Recently, an extended family member passed away from cancer.  She was a year younger than I am.  We shared a name.  She leaves behind two very small children who also lost their father, I think less than a year ago!  It’s when things like this happen that you reassess your life.  You squeeze the kids a little harder, take time to appreciate the blessings in your life, and things like ear infections which leave you feeling almost incapacitated for weeks on end just seem so trivial because well, you’re alive.

And it’s with these thoughts at the forefront of my mind that I left South Africa two Saturdays ago to travel to Mauritius for work.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the luxury of staying another week to just holiday, but I was fortunate to be able to fly out a day before I was expected at the office.  I got to see a few sights, take in the beauty that is Mauritius and even go to the beach.  We were really welcomed with open arms by a colleague from the Mauritius office and two really amazing South Africans who now live over on that side.

The majority of the time there was spent working and I really didn’t even go out much but even just the surroundings of the hotel and office left me awestruck and I just kept thinking what a mighty God we serve, all of this HE made, I am blessed to have had this opportunity.  On my opinion of Mauritius as a country, I will have to write about another time or else this blogpost will go on forever.  But what I must say is that the time away from home really filled my soul.  Just having that break away from being a wife and mum…no lunches, no cooking, no homework, no early mornings…made the world of difference.  I love my family guys, I really do, but being a full time working woman and managing a household and family is no easy task!  And so on all 5nights away, I had all the time in the world just for me.  I mainly relaxed, read, watched tv and on my last night there, I booked myself into the hotel spa for a 45min back massage.  I sat at the pool and read a book and even sat in the sauna.  I then found a lovely little restaurant and wined and dined all on my own.

We are not all fortunate enough to be able to travel, some of us cannot even afford to get by from one day to the next but I would highly recommend – if you already don’t – making the time for yourself.  Whether it be sitting quietly in the garden or at a coffee shop reading, even just walking around the mall, whatever floats your boat.  Life is short!  And that making time for yourself, I certainly find, just makes you a more well rounded person.  It gives you a chance to recharge and it can change your outlook on your life and a situation that you’re in completely when you’re able to just step out of it and take some time to smell the roses.

Anyway, I am waffling.  Enjoy the pics of beautiful Mauritius xxx

On arrival...even the airport looks tropical!

On arrival…even the airport looks tropical!

 

Outside Le Suffren Hotel

Outside Le Suffren Hotel

 

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The official bird of Mauritius, the extinct Dodo

 

The walkway on the way to the office

The walkway on the way to the office

 

Guavas - typically eaten with salt and curry powder, quite different to our guavas

Guavas – typically eaten with salt and curry powder, quite different to our guavas

 

Alexandra Falls Mauritius

Alexandra Falls Mauritius

 

 

First view of the sea

First view of the sea

 

One of the resorts right on the beach

One of the resorts right on the beach

 

Picture perfect - I got to swim in the sea for 45minutes before jumping on my flight back home and it was pure bliss!

Picture perfect – I got to swim in the sea for 45minutes before jumping on my flight back home and it was pure bliss!

 

Chamarel 7 Colored Earth

Chamarel 7 Colored Earth

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4 responses »

  1. debraaukett says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your family member, that’s so sad. Life is so short.

    Pics of Mauritius is amazing. I had a friend Lindsey there around the same time also for work, so wondered if you are colleagues. Awesome that you managed some valuable me time 😊

  2. halberts2014 says:

    Aw, sorry to hear about your family member, so sad. I hope the kids will be looked after.
    Beautiful pics of your working holiday. Looks so clean. First thing I noticed was no litter

    • Jodie says:

      It is very clean actually now that you mention it, but they have a big problem with stray dogs so there are lots of undernourished strays all over 😦

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