My Fabulous Friends – Hanno & Felicia

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Queen of Hearts                                                       13 July 2018

Hanno & Felicia

This is a truly amazing story…connection made from the heart…

We met this amazing human named Hanno in 2013 when he was dancing to his heart’s delight – in a field at an annual Origin festival – in the pouring rain.  This vision made such an impact on us and we immediately knew that we were kindred spirits for life.

Dancing together frees the soul and has brought many friends on our way.

We are so happy that our friend, Christo introduced us to Trance music in the year 2010.  Since then we have had so many beautiful memories made with amazing souls…

Who is Hanno?  If I have to sum him up and only use one word, it would be…’music’…yes absolutely the perfect word and if I could add a word…it would be ‘soul’…Hanno makes music for the soul… His favorite artist and inspiration…off course…Bob Marley!

So…obviously someone with such a talent, would have an awesome band.  This came about three years ago and is aptly named Rooted Souls.  They are absolutely amazing and love doing gigs.  They can be booked for live shows at 0728695523 or rootedsoulsmusic@gmail.com.

Being an avid musician, Hanno found himself the most perfect playing partner named Koos 0765468664 and together they make music straight from the heart…

Yes, and their music is available on cd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanno is very creative.

This logo on the cd is his own design. He even used to make jewellery as well.

Hanno likes building projects too and have made many a planter box as well as pieces of furniture.


Hanno and his beloved dog, Bubbles (she is nearly twelve years old and has her birthday the same day as my husband, B) has been part of The Wildfarm family for many years where he works as the manager.

Wildfarm is well worth a visit and will superbless with the most amazing views…sunrises and sunsets…a bucket-list must see.

Hanno found his perfect love match and they started dating November 2016.  Hanno were very sure of Felicia and subsequently their engagement followed in July 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Together they have conceived this handsome baby boy, Nesta Kai, to add to their lovely family.

 

 

 

 

 

This family is very well loved, which shows in the lavish support they receive.

We were invited to their very different baby shower event  referred to as Nesta Kai’s Life Celebration

It was the first one for us where the guests were both men and women.  This was much more fun and I hope that this new trend of both Moms and Dads being together at their babies shower will catch on fast.

 …and here (pic) is that famous logo again… Hanno made this special babygrow as soon as he found out that they were having a baby boy…

They were absolutely spoiled with presents…it was such a lovely day.

Hanno and Felicia each has a loving Mom who loves being part of their lives, which affords Nesta two very happy grandma’s for loving support.

Felicia were a city girl, from Johannesburg.  She has her own recruitment company named Protea Placements, with which she is very lucky to work from a home based environment.  She recruits mainly for business developers and sales executives.  Her area of focus mostly includes the cities like Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.  At a later stage she would like to do something similar, but with focus more towards tour guides…so watch this space…

She absolutely enjoys drawing, graphic design and illustrations.  I am blown away by her skills as an artist.  She is available for orders…maybe for your parties… or any design/art work needed and would like to expand this much loved creative side of her into a business.

 

As I am a firm believer that we are the architect of our own life…these creative ventures is what helps us find happiness.

How absolutely phenomenal are her drawings? Wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both, Hanno and Felicia shares a passion for plants and at this stage, Felicia is working towards evolving into more of a plant medicine woman.  Her vision is to be able to help the community.  I can definitely see this happening.

 

This beautiful family is superblessed to have a comfortable living space at Wildfarm with stunning views overlooking Wilderness and right down to the Beach.

…we are superblessed with fabulous friends indeed…

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My Fabulous Friends – Deon Brink

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Queen of Hearts                                                         31 July 2018

DEON BRINK

Where to start with this most positive being, such an impressive soul..

We have danced with Deon at Trance festivals and I knew from the start that this was one awesome guy…but WOW…I am amazed with this super human and I definitely would like to share his story…

As my readers know, I am of firm belief that if we can WORK our passion…meaning to design a business of that which we are most passionate about…we would create our own happiness.

This man is the perfect example of being the architect of his own life for sure…

Deon matriculated in 1999 and started working immediately at Hot Spot Cycles. The very next year he already helped with the management of the store.

Beginning of 2001 Deon decided he should probably do some studying, which irritated him for only three weeks as he says he is definitely no bookworm.  So after three weeks of frustration, he went straight back into his job at Hot Spot Cycles.  He remained in their employ for the rest of 2001 until he received a better offer from Cycling J&J.  They are wholesalers for a good few Italian products including Campagnola / Bianchi Assos, Vredenstein etc.

Deon worked for them until 2008 when he had an interview with Dragons Sports (Giant / LIV / Mavic / Suntour etc).  He worked as a rep for them in Gauteng from 2008 up until 2012.

He then saw an opportunity to grow their area and Tandem Agencies were born with a partner…Jurgens.

Presently, Tandem Agencies tends to Dragons Sports/ Stage 9 / Spoke Works / Versus socks / GU nutrition / Extreme Lights and most other cycle shops in the North of South Africa from Bloemfontein to Messina.  Well done indeed Deon and partner, Jurgens!

Being an avid sportsman, a cyclist of note for more than twenty years, he has turned his passion into a dream job…

Deon has perfectly combined his job and hobby…

He works from home and on his own time which leaves him with the opportunity to see his daughter, Zanda -Lee, who he refers to as his Princess.

We visited Deon for the first time at home and I was blown away once again by this man. His home is spotless…he is definitely a ‘cleanie’.  Everything neatly in its place, even his garage, which is also his storeroom, has a whole wall of build in cupboards for neat storage space.

Inside his well organized office is stunning, complete with décor of our trance festivals.  When he works late at night, he can listen to trance, which works well with his phenomenal, quick functioning brain.  He says: “Music is a piece of art, that goes in the ears STRAIGHT TO THE HEART”  I do agree.

And because he feels about music as he does about cycling, an idea turned into a great hobby,  Fixie explorers, were born… which are bikes being build with one fixed gear and…without brakes…yes, no jokes…no brakes…

He gathers old parts and up cycle (pun intended) these into a dream pimped cycle, named aptly a ‘fixie’. He builds around three per year in the winter time when business might be slower and it is fast becoming a trend.

