New Beginnings

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well” – Buddha 

New beginnings, what does this mean for you?

It happened during my travels in Thailand when I closed the door to my past, a past that used to be my life, my everything. It was the hardest thing to do and took around 13 months! Now when I look back, I realized that I had to go through this breakdown as it created the woman I am today.

I decided a life of new beginnings because the obvious was in front of me: to live or to go down. I won’t go into detail as I’m sure you know what I mean. So for the sake of my loved ones, my health and my future, I decided to LIVE AGAIN!

Today, I’m still in the transition period between old and new. Sometimes accompanied by pain and disappointment, lately more excitement! I look forward to walking through the door leading to the next stage of my life, where the light shines through and where flowers are blooming just for me. I promise myself to live a conscious life, take that what I’ve learnt from my past and make this new phase in my life the very best one! Bearing always in mind that everything eventually has an end.

The most important lesson learned: “The condition of my personal relationships, is a direct reflection of my degree of self-love.” 

This post is dedicated to my family and friends who supported me through the most difficult time in my life. Thank you 🙂

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Replacing Sugar

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The body breaks down carbohydrates slower than sugar itself. One gets a sugar high from sugar and a sugar low as energy levels deplete faster than sugar substitutes. A ‘moderate’ intake of refined sugar can be an acceptable part of a healthy diet. Too much sugar in the diet can contribute to various health problems.

The process of where sugar binds with protein until they become non-functional is called glycosylation. All our cells in our bodies contain some protein but when protein attach to sugars they cannot function effectively.

Collagen makes up about 25% of our bodies protein content and when damaged from glycosylation or when oxidation occurs, it breaks down the collagen making skin lose its elasticity and skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage. The skin becomes saggy, dehydrated and eventually wrinkled.

Large quantities of sugar compromise our immune function resulting in a rapid increase in insulin production and bruised capillaries. It also leads to production of more sebum in the skin that contributes to acne as well as inflammation throughout the body.

The good news is that sugar can easily be replaced with fruit and vegetables. A great way to start the day is to drink first thing in the morning, a warm glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a touch of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil to neutralize overnight acidity levels. Drink this every morning, cut down on the sugar, up the exercise and fresh air. Drink plenty of water and you’ll see a difference in your mood, health and skin! One life, live well and enjoy!

Mom and Me

I never thought my mom and I would get this close. As a child it felt like she hated me, that she was never proud of my achievements and never gave me physical affection.

When I left home in my early twenties, I invited mom over to spend the weekend with me in the city.  She inspected my little habitat without saying a word and then continued towards the kitchen. After we had some lovely tea and cake, I felt now was the time for me to open up and look my mom in the eye, to talk to her not as my mom but like to another woman. I felt the time had come that she knows my truth.

I muttered nervously ahead that despite our indifference during my upbringing, I somehow felt that she loved me. I understood at some point that it must have been hard for her given the fact that her mom had to give her away as a little child. I told her that I realized how lucky I was that I had my biological mom to raise me and to give me everything that she could at the time; even if there wasn’t  much affection towards the words I love you or hugging.Regardless of it all, I knew that she loved me anyway. After a minute or so, she burst out in tears and then said that it was true, she always loved me and always will.

Since then we’re inseparable and share amazing journeys of fun, laughter, tears and adventure. Today my mom is openly expressing her love to my daughter and me. Both share an amazing bond of love and affection. It is such an inspiring relationship of three women who are beautifully developing and loving each other, unconditionally.

mom and me

 

The 1-Loud-Wish-Per-Day Group

 

Our bodies consist of masses of vibrating cells and it’s filled with energy and life. One day when our energy can’t keep our bodies together anymore, our bodies die. This energy is released into the universe and is called spirit, soul or mind. In fact, this energy is who we really are.

While we still have a body, we have a lot of power at hand. We have three amazing resources: our voices, our bodies and our energy. We can influence our own energy and each other’s energy in various ways. A great way is to use our voice. We can attract, heal and offer support and turn energy into positive or negative.

The option of wishes:

If you make one loud wish (anywhere in the world) the words spoken will vibrate in the air. This vibration can touch the specific energies the wish was made for, regardless of being dead or alive! We all know the law of attraction and that our thoughts and words can change the molecules in water. We all know we are what we think, eat and do. We are responsible for our own actions and what we attract. The 1-Loud-per-day group is where it all begins.

It’s simple: You just have to believe in your own wish, that it will come true and say it out loud.

We can’t always afford donations or we are unavailable to offer our support. We can make wishes for financial support, for assistance, for medical support, for roof over heads, for peace and prosperity. We can send the energy out so that it vibrate and change the molecules with the positive wishes we made for that specific person or occurrence.

Saying wishes out loud have the potential to change energy from within and allow it to expand and come true.

Think of all those people who died in China, Japan, India and Burma. Think of Tibet, the Tsunami, the War against Terror, Hurricanes, and Africa…the list is endless!

