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…
My Amazon.com best seller – Love in Cancun is now on sale in Nigeria, the USA and beyond! Kindly see a list of places where the book can be purchased at the retail price of N1,500 below. More outlets will be announced here, so please bookmark this post!
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What is so special about Love in cancun? Why should you buy/read it? In addition to the 5-star reviews on amazon.com, Here are some of the reasons the book is so refreshing and appealing:
It is a clear and empowering proof that dreams come true, self love is possible and a catalyst for success and a chance for you to go on holiday right there in the comfort of your room!
One third of the gross profits from each book will be donated to United for Kids Foundation and other genuine causes set up to alleviate the pain and suffering of children from low income families and displaced children in Nigeria and beyond.
Visit the Love in Cancun Page for reviews updates and news about the next chapter! I truly hope this book inspires you to love yourself, find moments of stillness to connect with and hear from your maker, dream big, ask boldly and understand life’s pauses.
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.
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