Confessions from the Heart
Christmas time = #itsallaboutlove
Nothing can beat the feeling of Christmas time! Its holiday, its summer sunshine, time for some sleep, time for some exercise, time to have fun, be crazy and just play with our children all the time… the key word is: TIME
For the first time ever we have decided this year to stay at our “Beach House” at the Vaaldam, which is around 1.5 hours from Johannesburg. Most probably the best decision we made as it forced us to relax and I mean really to relax. We travel so much during the year, weekends of route scouting, weekends of events, weekends of fashion shows and it just never stops. Here it’s like we were giving some extra time to recharge our batteries…
I get myself feeling that I don’t want to open the laptop yet, like I am running away from all the things I must still do. Maybe I know what lies ahead and just want to give myself some “time out”
For now I just try to enjoy every day with my children and treasure the “in Love” time with them. I still look at them and can’t believe that they are so big already and what happened to the time. I just want to keep them small and with me… Our big boy, Werner’s birthday is on Christmas day. Never did I think that I will have a Christmas baby but that just shows that when you don’t interfere with life it will go its own way and thus God has decided to show mommy that He is in Control.
5 years ago we received our first born baby on this magical day. It did not come easy as I was 26 hours in Labour but it was one of my most empowering days in my Life!! I loved it to be pregnant and the whole experience is just one of the most wonderful gifts of life! I can highly recommend that for those out there thinking about it, but that is another conversation for another day.
As we have a Birthday on Christmas day we have the tradition to open Presents on Christmas Eve. I was dreaming of having a Christmas Eve “beach setting”, unfortunately the weather did not play along and we had to move the dinner inside. We had our big daughter Shauni and her fiancé, Gideon with his mom Lydia and Allan over. Allan as a part time entertainer is one of those people you always want in your team because he can make any occasion more fun as he dressed up as a Santa. You can just imagine the excitement and fun it was for Werner, Isabella and Blondi upon opening the presents. Nothing in the world can beat those little faces of anticipation as each gift get handed out!! This is my mommy “in Love” moments.
Thank you to all our visitors during this holiday. It makes me so happy if you can enjoy summer fun with us. We swam mostly in the warm water of the dam, got a good tan, and spent lots of time on the boat, a bit of water skiing, paddling, eating (too much), sleeping and a bit of exercise per day. We even got a Wedding Scouting day in and found the most special “Farm Style” Wedding venue for our big girl, Shauni. 2016 is going to be a big year with big events and the closing of it will be our Princess Wedding day scheduled for 10 December 2016.
Happy Holidays as they say to all of you!
Keep up the training for our Expedition Africa! I can just imagine how difficult this must be for our European teams…thinking that we have hot sunshine days versus Cold, snowy conditions... all I know that i prefer the heat and will never survive with those long cold winters. We can only be thankful.
Always remember that #itsallaboutlove and this is a special time to be Thankful for the life we have!! See below some of my "mommy in love" photo's
PS - don't you just love this family Christmas photo above? it was hilarious as we tried to get Isabella and Werner smiling and with endless bribes we only got them to look at the camera ...see Werner face, i cant stop looking at it and just smile!!
It has now been over 3 months since we finished our beloved event, Expedition Africa, which took place along the Garden Route. We spent 1 week per month, prior to our event, in and around this area in preparation.
I have been sitting with this “post-race” write up for a while and just cannot find the words to express what is happening in my heart… it is a mix of emotions.
It was truly a wonderful journey to put something of this scale together and to spend a few months in this wonderful part of South Africa. The moment that will never be forgotten was when all our teams spread out in front of us on the Knysna Lagoon, as we were standing on the pier in front of the Cruise Café. There was lots of excitement with photographers pushing each other to get the best shot and some of them were even on the boats to follow the teams. The horn blew and off they went. The wheel was rolling and you could not stop it.
While it is a non-stop race for our teams, it is a non-stop race for us, until the last team crosses that finish line. It is a year’s work culminating in the final stretch and afterwards the only memories you have left are the images and the videos. Sadly, this year I walked away empty. You know when a tap runs dry……. my tap ran out this year.
