The emotion behinds this video, the story of this plane crash survivor will have you in tears! It’s a blessing and a gentle reminder to us all, that we should never take life for granted and every single day on earth it’s another opportunity for us to be grateful and strive to be and do the best we can. What’s your excuse? What’s my excuse? Every single ounce of breath that we take is sufficient enough to get us going and dream our wildest dreams.

Out of 109 people, Kechi was one of the only 2 survivors of the plane crash that had occurred on December 10th, 2005 in Nigeria. A tragedy that the nation has never forgotten. Even though doctors gave Kechi little to no chance of surviving her injuries, after numerous (about 70 in total) chirurgical interventions, Kechi fought hard for her life and pulled through! A miracle if you ask me. She now lives in Houston Texas with her mother, and is living a fulfilling life.

What we should take away from this story, beside the fact that miracles do happen every day, is that no matter what may have happened, no matter what we may be going trough, as dark as the future may look, as long as we’re still alive and well, we should never give up on our dreams and goals. We should always cultivate a mentality and attitude of gratefulness… Remember, it could be far worse. This young lady has been through a lot (and I’m sure she still is), but her courage, her perseverance, her faith, and desire to make lemonade out of the lemons life has given her took her where she is today… and where she’s going! 

I’m living you today with this message in the hope that, Kechi’s story will move you and give you hope, and inspire you to go for that whatever dream you have deep in you. Watch the video below and see how she stuns the judges at America Got talents! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Kechi is an inspiration for us all, and I admire her for her strength, determination and performance! I wish her the absolute best in life!

Thank you for reading!

Love, light, and blessings!

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BELIEVE… Such a simple word with a powerful effect. If we only know how much of a difference we will make in our life with a strong belief of our ability to be or do anything we want to, well, we will have no other choice but to believe! 

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Believe that you are in the right place at the right moment 

Believe that anything you set your mind on you can do

Believe that everything you pray for or dream of is on its way 

Ankara-prints-blazer-and-prints-shoesBelieve that no one can make you happy but yourself

Believe that you are enough

Believe that you are here on planet Earth with a specific purpose

Ankara-prints-blazer-and-white-shortsBelieve that you’re equipped with greatness… for greatness

Believe that you have what it takes to get to the next level of your life and career

Believe that you are a winner

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Believe that your smile can make difference

Believe that YOU can make a difference

Ankara-prints-blazer-and-prints-shoesBelieve that you can change anything negative in your life, if you so desire

Believe that you are a miracle worker

Believe that everything is working in your favor

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Believe that you can shift in what’s possible

Believe that you are a testament of power and strength

Believe that you will grow through everything you go through

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Believe that you can change the “CAN’T” in “CAN” and the “WON’T” in “WILL”

Believe that you can live a fulfilling and successful life

Believe that you can be an inspiration to your generation and the generations to come

Believe that you can walk into your purpose with faith and confidence

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Believe that you are not a mistake and that you matter

Believe that you are unique 

Believe that you are beautifully and wonderfully made by the Most-High God 

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Believe that you are a light and your magic will touch hearts

Believe that you’re fully capable of creating your reality

Believe that you are where you are supposed to be in life right now

Believe in your callings, talents, and passions; they will take you places

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Believe in the opportunities ahead

Believe that what God has for you is for you

Believe that you can make things happen and make magic

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Believe that there’s always light after dark 

Believe that good things are going to happen

Believe that when you are grateful for what you have and smile to life, life gives you more

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Believe that you are not your past and that your past does not define you 

Believe that you are not what society describes you to be, but who you want to be 

Believe that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens you

Know it. Feel it. Believe it and Manifest it.

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I’m wearing Nomose Couture Ankara Blazer (c/o) USE CODE “HYPNOZGLAM” for a sweet discount 😉 – SIMILAR! JustFab’s shoes (c/o) – TJMaxx’s  top and shorts – Target’s crossbody bag – Guess’s sunnies and L’effet Glamour’s necklace. 

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead, 

Love, 

Edwige

 

 

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When I first read this essay that my 12 year-old middle schooler recently wrote for one of her assignments, I knew I had to share it… Not because I wanted to flaunt my kid’s intelligence or anything, but mostly because I appreciate her openness to life… and the mindset it takes to make it. Also, what kind of mother would I be if I wasn’t super-duper proud of my baby!? 😀  – And as you can imagine, with her beautiful smile on, she said “Yes!”, when I asked for her permission to share this with my readers.

It’s undeniable to me (and her dad) that my daughter is very smart and does great in school, but this moment of pride has more to do with her ability to smilingly write an essay on the subject of Moonshot thinking referring to the inspirations she sees around herself while remaining true to her own beliefs, and shortcomings as a pre-teen. Her words are put in a simple manner that gives you a basic idea of what she’s trying to get across. Take a look…

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Moonshot Thinking by Pearla-Lynn Teko-Folly.

 

What is it?

