The Ebb and Flow of Sisterhood Strength

The card simply said “Tea for Solidarity”. It was an invitation to something about solidarity and there was going to be tea.

The card simply said “Tea for Solidarity”. It was an invitation to something about solidarity and there was going to be tea. That is all the information I had walking into the gymnasium where the event was being held. There were women everywhere. Just women, dressed to the nines.
Long rectangular tables were arranged into three rows. The tables were dressed in white table clothes and cutlery. On the back wall was a long dinning table covered in all manner of pastries; desserts and fruits (I suppose fruit is dessert too). The end of the table was lined with several jugs of colourful punch. On the wall adjacent to the entrance was a smaller table with many flasks of fancy tea. I didn’t really know what the event was but I had come to the right place with my sweet tooth and my undying love for tea. I was glad to be there.

Continue reading “The Ebb and Flow of Sisterhood Strength”

Part C: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August

My passion is simple, my mission is clear....I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel).  I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for  families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference.  I wear many hats but the one I enjoy the most is the one my kids have given me, the "mommy" hat. It's the best title I could ever hope for. I am married with 2 small children and have the privilege of all the pleasures and frustrations that come with raising a family in these times. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEING A PARENT! http://www.annashouse.ca/our-staff-team.html
My passion is simple, my mission is clear. I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference.
I wear many hats but the one I enjoy the most is the one my kids have given me, the “mommy” hat.
http://www.annashouse.ca/our-staff-team.html

Writing while on vacation requires a lot of dedication. This is not to say that I am an extremely hardworking writer, but I try. I am better than most if I say so myself. Besides, writing to me is so much fun. So naturally I found time to do it.
As I am on vacation and way out of North America, my mood is also a little different. I am visiting my home country Kenya. Truly, there is no place like home. It’s all nice and tropical here. I absolutely love this country. I think everyone on earth should visit Kenya at least once in their lifetime. As a result of this very different mood of mine, today’s article is going to have a different spin.
In the past few weeks Vicki has shared several aspects of her career with us. One thing that I really enjoyed while hanging out with Vicki is that she has a very captivating way of putting her words together. I strongly believe that Vicki would make a great public speaker.
Vicki’s father, a businessman is very tough and powerful (Vicki tells me). Truly the apple does not fall far from the tree. During our initial encounter Vicki stood out because of her distinctive voice and fearless approach to networking. I immediately liked her. Like her father, Vicki is tough and powerful but also very hospitable. Her father has been of significant influence in her life and career. While Vicki and I talked, I managed to jot down several interesting quotes that were common place to her and her father.
Quotes by Vicki’s father Continue reading “Part C: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August”

Part B: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August

My passion is simple, my mission is clear....I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference. I wear many hats but the one I enjoy the most is the one my kids have given me, the "mommy" hat. It's the best title I could ever hope for. I am married with 2 small children and have the privilege of all the pleasures and frustrations that come with raising a family in these times. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEING A PARENT! http://www.annashouse.ca/our-staff-team.html
My passion is simple, my mission is clear….I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference.

As it is another Mentor Monday I am thrilled to continue with Part B of our August Mentor. If you did not get a chance to catch the introduction of Vicki Olatundun our mentor of the month, you are more than welcome to revisit the article.
I intended to ask Vicki how she re-energizes herself when she is feeling down, exhausted or simply stressed at work. To work my way into that question, I asked whether there are times when work becomes overwhelming or exhausting. Her answer surprised me. In Vicki’s own words, “what I do energizes me”. She explains that she loves her job so much that it does not feel like a job. On asking her why she feels that way, she went on to tell me that no two days are the same at her work. At the beginning of the day she does not know who will walk in or how the day will turn out. As a social justice warrior as Vicki refers to herself, advocating for families in need comes naturally to her. She is happy enough knowing that because of her job, someone’s life is about to change. To Vicki working at the family resource center is more like a hobby, something that she looks forward to. Something that she truly enjoys. This did not surprise me because it is unlikely for anyone to enjoy their careers that intensely, but because Vicki’s response was so sincere. Continue reading “Part B: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August”

Vicki Olatundun: Meet our Mentor of the Month of August

My passion is simple, my mission is clear....I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference. I wear many hats but the one I enjoy the most is the one my kids have given me, the "mommy" hat. It's the best title I could ever hope for. I am married with 2 small children and have the privilege of all the pleasures and frustrations that come with raising a family in these times. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEING A PARENT! http://www.annashouse.ca/our-staff-team.html
My passion is simple, my mission is clear….I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference.

