I remember the day I decided what I wanted to be in this world. I was five going on six standing outside the front door of my house wearing a Superman suit with the red cape and red wellington boots. My heart and mind both in sync and with no fall back plan. I was clear. I was going to be a Superhero who would be revered for saving people's lives and making the world a better place.
Twenty six years later, the tale of the Superhero had long become a distant memory. I had gotten a scholarship to study a business degree and after graduation worked towards building a career as a Business Analyst because the people around me thought highly of people in the profession and the allure of great earning potential with experience. I mean, who doesn't want to be respected for what they do and paid well for doing it? So, I started working on finding my way into a Junior Business Analyst position. I gave up weekends to complete additional training courses, I networked with higher ups in the IT department and after five years of moving around in the company in various roles, I finally got the opportunity to transition into a Junior Business Analyst position on a billing project. I made it. All the hard work and effort I put into getting to this moment had finally paid off, but after almost three years of 'living the dream' something felt off.
Most of what I had worked on becoming didn't seem to fit well with me or how I imagined I would be using my time each day. I was hit by the realization that my life just didn't resonate with me. I mean my job, but the fact that I spend eight hours of my life in it every single day kind of feels like it makes up the majority of my life. The more I tried to plan my growth in my career, the more I struggled to move forward. The battle lines had been drawn between my heart and my mind. I was out of integrity with myself, I felt unfulfilled, insecure, stressed out, became prone to anxiety attacks and down right miserable. Other aspects of my life started to reflect how out of control I felt my life was. I saw it in my relationship, my finances, physical health & well-being and in my spiritual & personal development.
I continued to feel this way until I started out on a personal journey to get to the truth of me. I reconnected with my intuitive self and discovered just how far out of alignment I was with my Soul's highest path and purpose and how low my vibrational energy was to that of Divine love, light, love, abundance and power in many aspects of my life right down to the exact percentage. So, I started working on myself. I must've had a very poor sense of self to believe that being me whether the people around me deemed it to be acceptable, sexy or not was not good enough. 2016 offered me an opportunity to find what broke, to begin healing those areas of my life, forgiving myself and recommitting to my personal truth. My truth is that highest calling and purpose is to help, heal and to teach children to be true to who they are. My true passion in life is to help children grow up with a greater sense of self-awareness, understanding their unique talents, potential and have the courage to release their gifts into the world around them.
To move forward into my path, I co-founded an After-school Center (home run) with my beloved mother Bridgette, who is a Teacher by profession, called Bridgeton Labs. As part of our academic clubs/ service offerings I decided to start a mindfulness club for kids called Young Hero's. The programme will launch in January 2016 and will involve activities such as:
- Self-Appreciation & Acceptance
- Building Social Skills
- Tuning into their Unique Blueprint
- Building/Re-enforcing their Self-Confidence (Allowing their light to shine)
- Meditation & Energy Healing sessions (initially we will practice stillness and grounding until I successfully complete a meditation and healing course(s).
To be truly effective in what I do and enhance the experience of the children who participate in the programme, I feel it would add more value if I enhance my education and training with a Diploma in Counselling and Communication through the South African College of Applied Psychology. I would love to be able to fund myself to complete this programme, but my finances are tight. I've made some really poor decisions over the past few years and so I made the decision to sign myself up into a debt review programme so I could still be able to afford my living expenses and raise my two kids while paying off my debt. It's been almost two years in the programme and I am proud of myself for my commitment towards financial freedom.
Intake for this programme opens up three times a year and I hope to have raised enough money ( R45 159.00 or $ 3237.00) to enroll for the first year starting in May 2017. I would appreciate all the help I can get to achieve this goal. Please know that by supporting my cause and helping me reach my dream, you are effectively helping many other people who will be touched by my work. I thank you in advance for your support. God Bless!