Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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


Giving Up The Need to Be Liked

“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.” 

― Brené Brown




gentle reminder to self:

wanting to be liked is hard work & a poor use of energies

wanting to be understood is just as much hard work as wanting to be liked

wanting to keep others’ “good” opinion of you is overrated

why are you Here?

not only to be liked

you are on a journey, one that you consciously chose to be authentic and show up as yourself every single time, & that walk may inadvertently involve stepping on toes many times unintentionally, especially when new people are met.

make all steps with the intention of love and kindness noting that some may interpret this differently

you are full of boldness, of courage, of courageous moves, dreams that are too big for some to see,

you are full of curiosity, questions, questions, questions & more questions

you are so much more than being liked

you are love

a woman wanting to learn, to grow to share, to support your sisters, to be, to flo

you are willing now, to do all of that, as YOU

minus the overthinking & the need to be liked

you are willing to remain kind as you step into the arena

this will require courage, change, openness, letting in, letting go, sometimes tears, embracing vulnerability & some conflict may inevitably arise. Do not shrink!

you are here to share lessons on the journey downloaded directly to you from the most High

so… when you get scared that they will no longer like you remember to stand on what you know

on what you came here for

remember that you are a human be…ing, you have issues as well

remember that walking this path requires courage that you already possess

remember that there is no compromise on who you are

& why you are here


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