If somebody had told me four and a half years ago when I joined the Sunday Times family that today I would be saying my goodbyes and actually making plans to relocate, not just myself but my 12-year-old daughter as well, to New York, I would have laughed in their face.
But that’s exactly what I’m doing today. It’s my last day at Business Times as The Times Business Editor. On July 31 I will board a plane to JFK to start my new Sex and The City life. I have been planning this move for close to a year now and I’ve been so excited about the new adventure, but today is bitter-sweet for me. I am leaving a place that I have called home for the past 4 years and 4 months and saying goodbye to people with whom I have forged lifelong friendships. That’s not easy. But, thanks to social networking and Skype, we will keep in touch.
I will spend the next month catching up on the sleep I lost worrying about stories and headlines; packing up my household; deciding what to take and what to leave behind; saying au revoir to everyone who has made a positive impact on my life and bonding with my mother.
And in keeping with new beginnings I have succumbed to blogger pressure and this will be the new home for my thoughts. In-between my columns in the Sunday Times, that is. From today I will be blogging about my last month in SA and the road to becoming a New Yorker.
So welcome. So glad you stopped by. Do come again.
What took you so long? Thanks for the blog. I personally love reading anything you write so I look forward to many more stories that you tell in here. Love the blog. We wish you all the best! Love you.
OMG! is it that time already? Will miss u dearly. I wish you everything of the best in the Big Apple.
Farewell and all the best. I am so your number one fan
Two years ago I was in the heart of communication, climbing the communications ladder. Some of the ppl I was climbing with are my closest friends, the likes of Nonkululeko Mbatha, Major General to the rest of South Africa.
The circumstances @ the time demanded that I choose between advancing my career, marriage and motherhood! Obviously it sounded ridiculous to most people my age when I chose the latter. Driven by good intentions, they demanded to know why I couldn’t do both at the same time. Truth is @ that time I was needed more @ home than @ work. The hustle and bustle of a day’s job was exciting, and my achievements were very vivid, but duty called back home!
That choice was the best one for me and my family @ the time, and given a chance I’d do it over and over again.
But, do not be amazed if/when two months/years down the line I tell you I’m juggling both, as I know I am quite capable,
as long as the career advancement allows me enough opportunity to mother my children
as opposed to being left with no choice but climbing so far up that I end up passing the mommy/wife role off to another woman, who’ll do it on my behalf, for a fee ofcourse. That to me is not an option.
I guess what I’m trying to say is sometimes we have to make decisions that do not make sense to the world around us, but makes perfect sense to you!!
I’m sure your move hasn’t been the easiest for you or even sensible to others, but I salute you for your guts, and for having enough sense to go for what you want,
what’s good for you and your daughter!!
Enjoy the jungle in which dreams are made, and may yours come true, may you also be inspired by those famous lights.
Continue to be a shining example to the rest of us who aren’t brave enough to trust their guts or capabilities!!!
Bon Voyage, keep blogging, but whist on the deciding issue, think about leaving me the table in your fb profile pic!
Onward soldier, onward!!!
Aunty Leesh: you, your smile, your joy and your almost chinesse looking eyes will all be missed dearly. Your heart is one of the warmest places I know. You have been a great friend and as a proffesional: I continuosly WOW over what God is able to do. His promises are yes and Amen. All the best for you and Thando-Lando. I know Mama will come back with a big-big suitcase of gifts for all us SA buddies of yours when she is back from visiting.
Here is to wishing you every bit of success you so rightfully deserve. You are a shining star to all who know you. Readers, fans, friends and family.
Love and blessings.
(As always my comment has not been re-read or edited and may contain grammatical and spelling errors)
All of the best my talented friend! enjoy it all, the sights, sounds and of course the SHOES!
Gonna miss you gal!! This brought tears to my eyes. Damn….
You be good at the Big Apple and represent. Uziphathe kahle njengenjwayelo yentombi yomuZulu!!
Hey Aunty Leesh (on behalf of my unborn child:-)
Wishing you all the best maloving, even though I hardly saw you just knowing that you are around when needed was comforting…..will miss you so much.
Wish you were still going to be here to meet my nunu when he/she is born and for me to share the moment with you. Kodwa akusenani uzombona uma ubuya!
Wuv you always!!!
Wishing you all the best in your new life in New York!!
Can’t wait for your column in August (not that I want you to leave already) lol.
See you in twitter and skype MaMtshali
Good luck with all the packing hun and wishing you a safe journey! New York is lucky to have you. Can’t wait for your column.
Let me be the first (I guess I’m the first:-) ) Welcome to your second home and this puts us just a hop, skip, and jump away from finally meeting! LOL