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I’m going to Brazil 🇧🇷😀

I began writing this post Thursday Evening, after I won my annual star award. I finally have a moment to post it. If you remember, I posted my thoughts and emotions after I had won a quarterly star award. If you missed that post, click here.

After I had won my annual star award. I began to reflect and all thoughts lead to this post. For those who don’t know, a star award is part of a recognition programme to acknowledge staff within the business for the work that they do. It is the most prestigious award that one could win, within the Discovery organisation…i know right?!

With that said, here it goes 🤗

The wind down

Driving back to the hotel and my mind is on the phenomenal company I work for, the people who have impacted my journey and it’s honestly trying to comprehend that next year, I (an ordinary from Newlands East) will be going to THE Brazil.

I was so emotional, as was I when I found out that l had won a quarterly award. I kept replaying the moment I heard my name being announced and the phenomenal love and celebration I received from people I’d never have known, if it weren’t for this opportunity, my family and my friends. It’s been a remarkably rough year for me and I’m sure for many others, it got to a point where staying afloat was becoming more and more difficult. This award is a reminder of my warrior spirit and will continue to serve as my reminder when I feel I’m not capable or worthy.

The emotion

When they called my name, my brain had to process whether they’d actually called it, I froze in dire disbelief and kept thinking “did I actually hear my name or was it my inner thoughts imagining how it would be if my name was actually called.” Reality set in when I got hugged left right and centre and then the things us women do when we can’t control our excitement began… Yes, I screamed and then cried.

I couldn’t think who to call first, it at one point felt like an asthma attack was coming on hahahaha #imaginethat

When the confiti fell and photos were taken, I felt an immense sense of gratitude to God for always just showing up and showing off at the times it’s needed.

As a side note, I’ve always been drawn to Brazil, their colourful culture and free spirited individuals. My name on mxit (do you guys remember that instant messaging app) was Ms Brazil and my mom would always refer to me as her Brazilian queen and then look at God…like he noted these things and said hey, when you need it the most, I will whip out this big break.

I felt gratitude towards the very many people that have taken a chance on me, who have said yes to me and an idea, those who said no to me, those who invested their time and knowledge in me, my trainers, simulations team leader, every team leader I’ve worked under, my colleagues who inspire me daily in one form or another, management for always leading from the front and my family and friends for always reminding me that I can do whatever I set my mind to do and who never allowed me to fail without trying my utmost best.

Working hard is one thing, but having people by your side to support and grow you is something else. That’s the organisation I work for and the people I’m surrounded by, all of whom Ive always been particular fond of.

The aftermath

Fast forward to the next morning. I’ve barely slept because I think I’m still in shock. I feel special, I feel like what I do honestly matters, I feel overjoyed because let’s be honest, I wouldn’t be able to afford this trip any time soon, on my own. I feel loved, by the many messages filtering through, the kind words and affirmations.

And these are just a few

Seeing a company so dedicated to recognizing the work it’s people does and to this extent is just remarkable to witness. Again, to say that I am honored would be an understatement.

So do everything with love, work hard and trust that it always pays off. Acknowledge the people you think are worthy and just continue to grow in love, light, faith and knowledge. The world has one of everybody else, what it needs is you, so leave a piece of you in everything that you do.

To everyone who has played a role in my journey and took the time and effort to groom me, this isn’t just my award. It’s ours and I thank you.

Love and light always, for just an ordinary girl going to Brazil

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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 ❤️