GWII committee member’s inspiring words of wisdom, this Women’s Day

Gauteng Women in Insurance (GWII) Committee Members share their inspiring words of wisdom, in celebration of Women’s Day.

Don’t sweat the small stuff
We spend a large portion of our days multitasking to the max- juggling work, children, hobbies, loved ones, fur babies and more, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the balls we have in the air.

Try not to focus your energy on things that don’t hold significant importance in your life, and the things that you can’t change. Don’t let these things upset you or take up space in your mind- often the time spent on these things is disproportionate to their importance. Doing this is good for your health and focus (stress is proven to increase blood pressure, cholesterol and affect your immune system), it will allow you to spend time on the things that matter. Be present with the important people in your lives, spend time on the things you value and be grateful for all that you have.
Deputy President
Catherine Albertyn

 

Live your authentic truth
Women who cultivate a life of authenticity are fearless and increasingly emerging from the underground of what was once expected. It is amazing to see a woman confidently living her authentic truth. Be brave enough to be true to who you actually are and live your authentic truth!
Committee Member
Easvarie Naidoo

 

Learn to love yourself!
“Once I learned to like myself, more than others did, I didn't have to worry about being the funniest or the most popular or the prettiest. I was just the best me and I will only ever strive to be that." - Issa Rae

Learn to love yourself, through the good and bad days, learn to embrace your own unique beauty, and celebrate your unique gifts, with confidence. Your imperfections are a gift and trust me, no one is perfect, the little things you worry about are a worry for many other women too. As women, we should reject the stereotypes that others hold of us - and also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.
Vice President
Kyndra Robertson

 

A fearless woman
She is strong and more powerful than she knows. She is not afraid to share her ideas and thoughts, regardless of what others think, and speaks her heart and mind.

A fearless woman perseveres to step out of her own way to achieve her dreams. She lets go of self-doubt and judgment of others. She frees herself of unrealistic expectations. She leans in and embraces support in all of its shapes and forms. She also never forgets to lift as she rises, passing on the wisdom of her strength, fierceness, and fire to women who need them most.

Strong women know what they want and aren't afraid to chase it down.
Committee Member and GWII Secretary
Michelle Schreuder-Rankin

 

We need to love all the versions of ourselves
Not every day is the same. Some days we turn up as superheroes and other days, it’s a battle to get out of bed and take on the day. We need to acknowledge that both of these versions of ourselves are ok. We need to give ourselves the grace to feel how we must and love all the versions of ourselves because we are truly doing the best we can and that’s enough.
Committee Member
Milesha Chetty

 

You are exactly where you are meant to be
I read a quote by an unknown writer once that says, “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come…” Remind yourself every day that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Every obstacle you have overcome seemed impossible until you did it.
Committee Member
Molebatsi Langa

 

The strength and resilience of women
I celebrate the strength and resilience of all the incredible women out there. Remember that you have the power within you to create your own path and shape your destiny. Embrace your uniqueness, step forward with confidence, and unleash the best version of yourself. Don't be afraid to take charge of your life and pursue your dreams. Set your goals high, believe in your abilities, and work diligently to achieve them. Remember that obstacles may arise along the way, but they are opportunities for growth and learning.

Let your passion guide you and your determination fuel your journey. Be bold, be courageous, and let nothing hold you back. Trust in your abilities, embrace your intuition, and trust the process. You have the strength to overcome any obstacles that come your way.
Committee Member
Nancy Danso

 

The power within
The true power of women lies not in what happens to them but in overcoming adversities throughout their journey. Until we share our stories and learn from other’s experiences, we may never realise the power within. There is great power when women get together, to share, uplift, empower and celebrate one another. Phakama Ndlovukazi – Rise up Queen and lift the Queen beside you.
Committee Member
Patience Baloyi

 

Love yourself
Stay true to the little girl inside, nurture and love her, and this will carry you as mother, wife and a leader.
Committee Member
Sharon Mvududu

 

Women are the core of tribes
Women are the core of tribes. It is in these tribes that women have encouraged, nurtured, and launched one another forward. In forming these tribes, women have comforted, shared wisdom, celebrated successes and found refuge amongst each other during times of difficulty.

During Women’s Month, let us honour our tribe of women: mothers, grandmothers, colleagues, mentors, friends, aunts, sisters, educators and more.

Let us embody a spirit of camaraderie and reflect on the African proverb- “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together.”

As we celebrate Women’s Month, I encourage you to reflect upon your tribe of women and express gratitude and appreciation for those women who have shaped us.
Committee Member
Sherri-Anne Steyn

 

Love yourself… regardless!
Love yourself regardless of your achievements! Forgive yourself for your past failures!
Committee Member
Tanya Moroka