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Why Are You Here in DC? Book Tour - Homeward Bound

You Don't need a crowd to celebrate your victories- Joel Leon

I did not grow up knowing that I had a sister, it was a "secret" she lived in another country, had another mother and just was not part of any discussion until I became an adult, when my father died the other 4 sisters surfaced as well. They are all lovely, doing well for themselves, living their lives, I spent very little time together with any of them since then. On this trip, I got an opportunity to spend time with the one that I clicked most with, I had a lot of fun, she is smart, well intentioned, level headed, extremely funny and made time for me in between her busy schedule of taking care of her new baby and family. I was very grateful for the time, I met some of her friends as well and it was loads of fun! Depite all the historical venues that I hit on this tour, this was really a highlight for me, I intend to keep in touch!

Connection helps my super powers
Peace

Day 8 - Why Are You Here in DC - Book Tour

something happens when you slowly enjoy becoming the woman of your dreams. you begin to see how powerful you truly are
You must be moved by something, you just can't create because of creativity. You have to be moved by something or you will fade away. Ijeoma 
The time taken to see the musems and the Martin Luther King (MLK) memorial was well spent.  MLK is inspiring. His courage, his conviction, his desire for peace and non violence inspires me to do better, to be better.  To make a difference To shine
I was apprehensive to pay the 28bucks to go to see the tour because I was worried about money and whether I could have used it for something else that was more important but let me tell you- that 28 bucks bought me some inspiration that is worth 28million!  I have heard before about acting abundant and abundance flows to you. This was definite proof of that. Acting abundant to feel abundant. The feeling I left there with will definitely overflow into my life in so many ways Peace

Day 7 - Why Are You Here in DC - Book Tour

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Faith is a more practical way to deal with everyday life than cynicism toughness or defensiveness - Unknown
Sankofa Books and Video Cafe has a fascinating history, the independent bokstore turns 20 years old next year, they have been an epi center and heartbeat for Howard University students for almost two decades, a conscious space of learning and sharing. Having the opportunity to grace that spot was another dream realised.  I made a friend on the Journey- The Universe is always right on time, Dana helped me set up on the first day, took pics and was just an all round breath of air, she also came with me to Sankofa and did the same thing, we arrived early and the place was quiet, I was getting nervous thinking oh dear no one would show up, coming close to the time one lady came in and said she was on her way home and got an email from Sankofa and she never checks emails, looked interesting and decided to come.  At 2 mins past the time I was scheduled to speak only 3 people were there. …

Day 6 - Why Are You Here in DC - Book Tour

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Shyness and under confidence are not part of your DNA. You can change this. - Carole Rice
Confessions on the Journey - I was nervous, shitting bricks! I mean, it is Busboys and Poets! A renowned joint in the DC Area, the people who have graced that stage are like world renowned, the hype is high, and I was nervous.  I took an Uber to the spot and it was heaving, full of people, a coffee shop, book store, restaurant and stage in one spot.  They took such great care of me, made me as comfortable as possible. I was able to relax and soak it all in. The talk went well, I relaxed after seeing a couple of familiar faces! and it flowed It felt right being on the stage, sharing the lessons on the Journey, it just felt that doing this was the reason I was here! Why Are You Here?
Saturday night as well was fabulous, I really had a lot of fun! On to the next one tonight Peace

Day 4- Why Are You Here in DC - Book Tour

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Lightwork can be a fight. If you think being on the “spiritual” side of progress guarantees you harmony, then either you haven’t been at it long enough or you’ve been playing it safe. Harmonizing, healing, serving, shining...it’s messy work. Beautiful. Worth it. But messy.Challenges on the cusp of your success aren’t always "self-sabotage". Sometimes it’s a cosmic call to arms, an opportunity to prove your devotion. An initiation that can come in the form of back attacks, derailed plans, shocking political upsets. Danielle LA Porte


Yesterday I spent the day organising menu's for today, doing a site visit and ended it with a jazz concert at the National Gallery. In between all of that I had to go to the Pharmacy because the sniffles started. It has been a case of the house inside is freezing, outside is like an oven, jump ina car, it's freezing, outside the car is like a fireball. And so the hot, cold dance goes. I was not prepared, I am fully in summer mode! so I got …

Day 3- Why Are You Here in DC - Book Tour

much of the work in obtaining what you want is reminding yourself you are deserving of it in the first place. Joel Leon

