Tshepi Mashego tells her project me story

Tshepi is a Pedi princess whose roots are in a charming village called Bushbackridge in the majestic Mpumalanga, but was raised in pta. She caught the theatre bug after her first school musical called GODSPELL. She then studied Musical Theatre at the Tshwane University of Technology after which she started her professional career in a musical called HAIR she then proceeded to do many shows including, PINOCCHIO the pantomime, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL the international tour.
She played Columbia in the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and performed in the ELVIS TRIBUTE SHOW for Showtime Australia as well as headlining in MUSIC EVOLUTION, a Sun City Extravaganza. She was also featured in BLUES BROTHERS and she has also worked in TV extensively highlights being, playing the role of Diphuka on RHYTHM CITY, and has featured in the film GHETTO CHILD.

Tshepi is also a proud Member of the phenomenal girl band THE BRUNETTES!

On a personal note:
I have had the great joy of seeing Tsephi perform on stage and her current performance in Homegrown at the Globe Theatre, Gold Reef City had me in awe at her energy, talent and absolute passion to entertain. Look out for Tshepi wherever she goes because she's just absolute fun & food for the soul.

Tshepi tells her project me story:

What is your definition of happiness?
Being?satisfied?with who you are, what you do and how you do it ? as Maya Angelou said

If you could have everyone say one thing to themselves every day, what would it be?
To look in the mirror and say ?you?re amazeballz?

We all have that moment when we need someone to believe in us. Who is that person for you and why?
My sister ? Puseletso ? she is 5 years younger than me, but she is like my lil? big sister.

What quality do you believe we can never be taught because it is our birth right?
To be humble

Describe the moment when you realised that you could achieve anything?
I don?t know if I?ve had that ?Aha!?-moment yet ? but I look forward to it.? I mean ? I am a human being.? We all have our hard days and our obstacles.

How do you deal with the fears that could potentially hold you back?
Because I was raised Christian, I put my faith in & get my?strength?from a Higher Power.

What have you always dreamed of being or doing and have you reached that dream?
Yes!? My?favourite?thing to do ? being on stage - and to make someone feel better or forget their troubles for a few hours.

When life gets in the way, what do you always remind yourself of?
Somewhere out there there?s always someone having a worse day than me.? And every challenge is a lesson waiting to be learnt.

We all have something unique to offer the world, what is yours?
I have been told I have an?infectious?smile and internal happiness and I love to share that.

What do you believe we have lost sight of in the world as a whole?
Mutual respect for each other as human beings ? regardless of?financial?status, occupation, race, gender or sexual orientation.

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Motivational writer and speaker Sue Levy tells her project me story

Motivational writer and Speaker with a flair for media design. Thrives on spreading everything Inspirational and enjoys the company of Fabulous Motivational people. Inspired by people with beautiful hearts and who wants to make a difference.

A new mom enjoying the joys of motherhood, and who Loves Design, Fashion, Technology, Good food, being in nature, Music and who is a true dreamer.

On a personal note:
I have had the joy of meeting Sue and being welcomed into her beautifully energetic spirit and vision for life. After sharing my story on her blog, I started following her writing and watched many exciting developments in both her personal and work life. I have been eagerly waiting to share Sue's story and am thrilled at the depth and passion with which she has shared her journey of #projectme.
Many thanks for enthusiasm towards sharing your own story Sue, and I know it is going to be an incredible inspiration to many.

Sue Levy tells her Project Me story:

What is your definition of happiness?
I believe that happiness cannot be achieved within one aspect of your life. To me happiness is when you are mentally, physically and emotionally in a good and positive balance. The three combined gives you that ?Good feeling? which is happiness to me in a nutshell.

?If you could have everyone say one thing to themselves every day, what would it be?
?Don?t doubt myself and Just pursue it?
There is a quote that goes ?Try and Fail, But don?t fail to try? Sometimes we give up to effortlessly, People need to learn to believe in their abilities, sometimes we give up at attempt number 9 and success was waiting at number 10.
You never know when you are about to hit the ?Jackpot with your dreams, all you need to do is take the first steps and Pursue it?

