Exactly a week ago I was honoured, privileged and most especially lucky enough to be one of the 10 bloggers to attend the first Spice Goddess Event in Durban. It was hosted by the incredibly inspirational SpiceGoddess herself, Verushka Ramasami and motivational speaker, writer and blogger Sue Levy, who flew in from Pretoria for the event. It was held at the Be Pampered Spa in Westville,
I really don’t think that any of us attending had any idea of the amazing day that we were in for. Sue and Verushka had planned every aspect of the event to the T, which I might add was a phenomenal task since all the planning was done via email and phone calls alone. On arrival we were handed lanyards with our names and social media information on it, so that we could easily identify the other bloggers that we occasionally stalk online but haven’t actually met as yet. It was great to see some familiar faces like Fathima, Megan, Faeema and Thina and the new ones, Kerry ,Sasha & Kamini. We also got a delicious mocktail from Fuze Tea ( I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention the total piece of eye candy that was there to serve the drinks. Hubba Hubba! )
The whole vibe of the day was about unleashing your inner goddess. We were all spoiled with either a massage or a pedicure. Being in desperate need of a pedi I traded my massage for one and I was not disappointed. The pedi room was so beautiful and relaxing you cannot help but feel pampered, and when you’re being served Fuze Tea while you’re getting your feet massaged it doesn’t get an better.
My delicious Pear and Bergamot Fuze Iced Tea
After our pamper session we were served up lunch prepare by the spa. It was scrumptious and each person was able to choose their dish which made it even better. I chose the chicken 🙂
While eating were were given a few tips on reading your man by Mellissa, one of the 2 Mystic Sisters who own the spa. I would never have guessed that you can tell so much from just looking at the dip in a person’s palm of the curve of their thumb.
The highlight of the day was definitely the talk by Sue. Everyone hung on her every word and I know that there was at least one thing that she said that resonated with every person there. Verushka also imparted some of her wisdom and words of upliftment and I think that by the end of it all we were pretty emotional and it was definitely a bonding moment for all the ladies there.
What I took from the day was this
1. As women and bloggers we need to encourage and uplift each other. Blogging shouldn’t be about cliques and a mean girl mentality, it should be about being a part of a community filled with love and support for one another.
2. Our words are powerful and we need to be careful with what we say. It costs nothing to compliment someone but it could be the kind words that they needed to lift their spirits. Sue had us to an exercise where we complimented each other before we got started and it set the tone for the whole event.
3. We need to fill our ‘love tanks’. This stuck with me the most. In our everyday lives we give a lot of ourselves to others and without getting that love back and filling up our love tanks we are going to get stuck.
4. We need to be grateful. Thank you thank you thank you!
For me the Spice Goddess Event was exactly what I needed after a year of hard work. I left feeling energized but also with an inner calm and my love tank is definitely full up again.
I cannot thank Verushka and Sue enough for organizing the event and really going above and beyond to make it an unforgettable day for each of us. Also thank you to Mellissa and Jayshree for being so warm and hospitable.
As a parting gift we all left with a massive haul of goodies from some amazing companies. I am still a bit taken aback by the volume of it but I expected nothing less from an event that involved the Spice Goddess! I will be doing a separate post on all the items in the goodie bag AND I have an exciting competition in conjunction with the Be Pampered Spa coming up in January, so keep your eyes peeled!