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Conversation with a stranger

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Conversation with a stranger

In an unlikely chain of events, it took our visit to South Africa to meet a fellow American who happened to have a fiance’ who lives in the same estate as us. It gives new meaning to the term small world. Rick Wilder (name changed) an american who travels frequently to South Africa and based on his current home base, probably ran in the same government circles as my husband Mark, however, it took South Africa to bring a chance virtual meeting and conversation that turned into a quick friendship.

Just recently we posted a video of our experiences here in South Africa. We tagged the new area we live and it sparked an unlikely connection and messenger conversation that started like this.

Inbox message from Rick Wilder –

Hi Latasha! I look forward to meeting you guys! Such a coincidence – Blue Valley Golf Estates. Small world. My girlfriend owns a home there. I plan to move SA soon (would do it now but I’m to close to being eligible to retire from the US Federal Government) and US Federal Gov jobs in SA are hard to find. A US State Department (Embassy) gig would be wonderful.

I explained that Mark too was in his position and felt the very same way regarding leaving a government position so close to retirement. His enthusiasm continued.

“My girlfriend is South African. From the Tswana (Botswana tribe). I’ll share your details and ask her to do likewise. Well done and congratulations on the successful business, selling and relocating. Smart! I plan to have a business running in the USA (likely something online) to produce dollars. I will need to lean on you all for advise so the transition is smooth. Curious — When and How did you all discover SA? With me it was purely an accident. But the best accident ever. lol So much to do in SA. So much to do in Southern Africa (Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho. So many adventures there. So many interesting people who look like us and where we are the “normal” ones. So much to do in Africa overall. All of it fascinates me. I love it. I regret waiting so late in life and wish I first visited in my 20s.”

I express joy and let him know his sentiment for wanting to have visited earlier is part of what The Real South Africa is about. Trying to bridge the gap between america and Africa and showing you the possibilities that exist on the continent. And still he continues. He has asked if we have ever visited Zimbabwe, to which I responded no. We are still trying to settle in here before we continue our exploration of the country and continent as a whole.

He goes on to say, “Zimbabwe is a VERY interesting place. I have a sister-in-law from Gweru, Zimbabwe. I traveled through half the country in 2015. It was unforgettable. I felt more “at home” in Zim than SA. Zim reminded me of many places in my home state of SC. They have very, very nice and very smart citizens. One of the most intellectual strong continents on the continent. More than SA.”

I explain to him Mark’s first trip was for work and that mine was shortly after. I tell him that Mark was in complete awe and couldn’t wait to share it with me, so we returned, with our daughter and his mom. I can understand his reasons for saying that about Zimbabwe, given there history and close ties to operating by using the dollar as their form of currency. And still he continues…

“My first trip, like his, wowed me. It was in March 2012 when I emailed Patricia, a woman I met by happenstance while walking on the Great wall of channel 6 months prior). She told me to visit SA. We exchanged a few emails and I said “what the heck…the plane ticket is cheap. Nothing to lose.” She met me at the airport, found me a hotel (Protea Fire & Ice Melrose Arch) and my eyes started bulging. I was like what is this? I’ve never seen stuff like this on TV. She spent two days giving me a tour of Johannesburg. I expected her to leave me afterwards so I can make my trek to Kruger and then return to the USA. But we hit is off so good that we went to Kruger together and (long story short) a couple. Hopefully married next year. I have a lot of friends in Johannesburg, a good friend (judge in the SA government) in Cape Town and a good friend in Durban. Johannesburg is like a seance home and most of my best and most trusting friends live in Gauteng. So many memories over the years. You and your husband are the first Americans I know who moved there. I try to see my girlfriend at least once every 4 months. I love traveling so we meet in Joburg or some halfway point. Recently it was in Egypt. Next month she comes to the USA (which I dislike because I would rather us go somewhere else. Anywhere warm…but I will compromise and host her in cold Washington, DC. lol (She’s been many times).”

