UNIQUE and UNIQUE

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Hey are you Tshepho or Tshephiso? Which one are you? Where is your twin sister? Often these are the questions we get when we bump into someone when anyone of us is running errands on their own. Do we have to be together all the time, as twins we thought we would be used to these questions but it is not all that. People often forget that we are more than just twins but two individuals.

IMG-20170527-WA0011[1]The world is fascinated by twins and people often wish they could switch places just for a day and experience a day in twinhood. When people meet us for the first time and realise that we are twins, it arouses a lot of questions, who is the oldest? Do you enjoy being twins? Do you ever fight? The list is endless but the most frustrating question is what would you do if one of you passes on? Senseless!!

When we came to realise in our teen years that the most common asked questions was who is the oldest, we pleaded with our parents not to reveal the information to us. This was to help create individualism among us and avoid twin rivalry, to look at ourselves as individuals rather than as a set of twins. No matter what theory you bring in to tell who is the oldest or youngest, we don’t buy it, never had never will.

“You guys need to find your individualism.” (Like some friends would say) Finding our own individualism was never an easy path. Like the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover, before start making assumptions it is okay to get to know the real us. Yes we have a great bond, you know  we spent our first nine months cramped up in a “small apartment” you can’t get any closer than that. Our bond shouldn’t block people from getting to know us.

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Not always do I look at myself as a twin, I know I am different from my sister. My character, personality and preferences are different form hers. Finding my own individuality has never been easy because there are moments where twinship has to be nurtured. Not thinking for yourself alone, and again some actions are natural, sometimes acting in the same manner and talking at the same time. We have grown to understand that we are two unique individuals, so should other people. -Tshephiso-

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In many cases we are looked at and addressed as one, in the past when having group discussion the coordinator would say “only one speak for the both of you.” Like hello! We are two individuals with different opinions, why exclude the other. We often get mixed up, even by the system hahah, funny right???!!! As much as we love being twins we would also love to be addressed as singletons, our sense of style, characters are totally different. What makes it hard to maintain our individualism is the people around us that continue to address us as one, like say when my sister gets an invite automatically I got it! “You know, she knows.” What they often say but that shouldn’t be the case. -Tshepho-

We get to be addressed as a collective unit a lot, funny enough each one of us as “half of a twin unit” and not individuals. Okay fine, we have come to embrace that, we are Dithebe twins, FACT! Nonetheless People still need to understand that we are two individuals, we are not obsessed with twinship. We are Tshepho and Tshephiso, two unique individuals.

From early childhood, individualism has been encouraged among us we have been apart for most of the time and had separate friends, and from grade one to seven we were in different classes, one of us was in the morning session and the other in the afternoon. What made finding our individualism difficult growing up was that most our mates in secondary school did not call us by our names but rather by our last name, Dithebe or twin one and twin two. Our social studies teacher even called us Mickeys and the name got stuck with us and we still get to be called by it. Having traveled separately and spent two years apart from one another in different countries has helped us develop our individuality. We are UNIQUE and UNIQUE.

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WOMEN POWER

Women Empowering Women:  The encouragement and empowerment of women is an effective tool for the development of the society.

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From woman to woman, acknowledging your colleague’s work can help them become better versions of themselves. We are all created differently and each and every one of us has something unique to bring to the table. Nothing paints my soul than seeing women smiling and complimenting one another, coming together as one and help ignite the little spark in each other, lighting it up and letting it shine is the world best thing a woman can do for another.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live in unity. (Psalms 133:1) Working with these women is an honour; their commitment and dedication to their work bring nothing but smiles and hope for a better future, a great example to  our future generation. Our uniform reflects unity, commitment and good communication, we take PRIDE in that.  A beautiful team of ladies made up of 4 women from Malawi, (Rejoice, Liz, Esmie & Hannah), 3 from South Africa (Denga, Pamela & Cindy) and 2 from Botswana  (Tshepho & Tshephiso)

1 Corinthians 1:10

10: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and there be no division among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thoughts.

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S A T U R D A Y

“Never stop learning as life never stops teaching”

We had the privilege to attend HIV and listening on the 11th Saturday facilitated by Richard Carson and Vivienne Morrow-Murtagh of ACET.

It was a very interesting and interactive seminar giving everyone an opportunity to share their stories, views and experiences. The facilitators delivered well. During the seminar we had to pair and play mirror with a partner, that involved listening and reflecting back what your partner said to show that you were listening to them.