I function on love and I give love unconditionally. That is my thing. It is like adventure racing, its non-stop, and my river of love can never dry up (that is what I thought). Nevertheless, this year I walked home after prize-giving, looking at my husband and my heart was broken. We packed in silence, said our goodbye’s, farewells and thank-you’s, collected CP points. We were still sleep deprived, but tackled the 15-hour trip back to JHB, most of which was done again in silence and I can just remember the tears rolling down my cheeks. I could not stop thinking, why am I doing this? Why am I giving my soul to this? Why am I putting myself out there?
I had no words, nothing. I was just in turmoil with my thoughts and myself.
Now as I sit and open the photo galleries and the videos; my heart swells up with emotion… emotions of happiness, of sadness, of pride and utmost respect of the team of people who went out of their way and worked through-out the night with us to create and capture this “masterpiece”. The most amazing people who just gave it their all!
I mean where in the world do you find people working throughout the night? In the cold, fighting the sleep monsters, trying to keep it all together. Letting us know when the truck leaves, when it arrives, what boxes are short, which teams are close, how far the truck is along. They get worried… the gear does not arrive, the cups run out; we need more milk, then toilet paper. What next??
How can we help? the logistics car has broken down, how can we make plans? We need wood here, we need a marshal there, and we need a gate unlocked but cannot find the farmer, and then most important of all, WE ALL NEED SLEEP… How, just how, can I ever explain this world of intensity, responsibility, problem and crisis management to any person? You cannot prepare for it. You cannot just go and sleep and leave it to someone else to sort out. Once that wheel is rolling you cannot stop it!!
It is the one week in your life where you cannot think of anything else. Its 200% focused energy. Once you have all the balls in the air, you have to remember when was the last post made about this sponsor and a tweet about that sponsor? Did this happen and then that? When last did Stephan sleep? Or eat? Or does anyone know where he is? And where is Ian? And Jose? And there it goes again...
Finally, I move to the finish and our teams start pouring in… I wait for them, all of them. In the beginning, there is lots of excitement as the first teams arrive, with lots of supporters. Then the night becomes lonely and I stand mostly alone with one brave volunteer who is standing half asleep with me. Standing under the stars with a blanket wrapped around my body looking into the silence of the night. How beautiful is this?
I can hear the strokes of the blades as a team is nearing the finish line and then I can see them … Hopefully I am standing with the right country’s flag in hand, music pumping in the background and it is tears of achievement, of greatness, of proudness and just LOVE. Love for people and love for the incredible sport that pushes every person further than the body can do… it pushes your mind and shapes you as a person. It makes you think about yourself, your life, and the things that are really important in life.
I look at every person and I see their pain and smiles, I see, for that few minutes, emotions which not a lot of people have ever seen. I see and understand what they feel and I can see the “change” … it is a pure raw emotion and my privilege to share those first moments.
It is a humbling experience to know that we created an event/experience and that I know will be part of someone’s life forever. We create memories. What is life without memories?
I knew we had to get away after this magnificent event…
Time heals most things. Only time and as our event was on the one hand a massive success and we had massive reach and ratings, it was sadly overshadowed by things we had to address that were out of our control. We had to enforce penalties, upset friends and handle conflict which I Hate!! You can only learn from it. In the end, you still walk away with an empty soul. I was instead of celebrating sad. So sad, emotionally drained and tired.
Our event touched lives. We got so many emails afterwards from volunteers, participants and marshals who told us how expedition had changed their lives and enriched their soul.
I came to the conclusion after some “time out”…. I have put a year of love into this event and my heart walked out empty. Nevertheless, I have a lifetime of memories, memories that nobody can take away from me. Memories filled with time with my children on the beach, kayaking with Stephan on the rivers and hiking along the most beautiful coastline ever. Memories of challenges to get approvals and then amazing memories of discussing our Community Project where we made the Mosaic Landmark and donated the money to the Masithandane Bursary Fund. I gave an afternoon to the young girls at the Kranskop community showing them the finer things in life and helped to build their confidence. We raised money for children who do not have food or transport to go to school. Nobody can take any of those memories away from me. I gave it my all.
