Q&A with Kirsten Meintjes

My name is Kirsten Meintjes and I am lucky to be born and bred Capetonian, although I identify as a citizen of the globe. I am 25 years young and have a curious history of studying, working and traveling. I enjoy throwing myself in the deep-end in almost any endeavour, as well as navigating my way through learning new information and skills.

I am deeply fascinated by psychology, especially the individual and collective human consciousness. In short, I like to examine what humans and animals do, how this varies, and why they do it. I guess one could say I’m a nerd – but I also place huge value in nurturing my relationships, exploring my surroundings, and working at being the healthiest and happiest version of myself that I can be.

What is your position in the YDC team?

I am Yellow Door’s first official digital project manager!

How would you describe your role?

“Doing all the things!” My main priority is to maintain the internal ‘health’ of our company, meaning that I am concerned with ensuring everyone has work, are operating optimally and happily, and that clients are informed and clear regarding the status and progress of their projects. I also do a bit of website development on the side 😉

When did you start working at Yellow Door?

About two hours ago…!

What part of your job do you enjoy most?

This is a new role to me, and I was drawn to it because I thrive in an environment in which I can juggle many tasks that require a variety of skills and competencies from me. I am excited to learn and grow at Yellow Door and play a real part in this wonderful company’s success.

What part of your role do you find the most challenging?

It’s difficult to comment so soon, but what I will say is that I try and see every challenge as an opportunity. The work I do here is going to be very different to what was required of me at my previous job, and so it will definitely take some adjustment in this new role and space. Bring it!

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Yellow Door team?

I feel like I have been warmly welcomed into the team already – not only as an employee here to do a job, but as an individual human with my own background, quirks and dreams. I also appreciate that we are diverse yet all communicate in a way that each other can understand, and that the environment encourages constant growth and development.

What do you do when you’re stuck for inspiration?

If feeling stuck for inspiration, I go through a mental checklist. My pre-requisites are that I have already exercised for the day (nothing beats getting over a mental block like some fresh air and going for a run), and have eaten and slept enough. On top of that I typically listen to music or play the piano for a bit until whatever answer I am looking for seems to find its way up into my conscious mind.

What is your pre-work routine?

Very regimented! I will walk or run most mornings, have a shower, get myself and my lunch ready for the day, and have a cup of green tea whilst I check my personal emails and socials. I also consume a sizable amount of coffee each morning, so am hoping to explore some coffee shops that open early in the area.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Can I choose my grandmother? I know that might not be allowed, however I am privileged to have had her nearby my whole life; and her intelligence, resilience and grace have certainly moulded who I am today. I consider the times she was a young adult – in many ways it was much harder to be a mother, wife and employee back then, and I am in awe when I see the capable woman that her history has produced.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

A perfect weekend for me contains a combination of the following elements: exercise, nature, connecting with friends and family, spending quality time with my lovely boyfriend, and having some space of my own to work on my interests and hobbies. Good food and red wine go without saying of course!

What music do you like to listen to while working?

My taste in music is varied to say the least… I get very influenced by music and will tailor my selection to the energy I need to be feeling at a particular moment. I predominantly listen to trance (progressive/psy) as I find this incredibly energising and for most of the day I want to be alert and energetic. I also really enjoy more chilled, indie-style tunes, as well as some good ol’ Pink Floyd.

Introvert or extrovert?

This is definitely a spectrum, and I definitely lie toward the introverted side. Don’t believe the stigma though – I can be incredibly social for days at a time, and I thoroughly enjoy it, but after this it is critical for some downtime to rejuvenate and charge my batteries!

Cats or dogs?

I am totally a cat lady. This might be because I am allergic to dogs… 🙁 (and most other allergens tbh)

Shoes or barefoot?

I am always barefoot around the house; this is one of a few habits that I picked up when living in Asia. In addition, I personally find it incredibly difficult to find shoes that actually suit me… but I must say, I do enjoy a good pair of boots these days – especially when found on sale 😉

What’s your favourite spot on Kloof Street?

I am still exploring the area, but for now, this is going to have to be a toss up between Rick’s Cafe and Tiger’s Milk. The latter has unbeatable drinks specials, and a classy set up to match, whilst Rick’s has an inviting Bohemian-style ambience, delicious tapas, and incredibly friendly staff.