Taking a break

I decided out of the blue to take a few days off work last week and the break couldn’t have come any sooner. I could feel that I needed a rest. My stress levels were high. I was tired and weepy. Everything and everyone was irritating me. So I did the best thing I could do: I spent a few days at my parents and then a few days in the bush with KK. It was bliss…Parents

My folks are pretty laid back and my mom has always encouraged us kids to get as much sleep as possible (which I did) and to do absolutely nothing (which I did) when we have the time and opportunity. Three days of lying on the couch, snacking, drinking cups of tea and watching the telly really helps to de-stress a person. I also managed to get in a 5km run with my dad which was so awesome!

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Returning home from my parents, KK and I spent a few days in Madikwe at Tuningi Safari Lodge. Again, time well-spent; sleeping late, game drives, massage treatments and eating way too much delicious low-carb meals.

A combination of long chats with my folks and quality time with KK was exactly what I needed. (and of course nothing soothes the soul more than watching lazy elephants at a water hole every day).

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Even though I make sure I have a good balance between work and home, I’m the type of person that struggles to switch off. So I made a promise to do just that. I did not check any emails. I did not answer my phone when it rang. I also left the phone in the Tuningi room on most occasions. It’s amazing just how much thinking you do when you give your mind some space to do it.

I survived. I said goodbye to a lot of things that were taking up space in my head. I’m refreshed and ready to move on. Ready to tackle the downhill chase to the end of the year. Who’s with me?

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Lessons from 9/11 about married life

As the world remembers the events of 9/11, KK and I celebrate another year of marriage. Two years ago I wrote one of my favorite blog posts about what 9/11 taught me about marriage.

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11 years ago today, I was four days away from getting married when the world was changed forever by the fateful events of 9/11. It was a Tuesday. I was 26 years old and about to marry the man of my dreams. I had no idea what awaited me. It’s only now, 11 years later, that I look back at that week with fresh eyes.

Perhaps I’m a little older and wiser, but I realise that there are some valuable lessons for my marriage I have learnt from 9/11.

  • Expect the unexpected. Just like those two planes, sometimes, with no warning at all, problems, issues, even events will hit your marriage with all its might and come out of nowhere. It is usually unexpected. You cannot know what and when something will come which will test your marriage. But it happens.
  • Ensure your marriage is strong enough to withstand the hits. If not, one or…

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Here’s to the strong ones. #womensday

It was pure co-incidence that my sister and niece visited me on Women’s Day. But what better excuse than to head out to celebrate a fabulous girlie lunch together! image

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I’m always reminded of the strength, guts and determination of single moms when I hang out with my sister. They really have it tough and yet she always has a positive attitude and often makes me feel bad for complaining. Happy Women’s Day Gwynn! Dom is growing up to be a beautiful girl! I love you both *this much*! 

5 things I’m looking forward to

When KK and I planned our 2013 holiday last year, July 2013 was many moons away. With so much on my mind in the last couple of weeks, I have not been able to get excited or even think about the trip. Until now… As we do our final packing and checklists, I’m beyond excited! This is what I’m looking forward to the most:

  1. Hot weather! We’ve been keeping an eye on the temperatures and in some places, it’s hovering in the mid 30’s. Excellent!
  2. We’re going to the Depeche Mode concert at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on the 20th July. KK’s all-time favourite band (other than U2). I’m so glad he gets to tick this off his bucket list.photo (6)
  3. Our room on the ship has a balcony! This is our 4th cruise and on previous trips we’ve always booked an inside cabin. Splashing out! (excuse the pun)
  4. Not cooking for 2 weeks. I know this sounds arb and superficial but I’m really looking forward to someone else deciding what to make for supper. This is what holidays are about, right?
  5. A break. From everything. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for me. Lots of anxiety and unknowns. Corporate life is a killer and I need to get away. I know that I’m not the type of person that can totally switch off but I suspect being in the middle of the ocean will force me to relax.

I’m also taking a break from blogging until I get back. Well, blogging online. As bloggers know, you’re always drafting a post in your head! Holiday