A mom who is a friend of mine on Facebook (our children used to be in the same school), came to me and said: “Wow I saw your event and had a look into it and now I see why you are always so busy….”
“It must be so amazing to be the creator of something so special and amazing!” she said.
I closed my eyes ... it hit me… Thank you! Thank you God! Thank you for putting me in a position where I can create something where people can go and “explore”, find themselves, push themselves and feel FREE!! Her words are humbling; sometimes a few words like this from a stranger can change your whole perspective of how you look at things.
I started reading the race reports, and it was a healing process for me. We went away, I switched my phone off, laptop off, I started dancing again, laughing, and running in the rain… I found my “Mojo” again… I looked at my husband with a heart full of admiration and love! I am so proud of him and the man he is and that we can share this love together.
I look back and only see the beautiful things… we made special friends and had the most amazing crew around us who worked their asses off to get the best images, video moments, transport boxes/boats etc. They worked through the day and night not for money but – for us Heidi and Stephan Muller. No money will ever be enough to pay them. They do it from the heart and that is what Expedition Africa is all about. It is more than only a race… its Love!
To every person who was part of the event it does not matter how big or small, you gave in time and in love, we do see it and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!! Thank you for giving your time and for working so hard at an event where most of you hardly know me and Stephan. Thank you for sharing our love and for the sacrifices you have made for Expedition Africa!! May this event be in your life and heart for all the years to come and hope to see you again at the Start of Expedition Africa 2017? I extend this Thank you to every sponsor, venue and institution who were involved and supported us. Thank you for believing in us and making our event just better and better!! Lastly the thank you to our family who is our greatest supporters in love and time where our whole family was there this year to come and help us. Isn't that just so amazing to have this support system!! I am truly the luckiest girl!!
Yes, soon we will announce the Host venue for 2017. If we inspired you this year, book your dates for 12 May – 21 May 2017 and we will meet again! I am excited as my heart is filled with love and energy. To go out and to put together another World Class event that will give you memories for Life!
I am in the business where I give love unconditionally, I will always believe in love and I will always organise our business with love #itsallaboutlove “loving life with abundance”
Otherwise, we waste each other’s time…
As nothing else matters to me…
(I tried to get a photo of most of the people who were involved this year but could not get from all, but just know that I love all of you. See more pictures in the "confessions from the heart" photo album)
until we meet again..
You can only Love the Garden Route
Life and work have just been running away with me and before I realise it, a few weeks have passed since our last visit to the beautiful Garden Route.
Sitting here tonight and thinking of this exciting life, filled with the adventures I am living, I once again get the overpowering feeling of Thankfulness. This whirlwind life is not for everyone but it definitely fits me like a glove.
Expedition Africa has got the ability to overwhelm us every year. As we get closer to the event date the pressure is mounting, and maintaining a balance with all our other events can become a challenge. I sometimes feel that it will be so much easier if we just could stay for 6 months or longer in an area and build relationships with people, instead of trying to get it all sorted 1 week at a time. Needless to say it is what it is, so you must make the best of the situation and get the job done.
I think it’s the smell of the sea and the amazing people that makes me want to spend more time in this amazing place in our country. What is it that makes the Garden Route so special? The answer is just plain simple: it has so much to offer. So much variety and things to do and to enjoy. Every time we go we discover more magic spots, and that for me is the reason why I have fallen in love with the Garden Route. For those of you joining us at Expedition Africa, I do hope you will find this Love too.
We had a week of everything you can think of and more. We drove 14 hours non-stop, and as I always say, with 2 small toddlers in the car this can only be an adventure on its own. Not a moment of rest as we explored the white sandy beaches the first morning to the delight of our kids. The week started with a "bang" as Stephan went out on a 2 day scouting trip on foot. I was off to meeting more farmers to ask for permission and we moved from the 1 meeting to the next.
