Commitments

READ THIS….  Seth Godin’s latest post: “Today’s the 11th year in a row of daily posts on

this blog. Nearly 5,000,000 words since my first post twenty years ago, and I haven’t missed a day since 2008. Streaks are their own reward. Streaks create internal pressure that keeps streaks going. Streaks require commitment at first, but then the commitment turns into a practice, and the practice into a habit. Habits are much easier to maintain than commitments. I’m pretty sure that the blog would still have an impact if I missed a day here or there, but once a commitment is made to a streak, the question shifts from, “should I blog tomorrow,” to, “what will tomorrow’s blog say?” And once you’ve made that shift, it’s 100x easier to find the voice that you’re looking for. I didn’t set out to have this particular streak (I don’t remember the day the blog went from ‘most days’ to ‘every day’) but I’m glad to have gone on this journey” https://seths.blog/

Having just read the blog post above, I realized that I really find it hard to make commitments.  REALLY hard! There is no excuse.  I just don’t like doing anything I don’t feel like doing. I like to make the excuse that I’m an ADHP and that’s why it’s difficult to commit long term to anything. BUT…I have never actually tried, so here goes….

I’m going to commit and try my utmost to do a blog post about anything and everything at least once a week, to start with, preferably on a Monday, and I’m asking all of you who read my posts to hold me accountable….eeeek!!

Let me start with this – Last weekend I was at the Ngwenya market day exhibiting and selling my hand-painted tekkies.  Although it wasn’t a sell out day, it was a wonderful day and I met some awesome people. One of these people was a beautiful woman, who I later found out was 70 years old!

I couldn’t believe it! What drew me to her was her hair…she had the most stunning dreadlocks. She was “young” and funny,  funky and gorgeous in an age appropriate way. I stared at her while chatting and thought, I hope as I grow older, I can look and be like this. I hope she doesn’t mind that I have posted pics of her and her beautiful hair.

As my darling friend, Caren always said “what’s the lesson?” …we all have the potential to be beautiful in our own way if we make the effort. Be nice, be kind and make people laugh.

 

Bloggers and Entrepreneurs to watch

There are some people whom I follow religiously online.  Among them are Seth Godin, an entrepreneur and blogger,   – https://www.sethgodin.com/,  Simon Sinek , British-American author, motivational speaker and organisational consultant- https://startwithwhy.com/,  Caroline Hurry,  author, travel writer and blogger –  http://www.travelwrite.co.za/   and Marisa Peer,  who is a speaker, therapist, behavioural expert and Best-Selling author  –  https://www.marisapeer.com/.

I love these people because each and every time I listen to or watch them, I learn something fascinating,  exciting and something I can doodle about in my diary. (That’s the most rewarding – making art our of other peoples’ words )

For the time being, I will be sharing some of their amazing insights, videos and podcasts because I really believe they all have something important to say, and add to our lives.

 

This morning I came across this video from Seth Godin, and thought that it would be disservice to all my friend to NOT share it.  I’m warning you, its a long one, but keep watching.  Or put it on and just listen as you do something else.

 https://seths.blog/2019/04/new-video-new-workshop-and-other-launches-too/ You wont be sorry.  <3

DO MEN TAKE WOMEN SERIOUSLY IN BUSINESS?

Yesterday I sat with my head in my hands, feeling like a caged animal, trying to figure out how I got into this cage and what I was doing there. Was I trapped and put in here?  Did I enter voluntarily? Did I just get lost and wander into the cage? I don’t know. I pondered this feeling for a long while (getting in touch with my inner self ?) and then realised that I have felt like this almost my whole adult life. Why I wondered? 

You won’t understand unless you have some background, so here goes… I am an ideas person – hundreds and thousands of fabulous, awesome ideas.  Some do-able and some not. Some I have tried and some I have given to other people who have gone on to make a success of my ideas. Some ideas were “stolen” and many of them are just writings in my journals. This could partly be because of the wonderful gift I have of being an ADHW – Attention Deficit Hyperactive Woman. Over the years I have learned and taught myself how to manage this gift. It is a daily struggle, but one I wouldn’t change for anything. Yes, I make mistakes and I fall off the wagon every now and again. By that I mean I could find myself doing 10 (yes 10!!) things all at once, forgetting what I was doing, while trying to remind myself to write everything down that I am thinking so that I don’t forget! As soon as I become aware of this I stop, relax, focus and try to get back on track. People either love me or dislike me.  No in-betweeners. A LOT of people don’t get me and don’t understand me – too bad for them. 