 

 

 

 

 

Deon is also the agent for GIANT in Gauteng which keeps him real busy.  He has always been a part of riding Critical Mass, until recently when he started his own similar event, Fixie explorers.  This exciting event for professional riders as well as newbies already has a number of growing followers.

Deon’s motto that he shares with the world is to “NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF WONDER”…

We joined in with so much gratitude on Sunday…Deon’s monthly cycling event and found around 25 – 30 participants excited and ready for fun.

We cruised for 12 km through the streets of Soweto, Gauteng!

We did not have any gear with us as my husband, B (in the pic above), is  working in Vaalwater at the moment and we definitely did not foresee us gallivanting through the streets of Soweto on a bicycle.

Luckily Deon has more than enough bicycles and sorted us out and will do the same for you.

We were so impressed with his expertise.  His easy and relaxed manner in which he sorted each and every one, no challenge too much.  I believe this would be the reason why the turnout for this event was astounding.

 

 

 

This was an extremely well guided, casual event to even include amateurs as myself.

 

Events like this one occurs every month…each time at a different location, very well planned by Deon himself.

Anyone and everyone is welcome, this beautiful family with their son and baby boy were an absolute example of what having fun with your children…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had the paparazzi with us…styling it with not only one, but three professional photographers. 

They were Brandon Hilton of Simple Sam Bicycles, Milan de Beer photography, Daniel Coetzee photography.

These three arrived with very expensive sponsored bicycles which they definitely deserved, snapping the most amazing photos in their stride.

 

We were told to meet at Soweto Brew Co.  Secured parking were arranged.  Deon left nothing to chance organizing every detail expertly of this lovely event.

 

 

On our cycling road trip, we stopped at the very impressive Hector Pieterson Museum for a guided talk from an experienced tour guide.  Hector Pieterson was a South African school boy who was shot and killed during the Soweto uprising when police opened fire on students protesting the enforcement of teaching in Afrikaans. A news photograph by Sam Nzima of the mortally wounded Pieterson being carried by another Soweto resident while Sam’s sister ran next to them was published around the world.  The anniversary of his death is designated Youth Day (16 June) when South Africans honor young people and bring attention to their needs.

What excitement as we went to see the inside of Orlando power station.  This decommissioned coal -fired power station served Johannesburg for over 50 years.  Even cooler (another pun intended) now as both these majestic towers are magnificently painted, one functioning as an advertising billboard and the on the other appears the largest mural painting in South Africa.

These awe-inspiring towers are now also used for bungee and base jumping.

 

 

How freeing and insightful it was to dash through the streets of Soweto…friendly folk waving and cheering us along.  Seeing and feeling the essence of this often misunderstood culture of our people.

We absolutely loved it…

Thankfully our very strong friend Alex, were riding with us as he usually has my back…(another pun most definitely intended) this time even more so, as at some point I really needed it…

I had a most stunning bicycle borrowed from Deon, but only figured out how the gears worked at the end, when we were nearly back at our meeting point…

 

 

Photo credits to Johan Brink, who is the father of our stunning friend, Deon.

Johan apparently does not miss a chance to ride out with his son at these events and why not, as he rides on the latest electric Giant Full-e bicycle.  He also has a 2016 model (left pic), which were a life changer for him.

 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived…quite thirsty I might add…back to our secured parking from our cycling tour, we went for a well deserved lunch at the Ubuntu Kraal beer garden, complete with the best beer tasting for only R15 we have ever had.  We could not fault any of the beers, they were all delicious and must be the reason that we stayed so much longer than anticipated.

Not only were the beer delectable, but when the food arrived, we were bowled over…

There were such a buzz of camaraderie from all the participants and new friendships were made with people from all walks of life.

We highly recommend this monthly ride out with Deon.  He is just the best!

…but wait…there is more…

As cycling is his absolute passion, he enticed us to watch the Tour de France 105th edition at his house including Alex and Johan.

Deon and Alex has been friends for more than ten years.  We were warned that we were going to have a bachelor’s braai, which meant no side dishes.  It was delicious and we felt totally spoiled.  Deon and Alex both loves cold Tequila and we braved a few!

Obviously, being the cycle enthusiast that he is, he had us in stitches, entertaining us with his excitement as we were watching the Tour de France.  He went to fetch his helmet for the grand finale…

Not only were we entertained, but I learned so much about the cyclists and this sport as Deon is highly knowledgeable of this which is his life passion!

Oh yes…and the winners…1st Geraint Thomas, 2nd Tom Domoulin (Sunweb/Giant), 3rd Chris Froome

Oh yeah ladies, best of all, Deon is single…but better be quick…being the amazing man he is, definitely not for long…

…you would be superblessed as we are indeed!…

 

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My Fabulous Friends – Katie and Lloyd

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Queen of Hearts                                                            1 June 2018

Lloyd & Katie

Two of my absolute favorite people…

Katie were born in America, but she loves where she lives now in Mosselbay –  for the last ten years…and according to her… living the dream.

Katie is a ray of sunshine, but has a serious job as the CEO of African Campus. This is a training education center.

The goal is to bring mainly foreign students from overseas to South Africa.

She works with various companies, Marine Research, a terrestrial research and a media company.

The students, mainly undergrads, come to do field training.

Obviously with marine biology, there is quite a few different directions you choose from, whether it is physiology or biology or behavioural studies etc.

It is really difficult to decide what you want to do, for example a two year’s masters program without actually knowing what that means. So when the students come over for month long periods, she usually already have between six and ten different research projects running at the same time. Each day the students do a morning activity as well as an afternoon activity and so cycle through all the different projects. By the end of the month they have had exposure and training in the data collection and the data analyses with all the projects. This helps them figure out what they love or not and so can help them with their career choice. This is how the research program works.

With the media program, one has to have a portfolio filled with photography, filming and journalism. You have to have proof that you can do it…with the month long program, students get exposure with sports and wildlife photography. Their first week and a half, would be learning video and sound skills, building their story. Then they go to a game reserve for two weeks and there they film. When they come back, they edit this until they have a three to five minute film which they can submit to possible employers, film festivals etc.

All of the various projects are conservation based.