As Monday was a civic holiday here in Manitoba, I decided to publish this week’s Mentor Monday article on Tuesday (the first work day).
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Vicki Olatundun is the executive director at Anna’s House, a family resource center located in Steinbach Manitoba.  Vicki refers to herself as a Social Justice Warrior. During our interview she explains that she absolutely loves her job. In her own words, ‘I do not go to work, because I absolutely love what I do’. I completely adore her attitude to her work. Her love for people and desire to help others is very refreshing. To describe Vicki several adjectives come to mind; powerful, influential, kind, assertive compassionate, hardworking, the list goes on. Continue reading “Vicki Olatundun: Meet our Mentor of the Month of August”

Part B:Sheena Chiteri: Mentor of the Month of July

My name is Sheena Frida Chiteri. I am the Founder and Director of my fashion design company- House of Sheena C.
My name is Sheena Frida Chiteri. I am the Founder and Director of my fashion design company- House of Sheena C.

Hello dear readers,
For as long as I can remember Mondays have been a terrible day for me. Getting over the weekend and suddenly having to be a functioning professional for a good 8 hours is definitely not a simple task. Particularly if you spent the entire weekend watching too much TV, binge eating and for some, getting a little too intoxicated. Writing these mentorship articles every Monday has truly changed my attitude towards the Monday blues. I used to dread Mondays but now I look forward to them. There is no better feeling than the feeling I get sharing inspirational stories and motivational testimonies. And on top of that I also have been able to pick up great tips that I can apply to my career and lifestyle. What better way to start off my Mondays? It is my deepest hope and to a great extent belief, that you too benefit from these mentors. Or at the very least, have a deeper appreciation for what various career options have to offer. Continue reading “Part B:Sheena Chiteri: Mentor of the Month of July”

Sheena Chiteri: Mentor of the Month of July

 

My name is Sheena Frida Chiteri. I am the Founder and Director of my fashion design company- House of Sheena C.
Sheena Frida Chiteri. Founder and Director of House of Sheena C. A fashion and design company. Blog: http://chiteri101.blogspot.ca/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/sheenafrida.c.5/about

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!
 

PART D: LENNARD TAYLOR: MENTOR OF THE MONTH OF JUNE

Fashion designer & oil painter. Store Location: 393 Portage Ave, 2nd Floor. Website: http://lennardtaylor.com/
Fashion designer & oil painter. Store Location: 393 Portage Ave, 2nd Floor. Website: http://lennardtaylor.com/

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.
helpful tipsIn his own words… Continue reading “PART D: LENNARD TAYLOR: MENTOR OF THE MONTH OF JUNE”

It is 2AM but I cannot Sleep!

Cover of "Being Erica (OST)"
I know my greatest undoing is fear. (OST)

I have tossed and turned in my bed until eventually I am throwing in the towel. It’s obviously not going to happen so allow me to be a little constructive. Being awake in the wee hours of the morning, I find myself reflecting on a lot of things; what point I have reached in my ambitions, what goals I have accomplished, things that I may need to change or improve-life in general. Tonight, I find myself coming short. I am not where I had wanted to be today. I still have so much to do. I realize that my to-do-list is still considerably longer than my already-done-and-crossed off-list. There are so many things I would love to start doing and yet I seem to be caught in a rat. I am at a good place, just not as good as I would have preferred. To think about it is painful, admitting it ‘is an even harder pill to swallow’ as Mary of Hell’s kitchen put it two nights ago.
I definitely need to pull up my socks! Continue reading “It is 2AM but I cannot Sleep!”

Motivational Monday

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