It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in my opinion, this year’s Cinderella Pantomime is the most wonderful show of 2021.
The show was a musical array of talent; beautiful music coupled with great dance moves and loads of comedy. When I watched the show, there was not one person in the audience that night who was not laughing behind their masks. With a South African twist and humor of what’s currently going on in the country, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The costumes once again were vibrant, colourful and different to suit each character and I need to know where I can get that car! (You will need to watch the show to know what I am talking about.) 🙂
Christmas is just a few days away, so why not give the gift of laughter this festive season…
And while you may think, well I’ve already watched one or two panto’s in the past, why is this one any different?
Well South African Andrew Timm has joined the team for the first time as Production Designer. The Joburg Theatre stage has been transformed into a high-tech, 21st century riot of innovative and spectacular special effects – combining live performance with projections and 3D graphics on over 500 LED screens and bringing in hologram effects, giant props, magic techniques and pyrotechnics to surprise and delight audiences of all ages. Trust me you will be delighted!
Panto will be drawing to a close on Friday 24 December 2021. Book your tickets on the Joburg Theatre website to catch one of the last shows. It’s a gift you will not regret giving yourself or your loved ones this festive season. .
After several years of conceptualising, Quinton van der Burgh has collaborated with celebrity photographer John Russo to release 100 Making a Difference. The coffee table book celebrates philanthropic individuals and organizations on a global scale and will aid charity.
Published by the author’s own publishing company, Quinton van der Burgh Media, 100 Making a Difference highlights the most impactful social champions in the world, from activists to celebrities totalling 143 charities from around the world. The book features a collection of incredible photographs of passionate human beings who are dedicated to improving the lives of others through their tireless charitable work and the organizations they support.
“Many people around the world are in dire situations and 100 Making a Difference is a book that will, hopefully, remind people of how helping humanity should be at the forefront of your daily thoughts and actions,” explains van der Burgh.
100 Making a Difference features photographs of celebrities such as Christy Turlington, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oprah, Pharrel, Usher, Elton John, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Tommy Hilfiger, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Quinton himself.
Also featured in this book is world-renowned US actress and musician, Eve, alongside her husband – the founder & CEO of Gumball 3000 Entertainment Ltd, Maximillion Cooper.
“It’s great to be part of the 100 Making a Difference initiative, and we’re dedicated to make sure that the Gumball 3000 Foundation will continue to give underprivileged youth greater opportunities in life, ensuring that future generations are invested in and presented with every occasion to be the best version of themselves,” shares Cooper.
Working with world-renowned photographer Russo was something van der Burgh wanted to materialize since van der Burgh first met John on the set of his Men’s Fitness cover shoot in Las Vegas a few years ago. “John is undoubtedly the number one celebrity photographer in the world and I knew that 100 Making a Difference needed backing for it to see the light of day. Philanthropy work is close to my heart and showcasing others who are also trying to make a difference in the world is very important to me. This book will not only raise money for the charities in the book but will also give the people photographed an opportunity to be recognised for their philanthropy away from their usual celebrity status,” says van der Burgh.
In 2018, van der Burgh launched the QVDB Foundation and the #PayMyBills campaign to help South African residents who are drowning in debt. This initiative focuses solely on alleviating families’ financial burdens and providing individuals with skills they need to join the workforce. He says the 100 Making a Difference initiative is a compilation of such an incredible body of work, and it is something he is “proud to be a part of.”
“I’m not just wanting to change someone’s life for a day but wanting to change someone’s life forever. Life is not defined by what you can accumulate, but by what you can give back; and I have made it my life’s mission to raise awareness and help others in support of global change and impact,” he adds.
The book is available for sale on www.100makingadifference.com, with proceeds being donated to all the organizations listed within the beautifully designed hardcover book.
“All monies from the sale of the 100 Making a Difference book will be divided equally between the foundations in the book. I have further partnered with AXIA Capital bank and we have set up a Covid Relief fund that aims to help foundations around the world during these incredibly tough times. This will be the first global initiative of many that I plan to roll out in the years ahead,” says van der Burgh.