We all have that moment when we need someone to believe in us. Who is that person for you and why?
Choosing one person is hard as I have a wonderful support system of family and friends that give me the motivation pursue my dreams. I would like to acknowledge all people who have so much faith in me.
But if I had to decide, That person is my loving Husband, Aslam Levy. He has been in my life for over 7 years as a mentor and my friend. I don?t think I?d be where I am if it wasn?t for his constant support and love. It?s amazing to have a life partner that lifts you up when you are down, It?s like having my own personal ?Dr Phil? as he is a brilliant advice giver and he shares my passion for people.
I was once very afraid to do what I was passionate about, I thought many things could never be achieved in my life, But with Aslam anything seems possible. He is that motivational force behind our family legacy.

What quality do you believe we can never be taught because it is our birth right?
It?s our birthright to be loved. I think we take that for granted. Every human being and every person we know deserves to feel loved. Love cannot be taught, It is felt by everyone.? It especially breaks my heart that people can be so cold toward woman and children.
I started a Pledge called: ?Love to Inspire, Inspire to Love? It?s the tagline for my blogs vision for the past year.
The more we take pleasure in Inspiring others, inspiring other people to love will come naturally. Everybody at some point needs a little bit of inspiration. I truly believe that.

Describe the moment when you realised that you could achieve anything?
I can?t help but smile, But it is because of a very recent event that I feel invincible these.
It happened on the 10th of September 2011 at exactly 2:21am. The moment my daughter Aliya was born. Having a baby changed my life forever. I endured just over 4 hours of labour and gave birth without anaesthetic. Now that is enough to make me think I can do anything.
I now respect all women who bring children into this world. Especially my dear mother.

How do you deal with the fears that could potentially hold you back?
I talk about them. I have learned an acronym for Fear which is that it stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.
I had a bad habit in the past of internalising my thoughts and feelings. The load feels heavy when you do it on your own. Talking about your fears really minimizes the load, not only do you get advice but you will realise the fear was smaller than what you thought it actually was.
I love this quote from Marianne Williamson, it was also used in Nelson Mandela?s inaugural speech.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

What have you always dreamed of being or doing and have you reached that dream?
My favourite book,?The Alchemist,?written by the writer?Paulo Coelho, is a beautiful Fable about following your dreams.?This book was given to me by a friend I had lost to cancer in last year. She was very adamant that I read it, When I did, I realised why. It motivated me to pursue my dream of touching lives through my blogging and motivational speaking. You can follow my dreams as I blog for a website called http://www.8womendream.com/ based in the USA. I blog on a weekly basis about my journey achieving my dreams.
I have lots of dreams, but there are a few I?ve achieve and pursue

Personally I have achieved:

Professionally:

My Inspirational Woman Initiative that was birthed on my blog called ?Just Pursue It? is positively gaining recognition internationally. I have been invited to a few events nationally and prospective international events to speak about ?Just Pursue It? I am very excited to reach out to my global family and inspire others.
Being a Motivational Speaker and Successful published author: This is definitely a dream I hoping to achieve. I have always wanted to write a book from a young age, and with my blogging I am starting to see that I would possibly write an inspirational book for girls and woman.

When life gets in the way, what do you always remind yourself of?
To learn the lesson and move on.
I have made mistakes that I am not proud of, yet I can?t keep focusing on them every time Life gets me down. The challenging moments in life are what mould your character, those are tests to help you become what you are destined to become. Moving forward in life does not require me to take a step backward, it logically makes no sense. So I pursue to push on and take life as it comes. Which reminds me of a quote that says:

?Every search begins with beginners luck and ends with the victor?s being severely tested.? By?Paulo Coelho

We all have something unique to offer the world, what is yours?
An overflowing urge of wanting to help people. Whether it is in media design or motivating them. I am a people?s person, assisting and helping people comes naturally to me. I don?t hesitate if I know It could help someone feel better. We are all here to contribute in some way or another, Mine is to Inspire and Motivate.
I was born to do it.

