Mega Cities by 2100

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/19/2019

It excites me no end to see how technology is leveling the playing fields and how smart companies can really expand their business’s by taking into consideration markets that were much harder to reach not so long ago.

This short video shows the world’s population centers are shifting rapidly. By the year 2100, it is projected that there will be multiple megacities with more than 70 million people – 2x the size of modern day Tokyo. The catch is you’ve likely never heard of many of these cities.

Finally, Africa can really catch up if it wants to.

Data: The Global Cities Institute


Surviving and Thriving – Teri Hatcher

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/18/2019

Teri Hatcher stars in the the Housewife series, I’ve never watched an episode but I know her face.

Teri was sexually abused by her uncle when she was seven years old. She started acting out and her mother’s sixth sense eventually kept her away from her uncle but no one spoke about it. Not a word or a question, just silence.

Fast forward to when Teri is in her 30’s and is in her home town helping her parents pack up their home she reads an article in the newspaper about a teenage girl who had wrapped a towel around her head, to avoid a mess, and shot herself, leaving a note saying Teri’s same uncle had sexually abused her for a long time.

Finally Teri was confronted with the option to stay silent or speak up and help. Thankfully she called the DA who managed to, along with other stories convict her uncle.

Honestly, I don’t know if Teri is thriving today but I do know by telling the truth there’s no doubt she is running out of excuses not to be responsible for her own life. Abuse is often a life long journey of recovery and I can see from this address she made to the United Nations that she’s on the path to Thriving and no doubt, helping others along the way.

“I am simply one of three women who is forced to accept violence as a part of their life story. I am one of three women who for the rest of her life battle the voice in her head that accepts blame for the abuse, a voice that is antithetical to self-esteem, self-worth, and happiness.

This is a statistic that has to change. One in three women can no longer have to face the stigma and fear that prevent them from seeking help. One in three women should NOT feel afraid to come forward and report it, as they so often do because they think they will not be believed or taken seriously. When society shames the victim by asking, ‘Why did you stay?’ or ‘Why didn’t you say something?’ instead of asking, ‘Why did HE abuse her?’ we just continue to foster a society where the abusers continue to abuse. 

“I am one in three, and I will be the one who yells from the rooftops until those numbers change. Until every woman who has faced abuse feels less alone and safe enough to find the courage to have her own voice, until violence against women is no longer a part of any woman’s story, silence will not be a part of mine.”


Leaving Neverland

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/15/2019

It seems no matter where we look right now people are talking about the documentary Leaving Neverland. I’ve not seen it yet, despite trying really hard to buy it online, but I do have a million thoughts running around my head.

Today I stumbled across this interview with ‘Good Morning Britain’ and had to share it despite not yet being able to formalize or articulate all those millions of thoughts and feelings I have about this.

To me, it felt like Piers was trying too hard to prove Dan Reed wrong. I wanted to shout out at Piers and ask him what would equate to hard evidence to him?

This is always at the root of sexual abuse, how do you prove it?


Hell Yeah

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/14/2019

Last week I was reminded of my favorite way to evaluate whether a decision I’m making is a yes or a no.

In Derek Sivers words, “When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” — then say “no.”


The Empowerment Plan

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/13/2019

A kid of addicts Veronika Scott was brought up to mess up!

At college, Veronika developed a coat that turned into a sleeping bag as a class project. Whilst making many versions of this ‘coat’ she was told that people needed jobs not just coats and so Veronika at the age of 20 set off to create a just that.

Now, age 28 “The Empowerment Plan hires women ONLY from homeless shelters.

Like Veronika said: “I was the only person that could create THIS opportunity for myself.” just love this women’s drive and a reminder to me that if it does not exist I can create it.

and just incase you want to hear more or like me and just have to know the back story here’s her TEDx 10 min story.


Banishing BUT

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/12/2019

A long time ago I read this book called “Fire and Water, the power of passion, the force of flow” by Mike Lipkin and Reg Lascaris. Both well known South African individuals.

In that book I learnt to question when I use the word BUT. The idea, as I remember it, was learning how to pay attention to our own negative speak. After all the first person we have to learn to communicate with is ourselves.

They go on to say that ‘BUT’ should be banished from our vocabulary when we are communicating our feelings with another person. They called ‘but’, the eraser word because it erases anything that may have preceded it.

The solution is to replace ‘but’ with ‘and’. ‘And’ builds on what we have just said, it doesn’t wipe it all out.

