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Who is she?

I see my entire journey as an artist and musician as a road to developing and understanding purpose

~ Red Robyn


I haven’t done a feature blog in forever, this being one of the very many reasons that I’m particularly stoked about this one. I think it is fitting that I published this considering that it is our National Youth day. In hope that this can inspire our youth to chase their dreams, work hard and remain humble.

Journey with me as we explore and get to know an artist and a musician whose popularity is gaining all the right kinds of momentum on our social media streets.

Her music, authentic pic gallery, sentimentality and kind nature are just a few of the stitches that make the Red Robyn quilt.

I was privileged enough to make her acquaintance and felt obliged to do this feature. The world needs to know about her so please stay with us till the end.

The Gist

Name: Ashleigh Robyn De Gee
Age: 22
Hometown: Bluff, Durban South Africa
Schools attended: Brighton Beach Primary & Grosvenor Girls High School
Tertiary institute attended: University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)

Course studied
: Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama performance and currently an honors student in drama and performance studies (#Levels)
Hobbies:

  • Gardening
  • Flower arrangements
  • Drawing
  • Collaging with old pictures (can you see why I was instantly drawn to her? but wait! there’s more)

Favorite food (My favorite question): Pasta & Curries
Favorite artists ( I was sold when she answered this question): 

  • Nai Palm from Haitus Kayote
  • Erykah Badu
  • Corine Bailey Rae
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Chance the rapper
  • Nomane gypsy

Find her interesting yet? read along for more insight.If love, light and sentimentality is what you’re about, you are going to be blown away!

Q & A’s – getting to know Red robyn

Q: When did you know you that you wanted to pursue the Arts?
A: I always knew [that] I wanted to be in the arts, from about 4/5 years old.
I always loved to draw, dance and sing. I come from a family [that] was always surrounded by music so it was an easy decision for me to make.

I’ve always loved how music and the arts can speak to hearts in a very personal way. I knew [that] I wanted to be able to bring healing to people through music and the arts. Now its just about being faithful to the journey as a full time artist.

Q: Why the stage name Red Robyn
A: My second name is Robyn, after my grandfather. His name was Robin which comes from the Robin bird. I’m obsessed with symbolism and meaning so I went searching for the meaning of the Robin Bird. I came across a story of the Red Robin Bird and how it supposedly got it’s colour from sitting on Jesus’ [peace and blessings upon him] head when he died. I thought it meant that there is beauty in everything and the name stuck with me. I just thought it would be a name that would always encourage me to be bold even though I may be small/ of little importance. (you’re going to touch the world I say)

I’m so deep about everything hahaha. I literally have a story and a reason for everything.

(How special is this?)

Q: Walk us through some of the struggles/ challenges you face as an upcoming artist

A: There has definitely been hard times. Currently, I am a full-time, free lance artist and it can be difficult financially as gigs don’t always pay very well. Being an independent artist also means that you are your own PR, your own manager, events coordinator and stylist you know .. its all you. It can be overwhelming sometimes to have to always believe in yourself and carry your own name. It definitely pays off though, nothing can replace all the lifelong friendships made and the people who have been impacted by the live gigs and the music online. I never thought even 50 people would listen to my music but I am constantly surprised by all the love. ( and here’s to plenty more love, light and support

She makes the struggle look beautiful

Q: What are some of the projects you’ve worked on and/or will be working on?

A: In the last few months I have been working on an experimental musical (film) with the AFDA ( South African school of Motion Picture medium and live performances) students of the Durban North branch. (Click Here to watch the trailer). I have also been working on a collaborative mix tape with my musical partner and boy friend, Jaedon Daniel ( def an awww moment) who is the founder of the BLVCK crystals. We also went up to Cape Town in March [2017] to record two brand new singles with Red Bull Studios CPT, that was probably the craziest coolest experience, a momentous time for both of our careers.

In the next few months I will be working on a solo album and a few more collabs , as well as a staged musical production.

( Well I simply cannot wait!)

Q: What are your future aspirations ( the answer to this was so inspiring)

A: My ultimate dream is to develop a syllabus that uses the 7 intelligence theory as a foundation for developing the strengths in students from as young as 5. I see my entire journey as an artist and musician as a road to developing and understanding purpose, that will then be put into practice through the development of the syllabus. I would also like to win a Grammy , just for just hahaha. Each day presents new challenges so I try not to expect anything but to rather be open to everything. I think purpose and destiny are the two things that keep me moving forward though.

Let’s wrap it up 

My say

If you had to ask me who Red Robyn is, I will tell you that she is a movement, a force to be reckoned with. 

Red Robyn, May your journey be fruitful and may you always remain as true, dedicated and humble as you are. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity of doing this feature on you. #bless

What an amazing feature and now you can understand why I am so excited about this piece.

Please show some love, you can gain access to the links of Red Robyn’s music by visiting her Facebook page @redrobynmusic


โค๏ธ and ๐Ÿ’ก๐ŸŒˆ always from just an ordinary girl 

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#QOTD #36


One of my friends and I were speaking about quotes yesterday and she reminded me of one that Is so relevant. It’s a quote that would apply to us always, irrespective of what age we are, where we’re living or what job we’re in.

