Sometimes we just have to silence the noise in our heads, simplify our lives and find a way to focus on what’s most important. I have taken some time off blogging to do just that. I needed time away to focus on writing my memoir, to adjust to some very significant changes in my life and to gain clarity about the impact of those changes on my life, my year and my blog.
If you haven’t read my previous blogs yet and you need a bit of a catchup, I suggest you read it here.
My memoir is 90% done but I have decided against publishing my book because I don’t have the courage to do so at this stage and because I want to protect my children and my granddaughter from the details of something so painfully public. I have realised that there are many other avenues and platforms available to me, to share my story and to impact lives, without having to reveal it all in a publication. I have found an incredible personal outlet in writing my memoir and maybe one day, I will share it with my children. For now it belongs to me.
I have decided against registering a foundation in my own name but rather to collaborate and join forces with existing organisations, as a way of reaching out to those who are most vulnerable in society. I believe that I am able to make a bigger impact through joining forces with established organisations, rather than starting from scratch. There is strength and power in numbers.
“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.”
2018 has kicked off with a bang and it is most definitely proving to be my best year yet.
One thing that has not changed since last year is that I am still on track to summit Mount Kilimanjaro on 18 July 2018 as a member of the Trek4Mandela Centenary Expedition. Today marks 100 days to the summit and the realisation of my childhood dream.
It’s the best 50th birthday gift I could have asked for and I am immensely grateful to my children for making this dream a reality. All I have to do now is firstly, to apply focus and discipline for the next 100 days and to ensure that I am in “A Challenge State of Being”.
Secondly I have to put in a huge effort to ensure that my Kilimanjaro Expedition has significance and that it positively impacts the lives of as many economically disadvantages schoolgirls as possible. I chose to join the 2018 Trek4Mandela Expedition because it is a vehicle to raise funds for Caring4Girls, an Imbumba Foundation initiative, which supplies schoolgirls with sanitary pads, preventing them from missing school during their monthly menstrual cycle.
I am looking forward to sharing my Kilimanjaro journey with you. There is so much from this experience to share that could be equally beneficial to you and which may apply to a challenge that you might be preparing for in your own life. What goes into taking on and preparing for a challenge of this magnitude? What are the lessons that we learn along the way? How do we overcome fear and get into action. How do we develop the physical and mental fitness required? What value is there in being part of a team and having a good support system?
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”
Roy T. Bennett
Over and above this, there are a host of other experiences I would like to share with you and conversations I anticipate having with you. Thank you for your topic suggestions on social media, which have not gone unnoticed. I value your input tremendously and will most definitely cover some of these in future blogs.
One of the more personal things I look forward to sharing with you is my upcoming trip to Zanzibar in May. Those of you who have been following my blog will be aware of the fact that Zanzibar is, “My Place of Peace and Forgiveness” and that it is a place of great significance to me.
The other is the reasons behind my decision to delete most of my Instagram posts at the beginning of this year.
Then there is the story behind my recent tattoo, my first ever and most likely the last … MUNAY …
Thank you to each and every one of you who have conributed to my Kilimanjaro cause. All proceeds from my personal fundraising campaign will go directly to Caring4Girls. I appeal to you to SMS “LYNN” to 42513 to donate R30. Together we can impact the lives of so many girls, restore their dignity and help secure a better future for them, one girl at a time. Should you which to make a more substantial contribution to Caring4Girls as part of my fundraising campaign, kindly email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to request the relevant banking details.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. I’m very excited to be back and can’t wait to blog more frequently.
Please let me know what you look most forward to reading about on my blog.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
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