Seven questions with Margaux de Wet
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Margaux de Wet was born and bred in Johannesburg, South Africa. She now lives in South Africa’s leafy capital, Pretoria with her hubby, Dian. They married in 2016 and share their home with their two furkids Spencer and Grace.
Margaux is a marketer by profession and works in the banking industry.
1. What’s a book you’ve read – recently or otherwise – that has significantly affected how you see the world?
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson - I actually need to read it again. It’s helped me to journey along what you’ll read in the next answer 😉. But that’s probably about how I see me.
Also, Thrive by Arianna Huffington has taught me that in a world that constantly tells us what we should do and how we should be, it is critical to be reminded of why you don’t have to be that way or do as prescribed.
2. What’s the biggest challenge or obstacle you’ve had to overcome in getting to where you are today?
Oooh I don’t think I’ve overcome it yet, but I’d like to believe I am getting better at not being so hard on myself and getting out of my own head. I’m an only child and I’ve always had incredibly high expectations of myself. I might have done 9/10 things incredibly well and the single event that’s average can result in a, ‘I’m not good enough’.
I believe as humans we are highly ‘trainable’ though, so I am very much in exercise mode. Which is basically me always reminding myself of the good events and to be grateful of everything I HAVE achieved. Gratitude is always the right attitude.
So what has brought me to where I am? A whole lot of grace from God and being honest about what I need to work on – so that I can actually work in it.
3. What aspect of your job is the most interesting?
I recently moved into internal communication which is pretty much the only facet of marketing that I haven’t done before and what I find most interesting is the human element. I am constantly challenged with thinking of ways to capture the minds of everyone from call centre staff to senior management.
4. What's a goal or dream you have that you haven't pursued yet?
When I was 18 unfortunately became a part of the crime related statistics of South Africa. I however believe that the pain that I went through could become a platform to help others.
I would really like to be in a position one day where I can serve young ladies to excel despite of whatever circumstances they’re subjected to. So, a motivational or inspirational speaker would be it I reckon.
5. What cause or issue are you personally passionate about at the moment?
Conscious consumption. At the beginning of the year I committed to doing a no-buy year. My reason for this was because I saw myself caring a whole lot about the new dresses other ladies seem to wear at each and every wedding. I felt as though keeping up with the Joneses overshadowed being appreciative of everything I already have.
In addition to that, I realised how often we shop without thinking – hence the 5 pots of cinnamon in my food cupboard. For this year I am only allowed to replace necessities. I am dedicated to using everything I have – even though it might not be my favourite hand-cream – until all the doubles are finished.
I’ve already discovered that I have stunning things in my wardrobe that I haven’t worn in ages. It’s an interesting experience thus far I can tell you!
6. What do you do when you’re in need of joy, peace, calm, or focus?
Me time plays a big part in my life. I’m an introvert so I need to ensure that I recharge by being by myself rather often. Yoga has also helped a lot with calming my mind and centering myself. And a run with the dogs and being outdoors always wraps up a long day nicely.
7. What's something that costs £20 ($25) or less that you think everyone should get?
Mmmm that’s about R400. A pair of Havaianas – life cannot be lived without flip flops.
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