A little bit about myself and the blog
My name is Sibo Hlabangana. I’ll also answer to African Queen, if you feel like being kind:-)
In brief, I’m a 35 year old who’s been inspired, motivated and empowered by not only people but books as well. Until I started following my dreams a few years ago, I was not a happy camper but everything changed when the way I saw the world changed, when my attitude changed and I started to dream big. I’d like to see everyone pursue their dreams and live a passion filled life, hence this blog.
Maybe you’re already living your dream, or maybe like me you’re still finding your way in the world, whatever the case may be, this is a space where you can join me in inspiring and motivating each other and those around us. I know it’s probably better to hear from someone who has achieved a lot but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to hear from a dreamer and who knows, maybe one day you’ll read about something I’ve achieved and think, oh I remember her. Or better yet, we’ll be having a cup of coffee reminiscing about the good old days before all our dreams came true. Wouldn’t that be great?
You’ll find the blog is set up into 6 sections. One is on books that have inspired me to follow my dreams and to continually grow as an individual. There’s also a section on mentors because I feel that without examples you can’t really know where you want to end up. Another section is on dreams, here things like having a vision for your life will be discussed. The next section is on God, faith and anything to do with my spiritual journey because that has played, and continues to play a big part in the pursuit of my dreams. The last 2 sections are new and I hope you’ll add to them by sharing your vision boards or vision letters and success stories through emailing me. Now read on and hopefully be inspired. (You can expect at least one post per week, every Monday)
Aside from commenting, if you want to get in touch with me (whether to chat or if you want to book me to speak at your event) you can do so at email@example.com. I welcome guest post submissions as well as topic suggestions.
If you still want to know a little bit more…
I don’t know how much of a difference it would have made had I read some of the books that have inspired me sooner but I know it would have definitely made a difference. I was around 30 and unhappy with my life when I heard South African motivational speaker Braam Malherbe, author of The great run speak on following your dreams and living a passion filled life. I realized I was not doing that and from that day on I started having the desire to follow my dream of helping people in the work that I do.
I was living outside of my home country at the time. It might have taken a while but about a year later I quit my job in marketing, without another and after not finding work in what I wanted to do I came back home. I had no job and was back to living at home, something I never imagined myself doing. I decided I would volunteer my time and skills to a cause I believed in. Because I was starting afresh and had nothing to lose I could choose exactly what I wanted to do.
I have a law degree so I studied for and wrote the admission exams to allow me to practice in my country. Whilst waiting for the results, after considering a number of organizations, I started volunteering for a non-profit organization that does the kind of work I’ve always wanted to do. When one of the lawyers left, I was hired on a permanent basis.
Now a few years later, my life is completely different from what it was before I made the decision to pursue my dreams. I’m a lawyer for a non-profit organization that does the kind of work I’ve always wanted to do. I’m a motivational speaker and recently became an author. I get to wake up every day to go do work that I love. As a Christian I attribute all I have to God, however he allowed that to happen through the books I’ve read and people I’ve heard speak or whose videos I watched.
I am yet to achieve everything on my vision board but I am living a passion filled life and know without a doubt that all my dreams are going to come true. It’s a great feeling I hope everyone lives to experience.
Finally, you know those irritating people who put up profile pictures with things like “I can’t keep calm because I love God”? I’m one of them. Don’t ask how it happened because I used to be the first one to vilify them. Shows you how much God has worked in me.
Be blessed, Sibo.
Aside from commenting, if you want to get in touch with me you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org