This is my story. My journey: the black and the white, and all the shades of grey in between. None of us has life figured out to the T. So join me on my journey and let’s discover the magic that life has to offer!
I used to (still actually) dislike questions like “describe yourself in five words”, or “where do you see yourself in ten years”. I always knew my mind worked slightly (huge understatement) differently than my peers’, I had a different sense of purpose, and a burning desire to make an impact in this world. I never knew exactly what I wanted to be, but I knew exactly the type of woman I wanted to be, and I am still working hard on being whom I set myself out to be.
Those who know me will tell you that I break rules, but never the law. I believe that women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition, and no, I am not a feminist: I simply don’t handle being around men or women with little to no ambition too well. I keep my circle small, and value integrity more than anything.
I have been a Communications “junkie” for the past decade now, working with some incredible people, companies and projects. Those who told me “you need to focus, being a jack of all trades and a master of none is not good”, thank you… I listened, and became a jack of all trades and a master of some… some pretty amazing skills that set me even further apart from society’s ordinary box of the ‘norm’.
My journey has had its ups and downs, its on-top-of-the-world moments and its rock-bottom moments. Both sides of the coin taught me incredible life lessons.
Being brought up in an Afrikaans culture, there’s this unofficial rule that you may never talk about your failures (luckily my parents weren’t like that). But what is so exciting about the end destination when you’re not allowed to share the journey?! I find inspiration in listening to people’s journey, but mostly the obstacles they had to overcome, the moments they felt like giving up but didn’t.
Social media may be a part of my work, but it also has a very evil side to it: creating perceptions and unrealistic expectations of success, whether in your personal life or career. Hard work creates ‘luck’. People see the success but not always the reality of the journey it took to get there.
I am a very private and reserved person, and sharing my journey is not always easy. Looking back now, I wish someone shared their journey with me from which I could learn, and find some kind of inspiration in times I felt that I could not go on. I am doing this for the girl who is bullied because of her weight or freckles; the student who feels lost between his / her peers, yet so comfortable in the company of older people; for the entrepreneur who took that brave step to start their own company; the future thinkers, movers and shakers and change makers who are being laughed at and joked with for being 20 years ahead of their time. Because I get it, and even though I have a very long journey still ahead of me, I believe there is magic to be discovered and made, so we may as well discover and create it together.