You can hear the reluctance to have her visit USA in the winter since its going into summer in South Africa. I can’t blame him. An opportunity to have second spring and summer and NO winter. Is what we can all hope for.

“You guys are truly in paradise. Summer in South Africa is amazing. And you are a short flight from the GORGEOUS islands of Africa (Mauritius, Seychelles, Zanzibar). I’ll be so jealous as the temperature on my side dips below 20 degrees. I wish many fellow Americans knew and appreciated the beauty of the motherland. Some are like I used to be. Brainwashed by mainstream media.”

I express to him again that the idea behind The Real South Africa and it gives us so much more confirmation that we are doing the right thing. We are supposed to share this story, his story and ours so that folks in the USA, know that South Africa is not a “shit hole” country. That the continent itself holds more beauty than they will ever show you in media presentations.

Rick continues on to say “I had traveled every continent before Africa. Traveled throughout Europe a few times before Africa. Barcelona and Ibiza were my second home. I had no reason to go to Africa because I didn’t know anyone and know anything beyond “I’m from West Africa” and there are Pyramid in Egypt. So brainwashed, I was. And so it came to be that my first trip to Africa would be South Africa and it would lead to me traveling there and other parts of Africa more than anywhere — including my hometown.”

This last statement of his was one that resonated so deep. It is so very true that most will not travel to a place because they don’t know anyone or anything about it. Which again leads us to The Real South Africa. Mark and I are clear in our ability to make experiences pure. We want you to travel with us and feel like you are going with friends and to make friends.

The last thing he says, sums it all up and it was a perfect way to end our conversation. It makes what we are doing here in Africa all the more real each day we are here.

There is so much to do…one can never be bored in Africa.

 

 

 

 

Tips for using Zoom and Skype for talk radio shows and podcasts

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If you have ever been on a recording for a podcast, live radio show, or conference call then you know that connecting everyone can be a challenge. If more than 3 people are on its important to set a cadence that will allow for smooth questions and answers to avoid talking over each other.  Zoom is a particular challenge since it can be used for Facebook live steam during the live show or podcast recording. ANytime video get involved for these types of things there are some very important thing to keep in mind to make sure the audio recording is of high quality and the video is engaging for your audience.

  1. Connect early to make sure your connection is stable: Many times people try to connect at the top of fthe hour for a recording or live show and don’t allow themselves enough time to sort out any potential
  2. be in a quiet place with no back ground noise
  3. DOnt sit in a large room: Large rooms have reveerb that tends to
  4. Sit close to the screen. Your face should fill most of it.
  5. Use an external microphone or headset.
  6. When you’re not talking, hit mute.
  7. Don’t eat during the meeting:
  8. When you’re on mute during an audio call, you can do whatever you want. But when you’re on mute on a video call, you need to be professional. The zoom video will focus on who is talking but he moderator can also lace th video in multi screen and show everyone at once. Stay engaged during this time and don’t
  9. Don’t sit with the window behind you: The Light coming in the window can wash out your image. I suggest a small inexpensive LED light of the video. Just  little bit of light can make a big difference in how the video looks.
  10. When you’re talking, spend some time looking at the camera, not the screen. You’ll appear more earnest and honest this way.
  11. When you’re talking, go slow. No one is going to steal your slot.

 

FORGIVENESS FULFILLS: The Gift, Tools For Forgiving

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FORGIVENESS FULFILLS: The Gift, Tools For Forgiving
Alex Seeley changes lives on the matter of forgiveness in the August 1, 2018 episode of ‘Living Within the Sweet Spot’ which is broadcast live every Wednesday 7AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
Archives of Living Within the Sweet Spot can be found at
https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2751/living-within-the-sweet-spot.

Alex Seeley is changing the lives of others; her main tool being love. She is passionate about life, her husband, children, and Jesus. She is a pastor of 20 years, and loves to share Jesus with people who don’t know him. Her mission in life is to help people discover who they are in Christ, and the freedom that is found in Him through salvation.