AXIA has committed to donate $10,000,000 USD worth of AXIA, in today’s value, that will be distributed evenly across all organisations to show support and appreciation for the efforts of each worthy cause. The project will assist further by donating an additional extra 6% for each book sold to the foundations in 100 Making a Difference.
The publication features the work of celebrity photographer John Russo.
After having had to postpone their annual festive season pantomime production in 2020 because of the pandemic and ensuing government restrictions, Joburg Theatre and executive producer Bernard Jay are delighted to announce that Janice Honeyman’s Cinderella will be on the Nelson Mandela Theatre stage at Joburg Theatre from 5 November to 24 December 2021.
In Janice Honeyman’s telling of Cinderella, you know that the show will be packed with an abundance of comedy, stunning spectacle, hundreds of beautiful costumes and, of course, the legendary panto moment when Cinderella is transformed from rags to riches and whisked off to the Ball – with the help of a little dusting of Fairy Godmother magic.
Now this favourite of all South African family stage shows promises to be more spectacular than ever. South African Andrew Timm has joined the team for the first time as Production Designer in order to transform the stage into a high-tech, 21st century riot of innovative and spectacular special effects – combining live performance with projections and 3D graphics on over 500 LED screens and bringing in hologram effects, giant props, magic techniques and pyrotechnics to surprise and delight audiences of all ages.
Andrew Timm is an award-winning creative director of TV shows, large scale music events, music videos and corporate theatre. Through three decades of experience as a director, designer and writer in the entertainment industry, Andrew’s career highlights include creative director of staging for the live broadcasts of X Factor South Africa and five years of staging gospel’s acclaimed Joyous Celebration. He currently also directs music videos for the world famous Ndlovu Youth Choir.
2021’s Cinderella stars Desmond Dube and Ben Voss as the hilarious Ugly Sisters Fanny Flatulina and Flossie Flemerina, Bongi Mthombeni as Buttons, Kiruna-Lind Devar in the title role, Kyle Grant as her Prince Charming, Dolly Louw as GogoMama the Merry-Fairy Godmother, Graham Hopkins as Baron Horace Hard-Up and Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri as the prince’s sidekick Dandini. The company also features (in alphabetical order) Tarryn Heard, Venolia Manale, Arno Meyer, Kenneth Meyer, Noni Mkhonto, Brian Ngobese, Funeka Peppeta, Kaylan Sabbadin, Musanete Sakupwanya, Jonathan Blaine Shore, Justin Swartz and Dezlenne Ulster-Weale.
In an Exclusive I had the opportunity to ask Ben Voss and Desmond Dube a few questions. Here is what they had to say.
What do you love the most about theatre?
What do you enjoy the most about playing the ugly sisters?
The pantomime will be choreographed by Nicol Sheraton; Dale-Ray Scheepers serves as both music arranger and musical director, Bronwen Lovegrove is costume co-ordinator and the sound design will be by Akhona Bozo.
Please visit my YouTube channel for more from this interview. Tickets for Cinderella are now on sale from R240 through visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670. Terrific group, family and senior citizen discounts are available.
Mo Malele is a doer of many things, a wearer of many hats and a lover of people! As a poet, recording artist, award winning entrepreneur, wordsmith extraordinaire and content producer she has no shortage of creativity and determination. I recently interviewed Mo and have been left inspired…
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background. With a finance and accounting background, I often describe myself as a creative at heart but with a business brain. I am a poet, recording artist, award winning entrepreneur, wordsmith extraordinaire and content producer. My dynamic personality has led me to build a career in a wide array of industries as I pursue all things that inspire, grow, and challenge me, as well as contribute positively to my community. My poetry style can be described as conscious, self-aware, self-reflective, critical, and extremely honest as I tackle various social issues like love, loss, mental health, hope, politics, economics, inequality and much more through my poetry and challenge my listeners to live life to their fullest potential as the best versions of themselves.
