August Encourager Party!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted August 31, 2020 from Philippines
Graphic design by Karen Axalan

"Always be generous with your encouraging words, you may find they will inspire others to be the best they can be." — Catherine Pulsifer  

When we think about generosity, the first thing that enters our mind is giving/donating money; however, the most generous gesture of all is sharing your time. With the right opportunity we can earn money, but we cannot take back wasted time.

Encouragers are generous people. They choose to give a portion of precious time to listen, to care, and to uplift. I have proven that here on World Pulse and during Encourager Parties.

World Pulse organizes Encourager Parties every last Friday on the month, 3PM GMT. This is a time to gather and appreciate encouragers, share tips, and listen to them.

On August 28, 2020, we had our third and longest party!

I joined Zoom forty minutes early that Friday to test my audio and video, check my background, and review the program flow. I was surprised to see eight women on the call. I thought I disrupted an earlier World Pulse meeting. I was about to leave when I heard them say, “It’s Karen!”, “Hello, Karen!”

“Wow! You’re so early!”, I responded. There I saw SophieRegina, and Honorine from Cameroon;Thelma and Hawwah from Nigeria; Anjana and her daughter Aarya from Nepal; and Seema from India. Their energy was so high and positive! More early birds joined in!

We exchanged “how are you’s?”.

We sang “Happy birthday” to Anjana and Regina (August babies!)

We learned from Hawwah some informative facts about Nepal, India, and Africa.

We wowed when Seema showed her necklace given by Jill (Spain).

We listened as they share what motivates them to encourage on World Pulse.

There was still time to teach them Mae Ann's World Pulse clap.

Dawn played our Encourager Party music. It was a splendid time spent with the early birds.

As the program began, Dawn welcomed everyone, at the same time, Manasa assisted behind the scenes and helped with the transcription. The chatbox was overflowing with introductory messages from encouragers across the globe.

We began by celebrating our August Featured Encouragers: Tam (Canada), Veronica (Cameroon), and Thelma (Nigeria). Each one read their awe-inspiring quotes on encouragement. We showed our appreciation through our World Pulse claps! It was so invigorating to read messages of “Congratulations!” on the chatbox!

The team asked Beatrice (South Africa) to read her lovely quote for us,

I absolutely love World Pulse, I feel so at home and I value that I have found so many hearts in one place that are looking to beat together”.

For the tips, I showed how to navigate on “My Pulse” Page (Featured, Recent, Following, Interests tabs); and how to look out for posts with “My First Story”. I reminded encouragers to “Send Love” to posts, and to use the translation tool to understand stories written in foreign language. (Note: From the month of June to August, we have accumulated 10 Encourager Tips! If you want a copy, kindly reach out to our beloved Manasa.)

The team shared a remarkable quote from Caroline (Nigeria) to inspire encouragers,

“I can never forget the moment I wrote my first post on World Pulse and right away four people reached out. It was such a memorable experience for me. I always take time to read every comment and respond to each person because it just means so much that people connect with your vision and what you care about…those moments continue to resonate for me. Beyond just encouraging, some of these Encouragers take the time to build personal relationships with you and provide an emotional support system for you that keep you going….that is really special.”

Before "Party Time" began, Dawn announced a new Call for Stories on Encouragement. Then it was time to log on and lift up!

After encouragers left comments on World Pulse, they shared what stories touched them during breakout sessions.

Just as we thought the party was over, there were around fourteen sisters who didn’t want the party to end. They stayed on and chatted with each other.

So far this has been the most momentous party we had. Encouragers are truly generous! They are willing to spend time to uplift one another.

Dear encouragers,

It is always a joy to see you during our virtual parties.

Thank you for choosing to "listen".

Thank you for sending caring comments to our World Pulse sisters.

Thank you for being generous with your time.

Each of you is valuable; your role is significant. Each comment you write matters because no one can encourage the way you do. Your authentic and unique style of encouragement makes you one of a kind. The World Pulse Team and Community appreciate your love, effort, and generosity! Thank you for helping build a loving community of women!