My mantra for this tour - expect the unexpected and handle it!
The Journey to here was cool-ish! I know I am addicted to wifi! I was so mad at JFK Airport- I was cussing! Like how one of the largest airports in the world has such crap service, not free and the paid one is rubbish! I was going on a rant then I decided- it is what is is! Moving right along, find a solution or find something else to do!
That helped the mood! I did some writing, walked around. found a solution when I was calm
Arrived in DC and the Ambassador and his wife are really welcoming warm hosts, I went to a function at the Embassy right away- totally unprepared dress wise, but it is what it is, I rocked my slippers with such confidence, people thought I was either mad or a creative, either way, I showed up, made some contacts and had a good time!
I am grateful
Peace

Shift it

The fact is that we spend more energy making choices to keep our life in place than we do in moving forward, all the while knowing on some level that change is constant - Carolyn Myss
Change is a challenge, human beings love habits and being in control. We love "to know what is going on all the time" To have the all the information and the facts to make an informed decision
Change moves us away from the "known" there is discomfort, there are questions and gaps that sometimes we have absolutely no idea how to navigate when it is totally new
This is where trust comes in. Can we trust that there is something bigger than what we can see going on?

It's difficult to step out in the unknown, trust me I know
I have a million reasons why I want to remain in the same space. it's easier, it is comfortable, it is known, it is "fill in the blanks" 
All fear!
Stepping out is scary, honor that!
And fly!
Peace




Who Are You Becoming

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We have yet to know the person we will be a year from now. And between now and that point will be conversations and experiences and challenges and life surprises and who knows what else that will yet again and once more introduce you to some unknown part of you. Carolyn Myss

One of the bonuses of achieving goals or even going after goals is who you become in the process. The qualities that you gain on the journey to the goals you set out

The courage
the discipline, 
the wisdom, 
the compassion, 
the forgiveness. 

These are some of  the qualities you gain in achieving the clear goals that you have set for yourself. 

I heard before that the lessons are on the path, and the path is the journey. I get it
The qualities   you gain on that journey hold you in good stead for the next phase of the journey, and the beauty of this life is if one does not master the lesson events are repeated to give you another chance to, and sometimes the second chance can be helpful

Often times I found myself always wan…

Step Out

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Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”
― Voltaire

Doubt. Uncertainty.Wanting to be sure. Wanting to know what is next. Those tapes have been on repeat on my life's sound track over the past couple of weeks since securing the Washington DC Book Tour gigs. Amplified!
I am about to embark on an unknown journey, my work will be featured in some of the most historic places for authors- and for sure, I am so grateful, so happy and excited, but dear oh dear, the doubts are real! The struggle has been real!
In times as this, let me tell you lovies

Stepping out on faith is required!
Self belief is essential
Step out on what you know, get everything you require on the way, your potential is in the unknown.

Put together what you know and step out!

Step into the fact that you are ready, you are magnificent, and you want to show this to the world as a demonstration that we all are, that we don't have to know everything, know all the answers, know the end r…

The Book Tour - Washington DC July 2017

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clarity of desire, root into the depths of positivity, fend off doubts with Faith, and repeat. Every minute of every day, give or take. Danielle La Porte
Next week my book tour begins! I wanted this. The Universe responded! to have the opportunity to read at such historic spots - Busboys & Poets, Sankofa Books and Videos! I am so grateful for this opportunity and to all who played a part in making this happen, I could not do it alone.  And so the preparation begins Spread the word Tell your friends Akosua is coming to DC Get Ready

Day 5 - Home Time

Get real and... Be idealistic. - Danielle La Porte


The flight to return was delayed by just over an hour. Seems to be the norm in these parts, but, we had 2 additional connecting flights with very little time in between, I was told that the connecting flights will wait! This I had to see On the first connecting I literally ran with my shoes half way off to catch it, literally last ones on the aircraft - they did wait! Second one, we disembarked on to the tarmac, and ran to the next plane on the tarmac- what an adventure! Did not even get into the building!
They did wait!
Some people wait on you! Note to self!!
Nice to be back at home Peace

Day 4 St Kitts and Nevis

that there's no abiding success without commitment.
Anthony Robbins said that, and he was right.
Commitment is the key to achievement. Neale Donald Walsh
We were scheduled to go to visit the Sea Moss (Sea Weed) sites, however the rain had other plans coupled with an impromptu meeting that our host had to attend. I took that as an opportunity to return at another time to "complete the visit"
St Kitts and Nevis was a wonderful experience, the young people in decision making roles are open and ready to make a difference. I am happy to be a part of this
I am about to head to the airport aka taxi, to head back home
Holla at ya on the flip side
Peace

