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Money, the economy and me…

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Yeah, the title is right for my usual fortnightly blog. I did not mistakenly write this article for the wrong publication. The title is deliberately chosen to invoke a feeling. Before I start, I need you to stop and take a deep breath and honestly ask yourself the question… ‘’How does the topic of money and the economy resonate with me?’’

Many of us do not even read the financial journals or newspapers. The headline does not even catch your eye…. Do you know why? Let me guess… Because ‘’we don’t wanna go there…it’s for the accountants; or it’s for the economists’’. Is it really? Alternatively, ‘’It’s too painful to go there as that could be opening a can of worms’’.

We transact every day and yet we are oblivious to what goes on around money and the economy. It is not for us but at a practical level our salaries increasingly do not last for long; we can buy less food with the same amount of money or the price of fuel is rising and we are often out of gas to get to work or visit friends and family.

I am not writing this as a way of judging or admonishing you; on the contrary, this article is about shining the spotlight on what is happening around us. It is also to shine a spotlight on our relationship with money. This is very important for women because we are natural nurturers and we tend to use our money as an extension of who we are; what is our worth or as our love language.

It is not rocket science to figure out that our economy is in a pretty bad shape, and that there is less and less money in circulation or within our family circles. Do you ever pause and ask yourself, what does it mean? Or what does it mean for our relationships and ways of being?’’ Or have we decided to suffer in silence, borrow some more so that we can sustain our lifestyles and more importantly our relationships.

This article is a first in a series that I will be writing on the subject of money. My first objective is to just raise some level of awareness and curiosity about who we are around money and more importantly what is our belief system around it. Let me ask a few questions to start. Please adopt a curious stance and seek to understand without negative self-judgement. Further do not expect an Economics lecture but a journey towards awakening of our beings in relation to money as a form of energy. Here are the questions:

  • Do we regard it as a form of energy or something that illuminates relationships or our sense of being or is it more than that?
  • Do we regard money as evil and therefore as good citizens choose not to engage on either its scarcity or abundance?
  • Do we regard money as an enigma in our lives and choose not to know how much we generate; what we use it for and under what circumstances?

Last week Statistics SA published a very concerning outlook about our economic performance as a country. Did we even notice? Please go back and find out as part of the curiosity journey. We cannot solve that we do not know and I invite you on a fact finding mission that I will also be walking in the next couple of months.

Do you wanna join? See you next time!!!!

Pam The Coach

Girl Power

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In the past month we have seen a few firsts by women. We saw the first African Woman to summit Mount Everest (Saray Khumalo), the first black owned private township school (Margery Tyobo), first black female combat fighter pilot (Maj Mandisa Mfeka); first PWC Southern Africa CEO (Shirley Mashamba) and finally 50% of Minister in the Cabinet are women.

It is indeed exciting times and we need to celebrate these historical moments. As we are celebrating, we need to be mindful of what this means. It was not so long ago when women were relegated to what is perceived as less responsible roles in society.  It is a positive step that activists must pause and welcome. However, it is not a time to sit on our laurels and not to continue to ensure women’s emancipation.

This piece is about the benefits to society when we put women first.  I am not saying this because because I am a woman. I say it because I know and believe that women make the world go around. Women are born nurturers whilst at the same time they are deal makers, strategists, pioneers and champions of societal change.

Women constitute the majority of the SA population and yet this is not translated into leading society and the corporate world. This is the case because we are still living in a male dominated society and it becomes a struggle to award the deserving roles when it should be a given. I believe that the sisters (mentioned above) have shown us that it we can accomplish this same level of excellence as our male counterparts, if not better.  All of these cases are based on merit, passion and a commitment made by these women to be better and in turn, make the world a better place.

As someone who is passionate about this issue, it is my submission that we need to support one another to change this injustice through our deeds. We need to work to dispel the myth that women cannot work with one another or they are difficult bosses or they suffer from a pull her down syndrome.  This is at best untrue if not malicious.

In conclusion I would like to encourage more women, young and old, to go out there and do what they do best. They need to go out there to live their passion, find the requisite support and continue to put one foot in front of the other.  It is a long and hard road however as the one song says “There can be miracles, when you believe” and of course belief or dreaming without action is utopia.

Pam The Coach

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