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I won a quarterly Star Award

The begining

From the first day I walked inside the KZN DH (my employer) offices, I knew I wanted to do great things.

My journey at DH was the start of a new Era for me. Leaving behind a toxic marriage, getting over the death of my son, and two grans; I knew I needed to dust myself off and steer this ship into positive, calmer waters. DH was the begining of that journey.

I’ve worked my behind off, trying to better myself both personally and in my career. And when I heard what a star award was and everything you needed to exude and possess to be nominated or even to win one, I knew I wanted to hold the title of this award. Not for the title itself, but to prove to myself that I am worthy and I possess all the right qualities to keep myself ahead and afloat.

Random info bits

Everyone who knows me, knows that 2013/14 were the toughest years of my life.

What people don’t know is that 2018/19 were even tougher.

Battling health issues, an array personal soul-eating and positive sucking battles, being a student whilst juggling work and personal projects, I found myself working triple time just to stay afloat. This is how I’ve been feeling.

Fighting battles that challenged my spirit, my faith, my character, my identity and almost surrending.

It’s been rough and tough. I’ve never been challenged this much. But I know that you only grow when you’re out of your comfort zone.

The call

Friday, 07 June 2019, I went to get some rest to prep myself for a night of studying. I get a phone call telling me that I’ve won a quarterly Star award. I was in shock. Literally. All I remember was thanking the management team and then crying when I put the phone down.

There were other times I’d deem myself “on top of my game” or “worthy” but of late I’ve been feeling burnt out. Drowning almost. Never in a 1000 Years did I expect that I’d be chosen to win at this point. I mean I knew I’ve been working and working hard. But that’s never been an option; not working hard. I guess with all the negative stuff thats been around me, it felt too good to be true. Like this was my break almost.

What the award means to me

This award is confirmation to myself that I still have so much more fight, so much more passion, so much more to give. It’s God’s way of telling me I am enough and that the devil cannot and will not steal my joy. It’s the universes way of telling me to keep my head up and keep going because I am one of its brightest stars and my shine has not been dulled. It’s my employers way of telling me that my efforts are not unnoticed.

Know this

I’ve never ran from adversity. It’s not in my DNA to. Even when I don’t know it, my body’s natural instinct is to gear up and fight my best fight. I may have been down temporary, but this girl is coming back with a vegence.

Thank you

Thank you to all my team leaders. From my extended hour team to where I’m currently at as a client relationship manager. I could never have gotten this far with out you guys. To my dearest work friends that have now become my family, thank you for always encouraging me and pushing me. To the management team thank you for leading by example and paving the way for us. Thank you for believing in me. For the person who nominated me, thank you for deeming me worthy of your time and of this award. I am forever grateful. To my family and my husband, thank you for never letting me stay down, for never allowing me to throw my own pity party, for always encouraging me. And then last but but least, shukr Allah, for listening to me and putting me through trials and tribulations to teach me the lessons I needed to be taught. Thank you for never giving up on me. I am forever grateful.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary quarterly star award winner ❤️

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#QOTD #78: Hard work

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I came across this quote at the back of a Huletts sugar sachet and it inspired me.

It says:

If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today

~ African proverb


Nothing that’s ever worth it is easy. Hard work, determination and prayer is the only combination key to success.

You have to start somewhere and that somewhere generally is at the very beginning; the bottom.

As humans we have a tendency of wanting to skip the hard work and the being patient part and tend to always want instant results. So we become ambitious, take on everything and then crash before not even one of those things we took on are complete or achieved.

This proverb for me highlights the concept that success isn’t overnight and that it takes hard work and determination to reach your end goal. It highlights that there are no easy ways or overnight shenanigans when it comes to success.

So if you’re not where you need to be, do what you can today, tomorrow and even the day after that and trust and believe that one day, your mountain ⛰ (goal) will be moved (achieved).