Please tell us about your events company. NK Innovations is a creative, dynamic and innovative marketing and events agency that delivers problem solving solutions and always exceeds expectation. We are a young but experienced team of highly ambitious marketing professionals. As a marketing agency we offer a wide array of ATL and BTL services, including event and project management. We have a unique ability to reach and engage with diverse consumer groups across South Africa, with relevant and receptive brand messaging that delivers ROI accretive campaigns for our clients.
What is Shopapolitan? The expanded unemployment rate in SA sits at 42.6%, meaning almost half our workforce is economically inactive, majority of which are in townships and rural communities. We know that we need to stimulate the economy in order to create jobs and the only way to do that is through the creation of profitable, sustainable, tech-enabled businesses. Many of these entrepreneurs lack the infrastructure, resources, knowledge, and funding required to implement tech in their businesses. This is where we come in – our vision is to build economically self-sustainable communities by making innovative tech affordable and accessible to township and rural based businesses and in doing so help them to techify and digify their business. How do we do this? In a word Shopapolitan. Shopapolitan is an end-to-end e-commerce marketplace that gives township and rural based businesses everything they need to operate a profitable e-commerce business. We offer:
a safe, secure, and compliant platform and payment gateway.
Data analytics & Digital marketing services.
Distribution and Logistics management.
What are some of the biggest challenges that you face with Shopapolitan? The challenges we face are the very same challenges that inspired the Shopapolitan business concept which continues to drive us despite the roadblocks; lack of access to market opportunities, lack of funding and necessary infrastructure to take advantage of available opportunities. Many of these we have overcome to some extent in order to get to where we are today, however our biggest challenge is still funding to launch the platform on a wider scale so we can reach more communities, merchants and customers.
What or who inspired the Shopapolitan concept? Entrepreneurs and small business owners like us, who have great ideas, ambition and hard work ethic to match those great ideas, but have little to no access to markets, opportunities, resources, infrastructure, knowledge, networks and funding required to bring those ideas to life. Ironically enough, we draw inspiration and motivation from our challenges and pain points as well as those of our fellow hustlers, dreamers, entrepreneurs and small business owners.
What or who has kept you going during the pandemic? Honestly speaking, a brutal understanding that I am back against the wall, stuck between a rock and a hard place, shipwrecked or plane-wrecked in the middle of nowhere and no-one is coming for me…no-one is coming to save me. If I am to survive, I will have to save myself, and the only way to do that is to hustle hard, hustle smart, hustle relentlessly, hustle humbly but hustle like my life depended on it because it did! And I always say the hustle never stops, it just changes form! So, keep hustling!
You are a poet, recording artist and content producer, what inspires your creativity? Everything and everyone I get to experience! I believe that as a creative, inspiration is everywhere, provided you are listening and tuned in…provided you are conscious and aware of the life you are living. If you live on autopilot, you will miss the creative inspiration that lives hidden in the seemingly mundane moments of life. I am also inspired by how as ordinary people we all have a little bit of extraordinariness in us and if we just gave into that the world would be filled with ordinary people living their truth and creating extraordinary things, we can all experience and benefit from. The idea of living in a world where we are all consciously and constantly striving to live life as our truest and best selves both excites and inspires me because therein lies the magic!
You have a new album in the works, please could you tell us a bit about it and how it differs from your last album ‘My Country Needs Me.’ For starters ‘My Country Needs Me’ was my first album and producing that project independently taught me a lot about the business of music and what it takes to release a proper project you can be proud of, so you can definitely expect to see those “business of music” lessons learnt coming through in this album. This new album will be different in a couple of ways; 1) I am producing all the beats on it. 2) This is most likely going to have more visuals attached to it and if all goes well it will also be a visual album. 3) It is going to be shorter than the previous one and a lot more personal for all of us, not just me! 4) A lot of the pieces were written during Covid so it will be very Covid relevant.
Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs who are starting out?
Fail forward, fail fast and implement the lessons prospectively…don’t torture yourself over the past.
When they say no, you say next and don’t be afraid to punch above your weight!
It’s ok if you don’t hit gold the first time you start digging. It doesn’t mean there isn’t gold, just that you must dig deeper, longer and differently.
