Love Affair in Napier: The Story of an Overberg Farm

Love Affair in Napier: The Story of an Overberg Farm

It was our Great Escape! Five days of freedom from deadlines and the frenzy of the city sparked by the Christmas marketing glut that seems to binge earlier each year.

With Cape Town retreating in the review mirror of our new humming-bird blue 2019 Toyota Hilux, we dashed through touristy Hermanus and north along the mountain-fringed coastline, before turning left at the vintage village of Stanford and onto the R326 in our search for Napier, our first surprise stop on our small town writer’s road trip.

Enveloped by calm rolling farmlands as far as the eye could see, we must be forgiven for entertaining wild thoughts of an even deeper escape from the disruption of life in general. How wonderful it would be, we mused, to find a homestead here and simply disappear.

It seems Google maps was as distracted by the rolling peace because it could only find Napier in New Zealand at first shot. Finding my reading glasses, we landed back in the Western Cape both physically and digitally.

Tyre Tracks to Distant Horizons

Napier in the Western Cape is your next destination on the map when looking for a road less travelled. (Apologies to Dr M. Scott Peck for borrowing his book title, but I’m pretty sure he’d approve the likeness of horizons).

It’s the type of town you would miss if you blinked too rapidly, but most likely to become a firm and favorite getaway for travelers looking for small town quirk untainted by technology; tranquil farm stays; and idyllic day trips spent exploring the Cape Agulhas region.

For a mind-watering taste teaser watch the 60 second Explorio clip here, it’s exactly what you will see and provides a wonderful celebration of Napier’s ‘sky line’ and country roads which feature regular sightings of Blue Crane, South Africa’s graceful national bird.

Secret Getaway Far from the Maddening Crowds

Headed towards a newly-opened accommodation establishment; Stellar Overberg Traveller’s Lodge is guaranteed to recall your connection with nature. No big branding, no brash marketing, instead Overberg Traveller’s Lodge is a small town secret which was whispered in our ear. One we are delighted to be able to share with you too.

Originally a working wine farm, Tibor and Doris Tokay, together with their two young children, sold up their home in Switzerland and bought the property in May this year to offer travelers genuine ‘Old World’ hospitality according to the individual visitor’s needs.

Sharing a bottle, made from their own Sauvignon Blanc grapes at the long table of their homestead patio where they so warmly welcomed us, their love of Africa really came to the fore.

Tibor has a strong association with South Africa having spent his childhood here. Doris’ began hers when Tibor first brought her here at 18 years of age, a journey which culminated in them celebrating their wedding vows shortly thereafter. So began their journey of nearly 30 years travelling with their two children through Southern Africa until they chose Napier to settle in as their new life and home.

Swiss Family Robinson in Napier

With admiration, I sat and enjoyed their view which evidenced the hard work and passion they have poured into their wine farm.

The winery has been converted into four double luxury rooms with a circular Boma and long lap pool stretched out before it. A family suite is situated closer to the main farmhouse. Tibor runs tours and day trips for international guests and locals make use of this luxurious but practical farm stay as a roadside stop for families and small private groups such as bike tours.

The farm cultivates four different types of wine and olives after which each of the four suites are named. Our suite was super spacious at 37m squared, with a gorgeous European flair evidenced in the bathrooms.

Tibor is a fantastic photographer and each suite features magnificent shots of wildlife and vast landscapes gathered on their family travels. Doris matches his skills in the garden. Apart from the grape vines which gently quiver in the breeze  trimmed by beautiful hand-stacked stone walls, she has also recreated a Fynbos garden set with the loving care of a botanist. Buckets of fresh pink and green hues of flora colour the guest patios, followed through inside each bedroom with small touches of fresh flowers, stones and grass details in the bedroom and bathroom.

Everything thrives at Stellar Overberg. Their tousle-haired children can be seen running through the vineyards to feed the free-range chickens, nimbly ducking past the scarecrow in its pink Onesy and side stepping the myriad of baby tortoises which choose to call it home too.

In the evening as the sun sets in a dramatic display of orange, reds and purples, the frogs begin their chorus from the edge of the forest. As an avid dog-lover, their three pooches offer each a character all of their own. Their latest rescue Emma, showing strong cross breed connections with a jackal stole my heart completely but if you’re not a dog lover, the dogs can be kept away from the guest suite accommodation.

