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‘I don’t see a knife so im not a hostage.
I see someone beautiful in trap and has all the keys with her in the cage. It’s just to dark from the inside to find the key hole.
I will help you find the key hole on the outside. You need just give me the right key
I’m with you and I will see to it where you can’t hold on I’ll catch you.
If one rope breaks there is plenty more… we will get you out of this’
– An unexpected source
Blessed yet broken.
Makes broken look beautiful. Carries the world on her shoulders and makes it look like a pair of wings – Arianna Dancu
Those of you that follow me probably at one stage wondered why melacholymons was silent for two years. Just after I returned from France in 2014 my career took a turn and I found myself lending my hand to content and creative control of the corporate website. To cut all long stories short, I am now back in my home town of Cape Town, South Africa (SA), having studied and qualified in what I love, I am Monique at PR.
So what inspired to me set my fingers to the keyboard on a more private rather than professional note? For those of you that do not know the story, I am going to let you in.
Since a young age I have loved to write. The natural flow and order in chaos of the English language is fascinating to me, the delightfully daunting game of my OCD in words, the right fit, focus and the right feeling.
I completed my American High School Education through correspondence course in half of the 4 years assigned and was accepted with flying colours into the University of Cape Town (UCT) to study a Bachelor of Arts (BA): English, Media and Writing. Shortly after that I discovered that I could not begin study as SA did not recognise the SATs (US American High School Diploma). The way forward was an exemption certificate from Department of Home Affairs, to which I have applied 3 times and the government of our fair land being as it was/is, I have not yet received it 14 years later. Crushed as I was I enrolled in a Secretarial course and my life took a different turn.
I tell my fellow Capetonians now that I found myself in Kwazulu Natal.. When I was living in Cape Town I didn’t know who or what I was, 10 years I was in Durban and I went through hell for heaven’s sake. Through the avenues and gutters, victories and burdens, butterflies and sorrow, love and loss I battled, a quiet Friend alongside me guiding me to finding me.
From 2012 – 2015 I was running, albeit in the right direction. Studying an average of two courses per year, I qualified in Writing for the Web (SA Writers College), Web Design (Web Design Academy), Safe Work Practices (Chevron – qualified High Risk Permit Issuer and Harmful Gas Tester), Retailer – Service Station – Operation (Chevron), and lastly Public Relations (UCT‘s online division – GetSmarter.co.za).
God brought people in and out of my life, and few of them are in for life. Without these helpers I would not be the gift I am today.
Looking back I see the incredible power of God’s hand over my life. I have realised that if I had completed the BA I would not have been able to write like I do now. Up until last year I have not before felt the peace, closeness and constant protection and love I do when I get into that quiet place with Jesus. I am complete. What I sometimes liken it to is the feeling of being in the womb (I am guessing); complete, encompassing wholeness, peace and comfort.
I cannot wait to go home. This life is temporary, real life begin after this. But I know I have too much to do. There are too any people that need to feel this way, need to know this wholeness, this is what we are all searching for. Not religion, church, nor people, but that wholeness. If we all have this, we will all be complete, living in love, religion will be nonexistent, churches as they were supposed to be, mankind temples of the Holy Spirit, Jesus here on earth.
This is my philosophy, and this is what I have found. MELANCHOLY, the word I have felt a strange kinsman-ship to over the years. I found out why: with this love comes a deep burden of sorrow, pain of the others emptiness and wondering.
Monique means alone or wise councilor, this too is a wonderous and true introspection. I love to be alone, I love my own company. I spent so many years running, always trying to fill it with people. Yes, I still run, I have not yet arrived. I am a human being, not a godly being, and I will fall, but my peace comes from proof. The evidence is in the past. Each time I have thought there was no where to turn, His way is perfect, His plan is perfect. In little things, in big things. And to be alone with Him is a piece of paradise.
It is amazing to wake up everyday and know that you are walking in victory and you are doing what you love. The excitement is contagious. I write on a daily basis, I cook regularly for my job, just two of things God has given me that I love to do.
She made broken look beautiful, strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings – Ariana Dancu.
Jesus makes beautiful to perfection, invincible to everlasting. He makes my wings unfailing, my soul fly in the clouds – Monique van der Walt
Margaret Hirsch was recently at Cape Town TV (CTV) studios to do a pre-recording of a segment for a show called Women’s Talk on CTV – DTSV Channel 263, to talk about her journey to becoming a top Business Women in South Africa.
CTV channel provides opportunities for volunteers and interns who have video production skills to hone and develop their abilities in the exciting field of television production. It also provides opportunities for NGOs, community organisations, educational institutions, sports groups and government to produce programming in partnership with video producers in order to inform, entertain and educate the people of Cape Town.
Margaret Hirsch has been the recipient of 16 awards and to share the honour she has started her own awards programme, the Margaret Hirsch Women in Business Achiever Awards (MHWIBA). CTV Presenter Naomi Claasen listened attentively as Margaret outlined her humble beginnings, and the sheer will power that pushed her to the top, and the importance of recognizing and developing other women in business.
Tune in to DSTV channel 263 on Thursday 04 August 18:00 – 19:00!
A Hirsch/Nespresso weekend with customers coming from far and wide to take advantage of the in-store deals and promotions has just been held in branches around the country. To make the most of the event, Hirsch Milnerton recently had a fabulous new Nespresso stand installed and it made a perfect picture backdrop as customer stopped to listen and enjoy what was on offer.
A sample Nespresso was a welcome delight, and Hirsch customers who are accustomed to a little something extra, were spoiled for choice with cappuccino and chocolate muffins to compliment their hot drink. Another service-with-a-smile weekend at Hirsch’s, giving you something extra for nothing more!
In a series of country-wide Hirsch’s activations, Hirsch Milnerton were in-store at Food Lover’s Market in Sandown, Parklands to prepare, cook and serve a hot winter meal to Friday afternoon shoppers. While customers enjoyed a complimentary light meal by Team Hirsch, they completed their entries into the Hirsch competition where one lucky Fruit & Veg customer will win a Defy pressure cooker.
Hirsch’s is the largest independently-owned appliance retailer in South Africa, and is a family owned and operated by the Hirsch’s, who are very big on family, and that was the inspiration of the chicken dish made by Hirsch PRO Monique van der Walt. Monique used her mother’s Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe, adapting it to include more of the fantastic fresh produce available at Food Lover’s Market. The Hirsch trio, Monique and salespeople Fatima Garbier and Paul Alexander drew the attention of almost customer that ambled past with their shopping cart, telling them about the Hirsch’s, the competition, the pressure cooker and of course the delicious meal being cooked.
Lillian Moolley eagerly completed her entries while mom Meeghan Coetzee’s son and daughter politely asked if they could have some. As Annalize du Plooy filled in the form she commented, “I really need a new pressure cooker, how much are they in store?” Defy’s Lester Ellis told her about the special price on the cooker for the duration of the promotion which brought a smile to her face. The Family Sweet & Sour Chicken was a great success with many compliments and several recipe requests.
Join Hirsch Milnerton every Friday afternoon from 13:00 at Food Lovers Sandown, Parklands for more chances to enter to win, more family recipes, loyal prices, fresh winter flavours and service with a smile!