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    Anna Paquin walks with cane and ‘struggles with speech’ at NYC movie premiere due to mystery health issues

    ACTRESS Anna Paquin has been spotted walking with a cane at her movie premiere amid mystery health issues.On Thursday night, Anna, 41, attended the premiere of her new movie, A Bit of Light.Anna Paquin attended the A Bit of Light premiere in New YorkCredit: The Mega AgencyAnna pictured with her husband Stephen Moyer at their movie premiereCredit: GettyAnna walked with a cane at her movie premiereCredit: The Mega AgencyAnna revealed she has been struggling with an unspecified health issueCredit: GettyIn the film directed by her husband, Stephen Moyer, 54, Anna plays Ella, a recovering alcoholic struggling after having lost custody of young daughters.Held at the Crosby Street Hotel in the Big Apple, the former child actress donned a sparkly black dress at the event. She showed off her long legs while dressed in sheer stockings.The She’s All That star posed for the camera while wearing black high heels. Anna leaned against her black cane for support as the Piano actress smiled for the camera.  She pulled her dark hair tightly into a back bun.Stephen then posed with his wife as he wore an all-black ensemble. After getting married in 2010, the couple now share two kids: twins Poppy and Charlie, 11.Most read in Celebrity’I’M NOT SENTIMENTAL’During the premiere, the True Blood star revealed to People that she has been battling an unspecified health issue for about two years.”It hasn’t been easy,” she confessed.The Piano star thanked her hubby for his support through the ordeal, which has left her with mobility and speech issues.”He’s my favorite person to play with,” she said.”I’m not sentimental when it comes to work.”Anna Paquin’s RolesHere are a list of movies you might have seen Anna Paquin in besides True Blood:
    The Piano (1993)
    She’s All That (1999)
    The X-Men (2000)
    Almost Famous (2000)
    Finding Forrester (2000)
    Trick r’ Treat (2007)
    Scream 4 (2011)
    Bellevue (2017)
    The Irishman (2019)

    A source told the publication that the TV star is expected to make a full recovery.This is not the first time the star has shared her health status.’NOT HEALTHY’In 2011, the X-Men notable opened up to (via CNN) about how losing her tonsils affected her weight.”I think there’s also a really big difference between looking healthy and being healthy,” Anna said.He’s my favorite person to play with. I’m not sentimental when it comes to work.Anna PaquinPeople”People in this town have a weird tendency to say, if someone’s lost weight, ‘Oh my God, you look amazing.””And you’re like, “I just had my tonsils out and didn’t eat for three weeks,” she shared.READ MORE SUN STORIES”Literally, I had my tonsils out last year. You’re on a liquid diet.””So, of course, you lose weight. But it’s not healthy,” Anna concluded.Anna became a blockbuster star because of the X-Men moviesCredit: RexAnna and Stephen walked down the aisle back in 2010Credit: Reuters More

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    How To Turn Those Forgotten Resolutions Into Attainable Goals

    We can’t think of a better way to remind you that you’re never too late to try again or to attempt new things! So, we’ll borrow the late Aaliyah’s words: “…And if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again.” We know, it’s simpler read/said than done! This should also apply to those New Year’s resolutions you have gotten around to implementing – or that vision board you promised to finalise by the end of January.

    If you’ve long abandoned the New Year’s resolutions you swore you’d pursue in 2024, welcome – there’s many of us here! Research suggests around 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February of the year they are made.

    “Often those well-intentioned proclamations have to do with improving our wellbeing,” says Maya Rutstein, product architect at soSerene, a digital wellbeing platform. According to Forbes research, the most common theme for New Year’s resolutions in 2023 was improving mental health. And for 2024, it was getting fitter. So, before you give up on yourself for another whole year, let’s take a look at how you can reboot those  fitness resolutions into solid goals.

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    Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail?

    “To avoid making the same mistakes, we need to look at why our resolutions failed in the first place,” says Rutstein. “For starters, a New Year’s resolution is often a broad statement of intent that’s inspired by the tradition of setting intentions for the new year but lacks any kind of plan when it comes to how we’re going to achieve success – or what success even looks like. It’s hard to achieve a goal when you don’t have a clear roadmap to follow or any way of measuring your progress,” she explains.

