In this blog series, we chat to real-life change makers about how they replenish themselves and build wellbeing into their day to day lives, so that they can maximise their impact.
Today we’re excited to be talking to Sarah Kemi Richard, our PR and Marketing lead. She’s based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and helps spread the word about our work and raise awareness through social media.
Tell us about your change making work
I work with the Jijaze team to get the word out about what we do and how our goal is to help change making women develop a habit of self-care; something that we believe makes us all more effective.
Where do you do your work?
I work from home in Dar es Salaam.
What does a typical day consist of?
Lots of screen time! I’m on social media be it on my phone or on my laptop, pretty much the whole day, as that is where I do most of my work.
Who are your inspirations?
Different people inspire me in different ways. My mother’s selflessness reminds me to care for the needs of others, my Jijaze colleagues help me to do that without neglecting myself, a few others in my circle of friends and family inspire me just by being themselves.
Who and what supports your work?
Besides the people I work with in the various projects I’m involved in, I’d say it’s those closest to me – my immediate family, my fiancé, and my closest girlfriends, who help me keep a healthy work-life balance.
What are the signs that tell you when it’s time to take a step back and recharge?
I love to read and I normally do this on my Kindle, but if I’ve been swamped with a lot of work and been on screens a lot more than usual, picking up my reader and enjoying a good book becomes impossible – I just can’t stare at another screen.
And that’s when I know I need to step back. Go out and look at actual skies no matter the colour, and feel the ground beneath my feet, and hear the sounds that symbolize the life going on around me.
How do you build breaks or chances to replenish into your day?
Sometimes when I’m practicing what I preach I’ll take 10 – 15 min breaks every couple of hours.
If you have a whole day off, how do you recharge?
Sleep in, make myself a nice meal, ‘switch off’ with a nice read or TV show.
What advice would you give to your younger self, when you first started out as a change maker?
I read this on a friend’s post today and it stuck, I wish I’d seen it sooner; “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”
Where do you see your work in ten years time?
In a perfect world with my work done just right, maybe there won’t be need for this exact work, because these cultural norms would have shifted. Maybe my work would have evolved into something different, with a group of well-replenished individuals now coming together to ask ourselves how else we can make a difference in the world. Too optimistic? Maybe. But I like the vision it brings me.
Over to you…
So many of us spend much of our days plugged into the world of social media and the web (maybe you clicked on a link on Facebook to find this post?). Sharing the ways we are able to take a step back and ground ourselves is something we believe is vital if we’re to be part of positive change in the world.
For support and connection around building up your own wellbeing practices to sustain the impact of your work long term, we’d love you to join our community of change-making women. You can find out about other ways we support individuals and organisations by clicking here.
Spread the word!
We believe taking care of ourselves is the only way to create lasting change, avoid burnout, and have the impact we’re capable of. So sharing our practices and making replenishing ourselves a normal part of how we think about our work is vital – and it’s what Sarah’s role at Jijaze is all about.
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