Why I Added a Breathalyser to my Handbag

Breathalyser round logo[1]I've never been shy about my love for bubble or my adventures of uncovering the best wines South Africa has to offer. I'm also Miss Responsible, as my friends call me and don't have a sip to drink if I'm driving myself home.

We are all grateful for taxi services, especially Uber, but if I used them every time I went out, I would have a serious budget problem. It's great for the odd night out or when I'm going to an event, but I have a social circle of friends which make for much spending on rides home.

I'm happy to have the glass of wine at dinner and know I can drive home in a few hours, but going out and having fun, then not knowing if I can drive home was far too stressful for me, so I wouldn't drink a thing. Then there's the difficult decision of nominating someone else to drive home and not knowing if the temptation isn't going to get the better of them. It's a responsibility I hate taking.

Yet, it's been niggling me that there's another responsibility I need to take and that's knowing if and when it is safe to drive home. No one wants to be stopped in a road block and that's why most of us take cabs, but there are other scary factors linked to that too. As a woman, I'm not thrilled to get into the back of car and have anyone take me home, under the influence. This is an argument I have with most of my friends, but I'm sure I'm not the only woman out there who feels this way. I don't like putting my life in someone else's hands and that's the bottom line.

Mostly, I believe we all understood the rules and supporting factors a bit more clearly. I'm tired of being nervous of driving home because everyone is talking about how corrupt the policing system is. I have been pulled over in roadblocks before, but honestly haven't had a bad situation. A very good friend of mine has and had a terrible one. Knowing you are under the limit, before you are even pulled over is the choice I want to make. I am more than comfortable being stopped now and word on the street is that cops are impressed by the responsibility we do take for our own lives.

Angus MacArthur AKA @BreathalyserGuy takes every person's life on the road personally. I am more than lucky to call him a friend, but beyond that, I have watched him make sure people drive responsibly on many occasion. Setting up stations at many alcoholic beverages events and keeping a breathalyser close by to ensure friends and family arrive alive.

Angus caught my attention a long time ago, but I chose to not drink at all and avoid the angst of driving home with a sip of alcohol in my system, even if it was hours ago. Yet, when we do go out, Angus and the people around him drink responsibly, instead of being like me and not drinking at all.

That changed last week, when I became a very proud voice for Breathalyser Guy. Equipped with my own, which is not a permanent asset in my handbag, Angus took the time to teach me how to drink responsibly and make sure that by the time I drive myself home, I have a zero alcohol reading in my system. The first time I went out, knew how much I could have and took my first sip, I was anxious. My friend kept topping up my glass of wine, so I guesstimated when I should stop and snuck off to the ladies about half an hour after I had taken my last sip. I was on 0.04, with the legal limit being 0.05, so I chose a cup of tea while everyone carried on drinking. No one made a scene, like they usually do, because I had relaxed and enjoyed my evening. A while later, I went back to check and I was on zero and ready to drive home.

IMG_1384No, you don't have to always drive at 0.00% but that's a choice I've made, along with all the other responsible ones. It feels surprisingly reassuring to put your life in your own hands and I'm very grateful to Angus for this incredible partnership with me.

Breathalysers may seem like a costly investment, but once you add up your cab trips over a few months and compare it to a device which will last you for years and years, you run out of excuses.

If you are interested in more info, please be in touch with @BreathalyserGuy or visit the website. They can be bought directly or through Takealot. I would suggest taking the time to have Angus explain to you how to drink responsibly, because it's not just a case of having this thing with you and praying you'll be on zero by the time you have had enough of the party.

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Set Your Compass to Happiness

IMG_1371It is easier said than done, but the tiniest little step towards happiness is worth it. Begin by imagining a compass where North is replaced with the word, "happiness". Now close your eyes and follow the compass in your imagination. Don't try figure out what happiness even means to you, simply navigate towards it.
This is a practice I do daily and have discovered things which make me happy, that I never would have dreamed of. Once you taste some happiness, it becomes easier to consciously choose what makes you happy and move towards that.
This micro-imagination is one of the steps in my book, The Holistic Entrepreneur, which I'm joyfully in the process of writing.
Be happy! ????

Rekindled love at Tsogo Sun

A love affair has an uncontrollable ebb and flow, with highs and lows which seem to test our commitment and passion. Life gets busy and we neglect the full potential of our love. Sometimes it last few a month and other times, it?s years before we realize how little love we are pouring into the places which deserve it most. My affair is with writing. It?s a love that gave birth to a blog, which I cherished with all my heart and put much effort into growing it and nurturing it so we went to great places together.

But then life got in the way. I had to adult and focus on turning my passion into a career and I spent less time blogging and more time telling my blog that our time would come to reconnect again. I got a quote to revamp it over a year ago and changed it up a few times, as if burst of love would keep it alive and going. It didn?t and slowly my love for my blog became stagnant.