What do you believe we have lost sight of in the world as a whole?
I think we have lost sight of the things that matter. We are forced to believe that materialistic possessions equal a successful life. But that not true. Materialistic possessions might make life easier but the media brainwashes you to believe that IS what life is all about.
We have lost sight of the little things, things like gratitude, love, laughter, family, friendships, appreciating nature and wanting to give back. The things that warm the heart and feeds the soul is what we really need to concentrate on.

?When each day is the same as the next, it?s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.??By?Paulo Coelho

Contact Sue:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustPursueIt?fref=ts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sue_levy

Website: www.suelevy.co.za

Foundation : www.iwomeni.org

A proudly SA morning at the Gsport4Girls Awards - project me post 897

I'm just going to dive right in and be gushy, boastful and total emotional about my morning at the Gsport4Girls awards honouring the women in South African sport.

I remember when my blog had just started to gain attention and the first one or two events opportunities had come along. It was almost a year and a half ago and one those incredible moments was being invited to the Gsport4Girls awards. I was still semi hovering in the midst of a crowd, maybe knowing one or two people. I had so much to learn and so much growing up, in the social world, to do.

As I sat in the same room as I had for the last Gsport4Girls awards of 2012, all I could think of was how far we have come.

Well, you know my story of growth, change and recognition so I'm going to share the story of these incredible SA awards and the inspirational woman behind it all.

I met Kass Naidoo at last year's awards and distinctly remember her embracing our meeting as if we had met years before. The crowd was small and intimate and the event was simple and stylish. Kass, who is the founder of Gsport4girls was the MC and prize giver and all those multiple rolls. She shared stories of the amazing talent in SA sport and her passion for recognising the woman who help put South Africa on the map in the sporting world. In all that she said, I remember being amazed that no big brand had jumped on board as a sponsor for such an important event.

The months passed and Kass has grown to be more than an inspiration. She has grown to be a very dear friend, who has supported myself and Greggie in our vision for our business and our personal goals. As the friendship has blossomed, so has our insight into Kass's world of determination and passion for the sportswomen of SA and today, when the room was packed and there were Spar sponsorship banners engulfing the event, I couldn't help but smile at Kass Naidoo's project me journey.

The room was filled with women all living their #projectme story and from swimming stars like Natalie du Toit to runners as amazing as ?Caster Semenya and the coaches, sponsors and?ambassadors?who shout about these amazing women ... everyone was filled with such purpose.
I couldn't Tweet fast enough and get the inspirational message across that swimming legend, Penny Heyns shared with us, but I hung onto her every word. But when she echoed the message of #projectme: "Whatever we do in life, we must be purpose driven" I felt a rekindled passion for so much I set out to do an a woman and an entrepreneur.
What a different purpose and determination makes and Penny's main theme for her talk was about all the obstacles she had to face and the number of times she wanted to quit before, during and after the gold medals and world records. I've had a hard time blogging of late and my very reason has been because I've felt like a stuck record who should have been much further down the line in my personal and business successes, yet I sat there today and focused on how very proud I am of purely having purpose.

A huge congratulations to Dale Herbst, who took on Gsport4Girls as if it were and for making sure I didn't leave the event without having met Penny.
To all of the winners & every woman in SA sport, you are an inspiration and an amazing light that shines bright for SA.

Kass ... I can hardly wait to see where us, as the purposeful women of South Africa, will be for the 2014 Gsport4Girls awards.

 

Myself and Greg with Kass Naidoo, the founder of Gsport4Girls

 

Collett Dawson, Greg, myself and Cito with Penny Heyns

 

With Jennifer Su and Gsport4Girls ambassador Liezel van der Westhuizen

It's okay to blog again - project me post 896

I?ve done some burying my head in the sand when it comes to sharing what?s going on in my life and I?m slowly beginning to refocus and actually remember what this journey of blogging means to me.? Somewhere along the lines I have gotten myself caught in the good old trap of thinking that everyone wants to be inspired by success and other people happy stories. Well, I think that a part of us will always want that but I also know that watching someone go through tough times and still wake every day, carry on and not give up is the great inspiration that we need. That?s why I decided to blog in the first place, because I knew the number of self help books I turned to and realised that everyone was telling their story when they were reflecting back on the tough times.

So now I have to share my tough times in order to be true to myself and truly live #projectme.

