Do your heart’s work

Ava Duvernay, is one of the trailblazing women I look up to. She is the first black woman to direct a movie with a budget of $103 million. She is an American director, screenwriter, film marketer, activist and film distributor.

She recently took to Twitter this weekend with a quote which resonated so well with me.

“Before I was able to be a full-time filmmaker, I was a weekend warrior. Writing/shooting when I could. It’s Saturday. Do your heart’s work.”

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This means we need to put in the hours in our “spare time” to achieve what we want for our lifetime.

Remember her name.

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Focus on your inner peace

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I never knew I didn’t have peace until I understood what it meant. I prayed for it and received it but there’s a difference when you feel it AND live IN it. When you have peace NOTHING sways you. You don’t watch what the next person does or has. You don’t compete. Things come and go but you focus on your peace.

You celebrate and trust the journey. You wait your turn in stillness. Your time comes and you continue working in silence. 

Peace is not boastful, loud or proud. Peace protects you from certain people and negative things. Peace blocks out the noise. Peace likes space.

Peace gives you clarity and perspective, your desires and trials don’t disappear but you operate in wisdom. God’s voice is most audible when your heart is at peace. You’re anxious of nothing, never in a rush, just ready to receive – grateful.

Col 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Pray for peace, I’m in a great mental and spiritual space because of it.

uBabes we Media does it again!

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Khanyi Dhlomo and the Ndalo Media team took to social media yesterday to announce their newest acquisition of the local Elle and Elle Deco licences.

This woman is no doubt a force to be reckoned with. She quietly works and lets her success make all the noise. This was something she alluded to at the talk I went to last year.

What does this takeover mean?

For the first time in its 21-year history in SA, the 71-year-old Elle media brand will be published by a 100% black-owned media company.

This means that our own people and media will have a stronger voice of communicating and projecting what is uniquely African and at an international standard.

This means black girls can dream far beyond their borders and colour outside of the lines, dominate and own things. This win is for all of us.

We eagerly await  the power and influence this takeover will have over the next generation. We celebrate with you!

#HalalaThings

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Know your Worth with Judge Nolwazi Boqwana

If there is anyone who gives meaning to the context of dynamite coming in small packages it is Judge of the Western Cape High Court -Nolwazi Boqwana.

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A group of ladies in high heels, colourful dresses and matching fascinators came together at a bespoke guest house to hear the wise words of Her Honour.

At first glance, one might think of her as dainty and soft, but wait until she stands on a pulpit.

The title of her message was “Know Your Worth”. A powerful delivery of how we can be sure of our identity if we learn what it means to be created in the image of God. This suggestion immediately established a sense of worth in the crowd.

“When you know, who are and who you are not, it informs your decision-making process,” she iterated. A dawning and defining moment for many of us.

The Lion King was her frame of reference. Remember the animated adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa? The story is about Simba’s wicked uncle (the enemy), Scar, who plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed.

While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah with his friends Timon and Pumbaa, aimlessly living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days.

The plot twist occurs when his long last friend, Nala, comes to visit him to inform him of the squander of his kingdom. The young Prince must decide his fate: will he remain an outcast, or face his demons (Scar)  and become the King he was called to be?

Based on this example, Judge Boqwana encouraged the crowd to dust off old dreams and ideas that they may have long forgotten. She encouraged us to stand firm for what is right, as this commands respect. She told us to dominate and tread fearlessly in every area of our lives.

Our callings are not linked to our success and promotion only; many people are reliant on them and will be impacted by them only if we to respond to the call.

The one quote of hers that I took away and have being pondering on is: “Consciousness informs behaviour.”

Everything you do, every decision you take and treatment you accept is  based on how you view yourself. The power of carrying this out comes from knowing your worth.

#KnowYourWorth

#TalithaKoum

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Hidden Figures – a must watch for all races!

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A group of friends and I went to watch Hidden Figures last week. (Thank you guys for responding to the invitation). I have no doubt in my mind that they were glad to join the awe-inspiring viewing. We started out with a lovely dinner, a meet-and-greet of sort for those who didn’t know each other, followed by the screening of the movie.

To be honest, I have no words. I have never felt such a vortex of emotion in one sitting.

I was angry, empowered, hopeful and tired all in a space of 2 hours and 7 minutes.

The movie has been aptly described as “The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.”

But it was more than that. It brought light to the severity of segregation, it hammered the hindrance of progress that superiority brings and it exposed the evil of racism and sexism to another degree.

The audience applauded when the women stood up to a fight that still graces us in the boardrooms, cockpits and other male dominated spaces, even today.

On a more positive note, the black family structure, father figures and living situations were painted in an aspirant, healthy way – something you never see on the small or big screen.

Hidden Figures is a must watch –  for all races – to understand and see how we can ALL bring change to a society, with the stark  remnants of a history that still plagues and stalls black people today.

You’ll enjoy the music too. Incredible soundtrack and album by the ever delightful, Pharrell Williams.

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Acceptance is the meaning of my name

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I accept that I won’t always be in control of situations.

I accept things won’t always go my way.

I accept that there will be days when I am on a natural high and days I feel  completely under.

I accept the fact that sometimes I have to wait a little longer.

I accept and consent hard lessons I have to learn and endure.

I accept that I am not always right.

I accept myself,  flaws and all. Heck – I flaunt and flirt in my illusive perfection.

I accept my weight, nose and every crooked detail of my body I often wish to change.

I accept the fact that who I am today is already part of history and 10 years from now I will be someone completely different.

I accept and own every mistake I have ever made.

I accept and consent for people to come and go in my life in their due season.

I accept you for who you choose to be.

From my day of  birth, I was received and accepted, loved and adorned and that will be my life’s trajectory.

My name is Samkelwe which means acceptance, it took a while, but I accept who God has intended for me to be.

 

 

 

McKinsey & Company invites female students and experienced professionals to apply for the Next Generation Women Leaders Award 2017!

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Do you enjoy problem solving and creative thinking? Are you passionate about teamwork and leading others? Do you constantly seek ways to maximize your potential? We are looking to get to know more women just like you!

If you are thinking “wow, this sounds like me!” we would like to invite you to apply for our Next Generation Women Leaders Award! This is your opportunity to learn more about McKinsey & Company and our people and to join an exceptional international network of talented women.

Winners will be awarded:

– 2,000 Euros (or equivalent in local currency) towards the cost of tuition, summer employment, volunteer work, research, an independent project/entrepreneurial venture, or anything else that the money will help you with

– Individual mentorship from McKinsey consultants

– Guaranteed invite to selected McKinsey events

All female students and experienced professionals with up to 6 years of experience from Europe, the Middle East and Africa are welcome to apply for the Next Generation Women Leaders Award 2017! Application deadline is March 6, 2017.

For more information about the award and to apply visit: https://next-generation-women.mckinsey.com/

 

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