• 'It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years' – Abraham Lincoln
  • 'Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself' – John Dewey
  • 'If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you?
    Not much.'- Jim Rohn
  • 'Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go, they merely determine where you start' - Nido Quebein
  • 'I can’t change the direction of the wind but, I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination' – Jimmy Dean
  • 'What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail' – Robert H Schuller
  • ‘Don’t simply retire for something, have something to retire to’ – Harry Emerson Fosdick

10 Things to Do on Women’s Day

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AWAKEN YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE
Being born a woman is a gift from God in itself. To cherish and celebrate womanhood, the first and the foremost thing, which a women should dedicatedly do, is to thank God for bringing you in this world to make other's lives beautiful and acknowledge the fact that how special and important you are for your family.

FEEL CLOSE TO NATURE
On a day dedicated to woman, you can plan a date with nature by visiting a park, engage yourself in tree plantation, gardening and buy beautiful flowers to decorate your home.

READ A GOOD BOOK
Being so busy in life leaves no space for reading. Even reading a daily newspaper becomes unmanageable sometimes. So, ladies, on woman’s day, leave your mundane tasks for a while and pick up your favourite book, novel or magazine to satiate your desire of reading and boost your knowledge treasure.

WATCH A COOKERY SHOW
Even if you are a hardcore professional or a businesswoman, learning some new dishes is always a good thing. So, we suggest that watching cookery shows will enhance your expertise. Choose something new and cook up a storm to enjoy with your family around the table.

SHOPPING
Every woman loves shopping, not only for her but for the whole family. By shopping, you can buy house-hold products, your monthly groceries and apart from that, spoil yourself by buying that pair of jeans that you have been eyeing, or a bottle of your favourite perfume.

PAMPER YOURSELF IN A SPA
After tiring but exciting shopping you should head towards a luxurious pampering treat where you can wipe away all your tiredness and enter into a relaxing rejuvenating pleasure. And why not take advantage of all the discounts which come on Women’s Day. If you are a fitness freak, hit the gym or do some exercises that relax you.

SMARTEN UP
When you mentally feel calm and peaceful, then you naturally look beautiful. Give yourself a new makeover and a new hair cut to change your look. It will make you feel younger as well as happier. And it will make you more confident for sure.

MEET UP WITH THE GIRLS
Hectic work schedules and demanding pressures totally block your social lives and you often feel alone and miss your best pals. Just getting updates on social networking sites, is not enough always. So, what are you waiting for? Take some time out to meet up with your old and long lost friends over lunch.

ENJOY YOUR OWN SPACE
Last but not least, whether you enjoy dancing, singing, sleeping, playing or whatever, you must treat yourself by enjoying your own space. You can also utilize this day by finishing your pending tasks and relax knowing they have been accomplished.

TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY
For most women, family always comes first. Women give utmost priority to their families without any compromise. But again, urban lifestyles and erratic working hours leave no time for family-bonding. So, on this day make sure to spend quality time with your family to make your relation more strong and healthy.

 

Are Women better at controlling finances?

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By Grace Van Zyl

Looking back on my childhood, I remember how my mom ran our household on a very limited budget. We were always clothed, warm and fed ‘how on earth did she manage that?’ I have come to the realisation that my childhood was not unique, more than that I have come to realise that Women are naturals at managing money. Based on this, one would assume that all women are experts at planning their personal financial matters.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and although more and more women are taking control of their household finances, most women still rely on their father or husband for financial security and freedom. If you do not decide on your own financial future, someone else will and they may not have much planned for you.

A personal financial plan is key to leading the life you envision as well as be in control of your financial decisions.

Here are a few steps you can follow to develop your financial plan:

- Fully understand your financial needs: What is your income, expenses and level of debt. How much are you saving and do you have a ‘rainy day’ fund?
- You are your most valuable asset! How would your family be affected if something were to happen to you? Do you have adequate medical and life insurance?
- What are your financial life goals and by when do you want to achieve these? How much and how should you be saving for these?
- Employ the services of a professional Financial Planner to help develop an investment strategy tailor made to your circumstances.

Finally, take control of your life, finances and goals. You are worth it, and you owe it to yourself.                                                                                                                                                              

AUGUST, ORGAN DONOR MONTH - Proud to be an organ donor!

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Written by: Samantha Nicholls, Executive Director of Organ Donor Foundation

In the last 18 months, the Organ Donor Foundation has seen a tremendous increase of organ donor registrations. We are excited to announce that more and more South Africans are registering as organ donors. We are also excited that increased awareness activity from the media, has not only translated to more organ donor registrations but more significantly has translated to an increase in organ referral queries throughout South Africa and specifically from areas which have not been active in the past.

This Organ Donor Month, we are looking forward to celebrating the fact that more South Africans will become proud registered organ donors. It has become so easy to register – anyone can do it instantly. The proof is 90% of all organ donors register via electronic media. It is essential that this opportunity must grow in momentum now.

We are extremely grateful for support from the media who have joined the ODF in the last 12 months in driving organ donor awareness and we want to invite an increased focus this Organ Donor Month from the media to keep this momentum going.

The involvement of the media has already proved this year to have a tremendous social impact. We as the Foundation can see the remarkable increase of telephone calls to our office and after hours for potential organ referrals. The impact of the media will undoubtabley register more organ donors but most of all, play a huge part in helping all those individuals who have never had an opportunity to receive an organ transplant.

