Why you should say YES to the most impactful year of your life – study in Sweden…

The name of this blog rests completely on the reason for starting the blog. This blog was initially intended to be a portal of information and keeping in touch while I studied in Sweden at the International Youth Initiative Program. It has since evolved into a space of connection, sharing and a place that others that have studied there come for comfort, joy or the reminder of times gone by.

Today I received an email which announced that applications for the 7th year of YIP are now open.

yip-apply-now (CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW —> DEADLINE 15th MAY 2014!)

It is only now (about 2 years since completing my year of study) that I see the invaluable experience that YIP was. Since YIP I have seen my dreams and wishes come to life. Since YIP I have re-discovered myself and the power that Didintle Ntsie possesses. I have felt so inspired that there was no other way to live life but to live it as I have always wanted to. YIP offered me the fertile ground to plant seeds, nurture the plants that grew and take the fruits from that plant and share them in the world.

YIP has been the catalyst to me finding the best version of myself (an ongoing expedition…)

YIP is the reason I forgive, it is the reason I understand people better, it is the reason I am able to accept, it is the reason I am able to remember that there is nothing (and I mean that) that can stand in the way of me reaching my goals, dreams and desired outcomes.

It made real to me the truths I had whispered in my ear since I was born, that “anything is possible”

(CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW —> DEADLINE 15th MAY 2014!)

Since YIP I have been an important part of a team that co-founded an amazing global citizen-driven initiative called 100in1day Cape Town, I have also finally plucked up the courage to birth an idea I have had for over 4 years, it has come to this earth as The Travelling Speech Bubble. I am now working in an organisation that is forward thinking and impactful in it’s work. I am where I should be, and there are no doubts in my mind.

Since YIP I have begun writing a short story.

All these things because YIP reminded me that I could and I can.

Take some time to think about the things you would like to achieve.

Take a moment to think about the YOU that YOU would like to become.

Take a moment and think about a wall of mirrors that are all there to show you something about yourself.

Take a moment to do this for yourself, in order to better share yourself with others.

I humbly, warmly, lovingly invite you to apply to participate in the most enlightening year of your life with other phenomenal beings from all over the world.

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My work ignites me!

Since I have started working at my new job (which doesn’t feel so new at times) I have been completely stimulated by the conversations, insights and knowledge that I have been encountering.

I can not begin to describe how overflowing my cup is at this very moment. I feel like a school-child learning new things every single day. I didn’t think it would be possible to feel this way about my work. And to think hat I get paid to be here makes me even happier.

Let’s just say that since I have started working here I am realising more and more the importance of cities and their huge potential to become hubs of inclusivity, productivity and creative engagement. (Please note that I am fully aware that these words do very little to describe the kind of vibrant city I am speaking on, but they are all I have for now)

Here is a little video I cam across which gives a little glimpse into the kind of work that has been done in the city of Medellin in Colombia. I am a HUGE fan of what has happened in that city and how it has come about. Some of you know that I have put a lot of love and energy into 100in1day Cape Town as I see this a potential new form that could solve a lot of current global and local issues. Glocal solution finder 🙂

This is what I love about what has happened in Medellin

Please click this link to access the video on the Monocle website

 

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Source of image – here

100in1day Cape Town – an urban tribe!

100in1day meetings always leave me feeling so energised. I feel like I step into my power in my fullest way. I have never had a single moment of doubt from the moment  I began working on the project (almost 6 months ago now! What?!)

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Even when seemingly impossible tasks and methods where brought into my path, I never allowed myself doubt, only a second to close my eyes a deep breathe and a healthy dose of panic followed by boldly & (I’m certainly not the smoothest person this world has encountered however I would like to hope and think I did so gracefully too) stepping forward and putting my hands, mind, heart (and often voice) to good use at every turn and waking hour. It all felt so good!

{I’m sorry I can’t remember who took this photo, all the people I could think of are too busy jumping in the image in question!}

This Monday (at the Call For Team Members event) was a repeat of that same experience.  Except this time it had been a long time since I last opened the “100in1day Cape Town box”. We opened it at It’s a house – photographed below, located in De Waterkant.

