Here’s to the women who help make life beautiful.

Woman’s Month 2018 with Italtile comes with a little bit of a win!*

 

A bunch of corporates - immaculately groomed and silk-suited - file into a boardroom. In the few minutes before the meeting starts, there is a bit of hushed chat between the attendees.

Afterwards, two colleagues post mortem the meeting.

She: So what do you think of the new chairwoman?

He: Seems very together.

She: Did you know she’s divorced with three sons, all at high school? So she’s totally behind flexitime which is cool for us mums. And she teaches a yoga class every Sunday in the park near my ‘hood, so I think I’m gonna join.

He: ???

 

The E.I. of women.

Whether at a business meeting or a dinner party, while men talk about the rugby score, women can get to the heart of it all in just 5 minutes of conversation with each other. That’s EI. Emotional intelligence. Women are the hunter gatherers of the sweetness that nourishes families and feeds the soul of a nation.

 

“The woman who stands up for herself, stands up for all women” - Maya Angelou

And so it was all those years ago, on 9th August 1956, 20 000 women stood up, walked away from their homes and their workplaces, and marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, to present a petition against the pass laws for women to the then Prime Minister, J.G Strydom.

 

They were young and old, from all racial backgrounds, united to deliver the freedom of the city, of South Africa, to all women, forever. Some were heavily pregnant, some walked with their children - and their employers’ children - on their backs. There were housewives, workers and business women, led by Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophie Williams and Lilian Ngoyi. “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo” They waited, patiently, peacefully, for about an hour, for their petitions to be handed over. Lilian Ngoyi led them in song to keep their spirits up - “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo”, meaning “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” - now a reminder of their strength as the bedrock of their families and communities.

 

Then they went home, as quietly as they had arrived. No violence, no police incidents. Just powerful and dignified solidarity. Both sensible and sensitive. We reckon the world could do with a lot more of that feminine power. Pitch up, work like a boss, get the job done quietly and efficiently, go home, make sure everyone’s homework is done, pour a glass of wine and make a killer Coq au Vin. Literally and metaphorically.

 

Ladies, what do you do to ‘live beautifully’?

 

Mostly, women spend their lives ensuring that others “live beautifully”. Mostly, they don’t do nearly enough to bring a bit of beauty into their own lives. Right?

 

It’s not in the big things. It’s in the little things. Do you ever get to bracket your day with sunrise and sunset yoga? Or enjoy a delicious glass of rosé sparkles to fizz up a dull day? Treat yourself to an ice cream? Pack an overnight bag and take yourself on a girl’s retreat? Shut yourself in the bathroom for a quiet, solo soak? No? Why not?

 

*Win yourself a little bit of “live beautifully”.

 

This Women’s Month, we’d like you to tell us what you do - or would love to do - to “live beautifully”. (Recently, 90 per cent of women who answered a poll which asked: “What would you like for Mother’s Day”… said “to be left alone!”) email [email protected] to tell us your “live beautifully” life goals.

You could win yourself a luxurious “live beautifully” spa voucher to the value of

R 3 500.00. How beautiful is that?

{Competition closes on 15 October 2018, winner announced 25 October 2018}

 

We salute those wonderful, strong souls who compromise and sacrifice and reach their loving arms wide. We celebrate those women who sacrificed so much to move South Africa from where it was to where we are now. And we appreciate the work that continues to be done in the name of peace, equality, dignity and freedom.

 

For sisters, for families, for communities, for the country. We say Gangans. Kea Leboha. Enkosi. Ngiyabonga. Dankie. Ngiyathokoza. Ke A Leboga. Ndi A Livhuha. Ndza Khensa. Thank You. We live beautifully because of you. Finally, we’d like to sign off with a little bit of loveliness from the incredible Lupito Nyong’o: “You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion, for yourself and those around you.

That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul”. Allow yourself a bit of me-time this Woman’s Month.

 

Kick back and live beautifully.

You deserve it.

 

Email [email protected] to tell us your “live beautifully” life goals.

You could win yourself a luxurious “live beautifully” spa voucher to the value of

R 3 500.00. How beautiful is that?

{Competition closes on 15 October 2018, winner announced 25 October 2018}