Free Range Al Fresco Fare

Apart from the delicious welcome bottle of wine, the highlight of our stay was our breakfast basket delivered to our patio table after our leisurely morning dip in the pool.

Using their own free-range eggs, it was the most flavourful scrambled eggs I have ever enjoyed. Using only local products from the surrounding farms, we were served fresh berries, cultured yoghurt, baked breads and aromatic coffee too.

We waved our goodbyes soon after, not with a slight twinge of regret for having to leave such peaceful freedom. With a well-functioning Internet connection, Stellar Overberg is a writer’s retreat heaven… or anyone for that matter who enjoys upmarket country living.  As one of the newest guests to have enjoyed their unique blend of Swiss South African hospitality, this gem is going to become a firm favorite for all who first journey here.

In their own words and African travel experiences, Tibor and Doris offer you a chance to be “touched by this country so close to our hearts, that you may take home the jewels of adventure and the dust of its red earth to remind you to return again one day…”

Small Town Secrets

New on the Vine

For a short time only, Stellar Overberg Traveller’s Lodge is offering a 15% opening discount. Visit their website at https://stellar-sa.vacations/ and book your stay at their affordable rates. Expecting their first season of grapes on the vine, 2019 is set to be an exciting year for them.

Special Occasions and Tours

With a large international network of incoming guests, Tibor offers specialised travel services which include airport transfers all the way to extensive travel planning for trips into Southern Africa. Custom plan your African experience with a selection of Fatbike rentals, guided day tours, airplane safari flights, support vehicles for motorbike and mountain bike tours and hiking expeditions. Or plan your wedding there and commemorate your special day in a small and special setting and make memories forever.

Tibor and Doris Tokay are wonderfully warm hosts and ready to help you organise your custom tour.

ABOUT US:

Mercédes Westbrook is a business and travel editor with over 22 years in the custom magazine publishing industry writing for local and international inflight magazines, and conference and incentive travel publications. She currently runs her own media and content creation company Firehorse Media at www.firehorsemedia.co.za.

Dieter Losskarn is a celebrated German travel author with six travel books under his belt published and sold in Europe and now translated into Dutch. He has also held the title of Motoring Editor for GQ South Africa magazine for the past 14 years and runs his own Taxi Cab of Good Hope day tour business in an original New York Checker Cab in Cape Town. Find out more about him at www.lossis.com

Love Affairs of the Karoo: A peek at ‘your’ Prince Albert

Love Affairs of the Karoo: A peek at ‘your’ Prince Albert

Renamed Prince Albert in 1845 in honour of Queen Victoria’s consort Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, the 5-star De Bergkant Lodge is the Fabergé egg in which would otherwise just be a dusty Karoo town if it weren’t for this vintage jewel in South Africa’s upmarket establishment crown.

Owned by Swiss couple Renate and Michael Sönke Sönnichsen, its 1858 National Monument building is a hotel firmly ticked on most international visitor’s watch-list, thanks in large part to German travel author Dieter Losskarn’s personal travel book exposés which cover the depth and breadth of the crème-del-a-crème of all which South Africa has to offer.

Today, De Bergkant Lodge’s large luxurious rooms enjoy full capacity; indicating that the original Prince Albert is not the only one to enjoy delicious affairs of the heart at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountains.

Find me a Prince

Descend the 27 km Swartberg Pass and the shocking pink and white bougainvillea-lined streets announce your entry into town. On the very first corner on the left, De Bergkant Lodge nestles on lush clipped lawns with sparkling white buildings that comprise its stately setting and the couple’s own heritage home and herb garden, together with 10 luxury guest bedrooms and not one, not two, but three emerald-cool swimming pools, appropriately bedecked with languishing guests of foreign-tongue all enjoying the heat and the gentle afternoon lull.

As much a part of its history, the courtyard is dominated by a flourishing vine tree, its sinuous roots exposed to eons of visiting faces and feet – including that of the Republic’s own past-President de Klerk with his wife Marike – and today followed up by frequent ANC government officials who enjoy this oasis managed to international standards of service and pristine comfort.

