My Mom Expresses Gratitude to a Decision I Made Nearly Two Years Ago!

  • My Mom Expresses Gratitude to a Decision I Made Nearly Two Years Ago!

Pencil with "Y" Circled For Yes

2013 has been a year of transformation for me and my family; thanks to a decision I took on October 17, 2011. We have traveled more together as a family this year than we have done since we became a family,  and we have more trips in and out of Zimbabwe in the pipeline before the year is over.

In May we took our sons on a week end trip to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, in July we spent a week end at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg and at the end of August I took a week-long trip to Durban in South Africa with my five year old son and my mom to celebrate my mom’s 69th birthday.

We have planned a week end trip to Kariba in Zimbabwe for our sons to unwind from exam pressure as soon as schools close in December. On the same week end my husband and I will travel for a week to Thailand to attend a training event and vacation there.

As a family we are already looking at possible trips to take overseas together in 2014. Two years ago if you had told me I would be having this kind of conversation with my family, I would have wondered what you had been smoking because our budget was so tight there was a lot of month left at the end of the money. Yet I had what would be considered a great job by any standards at the time.

What got this whole thing started was an opportunity I had seen in 2009 which my heart  believed could work but my head refused to accept as possible. Two years later, faced with an expiring employment contract and closed doors at every turn for a new job, I went back to give that opportunity a second look. My heart was still in the right place and my head had tried to catch up a little bit. The whole thing made more sense, probably because it was the only available alternative I had.

I decided to invest the less than $400 that was needed for me to get started in the business venture. I also invested $199 to attend a company training event in Johannesburg two weeks after I got started. After that training, my head had truly caught up with my heart. I knew then in my head what I needed to do in order for me to get that which my heart had fallen in love with.

The journey has not been easy. I have had to break out of my comfort zone and do things that I have never done before. More than the money that I have started to make and the traveling that I am now enjoying, the self discovery journey that I have been on and which still continues has been the best part that I have enjoyed.

My business opportunity is in the network marketing industry. This industry is not for wimps but it is for men and women of courage who are willing to take the most difficult journey a human being can ever take, the journey of changing yourself in order to succeed financially and get for your family what you have always dreamed they could get.

If on that fateful day in October 2011 I had not made the decision to give a second look at an idea that made sense only to my heart and not my head; if I had not started that facebook chat with a wonderful Zimbabwean lady I had met earlier whom I knew was doing this business (I was working in Botswana at the time); if I had said to myself I have never done network marketing before and what if I fail and loose my money? If I had listened to all the people I loved, and who loved me, who told me about the graveyard of network marketing where casualties and disasters of all sorts had befallen those who tried it, I never would have known the joy that I saw on my mom’s face when she saw the ocean for the first time in her life. That embrace that she gave me said it all.

The journey of the last two years has been worth every frustration and every ridiculous response that I have heard from those who have not seen what I see in this opportunity.

The journey is just beginning. I do not know how much time I or my loved ones have to live here on earth, but I can tell you that with each day that we have we are going to create memories together at the places that we would only have dreamed about had I not made the decision to be a crazy nut nearly two years ago.

I leave you with a video that I recorded of my mom appreciating me on the shorelines of the Indian Ocean in Durban in August 2013.

I give glory to God for the vision He gave me that has afforded me the chance to do this for my mom in her living years. How I wish these fruits had crystallized earlier and I’d have done this with my dad as well. sadly, he passed away in August 2012.

If you have been inspired to take a closer look at network marketing as your Plan B in securing your family’s financial future, then send me this message “Let’s talk about what you are doing.” on facebook at THIS LINK OR invite me to be your friend on Skype (madlala2010) with the same message.

“It is better to have a Plan B and not need it, than to need it and not have it.” – WISDOM

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Nomusa Mhlanga

Nomusa Mhlanga

 

I Look Forward to Travelling Together and Bonding with my Son & Mom

Traveling Together and Bonding

Traveling with friends or family members can provide one with an ultimate bonding experience. In a couple of days I will be traveling to Durban with my mom and five year old son. The purpose of the trip is to celebrate my mom’s 69th birthday.

