Daily Motivation: Their opinions don’t define you

~Their opinions do not define you~
Never give up on what you believe in, simply because ‘they’ are telling you that you can’t do it, or you are not good enough. Remember that  the person with BIG DREAMS is more powerful that the one with all the facts. If you believe you can do it, then you can do it.














author:Eve Bodirwa


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Whenever you meet obstacles on your journey, do not let them distract you. Keep your focus and always be optimistic because a negative mind will never get you a positive life.Obstacles will always be there but be the kind of woman who stands firm against all odds.


Author: Eve Bodirwa



Lights, Camera, Capture. 

Photography is one form of art that is really amazing and the most precious and fun part  about photography is capturing special moments with your loved ones. You can go anywhere around the world at this moment in time, you will find people taking pictures just to capture moments. Now we have people who are really passionate about taking pictures and make it a point to help others celebrate their special days.

In this article we feature South Africa’s very own female photographer and fine artist Leigh Skinner-Tebbut. She is an inspiration to many  upcoming photographers.Based in the Cape and lives her life surrounded by creativity every single day, she has been in the creative industry for quite some time.Let’s get to know her.

Question: Who is leigh, where is she based and what does she love?

Answer: I am Leigh Skinner , i live and work in East London and the Eastern Cape area . i love to travel when i can , i have brought up my 3 sons with much passion and enjoyed each moment and i love my Art and Photography , it is my life .

Q: Take us through your normal daily routine.

A: A typical day starts with an early wake up as i love to see the dawn break and hear the birds wake up , then i go to gym and thereafter begins work which can be seeing , clients, editing , shooting ,Travelling, paperwork or on a  good day, painting .

i fetch my school going son in the afternoon and take him to his music lessons or other and continue working inbetween . Some days i teach one on one , a basic photography course . Evenings is  time with my sons and cooking and chatting . Later i often get stuck into some editing when the house is quiet, and end off catching up with social media and some reading .

Q: Do you have any formal training relating to photography or the Arts?

 A: I attended the Port Elizabeth technikon many years ago but did not complete the three years Art course . I then trained under the head of the faculty privately for three years ,  many years later whilst raising my son’s . I have attended short courses to become digitally compatible with photography and general computer literacy .

Q: So you are a photographer and a fine artist?

A: Yes i am a Professional Photographer and a Fine Artist and work mainly in oils and mixed media .

Q: What  do you photograph?

A: I am very diverse in my Photography and cover Wedding Photography , Portraits, Fashion, Lifestyle . Architecture and Decor. all with a creative and documentary approach .

Q: What is your subject matter, in your paintings?

A: I was primarily a contemporary Landscape Painter but i have journeyed into the area of people and life and in a very instinctive and modern style , inclusive of bright exciting hues and many stories within stories , very much influenced by the imagery i see in my Photography work .

Q: Who  are your influences, any old masters perhaps?

A: One of my favourite Masters and one that influenced me hugely is Turner and Constable , Modern painters that influenced me are David Hockney , Dieter Roth and Jasper Johns amongst others .

Q: When was your big break in the industry?

A: I have been through phases , I painted very successfully and sold Internationally  before i was diagnosed and treated for cancer in 2009 , a series of events led to my taking a sabbatical until last year when i started painting again . Photography for me has been a 5 year process of hard work and building up a reputation and clients .

Q: You work with people a lot, how do you handle  difficult clients?

A:  I am a very easy going person and it is rare that difficult clients upset me , i tend to see it as a challenge to overcome their bad humour and win them over .

Q: What makes you tick?

A: Life makes me tick , inclusive of my three beautiful sons, my creativity and beauty surrounding us .

Q: What Advice would you give to an aspiring photographer or fine artist?

A: The advice i would give is be humble , work really hard and consistently , keep learning and you will succeed .

