It never ceases to amaze me how much time people waste searching for shortcuts to success and fulfillment, when the correct path is staring them right in the face. It’s hard, I know, it’s a lot of work; but the most important thing is to have passion.
From a very young age, I have always been business minded. Consequently, many businesses have passed my hands. I have tried everything within my reach, having found inspiration from the words of the Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson; “don’t stop until you lay your hands on your destined business”.
When I got married I would host mine and my husband’s families for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and all sorts. That led to my love of cooking, I simply loved good food. I would cook with pride and I enjoyed seeing the joy in people’s faces as they ate. The more compliments I was given, the more I strived to do better. People kept telling me I could do this for a living, but I wasn’t convinced; so, I continued to pray for the right business for me.
One thing I have learnt over the years is how important it is to surround yourself with “eagles”, people who aim high in life, who will motivate and encourage you. I was blessed to have found this trait in my pastors Mr and Mrs Samushonga; who encouraged me to go university.
I soon found myself in my last year of university, a divorcee and a single mother. Imagine!
While I was studying towards my degree; my marriage was on the rocks and eventually this led to a divorce. I soon found myself in my last year of university, a divorcee and a single mother. Imagine! On top of that, I had been struggling with the fact that I wasn’t passionate about the course I had invested all these years of study in. I now knew for sure that cooking was my passion. Thankfully, however, God saw me through it all and by His grace, I completed my studies.
I also thank God for my family and my dearest friends who supported me when my marriage was falling apart. They encouraged and stood by me when I had lost all hope, reminding me that there is hope in Christ.
At last, I decided to turn my passion into a career. I completed the relevant courses and got myself certified. I used Facebook to advertise my services and the response was overwhelming! My confidence began to grow as I really started to believe in myself. Around that time, I came across Chef Cyrus Todiwala, the award-winning pan-Indian restauranteur. I went on to read his biography which motivated me even further as I realised I could make it in the food industry.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” [Philippians 4:13] – This verse kept me going. The journey wasn’t easy, like with most businesses, I had some financial difficulties since I had to buy my own equipment. I had to make certain sacrifices, believing that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel.
As my career progresses, I aspire to influence women’s groups and various organisations through sharing my love and knowledge of meal preparation.
With passion, determination and most importantly God, you can be limitless MT