August's theme of Women Empowerment is in full swing! Every Friday this month you can expect an interview with another #girlboss and get to know what keeps these Queens motivated to do the mostest! I'm kicking off this series today with an interview with Michelle Meilhon, a South African blogger living and working abroad in the Netherlands as an au pair. She's actually a close friend of mine who I met exactly a year during a blogging event! 








Happy Women's month ya'll! 

August is definitely my favourite month because so much attention is placed on empowering women as well as women's issues. 

And for some reason, August has also inspired me to get back to regularly blogging! For the past year I've slacked so much with only 7 blog posts (compared to posting every single week last year). 

But I'm officially back with a new post every Wednesday (Just like old times!) and a completely redesigned website. So sit back, relax, and expect some amazing new content on Life By Asha Singh every Wednesday! 

P.S there might be a little surprise at the end of this post too!

P.P.S what do you think of the new website layout and design? I tried out something that's easier to read on your cellphone. And I think it's pretty lit.




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1. REFLECT ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WOMENS DAY


This is a must for err'body. Don't forget the reason for the season, yo. Just to recap on your high school history class: 9 August (i.e womens day) commemorates the 1956 march of about 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The march was against SA's pass laws that required South African's classified as "Black" under the population registration act to carry a "dom pass" or internal passport. The first women's day occurred on 9 August 1994 and is now based on the principle of striving for equal freedoms and rights and bringing to light womens issues such as domestic violence. During the march, the women stood silently for 30 minutes and then started singing protest songs. Why not just take 5 minutes to quietly reflect on the position of women and womens rights in society today? I would recommend a drive to a serene place like to beach to just take a moment to feel thankful.




2. SPEND THE DAY WITH YOUR #SQUAD


There's no better way to spend the public holiday than with your girls! They've got your back through and through so why not celebrate them! Here are some idea's on what you guys can do:


  • Have a girl power movie marathon. Both Buzzfeed and Bustle have lists of amazing feminist movies to watch but here are some of my favorites : The Hunger Games, Mulan, Bridesmaids, Divergent, Pitch Perfect, Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Princess Diaries and The Help. So grab your popcorn ladies!
  • Coffee Date to discuss new ways to fight the patriarch of course. 
  • Pamper Day! All this fighting for equal human rights can get tiring, so grab your female ninjas and have a spa day. After all, those legs deserve a pedicure after attending all those women's month marches.

3. SPEND THE DAY WITH YOUR NO.1 LADY I.E YOUR MAMA


Behind every Princess is a Queen! One thing I've noticed about some of the most ambitious women I know is that they have strong moms they look up to as a role model, and there's no better way to spend Women's Day than with your Queen Mama Bear! If you're lucky enough to live close to you mom (And not over 8000km away like me *sigh*) then take advantage of that and have some bonding time. Why not have a movie day or dinner with mom?


4. GIVE BACK TO OTHER WOMEN/ORGANISATIONS


One thing I admire most about the women who took part in the 1956 march is that they were so self less and still united for a cause they believed in. Instead of doing something that benefits you on 9 August, give back to the community. There are so many ways you can do that. Donating to an NGO, volunteering or even just by being a part of an organization empowering women in South Africa


5. READ ABOUT OR LISTEN TO THE STORIES OF OTHER INSPIRING WOMEN


This is one you can do in a few different ways. Women's month is filled with local events with talks by inspirational women that you can attend. You could also just plan a lunch date with an inspiring woman you've always wanted to get to know better and ask her the questions you've had on your mind (Or better yet just hit her up on IG or DM her the questions you've always wanted to know. Beware, some people think they're too famous to reply to DMs. Don't be one of those people.) 



Luckily, I've got your back and I'm making this step even easier for you by featuring interviews with some inspiring women throughout this month of August! Every Friday in August you can expect a new post with an exclusive interview with yet another #girlboss! For now, check out last year's interview with blogger, model and law student, Payal Ramlall.







So I turned 21 last month. Damn, time flies! Because I'm me and super lazy, I've just decided to list 5 of the biggest lessons I learnt before turning the big two zero. Let me know what you learnt before turning 21!

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THINGS I LEARNT BEFORE TURNING 21


1. STAY IN YOUR LANE

Especially at this age it's so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Your early 20s are so weird. Some people are buying cars while others are passed out drunk on the sidewalk at 4am - and what matters is that both are happy! We're all running a race that has no definite finish line. Some of us want to get married and have 2 kids, others want to travel the world and some want to become Buddhist nuns (*Uhm long story). The motto here is the 3 G's - Goals, Growing and Glowing! As long as you're doing those 3 you're okay baby girl!
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2. IT'S OKAY TO CHANGE YOUR MIND

Since entering the big bad world after finishing school I've changed my mind about what I want to do SO MANY TIMES. I've dabbled in so many things, changed my mind so many times and I'm still not sure what I want out of this thing that we call life. And you know what? That's okay. It's okay not to know and it's sure as hell okay to change your mind. What I'm proud of myself for is taking the leap and trying out all these different things. If I didn't try out Mechanical Engineering back in 2015 I would have never knew how much I would hate it! That brings me to the next one.

