Since DJ Zinhle has been announced as the face of strength by her Twitter followers, we decided to talk to the businesswoman about motherhood and remaining strong in the face of adversity. How has the motherhood journey been? It’s been amazing – it’s been a life changing experience. I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life before her. Kairo makes everything crystal clear, even my house is clean, and is an active and beautiful space she brings light in. She’s affectionate and very calm. What do you love most about being a mother? Kairo’s energy makes me feel like she’s a strong girl; I draw strength from her. Whenever I’m having a bad day, she makes me see the positive in something. Being a mother brings out the kid in you. When I’m with Kairo, I feel like I don’t have to worry about anything; I just live in the moment. I love how she doesn’t care that I’ve had a bad day, she just wants to cuddle and play. Remembering my childhood through her is the best part about motherhood. What is motherhood teaching you about yourself? I’m learning that I’m strong! Have you not seen the tweets? “What doesn’t kill you makes you DJ ZInhle.” (Laughs). Honestly, I had no idea that I was strong as I am. When I had the baby, I knew that I could make it work. I’m the youngest girl at home so even my family was worried about me coping. Kairo and I have figured things out; we’ve figured our lives out and that’s what I enjoy. She’s teaching me that I actually can do a lot of things that I’ve doubted myself about and that is amazing. Speaking of social media and strength, how do you handle things that are thrown at you like the #Before5PM and #DJZinhleSoStrong? I just laugh. My friends and I use laughter for everything, which is truly the best medicine. By the way, my favourite from #DJZinhleSoStrong are “Let the weak say I am DJ ZInhle.” We shouldn’t take things so seriously, and I understand that there will be times where people will be laughing at me. How do you balance work and being a single mother? Kairo is very demanding – sometimes she throws me off schedule but I’m a big planner, which helps to put a structure in place. I take it one day at a time and I’m learning not to stress myself about what’s going to happen next week. I have a lot going on – there’s the Fuse academy, Era, DJing and other things, so planning and pacing myself is important for me, and I have a lot of help. What advice would you give to single moms? Do it your way, figure things out, learn as much as you can, be open minded and don’t stress so much. As mothers, we stress ourselves a lot and it’s not worth it, also, have fun with it. Enjoy being a mother. When I was pregnant, I heard a lot of stories about how hard motherhood is – try not to pay attention to that. People on social media always say that I make motherhood look easy. Obviously there are times that are difficult but just try to enjoy it as much as possible. Catch our part 2 interview with DJ Zinhle where she talks about fitness and her new deal with Albany. Pictures: Instagram
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