If you've ever wondered what it takes to turn your passion for something into a quest to live out an intentional life, you need to get a hold of this book so you can tap into the wisdom these 14 incredible women have laid out for readers. Reinvented Today chats with Takudzwa Chitsike, co-author of her new book "Reinvented & Victorious: The Anthology" - now available for download on Amazon Kindle here
RT: Tell us about yourself: name, location, and why you are reinvented?
TC: My name is Takudzwa Runyararo Chitsike from Harare, Zimbabwe. I am reinvented because I have learnt that God and prayer changes things. My life has transformed through the power of prayer. Not only is prayer about talking to God and asking for Him to fulfill your needs, but it is about being still and waiting for God to speak to you and give you the right path to follow. I am reinvented because I am listening as God speaks to me more.
RT: What has the journey of sharing your story been like for you? Why do you believe now was the right time to give people an inside peek into what has made you the woman you are today?
TC: The journey has been life changing. My father was a renowned author in Zimbabwe and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps. Now is the right time because I am coming into my own, understanding who I am and loving myself for who God made me to be. I recently became a mother and an awakening came from it that I have to be the best person I can be for my own sake as well as for my son to have a well-grounded mother to guide him through life.
RT: How relevant do you believe the message of combatting insecurity and pursuing an authentic existence is to today’ woman?
TC: This message is vital in our modern society. As African women we get caught up in stereotypes, patriarchal societal norms, and unrealistic expectations of us over and above the other day-to-day struggles we face. We need to learn to love ourselves and be our true and authentic selves in order to be good to everyone around us who need us. That means curbing insecurities and rising above who society wants us to be to suit their needs and be fine with who we are despite what anyone else thinks of us.
RT: You have now added the title of “Author” to you list of accomplishments, or perhaps you fall under the list of women who long began telling stories through written content. Talk to us about why you believe it’s important for the African woman to be at the forefront of sharing her story, given today’s competitive media space.
TC: Sharing a story can help someone who is going through a similar struggle overcome it, or simply invoke awareness of the power we possess within. Often times we question ourselves in situations, our intuition tells us one thing but confusion and self- doubt creep in and alter that inner voice within us.
Sharing a story is therapeutic for the writer too as putting pen to paper lifts a weight off of one’s shoulder. As African women many stories go untold for fear of being ostracized and stigmatized, but we are rich in knowledge and experience. Experience is the best teacher, so why not share what we know to create a richer society.
RT: How do you hope your story will impact the lives of the readers of “Reinvented & Victorious: The Anthology”?
If my story can inspire, teach or entertain even just one person, I will have achieved success. It’s not about what can be done for the masses, but for that one person who needs to hear my message at the time they read it.
To read Taku's chapter in Reinvented & Victorious: The Anthology, titled: "From passion for fashion to pushing for purpose" head on over to Amazon here to purchase your copy or download the Kindle App on your mobile phone or smart device and search for the book, now ready for you to read!