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3. TAKE CHANCES

My other motto lately has been - "What's the worst thing that can happen? You could die." That's it, literally the worst that can happen. And you're going to die anyway. So take that chance. It just makes it all the better knowing you tried and gave it a chance. The goal is no regrets so we have to take these chances.
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4. CUT 'EM OFF

You meet A LOT of people at this age. And this is where you have to be extra selective about the people you keep close. Luckily for me I knew this from early on. However people also change, and you change. So even though they were "your people" at some point, this doesn't mean you'll feel that way after a year or 2. It's okay to cut people off. It's okay to tell them to GTFO of your life.

5. LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE NO MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE

This is sometime I've tried to live by since school days. No matter what age or life stage you're in, make the most of it! I don't miss school - but I think I make the most of that stage in my life. Now I'm not saying you're early 20s are perfect - you're constantly tired, hungry and broke and that sucks. But we just have to make the most of it. We look pretty AF. We have minimal responsibilities. We have the world at our finger tips. We have so many opportunities knocking at our door. And best of all hangovers are still pretty much nonexistent for us. I'm going to enjoy every moment of 21, and every other age, and one day I know I'm going to look back with no regrets!

In the past year I’ve probably been to King Shaka International Airport around 30 times. Whether it’s just to drop off or pick up someone or to go on another adventure, this airport has become my second home. Now anyone that knows me knows that airports aren’t my favourite thing in the world (It's no secret!). They generally aggravate my anxiety and cause me to freak out a little (Okay, a lot). But since it’s absolutely impossible for me to totally avoid airports, I had to come up with my own game plan to “deal”.
Here are some of my tips to making the most of your experience at King Shaka International airport!


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2 March 2018 is SheDecides Day. The SheDecides movement is founded on a belief in "a world where every girl and woman can decide what to do with her body, with her life, and with her future."

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South Africa is also a part of their worldwide campaign with the SheDecides Flagship Event, to be held in Pretoria, 1st March 2018 and bringing together over 200 young people and politicians from Eastern and Southern Africa. 
Posting a blog post every single day is SO MUCH WORK. Anyone that knows me knows how lazy I am, so this is so not working for me. Next week will be business as usual, with just one post on Wednesday, but since I committed myself to this, I'm going to finish this week. Thanks to everyone thats been reading and supporting me! You da real MVP.
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As you should know by now (It was all over socials!) Oprah won the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes last month. What made her speech even more inspiring is the context - last year was a crazy year for women's rights activists! From the Women's march in the beginning of the year to the #metoo movement, women (and some men) were't holding back.

A lot of the things she said really stayed with me this past month. If you haven't listened to her speech, I would highly suggest you do. But in any case here are some of the quotes that really spoke to me. 


No, definitely not Larry Nassar


A bit off topic but just on Monday, 5 February 2018, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison for years of sexually abusing over 200 women and girls. The doctor was well known in the Michigan gymnast community for his treatment of injured athletes. 

He claimed that his "pelvic floor" treatment which involved him putting his fingers into young girls' vaginas was a cure for a number of physical injuries. A number of his victims even included Olympic gymnasts. How people actually believed this for so many years is beyond me!

Okay, Asha, that was random, why are you going on about this Nassar guy? Well Larry Nassar is just another of a long line of sexual assault cases the media has been shining their spotlight on lately. And that's why TIME magazine's person of the year for 2017 was such an important breakthrough.

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TIME'S PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2017 IS...

THE SILENCE BREAKERS (THE #METOO CAMPAIGN)

"We can't all be sluts, we can't all be asking for it."





On the blog I tend to talk about touchy subjects like politics, social justice and even feminism, so it's only natural for me to want to talk about money. I've divided this blog post into 2 parts - the first part deals with what's currently happening in the stock market and especially this weeks stock market turmoil. The second part deals with my personal take on investing and money. 

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert on the topic of money and the economy, and my knowledge is limited to second year economics modules (Which I did get distinctions in just BTW ;)). 


UPDATE: DAY ZERO has been moved to 11 May due to more people, farms in particular, following the water restrictions. YAY! This is amazing news because Cape Town's rainy season starts in the winter months (June, July, August) and this will hopefully mean the rainy season starts in time. There is, however, no certainty around whether Cape Town will actually receive enough rainfall during the "rainy season" to make up for the 3 year drought.



