April Encourager’s Party (how encouragement on World Pulse has impacted me)

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted May 9, 2021 from Cameroon

  Every last Friday of the month World Pulse organizes an encourager party at 2PM GMT. World Pulse sisters always look forward to this moment where we welcome new encouragers, appreciate active encouragers for the previous month (featured encourager) and share tips related to encouragement. It always lasts an hour but I bet its always our wish it last more than an hour.

     The April encouragers party was on the 30th. Dawn and Manasa were there with their ever-ready smiles to welcome us as we signed in and then the microphone was passed on to Sabina as the sister of ceremony who encouraged everyone to introduce themselves on the chats, stating their name and where they come from and to also participate in the polls. Sabina went on to explain that an encourager badge can be earned on world Pulse by reading and commenting on ten stories a month and that those with encouragers badge could also apply to become World Pulse community mentors. Our sister “Keturah Shammah’s” lovely quote on mentorship was read as follows “My mentor is the best ever gift to my life”

Tips for encouragement were shared by our sister JoMatrie:

-Take care of you:

-You can't comment on everything, so don't:

-Don't get overwhelmed:

-Make the storytellers feel heard:

Tips for Breakout rooms: JoMarie

-Speak up. Time is limited.

-Come with a story to talk about.

. -Be present, be considerate.

Being the story teller for the day I was asked to share and tell a story how World Pulse Encouragement had impacted me.

-Encouragement has boosted my self-confidence and self-esteem.

-Encouragement has totally transformed my situation that seemed hopeless, uplifted, inspired, motivated and given me the strength to look forward, while staying focus on attaining my goals.

Details on all the tips on encouragement for the day can be found on the recordings for those who registered and could not attend the party.

 

I recounted my story of the challenges I have been going through the last nine months. My husband locked up in jail and he is still there, my son Gareth very sick and depressed for weeks with me spending sleepless nights watching him suffer with so much pain while weeping nonstop all night, my mother in-law mentally ill and totally abandoned to me for care, my first son living with a disability, having a large household to cater for all alone, playing the role of both parents, being CEO/Founder of an organization for the deaf and vulnerable persons which I have to run on a daily base, and how I almost gave up when I became ill due to hard work. Thanks to my World pulse sisters who were always there encouraging and uplifting me through their comments on the stories I constantly posted, and by reaching out to me out of the platform.  Through constantly reading and commenting on posts and also reading comments written by other sisters I discovered that there were many women out there with similar situations and even worse than mine and I learnt from their coping strategies. I always look forward to encourager Parties where I have the opportunity to talk to World Pulse sisters especially in break out rooms, it always gives me the opportunity to let out some of the emotions I have been suppressing all month without feeling ashamed and that has been a great healing process for me. Thanks to your continuous love and support I have become a stronger Regina today and can tell my story with a broad smile on my face and no tears running down my face as was the case a few months back. You have all given me the strength and courage to stay focused on my goals. Thanks to you all my adorable and amazing sisters it’s been a life of celebration as Spirit awardee, being featured amongst the top 7 featured change makers and being amongst the 21 women to watch out for in 2021 all being the fruits of encouragement on world Pulse.  I come from a family of amazing 7 girls who love and support each other but the love and encouragement on World pulse is different. It’s so special to me because these are amazing women most of whom I have never meet personally yet it feels like we are sitting in the in the same room, holding hands, hugging each other with so much joy, sharing our happy and challenging moments and giving each other so much hope.

  A shout out to Mama Tam for being the first to ever encourage me on World Pulse.  In her comment I picked out the words compassion and determination which has guided me all through my work. Special thanks to All world Pulse Encouragers and Ambassadors for your constant love and support. To my ever lovely and Patient Dawn and Manasa and World Pulse team, I say a special thank you for encouraging, supporting and considering me especially when I could not meet up with datelines on a task due to challenges.

 Special shout out to lovely and adorable Jill for being such a dear heart. She has never stopped supporting and encouraging me and making sure I have the positive energy to carry on my work. Her visualization Therapy has been magical. To most lovely and visionary Jensine Larsen thank you so much because there would be no encouragers or encouragement without your vision.

