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The Bucket List Genie Completes the Petra Desert Marathon | 2014

I distinctly remember, four years ago, when I looked down at my fingers and watched as the sands of time slipped through them.  That moment was a 360 degree turning point for me, an epiphany and I haven’t looked back since.  With every adventure I’ve tackled since, the pre nerves, anxiety and suspense do not dissipate.  The challenges are very often far easier than what I put myself through before taking the plunge.  I’ve come to realise that fear and guilt are our greatest enemy as is this constant need to be & feel safe & comfortable, which numbs and stunts our growth.  Intentionally placing oneself in controlled moments of discomfort can accelerate emotional and mental fitness at an alarming rate.  I look forward to making fear my BFF.
The Petra Desert Marathon takes place in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the heart of The Middle East and leaves from the Ancient City of Petra.  The course is grueling and takes runners through the arid desert and lunar-like landscape surrounding the city.  This was indeed an adventure desert race of a lifetime.
The day after our desert adventure, we were given special access into Little Petra at night and were entertained like Kings and Queens of the desert.  We walked along a candlelit path through the Siqu to the Mausoleum where the Bedouins performed a traditional love song for us prior to our banquet dinner.

Odette Butcher

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ODETTE BUTCHERI’m still not sure which experience offered me more ‘character-building’ … running my business using Instant Messaging during my time in China (due to no internet access which I hadn’t planned for) or the Great Wall Marathon!  What I do know is that life definitely begins at the end of your comfort zone and the Great Wall in itself, offers a wonderful synergy for how one can live a joyous, successful life.  Each step to me presents taking one day at a time, taking baby steps or big steps slowly and consistently every day until you achieve your dreams.   Each brick that forms the mammoth Great Wall is an example to lay one or two bricks of progressive tasks completed onto your foundation daily so that eventually you have built a solid structure that is indestructible.   Having suffered with chronic back problems for much of my adulthood until 5 years ago, this challenge was a celebration of exceptional health because when we are healthy an entire world of possibilities opens up to us and we have the strength to deal with whatever crosses our path.  I also realised how important it is to face and embrace what is considered difficult, treacherous and a challenge.  The more you tackle it, the less intimidating the obstacle becomes.  Regardless of what everyone else is doing, run your own race, at your own pace and eventually you will be where you want to be smiling.

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ODETTE BUTCHERIce cleats, gaiters, off-road snow running boots, balaclava and three layers from head to toe makes for a vacuum packed transformation from sun-baby to ice baby. These adventures are teaching me not to waste time overthinking them, because on race day nature decides which spontaneous curve balls she’ll throw my way. Wind chill on the ice-sheet reached -37 degrees to the extent that even my eyeballs froze (yes it’s possible). I did not take any no makeup selfies because my camera froze and so would my hands had I exposed them. I’ve realised how most of us give very little acknowledgement to the extreme adulting challenges that we all face daily and so perceived out of reach experiences are allot more doable and tangible than we may think. #IcicleOB

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Adventure Gifts
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Adventure Birthday Gift Experiences for Young Men

When boys reach adolescence, they tend to start tugging at the invisible protective layers we as mothers wrap around them. It starts with creating physical space in order to avoid motherly kisses, while demands for more freedom become a daily battle. It is hard to let go, but they have to eventually learn to become more independent.

Adventure experiences are a great way to make your little boy feel MiddlePagelike the man he sees in the mirror, while still providing you with all the peace of mind your mother heart craves. Better yet, you can hover nearby under the guise of taking pictures…

Whether it is a milestone birthday, or just because, there are many safe ways to provide your son with plenty adventure and a huge confidence boost to boot. When you book an adventure through Celestial Gift Experiences, you can rest assured that it carries The Bucket List Genie’s stamp of approval. Being a mother, you can trust her to only list safe adventures run by accredited, licensed operators who meet safety regulations.

Of course, you should always check whether your son meets the age and size requirements for the specific adventure.

Here are some of the coolest adventures for your son:

5km Table Mountain Scootour – Explore the mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the harbour, ocean and city on this guided scooter tour.

Flight Simulator and Intro Flight – Every little boy dreams of becoming a pilot and now you can make it a reality with this flight simulator training, tour to Fire and Rescue Services, and Air Traffic Control, as well as a 30 minute actual introductory flight on-board a Cessna 172.

Private Speedboat Cruise – Let him choose his three best friends and book an adrenaline-fueled speedboat cruise on Hartbeespoort Dam.