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We attended the seminar as we believe that learning does not stop from having Degrees or Masters in line with career choices but to learn more things in life once given the chance. This broadens one’s life skills and ways of interacting with people from different areas of life.

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It was a beautiful and informative day. ❤❤

Denim and White – The perfect pair!

The perfect pair! So effortless and yet so chic, classy and smart. DENIM and WHITE!

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Denim, a fashion item one should have in their closet. It is very easy to incorporate it with other colours and fashion materials. SIMPLICITY is the BEST; you can never go wrong with a mix of Denim and White! Mix it up and keep it Simple!

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You can wear denim all year round be it boyfriend, mommy or skinny jeans. We love denim more in Spring and Summer seasons. For summer go for a lighter or dusty colour so it doesn’t stand out than other items paired with. White as pure as snow together with denim its a winner! ❤

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The look is so fashionable and never gets dated. Tshepho .

Skirt  & Top : H&M

Shoes & Neck-piece : Primark

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I could do with Denim and White all day everyday! Tshephiso 

Top : H&M

Skirt : Forever21

Shoes & Neck-piece : Primark

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You are Worth it!

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON OUR OTHER BLOG The Shields

We thought we write a small self confidence boost piece and remind many of you of something that you do not often get to be told. That is you are WORTH IT!! Have you ever felt like you are alone, lost, overshadowed, unnoticed or even worthless then this small piece is for you. You deserve to be happy, loved and appreciated. Stop worrying about people telling you that you cannot do it or you are not beautiful, they are only trying to make you feel worthless and pull you down.

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It is time you realize that you are worth more than you credit yourself. Do not compare yourself with the rest of the world, life is not a competition. Once you realize your worth everything will fall in place. We are created uniquely for a purpose. Look yourself in the  mirror everyday and say I am beautiful, I am worth it. Do not be afraid to do and give yourself all the things you’ve always wanted in life. Stop making excuses and say I will try tomorrow, now is the time.

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Love yourself, be positive, love people around and who know your worth and appreciate you for who you are, most importantly KNOW YOUR WORTH!! You are worth it!!

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Joyful Sunday

“Funny how your quality of life improves drastically when you surround yourself with good hearted, intelligent, positive and loving people.”

img-20170212-wa0028Sitting down here sipping on a warm cup of tea on a Sunday evening with some gospel music playing in the background, what a way to celebrate life…sounds so cliche right?! 🎶🎶“Theko ya lona… theko ya lona e feta ya selefera le gauta 🎶💃💃🙌 (The word of God’s wisdom is WORTH more than Silver; it brings more profit than Gold.) as it goes playing in the background… food to the soul.

img-20170212-wa0005 Beautiful day it has been, after a powerful service there is nothing as beautiful as finding women sitting down to dine, to encourage and empower one another. We had a lovely late lunch or should I say early dinner at Nando’s Mary St, it was all laughter and love all around. For our ushering team it is a way to build each other spiritually and encourage one another in our walk with God.❤💕

The idea behind our team building events is to create good communication and honesty between us to avoid conflicts, to have a collaboration in working to find the best for us all most importantly  to have  commander-ship that is centered around the Lord.

Be You. Build one another. Encourage. Empower each other. I LOVE YOU DAY.

Ecclesiastes 4 v 9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either one of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

                                                <Build Networks>

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THANK YOU 2016!

dithebetwins85-bigbenOh 2016, what a year it was! It started on a rough patch and ended on a high note. Now we are onto the Year New, new hopes, and new challenges. There is nothing as beautiful and fulfilling as having God in your life, he has been our strength, pillar, and guider. Glory to the man above, for His Mercy and Grace.

Reflecting back to the year, there were moments when we felt like we would never make it, got all angry and sad, and overlooking the endless blessings that came along the way. Those moments humbled us and we are thankful for the experience. Through determination and perseverance we pressed towards achieving our goal. Finishing our course graduating was one of our main goals of 2016. It wasn’t an easy race but finally made it to the finishing line, well not really the finishing line, for 2016 yes. This to us is the stepping stone to greater things in the future. In every race there are obstacles along the way, and not many people would cheer for you or pick you when you fall. When the road got tough we had moments where we knocked on doors, some of which we never thought we ever would, but bang! most doors got shut right on our faces. We did not let that discourage us rather used it as a motivator to build us to become better persons. The main focus was to win the race of which we finally did.

