01 Nov

As you may or may not know, I have not been blogging for quiet a while, I blame this lack of creativity and action there of, on a little game us humans like to play, call university. I am a first year BA student at the University of South Africa and I am loving the adventure of expanding, firstly my writing ability and secondly my mind to the world and the way that I look at it.

As I write this very post I sit in the tranquil Mpumalanga wild. I have taken a few days off to get my head right and get all my ducks in a row. I will be telling you more about this wonderful place called Dullstroom in due time, but back to the intention of this post, I was sitting in the lounge of my cosy Dullstroom Lodge, nursing off the flu, when it hit me.

Flicking through the channels on television I came across a Meryl Streep movie titled “Julie & Julia”, at the time I did not know that it was a cooking related movie, neither did I know that it was a “writing” related movie. Either way I was glued to the television screen, enthralled by the wonder that was “Julie & Julia”. Watching Meryl Streep play the part of Julia Child, and watching Amy Adams play the part of Julie Powell, an up and coming writer, I was flooded with streams of clear and pure inspiration.

I had been gone from the writing world for so long that I thought perhaps I had lost my will to write and be inspired, let alone be hit by inspiration, like rays of beaming light. Whether or not I thought I had lost my writing ability, one fact was true I was greatly inspired, and this inspiration didn’t seem to be wearing off.

As I watched “Julie & Julia”, I was captivated by the story of Julie Powell, who’s dream in life was to become a famous writer and change her life from mundane and drab into a colourful and meaning saturated life. Looking at this amazing overlap in dreams I thought perhaps by some mystic power the writing gods had seen me in a state of inspirational low, felt pity and thus sent me this movie. For those of you who know me, I am a struggling up and coming writer and I am a secret master chef deep down. I love to cook and entertain people with my culinary skills, in the kitchen.

Finding out that Julia Child was taking Julie Powell on a writing and cooking journey in her life blew me away. I am sure this movie was secretly written for me, to inspire me to get back into the writing game. Some times as an aesthetics creator it takes a bit of belief, hope, some inspiration and a little magic to push us into the right direction of greatness, “Julie & Julia” did that for me. I’m back, and I can’t wait to blow you away with my amazing new break through.

Now that I’m back in the writing game and full of inspiration and ideas, I plan to show you a new side of me, one with far more depth, insight and fun. I plan to re-invent my posts and make them have a lasting effect on my readers and hopefully the world.

To get this mega change off to a start I would like to tell you about the up and coming posts and the wonderful new look I am going for. I would also like to tell you about the more personal side of me, the side I only wish I could let out in public, but I think I have been enlightened and I wish to give you all I have.

I hope you enjoy the new and improved “Spirit of Ecstasy”. Firstly on our new and improved line up we have our gorgeous new website design. I have teamed up with Boledi Tladi a creative master, to put it lightly and we have created the design you see in front of you. You can check out her blog at

Secondly I have added a few new pages to the website, you will now see a new  “Sound Of Ecstasy” page dedicated to the love and appreciation of all genres of music. From music album reviews to my take on the crazy world of the music industry to remembrance of the golden oldies, I plan to cover everything and anything music related.

As new pages go you will also see a new “Recipes Of Ecstasy” this page as the title explains is a cooking page dedicated to the world of food, culinary wonder and the art of entertaining. With this page I plan to teach you all the brilliant techniques of the kitchen and the pleasure of hosting a gastronomy experience.

While you are enjoying our new website, also take a look at “Places Of Ecstasy”, here we aim to take you on an adventure around our stunning planet. We will be reviewing places on earth that blow us away, from Texas to Timbuktu we plan to take you with us where ever we may go.

On the all-new “Spirit of Ecstasy”, I also wish to excite you with the wonderful new posts that will be developed for your viewing pleasure. I plan to cover, books, cars, movies, food, music, sport, poetry, philosophy, investigations, our beautiful planet and any other breath taking events that come our way.

The journey I am taking is going to be incredible, and it would be remiss of me not to tell you all about it and take you along for the ride, I’m back and I plan to knock you off your feet!

To all my readers I can only give one piece of advice, hold on, it’s going to be an adventure! 


Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Blogs Of November 2011


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7 responses to “Inspiration

  1. Thalia Simpson

    November 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Mmmm! I like it Stephen. Beautiful writing. Makes me feel very proud of you.

    • Stephen Nicolaou

      November 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Thank you for the support, i really do appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Greg

    November 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Looking forwards to seeing the new posts.

  3. Boledi Tladi

    November 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

    2 things:
    Firstly you got me super excited for the future of this blog, can’t wait to see it manifest…I think it’s been a long time coming.

    And secondly, thank you for the compliment and mentioning my blog 🙂

    • Stephen Nicolaou

      November 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks my little monster, I really appreciate the support over all these years.


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