There on a love affair of my own, I couldn’t resist a stolen kiss under its mighty boughs which draped grandly above in lieu of my own African-style mistletoe; and surely more lucky than that of our Northern counterparts icy Christmas sprigs?

Royal Principles

History repeats itself more categorically on the walls of the high ceiling reception room where there’s a wealth of period collectables, paintings and whispered descriptions of past lives. The dominatrix-looking Queen Victoria herself attempts to look light-weight and elegant with her lace gloves poised across her wrists. On modern observation, her jowled jawline deflects the whole affect, but ‘her’ Albert must have looked past this physical faux pas and seen into the very heart of her bosom.

Heart is what you get at De Bergkant Lodge. A heart that ticks with reassuring precision, one you can rely on to bring you a truly fabulous five-star experience. A complete restoration rendered by Renate and Michael, has revived the evocative scent of its history but also delivered classical touches that speak of an eye for understated luxury.

Private Respite

The Protea suite, our weekend boudoir, was a haven of cool white linen expanses stretching across king size extra length beds, monogrammed towels and soft robes and nearly; but not quite, matched in size by its vast black and white tiled bathroom featuring a him-and-her shower side-by-side and a six foot ball-and-claw bath tub beneath a vast stain-glass window.

Living in its genteel comfort with simple touches of modern technology, the rest of the world simply fades away as you slip into a time tracked only by the rise and fall of the sun in its trajectory across the azure-blue skies. Each day prepared for by a pool-side breakfast of Black Forest ham, luscious-red erotic figs and poached eggs with hand-crisped bacon. This, enjoyed in the presence of an exotic party of jostling Cardinals at the bird feeders; just as surely intent on their own breakfast victuals.

Your Dining Pleasure

Romantic dinner invitations are enjoyed at two notable restaurants on the town’s main drag. Hosted by Michael and Renate, our dinner at The Real Food Company saw local greetings called out to the town’s celebrated gallery owner Brent, another Prince Albert resident who frequents its casual atmosphere to enjoy a variety of exceptional dishes created by chef Jeremy, confirming it as a simple yet sublime eating spot popular with international foodies and locals alike.

At Olive Branch we met with Hendry, an up and coming celebrity chef who specialises in bespoke Karoo dishes compiled from his own home-grown roots. Newly-wed for the second time round, he puts as much love into his dishes as he would his new family. Find out where Hendry is currently cooking when next staying at De Bergkant Lodge.

The understated sophistication of De Bergkant offers you a holiday in the true sense of the word; a chance to take time out, and rest and restore your body and mind in elegant reprieve before you set out to face the hurly burly of the world once again.

Nestled in the ancient history of its surrounding rock formations, it offers a special ambiance that settles around you, that can only really be experienced, rather than explained. Powered by the flat desolation of the Karoo, it’s a journey to the heart of transcendent beauty in a landscape dominated by dust and rock and craggy aloe.

Small Town Secrets:

When in doubt say Darling

Look out for Pieter Dirk Uys’ latest show in February 2019 playing at Prince Albert’s Art Deco theatre The Showroom. As South Africa’s beloved entertainer on speaking terms (in cheek) with political high points of South Africa’s modern history, Uys or Tannie Evita as he/she is known, is a regular guest at De Bergkant Lodge when travelling on tour away from his home town of Darling and own bespoke theatre establishment.

Burning Black Rubber

If you’re looking for adventure activity, there is much to do from mountain biking to hiking. Take a Unimog ride up the pass and a cycle back down again from atop its 1, 583-meter peak back into town – expect some rubber to burn while holding hard onto those bicycle brakes.

When the ‘safe word’ is Die Hel

If you have 4×4 vehicle, chance a trip down into the depth of Die Hel. With its own rich settler history, it is a road not built for the faint of heart… the relief from your hairpin descent will be rewarded with a cold beer and home-cooked Karoo lamb chops at Fonteinplaas in the Oude Klowers Plaaskombuis, nestled at the bottom where you are pleasantly surprised and welcomed by the last remaining relatives of this lost community of long ago. Visit the Cape Conservation offices a few kilometers further along the valley to find out more about the flora and fauna of the region. We crossed paths with Kudu, Klipspringer and troupes of baboon while descending into its depths.