 

Birthday cup cakes

 

We will have the opportunity to experience a new place with each other and I know we will love it. I know my mom well, but this is the first time in my 47years career of being her daughter that we are doing something like this together. I am sure I will probably learn something new about her and she about me while we are on the trip.

 

 

Planning the Road Trip

 

Ours will be a road trip travelling by bus from Zimbabwe and driving ourselves in South Africa. One of my major concerns is our safety.


I will be the person in charge of the small delegation of travellers since I am the most informed. All the same I believe we will need to have a strategy in place of how we will take care of each other. I will definitely need mom to bring her cell phones and their chargers as communication back up.

 

 Road Trip

 

For directions, I have detailed maps of the route that we are going to take as well as the local maps of the city of Durban. The Google Maps App on my phone will be a great tool too. I have undergone major tutorials on how to use it from my 16year old son.

If we were using our own car we would have to make sure that the vehicle is properly serviced before starting our trip. We have selected a reputable bus service to get us to our first stop over, so we believe the condition of the bus is well taken care of. On proceeding to our holiday destination, we will be using a hired vehicle from a reputable car hire company, so that too should take care of the servicing. They have assured me that they have 24-hour roadside assistance services with all their vehicles.

 

 Child Travler

 

Since we have a young travel companion, my son Junior, we will obviously need to budget our driving time between our destinations with him in mind. I have considered the pit stops that we will have to take along the way. We will need restroom breaks and food breaks. So bringing along some snacks will be a good idea. We will definitely request for packed lunches at the lodge that we will put up at in transit in Johannesburg.

 

 

Our excursions when we get to Durban have already been planned and I look forward to us enjoying ourselves and creating memories that will last the three of us our lifetimes. This really is the good stuff that makes life exciting.

 

I am really excited about this trip and I thank my Five Star Travel Club, my family and God Almighty for making this possible. As a reader of this blog, you can look forward to some fun stories about the trip when we get back

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“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – André Gide

 

 

Jozi Never Disappoints on Glitz and Adventure

Jozi Never Disappoints on Glitz and Adventure

Two weeks back we travelled to Johannesburg (Jozi) with my husband and our eldest son. You see as a family we are in this global travel club that allows us to travel at huge discounts, with price guarantees and to stay at four and five star resorts at two and three star prices.

That week end Johannesburg, and Sandton in particular hosted more than six hundred club members from Africa at a training event that really transformed our lives. I share some of the gems from the training in a separate article.

The Hilton Lobby

The Hilton Lobby

The three of us and other club members stayed for four days and three nights at the five-star Hilton Hotel in Sandton for a song. I must admit that this was my first five star resort experience and it was out of this world! I have traveled and stayed at hotels sponsored by my employers and project funders at work before. Mostly the sponsors have prescribed, due to the limited budget provisions, for me to stay mostly at three star facilities.

The Party Mob

The Party Mob

This was a different experience that we had. To start with, we had a host to take care of all our needs flown in all the way from Europe by our travel club. She was there to take care of the organisation of excursions, restaurant bookings etc. while we concentrated on what we were there for, to have fun as we fed our brains with top notch training from our trainers from the USA. To top it all we had an “all you can drink” welcome party on the Saturday night. The imbibers had a time of their lives.

Sandton City

Sandton City

There are quite a lot of activities to do in the vicinity of the Hilton Hotel to easily fill up four days. The main attractions were the Nelson Mandela Square and the Sandton Shopping Mall. I particularly enjoyed the shopping of course; which girl wouldn’t! There were eating places gallo ranging from the fast food courts to exclusive restaurants to sample from.

My husband and I flew Air Zimbabwe from Harare to Johannesburg. Our arrival at OR Tambo International Airport was a near scare as we had to circle round a second time before our final bumpy landing. The return flight had some turbulence but the captain handled that quite well.

