I’ll just grab my hiking boots…

I have learned today that mountains in Georgia, are not necessarily mountains – more like hills! We spent a glorious Sunday afternoon with the Russells and Garett, hiking up Kennesaw Mountain, taking the trail from the visitor centre. It was quite a busy Saturday afternoon, but the weather and company were exceptional! 

Whilst getting parked, we were caught off guard by an unexpected b-b-bang! Obviously for us brits not really used to gunfire, we automatically assumed someone had a shot a gun. Thankfully it was a canon demonstration and reenactment taking place in the lower field. They had gentlemen dressed in civil war attire, looking like they were having a jolly, good time!

Garett led the way up the hill through the laid pavement, then onto the trail. It was quite steep in places, and both haydn and I were huffing and puffing, realising we were out of practice. The last time we did a serious walk was before I was pregnant. But at least we weren’t carrying extra baggage – poor Ronnie was carrying Ana in her new baby sack, complete with canopy – this girl is a fashionista and she doesn’t even know it yet! 


It works out that the trek is only about a mile up, but the incline does make it feel longer. However what struck me especially was the friendliness of everyone, and all the kids had great manners. Everyone says hi as they pass you, even the joggers and runners.


We got to the top and after many photos, finally settled for a while. It was perfectly stunning. The Ariel view was magnificent to observe and we could clearly see the Atlanta skyline, which was a first for us.

There were a couple of birds of prey making their presence known. One was a hawk circling around to the right of us, and he seemed fine with the sheer number of people hiking that day. So confident in fact that he landed in the tree that sheltered us from the sun. He was so close! It soon became clear his intentions were not so friendly as he made his way closer to a nest. All I can say is he’s a bird of prey – what he was doing kind of goes with his title. None the less it was a stunning bird, and I am so grateful that we witnessed him up close.


One thing we really like to do is breathe in all the beauty around us. I love being filled with the beauty of things – from birds of prey, to the city sky scrapers and beyond. This is something Rey certainly left us with was to be appreciative of the world around us. It’s lovely to pause and take note and reflect – it gives like so much more value.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Maya Angelou

Beauty is all around us so be present in the moment and be happy – Anne Frank 

Gut Instinct

Today was the first day of Haydn easing into the new work environment at the DDPYoga Performance Center. I don’t think of it so much as work for him, more of a vocation as he loves it so much! Filming for the DDPYoga Now App was taking place and it is always exciting to participate in. It was a live beginners workout and the place was heaving with energy and yoga mats. 

I like to go on the floor normally, but today was an exception as it was pretty busy. Next thing I know is Haydn and I are on stage with Garett (leader of Team Red Headband), Ted (the most charming 82 year old on the planet) and DDP – eek! I never go on stage for the workouts and this was a real test of my ambidextrousness to mirror image Dallas’ callouts (left becomes right, right becomes left) . I had brain-fry! But it was SOOOOO MUCH FUN and the calorie burn was pretty good as a result!

Soon after the workout, I was getting changed and caught a glimpse of a client who I thought was stretching her legs in the corridor. No one else was around at this point. I carried on sorting my clothes out, but then heard a bang….  I jumped out (thankfully with most of my clothes on!) as my gut told me something was wrong, and said “are you alright? “. Her head had hit the floor, but she was conscious. She quietly responded: “SUGAR”. I thought, “oh sh*t is she diabetic?” It turns out she’s hypoglycaemic… Now where can I get sugar in one of the most sugar free buildings I know?! 

I called for some swift assistance and received some help in the form of peppermint, a cinnamon roll, and dried mango. But none of this was any good… She needed sugar in her system and she needed it pronto. 

Thankfully Team Red Headband came to the rescue! Garret sorted the lady out with some orange juice – that never even crossed my mind.  It worked! And it worked quick! I had been so worried. I sat with her for a while whilst she stabilised and learnt her name. 

I’m so glad to have met her as I’ve learnt so much from that experience. It’s the first time I had encountered a hypoglycaemic attack and now knowing how to approach it, I feel ready if it ever happens again. I’m so glad that I was there at the right time.

Today’s life lesson – Trust your instincts. If you feel something needs addressing, DO IT!!! If someone you see is in anyway vulnerable, give them a helping hand, even if it’s just to check they are ok. You maybe the angel they need right at that moment.

“Some of the best advice you’ll ever get, will come from your gut instinct.”