When you don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning,
Act like the sun when it shows up for its life’s work everyday no matter what.
When you feel unappreciated and ignored,
Act like the sun when it comes out and works full time, even on the coldest winter days when no one notices.
When the waves and storms of life threaten to drown out your efforts,
Act like the sun when it struggles and successfully overtakes even the darkest clouds every morning.
When the devil tries to sow the seed of pride and arrogance in your heart, telling you such and such are beneath you,
Act like the sun, which ignores class and wealth, and shines it’s light equally on all.
When you know it’s time to walk away but the cheers and fears keep holding you back,
Act like the sun when it sets every day no matter whose watching.
May God help you to act like the sun, to release your purpose and show up for your life’s work no matter what!
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 21, 2016 For some people, it isn’t a big deal, but for me, it was and still is a huge deal that I met President Obama up close and personal, and he spoke with me. You see, this life is full of struggles and hustles, and a little high here and there is always helpful to help refuel our tank so we can keep going. I was privileged to attend the President’s inaugural ball in January 2013, but there were almost 15,000 other guests at the convention center that day, so meeting him was not even a possibility. My next attempt was in 2014, when I was invited to be a part of the planning meeting for the US-Africa Leaders summit. I was excited about being in the White House for the first time, but a little heart broken that we could only enter the Eisenhower executive office building and their was no POTUS. So you can imagine my excitement when I got an invitation to the first ever White House Eid party (the White House always hosted an annual iftar dinner during Ramadan, but this year an Eid party was hosted for the first time.) Not only was this a dream come true because I had bought my dress with the intention of wearing it to a party at the White House since 2014 even though I didn’t know how I would get invited to one, it was huge because I knew the president would attend and the party was being held inside the East Wing of the White House. I mean, we were going inside the first family’s house!
It was an exciting time yesterday, proof that God listens to every prayer, and a chance to meet so many amazing Muslim-Americans doing wonderful work across the country.
The gathering shattered the myth that Muslim Americans don’t contribute positively to the USA. I saw and spoke with people blazing trails, saw Thomas Jefferson’s Quran, and heard from the President how African slaves were mostly Muslims. Most importantly, it was what I needed to see so I can organize folks even harder so that the evil hater of all things that define me: a Black Immigrant Muslim American Woman doesn’t set foot in the beautiful White House ever! More photos on my Facebook Page.
The video of the President’s full address, and of course, a giggling Tope is below. Enjoy…
About Love In Cancun
How does one deal with the passing of the most important person in their life, and then deal with the loss of a six-figure job? Nurah hit the pause button on her hectic life and went to Cancun, Mexico, leaving everything she owned behind outside of a change of clothes, to reconnect with herself on a spiritual journey with unknowns around every corner helping guide her back on the path she was meant to be on from the start. Love in Cancun, a heartfelt documentation from a middle aged, single woman’s perspective reveals the challenges of having to face the constant emotional struggles that one who feels as if life had passed her by had felt. She deals with them in a way that few outside of her shoes could understand, and finds herself in an entirely new setting than she had expected.
About the Author
Ganiyah Tope Fajingbesi is the host of Impact Africa and Coordinating Trustee of United for Kids Foundation. She is the noted author of What Color Is Your Money? Your Personalized Road Map to Business Success, which was published in April 2013. Love in Cancun is loosely based on her six-day holiday in Cancun, Mexico in August 2015
Why Should You Attend The Launch?
You will get the real scoop behind my Cancun love story,
You will be inspired to ask big and speak boldly for your success,
You will be making a big dent in the fight to end illiteracy and poverty in children from low income families. One third of the proceeds from this book will be donated directly to organizations such as United for Kids Foundation.
In 2008, I attended a wedding every Saturday from March till August, and 3 of my siblings had beautiful babies. I began to fuel my tank with the energy of desperation instead of wholeness. So who is driving your love agenda? Is it the Valentines’ day hawker? What is fueling your journey to love? Is it desperation? Age? Social Status? Is love supposed to hurt?
Are you bold enough to search within, embrace your wholeness and own your fabulousness?
Yes Yes Yes?
Then watch this and share with your loved ones too. You never know who needs to hear this, like I needed to in 2008.
Enjoy, share and please join our tribe – www.ganiyah.com/join-us and/or www.facebook.com/houseofganiyah.com. We have two big events this month – #LoveInCancun book release and Dr. Shola Shade Ezeokoli is coming to the village meeting at month end.
Thank you for making today’s village meeting, Happy New You, a success. Big thanks to our amazing teachers who generously poured into us for more than 2 hours today. While our amazing coaches will be back to dig deeper, I hope you will visit them in their online homes and take the amazing opportunities they have available. Thank you Bravepreneur Bolaji Oyejide, breast cancer survivor and advocate Jelilat Oyetunji, Psychotherapist and Coach, Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara, Family Life Coach ‘Yinka Ogunfemi, Balanced Living Coach and Physician Dr. Shola Shade Ezeokoli and Abdulazeez Odusanya. And thank you to all those who took time to join us. The replay of the event is available here, the guide to the replay is as follows:
00:00:00 – Introduction
00:11:00 – Sholashade Ezeokoli
00:33:00 – Yinka Ogunfemi
01:02:00 – Bolaji Oyejide
01:23:00 – Abdulazeez Odusanya
01:32:00 – Jelilat Oyetunji
01:49:00 – Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara
02:04:30 – Tope Fajingbesi
Please take the a brief survey here to help us grow this tribe better, and don’t forget tojoin our tribe if you haven’t done so already so that we can grow together in 2016 and beyond.
Are you ready to unleash a Happy New You in 2016?
Do you know that the world is waiting for your purpose?
Are you ready to let go of the crippling fear that is blocking your success?
Are you tired of the of the frustration you feel at work and at home?
Do you long for a strong and an assuring relationship with your maker?
Are you ready to speak and breathe life into your miracles?
Do you want to learn how to attract and retain the love that you deserve?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, we invite you to join us at House of Ganiyah’s first tribal meeting/webinar – Happy New You.
Join Bravepreneur Bolaji Oyejide, breast cancer survivor and advocate Jelilat Oyetunji, Psychotherapist and Coach, Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara, Family Life Coach ‘Yinka Ogunfemi, Balanced Living Coach and Physician Dr. Shola Shade Ezeokoli and your host, House of Ganiyah Founder, Author and your Purpose Driven Life Enabler, Tope Fajingbesi.
Simply join our tribe and mark your calendar (Sunday January 24th 2016 at 2PM ET) to attend the event.