Alex is found highlighted in a Voice America broadcast by Niccie Kliegl, talk show host of ‘Living Within the Sweet Spot.’

“It is a complete honor to have Alex Seeley as a guest on Living Within the Sweet Spot because our topic this week is on Forgiveness. Alex just published Tailor Made, her new book. After reading chapter eight I knew everyone who hears her on the radio show will be impacted greatly.” stated Niccie Kliegl, CEO of Fulfill Your Legacy. Learn more about Tailor Made at https://www.tailormadebook.com/

The episode highlighting Alex can be found on the August 1, 2018 episode of ‘Living Within the Sweet Spot’ which is broadcast live every Wednesday 7AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.

Archives of Living Within the Sweet Spot can be found at
https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2751/living-within-the-sweet-spot.

Alex and her husband moved from Melbourne (Australia) to Franklin TN (USA) in April 2012 to follow the call of God.  They had no idea what that would be, but they were willing to step out in faith and see what God would do.  Within a few months, they began to open their home to people who were hungry for an encounter with the presence of God, and before long their basement was full of people every Tuesday night.  By February 2014, there were over a hundred people meeting each week and our church The Belonging Co was birthed.

For more on Alex and access to her blog and events… visit http://www.alexseeley.com/home/#alex-seeley

Planted on the front of the Alex Seeley website…  It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Galations 5:1

Niccie takes time in her show to highlight Alex and her work where Alex shares how she learned to forgive, first hand, and what the Bible tells us about forgiveness. Niccie and Alex deliver a wonderfully passionate episode leaving the reader changed by the love and presence of Jesus.

Niccie’s talk show and successful faith-based coaching company are based off her book, Awaking the Living Legacy. For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for a sample, copy or demo), contact Niccie Kliegl or visit https://nicciekliegl.com/.

Alex is the perfect expert guests for Living Within the Sweet Spot as it is written on her heart that God has amazing things prepared for every individual, she inspires all she encounters to keep their hearts tuned in to what the Spirit of God is saying so that His plans will be made known on the earth in our generation.
If interested in being a guest on VoiceAmerica’s Living Within the Sweet Spot, contact Niccie Kliegl at niccie@nicciekliegl.com.

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FORGIVENESS FULFILLS: The Gift, Tools For Forgiving

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  • Alex Seeley changes lives on the matter of forgiveness in the August 1, 2018 episode of ‘Living Within the Sweet Spot’ which is broadcast live every Wednesday 7AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
    Archives of Living Within the Sweet Spot can be found at
    https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2751/living-within-the-sweet-spot.
  • Alex Seeley is changing the lives of others; her main tool being love. She is passionate about life, her husband, children, and Jesus. She is a pastor of 20 years, and loves to share Jesus with people who don’t know him. Her mission in life is to help people discover who they are in Christ, and the freedom that is found in Him through salvation.

    Alex is found highlighted in a Voice America broadcast by Niccie Kliegl, talk show host of ‘Living Within the Sweet Spot.’

    “It is a complete honor to have Alex Seeley as a guest on Living Within the Sweet Spot because our topic this week is on Forgiveness. Alex just published Tailor Made, her new book. After reading chapter eight I knew everyone who hears her on the radio show will be impacted greatly.” stated Niccie Kliegl, CEO of Fulfill Your Legacy. Learn more about Tailor Made at https://www.tailormadebook.com/

    The episode highlighting Alex can be found on the August 1, 2018 episode of ‘Living Within the Sweet Spot’ which is broadcast live every Wednesday 7AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.

    Archives of Living Within the Sweet Spot can be found at
    https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2751/living-within-the-sweet-spot.

