The day I started my YouTube channel

Hey guys!

Hope you have been well. After 6 years of being crippled by fear and procrastination I finally decided to start my channel on YouTube.

I have realised that there are Some things that I cannot easily capture through writing and find that speaking carries the message better. The purpose of my channel is to deliver content on fitness, beauty and books in a relatable and authentic way that will give my viewers a few laughs along the way.

If you’re feeling a bit lonely and/ left out on Female Millennial Musings, maybe head on over there and see what I’ve been getting up to ūüėÉ here’s the link to my first video, would really appreciate your support: https://youtu.be/8p_ro8ALRIY

Tshego

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Unboxing my Apple Watch Series 4

In the last week of January I finally purchases my Apple Watch Series 4 after years of procrastination. It finally felt right and I could justify the expense better to myself with reasons beyond the aesthetics.

So as some of you know I started my fitness journey, lets say around June last year. when 2019 rolled around and I was still taking the gym life seriously I decided to actually activate my Vitality and as a passive resolution I committed to transform my body into the fittest and healthiest form it has ever been in. Naturally I am a goal driven person and this is why the vitality program works so well for someone like me. Those weekly goals really get me going and the rewards- absolutely amazing.

There comes a point on the Vitality program where you can only meet your weekly goals with the aid of a wearable and this is how the Apple Watch came into my life. it was love at first wear. I am not naturally a watch person, but ever since i got my watch, I have been wearing it EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m in love guys! ‚̧

I started on Bronze status this year (the second lowest status). It is now March, and I am 7000 points away from getting to gold. To put things in perspective:

  • When you start on the Vitality program you’re on the Blue status bar and all you need to achieve is 100 points in a week
  • 100 points can be attained in various ways but the simplest is either by walking 10 000 steps or swiping your card at the gym (and actually going in lol)
  • As you achieve or exceed the number of points, the goal increased (reasonably)
  • There will come a time when you have to achieve >700 points and that is where I am now and things get a bit tricky because you can only go to the gym so many times in a week and the program only counts 1 gym entrance a day and the highest of all your activities in that day
  • This is when the watch comes in handy as the workout programs are linked to points which are dependent on how hard you exert your body and heart. the points are tiered according to the percentage of exertion on your heart based on your age and they range from 60% up to 80%, the highest securing you 300 points per workout exceeding 30 minutes.
  • With the help of my watch I have been able to achieve in excess of 1000 points in most weeks and this has allowed me to fast track my progress on the program and with the fitness rewards on offer, you can see why my A- type personality is exceeding expectations on this program, and I use the word exceeding because there are people on the program who believe it is impossible to progress more than 1 tier/ status level in one year and before the first quarter of the year ends, I am already well positioned to attain two status level movements. the doubt also low-key motivates me

So yes, we can sit here all day and I explain some cool features on the watch and take you through comparables with the Apple 3 series vs 4 but Im really not here to do that. I am glad I waited until my purchase meant something greater than following a fad. All I want to say is that I love my watch and it has fundamentally changed the way I operate and view my health and fitness journey and it is worth EVERY last cent that I spent.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you also have a wearable you are obsessed with let me know what it is and why you believe it has made all the difference in your life ūüôā

Traveling with colleagues (the DL)

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One of the really cool perks about my job is that I get to travel pretty often.¬†Not many people can say that they’re guaranteed to experience 4 new African countries each year and get paid to do so. I have seen the good and the bad¬†and I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything.

Recently, my job took me to Cote d’Ivoire– a place where every second sentence was “bonjour madam” and a very poorly attempted and broken “Je ne parle pas Francais” I’m probably still fudging it up now… I also visited (for the second time) beautiful Kenya and had two new East African experiences with Uganda and Tanzania which I fell in love with.

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You’re probably wondering who I travelled to these countries with and what the purpose of my visits was, I can only answer one of these questions today and it brings me to the purpose of my post today. Traveling with colleagues.

Over the past year I have had the privilege of traveling to the biggest countries (by GDP) in the Western and Eastern parts of Africa with my millennial, and not so millennial colleagues, and I think it would be interesting to share my top 6 realisations on these experiences.