It?s not like they are woe is me tough, but I feel like I?m on a hamster wheel and have to admit some interesting things to you, my readers. Well, I?m still admitting them to me, so let?s all hear them at the same time.

Holy crap, it?s so freaking hard to lose weight!
Seriously, I lost the first 11kg in 10 weeks and thought that I had changed my life forever. I thought I would never go back to the old patterns and I would steadily lose about a kilo a week in this effortless journey. Well, truth be told, I hate gym and it didn?t work out with my trainers, so I?m kinda back to square one there. The self motivation isn?t my strong point, but I still manage to drag myself there about once or twice a week.
As for the food thing: There is no magic formula that stops cravings and emotional eating and although I haven?t put any of the weight back on, I just can?t get back into the rhythm of healthy eating.

If I tell you that I?m going through a roller coaster of emotions then you had better believe it.
Pat and I went through an interesting time (another reason I avoided blogging) where we both got to the point where the fighting over money, life and stresses just got too much. We would argue over the tiniest thing and eventually we both got too tired to want to fight any more. I can?t begin to tell you the shock we both got when we admitted to each other that if we had one more fight, we wanted to walk away from it.
Well, that?s one way of discovering how much you love each other and how we use each other as punching bags for our stress and within days we had both begun to do something different ... very different.
Amazingly, we have come through as a stronger, happier and more carefree couple and we truly have started to support each other in our daily issues. Trust me, it?s not tough when both partners in a relationship are fighting to be successful entrepreneurs, but we are getting there.

We never get away from family drama, or I don?t anyway and for some reason I get myself very stressed out around family and immediately turn to food to comfort myself. I?m working on that, I promise.

Then there?s career ...
I know I?ve said it before, but entrepreneurship is not for the faint hearted. It?s also been reiterated to us over and over again that we are pioneering our way through the social media world and it?s never easy waiting for the world around us to have the same realisations as us.
In the meantime, we keep pitching to clients and they keep saying how much they admire us and think we are doing great work. Then they ask how social media is going to affect their bottom line. Oi, no one in the world truly has answers to that, so we meet more influential people in the hope that they can shed light on the answer for us ... and they can?t.

I also have this amazing friend who is finally helping me proof my novel, Ephineah. On the one hand, I am so excited that she's loving the story and driving me for more chapters, but on the other hand, I can feel how much time it takes to read through and edit a chapter and I just don't have it now. I'm trying to do as much as I can now that Pat's photography has picked up so nicely and he's out at shoots so often at night and on the weekend. There are only 9 chapters so go so I just have to keep juggling all the balls and getting once chapter done a time.
PS ... I'm going to be asking people who want to read my novel sooner rather than later.

So while we are pitching away and feel as though it?s going to be a longer road than we ever expected and I realise relationships take more work than I expected and weight loss takes more will power than I expected ...

I still waked up each day excited about the unexpected and each day I?m not disappointed. When I stop trying to show the world how far I have come and get excited about showing the world that I?m merely pitching up and living with courage, consciousness and a sense of humour, then it?s okay to blog again.

So, just for today ... it was okay to blog again.

PS ... a huge big thanks you to Greggie for cleaning up my blog header! Wow, a change truly is a good as ?long, sunny, toes in the beach sand holiday!

Izak Davel currently performing in Homegrown at Globe Theatre tells his project me story

Izak Davel actor, singer and dancer matriculated at the Lady Grey Arts academy. He then completed his National Diploma of Dance at Technikon Pretoria (TUT). He started his career in Musicals, which include Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat. In 2006 he started his acting career in the well-known South African TV Soap Egoli as the character, Scab. Other TV roles include De la Rey Van Jaarsveld in Villa Rosa and Getroud met Rugby season 4 as Reghardt Venter.

For the big screen his credits include Getroud met Rugby - Die Onvertelde Storie, Platteland, Hoofmeisie and a short film Die Prins en die Palebeater.

Izak was part of the Survivor Santa Carolina reality show for MNET and he has guest presented for Pasella on SABC 2 numerous times.

His music career includes the release of 3 albums, Ken Jy My, Verlore Harte and Vreesloos, his next album is due be released in October 2012.