Us Two

Us Two

Our son, Jabu, on the other hand crushed it with friends on a bus. He is vertically gifted in stature so  he tells us he had quite an uncomfortable ride turning this way and that trying to find a comfortable position for his tall frame. On his way Back he did some shopping before heading to the bus station to travel back to Harare. It was then that he was pick-pocketed.

Jabu, Allistar, Laura

Jabu, Allistar, Laura

He lost his wallet with cash in it and both his debit cards. Fortunately he had spent his cards empty . Had there been any money on the cards he would have been done for. You see one of the weaknesses I spotted in the use of plastic for shopping in South Africa was that the system does not ask for any security checks from the buyer. They just swipe your card on the machine and without asking for ID or PIN number give you a little slip to sign. It’s possible the pick pockets tried to swipe but had no luck as both cards do not have overdraw allowance.

So what it meant was that our son had no money to buy food on the return overnight bus trip. Thank God there are still kind hearted people left on the blue planet. The gentleman he was sitting next to gave him some food and bus fare to get home.

Overall we really had a great time in Jozi. The food was superb. The hotel services were truly five star. We fed our brains with knowledge, relaxed in luxury and style and above all, we met and made new friends from all over South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria.

The nations

Many more travels await with friends and family. This trip has shown us just a glimpse of what awaits us in terms of traveling in style at ridiculously low cost and meeting awesome people in the process.

If you are interested in knowing more about the travel club that we are members of that made this trip possible, shoot me a message on Skype. My Skype ID is madlala2010.


“Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

We Enjoyed the Time Share Accommodations at Troutbeck Resort, Nyanga in Zimbabwe

The Reception Fire

This past week end we took our four sons and went on a getaway to the beautiful Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. We stayed at the Troutbeck Resort just outside Nyanga town.

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The resort has two types of accommodations, the hotel rooms and the Time Shares. The hotel rooms are what we are familiar with where all the services are crammed next to each other (room, toilet, shower etc). Travelling as a family can be torture if staying in a hotel room.

The Time Share accommodations at Troutbeck Resort are ideal for a family. We had a three bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, a kitchen-cum-dining-room and lounge with a cosy fireplace and sun-facing balcony. We had the choice to eat at the Beck Restaurant at the hotel or to self cater. We chose a combination of both. We really had a lovely time and reconnected with each other in a special way.

Bongani at the Beck Restaurant.

Every family needs that time away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday schedules to come apart and just refresh. Afterwards we all agreed that the two week end days were not enough for us to participate in all the fun activities available there, so we are planning to go back there for a week in the summer. I am in full time employment at the moment, and hopefully I will be able to get time off to do that.

Our eldest son who is twenty-one is also planning a road trip culminating at the Troutbeck Resort with his friends sometime during the course of the year before he leaves for university.

This is one thing that as a family we have decided to do more of. We plan to travel more and have more relaxed moments to savor the beautiful things about life. Our lives are quite busy and for many, travelling is a luxury they can ill-afford. Well, we all have 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. It is really up to us what we choose to do with our time.

The family at Troutbeck

In the midst of all the business of making a living and solving the crises of planet earth, we must find the time to relax. The other day on my facebook page I posted a question asking how people spent their annual vacation days. Not a single person of the people who have liked the page answered that question even though many saw the post. Facebook does tell who has seen a post, so I know who could not coment after seeing the question (Hahahahaha!).

That told me something though; and relating that to the responses that I got when I asked some friends directly, you get the picture that people either never think about taking a vacation or they feel they cannot afford it time and money-wise.

By this article I hope I have aroused in you the desire to open up the world for yourself and your loved ones to travel more and relax. You hold the key to your leisure life. Make a conscious effort to plan and create the time for real vacations. As someone once said “The world is a book and he who has not traveled has only read one page.”

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I would really love to hear from you what your take is on prioritizing travel as a pass time. Please leave your comment.