The Faberge Egg of the Karoo

While the rest of the town of Prince Albert might fade into a mirage of heat there is one other heart-stop you have to do… a trip to Avoova to claim a piece of local artisan work made from ostrich egg shell. Now an international name, Avoova produce a large collection of bespoke and truly authentic South African artifact gifts with which you can claim and return home with in memory of your Karoo experience. While there in its cool interior, ask about Obie Oberholzer’s book – you might even be able to pick up an autographed copy depicting a photographic history and the most expansive and creative production of an authentic Karoo love affair to tuck under your arm and share with friends and family back home.

Urban Slang or ‘your’ Prince Albert:

A Prince Albert is another term for a male piercing that sees a ring threaded in through the urethra and out behind the glans for decoration and sexual sensation. It’s so nicknamed from the modern legend that Prince Albert (1819-1861), had one. Perhaps more than just an affair of the heart, you probably won’t look at Queen Victoria quite the same again; or risqué Prince Albert for that matter…

Luxury Travelers of Europe:

Published in German and Dutch, find Dieter Losskarn’s travel books at www.lossis.com and explore more not-to-be-missed experiences such as that offered by the 5-star De Bergkant Lodge in Prince Albert.

Toyi-Toyi for a Toyota:

Our Prince Albert journey saw us test driving the latest 2019 Toyota Hilux in a striking humming-bird blue. Think solid work horse with futuristic fairings which saw us speeding up and down some of South Africa’s most rugged terrain… certainly a popular choice of South African adventurers, we encountered mostly Toyota 4×4 bakkies on the road, as we descended and then ascended the near sheer rock face in record time, something those first ox-drawn pioneers would have simply swooned for.

How to Survive your First Radio Interview

How to Survive your First Radio Interview

Your marketing has paid off. The phone rings and you are invited for an interview on a popular radio show to discuss your field of industry expertise. After your initial excitement, it is natural that you might start to feel anxious, especially if you have never had an opportunity to speak live ‘on the air’ before.

Be aware that anxiety can quickly magnify into paralysing fear. This usually occurs in direct proportion to the degree of experience and understanding you may or may not have regarding public speaking and the immediacy of the radio interview environment.

Before your anxiety builds, arm yourself with the following tips so you can handle your interview with confidence and panache.

Tip #1
Research the station and the interviewer. Each radio station broadcasts to its own unique demographic of listener. Tune into the station and listen to the specific time slot you will be invited to participate in. How does the station ‘talk’ to its audience? Is it very formal in its style of broadcast or does it have a light-hearted and entertaining approach.  If you don’t have time to listen in to the show beforehand, visit the station’s website. You are likely to find links to recordings of previous interviews that have taken place. Understanding the personality of the talk show host and the type of questioning techniques they like to use will also forearm you with how you can best respond.

Tip #2
Research the audience. While listeners may vary to a slight degree in age and lifestyle, there will be a core audience which will participate in listener call-ins and questions. Understanding the listener’s goals, expectations and assumptions will assist in your delivery of information and how you respond to listener engagement and enquiries. Remember that each and every listener may well be your next customer.

Tip #3
You are not going to have time to cover every point on the topic during the interview. Armed with the knowledge of your audience and the tone of the show, make a bulleted list of the main points you would like to communicate. Stay focussed on these main aspects of the topic throughout the discussion and keep referring to them with examples and personal anecdotes. Make sure you have at least one example that illustrates both a problem and its solution.

Tip #4
Establish your credibility with the audience upfront. Open with a strong story or perspective regarding the topic. Use rhetorical questions to match the type of questions the audience might be thinking. Make sure you cover the top five most frequently asked questions from your own customer base. Refer to the audience regularly and keep your information relevant to how it applies to their world.

Tip #5
Your voice is the only thing the audience has to refer to you as an expert. Keep your pace deliberate and your voice deep. Use pauses for effect and to guide your thought processes, so you don’t fall into the trap of the umhs and ahs. If the line of questioning momentarily stumps you, or you lose your train of thought, transition the conversation back to one of the topic’s main bullet points you jotted down at the beginning. Be forearmed and anticipate what might be tough questions regarding the subject.

