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About My Blog & I

imageI started this blog to share my thoughts, ideas and musings on life. Through the sharing of my own journey I hope to plant seeds of hope and or inspiration in other’s lives. The name ‘Dandelion days’  is very symbolic for me. The dandelion and its seeds represent something of growth, and how when blown on, the seeds scatter – symbolizing how from pain comes growth.

In 2009 I went through a horrifying and life changing experience. This experience not only changed my life but it also gave me a total new view on life and everything in it.

I am a rape survivor, public speaker, documentary film maker, TV presenter, writer, believer, teacher, sister, daughter and friend.

In October 2009 my boyfriend at the time (now ex) and I were hijacked, robbed and abducted. During this process I was brutally gang raped. It has been a very intricate journey of hurting and healing for me. Nearly 5 years later, I now feel ready to share my story, with the hope of imparting and impacting the lives of others.

I have studied performing arts, film and TV production and teaching in Speech & Drama.

I have co-presented a TV show for children broadcasted nationally on SABC 3, called Garbage Gallery. It focused on educating children to look after their environment.

I am totally blessed with an amazing Heavenly Father, a family support system and gems of friends!

I have a passion for life and its Creator!  When it is nearly taken from you, you realise what a gift it is!

I love : genuine, passionate people, unconditional love, grace, adventure, roadtrips, chocolate, travelling, arty movies, foreign cultures, humour & wit, sushi, accents, spicy food, girls nights out, bows, chai tea, ribbons, poems, buttons, picnicking, dancing like a maniac, cameras, singing at the top of my lungs, theatre, cupcakes, shoes, hugs, lots of hugs, Jesus, family, friends, humilty, kindness, compassion, generosity, Audrey Hepburn, liquorice, surprise notes, getting a parcel in the post, miracles, nature, sequins, cocktails, flowers, and last but certainly not least being alive:)

I dislike: self centred perspectives, racism, brussel sprouts, bad hair days, men with no manners, ladies with no manners, allergies, crocs, mosquitos, a bad movie, liars, darkness….



13 responses »

  1. I’m so proud of you for coming this far and spreading your love and kindness. Keep on writing for all our sakes!

  2. laurenwarnermungur

    Sister dearest – you are such an inspiration to all around you and more. I know that you will, through your blog (and many other ways), touch the lives of SO MANY people. We are blessed to have you in our lives – you are a gem xx

  3. Pam Booth-Jones

    Dear dear Cayly – I am soooo pleased that I visited your blog, and to see your total healing in process! We seem to have so much in common, in terms of our likes and dislikes – you brought a smile to my face with those! Your blog is wonderful, it’s gentle, yet assertive in its style, and I believe you will reach many through this outlet that will be changed as a result, to the glory of God. Spread the love and happiness far and wide! Love Pam xx

  4. u have been one of the greatest thngs that ever came in to my life, reading what happend to you broke me and left me in tears becuz i was not there for you. God knows that your purpose on this planet is bigger than what happend to you and im so sorry that it did becuz that is something nobody should face, bt ur a magical pearl that stands out amongst the rest and thats what makes me appreciate the friendship we are blessed. Im so proud of u and know that this is only the beginning of many blessings our creator has for you. Love u lots xoxo

  5. I fiund thus so inspirational and I like the way you think keep on keeping on.

  6. You are so inspirational! And I love your hair! How is teaching going or are you finished with teaching? Do your colleuges or students know what happened to you? How are you doing now?

    • Thanks so much. Yes, I am very open about what I’ve have gone through. I’ll read a situation first and see if I deem it suitable before I share. If I can help someone by sharing what I’ve been through then it somehow feels there is a purpose to the pain. C

  7. Hello! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award, and if you’re interested, the instructions are here: Participation is totally optional, so my apologies if you’re not interested!


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