    The second reason for failed (read: delayed) resolutions is that they are often made while we are in an idealistic state of mind.

    “So, we end up setting overly ambitious goals that become unrealistic once we’re back in our regular routines. This leads to disappointment and discouragement,” says Rutstein. Other reasons we might fail are lack of support, external pressures such as life changes or stress or simply losing interest.  

    How To Make Goals That Stick

    A good framework for solid goal-setting is the SMART approach. “This is designed to take a vague aspiration and turn it into a goal that can be achieved,” shares Rutstein. SMART is an acronym that stands for: 

    Specific: The goal should clearly define what you want to accomplish. It should answer the who, what, where, when, which and why.

    Measurable: There should be a way to measure your progress. This helps you stay on track and motivated.

    Achievable: The goal should be realistically attainable with the resources, knowledge and time you have available.

    Relevant: The goal should align with your broader life ambitions and values. It’s important that a goal matters to the person setting it. If you’re trying to achieve something just because someone else said you should, your chances of success will be zero to low.

    Time-bound: There should be a clearly defined timeline for the goal. This creates a sense of urgency, which in turn will encourage you to prioritise working towards the goal.

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    How To Rejig Your Resolutions

    To see what the SMART Approach looks like in practice, let’s take a look at the world’s favourite New Year’s resolution for 2024: “I want to get fit”. “Framed in this way, this resolution is broad and vague. It doesn’t outline how the goal will be achieved, nor does it have a measurable or time-bound aspect,” notes Rutstein. “It’s more of a wish than a goal.” 

    Transforming this intention into a SMART goal could look like this, she says: “I aim to jog for 30 minutes, three times a week, after work and increase my distance by 10% each month, aiming for a 5km run in six months.”

    This goal is specific (jogging a certain amount of time and number of days), measurable (30 minutes, three times a week, with a 10% increase in distance monthly), achievable (it starts with a manageable routine and builds gradually; it doesn’t require exercise equipment that you may not own), relevant (aligned with the broader objective of getting fit), and time-bound (there are weekly targets and a six-month milestone). It provides a clear roadmap for what success looks like and how it can be achieved.

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    How To Stick To Your Goals

    Setting a goal is one thing, sticking to it can be quite another. Rutstein says a mix of internal and external motivators can help you stay on track.

    “Intrinsic motivation comes from within – we engage in an activity because we find it inherently fun or satisfying,” explains Rutstein. “In the example of wanting to get fit, choose an activity that’s genuinely fun for you. If you absolutely loathe running, you may want to choose something else, like brisk walking or home workouts.”

    Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, involves external rewards or pressures, she says. “You could enter a 5km race that’s taking place in six months’ time so there’s pressure on you to train. Or you could publish your progress on social media so that you receive the reward of people acknowledging your efforts.”

    Finally, be open to learning and adapting along the journey. “Continuous learning involves seeking out new information and being receptive to changes, while adaptation means adjusting goals and methods as our understanding and circumstances evolve,” says Rutstein.

    For example, you may find that you need to change how you eat to fuel your new running habit, or that running before work is better for your schedule. Together, these principles encourage a flexible and dynamic approach to wellbeing, ensuring that your journey remains relevant and responsive to your changing needs and insights. Now that you have the tools to rejig your goals, here’s to making the rest of 2024 your best year yet! More

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    Art Curator Lerato Bereng-Moji On How Self-Honesty Improved Her Mental Health

    Moving to a new environment in hopes of levelling up your career or life can go either way. Sometimes, it may take longer for the grass to finally be greener on the other side. That was the case for Lerato Bereng-Moji, an art curator, director and co-owner of the Stevenson Gallery, who soon learned that studying and living art were two different concepts.

    The Root Cause

    Right after graduating with a degree in fine arts from Rhodes University, Lerato joined the art scene in Cape Town. It was here where she met her art heroes and cut her teeth working in curatorship. Coming from Maseru in Lesotho, Lerato found both Cape Town and the art scene overwhelming. “Coming to Cape Town, which is kind of a mega art city, everything was a lot to take in,” she muses.