Congratulations on securing your first radio interview. Be confident that you have all the information and answers to any awkward questions that may arise and approach your interview with focus and clarity.

Mercédes Westbrook is a journalist and editor with an extensive career in the media publishing arena working with top South African brand marketing and management teams over a variety of publications within their aligned industries.

As owner of www.firehorsemedia.co.za she has adapted her communication skills for the digital platform to include content creation, website design, content marketing, social media management, and public relations. She can be reached on mercedes@firehorsemedia.co.za

Fast Affordable Websites to Get You Noticed Online

Fast Affordable Websites to Get You Noticed Online

You’ve finally realised that you need a website – well done!

With a fast upload and modern appeal, your new website will provide you with a global platform and a personalised voice to market your products and services to a potential market of 3 billion people (the number of current web users worldwide) – statistics you cannot afford to ignore in today’s digitally connected workplace.

Your website will instantly go to work to highlight your unique selling points, to educate audiences about the benefits of your brand, position you in the marketplace and keep customers connected with the latest news updates and user information through regular posts to your blog and social media sharing buttons.

Warning: We strongly advise that you don’t attempt to build your own website yourself. We have also seen the Wix advertisements and it can be tempting to think you can save a few bucks on some website DIY. Now is the time to remember what your Granny always said… buy cheap, buy twice. Unless you are IT savvy and have lots of time to play around with design ascetics, understand SEO content and have kept up-to-date with the latest security plug-in to prevent you from getting hacked, you are only going to waste precious time and money. Trust us, we have seen way too many customers fail along this route.

We suggest that instead you focus on your core competencies and entrust our tight-knit team of professional entrepreneurs with your website build, monthly back-end maintenance, blogging and social media sharing (where required) for a stress-free and effective reach out to your targeted audience online.

As a core group of tech professionals, we help you get your business online in the fastest and most effective manner without the headaches of trying to understand tech, back-end strategy and current online marketing tactics. And we do it because we care!

What you pay is…

1 page Scrolling Website – R5 500
Basic Website – R7 500
Standard Website  – R9 500
Premium Website – R13 000

What you get…

A mobile responsive WordPress website in your field of specialisation using the latest DIVI Premium theme.

Installation of all necessary plugins for website aesthetics as well as seamless functionality. This includes Security plugins to protect your website against spam and hacking activity.

Set up of new email accounts.

SEO processes offering a Search Engine Optimization plugin that will be populated accordingly, thereby improving the site’s Search Engine Optimization with Google and other search engines. This plugin will also pull through your previous history with Google so as not to lose that from within Google’s Search Console.

Your own branding guidelines implemented over logos, images and design integrity.

Social Sharing buttons for site visitors to share your site on their own Social Media platforms.

Google map to your office premises.

Contact form to build your own database of customers.

A pull through of blog posts on the front page. There will also be a separate blog page where all your blog posts will be easily accessible to site visitors. This blog page will include a signup form.

Video clip Training session to familiarise you with the backend functionally so you can effectively upload your own content and media as and when required.

Monthly updates and security checks to keep your website running effectively.

T&Cs:
The above pricing includes all content and images supplied by the client. Should you need assistance with web content writing and image sourcing, an additional fee will be quoted.
Prices are quoted excluding Vat
Development of your site will only start once content and graphics have been supplied and a 50% deposit paid upfront.

Depending on which website you choose to go with, full functionality and an layout blueprint will be provided to you for agreed before commencement.

Please contact Mercedes Westbrook on mercedes@firehorsemedia.co.za to request a quote specific to your needs or call C: +27 789707633.

We look forward to chatting further with you

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Are you stuck in a pattern of Scarcity Consciousness? Are you ready to move?

Are you stuck in a pattern of Scarcity Consciousness? Are you ready to move?

Are you stuck in a pattern of Scarcity Consciousness or are you ready to move into the flow of Life’s free abundance?

Either way, you get to Choose…

You are only as ‘wealthy’ as you allow yourself to be. This is because the concept of scarcity – or the concept of abundance – is simply the current state of your heart and mind dictating your relationship to the ebb and flow of the exchange of currency.