Thankfully I had my big girl Shauni with me, as she was joining us on this week. She saved these days as my assistant, aupair, driver, photographer, social media manager and most importantly of all, my daughter who appreciates the beautiful things in life. It was fun to have a partner who can share some laughter, love eating prawns with me and see the beauty in all things around us. Shauni knows more about adventure racing than most other people out there, as she was only 4 years old when she embarked on her first Adventure race supporting her parents running in the mountains. She understands our passion and crazy dreams and above all sees what it takes to organise these events and to run a business.
All I can say is that she saw more of the Garden Route in 1 week than what most people would see during a 3 week holiday. Yes we do way too much in 1 day for most people out there, but that is the only way you can try to get everything done in a few short days.
A very special mention must go to the Community project that we are planning for this year. It is scheduled for the Saturday morning at the Sedgefield Mosaic market and more details about this will follow soon. But the intentions are good and I believe that if we can “fine tune” the concept we can make a difference in a child’s life. It must be a “feel good” story or we are wasting our time, and it must fit in with the local culture of the town.
We even had the pleasure of fitting in a day trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, which is most probably the number 1“Must Do” trip when you are in the Knysna area. The trip over the Knysna lagoon and the short walk on the Heads are magnificent, and neither words, nor pictures can really capture the beauty.
Lastly we ended this week with a night in a hut in the middle of nowhere. Don’t even ask me where it is, as I would never be able to find it again. Our fellow Adventure racer friends Hanno and Nikki invited us to join them for 1 night at their “hide away”. With a "braai" under the stars and a bath in the river pools in front of the hut, this special place is so far away from our normal living in Johannesburg that I feel honoured that we had the opportunity to experience it. It makes you think about all the luxuries of life, and brings you back to the basics. It made me realize how grateful I should be to be fit, healthy and alive so that I can see all the different things in life!! Thank you guys for sharing your love of nature and adventure with us!
See below some of our moments of this magnificent week. Not too long and the car will be packed again for yet another trip down to the place that makes my heart smile. All thanks to Expedition Africa.
Its all about the Love for Adventure racing
This was another “heart felt” weekend and standing at the prize giving seeing all our teams chatting along, sharing special moments, and dreaming of more adventures, gives me a sense of achievement pure happiness.
The vision behind the double moon event is to host an event in order for teams to step it up to the longer distances and to give them an opportunity to get themselves ready for Expedition Africa, our 500km adventure in May 2016.
I want to thank all of our teams, partners and sponsors for making this weekend so special. It was a first on this event to bus our teams out and I think the 2 hour bus trip ensured for an interesting start to the event. Going into the mountains at Giant’s Castle was another first for most of the adventure racers and it was truly breath-taking.
Like any other event it took a few months of planning and scouting trips to the area to finalize the route, the farmer’s permissions and to tie up all the loose ends.
We had several challenges as we were short on volunteers. So we proudly pulled this event off with 5 people. Terence Vrugtman, our official photographer had to assist where possible, Shirleen manage the Leaderboard/HQ updates, Simon our Medic had to be the driver, marshal and coffee maker. Izak and Elize “straight from Heaven” confirmed a few days before the event that they will assist us with the logistics..so that was our team with myself and Stephan.
After many hours of hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, mountain biking, more kayaking and more hiking our teams finished the event off with a lovely abseil down the mountain at Dragons Peak Mountain resort. All credit to Jakes and his team at the Adventure centre, http://www.adventurecentre.co.za/ who patiently guided each competitor down the abseil. They even went the extra mile by giving me a “wake-up” call to ensure that i was not sleeping behind my laptop. This will gave me that moment to get ready and welcome my teams in over the finishing line.
I love to hear the war stories and most importantly what the sport is doing to each one of you. Nobody can ever take these experiences away from you as you learn at each race more about yourself and how far you can push your body and mind. Its enriching, life-changing and always positive!
Our future dream is to continue to provide you with wonderful escapes from your normal lives, and to create more awareness of this lovely sport of ours. We always try to get venues where your family and friends can join you and be part of this Adventure life of yours.
At the end of the day it’s all about Adventure and there is no better feeling than to be out in the Mountains and to breath the fresh air. There is some kind of addiction in it, and once the bug has bitten you might be hooked for life!