Think of a friend, an unhappy marriage, a sad neighbor, a death in the family/friend, resentment, forgiveness, etc.

By joining this group, you can make 1 loud wish per day (more wishes are absolutely welcome!)

The only rule: we DO NOT make any wishes that can harm others, that are unrealistic, supernatural, and greedy or have negative results.

I start…”I wish unlimited and lasting happiness to the world and universe”

Join the group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/17651162125/

 

 

 

 

What Is My Relationship To Life?

My relationship to life is to live life to the fullest and collect as many positive impressions in my mind and heart. I try to achieve this by learning and sharing from past mistakes, from present challenges and opportunities. I associate my life with developing compassion, expanding knowledge and deepening my spirituality. Being alive in today’s world, my relationship to life embrace flexibility, technology, surprises, adventure and love.

Occasionally my actions conflict with my relationship to life. This is then the exact moment when I become unbalanced and unhappy. Normally just writing in my journal supports me with clarity and the right plan of action.

For example, I’m invited to a party but I know if I go, I won’t get time to reach my report deadlines. These reports can support me with a flexible life one day. However that one-day is still far away in the future and the party is so close in the present. So the obvious thing to do is to go the party, right? I decide to go, have loads of fun but the next day stress arrives on my doorstep, maybe with a hangover and even some guilt…

Lesson learned: even if I reach my deadlines hastily, not putting my needs first in accordance to my relationship to life was in fact, a wrong move. Damn! 😉

 

Outdoor Festivals

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Open your mind and give rise to the light! Vortex organizers believe that commercialization of the trance scene worldwide diminished the message of what trance essentially teaches.

During summer, Cape Town offers many outdoor parties in beautiful, natural surroundings and sceneries. If you never had the opportunity to experience such bliss and unity, better make the effort and add it to your bucket list. Although there are several negativity on the topic, it is really up to the individual to make that choice of responsible partying and surrounding oneself with positivity.

My favorite is Vortex, one of the biggest outdoor organizers who follow these principles:

Peace

Is the core of energy found within ourselves when we let go of all or fears. We have a loss of interest in judging ourselves and those around us. We tend to think and act spontaneously, enjoying each moment as we appreciate everything and smile through the eyes, from the heart.

Love

We all long for love, understanding and acceptance. We can only truly give and receive love once we have gained acceptance and peace within ourselves. Our actions of love towards others all stem from the love we have for ourselves.

Unity

Is what happens when a group of people, who have peace, experience their love for themselves and each other, creating a oneness within the group.

Respect

The attitude you reach because of Peace, Love and Unity. This allows an environment of freedom of choice. You allow yourself the freedom to be yourself as you allow others the freedom and space to be themselves.

See you on the dance floor 2012!

Check the Program:

http://capetowntranceparties.com/home/parties/outdoor-party-season-20122013/

Flights to South Africa:

Emirates, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM

South African Wine

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Cape Town is known as the gateway of the South African winelands. Cultures from Africa, Europe and the East all came together and took part in shaping this rich in colour and diverse in culture wine industry, for more than 350 years.

South African wines are one of the very best, not only for the wine itself but also for its tranquil, picturesque settings where the wine is produced. Most of the winelands are located in valleys between majestic mountains and greenery in a Mediterranean climate. These wine countries offer great wine tasting experiences, cellar tours, top restaurant facilities as well as luxury accommodation.

The wine countries have a rich culture and history. One can enjoy typical Dutch architecture dating way back to the 17th century, lushes gardens, museums, boutique shops and five-star services. Today South Africa can be experienced as a peaceful democracy, a vibrant country of enormous diversity and potential. All this variety reflect in our wines. The wine industry reflects classicism with influences from contemporary fruit-driven styles of the West. This unusual combination makes for wines which are complex yet accessible, sophisticated yet powerful, articulately expressing the unique terroir and people of the Cape.

  • The Winelands consist of several regions: Somerset West, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Constantia Valley, Coastal Routes, Little Karoo and Olifants River Wine Routes and much more.
  • Wines to be enjoyed: chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, method cap de’classique, colombard, riesling, merlot, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinotage, South Africa’s very own cultivar.

The best decision to make is to get yourself a bottle of South African wine (wherever you live), then close your eyes and imagine sipping that fine wine on a luxury wine estate surrounded by nature, endless green valleys and blue skies. As you open your eyes from the blissful experience, you realize that you simply have to make the effort to visit the most beautiful country in the world: South Africa!

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I Love CT

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Put your hands up for Cape Town, I love this city! Imagine a beautiful city nestled at the foot of a continent, next to a blue ocean with deep blue skies and in the middle of it all, a range of majestic mountains hugs the city.

