Thank You from Woman to Woman!

Happy 2011 Everyone!

I would like to kick off this year on a ‘gratitude’ note.

A few weeks ago, my friend Lomthunzi and I were discussing the fabulous dynamics of friendship amongst women. We’ve been friends for well over 15 years (OMW! That sounds long! :D) and though we live miles apart (me in South Africa and she in Japan currently) we still keep in touch regularly and are as close as ever.

We talked about how great it would be if we as women learnt to genuinely appreciate one another and build each other more! I mean just think about it; a woman by nature is so dynamic! Her strength, abilities and capacity are phenomenal. She plays so many roles and makes it look effortless! How much more would she be able to achieve if she had the genuine appreciation, encouragement and support of others just like her?

We thought the results would be pretty astronomical. I for one attribute a lot of my ‘successes’ to the wonderful relationships I have in my life and more so the relationships with other women (am sure the men in my life completely understand this 🙂 ). And so we decided to kick off 2011 with this ‘Thank You from Woman to Woman!’ segment!

In this section I encourage you to acknowledge and/or say thank you (or any other word of kindness or encouragement) to a woman (or women) that have made a difference in your life. Please feel free to also say whatever it is they said or did that you are most grateful for if you like and let’s see how many women are encouraged as a result!

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  1. I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the following women who made a difference in the various areas of my life in 2010
    1. Spiritually
    – Muchindu Masiye for the timely spiritual talks.
    – Atrayah Jahne for gently encouraging me to take the time to be quiet and spend time with myself
    2. Familial
    – Mary Daka my maid for being a priceless extension of me.
    – Angelique Victor for the child coaching that changed our family life.
    – My sister Shalom for allowing me to be a baby whenever I felt like it.
    3. Physically
    – Zipiwe Banda for the personal training and ‘mercenary style’ work outs
    – Dr Manina Beukes for the nutrition advice and support,
    – Tracy Lee Cystal for teaching me how to drink water and the constant reminders
    4. Mentally
    – Precious Sakala for the daily chats, objective opinion and laughs throughout the year!
    – Lomthunzi Mbewe for being my gym buddy, drying my tears and making me laugh at myself!
    You two kept me sane!
    5. Financially
    – Sharon Chitambo for going out of your way to take care of all my financial business in Zambia. Your friendship means a lot to me.
    – Khondwani Mweene for the timely and tireless money transfers and being the ‘custodian’ of our account in Zambia. What would I do without you? YES I am saying it in PUBLIC! 
    6. Socially
    – My ‘online girls’ for making the slow days at work more lively (esp. Shami & Ellie)
    – The ‘usual suspect wives’ (Coco, Lucy and Chido) for giving me a safe place to belong!
    – Caroline Nenguke for your cooking, comfortable couch and warm blanket
    7. Vocationally
    – Gwen Kloppers for your support, encouragement and regular check-ins that contributed so much to making 2010 a great year for the Financial D.I.V.A.
    – All you ladies that left a comment on my website, downloaded my ebook, sent an email, ‘facebooked’, texted, called and/or told me in person what my work meant to you. Your support, encouragement, kind words, inspiration and love truly kept me going! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  2. Lelemba! Thank you so much for your this! You are truly an Xtraordinary Woman that knows how to make others feel special. I am SO blessed to have you in my life. You inspire me to be the best that I can be and to continue to dream BIG. Wishing you the greatest success in 2011!

  3. Lele…you give me too much credit but you are welcome and may this year be even better!

  4. What a fantastic start to the year Lele! This is a very inspirational act, I hope you don’t mind if I copy it? :0)

    It is particularly special because not only do I agree that the relationships around (most especially women) me have made this past year the success it might not have been.

    Whether it was a blatent, visible act of assistance or something that softly nudged me in the right direction.

    Your talk at the ‘Xtraordinary Women’ Cocktail evening remains with me and influenced me in ways you can never imagine – So THANK YOU! By sharing your story on that evening, by being the friendly, open person you are and by proving that women can achieve great things; you have been someone who has made a difference.

  5. You truly ve inspired me so much , u might not realise this but many times you lifted me up when i was down at the right time…u are a special blessing touching so many at heart keep it up..gal, u ve helped me build myself finacially, emotionally, physically en mentally, i may not ve been able to attend the previous workshop but i definately did in spirit u are gifted en with your inspirational notes daily u inspire alot..Thanks so much….hope to achieve more in the new year…

  6. indeed 2010 was splendid! good job!and you surely added alot of glam to it. im glad i made a difference. i made a fuss, but i enjoyed being of help when you were helpless (lol), and anyway i got well paid for it.
    continue being who u are and more!

  7. my BIG THANK YOU

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much ladies. Your love and support build me, energize me and keep me going. We are all more connected than we can begin to understand… I guess even though we dont understand it fully it doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate it. LOL! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am who I am because of all of you. God bless you.

  9. So glad we crossed paths. You continue to be a walking and talking advertisement for ZEAL and INSPIRATION!

  10. Lele, I learned from you that angels are actually people around us, there’s always a reason God bring each individual into our lives. You are a blessing to many and to me. You make me stronger everyday. You are a star.

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