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 😃 here’s the link to my first video, would really appreciate your support: https://youtu.be/8p_ro8ALRIY

Tshego

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10 tips to kickstart your fitness journey

Hey guys! So last Monday I shared my “why” with you where I broke down the reason why I manage to stay consistent as well as why I chose weightlifting as opposed to cardio or sport.

This week I want to share 10 of the most important things to keep in the back of your mind or in your fitness recipe pot for when you’re starting out. You don’t have to have all of these all the time but all together they’ve really helped to keep me focussed, committed and accountable.

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  • Support circle

I’d say that a support circle is one of the most important things to start with. If you are about to undergo a serious body transformation. You need those around you to understand your process (maybe not accept it), know why it’s important to you, and why you need their support. I for example go to gym 4/5 times a week. Apart from the weekend, I usually get to gym really late at night, (say an hour or 2 hours before it closes) my family never understood why I went so late and it is something that cuts into family bonding time a few times in a week but now we are all on the same page and we make it work. Sometimes if I have time and get off work earlier I’ll go home first and have supper with them before heading to the gym and that has added a new and exciting dynamic to our evenings.

  • Gym membership

Some people might not agree with this but I think a gym membership works well if you have no idea what you want to do but know you want to do something. My gym offers lots of different types of classes, there’s a pool and a yoga studio and obviously all the other traditional gym equipment one might find. But I’ve heard that classes (which run 7 days a week) are both challenging and exciting and also a great way to make friends. Gyms also offer personal trainers and meal programmes (but I use an app for that- keeps costs low).

  • Macro calculator

So important. Especially if you are on a muscle gain/ fat loss journey. 60% of the transformation in your body is in what you eat. There are plenty of macro calculators out there that you can google as well as apps that you can use to help you track what you eat. Currently I’m on a very loose diet. I’ve been tracking my macros for over a year now and what you will also notice overtime is that you’ll begin to accurately eyeball portion sizes and you will no longer need to measure everything. But when you start, get into the habit of calculating your macros so you don’t over/ under-eat. This is going to be the most admin- intensive yet critical habit you will need to stick with throughout. Diet really goes beyond what the gym could ever offer.

  • Fitness programme

This, just like a gym membership help keeps you accountable and engaged. I also use an app for this and what’s so cool about the one I’ve found is that you get a video demonstrating form and how to actually carry out that specific exercise (this helped a tonne when my partner and I started training independently- he trained me for over a year and when our fitness goals changed it just made more sense to train separately and I found an app to train me).

  • Find your drivers

This is the same as your “why”, you know mine :).

  • Insta influencers

Over and above knowing what you want to do; you need to visualise it. I have found my Instagram influencers who just keep me so motivated with how they train and how much work they put in. They remind me that anything is possible if you work hard.

  • Accountability partners

I have the most amazing partners in fitness who share the same drive and hunger for both mental and physical wellness. They get me to rest and reward myself, to push when I feel defeated and demotivated and I’m truly appreciative for this amazing online motivational circle that I have.

  • Commitment

Progress takes time so you need to set a date (a realistic one) and then keep your head down and honestly push yourself till that date. If you’ve kept true to yourself and you’ve pushed yourself when you look in the mirror each week you’ll see your efforts. The mirror doesn’t lie (your clothes don’t either 😂😔)

  • Track progress (and celebrate the small wins)

So so key. As you build endurance and get stronger, the changes will get smaller and sometimes your body might begin to plateau. You need to learn how to monitor those small changes not just with a scale- I hate scale. I take photos and measurements. This way when the going gets tough and it feels like its not getting anywhere you know where you’re making progress and where you aren’t so you know what changes to make to see growth and progress again 🙂

  • Have fun

Nothing is ever worth it if you aren’t having some fun in the process. Dig deep and get your “why”, this will make you fall in love with the process and as a result, you’ll have so much fun along the way!

 

Is there anything you think is key in the fitness journey that I may have missed or do you have a different view? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

5 habits that will lead to happiness: for the serial over thinker


Ok so right off the bat, I’ll admit, I am a serial over thinker. For the longest time my biggest and unconscious habit was finding ways to put myself into a bad mood. I had gotten to a point where my sister created an invisible “power off” button at the back of my neck that she would literally press when she felt that my brain was overheating. It’s that bad. Overtime I have come to realize the power of our minds and our subconscious thoughts and although I will admit, I do not get it right everyday but I have found that when I focus, I have been a much happier, stress-free human and I want to share with you how I achieved this.