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I was quite nervous, but once again, the people begin to trickle in and we do our beginning exercise which I have now begun calling the 100in1day ritual! And then a game or 2 and then the presentation starts and then I feel like I’m home again, amongst my people, my tribe. A urban tribe consisting of people that are dreamers that do or would like to be more like the dreamers that do, people that live in Cape Town and are itching to help co-create a more liveable and loveable city, people that operate from a beautiful place that is fuelled by all kinds of wonderful notions, beliefs and experiences. The kind of people that are the reason and power behind 100in1day’s sheer epicness (this word had to be used here).

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This week we sat together in groups divided into the different organisational teams that brings a little working structure for 100in1day Cape Town. If you’re asking yourself what those are. Look no further than below here: (If you take a close look, you will notice that the Cape Town community is at the heart of the organisation and without that the structure lacks stability and simply doesn’t make sense! So the Cape Town community is crucial to the success and continuation of the initiative!)

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There is a variety of your skills and talents you can put to great use; equally there lies a potential to flex some non-existent or struggling muscles that need and want some exercise.

A fertile soil for growth.

Here are some images I took(I’m a beginner photographer, so beginner I couldn’t bring myself to graduate myself to an amateur photographer)

Want to see more images of what went down? Well then, click here for an album posted on the 100in1day Cape Town Facebook Page with some really beautiful images snapped up by the talented and amazing Miss Meghan Sinesipho Daniels of Ilizwe Photo club.

There is a lot of potential for out-of-this-world developments and collaborations to come to life, that excites me deeply. It’s very exciting to have new hands on deck!

Keep your eyes glued to the 100in1day Website and Twitter @100in1daycpt for a more detailed status update and how you can get involved.

If you would like to get involved simply email team@100in1day.co.za

Dear 100in1day Cape Town, thank you for stoking my fire and for allowing me to do what I do best – start and ignite mini fires within people and my surrounds.

With gratitude from @TheDidiness

A day of inspiration and lots and lots of talking

I never thought I would say this (and genuinely mean it) I actually got tired of hearing my own voice today. After a day spent with 20 young aspiring bloggers aged 12 to 17 over at the IkamvaYouth winter school program hosted at UCT upper campus. Speaking, explaining and keeping my eye on the naughty few. And then hosting a workshop where part of the task was yelling ” ONE HUNDREDDDDD”  as loud as I possibly could followed by a presentation where I spoke and spoke and spoke. I was pretty much done.

Typing here silently is somewhat of a holiday to be honest.

This is what went down at The Travelling Speech Bubble Blogging workshops:

With heaps of love @TheDidiness

Back on home soil…I’v always wanted to say that

The last couple of days have been a very slow arrival of my mind and spirit back to Cape Town. I always underestimate the time it takes to adjust to being back home. Travelling has become so easy and fast that I hold the belief that it takes quite some time for the rest of me to join me after my body has arrived somewhere.

It also surprises me how emotional coming home is. Even though it was a short 10 day trip (which was filled with activities which could be done over a month!), landing in Cape Town and seeing the mountain again makes me feel a deep dancing joy and pride (almost as though I sculpted the mountain myself!).

I am still in the process of unpacking my experience and have been doing some writing about some things I have come to realise about travelling. This will be shared soon.

Unpacked reflections

Unpacked reflections

There will also be a post where I post an “image of the day” for each of my days away and links to the posts I wrote on the day in question. I wanted to give you some time and space to breathe as I’m sure you will miss Liesbet! I’m trying to be sensitive here okay?

It feels good to be blogging here again, surprisingly strange but good.

A few minutes ago, I discovered this video. It made me so happy. I literally wanted to join these guys and dance. This reminds me, I need some fresh dance moves. But how busy was I before leaving that I totally missed this? I love South Africa.

