Mary Jayne Cassidy » Travel, Development, Spiritual Growth

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Today was a rough start to my spring break week in Cape Town. I got all the way to the airport when I realized I forgot my driver’s license (which I needed to rent a car). I had enough time, though, to go home and back to the airport in time for boarding. The taxi driver called me 3 times (is reasonable I suppose but ouch). And of course (Murphy’s Law), the flight was delayed 2 hours. I arrived in Cape Town to find my car reservation was “lost” and that I forgot my Kindle and cell phone charger (maybe God is trying to tell me something). Good thing I remembered to bring the Kindle charger (??) which actually charges my cell phone as well.

Nevertheless … I arrived with luggage in tact, rented a car, found my B&B, made my way over to the Waterfront in time to see a beautiful sunset, ate a delicious sushi dinner next to a few American girls from Furman who know my brother (totally random), and then ran into a friend (at the same restaurant) who is visiting Cape Town at the same time. Day one of spring break turned out to be lovely.

Here is my favorite photo from the day. They call this the Wheel of Excellence. Love that bicycles hitch a ride also.


Happy New Year!! I took a short break from the blog as I was traveling a lot. I’m back in Moz, though, and will get back to the blog.

I recently came across a Ted Talk about trying something new for 30 days. I love this idea. Choose something you’ve always wanted to do and do it for 30 days … only 30 days. After 30 days, it will either be a habit which you will continue or you can just say you’ve done that thing. I love the example of writing a book. Anyone can write a book. It doesn’t have to be good and people might not read it, but you can actually say you’ve written a book. And how cool to see your name printed on the cover?

My first 30 day challenge is not writing a book, but rather … planking.

Here’s the challenge. I started yesterday (February 1st), so day one = complete. To be honest, I can’t imagine planking for 5 minutes, but my goal for today is to do day two.

This exercise helps strengthen midsection, upper-body and lower-body muscles along the front of your body. It’s not as easy it looks but you can feel your body getting stronger the more you do it.


The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?

– Matt Cutts