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Africa: A Lifetime of Lessons Learned in Two Weeks

Helloooo my dahlings! You might not have realized, but I have been long gone for the past two weeks and I am so thrilled to be back among you that I want to give everyone a big ol’ bear hug! You know, the kind where you are squeezed so tight that you can barely breathe. Consider yourself hugged! A huge thank you to all our dear guest bloggers and to Kristin who had to hold down the fort solo. Knowing our readers were in such safe hands allowed me to relax and have that extra glass of wine each night!

By now you may be wondering where the heck I was. Well…..a few weeks ago I was presented with opportunity to go to Tanzania for my nine-to-fiver. And as if the opportunity to work for a week in Tanzania wasn’t enough, Floyd decided that there was no way he was missing the fun and decided we just had to tag a safari vacation on to the end of my trip. I am still pinching myself in amazement that I was able to take part in such a rare life-changing experience. So, while I promise to divulge the entire itinerary and share pictures as soon as I recover from the crazy jet lag, today I’d like to reflect on a few lessons I learned from listening to the beat of Africa.


1) Work as a team or you just might be dinner!

Floyd and I fell in love with the zebra. Each misty morning we found them munching peacefully in the grasses cuddling each other in this beautiful embrace. I mean who doesn’t like a little zebra love?! Then we found out they were cuddling from necessity, not just for snuggles. They pair up like this to keep an eye out for lions in both directions. Just two buddies who have each other’s back and know that by working together they can avoid being a snack and live to see another day. What incredible team work and a true testament of the importance of friendship. Amigos, I got your back!

2) Hakuna Matata, it’s more than just a Disney song.
It’s kind of silly to hear out loud, but the beautiful people of Tanzania truly say Hukana Matata on a regular basis. And they mean it. “No worries” is a way of life. Sure it’s good to be concerned about important things and do your best to reach your goals. However, getting overly stressed about things out of our control is useless and a total waste of energy. A positive attitude is simply a better way to deal. Safari truck stuck in the mud? Roll up your sleeves and laugh as you get a little dirty and push. I mean it’s not a vacation unless you get stuck in the mud (literally this happens on every vacay!)

3) Take time to unplug and unwind.

Sure, it’s a little counter intuitive coming from a blogger. And trust me peeps, I love my iPhone, laptop and crackberry as much as the next gal! However, a week with no TV or any way to “tune in” is a great way to rejuvenate, reconnect and have some undistracted fun, whether its with friends, family or yourself. And (gasp!) somehow everything was just fine without me!

So, that’s the short version of my time spent in the gorgeous country of Tanzania. Much more to follow later in the week!

PS – I’m still in the process of going back and reading comments and responding from the past few weeks so thanks to everyone for your patience!

  • Kellie Collis

    Amazing travels! Dreaming of a holiday like that! xx

    May 18, 2010 at 6:03 am Reply
  • Meghan

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! I'm so jealous!

    May 18, 2010 at 6:22 am Reply
  • Wrecked Stellar

    Aw, sounds like you had an amazing, enlightening trip! I wish I could go away for my job! Yes, need to focus on #2 more! xo, mel

    May 18, 2010 at 6:24 am Reply
  • Susan and Celeste

    Welcome Home! I can't wait to see the pics and hear the stories! Life changing is an understatement, I'm sure. Sounds like it was more than you even imagined. But, I know it must be wonderful to be back!

    May 18, 2010 at 6:47 am Reply
  • Anna

    oh wow! what a trip! I bet it was amazing!

    May 18, 2010 at 6:50 am Reply
  • Kristin Hjellegjerde

    How absolutely fabulous Megan. Planing our honeymoon in Africa… My greatest dream!

    May 18, 2010 at 6:50 am Reply
  • The Zhush

    Such a cute post! Can not believe the amazing adventures you have had…and the advice learned along the way is priceless!

