“I am pieces of all the places I have been, and the people I have loved. I’ve been stitched together by song lyrics, book quotes, adventures, late night conversations, moonlight, and the smell of coffee.

– Brooke Hampton


Hello beautiful world and welcome to my little space on the internet!

I’m Shal, an author, artist and scientist from South Africa. I love chocolate but more than that, I love following my heart, wherever it may lead. Back in 2011 I wandered half way across the world on a master exchange program in The Netherlands. My life has never been the same since. The last few years have been a whirlwind of adventures across the East, which has sent my life spiralling in a completely different direction from which I ever expected.

I spent two years teaching in China, worked for The Walt Disney Company and somewhere along the way wrote a book. Since then I’ve jumped back into the science field, started a small online science communication company and somehow still continued to adventure through it all.

I started this blog to share the crazy experiences I’ve had and share the knowledge I’ve gained to inspire other women to take hold of their life and become strong, free-thinking independent beings who aren’t afraid to go out and follow their dreams.  

Happy reading and I hope to meet you somewhere on my next adventure!


Follow the adventures