  1. Keep the focus: traveling with millennials is fun but more is expected
    • This one is quite obvious. traveling with millennial colleagues, especially like- minded ones is quite fun however the pressure to produce solid outputs and provide a greater ROI than other non- millennial trips is expected.
  2. Curiosity reigns: you can do more with research and really push the envelope
    • Because everyone is young and curious- the research team picks up more information (especially the left- field data points) and also fewer assumptions are made.
  3. “Alone time” is golden
    • Something we were more deliberate about this time around was scheduling down- time. The result of everyone being in close proximity for 80% of the day means that you all really get to know each other REALLY well. You can gauge when someone is “people-d out” or when a group break is needed. everyone is aligned in thinking and that really strengthens the team bond. When you make time for those random breaks (some late starts and early endings to a day) it really makes all the difference and keeps the burnout at bay. When the team regroups, everyone is well- rested and new perspectives and energy is bountiful.
  4. Give and take
    • Following on from point 3, traveling for long periods as a unit really teaches you a lot about compromising and sacrificing. you begin to see your colleagues as living and breathing humans that you care for to some degree, beyond the commonalities of a shared employer
  5. Connectivity
    • Despite us usually being chaperoned by locals in- country, this didn’t save us in Cote d’Ivoire where we could barely communicate in the local language. The research piece in a foreign country where English is not the primary language is almost futile and here we learned the importance of being connected to a network provider via a local sim. Once we were connected, a local sim provided access to translator apps as well as people in the office who were bilingual, to translate our “on- the ground needs” to drivers and chaperones.
  6. A lil party never killed nobody
    • Emphasis on “a lil” cause a lot will make you lose the plot but “a lil” builds the perfect amount of camaraderie that produces superior results time and time again.

Also, if you’ve read this far, you know it means I’m back on the blogging scene!

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Guest Post: This is why talent just won’t cut it anymore

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Earlier this week, CR7 won his fifth Ballon d’or, the highest individual award any football player on the planet could ever wish for, a joint record between him and Lionel Messi and no other Player has ever won the prestigeous award this many times.

In his acceptance speech, Ronaldo was asked to indicate who he felt was the next CR7 or Lionel Messi, his response was really nothing short of an eye opener and an excerpt of his speech can be found below:

“The next Ronaldo or Messi doesn’t exist. Every player has his own style. There are a lot of players with the potential to win it. That’s not enough though, you have to be professional, there are many examples of that. You have to win big things at the right time and have a bit of luck. Talent and Potential don’t win you anything. Talent is important but you have to train and work hard. If you’re not disciplined, forget it.”

This hit me. I’m 25 years old and I have a strong belief that with my talent and potential, I can become an executive within the next 5/6 years. ¬†But after hearing this speech I though, “So what if I have the potential?” I mean, a lot of my peers probably feel the same way but what else am I doing to set myself apart? Am I just riding on the fact that I believe I have the talent and potential to arrive at my desired destination or am I actually putting in the hours apart from the normal 9 – 5 ?¬†Am I disciplined enough to push myself to the limits and beyond? Am I constantly preparing myself to ensure that im ready to grab the next exciting opportunity? Am I satisfied with the idea of my potential to the point that I don’t really nurture my talent to take me to the next level?

Am I professional enough for people to use me as a reference in their conversations or, have my qualifications tricked me into believing that all my efforts thus far are sufficient?¬†The unfortunate answer is that I’ve been operating in a hidden comfort zone and its high time that I start thinking about how I can do more.

For as long as we continue to pride ourselves purely in our talents  /potential /qualifications /titles, true growth will forever elude us. we need to wake up and strive to make things happen, we need to learn how to work hard towards improving and nourishing our talents, we need to strive for perfection, we need to desperately seek personal mastery and at the heart of everything, we need to be patient but always prepared for the next challenge. our talents and potential can easily become our worst enemies.

24785221_1717008128333952_4722150790596879878_oGuest Post Author: Atticus Tshepo Matlebyane

“For at the hands of worldly logic, my dreams suffered the most and my talents witnessed the wrath of the soil.”

A hopelessly enthusiastic young individual who actually believes that human-beings can fly!

University of Johannesburg ¬†alumnus (Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Marketing Management) and Industrial Psychology, Business Management and Marketing enthusiast . Currently works at Africa’s largest bank as a senior segment analyst while hustling for a part time lecturing and radio gig.

The 9 highest paying jobs for millennials (you’ll be surprised)

This week, as I was browsing the World Wide Web for some blog post inspo, I stumbled upon the most interesting post titled The 9 Highest-Paying Jobs for Millennials“.¬†I thought it would be interesting to have a look because immediately I had made an assumption around what the jobs would be and secondly, you know, just for control haha, “am I positioning myself and my career in the right way?”.

