Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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

 

[What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love] Day 3 NOLA

Taking myself seriously doesn't mean not making any more mistakes. It
doesn't mean being perfect. It doesn't mean having it all together. But it does mean taking my foot off the break when my intention is to
accelerate. It does mean putting a lid on my knee jerk self-deprecation and downplaying. It does mean expressing something with gravitas and then shutting up to let
it land. Kate Northrup

It's the flip side! New Orleans is soul surgery not just because of the awe
inspiring workshops that I have attended so far, that coupled with being
with my cousins have woken up something inside of me that fell into a long
deep sleep.

I grew up with 8 of my cousins, in the same house either living with them
or them being at the house daily after school until they were picked up by
their folks, we were all close in age and a few "only" children in the mix.
We were our own little gang of buddies until at about age ten or so we all
either moved or went abroad, time passed we grew up and grew opinions and
judgments and had fights and lives that excluded one another - Life happens!

Until the proverbial shit hit fan and one of the 8 buddies died before even
hitting a good 35 years old - well that certainly was a wake up call. We
decided to make an effort to be in each other's lives once more as much as
possible - technology also helps big time. And so, these few days I have
had an opportunity to spend time with these ladies who I am so proud of not
just for their academic and career accomplishments but because of the
people they have become- I am learning here about acceptance, authenticity,
lack of judgement and not taking myself so serious. I really just ought to
be ME!

It is said that your family relationships are the container for growth and
healing - it is the place where the the majority of our lessons and most
importantly you choose which family you are born into to learn what you
need to learn (yeah that's some high heights there right??)

Day 3 and onto see - in person- one of my favourite's the incomparable Ms
Iyanla!

Give thanks

Akosua

-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 7/02/2016 01:05:00 pm

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