Travel and Community Building Through Your Professional Journey

What is it like to share dreams and values, what is it like to uphold the visions of other human beings destined for greatness and walk next to them? What is it like to not rest until you see someone you've come to love and value rise up to live their best life?

When you laugh together, cry together, grow together, celebrate each other ... and wind up experiencing different part of the world together. It takes very special people to scale up on this type of business, and it can be done!

TRAVEL - Business trip

Exactly one year ago I was celebrating International Women’s Day in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa.

.... and celebrate the ladies, they did!!

Now, you may wonder why I was in West Africa, and what that picture of a government building had to do with Women’s Day?!!

Well, I was supporting a client in the role as a business psychologist and feminine wellbeing mentor (... and yes, I don’t just help ThirdAge Women!!).

My client is an audacious, high level ambitious lady with a massive vision to strategically collaborate in the spread of the availability of renewable energy into the various parts of West Africa.

As such she is tirelessly engaged to get African governments to collaborate with business leaders and sponsors.

The picture I took in front of one of the many government buildings in Abidjan, was just before we went into yet another meeting.

Yes, meeting after meeting, board room with government officials after another board room meeting.

I noticed that all the ladies, staff, in the building were wearing traditional African dresses with Happy Women’s Day printed on the fabric (obviously in French). There was a lot of happy chitter chatter .... obviously also in French.

After the meetings, one of the MPs took us out for lunch in a restaurant. Yes, lots of happy noise, happy shouting there, music, dancing, everyone was celebrating International Women’s Day.

It certainly was a culinary odyssey and adventure for me staying in Abidjan. I had some sort of fish, and my client, who is from that area, enjoyed an okra and meat-from-the-bush soup with fufu. I asked what the meat from the bush was, but there was no conclusive answer ... whatever was found in the bush that day ... well, I was a ‘good foreigner’ I did try it. Interesting ... Oh and I had hibiscus flower syrup with ice and water as a drink.

Usually in the taxi back to the hotel we did some debriefing, and upstairs in the room further talks, feedback, guided meditations, working with specific strategic essential oils for the nervous system, and help integrate the emotional impact of the ‘all men’ dominated meetings, and rebalance feminine energies.

High powered women certainly do wear themselves out. They give their best and their very last. It’s ‘ok’ when you are young. We have all done it, but the danger is a very sneaky, insidious reach into all parts of the being. Very gradually burnout sneaks in.

When people notice it, it usually already too late. The effect of stress, the pressure, and high expectations often shows as extremely painful fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue and depression, etc. Everything shuts down.

Also, super high achieving women statistically have more than double cardiac risks than men.

Why? Because for starters women are wired differently, and in society and business environments usually the feminine traits are not valued as much as the masculine.

Whilst we all have masculine and feminine energies - women and men - and the masculine energy is very much needed in strategic and tactical performance in the work arena, unless the feminine energies are properly balanced and re-nurtured, there will be problems. 

LOCAL TRIPS - Veggies and Herbs from a Local Community Garden

Simple fresh eating starts with the joyful energy of a Community Edible Garden. I discovered one local to me today and explored it. I learnt a bit as well.

EPICUREAN | TRAVEL - Sydney – Fish Market

Sydney Fish market

EPICUREAN | TRAVEL - Sydney Eats – The Grounds of Alexandria

Family time at Sydney's eateries

EPICUREAN | TRAVEL - Sydney – Chocolate Barramundi Fish at the Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral

A trip to Sydney – at the Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 7 – The Wedding Rehearsal at Château Valmy, Argelès-sur

The pre-wedding day exploring some of the splendid areas around the beautiful Art Nouveau castle and the lovely grounds left in an almost rural way. What a gorgeous place!

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 6 – Arrival at Argelès-sur-Mer

YAY! Made it to the South of France .... was I ever happy to see and hug those kiddos and grandkiddos!!!

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 5 – Driving Through The Bordeaux Saint-Émilion Wine Regi

The first day driving in France through a most picturesque countryside with ever expanding vineyards. The evening finished with great food and delicious wine.

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 4 – Driving and Sailing from London to Saint Malo, France

Finally I am also on the road. After a beautiful sunny drive to the coast of South England, it was an exciting sight to drive up into the car ferry from Portsmouth. A most amazing trip has begun!

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 3 — Family En Route To Get Together

Considering the family and guests literally travelled from all over the world, we all set off at different times.
Family from Australia happily landed in Spain to sample good food and wine.

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 2 – But Pippin the Dog had his own holiday…

Pippin my little Mi-Ki dog got his own holiday, rather than trekking to France. He had a marvelous time

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 1 – Prologue & Planning

TRAVEL - A Wedding French Odyssey - Part 1 – Prologue & Planning
This is the prologue of a trip to France from London, UK. 
My daughter decided to get married in the South of France, but it took years of planning as the pandemic in 2020 got in the way.

LONDON ESCAPES - Winter Feel-Good - Hidden Rain Forest and Tropical Oasis in the Centre of London