This week marks my third year in business. Yep, Styling You is officially in kindergarten. I’m still forever grateful that 564 posts down the track that I was steered in the direction of a blog when I started my business.
I’m also forever grateful that just over three years ago I got to spend a weekend at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Now, I think it says something about my state of mind at the time but I was actually looking forward to a weekend WITHOUT alcohol. When I say looking forward to, I mean it in the sense that I was willing to forgo a Sauvie or six in exchange for a weekend spent blissed out in a luxury spa.
Up until this point in time (I’ve since rectified the matter with many a blogger escape), I had not had one night away from parenting or wifely duties in a very long time. I was craving some peace and quiet. And, I know that anyone who knows me, especially my Year 5 teacher who found many creative ways to express the words “talks to much in class”, will find this difficult to believe.
Gwinganna gives you space … and so much more.
I’m a luxury girl. Love my creature comforts. So if I’m going to get in touch with my inner self – and nature – then I need to do that with the knowledge that I have gazillion-thread sheets to sink into at the end of the day.
And about that healthy food caper? Not a boring mung bean on the menu. The food – mostly organic – provides THE most amazing gourmet, five-star dining experience. And here’s the little surprise that I got on the first night when the most mouth-watering organic lamb was placed in front of me … I was offered one glass of organic red wine.
Do you know how good that ONE glass of wine tasted? Damn good.
Why am I banging on about Gwinganna like an evangelist?
That space I was craving? Well, I got it. Three whole days of it. It was all that I needed to realise that I didn’t have to stay in the job that I was in. I could take a big leap of faith and set up a business, despite never having done so before.
So, I did.
Styling You was born on July 1, 2008. This blog was up and running a couple of weeks later, originally as a means to market my styling business. Now it’s a business in itself.
It wouldn’t be that way except for you, dear Stylers. Each and every one of you who come to read what I have to say, whether that’s checking in once a day or once a week. I love yah all.
So, I thank you. From the bottom of my accessories’ drawer. You know that’s deep, don’t you?
To really thank-you, I
begged asked graciously for the lovely people at Gwinganna to offer a weekend for you and your best friend or partner to share and get some space too. Who knows where it might lead?
In a world of busy, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat stands apart as the destination to inspire you to live a healthier life. Surrounded by ocean and valley views in the Gold Coast hinterland, there are numerous program options to choose from beginning with a two day weekend escape through to the popular seven day detox program. A stay combines gentle exercise, informative seminars and nurturing spa treatments with dynamic activity in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
Packages are fully inclusive of all organic meals and snacks, accommodation, activities and seminars and selected spa treatments. Connect with supportive professionals who will teach you resilience in the modern world and enjoy Gwinganna’s superb cuisine which is certified organic and partially supplied from the on-site gardens.
Each afternoon, Dreamtime begins and you can experience the stunning Spa Sanctuary, one of the largest spas in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spa Sanctuary features more than 30 treatment rooms and suites with a unique indoor/outdoor design, including a beautiful crystal steam room and several lounge and relaxation areas.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat…for the rest of your life
Ask about the full range of retreats available at Gwinganna. Full details and dates available online at www.gwinganna.com
A two-night Gwinganna Spa Weekend package for two people in twin/double Orchard accommodation valued at $1980*. Experience this unique location with a weekend of health and wellness. Maximise your precious time away and enjoy certified organic cuisine, gentle and dynamic activities, an organic cooking demonstration and plenty of time to relax and recharge. Choose how much or how little you wish to do. Includes: two nights twin/double Orchard Suite accommodation; all organic meals and snacks; $100 spa credit per person; access to all facilities and all scheduled activities; complimentary transfers at set times from Gold Coast Airport.
****THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED ****The competition opens Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7am and closes Thursday, August 4 at 8am. One entry per person. Those entering more than once will be disqualified from the draw. Airfares and travel to Gwinganna (except transfers from Gold Coast Airport) are at the expense of the winner. The winner will be notified via email and her or his name posted here.
*Conditions apply – subject to availability. May not be combined with any other voucher or offer. Bookings should be made at least 45 days in advance. Valid for six months from date of prize draw. Prize is not transferable and has no cash value. Offer only available to residents of Australia who are aged 16 years and older.
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