    Alex and her husband moved from Melbourne (Australia) to Franklin TN (USA) in April 2012 to follow the call of God.  They had no idea what that would be, but they were willing to step out in faith and see what God would do.  Within a few months, they began to open their home to people who were hungry for an encounter with the presence of God, and before long their basement was full of people every Tuesday night.  By February 2014, there were over a hundred people meeting each week and our church The Belonging Co was birthed.

    For more on Alex and access to her blog and events… visit http://www.alexseeley.com/home/#alex-seeley

    Planted on the front of the Alex Seeley website…  It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Galations 5:1

    Niccie takes time in her show to highlight Alex and her work where Alex shares how she learned to forgive, first hand, and what the Bible tells us about forgiveness. Niccie and Alex deliver a wonderfully passionate episode leaving the reader changed by the love and presence of Jesus.

    Niccie’s talk show and successful faith-based coaching company are based off her book, Awaking the Living Legacy. For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for a sample, copy or demo), contact Niccie Kliegl or visit https://nicciekliegl.com/.

    Alex is the perfect expert guests for Living Within the Sweet Spot as it is written on her heart that God has amazing things prepared for every individual, she inspires all she encounters to keep their hearts tuned in to what the Spirit of God is saying so that His plans will be made known on the earth in our generation.

    If interested in being a guest on VoiceAmerica’s Living Within the Sweet Spot, contact Niccie Kliegl at niccie@nicciekliegl.com.

Leonard Kim Launches Grow Your Influence Tree Talk Radio Show on VoiceAmerica Influencers Channel

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Leonard Kim Launches Grow Your Influence Tree Talk Radio Show on VoiceAmerica Influencers Channel

Leonard KimVoiceAmerica, the leading producer of originally programmed internet talk radio content is pleased to announce the inaugural broadcast of “Grow Your Influence Tree” with Leonard Kim. The first episode entitled “Quitting the Traditional 9-5 to Pursue Arts, Passions and Dreams” debuts Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1 PM Pacific Time with guests artist Blake Jamieson and App Developer Sachet Gagwani.

Grow Your Influence Tree with Leonard Kim is available and On Demand on The VoiceAmerica Influencers Channel https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2693/grow-your-influence-tree.

Blake Jamieson is an ex-digital marketer turned full-time artist. Blake has rejected the typical art industry norms, and focuses exclusively on art for offices. His work hangs on the walls of VaynerMedia, Hawke Media, Hint Water, and more.

Sachet Gagwani is an app entrepreneur and affiliate marketer who loves cryptocurrency. He is most known for founding an angel funded venture called Covert.Ly.

“We’re excited to have Leonard Kim join our lineup of thought leaders on VoiceAmerica’s Influencers Channel,” commented Jeff Spenard, CEO of VoiceAmerica. “Leonard’s unique experience developing not only his own brand, but in helping thousands of others understand how to become an influencer and the nuances of differing social platforms will certainly add to our listeners experience.”

Leonard Kim is a brand strategist and Managing Partner of InfluenceTree (https://influencetree.com). Mr. Kim is recognized as a top marketing influencer by Forbes, a top digital and youth marketer by Inc. Magazine, and a top personal branding expert by Entrepreneur Magazine. Adweek recognized him as one of their Socially Strong Entrepreneurs. He specializes in branding and growth strategies for experts and companies looking to win in the digital space.

Leonard started writing on Quora in May of 2013. Within a year and a half, he had 10 million reads on his content and was named a Top Writer on Quora two years in a row. Now Mr. Kim has over 500,000 social media followers and is called upon as an expert source who is constantly quoted and featured in media outlets like Fortune, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, Fox News, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Influencive, Business Rockstars, Distractify and more.

Leonard also spoke at TEDxUCIrvine about Why You Should Let Your Fears Guide You, a talk that has been ranked by Forbes and Inc. as one of the best TED Talks to help you take action and overcome your fears.

At InfluenceTree (https://influencetree.com), Leonard and his team teach you how to build your brand, get featured in publications and grow your social media following.