Author:Eve Bodirwa



When you go through life doing the same thing every single day you sort of get to a point where you get tired and exhausted and feel trapped. What I have learnt  so far is that even if you are doing the same thing, why not spice it up a little bit and make it fun.

It can be very stressful to not know how to have fun while working. The best thing you can do for yourself is to try and do things differently and improvise just to add a bit of spark in what you do.

As a creative, I have been having this huge problem of thinking that there is only one way of doing something and I would always do the same routine and wondered why I wasn’t getting excited but rather exhausted and drained. I then figured out that the hinderence was in following the same protocol until I allowed myself to delve into this new  sphere of life where everything is spontaneous. This new world is so fun and I get to do things my own way but with a twist everytime.

I was so afraid to showcase my creativity to the world until I decided to take a leap of faith and experience life.

The idea and whole purpose is to just have fun and be content with you are without getting off the road you were destined to travel on.

Try  being spontaneous and be free spirited and experience a surrealistic type of life where anything is possible and dreams come true. Imagine yourself in the universe Space, just flowing in the sky with no gravitational force. Let yourself go, and those creative ideas will just flow and you will become that awesome woman you aspire to be.

Author:Eve Bodirwa


How to Have that LADYBOSS hustle

Dearie, please believe in yourself, your prayers and your hustle. You need to understand that most  successful ladies are  where they are today simply because they believed in themselves and  they never let anything discourage them. The thing with a woman who is embarking on ‘the journey’ to success, but seems not to be progressing is that you contradict yourself by doing things that have nothing to do with your goals. Come on you smart woman,see, giving up is not an option. You need to grind and hustle until you reach your destination.

Now you need to have that Girlboss/ladyboss hustle where nothing can stop you  from reaching your dreams and  when you are driven by that type of spirit coupled with determination and passsion you will ultimately accomplish your mission and goals.  A ladyboss is that awesome woman who is determined to embark on a journey less travelled because she is driven by passion and she knows what she wants.


You need to be set-apart  and be that one of a kind type of woman. Be out of reach especially to  controvertial issues that have nothing to do with your journey or mainly issues that will not help you grow to become the woman you ultimately want to become. Never focus on set-backs because   the comeback is always stronger than that, so when you face challenges and difficulties stay strong and know that your hardwork will eventually pay off.


You must also be smart enough to know when to let go because in life, there are some things that just won’t work no matter how much  effort you put into it, so stop watering dead plants because you will just be wasting your energy.Darling take a moment and do some self-reflection in order to find out why you do the things you do, and if it is beneficial to you  and that will help you correct your mistakes and better yourself.

OH awesome woman! hustle hard, go out there and get things done with that Girlboss/ladyboss hustle. I promise you the universe will respond  positively.

Author: Eve Bodirwa



​|Netsa Lemma’s artistic  journey through South Africa, New York City & East Africa|

Women are truely doing amazing things all over the world by following their true passions which sets their souls on fire. It is such an honor to be acquianted to this free spirited  and creative woman, Netsa Lemma. A humble & out going  phillanthropist in her own right. She is a mentor,a sister and a daughter to Africa’s renowned Fine artist Dr Lemma Guya who invented the lemmism art technique.

She lives in the largest City in the US, NEW YORK which is known for its breath taking sky skrapers and ofcourse the fast paced urban/modern lifestyle. I believe it is every young artist’s dream to be able to travel around the world doing what you love. Netsa is an inspiration to a lot of  female artists and her life is proof that every dream is valid and authenticity and being true to yourself  will definately take you places.

She is  a regular traveller therefore she  Co-founded  the Lemmism Ethiopian Art, which is located in Debre Ziet Ethiopia in East Africa. The lemmism project aims to train domestic and international people in the arts and it also focusses on economic and cultural development. Some of her work are found in  numerous private collections in South Africa, Ethiopia and New York.

Let me take you through an awesome moment with the NEW YORK based artist Netsa Lemma through this interview.


Oh darling thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. Can you tell us when did Netsa start painting?