    May 18, 2010 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~

    u just went on my DREAM vacay! – and to be able to go there for work and then add vacay time – LOVE IT! ..

    thanks for sharing hot stuff!
    *hugs*
    Erika
    http://tiptoebutterfly.blogspot.com/

    May 18, 2010 at 7:22 am Reply
  • Scientific Housewife

    Wow, what an incredible experience! Those are great lessons and I can't wait to see more from your trip!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:27 am Reply
  • Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

    What an amazing opportunity and an amazing journey. Wow – so glad you took advantage and had the trip of a lifetime!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:27 am Reply
  • beth

    Great ideas for life…and sounds like a fabulous trip! Look forward to hearing more!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:29 am Reply
  • Leah

    omg what an amazing trip!
    Just looking at your pictures gave me chills. What a once in a lifetime opportunity and how spectacular your husband came along too!!! I cannot wait to see more pics and read more about your trip!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living

    Tanzania – wow! It sounded like quite an adventure. Pictures please!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Adrenalynn

    Oh WOW! That looks absolutely amazing! Lucky you πŸ™‚ I have such a thing for Zebras, and I had no idea that's why they did that!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Holy cow (zebra)! It looks like an absolutely amazing time!

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads

    May 18, 2010 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Margaret

    WOW! :O I'm so jealous πŸ˜€ amazing post and photos πŸ™‚ xx

    May 18, 2010 at 8:14 am Reply
  • Ink Obsession Designs

    Oh wow. Simply amazing!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    I read this post and by the end I was sure I will someday go to Tanzania. How spectacular! And I love that last picture of you. So absolutely perfect and beautiful. Your husband is an amazing photographer.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:21 am Reply
  • Lady Baker

    I'm so jealous! What an amazing place to spend your vacation! I love the pics you posted, I can't wait to see more!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Lindsey

    What an amazing trip!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Lindsey

    What an amazing trip!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Jacqueline

    Oh WOW Megan,
    What a wonderful experience. It looks as if you both had an amazing time. To see those beautiful animals in their own environment, must have been fantastic.
    Now you have to get back to reality !! Our son and daughter-in-law had a month in the States and, our daughter had a month in Japan, Sydney, Singapore and Bali and it's taking them a while to get back to normality….sorry, you wont be wanting to hear that. I'm sure that Kristin is pleased to have you back. !! XXXX

    May 18, 2010 at 8:33 am Reply
  • SogniSorrisi

    What an exciting adventure and lovely post. Welcome back!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Lisa Anne

    OMG I love the pictures. I totally would love to go on a safari. I'm jealous!!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Dobbygirl

    Wow! So exciting, can't wait to see more of your pictures. Fabulous for sure!!! Welcome back!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Sara

    What an amazing trip! I'd love to do all that you did in your travels. Thanks for sharing!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Melanie's Randomness

    Omg Africa must have been beautiful!!! What an experience! Zebras are adorable. I forgot about hakuna Matata!!! I need to remember that!! I hope to hear more about your trip & see more pictures! =) Welcome back!

    May 18, 2010 at 8:37 am Reply
  • duchessbelle

    Welcome back! Looks like an amazing trip.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Nikolett

    Wow, that looks like such an amazing getaway! Such a refreshing experience and I love all the pictures. Can't wait to hear more about it! πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2010 at 9:05 am Reply
  • Sara @ Domestically Challenged

    amazing! what a life changing experience, and I am so glad you got to do it!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Britt

    What an amazing trip!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Salt

    Ohmygoodness you just described my DREAM vacation. You are so lucky! I wish my job would send me someplace exotic so that I might go on safari after my work is done. πŸ™‚

    Welcome back!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    How amazing- lucky you! Going on a safari in Africa is def on my bucket list πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2010 at 9:20 am Reply
  • Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

    I don't think Hakuna Matata sounds silly at all! One of my favorite phrases! Glad you had such a great trip. xxSAS

    May 18, 2010 at 9:21 am Reply
  • MCW

    I have dreamed of going to Africa! What an exciting trip!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:26 am Reply
  • JUST ME

    AMAZING!!! The farthest place I went this week was three hours away.