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Love from @TheDidiness

11.06: BBE-fun with Hotspots, Elephants, Caves and an Ocean

Setting: I am sitting in a bar from a supercool hostel and I am surrounded by a group of surfers watching a soap, by drying wetsuits and surfboards. I have – if it were daytime and it were light – a spectacular view on the beach and the Indian Ocean (much warmer than the Atlantic at Capetown), and there is a nice bar where you can order cocktails, other drinks and even pizza. This is a lekker strandhostel! Really. I am in Jeffrey’s Bay, a surfer’s paradise. And I am wearing sandals and a T-shirt, there is a nice summerevening breeze (even it is winter here). What a difference with the two sweaters, the fireplace and the fleece I was wearing yesterday! This is also cosy, but in a different way.

Today. Breakfast at 7.30,

leaving at 8.30 right to a game lodge for one of the highlights of these week (ok, to be hones, everything I am doing this week is so cool, but this was one of the many I was really looking forward too).

Enjoy the pictures: during the 5 dag Garden Route Tour with Hotspots, I am now riding elephants in a scenic landscape (like you see it in the brochures and sites about South Africa: it is real :)), feeding elephants, photographing elephants, enjoying hippos …

Then we drove to the Cango Caves. In these caves you can go for a normal visit with an explanation of the chambers, stalactites etc, or the adventure tour where a guide leads you through some small caves where you have to crawl under, through, over, between the caves. You can guess two times what I choose :). The adventure tour was really cool. Some of the pictures give you an idea of the hight/width of the holes we had to go through.

After this thrilling experience (you lived the whole cave in a total other way, because you had to touch and feel and hold it where you could), we continued our roadtrip for a 3 hour drive from Oudtshoorn to Jeffrey’s Bay.

And yes, I cannot longer hide it: I am a landscape-addict, a mountain freak. When we are roadtripping, I try to enjoy and capture as much as possible of the beauty that Mother Nature gives us. It makes you feel so small when you see what grows and exists on the world.

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In Jeffreys’ Bay, we went for a lovely beachwalk by sunset before checking in in the wonderful HI-hostel “Island vibes”. This is a real surfers’ paradise, it is on the beach, you can rent wetsuits and boards and get surflessons.

The lovely crew (with the two Freddies and Ben) of this Hostel gave us a great tour through their little paradise, with view on the beach and the ocean. You really felt they like the surfers’ way of life and they are proud of the hostel. Thank you guys! I will be spending a wonderful night in your hostel!

P.s. This cool trip is made possible by the Big Blog Exhange and Hostelling South Africa. I really invite you to vite their page and to vote for me.

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– Enjoying my adventures with Hotspots2c? Just go to their website and choose the tour you’d like to do!

– I am staying in Island Vibe @ Jeffrey’s Bay: wooow!

Crazy, Busy, Beautiful!

This is the summary of my life these last few weeks. I have been privileged enough to be one of the co-founders or 100in1day Cape Town! A journey that has brought me even closer to my purpose and has reminded me what is possible when a group of dedicated people work together towards a common goal. I am utterly astounded by the power of citizen-driven, owned and powered initiatives. To me they are the key to a better way of working. This way every single one of us can work at making the places we live more wonderful places to live whilst working on the specific areas each individual or group most feels called to work on! Truly incredible. I also believe that the time of sitting back and waiting for solutions to come from exterior sources is long gone and we are now being invited to take action in building the kind of world we would love our grandchildren to live in.

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Here is a video of the festival of doing which took place on Saturday the 25th of May all over the city of Cape Town! It has to be mentioned that this video was shot, edited and showed on the same day! How Epic?

100IN1DAY, MAY 25TH, CAPE TOWN from Rune Toldam on Vimeo.

And here is a video interview on a popular local breakfast show here in South Africa (Expresso Breakfast Show). I was so sleepy and dazed in this interview. I had to be up at 4 am and it was also the day I went to apply for my visa for my trip to Belgium with The Big Blog Exchange and also the day I hosted my weekly blogging workshops in Makhaza with these lovely students who are part of IkamvaYouth.

If you are in Cape Town (or will be in the near future) and wanting to join the team, send me an email at didi@100in1day.co.za

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Love from @TheDidiness