17 January 2019 - #KidInventorsDay - At the tender age of 7, Natalie McGriff created The Adventures of Moxie McGriff cartoon series. After suffering from low self-esteem and insecurities regarding her hair texture and skin tone she was inspired to make sure that another child never feels that way. She then teamed up with her mother to create the @adventuresofmoxiemcgriff - The children’s book follows Moxie, a young girl who uses special hair powers to save the town and it aims to transform what many may see as flaws, into super powers. Natalie has extended the brand to provide other products that encourage uplift and empower other young girls of colour. - Natalie took an awful situation and used it to create a brilliant solution that creates a positive image for girls of colour, causing them to take pride in themselves. - We are here for this kind of transformation.
Change your perspective - To some extent, our lives are a reflection of how we see the world. How we see the world is a direct result of our thinking. Yet, we tend to hold to old thought patterns because they are familiar and easy and don't require any work. - Practice viewing your life through a different lens, look at it from different angles and consider how changing your thinking can bring solutions to your problems. - You are #PlanA
Perfect doesn’t allow for change, improvement, or growth. If we convince ourselves something we’ve done is perfect, we remove our ability to improve it. - Accept the fact that you don’t have everything figured out, but also embrace that as you stand where you are today, you are doing your best and you are the greatest ‘you,’ you’ve ever been. - Your life is your canvas, you are your own masterpiece - You Are #PlanA
A nation which seeks to better its future must invest in the children which will lead it to its future - Wadi Ben-Hirki - Our #PlanA #WCW is 21-year-old Philanthropist Wadi Ben-Hirki. At the tender age of 17 years old, Wadi founded the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation which aims to to impact the lives of the less privileged, marginalised and disadvantaged through humanitarianism and activism. The organisation is currently running various campaigns in Nigeria: #GirlsNotWives, #EveryChildIsYourChild, #Street2School, and #LITMOW (Love In The Midst of War) just to name a few. - Among her many accomplishments, she is also a ONE Campaign Champion, focusing on the #GirlsCount campaign, which advocates for the education of the 130 million out-of-school girls around the world. Last year she was selected to serve on the African Leadership Institute Youth Advisory Board and a Special Guest to represent Africa at the Y20 Summit Argentina 2018. - It is for these reasons and many others that we have chosen Wadi as our #PlanA #WCW today.
As we sat in stillness looking at all the wonderful and amazing things we plan to bring our #Ateamers this year, we kept coming back to these two 🔑 questions. - Weeding away the goals that are more aligned with ego than service, and honing in our most purposeful outputs. - We urge you too to use these two 🔑 questions as a litmus when setting intentions, goals, and resolutions all #2019. - You might be pleasantly surprised at what comes through as vital, and what no longer feels important. - Now let’s go be great! - #HappyNewYear #happynewyear2019
It’s ok if they don’t quite see your vision. - It’s even ok if they think you’re crazy for the dream. - Keep Moving. Keep Going. - Don’t stop until you’re free. - You Are #PlanA
🗣 Representation is so important. - When people don’t see themselves reflected throughout ALL of the fabric of society, it limits the scope of what they believe is possible for their lives. - We are so in awe of the many accomplishments of #MichelleObama; As a woman, lawyer, mother, and wife. Her evolution in all these roles is an inspiration. - And we’re loving all the candid interviews our #ForeverFirstLady is doing for her book. - We can’t wait for the Amazon fairies to deliver ours, already. - Have you gotten a copy of yours, yet?
Let your frustration fuel your mission. - Let what they told you, you couldn’t do, propel your purpose. - Let this current drive for global innovation inspire how you see, interact with, and architect your role in the world. - The time is NOW. - You Are #PlanA
Begin to audit your circle now. - Who do you have pouring into you on a regular basis? - Negative People? - Yes men or women? - The ones that always have chaos around them? - The ones that aren’t going in the same direction as your future goals? - 2019 is fast approaching, who’s on your #Ateam?