    Was the fruit awesome? I always assume African fruit must taste like heaven.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:27 am Reply
  • blueviolet

    What an absolutely incredible trip! Welcome home!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:28 am Reply
  • Laura@Cowboy Boots

    wow a once in a lifetime trip! awesome!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:33 am Reply
  • I'maNolaGirl

    What an amazing trip!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Christy

    What an amazing trip! Fantastic pics, too! Can't wait to hear more about it!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:52 am Reply
  • anhesty

    wow. amazing trip. i would love to go one of these days. great photos.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:53 am Reply
  • Audrey Allure

    Sounded like an amazing time! Beautiful pictures πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2010 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Meredith Travels

    ohhhh! how fabulous!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:12 am Reply
  • hip hip gin gin

    Oh my word those Zebra buddies are killing me with the cuteness!! What a sweet way to keep an eye out for one another. If you think about it they could just stand in opposite directions and look, but they choose to lean on one another. Love it!
    Africa truly is the most beautiful place, I"m glad you were able to experience it!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:25 am Reply
  • carma

    wow! quite an adventure

    May 18, 2010 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Fashion, Art and other fancies

    Africa is rich in history. Glad to have you back with us. This is a very sensitive way to look after one another:-)

    May 18, 2010 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Kris

    I am in aw. I'd love to go on a safari some day!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Andrea

    Wow! That looks like such an amazing trip!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:12 am Reply
  • Josie

    These are such great lessons. I'm so jealous that you got to go to Africa — what a fantastic opportunity!
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

    May 18, 2010 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Anna Liesemeyer

    Welcome back Megan! Sounds like an incredible adventure, and I am grateful that you shared all the photos! SO COOL!!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Jen

    So cool! I'm glad you seized the opportunity to take this amazing trip, Megan. I can't wait to see all your pictures and hear more about it!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Christine Vi

    That sounds like a fantastic trip! And you've inspired me to try a trip like that!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:55 am Reply
  • Andi

    What a once in a lifetime amazing experience! Thanks for sharing!
    Hakuna Matata πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • Jenny DB

    I never knew that about zebras, but VERY cool and what an awesome picture too!!! πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Katy Mary

    Amazing trip! Love your insights. I was lucky enough to go on Safari in Africa when I was a teenager. What an amazing experience it was. Glas you enjoyed yourself!

    May 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Sara C. Walk

    wow how amazing!! what an awesome experience!!

    May 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Ms. Givens

    We used to spend weeks in Costa Rica with no TV. I didnt miss it. I dont have TV at home now and I dont miss it.
    Thanks for sharing the info about the zebras.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Lenore

    Welcome back – great post!

    XO
    Lenore

    May 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Missy M

    ah i missed you! glad your back x

    Missy
    High street + Couture =
    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

    May 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • J-Diggety

    OMG, I love this: "… listening to the beat of Africa." SO true! There is something about that continent that just mesmerizes me… and I haven't even been there! Yet. Mama WILL get in touch with her roots, someday… πŸ˜‰
    Can't wait to read more!!
    xoxo J

    May 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Sherin

    Sounds like a great experience. So glad that you enjoyed yourself. Those life lessons are really useful.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm Reply
  • The Obsessionista

    What an amahhhzing trip! How wonderful it must have been to feast your eyes on the splendor of Africa! wow- i thought hakuna matata was made up-lolol! Glad you had a safe and fab trip!!

    May 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • Natalie Catherine

    WOW what an amazing trip!!! glad you are back safe and sound… i seriously am so jealous. a good healthy jealousy. haha. thanks for sharing girl!

    May 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • β™₯Aubrey

    How amazing to have that opportunity! Once in a lifetime YES…too good to pass up.

    Can't wait to see more pics. The wildlife, the scenery & your khaki's :)- Lol

    May 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Maddy

    Wow!! What an opportunity to get to visit Africa! Glad you had a great and safe trip! Welcome Home!

    May 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Beautiful pics!