Day 3 St Kitts and Nevis

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Life just can't get no better than this
Mother Nature's given us a kiss
Cuz tomorrow I'm glad I didn't miss
Let's take advantage of days like this


Beautiful Day Mary J Blige

I love learning new things, today's workshop I not only learnt so many new applications for what we call sea moss, I met some really amazing friendly people who are committed to making where they live a better place. This is the beauty of travelling - I get to see that we really all are the same.
I woke up earky to run the monstor hills, left my gear outside on the porch and it was soaking wet! little did I realise that rain fell overnight! That was not going to deter me, wasn't I going to sweat anyway? I was able to catch an amazing sunrise over the water as a cruise ship docked, the simple magnificence of it all had me in awe, that it really is the simple things that matter most. A Course in Miracle says  ego is complicated. I tend to now agree that simplicity matters
Seeing that sunrise…

Day 2 St Kitts and Nevis

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Over and over you can be sure
There will be sorrow but you will endure
Where there's a flower there's the sun and the rain
Oh and it's wonderful there both one in the same - Joy and Pain by Maze


This is my first time on this island. Getting here was an adventure, we stoped in 4 islands before arriving, it's not the easiest place to access from where I live, so after 2 planes and 6 hours, which involved 4 stops we arrived. Lovely island, friendly people, I am right on the beach, cannot ask for more. and I have the option of walking downstairs and seeing 8 dolphins diving around, it really is a blessing having this opportunity

I woke up early on the first day and ran - the hills are monsters! I am calling it hill daddy! no flats only hills- makes for a workout and a half! That run really challenged me big time

The workshop was also quite a learning experience, I am always happiest in learning mode - and that I was all day today
Being around water makes me reflect so much, I loo…

Holla at ya on the Flip Side

Your purpose serves your soul, your purpose may not pay you a salary - Susan  L Taylor
I am on my way to the lovely island of St Kitts and Nevis - the name of the project is  Enhancing Alternative Livelihoods and Food Security in St. Kitts and Nevis through the Cultivation and Commercialisation of Sea Moss I have never been to St Kitts and Nevis - looking forward to being of service in anyway to the people of those islands and sharing lessons and experiences Holla at ya on the flip side my lovies! Peace

Act Like You Are Grown!

Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. Marianne Williamson

I am a huge fan of Marianne Williamson, her book A Return to Love really shifted the way that I thought about life and also introduced me to one of my best guides called A Course in Miracles. Marianne has some wonderful periodic livestream talks which I make it a point to listen to as much as possible. At the end she says "Okay, let's talk about anything that you want to talk about" and the oportunity is given to the audience both livestream and live auduience to pose questions really about anything, it is in these sessions I learn a number of lessons. I see the practical application of A Course in Miracles, somehow, well not somehow, as nothing is random, I can relate to many of the conversations as it sounds so much like what I would ask her if I ever build up the courage.

And so on Tuesday s…

You both have everything and are everything

you both have everything and are everything - ACIM
I love this line from A Course in Miracles, it reminds me every time that I read it how I am enough. Just by virtue of being born I start at 100% so why fight up to prove anything to anyone, or to make myself stressed out to be "someone" I have everything and I am everything- breathe that in for a minute 
Peace


If the lesson is over.....

And I will encourage every sister to be unafraid of asking questions for fear that they may say the wrong thing too early. I will tell them to run from men who cannot show proof that they are actually doing the work to be well. I will challenge the men I know and love to just…do…better. To not exploit and exhaust the love of women and then discard them as if they are trash. And I will be proof to everyone -including you- that there is life after insufficient love and, though rare, peach tulips actually do bloom in summertime. Candice Benbow

Letting go for me, from an intimate relationship is a challenge, I must admit. Feelings of losing, however misguided they are, triggers of being abandoned and rejected, and ego musings of - hey it's me, I am a lovely person, don't you dare!
I think about all the time I invested in dreams and desires, and how someone else is now benefitting from the growth.
I think about dreams unfulfilled and what could have been, I think about was it all true…

Don't Hold on, Don't Hold Back

Hello lovies How y'all doing? I am sharing one of my favourite lessons on the journey. I went back to read this over the weekend, for a refill.  My health has been in fluctuating mode and I know that it is because I have holding things in, haven't figured out why totally yet, so I go back to this lesson as a reminder and I wanted to share it with you
As women, you take things in and digest it, and you have to eliminate as well. We have to draw nutrients that feed our life and our soul and then eliminate the rest. That’s where a lot of us have problems. We don’t eliminate. We will hold on to people, things, clothes, ideas, beliefs and behaviours longer than necessary. Then when we have these dramatic eruptions in our lives—be it a breakdown in a relationship, a loss of a job, a rift in the family—we don’t understand why. You have to look at how you digested your experiences. What are you holding on to and how are you processing things through your mind and your heart? Your whole …