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    “I was super starstruck when I first arrived. I remember finally meeting someone like Penny Siopis, an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, whose art we’d studied in school.” Still, she found the city a tad intimidating, which took a toll on her mental health. “Cape Town is a very Eurocentric city for starters, and has a very different landscape from many African cities,” she explains.

    “While learning a lot – and I’ll always be grateful for that experience – I also found it incredibly alienating.” Lerato also struggled with resonating with the art in Cape Town.“I found that the predominant voice [in most of the art] was really unfamiliar to me. It was difficult to find my own voice and to figure out who I was, and what I wanted to do creatively in a space that had very little that I could add to my experience.” In this way, Lerato felt not only far from home geographically but conceptually, too.

    The Tides of Change

    Then in late 2010, an opportunity to travel to Joburg for a conference presented itself. At the spur of the moment, Lerato decided not to book a return ticket. “I was offered a return ticket and I kind of impulsively decided to ask for a one-way,” she recalls. She didn’t know much about Joburg at first, but grew to love it. “I really enjoyed the energy and hustle of the city and most people here are migrant labourers like myself,” she points out.

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    Lerato started hustling to find work in the Joburg art scene, while enjoying the new Afrocentric space that spoke to her. “You immediately encounter Joburg with a punch in your face and I appreciated the honesty of the city,” she shares. Not only that, but Joburg is only a mere four-hour drive to her home country.

    In late 2013, Lerato also completed a Masters thesis, centred on Lesotho, which was met with great appreciation. “I called it Conversations at Morija. The first iteration happened in 2013, and again in 2015 and 2017,” she says. Another was held in October this 2023 around Lesotho’s Independence Day, and will centre on her recent exhibition and book How to Make a Country.

    “I now understand that the only way to make it, or to make something of myself in the world, is if I’m entirely honest,” she muses. And that’s a liberating lesson that she’s since carried into all aspects of her life!

    Parting Shot

    2010…The year Lerato learnt that Joburg was exactly what her mental health needed.

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    Best Lesson…“So often, we try to fit ourselves into the moulds that are presented as what has already been, but we’re not here to occupy spaces of what’s already begun.”

    11…The approximate number of art exhibitions Lerato has curated in her career. More

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    Could Bed Rotting Be The Answer To Your Self-Care Struggles?

    New Age, TikTok wellness trends will have you believe that everything your parents taught you about waking up early daily and making your bed is as irrelevant and outdated as a feature phone. Take for instance the latest fad: bed rotting (the tag has garnered more than 2 billion views on TikTok)!

    Ever had those weekend episodes where your eyes are wide awake (yay, new day!), but your body tells you that it doesn’t feel like leaving the bed. So, you end up eating, reading, catching on the latest season of Love Is Blind, taking calls, mindlessly browsing the rabbit hole that is the ‘net – all from comfort of your bed! Yep, you may have done this a couple of times already but thanks to GenZers redefining life as we’ve always known it via TikTok, the trend now has a phrase. What you call being consciously unproductive your grandmother may call pure laziness – but however you see it, let’s delve deeper into what ‘bed rotting’ a.k.a. ‘much-deserved rest’ entails – and how to do it right!

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    What You Do In Bed Matters

    Granting yourself a lazy day every once in a while is purely warranted and is no new concept. However, equally important is knowing when bed rotting is totally healthy and when it’s feeding into your existing mental health issues. “If, for instance, you’re already struggling with basic day-to-day functions and you’d rather sleep than face certain emotions head-on, sleeping or spending more time in bed could signal depression and other mood disorders,” explains counselling psychologist Selloane Molalogi-Makau, adding that if you’re constantly feeling lethargic and feel safer spending time in bed than anywhere else, perhaps it’s time to seek professional help.

    If, however, there is nothing alarming about your behaviour and you function just as well when you’re not cooped up in bed, Molalogi-Makau, suggests setting time limits to how much time you’re going to spend ‘bed rotting’ could be a good idea. For instance, are you going to use that time catching up on to-do list items that you didn’t get to in the week or are you immersed in a book whose storyline literally transports you to another world?

