Courage, Endurance, Mateship & Sacrifice on the Kokoda Track

Posted on May 11, 2014 by Stef Boadle | 4 Comments

More Tea wanted to honour and share the story this Mothers Day of one of our ‘tea drinkers’ whom inspires us. Representing the More Tea values of ambition, adventure, respect, friendship and daring to get more out of life. We introduce you to Danielle Grant – a mother, business owner, dreamer, adventurer and big-hearted, beautifully spirited person. The focus of our cuppa, her successful recent adventure trekking the Kokoda track as a team of 10 close females. We hope Danielle’s story gets you jumping out of bed every morning to challenge yourself to be the best version of you.

“I love dreaming, but most of all I love turning my dreams into reality. Two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to achieve this when I trekked the Kokoda Track in PNG. The planning began two years ago and I honestly didn’t know back then if I would actually make it to the start line. I had a two year old daughter, a three year old autistic son, quite severely affected, while running a small business. How do you leave all of that behind for others to manage in your absence?

Thankfully I have a terrific support network with my husband, parents and in-laws that felt I deserved this trip for having dedicated the last 3 years of my life to my sons early intervention. To step on that plane knowing my son was now in mainstream prep and mostly indistinguishable from his peers allowed me to enjoy the journey guilt-free. Internally I did high-five myself in celebration of this achievement!

On the Kokoda track there are four large stone monuments that each read “Courage”, “Endurance”, “Mateship” and “Sacrifice”. This is referred to as the Spirit of Kokoda and was forged by the Australian troops during the war.  I felt an instant connection to these words and the power they represent. Those four words I can apply to my life as a mum, a business owner, an exercise enthusiast and preparing for and completing this trek.

I walked the trek with nine other amazing ladies. If I was to give myself the difficult task of giving them four words it would be “Motivated”, “Inspirational”, “Committed” and “Thoughtful”. Time passed very quickly on the track as we shared many laughs, tears, songs and stories we surprisingly didn’t already know about each other. The girls also cared for each other very deeply. We walked the entire track together as a group, which was a big surprise to our guides and porters as apparently it is never done this way.

Watching the local villagers live in such simple and isolated environments while being so happy is such a crucial reminder to enjoy the simple things in life and to not get caught up in wanting the latest and greatest. I’m so much more appreciative of my wonderful life and will try to take the time to smell the roses more. The trip also reminded me of how much I love being in nature and being in the outdoors, so I also aim to make more time for this and to share that love with my children.

I know when I’m an old lady in the nursing home I will remember this special trip. I will smile as I think of the beautiful locals in all the villages and of singing the Hockey Pokey with the children. I will have goose bumps as I remember the superb singing voices of our porters and of how caring they were. I will remember the lush green jungles of PNG, the spectacular views and I will laugh remembering a funny moment. With a tear in my eye I will remember our soldiers, in awe of how they fought a war in those treacherous conditions. And most importantly I will remember the connection I made with nine amazing women I got to share this journey with and the incredible team back home that made it possible and I will feel like the most blessed women on earth, just like I do now.”

Thanks Danielle for sharing your story this Mother’s Day.

“Life is better shared” - #DrinkMoreTea

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4 Responses

Melanie Robinson
Melanie Robinson

June 15, 2014

You are one of the most amazing people I have met Dan.
Xx

Linda
Linda

May 11, 2014

What a fantastic story Danielle. Congratulations to all of you.

Carla
Carla

May 11, 2014

Danielle,
I was lucky enough to start this mum journey with you, the kids being born only days apart , we shared the early days in Mothers Group and now look at them at school. Through all of this you have been a truly amazing women, biz owner, friend and mum. You helped me achieve a major life goal! You are brilliant… Well done on Kokoda xxx

Kasey Black
Kasey Black

May 11, 2014

Wow Dan! Awesome words for an obviously awesome experience. You continue to inspire me in all that you do and have achieved xx

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