Our words become the labels we apply to our thoughts. ‘But’ is one of those words I pay a whole lot more attention to these days. Try it,



used to introduce something contrasting with what has already been mentioned.
synonyms: yet, nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, still, notwithstanding, despite that, in spite of that, for all that, all the same, just the same; More
nevertheless; however.
“he stumbled but didn’t fall”
on the contrary; in contrast.
“I am clean but you are dirty”
synonyms: whereas, conversely, but then, then again, on the other hand, by/in contrast, on the contrary More
used to indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated.
“one cannot but sympathize”
used to introduce a response expressing a feeling such as surprise or anger.
“but that’s an incredible saving!”
used after an expression of apology for what one is about to say.
“I’m sorry, but I can’t pay you”
without its being the case that.
“it never rains but it pours”
preposition: but
except; apart from; other than.
“in Texas, we were never anything but poor”
synonyms: except (for), apart from, other than, besides, aside from, with the exception of, bar, excepting, excluding, leaving out, save (for), saving More
used with repetition of certain words to give emphasis.
“nobody, but nobody, was going to stop her”
adverb: but
no more than; only.
“he is but a shadow of his former self”
synonyms: only, just, simply, merely, no more than, nothing but; More
noun: but; plural noun: buts
an argument against something; an objection.
“no buts —just get out of here”


Bettina Eistel – Adversity to Thriving Monday’s

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/11/2019

Horse riding as a child was where I sorted things out in my head and my heart. I’m not certain I was aware of that at the time but in hindsight, I am certain that my horses provided me with a lot more than a safe space and, I know they were smarter than I was. Now despite my joy at being back in the saddle I am finding it very hard and super tiring, so when I discovered this brave and inspiring human it literally stopped me in tracks.

Bettina Eistel rides with no arms, AND, she doesn’t only ride and groome her horse, Fabuleax 5 with no arms or hands, she competes with him!

Born in germany in 1961 with no arms due to the drug, Thalidomide, Bettina’s Mother never allowed her disability to be a disability.

(For those interested, Thalidomide was a drug given to pregnant women before it was known that it caused birth defects.)

As a child Bettina learned how to use her feet and toes as hands and fingers. With time she started horse riding lessons. Wearing riding boots with cut-outs in the toes so she could have ‘hands’ to feel more, just imagine that for a second?

Bettina can saddle, bridle, hose down, wrap a blanket and do just about anything else that is needed for her horse, Fabuleax 5. She rides by steering with her legs and holding the reins in her mouth. In addition to all this Bettina can write, text and put on her mascara on with her toes!

It’s important to consider the type of horse that Fabuleax 5 must be as a partner. Together they perform at a very high level in dressage. I’m so curious to know the back story in finding Fabuleax 5?

As if Bettina’s life is not full enough, she is also a Talk Show Host.  With a weekly show on the German TV station ZDF.

I’m in awe of this women’s courage and will be drawing on her guts, coupled with memories of my own childhood, during my weekly riding lessons from now on.


Hector and his search for Happiness

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/07/2019

The world needs this movie.

It’s a fable written by a phycologist, about a psychologist.

Hector is very good at treating patients, but he can’t seem to do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, it starts to depress him. So he takes a trip around the world to learn about what makes people happy and sad.

Listing his observation about the people he meets along the way as he journeys around the globe and into the human soul. There’s so much to love about his travels and his insights. 

This is a link to an audio interview with the director Peter Chelsom. Enjoyed hearing why he made this film. How he mentions that ‘having a dog is unconditional love but it won’t make you grow’. And how he loved South Africa. (about 15mins in or so)

He reads a quote at the end that sums up the film. 

“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.

A really great movie,


Leaving Neverland

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/06/2019

They say an onion has many layers, I guess ‘they’ hadn’t come across sexual abuse yet. This to me is one of the most deeply layered issues of our time.

Last night Oprah interviewed the people involved in making the documentary……..

…..Leaving Neverland

Obviously, it’s a topic that’s very close to my mind and to this day it still surprises me how many layers there are to this reality, but what struck me about the article I read was what Oprah said more than once.

The story is bigger than any one person. And don’t let any person in your world make it just about what Michael Jackson did or did not do,” she said. “It’s about this thing, this insidious pattern that’s happening in our culture that we refuse to look at.

Slowly but surely we are all having to find ways to make sense of this complicated multi layered, very large onion.


The Two Parts to an Apology

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/05/2019

This recording is from a series I watched.

It’s called Criminal Minds, what I found fascinating is that it was produced by a man who was sexually abused as a child. He defended himself in court, got the attention of the FBI, worked for them and then years later produced this gripping TV series.

In this episode I found myself standing in front of the TV recording what I never could articulate.

“Apologies are just words, I want to make AMENDS and that takes work”

Those words felt like a puzzle inside of me had just been completed. They said exactly how I felt for a very long time but could never express it in words.

Now when I say sorry I really think about how I can make amends with my actions and not just my words.

There are two parts to an apology, words, and actions.

02 April update: Chatted to a friend, Jessica Uys, an enneagram coach whose succinct response had to be added to this post.