    “Just be careful not to indulge in anything that could upset you, stress you out or make you feel like your bed is safer than being out there in the world,” warns Molalogi-Makau.

    A February 2023 study by the University of Bath found that “long-term inactivity significantly increases blood sugar levels even if you reduce your food intake to avoid gaining weight.” While another pilot study published in the National Library of Medicine found that there was a correlation between “sleeping or lying in bed all day and an increased risk of stress and depression, systemic inflammation and other psychological and cardiovascular ailments.”

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    Bed Rotting Done Right?

    Durban-based psychologist Lindani Mnyaka believes that there’s nothing sinister with bed rotting – provided it’s done once in a blue moon, as opposed to regularly. He does, however, add that nothing adds meaning to our lives such as kicking that duvet cover and being up and about creating a life of meaning. He also highlights the importance of constantly checking in one’s mental health state, so as to avoid sinking into a mood disorder without being aware of it.

    Changing your sleep schedule drastically ultimately does more harm than good for your mental and physical health, says Mnyaka. Per a 2019 Harvard Health report, “too much sleep can lead to too little energy.” Why is that? “Because it appears that any significant deviation from normal sleep patterns can upset the body’s rhythms and increase daytime fatigue,” according to the report. That said, Mnyaka agrees with Molalogi-Makau re: setting a limit to how much time time you’re going to spend in bed, as well as mapping out exactly what you’ll be doing.

    Among some of the activities he suggests are reading, watching a series, colouring in, sewing in buttons (time to own a sewing kit!) or a catch-up video call with a loved one. “It’s also very important to mention that just because a health trend has attracted billions of views doesn’t necessarily make it a healthy solution. People really need to start scrutinising

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    A Problematic Title, Maybe?

    Perhaps worth asking is – why is resting referred to as rotting, when the former is actually a good thing (and especially when self-care/resting comes in many forms? What’s self-care to one person may not work for another individual and such is the case with many subjective practises. TikTokers are probably rolling their eyes this very minute and thinking – what’s in a name, anyway? If there’s anything that we should take away from the bed rotting trend, it’s that aimless and unplanned rest – especially in a culture that praises busyness over relaxation – is completely healthy and okay. We’re allowed to take care of ourselves, the best way we know how. More

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    Who is Wendy Williams’ son, Kevin Hunter Jr?

    FORMER US talk show host Wendy Williams has never been shy talking about her turbulent life with her fans.But her son Kevin, 23 has lived most of his life out of the spotlight of his famous parents Wendy and his father Kevin Hunter Sr.
    Wendy Williams’ son Kevin Hunter Jr has stayed out of the spotlight for most of his lifeCredit: Romain Maurice for The US Sun
    Who is Wendy Williams’ son, Kevin Hunter Jr?
    Kevin Hunter Jr. was born on August 18, 2000, and has stuck by his mother even through some of the hardest times.
    Wendy, 59, describes him as her “hard-won child” after she went through multiple miscarriages before finally triumphantly giving birth to Kevin.
    She said in 2015: “I fought tooth and nail to be a mother. I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months.”
    The 23-year-old attended a university in Miami, after leaving his family home in New Jersey before his parent’s bitter divorce.