BELIEVE! Believe in yourself, your team, your idea, your project, your market etc, whatever it is, BELIEVE IN IT! And when you don’t believe, put your head down and WORK AT IT, until you believe in it again!
Be conscious and aware of the life you are living and the business you are building. This will help you identify the pivots and see the gaps earlier.
If you are getting paid in exposure or experience, find ways to monetize/commercialise that exposure/experience…remember the bank doesn’t take exposure cheques.
Your network is your net worth! Find a tribe of like-minded, like-hearted people and build your social capital because they will help you build your financial capital.
The best way to create value is to first give away value! So don’t think of what you are losing when you are giving, focus on what you are gaining by giving and that will help you create incremental value.
HAVE FUN! Live and work your passion! Work is an integral part of life and life is an integral part of work. Find ways, projects, people, activities to bring the 2 into harmony where your passion is at the centre of both, and they will become 1! Which in my philosophical opinion is the only way life should be lived and businesses should be built. Life and work should be in harmony with each other.
“You want to be liked.” “You are a hugger.” “You just don’t care.” “You feel nothing.”
I heard these words often enough to actually believe it, question if it was true and agree that it was my fault when it all went wrong.
It’s 03:50 in the morning, I am lying in the bath as I prepare to get ready for the day ahead. The first thing that comes to my mind is ‘Why am I doing this to myself?’ I am exhausted as I only went to bed at 23:45 the previous evening. I am drained, tired of living in fear, tired of being stressed and anxious, tired of crying myself to sleep at night. I’ve lost weight and not in the healthy sense and my collar bones have never stuck out before the way that they do. Will this person be in a good mood today? Please let them be in a good mood. Why have I allowed them to have so much control over me? Why? Please can the noise stop! Please can the guilt, regret, tears, and pain just stop!
GET OUT! As the day went by, something a friend said to me replayed in my head from a while back. “Get out, before that individual breaks you! Get the hell out!” Me: No, I can do this! I will prove to that person that I belong, that I can do it, that they are wrong about me!
Later that afternoon I was walking around anxiously and my friends’ words “Get out” was clear in my mind. I looked in the mirror and all I could see in my eyes was pain and sadness. When I smiled, it looked so fake, I simply could not pretend anymore. It was time to stop holding on and walk away.
I wish that I could tell you that this is a scene out of a movie, but this is what was happening in my life over a year ago. I fought, held on and tried to make something work that cost me my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. Mentally, if this is what prison is like, then I was in a mental jail. I thought that if I had walked away sooner, that I would lose everything and people would walk away, judge me and want nothing to do with me.
So why did I keep this person in my life and where did it all start to go wrong? To be honest, despite all the sh*t that I was going through, I still valued this individual and thought it would pass and that it was just a phase or something. It started off with manipulation and guilt, and because I was never a confrontational person, I never put up a fight. I just wanted this person to be proud of me, no matter what it took. I wanted their appreciation and for them to value me and all that I did. It was never enough, and my mistakes were highlighted, used as an example, and repeated often. Soon the promises/threats or facts would arise, and the insults just got worse and more frequent. I got to a point when I would just stare at them while they were saying these things to me, because anything that I said to try and defend myself would seem pointless or would just be thrown back in my face with an example of my mistakes of the past and how they were affecting this person’s image negatively. I felt completely numb during these confrontations from their side (yes, not conversations.) Strange enough, this person was a firm believer in showing kindness to others, I just didn’t know that I was excluded from that fact.
That was one year ago.
Yes, this all happened over one year ago, and it’s taken me 12 months to finally speak out and share just some of the pain that I was going through. However, even though this ended a year ago, my journey to healing only just began. It took me 5 months to grasp “normal life.” I felt like the prison door had finally opened and I walked out, feeling free, but now I had to start over…again. The healing process included dissecting all that went wrong, what was apparently my fault and me wondering if only I did better here and did better there, maybe it would have turned out differently. I still cried for a while, trying to understand and make sense of it all. I had to learn to appreciate myself and life again. I started picking up some weight, going out with friends and opening up to my goals and dreams again. Most importantly in the first 5 months, I learned to forgive that individual without hearing the words…I am sorry, or I apologise. I also learned to forgive myself for all that I blamed myself for and for not listening and walking away sooner.
