How you doin?
Since you’re here I’ve got good news! Well Lydia has actually and it’s a podcast called Good News (see what I did there, yeah you did) and it’s a rather splendid podcast and so is she with all the rays of positivity and all the other good heart-warming stuff thats “worth smiling about”.
Enough chit chat, here’s Lydia’s 11 on 11
1. Well…Who are you?
I always get a bit of anxiety when I’m asked this question because I always feel like I have to explain things… I’m Lydia Mosa Marumo. I use my first and middle name interchangeably because I was raised by a number of different people so I never know what to introduce myself as off the bat. So you have the option to pick a name so it doesn’t get awkward if I give you one name and then someone else calls me by my other name lol I’m 25 and South African, a mom and a podcaster who someday hopes to work in the media and entertainment industries since I love it so much.
2. What drove you to start a blog?
I started podcasting because my radio production lecturer in college encouraged it. She’d said it would serve as a good portfolio when we’d eventually market ourselves for work in the industry but I only started later on because the thought of sitting behind a mic by myself to talk about things that interest me made me a bit nervous. But I did and the Corona virus was my push. With all the bad news we were suddenly given at the start of lockdown at such a heavy and fast rate, I felt like people could do with something positive, even if it’s every once in a while, just to unplug from the bad and hear something worth smiling about. So I created the Good News podcast and I share good news on there that never really make it to mainstream news and I’ve been working on expanding into a blog as well this year.
3. What else draws your heart and drives your interest?
I love being creative and taking in creative content. So I’m big on art, music and fashion because of my love of storytelling. Anything that I feel like has a good narrative to it, especially visually, is something I find I’m constantly drawn to. And I have a bit of a love for storytelling myself so, if the radio/ broadcast thing doesn’t work out for me, hopefully I get to share stories in other ways.
4. Your most cherished achievement and your greatest adversity?
As corny as it may sound, I think becoming a mom was my greatest achievement. I was forced to grow up quickly and think clearly about things I want to achieve not only for myself but for the benefit of my child so, that helped me out a lot because I was all over the place when I was younger. Being a mother has also helped me work on my communication skills and patience, and has made me hard working and these are traits that I know I can use outside of motherhood and have benefit me in other aspects of my life.
5. A book, a movie and an album
Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ (still one of my ultimate favourites)
6. Do you have a mantra, quote or idea that you live by?
My favourite quote is “start where you are, use what you have, do what you can”. Sometimes when I feel like there are people my age who have it together while I feel stagnant or like I’m not doing enough, this quote reminds me that I’m at the right place at the right time to do the best I can right now.
7. Describe how it feels and how it looks when you’re in your element
It feels like nothing else matters. I feel happy and at peace and I know that I could keep doing it for free if I get rewarded with feedback on how I’ve improved someone’s day or simply made them smile. Usually I’m in my element in the night time when I know I’m guaranteed peace and quiet because everyone is asleep. I’ll have a hoodie on and my favourite fleece blanket over my shoulders, and some music playing while I go through the internet for something worth sharing.
8. If you could travel to three locations of your choice then finally sit down and have a heart to heart with one person, where and who?
I would travel to the beach, a safari game lodge and probably countryside Europe… I’d really love to have a heart to heart with my late grandmother. She met me when I was only a few months old before passing away so I’d love to get to know her and the type of person she was. I’d have this heart to heart with her in nature. I always feel like she was a grounded person so that would be fitting.
9. If you were to describe your life, passions, and ideals in aesthetics what would it be?
As much as I’m a city girl, I love the whole cottage core aesthetic. It looks like such a grounded aesthetic and I’m a lover of quiet, outdoor moments myself— picnics, plants, peace, sunshine, spirituality… I love being present and finding ways to recharge and unplug from the fast paced world as often as I can. Cottage core to me feels a lot like ‘no pressure’. You’re not forced into fitting into any ideals or standards and you just do what you feel like doing when you feel like doing it, being true to yourself the whole time.
10. What time period would you visit in history?
I’ve been watching a lot of Bridgerton so definitely the 1800s. I loved that era’s architecture and fashion (and the courtship when a man fancied a woman).
11. What is the closest thing to real magic?
Definitely spirituality (and love). I learned to trust my intuition and in God and working on syncing those two has resulted in a lot of shocking moments where I’d be thinking one thing and having it happen some time later. It’s beautiful to experience and a big eye opener in the fact that we were also created to be creators. We just have to find ways to bring that out of us, based on love and wanting the best for us and the people around us simultaneously.
[One more thing, ask me anything.]
I’d love to know what inspired you to blog
[Well I was sitting under a tree one afternoon then from absolutely nowhere a laptop fell on my head and on the screen was The Sunga…
Scratch that, cut, cut, that was really poor from me I apologise let me start over.
I started because I wanted to do something. I was in a gap year and everyone else was doing something so I tried to do what they were doing, that didn’t work at all. So I sat myself down and told myself “if you’re going to do something do what you’re good at”. I’d like to say I can write, I’d like to say I can tell stories and write works of fiction and all that so I said “lets get this done now, no delays”, and then I went for breakfast and watched some tv, but soon after that I was down to the business, and from whence The Journal was sired from well, my head.]
Don’t forget to check out her podcast Good News!