Word-Loving Wednesday: Mercurial

On Wednesdays, I show some love to an under-appreciated word. This week’s word is:


Although this isn’t exactly an unknown word, I do think it is definitely underused, considering how awesome it is. Other words with a similar meaning include volatile, fickle, changeable and unpredictable. Any I’ve missed?

Will you join me in attempting to use “mercurial” in conversation or writing at least once this week? If so, remember to report back in the comments!

Word-Loving Wednesday

June Is Cold…

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Given that June has once again rolled around, I thought I would share this old video of my song, “Songs of June”. It was shot by good friends of ours in the back garden of our old farm cottage. Man, I miss that place!

If you like it, please share it!

Music and lyrics by Mali Korsten.
Copyright 2015 PRS. All rights reserved.

Woke on the wrong side of bed
With songs of June running round my head
They tell me I’m crazy

Demons with voices sweet
Offer me fruit from the poisonous tree
They won’t resign till they can say “She’s mine”, but I won’t be deceived
No I won’t be deceived

And June is cold in this part of the world
Where I fumble toward the light
And maybe they won’t taunt me today
If I clothe myself in the night

Temptation tells me he’s
The one in the know, one who holds the key
But I know he’s lying

‘Cause shadows require the light
To draw the outlines we recognise
The lies would not be if the truth did not see some use for them here

And June is cold in this part of the world
Where I stumble toward the light
And maybe they won’t haunt me today
If I disguise myself in the night

I find it hard to reason
I get caught up in the haze
And if I talk to myself it’s not ’cause I’m mad
I’m just trying to remember the time has passed

When I heard the voice of love
Pouring like rain from the heavens above
And the dove did descend and He promised me then that He’d never leave

And June is cold in this part of the world
But I’ll press on anyway
And I won’t fear, for I know who lives here
So I’ll bathe in the light of day


Songs of June video filmed and edited by Glory to God Productions

I’m Back in (Blogging) Business!

It’s been a long while since I last posted. This is largely due to the fact that 2015 has been insanely busy for me so far. I went to England for three months, which was like a holiday in my homeland. It was so awesome to spend time with family and catch up with old (and new) friends.


And when I came back to SA I was greeted at the airport by Cuan and a new (surprise) family member:


His name is Murray, and he is an absolute bundle of joy and energy. We’re having so much fun being his humans.

All this activity didn’t leave a lot of time for blogging. But now I’m back home and settled, I’m going to start posting regularly again.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of this blog, and have come to the conclusion that I want it to continue to focus on creative living (music, writing, songwriting, etc.) with an additional lifestyle element. This means more posts updating you on what I’ve been up to, more photos and videos, and more posts in general. I’m also planning to expand my Youtube channel to include some of these features.

Hope you’re all on board! I look forward to sharing more of our lives with you.

Five Famously Unsuccessful New Year’s Resolutions, and Some Attainable Alternatives


In honour of the dawn of 2015 (which I realise was over three weeks ago, but as long as we’re in January I feel this is still relevant) I did a little google search to find out what some of the most frequently unsuccessful New Year’s resolutions are. The results were unsurprising, so I decided to share my thoughts on why these resolutions usually end in failure. Below are five of the most famously unsuccessful New Year’s resolutions, plus some more effective (and attainable) alternatives:

1. Lose Weight

Is there a more pointless and consistently unsuccessful resolution in existence? Resolving to lose weight is a one-way ticket to self-loathing (ETA January 6th). Spoiler alert: being thinner won’t automatically make you happier, healthier or more successful. It’ll just make you thinner. What will make you happier, healthier and more successful is to learn to accept yourself exactly as you are right now.

Alternative: I resolve to respect and appreciate my body regardless of its shape and size.

2. Get Organised

Although I love the concept of becoming a more organized human being, this resolution is just too vague to ever be successful. Additionally, we need to remember that individual personalities thrive in different environments – what constitutes organization for one person may look like absolute chaos to another. Define what organization means to you, and the steps that’ll get you there.

Alternative: I resolve to always fold and pack my clothes away as soon as they are clean and dry.

3. Spend Less, Save More

This is an admirable goal, but without a more specific plan of action, it’s not likely to be realised. Take a critical look at your spending habits, and find an area where you can realistically cut back. Have a plan for the money you’ll save.

Alternative: I resolve to cut out one costly habit (smoking, drinking, daily latte, etc.), and to put the money I would’ve spent on said habit into a savings account. This money will go towards my child’s college fund.

4. Get Fit and Healthy

I believe that one of the main reasons why most resolutions fail is because they focus on the desired results rather than the necessary steps that will lead to those results. Rather than making a vague pledge to get healthy, choose to cultivate one habit that’ll have a positive impact on your health.

Alternative: I resolve to go for at least one half-hour walk outside every week.

5. Enjoy Life to the Fullest

Everyone wants to enjoy life more, but making an ambiguous resolution like this really isn’t the way to get there. Think about what changes you need to make in order to have a more joyful experience on this earth, and commit to practicing one consistently in the coming year.

Alternative: I resolve to keep a journal listing one thing I am grateful for every single day for the coming year.

I hope you all have a wonderful, prosperous 2015, and that you achieve all your goals for the coming year!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Share in the comments!

I Want YOU To Be In My Next Music Video!

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Starting Today Music Video

Starting Today is a song I wrote for as a wedding gift for two friends of mine. Now I want YOU to be a part of the official lyric video! First, take a listen to the song:

Want to feature in the video? Here’s how!

If you want the chance to appear in the video, there are two ways to get involved:

1. Email your favourite wedding photo to bookings@malikorsten.com


2. Post your favourite wedding photo to Instagram with the hashtag #StartingTodayMusicVideo

All entries must be submitted by 28th February 2015. Please include contact details for your photographer, so that I can get their permission.

I’ve already received some beautiful pictures, and can’t wait to see yours!

Got questions? Post them in the comments!

Photo by Andre Pretorius.