Cape Town alias ‘mother city of the Rainbow Nation’ is a vibrant city where people and life comes together. Cape Town is a place where people celebrate all the time and work is considered….well come and see experience for yourself, especially on a Monday 😉

Our culture is rich and diverse with many nationalities and a proud country of 13 official languages. We had a tough history that separated us for many years and this was completely unnecessary. Today we have this wonderful, bright future in front of us. Cape Town presents the most amazing festivals, concerts, sports events and international events. When this happens the city and mountain lights illuminate the entire peninsula and a sense of unity is felt throughout the entire country!

Cape Town offers so much, for each and everyone!

  1. Hike up Table Mountain
  2. Take a boat to see Robben Island (Nelson Mandela’s prison cell)
  3. Shop at the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Cavendish Malls and indulge in high street fashion, culture, cuisine and entertainment
  4. Stroll in the Company Gardens and visit the Museums and Planetarium
  5. Have High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel
  6. Walk down Adderley Street and check out real Capetonians
  7. Visit the townships and Cape Town flats
  8. Check out the District Six Museum
  9. Take the red hop-on hop-off bus and take tours all over the peninsula
  10. Nightlife is amazing with hundreds of clubs!!
  11. Be part of the café society – we have the best, little and cute café’s ever!
  12. Check out colourful BoKaap and try traditional South African Cape Malay food
  13. De Waterkant Village is filled with Art and Lifestyle shops
  14. Jog or walk on the Sea Point promenade and savor the most beautiful sunsets – oh, and challenge the beach gym!
  15. Sunbathe at Clifton and swim in icy cold water!
  16. Enjoy sundowners in Caprice on Sunday evenings from 5pm
  17. Check out Long Street for a vibey night out or boutique shopping
  18. Shop at Green Market Square for Souvenirs and take pictures of the city’s rich culture and buildings
  19. Walk up Lion’s head mountain on full moon
  20. Paraglide off Lion’s Head or just be lazy on your hotel terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  21. Tip a parking guide from R2 and smile!
  22. Enjoy luxurious accommodation….everywhere!
  23. Bring enough money…you will want to spend it all!
  24. Hire a bicycle and be part of the Saturday morning cycling trend to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast afterwards! Mmmmm!!!
  25. Visit Cape Point and check out the currents and baboons! Don’t feed them please. Drive on the famous Chapman’s peak drive
  26. Swim with penguins! At Boulders beach – too cute!
  27. Visit the wine farms…we have plenty of the very best and do stay overnight!
  28. Date a South African!
  29. Visit the rest of the country, its like experiencing the whole world in one country – and it’s safe!
  30. Buy a property here, you’ll definitely want to stay!

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When Was the Last Time You Tried Something New?

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The last time I tried something new was in February. I had to write my first post on my new blog page, instructed by my media lecturer.

I remember that day. I had no experience in writing except for a few press releases let alone working on a blog on wordpress. On top of that, my first title of the post was called “how hard is it to follow instructions.”

It took about 3 hours to write this short post and I became really nervous. How the heck am I going to write 100 posts?

So today, 2 November, academic year is almost over and I’ve reached 90 posts! It was hard, stretched my creativity, called for patience and strict discipline. The toughest part was that English is not my first language!

I want to continue blogging as I enter my career in communications. It added a beautiful, creative, inspiring and positive energy to my life and dreams. It showed me that I’m fully capable of achieving anything I put my mind to. Now only one question remains: “What am I going to do when I reach 100 posts? Will I challenge something again…mmm….I’ll publish the book: My Perception of Reality 🙂

 

Have You Done Anything Lately Worth Remembering?

 Last month I had the chance to visit Zanzibar, Tanzania. I remember approaching Daram Salaam on a 3-hour delayed flight from Johannesburg International. Our plane’s wing was faulty so we had to wait two hours in the plane, and then moved to the next available plane. At the airport in Daram Salaam people seemed busy. I remember an eager, young official taking my passport and telling me to pay U$50 for a visa and just to wait there. He disappeared in the crowd, I panicked as I realized he took my passport and I didn’t have any dollars.

I went on through the crowd, located the passport stand and to my surprise and relief, I found it in their possession. They instructed me how to get US dollars but unfortunately the ATM’s were outside the airport. We then had to arranged for officials to escort me to the ATM’s – I had no visa. This felt so embarrassing!

One and a half hours later including a missed flight to Zanzibar, I felt completely stuck, hungry and lost! Dusk was approaching and mosquitos normally come out this time. I had no repellant and no malaria injections. Boy oh boy, was I going to remember this day. I finally managed to reach the South African Airways manager and told him my story. He immediately arranged a seat on the next flight to Zanzibar. I couldn’t believe my luck and hastily caught the last flight out just in time for the mozzies! I gave the manager a big hug, which I’m sure he appreciated and then took off to enjoy two weeks of bliss!

I learned that my experiences and the people within those experiences play an important role in remembering an event. I noticed that I tend to specifically remember those days with uncomfortable experiences and those days with blissful experiences! The rest I guess is history and not worth the space in my mind 🙂