One of my favourite authors once wrote:

Nothing that’s worthwhile, is ever easy.

~ Nicholas Sparks 


It really is no wonder why he’s one of my favsโค๏ธ

This quote resonates so well with me. The pleasure we feel and the sense of pride we have when we achieve something that we’ve worked so hard for, can never be compared to any other victory that we may have achieved.


I think the most important part of it all is figuring out what is worthwhile and then gearing ourselves to go out and get it. 

Whether it is a degree you’re working towards, a career goal you’re trying to achieve, a book you’re trying to complete, a simple weight goal or even a relationship that you’re in.. it’s important to remember, that if it’s worthwhile and if it is the real thing, it definitely is not going to be easy. Nothing that comes easy is ever worthwhile. Remember that. If it seems too good to be true, generally it is.

If it’s worthwhile, You’re gonna be forced out of your comfort zone at times, you’re going to feel like giving up at others, you’re even going to feel like pulling your hair out whilst asking why am I doing this to myself…but it’s at that very point of wanting to give up, that we should persevere. It’s at that very time, that we should take one small step after another, endure patience and just keep swimming as Dori would say!


So let’s keep on that grind because its definitely going to be worthwhile.

Baby steps. Patience and perseverance.

See you all at the finish line ๐Ÿฅ‡ We got this! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ 

|leave your mark ๐Ÿ’‹|wear your ๐Ÿ˜ƒ|go get your victory ๐Ÿ† 

โค๏ธ|๐Ÿ’กand ๐ŸŒˆ from just an ordinary girl 

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#QOTD #35

Keeping up with the lessons learned from fairytales and gaining a better understanding as to why I’m so drawn to one particular fairytale (Cinderella) more than the rest, here’s another quote I simply adore. 

The greatest risk any of us will take, is to be seen as who we are.

~ Cinderella 

The greatest and most rewarding risk I say.

I truelly believe that we are only free, once we don’t allow what people think of us, affect us.


In a world that demands you to think, feel, look and act in a certain way, it’s becoming more and more difficult to see somebody stay true to who they are. And when you do, it is just simply amazing. 

We all go through a phase where we lose sleep over what others may think or say about us. That phase where we will do or wear a certain thing just to fit in. If you’ve never been affected by this, lol kudos to you. But I can definitely relate.

Now though, I really couldn’t be bothered with what folk have to say because remaining true to my self and who I am will always take first presidence! 

I do whatever feels good within my soul, even if it doesn’t fit the norm or standards of society. I wear whatever feels good on the day, whether it’s tracks, a tee and slops or whether it’s the prettiest dress with the cutest of sandals. I brush my hair when I feel like and then other days I don’t bother. My make up will be on fleek some days and then on others, I leave the house make-upless ( not sure if that’s a word but it’s fitting). I do what I need to do for ME and never have I been more comfortable in my own skin. 
I also have been really insecure about my weight. It’s a struggle I’ve been battling out for years now. This still bothers me from time to time however, I’ve realized that if I can’t love myself the way I am now, how do I expect anybody else to love me the way that I am and so whilst losing weight to be healthier is still a thing to do, I’m learning to love myself the way that I currently am, curves, extra rolls and all!
It’s an amazing feeling, not being consumed by what other people think, say or feel when it comes to you. I reckon when and only when you’re comfortable and happy with yourself are you then able to be happy and comfortable and around and with others.

  1. Be who you are meant to be. 
  2. BeYOUtiful. 
  3. Be the original version of yourself and not a copy of somebody else. It’s worth loads more! 

You were put on this earth for a purpose, stay true to that purpose. For there will only ever be one you! 

โค๏ธ|๐Ÿ’กand ๐ŸŒˆ from just an ordinary girl 

Go on with your exclusive self (: 

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Woman: which one are you?ย 

So today, I’m sharing a quote that came to me whilst I was writing this post. I’ve been seeing the behavior of some women outchea together with doing some self reflection and that got me ๐Ÿ’ญ. So here it goes…

If you know me, you’d know that I am all about empowering people, women especially. I believe us women are Devine species, we have power. We birth nations. We subtle yet fierce. We are plan makers. We’re strong, both emotionally and physically. We endure with a smile and well the list of how awesome I think we are can go on for days.


We often are quick to call out men and deem them trash, some of whom rightly deserve such tags. But let me tell you about the two kinds of women on this earth because honestly, some of us are beneath trash!

You get the woman who knows her power, she knows that she can do what men can do, but chooses not to because she knows that her Devine purpose was not to be like men. She knows that her devine purpose is to be something more powerful; support, companionship, compassion, fierce, teachers of the home, of the nation!

What she does, she knows that nobody, not even men can do. She knows that men have a purpose and so do women and so she’s only concerned with being the best she can be in fulfilling that purpose. (I aspire to be just like this)

Then you get the woman who THINKS she knows her power and Inturn misuses it. The one who judges and looks down upon her fellow sisters, the one who is more consumed with being in competition for worldly things than actually getting her eish in order. The one who is arrogant and feels like the world owes her. The one who will encourage ruthless behavior just to prove a point to validate herself. ( I’m guilty of some of these things, I never encourage ruthless behavior and I don’t compete though!) 