Where am I now? Well, I am now an Entrepreneur and Director of my own company Phoenix Media, I am focusing on my self-development, blogging again and just enjoying the journey of discovering what life has to offer. I no longer carry that pain and I carry no resentment or anger towards that person. I am not afraid to ask for help and to make mistakes, as that is the only way to learn and grow in wisdom. I appreciate all the small things even more; calls with friends, chats with mom, walks in the garden and even meeting new people online when networking and chatting to new or potential clients. This whole experience opened my eyes to appreciating my self-worth and setting boundaries. I miss hugs and will be hugging my family, friends and those who support me often when it is safe to do so. No, I don’t want to be liked, but I want to love and be loved by the amazing people who are in my life. I was never alone this whole time as the Lord was always by my side and my faith in him has never been stronger.
Why am I sharing my story? I am sharing this story with you, because over a year ago, I did not see outside of my circumstances and the situation. If you are going through something similar or worse or know of someone who is, then please know this:
You are good enough!
You are stronger than you think!
You can get out!
Ask for help! Speak to someone you can trust outside of the situation and get out!
It is okay to walk away from anything or anyone who hurts you or causes you to doubt yourself!
There are people who do and will love you for who you are.
Trust your gut and the red flags.
Be it a friendship, relationship, business relationship or colleague, no one should make you feel bad about yourself, make you question yourself, hurt and manipulate you or use you for their own gain. You have a right to say no, disagree or walk away from situations that harm you. Let no one discourage you or make you feel less than you are. You deserve better!
Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
I love this quote and it fits in with today as it is National Women’s Day here in South Africa. In celebration of this wonderful day that we celebrate, I asked a few female entrepreneurs or fempreneurs, what Women’s Day means to them.
Nestene Botha (CA)SA – Explore ProTech Entrepreneurial Haven. “I love being a #fempreneur because I embrace my natural ability to care and lead by nurturing. This has stood me in good stead. Part of my job is to show others how to love entrepreneurs back to life. That’s powerful. It’s very fulfilling. I love women’s day because it reminds me of the importance of feminine energy and what can be accomplished when that feminine energy masses together in the pursuit of a common goal.”
Rita Schoeman – Owner of Coaching with Heart. Why I left a well-paid corporate job? I could not create the empowerment that I was seeking at that point in time. Today I can, and that is why women’s day is there so that we can share these stories of how you are the creator of the empowerment that you are seeking.
Janine Lingenfelder – Founder and CEO Jelani Sales. IWD, is such a great opportunity to mirror on and celebrate the many helpful changes that have happened to create fairness, while committing ourselves more wholly to the necessary operational and social changes needed to make full equality of prospecting possibilities. Each of us, do have a part to play in that process. International Women’s Day encourages and facilitates that vital and necessary dialogue. This day to me, gives everyone an opportunity to look at the accomplishments women add to society and offers an occasion to look at what is next.
Leonie Dorfling – CEO of Entrepreneurs Lifestyle Magazine. Women’s Day to me is such a special day. If you look at many years ago and how it has changed so much today, it’s just so amazing how women took back the power. I think its so important as a woman to stand on your own feet. Women’s day just highlights the fact that women can be strong and powerful. Taking the lead. I as a Fempreneur had to learn quickly how to be the boss lady of my business, but I love it. I learn so much and I meet so many amazing people.
Moneeloa Chaane is a 36-year-old mother of 3 and is married to Thabiso Chaane. She is a Self-leadership Coach with a specific love for family development. She teaches effective communication skills for relationship building in the home, between the parent and child as well as between couples. She shares the journey with the parents/couples who are on a coaching journey, where through the process she shares consciousness and self-leadership tools that further empower their self-character. When Moneeloa is not doing what she loves as a coach, she is sharing her journey as a Mrs South Africa semi-finalist. I had the privilege of interviewing this phenomenal woman and now I get to share her story.
