Who is Christine Meintjes?
I’m a 30 something girl with a vision. I’m formally trained as a graphic designer, but decided to opt for the life of a photographer, publisher and entrepreneur. I’ve built two companies called Christine Meintjes Photography, as well as The Pretty Blog, a digital publication, mainly aimed at women. I’ve made a ton of mistakes through building these companies, but I prefer to see them as ‘experiences learnt from’. What I’ve learned is that being an entrepreneur is harder than any one can describe, but I wouldn’t trade this life for anything else. I’m usually seen in the streets of Stellenbosch, because our offices are based here. On a day to day basis I run a team of 5 girls and we share an office with my husband and his business partner from PlusPlusMinus. We’re like one little happy family. I’m a total sucker for good food and wine. I have no idea what the next year will look like. But a girl can dream, can’t she?!
What is your best childhood memory?
When my dad bought my sister and I a bike each, for Christmas. I still remember the way my parents created a little treasure hunt for us. It was so exciting going from one point to the other, discovering little clues. At the end we found the two bikes standing in the garden shed, with huge bows tied around them. It was just magical.
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
From a very young age I was super independent and very serious. I sometimes feel like I wish I was just more ‘chilled’ about life. But I can’t really seem to get that right. If I could ‘do-over’ life, I would probably let out the inner child in me a bit more.
What do you feel most proud of?
I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve built two internationally recognised brands, but more so, I’m really proud that even through the toughest times I never gave up. That’s probably the thing I’m the most proud of, not giving up and pushing through.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?
Remember I’m a girl, so that should give me at least 6! But anyway let’s try… my iPhone, my passport and my credit card.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
We miss her.
What is The Pretty Blog?
The Pretty Blog is a digital publication mainly aimed at women between the ages of 20 and 45, who have an interest in food, interiors, fashion, wedding and travel. And we’re proud to say we’re one of the biggest digital publications in SA. Yeh!
We also have a very active instagram page @the_prettyblog. So if you like the above, check it out 🙂
What’s your favorite kind of coffee?
Flat white for sure. Also a fan of a cold brew on a summer’s day.
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
What does a perfect day look like?
A lazy afternoon, exploring a new restaurant, followed by a sneaky afternoon nap and then a movie on the couch. Probably while enjoying a G&T. I’m just being honest, it’s probably a ‘non-working’ day. Those are my absolute favourite!