Well, I started painting at the age of five and my work has been featured in many exhibitions including the United Nations in New  York.


What/who influenced you to pursue art as a career?

Well my father because he is an artist himself but I have always loved old masters paintings particularly work by Picasso, Henri Matisse  and Vincent Van Gogh.

Photo: Dr Lemma guya in his studio

How would you describe your style?

Uhm, I would describe my style as Post-Abstract Realism.


Do you have formal education relating to art/fine art?

Yes, I actually hold degrees in Fine Art and Psychology.

photo: Netsa Lemma with South African Minister of Arts & Culture Min Nathi Mthethwa.


What topics do you focus on in your art creation?

I particularly deal with strong universal topics such as, Life, Religion, Science, Breast cancer, HIV/AIDS  and cultural issues


How much did your most expensive painting sell for?

The painting is titled ‘When justice fails’ and it was sold for  $ 50 000.

photo: When justice fails painting, oil on canvas

When and where was your most recent exhibition?

My recent exhibition was held at Oromia Cultural Centre at Addis Ababa In East Africa.

Photo: Netsa Lemma with Former secretaries general Kofi Annan (United Nations)


Can you take us through your art process.Which medium do you use?


I  use oil paint and I paint on three different surfaces which are, hardboard, stretched canvas and my fathers awesome invention, goat skin. 

Photo: Title: Minister of Arts & Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa (South Africa). Oil on goatskin


What advice do you have for our reader?


Follow your heart and work hard.

Netsa also added that she loves puppies and dogs  and she adores children.She has facilitated several childrens art workshops  in Africa and the United States.

photo:Netsa Lemma with her cute dogs(South Africa)

More pictures of Netsa in the United states.

photo: Netsa Lemma with her best friend(South Africa)

Author: Eve Bodirwa


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​”Once you become fearless,life becomes limitless.

The perks of doing what you love are obviously pretty awesome because you get to set your schedule the way it suits you. This is usually where people get tested on the most crucial components such as consistancy, commitment, responsibility and others alike. I’d like to think that all of these components co-relate and you need to pertain almost all of them in order to be successful in your endevours.

Today I would like to encourage that person who feels like they want to help someone or even change the world or want to take on a new adventure of exploring their talents. Do you feel like you are ready to  experience the unknown world where you are free to express your inner thoughts and showcase your skills?.Everything is possible but you first need to believe it in your heart. Tell yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to.


The power is in writing down all your dreams and affirmations in your journal. We cannot remember everything we  think about and that is why we constantly need to jot down our thoughts in a place where we can go to get reference and remind ourselves. That is what a journal or diary is meant for  and anyone who has dreams and goals needs to have it. Also remember that if you want to succeed  you shouldn’t worry about what others are doing, rather stay focussed on your own vision and another important issue is that ideas only, will not take you anywhere but think about making those ideas happen.

“As you go on your journey always remember that greatness is not found in possessions,power,position or prestige.It is discovered in goodness,humility, service and character”. This quote means a lot to me, as someone who strongly believes in serving humanity because at the end of the day it’s all about  being content in knowing that you have made a difference in someone else’s life. This just reminds me of an extract I came across while reading through a certain blog. The powerful words that actually touched me from the specific extract  were…” You may not change the world, but you will bring a smile to the whole world of an individual.


Never ever think that your ideas or dreams are invalid. There is a reason why that thought came to you.The universe chose you, and God appointed you to perform and pursue that purpose. Why do you think you are alive?, It is simply because you are valuable and the world needs you. Never let fear overwhelm you or overpower you. You are powerful than you think. You are capable of doing amazing things and you need to give yourself time to consult with the higher power, in the spiritual realm to guide you and reveal to you and make you aware of what your purpose is in life.

Author: Eve Bodirwa

Always motivate yourself to do better.Be the best version of you. Do what you are passionate about and fulifill your purpose in life.