Our Visit to Wildehondekloof Game Reserve

The view from outside the lounge area

Hey everyone!

I totally love my job. Why? Well I get to visit the most stunning and epic places in South Africa and beyond.

A while back we had the absolute pleasure of spending a weekend at Wildehondekloof Game Reserve outside Oudtshoorn in the Karoo.

Now those of you who know me personally know that I have a very specific spiritual connection with the Karoo… there is just something about the wide open spaces, those majestic mountains – it is special….

Well this beautiful 4000 hectare beauty is wedged in between the Swartberg Mountains and the Outeniqwa Mountains – the green on the one side and the blackish shade on the other side.

Everything about this visit was just warm, special and homely – with loads of luxury off course.

The awesome fireplace in the high-ceiling-ed lounge area
The wide sunny veranda in front of the beautiful rooms

When you arrive you are greeted by very friendly and amazing staff, they make you feel like absolute royalty. You are taken through to the lounge area where a fantastically warm fire invites you to sit on the plush leather couches and have a glass of sherry.

You are then shown to your room, which is NOT actually a room – but rather a suite… a luxurious glorious suite with a poofy bed that makes you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud.

I was lucky enough to occupy the honeymoon suite that has it’s own fire place and a bathroom big enough to host a party in!

The Stunning Honeymoon Suite
The attention to detail is something special

We were treated to the most scrumptious dinners and breakfasts made from fresh produce grown on the farm and lovingly prepared by chef Andre. We had homemade authentic bobotie, malva pudding, butternut soup to die for, freshly baked rolls and chicken pie on the Friday evening, and the best steaks I’ve had in a long, long time on the Saturday evening after our sunset game drive!

The amazing breakfast spread – food enough to feed an army!
Even the dining room has a fireplace where our steaks were cooked the Saturday evening after our sunset game drive

We had the most awesome discussions with chef Andre while basking in the most amazing smells emanating from his kitchen – a quiet and reserved fellow with the most amazing culinary skills. They say never trust a skinny cook, well you can trust chef Andre for sure!

The most amazing sight awaited us early on Saturday morning over a cup of coffee. The nyalas and other antelope come right up to the veranda to graze on the grass in front of the lodge. It is truly the most amazing sight. They come so close that you can actually here them chew the grass. LOL!

Our Saturday morning visitors

We went running on Saturday after our huge breakfast, although we had to go rest on the veranda after overindulging… and the sights we came across are just amazing. Hills to make even the most hardy trail runner cringe and cry on the inside, but the amazing thing is that the paths were mostly covered in rose quartz – such a special place this.

Then upon my return from my 10km trail run I had another four-legged visitor, a beautiful male nyala with gorgeous horns that stood right outside the sliding door and just looked at me, quite an ethereal experience.

My stunning visitor right outside my room

On the Saturday evening we were treated with a sunset 4×4 drive with our guide Quentin who handled the Toyota Land Cruiser like an absolute pro! Now I am a brave person, but we climbed higher and higher until it felt like we could touch heaven – every time you thought we could not possibly go any higher, we did.

Quentin stopped at the highest point and out came the drinks and snacks and my word what a spread it was. It is truly the most special and spiritual moment watching the sun set over the majestic Swartberg mountains and watching the moon rise. A moment I will never forget.

Sunset 4×4 drive with guide Quentin
What a view…
My camera man, Vuyisa looking for that perfect Quentin Tarantino shot…
All the goodies on the sunset 4×4 drive
You really feel like you are standing on top of the world…

All and all I can definitely recommend a trip to this amazing place, the peace that you will feel is out of this world. You will return recharged and rested even though that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do, quite to the contrary – but whether you choose to participate in the activities or simply laze around – Wildehondekloof is the place to be!

Catch them on Cape Country Routes or get hold of them via their website; or email them on info@whkloof.co.za or call them on +27 44 272 6721.

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Until the next adventure

Go Well folks!

With love

Sharon

(Wannabe World Traveler)

 

Not Feeling Like You’re “Good Enough” – Impostor Syndrome

Yes we all suffer from this from time to time, some more often than others… I sometimes feel like I am not “good enough”.

