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Weekend Coffee Share: The Rituals for Resilience Edition

Hello everyone! It’s coffee share time so welcome and grab a cup or a cuppa. No cake or cookies although I’m going to be baking a cake (later) for my Dad’s birthday braai tomorrow.

Conference week

Regina Martins
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This week went by quite fast. I wasn’t terribly busy on the work front. Thursday and Friday I attended a virtual conference where I also facilitated a workshop on team coaching. There were some great talks and workshops and it was great catching up with people I see only at these events. I missed the in-person experience somewhat, especially the coffee conversations, corridor greetings as people move from session to session, and the drinks after the day is over.

My Dad’s birthday on the 4th

It was my Dad’s birthday on May 4th and we’re getting together as a family to celebrate tomorrow. In addition to the cake that I’m baking Chè is making his popular apple pie. My sister is making more goodies and my Mom is cooking the main dish.

I went out!

I received my new Mac Mini (with the M1 chip) last week and of course, being a tech/gadget geek, it was an exciting event indeed. I went out on Monday to get a display port because my monitor only has a VGA output. I don’t get out much now so each time I do, and only when I absolutely need to, it’s always enjoyable. A simple trip to the mall becomes an exciting adventure.

It is usually a quick in-and-out operation or mission, depending on how you look at it. I park far from any other cars and take my time putting on my two masks and making sure that my hand sanitiser is in my pocket.

Gosh, it is year two of this very universal experience that we’re all in, and weathering it in different ways. Masks, sanitisers, social distancing … The numbers in SA are climbing again, test positivity percentages rising. Our medical insurance scheme sent an SMS on Friday warning that our area is now considered a Covid hotspot. As the third wave is ebbing in the northern countries, it is beginning in the southern ones.

Rituals for resilience

Rituals are important events for building resilience. I help organisations with things like this. Creating personal rituals has helped me keep my head above water during this uncertain time. Even though vaccines are here, this is relative depending on which country one lives in. In my country of 59 million people, only about 381 000 vaccines have been administered. This slow pace is inconceivable but I’m not going to give it much energy – to honour my sanity.

So I rely on rituals – to honour my sanity:

  • Coffee with Chè in the morning before he leaves for work.
  • A luxury Nespresso mid-morning – it’s a sensory experience: gazing upon the colours of the capsules and choosing the right coffee, pressing the button and hearing the rrrrr of the machine; comparing the thickness of the crema, smelling the coffee, tasting the coffee …
  • At lunchtime, checking in on the cats sleeping on the bed, making sure they aren’t looking at each other askance, readying for a spat.
  • Our team’s 15-minute daily standup, catching up on the day.
  • Eating lunch in the sun while reading a book.
  • A mid-afternoon cup of coffee, again.
  • Removing ingredients from the freezer for dinner.
  • After work, going for a walk around the garden, checking on the tomatoes while I wait for Eddie to arrive home.
  • And then the evening rituals begin …

Do you have any rituals for resilience that are helping you during this time of uncertainty?

Well that’s it for this week

Let’s meet again next week, same time, same place.


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Weekend Coffee Share: The Travel Blogging Edition

Welcome to my regular weekend coffee share. Let’s chat about travel blogging. I can’t say that I’m a travel blogger but I feel comfortable saying that I blog about my travels – in fact, it was the theme of my A to Z blogging challenge this year.

I completed all the letters of the alphabet despite having run late on some days. If you haven’t yet read any of my posts, I’ll link them below – there are more photos than text, and what I did write was more about my feelings about the place and some experiences.

A to Z blogging challenge posts

Blogging from A to Z posts – my favourite ones so far are D is for Durban, J is for Johannesburg, R is for Raleigh and S is for Sagres:
Z is for Zurich
Y is for Y Travel
X is for X Marks the Spot
W is for Windhoek
V is for Vienna
U is for Umdloti Beach
T is for Trou au Cerfs
S is for Sagres
R is for Raleigh
Q is for Quatres Bornes
P is for Port Louis
O is for Okahandja
N is for New York
M is for Marrakesh
L is for Lisbon
K is for Kanchanaburi
J is for Johannesburg
I is for Istanbul (Magnetic Istanbul)
H is for Hua Huin (party town)
G is for Ghent
F is for Flic en Flac
E is for Erawan Falls
D is for Durban (Memories)
C is for Chiang Mai
B is Bangkok
A is for Ayutthaya

Travel travel travel

I love traveling and am missing it. The smell, sights, and sounds of a new place – oh how I miss it. Finding places to eat, buy food, how to get around in a new place, and so on. And getting to know the place in that way, the real place, the people, where the locals eat (the best food), rather than just the tourist attractions.

In the meantime, until I travel again, I devour travel blogs. I found Travomania recently, and it has such amazing pics and info. I really like the premise of the site:

"Travo means another form of travel bravo. If someone will do bravo things in travel we call it travo and mania means madness. So Travomania means the madness about doing bravo things in travel. This is how I formed Travomania. Every traveler has different and unique travo stories, Travomania is the platform for those who want to share their travo experiences with the world."

Now, this is a place I’d like to visit – Shimla Travel Guide – Destinations, How to Reach, and Things to Do.

Visiting India is still one of the highlights of my travels so far. I spent one month there working and playing; in addition to seeing beautiful places, India also proved to be a great teacher – beautifully orderly chaotic, amidst the diversity of people from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Looking ahead

Next week is busy-ish. I’m speaking at the Virtual Regional Scrum Gathering in South Africa – and I have a fair amount of things to prepare for that. Luckily I’m collaborating with a colleague on this talk. Early on in my speaking career, I wanted to go it alone, building my brand along the way. Now, all I want is to collaborate with other like-minded people and deliver powerful presentations and workshops that leverage both of our strengths.

Until next weekend, I’m bidding you adieu aka “cheers and see you soon” as we say in South Africa.


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