Izak has been?privileged to have been nominated for various awards, twice for a Tempo award, once for a Vonk Award and for a Sama 2012 Award. He received an award from 90.6 FM for his Vreesloos Album and he has won the You Spectacular Sexiest man as well as Heat Hot 100.

Izak is currently performing in Homegrown:

The Globe Theatre at Gold Reef City is celebrating South Africa's greatest musicians and singers from 8 November to 1 December with Homegrown, a vibrant and energetic show that features the best loved songs by the country?s favourite artists.

The production features stirring renditions of hits by Johnny Clegg, Elvis Blue, Loyiso Bala, Miriam Makeba, Prime Circle, The Parlotones, Freshly Ground and many more. In addition to the inspiring recreations of your favourite songs, the show includes interesting clips discussing why South Africans love the songs and artists featured in the show.

Homegrown is produced by Hazel Feldman (Showtime Entertainment), directed by Neels Clasen (We Will Rock You, Fame, Mamma Mia, Isidingo, Binneland) and choreographed by Eloise Clasen (Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia). Cathrine Hopkins (Hairspray, Rocky Horror, High School Musical, Little Poof!), is the musical director.

The cast, which is backed by a live band, is led by award-winning artist and TV star, Izak Davel, who has appeared in stage productions including Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat. Davel has starred in the TV Soapies Egoli, Villa Rosa and Getroud met Rugby. Big Screen credits include Getroud met Rugby - Die Onvertelde Storie, Platteland, Hoofmeisie and a short film, Die Prins en die Palebeater.

In Homegrown, Davel will be supported by cast members: Tshepi Mashego (Hair, Pinocchio, High School Musical), Winray Fortuin (Decades Deelite, Movin & Shakin) and Suzzi Swanepoel (Hair, Jock of the Bushveld, Cabaret).? These talented performers will breathe new life into SA?s best loved hits.

Homegrown is part of the 2012 Globe Theatre Season that includes three incredible theatre productions.? The season includes Chef, Rattle & Roll, Homegrown and Pop Quiz.

Tickets to Homegrown cost just R80 per person. The show runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 November to 1 December at 20h00. No under 3?s are permitted for customer comfort.

If you are looking for the perfect solution for a date night or an evening out with your best friend, look no further than a Night Out for Two at The Globe, which includes R720 worth of entertainment for just R350 which includes:

???????? A three course meal for two at Back o? the Moon
???????? R60 worth of drinks on the Casino Floor
???????? R100 Freeplay to play slots or tables at the casino
???????? Two Tickets to see Homegrown

For box office bookings, please call 011?248 5000 or email the box office on Goldreef.BoxOffice@tsogosun.com.? For Computicket bookings, please call 083?915 8000 or visit www.computicket.com.

Izak tells his project me story:?

What is your definition of happiness?
Realising you?ve made a difference in other people?s lives, without even knowing.

If you could have everyone say one thing to themselves every day, what would it be?
Respect others.

We all have that moment when we need someone to believe in us. Who is that person for you and why?
My wife.? More often than not, the entertainment industry breaks you down in stead of picking you up ? my wife is always there & it means more than any contract or job.

What quality do you believe we can never be taught because it is our birth right?
Humility.

Describe the moment when you realised that you could achieve anything?
When my wife beat cancer.

How do you deal with the fears that could potentially hold you back?
Face them head on.? You?ll never know unless you try. ?Fear is man-made.

What have you always dreamed of being or doing and have you reached that dream?
I?ve always wanted to entertain people ? and I am lucky enough to do so.? One has to take all the opportunities that life sends your way.

When life gets in the way, what do you always remind yourself of?
Take it easy.? There?s something to learn from everything that life sends your way.

We all have something unique to offer the world, what is yours?
Lots of love and respect.

What do you believe we have lost sight of in the world as a whole?
We don?t wish/allow other people success.? Unfortunately, we?ve become selfish.

On a personal note:
I had the exciting experience of watching Homegrown last weekend and truly had an incredible time taking the trip back and forth through my life as the truly South African songs reminded me of so much. I did everything from shed a tear to giggle at memories that came rushing back. It's a great holiday treat or fun night out and I for one felt truly more proudly SA after the combination of incredible talent and brilliant South African music.