Organ Donor Month is the time all South Africans can once again stand together and encourage each other to register as proud organ donors.

In Organ Donor Month, the press and media can proudly continue our focused drive by assisting the ODF to motivate the public to simply sign on as organ donors.  Our key message this Organ Donor Month is “Proud to be an organ donor”. Extensive research has shown that being a proud organ donor gives people an opportunity to take ownership and empowerment of something positive.

Remember it’s easy to register and it costs nothing. We can see instant results of registrations online and you will play a game-changing part in leading South Africans to feel proud to be organ donors too.

For further information, please contact the Organ Donor Foundation:

Cape Town Head office:
Samantha Nicholls, Executive Director on (021) 426 0198 or 084 741 9484 or email samantha@odf.org.za (English interviews)
Jooste Vermeulen, Director of Communications on 076 897 2021 or email jooste@odf.org.za (Afrikaans interviews)

Gillian Walker, National Liaison officer, 071 071 4425 or email gillian@odf.org.za
Visit the Organ Donor Foundation website at www.odf.org.za or call Toll Free: 0800 22 66 11 to register.  
You will receive an information pack with an organ donor card and stickers. Most importantly, we ask you to discuss your decision with your family.

Ask them to please “SAY YES” to organ donation.                

                                                                                                                                   

Aspire gives back on Mandela Day 2015

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By: Nadine Guisti-Oberholzer

If you drive around at 11 o'clock at night you will find so many homeless people, including small children and older people sleeping under open sky even without a single blanket in this cold winter. We unfortunately cannot change the nature hereof but we can definitely give a helping hand to those in desperate need of help. We purchased 20 budget blankets from West Pack Lifestyle, of which R2 per blanket was donated to the SPCA.

On Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of July, Aspire’s staff excitedly took part in random acts of kindness in honor of Mandela Day. We handed out blankets to the homeless in and around our local community.

The people who received the blankets were so thankful and not only cold and hungry for materials things, but for company. A moment of our time just to greet, listen and offer a smile warmed their hearts more than the blanket. In the few moments shared with each person, we heard of how they became homeless, what career they had, what awful tragedies they had experienced that caused their disability.

It is only after stepping out of one’s own comfort zone that we realize how blessed we are and appreciate all we have.

 

   

A special thank you those clients for donations of clothes and shoes, which were donated to Mooipoort Herlewings Sentrum.

If you would like to purchase budget blankets this winter for loved ones or your pets, please consider doing so at West Pack,
which allows you to support the SPCA at the same time.

  

 

Aspire Wealth Client Survey

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Thank you to all our clients who took part in our recent survey. Your input and comments are appreciated and important for us to continually improve our service offering to you.  Over the next few weeks you will notice some changes and that we will be reminding you of all the services we offer. Thank you to our clients who have referred and continue to refer clients to us, we truly appreciate this. It is through your continued support that we are able to grow Aspire Wealth from strength to strength.

The Aspire Team.

 

WINNER - "How much is enough?" Competition

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Congratulations to our “How Much is Enough?” Competition Winner

DEBBIE BALETA

Thank you to all valued clients that entered. Your support is always very much appreciated.  

 

 

 

  

Quick & Easy Pastas

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Pasta Recipes that every Woman will enjoy!

Pasta Alla Vodka

Serves: 6 people

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
1 pound Pasta
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped Finely
2 cloves (to 3 Cloves) Garlic, Chopped
3/4 cups (to 1 Cup) Vodka
1 can (About 14 Oz.) Tomato Puree
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 teaspoon (to 1/2 Teaspoon) Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preparation Instructions
Cook pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. When butter is melted, add in chopped onion and garlic.
Stir and allow to cook for two minutes. Pour in vodka. Stir and cook for three minutes. Add in tomato puree and stir.
Reduce heat to low and stir in cream. Allow to simmer, being careful not to overheat.
Stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water in case sauce is too thick.
Add cooked pasta to the sauce, tossing to combine. Splash in a little water if it needs it. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
Pour mixture into large serving bowl. Garnish with more Parmesan cheese.
Eat it out of the serving bowl. Faint. Repeat as needed.

Shrimp Scampi

Serves: 6 people

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced
4 cloves Garlic Cloves, Minced Or Pressed
1 pound Large Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined
1/2 cup White Wine
2 whole Lemons
4 dashes Hot Sauce (I Used Tabasco; More To Taste)
Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
8 ounces, weight Angel Hair Pasta
Chopped Fresh Basil To Taste
Chopped Fresh Parsley, To Taste
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preparation Instructions
Boil water for pasta; have it ready.
Heat olive oil and melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Add onions and garlic and cook for two or three minutes, or until onions are translucent.
Add shrimp, then stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Squeeze in lemon juice.
Add wine, butter, salt and pepper, and hot sauce. Stir and reduce heat to low.
Throw angel hair pasta into the boiling water. Cook until just done/al dente.
Drain, reserving a cup or two of the pasta water.
Remove skillet from heat. Add pasta and toss, adding a splash of pasta water if it needs to be thinned.
Taste for seasonings, adding salt and pepper if needed.
Top with grated Parmesan and minced parsley and serve immediately.

 

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