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Life doesn’t begin at 40, it begins at 41

Life doesn’t begin at 40, it begins at 41

I’ve finally learned the secrets to making life good.

I no longer have to work around the clock. I’ve learned to strike a balance between work and getting enough sleep.

In a few weeks, I will be turning 41. I’m running around, making preparations for my birthday celebration.

I didn’t celebrate turning 40. I was feeling exhausted and discouraged from life in general, and from running my business solo.

This year, things are different. I’m part of a small business development programme at the University of the Western Cape. We have experts who teach us how to build and manage a successful business.

The lessons I’m learning from this year-long programme are sharpening my business and financial management skills.

I have also found a lady who helps me in my laundry business. I also have someone who does my graphic design. Having a team around me boosts my confidence.

Business is going well. I have two salons as regular clients. I wash their towels. I am able to meet friends for coffee once in a while and attend networking events for entrepreneurs.

I made a friend at a networking event I attended recently. We hiked together the following week.

Even when business is quiet, I feel hopeful and confident. I am also able to put myself out there and be more visible because I feel supported. The concept of “it takes a village to raise a child” also applies in business.

I now understand the importance of having support. Because I was feeling discouraged, my relationships were poor. When the support came, my relationships were enriched.

I’m grateful for the small, mundane things, such as being able to go to the gym. I’m grateful that my body allows me to do things I need to do, including my hiking adventures.

Load shedding has abated for a little while. Now I no longer work around the clock, trying to meet my customers’ demands.

I’m able to work and sleep enough, which is important for optimal health. This has been a good year for me, all due to the support systems I have in place.

I am more visible in real life and online as a result. My mental health is in a better space.

At the beginning of the year, I sought mental health support from Cape Mental Health, an institution that offers free mental health counselling.

The bigger lesson for me is that support is easily available if you seek it. People are eager to lend a helping hand. My overall health is great, and I’m grateful.

Liziwe Ndalana

Change expert, Liziwe Ndalana, believes that the big change equals big opportunity.

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