Inspired by Marciel Hopkins

Marciel Hopkins is the host of Boer Soek 'n Vrou, a popular Afrikaans dating show that helps South African farmers find love. Aside from being a model, actress, life coach, Miss SA top 12 finalist, and social media influencer, she is also a life coach. Furthermore, she holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. Her weightloss journey led her to become a motivational speaker on body acceptance, self-love, and personal growth. I spoke to her about her of self care and how she stays motivated in her work.

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Nowadays, what are you most grateful for?

My incredible fiance, my family, my health and being able to work as a freelancer during a global pandemic. 

What changes have you made to your lifestyle in terms of wellness since the pandemic? 

I wouldn't say anything drastic. During lockdown I had to get use to home workouts which was challenging. I love going to the gym, but we all had to learn how to adapt. We still eat healthy during the week and on weekends we love to try out new restaurants. 

What motivates you to prioritise your health and wellbeing?

I always knew I wanted kids later in life (in my 30's), so it is important to me to be fit and active so that I can be a healthy mom one day. I also need to be healthy and strong to work as an actress, model and TV presenter. If I am not able to do my job to the best of my ability, I will be replaced quite easily. 

What does your self-care routine look like?

Self-care is not really a routine for me. It's a way of living. Choosing self-love and kindness every day, even though I often feel like I don't deserve it. It means taking a day off from gym when I worked 14 hours on set of having another glass of wine when I feel like relaxing after a long week. It's the small, daily habits that create holistic, sustainable self-care. 

What was a moment or experience you had that made you realise you needed to be practicing some form(s) of self care?

I lost 14kg in 4 months to be a Miss South Africa finalist in 2016. After the competition ended, I really struggled with body/weight issues and I didn't know how to love myself or my body. I then realised self-critique is NOT sustainable on the long run. It was crucial to learn how to take care of myself in a loving and healthy way. 

How do you deal with periods characterised by a lack of inspiration or procrastination in your life and work?

I focus on things and people outside of my work spheres. 

What do you do to unwind or treat yourself?

With a glass of red wine, watching a movie with my fiance or spending quality time with my best friends at a girl's night sleepover. 

What to you is the greatest luxury in life and why?

To travel! It's the greatest thrill of all times to experience and explore a new country. 

What is the most important lesson you have learned about success?

Success is never final. I don't believe you'll ever really make it. Stay humble, always! 

What advice can you offer people who are in a rut? 

We often get stuck in a bubble because we are so focused on our own problems/challenges. It's important to open up our tunnel vision by looking at issues and people outside of ourselves that need help and support. That's where we draw new inspiration and creativity from. 

Having had to return from New York due to COVID, I was in a very low point during lockdown level 5. I realised I might get really depressed if I don't have a purpose during that time. Doing meaningful work is one of my core values, so I did 40 hours of pro bono online life coaching during this time. While I was going through a difficult time, I found that focusing on something beyond myself kept me motivated and positive. .

What do you want your legacy to be? 

Encourage. Empower. Embrace. 

Your parting wisdom?

Own your voice. Learn how to use it and then use it to make the world around you a better place. 

Top 5 things you'd want to take with you anywhere you go (non necessities).

Cell phone, lip ice, bubble gum, credit card and comfortable shoes. 

What's your favourite Wine/Restaurant/Holiday Destination?

I love De Grendel wine, my dad is the winemaker at the cellar. My favourite fine dining experience in the last few months was La Colombe in Constantia and my favourite holiday destination must be the Maldives.

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