For those of you getting ready for Expedition Africa, it’s only a few weeks away and I am sure the excitement is building. For those of you still dreaming of the big one, follow the event on our www.expafrica.live and learn as much as you can.
On this page you will be able to follow the teams 24 hours a day and you will see the “flyover” of the whole route. You will also see the daily video clips and photo albums and you can even send your teams messages for encouragement.
#fortheloveofadventure until we meet again.
Life just seems to have run away with me last year. I just could not get away for a few moments to update the blog and as a result I am a few “chapters” behind.
We have a full life and sitting back thinking about all it is very overwhelming and I am sure for most people a bit much… but for those of you following the Muller’s life of adventure you may know that a life of adventure is so fulfilling. Enjoy a few writings of our adventures still in 2016 as I am playing “catch up” before the big travels of 2017 start.
Thailand “always my favourite”
When in doubt where to travel to, just go to Thailand.
This is what I have decided early in 2016, when I suddenly received an amount of money from a long forgotten photoshoot.
What a pleasant surprise when my agent called me and said we are going to pay your money into your account … A few things run through your head when something like this happens:
Then the tantalising thoughts ran through my head:
No – don’t fix the pipe at home, or the leaking roof, or the bumper of your car, and this list of what one should do will always be endless.
It took me a few hours to make up my mind (ok let’s be honest it took me a few seconds) and I started to search the Internet for flight tickets:
I did not share this “little” trip with my husband; I only asked if I could take us away for 10 days. He must have thought I was joking at that time. Actually, I don’t think he gave it another thought.
I thought that this would be part of our 40th and 50th Birthdays, which were also in July.
Firstly I had to sort out the dates so that we could escape between our events. Then I had to figure out the cheapest options to get there. We have been to Thailand several times before, so I wanted to combine the travel to Thailand with at least 2 other destinations which would be new to us.
Khaolak and Phi Phi were my selection, as all travellers know the best part of a trip is in the Planning. Hours spent on the internet, hunting for specials and reading reviews. This part of the job I love!
Before I knew it we were on our way back from Expedition Africa and as we were driving back. I thought that NOW is a good time to share this little bit of information with him! At first he did not believe me, but of course this was the best thing that I could have done for us, especially after this draining event!!
We needed a getaway Holiday and that is what it was. The kids were so excited as they would be flying overseas!! They could watch movies through the night and sleep when tired. They were the perfect age to manage the long flights as we went via Dubai. We landed late in Phuket and got a transfer to the Centara Seaview Resort Khaolak.
It took me a few minutes to negotiate a private car as it was another hour’s travel and it was already past 8pm. I was so busy before we left that I could not manage to book a transfer before departure but in Thailand everything is easy to get as long as you can negotiate and take your time.
As we arrived at this magnificent Hotel, I knew that this was the best thing I could have done with my money. At the end #itsallaboutthememories
We arrived at our hotel at 10:00pm and they kept the beach front restaurant open for us to have a meal. Sitting on the beach with my feet in the sand, a slight breeze running through my hair and my children running around overjoyed, it felt surreal. My heart was filled with words of love and contentment. I love travelling. I love diversity. I love Thailand.
Our time clock was out and we woke up at 11am the next morning, missing breakfast. When I called reception to find out about, they said don’t worry they would keep breakfast open for us as long as we are there in the next 5 min. Again sitting on the beachfront, seeing in day-time the beauty of this magnificent hotel and the setting of this spot, filled us with amazement. Another fantastic thing of Thailand is that the water is warm. Luke warm for people like myself. It’s the only place I can actually stay in the pool and sea for hours as I don’t feel like freezing after 5 min. We spent the whole day either in the pool or on the beach, playing or sleeping, as we only then realized how tired we were.
I think we slept for the first 2 days as we were trying to re-charge our batteries after our Expedition Africa event. Another great thing of Thailand is that you can get a wonderful oil massage around every corner. You can drink a fresh squeezed fruit juice with ice at every corner. My children love fresh fruit, especially watermelon and mango - this was the best daily treat for all of us.
