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March 2014

While it’s tempting to build an ark in Johannesburg right now, I reflect on the power of exercise to keep you on the right track. During the last 2 weeks as I’ve opened my eyes to a torrential downpours every morning, my spirits sag, as I know I’m not going to be pounding the pavements of Parkhurst. It’s getting darker now so your on-track rituals become even more important. Putting out my running shoes the night before, is still my most powerful guarantee of exercise in the morning. Running makes me much more user friendly! I’d be interested in hearing about your on-track ritual – what keeps you sane?

Humbling parenting lessons:

The people who run the “How to win with friends and Influence people” programme came to my daughters school recently. They were promoting the girls attending the course, and my girls eagerly came home saying they wanted to register. I smiled as I know I could’ve shared those lessons with them, but knew they wouldn’t have listened to me!

Sometimes you have to send different messengers in to teach your children lesson that you are too close to teach them. Parenting all in all is a very humbling and interesting experience!

BLACK BOOK:

My favourite restaurant at the moment is Possum in 4th Avenue Parkhurst. It’s cosy, the food is delicious (try the amazing calamari starter), staff are friendly – it’s a little slice of heaven in Parkhurst! “Facelift in an hour” Masque – WOW! WOW! WOW! I’m going to put the before and after pictures up on the Networking Company’s facebook page for today only – as my before picture shows me absolutely exhausted, and then me 45 minutes later. The masque contains hyalauronic acid and you use it for special occasions when you need to look your best – presentations, important meetings, weddings etc. like our facebook page and you’ll see them. I want to use it every day but you can’t as it contains plant stem cells – so 2 or 3 times a month is recommended. It costs R259.00 excluding delivery and I’m hooked. Contact mhook@global.co.za if you want to get your hands on one!

BOOKS:

Goldfinch by Donna Tart

This has won all sorts of awards and took her 10 years to write. The wait was worth it – different, interesting – I’m ¾ of the way through and I have to tear myself away which is always a good sign.

Mindful Eating by Dr Susan Albers

Fascinating book about how mindlessly we eat. The author writes about an experiment where old popcorn from the bin is repackaged into cinema style boxes, and then handed out to people as they walk in to a cinema. Without exception, everyone ate the popcorn and didn’t even taste how old and horrible the popcorn tasted. We get into patterns of eating without thinking, and eating consciously is an important mindful living ritual. Sitting down and eating with your family every night is such a great mindfulness ritual.


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