OLWETHU AND LEO LESHABANE OPEN UP ABOUT LOVE AND MARRIAGE ON THE BANKS OF THE LIMPOPO
Outdoor living and a merlot bath on the banks of the Limpopo was the ultimate luxury for blogger and podcaster Olwethu Leshabane and her husband Neo Leshabane.
Limpopo is made for outdoor living and that’s just what Olwethu Leshabane and husband Neo Leshabane ordered. She is a blogger, mother and media entrepreneur while Neo is a CA and father who dubs himself Olwethu’s Instagram husband.
They found themselves enjoying an indulgent bush experience at Palala Boutique Lodge & Spa, close to the Botswana border. The duo’s stay included a therapeutic spa treatment, decadent high tea, an alfresco dinner on the Limpopo River during sunset and detoxing merlot bath – that’s right, a merlot bath, as well as a safari.
Both are outspoken on their respective blogs and always open to learning. In this case from guide and ranger Bianca Benade who showcased the raw beauty and ancient baobab trees that Palala has to offer. For one, did you know a baobab (aka upside down) tree can carry up to 6,400 litres of water in it? We sure didn’t!
After the drive, the two returned for a rest and relaxation and it’s during this time that we got to know them better.
“I am a big advocate of women and mother’s taking time out. We have so much responsibility, and our hands are always full. Every 24 hours try and fit in something that gives you a little bit of an hour back to yourself – a little holiday for yourself,” encourages Olwethu before adding.
“I’m a firm believer that self care isn’t selfish. Self care is literally respecting yourself enough so that you can give back to those around you. If you don’t put aside time, or make time to take care of yourself, you’re going to run on an empty cup. So ensure that your cup is full so that you flow into the people around you and give them the best of you at all times.”
That is a theme on her podcast ‘The Sit Down With Olwethu Leshabane’, discussing issues affecting modern women.
Q&A WITH OLWETHU
We fired a couple of questions to the blogger in keeping with the focus of The Insider SA. To which she responded with the following.
What does ‘living better’ mean to you?
Living progressively. Living with intention. Living with consciousness.
What legacy would you like to leave behind?
The gift of sustainability and a great foundation that won’t take anyone back, but move my family and those we impact forward.
What 2 valuable lessons would you like to share with South Africa?
1.Leave people better than you found them.
2.Have a vision and a plan for your life. Even when you know things may not turn out exactly your way, still have a plan – it really does help put your goals into perspective and into action.
Where do you go to escape and connect with yourself?
In the absence of being able to go on a vacation, my husband and I go into our bedroom and lock the door.
Do you have an encouraging quote for us to close on?
Life has good intentions, it’ll all be well.