I hated geography in high school. No, like really hated it. Geography class made me want to jump off the nearest bridge (My geo class was on the 4th floor so I might as well have jumped out the window tbh).
Carrying on August’s theme of Women Empowerment, this week I’ve interviewed Payal Ramlall, a fellow blogger, model and law student (And also, a close friend of mine!). Also, be sure to check out my interview on her blog which you can find here.

One of the things I've been reflecting on a lot during this women's month is all the amazing women I've met this year - a lot of them through blogging! One of these inspirational women is Dhanusha, a beauty blogger and computer science student from Cape Town.

This week we did an exciting, unique collaboration. I wrote a post on Dhanusha's blog about My Makeup Must haves (Surprise, surprise I'm actually crazy about make up!) and she wrote a piece on Feminism. Enjoy her blog post and be sure to check out mine on her blog!

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By Dhanusha Dhoorgalu



Hi there!

I am Dhanusha, from the blog Miss Dhanusha, duh. My friends call me Dee, I call myself Alien and my readers’ weirdos. This is purely because I would to see us all embrace our “weirdness” that makes us unique. I am a Beauty & Lifestyle blogger with a strong opinion on certain matters. As much as I love all things beauty I love keeping up with current affairs and making a positive impact. Today that topic is feminism. Another feminist? Yes, I don’t hate men.


When you think of politics you usually think of old, balding men and while this is (unfortunately) mostly true, there are tons of women that are proving to pack quite a punch! In celebration of Women's Day, I researched Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women to find the women in politics who are changing the world one election at a time.
This is another collab with my fav girl blogger Indira from Indira's Inner Beauty! Head on over to her blog to see her post. 
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Anyone who knows me knows I'm a firm believer in #girlpower. With those brows on fleek and your squad by your side you have no reason not to slay. Now the brows are the easy part, all you need are ABH dip brow and the real techniques brow brush and you're good to go girl! When it comes to your squad, not so easy. As pro-women and feminist as I am, I have to admit women are pretty notorious for being the more devious, conniving and backstabbing of the sexes. And you know what the worst part is - we've like that to each other
In the month of July I've posted a total of not one but ZERO blogposts! *Queue the crickets*




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I was nominated for the unique blogger award by the amazing indirasinnerbeauty.com (Gurrl you da best!). She's on this blog so much I don't think she even needs an introduction!
WHAT UP STALKER! This week I have so much to tell you guys I figured I would dedicate a whole blog post to all the randomness. First, I had a super successful Guest Post month in May, where some amazing people wrote epic posts for the blog. I've also been contemplating making the biggest decision ever - changing the blog name! In the meantime I've been up to some fun stuff like writing a super personal blog post owww.indirasinnerbeauty.com. As you could guess, I've been on the edge of my seat with this whole Qatar - Gulf fiasco. Despite all of this, I've also found time for some Netflix and chill (Well, just Netflix minus the chill). So here you have it, everything all you stalkers wanna know summed up in one post!

As for me, well I recently finished exams and have a few adventures planned for July (winter vacay whoop whoop) so I'm going to be posting travel posts. Confession time: I've secretly always wanted to be a travel blogger/vlogger! I thought what better time to try it out then now. It's also an awesome opportunity for me to start vlogging.


What better way to start this than a young throwback?

Say hello to fetus Asha.


HAPPY YOUTH DAY SOUTH AFRICA!
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In the age of insurgencies and infestation by extremist groups such as Daesh, Al-Shabaab, and others, nations around the world have had to resort to waiting until they become victims of a terrorist attack, and conducting retaliatory strikes against terror strongholds.


If you switch on the news (Wait, do people even own tvs nowadays? Where do you get your news updates? News24 app? CNN website? The Daily Show with Trevor Noah?) chances are you'll come across the words terrorism or terrorist.  Most recently the Manchester bombing (The suicide bombing in Manchester, England after an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. During her One Love Manchester concert on Sunday she raised $13 million for victims of the attacked and she slayed her performance of Over The Rainbow like a boss.) and the London attack (The terrorist attack that happened on 3 June 2017 where 3 men drove a van into pedestrians and stabbed Londoners in the Borough Market area) have made headlines.



While doing research to find out what to write for today’s post I came across some heartbreaking articles about recent terrorist attacks.

 



Written by Indira Midha


If I could say just two words to Donald Trump, they would be “YOU'RE,” and “FIRED.” As a citizen of the United States of America, I am saddened by the state in which our country’s political atmosphere currently sits. An unqualified, disrespectful person holds the highest power over the government of this country. America, our president is somebody who mocked a journalist with a physical disability, and used the journalist’s disability as a reason to question their intelligence. America, our vice president is somebody who believes that you can electrocute the gay out of teenagers. What happened to “the land of the free, and the home of the brave?” These are words pulled from The Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem: an extremely traditional, and valuable song. This country is meant to be a place in which human beings can simply exist as human beings, and attempt to positively contribute to society.
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