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Friday, 31 October 2014

Back at home!

Life doesn't play tricks on you, your mind does Iyanla

I'm back in Port of Spain and I'm moving house so today was as we say in Trinidad, pace! In between that I had 2 gigs to speak at! The first one was my toughest I think ever! 15 to 17 year old teenagers who have some real life stories that sadly still exist! In the middle of the talk a fight broke out and they all got up to rush to cheer on the fighters! A serious fight, police and all! After the fight they all sat like nothing happened and tested me! I tapped into everything that I know and God to spend the next hour with them in a way that could make them feel seen ,heard and loved! I am grateful for this opportunity and plan to go back (truth be told only because they asked me too!!) I have a responsibility and work to do! I'm ready!!

After the event, I missed my second gig!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Day 4 in Mercer's Creek

"Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers..." — Cecil Beaton, photographer

Highlight of my day, the roving rasta man that makes organic smoothies! He came and out and presented a pitch for his business and then returned with a blender fruits and vegetables and handed me one wicked smoothie! Oh man! the thing was heavenly! Don't know what he put in it but beet and carrots were mentioned! Loved his whole vibe! And what made it even better is the story behind it! A second chance in our so called civil society! Like who among us have never made mistakes? Like who among us wouldn't want a second chance when we have atoned and decided to do a positive thing? The judgement and finger pointing, so ego filled and  a waste of time!
So yea, that was my highlight!!
The market was interesting as well but the smoothie and story sealed it for me!
What is it that they say? Who among us can cast the first stone? I know now I have stopped pelting them as of today, thank you JahShowers Punches!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Perhaps I will look at it differently

Perhaps today I can find one thing that seems dark and remember to say, "Where I see darkness, I choose to see the light." Perhaps I can remember to look for love instead of condemnation and judgment. Perhaps I can look on something that seems like a curse and learn to count it as a blessing. Let me begin in small increments, and in lessons close to home. ACIM

We are off to the craft market to conduct an all all day exercise today. We are supposed to chat with the entrepreneurs there and find out what works well and what is not working too well! Then turn it into a report!Looking forward to it, meeting new friends and being outside! After that, its time for some sightseeing!

Yesterday was quite inspirational, worked with some juvenile offenders and school"dropouts" who are now running their own business! What I will always remember is the light in their eyes when they spoke about their business. The passion, the love! One young lady spoke about how "society" rejected her and when she is in her garden planting everything makes sense, her hands connect with the dirt and it all falls away and when its harvest time she can see her labour of love manifest itself into something useful , "what more can I ask for?" she says! her laughter, and her joy was medicine! And she was outside jut chilling! Didn't even come inside to introduce herself I stood there chatting with them and boom! Gotta love the Universe! Always right on time

No morning beach today, too much rain!!

Give thanks!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Day 2 - Mercer Creek

Look at what you are afraid of. Only the anticipation will frighten you ACIM

I woke up really early this morning and ran to the beach! Now, I  was born in the Caribbean, however white sands and blue waters and me alone on it was never part of my history, the island that I grew up on was more on the commercial side as we have oil and gas! So, to run and hit this beach was a new experience! Totally awesome! I was overflowing with gratitude and joy. After that, we drove for about an hour to the GARD center where young aspiring entrepreneurs come for training, mentor-ship, advice or just to hang out and talk! It's quite impressive! Saves a whole lot of lives and improves a whole lot of communities
Roberta the founder has been doing it for 25 years and I'm really proud of her achievements, something for us to aspire to, not perfect but perfection is not a requirement for this, willingness is!

Monday, 27 October 2014

GARD Centre in Antigua

Today I will let someone give to me. Whether it’s a compliment, an offer to help, or even a gift, I will stand there and take it joyfully. I know that I’m deserving of good things, so I will simply say, “Thank you.” Louise Hay

Finally got online! I am in Mercers Creek in Antigua, the Internet access here is patchy so giving thanks for getting online now! I'm at the GARD Center, a wonderful place that focuses on mentoring and developing youth entrepreneurs! Today I have been meeting them, chatting, seeing what they do, learning and sharing!

So this starts my week, back here tomorrow with the women and youth entrepreneurs!
Giving thanks for the opportunity!

Oh I digress a bit, I woke up to run and the pipes in my room burst and there was literally a waterfall in my room, I was soaked! I ran out the room, the owner of the place was there she ran in screamed and ran out! I was rushing around trying to save all clothes and laptop for the waterfall! After the lady calmed down she apologized and moved me to the best room on the grounds! And  said to me, wow you didn't cuss us out!
Did you bust the pipe? I asked
She laughed!
So I'm in the "honeymoon suite" this week


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Going Global

You’re always on your way somewhere. The key is: find a way to be happy wherever you now are on your way to where you really want to be. (We’re speaking of the state of being you want.) It does not matter where you are; where you are is shifting constantly—but you must turn your attention to where you want to go. And that’s the difference between making the best of something and making the worst of something.
Excerpted from the workshop in Detroit, MI on Saturday, September 27th, 2003

What a pleasant surprise! The Grenada gig did a really nice video, take a look!

Getting ready for my flight to Antigua, will touch base when I am on the other side!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Expect the unexpected and handle it!

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” ~ Mary Oliver

I wake up in the morning and say to myself, after giving thanks of course, life is delighted to bring me the unexpected, and I am delighted to receive it! Every day, I say ok let me plan the day and what happens? The unexpected! And I am now loving it! Every day its an adventure, the good, the not so good, the twists and turns! This week brought me a load of unexpected events, some good, some not so good but saying to myself there is value in this, I am able to chill out from the meltdown a lot faster!

Tonight I am the feature speaker at an event at the Graduate School of Business and that was one of my unexpected events this week, I am really looking forward to it, it is called An evening with HR Professionals (Human Resources), wish me luck!

Expect the unexpected and handle it!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Growing and pains

You have to go through the labor pains to give birth to the life you want... Iyanla Vanzant

It's part of growth and change! and things may be uncomfortable! Why fight it? Here's a bit of advice, don't fight it, you will get beat, it will bear you up! Get your mind in gear that changes, growth and differences will involve some sort of discomfort! That's just the way it is!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Radio Interview with Andrea Garrison Feedback and Comments!

The interview was a lot of fun yesterday!
Check it out, let me know what you think

Comments so far include

"Very uplifting and empowering interview. Just as honesty and simplicity are woven throughout the book, those characteristics also rang through in this interview. Go on ADE! Keep inspiring!"