Five Minutes with Carol Mashigo2016-06-20
Carol Mashigo is a storyteller, and an artist. Her debut album, Invincible Summer, won the Best Creative album at the Wawela Music Awards in 2013. This year, she published her first novel, The Yearning, under her pen name Mohale Mashigo.
She took the time to answer a few questions we had for her.
You wear many hats; you are a musician, an author, and a teacher. You are not afraid to pursue your dreams. How did you begin, what steps did you take to realising what you wanted to become?
I think I’ve always known that I wanted to be a singer; I grew up surrounded by music. The writing also came naturally but I didn’t know that it was something I wanted to do. A high school friend and I used to write fan fiction and pass it around class. Our classmates enjoyed it so I guess I just kept writing (mostly for myself).
In terms of music, I took up piano lessons to help me become a better songwriter. Reading (I read a lot) is what made me a better writer. Writers read.
What does a Super Life mean to you, and how do you live your life to the best?
My idea of a Super Life is one where I am living authentically and taking care of myself. Over the past few years there has been a huge emphasis on working yourself to death. We applaud people who are always busy or tired. I’m trying to find ways to take care of myself. Sometimes it’s something small like making myself a Green Smoothie every day and other times it’s a pamper day (massage followed by a day in bed). Being kind to myself is the first step to living my best life.
Who do you look up to, and who has inspired you on your journey?
I look up to my mother. She has always encouraged me to go for what I want, even if I was too scared. Seeing her work every day to improver her life (and that of her family) was a great example. She is the reason my one name is Mohale Mashigo. Before she became Mrs Mashigo, she was Ms Mohale; a woman with tenacity and huge dreams. She inspires me.
What would you tell yourself as a teenager, if you could go back now and talk to her?
I would tell her that everything is okay. I wish somebody would have told me that my dreams were worthy.
In addition to all her achievements, Carol also writes a food blog as The Lunch Fairy. Try out her delicious Spicy Tuna Mayo recipe, or a big bowl of her favourite tuna pasta. Thanks for the chat, Carol!