Bongi Mthombeni tells his Project Me Story

Bongi Mthombeni ?is a South African singer best known as one of the Top 10 finalists on the sixth season of the M-Net reality competition Idols, in 2010.
Born and raised in Thembisa, Bongi started taking music seriously when he was still very young. Completely self-taught, he wowed the Idols judges not only with his voice, but also with his skills on the piano.
Bongi also plays drums and bass guitar, and in his spare time pays visits to orphanages to teach children how to play musical instruments.
Bongi charmed audiences last year as Prince Charming in Janice Honeyman?s Cinderella and recently appeared in the Barnyard?s Theatre production The Summer of Love.

You can catch Bongi as Jack in this year's Janice Honeyman's Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at the Joburg Theatre.

On a personal note:
This blog has given me many gifts along the way and one of the biggest of all is my journey with the Joburg Theatre and the incredible productions I've watched along the way. More special than that is the people I've met there and Bongi, my friend, you shine out as one of the most awesome people I've gotten to know.
I'm totally bias, because of how special you have become to Pat and myself, but I'm still going to say that you are a shining star in anything you do and I'm so honoured to share your #projectme story with my readers so that they can be inspired by your passion and determination.

Bongi tells his project me story:

What is your definition of happiness?
Having people who love you around, and doing what you love

If you could have everyone say one thing to themselves every day, what would it be?
Everyone must learn to say "Thank you" everyday, even if it's good or bad, whether you have it or not. Gratitude, that will bring more positive outcomes in your life.

We all have that moment when we need someone to believe in us. Who is that person for you and why?
Honestly and truly it has to have been Bernard Jay.He saw something in me that I never thought even existed.Having the potential to be on a theatre stage and act, sing and dance. That for me is believing in someone, when the expectation you have of someone is realized.

What quality do you believe we can never be taught because it is our birth right?
Talent

Describe the moment when you realised that you could achieve anything?
The day I taught myself how to play the piano, without any experience or taking lessons.

How do you deal with the fears that could potentially hold you back?
Face them head-on with a positive attitude and belief that you will over come them.

What have you always dreamed of being or doing and have you reached that dream?
I always dreamed of performing 24/7 for thousands and millions of crowds nearly everyday. And yes my dreams are slowly but surely coming true.

When life gets in the way, what do you always remind yourself of?
The man above. My weaknesses are actually my strengths . He gave me the power and wisdom.So I stay humble and I strike life back ten times.

We all have something unique to offer the world, what is yours?
Myself "Bongi" :I love bringing something unique to a place or an audience, whether in performance or presence.

What do you believe we have lost sight of in the world as a whole?
One love and oneness. In order for the world to stand we need the live with no boundaries and to become one. This world could be very close to heaven.

Chase Carneson tells his project me story

Chase Carneson is an?ETV Sports Writer & Insert Producer for the Sunrise Breakfast Show and I've taken a personal interesting in wanting to share Chase's story because of my own personal journey of weight loss. Although I haven't met Chase yet, I hope to very soon because I've learned that all I need is to hear that someone else could do something they wanted to for so long. Chase's story and #projectme journey has been very inspirational and I would like him to introduce himself before heading off to share his interview questions:

"I'm a slightly tattooed sport fanatic, also one of the lucky few who get to take part in my love of Sport every day at work. I love Music (both making and listening to it) and I'm addicted to running and pushing myself in the exercise department (this after reaching my goal and losing 32kg in just 9 months, without a gym contract, no funny diets or pills, just good old fashioned healthy eating and TONS of exercise) I'm as bad with fashion as I am with girls but I'm the best version of me you'll ever find."

CHASE BEFORE AND AFTER

Chase tells his project me story:?

What is your definition of happiness?
Waking up everyday knowing you accomplished everything you wanted to the day before. Never go to bed disappointed or regretful.

