Something I feel incredibly passionate about is community. And not just local communities but global ones.
I believe that what this world needs more than ever is a global network that connects us all, because, in the words of the late Nelson Mandela,
“People are not people without other people”
Community is in my blood
I’m originally from South Africa, the Rainbow Nation. South Africa has a colourful heritage and is full of wonderfully warm people.
I grew up as part of a community where we really looked out for each other. Coming from a dysfunctional family, I took on the role of providing much needed stability for my extended family.
From the age of 14 I looked after my nieces and nephews and later I managed our home. The kids would come home from school for lunch, and stayed on for dinner, and often slept over because their moms were working.
At that young age I realised I was more than just an aunt, sister, daughter, and friend. I was part of a community that needed me, and that felt good.
Over the years I became seen as someone that people could rely on. I remember a time when one of my single friends had to go on a work assignment to the UK, and she asked me to have her two children for a few months so she could go and earn money to look after them. For me it was a gift to be able to support her. And it felt completely normal for me to have all these kids around and be there for them.
Several years later my husband and I relocated to Switzerland with our two children. For the first time in my life, I found myself without a community of my own.
I was working at a job that I was unhappy in, while also undergoing my own coaching for my money mindset behaviour. So much was changing in my life. I’d run a very successful business for 23-years, but I knew I was ready for something different. Something that would allow me to combine my business experience with my passion for community and supporting women.
So, I trained to become a Money Coach. It felt totally aligned for me to help other women transform their relationships with money, while experiencing the joys of being part of a community.
Building a community
Have you heard this quote from Robin Quivers:
“So, you start one person at a time. Change one person, and you can change a village”
I absolutely believe that to be true, and particularly when we help change women and children’s’ lives. I’ve been privileged to witness this first-hand with two wonderful Nepalese girls who lived with us in Switzerland for 2-years. They’re very much part of my life and will always be in my heart, and it’s such a blessing to witness their transformation. And now they’re out in the world fulfilling their life’s missions and going about the work of changing their own villages!
Even before I moved into coaching, I knew I wanted to create a community of women who support each other. A community where every woman feels seen and heard and safe to be themselves in their businesses and their lives.
But I understood that first I needed to undergo my own change and healing around my money behaviours and beliefs. And I had to really believe that I was capable of giving (and receiving) the level of support I wanted to create.
I’m super proud that I’ve now fulfilled that dream.
My Mindful Money Magician community is amazing (even if I do say so myself!). It’s a global sisterhood of strong, kind, supportive women who are all on their own journeys to fulfil their dreams. It’s a community where no one feels alone and where we go above and beyond to support each other to reach our goals and feel worthy of our dreams. I’ve always held the belief that showing kindness is the greatest gift you can give. And the energy of that radiates out from my community.
One of the most important things I’ve learned from my community is this – together we are stronger, and together we can change the world.
If you’re interested in finding out more about my Mindful Money Magician community, take my Money Quiz and then book a FREE call with me so that we can get to know each other better and I can tell you more.