For as long as I can recall, I have always spoken about and dreamt about moving down to Cape Town. With the endless views and possibilities, it was a lifestyle switch I always felt I needed. But there have always been a lot of things to consider, and more importantly, my extreme attachment to my family.
There have always been two constants in my life, my Faith and my Family. For years I felt it wasn’t worth the efforts of moving down to the coast if my family were not keen on it. We have been having many conversations over the last few months after covid hit. We realised how much better the lifestyle would be and that life certainly is too short, to not truly be living.
We go on many little adventures in and around Joburg, but the 1-2 hour drives to get to somewhere pretty, partake in some fun activities and then heading back may be a wonderful experience, but it doesn’t happen quite as often as we’d hope. The thing about the slow pace in Cape Town is that is leaves many hours before the sun goes down, to actually enjoy a little something special every day. Even if it’s just running on the beach with our kids and our fur babies.
There are dozens of coffee shops along the shorelines and the beautiful hiking trails, forestry and ocean adventures that are available there. Although Joburg has it’s many perks and many beautiful sites and adventures, there just seems to be tenfold more in Cape Town.
The idea is for me to go down and try it out. I am blessed to have family in CT that has offered to have me stay with them to really give it a try. I will be away from my immediate family, which is the only thing I really stress about, apart from my laser appointments! But at least there is video calling, sometimes cheaper flights, and of course other salons!
I am truly excited to take on this journey, I have never lived outside of Joburg so it’s out of my comfort zone completely. It’s been said that the moment you step outside of your comfort zone is the moment you grow and learn in ways that cannot be learnt from afar.
After the announcement of me FINALLY moving to the coast, many of my friends, in both cities started reaching out to me and I think it’s finally setting in that I am actually doing this! I have been searching for months to find a place with Duke and something affordable because as I have come to realize, Cape Town is super expensive.
Duke has been for a few vaccination shots and needs to go for a few more before we leave. Found that he’s picked up some weight because with the new pup, Luna, I fed him every time she ate 🙁 and now the weight is affecting him. With Labradors, over-feeding is detrimental to their health, because they have breed specific issues with the legs and backs, so I’ve gotten Duke back onto his previous diet and routine, to drop the extra kilos and nurse him back to the healthy little boy he was. He’s certainly going to need all his energy for our beach trips and our fun little, mountainous adventures that awaits us in just over a month.
We plan to drive down mid-December and Duke will need to get his paperwork sorted for a flight down, which will take about two hours. So he will fly down with my mom, a day or two after we take the long 14hour drive by car. I am looking forward to the journey, but also a little nervous because I have never driven so far before this.
I think 2020 has been tough. We don’t know what the future holds, or if 2021 will be any better at all. But with faith and hope that it will be a better year, I’m praying that this move will be the beginning of the best years of our lives, and yours. We have been through a lot as a human race, forced out of our comfort zones, sometimes not for the greater good, but maybe one day the newly acquired bravery and strength would seem a little more worthwhile and may our struggles seem miniscule in the end.
I aim to start posting more blogs again, and creating YouTube videos so that I may remember all the moments that I’ve been going through. I hope that me stepping out of my comfort zone will encourage you to also fulfil parts of your soul that you are yearning for.
As always, thank you for visiting!