Life, Love & Photography :: TED Talk :: What I Learned from Nelson Mandela by Boyd Varty

October 12, 2020

Today I’m writing to send a heartfelt THANK YOU for your encouragement and support throughout the years. Over ten years ago my journey as a full-time business owner and photographer began and for me it’s a dream come true.


As a young single mom, I often felt very alone and counted out. Yet looking back I see a village of people who helped us thrive. A kind word of encouragement, a listening ear, an opportunity to work together, believing despite the odds, holding space for us to blossom.


Writing this I ask us all, why not believe in possibility?


Possibility makes me want to jump for joy because possibility means there is a chance. A chance that we can live happy, hopeful, abundant lives filled with gratitude. Tapping into our hopes and dreams small action steps each day.


Just in being here we’re all miracles!


Years ago I watched an inspiring Ted Talk by Boyd Varty on the topic of Ubuntu which means “I am because of you”.


You are holding space for me to share my message as I hold space for you to share yours.


Boyd talks about the way South Africa can help promote change in a positive way.


“Our own well-being is deeply tied to the well-being of others.” Boyd Varty


He dedicates the talk to Nelson Mandela. Mandela who had spent 27 years in prison before becoming the president of South Africa said the gift of prison was that he had the opportunity to cultivate within himself what he most wanted for South Africa, peace, reconciliation and harmony.


I’m so inspired by this courages act and will continue to do the same too. Watering my inner garden with seeds of joy, peace, happy, healthy, vibrant, inclusive, prosperous thoughts.


Click here to check out Boyd Varty’s What I Learned from Nelson Mandela TED Talk.


Let’s treat ourselves with the utmost care, love and respect.


May this post inspire you to dream, to grow and to create in fabulously authentic ways. May we all deepen our sense of creativity, cultivate positive change, fulfillment and joy in our lives and take time to acknowledge all that we have to be thankful for! I truly appreciate your friendship, your continued support and generous referrals.


If you have any suggestions, questions or thoughts please call or email I truly look forward to hearing from you!


xo, Judith Rae

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