Looking back to your early years, is this the life you envisaged for yourself?
I don’t think I ever truly envisioned the magnitude of this life. I just wanted to change the world and never truly knew what that looked like until I was on my way. I grew up just knowing I wanted more than what I was seeing as a small town girl. Which was a job, a marriage, a baby in a carriage and then retirement and death. I did not want that at all.
What have some of the biggest highlights and achievements been?
The Fortune 500 State department entrepreneurship program. It showed me that “I’M POSSIBLE”. JEWEL Magazine opened so many doors. Edgars Club Magazine, a magazine I grew up looking at and admiring, to spearhead its comeback, that was phenomenal. MUCHA being stocked in Edgars. My 3 babies, My husband-bestfriend, Mutendi Montessori, African Family Firms. Just being able to do this interview. There are so many moments in between that have been breath-taking. The truth is, my experience has been magical. God has consistently showed up and showed off.
And what have some of your biggest lessons or AHA moments been?
Building takes time. I call us the KFC generation. We believe in fast turn around and quick everything. Learning to take the scenic route and to be consistent in the middle as we are at the beginning. That has been my AHA moment. My businesses now reflect that new space. I am in it for the marathon, not the sprint. And I want to run the best race I can and give it my all.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve ever received?
You are loved because you are you, so bring the best of you to the table. It’s great to have mentors and role models but as much as you may learn from them be the best version of you. Because you are the unique formula to the whole experience. When people come to see you or seek you out its because of you, not of you trying to be someone else. You are the key that unlocks the door to the world you are looking for. And the world doesn’t need another someone else, it needs you.
If you were to pick one defining moment on your journey to now, what would it be? Becoming a mom and a wife. It was never really something I thought I could pull off. My family believes I’m great at it. But it’s definitely an out of body experience as I have my heart in 4 pieces wondering outside my body consistently. Family to me is everything. All else doesn’t seem to be as important when you have family. I may have been a lot less ambitious if I didn’t visibly see what I was fighting for.
What are the things that matter most to you?
F.A.M.I.L.Y. The people who make my tribe and who were handpicked to share this journey with me. Every moment with them is a memory that is engraved in my mind and every triumph much sweeter because of them. And every fall a lot less painful because my envelope me with their love.
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 fulfill it. What is your purpose? Have you figured it out yet?
Building African Family Businesses to become Multiple generation wealth making machines. Starting with my own family business. My favourite quote by Og Mandino “I am here for a purpose & that purpose is to grow into a mountain and not shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth I will apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
What do you love most about the woman you have become?
I am strong within myself. I am confident in my potential and I am exploring my limitless possibilities. I am unafraid of the person who looks back at me when I look in the mirror. What you see is what you get.
And what do you know for sure?
I am loved and I am surrounded by love. I make my own choices and these choices create my life. I am powerful. My words are powerful creators of tomorrow.
What does the future look like? What do you still want to get done?
My future looks awe-inspiring. It is surrounded by wealth of thought, monetary wealth, generational wealth and wisdom. I take into tomorrow what I learn from today which is fed by what I learnt from yesterday. I am investing in others and that investment will not fall short.
If you were to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
I am grateful for how everything is and I have enjoyed the journey. So NO, I would leave it all as it is.
How would you like to be remembered when all is said and done? What story do you want to be told about you?
She came, she saw, she invested, she created, she left it a million times better than it was.