Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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

 

I DeClare

The intention to grow instantly creates space for your body to step into but, unless you let go of everything weighing you down then that space dissolves into air like a broken promise  - April Green 

I DeClare

It is rare that I make resolutions

Don’t want them to haunt me in the dead of night

Each day guilted by all the things I said I would or would not do

I only do what I want, when I want

With a full heart or not at all

And the rest will have to settle somewhere between my lips and my intention

I don’t DeClare often

But there comes a day

When I am more than dependable woman

More than what I’ve accomplished or seek to and as that day approaches

Know this:

I declare to remember how to love

In the face of hurt in my heart

I will love you, that’s me

Foolishly, at times, but courageous

I vow to forgive

To ignite the soft of me and surrender to that knowledge that everything ain’t gonna grow like I grow

Aint gon’ know what I know, how I know

And that is ok

There is still love in letting go

I commit to love myself

To honor this girl with dreams she can’t stomach yet but works hard to

In the morning, I will pray to a God I hope to be more like and she will laugh Knowing I have forgotten already that she loves me unconditionally

Just a girl wanting more and more and more

But having everything I already need

I commit to laugh hardest when life is most challenging

I will  to tell strangers they are beautiful because they haven’t heard it in too long

I promise to dance across the floor when I’m excited

I promise to be excited

To sit with my mother to remind her that she makes amazing things and prays that she believes it

To listen to my elders, to honor the repetition in their stories

To watch intently as my cousins blossom

I promise to be there for them how they want me to be

And none of this comes easy

None of it will be overnight

I might be scared and stubborn at first and when I am

I vow to lean into it

To let life make a masterpiece of me

To be a thank you note to God

To say what needs to be said in the moment and trust that I am prepared

I promise to listen to the way God moves

I promise to be moved

To notice the details in the day

I vow to never stop picking up on energy

And feeling responsible for humanity

I promise to let this fire rage

To drink more water and carry this skin like a gift

I promise to breathe on purpose - every breath is blessed responsibility

And to fall in love without fear

I DeClare I vow. I promise

Peace!

(Big love to Natalie P)

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