It started with just the research, but research only takes you so far and the research aspect can be really boring…so it is good to have a wide variety of skills and different people want to learn and be taught different skills…so the idea is that no matter what your passion, if you want to be a conservationist or if you want to get involved, the various training is available. The website is www.african-campus.com and they have been stationed in Mosselbay for nine years.

Recently Katie decided to improve every aspect of her life by concentrating on her health and fitness…inspiration to all of us. She keeps challenging herself to be a better version of herself…words for all to live by…

Lloyd is always smiling and have the most positive attitude. He is all about love and laughter. His laughter is infectious…he is all heart.

Lloyd is an excellent chef and up until recently owned a restaurant in Mosselbay, which is now sold.

After this he was asked to chef on a beautiful boat.

 

 

 

For this, he had to get his STCW and is now available for some more of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About four years ago, we were superblessed to have Lloyd chef for us in our very own kitchen which afforded him celebrity status when he were featured in celebrity newspapers.

Seems like they love their celebrity status as it happens  quite often. 

 

 

 

They have been married for more than a year and I felt honored indeed when they asked me to do their ceremony for them.  A stunning forest wedding.

They are a unique couple, well loved and forever sharing the love with everyone…

They have a loving support from their family. We have had the pleasure of meeting both of their parents and relatives and all of them awesome. Lloyd’s beautiful daughter is with us on this photo below.

…we are superblessed

with gratitude to have them as our friends!…

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My Fabulous Friends – Reinhardt and Nadine

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Queen of Hearts

30 May 2018

REINHARDT & NADINE

What a privilege to know these two amazing friends for so many years and to now also have our long time dream come true…to own this piece of the Garden Route together with them.

We met Reinhardt when he was just about to be teenager. He grew up in front of us as his parents, Johan and Este used to work with me in Potgietersrus at our Estate Agency.

Even then, while still at school, Reinhardt and his brother Marnitz, did some maintenance and other odd jobs for pocket money. They were keen entrepreneurs of note…selling sweets at their boarding school in Oudtshoorn and always planning inventive ways to earn an income.

After school, Reinhardt was unsure of a good income in South Africa and so he went traveling and ended up in London where he met his lovely wife, Nadine. They stayed on in London, working hard and smart together and even more important, living frugal, saving every pound they could for nine years.

All those years, they kept inviting us to come visit them in London. They came to visit us often in South Africa and just before they left London for good, we eventually went to visit them in 2009.

We had the most awesome experience as they took time off and became our tour guides.

In my high school years, my friend Ronel and I had a saying – ‘that one day we would shop in Harrods of London’ – well, I had the opportunity to do just that…and what a magnificent building.

Then we had the opportunity to sleep in one of Reinhardt’s clients’ apartment in Chelsey.

After this we traveled the countryside…

I remember a few places…Bakoven comes to mind…we saw magnificent castles…

We went to Nottingham castle as well and had a beer inside the oldest pub.

We so enjoyed spending time with them in London, but even better was when they came and lived in South Africa. They used their savings to buy an awesome home in Milnerton, Cape Town. Working smart once again, they renovated a flat onto their home and the rental income paid for the most of their outstanding bond. They kept renovating and now even have enough space to work their business, ‘Custom Fit’ from home. With the renovation, came celebrity status.

Reinhardt and Nadine has two handsome sons of their own now and he is working with what has always been his passion…wood.  Reinhardt loves treehouses and so build one for his sons….

As mentioned, Custom fit.  Check out the fancy furniture on their website as well as his facebook page. He can also help with whatever request you have.
Reinhardt also loves designing something new…this is one of the two he hammocks he designed for  Africa Burn.

His other passion includes his self-build pipecar. This is his pride and joy and he is talking about making a business of this…

I believe he is onto something once again…

 

Nadine recently stopped working as she has a lot on her plate with their toddler, as well as their special needs baby who was born with Spina bifida.  I tip my hat as to me, she is definitely superwoman.

I have seen Nadine in action work wise, raking in bonus after bonus.  She was an excellent employee working from her office in Cape Town, as well as from home. This is the reason I would like to mention what she did as someone reading this, might know of a job where she might be able to work from home. All she needs is a computer, which she has…

Nadine dealt with all the direct bookings for Asilia Africa…setting up properties on booking.com, expedia, agoda…all sorts of different online travel agents on those platforms.  She also took bookings via those platforms, dealing with the international guests.  She put together tailor made itineraries for South Africans as well as International tourists visiting Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya.

The firm she used to work for has a preferred number of agents they work with. Once she had the booking, she would pass it on and they would then advise on all the necessary travel flights, transfers, extra accommodation etc. Usually it would not just be straight forward. In the Serengeti for example to go from point A to point B, would require park fees or maybe guests would be flying in etc. The agents is better equipped to put together itineraries in that regard, but if it is for Southern African residents or East African residents, she would take those bookings directly and could make all the necessary arrangements. Zanzibar were also one of her destinations, but could be booked through their website….www.asiliaafrica.com.

Together this family makes an awesome team and I am superblessed to know them.

Superblessed with love!

Gratitude for such a beautiful friendship indeed!

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My Fabulous Friends – Martin

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The Queen of Hearts 

30  May 2018                             

 MARTIN

Martin has been our friend and masseuse for a very long time. He is the most positive person I know and I have learned so much from him and still this continues…

He lives on Southern Comfort Ranch,  a farm in Harkerville close to Plettenberg Bay. His family have been living together on this farm for many years. Southern Comfort has always been a horse ranch, where horse riding services were offered with around 35 horses. Only later on the four wheeler’s were introduced. Recently, the horses have been relocated and this part of the services terminated.

I met Magriet, Martin’s Mom, in the year 2000, when I had my advertising business…’The Holiday Maker’.  I use to sell advertising space to them for seven years.

They have been trying slowly, over the years, to migrate away from tourist related income, especially with the horses. There was a time where they were one of ten horse riding services available, but in their area this number has now ventured down to just two.

Volunteers are welcomed on Southern Comfort.

Martin is one of the best masseuse as this is his passion and when someone works his passion, he becomes the best.  Martin also offers massage courses and approaches the body with all its elements – mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic and ancestral. He believes that if we can grasp the importance of what we are about and consistently work with these bodily elements, we can access our super powers. I salute!