  • Habit #1: Take every negative thought and spin it into a positive and RUN with it
    • Literally let your mind run wild and obsess over the numerous positive possibilities. Your mind for example could be telling you that someone might be out to get you, immediately when you get this thought, just start thinking about how much that person has on their plate and this will begin to show you how low on their priority list you actually are.
  • Habit #2: Try not to sweat the small stuff
    • It is so easy to get yourself worked up over the smallest (and oftentimes), unnecessary detail/ action. when you contextualist the detail / action into a lifetime, does it really shift the dial that your colleague walked in without greeting you this morning? Nope.
  • Habit #3: Sometimes appearance is reality
    • Most of the time there are numerous ways that people or situations can communicate with you. if someone or something shows itself as an apple for example, don’t find ways to turn that apple into a banana, its an apple.
  • Habit #4: Exercise or mediate
    • The brain is a muscle that benefits greatly from exercise, I have personally discovered that when I work out, I am much more positive version of myself. I am relaxed and I can think clearer and more logically.
  • Habit #5: Understand and believe that people are inherently good
    • They just sometimes do some really fucked up shit- I will leave this one here.

Thanks for taking some time and stopping by today. If you found my post to be useful, please share it with a fellow over thinker who could find some value in these 5 habits.

Also, its not too late in the year to incorporate a few of these habits into your New Years resolutions. They really work like a charm in getting me out of a funk, I hope you find them just as useful!

Studying while working-is it worth it?

Well there are a few things I have discovered about this new path in my life…the first one is the realization of the magnitude of the opportunity cost of doing something you should not/ do not want to do; and the second one, much related to the first is, things get a bit clearer when you hit 25 because you no longer have the leisure of time that you once had when you were 18 (yes, 25 is still young you may say, try convincing a rampantly ambitious millennial).

The underlying outcome of both of these realizations is that you get to know yourself a bit better. All of these wild thoughts and ideas I’ve had, and thought I really wanted to achieve, when I look at how valuable time is, I have had to sit myself down, have a DMC and ask “why?”… why is achieving A,B or C so important to me? Yes it generally is a good idea to study further, buy property and get married, but is it a good idea for me and does this generic life- template apply to my life, and why?

While studying and working can be a rewarding experience, Some important things to clarify BEFORE going down that path are:

  • “Why am I doing this?”
  • “What do I expect to get out of this experience/ investment?”
  • “Will the short-term sacrifice lead to MY PERSONAL long-term satisfaction?”
  • “Can I live with the opportunity cost of my decision?” because you must be able to derive some benefit in the end otherwise its a foolish decision.

The answers to these question, your “why” are exactly the things that will see you through when your fellow classmates are dropping out like flies, when you have 4 hours of sleep for two weeks straight and when you’re lying in your bed stressing about how the hell you’re going to make it through the next 24 hours. Your “why” in conjunction with your sacrifices will truly be worth it, and you will appreciate the journey so much more if you are doing what you are doing because YOU know why, and it isn’t a societally enforced requirement.

“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it and that is why the rewards will be so much sweeter.”

I can tell you right now, working and studying 70% of the time is not fun. You really do miss out on life, quality time with family, giving 110% (unless you are me) at work and still having that time to relax and recoup. My family has coined me as “Miss I don’t have time” because thats the one phrase I say so often this year. All this sacrifice and missed time must really be worth it or else you’re honestly just wasting your time.

The last thing I wanted to touch on was the part around things getting clearer with time. Besides getting a year older, I have had this dull panic around being “somewhere” before my 30s. The self- inflicted pressure is really teaching me how to make decisions over a short period (5 years) and logically think through the pros and cons of my short- term satisfaction vs long term pleasure. Studying and working makes you such an efficient person, your body and mind learn to do things you never thought were humanly possible if you are hungry enough to take yourself there. However, in those extreme states you really learn to quickly see what in your life is a waste of time, what you hate as well as what you truly love. you learn the power of your mind, the power of positive thinking and you also develop the skill of making decisions….quickly.- something I really struggled with as I am an avid rabbit- hole explorer!