Love and Support for Abuse Survivors Goes GLOBAL in 2017

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Love and Support for Abuse Survivors Goes GLOBAL in 2017

Dr. Lisa Cooney spreads the love for the community of warriors who have survived abuse, as she makes support easily accessible on an international level.

Survivors who have fallen victim to abuse are in need of a strong support system, much like a helping hand, especially if they are on their own journey to recovery. Awareness about abuse has grown, yet there are still so many victims of abuse around the world that never report their traumas. Unfortunately, some victims out there meet their end, before they are exposed to the help that they desperately need.

Dr. Lisa Cooney has grown a vast recovery network by giving on-going year-round support on a global level. If you or someone you know is trapped in the vicious cage of abuse and yearns to break free, you should know that the Live Your ROAR team is reaching out to you – offering you support and care. The team, guided by Dr. Lisa, used 2016 as a trial run for making support consistently and continuously available for national and international abuse survivors alike. Dr. Lisa has traveled around the globe: stopping by countries from Costa Rica to Australia and cities all over the world, visiting new places, making new friends, and offering her help to those who feel crushed by the weight of abuse.

Making it possible to get help and support from Dr. Lisa Cooney, no matter where she might be on her journey, has been quite the goal for the Live Your ROAR team, of which can finally be checked off the list… Dr. Lisa enhances her support offerings, from in-person group facilitation, one-on-one sessions, specialized workshops, to including her weekly Beyond Abuse, Beyond Therapy, Beyond Anything radio show on Voice America’s Empowerment Channel, as well as internet-based Live Translated Video Group Calls. This in turn brings Dr. Lisa’s facilitation available at the ease of your own home and/or space. An amazing advancement with regards to support, as many abuse victims’ hardest part to recovering and living a life beyond abuse, is taking that first step of seeking assistance.

“A 2013 analysis conduct by WHO with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council, based on existing data from over 80 countries, found that worldwide, almost one third (30%) of all women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. The prevalence estimates range from 23.2% in high-income countries and 24.6% in the Western Pacific region to 37% in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region, and 37.7% in the South-East Asia region. Furthermore, globally as many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners. In addition to intimate partner violence, globally 7% of women report having been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, although data for this is more limited.
Intimate partner and sexual violence are mostly perpetrated by men against women. Child sexual abuse affects both boys and girls. International studies reveal that approximately 20% of women and 5–10% of men report being victims of sexual violence as children. Violence among young people, including dating violence, is also a major problem” (WHO, 2016).

It is so essential to show individuals that help exists. Some people are completely unaware that there are individuals out there, all though currently strangers, yet who are willing to give over 100% of themselves in order to help others. Recovery is not a fantasy. You can create a reality filled with joy, fun, and adventure, beyond the suffocating weight of abuse. Abuse survivors have recovered from all sorts of trauma, ranging from physical, sexual, emotional, verbal and financial abuse, to name a few. Remember that there is a safe place awaiting you, along with a passion for supporting your personal development and growth. Even if it’s just by listening in on one of the Beyond Abuse, Beyond Therapy, Beyond Anything shows with Dr. Lisa, know that this could be the first step toward your brighter, more vivid reality.

Regardless of wherever you are in the world…

Finding Your Frequency- Live-Friday’s on VoiceAmerica Variety

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Finding Your Frequency- Live-Friday’s on VoiceAmerica Variety

“Finding Your Frequency” is about more than just content and code. It is more than just philosophy and polishing your image. It’s about both failure and success, the difference between the two and all of the steps in between! Jeff and Ryan discuss the digital media space and all of its aspects. It’s about making the mistakes, taking the chances summoning the intestinal fortitude to step out of your comfort zone and discovering what you can accomplish when you decide to try, decide to learn, decide that you have something to say and Find Your Frequency! It’s live every Friday at 2 PM Pacific Time and 5 PM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. Click HERE to Listen live and on-demand!

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