Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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


What is Your Reason for Busyness?

So, before we start applauding sotmeone’s busyness, can we take a moment to understand that we are also possibly applauding and reinforcing a trauma response and a systematically flawed system? Maria Sosa

In my culture, busyness is rewarded. Not taking holidays and vacations are rewarded, not taking time off when one is unwell is rewarded.

I bought it into this culture- wholesale!

kept busy

kept working even when unwell

and kept being rewarded for it.

 Questioning this approach and realising that it led me to not only health issues but mental depletion, has led me to the concept that too much busyness is a response to trauma, a way to escape one self and avoid something or someone. To not get in touch with self. To run from self.

Some of us are truly being rewarded for always being busy, always working hard, always on the go. It shows a sign of success. When we are called successful and rewarded for our actions we will continue on that path.

We applaud them

We salute them

We even look up to them.

The thing to remember is that trauma and pain can be disguised in overwork, busyness,perfectionism and over achievement. 

Don't assume that people who seem to have it all together, really do.

Balance is important. Anything we do with no focus and too extreme can be detrimental to us.

Honour the balance in how you live


Have you read any of Akosua's work?

What Did I Learn Today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love

Nyabo (Madam) - Why Are You Here?

Daily Lessons on the Journey - A Journal

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— 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.
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