We included an Elephant trek and the bamboo rafting down the river. We walked the streets, ate the local food and tried everything new to us. The weather was good, it was out of season and quiet, so we loved it. It felt like the place belonged to us. This side of Phuket is absolutely lovely and I will definitely go back to explore more of the northern parts of KhoaLak. We could not fit in more and sadly had to move on to our next destination.
We took a transfer back to Phuket and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Patong beach. We loved the shopping, street markets and energy of the streets. Poor Stephan had to carry Isabella most of the times as we decided to leave the pram at home and she could not manage all the walking. We left our bags at our Patong Hotel and only packed an overnight bag to travel to Phi Phi. Just the ferry trip to Phi Phi was an adventure with lots of tourists and excited kids running around. Arriving at the port on Phi Phi was chaos, everyone was just scrambling to get off the ferries with big suitcases and no one knew where to go. But in Thailand you never need to worry. You just stand for a bit and soon someone will come with a signboard and take you to your hotel. I booked 1 night at the PP Princess Resort which is 50 m from Lo Da Lam Beach and in the centre of town. It was wonderful trip and kids could explore everywhere. We loved the food, the night life, the warm water, ice juices, Singa beer, shopping, humidity and the carefree feeling!! We climbed to the view point, hiked over the mountain down a magnificent single track down to one of the secluded beaches. It was island style as you cannot ask for anything better than that. By then Isabella was sleeping on Stephan’s back, we put her down under the trees while we ate another wonderful Thai meal and mommy had time for a little tanning.. need I say more!
We decided to stay for 1 more night and explore another part of the Island. We booked at the Phi Phi Natural Resort, Long Beach. It was magnificent and you can see by our photo’s that it was another day of bliss on a white sandy beach.
10 days was good just to get our minds ready for work and to revive our energy!
Will do this again and again and again… If only a surprise cheque will jump out of the closet every year!!
Travel light as you don’t need much in Thailand and can buy anything easily. If you want to visit Islands, go on smaller boats but travel with a soft bag/backpack and not a big hard suitcase. You can’t pull little wheels over sand. Travelling with children is very easy and highly recommended. Just do it.
The only things I could not manage to fit into this trip was a Thai Cooking class and Thai Boxing session. Reasons for going back!!!
To organise an International Adventure Race in Thailand…imagine that!!
#itsallaboutlove #travelleratheart #fortheloveoftravelling #adventure
I want to get Married
Same husband, same venue, same dress…
The Oakfield Bridal Wedding expo brings back so many memories. Memories of years where I was the model walking on the stage to my own Wedding day.
After so many years of being involved with this event I still admire the beautiful stalls, the dresses, the décor and the amazing things they have to offer these days when you get married.
The Oakfield wedding venue is just beautiful, charming and romantic. The gardens and flowers make you think that you can be one of those brides you see in the wedding brochures. You will forget for the day that you are actually in Johannesburg, and not somewhere in the European country side running over the green pastures. I feel at home here. I feel love here.
But this year’s expo won’t just be memorable for the beautiful weekend but that my little princess, Isabella had the opportunity to walk with other little friends on the stage as a model. I had mixed feelings about this as you never know what children is going to do on stage. She can either run down, or get “stage fright” or worse scenario start to cry… as I am calling the show Front stage I had to leave her backstage and I said she must just walk with any other little girl as long as they take her hand and off I went..
Must admit my heart had emotions of overflowing love, and I was just staring at this little person and cannot believe that its my baby walking on the stage… needless to say she is telling everyone on a daily basis she is doing fashion shows…as it’s a “sport”
I was 23 or 24 years old when I put on my first wedding dress and walked on this stage. It was the start of a few years of wedding shows after wedding shows. I was fortunate to try on every sort of wedding dress, style, and colour from so many different designers. The day when it was my turn for my real wedding dress, it just didn’t really matter. I loved so many different dresses and felt like a princess in mostly all of them. The day when designer, Simon Rademan, said to me to come for a fitting and just see what works, I just went with the flow. He went the extra mile and even offered to make my “Husband to be” a longer Jacket with a cravat. It was the middle of the winter but I was floating down the aisle with a summers dress, “princess style”, head in the clouds, as happy and in Love as it should be.
