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] Measure only from your heart and soul

What are we paying attention to? What everybody else is doing or what is
the truth? Deborah Johnson

Sharing this from my girl Maxie McCoy

You have bank accounts. You have social accounts. Taps on a picture. Cash
in the bank. Friends. So many friends. The crew. The digital. The status on
your airline. The points on your card.

You've got a credit score. Letters by your name. You've got 140 character
bios. And super sassy business cards.

Bullets on a resume. Figures in your savings.

They're the things you have. Things you've built. Things you've worked
toward. But they aren't your essence. Your being. Your magic. They aren't

Yet, they're the stuff you slide into measuring yourself by. It's how you
measure up. It's your measure - the same measure that will never be enough.

Who cares that they have that.

Who cares what you do and they don't.

Who cares how fancy their pants, how skinny their thighs, how cool their
travel, how stacked their likes.

Your life isn't measured in numbers or counts, dollars or options, the size
of your house or the brand of your shoe.

It's not the measure that matters. It's the measure that breeds pain and
comparison and false ideals, wrong dreams and discounted pleasures.

The measures that matter are the ones you can never count. The measures
that matter have no tracking, no digits, and no material value.

The count that matters is the bottomless belly laughs with your besties
over past memories that still make you crack.

It's watching her walk down the aisle, remembering their love story.

Raising your hands to the sky and saying sweet thanks.

It's the precious time with your family. The ones that make you wonder what
you ever did to deserve them. The seconds that pass through smiles and

Extra-long hugs with kids. Fly by kisses with lovers. Sharpie'd post-it
notes on the mirror that make your tummy flutter.

Day dreams. Realized dreams. Dancing in your kitchen to a tune that makes
your hips swing.

Conversation with strangers - receptionists, travel agents, twitter
friends. Conversations that change you. That school you. That warm you.

Those are the moments. Those are the measures. The measure that says life
is good. The feelings that count. The stuff that sticks. The real value.
The real meaning.

Measure your life with love. Of others. Of you. Measure with joy, from deep
and lasting support. Measure it in what you give. Measure in what you feel.
Measure only from your heart to your soul.


-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 9/17/2015 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