Julie Ngoya Tshidibu
Julie. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I was born in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo, and grew up in Germany. My family is quite big (I have seven siblings) but most of us have already moved from home, inc. To other countries and continents. I speak five languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Lingala) and am currently learning Russian. One of my goals in life is to speak at least all official languages of the UN. After that, I'll target more exotic languages. I'm a certified Executive, Personal and Leadership Coach and have been working in the corporate world the past six years until I recently decided to stop working for Uncle Sam and become my boss. I am an adaptable person whose premiss is to seek truth, knowledge and understanding in everything I do and everyone I encounter in life.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Julie. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
My belief is that everyone is unique, special and very individual in their way, in the way they have been created. Hence, everything about me is unique - the same way everything about you is unique.
Julie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Blogger?
Often, while browsing the web, I was searching for things I could not find. Be it in fashion, education, understanding, common knowledge, etc. - it was all the same: something was missing. So I asked myself: Why not create what I believe is lacking?
Why not bridge the gap? It was difficult for me to identify with the things I saw and see online, so I embarked on a journey of self-discovery and purpose to identify what it was that I could give to the world. Some of the things I discovered so far is my passion for combining clothes to create outfits which represent someone's identity. To do that, one has to know who they are which I am trying to help people uncover through the sharing of coaching lessons. I try to tell stories in my posts and hope to both help others and learn for myself along the way.
Who is your inspiration in life Julie? How do you keep inspired?
What inspires me is to live a life for others. To bless others through what I do or say. To be a light in this world and add value to other people's lives. To help others discover themselves and be free from any system that enslaves them and does not allow them to become which they were created to be. There are many examples which represent this type of inspiration to me, both alive and dead but living - due to the legacy they have left, as a result: Martin Luther K Jr., Sojourner Truth, Mahatma Gandhi, Maya Angelou, Sunday Adelaja, and, most importantly, Jesus Christ.
We all make mistakes Julie; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Blogger, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I've not been in that situation so far.
Julie , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Blogger, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
Personally, I believe in excellence, professionalism and truth. This is what I offer my audience. Therefore, the best to me is to deliver these things to people with every service or product I provide.
Please tell us, Julie, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Blogger?
Most times when I travel, I have to be very strategic in planning and making sure that work is done ahead of time to facilitate my work while still being productive and delivering quality outputs. On the other hand, I have only started a few months ago and decided to embark on blogging full-time three weeks ago - hence, I am still at the early stage, if I can say so.
Julie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
The most important thing to me is the truth - as long as you have truth on your side, it will take care of itself. Everyone is seeking for truth, so I make sure that I present my case on that base - and on that base only - to be understood and gain people's agreement. Persuading people to see things your way was a daily activity at my previous workplace, so I do not deem this to be a rare instance. As long as you truly listen to others, show understanding for them and base your conversation on truth, you will always convince people to see things your way, even if they do not agree in the end.
Julie, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Blogger. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was when I finished and revamped my website. It was hard work, since I built it all by myself and had to study Wordpress from scratch, however, the effort was worth wile because I now recognise myself in it.
Julie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Hmmm, everything I blog about is mixed with creativity. You have to be quite creative to constantly think of new combinations and variations of your clothes. It requires effort and imagination, both in regards to the outfits and the setting through which those can be presented to tell a story. What I also do is, I combine my outfits with life and coaching lessons, so finding a topic on which to talk about that somehow can be linked to the outfit and expression thereof is always an exciting, challenging journey, but very fulfilling.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Blogger?
The most important thing is to look into yourself and uncover who you are. This will open your eyes to the potential, the talents, the gifts, the inclinations you have and inside yourself, therefore, the value you can add to people's lives. That knowledge will inspire the content of your blog.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am open to any collaboration.
1) Fina Silva