September Encourager Party! (Plus Aspire Reinvent Conference Announcement)

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Posted September 27, 2020 from Philippines

"When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement really does make a difference." - Zig Ziglar

There is an inexplicable sense of fulfillment when we encourage someone. It's a joy to know that World Pulse Encouragers feel the same way. This is what I confirmed during the September Encourager Party.

World Pulse organizes Encourager Parties every last Friday on the month, 2PM GMT. This is a time to gather and appreciate encouragers, share tips, and listen to them.

Our fourth Encourager fell on September 25, 2020. This time it's an hour advanced compared to the previous parties. Amazingly enough, we still have early birds! 

They are Regina (Cameroon)Jill (Spain)Anum (Pakistan)Manasa (India)Busayo (Nigeria)Shirin (USA)Honorine (Cameroon), and Arrey (Cameroon)

World Pulse new members Meril (Bangladesh) and Donna (USA) were among the early birds, too! It was a wonderful opportunity to chat with them minutes before the party began.

Meril shared how she discovered World Pulse. She expressed her appreciation for being part of this online community.

Manasa was the main host of the party. She welcomed everyone, asked them to participate in the poll, and to introduce themselves on the chatbox. Dawn (USA) helped transcribe the process on the chatbox.

We celebrated our September Featured Encouragers! They were those who were consistent in writing quality comments on World Pulse stories. They are Busayo Obisakin (Nigeria), Arrey-Echi (Cameroon), and Nini Mappo (Kenya)

Busayo shared that whenever she feels discouraged, she logs on to World Pulse to encourage sisters. Doing so encourages her in return. Arrey wrote that it is a joy to know your words can actually make a difference in someone's life. Nini shared that when you find home, you don't waste time, you get on with business. Read their inspiring quotes here.

After congratulating Featured Encouragers, Manasa asked Anum (Pakistan) to read her lovely quote for us,

"World Pulse is so close to my heart. It actually gives me wings. Before (joining) this community, I was shy to be part of any social international platform because I thought nobody will listen to me and my story. But when I wrote my first article and received an overwhelming response from sisters across the world, it boosted my confidence."

Anum narrated how her World Pulse journey began, and how encouraged she was when she received comments on her first post. She shared that it was because of World Pulse she got a chance to speak to economic forums, and now she is part of the UN Global Forum.

That is the power of encouragement!

I shared two tips for Encouragers:

  1. Create a system: set a routine on how, when, how long you will encourage in a given time.   
  2. Practice self-care: schedule a time to care for yourself to avoid "compassion fatigue".

I missed acknowledging that it was from Anjana (Nepal) that I learned about Compassion Fatigue. It is feeling physical, emotional, and spiritual distress in providing care for others.

(Note: From the month of June to September, we have accumulated 12 Encourager Tips! If you want a copy, kindly reach out to our beloved Manasa.)

After the tips-sharing, we quoted an excerpt J Brenda (Uganda)'s lovely poem,

"Each time I came to World Pulse with a heavy heart

The welcome and applause from encouragers free my heavy chest

Which never make me to hesitate for a bit

For I am not at all disappointed

For I know at once I can always shout here

Because you will never shut me up or send me away

The encouraging words are medicine and sweet-smelling flowers

to my wild draining thoughts

Which make my stomach quiver

But I am now bold and encouraged!"

When the Encourager Team comes across quotes related to encouragement, we highlight them at the Encourager Parties to let encouragers see their impact when leaving supportive comments.

The activities mentioned above were preparation for PARTY TIME! The time was set for 15 minutes for encouragers to enjoy good music while leaving comments on World Pulse stories.

After that, the meeting was divided into four breakout sessions. This is a time where Encouragers get to share what World Pulse posts resonated with them. Jill. Ana, Dawn of the World Pulse team facilitated the breakout sessions.

After the intimate sharing, we once again celebrated new members, Donna, Meril, Grace, and first-timer, Anum! 

The smiles of encouragers were a magnificent sight to behold. We are all so happy! It's comforting to know that we all have one mission as we log on World Pulse, and it is to lift up the women from different parts of the world. It's a great feeling that we are not alone in this journey!

Please share about encouragement on this Call for Stories: Stronger Together.

Special announcement: Our World Pulse sister Hawwah (Nigeria) and I are among the 15 speakers at the Aspire Reinvent Conference on October 14-15, 2020, 2PM-7PM UK Time.

Jill worked so hard to secure limited free passes for World Pulse sisters. If you want to join and participate, please reach out to her on or before September 30, 2020. A shoutout of thanks to you, Jill!

I will be sharing about Encouragement and how we are doing it on World Pulse. It would be an honor if encouragers will be there. Thinking about it, I'm reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou, " I come as one, but I stand as 10,000!" 

It would be a wonderful opportunity to connect, expand our network, and learn something new! 

Hope to see you at the Aspire Conference! 

Hope to see you again at the next Encourager Party!

 

 

 

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Manasa Ram Raj
Sep 28
Sep 28

Wow, Karen! So amazing - I felt like I relived the beautiful call! Such a wonderful session with you all. Can't wait for the next. Thank you for everything <3

Dawn Arteaga
Sep 28
Sep 28

Couldn't agree more! I was smiling the whole time I read your post Karen. Our community is SO fortunate to have you as the encourager advisor! I am so inspired by all you do and can't wait to cheer you on during the Aspire presentation.