So getting back to the caged animal feeling… I have been working on one project for about 8 years. It was an idea I came up with while driving back from Limpopo one very HOT Friday afternoon, and decided that this one was a keeper. At first, I thought it was going to be an easy exercise to put it all together.  I soon learned the hard way, that NOTHING worthwhile is easy. Slowly, through hard work, all my life savings, sweat, blood and LOTS of tears the idea has become a tangible thing and is taking shape.  The project involves a lot of technical jargon, logistical stuff, engineering and financial know-how. That immediately put me on the back foot.  I know, or rather, knew NOTHING about any of this. I had to rely on others, 99% being men, to help me and teach me. I’m STILL looking for a mentor…the only people that have responded to my request have been male “business coaches” who want to charge me a fortune to “coach” me. I’m not sure they understand the difference between a mentor and the new buzz of “business coaches”. 

This is where it gets interesting… MEN DO NOT TAKE WOMEN SERIOUSLY, especially in business.  At first, I thought it was because I lacked good communication skills, so I did courses, signed up (and wasted too much money) for BS “how to communicate better” webinars and “masterclasses” and started teaching myself what all the BS (in case you don’t know, BS is short for “bullshit”) business acronyms meant. I learned how to put the basics of a business plan together (still working on this ?) and interacted with a lot of people who did know something about the business I was getting into. I worked on my assertiveness and learned as much as I could about this business, so that I wouldn’t be caught short during a meeting.  I then approached certain companies whom I though would be a good match to work with. As this was and is so technical, I would meet with the CEO’s, technical managers or engineers all of whom were men. A lot of these companies turned me down and dismissed me outright, before I had even pitched my business plan. On MANY occasions I would go into a meeting with my wonderful engineer and mentor, who happens to be a man, and we would meet with a whole team of guys. Throughout the meeting they would not even acknowledge me! All discussion, negotiations, questions and answers would be directed to, with and at *John. It was as if I was irrelevant and invisible. This happened so many times that I started therapy because I though there was something wrong with me.?  (there is a lot wrong with me, but knowing this business was not one of them ?). Recently, like in the last 2 months, I have been requesting a very important quotation from a certain well-known company. During the meeting with them I was told I would have the quotation within the week. It has been 2 months now, and I am still waiting. The guy does not return my calls and now and again, he will reply to my emails saying that he is “still waiting”. Waiting for what????  How difficult can it be to put together a quotation? The frustration borders on going there and giving him a few bitch slaps, breaking a few things and putting holes in his desk with my high heeled shoes!  

I then started talking to other women who had done the same or were trying to break into the “man’s world” of business.  I needed help and I wanted to know!  I was shocked and saddened. My whole life I had/have been trying to be financially independent and not have to rely on anyone for my wellbeing and here I was, hearing all these women’s sad, frustrating stories of the same thing happening to them. NO MAN TOOK THEM SERIOUSLY. A very few of the successful women had the financial backing of their partners or husbands. Some, after many years of trying, had eventually got small grants or loans from IDC or DTI, but these were few and far between. Most of the women are still trying to move their businesses forward. Not one of these awesome entrepreneurial women I spoke to could confidently say that they were truly assisted, helped or taken seriously by any male they were working with. It’s as if there is a secret code among men to not further the interests of women, lest they look bad or be seen to be “less-than”. So they will make the women feel “less-than”.   I must add here that when I applied for funding, there was a male entrepreneur who was also applying for funding. We got chatting and exchanged contact details and were able to keep in touch with regards to our progress.  The amount he needed funding for, was triple what I needed, even though his business did not offer employment  or training. Guess what??  He got funding straight up and I was told I had to put up 40% of the equity before I would be granted funding…  

My question to both men and women is – what do we as women have to do to be taken seriously? What am I/we doing wrong that I cannot even get a dumb-ass guy to give me a quote on time? Who and what gives men the right to dismiss women, treat them like crap, treat women like objects, mistreat women and children, make them feel invisible and make life as difficult as they can for women to move forward? Do we have to be the ultimate bitch to be listened to and heard? How do we break out of this patriarchal cycle and system?  I know without a doubt that I am not the only women feeling this way and thinking this way.  In my own situation, unless I am bringing in a whack of money every month, my partner and sons don’t take me seriously.  This is a very serious issue people and it needs to end.  I for one, feel like the “caged animal”, pacing up and down, waiting for an opportunity for someone to make a mistake and forget to lock the cage. Waiting for all hell to break loose…