I think that moonshot thinking is thinking beyond what you can do. Trying harder than you thought. Not giving up on what you believe can happen. Not letting go of your ideas.

 

Examples of Moonshot thinking.

Some examples of moonshot thinking are like when those men said “We’re going to put this guy on the moon!”. That shows moonshot thinking, because they didn’t know if it would actually work, so they said that because they believed that they could do it.

 

Who are moonshot thinkers?

One person that I think represents moonshot thinking is my mom, because she wanted to create her own fashion blog and an online clothing store, and she didn’t know if she was able to do it. Now, because she believed and worked hard for what she wanted, she has two of her own websites: her fashion blog and her online shop. She’s an entrepreneur and is working hard to grow her business. She is also a motivational speaker and she styles and decorates houses and plans parties. That’s because she didn’t give up, but she kept believing that she could and now she did.

 

Why is it important?

Because if you believe in yourself and try harder you will be a moonshot thinker; and if you are a moonshot thinker, you will see how that affects you and makes things easier for you in life, because you can think and plan further ahead, then you will finally reach what you were thinking or planning because you didn’t give up and didn’t stop believing.

 

How am I a moonshot thinker?

I don’t really think I am a moonshot thinker yet, but my parents inspire me to work on it; because I don’t really think ahead or farther in some situations. Like sometimes, I just like to think about what is going to happen later or after something else happens. For example if I were to go somewhere, I would probably be thinking about what is going to happen, what we would do because sometimes when I think ahead it makes me feel like it actually is going to happen but sometimes, I don’t because stuff don’t always happen the way you planned it to go.

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Isn’t this precious!? An innocent mind like being so far ahead of what we, adults are trying to accomplish today. I cannot be more proud of my baby-girl, because this mindset this early in life will literally give her wings!!!

On a parting note, let me remind you, as I just noticed myself reading her essay, kids do see and hear what happens around the house. They see, notice, and have their parents’ attitudes and aptitudes! They see that passions, the belief to fuel them up, and the hard work that support them will ultimately pay off.

 

What’s your attitude around the house? What’s your attitude in times of crises? What are you showing and teaching your kids!?

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by.

 

-Edwige

 

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In a previous post HERE, I waxed poetic on the subject of dream killers, and quickly covered the reasons behind some of the different types of dream killers. I mainly pointed out the “external” dream killers and a simple way to overcome them and move on with our vision… Need a quick reminder? You will find (below) an extract from the article on the Dream killers shared with you a few days ago.

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“So what if you encounter any of these so-called dream killers?
Just put your blinders on. Let them judge and say whatever they want, but don’t argue. Don’t try to convince them, because you will never succeed. Let it go in one ear and out the other. Your best revenge is to get to work, doing what your heart, dreams, and mind are set on! Let your actions speak louder than your words.”

See, that’s actually the easy part when dealing with dream killers… Anything we can see in the “physical” world, we can pretty much fight and vanquish. It’s not as easy though, when it comes to that inner voice that tells you in a very quiet yet resounding tone that “You cannot do it”. That inner voice that asks you: “What if you fail?” That inner voice that always tries to convince you that “So and so tried and failed; what makes you think that YOU can!?” – That same resounding inner voice that makes you believe that “It’s getting so tough… Are you really cut out for this!?”

Yes, our number one and most dangerous dream killer is ourself; more specifically, our thoughts. The negative and most doubtful ones! The ones that play the most frequently and the loudest in our mind and that are easily fueled by the discouraging words and actions of the naysayers…

Let’s face it, the tumultuous times, just like the negative and defeating thoughts are going to come at one point; especially when the going gets tough, when business slows down, or simply when we get rejections… This is the very moment to safeguard your mind! Only feed your mind positive, encouraging, and empowering thoughts! And do this especially when you’re by yourself… You know what they say, “when you’re with others, watch your words, but when you’re by yourself, watch your thoughts!”.

Many would agree that the overflowing thoughts we have just relate to the importance of the endeavor we’re taking on. However, this process should be a balance of both positive and negative thoughts… the Pro & Con though process… the “hope for the best and plan for the worst” thought process. Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, the negative ones play the loudest and overpower the positive ones.

However, as far as I’m concerned, the solution is quite simple. The same way we would beat the external dream killers (by changing their negative words and actions into fuel and motivation), we need to change our mindset so that the negative thoughts are sent automatically to the back of our mind. The positive, encouraging, and empowering ones have to always come up on top. “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their mind cannot change anything!”

Let’s change our mind, so we can progress past our inner dream killers… and accomplish great things!

Let’s change our minds to “I’m well able”, “All I set out to do, I can and will do!”, “No one can understand my vision as much as me or better than me!”, “I am my greatest asset!”, “This is my dream; I believe it and I’ll see it to fruition!”

Inhale confidence… Exhale doubt! Think like a winner! BE A WINNER!

“The reflection you see in the mirror is an image and a reflection of God. Remember who you are! if you ever need assurance of who you are or what you are made of, go and look in the mirror!”

