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Team All_things_nice Millennial Group (AMG) = hope personified.

Chapter one

The gist

Many South Africans “stood” in solidarity yesterday by wearing all black. This was a stand up against the brutal attacks on women and the xenophobic attacks that have escalated in past weeks.

I decided to stand with my fellow South Africans in, what I believe to be, a different way.

See, Maya Angelou once said that people will forget what you do for them but they will never forget how you make them feel… Or something along those lines. And I for one, agree with her.

So I set out on a task, which started out prematurely but ended in the most heartfelt, touching way.

Chapter two.

Filling in the gaps

Towards the end of July 2019 I applied to be a simulations Team leader. It’s basically a team leader coach to new people entering the business, in their training period. I was successful. People have always been my passion and I love making people smile and just helping out in general. Not blowing my own horn, but just giving you an idea of why I was so excited when I was awarded this opportunity.

What was daunting is that the group I was selected to help out with, is a Learnership group. Yeap millenials who are mostly fresh out of high school…

I’m sure you can understand why this was a teeny weeny bit nerve wrecking!

Fast forward a month and a half, a couple of coaching sessions, hilarious and sometimes inappropriate comments/encounters and unforgettable moments… These guys and girls have literally changed my life and have each earned a place in my heart.

The final chapter.

The lasting impact

Friday, the 06th of September 2019. I woke up and dressed in navy blue. I honestly forgot about the whole wear black escapade. Don’t judge me, it was a really rough week, with late nights, early mornings, minimal sleep and still thoughts of spending the weekend buried in text books and having to finish 11 assignments. So go easy on me now.

With all of the chaos happening around us; the negativity, anger and darkness our country seems to be in, I wanted to create a positive hub in our training room. The aim was purely to lift our spirits.

The thinking behind this task was to encourage these young girls and guys to always show gratitude, to focus on the positive and to always seek the silver lining; to see hope in adversity.

The task of the day was for each of them to write one thing that they like best about themselves and then to go around the room and tell each of their training buddies one thing that they like about them.

No lie, it started out funny. But believe me when I say that by the time we were done, it was one of the most fulfilling, heartfelt, sincere and memorable moments I’ve ever witnessed. I saw young kings show vulnerabilty and gratitude towards their fellow kings and watched them pour their inner most feelings out to the fellow queens in our training group. I saw young queens commend and speak life into their fellow queens and watched them uplift our young kings.

It was a beautiful and inspiring encounter. Ego, pride, shade, conspiracy, negativity, fakenicity (its a word, don’t ask further) had no place in that room. It didn’t exist. And boy was that refreshing.

The whole task was so authentic that I woke up inspired to write this post.

My Learnership guys have given me hope. Hope in our future. Hope in our young men and women. They aren’t just delinquent, entitled millenials. They are young, bright, sincere, real, talented and respectful beings.

I am super blessed to have encountered each and every one of them.

Team AMG. You guys rock awesome!

Love, light and cool vibes only… From just an ordinary simulations team leader.

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Is your positivity well drying up? Ask for help!

Whenever I have down days and my positivity well is drying up, I often pray and reach out for help.

You know the feeling when your mind is very busy and cant be calmed and your spirits are scraping the floor and you feel like you just tired of fighting and pushing through? When your head spins, heart aches and eyes tear? Or when you feel like every fibre in your body is being challenged? It’s at that moment that you can let it all consume you, or you can reach out and ask those around you to help you.

This morning I woke up feeling like what I’ve described above. I prayed and then asked the people on my contact list on what’sapp to share any motivational reads or content.

I instantly got responses with some beautiful reminders. Does it make it all go away? Durh no! But it challenges your mind to think about the message in front of you and in most cases, that message helps fill up your positivity well.

We were not meant to go through this journey of life alone.

So just remember, you’re never alone. Whilst there are some folk who are just horrible, there’s a ton of folk or are ever ready to help wherever they can.

Observation

The people who reached out to me this morning, I know personally. And all of them are fighting challenging battles. It’s a choice to just get out there and do and be better. That in its own inspired me so much.

Check out some of the responses I received below

I also received this video which is so inspiring

Please be sure to check out.

Love and light always, posted by just an ordinary girl.

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We Are One Festival: 4th edition loading…

Jacinta Media has done it again. The We Are One Festival is back for its 4th year.

The festival aims to unite people through sports, culture and entertainment and that objective has successfully been met over the past three years. This year’s festival promises to bring all that and more.

The festival is set to take place on the weekend of 15-16 June 2019 and is one you do not want to miss out on.

June 15th is the cultural walk, which starts at the Rydavale sports grounds in Phoenix and ends at the Princess Magogo stadium in Kwa Mashu. Be sure to register For FREE by clicking here

There after, you can cool off with some sport, music and entertainment! Check the line up below

June 16th, you can expect a blazing line-up of entertainment.

This year the festival is giving local and upcoming artists a chance to showcase their sauce. Together with sensations like Sjava, Holly Rey, Emtee, Sho Madjozi, Thee Legacy, DJ Happy Gal and many more local flames, this year’s festival will surely be one to go down in the books.

Get your tickets at CompuTicket now.

R100.00 gets you in and if you wanna be alil extra #wink. Upgrade and get your VIP ticket at just R250.00.