    He has tried to keep out of the public eye as much as possible with him having just nine public photos on his Instagram account.
    Including a picture of him and his beloved mother, one with Diddy and others of himself enjoying his life.
    Kevin has recently spoken about his mother in documentaries and exclusively to The Sun in rare public showings.
    What has Kevin said about his mother’s health issues?
    Kevin Jr has been stern with his mother over the recent news of her dwindling health.
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    He said he “would not be in her life” unless she got help for her alcohol issues.
    The U.S. Sun exclusively reported on Thursday morning, Wendy was diagnosed with alcohol-related brain damage in 2019 during a rehab stint in Florida.
    Wendy Williams’ son Kevin Jr confirms she has ‘alcohol-induced dementia’ on Lifetime doc after erratic behavior exposed_Where is Wendy Williams_Lifetime
    An insider explained that there was a brain scan done as part of Wendy’s rehab stay in Delray Beach.
    “The doctor explained to them that Wendy was suffering from alcohol-related brain damage. They told her that her alcohol abuse had done permanent damage to the layers in her brain,” the insider said.
    The star then got diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and aphasia in 2023 but it was kept hidden from the public until last week.
    A source close to the family told The Sun: “Wendy’s relationship with Kevin Jr has been strained. He gave her an ultimatum. He told her he won’t be in her life unless she fixes herself.” 
    The source added their relationship has been rocky over the past few years.  
    “Her son has been doling out the tough love, telling Wendy, ‘Get yourself help, mom,'” said the source.
    Speaking exclusively with The U.S. Sun in June 2023, Kevin Jr. said: “I know there are all sorts of things happening that I know in her right mind, she would never agree to.
    “As hard as it is seeing her being taken advantage of, I know that if I’m making sure she, as a person, is okay, that is the important thing.
    “Because eventually, she’s going to realize the craziness that’s been going on.”
    What is the documentary Where is Wendy Williams?
    Where is Wendy Williams? focuses on Wendy’s life after she left her successful talk show following the tragic health diagnosis.
    The show – which aired last weekend – features her son, Kevin Jr as he also helped to produce the docu-series.
    As per the official synopsis on Lifetime, the website reads: “The documentary provides a raw, honest and unfiltered reality of Wendy’s life after she was placed under financial guardianship, shedding light on the vulnerabilities that has turned Wendy into the Hot Topic herself.
    “Suffering mental and physical issues, Wendy’s delicate state of mind, erratic behavior and declining health were all captured by the cameras.”
    It aims to answer the questions a lot of her fans have had over the years including how she is doing now and who truly has her best interests at heart.
    Episodes of the docu-series can be streamed on Lifetime.
    When was Wendy Williams diagnosed with dementia and aphasia?
    Wendy was diagnosed with the two tragic health issues last year, say her care team.
    However they were kept hidden from the public until Thursday, 22, February, when her carers released a statement.
    They said: “The conditions have already presented significant hurdles in Wendy’s life.
    “Wendy is still able to do many things for herself. Most importantly she maintains her trademark sense of humor and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed.”
    The team say they released the shock news “to correct inaccurate and hurtful rumors about her health”.
    Frontotemporal dementia is a tragic illness that is currently incurable.
    The brain disorder affects language and communication skills and gets worse overtime as it can’t be treated with any traditional methods to slow down its progession.
    Aphasia is a nervous system syndrome that also affects the body’s ability to communicate.
    Often people suffering from the horrible issue struggle to speak about their emotions and in some cases lose the ability to speak and write.
    Hollywood icon Bruce Willis had to give up his career for the same medical issues.
    Williams has dealt with a number of ongoing health issues in her life, including Graves’ disease, lymphedema and alcohol abuse. More

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    Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, 81, ‘suffering from dementia’ as team files for conservatorship weeks after wife’s death

    BEACH Boys legend Brian Wilson is reportedly suffering from dementia.The heartbreaking news was revealed in a court filing on Thursday, which said the music icon, 81, was suffering from a “major neurocognitive disorder (such as dementia).”
    Brian Wilson has reportedly been diagnosed with dementia and his team has filed for a conservatorship
    This news comes just weeks after the music legend’s wife, Melinda Ledbetter, died at the age of 77Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File
    Wilson was a co-founder of the band, Beach BoysCredit: Getty
    Wilson’s family later confirmed that two family representatives – LeeAnn Hard and Jean Sievers – will serve as his co-conservators.
    They said the decision was prompted by the death of Wilson’s wife, Melinda Ledbetter, who died at the age of 77 last month.
    “Following the passing of Brian’s beloved wife Melinda, after careful consideration and consultation among Brian, his seven children, Gloria Ramos and Brian’s doctors (and consistent with family processes put in place by Brian and Melinda), we are confirming that longtime Wilson family representatives LeeAnn Hard and Jean Sievers will serve as Brian’s co-conservators of the person,” they said in a statement on Instagram.
    “This decision was made to ensure that there will be no extreme changes to the household and Brian and the children living at home will be taken care of and remain in the home where they are cared for by Gloria Ramos and the wonderful team at the house who have been in place for many years helping take care of the family.