But what exactly is “impostor syndrome’? Let’s have a look at what Wikipedia calls it:

Impostor syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Impostors‘ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.

So…. a collection of feelings… And we know that thoughts become feelings and feelings become things, right. So just “unthink” your thoughts and “unfeel” your feelings… easy right? Well…ahem… no it’s not!

I would know as I have these feelings from time to time, where you belittle your achievements, compare yourself to others and in general make light of your knowledge causing an already fragile self esteem to crack and crumble even more. And then? SELF SABOTAGE baby!!! We “predict” our own downfall and then when it happens we tell ourselves: “See, I knew I wasn’t good enough.”

Impostor Syndrome us feel like an intellectual fraud, rendering us unable to internalize — let alone celebrate — our achievements. Studies have shown this lack of self-belief is correlated with anxiety, low confidence, and self-sabotage.

Where Does It Come From Though?

All these limiting self beliefs can in most cases be traced back to our childhood and early family dynamics. Add to this gender stereotypes, religious beliefs and cultural issues, and we’re pretty much screwed!

For example, if you were always referred to as the “sensitive”; “artistic”; “slow”; “no good”; “naughty” child, you will carry those feelings of inadequacy with you into your adult life. And even if you know for a fact that you are talented, intelligent and super successful you may have difficulty in believing this as it was drummed into you over and over again as a child that you are “no good” and “not worthy”, and these feelings can be very overwhelming.

The thing is that we tell ourselves this bullshit over and over again and then believe that we are not capable, qualified enough, clever enough, or worthy to hold the position in our companies or in life that we have….

This often leads to feelings of anxiety, depression, extreme unhappiness, emotional pain and suffering.

WHY people? WHY???

One of my favorites quotes by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

How do we overcome these feelings?

One thing you must know is that it might not be easy – but it is entirely possible!

Start by telling someone, it doesn’t have to be a therapist – but do confide in a friend or mentor that you trust and respect. More often that not our view of ourselves is warped and flawed and a friend or mentor can place a whole new perspective on it.

If you “expose” yourself to your friend or mentor, they can either reassure and console you, or they may confirm your fears and you can do something about it – plus unloading the “burden” immediately makes you feel less of an impostor.

Always remember that you are not alone. Even if you feel completely lost and alone, there is ALWAYS someone out there that can love you and support you and lift you when you fall. Find your someone.

Acknowledge your fear and then take the risk anyway. Life is to short to procrastinate people!!! Live. Fall. Fail, Get up. Try again! Success cannot survive without failure and failure is not fatal (unless your space rocket explodes – sorry Elon). But my point is, we are all going to die one day, and quite frankly, I want to die thinking “I can’t believe I did that” as opposed to “Damn I should have tried that”.

STOP being such a freaking perfectionist! Just get off your little pedestal and be human…. AAAAARRRGGGHH shock and horror – yes I said it, be HUMAN. Make mistakes, laugh about it and move on.

Focus on what you CAN do and not on what you can’t do. Focusing on everything that you cannot yet do is counter productive and downright negative! Be positive for Pete’s sake – celebrate and revere the talents you currently have, put them to great use and then if you still worried about what you cannot do – go take lessons and learn how to do it.

STOP comparing yourself to others. You are already everything that you were meant to be, you are uniquely YOU. Accept yourself, love yourself, and be the best version of YOU that you can possibly be (phew… that is a lot of you’s…) My point being that you should never have the need to be a carbon copy of another person when you are fabulous, awesome, amazing and wonderfully talented in your own right. Now OWN it and celebrate it.

Also remember that you are constantly evolving as a person – you are no longer the person you were yesterday and you will be a different person tomorrow… That is life, that is evolution, embrace it.

Furthermore, if you think that you are the only person in this world feeling like an impostor from time to time – think again baby! You are in real good company! Natalie Portman, Maya Angelou, Don Cheadle and Tina Fey (and many more) all battled this at some point in their lives.

