Sheena Chiteri is my personal friend and I could not be more proud and excited to bring this interview to you. Sheena Frida Chiteri is the founder and director of House of Sheena C. I met Sheena back in high school when we were both 15 and full of dreams for the future. Sheena particularly was a dreamer. She was always adventurous. She loved fashion to her very core. I remember she would often draw designs of garments and show them to me. I had a lot of faith in her and as a good friend would encourage her and cheer her on as she drew and drew some more. Never in my life would I have dreamt that I would be writing an article about her work. I am thrilled. It’s a great honour for me to share her work with you. Sheena is a remarkable designer. In Nairobi Kenya, she’s already hit numerous media outlets and that is just the beginning.
Through the month we will be learning about Sheena Chiteri’s journey into the world of fashion, her challenges and her motivations. And of course, towards the end of the month, Sheena will also share some career tips with us. But today, we will simply begin with this introduction.
While waiting for next Monday’s article on this spectacular woman, go on and check out Sheena’s website and her Facebook fan page. You will not be disappointed. She shares a lot of helpful tips and tricks for fashion forward men and women which you do not want to miss.
Be sure to make today a fantastic Monday!
As you may know by now, today is a very exciting day as Lennard will be sharing a few tips. In this final article with our dear mentor of the month, we will read pieces of advice that
Lennard Taylor very kindly shared with me at our interview. We will also look back into the month to pick up a few take-aways from his mentorship.
In his own words… Continue reading “PART D: LENNARD TAYLOR: MENTOR OF THE MONTH OF JUNE”
For the sake of efficiency, it most often doesn’t make sense to march across the city, passing out your printed off CV’s in an effort to find a nibble to your unemployed hook. However, this is actually the choice I’d recommend, as it creates a psychological connection between your potential employer and your face, your handshake and your overall body language that they can attach to your CV. This can help or harm your chances, but it definitely puts your chances of getting hired a step above the endless barrage of CV submissions from the Internet.
Regardless of the method of submission, here are a few tips and tricks that I use with my CV, along with some testimonials I’ve picked up along the way. Continue reading “Starting off Right: 7 Tips and Tricks for your CV (Guest Post)”
I was up before the crack of dawn as was my routine. I fumbled about in the dark apartment readying myself for the day. I never turn on my lights in the mornings, it is simply too early for that. Taking a deep breath I unlocked the door and released myself into the embrace of pitch darkness. I stood still for a second, allowing my eyes to adjust. There were no street lights and no one in sight either – or at least none that I could see. They might have been enveloped in the darkness of the early morning. I started off on my way, walking as fast as I could. It was so dark that my shadow was a lighter apparition that seemed to float mid-air persistently right behind me.
I knew it was my shadow but it caused me to shiver.
The only sound I could hear was that of my feet as I darted to the bus station. Everything else was quiet. Just silence! At that wee hour of the morning only one thought ran through my usually busy mind. I desperately struggled to explain to myself this ridiculous undertaking. Why was it so vital that I accepted that job?
All reason escaped me.
I could not master a justifiable reason to explain what I found so appealing about being up at such an ungodly hour. The go-getter part of me must have forgotten to wake up that morning. Continue reading “Confessions From a Dreamer”
Lennard Taylor is a vibrant fashion designer and oil painter based in Winnipeg Manitoba. Prior to embarking into the world of fashion, Lennard played football in Scotland. On returning to Winnipeg where he was born and raised, he began his career in fashion. Lennard’s style is futurist, hip and very classy. His passion for his work is infectious. I first met him purely out of my love for fashion. I was taking a walk at my lunch hour in the mall when my eyes suddenly rested on a brand new store with a dazzling display. I was instantly excited and dragged my friend into the store with me. Inside, the room boasted of a vast selection of unique garments and accessories. After that first visit, I returned to the store every chance I got. Continue reading “Lennard Taylor: Mentor of the Month of June”
Larry Smith shares an intriguing angle of the excuses we all are guilty of making at one point of our career lives. Take a few minutes out of your day to watch this video.
Smith has a humorous yet very apt approach to following one’s passion and talents.
Enjoy the video and have a fantastic hump day!
Do you agree with Larry Smith’s opinions on great jobs and how we often persuade ourselves against our passions? Why or why not?
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In the previous issue of Mentor of the Month, Marianne Curtis told us that she began writing as a source of release, a way for her to keep sane during very challenging times in her life. Her writing now not only helps and fulfills her but also assists and encourages others who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Today Curtis shares, in more detail, her experiences as she wrote her books. She also has an upcoming book (this November), which is a compilation of stories shared by people in the hundreds who are trying to find healing. Many of them sharing their stories for the first time.
Tell me about your experiences while writing your novels? (Both Finding Gloria and A Discreet Betrayal) Was it challenging to get started and then got easier or vice versa? Continue reading “Part C: Marianne Curtis: Mentor of the month of May”
Why buy it when you can’t afford it? What’s the alternative? Settling for something cheaper and offers less satisfaction but fulfills the same purpose? Or hold off, save up and then make the desired purchase after a period of good budgeting and planning?
