Meet The Women In My Life – Part 30 – Sasha

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 yet another cousin of mine. You’ve already met her mother Anifa and she is one the youngest featured ladies in this series thus far. Meet Sasha…

I feel self development is important. It produces growth which will always get you to where you want to be. Never be afraid to change your habits and challenge yourself.

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Women's Day 2019 - Sasha Kambarami

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

Sasha Kambarami

Current location: Bristol, UK

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Sasha Kambarami - 22 - HR Assistant
Sasha Kambarami – 22 – HR Assistant

Hi Sasha, what makes you a woman?

So much makes me a woman, it’s difficult to narrow down without describing what makes me Sasha, but I would say that being able to put others’ needs before mine and being able to multi-task, even when under pressure.

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

My mother is the woman I respect the most. She has always pushed through, regardless of what she goes through.

She has made the biggest sacrifices in order for me to be where I am today. She has the biggest heart and I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

Sasha Kambarami
Sasha Kambarami

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

Hmm I not 100% sure on this one…

I feel like it could go either way. However, there are definitely different standards for women and men.

In society, I believe it’s getting a little better but looking within my African culture, I feel there’s still a strong belief that the man is the breadwinner and the woman must stay home with children, cleaning and cooking.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

Being patient. Everything great in life takes time.
I try to work on this as I know I can achieve so much more with being patient.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy cooking! I want be an amazing cook just like my mother. Nothing warms my heart more than homemade food.

Check my working food page on instagram: Africa_Tastes

Sasha cooking up a Zim style brew
Sasha cooking up a Zim-style brew

I also enjoy planning and organising. I have a long list of places I want visit and things I want to achieve.

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you I have my whole year written down, and what I want to achieve each month.

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

If you think it is impossible then it will be impossible, but think that it is possible regardless of what things like look like at that moment in time. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve.

Us women are great and can achieve anything.

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

Always work to be your best self and everything around you will be the best.

Sasha with her mom Anifa and her brother David
Sasha with her mom Anifa and her brother David

What is your dream?

My dream is to be successful in my career, have a family of my own and to give back to my mother.

To build a life with purpose, happiness and the word of god.

To constantly be my best self.

Also maybe turn my enjoyment of cooking into something more.

Sasha Kambarami
Sasha Kambarami

Anything else you’d like to add?

I feel self development is important. It produces growth which will always get you to where you want to be.

Never be afraid to change your habits and challenge yourself.

I believe life is a learning process, it will be great but it will test you too. So always be prepared to grab it by the horns and not let it make you become weak.

Thanks Sasha xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 28 – Prachi

Womens Month 2019 - Prachi Bobhate

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 a lovely lady I met when gigging in Denmark, which I’ve done a lot over the last few years. Meet Prachi from India…

It’s just the matter of taking the first step towards the path unknown with courage, and the rest falls into place.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).

Women's Day 2019 - Prachi Bobhate

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

Prachi Bobhate

Current location: Glostrup, Denmark

Born in: Mumbai, India

Prachi Bobhate - 28 - Customer Relations,  Dancer, Writer
Prachi Bobhate – 28 – Customer Relations, Dancer, Writer

Hi Prachi, what makes you a woman?

A privilege to be born through another woman and being empathetic towards all beings; a humanist.

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

I respect every single woman who is independent and capable of standing up for herself through thick & thin.

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

If I were born as a male, then I could see my childhood being a little different in terms of patriarchal society structure. But as a grown up I cannot trace any differences. Life perhaps would have been more or less the same.

And I am happy to be born as a woman.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

A constant pressure and thus a never-ending effort to be perfect; but rationally life is a journey to grow and not to strive for perfection.

Prachi in Nyhavn Copenhagen where we first met
Prachi in Nyhavn Copenhagen where we first met

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Dance! Dance and Dance!

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

It’s just the matter of taking the first step towards the path unknown with courage, and the rest falls into place.

Prachi likes to travel when she can
Prachi likes to travel when she can

Yes you are strong, each one of you, so please remember and embrace the strength, ALWAYS!

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

You are equally amazing as we women are. Let’s be in harmony with one another.

Let’s respect one another.

And more importantly lets be HAPPY!

Happy Times!
Happy Times!

What is your dream?

To unleash the true human qualities – Empathy, Connection, Care and Kindness!

And to live life being my authentic self.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Love and accept yourself. It is necessary.

Thanks Prachi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 24 – Therese

Women's Day 2019 - Therese Rose

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 one of my musical female friends like Lauren and Claire, but I met her in Nashville on my first trip to Tennessee a few years ago. Meet one of the best vocalists I know, Therese…

My weight should not mentally effect me as much as it does… but I was born into a society where women were supposed to look and dress and act a certain way.

