First and foremost, I must apologise for being scarce; I have been involved in a few projects – both personally and professionally and these have consumed quite a bit of my time.
I have remained active on Instagram however. 🙂
LIFE IN GENERAL
I cannot believe that we’ve already passed the mid-year mark, this year has flown by so quickly; I just can’t keep up! I look at my daughter and I can’t believe that she’ll be 2 years old in exactly 6 months’ time! Her vocabulary is expanding by the day and boy oh boy, my husband and I are in for a pretty interesting journey with that one.
My husband is not only my love, but my sounding board as well. I bounce everything to him because I know he will not shy away from asking the tough questions. “Ntsika have you thought about this?”, “What is the purpose of that?”, he’d ask.
I’m thoroughly grateful to have a partner who is honest with me, as I can only grow from there.
As some of you may know, I started in a new position towards the end of April this year. Four days after I launched the blog, to be precise. I have settled in quite comfortably into this new space, and that feeling of newness has somewhat faded.
I have had a few questions from some of you on what type of work I do.
I am a Trust Specialist for a banking institution. We attend to the administration of trusts, and perform some estate planning functions for our clients. Our roles are multi-faceted in that we deal with aspects of the Law, Investment Planning, Tax as well as Finance. I guess this is what makes our jobs interesting, as legislation changes over time and we constantly have stay up to date with these changes so that 1. We maintain relevance, and 2. Adequately service our clients. (Be warned: When I start talking about my work, I tend to get carried away – ask my husband!)
I’ve been in Trusts and Fiduciary since 2011, and I must admit that I absolutely enjoy the work that I do. Each trust is unique and allows me to utilise my skills thoroughly. Some of my trusts are challenging and really take me out of my comfort zone; which is why I am keen to wake up every morning and head to the office.
As some of you may know, I am a part-time student.
Phew! I have resumed my studies this semester; and while juggling work, running a household and studies will be challenging – it is necessary for personal growth.
Coupled with this, is the cost of obtaining that qualification. Education in South Africa is expensive. I guess we should be appreciative of the fact that some employers offer financial support to their employees through bursaries, study loans etc..
I will never tire of up-skilling myself though. So here goes another module – another step closer to obtaining that qualification!
To say I am excited about Women’s Month is probably an understatement.
I will be attending one or two events next month in celebration of Women’s month, and I am quite keen to engage with women in business. As usual, I’ll share my experiences with you on this platform.
EXPANDING MY NETWORK
This year I made the conscious decision to expand my network, and as a result thereof, I have met quite a few interesting people.
What I have also started doing is, when attending events, I randomly start conversation’s with complete strangers. This is something I really battled with previously. I have definitely improved in this regard.
I have quite a few things to be grateful. Let me rephrase that. I have a great deal of things to be grateful for. For starters, I am grateful that I have a roof over my head, others are not as fortunate. The Cape winter has been nothing short of ruthless, and I have observed how some have been left destitute as a result of harsh weather conditions.
I am grateful for my health. Gone are the days where certain illnesses were for the elderly or a certain age group only. Having lost two friends to Cancer in a space of two years, I am under no illusions.
I am grateful for my job. We all know how high the unemployment rate is in South Africa, with the youth being the most affected.
I am extremely grateful for my family – my roots. In Tyler Perry’s words:
If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don’t let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.
That’s it for now.
Will try my best to stay in touch.
‘Til next time!