Life Lessons

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    Addicted to Sidetracking

    I hate to admit it…… but I’m addicted to sidetracking. I have grandiose ideas. Brainstorming, strategizing, and setting goals is my thing, meticulously developing elaborate plans to accomplish my visions. I plan. The problem is I prolong the completion unless there is a hard and fast deadline. For example, in December 2018, I planned to read four specific “purpose” books in January of this year. It’s September, and I’m only on book number three. I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in July. Began reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl in August. I’m currently on the third book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s a 12-week workbook.…

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    Working For My Good

    My internal alarm clock has been going off before the crack of dawn. Consequently, I circle the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as an act of worship and daily fitness regimen. The song “Intentional” by American gospel singer Travis Greene plays in my ears. It’s a reminder despite my current circumstances, things are working for my good. All things are working for my good, yeah‘Cause He’s intentionalNever failingI know that all things are working for my good, yeahHe’s intentionalNever failing Beginning of the year, my husband signed a football contract in Fujairah. Fujairah is an emirate approximately an hour outside of Dubai. For a reason…

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    Trust the Process

    It’s the second half of the year. Can you believe it? I’m in my seventh country in the seventh month of the year (Really eighth country if I count my overnight stay in Oman due to visa expiration – LOL!). Still, I do not have any regrets about my decision “to drop my whole life in the U.S.” It’s been an adventure. I’ve learned a lot about myself – strengths, weaknesses, downfalls, likes, dislikes, limitations, emotions. My aim is clarity for my life purpose and the individuals I was created to serve. Most importantly, I’m learning to trust the process. I found a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs in…

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    Doing the Hard Stuff

    Doing the hard stuff. “The trail is offroad, with a good mix of forest jeep and single track. We will be spending most of our time running under the forest canopy as we navigate our way through the indigenous forest within the Table Mountain’s National Park.” Analzying this Airbnb experience description after the other participant stated the narrative was precise. I think they left a few words out to describe this run. Allow me to list a few: hard, difficult, challenging. I presume I was a bit overzealous. I recently hiked 3 hours one way to the highest waterfall in West Africa. Evidently, I did not envision the description as…

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    Let Your Imagination Run Wild

    Thoughts or Destiny? Recently, I attended a Toastmasters meeting in Johannesburg with 20 or so young South African professionals and burgeoning business owners. If I might add, eloquently spoken individuals. A somewhat energetic, fair skin, young lady presented a speech on THOUGHTS which was quite intriguing. She transparently explained how she desired to be an actress. Instead, she is a 36-year-old, single mother, working as a consultant, living with her parents. She quoted quite a few biblical references at the beginning of her speech like  “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”  and I’m assuming the question she’s pondering is do your THOUGHTS genuinely play a part…

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    3 Lessons From Climbing the Wli Waterfall

    Wli Agumatsa Waterfalls is located in the Volta Region near the HoHoe municipality in Ghana and a stone’s throw away from the Togo border. The Wli Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Ghana and West Africa. The five-hour commute to the area is an experience in itself. Unless you charter a private car or bus, tro-tros are the most common mode of transportation to and from the Wli village. With the aid of my bluetooth headphones and cellphone’s gospel playlist, I was able to focus on the beautiful mountainous views and not so much on the rocky transit. I was excited about the new adventure but I underestimated the arduousness…

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    Listen Spells Silent

    “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey Interesting, I never knew listen spells silent. I’ve always been a loquacious person. I love talking so much, particularly about myself, that I will have conversations with complete strangers. I would depart from the conversation not knowing anything about the other person, sometimes not even their name. Concurring with the above quote made by Mr. Covey, I only listened with the intent to reply. Most of the time interrupting the person I was conversing with so that I could get my point across. Married to a person whose native tongue…

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    Win or Perish

    The availability of jobs is somewhat scarce in Ghana. The citizens have to create opportunities for themselves. They are hungry for survival. Therefore, entrepreneurship comes second nature to them. Daybreak begins not only with the cocks crowing but the clanging of bells, the beat of a drum or a loud cry indicating a product or service to render. To name a few products and services offered door to door: manicure and pedicure (I personally wouldn’t partake in this service), an assortment of fruit, breakfast porridge, pest control services, boiled eggs, beans and peas, homemade pastries and beverages, belts, men’s boxer shorts, fresh coconut water served by the hacking of a…

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    Grow Thyself

    The Central Region has a beautiful coastline but a horrific past. Touching the wall of a cell where my ancestors were held captive, standing in the room with approximately 20 people and thinking to myself “how could 100 plus persons realistically fit in such a small space?”, and seeing the “Door of No Return” open up to the Atlantic Ocean bought about mixed emotions. During Easter weekend, we took a staycation to the Central Region in Ghana. While there, we visited Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle, and Elmina Castle. School textbooks came to life while touring the castles. Personally seeing the dark, small quarters with poor ventilation that held…

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    Faith In Action

    Update: It’s November 12, 2019. Quite honestly, I’ve been slacking in the faith in action department. 228 days since my first international speaking engagement (Kumasi, Ghana) 128 days since the VIP Mastermind Session (London, United Kingdom) A business brainstorm event 50 days before 2019 is over – Can you believe it? I confess my actions are still not aligning with what I really want out of life. Why haven’t I acted on my desires to inspire through public speaking?  What’s holding me back from helping others to overcome their fears?  Why am I not telling the world to go after their personal legend?  The reality of the matter is I…