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Women's Day 2019 - Therese Rose

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

Therese Rose

Current location: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Born in: just outside of Detroit, Michigan, USA

Therese Rose - 38 - Singer / Music Teacher / DJ
Therese Rose – 38 – Singer / Music Teacher / DJ

Hiya Therese, what makes you a woman?

Well, the fact that I have 2 X chromosomes!

But seriously, what makes a woman special for instance is her tenacity, her strength to endure, her selflessness when taking care of others, her sweet and nurturing nature, her ferocity to protect her loved ones at all costs, her intuitive ability to multitask. I believe I have these qualities in my own way.

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

Naturally, I would have to say one of the women I respect most would be my mother. She raised five kids all on her own making minimum wage.

If something broke at home, she’d figure out how to fix it herself. Electrical, tiling, grouting, painting, light carpentry… she’d fix it. She would fix it because she didn’t have anyone else who could help and definitely didn’t have the money to hire someone.

Therese's mother
Therese’s mother

Instead of buying new dresses for my sisters and I when we were little, she would get some fabric and sew them herself.

This is the image of women I grew up with; strong, independent, and self-sufficient.

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

I believe the types of jobs I do are pretty genre-neutral.

I sing, teach music, work at a music union and DJ. Those are all jobs that nobody has an issue seeing a strong, assertive woman performing. I know that is not always the case with all jobs or in all places, and I empathize with the women that have to deal with unequal pay, job discrimination and even harassment in the workplace.

Unfortunately, I don’t know one woman who has never been harassed at some point in her life, either publicly or privately. For others, it happens everyday.

Society has been patriarchal for a long time… but it wasn’t always like that. It is not natural for humans. I believe it may stem from insecurities of males trying to compare themselves to the women that made them. Women create life. Then they raise, nurture, love and take care of these lives forever. That’s a tough act to follow for some men who maybe aren’t as emotionally-invested.

On the job, making some funky music
On the job, making some funky music

So, I don’t really know what it would be like as a man since I’ve always had to deal with the consequences of being a woman in today’s society. I used to dress down and wear an over-sized camouflaged coat, just to go to a store in Detroit hoping that would draw less attention and less catcalling.

I think that’s partly why I still wear a hat and glasses almost everyday; to be somewhat incognito. I can tell you that I would not make women feel like some men have made me feel. I would hope to have the consciousness to treat everyone as equals and not fall into the status quo of societal male behavior.

However, I am very glad to see that people are finally waking up to this injustice and doing something about it now.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I will be very honest and say what I struggle most with in my life is my weight and size. As an outsider, it seems silly to worry and get depressed over something like this. I have all my limbs, and I am generally a healthy human being. My weight should not mentally effect me as much as it does… but I was born into a society where women were supposed to look, dress and act a certain way.

It is so ingrained in my brain, that even after it became normal to see a plus-sized model, I still cannot fully see myself in the same beautiful light.

A very young Therese
A very young Therese

My mom, as strong and independent as she was, even kept a magnet on the fridge my entire childhood that read, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. I don’t think she was aware of the lasting effects that can have on a young girl. I’m learning to love myself now, after almost 40 years on this planet, but it is a difficult task, seeing as these ideals have been set in my subconscious from such a young age and on.

I can look at another full figured woman and see her beauty. I’ve even had thousands of people in my life tell me that I’m beautiful… but until I can let go of these ingrained concepts of what a perfect woman should look like, I will continue to struggle with this and will not be completely happy and in love with every part of myself.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy singing and teaching above all else. If I am not doing these two things, I feel a part of me is missing. I love singing because it is my emotional outlet. I get to unload all of my emotions and feelings into my song and rejuvenate my spirit. I’m also glad that this is something I can do to not only help myself feel better but can also enrich other lives as well.

Therese hanging with her pupils
Therese hanging with her pupils

I love teaching because I love spending time with children. I love being around their pure and unadulterated spirits. I love seeing the spark in their eyes every time they discover new talents and skills. I love helping children achieve their dreams while building strong life values and lasting confidence. This is what fuels me.

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

Love yourself! Love all your “imperfections”. Love the good and the bad. And don’t let anyone ever make you feel less than. You are all beautiful with your own charms and have the ability to do anything you want on this earth. Be nice to yourself and others, and be a support and role model for other women in your community.

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

Love yourself, too! Love yourself enough to not fall into the misogynistic and sexist actions that too many men still do out there. Treat everyone as equals and with the same respect you would give your own mother, grandmother or child.

Say what!! With the crew.
Say what!! With the crew.

Try to imagine things from a women’s point of view and be sympathetic to our needs and emotions. And if you do find yourself thinking a particularly sexist or demeaning thing, correct your perspective immediately and try not to make the same mistake again. We can all grow and change. Let’s change for the better.

What is your dream?

