Life is tough in Africa:)

Friday, December 28

We spent the past two nights with friends at Phinda Game Reserve, in the Mziki camp where our friend Mike's parents have a lovely house set in the most beautiful natural surroundings. The Big Five are all resident there and we were fortunate enough to see some of them...

A few pictures from the past three days.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26

Hoping that you all have had a festive Christmas!

We had breakfast with my family on our farm yesterday morning, and then drove through to Durban for Christmas lunch with Pete's Family and Family friends.

What a wonderful day!

And now we are off for a mini  holiday for 2 days with friends before we go on honeymoon on Saturday....

Lulu x 


Monday, December 24

Wow, what a busy few weeks!

We have been non stop setting up for our big day, and on Saturday we got Married.

We had the service in a marquee in the Garden on my Parents farm, followed by the Reception in the Tractor Shed which was transformed to the most beautiful venue.

A few pictures from our Amazing Wedding...

Getting ready

And off to SA to get Married We Go :)

Wednesday, December 12

I can't believe that it is already Wednesday today and that we fly to South Africa this evening! Well, hopefully we do, as Heathrow has had to cancel a few flights today because of the fog.  At the moment, our flight is still on, and fingers crossed it stays that way...

This week feels like it has been non stop, despite my best efforts to be organised in advance.  And a whole mixed bag of emotions too.  Absolute excitement at going back to SA, seeing friends family and some warm weather, and of course GETTING MARRIED next week! 

And a little sadness as I also said good bye to one of my favourite little patients yesterday as they are moving away, I am so going to miss my weekly sessions with him and his gorgeous family upon my return...

I will try to keep writing whilst I am in SA, but things are probably going to be quite busy whilst we get everything together for our Wedding Weekend next weekend as our friend G is calling it!

Good Bye freezing cold London, I'm off to Sunny SA to marry this handsome guy:)

And see you soon South Africa...

Thought for Thursday

Thursday, December 6

Picture from Super Healthy Kids Website.

Font added by me.

Have a happy healthy colourful food weekend :)

Why my next Yoga class at my Gym won't quite cut it...

Tuesday, December 4

"You just can't compare Yoga at a gym, with real Yoga." My friend Nik always says.

"I mean gym Yoga is fine, but you just don't get the same experience as if you go to a proper Yoga centre." 

And after today, I completely agree with her.  

This weekend my friend Lara and I met a lady called Bel, and she gave us a leaflet for a yoga class that she teaches in the Wimbledon Village, in a hall at the St Mary's Church.

Bel's enthusiasm for Yoga and passion for life in general is quite contagious, and after chatting to her for just a few minutes on Sunday we both said that we would join her today for her class.

This morning, I got home later than planned from my early patient, my head cold was showing no sign of retaliating in it's endless consumption of tissues, and for a few moments I considered not going.  

But boy am I glad that I did.

A rushed cab ride later as tfl journey planner said there was no ways that I would  get there in time public transport style, I arrived at the Church Grounds. I walked into the Church initially, which was empty, tried to call Lara to see if she knew where to go, but her phone wouldn't connect, and then finally saw the sign and hurried into the hall.

Now I've seen a few Church hall's in London, and I was expecting the usual: musty, slight damp smell, a bit grubby and altogether quite grim.  This room however, is not your typical Church hall, with massive windows letting in natural light, it overlooks a garden.  Gorgeous.

Coupled with Bel's warm welcome, some lit candles, relaxing music and pleasant incense, by the time Lara and  lay down to begin with the cosy blankets that Bel had also provided, we were pretty calm already.

Bel took us through a stretching and breath focussed warm up, before we pushed aside our blankets, got up and did some more active work. Bel teaches in a very relaxed manner and encourages everyone to do what feels most comfortable for them in a posture, which I love.  I despise being pushed deeper and deeper into a position that I know my body isn't tolerating.  Her teaching is very flowy and I enjoyed the 'dance' like movements we performed in some of the poses.   The final part of the class, again cosily tucked up in our blankets, she lead us through a relaxation sequence.  I was so chilled out by this point, my mind blank, that I can't even remember what it was.

And then whilst we lay there, in our own little worlds, she came to each of us and with a gorgeous smelling oil on her hands, stretched our necks ever so slightly and released the tension in our shoulders with some gentle pressure and massaged our muscles. Amazing.

I stood up slowly from the class, feeling energised, invigorated and at peace.  My rush to get there and the loads of things on my to do list a million miles away.

