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South African Luxury – Oyster Box Hotel

I recently went to South Africa and had an unforgettable experience at the renowned Oyster Box Hotel, Umhalanga Rocks Beachfront. Im sure you want to know more, so lets get into the details of this fabulous place. https://www.oysterboxhotel.com

When I left Canada it was -35Dg degrees and 2 flights layer I was soaking up 30 degrees in beautiful Durban, South Africa. For those of you that have been following my journey, you have probably realized that I was born in South Africa. The Oyster Box hotel has been on my bucket list for years. As a young child I would dream about the fancy dress I was going to wear at the famous high tea afternoons.

Beautiful From Every Angle

I finally made a mark on that unimaginable list and immersed myself in the pure luxury of this hotel. Only 20 minutes from the Durban airport and on the Umhlanga Beachfront. When I checked in I felt like I was stepping into another dimension of luxury, the kind that is old modern and timeless.

Casual Pooldays
The Smell Of Fresh Blooms

We were escorted to our garden facing room with a private plunge pool and walked into the ultimate two story hotel suite furnished to every impeccable detail. The property is a tropical paradise with exotic birds, butterflies and even a family of monkeys if you are lucky. There is something for the entire family to enjoy. We made reservations for the famous curry buffet overlooking the ocean and it was the ultimate taste sensation in true Durban Style.

We made our way to the breathtaking award winning spa for the Durban Hamman Ritual which is a must experience. A little me time is always needed and im the first to take that advice https://www.oysterboxhotel.com/the-spa  

The Award Winning B Africa Spa

The Ultimate Spa Experience Durban.

A Customized Spa Experience To Nurture The Soul From Within. They are dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through individual treatments and spa journeys, personalised for each of our guests by exceptionally skilled therapists.Their commitment to wellbeing focuses on holistic principles, combining ancient wisdom and modern expertise.

The Oyster Box Spa
The Defintion Of Class https://www.oysterboxhotel.com/rooms-and-suites

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit this red carnation property and cant wait to visit all of the properties on the portfolio. Next stop https://www.redcarnationhotels.com/sitecore/content/rch/12-apostles-hotel/website

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Making Time For Us – Finding JOY

My husband and I had a beautiful anniversary weekend away from the busy lives we lead with four kids. Its hard to steal moments to nurture our every growing relationship. After four kids and the chores that life has on a daily basis. Here are a few thoughts about making time for ‘US’

Random Thoughts (But So True)

We believe that time, like money, and even love, is an aspect that is eternally lacking.

If someone were to dare to reveal that they have a lot of time, then we often judge them; they are either “lucky” to have a lot of privileges, like money, or simply “lazy.” (hahaha)

Most of us grew up hearing cliched statements about time…all the time: Stop wasting time!” or “Time is precious,” or “Time’s a tickin!” 

Our relationship with time and actually, all of life’s essentials is heavily conditioned. (WE live in a society of over planning and filling up our days to the maximum. Working hard and really draining the tank of the essential fuel from pure JOY.

These belief systems about time especially shape our entire existence.

What if this entire understanding of time was completely wrong? What if this lack and fear based relationship to time was completely faulty? How would our lives look then? (a really fun excercise)

The reason we are rushed, stressed and overwhelmed in our lives is because we believe that all of life’s resources are in scarce supply. Go within yourself and you will see that this is true.

ney, time and resources – you will see that lurking within them is an idea that you could always have more of that…

more self-worth
more beauty
more love
more money
more time
more this and more that

BEING PRESENT

Presence is the ability to be fully aware of one’s present moment. It requires that we suspend thought, ideas, opinions and beliefs. We simply are. In quite the same way very young children simply are. They live unencumbered by agendas and doing things. They are fully engaged in their here and now. And they have all the time in the world. For them a few hours is a long time indeed.

Time is a construction.  

This means that we have power to change the construction. How? By changing our relationship to it. (MAKING TIME FOR EACHOTHER)

Which of course means changing all our relationships. Starting with the one we have with LIFE itself.

When we slow down and engage in life as it appears in here and now, without an attachment to how it should look like tomorrow, then time itself slows down.

This approach has embedded in it the premise of abundance.

There is no where to go but the to enter the present moment.

Without an attachment to the future or a specific outcome, we find ourselves released from expectation.

A release from expectation brings about a release of judgment and pressure.

Devoid of pressure, the present moment suddenly becomes infinite.

Do you see how you can change your entire relationship to time? And even love, money and so on?

Once you remove labels, judgment, identities, expectations, agendas and fantasies, then the present moment reveals itself to us. It may not always be pain-free, but our acceptance of it as it is, allows us to surrender to it.

When we surrender to the present moment, we realize that it is eternally giving. It is always giving us something. There is always a gift to be found in the present moment.

This revelation of continued abundance allows us to ease into life itself, with a deep and knowing trust that all will be as it is meant to.

Time then loses it’s hold on us.

We stop caring about tomorrow as much, and don’t care about filling our days with a thousand things.

We care about the quality of the present moment only.

Are we here or are we not?

If we are here, are we fully here?

If we are fully here, then we are only here and nowhere else.

If we are nowhere else then there is nowhere to be but here.

If we are only meant to be here then we are fully grateful to this moment.

And all of life opens itself to us.

We are now abundant.

Now, there is infinite time.

We now have made time and space for the infinite.
Here lies the end of COMPLAINING

And infinite joy.

XO

JODIE

@joudelj

 

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~Life At The Lake ~ Quebec Canada

One of my favourites suits @aerie

 

Canada is such an amazing country. Each and every time I get an opportunity to take a road trip, lets just say im on it. This time our adventure took us to Quebec about 2.5 hrs out of Ottawa. Another special part is that my husband came too-}} Its not easy arranging a sitter for four kids but twice a year we put everything aside for some alone time. I think I may have turned him into my in-house photographer.

 

Cant wait to show you where we stayed, stay tuned -))

 

XO

Jodie

@joudelj

 

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