    “Brian will be able to enjoy all of his family and friends and continue to work on current projects as well as participate in any activities he chooses.”
    According to court documents obtained by The Blast on Thursday, Wilson is being treated for the disorder.
    The agent for his touring company and long time publicist was also reportedly listed on the filing.
    Wilson’s diagnosis comes as he prepares to launch new music next year.
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    In 1970, he began working on a country album with former Beach Boys manager Fred Vail who was on lead vocals.
    Jack Sonni dead at 68- Dire Straits’ ‘other guitarist’ dies as band pays tribute
    The project was shelved but the two musicians have since returned to it.
    It’s release is planned for 2025 and Wilson will be featured on guest vocals, according to Rolling Stone.
    When his wife passed in January, the star shared an emotional message about his wife of 28 years with his X, formerly know as Twitter followers.
    “My heart is broken. Melinda, my beloved wife of 28 years, passed away this morning,” he began.
    “Our five children and I are just in tears. We are lost. Melinda was more than my wife. She was my savior. She gave me the emotional security I needed to have a career.
    “She encouraged me to make the music that was closest to my heart. She was my anchor. She was everything for us. She was a force of nature and one of the strongest women you could come by.
    “She was not only a model, our father’s savior, and a mother, she was a woman empowered by her spirit with a mission to better everyone she touched. We will miss her but cherish everything she has taught us.”
    “How to take care of the person next to you without expecting anything in return, how to find beauty in the darkest of places, and how to live life as your truest self with honesty and pride. We love you mom. Give Grandma Rose and Pa our love,” he concluded his thread.
    What are the signs and symptoms of dementia? Different types of dementia affect people in various ways, and not everyone will experience the same signs.
    However early signs before a diagnosis can include:

    Memory loss
    Difficulty concentrating
    Finding it hard to carry out familiar daily tasks, such as getting confused over the correct change when shopping
    Struggling to follow a conversation or find the right word
    Being confused about time and place
    Mood changes

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    10 Wellness Quotes By Miss SA Natasha Joubert (That We Absolutely Loved!)

    Ever met those people who are a freakin’ big deal but don’t treat themselves as such? This was the case when current Miss SA Natasha Joubert invited me to her home for the Jan/Feb 2024 cover interview. After insisting on brewing me the perfect cup of coffee, the 26-year-old opened up about everything in her new, busy world. From the gruelling Miss SA preps, dealing with negative opinions and managing a tight schedule to not being too anal about diets and swopping intense workouts for low-impact exercises, she left no stone unturned.

    After almost three hours of Natasha laying her soul bare, one important lesson that I took away was that: Our breakthrough or fresh start is always one last push, and sound decision, away. Ahead, some wisdom that we gleaned from one of the most relatable Miss SA’s in the history of the pageant:

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    1. Embracing New Beginnings And Forging Ahead

    “I’ve learnt not to become too complacent. I usually know that it’s time for change when I get to a point where a lot of things no longer excite me or when it feels like I’m settling. Then I know that it’s time to take a risk or introduce changes to my daily routine. Secondly, don’t only try one or twice — if you have to do something four times, then go for it! These days, failure is more common than success. If you study the lives of most successful people, they definitely didn’t get it right the first time around. For instance, my mother studied law when she was 18 and quit. She just recently got her law degree now at 50. The lesson? If there’s something that you genuinely want for yourself, go for it. Even if it means taking a break.”

    2. Fight For Your Dreams

    “In life you’re going to have to fight for the things you need and want. There are very few young people who have parents who can finance their future goals. And I was one of those kids. Saving my pageant winnings and working odd jobs as teenager and post-matric made me financially independent from a young age. At times, I’d have to borrow my mother money because she just couldn’t do it as a single mother. Granted, I grew up quicker than I would’ve liked to. Now that I’m running my own household, I fully understand how my mom struggled on her own after my dad’s passing. My wish is for young people to understand that having parents who fund their education and goals is a privilege that they should never take for granted – not a must!”