You Are Enough

What’s it like to go through life thinking you’re not quite enough—defective, flawed? Most of us know EXACTLY how that feels. And what happens when we believe the lie? I’ll tell you what happens...We become chronic self-fixers, habitual strivers, always trying to get on the right side of Universal law.
Danielle La Porte

I'm here to tell you, simply - You Are Enough- start from there. There is no gap to fill, nothing to fix, nothing to alter to be "more like"
So you are called wierd, you like avocado and peanut butter sandwiches, maybe you want to be a singer after spending loads of cash on a law degree and your family thinks that you are a nutter! I don't know what it is that you want or have or believe that ought to change, all I can say is, simply - You Are Enough!

That is not to say that there is no room from improvement, however this comes from a place of love not fear, from inside not external stimulation,from achieving my dreams and purpose rather than people plea…

No Approval Required

Drop the “what will people think?” and let your desire to have a passionate life outweigh banal approval. Carole Ann Rice
A Course in Miracles says that the worst people act shows that their call for love is even stronger. Along with all the evidence that hurt people hurt people and boundaries are important to ensure healthy relationships, I can sometimes get confused and caught up in my response and reactions when in a situation with either hurt people or those making a strong call for love. Then there is the other school of thought that says all experiences are not random, they are lessons and pay attention to who is in your life as the reasons are there and will only be made knows by being present and conscious.  Confessions on the journey- for a recovering people pleaser, this is challenging, setting boundaries is tough although necessary, loving others who have demonstrated that they dislike you is tough as hell, and being present and aware in response rather than flying o…

Everything in your life is designed for you

Everything in everyone's life is a gift that is designed specifically for them - Gary Zukav

As I walked off the WE Day Stage at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) stage I couldn't help but think that every event that happens in our lives can be used for something good
I had no idea that my story and my experiences would or could be used and shared and allowed others to share their's as well. This, for me, is a lesson in taking responsibility. How do you respond when events in life come in a way that throw you off, that test all your mettle?
How do you use the resources and the information available to you to move forward, to live a life of peace?

That is the question I ask myself after I feel the feels, because there are feelings involved. That is an important step in moving forward, feeling the feelings, acceptance and action

WE Day was one of the most inspiring days I have had in a very long time
I was so happy and proud to witness it and be a part of the en…

Its WE Day

The best way to experience power (or anything) is to give it away. Make someone else powerful and you become twice as powerful as you were before.
Make someone else loved and you become twice as loved. Make someone else feel good and you feel twice as good. It doesn't get any better than this. And it's all so...simple. Neale Donald Walsh




I stepped out on the stage, the auditorium was impressive, a little intimidating, but not overly scary, I smiled. This year I visualized this, that I would give a talk on this stage. Now here I am a few hours away from doing so and I am so grateful! I have seen that dreams do come through, detachment is also a tool that is required in any dream tool kit. I did not know how, and I did not care and I now know for sure this will be the first of many because my dream was that it was my show, this is not my show, it is someone else's but I am seeing this event  as a practice to start me off and get me acquainted to speaking in front thousands of peo…

Ignorance of the Universal Laws Will Not Exempt the Effects

The ego's need for a false sense of control can block the flow of positive energy that will actually bring you the ideal circumstances you are searching for. It is fear-based thinking and can undermine your progress in all the other areas if you don't recognize it. Christin Sander


I was chatting with my good sister friend yesterday, catching up. She asked me about a project that I mentioned I was working on in April. I told her it's not moved yet, we are still waiting. Waiting on what? I could not respond, so we did a little moan about how unprofessional it is not to have a date set and having the time and date is essential in helping the cause- helping my life move forward After we did our little session, we both started laughing hysterically! What is up with us? Who are we trying to fool? Control freaks!
The seeds have been planted, the work has been done, now is the time to detach and have faith that they Universe will show me the path and guide me accordingly I wanted this …

Listen......

we are taught we must be authorized,qualified and sanctioned by someone else.We search for support and acceptance of others. We question what we know unless we can identify someone who taught us.We forget we have a built-in mechanism of information, protection and guidance - Iyanla Vanzant