So far away, that I forgot to get a picture with Bel to put on here.

Next time I will for certain.

Nik, I agree completely, Yoga at a gym serves it's purpose, but you just can't compare it, to a class taken by a teacher like Bel, in an environment like this.

Gym Yoga works the body.

Real yoga works the body, calms the mind and invigorates the soul.

Contact Bel at:  belgibbs at talk21 dot com 

for more information regarding her classes.  I highly recommend you try one.

And if you have only ever experienced Yoga in a gym setting, I insist that you try one....

No matter what level you are. And she does full massage treatments too:)

"You are the Average of the 5 People you Spend the Most Time with"

Monday, December 3

I have been feeling incredibly inspired by life in the past week. I can't wait to expand my Women and Children's Physiotherapy practice next year, this beloved blog of mine has a readership that continues to grow month by month; and leaving chilly London for South Africa next week for four week to get married, celebrate Christmas and go on honeymoon is pretty darn excitement inducing too!

I met up with the lovely Lisa from Skin Plus Care, last week, who as I mentioned here, has a gorgeous new shop in the Wimbledon Village, and saw the new treatment rooms that she has built! I am so excited to be working from her pretty shop next year, I and can't wait to be a part of a growing complementary therapies team.  This weekend I also caught up with two friends who are passionate about the blogging world, and we shared ideas for our blogs (hence the mini blog make over), and they introduced me to a few new fabulous ones to follow.

And then, in the way that life so often works out, today I discovered this TEDx talk by Scott Dinsmore.
Titled, How to Find and Do Work You Love. 

He discusses his own journey in creating the very successful company that he now owns and runs, and shares some very wise words.

I am very fortunate to already be doing what I love, but couldn't agree more with the points he raises in this talk.

He mentions how he was advised to take a certain job, as although he hated it as, 

"it would look good on his resumee".

And so he did it, and he hated it. And then he read a quote by Warren Buffet, the self made multi millionaire, who said:

"Taking a job to have on your resumee, is liking saving sex for old age."

And so he quit, watch the rest of his talk, to see how his business bloomed but only after some time, here.

Everything changed when he surrounded himself by the right people. He quotes James Rohn who says:

"You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with."

So surround yourself with passionate people. 

People who are doing what they love, and are happier as a result of it.

When I was considering leaving the hospital where I was working, I knew that a large determining factor of how successful my own Physio practice would be, lay with if I managed to register my business with a certain major health insurance company so that I could treat their clients.

"Don't even bother, I tried for five years before they registered me." I was advised.

"I don't even think they are accepting anyone new, and anyway the price they will negotiate with you won't make it worth your while." Another said.

"Never, they won't even consider anyone new, there are too many Physio's in your area already."I heard a few times.

I wasn't even going to bother.

"You may as well try," Pete said. "All they can say is no." said Jen.

And so I filled out the forms, and within a week, they called me, said they would love to have me on board, and after bullying my price down, as I had expected them to and taken into account, I was all approved.

I was as surprised as the doubters above.

I read another article in a girly magazine a few months ago, which said:

"People whose friends earn more than them tend to get promoted and achieved faster in their work place than those who don't."


"You are more likely to be overweight if your good friends are."

I moved back to South Africa for 6 months a few years ago, after a very sedentary 18 months in London, and lived with my friends Alice and Ken who both exercised at least once a day.  I still exercise regularly today as I became more active from being surrounded by their non stop activity.  I moved back to London, and ran a half marathon a year later.

About the doubters in our lives:

Dinsmore quotes Mahatma Ghandi:

first they ignore you
then they laugh at you
then they fight you
then you win

If you have an idea, surround yourself with people who are passionate and are believers.

And the good new is, if you struggling to find anyone around you, the internet has quite a few to offer.

In the words of Rosie, from her fabulous blog The Londoner:

I like blogs.

In my opinion everyone should have their very own piece of The Internet.

A little plot of internet to call your very own.

I recently came to the conclusion that I actively despise Facebook, so blogs let me stalk the people I like, love, know & want to know... without reading status updates about how drunk they were last night.

Realise what you love, with help from people like Scott Dinsmore if you struggling to work it out.

Then find a 'guru' in it, be it in real life or on the world wide web, and take inspiration from them.

And then Do the Work you Love.

I am so lucky to be marrying a guy who thinks every harebrained scheme I have, is going to be the best venture ever :)

Lulu x 

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