You see, I believe in finding joy and fulfillment in our chosen career paths, in what we do for a living. It’s about working where we find optimum delight. But what happens when what we love to do does not satisfy the desires we crave? What happens when our preferred career path does not yield the kind of income that we would like to earn?
As I am always careful to point out before dishing out tips and advice, I am a self-acclaimed guru learning on-the-job, sharing opinions shaped by experiences from my life. Continue reading “What’s the Value?”
What is your best part when creating? And what is the most challenging part when creating abstract art?
“It’s so hard to distinguish one thing about creating that I most enjoy. Art is not a thing I do, it is melded into who I am, who I am called to be, before anything I do. It enhances my way of life while allowing me to be the person I am created to be. But there are several things that I want to mention here, things that the creative process has helped me discover.
Creating is primarily a place of safety for me. I was introduced to the powerful medium of self-expression through paint, during some of the hardest years of my life. I had to slow down, stop and listen. I had to pay attention Continue reading “PART B: Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist”
To be more successful we need to recognize that it is our own responsibility to find fulfillment in our careers.
I strongly believe that emotions towards what we do for a living are a great motivator for success or failure. Many successful individuals repeatedly point out the importance of passion. As much as the purpose of the job is to provide a source of income, we spend an awful amount of time working each day. While some of us may be business owners and others employees at a variety of organizations, it is important that we recognize that to be more successful, we need to make it our responsibility to find fulfillment in our careers. Continue reading "Stimulate Your Passion for the Job"
On TV, we tend to see how personal drama often leaks into professional lives. It is a recurring scene in movies and series to mention just a few. Perhaps it is something that cannot always be controlled, but it definitely needs to be avoided as much as possible.
We are human and at times things beyond our control happen.
Mankind is not robotic.
We react to words and actions, and when the going gets tough, we give in. And that is OK. However, let us try to keep it at a minimum. If it is a personal phone call that could upset you, call them back later when you are in a more secluded area. When someone offends you, try to notify them without causing a scene but if you cannot help it at that instant, walk away to catch your breath. We tend to handle issues a lot better when we are composed. A certain wellness coach once explained at a mentorship seminar that in getting worked up we lose our control to the other party. Do not give them your control, own it!
Since we spend most of our days at work, our colleagues tend to also be our friends. It is however vital not to unload work frustrations on workmates. Find a close friend or family member outside of the workplace to rant to every once in a while. You will feel better plus you get to keep your reputation intact and stay out of office drama. This would also saves you from lots of stress and uneasiness. Furthermore, it helps create a workplace free of gossip and other behaviours that could result in unhealthy workplace environments.
On a stressful day, take a brief walk. It could be to your water fountain and back to your desk. At your lunch go to the gym, maybe get a manicure or anything that could help you destress. Some people have reported that taking several deep breaths (3-4) calms them.
Find what keeps you calm. Keep the drama out of the office and always maintain your control.
Do you think that it is important to separate personal from professional life? Why or why not? What have been your experiences at your place of work?
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I am not about to acclaim myself the corporate ‘guru’ of outstanding workplace countenance, but I firmly believe I have in the recent past, gained significant experience to base my profound workplace disposition hypothesis on. To ensure complete clarity, I will first point out that I am merely an amateur, learning by experience. In Latin they call it discere faciendo. I do not possess any formal training in corporate savoir-faire. I have been working at the same organization for three months shy two years now. As a result, I have gained immeasurable knowledge of work place do’s and don’ts which I gladly share with you today. Again, I do not in any way proclaim myself omniscient to work place matters. It is in fact quite the opposite. In sharing the much that I have learnt over the years; I hope to trigger a reaction from you. That you may agree or disagree with my point of view or add onto my growing list of exceptional work place practices. In the end (assuming there will be an end although I would rather this list grows to infinity), together we should have developed a much more thorough list of norms acceptable in office settings.
· Treat EVERY client like they were your FIRST of the day
· Care about the IMAGE you create
· Always DRESS for the job you want
· Do NOT CRACK under pressure
· Care about the QUALITY of work
· Have a sense of LOVE for the job
· Always EXCEED expectation
· Do NOT be a PUSH OVER
· Do NOT CRAP where you eat
It is a brilliant idea to separate your professional and social life. Yes, you got that right, I mean romantic relationships in particular. I know it has been said before, but I cannot stress this enough. After all, prevention is better than cure, right?
· Never pick a FIGHT you cannot win
I am talking about your clientele. No matter how annoying they may be, you will never win a fight against them. Do not get engaged, disengage! Let them vent, allow them a chance to let off steam and perhaps later explain yourself calmly. At the very worst refer them to someone else. Whatever your choice of action, refuse to get caught up in a fight.