To end, let me share this lovely feedbacks from Shruti (India):

"The Encourager Party by World Pulse is such a breath of fresh air for me last night. After a hard knock day mentally, seeing a bunch of lovely face was like a therapy session. Big hearts all around!"

And from E.J.:

"Thank you for the helpful tips given during the last Encouragers meeting. Before then, I didn’t know how to navigate the website, especially to get the recent or first posts easily. Now I know.:) "

See you again on September! Invite friends. Be early! Register in advance!

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Honorine Ngenwi
Aug 31
Aug 31

Helloooo Ka how are you today? You really did well on elaborating on the activities that took place during the encouraging party. It was such a wonderful one and thanks for expanciating on some of the instructions that are being labelled on the page ie interest, recent etc. You have a very strong will power of encouraging. Your way of encouragement makes some one feels she has completed her task already.
Love
My regard
XX

Hello, Honorine,

All is well with my family and me. Thank you for asking. I was really surprised to see you so early at the party because I was still sending you the links while I was setting up. Thanks for joining us.

Thank you so much for your kinds words, dear. I write and encourage from the heart. :) Have a great day!

Honorine Ngenwi
Sep 02
Sep 02

Thanks Ka and you too
Hugs xx

You're welcome, dear.:)

Shirin Dalaki
Sep 01
Sep 01

Karen,

You are amazing...thank you for great encouraging party. I truly enjoyed it and had fun.
Thank you for being YOU.

Shirin

Hello, Shirin,

You are amazing as well! So happy to see you online. I always feel there are a lot of things going on during the party that I could not greet everyone properly or reply to chat messages. I'm glad to know you enjoyed it and had fun. It's super encouraging to spend time with women whose caring hearts nurture this community. Thank you for joining!

Shirin Dalaki
Sep 02
Sep 02

Hello Karen,

I know what you are saying but what is so clear is the positivity and enthusiasm and the celebration and I agree that it is super encouraging...such a loving place. Thank you.

That's true, dear Shirin. It's such so magnificent to see all of you in one meeting. :) Very priceless experience. There's hope in this world! Keep shining!

Jill Langhus
Sep 02
Sep 02

Hello Dearest Kaye,

Wow! I'm blown away by your synopsis, the success of the encouragement parties, the feedback and, yes, by the generosity of all the Encouragers. I feel like I missed out now on the pre and after party. I would've loved to sing Happy Birthday to Anjana and Regina! Maybe we should always do that... I love this idea:-)

Thanks for writing up such a great wrap up, and for making all the Encouragers feel so valuable and special, because they are:-)

XX

Hello, JLo, thank you for joining us and helping facilitate one of the breakout sessions. We are honored you grace us with your presence, our Ultimate Encourager Mentor. Yeah, if you have time to spare, please join the pre and post party. Yes! We should ask who are have birthdays this September.

Thank you, JLo. They make this place special, it's great to celebrate them because, like you said, they are special!

Jill Langhus
Sep 04
Sep 04

Hello there, Kaye:-)

You're very welcome! Ha. You're funny!

I will see next time.

That would be lovely about the birthdays, I think.

Indeed they do! A big family:-)

XX

Thelma obani 2020
Sep 02
Sep 02

Beautiful moments and memories.
I sooo appreciate all of us at world pulse.
More wins and less stress..❤❤

Thank you for joining us early, dear Thelma! It was fun to watch you walk around while carrying your phone, Ms. Galaxy! Yes, let's keep the spirit of World Pulse alive! Thanks for your love.

Thelma obani 2020
Sep 04
Sep 04

Thanks for sharing in my joy.❣❤❤

Kamariza Byinshi
Sep 02
Sep 02

Salut sœur Karen!je vois que c'était fantastique ma chère malheureusement j'ai pas été là car j'avais cours et la présence était vivement obligatoire.mais espérons que la prochaine fête je serai présente et merci pour l'invitation.
Soit béni ma chérie.