Martin prefers to have only two students per course as he wants to forward this importance to his students and therefore needs to provide them with individual attention. In having only two to teach,  he knows that the recurring procedure will be easiest to remember. This way of teaching, will provide the student to not only feel (lying on the table) where muscles are in his own body, but when his turn arrives to massage, he will also know how it feels when you are the receiver. This procedure can easily be remembered as it will be done three times per day, because of fewer students. So Martin will have one student on the table and show the other student what to do, teaching them about the bodies’ anatomy. The student on the table gives feedback the whole time on what he is feeling. They swop after the session and he goes through the whole teaching again. Afterwards Martin receives a massage from each of his students and gives them feedback throughout. This is done either in three to five days. Martin says that this simple way of teaching has proven the most effective. In the beginning of the course, there is too much chatter daily, but within three days they work in silence, because of this simple method of teaching. Martin wants to be absolutely sure that his students have confidence and the knowledge that they are equipped and one hundred percent ready.

He has not been disappointed as his feedback on his courses has been amazing.

Contact Martin for course prices as he is best able to work out a cost to suit your budget.

Recently Martin and his girlfriend Chi-Chi, (about her skills coming soon) took some time out and traveled to Thailand. Usually this would mean expenses and no income. The greatest attribute of being an amazing masseuse, is the fact that you can work anywhere and Martin came back from his holiday with more money than he went with.

Martin became more mobile by buying a bus to have a treatment space easily accessible on the road.

Last year we were superblessed to have Martin and Chi-Chi travel with us to Mozambique. We were on holiday for more than a month, visiting new places and every now and again, Martin made some moola just by doing what he loves to do…how superblessed is he!

Martin also provides a healthier alternative to tobacco which he aptly named ‘Holy Roly’.

Holy Roly is a combination of 15 different organic material and medicinal plant varieties. Martin claims that this tobacco can be healing for lungs and other organs. It can be made into a tea as well which will be beneficial as intestinal bacteria support. Some more uses includes smudging/ incense and even using it in food.

Martin can also be contacted for sacred ceremonies of all sorts.

We were superblessed to have enjoyed a good few Afrika Burn’s with Martin being one of the fire chiefs.  He has become one of the favorites on and off photographs!

…Superblessed to have this fabulous friend!…

Gratitude for your friendship…♡

 

 

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My Fabulous Friends – My husband…Bethesda

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Queen of Hearts                                                                         23 May 2018

Bethesda

Too often, especially when we have been married for such a long time, we take our spouse who is closest to us for granted…always thinking there will be more time to express gratitude  for how incredible they are…well I believe that the most precious commodity there is, is time…so with this post, I want to thank my husband for spending so much time and so much more…

We have been together for more than 23 years and I believe we make an awesome team.  He still makes me feel special, by opening the car door for me.

I am truly amazed at the ‘MAN’ with capital letters, B has become, with all the trials and tribulations that comes with a marriage. I am superblessed that he has been my mirror for learning so many of my own life lessons.

B studied at TUKS and aced a B.Com Marketing degree.

He started his journey with construction at a very young age as his father was in the construction business and B is an only child. He used to work with his dad in the school holidays for pocket money. He was also extremely inventive of ways attracting the tool we call money.

Here is a man who when we met were a mere ‘boy’…but, at a young age already impressed me so…so much so that I just had to marry him… Continue reading “My Fabulous Friends – My husband…Bethesda”

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My Fabulous Friends Introduction

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Queen of Hearts                                                                                                    22 May 2018

Introduction to my Fabulous friends

On my life’s journey I am superblessed indeed with such a variety of treasured souls whom I can call friends…

As I have been told and now regard myself as something of a connector (social glue) or a maven (definition “one who understands”). An explanation of these terms can be found in the book of Malcolm Gladwell – “The Tipping Point”… ” The fact that Mavens want to help, for no other reason than because they like to help…”

Soulgrower by trade…

As I am always in awe with what humans choose to do with their lives…I am seduced into sharing my friends skills and so connect them for their prosperity…

…this is why I am going to be writing about my fabulous friends…

I do not know if I am going to be able to complete this project in my lifetime as everyday brings new souls on my path, so I shall start with my number one best friend (present company excluded…I am fast becoming my own bestie)…

my husband

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Transkei / Morgan’s Bay

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Queen of Hearts                                                                  12 August 2017

 

Part 2 – Mozambique / Transkei / Morgan’s Bay

Wow! We are driving away from spending a super interesting night at our friend, Louis Magwa.

Louis lives in Transkei, about a kilometre from the magnificent Magwa Falls

What a feeling of pure serenity!

Louis has been carving his own eccentric way of life here for the last 10 years. He is a man full of character, amazing manners…a brave and lovely man, bursting with interesting new ideas.

He has even brought his Mother to live with him about a year and a half ago. For anyone, it was clear to see how much they adore each other and this blessed my heart.

The two of them live in his huge rondavel. This is an extra-ordinary rondavel, as he build it so as to meet all their needs.  He even has his leather works machinery inside as well as a top floor build with mezanine.  The inside feel of their home is very inviting, calm and peaceful.

This morning he took us for a sightseeing tour where we came to understand why anybody would want to live here. The spectacular views and history of this part of the world is absolutely amazing.

 

 

As we wound our way out of a huge forest on the dusty roads of Transkei, we reminisced on our evening well spend around a fire.

Our food were a huge pot filled with an array of fresh vegetables. Delicious!

We were welcomed to stay in another rondavel and loved it.

There were also a third rondavel with six beds as he often have volunteers stay over.

The fact that he has two rivers (or one might be a fountain) that feeds his property with water helps a lot.

Before we left, Louis also showed us his amazing invention which  is a rocket stove. I really hope that this will cotton on as it is very effective.  If you would like to contact him regarding this…0832685611.

 

We stopped off at the Magwa Falls for a quick view…

18/08/2017

Today, we are on our way to Qolora after a lovely week spend with Tobie and Charmaine. (later more about this amazing piece of heaven)

We met Tobie and Charmaine at Mozamboogie and they invited us to come and stay with them at their holiday home in Morgans Bay for a visit. They are absolutely awesome people and so we did.