Here’s an interesting read – https://www.africa.com/challenges-faced-women-entrepreneurs-africa/

Crazy Caravans

As I’m sure that most of you who follow my blog and follow me on Facebook will know, I am crazy about small, compact, old (vintage you may say) caravans. Oh yes…and tractors! I love tractors. People like me always have to have “projects”. Without projects, we are just miserable, so years ago I decided I needed a camper-van or caravan project.   For years I have been looking for an old caravan that I can strip, refurbish and “do up”. The one time I had the opportunity to buy one, Captain Clev said I should just wait a little bit, and the very next week it was sold!  It was perfect! The moral of this paragraph…if you see something you want, and you have the money, GET IT!  Anyway…since then I have been on the hunt and have not yet seen anything I am looking for. 

Most people ask why and what I want it for.  Well this is why – When I have finished refurbishing, and if it is roadworthy, I want to travel around the country with it.  It will be painted with flowers and squiggly buildings and houses and will definitely be a show-stopper – ha ha ha.  (Either because it looks crap or because it looks stunning) Why else would someone want a caravan? If it is not roadworthy, then it will be parked  on the farm and used as a guest room.  Cap is always telling me to PLAN PLAN PLAN and work with a strategy.  Well enough with the planning now. How long can someone plan until they do something about it???  So here is the strategy – save up for the caravan, (busy with that) find the caravan (looking for that), buy the caravan and bring the caravan home. Then the fun begins…

Once we have found what we are looking for, then we will move onto the interior, so here are some ideas.  Tell me which is your favourite?

BRAND NEW VERNEY’S CAMP – MACHABA SAFARIS. ZIMBABWE

BRAND NEW VERNEY’S CAMP

Machaba Safaris is delighted to introduce our brand new Verney’s Camp which opened last month (May 2018) in a remote 10,000 hectare private concession in the south eastern section of Zimbabwe’s iconic Hwange National Park.

Verney’s Camp boasts ten luxury safari tents (8 double / twins and 2 family tents), all built on wooden decks at ground level, tucked perfectly under the shady arms of the teak forest and overlooking a busy waterhole frequented by Hwange’s famous elephants. Each tent has been carefully positioned for maximum privacy and enjoyment of the views, connected by natural pathways to the central guest area. Tents are beautifully appointed complete with ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and double vanity basins.

At Machaba Safaris we pride ourselves in our community development and initiatives ensuring the wildlife, local communities and guests all benefit. Machaba co-sponsors a local school in Hwange National Park which guests can visit as a half day tour. The tour also stops at a small rural village and the Wild Dog Research Centre.

Rates are fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, laundry, lodge activities, return vehicle airstrip transfers (for drive-ins from Victoria Falls), drinks including most alcohol (excluding imported and premium drinks) levies and taxes.

Access is via a 40 minute flight from Vic Falls Airport to Manga Airstrip and then a 45 minute road transfer. It is a 3.5 hour drive from Victoria Falls via Hwange Main Camp.

Machaba Safaris is a family owned collection of 4 safari experiences including 3 camps in Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta, namely Machaba Camp, Little Machaba and Gomoti Plains – plus the new Verney’s in Zimbabwe. Our lodges offer excellent value for money and a true wilderness experience including mekoro (canoe) safaris, game drives and walks.

For more information please visit www.machabasafaris.com/verneys-camp/ 

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by: Machaba Safaris
T: +27 82 579 5249
enquiries@machabasafaris.com

 

 

PONGOLA COUNTRY LODGE. KZN- PRESS RELEASE

Situated on the N2 route between Swaziland, Mpumalanga, and the tourist region of Northern KwaZulu-Natal, our accommodation in Pongola is well positioned for the business traveler and tourist alike. As the gateway to Kingfisher Route, complete with Game Reserves and Parks, including Jozini Dam, Sodwana National Park and the lakes of St Lucia within a 100km drive, the Lodge is surrounded by a host of natural activities.

