Let me tell you about my friend @mpakie
When she moved to New York three years ago, she had all the hopes and dreams of anyone moving to the Big Apple. She took hope, filled it in her bag and stuffed it in her heart.
Her mom came over and helped her find furniture and went back home. New York was exactly what she imagined.
Three months later, she went on a weekend away in the Caribbean if I am not mistaken. It was a great weekend. Little did she know that on her return she would find her apartment burnt to the ground. She had no place in a foreign city.
Her dreams were literally in flames. She had spent all that money on her furniture already. All she had were the clothes on her back and the little weekend bag. Add to that an insurance company that was trying to find all sorts of reasons to pay out as little as possible.
Like anyone, she questioned if this was a sign that she had made the wrong decision. Maybe she shouldn't have left. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
It was in time for December holidays and her employers gave her time to see her family back in SA. She got her strength back and started from scratch again. Went back to New York. Rebuilt. Remembered why she had gone there in the first place. No one said it would be easy. She knew that.
Three years later she is flourishing in the Big Apple, building brands. She is a fully fledged Xhosa New Yorker now 😄. Many would have just given up. She didn't. Salute my friend and keep on keeping up and inspiring.