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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!

Comments

  1. Wrecked Stellar says

    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

  2. Susan and Celeste says

    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!

  3. The Zhush says

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

  4. Scientific Housewife says

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

  5. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks says

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

  6. Leah says

    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!

  7. Adrenalynn says

    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!

  8. Dancing Branflake says

    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.

  9. Lady Baker says

    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!

  10. Jacqueline says

    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

  11. Melanie's Randomness says

    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!

  12. Nikolett says

    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™‚

  13. Sara @ Domestically Challenged says

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

  14. Salt says

    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!

  15. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime says

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

  16. Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes says

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

  17. JUST ME says

    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.

  18. hip hip gin gin says

    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!

  19. Fashion, Art and other fancies says

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

  20. Anna Liesemeyer says

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

  21. Jen says

    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!

  22. Katy Mary says

    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!

  23. Ms. Givens says

    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.

  24. J-Diggety says

    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

  25. Sherin says

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

  26. The Obsessionista says

    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!!

  27. Natalie Catherine says

    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!

  28. β™₯Aubrey says

    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

  29. Laura@JourneyChic says

    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".

  30. Jessica =) says

    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!

  31. Kelly@TearingUpHouses says

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

    Kelly

  32. Style with Benefits says

    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

  33. On the Glam says

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

  34. Wanderlusting says

    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.

  35. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest says

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

  36. Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com says

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

  37. OceanDreams says

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

  38. Chessa! says

    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!

  39. MizzJ says

    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!

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