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    3. Humble Beginnings

    “When I entered Miss SA in 2020, the judges always advised us to bring our real selves to the competition if we really wanted to win. And I remember thinking: “What does that even mean?” But working with a therapist to heal my childhood traumas has been revolutionary. I wasn’t self-assured the first time around. The thought alone of admitting to being independent at a young age so that I could relieve my mother of any financial pressure, or the debilitating fact that we lost our home after my dad’s passing, would’ve embarrassed me or brought me to tears! But I now tell that story with pride in hopes that it will inspire many other young people to fight for their dreams like I did!” 

    4. What I Know For Sure

    “Now I know that life is about balance. It’s all about knowing when to work hard and when to take time off or when to take things seriously and when not to overthink. I don’t take my Miss SA title too seriously. I dance when I’m at events, I’m definitely not stiff and stuck up. At the end of the day, everyone is literally just like you – they’re human. I want to be known as a Miss SA who gets the job done, but who’s also relatable and showcases the downfalls and the struggles. I don’t mind being an open book because it allows me to go through life freely and without feeling the need to filter certain things out.”

    5. Navigating Negativity

    “I’ve never worked as hard as I did for Miss SA – little knowing that the hard work gets worse after being crowned [chuckles]. There will always be those people who feel that you didn’t deserve an opportunity, but no one can ever tell you that you’re not fit for anything if you give it your all.”

    6. Living With ADHD And Anxiety

    “I was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety in my adulthood. It could’ve been earlier but I refused to go to therapy when my dad passed away in my teens. I didn’t want to be on medication chronically so we started on a really low dosage for a few months then eased it out. Eventually, I had to find coping mechanisms that would help me control the symptoms from the inside and exit that space of constantly wanting to be busy – and that’s where life coaching came in. I will always go to therapy for as long as circumstances allow me to.”

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    7. Stop To Smell The Roses

    “I’m in my 20s now and understand that I haven’t reached the pinnacle of who I want to be. I don’t want to be so consumed by life’s responsibilities, or rush through it, without ever stopping to reflect on the next step and carefully mapping out who I want to be. I want to constantly challenge myself to grow after ticking off a goal and to do everything with intention.”

    8. After A Long Day…

    “My favourite form of unwinding is lying on the couch and enjoying a good series, or being with family and friends, walking my dogs, lying in the sun, swimming at my grandparents’ house or sitting in front of the fire with my boyfriend in winter. It’s really the small things that bring me the greatest joy.”

    9. Don’t Demand Too Much Of Your Body

    “Gym for me was always about releasing endorphins. I really can’t promise myself that I’ll commit to exercising as regularly and as intensely as I did before and during the Miss SA preps – and that’s also okay. My work schedule simply doesn’t allow me to. The smaller things like walking my dogs and hiking with my family will have to do for now.”

    10. Local Is Definitely Lekker

    “I love travelling locally — the Western Cape Winelands and the Kruger National Park being firm favourites. I get PTSD from travelling internationally. My bag is always overweight, I always worry about the possibility of missing the flight and then I’m constipated for four days after returning. When I land back in SA, I always think to myself, ‘I don’t know why I paid that much just to want to be back home [chuckles].’

    Catch our detailed interview with Miss South Africa Natasha Joubert in the January/February 2024 issue of Women’s Health on shelves now, or grab yourself a digital copy. More

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    How is Wendy Williams doing? Latest updates

    WENDY Williams has been battling various health issues for nearly two decades.The talk show host has been candid about her well-being numerous times after needing to take time off from the industry to recuperate.
    Wendy Williams during an interview with host Seth Meyers on June 15, 2021Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
    What is the latest on Wendy Williams?
    On June 17, 2022, The Wendy Williams Show officially came to an end after airing on television for over a decade.
    Wendy Williams has been struggling with various illnesses for the past 19 years due to which she was absent for the last season.
    In May 2021, Wendy went on a hiatus from her talk show due to health concerns surrounding her Graves’ disease.
    A spokesperson for her show told PEOPLE at the time that the star had been “dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease, which is causing fatigue.”

