If there is one thing my mum not only raised me on but also is living proof of herself, is to have a little faith, a lot of faith actually, which I held onto – tight. Faith in myself, and the choice I made, faith in where I am going, and what I want out of this moment in time, and faith in the unknown.
‘Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.’ ~ Hebrews 11:1
This became a lot clearer after being in the Transkei… I knew what I needed next ~ my crew, and what I wanted to do ~ inspire and uplift with the types of short films I create. I want to travel, and meet new people, share their stories, and enable them to speak their own truths, to experience new cultures and capture the peculiar and wonderful moments that hold the essence of what it means to be alive. I want interact with beautiful people in a positive, thriving, and energetic environment. Because this is what I choose for myself and wont sell myself short just for a quick and easy paycheck.
So no, I can’t just waste my time with just any company doing average work that is on repeat, selling my own creativity to another business. It’s just not who I am… Besides, fulfilment in what you do comes from doing what you love, that’s true success, and that’s when you thrive.
Wow, the next few months were really difficult as I tried to stay true to all of this, borrowing money for rent and barely getting by, (yet blessed with amazing friends and family who were like guardian angels while I searched for the space that I saw in my dreams.) The doubts of the choice i made, the fear of the future, the struggle of the present, the moments of tears, the irrelevant self talk that went in circles, judging myself and my decision, the contemplations of getting another 'real job', they were all there, and I had to embrace them.
Yet everything happens in divine timing, when the moment is right. Two months later I went to visit John (Ocean Child), asking him if he knew of any positions available for filming and editing that was outdoors, working with nature and communities. He told me to Google Londolozi Game Reserve and Phinda Game Reserve. As the words were spoken, all the hairs on my arm shot up as waves of energy tingled through my body.
My eyes grew wider as I researched more about them and loving everything they had to offer ~ nature, wildlife, animals, tourism, and working with communities. I compiled a short paragraph on who I am, what I do, and why I would fit into their lifestyle, along with a link to my website. A gentleman from Londolozi phoned me back, expressing his interested in my work and what I have accomplished and created.Sadly, his words to follow were, “unfortunately we already have a set media team here, but I want to put you in contact with a company you would be a perfect match with, The Good Work foundation.”
The more investigating I did on them, the more captivated I became! Wow, what an extraordinary organisation!
In short, (because there is so much more I could express!) The Good Work Foundation’s mission is to lead a focused, achievable and digitally-[em]powered education model for rural Africa.
From young children to the older generation, they learn different educational models using computers and Ipads. giving them the knowledge and empowerment they need to be successful in this new global technology age., allowing them the foundation to be a part of a world that runs off technology, beyond the cycle of street sweeper or house cleaner.
Think Nelson Mandela. Think education. Think online education. Now think Digital. Think Change. Think opportunity. Raising future leaders. Power. Empowerment. Self-empowerment. Dreams. A new vision. Hope. Success. Achievement. Knowledge.
The head of their media team, Ryan James, called me up a week later, as we exchanged details and relevant information, it was clear that they needed me ~ a story-teller and filmmaker, and I needed them.
They filled my entire checklist, from starting with Africa, working (creating, as its not work!) in a positive environment, with an enthusiastic, passionate team, interacting with the community, uplifting the rural individuals, and inspiring through our stories and wonderful moments captured. I was to tell express, through film, photography, editing, story-telling, and social media, the multitude of layers within their ecosystem, and help raise awareness through our artistic creations.
Could it be more perfect for this precise moment in my life? Why yes, yes it can, because they even do yoga with the kids, which I am now a facilitator of ☺ this also allows me to connect with them on a more holistic level! I am in love.
So, let’s compile this lengthily 5 Part tale into one paragraph shall we?
I was searching for a space to create (some call it ‘work’) where I could be inspired and give all my energy into projects I truly resonated with, as opposed to working for any film company (which was always an availability, but not a sacrifice I was willing to make!)
Intuition (and choice!) lead me to the Transkei, where I met John, and John lead me to Londolozi, which lead me to The Good Work Foundation…
I told you so ;)
I am now currently doing everything that I envision I would do, everything I chose to do, and everything that sends surges of electricity through my cells, and right into my heart, where every beat follows the rhythm of my Spirit, the very essence of who I am, which allows me to create with Love and passion every day.
I’m no phenomenal filmmaker and I don’t pretend to be, but I do what I love, and what I love involves creating and showcasing elements and facets of our phenomenal, ever changing yet constant beauty that is within the roots of Africa, expanding beyond our lands and culture, embedding herself within our people.
And I have chosen to share this with you because I feel there is so much more out there for many who are too afraid to risk it, too afraid to following their own intuition that’s trying leading them to their happiness, but believe me, the unfolding journey you venture into is so worth.
Don’t be afraid to know what you want, and to go out and get it. The choice is yours, and choice is power. Of course there are many obstacles, life is tough, but so are you!If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
In this moment, right now, I have experienced a dance with the Universe that expands across my own human comprehension… Overflowing with such gratitude for every connection that has taken place, and a knowing that when you take a leap of Faith, the Universe will always rise to meet you.
My mom, being the eternal ray of optimism and faith herself, left me with these parting words, taken from our favourite author…
“You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)
Kid, you’ll move mountains.
Oh, the places you’ll go…”
So follow me further, barefoot and free,
Join my adventure between the land and the sea,
The stories I reveal will help us see,
The change we can make when we choose to just, be.
Sharing these weavings is what makes me, me.