My name is Crystal Carelse and this is my story. I grew up in an underprivileged community and this was tough. My parents always motivated me and what always stuck with me is what my father said: “Don’t be a victim of circumstances but be a victor over circumstances” and that kept me going. After […]
MOT Women’s Month Feature: Julia Duminy
We up with another interesting interview with none other than our Country Director, Julia Duminy!
As mentioned in our previous article where we profiled MOT Coach and Coordinator, Christine Thomas, we will be profiling and interviewing our MOT women during Women’s Month and hearing their thoughts on what it takes to be a strong woman these days. Read her interview here
Let’s get right into it then!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Resilient. Kind. Loving
How do you conquer your fears?
I use the people around me (mentors, family, friends, colleagues) to lift me, empower me and motivate me to overcome my fears. They are all my guiding lights and where I draw my daily strength from.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Love spending time with my family or reading a good book.
Tell us a bit of your life right now?
A lot going on and tough to remain focused and positive. I wake up with an attitude of gratitude for each new day and new opportunity to move towards my goals.
For those who don’t know, with studying and a day job, how do you find balance in your life and how do you manage your time?
It is tough to create balance when it comes to family, career, and relationships. I always find that one will take preference and the others receive less attention. I give the attention where it’s needed the most at the time, but I do believe finding balance and peace is necessary and honestly, I am still figuring that out as I go along 😊
Who do you consider to be your hero or inspiration and why have you chosen this individual?
Trish van der Merwe; she is an ex MOT SA Board Member. She is strong in her faith, unapologetic about who she is and what she wants out of life. She is kind, loving, honest and sincere and I truly admire her and appreciate her advice and guidance. She always finds the good in others and focuses on strengths and this is what I admire the most and how she inspires me every day to be a better person.
What are you still hoping to accomplish in the next couple of years?
Activate the youth’s power to really make a change in our schools, colleges and in their communities.
Lastly, if you could leave one message of inspiration to all woman for this Women’s Month what would that message be?
No woman is an island. I too find it hard to lean on others and reach out when I need help. I would like to encourage all women to lean on one another and leverage off the relationships you already have to give you the boost you need to overcome your daily fears and challenges. We were blessed with family, friends and so many other wonderful people in our lives. They love us and care for us, let us help one another walk this journey, in good and bad times.