Introductory Microlight Flight – This affordable adventure is a great way to get a new perspective of your surroundings, but also an excellent opportunity to learn how to handle a microlight.Fotolia_82455117_XS

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to win your big little hero’s heart, this is your opportunity! Book an adventure birthday experience today!

 

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Gift Ideas: Adrenaline-Fuelled Gifts for Him

In the past number of generations, gifts for him have evolved from soap-on-a-rope to ties, and from aftershave to gadgets. Thanks to the evolution of gift experiences, we now have options to gift the men in our lives more unique, original gifts that create lasting memories.

If you want to win his heart, you need to do more than just search for gifts for him, because not all gifts were created equal, just as no two men are created equal. You need to put in a little more effort, in terms of paying attention to his hobbies, pastimes and lifestyle. Ask yourself:

  • What does he do for work?
  • What shows does he watch on TV? (sports, cars, flying)
  • What does he read?
  • What are some of the items on his bucket list?

These questions should clue you in on the things that are on his mind, and hopefully give you some ideas as to what might make a thoughtful gift for him.

Once you have given thought to these four questions, you can go through Celestial Gifts’ list of gifts for him, where you will find incredible experiences, such as:

  • Drive an F1 SuperCar
  • Quad Bike Safari for Two
  • Drive a Racing Car
  • Light Aircraft Self-Fly
  • High Speed Ferrari Hot Lap
  • Microlight Fly-in Safari
  • New Dad Pamper Package
  • The Ultimate Grooming Experience for Men
  • Beginning Brewing Workshop
  • Range Rover and Jaguar Dynamic Driving Experience
  • Xtreme Flyboard Experience
  • Xtreme Zipline Experience
  • Sandboarding Adventure
  • Harley Davidson Convoy
  • Cessna Scenic Flight
  • Paragliding

And the list goes on and on. These gifts were not available to the general public even a decade or two ago, so it makes sense to take the opportunity to gift him with something spectacular which few men have received before. Imagine how he will boast to everyone about what a catch you are… It’s obviously a gift that offers great returns for you, too!

Stylish Ways to Present Gifts for Him

Once you have decided on the ideal gift, it is time to consider presentation. This is where your personal touch comes in handy. Even a small, inexpensive gift, such as a mug or handmade card, presented with the experience gift voucher will make it just a little more special.

You might also consider monogrammed iPad or phone covers, journals or desk clocks and picture frames for the businessman. Alternatively, if you’d really like to keep the passion alive, why not buy a Playboy Style photoshoot and gift him with the printouts, along with a fun activity voucher. This combination is sure to keep his heart racing and you in his good books forever.

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Importance Of Team Building

Team building is the process where by a group of people are organized to work together cooperatively and interdependently to met the need of their customers by accomplishing a purpose and goal. All members of the team must share a common goal, have respect for each other and be motivated to use their strengths to achieve their objectives.

Importance of team building

1. Builds trust.

Team building activities helps to build trust among individuals. Trust is a very critical component especially if teamwork is required on a daily basis to achieve the goals and objectives and also make the company grow. Trust is very important in businesses because it can actually make or break a team and business cannot survive without teams. Mutual trust that comes from team building activities can allow individuals working to depend on one another and be more efficient and productive.

2. Ease conflict.

Effective team building can helps to ease conflict conflicting individuals by allowing them to bond with each other and become more accustomed to each others personalities .Team building allows people to get to know each other on a personal level.

3. Increase collaboration.

Team building activities can help establish stronger bond between members of the team. This bond can help increase collaboration between the members of the team when doing their daily activities. Team building activities encourages members to work together towards achievement of a common goal and not to blame one another when problem arises.

4. Effective communication.

Team building activities help individuals to learn how to communicate to each other better because they will be face with situations that need to be solved as a group. A team cannot be productive if there is no effective communication between its members.

5. Increase productivity.

Team building activities helps to improve productivity. When different people come together to work as team, they will produce more quality outputs as compared to individuals who are not working together. Through team building, strengths and weakness are identified and members of the team can put their strengths together to increase productivity.

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Horse Riding Adventures As Gifts For Women

Sometimes it’s impossible to get the right gifts for women. However, a horse riding gift adventure can be the perfect gift for her. This gift experience is ideal for all levels of riders as a great opportunity to spend time with these majestic animals.

Horseback safaris & treks

After she is matched with the right horse, she can head to the beautiful savannah grassland and game viewing trails. The safaris and treks allow her to explore and enjoy the scenery in a relaxed, idyllic speed. This is the ultimate escape in stunning surroundings if she enjoys the outside experience. The safaris can be followed by a picnic of an array of goodies.