    She also confessed to the magazine that she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism 19 years ago.
    Williams said at the time, “I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it.”
    “It came from me neglecting my six-month endocrinology appointment.”
    “I have Graves’ disease and hyperthyroid.”
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    “If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago.”
    Wendy has also battled Covid and question marks have hung over whether she will return to this small screen this year.
    In March 2022, however, Wendy claimed on Good Morning America that she would return to her show “in three months” and that she had “the body of a 25-year-old.”
    However, on June 14, 2022, it was announced The Wendy Williams Show was officially canceled.
    Timeline of Wendy Williams’ health battle


    Early February: Wendy canceled three shows after experiencing ‘flu-like symptoms’
    February 21: She announced a three-week hiatus due to issues with hyperthyroidism
    December 17: Wendy missed taping her show after suffering a bone fracture


    Early January: Wendy postpones her return to her show
    January 18: For the third time, the host pushed back her return
    January 29: The Wendy Williams Show’s official Instagram revealed Nick Cannon would be taking over as temporary host
    January-March: DailyMailTV reported at the time that Wendy had been struggling with abusing alcohol and pills after fracturing her shoulder in December 2018, and the outlet claimed Wendy checked into a detox and rehab facility during her break from the show


    Wendy clapped back at those trolling her Lymphedema during an after-show on Instagram, “Stop asking me about the cankles, I have Lymphedema. Stop asking me why I wear sneakers, I have Lymphedema. Stop asking me why my eyes bulge, I’ve got Graves’ disease. Stop asking me, like, dumb mess! Can we connect on a more cerebral level?”


    March: Wendy showed viewers a close-up of her severely swollen ankles as she suffers from Lymphedema
    May: Wendy went on a hiatus from her talk show due to health concerns surrounding her Graves’ disease
    September 15: Wendy was taken to the hospital for “psychiatric service”
    September 20: Wendy’s show was scheduled to return but was delayed after she tested positive for Covid
    October 4: The Wendy Williams Show was due to return for its 13th season
    October 18: After being postponed twice, the show premiered


    January 10: As of January 2022, Wendy Williams has not returned for the 14th season of her show due to ongoing health issues
    January 21: Wendy Williams’ son shared a photo of her in Brickell, Miami
    March 17: Wendy confirms on Good Morning America that she would be returning to her show in three months.
    June 14: The Wendy Williams show was canceled
    September 14: The U.S. Sun exclusively reported that Wendy checked into a wellness facility. Her publicist Shawn Zanotti told The U.S. Sun she checked in to “manage her overall health issues.”


    January 26: It is reported that, in 2023, Wendy left New York and moved to Florida to recuperate and be closer to her family.

    February 1: Wendy appeared in a new trailer for a two-night documentary event premiering on Lifetime. The video was removed just moments after release.

    Wendy Williams’ show was canceled in June 2022Credit: Dario Alequin for The US Sun
    When did the last episode of The Wendy Williams Show air?
    The Wendy Williams Show was scheduled to return for its 13th season on October 4, 2021, but it was postponed twice and premiered on October 18.
    Season 13 premiered without Wendy Williams, with a stream of new hosts taking her place.
    In February 2022 on The Wendy Williams Show, Sherri Shepherd told fans, “Starting in September I am starting my own talk show!”  
    After her big announcement, the show’s press team sent out the official release that made it clear- Wendy is not returning to her own show.  
    The show was officially canceled on Tuesday, June 14. The last episode aired on Friday, June 17.
    “The final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show will air with a video tribute to the iconic host,” a show spokesperson confirmed to Deadline.
    When is the Wendy Williams documentary premiering on Lifetime?
    Wendy Williams resurfaced for the first time since 2022 in a trailer for a documentary special set to premiere on Lifetime.
    The clip, released on February 1, 2024, depicts the broadcaster with her adoring audience on the stage of her show and even receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    Her decline in health is also front and center in the trailer.
    The two-night documentary event was set to premiere in late February, but Lifetime deleted the trailer moments after it was released. More