We have never been to Morgan’s Bay and ended up staying for a week. We were only going to stay for a few days, but we were going to Coffee Bay next and the weather predicted heavy rains. We were superblessed with our stay at Tobie and Charmaine who spoiled us so much that it was hard to leave.

B and Tobie…

B says that we achieved our ‘PHD in Nothingness’… we became one with ourselves…pulled ourselves toward ourselves…we really just lazed around…and had fun…

 

Martin, our travel buddie /  long-time friend as well as our Massuese, did a bit of work, as both Tobie and Charmaine had become aware of Martin’s magical hands. Martin had his hands full (pardon the pun), with quite a few massages.

I also did my part in thanking them for their generosity with my very own

“Pediblessiology”.

 

Chi-Chi reminded us of how much we ate. She had a lot to do with it as she loves making food and does it so well.  She is a vegan and loves creating healthier options…her brand name being ‘Raw-Chi’…lovit!  My personal favorite being seaweed chips which she harvests herself…so a love process from beginning to the end product…and you can taste the love!

Back to Morgan’s Bay…

The absolutely beautiful view complete with bird life kept us captivated. The beautiful song of the fish eagle;  gliding in front of us, catching fish…when we looked carefully, we could even see where their nest were.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hummmingbirds, heron and various other birds song rang in our ears all day long and we kept the binoculours close. Nonnie (in the photo below) of course were my favourite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We canoed and could even access the beach, which we did.

When the weather were really cold and wet, we watched movies in front of the fire or played scrabble. Their doggie, Vlooi was also to be kept busy with a bit of ball play.

Tobie drove us through the town of Morgan’s Bay and Keimond. We visited some of their friends, Billy and Annemarie next to the Kei River. They are lovely people and we were blessed with avo and coffee trees.

After our welcoming stay with Tobie and Charmaine, we are on the pond on our way to Qolora for an overnight stay…

 

 

21/08/2017

So…Qolora did not work out for us as they could not confirm our overnight stay and we decided to move on to Coffee Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

On our way we passed this amazing sculpture alongside the road, carved from a tree stump.

 

We slept that evening at the Kings Cottage of Coffee Shack. This is their biggest cottage as it has 2 double rooms with kitchen and bathroom as well as an upstairs loft area with more beds. Chi-Chi loved the decor and I even remember being there when our friend, Cindy van Schalkwyk, was busy working on the tiling of the murals.

The staff there remembers us well as we have visited many times over the years. Coffee Shack is definitely our favourite as we have so many awesome memories here. Friendships for life has been solidly forged here. Continental friends made.

Next day we went to visit our friends who lives close to the Maphusi cliffs. While driving to Nadine and Johan, we could not help but stop in awe of the splendorous views. We walked to the cliff overhanging onto the vast sea below. As we were standing there captivated by this view, it got even better…we first saw one turtle swimming in the waves. As our eyes fixed on it, we became aware of three other… four turtles riding the waves. We felt superblessed with nature…as we always are when we take time to appreciate… We were superblessed even more as our eyes feasted on a whale and some dolphins…all of this happening just because we stopped to appreciate…Gratitude.

Nadine and Johan has acquired a piece of land and have build two rondavels to live in. They are a lovely family, complete with a healthy baby boy, Benji.

Working hard to achieve a peaceful, pure life and enjoying every minute of it. Nadine use to live and work in Cape Town. Rat race got her down and I love the conscious awareness happening…as if most nowadays are seeking a purer life, growing our own food and in this process living in symbiosis with and honouring our earth.

B said that he got the feeling of back in the day…the wild west frontier…where you aquire a piece of land, arrive…and now you have to cope…get water on the land to start building a home for your loved ones and growing some food. Johan and his buddie also spearfish for food in the ocean.

A few metres from Johan and Nadine, lives an Israeli, who we met. He shared with Martin, that he swims out into the ocean for about 15 minutes, shoots good sized fish and then swims back…hardcore… then barter transactions take place, depending on what the other man have to offer.

Everybody eats and everybody helps each other…this is community!

What a magical visit this was to connect again with her and now also with her beautiful family. So much gratitude for this awesome experience.

22/082017

Back in Coffee Bay, we saw on social media that our friends, Christie and Marius, were also in the area. Christie arranged a surprise breakfast for the next morning with us as Marius did not know that we were there.

We walked into our friend, Karl of tribalrhytms.

After our breakfast the next day, Karl took us all on our next adventure to the opposite hill of Mdumbi at the mouth…Ethuleni is the area. Situated here is ‘Freedomoclock Backpackers’. What an experience this was..WOW!

Freedomoclock is the home of Otto and Lu with their confident little girl of six. They are lovely and we were very blessed. The accomodation is well recommended.

Camping can also be arranged, which Martin and Chi-Chi opted for.

Marius and Christie said their goodbyes, but we would meet up again soon for an adventure in Hogsback.

I loved all the beautiful signs everywhere. Chi-Chi loved the incredible invention of an amazing rocket shower.

Lu and Otto have worked very hard to establish this haven of tranquility. Everything just works well together, the kitchen and buildings and finishes…

We had a delicious seafood meal…oysters and crayfish, which the locals supply fresher than fresh and so cheap; white wine and lovely conversations as Johan and Nadine also came to join us for a few hours.

The sunset was unbelievably spectacular as we had uninterrupted views over the mouth and beach.

The sunrise the next morning after a good nights rest, was even more remarkable. We woke up with the crowing of roosters. All the amazing sounds of abundant nature…

We could not help but to put on our coats as it was still very early and quite chilly…B and I took a walk down to the beach. The more we walked the fresher we felt, as if the air was filled with healthier oxygen and with every breath we felt invigorated.

We came to a stunning tree and being very silly started with a photoshoot in and around this.

Then we saw Martin and Chi-Chi who was also on the beach. They joined in our photoshoot before we walked on the beach. We did yoga stretches and headstands…feeling healthy and vibrant.

 

 

 

It was a perfect morning, but as we were walking back, the wind started up with a speed. We could  not believe how quickly it could became so windy.  I picked up a small planter pot which blew into the middle of the road with something inside. At first I wanted to just take the planter pot to Lu and Otto, but my intuition made me keep the little something inside as well. When I gave it to them, they were amazed as it were their own, complete with lemon seed still inside.