I am so fortunate that I can sit here tonight after 15 years and wish that I could do that day again. Just the way it was. I wouldn’t want to change a thing. Most importantly, still staring into my husband’s blue eyes and saying “I do”.
#itsallaboutlove was only formed in my heart a few years ago, as I increasingly felt that this is the way I want to start my day and that must be the way I finish my day ,then I will be living my Calling. It shouldn’t be for money, fame, recognition or anything else, life should be about touching every person with love and the rest will sort itself out.
I love being part of the Bridal Expo’s Fashion shows, not on the stage anymore, but behind the scenes organising it. I believe in love and love all things beautiful. I love all my models who became my friends over the years. All of us have a story to tell and share something together. We became princesses for that moment we on the stage, and it’s our job to make each dress look like “the one” for at least 1 person in the audience.
Great things to look forward to, as my big girl, Shauni, is getting married in December this year and this will surely make for a few more stories to write as we walk with our princess to her own “head in the clouds” day.
Another weekend and off to another Bridal Expo’s – Expo4Brides in Pretoria
Sadly without my children and as we don’t have any “brides maids” dresses, Isabella can’t do her Fashion shows this weekend.
Always remember #itsallaboutlove
See below a few photo's of the Show and my most beautiful Wedding day..
We returned a day earlier from our Scouting week in the Garden Route as this event was not finalized and we were under pressure. After so many years of organizing these races you became particular about how you want your events to look and feel. We can sit for hours and discuss each leg of the event, the logistics, the start set-up, the program, the bike boards, race book, passport, where the photographer can get close to the racers to get photo's and the list go on and on... it never stops and most of the time it feels to me like the 1 event is just running into the next and I cant find the brakes..
So we had a hectic week to finalize all the details and as we get closer to Thursday (our departure day to go and set-up) we realize that our Truck which is responsible to transport our race kayaks is not going to be fixed in time. As the Technician is promising us that it will work and as he is fixing this problem the next one pops up. Luckily for us this event is only 1 hour drive from JHB. As many of our teams arrive early Friday night and enjoying a social braai around the Boma we travel back and forth from JHB with our 2 cars and trailers to get all the boats to the Registration venue. Keep in mind that we still need to get the boats to the boat put-in and from the take out back to the Registration venue and back to our office in JHB.
All I can say is that is what makes my heart tick!!! fun and games as its never easy!!
As always we have amazing friends and people who is supporting us out of Love!!! and they volunteer to manage our transitions while myself and Stephan manage the logistics between the transitions.
Let me put a bit more power to the word they "volunteer" meaning they out of free will and no payment come to help us through the night with our event. They stay awake for the whole night assisting teams in and out of transitions, making teams coffee and listen to all their stories, they cheer, they take photo's, they update the leader-board, update Facebook posts, make coffee, serve teams with hot-dogs and give them love as they pass over the finishing line. They put on smiles as they can hardly keep their eyes open and then we all start giggling in the morning hours about silly things as we wait for the next team to finish! How can words as Thankful be enough? a hug? a kiss? a t-shirt? I will never have enough things to give but I can only give me love to all of you who is walking this "life of adventure" with us...
Congratulations to all the teams who finished this event. It was SO SO SO hot and you all pushed through as we had very few pull-outs! When you have a moment you can go to our Kinetic Events Africa Facebook page and look at the Full Moon Harties folder to see more photo's of this race.
Last note: How I got the car and trailer home on the Sunday afternoon after we packed up, collected Control points, visited some Farmers to go and say Thank you that we could travel over their properties... is an absolute miracle and I will NOT do that again!!! Either I have to get someone else as a Driver or I will have to stay at the venue and sleep for a few hours as its the most irresponsible thing to do!! but we wanted to get home to our Children...
Worth the mention of the cover photo: these guys raced through the night and arrived around 8am the next morning at the finish (thus the reason for my glamorous look) they were all smiles and had many war stories as this was for most of them the first time ever doing something grazy as this.. But as I said to them remember #itsallaboutlove they gave me this "heart" for the photo and had me close to tears. It was yet another special moment making it all worth it!!
Until the next one... see below a few more photo's of the event!