Nini Mappo
Sep 29
Sep 29

You were smiling the whole time during the call too, Dawn. Every time I looked up you were smiling so heartily, and your smile reminded me to smile :)

Dawn Arteaga
Sep 29
Sep 29

What can I say? Encouragers make me happy!

Meril Swan
Sep 28
Sep 28

Speechless!!! The way you presented everything & focused on everyone's story is just simply amazing!! All of us are soo grateful to have you..Your smiley face & broad mentality makes us even more comfortable!
Thanks from the core of my heart for bringing all of us close:)
We all respect & love you & your energetic work!

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

It was lovely to have you on the call, Meril:-) XX

Andrace
Sep 28
Sep 28

Thanks for all you do, Kaye. 'Appreciate you lots. See you at both events dv. :)

Hugs and love,
E. J.

J Brenda Lanyero
Sep 28
Sep 28

Wow! I am seeing everything and see the positive impacts the sisters have on each other. I am glad you shared this. I feel we are developing wings so strong that we are ready to fly.

Thank you so much Karen for sharing. I will be in the next one.

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hope to see you at the next one, dear! Xx

J Brenda Lanyero
Oct 03
Oct 03

Yes dear. I will try my best :)

Jill Langhus
Oct 03
Oct 03

Awesome.... looking forward to it! XX

Nini Mappo
Sep 29
Sep 29

I was reading this dear Kaye and thinking, there's no room to daydream when you've gotta write the report! Thank you for refreshing our memories through this summary, and bringing us closer again :)
Much love and appreciation!

Regina Afanwi Young
Sep 29
Sep 29

My beloved Karen . You are so organised and detailed in your write up. I have to learn this from you my dear. Thanks so much for bringing back the lovely memories of that day. I couldn't miss that party for anything in the world although I was just coming back from a hospital appointment with my son that day. "The welcome and applause from encouragers free my heavy chest" . I stand with Brenda on this. That us how I felt that day after the party. Thank you all my World Pulse sisters. The breakout sessions was superb. I was so excited to be in your chatroom. For a moment I thought you all were visiting me out here in Cameroon. The bond was so strong and we were so close to one another.
I can already visualise your presentation on the Aspire conference. Have have to acknowledge i learn visualisation from Jill. Trust you on talking about encouragement. I bet you are going to move every single participant in that conference and i can assure you everyone will go home feeling encouraged to join World Pulse.
I join you in shouting out a big thank you to our ever amazing and adorable Jill. She wouldn't stop at anything to uplift women.
"I come as one , but I stand as 10,000" Absolutely my sister we will all be there to support you. We will be there to share our testimonies on the chats of how much you touch lives through your encouraging words and I will be there to testify how you lifted me up during my lowest moment in my life through your words of encouragement. May the Lord be your strength as always my dear

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

Thanks for the shout out, love... you rock! I appreciate it very much!! XX

ARREY- ECHI
Sep 29
Sep 29

My dear Sun Flower,

You are truly a ray of sunshine and love. Thank you for this beautiful recap of the encourager party.

It is so thoughtful of you to acknowledge everyone and make your write up inclusive.

These are valuable lessons we learn and being made visible is a huge form of encouragement.

I have no doubt that you are going to ace the Aspire Conference and make the audience understand just how beautiful and impactful encouraging is.

I look forward to these parties and I am so grateful to you and the amazing World Pulse team for helping us through this.

Let me add my deep appreciation for Manasa and Dawn for always being ready to transcribe during these calls. They are always so refreshing and encouraging.

Looking forward to the next party.

Can't wait to see everyone.

Honorine Ngenwi
Sep 29
Sep 29

Waoh Ka you are a genus. Thanks so much for the wonderful work of encouragement to your sisters. I didn't know I will ever have sisters, friends, mothers, and infact those who can wipe up tears and taught in ones mine. Now I know and I am thanking God for giving me this opportunity to have you sisters in my life. It is said a good friend is better than a bad sister because a bad sister will never encourage, advise, direct or guide you but a good friend will do all those things for you just like what my sisters in world pulse are doing. I am so proud of my sisters and for the marvelous work Karen is doing. Aren't l? If I say I am not then it is a lie. I taught I was lost but along the way, I found my sisters who understands the plite of every women. Sometimes when I am worried or emotionally disturbed I just go straight to world pulse open to some write up read, and read some encouragement from the write up and I am fine. What I see in these sister hood is forward ever backward Never.
For each encouragement party , its like time always runs faster more than usual. Time seems too short and ends so quick.
Can't wait to see you sisters in the up coming party and waiting to hear from Karen on doting the I's and cutting T's in the upcoming Aspire Reinvent Conference. Wow what an amazing one it will be.
God will continue to inspire you as you look forward to the conference.
Hugs
My regard

maeann
Sep 29
Sep 29

Oh wow Congratulations my Sisters :) I miss the Party. But I am happy to know all were smiling hooray! See yah on the next October EncouragerParty.

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

Missed you:-(

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

Wow, Karen! This must have taken a long time to compile. What an amazing synopsis.

Thanks for the numerous acknowledgements, especially the Aspire list. I appreciate it, and you, very much!

Please don't push yourself too hard, Love!

XX