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#TellToHeal: Female Conversation by Royallioness Foundation

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Have you ever thought of yourself…? Do I even matter? Do I deserve happiness? Could it get any worse? Would it be wrong for me to do what I want for a change? Am I crazy for wanting a particular level of reciprocity? Can I heal from this pain? Would I be wrong if I actually wanted revenge? Would I be considered evil if I was just a little bit jealous? What if I wanted a different life? What if I actually left the country, stopped all communication with everyone, and created a whole new identity? What if I just stayed with him? What if I had the baby? What if I didn’t have the baby early?  What if I stayed on the job? What if I eloped? What if I just told them the truth? What if I just went to college? What if I just gave it a chance? What if it fails? What if it doesn’t fail? Can I handle it? What if I stayed with my family? What if I wore something different would he have raped me? What if I was from a different family? What if I had more money? What if I didn’t get married? What if I was prettier? What if I was her? What if I was braver?

You see everyone thinks that those of us who write stories are the actual storytellers but we fail to realize that we all are storytellers. Every single thought and decision we have made turns into a particular narrative. We direct our lives on a daily basis just by making choices, whether we realize it or not, and whether we like it or not. Our perspective on the stories we tell ourselves is probably the most powerful gift we actually possess. If you tell your story from a negative narrative, it is most likely we begin to feel like we don’t matter or our lives are just an example of suffering if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. At the same time, I feel as though media has romanticized how a story of suffering can yield the greatest hope and that the strongest people are the people that go through specific suffering, but what if I told you that all suffering has its own significant meaning. Again the most powerful stories are not the stories we tell others but the stories we tell ourselves because no matter what happens in our lives we can never actually lie to ourselves.

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Sometimes we are so focused on other people’s stories and how their stories look and sound so powerful and how they seem to always get things right and look like Beyonce even after they wake up in the morning! You sit there with your morning coffee or tea or glass of wine no judgment here if you drink in the morning and think to yourself,

  • How on earth am I messing up?
  • Some of us have been writing other people’s stories with us as the main character and adding on different supporting actors and we wonder why we feel unfulfilled
  • Well its simple IT AINT YOUR STORY THOUGH! We need to stop feeding each other the illusion that there are some stories that are more significant than others, we watch these movies and read these books of other people who have accomplished amazing things, and instead of being inspired, we are discouraged. We close the books and stop the movie and think to ourselves
  • What am I doing with my life?!
  • Well exactly!
  • What are you doing with your life? Busy questioning your significance in comparison to someone’s narrative?
  • Most of us want the success story of that particular person without going through their struggle, so in essence, we want the idea of what their life looks like now without having to experience what it took to get there.
  • So why not go through what you are going through and say your story in your own words because what made other people’s stories so significant to you is that they were brave enough to tell their stories to you and they told their stories in THEIR OWN WORDS.

We may all ask ourselves the same questions I asked in the beginning but we all have different stories to tell. The greatest stories are the ones we tell ourselves because those perspectives shape our lives and give an opportunity to those around us to either be inspired or discouraged. Some of us wish we could start our lives all over again and so we can rewrite our stories but unfortunately, we cannot do that. What we have the power to do is to change the way we tell the story, change the narrative going forward. Royal Lioness Foundation in Collaboration with Motimagz is giving an amazing opportunity to women all over the world to share their stories in hopes that we will inspire each other but also give women an opportunity to create a community that is there to support and celebrate our bravery and authenticity. As women we are able to create a space where we get to celebrate our authenticity, our uniqueness, our joys, our pain, and of course a good laugh whilst we are at it. We might not always look graceful in the storm but we sure as hell look good after it! We possess a power many people dream about and we can only begin to discover it one word at a time. So get to writing then.

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Tafadzwa Ngosi

Royallioness Foundation

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FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE

14 Ways To Earn Passive Income In 2021

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By: Claire Makoni

Earn Songwriting Royalties

If you love to write music, you can create passive income by recording your songs and then publishing them through a variety of channels. You earn royalties anytime your music is played on streaming services like Apple Music, or Spotify, or played on the radio. You can even license your music for TV, movies, and videos without the backing of a major record label.

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Purchase Music Royalties

Perhaps your talent isn’t to write music. That’s ok, you can still get into the music royalty game by purchasing the rights to song catalogues owned by other artists. Royalty Exchange is an online auction that allows you to bid on existing music catalogues. These are songs that are already earning regular, passive income for their current owners. When you purchase music royalties, you’re buying the future cash flow, which is purely passive income.

Photo Licensing

Photographers can build passive income by selling stock photos online. You’ll need to produce lots of content to earn a decent amount of money, but it can be a nice supplement to other, more labor-intensive work, like wedding or family photography. One benefit to stock photo licensing is that you can sell the same pictures to many different buyers. There is no shortage of stock photo websites where you can sell your work. Dreamstime and Snapwire are just two of the more popular stock photo sites out there.

Record an Audiobook

One of the best ways for content creators to increase their income is by releasing their content in as many formats as possible. For example, if you’ve written a paperback book or even an ebook, you’ll want to consider recording an audiobook version. There is no shortage of people who prefer listening to books instead of reading them. You can record the audio yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you. Once your audiobook is ready to go, it can be available for purchase online for years, making it the ideal passive income source.

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Buy and Sell Domain Names

Buying and selling domain names is a bit like trading on the stock market. The goal is to buy low and sell high, but there can be some risk involved. There are people who earn good money buying domain names that they believe will increase in value over time, with the hopes of selling at a profit.

Start a Blog

Over time, it’s possible to create multiple passive income streams with a blog, through affiliate marketing, or display advertising, for example. But building a blog from scratch is anything but passive. You’ll need to be consistent in creating new content, and spend time promoting your blog. One of the best things about blogging is the low barrier of entry. If you have a computer and a wifi connection, you can get started for as little as a few dollars per month.

