on bikinis, cocktails and zanzikini…

My girlfriends and I have decided we will have 1 big trip every year to a destination none of us has ever been to before. This year kicked off this decision and we travelled to Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Zanzibar is such a beautiful Island and the people are extremely friendly. There is so much to see and do and before I knew it,  1 week was over and I had to head back home.

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We met such colourful characters and I even had an aha moment. If you follow my blog, you will know that I have shared some dreams of mine  but I’m not yet close to achieving everything on my list. Which is where the aha moment comes in.

During a trip to Prison Island, as we walked towards the beach on the wooden bridge I happened to look down. The bridge was very sturdy and it was one of those that has gaps between the planks and one can see the stones and ocean underneath. Every time I looked down I panicked and felt that I would fall through the little  gaps (irrational I know but that’s exactly how fear operates!). So every time I looked down, I felt fear and couldn’t move but as soon as I raised my head and looked at where I was heading to, that fear disappeared and I walked with ease towards the beach. This happened a couple of times and the verse  For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord came to mind. I felt God speak to me and in that moment I realised just like life, if you look down  and focus on the stones and ocean you get paralysed by fear and you can’t move forward. However if you keep your eye on the prize (your dreams and goals), you will achieve them. The trick is to focus on where you want to be and work towards it by making that your focal point and not putting all your attention on any setbacks or challenges you may encounter.

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return – Leonardo da Vinci

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3 thoughts on “on bikinis, cocktails and zanzikini…

  1. This is beautiful! Next time please take me with, pretty please? I wonder how I hadn’t seen this your beautiful post.

    Amazing how God speaks to us in the most unlikely places at the most unlikely times. The one time I was in Zanzi with a bunch of amazing people, I learnt one important thing which has kept me going since, which is; Seize every opportunity to be happy, be silly and make memories. It was at a time I was struggling with serious body image issues, having allowed something someone very dear to me said and did to get to me and convince me I was not worthy of much. The second day of the vacay it hit me in the early hours of the morning! I am here, alive, in great company therefore I WILL rock this bikini, these shorts and this island, Lobengula belly, thunder thighs and all! And boy! was I just awesome, for me. And from that I found it in my heart to forgive and release all the pain and hurt I had left home with. (A huge zit I had been struggling with for days which was smack in the middle of my face also disappeared – it had probably been a direct result of anxiety, worry and stress)
    When Jesus said “Get thee behind me Satan” {Matthew 16:23} He was not addressing Peter, nor was he calling him Satan, he was addressing the spirit behind his utterances and actions. The devil being the counterfeiter he is, sometimes uses the same people that are meant to bless us to cause us grief. It’s important to know and separate the person you love and know from the hurtful words/deeds that come out of them in a moment of weakness.

  2. “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return – Leonardo da Vinci” – I love this.

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