, detail bore me.  Give me half a chance to solve a problem or create a vision board and I am beyond happy!
  • I am planner crazy and have fully and successfully implemented the bullet journal system into my life!
  • I am trying to be a healthier me but most of the time it doesn’t work very well.  So I have decided to try something new.  I call it, the Lifestyle Challenge.
  • I am a newbie Capoeirista.  Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art and it is simply amazing!   Not only is it challenging beyond words, it is a game.  It’s fun and best of all, it is a really good workout at the same time.
  • I am horrified by the statistics available about modern day slavery and I am committed and involved with an anti-human trafficking awareness organisation, called A21.
  • Passionate about equipping people to be better versions of themselves.  I find it most satisfying to write when someone is able to relate or find the information I share helpful.
  • Saved by Grace, I believe that Jesus Christ died for me on the cross.

I believe life is a journey and I’m open to sharing any tips I pick up along the way.

If you’re still curious, read this posts, it includes a couple of photos of me as a kid and teenager.

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2 thoughts on “Meet Alet”

  1. Dear Alet. I just came accross your blog & it is so lovely. :)
    Our son is also named Oliver & is also 4. I am also originally from Pretoria, so nice to meet you. Keep up with the great blog. Cheers, Yolandi

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