Have You Joined Our Encourager Party?

Manasa Ram Raj
Posted December 22, 2020 from India

In this virtual event, we talk about sisterhood, spend time encouraging the World Pulse community, and share ideas for lifting each other up. 

On 18th December 2020, we met with the encouragers, for one final time this year, to celebrate each other and lift up the amazing work encouragers do. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, with challenges doubling down from all sides, encouragers never backed down. The comments of hope, solidarity, love, sisterhood and healing only grew stronger over the year. 

The Encourager Party normally takes place on the last Friday of every month. However, given that Holiday season is upon us, we decided to advance the call, and as always, the one hour allotted for the call ended before it even began!

Dawn Arteaga was the Mother of Ceremonies. She got us started off with a survey poll asking where the audience were joining from, and welcomed everyone. We celebrated the Featured - Encouragers of December who have gone above and beyond to display the World Pulse spirit:

  • J Brenda, Uganda, shares, "It is more satisfying to put a smile on another person's face and give back their strength. Encouragement is a two-way traffic. Because when I encourage a sister who could be going through a similar situation as me, I am encouraged too at the end. It is like nursing someone else's wounds when you too have wounds on your fingers. That hot water and medicine you put on those wounds heal yours too in the process of helping that sister."
  • Mae Ann, Philippines, shares, "We face a myriad of problems in life.  We need a dose of encouragement daily. I encourage because words have power. Every word can bring a difference to a person who needs to be seen and cared about. World Pulse gives me an opportunity, so I connect with a heart by making a significant impact on people’s lives. Thriving to see individual reach their potential and add value to their lives. I love encouraging, it’s one of my favorite hobby."
  • JoMarie, USA, shares, "Encouragement is the energy that ignites, nurtures, and protects courage until it is ready to awaken, rise and take its course."

We also called forward Sushmita to share her journey as an Encourager, "The journey at World Pulse is short yet continuing. It provided me a platform to raise my voice and reach out to the wonderful sisters of World Pulse. This platform helped me connect with the women who have brought in impacts in their communities and changed the lives of many. I draw my power from the stories shared by the sisters of World Pulse and motivate myself to share my experiences and stories from the life that I'm leading with enthusiasm and determination. World Pulse gave me global recognition. I'm so grateful to the World Pulse. It actually means its name, the pulse attached with the term world, is nothing but the pulse of a woman like me. At last, I would like to say that I can never step back in my life when it comes to empowering others. Thank you World Pulse."

Following this, we had some great tips on Encouraging from Karen.

Click here to read of Karen's tips so far

  • Provide A Positive Perspective - It allows the storyteller to see her situation from a fresh and positive lens. What seems to be a hopeless and helpless situation for the storyteller can also be her empowering moment. We give a message of hope by providing a positive perspective (but only after we offered empathy so we don't invalidate her experience). Example: It takes a woman with the strength of character to withstand all that you went through. You've survived the toughest challenges. From this moment on, nothing can bring you down. You'll be unstoppable.

  • Read Older Posts - Look for topics that interest you from the search bar. Read the stories. Leave a heartfelt comment. If the member is inactive, start by asking, "How are you?/How are you doing?", and end with, "Looking forward to more updates from you." From personal experience, leaving comments to older posts encourages inactive members to visit World Pulse and post stories again.

Then we moved on to party time, where we jumped onto worldpulse.com for a brief period of 15 minutes to find stores to read and encourage the authors. Then we assembled in four break out rooms headed by Jill, Mae Ann, JoMarie, and myself - where we went around the group sharing what resonated the most with us from the stories we read. This is a chance for everyone on call to speak up and share their experience as an encourager and the impact of encouragement.

We also heard Gisele's journey on WP, she shares, "In my life, I have felt an impact through interactions with the World Pulse community because this community is a meeting point for me and maybe for others too. I appreciate the feminine world in interactions and that this community is fraternal. The world moves forward with a lot of things, creations, and dreams. This is how we girls (from DRC) wanted to be creative by giving of ourselves what we know. We are five girls who came together to fight against unemployment and self-finance among ourselves. Following our World Pulse community which never ceases to encourage us by advice as well as to raise our voices, we are proud to share with you our dream which is unfinished but with all of us by the encouragement we are sure that everything will be fine."

As a World Pulse staff, the Encourager Parties are personally very transformative. Listening to everyone speak and learning from the shared experience is what I cherish the most. I look forward to the upcoming Encourager Party on January 29th. 