How much you worry about not having ‘enough’ is directly related to how much abundance is lacking in your life and the degree to which you are blocking its flow towards you. Just as you think and feel your own shortage however, so can you think and feel your way out of your limiting thoughts and back into owning wealth and living an abundant life once again.

You hold the power to decide; the flow of wealth energy rests in your hands alone.

This is true for anything else that keeps showing up in your life or that you are feeling a lack of, whether it is a relationship with a loving/unloving partner, your talents and abilities in business, or your thoughts about your own self-worth.

Scarcity is an energy field we carry around with us, fed and energised by our fears.  Not only does it act as a shield for abundance to enter our lives, it also affects us at a physical level. This is because the toxic currency of negative thoughts and the stress associated with judgements of not having enough sets in motion a physical reaction in the body; keeping us in constant fight or flight mode, and effecting us both at a subconscious and cellular level of health.

How can you tell if you are stuck in scarcity consciousness?

You are always talking about how deprived or unfortunate you are. You never have enough money to do the things you would like to do. You are constantly worrying about how you are going to afford the rent/car/food or other commitments at the end of the month. You complain you are ‘sick and tired of being broke’.

You are always putting things off that you could do today. You are waiting for the right time or series of events to happen before you believe it is the ‘right time’ to feel, be or do something.  ‘When I have X amount of money in the bank I will retire/go live in my dream beach house/be happy’. ‘My history paper is only due in two days’ time, I’ll do it tomorrow.’ ‘ I’m meant to meet Joe Bloggs today but it can wait until next week’.

You make decisions based on fear of loss. This could be as extreme as being a hoarder or simply holding onto things with a grasping sense of ownership.  Perhaps you tend to borrow things and not return them based on thoughts such as ‘I need it more than they do’ and ‘they can afford it, they won’t even notice/miss it’.

You are easily wooed by get rich quick schemes or the promise of gambling or winning big on the Lotto, with thoughts of ‘when I win the Lotto, I will be happy/etc…’  You spend your time focussing on getting easy money without doing the work required to get it based on your own ideas, talents, skills and efforts.

You have an innate fear of failure that dictates every opportunity presented to you. You will always ‘see’ the negative aspect or identify an inherent risk. ‘John offered me a job, but it is too far to travel, I can’t make any money if I’m dishing out so much on fuel.’ ‘I’m a qualified xx, I can’t be seen doing such menial work.’

You have a lack of staying power or persistence in going for and getting what you want. You may have great ideas but instead of staying the course, you give up quickly in order to try something new/better/quicker; creating a cycle of never being able to realise your own success. ‘I tried that but it didn’t work’ becomes your own self-serving  prophecy.

How to shift out of poverty consciousness:
Money is simply an energy exchange. Our thoughts about it represent how much love we are willing to give and receive in the flow of life. If you are stuck in scarcity consciousness, you simply need to re-examine your thoughts about money and stop giving away your power through your negative thoughts and the emotions surrounding it. You are locked in the prison of your own making; you have the keys to let yourself out. Ask what sort of energy exchange are you choosing with which to engage with life?

A pattern of Beliefs, Thoughts, Words and Action
Poverty consciousness stems from your beliefs about yourself and the world. A belief is merely your thoughts about life – whether they are kind or not – which you have gathered along your path.

We collect beliefs from our cultural influences, our family dynamics, and what we observe out in the world which is then formed, fixed and further reinforced when we experience our own life challenges as adults.

In the process, we gather a certain amount of bias and judgements not only against others but against ourselves too. These collect and cycle in our minds and before long; our habitual thinking has become a belief. It becomes a concept we lock onto and are prepared to defend, without even considering how we might have got there and if it is really true about us right now.

Since scarcity is a state of heart and mind, what you focus on is what you are creating out in the world. If you are always saying, “I am sick and tired of being broke”, that is what you are continuing to manifest in your life.

So how do you get off the hamster wheel of scarcity consciousness thinking?

Ask yourself:
Where do I feel a lack in my life?
What don’t I have enough of?
What are my current beliefs about my financial situation?
What words do I most often hear myself saying about money?
Where/when did I first hear it/start believing that?
Is it true for me today?

Once you have brought awareness to your present state of thought currency and what you are reinforcing in your life right now, you can take choose to replace limiting beliefs with empowering beliefs and positive action.