On a superficial level, my dream is to make enough money doing what I love that I can afford everything I need and still have some left over in the bank. If I ever had an abundance of money, I’m sure I would donate to others in need, for I truly believe we are all equal and deserve the same opportunities.

Therese in one of her first music groups
Therese in one of her first music groups

On a deeper level, I dream for happiness. I dream of getting back to a clean and healthy planet the way that Mother Nature intended. I dream that someday, we will all live in harmony again with each other and our earth.

I dream to end jealousy, insecurity, greed, waste, superiority, sexism, racism, and anything else that doesn’t align with a pure and happy soul.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would like to add that men can be pretty amazing, too, just like my dear friend producing these articles. Ryan is a bright and beautiful soul, and I often find myself seeking his advice and unconditional support. I believe we can truly change this world for the better because of people like Ryan. I love you, buddy, and thank you for this opportunity and acknowledgement!

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Thanks Therese xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 23 – Claire

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 one of my musical female friends like Lauren. We also met at Musicamp when we were younger. Meet musician mom, Claire…

Men and women think differently, and can have different expectations. Assumptions are dangerous, so take the time to explain and to listen.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).

Women's Day 2019 - Claire Bradnum

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

Claire Bradnum

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Claire Bradnum - 33 - Music Teacher
Claire Bradnum – 33 – Music Teacher

Hiya Claire, what makes you a woman?

Well, I have two X chromosomes. And I have gone through puberty, and become an adult.

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

Clare Griffiths – A truly amazing, unsung hero, who works behind the scenes to help so many people in so many ways. Clare has an incredible ability to feel the pain she sees and to heal it where she can. She is hugely creative, hugely talented, and Christ shines through her.

Abby Johnson – She is able to tell the truth when people don’t want to hear the truth. She has gone through so much and met with such resistance to her message but it doesn’t stop her.

Kechi Okwuchi – I can’t even begin to think what that woman has been through, but she shares her gifts with the world. Her music, her heart, her inner fighter and survivor, and ability and willingness to reach out and touch people.

Saint Hildegaard – I wish I could have been a fly on the wall 800 years ago when this incredible woman was putting together her recipes. She didn’t take nonsense from anyone, and knew she had something beneficial to give the world.

My family is full of strong and courageous women that I respect and admire, who give/gave selflessly, tirelessly and passionately. A few worth mentioning would be:

Newborn
Newborn

My sisters – Pillars of strength, thoroughly capable, caring women, fighting their own battles but always looking out for others. Intuitive, intelligent, strong.

Granny Eileen – She was a fascinating woman, who told it like it is. She bore huge pain, but was still a passionate and compassionate person. I wish I could have gotten to have a few conversations with her as an adult.

Aunty Stella – She is one of the bravest women I know whose heart burns for her country. She has been through so much. She has such a generous and selfless spirit.

And last but not least, my beautiful mom – Graceful, gracious, determined, dedicated, gentle. Passionate, supportive, humble, appreciative. Careful, considerate, generous, long-suffering, committed, joyful, observant. Protective, intelligent. Close to God. Disciplined. Invaluable.

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

It’s hard to say. I probably would have pursued things differently, I would have received different education, as I attended an all girls school, and I probably would have had different opportunities open to me, so I’m sure I would be living a very different life.

Catching up with Claire in Harare Zimbabwe
Catching up with Claire in Harare Zimbabwe

Personally, though, I don’t think being a woman has worked against me in my career, unless it was too subtle to notice and I wasn’t aware. I have not felt discriminated against.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

With myself – I struggle with never living up to my own expectations. I am my biggest critic, and never quite measure up to what I know I am capable of.

Claire Bradnum
Claire Bradnum

With others, I struggle to come to terms with the fact that the world’s purse strings are controlled by people, all over the world, who care so little about the planet, and their fellow human compatriots of this world. I struggle with selfishness.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Creativity and the opportunities I have to be creative. Spending time with people who love and appreciate me, and who I love and appreciate. Especially my children.

Claire and her kids
Claire and her kids

Composing. Playing my instruments, probably the recorder the most, and piano. Helping my students achieve something that started off challenging.

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

Trust your intuition, Exercise it. The more you use it, the stronger it will get. You can rely on it.

Keep asking yourself, is this really important? Will it matter in 5 years time? 10 years?

Prioritise your life.

Jim Rohn says, in the end you must choose one of two pains: the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.

 Claire and the Harare International School parent choir
Claire and the Harare International School parent choir

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

Communication is key. Men and women think differently, and can have different expectations. Assumptions are dangerous, so take the time to explain and to listen.

What is your dream?

To bring Zimbabweans together through music. To provide music education and music opportunities to as many Zimbabweans as I can.

A music centre, a series of camps for musicians – including piano camps – which involves owning enough pianos.