Women can destroy, as easily as they can build nations. 

~ me


We will never be equal to men because then we’d need to be compared to them and really! There’s no comparison.
Men were put on this earth to carry out their own set of purposes; head their homes, provide for their families,  Protect their loved ones, Persue their person of honour etc. It really wouldn’t be fair to compare! 

If we can just go back to the basics (of understanding men and women were put on this earth for different purposes) for a second, lots of things can be changed. It’s effects can be powerful. 

If we can raise women who know their power as opposed to thinking they know their power or misusing it, things like affairs, divorces, broken homes etc. will minimize. If we go back to being okay with what our sole purpose is, and force men into fulfilling what they’ve been put on this earth to do (by not settling for less) we would not have the repercussions of kids acting out coz their fathers are nowhere to be seen. Abuse to women and children will minimize and the world will just be a more respectful place to live in.  Utopian you may say? I say say it starts with you and I. 

Imagine, all this lies in the power of a woman and the choice of how she will use her God-given power. 

And no honey, God will never send you somebody else’s husband. Having an affair should not give your airs and graces about yourself. You should not feel like you’ve “won” because men aren’t prizes, and your fellow women are not your enemies. Also, gaining anything in this world on anything but merit should not make you feel proud. 

Always think, if what you do to others were to be done unto you, how would you feel. If it’s not good, you know what to do.

|Love yourself |respect yourself |Own your power |Go!


Observations from just an ordinary girl 

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Who am I?

My name is Tasneem Amos and I  am a twenty something year old female from Durban, South Africa.

I am currently a Client Relationship Manager at one of the leading medical insurance groups in South Africa and am a soon-to-be student, hoping to get my BA in communication science.

I enjoy reading, writing, blogging, cooking and baking, listening to music, socializing, public speaking, hanging out with friends and family and trying new things. I’m drawn to anything that allows me to express myself artistically.

I am an aspiring author and blogger, I’ve been blogging for about two years but really only got INTO it recently. I would love to one day do a photography course just for hobby sake.

I was married and now divorced and lost my son at birth four years ago. This actually inspired me to start writing and has helped me in my healing process. I write when I’m sad, angry, happy or even confused.

The  purpose of my blog is to write about things that affect normal folk like myself, whether it’s about  love, life, beauty, music, work etc.

it’s a place where we don’t judge, we own our flaws and do not conform to the sometimes absurd norms of society. We focus on the little things that can make one happy and appreciative.

I would love you to join me on my journey to self discovery through me blogging. I’ve signed up for blogging courses and this piece about myself was the first assignment to put out (:

So welcome, that’s pretty much all to know about me. I’m human, I make mistakes, I cry then laugh. I’m moody, I’m colourful, I’m me (:

a wonderful Wednesday to you all.

a truthful post from just an ordinary girl

 

 

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#QOTD #25

Living in a world that is becoming superficial by the minute, a world where people compete for trivial things like status, likes, followers, new cars or weeve…it really can become very easy to just flow with the current and conform.

I however, always encourage against it; competing with others on a whole. For me, it doesn’t make any sense because no two people fight the exact same struggle, at the exact same time and therefore it just doesn’t make logical sense to compete with anybody.

I think what’s more scary though, is the extent people will go to be better than the next person and usually “better” is defined by material things for these kinds of people; car, phone, job, clothes, home etc. You find people will put themselves in absurd predicaments just to prove they’re better or #winning? Lol, nah! not for me hey.

Whilst I try my best not to judge, I make it my duty to encourage many folk against conformity. This is why this quote is my #1 for today. It goes:

It’s not about being the best, It’s about being better than YOU were yesterday.

_ Unknown

Success

Short and sweet, but to the point.

So you have a competing nature? That’s OK, just channel it to compete in a healthy way and that is with yourself. Push your personal boundaries #levels. Whether it is exercise, studies, finances or health, or even small things like controlling your anger, tongue or rants; anything that you want to be better at for you and not because Shiela from next door has it or is doing it.

In order to be the best at anything, you need to be the best version of yourself. Lets focus on that ๐Ÿ™‚ Shall we?

Share some of the things you want to be better at or simply share this post to encourage others against conformity or competing on a superficial level.

Personal views,

from: Just an ordinary girl

 

 

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#QOTD #17

We are KISS’in ( Keeping It Short and Sweet) today because we know how Mondays can sometimes be ๐Ÿ˜

So…


Aaameen ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ.

Was browsing through some stuff online , and I came accross this  quote that gave me a wake-up call. If a you’re in need in one, I think this will do it for ya!

You do not have the right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding” 


~ Cheryl Strayed 

Good morning Monday, please be kind, for your own sake. ๐ŸฅŠ 

Goodmorning world ๐ŸŒŽ, be kind to yourself. You deserve it!

Love โค๏ธ and light ๐Ÿ’ก, from just an ordinary girl ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’‹