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] I promise

Resolutions: I Promise

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 promise often

But there comes a day When I am more than wild woman More than what I've accomplished or seek to and as that day approaches You should know: I promise to remember how to love In the face of hurt in my heart I will love you, that's me Foolishly, at times but brave I promise to forgive To ignite the soft of me and surrender to 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 promise 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 promise to laugh hardest when life is most challenging I promise 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 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 sacred and stubborn at first and when I am I promise to lean into it To let life make a masterpiece of me 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 not stop noticing the details in the day The way you hesitate before speaking Or the nervous girl at the table next to me I promise 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 And fall in love without fear

I promise. I promise. I promise


-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 12/30/2015 03:06:00 am

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