My year has been off to a flying start. I got the biggest surprise on Monday morning when Ida pointed out that I, along with my wonderful colleagues made it onto the Birds on the Blog list of 101 wonderful women of 2012. This was the biggest surprise ever and I would once again like to thank the Birds for this honour. And it was a big big deal too. The list contains the likes of Forbes number 1 most influential woman in social media.
I have high hopes for so many things. I wish to see Africa On The B
log grow and thrive and perhaps make it onto the list Eliza shared. I hope to take my first step towards making an impact in my local community in Ghana. In fact I would like to reach out to young children to aspire to be great and aim to do well in their education. Knowledge is power. I hope to raise money for charity amongst other things.
The list goes on and on but there are only 2 resolutions I have made for myself this year. The first is that I want to be present for the loves of my life. I want to really be all there and watch my 2 year old grow, play with her and not be too preoccupied by what I am making for dinner, my next blog post, my work or my studies. What a handful!
The second is simple: finish off what I have started. I need to complete one personal project before moving on to the next one.
Start setting your hopes in motion today dear friends! You know, when I first started blogging, I thought, “yeah right! Who am I that I should scribe out my thoughts?” Confidence boosting experiences like the birds publication reminds me of the following quote by Marianne Williamson, often credited to Nelson Mandela.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Who are we not to shine dear friends? I now get friends asking me for recipes and they in turn create even more wonderful dishes than I could have imagined. I also have friends tell me that I have inspired them to be healthy.
What would you like to do this year? I wish you all the best for your 2012 aspirations no matter what they be.