Chengetayi On Being Enough… And Failing Spectacularly

December 7, 2020

How would those close to you describe you today?
Well, they would say I’m brutally honest, compassionate, caring, selfless, focused and loving.

Work, Life, Play and Everything in between? How do you juggle and manage it all?
I just take it easy to be honest, one thing at a time. I really try not to overwhelm myself, so I prioritize my life and move forward accordingly.

What’s the role family and those around you have played in your story?
I could not be standing here without the support from my family and closest friends. My friends always show up, they come for my classes, share my work, advise me and encourage me, I’m so grateful. And my hubby has really been my rock, he takes my classes when I can’t and helps me keep a level head, because it gets really hectic at times. I’m so grateful for my networks as well, they also present me with opportunities I couldn’t reel in by myself, I’m just so grateful for them all. I really wouldn’t be here without the help of the village that continues to raise me.

How do you get away from all the noise when you need to?
Home is my safe space, so when I need to be alone, my husband takes our daughter out when he does his errands and I just have my moments of silence to enjoy and reflect. I’ve realized that alone time when you have a baby is a luxury (Laughs)

 

Reflections

Looking back to your early years, is this the life you envisaged for yourself?
Not at all, I’m so surprised at how life has turned out. I am at peace, I am content, I am happy, I am living my dream and I have a beautiful family. I couldn’t ask for more

What have some of the biggest highlights and achievements been?
Being featured on BBC Africa in 2019 has been my biggest highlight in my career definitely, being the only Zimbabwean choreographer to have been featured has been very encouraging. Also getting certified as a Fitness Instructor has been an achievement, it was quite challenging for me and I’m proud to have gotten that for myself and the advancement of my career. Being part of the opening performance at the first I Am Women’s Conference, it has really been defining for me and assured me that me and my dance can hold our own among other professional women. And opening my own studio has just been such an amazing and surreal experience, I still can’t believe I managed to do that, during a pandemic nonetheless!

And what have some of your biggest lessons or AHA moments been?
Sometimes I feel like I do too much and am too much, but at the I Am Women’s Conference, the keynote speaker Basetsana Khumalo said “I would rather fail spectacularly than not do anything at all”. And I could relate to this; sometimes when opportunity locates me I am quick to say, not me, someone else could be better. But now I seize every opportunity and do my best. If not me then who?

What’s some of the best advice you’ve received on your journey?
“Being shy doesn’t pay the bills”.
That advise spoke to me because if people don’t know what I offer, then I won’t get opportunities to work and get paid. So I’ve had to up my confidence and just trust the process and what I bring to the table.

If you were to pick one defining moment on your journey to now, what would it be?
It would definitely be quitting my job. If I hadn’t gotten the courage to let go, I would not be living a life I’m happy with right now.

What are the things that matter most to you?
My family 🙂

Oprah suggests everyone’s biggest pursuit in life should be to find what their purpose is and then to spend every waking moment making sure they live to fulfil it. What is your purpose? Have you figured it out yet?
My purpose is to inspire people by being authentically me, through my journey in motherhood, dance, health and wellness..

What do you love most about the woman you have become?
I love how I am content with who I am. The way I look and sound. I am who I am and I embrace myself, flaws and all.

And what do you know for sure?
I am enough. I am amazing. I was made for a time like this.

 

The Legacy

What does the future look like? What do you still want to get done?
I just want to continue being happy and content with my decisions. I’d like to go back on radio and host a TV Show at some point. And travel the world with my hubby and daughter.

If you were to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
Yes, I would have started chasing my dream sooner!

How would you like to be remembered when all is said and done? What story do you want to be told about you?
I just want to be known as the woman who went for it, the woman who wasn’t afraid to build her dance empire, the woman who would hustle with her baby in her arms and had fun while doing it.

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