Hello, my sister Kamariza, we're sad we missed you, but you already told me in advance that you won't make it. I look forward to the day when you can join us. It's really different when you are there! Thank you for the care and support.

Kamariza Byinshi
Sep 04
Sep 04

Merci ma chère

Regina Afanwi Young
Sep 02
Sep 02

Hello my sister
karen, how are you and your family doing? How is your cute son who attended the party? Hugs to him. This is a complete write up of the party. Good job Karen.
I enjoyed every bit of it. Yes we were the early birds and chatted for so long before the party.
Thanks you so much for the birthday song. I felt so uplifted considering what am going through right now.
Can't wait for the next encouragers party. You stay blessed and safe my dear.
Hugs, Regina

Hello, dear Regina,

All is well, love. Thanks for asking. Hahaha. He always want to join the party. I made sure he was asleep that time, but lo, and behold, he woke up while we are in the breakout session. Thank you, dear. It's a team effort, really.

Yeah, I think you were there an hour or more before the party began. It was a precious moment, dear, when you opened up about your personal challenge, and our early birds sisters consoled you. What a lovely sisterhood. Of course, we want to celebrate you and Anjana even though we're days late already. See you next party, dear. Stay safe and blessed, too!

Beth Lacey
Sep 03
Sep 03

Karen, your recaps are so fun to read!

Thank you, Beth! I appreciate you.

Andrace
Sep 06
Sep 06

Thank you too for your tireless service, Kaye. You truly rock!

Love and hugs,
E. J.

The pleasure it mine, dear E.J.. Thanks for your tireless service, too! We're all in this together so you rock, too!

ANJ ANA
Sep 07
Sep 07

"Encouragers need to be Encourage "it's really very important.
Early birds got more love and attention from the WP sisters. Thanks again for the rocking party. Yeyyyyyyyy
<3 <3

Yes! We all do. You're always an early bird, Anjana. Your presence is an encouragement. :) It's a team effort, dear. Dawn, Manasa, and the World Pulse team make it all possible!

Glory Chagama
Sep 08
Sep 08

Thank you Karen for a very elaborated flow of activities that took place..It was a beautiful moment indeed, my first ever virtual party.. hearing women from the globe and having fun moment together it was great.. looking forward for the September one..

Hello, Glory! So happy to hear from you, and so glad to meet you online. It's a great experience to see women from all over the world, isn't it? Women with a goal to uplift each other. :) Looking forward to seeing you at the next party. Let's treasure these online moments while it lasts.

ARREY- ECHI
Sep 08
Sep 08

Dear SunFlower,
This is a beautiful recap of the encourager parties and yes, even those who uplift need to be uplifted.
I can relate with Caroline. When I wrote my first post here on WP on sickle cell matters, I was unsure how it was going to be received. I could say, had I known, I needn't fret.
The encouraging comments and the relationships built from there have gone to impact me in more ways than I can count and so, knowing how much our world today needs encouragement, I do my best to pay it forward.

Thank you all for the amazing work you do for keeping this house and encouragers aflood.

Looking forward to the next encoruager party.

I hope you and your beautiful family are doing great.

With love and sunshine.

Hello, dear RED ROSE,

Thank you for reading! I hope you were able to follow the flow of the program. I'm glad that what Caroline feel resonates with you, just as it did to me. It's my desire that every World Pulse sister who writes a story would experience the same. Thank you for your commitment to encouraging despite your hectic schedule, dear.

Thank you for appreciating, but truly, it is a team effort. I surely cannot do this alone. Looking forward to seeing you on the next party, dear. Hope you are always safe and well, too!

Kabahenda
Sep 10
Sep 10

Hello Karen,
Thank you for sharing this awesome message. It sounds like a missed out in a very big way, but I am very happy that you got to meet other members of World Pulse and to have a wonderful time.

Encouragers are extremely generous with the time and words some of which are healing, soothing, and supportive.

Guess what? You are among the most inspiring encouragers, your friendliness and generosity are worth acknowledging. We at World Pulse are lucky to have you! Keep those tips coming.