Please could you tell us more about Self-leadership.
Self-Leadership is built on the principle that success starts with knowing oneself, being able to generate clarity on what resonates and does not, the vision, mission, values and principles one stands for, mastering being in alignment, being able to effectively communicate these to others and being able to meet your most important needs. At the centre of it, building a healthy relationship with yourself and with others, being aware and mindful of your impact on others. My mission is to bring self-leadership to families. For couples and parents to be intentional about knowing themselves as a family, their family vision, value, principles, and their relationship. To respect and support meeting each other’s most important needs. I wish for family structures to experience less disconnect, less anxiety and resentment amongst each other and most of all more fulfilment in marriage and parent-child relationships. I wish to teach this to our youth as a key foundation to creating their own lives.
What inspired me to go into coaching was finally deciding to respond to my heart’s prompting that I have lived with for years, that I am meant to be in the humanities field of work, teaching and empowering people. It was really about taking that step out and the rest in terms of how I am meant to serve in this field is unfolding as my journey unfolds.
What inspired you to enter the Mrs South Africa 2021 pageant?
After some time of feeling discontentment, doubt in myself and really feeling insecure about my vision, fear and drown in the pressures and pains of life, I decided on this year to be the year of getting up, pulling myself together and doing it. My year of becoming, both in myself and in my business. I then decided to enter the Mrs South Africa pageant as I really wanted to step out and step out big. I wanted my business to be known and I wanted my vision and my mission to be known.
Have you always wanted to enter the Mrs South Africa pageant, or have you entered previous pageants? How far did you go in the pageant?
The only pageant I have ever done was back in high school, winning Miss Millennium College. I had a wish to enter Miss Jam Alley back in the days and have always held a wish in me, even today to walk a Mercedes Benz fashion show. Entering Mrs SA was me saying you know what, I’ve always wished to be on a stage and this it, I am going for it.
What are your goals and aspirations that you would like to achieve in the Mrs South Africa 2021 pageant?
By being in this journey I wish to inspire:
The youth to know that life starts with a desire, a dream and that is what will keep them awake to who they are and are going to be. It will keep them awake to being intentional creators of their own lives. I wish to inspire them to Dream, to SEE themselves, connect with the rhythm of their souls and dare to Be it. To go for it.
To raise the volume on the message that we are developers and shapers of society, and we do so in how we parent and do family. I wish to drive my vision to help families shift how they experience each other by shifting how they communicate.
I wish to be known for the vision I stand for.
What are you passionate about in life?
I am passionate about my growth, to actualise and experience the highest, truest version of myself and to always be true to my soul.
Do you have a role model or who is your greatest motivator in life to achieve your goals?
I don’t have one role model that I can say I intentionally follow, that’s my greatest motivator to achieve my dreams. Dare I say my desire to succeed and realise the powerhouse inside me is my greatest motivator.
There are people that have touched and inspired me and who I have looked up to in my journey such as Lisa Nichols, Valorie Button, Khanyi Dlomo and one that I would like to intentionally choose model after is Zamakhize Mkhize.
What/who keeps you going through challenging times?
Keeping the principle “All things work out for my good” alive in me.
Prayer, meditation, and coaching (talk it all out).
Hiking and dance sessions with my kids.
Mirror work – spend time with me.
Do you have a self-care routine/what do you do to keep your cup full or to keep you grounded?
Oh, I have quite a number of things I love for my self-care:
I love Time to Think with Sibylle Sharon – I never miss her monthly Thinking Time for Women sessions; it always leaves me feeling light in my head and renewed in my motivation.
I discovered that I looove facials thanks to Netsense Beauty Spa, they have introduced me to doing facials and I absolutely love it.
Engaging with like-minded people (monthly Creative Consciousness trainings- absolutely fill me up).
Do you have any advice to those who would like to enter a pageant like Mrs South Africa?
Your why will be your best asset throughout the journey. Be asserted in your why and carve out your own experience.
