Welcome to remarkable wives.

Hi!  My name is Anel, and in this blog I want to share some life truths, specifically about identity and marriage. I write about the journey of finding your true identity and living within that identity.

The purpose of remarkable wives is to journey towards finding true identity amidst the bimg-20151114-wa0004-2usiness of our lives.  It’s about how we, as wives and women, can have a life-changing impact on our society – starting with ourselves.  The focus is also on the necessity of true identity, within a healthy marriage, in a very controversial society.

If you are passionate about living intentionally within your marriage, and your society, I invite you to stick around.  New articles are published once a week and you are most welcome to join in the conversation.  Sign up for updates, by entering your e-mail address below.

A little more about me

I grew up in a west-coast town Swakopmund, in Namibia.  It is an absolute treasure as it is snugged between the ocean and the desert.  After highschool, I moved to South Africa and studied at the University of Stellenbosch, where I graduated with an honours degree in English literature.

After university I was part of a performing arts ministry which toured throughout the southern and eastern parts of America.  It was the best two and a half years of my life.  Definitely also the most challenging while shaping my character and finding my identity.  This is also where I met my husband.

We moved back to Cape Town in 2009, got married in 2010, and still live here today.

I have written a couple of blogs and pieces of fiction, of which most have never been seen by anyone.  Truth be told I did send a couple of poems in for publication while I was studying, but after the first rejection decided I’m never going to do that again.  Looking back on that decision, and knowing what I know now, I wish I’d kept submitting publications.

Other than writing about marriage and relationships, my heart is truly to help women understand who they are meant to be.  I have led hundreds of women in counselling sessions and it always comes back to this very core question:  Who am I?

The origin of this blog

This blog originated out of a a dire need to give voice to the complexity of daily life.  A part of this is captured in my post on [extra]ordinary wives

The balance of this complexity lies in managing:

  • Identity
  • Family
  • Marriage
  • Career
  • Spirituality
  • “Me” time
  • Success

In these different spheres of life lies our desire for control, and often without intention, our ability to manipulate.  Join me in this journey (and discussion) of self-discovery as we venture to find that which makes us, as wives, remarkable and influential in our society.



3 thoughts on “About

  1. I had a book suggested to me, by an aquaintance, that could be a real eye opener for all your blog readers. Fierce Women by Kimberly Wagner. A phenomenal quote in the the intro: “The wise bride recognizes that her vows are an entrance to a spiritual battlefield.” Isn’t that key to living with your spouse?! Realizing that Satan is trying to dissolve your unity. He hates beauty and what God loves! A few women and I decided to make this book into a Bible study, since it has a few questions at the end of each chapter. Check it out!

  2. Thank you for your insightful, honest, well written blogs, Anel! I really enjoy reading them and I always find something that feels as if it was written especially for me. I have started writing these treasures down – looking forward to more! Lots of love, Jackie van Wyk

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