Skill sets for receiving more

Set the intention for what you do want to show up in your life. You set it in motion with three simple tools: your own thoughts, words and actions, in the moment, and every moment. Decide to speak only about what you want and not about what you don’t want.

Take the focus off your perceived deficiencies and instead choose thoughts of gratitude and deep appreciation for what you do have right now. It could be as simple as appreciating the steam rising off a hot cup of coffee, or your health and the ability of your body to breathe, think and feel. It could be ticking off in your head the things you did achieve or receive for the day.

Practise switching every negative thought that arises with gratitude – or a simple positive affirmation – for a full 24 hours. Keep practising raising your vibration. In no time at all, you will begin to feel the positive response within your body. As you keep focussing at a higher level of positive thought, so your external vibration will increase too and your shift will begin to accelerate, physically attracting more positive energy around you, so that new things can show up in your life.

Shifting negative patterns of the past will take a conscious focus on changing your beliefs and thought patterns in the moment and every moment. Realise that today, and this moment is the only moment that really counts. You need to be present and open to life’s creative flow in order to receive it fully.

Next, create your shopping list of things that will invite abundance into your life. Perhaps you need a new car. Place your order out into the universe: Decide on the model that would best suit your current lifestyle and make a list of things it needs to have, such as good road holding, low fuel consumption, a large trunk for your sports gear, electric windows etc. Decide on the colour. Where will you park it? Look online for pricing but don’t have an attachment to the amount, simply observe its worldly value without thoughts about how you can or can’t afford it. Remember, you are leaving the details up to the universe. You can do this with anything you want more of, whether it is a new job, a holiday, more family time, a loving partner or a healthy body. Create the picture and place yourself in it.

Lastly, and perhaps the one that trips us up the most is that you must believe in your heart that you deserve it.  Spend as much time as you can imagining it is true and that it has already happened.  See yourself as the proud owner of that car, imagine your day getting in and out of that car, putting the key in your pocket, and having friends and neighbours admire it. See yourself smiling proudly and speaking with gratitude about its road holding and spaciousness. Don’t be attached to when it will happen, simply believe it is going to happen because you deserve it and leave the details up to the Universe to find the way.

Any doubts or worry about not receiving your dream car will stop the flow. Catch your self-sabotage as it happens and immediately replace it with an empowering thought or spoken affirmation. Reinforce your new reality with pictures placed around your home or reminders on your bathroom mirror.

We all have unlimited access to the abundance of Universe, in order for it to flow into our lives we need to stand present in the action of self-love and the self-discipline of positive thoughts in order to  open ourselves up to receive it. The only true measure of wealth is the abundance we think and feel. Abundance is the connection to our own divinity within and not the material world we see outside of ourselves. Like anything, it requires focus and practise in order to tap into it.

Since prosperity is a way of thinking and living, ask yourself how rich you are today, in this moment. What does your bank balance say about you right now? Are you ready to change those thoughts about it?

Mercedes Westbrook is a writer, editor and content creator. Visit www.firehorsemedia.co.za to view her profile or to request a quotation of her services emcompassing any and all forms of content creation, media relations and publicity.

Hayward’s Grand Safari Company commends Mercedes Westbrook

Hayward’s Grand Safari Company commends Mercedes Westbrook

It is indeed a pleasure to commend Mercedes Westbrook for the outstanding PR and publicity expertise she has accomplished for our safari company this past year.

We have seen a significant increase across all social media and print articles and editorials, all going a long way to get Hayward’s Grand Safaris into the limelight where due.

Without a constant and dedicated outflow of industry updates and news from in-front and behind the scenes, our potential clients may not get the true story of who we are and what our safari lineage entails.

Having a professional on board such as Mercedes, who is able to encapsulate what makes us stand apart and what unique safari services we offer to our illustrious client base worldwide, is imperative to our future growth and success.

We look forward to continuing this process with Mercedes and building our brand exponentially into the future.

Sincerely
Peter Hayward
Founder and Chief Expeditions Officer
Tel:  086 173 2583 or +27 12 808 0442 or Cell: +27 82 606 1003
E-mail:  peterhayward@ haywardsafaris.com
Web:  www.haywardsafaris.com

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