Comprising of 67 up-market and spacious en-suite rooms, ranging from junior suites to deluxe family rooms, the Lodge’s accommodation options cater for your every need.
On-site facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, bar, lounge, breakfast restaurant, and a la carte dinner restaurant, serving a variety of delectable meals.

At Pongola Country Lodge, we strive to combine value for money, with top class facilities and an excellent range of related services

Rates vary according to room types
Single occupancy- R630pppn including Full English Breakfast
Double room with King size bed- R 830.00 per couple including Full English Breakfast
http://www.pongolacountrylodge.co.za/vt/PCL.html

Please view a 360* virtual tour of Pongola Country Lodge

For enquiries,rates and information contactmichellewhite@live.com or 0716732492

CHECKT’IN – Explored & Approved Hospitality

Something’s is in the pipeline… And we are all VERY excited.  Looking forward to the launch of the new CHECKT’IN – Explored & Approved Hospitality website and business. Here’s a little taster…

Why your hospitality/ tourism business should be quality rated.

Benefits of being quality rated for tourism businesses

Being associated with a reputable quality assurance company, such as CHECKT’IN – Explored & Approved Hospitality, can make a big difference to how customers view your business.

As well as letting your customers know that what you offer is of nationally recognised standard, being quality rated can also:

  • improve your reputation, visibility and credibility in the marketplace
  • give your customers assurance regarding the quality of services and facilities you provide
  • increase customer satisfaction and the potential of repeat business
  • give you a competitive advantage over non-accredited businesses

Being quality graded can also open a range of promotional opportunities for your business, such as:

  • using approved and highly recognizable plaques, logos, signage, etc to highlight and promote your “CHECKT’OUT by CHECKT’IN” rating
  • Access to Explored and Approved Preferred Suppliers to the hospitality industry 
  • Loads of marketing for your business through advertising, promoting, competitions, feature articles AND direct booking portals. 

Finally, participating in quality rating programs will provide you with access to expert advice, training opportunities and ongoing support from the CHECKT’IN team. Our assessor team members will assess your business annually and advise you on how to maximise the potential of your business

MUPPY LOUNGE. Product review

A few months ago I was drawn a post on FB   from Marishka at Muppy Lounge muppielounge.wordpress.com  calling for people to do product reviews for her stunning rage of clothing. What struck me, even before I read the post, was the gorgeous illustrations. I LOVE illustration.  Marishka was calling for moms to do product reviews.   Even though I am a blogger, I didn’t really fit the bill, (I am over 50 and have grown up sons) but decided to send her a mail anyway. To my surprise I received a reply from this beautiful woman, telling me that the deadline date had come and gone but she would make an exception and send me some of her products. 

Firstly allow me to tell you about this incredible woman…  Besides being the mommy of four kiddies, Marishka is also a model, illustrator, designer and artist, among other things. I have no idea how old she is, but from the look of her, she’s probably about 21 (wink wink) and just beautiful. She does all the work for Muppy Lounge except for the printing and labeling.  This she sends off to an NPO’s, namely BIBI HEARTS www.bibihearts.com  www.facebook.com/bibihearts and a company based in Welkom, ACTION SIGNS AND SCREEN PRINTS https://www.facebook.com/actionsignswelkom/. You can read all about these two companies on Marishka’s website https://muppielounge.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/who-does-the-work/

Very soon after chatting to Marishka, I received my ‘package’.  Oh my goodness…what an awesome package it was. All her products are packaged in these tin-can like cylinders with stunning branding, making you want to tear open that top and see whats inside. I had to hold my sister and nieces back from opening the package before I could! 

The products.  My beautiful package contained a black and a white pair of panties, and a gorgeous white T-shirt, all with Marishka’s  signature robot illustrations beautifully printed on them.  As I am a rather busty babe…ha ha ha…the T-shirt was slightly tight for me, so I asked my niece to try it out on my behalf.  She LOVED it.   Comfortable and soft to the touch, she wore the T-shirt everywhere (and still does).  Her feedback – “wherever I went, people asked me where I got my stunning T-shirt from.  I even slept in it to see how comfy it was. The feel was perfect and the fit was perfect. The only changes I would make would be to put a sewn hem in the sleeves and the bottom edges”. 

The Panties – Oh my goodness…I was blown away that I finally found a pair of cotton panties that actually comfortably covers my ‘muffin-tops’.  When it comes to underwear I’ve past the stage of worrying about the colour or what pics are on the fabric.  I want softness and comfort and that is exactly what I got. 

