Cindy Pivacic, Founder of AID My Journey-Support
Cindy Pivacic founded AID My Journey-Support in 2011, an organization dedicated to creating awareness, counseling and training on HIV & AIDS.
What is the most important room in your home?
Definitely my bedroom. It is the place I rest, recoup and feel the most peaceful.
Where would your dream home be located?
I would love to live along the Garden Route, close enough to get to Cape Town, but just distant enough to appreciate the peace and bliss of the country life.
Do you have any interior style tips you can share with our readers?
Live with what is most comfortable and provides you with that feeling of well-being. You don’t have to follow every trend if that is not your style. If you prefer the warm embrace of wood, work with that. If stark, cold and minimalist is your preference, then follow your heart. As you can gather, I choose the feel of earthiness. Wood gives off that inviting aura of welcoming warmth.
What advice would you give to other women who wish to have a successful business career?
Follow your instinct and don’t be influenced by others. Ensure you have the best mentor possible and network, network, network.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I recently got flashed by a “Bergie
” who was asking for money. He dropped his jeans (scary red boxers on show) as I stepped out of my car. You think my stopping outside the men’s clinic where I collect my medication had anything to do with that? Add my short cropped hair. I think he may have had his services engaged there before! I looked him up and down and said: Ugly boxers, pull up your pants………and strode off, laughing hysterically. When you get to a certain age, you see the humour in such situations.
What is your motto in life? / What is your favourite famous quote?
Motto: Live your life to the fullest, you only have one! Quote: Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill –
How do you conquer fears?
Fear is an exhausting emotion and if you allow it to fester, it will engulf you to the point of destruction. I have the ability to walk alongside fear without allowing it in. Furthermore, I engage in a pastime that will take up those energies in a productive way. I will start a new project, go for a walk, read or briefly discuss the situation with a trusted person, usually my mother, and move on.
You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
As I love all things elephant, I wouldn’t even consider giving Ellie away never mind selling her. She would live in the pool for a day, I will feed her copious amounts of marula fruit, (she loves it and doesn’t get drunk, it’s a myth) finally, ensure she is calm and put her back in the wild where she belongs.
About Cindy Pivacic
Cindy is not one to sit around and wait for things to happen! Surviving HIV and Aids after diagnosis in 2004, she decided, packed and moved from Durban to Cape Town within ten days in June 2014. Having endured various life-threatening disease, including, HIV, Shingles, Pneumonia, two Strokes, TB Meningitis and Cancer (Angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy) between 2004 and 2008, is in the unique position to add valuable information from her life changing experiences.
These afflictions were attributed to her HIV diagnosis, she, however, currently thrives and is the epitome of good health and intends to prove that an HIV diagnosis is not the end of the World. She is a Speaker, Trainer, Author and Activist on HIV & AIDS as well as a PR Ninja. Cindy has shown that adversity can be overcome and turned into a rewarding and educational experience.
She encourages everyone to celebrate life now!