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”
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”
As we have safely made it through another month, today we publish the last article on our mentor Sheena Chiteri. It has been an interesting month and Sheena has told us a little about herself and how she started her company. In this article she will share more about her experiences as a designer and also leave us with a few tips and tricks to apply to our careers and lifestyle.
Could you share with me two very inspiring statements that you’ve heard/ learnt since you began your career?
You should never give up on your dream. It’s not easy but your dream is your treasure, it’s the one thing that will make you flourish.
God created us all with our destiny even before we knew what it was. Let God lead and you shall always be massive steps ahead in your craft.
What are the challenges that you have incurred? Continue reading “Part C:Sheena Chiteri: Mentor of the Month of July”
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 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!
I hope that you have been keeping up with Lennard Taylor and his new designs. He always has creative new styles and garments coming in.
On our previous issue we began to get into the fine details of Lennard Taylor’s life; how he decided to get into the fashion industry and his early days in fashion and as an entrepreneur. To continue along the same line of discussion, today I would like to share with you a video that I embedded from his website which takes us through his creation process. I think it is crucial for us to experience the creation process with him as it helps us have a better understanding of the passion he has for his work and his designs.
Enjoy this video? Make sure to share it with your friends and leave a comment below. Better yet, check out Lennard Taylor’s website and leave him a comment as well.
As many of you are already aware, I am a strong believer in the power of passion. I am convinced that to be highly productive and find fulfillment, passion needs to be at the core. In cultivating our passion we remain inspired and motivated. As a result we could achieve great results.
Next Monday we will be returning to the Mentor of the Month interview. This week we are taking a slight detour to explore other as fun topics.
I took the liberty to browse around the internet in search of a few great quotes on passion. While my focus is mostly career-oriented, being passionate ought to be incorporated into our entire lives. Continue reading “Passion”
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”
Follow the glow in your eyes
Wherever it leads, wherever it thrives,
Cause if you won’t, swift come your demise
Of endless strivings and restless butterflies;
That light that flickers when you do what you like
That passion ignited when you do what feels right;
So when life at times is pulling you here and there
Don’t forget to remember about what you care
For keep your eyes forward and straight on the goal
And then you won’t stop from staying aglow.
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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Sometimes it is through our darkest experiences that we discover our deepest passion. At times, when we have struggled, suffered and perhaps even failed a few times, is when it gets crystal clear. What we desire out of life, the ambitions we want to fulfill and the life journey we would like to embark on, suddenly glares right into our faces.
This is true for Shayani Turko who at a very trying time in her life, discovered her love for abstract art. As a staunch christian, Shayani boldly states that God is the center of her creations. Shayani explains that she used art and poetry to express her pain through which she gradually experienced deep healing. In her exact words Shayani says that through abstract art, ” suddenly, I found my voice!”
For the month of April, Shayani will be sharing with us her narrative as an abstract artist from an angle like no other; a perfect combination of faith, passion and genuine love for others.
In today’s issue the artist shares her challenges expressing that by having patience, focusing on a specific goal, resisting discouragement & realizing that she does not have to prove herself to anyone, she has been able to overcome many difficulties in her field. Continue reading “Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist”