Meet The Women In My Life – Part 26 – Joy

Womens Month 2019 - Joy Moyo

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with another hardworking career woman in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  She is such a beam of light and a force to behold. Many people around the world will know her as she works in tourism. Meet my fun and feisty friend Joy…

I am blessed to have a circle of phenomenal men around me which most people don’t. Men who often don’t make a final decision before actually seeking my point of view.

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Women's Day 2019 - Joy Moyo

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Joy Moyo

Current location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Born in: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Joy Moyo - 41 - Sales and Marketing Manager (Tourism Sector)
Joy Moyo – 41 – Sales and Marketing Manager (Tourism Sector)

Hiya Joy, what makes you a woman?

My children, the phenomenal women around me and the will power to keep on going, no matter what the obstacles are.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My mother. She is a tough cookie with a beautiful soul. She’s raised her children with so little and yet gave us so much more than any material thing could give anyone.

She is a gentle woman, and her ability to embrace everyone, even people who she has differences with is mind blowing.

Joy Moyo
Joy Moyo

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

Life would probably be easy if I was a man because I wouldn’t have to work triple times to get the same respect and recognition from my peers and those one interacts with on a daily basis.

I wouldn’t have to jump through as many hoops as I have jumped through. Life would be different in the sense that I wouldn’t hold my children a little longer and enjoy the milestones and the “little” things which are little-big things to women and moms.

That said I appreciate and value being a woman as the challenges and double time we put in is worth the ride.

Customer care is at the forefront of Joys job
Customer care is at the forefront of Joy’s job

What do you struggle with most in life?

Taking care of everyone else and forgetting ‘me’ the bulk of the time.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Meeting new people, which my job affords me all the time.

Learning, learning never ends. I am blessed with the fact that I get to enjoy what I do. The tourism industry is not only work, but play and the relationships forged and friendships acquired are for a lifetime.

Joy Moyo hanging out with a couple of birds in Australia
Joy Moyo hanging out with a couple of birds in Australia

One gets to travel the world without even going anywhere.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Be your sister’s keeper. Fix another sister’s crown every time you get the chance.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Value the women in your life and in general. Give credit where it’s due without the double standards, because even if the double standards are put to deter women, women are rocks and once they put their mind into doing something, they will do it.

Joy in action with her fitness boot camp buddies
Joy in action with her fitness boot camp buddies

What is your dream?

I have a lot of dreams…

To grow old and see my children flourish in life. To see women uplifting each other in life.

Joy with her son
Joy with her son

To grow my business network which has steadily grown and awesome contacts and referrals always coming.

I want to continue travelling and showing my children the endless possibilities this world has in store.

Anything else you’d like to add?

II am blessed to have a circle of phenomenal men around me which most people don’t. Men who often don’t make a final decision before actually seeking my point of view.

Problem solving on the job
Problem solving on the job

For that, I thank you because I don’t have to jump hoops anymore. That is huge and equally I have a circle of phenomenal women who not only support me at work but support each other’s children and families.

Thanks Joy xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 15 – Meredith

Graduation Day

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my good longtime friend, Meredith…

Most importantly, you can control the story you tell yourself about yourself, what you are capable of, and the possibilities that are open to you as a result.

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Women's Day 2019 - Meredith

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Meredith Moyo

Current location: Kampala, Uganda

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Meredith - 37 - Organization Development Consultant
Meredith – 37 – Organization Development Consultant

So Meredith, what makes you a woman?

From a purely naturalistic perspective, my biology makes me a woman and I think that it defines my interactions with the world.  But as YHWH’s child I also believe that the way I’m created spiritually also makes me a woman and that defines my interactions with Him and with other human beings.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

I’m privileged to have had many strong but compassionate women as role models throughout my lifetime but above them all my mother stands out as the one I respect the most.  I admire her because of her adventurous spirit, her loyalty, her kindness and generosity, and her incredible humility.

She suffered incredible personal loss but instead of being bitter and withdrawn, she gave compassion back to the world around her; she was very accomplished in this regard, but if you met her you would  never know how much she did because she was so humble.

Making new friends!
Making new friends!

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

If I were a man, I think my career would still be my greatest focus.  One of my joys as a woman has been giving birth to, and raising, my two children.

From a practical perspective, though, it required that I slow down my career progression to give them more focused attention.  I have no regrets in this regard but I think that if I were a man my professional path would be very different.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I struggle with maintaining a unified identity in which I choose how I see myself and that choice reflects a whole and complete person.  It’s a struggle because the messages I get from society all fragment my identity and try to put me in a box.

I’m often identified first as my husband’s wife, or my children’s mother.  I have to work hard to maintain my own identity as an individual independently of these roles and to share that more complete self with people I encounter.

Graduation Day

There was a “me” BEFORE the family, and that “me” still exists and still needs to be nurtured in addition to the parts of me that are more socially visible right now.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Paradoxically (in light of the struggle I describe above), caring for my family has become my greatest joy.  It certainly is hard work, but it’s fulfilling in a way that I truly didn’t expect, and that, I find delights me in new ways every day.