If you could have everyone say one thing to themselves every day, what would it be?
I?M THE BEST VERSION OF ME YOU?LL EVER FIND

When we battle to believe in ourselves, we turn to someone who believe in us. Who is that person for you and why?
My parents, they never run out of faith in me, so how could I? There is always a reason to believe in yourself?.FIND IT (Sometimes it feels like hidden away a little too well, But it?s there somewhere)

What quality do you believe we can never be taught because it is our birth right?
Perseverance. One thing I have learned is that you will be tested many times in life and It?s in those moments that you can choose to give up or fight back and even though it can be terrifying, giving up should never be an option.

Describe the moment when you realised that you could achieve anything?
I recently went through a Body/Health transformation. I remember sitting back one day realising the value in what I had accomplished and thinking? ?This was all me, all my hard work, I did this, now I can reap the benefits of a healthy body and no one can take this away.? That made me realise that NOTHING is impossible for me now.

How do you deal with the fears that could potentially hold you back?
You have to face them. Nothing was ever learned from running away. Its extremely important to throw yourself into situations you?re scared of/uncomfortable with. Whether or not you succeed in your goal is not important, if you had the guts to try you?ve already won.

What have you always dreamed of being or doing and have you reached that dream?
What I want to be more than anything is be someone who is able to motivate and inspire other people. Through my body/health transformation I have been able to help others to start weight loss and fitness journeys of their own. Taking care of your body is something I take very seriously now and hope to encourage others to feel the same. I don?t think you can ever be complete/done in?staying healthy, it?s a journey but I?m well on my way.

When life gets in the way, what do you always remind yourself of?
That I have been through worse. Regardless of my circumstance I?m really the only one standing in my way, and I kinda like me, so ?we? work together.

We all have something unique to offer the world, what is yours?
I?m an average guy who managed to change his life through focus and perseverance. I hope I can be that story that inspires others to do the same whatever their goals.

What do you believe we have lost sight of in the world as a whole?
Self Worth. We get so tangled in the day to day nonsense that we forget to look after ourselves and reward ourselves in return. Work as hard on making yourself happy as you do on anything else you do throughout the day. YOU COME FIRST!!!

 

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Many thanks for the interview Chase ... and the inspiration!

And then it's Panto time - project me post 891

I'm always so torn between my beliefs that life is a continuous cycle and new years are just another day. Then there is the other side of me that get totally swept up in the calendar of things and feels as though new years are a totally new beginning of chapter in our lives. Well, I could ramble on about the numerology of things and how energies do change when the years start afresh, but that's so technical and boring for this time of year.

Yep, it's already this time of year. There are a whole of things about the year that could just tick over and I wouldn't mind if the months merged into one, but this time of years has become so very special to me and I'm finally beginning to understand why.
No matter how bogged down with life we get or the woes that we seem to think are so un-fixable, we all still have that inner child that is bursting to remind us that we have the ability to let everything go for a little while and still have fun. For some people it's bungee jumping and for others it's fast cars or?karaoke, but for me ... it's panto.

Every year I say that it's the fastest year that has gone by ... and every year I say that it's the best production of the pantomime, brought to life by Janice Honeyman and the Joburg Theatre. So I'm going to say it and add on a 'NO REALLY' ... this year was the best panto I've ever seen, NO REALLY it is!
I think the added advantage is that we got to take along 3 friends who have never seen the panto before, so it was like watching with little kids. The added bonus is that Greggie and I totally act like little kids and with this year's story being that of Jack and the Beanstalk, we knew we were?guaranteed?lots of booing of the giant & his nasty, naughty assistants.

With an amazing cast, brilliant 'only in South Africa' lines and buckets of reasons to laugh, I don't think there is ever a better way to end the year.

To the magical cast, the incredible crew who must have so many things to wind up, turn, tug & press in order to bring that awesome stage to life and to everyone else who makes panto a wonderful experience ... have a great run and give a very special kiss to Daisy, the cow!

For bookings of Janice Honeyman's Giant Pantomime Spectacular - Jack and the Beanstalk go to the Joburg Theatre website.

Hanging out with 'Jack', an amazing SA talent and special friend who I've met through Joburg Theatre, Bongi Mthombeni

 

A favourite, and this year's funny-evil of the Panto ... Mr Tobie Cronje