I knew it, my gut feeling told me, this was it, it made no logical sense and so I ignored my gut, then shit hit the fan
How many of you can identify? Looking for the validation to do something that your inner guidance said, well, shouted, "go ahead, I got ya!" you wait, you ask others, you procrastinate - procrastination I have learnt is the denial of self, a type of self sabotage, it is not allowing yourself to give birth to something new

There are somethings that you just know and the action is simply to obey! It usually is illogical, people call you crazy., some even laugh at you, talk you out of it. They have not heard your intuition speaking to you did they? They are not you, are they…

Show up True

Be leery bout your place in the world
You're feeling like you're chasing the world
You're leaving not a trace in the world
But you're facing the world

I'm gonna look for my glory yeah
I'll be back like real soon - Solange Knowles from the song Weary


Someone said yesterday " How are you showing up in the world? Do you even know?"
I stopped (when a statement hits me in my gut I stop) What a wonderful question

Are we using the same labels that people use to define us to limit ourselves? Or do we know who we are so we can show up true and not just true, but true and proud?

The truth needs no defence, the truth is just the truth and it will not change because someone is uncomfortable with it

Truth brings freedom and clarity - but to show up true, you gotta exercise courage. If you are not willing to be courageous the truth is harder to live

If you choose to live a lie, expect it to be a tougher life! And anyone who does not want you to live your truth ain't for y…

Don't give up & Don't Give in

You hear the voice of reason
Telling you this can't never be done
No matter how hard reality seems
Just hold on to your dreams
Don't give up and don't give in
Although it seems you never win
- Sounds of Blackness
Yesterday the graduation of the 7th installment of the NiNa Young Enterprise and Entrepreneur's Programme. I really had loads of fun and felt so peaceful inside This programme saved my life, it was at a time when I was really at my wits end as to how to move forward in my life. I decided to put my attention elsewhere, on something other than myself. I had no idea how it would pan out and here we are 6 years later going strong attracting volunteers and friends, unleashing young women into the world that are confident.  We did a new thing yesterday, all local products from young entrepreneurs for the food, the prizes, everything, totally inspiring and having them see that we are walking the talk The other awesome thing was the guest speaker was also from the school a…

What's the Alternative of Positive?

clarity of desire, root into the depths of positivity, fend off doubts with Faith, and repeat. Every minute of every day, give or take. Danielle La Porte

People tell me I am positive. What exactly does that mean I am not sure. 
Oh you are so positive? What's the alternative though? I sometimes want to ask what they mean but I haven't yet done it. It is a recurring theme,  it's either "you are so positive or how come you are so positive"
How come you are so positive? 
Truly, I don't set out everyday to be "positive" I set out daily to live a life which is one of peace and progress. In order for me to do this, complaining, moaning and stressing out is completely off the table, that does not mean that I do not get sad, frustrated, angry and upset. It means that when I do I can feel the feelings knowing that they are guides, they will pass and to remember that peace is my goal. 
This takes some work, it takes me filling up my cup before I leave the house to …

What is Your Definition of Success?

Outward appearances are highly subject to change. A multi-millionaire can find himself bankrupt overnight and the beggar can find himself a millionaire. There are no absolutes in outward appearances. The problem with this is, that if you are using such changeable things to define your self worth, then you are left aiming at an always-moving target because there will always be someone richer, more attractive, more materially successful than you. It can be no other way in the physical world of the relatives. Tania Kotsos

What is your definition of success?
I would love for you to share with me. 

Success is freedom
It is the ability to make decisions and be at peace with it even when the appearances to others seems off, it seems crazy, Success is the ability to change my mind
It is the feeling of gratitude for everything knowing that this too shall pass
it is knowing that I have the responsibility to and make my life as I want based on my responses to the uncontrollable eventss
It is doing what…

What Do You Value?

Your self worth is a function of how you value yourself. To build your self worth you must first discover your values and then make up your own definition of success. Your values are nothing more than what you value in life. You probably already know that society places excessive value on the outward appearances of success, such as money, material possessions, physical appearance, marital status, career and so on. In contrast, little consideration is ever given to the loftier values of a person, such as love, integrity, kindness, emotional intelligence, forgiveness and inner balance, when defining one's success. This means that we have a warped definition of success based largely on outward appearances, which really results in a warped sense of self worth. Tania Kotsos

Yesterday a Tropical Storm hit the islands, there were all sorts of storm warnings, advisories, information given to secure your valuables and be safe. I sat at home thinking okay, what do I value? What would be the …