September 2013 : Be You!

september 2013People who rise to greatness tend to have three things in common: 1. They both practice and rest deliberately over time 2. Their practice is fueled by passion and intrinsic interest 3. They wrestle adversity into success.
— Christine Carter 


Don't hide what makes you unique.  Harness what makes you different.  Stop trying to fit into the mold.  The mold is often very boring. Pursue your passion but don't let your passions overwhelm you! Learn balance! Remember, your goals might seem lofty but if you singlemindedly walk on the path required to acheive that goal and you keep your heart, ears, eyes open and your brain working - you will learn so many things on that path and you might actually have a lot of fun along the way.   As we get into the 'ember' months, remember that it is not too late to start along your path even if it is a toe in at a time.  Just start!   Most importantly, be you!! at all times.  :-)

I will like to say a thank you to those who were open to being interviewed for this platform.  It was inspiring speaking with Brooke Wurst on her project which shows that answers often lie within a community voluntarily deciding to create change.  Do read that interview.  Loved it.   I will also love to say thank you to  Rachel Zadok and Amira Kheir.  

I will also love to thank Ifeanyi Onyeji and Osolase Ehikioya Hilary - I know how busy you all get and yet, you come through.  I am grateful.

 Thank you to the readers!

Remember:  Be beautifully, courageously, confidently, you!!

Till December.

Take Care And God Bless!

-Pam *onyi* Stitch (Admin)





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