Claire hanging out with some students
Claire hanging out with some students

Recorder Orchestra. Workshops. School festivals. I would love to see the choir and orchestra I began to bring the community of Harare together, really and truly take off.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am very glad that women are being appreciated and acknowledged, supported and protected more, and I also realise that in some societies we still have further to go, but I would like to say still we must be careful not to attempt to replace the role of the man with the woman.

I don’t wish to see women valued at the expense of men, just as I do not wish to see men valued at the expense of women.

Women cannot fill the role of men. Only men can do that. Men cannot fill the role of women. Only women can do that. We must not seek to be the same, because we are not.

Claire in action accompanying school choirs
Claire in action accompanying school choirs

Personally I am not interested in women trying to do everything men can do. I am interested in women being given the chance, the space, the opportunity, the support, funding, and encouragement, to do and be everything that women can do and be.

Women are important. But so are men. Our differences must be acknowledged and celebrated.

Thanks Claire xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 21 – Ameera

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 power house in our community. My cousin, Saranna’s sister Ameera aka “MiMi”…

Every great dream begins with a dreamer! I love being African and calling Africa home

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Women's Day 2019 - Ameera Ameer

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

Ameera “MiMi” Ameer

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Ameera "MiMi" Ameer - 27 - Award-Wining Lifestyle Blogger
Ameera “MiMi” Ameer – 27 – Award-Wining Lifestyle Blogger

Hiya MiMi, what makes you a woman?

Aside from my very female physical traits, I would say being a multi-tasker, balancing life while still achieving careerwise and being a key player in the home.

Most women these days have this interesting balance of having active roles in the home and family but still achieving in their career.

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

My grandmother – what an amazing woman.

When I think of her life and what she meant to my family and to me, it truly reflects a woman with great values who we respected dearly in my family and community.

She was born in a time where opportunities were limited (in what was then Rhodesia) for a mixed-race woman born to a Shona mother and Indian Father. My grandmother provided for her kids and many more children after her husband passed away. She was an amazing woman and mother, not to just her five children, but to so many other children. She was a provider, a problem solver and a leader.

With her minimal education in a time where women had little opportunity, she held great purpose with several responsibilities. I think her story, like many African women, is one of great purpose and strength.

Ameera with her gran
Ameera standing next to her gran in the middle with her step-mom

My grandmother brought me up and was actively involved in my upbringing at very key stages of my life. She helped shape my values and many skills, especially around running a home and being an honest and kind person. I was blessed to have her and miss her every day.

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

Well, I think men have a privilege over women in my communities and societies. They often have higher paying jobs and access to more opportunities than women. I think being a man comes with less hurdles in all aspects from business opportunities to the family. Men get away with not cooking, doing dishes and just day-to-day running of the household (While this may be changing in some parts of the world, not so much in other parts).

Women do it all and at times in HEELS! While sometimes men do have pressure to be providers, there is also more room for them to actually have the opportunities to be providers. Men have less standards to be held accountable to – there are different rules for different genders.

Ameera Ameer
Ameera Ameer

For example if a woman is confident and refuses to be treated a certain way, she is labeled as bossy or difficult, but if a man is to do the same, he is labeled as assertive and strong.

It is definitely complex regarding gender and gender roles. Ultimately, I feel society has more benefits for males and less obstacles for them, the girl child faces more hurdles, especially in the African context.

Women have to be twice as good and fight more battles to succeed both in the boardroom and with family. These are facts!

What do you struggle with the most in life?

Adulting!

At times, being an adult is a grand task – from personal goals and achievements. Young Adults have this transition into the real demands of growing up and providing for yourself and family.

In the Zimbabwean context, the economic challenges make it harder to plan and achieve personal career goals.

How does one take a mortgage?
By what age should you have your first home?
Accessing good healthcare
Taking care of aging parents

These are some of the challenges young Zimbabwean adults face.
A millennial adult in Zimbabwe has even more added pressure to make a plan in a not-so-normal economy.

Ameera Ameer
Ameera Ameer

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Family, friends and travel!

At the end of the day, I am so lucky to have a beautiful family.

Celebrating Eid, birthdays and supporting each other makes it all worth it. Sure we may not always agree with each other but we surely do love each other.

Saranna with her sister Mimi
Mimi with her sister Saranna

Friends are the family we chose so they are extra special. Traveling for me is a favourite hobby. Exploring beautiful locations and escaping day-to-day life.

To travel is to truly live and there are so many stunning and exciting destinations.

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

Your dreams are valid. You are strong. You can do it too. We are amazing. Love yourself. Never compromise. Be Bold.

MiMi in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
MiMi in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

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

Be fair. Be honest. Be gentle. Make an effort. Spoil her. Love her. It’s okay to show emotion. Make each day better and be better.

What is your dream?

To expand my empire, grow my blog and look into entrepreneurship.