Do you have any hobbies? I love Hiking
Where can we vote for you to get you to the next round?
To vote you can sms “Moneeloa Chaane” to 35959 10x smses per person make a huge difference.
Do you have any charities that you support? If yes, please name them and why you support them?
I am a monthly donor to Unicef because of its alignment to passion for driving positive child development through educating and supporting parents and family development. Through this journey I have registered a foundation that will be focused on youth self-leadership development.
Thank you to Moneeloa Chaane for sharing her inspiring story. Please follow her on Facebook and Instagram, as well as connect with her on Foundations and Bonds Coaching and Skills Development Facebook and Instagram pages.
At the start of each year, I like to give the year a word that will help me achieve my goals for that year. 2020 was my year of growth and finding inner peace and this year my word is abundance. With us now being right in the middle of the year, it was time to look back and remember the goals I have set for this year. In order for this to be my year of abundance, there are certain steps that I need to take to make space for that abundance. The universe responded and through a workshop my journey with The Noble Pursuit took place over a six-week period.
Over the six-week period this is what I learned and shared with you about my money mindset manifestation journey:
In Journey with The Noble Pursuit, I introduce you to transformational coach Linda van der Westhuizen and her journey to helping others (myself included) transform their lives to living a life of peace and contentment.
Who would have thought that Money is Energy, and here I learned how to identify the masculine and feminine aspects of money and how I can find balance between the two.
As mentioned above, in my blog post, Year of Abundance I share the tools that I have taken away from this journey and that I now use on a daily basis to build a better relationship with money and find my balance.
Why did I choose to go on this journey? Something that I have carried with me for many years is the fear of lack, the fear of not having enough. I would try to save but ended up spending because an emergency of sorts that would pop up. I watched my bank balance like a hawk, making sure that every rand was spend wisely. Instead of fearing that I would not have enough to make it to the end of the month, I wanted to be content with what I had now. I wanted to let go of the constant worrying and rather have faith and trust that all would be okay. This was my biggest challenge, because I love being in control of every little detail so that I could be prepared for anything that came my way.
Why was I not manifesting all that I wanted? The money mindset manifestation journey runs deeper than manifesting money, it showed me that I had bought into limiting beliefs and that was stopping me from reaching my full potential. Limiting beliefs such as: – I waited to long to achieve that dream so I will let it go. – I do not have the right connections and education to achieve that. – Without enough money that will not be possible. – Look at how far my peers in my age group are in their careers, I am falling behind.
All of this triggers negative energy and creates a belief system of I am not good enough. By using the tools from this journey, practicing affirmations such as I am good enough, now is my time and I am achieving my goals and dreams has helped me to create a positive mindset and start dreaming again. Yes, there are days that are challenging, but then I remember that right now I have all that I need and I am enough!
What has changed? – Every morning when I wake up, I give thanks and show gratitude for what I have. – No emergencies have emerged since I started this journey. – We have enough. I now look through eyes of gratitude instead of lack. – My workspace is decluttered. – Sometimes a day goes by when I have not checked my bank account. – I have 3 savings plans for 3 different goals that I will achieve at different periods. – I am embracing the feminine side a bit more than when the journey started.
I am now more focused and determined than I have ever been to make my dreams a reality. I believe in myself, and I practice daily affirmations to eliminate those limiting beliefs. I also take breaks, go for a walk outside or spoil myself occasionally without feeling guilty that it will break the bank balance. I would like to thank Linda van der Westhuizen from The Noble Pursuit for opening my eyes to the fact that life is full of abundance and for helping me to get back on track in achieving my dreams. I have finally reached that stage of peace and contentment, and now I am focusing on building that abundant life that I have always wanted for myself and my family.
The order of the day is as follows, breakfast in bed, a big teddy bear hug and a birthday gift! Ooh let us do French toast; you know how much we love your French toast. This was the start of most days on 16 June.