Walking through life with these delightful people has given me new perspective and a wider appreciation for all the good there still is in the world.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

You are ultimately responsible for the path you choose in life.  You can’t always control what the world throws at you, but you can control how you respond.

Most importantly, you can control the story you tell yourself about yourself, what you are capable of, and the possibilities that are open to you as a result.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

I would like to ask men to be conscious about being kind.  Many men already are and I’m grateful to them…

Kindness goes a long way in making the world a nicer place to be for all of us.  When men are intentional in directing that kindness, it has a huge impact.

Good times! Meredith and me in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

What is your dream?

I’m living it.  What I’ve always longed for, is to be surrounded by people I love, to be fulfilled by what I do each day, and to be able to sleep peacefully at night.

Anything else you’d like to add?

The 21st century increasingly demands that we have a global perspective on all aspects of life.  As women, its especially important to be able to recognize our shared realities in spite of the vast differences in experience that we may have due to where and how we live.  I think that seeing as much of the world firsthand as we can, is really helpful in building empathy which is really what International Women’s Day is all about.

Hang time

Thanks Meredith xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 14 – Bianca

Womens Day 2019 - Bianca Omar Nyandoro

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my cousin Bianca…

I love being a mom. There’s nothing quite like it.

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Women's Day 2019 - Bianca Omar Nyandoro

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Bianca Omar Nyandoro

Current location: Norton, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Bianca Omar Nyandoro - 42 - Farmer
Bianca Omar Nyandoro – 42 – Farmer

What makes you a woman?

The fact that I can multi task, and my kids calling me mum.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

Wow 😲 My mum and gran. In fact, all the women in my family. They have all played a part in my life. I’ve learnt something from each one. I’ve never seen my mom or gran sad, they are always smiling and praising God. My tetes (my father’s sisters) are just as awesome, I love them to bits.

Bianca with cousins Ramona and Tanya next to our great grandmother (Gogo)
Bianca with cousins Ramona and Tanya next to our great-grandmother (Gogo)

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

Truth is, I don’t think I would want to be a man. Men have so much on their shoulders. Some carry it well, some just don’t.

Bianca's mother Anifa, her brother David and sister Sasha
Bianca’s mother Anifa, her brother David and sister Sasha

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I struggle with people who go out of their way to hurt others. Why?

…and the African Sun! 😓

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I love being a mom. There’s nothing quite like it.

Family vibes in Harare
Family vibes in Harare with kids, husband, cousin, aunts, niece and gran

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

To the young single woman. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. Wait on God to give you a man. Don’t allow a man to treat you far less then you are… a queen. And do behave like one.

Bianca with her cousin Karyn
Bianca with her cousin Karyn

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Men, God created you first, and he was so proud when he was done. God even said “this is good.” So men, do everything in the way God created you to.

What is your dream?

My dream is to have a revival in the community I live in, and to build a retirement village and children’s shelter. These will be for my kids.

Bianca with her best friend Hazel
Bianca with her best friend Hazel

Anything else you’d like to add?

It was God’s plan to create Bianca and in his image. So I’m truly blessed to be a woman.

Thanks Bianca xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 5 – Tanya

Womens Month 2019 - Tanya Sibanda

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my cousin Tanya…

My dream is to build an empire for my kids.

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International Women's Day 2019 - Tanya Sibanda

 

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Tanya Sibanda

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe

Tanya Sibanda - 38 - Service Advisor in the Motor Industry
Tanya Sibanda – 38 – Service Advisor in the Motor Industry

Hiya cuz, what makes you a woman?

What makes me a woman is the fact that I put the house in order. My strength, and having a forgiving heart.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

The woman I respect the most is my mother and my gran too. They are the two in my answer because they have big hearts, humbleness and strength, and also for them bringing me up to be the woman I am today 🥰

Tanya Sibanda and her mother Abiba Omar
Tanya Sibanda and her mother Abiba Omar

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like, as compared to
now?

If I was a man, I think I would do things differently compared to what some men do and I would love unconditionally.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

In life, I struggle most with the wrong choices I made when I was growing up. For example, falling pregnant at a young age. I don’t regret having my son at all 🥰 it’s just the fact I ended up being with the wrong people because I was looking for love.

But then my son is such a blessing to me and watching him grow up to be a young man is so overwhelming ☺☺

It’s no secret that the biggest mistakes we make are the ones that affect us the most. It’s these mistakes that have the most dire consequences, ones that are usually irreversible.

Tanya Omar - Sibanda
Tanya Omar – Sibanda

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy spending time with my kids. Watching them grow is priceless. They keep me going.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

I would like to tell other women out there that, no matter what challenges you face in this lifetime, keep your head up high, stand strong and keep pushing. Women are fighters and they never give up!!!

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

I would like to tell men that us women are way stronger than they may think and women are able to smile, even though their hearts are bleeding inside… and we believe in love.

Tanya Sibanda
Tanya Sibanda

What is your dream?

My dream is to build an empire for my kids.

Anything else you would like to add?

Lastly my favourite statement: I don’t like the term HOUSE WIFE, I prefer House Goddess 😉🌻

Thanks Tanya xo

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