Thank you Marishka for the opportunity to review your awesome products.

For more info and to find out what Marishka is bringing out next, visit her website muppielounge.wordpress.com and her Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/muppielounge/.  Many thanks to Nadia from https://thenonadventuresofasahm.com for allowing me to use some of her photos.  Much appreciated. 

 

 

Press release – Ride for Lions. GREAT PLAINS

Enter for a chance to participate in Great Plains Foundation’s Ride for Lions 2018
Great Plains Foundation is offering you an opportunity to enter a raffle to win two places on one of the May 2018 Ride for Lions departures; a five night mobile mountain-bike adventure that will help conserve Land for Lions in Kenya’s Amboseli-Chyulu Hills-Tsavo Region.
The prize is for two people participating, valued at $30,000
Cost to Enter the Ride for Lions Raffle
US$250 per raffle entry. Multiple tickets increases your chance of winning. (Note: The US$250 per raffle entry is not tax-deductable)

How to Enter the Ride for Lions Raffle
Enter online. Go to http://greatplainsfoundation.com/donate/
Select USD as currency. Enter 250 in the or donate any amount field and hit Next
Select Ride for Lions Raffle from the Dropdown Menu
Be sure to include your email address

Payment by mail
Mail a check to
Great Plains Foundation
165 Cat Rock Lane
Jupiter, FL 33458
Please put ‘Ride for Lions Raffle Entry’ in the memo and include a phone number where we can contact you.

Who is eligible to enter?
Anyone over age 18.

How long will the Ride for Lions Raffle run?
Ride for Lions Raffle entries will be accepted from Monday 8 January 2018 through Midnight US East Cost time Monday 26 February 2018

How will the winner be chosen?
The name tied to every entry will be pooled in a hat and drawn live on the Great Plains Foundation Facebook page within 48 hours after close of entry.
Winners will also be contact by email or phone (keep an eye on the Great Plains Foundation Facebook page for confirmed time of draw).

When is the Ride?
May 2018. Start date will be either 22 May, 23 May or 24 May. Specific departure date to be decided by March 15th. Find full event details here (http://rideforlions.com/event-details/)

Newsletter – Tomjachu Bush Retreat.

Tomjachu Bush Retreat – Tips for planning a summer holiday to remember

After a long year of working hard and trying to achieve at least some, if not all of your New Year’s resolutions, it is important to reward yourself. Take some time to kick back and reflect, spend some quality time with your family and friends and enjoy a well-deserved holiday to remember. Our tips for a memorable summer holiday include:

1.    Find a place you can call home 
When looking for holiday accommodation for the family, try and find a place that will be comfortable and meet the needs of the family; children and adults alike. This is the foundation for a comfortable stay, especially if it’s more than a few days.2.    Research
Once you’ve identified the “perfect” destination, be sure to research, research, research some more. A good place to start is by having a look at visitor reviews as these will give you a general outlook on what previous guests thought of the location, food and service.3.    Contact Directly 
It is always advisable to contact establishments directly via email or phone to find out about their various offerings or to make a reservation. Often you will find out more than what you see on a website, and you can get a sense of the service quality by the speed of response and information provided.

4.    Advice on itinerary
Direct contact with your holiday provider also allows you to confirm if the activities mentioned on the website are available and to ask if the activities you plan to do are feasible in the time you have, and suitable for you and your party. This will ensure that you do not bite off more than you can chew and that there’s a seamless flow as you move from one activity to the next, with time in-between to enjoy your surroundings and the company of family and friends.

5.    Create an “Out of the Office” auto-reply and disconnect!
With travel dates confirmed and the entire family ready for the ultimate getaway, the last thing you need is to be glued to your laptop, tablet or phone, swamped by emails. To avoid this, remember to set your ‘out of office’ notification with your departure and return date, and assign an alternative contact person for urgent matters. If you do have to connect, try to allocate an hour or so a day for work related activities, and then switch off completely for the rest of the time.

6.    Have FUN!!
Allow yourself to completely escape from your daily hustle and bustle and simply enjoy spending quality time with your loved ones. Immerse yourself in the pure and utter beauty of your surroundings.

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Contact details:
reservations@tomjachu.com
Tel: +27(0)82 704 4804