Mark your calendars now and register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/EncouragerParty

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Tamarack Verrall
Dec 22, 2020
Dec 22, 2020

Dear Manasa,
I was sorry to have had to miss this Encourager party and am so grateful to you that we are able to meet and celebrate each other and the power we all know that Encouraging brings. Thanks for the photo and the write-up. Almost as good as being there! Encouraging is in so many ways the backbone of our growth together, and what we do with the information we are able to gather. Encouraging is such great system. We are invited in to really be pat of World Pulse, we get the real world news, and we get to know each other. I am so grateful to World Pulse and to you and the others on our Team who make these meetings possible.
Love,
Tam

Manasa Ram Raj
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Aww Tam, we are so grateful to you! There will be many more parties for us to celebrate all the work you and the encouragers do, together! It's such a wonderful time and listening to the journey of encouragers and the impact on everyone's life is like seeing transformative change happen right in front of our eyes. Truly feel blessed to be among you all.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Dec 22, 2020
Dec 22, 2020

Greetings Manasa,
thanks so much for the writing report to be shared to us, unfortunately I missed the virtual party due to the time frame EST in my location. Hopefully will be better prepared upcoming January 2021.
Our Encouraging parties are a boost uplifting us all and giving us all much hope to still be alive and healthy to be able to exist to support each other and to carry on in our journey here on earth.
Let's pray and continue more unified Action in the upcoming year and hopefully beyond.
dearly together for all global sisters,
Mama Queen.

Manasa Ram Raj
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Dear Mama Queen, I understand, time zone difference is complicated. With the shift in daylight saving too, it's gotten more confusing. I hope you will be able to join our next Encourager Party. We have started sending out reminders a week before and an hour before the party to help with the time zone conflicts. We hope this way a lot more members can join in! Looking forward to celebrating you and all the Encouragers in January. Love, Manasa

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Dec 28, 2020
Dec 28, 2020

Thank you so very much dearest Manasa,
I surely appreciate that. Wishing you best of holy days and a very safe prosperous safe upcoming happy New year 2021 and i hope to attend the next Party.
sincerely, Mama Queen

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 23, 2020
Dec 23, 2020

Hello, Manasa,

Thank you for writing this summary for the last Encourager Party of the year which I missed! On the other hand, I get to experience what it's like to miss an online call due to unavoidable circumstances when we planned to join the meetings and how it feels to be reading a summary right after.

I hope Encouragers can watch the video I recorded for them. Thank you for everything you do. I love that you find Encourager Parties personally transformative. It resonates with me. I am learning from listening to the Encouragers during breakout rooms.

Kudos to you for your dedication, hard work, and commitment. This year was tough and challenging for everyone, but you always show up and give your best. Please stay amazing! I hope you will always remember you are doing a great job!

Manasa Ram Raj
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Karen! THANK YOU for being the backbone and strong pillar of support for us and for all the Encouragers in this most challenging year ever. I am always so grateful for your leadership and vision. Excited for more adventures in the new year.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

You're so humble, dear. You are part of that backbone and pillar. I can't do it without you and Dawn. Thanks for being amazing! Yes, cheers for more adventures in 2021! Stay awesome.

MUKABA ZAWADI
Dec 23, 2020
Dec 23, 2020

merci pour cette partage

Manasa Ram Raj
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Thank you, Zawadi. See you in Jan :)

Jill Langhus
Dec 23, 2020
Dec 23, 2020

Hello Dear Manasa,

Thanks for the lovely Encourager Party synopsis. There's always such great energy at these. I'm proud to be an encourager and among so many amazing, uplifting and intelligent trailblazers. See you at the next one!

XX

Manasa Ram Raj
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Thank YOU, Jill! I'm so thankful to know you and to learn from you, and from all the amazing encouragers. See you at the next party :)

Jill Langhus
Dec 28, 2020
Dec 28, 2020

You're welcome, dear. Aw. I'm humbled:-) Thank you!

See you soon.

Happy New Year! XX

ESEZA MUKYALA
Dec 24, 2020
Dec 24, 2020

Dear sister Manasa, thanks for the summaries about the encouragers party. In the same spirit, I would like to apologise for not having attended but I didn't attend because I didn't know how it's conducted and wasn't ready.

Manasa Ram Raj
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Dear Eseza, I'm sorry to hear you weren't aware how it's conducted. Please do register here : https://bit.ly/EncouragerParty -- for the upcoming party to be held on January 29th at 2 PM UTC. Once you register, you will get a link to join the call. And we will also send you reminders ahead of the call. Hope to see you there!

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello Manasa, thanks for the great write up on the last encourager party. I always look forward to it. Its a always a good feeling connecting with these amazing and adorable women. Am so glad to be an encourager.
Thank you Manasaa and world pulse team for your total commitment. Yes we are stronger together!!!!

Sheroo
Jan 29
Jan 29

Hie Manasa,

I'm glad I got to attend an encourager party, it's awesome. Thanks