Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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

 

Readiness Starts With A Choice

Readiness is only the prerequisite for accomplishment. ACIM



"When I am ready I will do it" - How many times have I said that in a most genuine way?

"It will happen when its good and ready" - what about that one, have you heard or said that?

Readiness is a decision, it takes action and a will.

Readiness is not a state of just waiting for the best and right moment to move or to take action.

Readiness starts with a choice.


How do you know if you are ready? You decide.- it's that simple!


When you find resistance strong and dedication weak, you are not ready, do not fight yourself.


Readiness requires discipline. The ability to discipline yourself to do what is required.


I have now decided that I am ready to face the state of finances. I have decided that it is time to be disciplined, to take action and have the will to start budgeting, to start saving, to pay off my debts, to catch up on my taxes and tie up all the loose ends left hanging after getting divorced and moving around the world.


After following all the rules that I was taught that made for a secure financial future. This included saving 10% of my income, investing a portion, paying all the taxes , having a pension plan and whatever I was taught in business school. Life happened, I went through a divorce which left me reeling and seething. I moved to 2 different countries, one in which I literally volunteered instead of having a "proper job"and I was done! I did not  care anymore what happened. 

After following all that advice and instructions, I was angry and disappointed that I was left with "nothing" to show for it, all the accumulated things were gone. I lived with this anger and disappointment, I have been living with it, not knowing that I have turned my own self into a victim.

I was blaming others for the spot that I found myself in. Blaming is, for me, not taking responsibility for my own actions. I wanted someone to say to me "sorry" - but newsflash, that was not coming!

I wanted to just go back to where I was before - second newsflash - that was not coming either.

I wanted to take out my anger on something- I took it out on myself. This resulted in under valuing my own worth, making poor decisions or no decisions at all and making random and frankly poor decisions which manifested itself in more and more debt and living hand to mouth.

Now, I am ready. My life is my responsibility.

My mindset is my responsibility

No amount of rationale, justifications, reasons, and blaming will bring back the past or change my now

It must come from a place of readiness.

And I am ready

Peace


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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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