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl

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Acknowledgement: A gap cover claim, A Friday lunch to die for and a Sunday message : I can and I will.

Its been hella cray of late. So many things going wrong. Back on blood pressure pills, weight fluctuating, drowning in my position, BF leaving for another city…thats just to name a few.

Isnt it amazing how when we feel this way, there are so many little things that occur that helps restore our faith, that says: Its going to be okay, you”re doing great! That validates the person you are and your existance. These 3 little moments is what is my motivation to keep on going: A Gap cover claim, my last Friday lunch and a Sunday evening message.

A Gap cover claim
So, a couple of weeks ago, I was assisting in our walk-in centre. I had the privellage of meeting an elderly, 73 year old man. He was desperate to get a claim of his sorted after receiving a letter from one of the service providers threatening him to put him on ITC. We got chatting and he explained what an issue it is not being able to manage or own an email address. The statement was dated last year June or July and he only received it in Decemeber.

Anyway, with that we required amendments on some of the claims, so we got cracking, called some provides and it was agreed that they would send the claims in within 2-3 days. Mr X, we shall refer to him as, was thrilled but concerned because he needed to submit the shortfalls to his Gap cover and he didnt have a fax or email facility. So, I offered to await the amended accounts and once reprocessed, to send it off to his gap cover. He was ever so appreciative.

After much deliberation and fighting back and forth with them, Mr X came to our walk-in centre last week on Thursday and asked to speak to me, when I got the call, I was anxious, did his claim still not pay? Did I perhaps do something wrong?

I get there and see the most pleasant sincere smile, greeted with a hug and I get handed this.

My gift

I was super emo, I didnt expect it, I would have done the same for my granparents,he couldnt stop thanking me. He said he had received the funds and had paid the provider and they have acknowledged the payment.

Seeing that smile and knowing that I had assisted in taking one less worry away from a 73 year old man, whose wife is battling cancer, was just so humbling. I felt blessed, that God used me, such an ordinary, to help this family. I can and I will use what God has blessed me with to help others.

Last Friday’s lunch

Last week sometime I received a meeting request inviting me to a TOP PERFORMER celebration. Initially I thought they had made an error, for some reason I dont deem my success by my metrics, which could be bad I suppose, but more so on the impact I have on people and my being able to go the extra mile to assist them.


Nevertheless, I had accepted. It was for Friday between 2-3 pm. So we enter the Auditorium and are welcomed with food, lol how awesome. A wide-spread of finger foods and gorgeous desserts. If that wasnt enough, we had the privellage of spending that time with the other Top Performers in different departments and with our Service Executive and our Service Managers.

We got to listen to their success stories…and it has never become more apparent how important hard work and perseverance is. These people literally started where we all did, at the bottom. They were not trust fund kids or handed out stuff freely…again, God spoke. He chose me to sit amongst these guys and listen to how at points, they felt like giving up and giving in….but by persevering, they overcame their hurdles. Just what I needed to hear. I can and I will overcome my health, personal and career hurdles. What an inspiration booster.

A Sunday evening message.

At this point, After Fridays lunch, I felt inspired. I thought I would blog about it then, But I was so exhausted from the day. I had a busy weekend and very tiring Sunday morning, got home around 15:00 and decided to nap and put my phone on charge. I woke up to such a beautiful message and had one of the most deliberating conversations with one of Gods Angels on earth. She actually inspired this post. Isnt it amazing to know that by just being yourself, flaws and all, it can impact people. I got acknowledged in a way I hadnt been in ages.

Isnt it lovely!

I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and inorder to be empowered, you need to empower others. I live by ” be the change you want to see”. Purely to try and better the person I was yesterday. I can and I will continue to use the gift of acknowledgement. It is these little moments that make the biggest difference, atleast in my life it does

Thank you Mr X! Thank you Discovery Health and thank you my Trishy pooh and everybody else that inspires and encourages me.

Blessed week to you all.


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