Amy-Rae Rispel is a 29-year-old woman born and bred in Cape Town.
She is the mom of one adorable little girl, a natural hair enthusiast and a proud feminist. Family is her sanctuary; the sea is where she finds her peace and coffee/wine with a good book gives her immeasurable joy. She loves her feminine power and being a woman.
Growing up, she was always curious and forward. She wanted to know everything and understand why people do what they do so that she could help make the world a better place. Naturally, it made sense for her to become a journalist because she’s obsessed with reading and an empath. And so now, day to day she works behind the scenes as a producer for the Lunchtime show at CapeTalk Radio station. It’s a job she loves tremendously because she learns something new every single day, it keeps her on her toes and introduces her to gifted people doing astounding things.
Amy gets a massive thrill from using the connections and skills she’s made to improve someone’s life for the better. The conversations on air are meant to encourage, energise and to inspire.
“The future excites me. More and more young black women are buckling in and changing their destinies. They are smashing glass ceilings, travelling abroad all on their own, choosing their own happiness and uncovering a path less travelled for the eager children watching their every move. It makes me proud because we are not taking the sacrifices that our mothers and grandmothers made (for us to have these choices and options) for granted. We’re doing the most and more. I suppose that’s why I strongly believe every woman should experience making her own money and having a career because independence is liberating, powerful and transformative. It changes you. This is what our forefathers wanted us to have. Freedom. Peace. Choice.”
What she wants young women to know:
- Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s – you don’t know what help they’ve had along the way or the personal struggles they’ve had to overcome to be where they are. One can feel envious upon seeing all the trappings of success but what we don’t see are all the sacrifices made like working every single public holiday for a year or missing an important family event to write an exam. Success demands sacrifice and hustle.
- Discover/experience/try something new at least once in life because it will broaden your horizon and perhaps give you a new understanding of others. New experiences = is a new life lesson to be learnt.
- Be as well-read as you possibly can – follow people that have a different view to you and read their articles and opinion pieces (so that you can have an empathic view on their experiences but also be more balanced in your debates), read books in all sorts of different genres, read the news from all sources across the globe, read autobiographies of celebrities, presidents, historical figures and when you think you’ve read enough, go and read children’s stories. Reading in my experience is the key to unlocking a well-developed understanding character.
- Approach someone older you admire [and of course trust implicitly] and ask for mentorship. If they agree, you’ll receive invaluable advice on your career, life choices, financial literacy, relationships tips and guidance at no cost from someone older and wiser. This could save you from making unnecessary and costly mistakes due to lack of knowledge.
- Your dreams are valid – however small and insignificant they may seem. Go on and slay them all but then make a new list once you’ve reached your target.
Amy’s Favourite Quote:
“This too shall pass”
For women who juggle multiple priorities, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all that is on your plate but if you centre yourself, live in the moment and accept that this challenge or disappointment you’re dealing with won’t matter in a year from now, then we could conquer anything. This crisis can only last for an x amount of time and then people move on. Dust yourself off and try again.
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