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Thursday, 7 November 2013

I went to Parys...the one in the Free State

I love to travel; so when my bestie suggested that we take a girls weekend away to Parys of all places, I jumped at the opportunity even though we both had no idea what the supposedly sleepy town had in store for us. We were both pleasantly surprised. Not only does Parys, Vredefort have the quaintest BnB's and hotels, but it also has lovely antique shops, spas and restaurants. 
We didn't have a big budget for the weekend, because the main aim of our trip was some good 'ol girly fun and catching up. We did a little more than just catch up though; we went quad biking, got full body massages, ate black squid bread and even lunched by the river. Craziest of all was Kiki's foto studio in town. You get to dress up in Gatsby era or princess costumes and get professional photographs taken just because you can. Afterall when all is said and done, all we really have are memories!

Now I tell everyone about Parys and its only an hour and half away from Joburg, so you dont even have to stay the night.

"Don't wait for extra ordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them." Orison Swett Marden


Dear Fear

Without good health we have nothing... The past 6 months have seen me have one health adventure after another. Of course my use of the word adventure in this context does not denote fun, thrills or excitement- quite the contrary. Lying in hospital for the third time earlier this year fighting a strange and almost fatal infection, I remember thinking that perhaps there really is something to be said about 'near-death experiences' and how they almost force you to change the cause of your life or at least re-adjust your priorities.

I took time off work to rest, sleep, play in the park with my daughter, travel and re-discover what it is that makes me truly happy. I also stopped saying that I will start yoga one day, and I actually signed up for classes. I even signed up at a music school because I have always wanted to learn how to play the drums, and now I am doing it. I have taken three short holidays in the space of four weeks; and I unashamedly enjoyed more spa treatments than a housewife from Sandhurst!

I have heard it said that near-death experiences make good people better and bad people worse. With that said I am determined not fall into the later category. So I am making a lot of little changes in my life now. I am more decisive, my pursuits are more robust, I care more and give more. Ideas that used to terrify me no longer have that hold on me.  

I remembered a quote I once read that goes; "We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face..."

On that note; Dear Fear; You and I met once too many times. I am walking away from you now. I am letting you go.