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Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! Isaiah 60.1

 

Your story does indeed shape your world. “Women are the glue that keeps the household together and we cannot afford to come unstuck. No matter how difficult things get, you never give up within yourself.” These were the words of my Mother, the woman upon whose shoulders I stand - especially as I share many of the principles and the wisdom she taught us in my own presentations. Even though we lived in an environment of uncertainty, insecurity and fear, she taught us strength and resilience.

My Father being a man of unpredictability and aggression; a man who didn’t take responsibility to keep a job and support the family, my Mother was the main breadwinner. My Father always seemed to be on the run and we were in an endless cycle of moving from city to city, losing what little we had. I slept on the floor, often hungry and after going to 13 schools from grade one to standard six, my Father sent me out to work to bring money back home. At 14, I worked as an apprentice hairdresser for two years but was fired when the hairdressing union discovered I was under age. No high school education and no other skills did I have, but a deep determination kept me focused. A boyfriend who I thought would be my ‘knight in shining armour’, who was anything but, funded me through secretarial college. How shocked I was when I realised that this knight’s armour was very rusty and in fact I was faced with his behaviour being exactly like that of my Father! I was fortunate to break off that relationship.

All the pain that I had buried over 21 years came out with full force as I was about to marry the man that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. But I found myself in a dark spiral of merely existing and contemplating a way out; it felt like fear was an enemy I would never overcome in my life. I had several visits to the doctors in the hope that they could tell me what was wrong with me. A specialist kindly told me I was in need of help - serious help. He gave me medication. I discovered you cannot medicate life’s issues away. The realities need to be faced.

A wonderful woman entered my life and showed me the love and mercy of God that I never knew existed. I learnt I had to forgive. I learnt that in life, ‘We win or we lose by the way that we choose!’ It was the turning point in my life. When you truly give your life back to God, He does make all things new - He can do what seems impossible for us. However, God is sovereign but we have a responsibility to do our part.

Some years later I was invited to a business opportunity meeting. I had no idea why I was going, since I had no education, no degrees and knew very little about business. I discovered that I didn’t need any of that because I was introduced to the wonderful world of direct selling and all I needed to succeed was a whole lot of determination and desire. A window to a new world was opened to me. I recalled the times when we were youngerand my Mother had a tin of Nivea cream. She used to say, “It doesn’t matter what we don’t have, you only have one skin.” We had to put Nivea on our skin every day. I remember thinking that one day there will come a time in my life when I will be able to afford any skin care product I choose. That seed of a thought returned a harvest of not only being able to choose any skin care range, but in 2010 we had the honour of becoming the new owners of a proudly South African direct selling health and beauty company. Annique Health and Beauty was started 43 years ago by Dr Annique Theron who discovered the remarkable benefits of the Rooibos herb. Our passion in Annique is to create life-changing opportunities everyday as we partner with our consultants to make them healthier, wealthier and more beautiful.

In 1999 I registered my own Company called Women Arise. I had met so many wonderful women on my journey but all too often saw them in the place that I had experienced in my own life. They had pools of potential but they had got stuck...stuck between the steps of where they started and where they wanted to go. People either change because of inspiration or desperation. My desire is to inspire and to intercept that hopeless feeling of desperation. I have been denied education, divorced, and desperate. I have also been inspired, blessed and overwhelmed at God’s goodness. I wrote the book, Standing Tall in a Falling World which is loaded with principles on how to find your purpose, regain your passion and become more productive. We are meant to live in abundance and not redundance, in every area of our life.

Standing Tall in a Falling World opened the way for me to speak to the inmates in some of our South African prisons. One thought is always at the forefront of my mind when I think of those visits: Those inmates might physically be behind bars, yet how many women are walking free, but are in prisons in their own mind, in their bodies, in their relationships - often prisons of their own making? These are the women I want to see truly free, in spirit, soul and body. You have the key. You just have to give yourself permission to be released. JESUS came to set the captives free. I am living proof of that.

I have been married to Ernest du Toit for 19 years. After all my disappointing relationship experiences we both learnt a fundamental lesson. Great relationships are not about finding the right person. It’s about being the right person and choosing to make the changes that are necessary to get the best out of your unity. Our four adult children have a great foundation, but life requires each one of us to create our own pathways, make quality choices and be the very best we can be. For after all, everyone gets the opportunity to create their own future.

I have found my purpose in life. I love encouraging people to live with greater purpose, passion and productivity. © It’s an honour to shape hearts, shift minds and share success © as I speak to audiences around the country. If I have been graced and blessed with success, substance and abundance - you can be too!

Angelique du Toit is a Co-Owner and Director of Annique Health & Beauty, a Conference Key-Note Speaker and Author of Standing Tall in a Falling World.

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