My Personal Assets Map
When we think of assets, we think of the useful value or quality of a thing or person. The personal assets map exercise has made me embrace and appreciate even more the obvious and not so obvious assets I and those around me possess. We are all part of a big picture in the world and our separate and individual journeys or stories are colored and interwoven with the life of others and the true connections we make in the process.
I see my assets revolving around these core areas; my gifts, my people, my passion, my places and my pain. These are the different threads of my life woven together beautifully to make me who I am and who I potentially will become. For me (and I assume many others), the major driving factor in life is fulfilling purpose and I believe we have been given the gift of life to develop, explore, impact and make a difference in the life of others.
Relationships are a huge part of life’s journey and my biggest relationship stems for my faith in God who created me for a reason which continues to be unveiled through my relationship with Him. The key questions being “who am I” and “why am I here”. This has brought me my people; those who are meant to help my growth and those who I am called to serve. My friends who are supportive and in most cases inspiring as we’ve journeyed and struggled together. There are friends who have been there in what seems like forever and some I’ve met for a season and even more interesting are friendships that have blossomed online when I dared to break out of my comfort zone. There have been people who are far from me that I watch and absorb from a distance through books, blogs, talks and who motivate me and serve as mentors. There are the people I serve, the ones who fuel my passion daily and make me feel like I’m on a purposeful journey. They are the young girls I meet who just need someone to lean on to for a moment as they blaze their own paths and the ones who brought me to this new place of mentoring. Finally, My family, my safety net, my “igi lehin ogba” (solid tree of support) a huge and meaningful part of my life without which I truly will not be who I am today.
I have also been fortunate to be a part of great organizations through work and volunteering experiences. These I consider to be my places. They have helped me develop leadership, interpersonal and great communication skills over the years. I have had the opportunity to be on the board of a non-profit organization Children of Promise Ministries with the mission of rescuing orphans and vulnerable children for the streets of Ibadan, Nigeria. I currently volunteer for Infinite Family, an online mentoring program for children in South Africa via video conferencing. I’m also grateful for being a part of a wonderful church, Northridge Church which is big on reaching out to diverse communities and supporting its members with training and small group opportunities. I also consider platforms like World Pulse, Facebook and other social media outlets as amazing assets which can be used for connecting globally and amplifying your voice on issues and can be used for mobilizing, collaborating or advocating and even finding access to training opportunities.
I will also like to acknowledge my personal assets, lumped together as my gifts, my pain and my passion. The strongest being my voice which is best articulated through writing. I do well in conversation but find that writing is my prefered outlet for expression. I recently created a blog which helps me pour out my feelings and share stories from the heart. I also find that I am open-minded and genuinely care about people, their struggles and have the ability to be a great resource and support for my circle. My personal pain, struggles and faith have been significant assets in my life and push me beyond the immediate circumstances to be the best version of myself once I have fully embraced the process. In all I really do feel I’m a warm and personable person, with a great smile (if I can say so myself), willing to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone in this stage of my life for beautiful connections that make a difference in our world.