7 Ways To Grow Exponentially On Your Entrepreneurial Journey: - 🦄) Honor all parts of the journey as necessary for your evolution; the ups, downs, highs and low’s. - 🦄) Don’t don’t do it alone. As they say, find your tribe. Find others you can support and who’ll be supportive to you, otherwise you’ll be crushed by the weight of this intense life choice that is entrepreneurship. - 🦄) Keep a clean house. Meaning, constantly audit yourself and the relationships around you. Entrepreneurship will teach you things about yourself you may not be ready to learn. Rise to that challenge. Face your demons & shadows in the process. - 🦄.) Do the work. Commit to heal the baggage. Choose expansion where you naturally may want to constrict. - 🦄.) Be of service. Always. In your offerings, in all you do. Add more than you subtract. Give more than you could ever take. - 🦄) Know your worth. Though this may seem like a contradiction to the last point, trust me, it’s not. Speak up for your needs. Recognize what your bring to the table and navigate accordingly. - 🦄.) Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries. They’re healthy and allow you to set clear guidelines on how you want to be treated, what you need in place to operate at peak performance, and offer you’re best to the world.
All our U.S. friends, don’t forget to hit the polls today. - THIS. IS. NOT. A. DRILL. - Also to all our A-teamers in Africa, we just posted A TON of fully funded opportunities and fellowships on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Go check them out! - You can find us @PlanAGlobal across all channels. - #LetsGo
A note from our founder @iamalishagolden inspired from the ups and downs of building an international startup community for women: - I wrote this piece months ago for @blavity as a response to the social media wars I was witnessing between two extremely successful women of color. In light of all that has happened and keeps happening, I’m called to finally share it here, to remind us that: - 1.)We do not live in a zero-sum universe. What’s for you, is only for you. - 2.) As people of color we have to be conscious of what we carry. Baggage from lived and inherited traumatic experiences. 3.) Let that consciousness bleed empathy for one another, as we are all trying to untangle and unlearn this toxic conditioning. - 4.) I’m team all of us. 💯 - I love you all soo much. - *link in bio*
With having just wrapped pitch day, #Startup #Week is has proved to be THE Game-Changer the female Startup community has been waiting for.🦄 : : More funding for women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams, means more successful ventures, period. You can check the stats on that one.💯 : : It also means more capital re-invested into homes, families, and in communities. I dare you to check those stats.😉 : : We’re incubating more than just entrepreneurs, we’re launching global healers poised to solve big problem issues like the skills and wage gap, and redesigning cities in a way that’s truly inclusive.✨ : : BIG Thanks to our amazing team of badass speakers and facilitators!!! If it wasn’t for them, none of this would be possible. 🙏🏾 #YouArePlanA
| •It •Takes• A •Village • | _ When we decided we were going to change the #startup game by pioneering an incubator and supporting curriculum that develops transformational entrepreneurs, social ventures, and entrepreneurial leaders through trauma resolution, we knew it would not come without it’s challenges. _ We did it anyway. #RealTalk, though- none of this would be possible without an amazing tribe of supporters who’ve pushed us every step of the way. _ So grateful to amazing friends like 🦄 @willxt opening up the vault and providing a plethora of #JohnsHopkins studies for us to use as a baseline for our approach, while we shake shit up. _ Oh did I mention it’s his Birthday today, join us in wishing him all the best + so much more in this new year. #PlanAMafia #ittakesavillage 🎉🎂🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈🎂🎉
“Don’t teach us how to dress, teach your sons how not to rape.” _ Had the greatest pleasure of witnessing the Sari March Against Gender-based violence the other day. One of the most beautiful displays of strength and grace I’ve ever seen. And the colors.😍 _ It showed me, courage doesn’t always roar, and strength isn’t always fire. Sometimes it whispers, and sometimes it’s water. _ And sometimes standing proudly in our femininity, even when it’s perpetually attacked, is the most valiant stance we can take. _ 📸 cred: @africangoldencat
Got a socially impactful idea you think is worth turning into a business? 💯 Have you started a social venture you want to take to scale? 💯 Perhaps you see something in your city you want to change, and think there’s got to be an entrepreneurial solution available. 💯 Are you in Durban, SA July 25-29? 💯 Or maybe you’re just curious of how to go from idea to execution? 💯 If you said, “yes, that’s me to any one ☝️ of these, the you don’t want to miss #StartUpWeek #Durban ........................... 💯 If you are a woman between the ages of 18-35 ☝️and you’re interested in testing your startup chops in an accelerated program that’ll walk you through the path from idea to strategic implementation, with a badass group of movers and shakers, then Startup Week is most definitely for you. 💯 ::You won’t want to miss this:: 💯 *Link to register in bio* #StartUpWeek #Durban #SUWDBN #SUW #YouArePlanA