Today I cried the ugly cry…
I had the most amazing words and blog post in mind to celebrate this wonderful man and when I woke up this morning, all my emotions hit me like a ton of bricks. While all I want to do is celebrate him, I have broken down into tears wishing and praying that he was here. Mom just gave me a big hug, I see the pain in her eyes. I know the pain that I am feeling, but for her I can only imagine.
I would like to introduce you to Chris Victor: A great man with the biggest heart. He loved trains, the air force and anything about WW1 and 2, but nothing compared to his love and dedication to his family. This great man was my father and today we celebrate his birthday and the 5th birthday without him since he was called to do greater things. Leading up to today, the memories that I have with him have been frequent. I miss how he would kiss me on my forehead when leaving a cup of tea next to my bed on the weekends, or when we would pray together for the day ahead before he left for work. I miss how our cat Leo knew exactly when he was coming home from work and ran down to meet him and walk back with him.
I admire his strength! We faced many challenges as a family, but he always made sure we were provided for. He worked hard, and even with the pain he still had in his leg from an injury he suffered many years ago, he got up and carried on. I learned kindness from my late father. Like my mother, he would try to help people in anyway that he could, even if it was just a listening ear. He had this way of being able to talk to anybody and cheer them up no matter what mood they were in. My parents taught me how to teach and share the most important language in the world…love and kindness.
The pain just won’t go away! 6 November 2021 will be a full 5 years since he left us, and the pain just won’t go away. It does not get easier to manage at all, you just carry on living with it. Life gets busy and so you don’t think of the person and memories as often, but in my heart I know that a piece of me is gone forever. One of the worst things is that my dream will never come true of my father walking me down the aisle one day. This was something I treasured and was so looking forward to. I will never have that. There are two things in life that we will never get back; time and loved ones that have passed on. The pain that I carry in my heart is the storage of love that I have for my dad, that now has no where to go.
Lessons learned: – Love with all your heart! – Tomorrow is not guaranteed. If you can do it today, if you can start working towards that dream, do it as soon as possible. – Today was not great and that’s okay. Tomorrow will be better. – Be kind. No matter what just be kind. – You are not your circumstances. – Know your worth and be yourself…the right people will love you for who you are. – Keep going. – You are enough!
To find out more about what happened to my late father, please read my blog post nothing could have prepared me for this day. Today we miss a man who was the CEO of our hearts. Today we remember fond memories and how we cherished every moment with him. Our hearts are sore, but we keep his memory alive by sharing stories about this great man. He is now our guardian angel, and he will never be forgotten. Happy Birthday Dad!
My word for 2021 has been abundance. Getting into an abundant mindset has been challenging with past obstacles that we have faced. I share more in the blog post ‘If Money was a Person‘ where I share my current relationship with money. What we found that was keeping me in a lack mentality was limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is something you believe to be true about yourself, about others, or about the world that limits you in some way and in my case it was from having an abundant mindset. Here are some limiting beliefs that have been holding me back from having an abundant mindset:
It is hard to hold onto money.
Money only comes from hard work.
I can only earn more when I put in more hours at work.
It is hard to have multiple sources of income coming in, other than from my job.
I will probably just fail anyway.
I am unable to manifest abundance.
I am sure that just by reading the above, you already feel drained. Being in a cycle of worry and focusing on such beliefs can paralyse a person into not going after their goals and dreams. How did I change this mindset?
These are the steps I took to shift my thoughts to an abundance mindset:
Firstly, I acknowledged the thoughts and feelings that came worth it.
Then I replaced it with something positive thoughts instead. Example: It’s hard to have multiple sources of income coming in, other than from my job. Replace that with Money can multitask and I can earn money from different sources of income.
Focusing on gratitude has also shifted my mindset.
Now that I am able to identify and replace limiting beliefs, my next focus has been on finding balance on the feminine side of the yin yang. You can read more about this in my blog post ‘Money is Energy.’
To sum this all up, money is energy and what we focus on or put out into the universe will come back to us. I now practice gratitude, focus on having enough instead of lacking and I am starting to break my dreams into goals that are achievable. An abundant life is possible and thanks to The Noble Pursuit, I am well on my way to fulfilling my word for 2021.
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