Visiting the amazing Turbine Hotel & Spa in Knysna

We recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting The Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen Island in beautiful Knysna.

The Turbine Hotel is built around an old power station. The uniqueness of this stunning space cannot be described, it must be seen and experienced. I am totally overawed by the architecture and decor of this stunning gem of a boutique hotel.

You will certainly not find anything like this anywhere in South Africa and I can totally recommend a visit.

Each and every room is uniquely decorated says Joy Rea who was involved with this amazing project right from the start. Most rooms have the most divine views of either the canals or the lagoon and I definitely recommend a stay in the Infinity Room for the unique and stunning views from the bathroom.

The best is that you can “dine in” if you are exhausted from all your sight seeing at either the Gastro Pub or Island Cafe – I do recommend the tomato soup and pork belly… 😉

Why not book your stay today? Catch them on their website below and follow them on social media.

Turbine Hotel Website: https://www.turbinehotel.co.za/

Turbine Hotel Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/turbinehotel/

Turbine Hotel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/turbinehotel/

Turbine Hotel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheTurbineHotel

Climbing at Valley Crag

Being the adrenaline junkie that I am, I recently paid Valley Crag a visit to film an insert for my show, “Go Well With Sharon” on DSTV channel 260.

Well! What a blast!!!

I can honestly say that I had fun from the second we arrived until we left. JD and Ian were so sweet and JD is the most patient instructor ever.

I consider myself quite fit BUT by the 3rd climb I could no longer feel my arms… ‘Twas the greatest fun none-the-less.

My favorite is without a doubt the top ropes as I found those quite challenging (from my perspective) as I am vary of heights, but because I understand and trust the equipment (and the instructor), it was just great.

So be sure to watch “Go Well With Sharon” this coming Monday, 26 November at 18h30 on DSTV channel 260 for the full experience.

Thereafter I chat to Dr James Vlok a local chiropractor about the importance of looking after and “servicing” your body.

Let Love Rule The World…

A NOTE: The thoughts that follow here are all my own, whether right or wrong, these are my innermost thoughts and feelings.

I felt compelled to right this blog post due to the fact that in recent times I’ve encountered so much negativity within people towards one another and this bothers me.

Imagine a world where we can all live in love, peace and happiness. Where we embrace our differences and accept one another as opposed to fear that what we don’t understand or try to learn about one another as opposed to judge that we don’t know.

If we spend HALF the amount of time learning and understanding our differences versus the time we spend gossiping and judging, imagine the changes we will bring about in this world.

We are all amazing, beautiful, special and precious whether we are South African, American, British, Malawian or any other nationality, whether we are black, white, coloured, asian, or whatever, whether gay, straight, lesbian or trans… IT DOESN’T MATTER.

The only thing that matters is that we are all HUMAN. There is only one race and that is the human race. We experience love, hate, excitement, happiness, sadness, hurt, depression, anxiety and every other emotion exactly the same way. If you cut us we all bleed the same way.

Folks think about this the next time you want to separate and judge… We are so quick to divide and shatter into little cliques, how about uniting, loving and bringing this broken world together. How about piecing and gluing it together with love, acceptance, understanding and by embracing diversity?

Food for thought?

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Love, light, peace, happiness and universal healing energy to all.

What Is Cancer?

We often view cancer as something that is foreign and not a part of us when the truth is that it is our own bodies’ cells that starts overgrowing and mutating for various reasons. We also think of cancer as one disease when it is actually a collection of related diseases.

Cancer can start anywhere in the human body’s more than a trillion cells and for most part go undetected for years until it becomes a real issue.  Most people will be completely asymptomatic and live relatively normal lives until diagnosed.

Facts are that most people with cancer will not have an early diagnosis of their cancer due to the varied symptoms they have and that are treated as everything under the sun except cancer.

What puts you at risk for cancer?

  • Physical carcinogens such as ultraviolet and ionizing radiation;
  • chemical carcinogens, such as asbestos, components of tobacco smoke, aflatoxin (a food contaminant), and arsenic (a drinking water contaminant);
  • biological carcinogens, such as infections from certain viruses, bacteria, or parasites;
  • tobacco use;
  • alcohol use;
  • unhealthy diets, especially a diet high in sugar, refined carbs and processed food;
  • obesity;
  • not being physically active (not exercising);
  • unhealthy lifestyles;
  • risky behaviour (such as drug use, unprotected sex, etc.).

Key facts

  •  Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases in 2012.
  • The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades.
  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.
  • Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.
  • Cancer causing infections, such as hepatitis and human papilloma virus (HPV), are responsible for up to 25% of cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common. In 2015, only 35% of low-income countries reported having pathology services generally available in the public sector. More than 90% of high-income countries reported treatment services are available compared to less than 30% of low-income countries.
  • The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing. The total annual economic cost of cancer in 2010 was estimated at approximately US$ 1.16 trillion.
  • Only 1 in 5 low- and middle-income countries have the necessary data to drive cancer policy.

Modify and avoid risk factors

Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer.

These risk factors include:

  • tobacco use including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
  • being overweight or obese
  • unhealthy diet with low fruit and vegetable intake
  • lack of physical activity
  • alcohol use
  • sexually transmitted HPV-infection
  • infection by hepatitis or other carcinogenic infections
  • ionizing and ultraviolet radiation
  • urban air pollution
  • indoor smoke from household use of solid fuels.

Have your health checks folks, eat your veggies, lose weight and exercise daily!!!

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For The Love Of Laughter

Now everyone who knows me know that I love a good laugh, in fact I’m always laughing or smiling.

Now some people may say that it is impossible for a person to always be happy, I say “NONSENSE”.

It is no secret that happiness is a choice. You get up every morning and you CHOOSE to be happy. It is a conscious choice you make over and over again every day of your life.

I am also a firm believer that all people deserve happiness, it is our birthright. Most of us have simply lost the ability to be happy – and it all starts with a grateful heart.

Just like 99% of all people on Mother Earth, I also did not have the best of starts in life and I was not always a happy person. But if you can find the small things in life on a daily basis that makes you happy and be GRATEFUL for these small things, I guarantee you that you will find happiness beyond your wildest imagination!

Just try the following exercise the next time you are tempted to complain about how bad or unfair your life is – turn the frown upside down – SMILE. The second you smile something happens inside your brain, it releases endorphins that make you feel better. All of a sudden things look up a bit, then someone smiles back at you and the sun shines brighter.

It is really true folks, a smile can truly brighten the dullest of days, plus its contagious. So let’s start an epidemic – spread those smiles and the happiness for and wide!

Lots of love, good energy and positive vibrations

Sharon Jessop

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