Check the line up below:

The June 16th We Are One Festival line up

Upcoming artists that will be performing

Last but certainly not the least and my favourite of them all, the Fun Fair #whoopwhoop.

Be sure to bring the kids or to bring out the kid you!

Add a pep in your step, get the wind blowing in your hair, Or, just get a real cute selfie with the carnival magic behind you 😁…

Entry to the funfair is again FREE. Just make sure the little ones are supervised.

With so much flavour and tons in store for you, me, dad and the kids. Let’s meet up and make it a youth / fathers day mash-up.

Visit the We Are One Festival Facebook page for more updates. Click here and be sure to show up so we can make it show down!

Love and carnival light always, from just an ordinary girl 💋

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Abandoned babies: My view. My rant. My input to implement change.

People have recently took to social media to voice their comments and concerns after a new born baby girl was rescued from a manhole in Newlands East, Durban.

You can read more about that here

Can I just commend the folk involved in rescuing this baby and the many other abandoned babies out there. And an even huger thank you to all the baby and kiddies homes out there. You guys are making a difference!

As always, majority of our community members used this opportunity to judge, belittle and curse the mother of this baby without knowing who abandoned the baby or what the mother’s situation was. I for one, felt for that baby. As a woman who has lost a kid and is looking to have my own soon, my heart bled for that little girl and I could somewhat understand the anger and frustration from everyone but till an extent.

For me, my heart bled even more for the mother of that baby. I kept thinking and wondering what space she must have been in to do something like that. I kept wondering how desperate she must have been in.

Personally, I know what difficult situations can do and the state they can sometimes leave you in… And not all of us deal with these difficulties or aftermaths in the same manner.

I mean I know God has a plan and part of me felt like he knew that he would protect that baby and so I couldn’t help but think that just maybe it all happened because this mum needs help.

*rant begins*

As women we often go through so much and yet it becomes so easy for us to tear someone else down without knowing their story. Imagine if that was your sister, niece, cousin or friend… and you knew nothing about what they were facing but came to hear of it after. Would you still judge as harshly as you are now?

As a community, our first reaction is to judge from behind a phone or keyboard. That’s one of our biggest problems; quick to vent and complain but not many put their hands up to actually change a situation.

We become vial and suddenly play the roles of being sinless or holier than thou. We forget that there may be things that we are not particularly proud of that we may have done, be it an affair, sex before marriage, gossiping, lying, stealing, drugging, murder etc etc…you can see where I’m going with this.

It is so important to know that opinions are just that and they never warrant us judging someone just because they sin differently to us, especially without knowing all the facts.

We fail to think that maybe this is an opportunity for us as a community to change and become more proactive. Look at the devil.

Maybe if this mom knew that her community would stand by her through what ever she was going through as opposed to knowing how we usually judge and so would judge her irrespective, or even knowing how she’d be blasted on social media(because that’s what we do) , just maybe the outcome would have been different.

We use our energy on prying on other people’s pain,… Maybe to prevent us from actually looking at ourselves and taking accountability for the wrongs we’ve done. You don’t call that justice. It’s actually pathetic. We complain about racism, sexism, terrorism but oppression towards people who make mistakes, or suffer from mental disorders or feel like they don’t have any other way out becomes okay…how messed up is that. And even if they are “whores” or whatever else one might call them… It is not our place to judge.

*rant ends*

I’d like for something positive to come out of this, even if it is just awareness.

WE know that there are alternatives to dumping unwanted kids… But for someone battling a mental illness or disorder or going through a difficult time… sometimes their judgment is clouded.

Can we circulate alternatives? Letting distressed mums to be or mums who feel they don’t have options, know that they actually do have options?

Mothers can leave their unwanted babies at a baby safe. There is an organization dedicated to making baby safes to prevent babies being abandoned. For more information or even if you’d like to sponsor, please click here or you can google The baby safe.

There are baby safes on the Bluff. In Amanzimtoti, PMB and Durban North.

Extracted from The baby safe website

And if you you are anywhere else in the country, the website has a list of baby safes in other provinces as well.

If you know of any other way, like Crisis Centre information or where people can find out more about family planning and contraceptives etc. Please comment below or share it on your social media platforms, in your community or even at your work place?

We need to take our community back and we are only as strong as our weakest link… Let that sink in.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary community member.

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Pinktober event: attended on behalf of SA Bloggers

On Saturday I had the amazing opportunity of attending the Al Ansaar Cancer Support Group’s 9th annual Chai day on behalf SA Bloggers

Read my review of the event by clicking here

Love and light always, from just an ordinary blogger

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Gender equality: a social norm or still an issue?

I was asked to comment on this topic for Tabloid Media newspaper.

Take a read by clicking Here and scrolling to page 10 of 16.

I would love to have your views on gender equality and how it should be viewed in this day and age.

Love and light always!

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#BloggingAMA

So I’ve gotten asked to share my blogging journey on an international general discussion Forum #AMA aka *Ask Me Anything*

I’ve given a brief description of my blogging journey, you can find the link Here , and you guys are welcome to participate and #AskMeAnything regarding my blogging journey on my #amafeed

I want this to be as successful as it can, as I want more young people to get involved and learn more about blogging.

I will appreciate all and any support

Love and light always fam,

From just an ordinary girl