    May 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Laura@JourneyChic

    What a fantastic experience! I can't wait to see more of your talented hubby's photos. I've been to S. Africa a few times for work and always hope to tack on a safari in Kruger Park but it never happens. Experiencing a safari is definitely on my "bucket list".

    May 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Hilary

    Wow that sounds like the experience of a lifetime.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • gigiofca

    How very cool! Thanks for sharing some pics πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm Reply
  • Jessica =)

    Can't to hear more ab the trip and see more pics!! =) What a wonderful opportunity! And a safari?? WOW! Cross that off the bucket list!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Together We Save

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!! Love the pictures!!

    May 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • The Pink Tutu

    Welcome back! SOunds like an amazing trip.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • Emma

    That looks absolutely amazing….glad you had a great time!

    May 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • ae

    What a fabulous trip! It looks like quite the adventure.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Syed (dapper kid)

    Ahhhh sounds amazing!!! Welcome back πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • The Blonde Duck

    How fun!

    May 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • Mademoiselle Chic blog

    great pics!

    May 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses

    Holy moly, Africa?! Neat! We've been dying to try a safari! Sounds like so much fun.

    Kelly

    May 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • Chelsea Gwynne

    Amazing! Can't wait to see more.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Style with Benefits

    OMG, you are so lucky! Your trip sounds amazing and I'm uber jealous! I've always wanted to go to Africa and do a safari adventure!

    xo, becs

    May 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm Reply
  • Grace

    Wow, how amazing! Hakuna Matata-now that's a nice phrase.
    Also, great images!

    May 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • Meghan

    Holy cow! Welcome home! I cannot wait to read more!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • On the Glam

    So jealous! I've always wanted to go to Africa. Will have to settle for your African life lessons until that dream comes true…

    May 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm Reply
  • Nubiasnonsense

    Welcome back.. Sounds like a nice trip =)

    May 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Wanderlusting

    So jealous. Can't even comment!

    Actually I am dreaming of doing volunteer work in Africa one day. Right now would be as good of a time as any considering I am unemployed… I'm thinking I might do it if I still haven't found a job by the Fall.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Nathalie (hungrytiger)

    Oh, now I want to meet a zebra!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm Reply
  • Florida Girl Meets the Midwest

    I am sooo jelly. Love the photos of you zipping along in a safari van. Wondermous.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:11 pm Reply
  • FashionJazz

    Oh thats amazing!!! What a special trip!! xx

    May 19, 2010 at 1:45 am Reply
  • CC

    Fab photos! Seems like you had a blast. πŸ™‚
    Can't wait for more on your trip.
    Xx

    May 19, 2010 at 2:33 am Reply
  • prettyneons

    wow, such a brill post πŸ˜‰

    May 19, 2010 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com

    Welcome back!
    Looks like you had a memorable time/journey !
    Love this post and the pictures are great!
    Big hugs!
    B xx

    May 19, 2010 at 6:57 am Reply
  • garden state prep

    Oh your trip sounds fantastic! Welcome back!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:15 am Reply
  • Kristin

    That shot of you in the jeep is the coolest pic ever!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Cassie

    Great lessons and I love the zebras!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • Peace.Love. Lipgloss.

    I love the Zebras, there's nothing like knowing someone has your back!

    May 20, 2010 at 10:05 am Reply
  • OceanDreams

    What an amazing trip, I am so glad that you were able to get away, enjoy the nature, and rejuvenate!

    May 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Belle on Heels

    totally jealous, gorgeous pictures, and LOVE the little zebra anecdote πŸ™‚

    May 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Chessa!

    Africa! how fabulous! I can only imagine all of the things to be learned in Tanzania and on that beautiful continent, in general. I hope to visit one day…Tanzania is on my list….along with Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa…it goes on and on.

    welcome home!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • MizzJ

    Yes please post more photos, the ones you posted are so cool already! Africa seems like such an utterly strange place compared to home, it must have been quite the experience!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:55 am Reply

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