After our walk, the locals deemed us special enough to take us for a day out to a secret place…which was on the beach and absolutely lovely. Martin and Chi-Chi opted for a long beachwalk to the secret spot.

As we were driving, we passed a wide river and Karl, who was driving with us, told us about a day when he was in his rubberduck on the river and were blessed with a scene of a Fish Eagle catching a fish right in front of him…these definitely is the moments in our lives which is most memorable.

After being cajoled to have another meal,we drove away fairly late…we would spend the evening at Mdumbi backpackers, which is just on the opposite hill as the crow flies, but quite the drive around…

We found Mdumbi in the dark and after we settled in…here the staff also knew us…we decided to have a bath. A ‘donkey’ (also a rocket type stove) has to be fired up first and after waiting quite some time, we had an awesome bath…

…after this we slept like logs…

The next morning was quite windy and cold, so we opted to not have a walk down to the beach, but rather have breakfast indoors.Martin and Chi-Chi on the other hand braved the outdoors and were rewarded with sightings of many dolphins swimming and jumping with the surfers. On their morning hike, they were also accompanied by Eco, the same dog living at Mdumbi for many years.

We left enroute to Hogsback…for another adventure…but first we had to show Martin and Chi-Chi the hole in the wall…just a quick drive past…as the wind were still howling…

Christie and Marius decided to join us for a Hogsback mission. They are an amazing couple. They have a very interesting business named Share a Villa.  Accommodation for single professionals in Cape Town.  Contact Christie at +27609800339.

24/08/2017

Hogsback was the coldest with snow on the mountains and frost in the stunning gardens of The Edge, where we stayed…

We arrived with rain actually turning into frost. We went to eat in their cosy restaurant, warming ourselves in front of the fire and only opting to sit at the table when our food was already placed. Be sure to try their Dark chocolate drink…lipsmacking…

The Edge is situated, yeah, you guessed it… right on the edge of a mountain peak overlooking a valley. There are houses to rent, but we would rather do this in summer time when the view will value the cost. For now we are renting a little house with fireplace where four of us can stay.

We did try some walks to the edge, but it was too cold for me, as I have been there before in the summer. Martin and Chi-Chi were blessed to see a magnificent Crown eagle in the Arbirithium when they braved the cold for this walk.

I am always looking for a better price on essential oils, for my perfume Alexia and we decided to check out Amathole. We found the owner, Ian, who shared so much with us. Martin also found him very knowledgeable. He will be having some workshops on oil extracting that I am interested in.

We all went for a walk in the Botanical Gardens later and the most amazing big old Redwoods towered over the other trees.

 

 

 

 

Afterwards we had a absolutely delicious lunch at the Butterfly Bistro  where we could order vegan food as well.

Chi-Chi (+27834194658) is vegan and she makes her own range of food – seaweed chips, which she harvest herself, (I am so impressed), seed crackers, vegan pesto, sauerkraut, chi bars which is an amazing substitute for chocolate (it is a superfood bar), dehydrated veg patties, vegan chocolates… She sells these at the Vegan Goods Market in Plumstead, Cape Town which is on the first Saturday of each month…and Midweek market in Plett.

While we chattered on the recorder, we drove through the little town of Alice.  Click on the blue, as I just had to research and see what it is about…

We do get around hey…

We are on our way to Port Elizabeth and will be stopping for lunch with our friends at the well known Nanaga farmstall…

We had an exciting stop to make at the most awesome Salt Restaurant in Port Elizabeth.  Martin had a meeting for the upcoming Wildeburn.  We also join in on the meeting as we are avid Burners(more about what happened at the Wildeburn in a next post)

After a very good meeting we were ready to head home to Sedgefield as our friends, Marius and Christie were waiting for us and were going to stay with us for the night.

Next day the fun continued in our own backyard…

 

…What a trip…feeling Superblessed with Gratitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 December 2017

It was a week before my 50th birthday on the 24th of July that this sweat lodge experience came to me.

I am always joking about my birthdate 24/7… because, this is exactly like I used to work…

March 2016 I became very sick and needed to get to grips with it. (read more about sickness clicking on the blue sick)

So, on my healing conquest I became more aware of how emotional and physical health are linked. This made so much sense after not dealing with challenges for a long time. By not dealing with emotional challenges, it will manifest into sickness.

The fact that I would be 50 and have hormones out of whack, also encouraged the disease of course.

After so much time has passed, I now believe firmly that being sick guided me to get to the root of the challenges…

So…on such a note, speaking of this guidance, brings me to Pachamama retreat.

It was Saturday the 8th of July on my Mother in law’s birthday. My son Juan, his girlfriend Katja and I were celebrating with Mom for her birthday with a breakfast at our world famous Saturday Market.

A friend of Juan and Katja, Chris, walked by and we were introduced.  He proceeded to tell us about the Sweat lodge happening the next day. I have always been intriqued with the idea of doing something like this, but have never before felt such an urgency to participate as I did then.  I do believe this was the moment I made my mind up to do it…

Katja and Juan also felt like going the next day and it was settled.

As it turned out, it started to rain lightly in the night which was truly a blessing as this was the first rain after the terrible raging fires in Knysna and surrounds.

The next day found me enjoying lying in bed as it was cold and raining.

Everyone cancelled the trip as it was an apparent 35 minute drive into the forest to get to Pachamama. This does not sound too far, but my vehicle to travel there was a tiny Chevy Spark, left to us by my Mother who died December. Also I have never been there and did not have the faintest idea how to get there.

So, I stayed in bed enjoying watching the light misty rain fall and toying with the abandonement of an idea to get up and go SWEAT…

Once again, I felt an inexplicable urge to do the sweat and made the decision to get up and go.

I had to visit the petrol station before such a drive, as the Chevy these days wanted more oil (5th litre for the week) than petrol. At the petrol station, Petrus, who have been working there since I can remember, was surprised to find me at the wheel. He only found out then that my Mother had died in December.

I do believe that the way in which my Mom died had a huge impact on me and probably this had to do with the urge I felt of going to the sweat.