So I clicked on the article on Entrepreneur.com which can be found here¬†¬†and to my surprise… all of the jobs which were listed were incredibly traditional. What I mean by traditional is that they were not at all a representation of the future world of work. If you are curious but too lazy (read: too invested in my article) to leave and go read the other article in the link, the jobs listed can be read below:

  • Accountant
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Actuary
  • Financial Advisor

So as you can see from this list… very traditional and “normal”. Granted, the rules used to develop the list looked at the most high paying jobs first and then whether they were occupied by millennials, which essentially skewed the outcome however, this discovery beckoned some question in my mind….

Are millennials as a market/commodity being undervalued?

With so many millennials entering the economy, by virtue of their volume, this grouping will influence service delivery, shape product features and drive organizations to re-evaluate how employees are engaged, motivated and remunerated. But with all of this being said, South Africa (which possesses a much younger aged population) seems to only be pondering about the possibility of this new age in a way that can make one think that it’s only a future reality. I fully understand that the rise of each generation brings about exponential change and an environment that has never been experienced before. Millennials have brought about a digital age along with big data and they’re begging for engagement and interplay in this environment. Because I don’t see this happening my question then becomes: “are millennials as a market/commodity being undervalued? Do corporates/ businesses/ the economy not see the value of focusing on them and investing in the mastery of millennials as a micro- sector of sorts?”

Are millennials being used as SMEs in the workplace to build and shape rules of engagement/ products and services for other millennials?

Because we know the roles of the “new age” (Google top 10 roles that exist/will exist in that future that have never existed before) have been identified and are being staffed in different industries, is the collective value of these roles being overlooked by attaching lower salary tags to them? and secondly I wonder whether millennials occupy these roles or is millennial employee confidence so low that millennials cannot be trusted to launch new business units/ operations before they wave their employees goodbye (to run off into the sunset with a round trip ticket… or to start their own companies and run wild in a space free of bureaucracy or something else millennially haha). Either way, whatever is happening in this situation is a loss on all fronts because corporations are sleeping on innate industry experts internally who can help master a market of consumers that plug into almost any industry; and the millennial workforce is disengaged and attriting in traditional workplace settings.

However you choose to look at it though, there is 1 major thing that this article highlights and that is “money goes where there is perceived value- money attracts money” and maybe (just maybe) as a generation, we just haven’t proven ourselves enough. Hell even till today Bitcoin still has its skeptics!

5 things Americanah taught me about being African

When one gets their wisdom teeth removed, very many things can happen, one of these things, naturally as a bookworm, is having time to read. In between the moments of fatigue and pain I devoured the last few pages I had been savoring of Americanah and finally today I read the final page of an incredible journey found in a book.

As you may have read in my previous blog post (Americanah: My thoughts so far), I was initially apprehensive about reading African literature, but Chimamanda writes in such an incredible way that allows for ‚Äúcop- outs‚ÄĚ as I have alluded to before. She leaves the reader feeling included, catered for and understood in their thought process throughout the journey of reading the book irrespective of the readers background.

Having now completed Americanah, and excitingly attracted some African bloggers to my post, I can certainly say for sure that this experience has taught me the following:

1. Africa as big and diverse as it is, shares a common thread of understanding amongst its people. We all share similar perspectives of what struggle, hope, triumph and success look like.

2. Show me an African who doesn’t like America or London and I will prove to your that person is not from Africa. There’s just something about these places man haha!

3. Interracial relationships… as diverse as the world has now become, society is still very backwards. I have so much to add to this section but for now I will just say this- Chimamanda laid it down in this book! I have never felt like anyone truly understood this dynamic as much as she did when she wrote about it in the Curt chapters. I felt like I was having a DMC with a bff who finally GETS IT.

4. Blesser/blessee life is everywhere and it’s universal. It’s not a black thing.

5. African stories and story writers are out of this world. It doesn’t matter which country you’re from in Africa, we all share similar narratives. There is no better place to gain inspiration from than from an African context. There is just something that hit home when I read this book, a feeling of reading something familiar, as much as it was fictional and influenced by a Nigerian context. I truly felt at home between its modern threads as a South African.

Americanah has been such a joy. One of the realest and most relatable books I’ve read this year. It felt more like a DMC session with a good friend than it felt like reading. At the same time that I was going through this journey with Ifemelu, I felt my own mind and soul detoxing and releasing all these memories and questions I had bottled and buried far within my soul.

Final Verdict: What a joy! I cannot wait to add another one of these gems in my collection!

*If you have any recommendations for female African authors I should look out for and the titles of their books, please swing them my way in the comments section!