I personally still have 7 months to go on my business school journey and I can say with certainty that I love it and it has been one of the best decisions in my life. very challenging but because I am in the right state of mind and my “why” supersedes and doubt, turmoil or stressful situation, the ROI  of my experience is exponential.

Wishing all you fellow multi- taskers nothing but the best on your journey! Stay strong and focussed! If it were easy, everyone would be doing it and that is why the rewards will be so much sweeter.

How to wear Burgundy shoes to work

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Depending on how adventurous you are or the culture in your workplace is, one might find themselves feeling a little out-of-place if they step out of the black, blue or grey trend in the office. I recently bought a pair of Burgundy shoes from Zara which have been receiving raving compliments at work and here is why.

As mentioned before, my wardrobe consists of predominantly black clothes and shoes,  it’s what I feel most comfortable in.  However, very recently I decided to step out of my mould. My wardrobe needed some color and a new pair of shoes so I thought why not, let’s go ox blood-red/ burgundy!

Because of the style of the shoe, which has quite a low heel, I have found my shoes to very easily be adaptable to both formal semi formal and casual attires which I love. One day you’ll find me wearing them with a pair of chinos and the next day with a pair of distressed jeans, maxing out that ROI I tell you!

One of the ways I love wearing them though is with my soft pink cigarette pants (as seen below) which I pair with an off white blouse. I feel this look is quite different to my constant black, but also very soft and feminine while maintaining the professional look which I like.

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What do you love to wear when you want to take a break/ diversify your corporate look?

Career advice specifically for women in 2018

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Photo by Nicola Gypsicola on Unsplash

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”

—Sheryl Sandberg

On the other side of the imposter syndrome is your success. YOU are worthy, YOU were chosen, YOU will not fail and God NEVER makes a mistake.

Millennial Consumers Determine the Fate of Harley Davidson

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*Firstly, I want to start of by clarifying that I am by no means a fortune-teller/ marketing expert. The contents of my article today are merely based on my own opinions and research I have conducted around the company and do not reflect or indicate in any way with absolute certainty the fate of the organization being discussed. it’s a wild world and anything can happen :). COOL…

As I settled onto my bed to prepare for one of my Business School lectures, I had already prepared my mind for a half an hour of critical thinking and active reading.

This time around the business case I had to go through was based on Harley Davidson-The history, the journey and “the future”.

What I soon realized on the first page of the 12 pages of information, was a very dangerous situation. You know when a company starts sinking and they can see it but they don’t know what to do? Something like Nokia… Blackberry… HTC….MySpace….MXIT…The crux of the case focussed on the concert the leadership team had around their aging client base and felt that over the years they had neglected their existing millennial fan base who would prove to be crucial in taking the brand to the next level; as opposed to relying so heavily on its former glory days where the fans in the 80s lived and breathed the brand due to influences from pop culture.

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Decades later, having neglected the marketing aspect of their business and not staying in touch with the evolving client base, the leadership in the company which was responsible for Harley Davidison’s strategic direction woke up to realize that their base was growing older and thinner by the year, their competition was eating their lunch (despite their local government assisting them with foreign tax implementation) and in regions where they had chosen to expand with their “more relatable” Buell, no previous research was done of competitors or of target audience preferences. The company had made the very big mistake on relying solely on their powerful and established American brand, not realizing that there was a possibility of customers all the way in Asia/ Africa/ Europe, who needed a customized story and message fit for their context. The HD brand and philosophy was just not landing with my fellow global millennials.

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As I read on, thinking that there would be some kind of comeback strategy, to my disappointment, the case ended by subtly suggesting two brand revamp strategies which I don’t think have been implemented at all to date and quite honestly I believe, if done correctly and effectively, could win back the grace and image of the brand in diverse international regions.

Although this case is a bit dated. Having left the reformation to so late, I think it’s going to take more than a brilliant marketing strategy to reform the brand (effective execution is key) and the WSJ seems to agree, with projections of the company’s profits taking a downward spiral as can be read here .

Sometimes it’s better to bend. With new developments, the brand needs to take the millennial voice into account during product proposition design and execution (and it will take more than just paintng the whole motocycle black to win back the client base) or else I’m sad to say, will become obsolete and irrelevant for the future.

See the new Harley Davidson commercial which aims to target their younger client base, while still remaining relevant to their existing base. Do you think it will be enough?