In her last days, my Mother’s body was in an unceasing spasm. She could not move and had to be turned every two hours. She also had to be changed regularly as she had to wear nappies.

I was blessed to find space with The Living Cornerstone just around the corner from me, a 24 hour care facility. We were super blessed that this state of being lasted only three weeks before she left us. If you knew my Mom, you would know that she was very independent. She would not have wanted this state of being one bit. I was thankful for those last three weeks as I am an only child and we did not have the best relationship. It was healing to be at her side for most of the time.

Here I want to add that just last night, I found the note that came with two handkerchiefs gifted to me, during this time by my Mom’s side. It was gifted by Annemarie and Johan. These are the parents of our friends, Fanie, Christo and Joe Moller. We can always be sure of parental guidance from these two wise humans as they love reading and researching and thus share a wealth of knowledge. I am filled with gratitude to have them on our life journey.

As I believe that I was in perfect flow, the message for directions from Chris came through on my phone…at least now I knew kinda where I had to go.

It was an adventurous drive for sure, driving into the forrest passing farms with cows grazing in the fields. Just that morning, I saw a video about cows and it felt as if everything happening was connecting dots on my journey. At one point I stopped next to the cows and walked over to the fence, locking eyes with them. It was an awesome feeling of connectivity…

It felt as if I was in a foreign country going to a sweat lodge, but here it was offered to me right in my backyard, so to speak…

…superblessed indeed…

Onwards I drove and got there just on time.

There was no time for me to change as it started raining. I stripped down to my lingerie in a dorm and luckily had my scarf to cover up with until we were inside the darkness of the very low hut.  Nothing mattered at all as I felt as if I was absolutely at the right place and at the right time.

We walked pass a fire filled with big glaring red stones which were obviously readied for us for a while.

The hut was small and we had to crawl in through a tiny opening. I counted nine people. We were told to sit in a circle and settled in.

Then the fire glaring red stones were brought and carefully placed in the middle of our circle. As each stone were brought in, a chant was heard …”Welcome Grandmother”…and this chant continued after every fiery hot stone…”Welcome Grandmother”

Nixiwaka said that he wanted nine stones, but only seven were able to fit the small firespace and then…the flap of the hut were closed and we sat in pitch darkness with only the glaring of the fire…water was added and a lot of steam were forming in the small space…

It was the strangest feeling and totally out of my comfort zone as I am claustrophobic.

But alas, it was not my own urgent voice which rang out; it was two of the men that pleaded to leave the hut immediately.

They were told that if they left, they would not be able to join in again. This made my decision clear to suck it up and stick it out.

I have come this far with the adventure…and again I felt an overwhelming sense of being at the right place at the right time.  I had to smile nervously, as I sensed a confirmation because of the two people leaving, as now we were seven and seven has always been a profound number for me. Not only is it widely considered to be the perfect number, but my first relationship as a teenager lasted until it’s seventh year, my first marriage lasted seven years, my first business…yes, seven years when I sold it…my second business exactly the same…

Now I fully believed that I was at the right place…at the right time…

Nixiwaka started a guided meditation with his melodious voice… chackra number one (red) was confronted, cleansed, cleared of any bad energy, surrounding it in soft healing light and then only moving on to the next chackra.

This felt so amazing and I could feel my body and mind responding well…the next chackra (orange) was addressed and lovingly cleansed and healed… all the while the water was poured on the stones…and steam was enveloping us…

I was sweating profusely by this time, but it did not matter at all…I felt giddy with expectation…

Chackra number three (yellow) was up and here was a different story. This is the chackra that has to do with nurturing…
…while writing this article, I figured out that this is probably why I love giving foot treatments… while nurturing others, I am giving out what I most need…

I wrote a book and published it in 2010 – Bury the Past, Unlock the future. I thought that I have dealt with all my issues relating to nurturing.

My Dad was an alcoholic when I was born and because of this I had a very angry Mom. My Mom had also had a few miscarriages before me as well as carrying a baby boy full term who died when he was born and this was two years prior to myself.  So as can be expected…a lot of hurt and anger. To add drama to chaos, I was born with asthma and remained a daily asthmatic until my late teenage years when I “outgrew” it.  So just imagine how much trouble I was to try and keep alive…

Well, clearly chackra no three was communicating to me that it was still out of whack as I started hyperventilating.  I have been battling with panic attacks on a regular basis for the last year and I knew exactly how it felt when it was revealing itself…and it was definitely revealing itself…

I started feeling pins and needles on the sides of my hands…I tried to take big gulps of air and was relieved that it was so dark that no one could see me.  The pins and needles started spreading and my hands began to spasm.  I took some more air and tried to calm my mind, but when the pins and needles reached my face, I knew I had to get out… or I would probably land face down onto the glaring Grandmother stones.

I had calming pills prescribed by my doctor in my bag which was in the car and it worked with immediate effect if I could only get to it fast enough…

Everyone was in deep meditation and a young lady was sitting entranced next to me.  I felt so awful to bother her, but I had to get out as I was seeing grey and knew that I was about to faint.

I motioned that I wanted to get out, but she reprimanded me to stay for awhile longer.  I think I conveyed to her in some more urgent tones as she gave me a little space to meander around her…then I still had to get pass Nixiwaka, our most peaceful guide…

He must have sensed how urgent it was as he opened the flap for me, but as I passed him, he whispered that I would be welcomed back when they open the flap for some more stones, which will happen another three times.

Crawling to get outside, I stood up in a downpour of rain with my bare feet sinking into thick mud.

What now?…

…my car was about a kilometre away, but my carkeys were in the dorm about a kilometre in the opposite direction…and I was contorted in spasm and in no condition to walk anywhere by this time…

This was the point when I knew with certainty that there was nothing I could do and no one to help me… I simply had to let go…

I saw a bench next to the dam and somehow made my way there…

I stumbled onto it and let my head fall back. The downpour of rain felt very cool and cleansing.

My face and mouth were totally scew by now (it looks like you are having a stroke) and I began embracing the fact that I would die here…

It felt as if I could just drink more and more of the pure life-giving water, the more I let go and let the rainwater run into my mouth.  It felt as if the pins and needles and even my sore right kidney were being flushed.