From plus-size clothing, lifestyle consulting to tourism, interior design, media and digital marketing. I hope to make my mark and have an impact in the respective industries in Africa.

MiMi in Dar es Salaam
MiMi in Dar es Salaam

I love being African and calling Africa home. Zimbabwe is my home and I have many dreams of it excelling and becoming an African success story. I hope that at the end of the day we have good leadership and governance with equal opportunity for all genders and races.

As for my family, I hope that we continue to nurture and provide for one another. I especially hope to surpass my father’s expectations and to live honestly by him as he is a very special man in my life – present fathers like him are to be celebrated.

More travel is a must and a favourite.

Finally, I am a Muslim and hope to explore my spirituality and purpose in life. This path ahead, I hope will lead me closer to Allah and to be a better person. While I am not typically religious, I am very spiritually aware of Allah’s presence. Life on this earth is only part of one’s journey with the All Mighty, The Most Merciful and Powerful. In the meantime, I will enjoy the adventure along the way!

Check out MiMi’s award-winning blog here

Anything else you’d like to add?

Every great dream begins with a dreamer!

Thanks MiMi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 20 – Saranna

Saranna Ameer

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 who is such a soft-spoken yet magnificent force to behold. Meet MiMi’s sister Saranna…

Choosing to be a career woman does not make you less of a woman – own it. Do not fit into a glass slipper but instead, shatter glass ceilings.

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Women's Day 2019 - Dr. Saranna Ameer

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

Dr. Saranna Ameer

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Saranna Ameer - 34 - Specialist Physician
Saranna Ameer – 34 – Specialist Physician

Hiya Saranna, what makes you a woman?

The first thing as a practicing Muslim, would be my relationship to my creator. He has defined a role for me in relation to him and in fulfilling those roles I am a woman.

Secondly I feel I am a woman in the words of the Maya Angelou poem Phenomenal Woman…

It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.

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

My grandmother Amina Ameer. She was the most amazing woman I know and I am who I am because of her influence. She cared for everyone and all who knew her loved her. She had patience always and nothing ever got her down. She had a smile and always gave the best advice. She was constantly learning and growing as a person.

And by extension, my sister Ameera “Mimi” Ameer who shows a lot of my grandmother while being a forever fighter in what she believes to be right and true, as well as always being authentic. I love you Ameera, keep on being you.

Saranna with her sister Mimi
Saranna with her sister Mimi

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

I think my life would be a lot less full. I work in a very male-oriented environment and most of the men are very focused and driven but not in any other roles. They have people to pick up the slack, whereas no matter how accomplished you are as a woman, you are still expected to fulfill other so-called duties, which help make life interesting and varied.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

The ‘isms’ so sexism and racism – being judged on what you are perceived and versus who you are. I am an intersection (woman of color, Muslim), in so many ways, it’s easy to be labeled as an outsider and classified in stereotypical boxes. I love the challenge of breaking those and being an individual.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

The people I have been blessed with in my life. I am surrounded by amazing humans who challenge me, grow me, and inspire me daily. I enjoy the work I do, the life I lead and the deep connections I have.

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

You are perfect as you are. You do not have to look a certain way or be a certain way. Who you are authentically is perfect. A housewife, a mother is one of the most important jobs – do not make it a “I am just” job but a queen of the house.

Saranna with friends
Saranna with friends

Similarly, choosing to be a career woman does not make you less of a woman – own it. Do not fit into a glass slipper but instead, shatter glass ceilings.

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

Acknowledge the privileges you have been given by the nature of your gender and if there is a woman you can help reach her dreams, do so. She is someone’s daughter, mother and or sister – treat her with the respect you would treat those.

What is your dream?

To leave the world a better place for being in it by excelling in all I take up.

Saranna in action at a scientific conference
Saranna in action at a scientific conference

Thanks Saranna xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 9 – Jodi

Womens Month 2019 - Jodi Rogers

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 an incredible woman who is very connected to mother nature herself, Jodi…

There are still too many double standards and contradictory messages around the roles and values of women.

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Women's Day 2019 - Jodi Rogers

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

Jodi Rogers

Current location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Born in: eShowe, South Africa.

Jodi Rogers - 38 - Life Coach & Author
Jodi Rogers – 38 – Life Coach & Author

Hiya Jodi, what makes you a woman?

There are so many attributes that make up being a woman. The things that come to mind for me are my body, my experiences, my emotional capacity, my cyclical nature and my innate desire to create and nurture life in its various forms.

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

It’s difficult to narrow it down to just one person…

From family to friends – mothers, grandmothers, aunts and the most amazing mother-in-law – I’m surrounded by incredible women who are kind, grounded, strong and courageous. I’ve watched in admiration how they’ve faced life head-on. They’ve been important role models who’ve made their lives an example of not just how to live fully, trail-blaze and bravely achieve various successes, but also how to rise above all of life’s challenges.

