Category Archives: Gratitude

How Was Your Weekend?

Mine was relaxing. We had the requisite load shedding on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday there was none. I took my niece horse riding and it was lovely out in the open spaces amongst the plots, sleepy almost. The flies were abundant though and very persistent, buzzing and landing on my forearms like ten-ton trucks on wings. They felt heavy, it must all the horse manure that they feast on… :-0

I love the wide open spaces which are so close to us in Joburg
©2019 Regina Martins

My niece has lots of work on her plate, she’s doing the International Baccalaureate (IB) and from Grade 11 it’s like a prep for ‘varsity. I don’t remember my Grade 11 or 12 being so onerous. I helped her visualise her work on a Kanban system to help her better manage it – there ‘s a wonderful sense of satisfaction when one task is moved into the “Done” column. She’s experienced it already and its motivational characteristics.

Personal Kanban to manage IB school work
©2019 Regina Martins
Post-it notes and markers, all needed to set up a Kanban system
©2019 Regina Martins

We’ve been blessed to have wonderful moderate weather in the highveld. It’s autumn and it’s still short sleeve and swimming weather. The gardens are still lush due to all the recent rains.

Our international coach camp this year is in Marrakesh. Neither Che or me have been to Morocco! I confess that it wasn’t on my list of places to visit, but now that we’re going there we’re taking the opportunity to explore. I’ve just done the bookings, flights and Airbnbs for our holiday portion after the coach camp.

So we’ll explore Marrakesh, take the train to Casablanca and explore that city. Then we’ll fly to Lisbon where we’ll spend time with family exploring there too – there is no end to my exploration of Lisbon, I love it there. Then it’s off to Istanbul to spend 3 days there before flying back home to South Africa! Now I’m looking forward to it.

Che and will use our backpacks again. This time due to time pressure we’re not doing the G-Adventures thing but crafting our own adventures. We have some research to do. I’m already following a few Marrakech and Morocco accounts on Instagram, now to follow Casablanca accounts to get an idea of what to visit.

If you have any tips for touristing in Morocco please share.

Regina

 

Anchored

Have you ever thought about what anchors you? The people, things, habits, thoughts, smells and tastes that make you think, “yes, I feel secure. I belong here.”

Yes, it’s important to move forward, to look ahead and not back. To allow the winds to fill the sails of life and propel you forward to new adventures.

And it is also important to know when it is necessary to drop anchor in a quiet cove, enjoy the slow pace, relish the security and recharge for the next adventure.

My varied careers have taken me to different places, many of them to other countries. It’s adventurous to be able to do that. With each new place I visit, I learn something new about myself. The things which drive me forward, the things which render me stuck, and what anchors me.

When the adventure is over I return home, to Che, to my family, to the familiar smells, routines and tastes of what anchors me. On deeper reflection, what anchors me is also what allows me to sail forward in search of adventure. I wouldn’t be able to do one without the other – the balance between forward-momentum and the sheltering coves of my life’s journey.

 

A Thank You

I am humbled by the response my last post received (The Dripping Thoughts) – thank you! I am grateful for having you as a reader of Wide Eyed In Wonder, and for coming by from time to time.

This is also a message to let you know that I am going to be out of town next week for a couple of days. I’m going to spend sometime tonight scheduling posts so that this space remains lit.

I spent yesterday working on my other blog – The Agile Way – I’m excited about it. I’m having some styling issues and need to make sure that they are not browser related before getting on to the WordPress forum.

Che and I spent this weekend replenishing gas for the heater, food for the tummy and LED lights for the dining room. Today we had a delightful day at the flea-market (I love these) and the visit wouldn’t have been complete without pancakes with sugar and cinnamon and a cappuccino, whilst sitting in the warm winter sun.

I’m going to spend sometime studying for my social entrepreneurship exam next Sunday (yes, an exam on a Sunday!) and as the temperature drops outside I will move into a warmer part of the house, switch on the heater and snuggle down for a comfortable evening with Che.

I hope that you are having a great weekend!

Regina