Books

SECRETS TO STAGING A BEAUTIFUL BOOKSHELF

Decor, Decor and interiors, What are we reading?

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How do you arrange your bookshelf?I love books. I love reading. My bookshelf is the first thing you see when you enter our home because books are central to our lives. Books open up the mind to new adventures and maintain our curiosity. Even though I have e-books and audible books I still love the smell and feel of real paper. Bookshelves also allow people to glean into your personality…

LETTER TO HER: #girlboss #geekchick

Career, Intellectual swag, Women of Influence Series

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Dear Her (she who knows her name and her academic and life triumphs) I remember the day we first got acquainted and you let me know what your frustrations and regrets were. Your biggest regret was that you started studying and you know you could have applied yourself more but you didn't. You wondered if it was too late for you and if you could salvage it so your dream…

BOOK REVIEW – GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE BY ANGELA DUCKWORTH

Intellectual swag, What are we reading?

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a great book about doing your best day after day, year after year, and letting your compass be high order goals. Grit is about being obsessive about following your life goals and holding onto them for a long time till you have reached mastery. Harness your energy and let your high order goals harness your daily behaviour. Daily devote your life to…

DELIBERATELY DESIGN YOUR BEAUTIFUL LIFE

Lifestyle

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A beautiful life is a life that you design on your own terms. It is a life where you honour who you are and fulfill your own desires using your own gifts. A beautiful life also means honouring those around you and living your life in a way that inspires other people to be better than who they are. Below are a few suggestions to get you going on your…

BOOK REVIEW: AND FOR ALL THESE REASONS … I’M IN: ESSENTIAL ADVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Intellectual swag, What are we reading?

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They say, when the student is ready, the teacher will show up. As I ponder on the next chapter of my life in an entrepreneurial space…rather as I shake in my boots thinking of creating a brand new business this book was timely. The book is filled with hand advice from South Africa’s Dragons Gil Oved, Lebo Gunguluza, Polo Leteka, Vinny Lingham, and Vusi Thembekwayo. Gil Oved gifted me this…

DYSTOPIA – A CHANGING NARRATIVE FOR SOUTH AFRICA?

Intellectual swag, What are we reading?

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  [Dystopia meaning: of Greek origin – cacotopia, kakotopia, anti-utopia, meaning a society that is undesirable]. The local government elections in South Africa have shown a different and evolving South Africa that is developing its own post-colonial narrative. Many nations in Africa have gone through the transitions, each with its own unique tipping point. I particularly related to the viewpoint as opined by the Mail and Guardian:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/06/anc-elections-south-africa-democracy-zuma As I…

BEING CHIC: BATHING IN MYSTIQUE – 5 LESSONS FROM THIRTY CHIC DAYS PRACTICAL INSPIRATION FOR A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

Lifestyle, What are we reading?

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I have had the privilege to read Thirty Chic Days: Practical Inspiration for a Beautiful Life by Fiona Ferris. The book reminded me that life is meant to be designed to be as chic as possible. Life is a deliberate act and design of the life that you desire. Sometimes as we get caught up in the humdrum of life we forget to be deliberate about this experience called life.…

BOOK REVIEW AND FRENCH STYLE INSPIRATION: HOW TO BE PARISIAN: WHEREVER YOU ARE

Style, What are we reading?

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Confession, I am obsessed with French culture and French dress sense. It is so effortlessly chic. This post is double the pleasure for me, I get to speak about a great book and great style. I loved this book by Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Anne Berest that takes you through what it means to be a Parisian in the 21st Century and I figured we could…

FORDSBURG FIGHTER: THE JOURNEY OF AN MK VOLUNTEER: An explosive book launch

What are we reading?

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Mandla Langa set up the conversation with Amin Cajee at Exclusive Books in Hyde Park. The book discusses a heavy topic that Cajee penned in order to tell his story to his grandchildren and he wanted to give them a copy of the book each but it is a book that is now in the public space. It is a controversial story that questions MK leadership and their overly controlling…

Kopano “Kalvyn” More Change Is Changing: Write Your Own Story or Some Idiot Will [Part 1 of 3]

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    This book by Kopano “Kalvyn” More has a very catchy title, Change Is Changing: Write Your Own Story or Some Idiot Will.  It introduced me to the concept of citizenship principle - a concept that I will delve into in Series 3 of this conversation. The book is dedicated to the youth of South Africa and Africa with a foreword by the Princess of Africa Mme Yvonne Chaka Chaka.…