Jodi and members of her family
Jodi and members of her family

They are survivors who have overcome hardships, yet have still found the energy to positively impact their community and the people they share their lives with.  That demands a tremendous amount of respect.

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

I imagine that it would be easier to be heard or taken seriously in some instances. It would probably be easier to confidently own my space as well.

Women are traditionally taught to make themselves small, not to rock the boat or take up too much space. Even now, in a swiftly changing supposedly progressive world that emphasizes gender equality and women’s rights, there are still too many double standards and contradictory messages around the role and value of women.

We see this in the way women’s bodies and behaviour are still policed, while men are afforded greater freedom to do things without the same kind of judgement or consequence. The gender pay gap and corporate ‘boys clubs’ are an obvious example of this, as is the way we treat women’s sport as compared to men’s sport. That said, I’d probably earn more money if I was a man too.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

What I struggle with most is fear. Predominately the fear of judgement, failure and uncertainty. It’s taken me a long time to train myself to step forward, or to speak up or to take risks regardless of how scary it seems. The fear never really goes away, but the older I get, the more I learn to trust myself and the easier it becomes to summon up the courage I need to reach beyond the fear.

Regret is a harder price to pay anyway, so I’d rather know that I tried.

Jodi and her mother
Jodi and her mother

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy the feeling of being connected to the flow of life – the feeling of love, learning and experiencing of new things for the first time, sharing special moments with my soul sisters, the inner harmony of a soul soothing spiritual practice, traveling and exploring different places.

Life is never static, so I love knowing that beautiful possibilities always exist and that things can be completely different weeks or months from now. A year ago, I didn’t really know much about aerial yoga, yet in the last six months, it’s become my favourite thing. Aerial yoga is fun, therapeutic and I love that it has helped me to trust and build confidence in my body. In each class I find myself achieving something I didn’t think I could at the outset.

Jodi's new favourite pass time, aerial yoga
Jodi’s new favourite pass time, aerial yoga

I also enjoy having the personal freedom to do work that I’m passionate about. The work that I do allows me to bring positive energy, guidance and comfort to other women when they need it most.

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

Value yourself. Know that you are worthy of the space you take up simply by virtue of the fact that you exist. It is important that you define your own sense of worth independently of roles and labels attached to you.

Also carve out time for self-care regularly. We are often depleted and burnt out because we overextend ourselves or put our own needs last. Many women feel that self-care is selfish and that is a belief that we need to shift. It’s a necessary part of preserving your well-being and sanity.

Jodi with her best friend Gugu
Jodi with her best friend Gugu

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

Evaluate male privilege and the impact you have as a man…

How do you perpetuate gender inequality and devalue women in general?
How do you talk about women with your friends?
How do you treat women in the workplace or at a bar?
How do you approach conversations or interactions with women?
Do you create space for women’s voices on your platforms (especially women of colour)?

There shouldn’t be a need for women to ask for respect, it should go without saying. And respect isn’t enough. If you are complacent and not actively participating in dismantling chauvinistic narratives that silence, condescend to and violate women, then you are sadly contributing to the problem. I would like to see more men taking meaningful action towards creating a world in which women can feel safe, empowered and thrive.

What is your dream?

When I’m fit enough, I’d love to take time off to walk the Camino. I aim to create a healing centre that offers a selection of therapies for women to help them find balance, restoration and support through their sub-fertility journey.  I want to be a mother.

Eventually, I would love to move back to the coast, grow my own food and herbs, make my own natural skincare products and herbal teas, and to live 100% off the land.

Anything else you would like to add?

I spent seven years working in the environmental research and social development arena before taking a leap and becoming a healer/life coach and author instead. Scary transition, but easily the best decision I’ve ever made. I met the love of my life the day after my 18th birthday and we’ve never looked back. We’ve been married 10 years now. I’m grateful for every moment we share together.

Jodi and her husband Cyrus
Jodi and her husband Cyrus

Thanks Jodi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 8 – Rumbi

Womens Day 2019 - Rumbi Chamboko

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 sister Rumbi…

I am not where I want to be yet, but I’m certainly not where I used to be!

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Women's Day 2019 - Rumbi Chamboko

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

Rumbi Chamboko

Current location: Nottinghamshire, England

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Rumbi Chamboko - 34 - Tax Accountant (ACCA)
Rumbi Chamboko – 34 – Tax Accountant (ACCA)

Hiya Rumbi, what makes you a woman?

Other than being a female, a daughter, a sister, and now also a wife and a mother; what makes me a woman is my existence in the world to nurture, to love, to give and to be a shining light in my home and in the environment around me.

