As-Salaamu-Alaikum I'm Marriam Essa-Sayed, a proudly South African Muslimah. "Foodeva Marsay" is my Lifestyle/Food Blog, with which I "Aspire to Inspire" for the pleasure of my Creator above. A simple to understand blog which entails a fusion of my many passions in life. You will find "Foodeva Marsay" dotted with my inspiring recipes , as well as some of my Travels, Reviews and Photography. I look forward to, and appreciate, any feedback. I can be reached on the contact details provided or via the social media link ups to me. Keep Smiling Marriam Essa-Sayed
HEY HEY SWEET LOVELIES!!!
I KNOW….I’M A TAD BIT LATE IN WISHING YOU ALL FOR THE NEW YEAR. But better late than never, right? So here goes…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Even with all the challenges, 2016 has been Awesome for me and my ‘Foodeva Marsay’ Blog, hope your 2016 was great too. To end the year, Hubby and I decided to do a bit of a Road-Trip, in our Beautiful Country, South Africa, for the end of year break, and it was time well spent with loved ones. So some of you may have noticed, a few sporadic posts either on my Instagram or Facebook accounts, and there is good reason behind it. There is a saying that goes like, Once a Year, Travel to some place you have never been to before… I would like to add to that, more like Challenge you to…
Once a Year, travel to someplace with Limited or NO Internet Connection 😉
~Marriam Essa-Sayed (@foodeva_marsay) “
I promise you, as much as we don’t like to admit, social media has now become a major part of our daily lives, and there comes a time, when trying to completely switch off from social media can be difficult. The withdrawal from all social media/internet, if at 1st painful, the calmness and tranquility that replaces it, is unexplainable. You have to experience for yourself to understand what I am on about. We hadn’t planned on being in “no reception/internet free” zones whilst we were enjoying our year end getaway, but circumstances were such that the speed of connection or limited connection, got me thinking, that YES, there can be LIFE without Social Media. Unfortunately, many of us have become so dependant on this luxury of always ‘being connected‘, that we forget to ‘ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE’.
Now while you contemplate on being brave enough to take a break from social media soon, or in the near future, I will leave you with a few pictures I clicked, using my Samsung S7 Edge Cellular phone, (hey I had to find more use for the Cellphone ;-P ).
COME, TRAVEL THROUGH LENSES, WITH ME…
This Pic above, is one of MANY reasons I find solace in being amidst NATURE, most especially in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK? .
Being summer in South Africa, the weather had been HOT, to say the least, The above pic was taken on our 1st morning in the Pongola Nature Reserve, which is up on the Far North of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast line. A beautifully chilled morning gave rise to just a glorious sunrise.
Sweltering weather or NOT…No Summer is ever complete in South Africa, without having sea sand between your toes, salt clinging to your hair and sun-kissed (more like sunburned) skin. I Enjoyed the last day of 2016, catching a few waves, with family and remembering how ‘colourful’ my 2016 had been, THANKS TO YOU ALL?.
With all said, I have to leave you with just one more pic, Taken during a Hike in the Drakensburg Mountain Range, and together with it a simple message…
IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW SLOWLY YOU GO, AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT STOP
WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES, ALL THE BEST FOR 2017, and remember, NEVER give up, no matter what your circumstance maybe be, HAVE FAITH THAT ALL WILL BE WELL. Challenge yourself to be BETTER than you were LAST YEAR, and ALWAYS ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS ALONG THE WAY. There’s is a tiny story behind this quoted pic below for me, it was during this hike, that I realised how much WORSE my anaemia has gotten, that taking every step on an incline, had me cringing in pain as my legs began to cramp. But with a GREAT HUBBY by my side and his encouragement, that fuelled my willpower to never give-up, We did manage to complete the hike.
So This 2017, REMEMBER…
TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME ON THE PATH TO ATTAINING YOUR GOALS.
~Marriam Essa-Sayed (@foodeva_marsay)~
HERE’S TO A FABUOLOUS 2017, MAY ONLY THE BEST COME YOUR WAY. I LOOK FORWARD SHARING MANY MORE INSPIRING BLOG POSTS FOR YOU TO ENJOY.
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LOVE, DUAS/PRAYERS AND PEACE