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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Pearls, Heels and Dreams

Wow! I don't even know where to start! The Pearls, Heels and Dreams workshop I think has been the best thing to happen to me in a while. This was a fabulous, well spent morning with a group of beautiful and inspiring women!

My friend Taku made me buy a ticket from her and I bought it just to get her out of my hair (love you girl hehehe), but boy am I glad I did! The Pearls Heels and Dreams (PHND) power breakfast was held at Allo Allo restaurant Arundel Village this morning. The event is a creation of Norma Ndove and Leone Nezi, two very bubbly, energetic and driven young ladies. Unlike a lot of events that I've been to, this was well thought out, well planned and well executed. Everything flowed seamlessly and if ever there was a hiccup, our MC, the gorgeous Tinopona Katsande made sure we didn't notice a thing!

I don't have any John Terry tendencies (racism), but I loved the fact that this was mostly a group of young black women striving to realise their dreams. Nothing that was said was really new to me but the way they said it make it sink in, made it more meaningful. Maybe it was the fact that these words were coming from my peers that were brave enough to take the plunge, bite the bullet and go after their dreams. Tsitsi Mutendi (editor and founder of Jewel Magazine) talked about Big Hairy Audacious Goals. These are things that we all secretly want to achieve but think we can't. We think we don't have the resources, the connections, the brains, the time, the talent. She spoke about how she started Jewel with basically no capital but because of her passion, she made it happen. I like that she said we need to strive to be the person God created us to be. After all, it really is all about bringing glory to Him.

Takudzwa Chitsike, founder of Footprints Image Consultants and owner of Dee-Kaw-Zee talked about self branding. What image are you trying to portray? Is your outward appearance a reflection of who you really are and what you are trying to achieve? If your passion is politics and you want become, lets say the mayor of Harare, walking around dressed like Nicki Minaj and smelling like blue cheese is not going to cut it! Footprints helps you develop this aspect of your life and sync it with the rest of your persona.

Norma Ndove is @ZimBlackRose on Twitter! Wasn't I just so stoked to discover that?! It's like you've bumped into a long lost friend when you meet in person people you usually chat to on Twitter but don't actually know! The one thing that Norma said that really resonated with me was "ask for help". So often we don't want to appear stupid and think everyone else has their game together. Being with the ladies this morning made me realise this couldn't be further from the truth! It was great hearing so many other women talk about how they also needed help and how they didn't actually know how to do everything themselves.

I started feeling all soft and mushy inside when everyone started talking about how we as women should just ease up on drinking the "haterade" and start supporting each other as much we can. Support is key ladies! Support each other in any and every way we can, for it is only this way that we can all succeed. It doesn't have to be financial support. It can be your time, your advice, a shoulder for someone to cry on, a listening ear. For if you bless someone else, you can be guaranteed that you will get blessed in return, most probably more than you did the other person!

To top it all off we had Ace Photography making my girls and I feel like supermodels! Aren't we working it though? Don't we just look fabulous though? Naomi who? What? *dusting off shoulders*




All in all much fun was had. Much was learnt. Many contacts were made. Well done to the organisers, the ladies exhibiting their products and services and all the ladies that attended. I look forward to the next power breakfast. I have been motivated to stop procrastinating, take the bull by the horns and go after what I'm passionate about. As lame as this sounds, Drake was so right..#YOLO! ;)