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

This would easily be my own mother. Other than taking on her basic responsibilities in bringing us up the right way, she has always been hard-working and has put us first, to get the best and to be the best.

From a young age she taught us the importance of self-sustenance, being strong, being resilient and focused, no matter the distractions the world brings. She was fortunate to also have our father by her side; a very loving and supportive man and together, they brought out the best in us.

Today is actually our dad’s 60th birthday. Happy birthday dad! We love you!

Rumbi and her two sisters
Rumbi and her two sisters

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

Growing up, I was quite the ‘tom boy’ and loved the more dangerous adventurous type of playing and I’m glad it ended there! I cannot imagine what it’s like to be a man and can never know what it’s like to be one, but I am just grateful for who I am and the way the good Lord created me in His own image on the inside.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

There are just some things I cannot change and I struggle with seeing some children growing up with no hope, no love around them. No aspirations to do well and some having to face poverty beyond measure.

I struggle with seeing support systems letting young people down, whether it’s within family structures, politically or economically. I struggle with dealing with lost potential.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy seeing men and women achieve their dreams and purposes, in pure and clean ways, making use of their God-given talents and abilities, despite the obstacles they may face.

When a dream comes to reality, the idea of seeing positive accomplishment alone, brings joy to my heart. For me, this is whether it’s a big dream or a small goal I have, one way or another, there is great joy in seeing results.

Rumbi and her son
Rumbi and her son

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

Never look down on anyone!  Always have respect for others and treat them as you would like to be treated, no matter their status. We reap what we sow and life’s tables can turn easily – you don’t know what tomorrow holds. You also don’t know who God will use one day to lift you up when you are down.

That person who was a ‘nobody’ yesterday could be the agent to your own destiny tomorrow.

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

Allow me to say two things to different groups…

To the men that are taking their responsibilities well, being the head of the home and supporting their families (financially/emotionally/spiritually), I say well done to you and a huge ‘Thank you’!

No one is perfect but as long as you are doing your best, I salute you – life is a learning curve.

To those that have deliberately isolated their role in the home or left the women to do everything, I say please get your act together! The younger generation needs more male role models in their families and in society.

Please play your part to be an example – everyone no matter how young or how old, needs someone to look up to.

Rumbi and her husband Tinashe
Rumbi and her husband Tinashe

What is your dream?

My dream is to make a difference! That may sound like a cliché but I know I was created for a purpose – to be an encouragement, to help solve someone’s problem and to be a voice for what I believe in.

I love my career and I know through that, I already help solve people’s problems and worries with the tax man – which is great right? But beyond that, I have a dream to run my own Consulting business and alongside that, do work for young people through mentoring and coaching.

I am a Christian and would love to see the values of my faith applied to bring hope and direction to the lost, the confused and the broken in society. I want to be a channel of goodness to others and radiate the love and power of Christ. I am not where I want to be yet, but I’m certainly not where I used to be!

Anything else you would like to add?

What actually comes to mind for some reason is this statement I would like to share with all the women. It’s from the book of Ecclesiastes and will hopefully bring hope to someone who has given up on their dream…

I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the strong, and neither is bread to the wise nor riches to those of intelligence and understanding nor favour to men of ability; but time and chance happen to them all.”

Thanks Rumbi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 7 – Lynne

Womens Month 2019 - Lynne Ashley

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 Lynne…

Shout out to all the men, the role models respecting women. Stepping up, being dads. Thank you.

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Womens Month 2019 - Lynne Ashley

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

Lynne Ashley

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Lynne Ashley - 39 - Early Childhood Teacher
Lynne Ashley – 39 – Early Childhood Teacher

Hiya cuz, what makes you a woman?

Basically I’d say motherhood, my boldness, self respect, strength, love and passion.

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

My gran and my mom. My gran is amazing to have raised six mixed-race children in the era that she raised them. To be able to look at what amazing children they are today and how much they’ve achieved.

My mom being the eldest of them. All the struggles she’s gone through. Then my aunts, all my mom’s sisters. I look up to them. I can’t even begin to imagine what they had to go through, living in the time and growing up in the time that they did.

Family vibes in Harare
Family vibes in Harare. My Gran with some of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids

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

Wow, I think my life would be completely different if I were a man right now. It would be a lot easier. We live in a world of male dominance and male privilege, so it’s harder to achieve success being a woman. So I feel like I would be a lot more successful if I was a male. But in as much as I’ve said that, I would not change anything regarding what I’ve gone through. If I had to pick, I would always choose to be a woman any day of the week.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I would say I struggle with fake people. You are surrounded by so many superficial people that it’s just a constant struggle trying to figure out who is being absolutely genuine with you. It’s a daily struggle.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I love being a woman. I love motherhood. I love travelling and love reading.

Some of the very simple things like sunsets, the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, hugs, a warm smile. Genuine, warm smiles touch my soul. Those are the small pleasures that you don’t get to encounter all the time.