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As I reminisce on this previously shared blog content (photos included in this article) of a few years ago, that recently popped out on my Facebook newsfeed as “memory post”, I come to realize how important it is to stay focused on your journey, no matter what the distractions might be and I thought I would share a little insight on the subject of… Dream killers.

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Now I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem. Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams… I ain’t play the hand I was dealt, I changed my cards, I prayed to the skies and I changed my stars”~ Kanye West, Last Call. 

Dream killers are the people in your life who don’t believe in you. They don’t think you can do things you vouched to do. They question the validity of your goals. They think you’re a “dreamer”.

Dream killers tend to highlight your missteps instead of acknowledging your accomplishments. Dreams killers are everywhere and usually, they are “your people”.  They are people you know very well and maybe, people you even count on.

When we take the random internet thug who doesn’t know you from a mile out of the picture, typical dream killers are often friends, or old friends, co-workers, and even family members. You know the people who kill your vibes and will never encourage you to take on a new challenge? The people who will tell you they love and wish you well, but are never happy or never there to support you when you’re actually doing something you like, that may lead to the success they wished you? These are dream killers. Learn to recognize them and be prepared, because you will, at some point in your life encounter them. Fear not, but be prepared, because they’re literally going to try to kill your dream.

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So what if you encounter any of these so-called dream killers? Just put your blinders on. Let them judge and say whatever they want, but don’t argue. Don’t try to convince them, because you will never succeed. Let it go in one ear and out the other. Your best revenge is to get to work, doing what your heart, dreams, and mind are set on! Let your actions speak louder than your words.

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Now here’s the ticker: Dream killers don’t necessary mean bad or ill. They are not necessarily people that don’t love you. Remember, they can be friends or family members, your mom, dad, or siblings. They are people that just “kill your vibes” whether it is deliberate or not.

They are the naysayers. Maybe they really don’t believe you can do it. Maybe they’re worried about you or scared for you. Maybe they couldn’t do it themselves; Maybe they can’t see a brighter future for themselves so ultimately they’re projecting their insecurities and failures onto you. Maybe they’re jealous or envious. Or maybe they just want to see you take a different path. Whether they mean to or not, they are still dream killers and you shouldn’t let them distract you from your purpose. Dream killers could be a distraction.

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“Starve your distractions and feed your focus!” Daniel Godeman

Distractions will come your way. They will come in many shapes and forms…  Be smart and alert. Learn to recognize them and most importantly, learn to starve them. Don’t let them entertain you. Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize.

My blogging and entrepreneurship journey has been and still is full of distractions. Had I fed them or paid them any mind, I wouldn’t have made it this far. I still have a long way to go, and I’m not even near where I want to be, but I’m grateful for where I am.

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I know my paths are and will probably always be paved of dream killers, and I will not allow them to kill my vibe. I had people asked me: “Are you still doing that blogging thing?” Some would say “Wow… So, you didn’t quit, huh!? … Me to answer – Yes, I am still doing it; and I’m actually doing great and even more than just that… This is not me bragging. I’m simply stating that I know what I want and I claim it; and no dream killers will tell me otherwise!

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Have you ever wondered why strangers or people you barely know would support you more than your own folks? – I believe it’s quite simple. Sometimes, your own folks have a hard time accepting that you came from the same place as them; place where they’re still while they can clearly see you (by your mindset, thinking and actions) successfully growing out of and leaving behind.

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“Do you know why strangers support you more than your own folks? Your own folks have a hard time accepting that you came from the same place they’re still stuck in!” 

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You will hear and read that success is about hard work. Granted, it is! However, keep in mind that success has even more to do with  your mentality. Your mindset is the key. You got to have a strong mind if you want to succeed in anything in life. Whether it’s in your career, wheight loss, marriage… You’re going to have a strong mindset. What you allow to ruffle your feathers matters. The negative thoughts you allow to permeate your mind. The negative people you surround yourself with, who would discourage you and throw you off-course play a crucial role in your success story. Choose your “entourage” wisely and quickly eliminate any negative thoughts (and thing) that may endangered your success.

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Believe in yourself and your ability to make things happen. Trust your gut and follow your heart. Listen to your intuition. Work hard toward your goals and walk in your lane. Surround yourself with positive people – People that will build you up. People that support you and genuinely want the best for you. People who will scold you behind closed doors and deaf ears when you’re “acting up”, but will defend you out in the open when you’re being judged or wronged… because there has to be a balance.

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When you find these people, cherish them, because they are your tribe! What of the dream killers? Ignore them! Love them if you have to, but ignore them! Like who they are, not what they represent… Don’t let them take you off your path. Your career or success depends on it. Keep working hard and let your success speak for you. Maybe one day, just maybe… They will catch on and ask you how you did it… And as my better half says, “those who doubted you and said you cannot do it are still watching… Make sure to put on a good show!” 

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