Start a Podcast

It seems everyone has a podcast these days, and while many people do it out of pure enjoyment, there’s a lot of money that can be made. As you build a reliable following, you can begin selling advertising via sponsorships to brands that wish to get in front of your audience. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of work involved in finding guests and conducting interviews, but the opportunity to build a passive income stream is there.

Start a YouTube Channel

If you can consistently create videos that people want to watch, you can build an audience on Youtube. This is important because, with an audience, you can begin to make money, by joining the YouTube Partner Program. Most of your earnings will come from ads, which are aired within your video content, however, there are more ways to make money. YouTube can also drive traffic to your website and social media channels, making passive income opportunities endless.

Sell Digital Products/Downloadables

Thousands of people earn passive income by creating digital products that people can download and use. From spreadsheets to productivity tools, calendars, and checklists, the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve created your winning product, you can make it available for download on your own website, or through a third-party platform.

Develop an Online Course

If you have expertise in a specific area, rest assured there’s someone out there willing to pay you for your knowledge. You can create an ebook on the topic, or develop an online course, and then sell it on your own website, or on an online learning marketplace like Udemy. No skill is too small to share with others. You could sell a course on creating a killer resume, starting a podcast, or how to travel hack a trip to Europe. With online courses, most of the hard work happens early on, when you’re creating the content. From there, with an effective marketing strategy, you’ll have yourself a nice, passive income stream.

Run Website Display Ads

If you have your own website, you can sign up to have ads displayed within the content on your site. The most well-known ad service is Google Adsense. Adsense displays ads that are relevant to your site content and that match your visitor’s preferences. When guests engage with an ad, you make money. Also, the higher your site traffic, the higher your income.

Affiliate Marketing

If you have your own blog or website, one of the best ways to make passive income is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing involves promoting someone else’s product or service, and earning a commission whenever a sale is generated directly from your recommendation. The most well-known affiliate program may be the one run by online retail giant Amazon, but there are thousands of other companies with programs of their own. Affiliate income takes time to build, but if you’re successful, it can be one of the best ways to make passive income.

Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce where the seller doesn’t hold the product, instead, it’s shipped to the customer directly from the supplier. The seller’s job is to find products to buy at a wholesale price, and then sell them at the retail price, by advertising them through an e-commerce store, like Shopify. When orders are placed, they go directly to the supplier who ships the product to the customer. The seller profits from the spread between the retail and wholesale price. Dropshipping has become very competitive, but if you can find a product that people want, and sell it at a profit, there’s lots of passive income to be made.

Learn to Outsource

If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you have a tendency to want to control all aspects of your business. After all, no one else understands it as you do, nor is anyone else as invested as you are. But the problem with doing everything yourself is that the money you make becomes anything but passive.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Dr. Vere’s Coat of Many Colours

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By Gilbert Sikanyika

Doctor Kudzanai Vere belongs to the group of African young Turks determined to conquer the world and leave permanent foot-steps on the sands of life.

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I have known Dr. Vere through social interactions over the years and I have come to know him as a pragmatic, hard-working, and purpose-driven person. He sets high goals and when he attains those goals, he sets even higher goals. He places a high premium on his aspirations. He challenges himself to challenge challenges in his life. He does not take “no” for an answer…He knocks, knocks, and keeps knocking until doors of opportunities fling open before him. He is tenacious and aggressive in his daily operations. He does not wait for opportunities; instead, he creates opportunities for himself. He is a workaholic if ever there was one.

He was compelled to stop school in form 4 due to family financial constraints but that could not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He started working as a Receiving and Costing Clerk at Redstar in Nyanga in Zimbabwe and he rose through the ranks to become Branch Manager within a spell of three years. He was arguably the youngest Branch Manager heading a Blue Chips Company when he was only 22 years old.

Doctor Vere has “A coat of many colours.” He is an entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker of international repute. He enjoys developing people in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Personal Development, Practical Business Management, Organizational Development, Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development.

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Just what makes him tick

He gets inspiration from motivating himself and others. His life gets better when he impacts lives in Business related issues. He was born in a family of 10 in a remote area of Zimbabwe in Nyanga. He went to Maereka primary school, Nyatate school, and Mapako High School. He has also attended: Zimbabwe Open University, British College Of Professional Management, Coppetstone University among others. He has:

  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma In Accounting In Business Management
  • Bcom Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountancy
    -Master of Arts in Leadeship and Management
    -Registered Public Accounting
    -Certified Forensic
    -Doctorate in Phylosophy in Entrepreneurship among others.

Dr. Vere is also a notable and versatile writer whose books such as Becoming A Person Of Impact and Exceed Beyond The Ordinary have blessed multitudes of people. It seems he is a “Jack of all trades and master of everything.”

His books have impacted the hordes of people from all walks of life because of the nuggets of life they carry. His presence is being felt almost everywhere and so far so good. Although he never completed formal education, he is a self-made man who has managed to school himself and has acquired a string of diplomas and degrees and was recently conferred with a Doctorial degree in recognition of his teachings and passion for entrepreneurship.


“The whole of my adult life I have been learning business at times passively and at other times actively. I have vast years of business management, ” he said. His ultimate goal in life is to become an oasis of inspiration in Business circles. He is married to a lovely lady Fortune who is the Managing Director of the family business empire. Doctor Vere is also blessed with a wife and five children.

Gilbert Sikanyika is a Writing Prophet based in Zambia

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OPPORTUNITIES

Developers/ Programmers (Graduate Trainees) Wanted X 3 : YPPZ

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Young People’s Program Zimbabwe Youth Association (YPPZ) is recruiting graduate trainees from the following disciplines:

  • Information Technology & Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Sciences

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