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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


❤️ and 💡🌈 always from just an ordinary girl 

Love, life & everything's else in between, motivation and inspiration, personal

#QOTD #38

I’m so excited for this quote of the day (QOTD) prompt that I’ve been doing. It’s one of THE most consistent prompts that I’ve kept up with. This and the #DFH prompt (dear future husband) you should go check those out (: 

Anyway, moving along onto today’s #QOTD 

Love is not just a verb, it’s you looking in the mirror.

~ Kendrick Lamar 

You got it! It’s from his 🎶 colab with Drake: Poetic justice
I’ve always been drawn to these lyrics because I believe in its truth. I felt for some reason that it would be fitting for today’s #QOTD


Love is a doing word, I agree, but accepting and loving your self first is essential.

I say so, because only once you accept and love yourself, will you be comfortable with letting somebody else accept you and love you. 

Only when you accept and love yourself, will you be able to sincerely accept and love others.

Looking in the mirror, self reflecting and righting your wrongs is a form of love for yourself. So yes, love is a doing word but most importantly, 


Such a profound message in such a few words. Words have power people! 

Go on now, spread that love 🙂

♥️ and 💡🌈 from just an ordinary girl 

All pictures courtesy and google and Pinterest 

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#QOTD #37

Be that flower that gives it’s fragrance to even the hand that crushes it 

~ Islamic proverb 

We’ve all been hurt or betrayed at some point in our lives and in many cases, it’s often by those we love the most. I chose this quote because it brings through the essence of forgiveness so beautifully. 

Forgiveness is not a feeling. It’s a choice we make everyday, choosing peace and making a conscious effort to let go of painful burdens and anger. 

It’s a choice we make to clear our hearts of all things ill to make place for all things good; love and light. 

We often read or hear folk say that forgiveness is more for us than it is for the person or people we’re forgiving and I call truth! 

Here’s why:

Choosing to forgive someone is not an act of weakness, if anything, it is courage and strength personified! 

We don’t forgive a person because they necessarily deserve it but rather because we deserve the peace. Let that sink in for a second.

… We know how hurtful situations can literally drain a person; mentally , physically and emotionally! But in saying that, they often force us to realize just how strong we are and I reckon peace is something we definitely deserve after such ordeals.

We should never forget that even when we’re crushed, we still have purpose, like the crushed flower that can still provide fragrance; something pleasant, something refreshing, something…delightful!
When somebody does something hurtful or bad to us, it’s a reflection of them and not of us. It’s essential for us to understand and remember this.


So I say, Be that flower, bloom beautifully, be crushed and let the world smell your scent. Then, make your come back and grow again.

Life is a journey, filled with ups and downs…let’s embrace it all and let’s choose to forgive along the way. Life is way too short to be festering feelings of anger, hurt, pain and suffering.

Make that choice (: 

All images courtesy of google and Pinterest.

✌🏼 |♥️|😃🌈 from just an ordinary girl 

Girl power, Love, life & everything's else in between, motivation and inspiration, personal

#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 favs❤️

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 🥇 We got this! 😎 💪🏼 

|leave your mark 💋|wear your 😃|go get your victory 🏆 

❤️|💡and 🌈 from just an ordinary girl 

Girl power, Love, life & everything's else in between, motivation and inspiration, personal

#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! 

❤️|💡and 🌈 from just an ordinary girl 

Go on with your exclusive self (: 

Love, life & everything's else in between, motivation and inspiration, personal

#QOTD #34

This quote is one that I make conscious effort to live by. It’s the one quote I often use when I’m feeling down and even when I’m feeling like I’m ontop of the 🌎.

It actually comes from one of my all time fav fairytales!


And it goes: 

Have courage and be kind.

~ Cinderella

How beautiful. Short and sweet!

Being courageous does not mean you have to be mean, disrespectful or proud. 

To have courage and also to maintain humility and kindness for me, is something so beautiful and can sometimes be so difficult to get the both right. Hence the beauty. 

Once you find the balance, Only then I say, can you shout out loud: MAMA I MADE IT! 

Have courage to work through the tough times and lows that life can sometimes throw and then be kind enough to share the little you have, even when being kind seems like the hardest to do. Kind enough even when you have everything that your heart desires.

I simply love it ♥️

Come, Let’s all 


❤️ | 💡|and 🌈 from just an ordinary girl 😊

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Capturing motion 

Playing catch up is always so much of fun. I actually feel like I have a purpose lol.

Another theme of the #developingyoureye course, which I’m so behind with, was to capture motion.

So I literally struggled with this one. Then, one of my friends showed me this  Fidget spinner that apparently has everybody going cray ( haven’t heard of it before) but it’s said to help reduce stress and has all of these other exciting pros and beneficial properties.

Fidget spinner

So I saw this thing spinning and I promise you, it’s like my lightbulb just switched on and I was like ” ooh ooh ooh I need to capture this”. Obviously I got WTF stares…see what I mean when you’re brain is always looking or thinking of  ways to capture things lol 🙈

So here’s my attempt at capturing motion, tell me what you think:


I think it’s pretty cool. 

Here’s to capturing more things around me! 

Love and light, from just an ordinary girl