My final thoughts on this are as follows:

  1. It is your attitude and not your aptitude that determines your altitude. You can have 20 degrees and still fail, you can have NO schooling and be a massive success. You can be born dirt poor and become filthy stinking rich, or you can be born rich and die dirt poor. It is all about a “can do” attitude.
  2. Nobody really have a fucking clue what they are doing… but that should not ever stop you from doing what you want to do and doing THAT thing or THOSE things that sets your soul on fire.

And this is it from me in this blog post folks! Please leave your comments below and tell me what you think, how you feel or simply share YOUR story.

Loads of love

Sharon Jessop

My AWESOME trip to Berlin, Germany

Hey Guys and Gals

Long time no blog! So much to do and tell and so little time – LOL!

I have to share something before I get into how awesome my Berlin trip was… On 27 December 2018 I attended my first ever guided meditation with my friend Lee Morgutti (check her our on http://www.leemorgutti.co.za/)

One of the things I did was to put my intentions “out there” very clearly, and one of these was to travel – anywhere, anytime, all the time! I focused on these intentions quite deliberately and added them to my vision board for 2019.

Well, in February I got a surprising call from Eastern Cape Tourism with regards to the fact the SA Tourism needed someone to represent Bay TV at the ITB International Tourism Trade Show… in Berlin, Germany!!! And the rest is history.

Now suffice to say that Germany was NOT on my bucket list but one never declines any form of international travel – EVER!

So I set off from Port Elizabeth to OR Tambo International on Monday, 4 March. Got to OR Tambo and had some time to kill, but I was soon joined by the rest of the delegation – the 2 x Tsepo’s, Dinika, Liabo, Lameez and our hostess Thandiwe. Thankfully we all hit it off immediately and actually became good friends!

Much to their dismay I made Dinika and Lameez do a very public burpee at international departures on OR Tambo (as one does) prior to boarding our plane to Munich!

The flight was long and I indulged in watching A Star is Born, secretly balling my eyes out on a full plane seeing that I rarely manage to sleep on any flight (rolling eyes).

We reach Munich and rush to our connecting flight to Berlin – and yup you guessed it, made them do more burpees!

Arriving in Berlin was something special. We were collected at the airport by our beautiful young and super witty driver, Pia, and transported to our hotel. Once settled in most of the group went for a nap, however Lameez and I decided that we cannot possibly nap and promptly got our walking shoes on and hit the road to Checkpoint Charlie. What an experience! We chatted, took photos, shopped and really indulged in being tourists.

  

Back at the hotel we had to get all dressed up for our welcoming function at the South African Embassy and to meet, greet and interview our ambassador, the honorable Mr Stone Sizane. Needless to say, the South African Embassy is stunning, the food was amazeballs and Mr Sizane was a wonderful interviewee and a very gracious host. Oh yes… and he owns a home in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth – so very passionate about the Eastern Cape as well.

The next day we attended the actual first day of the ITB International Tourism Trade Show. Guys… what an experience! The convention center is the size of a couple of city blocks in South Africa!!! We spent the first three hours just walking around and did not even cover a quarter of the exhibition halls… so I decided to rather concentrate on South Africa and a couple of other African countries displays as I was after all there to cover the South African pavilion mostly.

After two solid days of interviews, filming and networking the hustle and bustle was all over, just like that! So the Friday morning before we had to leave for the airport was dedicated once again to simply being a tourist sightseeing in an amazing historical city.

Off course we went to see the Jewish Memorial, the Parliament buildings and the Brandenburg Gate – and YES folks, off course we did burpees in front of the majestic Brandenburg Gate. Who wouldn’t???

All in all this was a whirlwind, wonderful, awesome and amazing trip! If you do not yet believe in the power of setting intentions, then placing them on either a list of goals or on a vision (or dream) board, and deliberately manifesting your dreams and desires, I dare you to try – then sit back and watch the wildest, most amazing things happen in your life!

So my message to you? Never stop dreaming and believing, never stop living. Live your life to the fullest every single day, dream big – if your dreams do not scare the living daylights out of you, you’re simply not dreaming big enough. Go bigger and bolder, otherwise why bother?

Till next time guys, keep living your adventures and doing life!!!

Lots of love and fabulosity

Sharon

New Episode Uploaded & Heartfelt Post

Hi All You Beauties!

