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- Making it happen

In novels -- as in life -- there is no perfection. We do the best we can with
the tools we have at our disposal. Given that we are changing, the tools
are changing, the thing itself is changing -- there must be a moment when we
stop. When we say, This is the best I can do for now... There is nobility in
the effort, courage in the dailiness -- the doggedness. It is a process of
trying and failing. Of beginning again. Dani Shapiro

I had the distinct privilege to be asked to do a feature presentation for
the Pink Diamond Ladies of Tobago, a group of young dynamic women doing
some awesome awesome work out there in the lovely island of Tobago with
young women like themselves! It was such a pleasure being there yesterday,
firstly Tobago is a pearl, what a lovely island, I always feel so relaxed
when I touch down and walk off the plane with the coconut trees surrounding
me and the beach breeze blowing as the beach is opposite the airport

The ladies wanted me to talk about what it takes to make it happen. "It"
being achieving their goals and dreams and making both themselves and
Tobago by extension a better place I thought it was an interesting topic as it falls into the whole notion of
service and giving back, I told them here's the deal, I will share some of
my own stories and then we can discuss how I made my "it" happen, keeping
in mind that it is an ongoing process

Making it happen involves encouraging yourself, not everyone will encourage
you on your journey, to make it happen some of you have to pat your self on
your own back. Those who are for you will be for you, those who are not
bless them and move right along.

Making it happen involves having a vision.

A vision is a call to your higher self, creating a future state with
creativity and imagination, one you can see, feel and touch before it is
even manifested in reality.

Making it happen involves a strong NO, this is where the intuition comes in
handy, you know you want to say no as it does not sit well in your spirit
in your soul.

When you don't have a strong NO you have a weak yes. You take on more than
you can or want to people please, to look good,you start becoming resentful
and ineffective.

Making it happen involves placing no limitations on yourself.

It involves being uncomfortable- think about it, things happen when you are
uncomfortable, you move, you act.

It involves facing uncertainty - knowing that uncertainty in no way means
that things are out of control, you may not have control but things are not
out of control.

Making it happen involves letting go of the so called need for perfection

Making it happen requires you to be authentic, to remove all the masks, to
stop being fake, to show up as you every single time.

Are you ready? Are you willing?

To make it happen?


-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 6/01/2015 03:07:00 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