Just like a relationship, I can tell you all the reasons why. The most obvious, I got bored. Telling my daily Project Me story, for over 5 years, was thrilling in the beginning. It got slightly tiresome after nearly three years and slowly I got too busy with other writing and work to have much time for my blog at all. I thought about it often and felt guilty about the neglect, but some part of me couldn?t just let it go. I knew I loved it, but I also knew I was so bored of hearing myself tell my story of trying to fix and better myself all the time. I just wanted to be and writing about being is almost impossible. That?s stretching into the realms of the positivity movement, which I think is doing more damage than good. So I distracted myself for the longest time, finding other places to write and get my thrills. All the while, returning to my blog and attempting to find inspiration to rekindle the love affair.

Then last Thursday I was invited to the launch of the Tsogo Sun #TsogoRoulette challenge, taking place at all hotels with casinos. I?m not a gambler, and at the bottom of this post you will see the disclaimer for responsible gambling. I wasn?t saying no the event though (and had a whole lot of fun at the roulette tables), because there?s something so nurturing about Tsogo Sun hospitality and turning down the opportunity to sleep in their heavenly beds in not an option. Added to the agenda was the transportation between the three main casinos in Johannesburg, Gold Reef City, Silverstar and Montecasino. We would be doing that by helicopter. HELICOPTER ? I?ve never done one of those.

Look mom, I'm in a helicopter!

Look mom, I'm in a helicopter!

 

I felt a spark of excitement and nerves all mixed into one. I?m very nervous of heights, get so claustrophobic that I have a huge fear of elevators and get nauseous standing on a stationary cruise ship without a gust of wind. This was going to be scary. I couldn?t stop telling all my friends. Mainly because I wanted to know who had been in a helicopter and the expectation of how I was going to feel. Everyone calmed my nerves and giggled when I told them I was going armed with glazed ginger (if you don?t know, it?s the best cure for nausea). Nope, it wasn?t because I was worried about being air sick. I was really concerned my nerves would make me feel ill.

Butterflies by the thousands, the thrill started with the blades whooshing above our heads, me ducking low and running towards my first experience on a helicopter. WOW!! I can?t begin to explain the excitement and how proud I was that my fears disappeared quick enough for me to take in the magic of flying over Johannesburg and appreciating the spoils from Tsogo Sun and the joy of my first new experience.

Hopping on and off the Heli, between the three hotels and having an absolute ball with the invited celebs and influencers, I felt my love for my blog rekindle. I got myself to that point with hard work and passion. Mostly, I wrote myself there. My endorsement of every Tsogo Sun hotel I have stayed at has been one of truly genuine amazement at the hospitality and escape from my world into a hotel room which has inspired me to write. I was so fortunate to be treated to a weekend at The Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town, to write my thousandth Project Me blog post. Treated like a queen wherever I have stayed with Tsogo Sun and one of my fave part is always crawling into the bed fit for a princess. I?ve woken up on Valentine?s day, single but happy, cuddling a pillow at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani. Hidden under the blankets, wiping away tears, I?ve overcome a girlie broken heart in the comfort of the Drakensberg Sun. I?ve blogged about it all and I forgot how much adventure I do have in my life. It?s my fault for always focusing on the fixing up of myself that I force myself to do, but now I want to focus on the adventure.

My love affair with the Tsogo Sun beds is real!

My love affair with the Tsogo Sun beds is real!

Thanks to an incredible experience of my first time in a helicopter and telling my friends, ?it?s my first time?, I?m so excited to have rekindled my love for blogging. I want to do more ?first things? ? loads and loads of first things. Some may be scary, some fun, some I might have to save up for ages and others I may not even plan for, but #MyFirstThings feels like the spark which reignited my love!

If you know my story, you will know I?m very much a morning person and watch the sunrise nearly every morning. I?ve seen the sun rise in very special places, which I am also going to start sharing while I?m #ChasingSunrise. Who knows where this new found love will take me ?

 

You're never too old to try new things!!

#MyFirstThings ... You're never too old to do something for the first time!

#MyFirstThings ... You're never too old to do something for the first time!

 

 

Always gratitude to Sheena Kretzmer for inviting me along for Tsogo Sun adventures, as a blogger and influencer

Always gratitude to Sheena Kretzmer for inviting me along for Tsogo Sun adventures, as a blogger and influencer

 

#MyFirstThings ... seeing my beautiful Jozi from the sky, in a helicopter!

#MyFirstThings ... seeing my beautiful Jozi from the sky, in a helicopter!

 

 

Oh you know, waiting to hop back into the heli, with Maps Maponyane

Oh you know, waiting to hop back into the heli, with Maps Maponyane

 

WINNERS KNOW WHEN TO STOP Tsogo Sun proudly supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Only persons over 18 are permitted to gamble. National problem gambling toll free counselling line 0800 006 008 or send a "Please call me" or sms to 076 675 0710.

WINNERS KNOW WHEN TO STOP
Tsogo Sun proudly supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme.
Only persons over 18 are permitted to gamble.
National problem gambling toll free counselling line 0800 006 008
or send a "Please call me" or sms to 076 675 0710.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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