Please note that the latest episode has been uploaded onto my YouTube channel, we visit Adrenalin Addo and go flying down tandem ziplines and swing from giant swings!  Then we visit the fabulous Grass Roof Restaurant in Sardinia Bay and chat to the amazing Tracey Campbell about adventure racing and the World Adventure Racing Champs.

Go view it by clicking on THIS link (and please subscribe while you’re there): Sharon’s YouTube Channel

Now, I have something I’d like to share with all of you… Newsflash!!! I’m not perfect… (caution: long post ahead!)

Yes folks, I am not perfect! I often hear people say things like “oh but this never happens to you” or “you are so perfect” or “do you ever get down, you are so happy”, etc. etc.

Well here’s the thing, yes I do get the blues, yes I too cheat on healthy eating and even binge eat sometimes (and then sometimes this lasts for months!), I do get angry, frustrated, scared, lonely, feel hopeless or useless sometimes. I am human just like you. 🙂

Nobody is perfect guys and neither should we aim for perfect as it is simply overrated and unobtainable and unrealistic and it makes us simply miserable.

I had a BAD second half of 2018… and this is no joke. My husband was hospitalized with a life threatening condition, had to have a pace maker inserted and here’s the thing – we didn’t have a medical aid. So besides worrying myself sick about him and his condition, I was worried sick about the medical costs as well.

On the 14th of July (my father in law’s birthday), my son and I took my father in law to a coffee shop between hospital visits for cake and coffee to celebrate his birthday. Now normally I’ll have a piece of cake, and then go back to eating healthy again after that. Well… this time it didn’t happen. I went onto a self destructive binge that left me exhausted, miserable, messed up my sinuses and saw me gain 7.9kg!!!

But alas – appearances were kept up and brave face plastered and we battled ahead! Luckily for me, I entered the 60 Day Eat Clean Train Lean Challenge to help me refocus myself, went to an amazing energy healer, Lee Morgutti, for 3 healing sessions, and cleaned up my eating.

I’ve also had a hard look at my business and personal life and I’ve set new goals for 2019, and have done an entire intention setting exercise for the remainder of 2019.

So I guess the moral of the story is that no-one is perfect, we all fall off the bus, we all get sad, we all hurt sometimes, but we need to reach out to others (family and friends alike), and trust and value them enough to ask for help, to unburden and sometimes just to get a hug or have a good laugh. And then off course we need to make sure that we get up, dust ourselves off and get back on that damn bus before it leaves without us.

Have an awesome and blessed day everyone.

Love, light and blessings

Sharon Jessop

The YouTube Channel and Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

My wish for you this year is to STOP making new years resolutions that you never keep, and rather indulge in proper goal and intention setting and then to believe in yourself and your ability to achieve anything that you set your mind to.

Make this YOUR year to go on adventures, achieve everything, be happy, travel more, be healthier, get really fit and strong and to be well.

Oh yes, before I forget, I have a wish, and that is that all of YOU will subscribe to my humble YouTube channel… Just click here–> Sharon’s YouTube Channel

This way you will always be kept up to speed with the latest and greatest fun, fitness, health, wellness, lifestyle, travel and adventure news!

Until next time – Go Well Folks!

Much love

Sharon

My Garden is my “Farmacy” with Krag Lohry

If you are still wondering whether it is possible to “cure” your type 2 diabetes, or cardiovascular disease or cancer even just by changing your diet – then STOP!

I recently had the absolute pleasure to interview Krag Lohry, a gardening and health enthusiast from Port Elizabeth who grows “food forests” and who cured his own diabetes by changing his diet drastically.

Now we all know by now that the ketogenic diet is super healthy and really excellent for regulating your blood sugar level, BUT Krag is a vegetarian and exploring ways to remain in dietary ketosis on a largely plant based diet.

Have a look at the interview I had with Krag not so long ago and let us have your thoughts and comments below.

My Garden is my Farmacy Segment 1

My Garden is my Farmacy Segment 2

My Garden is my Farmacy Segment 3

Happy viewing folks, until next time – stay adventurous and be happy!

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.

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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