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We have learnt never to easily give up. Keep the focus, put GOD first and work hard for when the storm calms there is a rainbow, ride through no matter how hard it can be. As graduating was one of the main highlights of the year, we got a chance to treat ourselves to a trip to London. Oh Lord it was so surreal and didn’t want the moment to end. We visited some of London’s iconic tourist attraction places like the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben.

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We really…really…really appreciate all those who have been part of the race from the beginning till the end, our family for the love and support, our friends for being there and putting up with our craziness and moods. Thanks to our Bishop for the teachings and preaching, they helped us pull through.Thanks to Amanda for always capturing our best moments, you can see most of her work here.

LOOKING FORWARD TO GREATER 2017!!

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Dublin Living Waters 6th Anniversary

It is always great to be in the house of the Lord, this weekend was such an honor to be part of Living Waters 6th anniversary in Dublin Ireland.

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Great celebration it was, three days in a row! Yeah that’s right  three days of nothing but worshiping, dinning and education as well. The theme color for the celebration was white and royal blue, dressed during the Sunday service which are the colours of the church.

The celebration kicked off on Friday 28th October with Marriage seminar where singles and married couples attended with great teachings by Wellington Wale (Mr Secretary). Dinner…dinner…dinner, was on the second day  (Friday 29th) of which we missed, sad😭😢.

Sunday 30th, the last day of the celebration where we all gather in the house of the Lord to worship him. It was nothing but a powerful service, graced by the presence of Reverend Gombe from United Kingdom. Brother Ken G gave the giving exhortation and hey Sunday school gave a great performance with their songs and verses (with mentorship from Nelly and Melissa), Christ’d Up was also there to grace the event. Some parts of the events were live streamed on Bishop’s Facebook account and it was also live on Power Global Radio (www.powerglobalradio.com).

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The most beautiful moment for us was meeting the first lady herself from United States of America, amazing!!

You can visit us at Living Waters every Sunday 10:30- 13:00 and every Wednesdays 6 pm. Located in Dublin 21 Hill Street under the leadership of Pastor Shanks Kaunda.

VIDEO TO LOAD SOON….

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Fall…Fall…

Fall…fall…fall… The best season, not so hot not so cold!! This is the time when the season transition from Summer to Winter. The beauty of fall season is in the name itself, when the leaves turn all golden brown and they begin to fall. Fall is globally known as Autumn. For picture lovers like us it is a time to create great memories and make the best of the weather.

 

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It was such a beautiful day to be out and enjoy the scenery of the park and the cool breeze. We took a walk around Mountjoy Square Park after a powerful church service. We love you day!!

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Our Little bubble

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Dublin City Center

Its an exciting, happy atmosphere surrounding us, never thought this could be as exciting as its beginning to be. The weather is so mild, not bad for a walk in the park or an outdoor activity. The city of Dublin is so quiet and calm in the late mornings, only  a small crowd as many are busy in their offices working away, and its the best day to go out and run a few errands and enjoy a little time out of the house.

Its the time to do a bit of shopping for our up coming project, it is exciting to shop around and put one or two items together. For fashion lovers like us its a satisfying moment to be able to get stuffs at reasonable prices. It takes the patience and creativity to be able to go home with nice items with you, for us at times it can be a different story, two ladies with different creatives minds, shopping together is often a challenge, we are like cat and dog. We never agree on anything at the get go. With so many shops around the city, it becomes challenging when you go out with no idea of what you want. Today’s shopping spree was well planned, had ideas of what exactly we wanted and having compared prices of shops it became an easy task.

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13941059_1447307058629500_328755374_nHaving been introduced to the world of blogging in 2012, it has always been one post once in a while as we have been busy getting our Degrees and working, juggling the three hasn’t been really that easy. Lately we have been trying to create more time to blogging. It is starting to get exciting, for we love this we are looking forward to an exciting journey.

Many do not get it, they think blogging you somehow have to be endorsed or partnered with some company but no, its all about sharing your experiences, knowledge and documenting your activities with the world.You do not have to be a good writer to write a blog but it has to be captivating to the reader, our little world is beginning to get even more exciting. PLEASE WORLD DON’T POP OUR BUBBLE.

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