A Slice of Pudding for Breakfast x 2!


This morning I got two delightful slices of “pudding” for breakfast! When I arrived at work I had two surprises sitting in my email box.  The first was one from my brother, Jason, who lives in Mauritius with his wife and two beautiful daughters. 

He travels quite a bit to Africa for business and this past week he was back in Kenya again.  There in my inbox I found an email from him, attached were these two pics he took for me on Monday, 26th March 2012 from the aircraft as he flew over.  There in all her majestic glory is my “mountain” I will be conquering later this year, capped with snow dripping down her slopes like hot icing melting down the side of a warm cake…. There she was, Mount Kilimanjaro standing tall in all her glory.

There she lies far off in the distance, but wait it gets better….

Mount Kilimanjaro, snow-capped and waiting for our arrival….!!!!

– Both photos taken by my brother –

My excitement is now officially just permanently orbiting out there in space; it is no longer coming back down.

Thanks Jase for taking these pics for me. They are amazing and I can just image what it is going to feel like when I am the one sitting in that plane and I get to catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro for the first time. My heart already begins to beat a bit faster… You just gave me a taste of that, thank you!

My second surprise of the morning was the most beautiful email from a friend who read my blog post yesterday.  Her email enraptures how I dream everyone could celebrate each other and where they are in their respective journeys.  I love how her joy oozes out of her words and makes my eyes water as I smile. Life is about celebrating each other’s journeys and cheering each other on. One of my big dreams is to be a mom too one day and I know that chapter is coming up in the future!  Jess, I love your enthusiasm for my journey, it makes me more excited for where I am going and what I am doing and I love watching you grow in your journey and seeing the love that explodes from deep within you for your daughter.  The precious moments we do get to share together on this journey are worth more than a thousand words could ever say.  Your mail makes me think of Emma and all that she gave me while we journeyed together.  It gladdens me to know that maybe I can give back a little to other, just like she gave me.

Thank you my friend for sharing this with me and in turn for letting me share it with the world.

From: Jessica Martin
Sent: 29 March 2012 22:06
To: Lara Hinrichsen
Subject: FW: [New post] Who You Calling Crazy?

“………… I love the fact that even though we are at different stages in life, that we are able to celebrate each other! I love being a mom, I love the fact that I can wake up with a little girl who makes me laugh, cry, pull out my hair and make me crazy with joy, all within a matter of 10 minutes. I love the fact that even though I would love to have the time to even write down my bucket list, I have not been able to, but that’s ok! I love the fact that I can celebrate with you in making your bucket list something tangible and true! I know that I will achieve things in life, but that I might have to wait for a season to do this. This is your season to shine… this is my season to nurture… different places but both important and valuable! You are a continuous inspiration to me! And when I despair, I look at what you are doing and I think, I can carry on! There ARE people out there who are striving to be better, striving to make the world a better place for themselves and for others.

The slogan for the Waterfront Theatre School where I studied dance and drama (my absolute passion!), was “Higher”, and I will always strive for that in my life…. I believe that you will too!

Keep it up my friend! I know that we are not always able to spend a lot of time together, but the time we do spend is precious….!

Love you babe!”


Love you right back girl!!

Here in Cape Town, it’s Friday and the heavens opened up last night and today, and the earth is delighting in showers from heaven. The gardens celebrate and I celebrate every time I get caught out in the rain.  I didn’t do my training walk this morning due to the rain but I got the chance to snuggle up in bed for an extra one and a half hours.  I have almost forgotten what that’s like. How utterly divine it was!

This weekend I am off to Witsand on the East Coast to celebrate the love between two of my very dear friends, Ursula and Johan, as they share their love with their family and friends and we get to watch them say “I do”.  I promise to make up on my missed training by shaking my God-given bootie on the dance floor all night long on Saturday night!


“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.

I hope you live a life you’re proud of,

and if you find that you’re not,

 I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” 

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald.


May you all have a wonderful, celebratory weekend in whatever you decide to do this weekend. May it be filled with love, naughtiness in the purest sense, laughter, and special moments. Thank you for sharing my journey and such deep gratitude to you all for supporting me in my journey and for supporting my fundraising efforts in memory of my best friend! She’s dancing on those clouds in the sky today, giving thanks by sending rain!

I celebrate you all!!

Have a great weekend!


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