Lynne Ashley
Lynne Ashley

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

Wow, I don’t think I could actually say one thing…

Um, you’re amazing as a woman. There are going to be good days. There are going to be bad days, but keep your crown on. We’re all queens trying to make the most of our situations. Just be the most authentic possible you, you can be. Be kind to yourself. Be an inspiration to other women.

Be fearless. Respect other women. Don’t tear other women down. That’s one thing that is really frustrating about women, we seem to tear each other down. If we could just aggressively support each other and not compete. Trust God and know your worth. Set boundaries. Set standards and dare to dream.

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

Shout out to all the men, the role models respecting women. Stepping up, being dads. Thank you.

For the men that aren’t doing that. It’s sad, but there’s still room to be a better version of yourself. To the present dads, hats off to you. To all the absent fathers, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. You can’t even begin to imagine what you’re missing out on and how much damage you’re doing to your children, so please step up.

Lynne with her daughter, niece and cousin Taz
Lynne with her daughter, niece and cousin Taz

What is your dream?

Definitely to leave my daughter and my grandchildren a legacy. I might have more children so maybe my ‘children’.

Um, I’m such a yoga enthusiast. I would love to have a yoga studio at some point. I’d love to teach yoga. I would love to travel.

I would love to have a little bistro cafe, drive diner type thing and a school. I’d love to open a school.

Lynne Ashley
Lynne Ashley

Anything else you would like to add?

Knowledge is power. Be kind. Live life to the fullest. Love fearlessly and keep trusting God. I would also like to see a world with more tolerance and less hatred.

Thanks Lynne xo

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The African Alchemist (Documentary)

I'MPOSSIBLE The African Alchemist

 

A New Web Documentary Series Called I’MPOSSIBLE

Subscribe to the YouTube Channel today and watch the previews and catch the first episode when it is released.

Season One

Just how much can one determined artist who lives out of a suitcase and has no home base do on their own?

Impossible is a mindset!

If you say you can, you’re right. If you say you can’t, you’re also right!

Despite the odds … #iAmPossible!

The first season focuses on my latest international tour that started in my native Zimbabwe, taking me and my guitar to 27 cities in 13 countries in the space of a year.

The episodes will delve deeper into the how, the where and the why!

The Drowning In Space tour (#DIStour) is in support of my latest digital single that was recorded in the magical Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.

This marks the 5th year in a row I have played in as many countries on each cycle, spanning 4 continents. All independent, without management, booking agents or any outside assistance in today’s over-cluttered music landscape where the industry only tends to get involved once you’ve landed on the moon in your own home-made spaceship.

Just how much can one determined artist do on their own? Quite a lot it seems …

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #1 – Yes, We Speak English In Africa + Ethnic Diversity

Judging by the numerous conversations I have with people from all over the world, I had to start off by addressing common misconceptions.

I spend a lot of time having to explain why I speak English (which is my first language) and advocating the idea of a Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran or Zimbabwean John Mayer (Global Top 40/Pop Artist) as opposed to the clichéd World Music,  Afro-Jazz etc

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #2 – You Can’t Build When You’re Always In Survival Mode

Despite my circumstances, one mindset I have adopted to help me achieve success is to not just be surviving… but somehow make sure I am surviving… forwards!

Life begins where fear ends

Never give up!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #3 – The Snow Hath Returned!

After family goodbyes at the airport, it was time to hit the skies, starting with South Africa then moving onto Europe and Scandinavia… It’s cold in Scandinavia! Brrr!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #4 – Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran

Like Ed Sheeran, I write pop songs, play acoustic guitar, perform solo whether it be in a pub, club or on a festival main stage, but instead of looping a beat or my voice, I play live drums with my feet (kick, snare, hi-hat) and sing my own vocal delay in real time, live.

Here’s what some more fans have to say about it…

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #5 – Ibiza – The Kygo Effect

I love Dance music. I have released a Beatport-charting House single that was remixed by a few hundred producers and I would love to pitch my vocals to and write a single with Kygo, and a few other Dance Artists I digg like Coldplay, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Alan Walker, RudimentalAvicii, Roger Sanchez and Bob Sinclar.

I went to Ibiza to see if it could become my European base while I somehow work towards my dream move to the US.

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #6 – The Dream Team

The #DIStour culminated in the US where I was based in my dream location of Nashville TN for the Summer. A town that I’d love to live in and assemble a dream team to keep this stellar rocket flying way past the moon!

Allow me to demonstrate some of why I love the US and its music culture…

 

Please share this page/these videos and help give this project a great start as I continue to work towards inspiring others and continue sharing how I am single-handedly building the seemingly impossible with the help of a few powerful mindsets.

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Ryan

The African Alchemist

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