DARE TO CHANGE
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My mission is to offer information that will empower you to change into a more capable, more resourceful, and wiser person. Live an easier and happier life.
Dare to change…
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Hi there, I’m Miemie
I did not know what I wanted to “be” when I was young. Although I knew I did not want to be a teacher, I found myself “being” a mathematics teacher shortly after. Surprisingly enough I really enjoyed “being” a teacher. I liked that I could challenge kids to leasrn and discover new things. After 10 years of being a teacher I knew there were more to learn and even more interesting things to teach.
So, I studied and finished an honours and master’s degree in psychology. It has always been an amazing field. I found humans and human interaction fascinating. I spent 20 years being a psychologist in private practice. What a learning curve that was! I worked mostly with traumatized adults and kids and found it immensely satisfying to see people being empowered and to see them change. To change was truly brave!
When my kids left home, we bought a farm, and I became a farmer. It was a new and exciting field for me and a welcome reprieve from the sombre situations that my trauma clients experienced. I farmed for 10 years. I loved the cattle, goats, chicks, lavender fields, and the rustic guesthouse we had. However, five years after my husband passed away, I returned to psychology.
This time it was academics. I researched and developed new modules for the University of South Africa (Unisa). I learned about online teaching and developing online learning courses.
Then I went back to teaching. I taught mathematics at a school for blind and partially sighted kids. They taught me so much about resilience and hope.
I had to be a teacher, a mom, a wife, a psychologist, and a farmer to realize that all I need to “be” is myself. Therefore, I can now honestly say: Dare to change!
Dare to be nothing more or less than your true self!