The rain poured over me and I kept drinking, feeling strangely soothed.

I started thinking about my life and a feeling of complete and utter calm began spreading through my body.  It dawned on me that we all knew that we are going to die one day;  in fact this is the only certainty of our life.

I also thought about the recent raging fires and the people who died horrifically in those fires and all the others who lost everything.  This was the first downpour of rain after the raging fires and I felt somehow refreshed and as if all my aches and pains were being exorcised…even my sore neck felt better.

Feeling more calmness and absolutely superblessed with my peaceful setting, I prayed then, giving gratitude for the perfectly serene space and beauty all around for my last breath.

I was extremely grateful that I ended up going alone as I would not have wanted my loved ones to see me like this.

In my prayers, I expressed gratitude for each of my loved ones, my husband, my children and all my amazing friends…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and the most awesome experiences I have had during my lifetime.

Gratitude for having been at the hospital to meet my most beautiful granddaughter, Alexia when she was born…I remember first standing behind the glass window and watching her proud Dad with his newborn. Then he came to us and handed her over to me. As I looked at her, she tried her best to focus and look into my eyes and I could not have imagined that it would happen, but it did…our eyes locked for just a brief encounter, but an eternity…

Yes, I have surely lived a rewarding life!

 

Feeling absolutely relaxed now with feelings of utmost peace, I heard something and when I turned my head, I saw the flap of the hut opening and more stones being fetched.

I realized then that I was actually able to get up and making my way slowly through the mud once again I felt determined to go back in…

Inside I went to sit on the opposite side where the two men that left had sit for more breathing space.

Again the glaring red stones were welcomed as grandmothers and this is when it dawned on me that I too, was a grandmother…

I felt honoured by this realization, as if I was meant to feel welcome and then the flap closed again.

Again the water were poured on the glaring stones…again I started hyperventilating…

…but this time I was determined to stay as now I knew for a fact that I would live to tell this tale. (And this is exactly why I decided to share.)

I was here for a reason, to clear the imbalances which had my Mom in a paralised spasm when she died…and myselfas I was in a spasm and ready to go just now.

Not only was my Mom caught up in this spasm state, but she kept asking me for her daughter.  I tried to comfort her by staying with her and reminding her that I was her only child (as far as I know), but she just said, ‘not you, my other daughter’…

Yes, my nurtering chackra was definitely out of whack…and this I probably handed down through my cell memory to my children and onto my granddaughter.

I was here to do everything possible to stop this downward spiral. To give the gift of forgiveness…This was my quest…I was here to let go for me and my loved ones…

I would be eternally grateful to know for sure that my children never have to wonder if they were good enough for me…I have the most beautiful children and I would be superblessed to get to a point where I know that they definitely know this…that they would know that I love them unconditionally, they do not need to prove themselves, they have already proved themselves by showing up in my life…by bringing me to this point of knowing…and doing…

There were a bottle of water being sent around with the utmost reverance and gratitude and now, (because of the experience on the bench), I could better sense just how important life giving water is and how easy it becomes for us to take it for granted.  Not only water, but how often do we just gulp down our food because we are in a hurry and then we wonder where all our health problems stems from.

When last have you enjoyed the actual taste of a banana or avocado or name it…how do we taste better?

By using all our senses…
seeing – (wanting it because it looks good),
taking it (touch) and then smelling the flavours first and having our brain help by thinking (enticing) how it should taste.  This is conscious/mindful eating and I definitely want to do more of it from now on…which brings us back to gratitude once again.

After these mind blowing revelations, it became tough for me to breathe again and as it was dark and I had so much space around me, I laid down on my tummy.

There was a glimmer of light coming through the bottom of the hut and I put my nose closer for some more oxygen. This actually helped a lot and I could listen once again to the melodious voice of  Nixiwaka.

He proceeded to tell a story which I am not going to share details of, but it was exactly what I needed to hear.  As he told it, I felt my sore kidney being warmed by the fireside.  It also felt like little droplets of water was being sprinkled on it.  I felt completely at ease with being there prostate on the ground.

My message for the longest time and also the strongest to come through at the SWEAT, is to be more still and present.  I have always been a doer (always working or doing something to feel validated).  I had a tough time to relax.

This again, yes, stems from my Mother, as I always had to perform to perfection, to make her happy. I am not saying this as a judgement, but it is just what it is…took me a long time to figure this out as well.  We can use abusive behaviour as an excuse or an opportunity…

When the flap was opened again, I sat upright and ready to receive some more profound messages…which I did…and completed the sweat!

Afterwards I had a shower and we shared a meal together in Nixiwaka’s home.  His son, Adam, were there and I surprised him by knowing his name, before he could say it. (I read up on Pachamama the day before and he was on the website.) Even the cats welcomed me while I ate mindfully.

I had to rush home as it was late afternoon and getting dark fast. With the downfall of rain it was no easy road for the Chevy.

Instead of turning right, I turned left and when I suspected I was on the wrong road, it luckily became too narrow for me to continue driving.  I immediately turned around and hightailed out of there.  It was getting dark super fast and I was still in the forest.

I whizzed past the cows who strangely enough came to the fence when they saw me coming as if they wanted to enhance our earlier experience.

Unfortunately I was in too much of a hurry to get home at this stage. It was cold, wet and dark by now and on I speeded.

Coming around a bend, I saw a huge white horse in the road. I am a card reader and this means huge opportunity…

Upon arriving home safely, drenched as it was raining hard, I made myself not just a cup, but a pot of chamomile and rooibos tea with honey and even took the cinamon spice bottle with as I went up to my room for some ‘well deserved’ relaxation. Even the way this sentence was written, is new to me as it took me a long time to feel like I ‘deserve’ if I did not put in hard work first… I proceeded to spoil myself even more with a candle lit bubble bath to feel absolutely unconditionally superblessed.

I basked in this newfound insight.

It was truly an amazing experience which I felt I could not fully comprehend, so I decided to immediately record my feelings so as to make sense of it all. (and now I am able to write about it)

I shall embrace anything that comes…

In the week after the sweat, my son gifted me a Dorn therapy session with Lisa, which confirmed everything that I found out at the sweat and could be even more released.

…superblessed with gratitude…

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