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  • What happens when you get up early!
    Discover,  Explore,  Walking Coach

    I just found out what happens when you start your day early!

    And, why you should consider giving it a try. Everything before seven o’clock in the morning is way too early! That was exactly my moto, at least, before we moved to South Africa. Our big move has changed my life in many different ways. Starting my day early was a change I never saw coming. Just like many things in life, it just happened. It is however a change that I embrace with all my heart! So much that I think I should share it, so maybe you can benefit from it as well. Life in South Africa just starts earlier, for every one. Peak hours in gym classes are…

  • Grasses bend but don't break
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    Why it is better to just go with the flow.

    Sometimes, not always. If you ever had a close look at the grasses waving in the wind, I bet you find it as mesmerizing as me. Moving with a motion I don’t even understand. The wind slowly bending them but they don’t snap, they keep strong but follow the rules of the wind…for now. That’s exactly what you sometimes have to do. Sometimes you can just do as much as you can but it still doesn’t seem enough. Then it’s time to take a step back, overlook everything and rethink your strategy. Then it’s just better to go with the flow. When it’s out of your hands to change anything…

  • Explore,  Kruger National Park,  Walk

    How to survive your first amazing walking safari?

    So you can go back on a new one 🙂 When I tell people, I’m going on a walking trail or, better known as walking safari, in Greater Kruger National Park I always get the same question… “Is it safe?” and my response is then:” As safe as getting on an airplane or getting in your car to drive to work”. But, when I answer this, I wonder if I am even telling the truth? I thought it was time to check some facts with an expert in this field. I had the opportunity to interview Brenden Pienaar, founder of Lowveld Trails Co. With more than 11 000 walking hours…

  • Discover,  Walk

    8 reasons why you want to keep a hiking journal!

    And why it can be actually fun keeping one 🙂 I hear you thinking… journalling, that’s just not for me. In that case, you definitely want to keep on reading! Already a fan of journalling? Then let me know if I missed something. I’ve never been the type that keeps a journal. Maybe too afraid that someone might read it. Haha, I honestly don’t know the reason why not, I just never did. By the way, did you know that there is actually a difference between a diary and a journal? I didn’t, up to know! Since it’s all very confusing, I’m just going to call it journalling, sorted. journal/ˈdʒəːn(ə)l/…

  • Kruger walking trails planning tools
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    How to plan your ultimate, once in a lifetime, Walking Safari experience?

    I’ll tell you all about it but, be warned, you might want to head out straight away 🙂 We are December 2017, a friend is telling me she is going on this 4-day backpacking trail in Kruger National Park (South Africa). I’m listening very carefully because I doubt what I just heard. Can you actually go on a Backpack trail in big five country? Fast forward to 25 July 2018… I’m sitting in the back of a game vehicle, realizing that I just completed my first backpack trail in Kruger National Park, already thinking on when the next one is going to be! How did I get there? A month…

  • Walking Coach

    It’s really easy to be helpful and kind!

    We just have forgotten how to… Despite the fact that it’s very easy to help each other, we are often too occupied with other “stuff”. In one way or another we stopped noticing that we can help people with simple things. Our prime purpose in life is to help others. Dalai Lama Did you know that we are all born to be natural helpers? Maybe we “unlearned” it while growing up. I can remember, as if it was yesterday, that my help was not always appreciated by my parents. As an eight-year old I was convinced that the air in the bubble wrap (my parents had an appliance store) wasn’t…

  • Stunning sundown at the olifants Restcamp
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    Need an excuse to NOT go outside? I’ll give you 10!

    And one good reason why NOT to use them 🙂 Yes, you read it right, I’m going to give you 10 great excuses that you can use when somebody wants to motivate you to go outside. People like me will go the extra mile to convince you of all the benefits when you go outside. If you don’t know them yet, you can read them here. But, you are not here to know the benefits but you were intrigued to read about ways so you can stay at home! As I’m typing this, our first #60daystodiscover challenge is halfway. More than 250 signed up, 30 days later still 230 are…

  • Discover,  Explore,  Walking Coach

    How living without TV changed my life for the better!

    Yes, I plead guilty… when I heard somebody talking about “Game of Thrones” for the first time, I raised an eyebrow when I learned they were discussing a serie and NOT a card game. I got no clue of what is “hot” on Netflix and I’m a totally nerd when it comes to knowing TV characters. I could easily sit next to a famous TV actor and don’t even recognize the person! Haha, maybe I’ve already done that 🙂 How did this happen? Because for the past 4 years I’m living without TV. Four years ago, me and my husband moved from Belgium to South Africa. The TV and state…

  • Discover,  Explore,  Walking Coach

    Walking mindfully

    As I’m writing this it’s the 1st of January. No better time to approach my way of walking differently. I’m determined to walk more mindfully. I often function on autopilot. Let’s be honest, how often do you just travel from work to home, cross several busy intersections and you can’t even remember crossing them. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?  Same goes for our walking… mindful walking gives us an opportunity to gather awareness while walking. Whether moving between floors of a building, on a city street, or in the woods, it is an opportunity to guide ourselves out of the distracted autopilot we live in throughout so much of our day.  It also allows you…

  • Discover,  Explore

    Things just got real!

    I had this crazy idea to motivate people to get outside more, to experience the positive effects of walking and exploring.   How did I come up with such crazy idea?  Simple, I was waiting for a big project to come through and I was getting bored. No just kidding, there is much more to that! But honestly? Waiting for that project did motivate me to discover my Backyard and to experience the benefits of being outside first-hand. I was able to put everything in a better perspective, my health improved, I was much happier (despite the fact that I’m still waiting for that project and it drives me crazy)…