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I know I’m a bit late with it being the 13th day into the month but I would like to also welcome in September with joy. So far, this month has brought me plenty of inspiration, new people, challenges and many new opportunities.
I had the pleasure of attending the LiftEffects Conference, which was a spectacular showcase of some extraordinary and inspirational individuals who took to the stage to share their stories of how they’ve reached success and helped others along the way. There were also some ‘Star Awards’ bestowed upon ‘The most Outstanding Achievers of 2014’. This informative and empowering annual conference is the creation and vision of a remarkable woman named Sandra Nelson. You can find out more about her and her organisation by visiting her website- Lifteffects.org. I was extremely energised after the event and found myself with a renewed, increased passion towards fulfilling my goals.
One cause which is very close to my heart is Mental Health awareness, so I was very happy to meet Zoe A Onah- author of ‘Against all Odds’, as well as the founder of an organisation called Defying Mental Illness – a platform which she uses to do amazing work in encouraging people to increase their knowledge on Mental Health, as well as share their personal testimonies and stories. As most of you know, I recently made a pledge to raise awareness and help to end the stigma towards mental health. The topic is important to me because mental illness has affected so many people around me, I’ve seen so much stigma towards sufferers and I believe it needs to come to an end once and for all. Please stay tuned in for more personal stories from people who have battled with mental illness. I will also be bold, fearless and use my courage to share my own story about the big black hole that is depression- please be patient with me and stay tuned.
I believe the state of our mental health is definitely something we all need to encourage each other to be open about. It is such a taboo in many societies, such as my own Black community and it needs to be more of a priority that we start to really express ourselves amongst one another freely and openly. There is no such thing as Mental illness being a ‘White’ or even ‘Black’ issue. This is a human issue and as the rate of suicide rises more and more each day, it is vital that we stop it from becoming an epidemic. I want to urge communities to start talking, start doing more to raise awareness and families (as well as individuals), also need to start actively making the effort to educate themselves on understanding mental illness. Compassion goes such a long way in treating mental illness…please stay tuned to NVLife.
The LiftEffects Conference also gifted me with the pleasure of meeting a wonderful lady named Sarah Arrow. Sarah has been blogging since 2007 and is one of the top bloggers in the UK. Her story of going from zero to over 12million followers certainly grabbed attention and ignited the fuel of the bloggers in the audience! Sarah Arrow is currently running a 30 day daily blogging challenge, which I am currently taking part in and will be submitting this blog into shortly. Check out her facebook page and join in, if you want to polish your blogging skills. It is tough but I am really enjoying all this blogging because it is increasing my discipline and my knowledge more and more everyday. I have also found that there is a lot that I need to improve on! However, such is life- growth is necessary for us all to develop and succeed.
All in all, I am happy with what September has brought me so far, apart from a nasty chest infection- I’d be happy for that to disappear! Nevertheless, the great thing about being ill is being forced to slow down and assess things that you’ve not had time to think about. Personally, I have been reviewing my goals. I’ve realised that the more we want something in life, the more anxiety it can bring sometimes. Anxiety stems from fear. But why is it important that we eliminate fears?
I would like to share this piece of inspiration that I stumbled upon:
“Life is best lived by being bold and daring. People tend to grow fearful when they taste failure, face a daunting challenge or fall ill. Yet that is precisely the time to become bolder. Those who are victorious at heart are the greatest of all champions.” (Wisdom For Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda)
I guess one of my next goals on my “things to achieve list” is to remember how important it is to always face my fears head on. If we don’t face our fears, how will we know what we are capable of? Let us all be brave, bold, fearless and empowered, as we embark on whatever our chosen path is.
How is your September going so far? What has made you feel inspired so far? Please leave your comments below.
Stay blessed, stay connected and don’t forget to comment!
Love from Nasilele Ailola
Featured Image of Sandra Nelson (Founder of LiftEffects Org)
Article image insert- Sarah Arrow (Founder of Sarkie Media and organiser of 30 day Blogging challenge- sign up here)
Images of Sarah and Sandra courtesy of JUUF Creative Studios.