Today I am not blogging about food. I just feel like writing about life in general and also let you know where I am with my life at the momet. As you may know, I have spent the most part of my professional life working as a Food Product Developer at Bokomo Foods. I have been with the company since March 2006….which makes the time that I have been there a total of seven years and nine months…..
Some would say that is a life time and I agree. One can give birth to a child, raise them up and send them to school in that amount of time. Well, I have made beautiful memories in my time working there. I can tell you that the first time I worked at the Moirs factory, I felt like Alice in Wonderland. The factory manufactures dessert premixes such as cake mixes, hot sponge pudding mixes, instant puddings, jellies, custards, mousses, you name it!
I also had the pleasure of working on rusks and the Moirs biscuits range, I’ve got tons of fascinating stories to tell when it comes to biscuit manufacturing but I’ll reserve them for my kids or grand kids when I’m old and gray. Hehe!
One story I can tell you right now is about the opportunities I got from working in the biscuit factory which is based in Joburg. Intense travelling was involved to the point that if I was married my husband would have divorced me at the rate I was travelling. At the end of the day, it was all worth it, I used the opportunity to acquaint myself with the people from diverse backgrounds and got to learn about their cultures. One thing I have noticed, people love it when you show interest in who they are in terms of their language, food, cultural traditions and way of life. Gautengers are amazing people, they are full of life and they are in touch with who they are and what they are about. I love that!
I think everyone in their life gets to a point where they ask themselves “what now?”. Well, I got to that point and followed the question by asking myself “Is this how the rest of my life is gonna be like?” As much as I loved my job and the people around me, I felt like I wanted more out of life. A different challenge maybe. I was watching one of Bishop T.D. Jakes YouTube sermons recently. More especially, the ones about Re-positioning Oneself. I won’t go into details about the sermons but if one is looking at making a change in one or more aspects of their lives then watch them.
I also love the animated movie, The Croods, it’s about a family that has spent most of their lives living in a cage out of fear of being eaten by wild animals. The cage has been their refuge and it protected them for so many years. Until one day an earthquake destroyed it and they found themselves looking for another cage. They were not prepared to face real life and had no idea how to survive out in the open. Luckily, a young drifter came to their rescue. He knew how to survive in the wild and had all the skills but most importantly he had creative ideas. He led the Crood family on a journey to “tomorrow”. The journey was full of adventure but at the same time had its fair share of ups and downs.
Well, I also came to a decision to partake on my own journey to my “tomorrow”. They say change is uncomfortable but necessary. It is indeed uncomfortable. I said my goodbyes to my Bokomo family last week. I will always be grateful for the opportunities they have given me and the connections I have made. I have so much respect for the brand because I know the amount of blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice it takes to put the products together and out there. Please join me as I continue to support them.