Beach riding adventure

A horse riding adventure across sandy beaches and stunning scenery is among the best riding gifts for women. She can head out and walk with the horse at a relaxed pace, enjoy the breeze on her face and enjoy the fresh air that will melt away the stresses and strains of everyday life. She can experience the adrenaline of riding horse-back along the shore while the waves break as they reach the beach. The sound of the turf and the hoofbeats on the sand is also exhilarating.

Cattle drives

This horse riding experience involves rounding up cattle on horse back. Such a gift experience may be appropriate for someone whose childhood dream has been to be a cow girl. While she’s at it, she can make new friends and enjoy the outdoors.

You can choose horse riding gifts for women to saddle, trot, gallop and canter through scenic splendor of hills, rivers, conservancy area, mountain pools and valleys. Some rides take place daily and are offered in different locations. The horse riding experience is also weather dependent. It may be nice to know her level of riding because some rides suit intermediate to advanced riders.

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RIVER RAFTING
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River Rafting Gauteng

You can book the river rafting activity and you can gift it to your loved one written by: kundand When we talk about River rafting many people just think about white water rafting and many people do not take it as a family outdoor activity assuming it is risky for family. However, this is not completely true as long as you do it under experts guidance and at a safe place and if you do not wish to do the white water river rafting then you can also opt for calm water river rafting and you can gift it to others as a gift as well.

The most interesting thing about river rafting is that it works great for people of every age group and almost every member of family can enjoy the activity. In this activity one or more than one expert guide remains there in boat along with all the people and all of them need to paddle in the boat for fun and entertainment. As a result of this group activity it can be a perfect outdoor activity for your family or for your loved one and you can book this as a gift for all of them.

In case you are worried about security or other similar concern related to river rafting, then also you can remain assured because they take all the precautions for security and they give you short training as well before starting the trip. Also, if they find someone is not for this activity, then they would never allow those people to go on the boat that also decrease the security risk. In addition to this, one or more guides always remain there with crew for security and safety. So, we can say that river rafting is one of those outdoor activates that can have so much fun with safety and you can also book this activity for your loved one and you can give it as a gift to them.

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Quad Biking – The Perfect Gift Experience For Friends

Have you ever thought of quad biking as a possible gift experience for your friends? Even though some people have never thought of this, you definitely are going to have lots of fun when you take your friends pout on such a tour. All that you need to do is to identify the right places and then ask your friends to join you.  Of course, there should be the bikes and any other things that you may need.  This is a gift experience that is fast growing in popularity especially in areas where the landscape allows for it.

One thing about quad biking when it comes to using it as a perfect gift experience is that you need to be sure about the weather.  The best experiences are on days when there is no rain so that you do not have to worry about going back to the house or hotel just because there is the rain. The good thing is that in almost every area, you can predict the weather during certain days and so, you can arrange with your friends to meet when it is favorable.  You also may decide to do it in the morning hours if it is always raining in the evening.

If you are wondering about how much it will cost you to go on a quad biking experience with your friends, it depends on several things.  For instance, the number of hours that you will be doing it and the company that you hire everything from will determine the total costs.  You therefore need to put in place a budget that will guide you.  The good thing is that regardless of where you come from, there is likely to be a good company that will help you to identify the right places to go at a favorable cost.

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SHARK CAGE DIVING
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The Best Birthdays Gift Experiences – Shark Cage Diving

Shark cage diving is one of the best birthday gift experiences that you can give to your friends, wife, child or anyone else. It is one of the things that will make that day a memorable one. There is no doubt that everyone wants to celebrate their birthdays in style and this is the reason why you should think of this as the perfect gift. With so many adventurous situations and a lot of fun to be enjoyed, you can be sure that nobody will even want the day to come to an end.

This can get even much better when you have several shark cage diving options to choose from. People like variety and so, it is good to have several sites where you can go diving. Indeed, there are many places that anyone can choose from because the choices are guided by what you like. In fact, you will be surprised to learn that the sites that you consider to be the best in the world may not even be the same ones that another client is looking for and so, you should talk to the gift experience company in order to let them know what you really want.

Shark cage diving can be made perfect if you find the right diving gear. Indeed, there are equipments that you will need in order to make the diving a memorable one. The good thing is that regardless of where you come from, you can always hire these things from some of the companies. The only thing that you have to be keen about is the suitability. You definitely need to hire high quality gears that are also comfortable to wear because on such a birthday event, what counts most is how you enjoy and this is determined by the suitability of the equipment that you use.

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