Keaobaka Morwe is an editor, graphic designer and writer from Mahikeng, Northwest. New to Safrea, she runs her own media production company, Medallist Link Media. She is a kind-hearted, loving, happy lady and an ambivert. When it comes to work, she is a hard worker and fighter who is resilient, focused and loyal.
Please tell us more about what you do and how long you`ve been a freelancer?
Currently I freelance as an editor and graphic designer while also looking for an opportunity to write in the magazine industry. I have a registered company, Medallist Link Media, that provides graphic design services and also runs a news website. My journey as a freelancer started after my honours graduation in 2016 when I fell in love with journalism and started writing for various local publications, before I diverted my focus to own my news website.
What does a day in your life look like?
Financially it is not easy to survive as a start-up given the current economic crisis in our country. Currently I wear all hats in the business as I cannot afford an extra pair of hands just yet. My every weekday starts with exercise outside the house so that I also get to enjoy the morning breeze. Load-shedding is a nightmare, but I try to work around it. In brief I can say my every day involves alternating my roles between graphic designing, editing, social media management and research, as well as marketing and advertising my services. I also write poetry; I have a collection of close to eighty poems which I have been writing since the age 12. During weekends I make time for those close to my heart, family and relatives.
Where, how do you find inspiration?
I draw inspiration from my challenges in that I allow them to motivate me, and I also draw lessons from them. Having strong family support also helps me a great deal. I have a wide variety of motivational books and magazines, whenever I feel down, I page through them. Collecting motivational books has been my hobby for years.
What advice do you have for other freelancers?
It is not an easy journey, nothing in life comes easy, but with focus, hard work and perseverance it is possible to make a mark in the industry. Let us not grow weary but draw strength and wisdom from our challenges and from all those doors which bang in our faces. Last but not least, remember that it is important to invest in your health with as much effort that you put into your career.
How long have you been a Safrean, and why are you a member of Safrea?
I joined Safrea this year. Before I joined, I had been following and observing Safrea on social media and on its website for years. Every time when I had a challenge or needed clarity, I would just go into the website and read. I have really been learning a lot. When my career as a freelancer started picking up, I decided that now I am ready to join and learn even more.
What is your work/life motto?
I find myself frequently reading this quote by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I have put these words on my PC and my vision board. I guess it is safe to say that it is my work/life motto.