Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker


[What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love] It's what you think you need that stops you...

It's not what you don't have...it's what you THINK you need that keeps you
from living your greatest life.

On Sunday I had an opportunity to go to the National Amateur Boxing
Championships. My coach wanted me to see "the competition" ( truth be told,
I have been resisting getting in the ring competitively for the last two
months) What struck me is this, it seems that the Universe is always giving me an
opportunity to learn something or share something! I came to that
conclusion because at the bout there were young ladies from two orphanages
and the youth prison there. I was sitting minding my own business when the
man behind the TV camera struck up a conversation with me. How did you
start boxing, which gym do you train? We started talking he started getting
more and more excited then he said " You have to speak to the girls from
the YTC (this is the juvenile detention center) You have to speak to the
girls from St. Jude's ( this is a home for abandoned girls up to age 18) I
said "huh?" you just have to speak to them. Let's make this happen!

Boxing I learnt was a way out for so many of them, not only physical
activity but literally a way to get out, out of the home, out of the center
out of their present reality. they have something that they can use, a
vision, two hands and a healthy body! How many times I sat thinking ok, I
need this before I can start something! Heck, I have! Use what I have,
start!! I sat there thinking, Universe, yet again you show me how awesome
you are to allow me to meet some young sages and to see that there is
really no excuse.

One of my best teachers always says "the only thing we really need to heal
is our sense of separation" and it became evident on Sunday, we are all the
same, we just feel we are different, separated, some of us feel we are
better than! Heal that and things will be super okay!


-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 3/31/2015 03:30:00 pm

Your story is inspiring, your delivery is real
— Barbara Ince, President - Maloney Women's Group
The students who attended the function were so inspired by you they want all their friends to be exposed to your story.
— Cherisse Rawlins - Teacher Moruga Secondary
I must thank you for your presentation, many people were blown away by it.
— Sharon Christopher, Dep CEO First Citizens Bank Limited
It was a pleasure hosting you. Your reading from Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here? - was both thought provoking and insightful, thank you.
— Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - New York
You are an inspiration to us all
— Marlene Charles, YWCA President
I can’t stop telling people about your presentation. You changed my life forever!
— Michele Celestine, Executive Director Heroes Foundation
What an honour and priveledge it was for me and my wife to host you during your stay in Washington DC
— Anthony WJ Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador Extraordinary Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Unveiling was exactly what I needed, thank you.
— Participant at 2017's Unveiling- Looking into the Mirror of Self
Akosua, congratulations and thank you for that fabulous and thoughtful sharing from your book. I did NOTHING for the weekend but read your books. Madam, I found your story telling light and entertaining, true Trini style but DEEP.
— Sandra Ferguson, Agency for Rural Transformation, Grenada W.I
After hearing Ms. Akosua speak, I now know that I am everything and that I have everything to become who I want to be.
— Jenna Marie Bharat, Student- San Juan South Secondary School
Madam Akosua was awe inspiring. Excellent motivational skills. For me as a new retiree her words encourage me to “give back to the village”
— Anthea Doyle
Inspirational for both year groups. Forms 3 and 5. They were at the edge of their seats. prodding them to plan and even when things do not go as planned... to never give up when faced with life’s challenges
— San Juan South Secondary School
She is complete, sincere and true to herself. Akosua relates to you on what is common in all of us, our humanity.
— Odella Jowaheer