I ended up with this song in appreciation for the impact encouragement has had on me on World Pulse.

Once I thought my world had crumbled.

Once I thought it was the end, and I want to thank you my World Pulse sisters.

Once I was discouraged, but now I'm ENCOURAGED.

Party time lasted for 15mins after which we moved into our breakout rooms. What an exciting moment it was for me being in the same room with Jill as facilitator, Adriana, Loreta and JoMarie. We all shared storied we had read and how they resonated for us.

When we returned from the breakout Mama Tam sang this beautiful song that's been sang by women for many years, accompanied by dancing steps and spiced up with a bit of sign language.

 We are a river of birds in migration, a nation of women with wings.

Okay, so we are a river of birds in migration.

A nation of women with wings.

That's us.

 

The party ended with Sabina thanking everyone for coming and sending lots of love and light to our sisters in India who are going through a difficult moment due to covid19.

What a beautiful one hour spent by women who love, inspire, motive, and encourage each other on this safe space for women!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tamarack Verrall
May 09
May 09

Dear Regina,
I so agree that there is something so powerful, so energizing, so heart-filling about Encouraging, and that we have the possibility to do this here with each other. You have described our Encourager's party so well, that chance to be "in the same room" with each other. Above all it means so much to know we can share what is happening here with each other, and I'm sending love. May you feel surrounded by all our love here in our Sisterhood.

Regina Afanwi Young
May 10
May 10

Thanks Mama Tam for your kind words and for reassuring me about our sisterhood love. Thanks always for your love and care.
Sending you hugs** Regina

Jill Langhus
May 10
May 10

Hello, Regina, Love,

What a lovely synopsis of our last Encourager Party. I'm sure those that missed it will be envious from your description, as it's so humble and grateful, as you always are:-) Thanks so much for sharing, and for being the lovely, and wonderful trailblazer woman that you are!

XX

Regina Afanwi Young
May 10
May 10

Lovely dear, my dearest sister. Your comments always puts a smile on my face. Thanks always for your kind words.
Hope you are having a good one.
Lots of love** Regina

Jill Langhus
May 12
May 12

Glad to hear it:-) You're very welcome, dearie.

Yes, dear. I hope you are, too. XX

Mariaolsen49
May 10
May 10

Thank you for showing us the importance of supporting each other!

Regina Afanwi Young
May 10
May 10

You are welcome dear sister!!!

Honorine Ngenwi
May 10
May 10

Helloooo my darling sister infact I am short of words. You are a great inspiration, news vendor and what have you. I have learned and gained a lot from the information you have given about the world pulse encouragement party and the beautiful songs sang by you and mama Tam. From your story, I am happy you have learnt to move on. Thanks a million time to our sisters for always removing the pains in our hearts by giving us more courage. Concerning the pandemic, we need to pray more for the scientist to discover the treatment fast.
Thanks for sharing big sis.
Love love you. XX

Regina Afanwi Young
May 12
May 12

Thanks for your kind words lovely Honorine. I hope you are well and keeping safe.
warm regards to your family

Bassey Eni Ele
May 10
May 10

Thank you for sharing your story with us, you are indeed a strong woman.

Regina Afanwi Young
May 12
May 12

You are welcome Bassey and Thanks for your kind words

Reena Saxena
May 12
May 12

How does one become an encourager?

jomarieb.earth
May 12
May 12

All you have to do is read and encourage in the comments for 10 people

Regina Afanwi Young
May 13
May 13

Hello sis JoMarie, thank you so much for your response and for all your Tips at the party. You were Awesome . Looking forward to more of your tips dear sis.
How are you doing?

jomarieb.earth
May 13
May 13

Hey Sis Regina...
My dear sis, girl you rock! You conquer! You are a pillar of strength. And I thank you for that. I'm hanging in there. The USA is a strange challenge and weird place these days. But I look to the sisterhood for sanity and solace.
Massive hugs ...JoMarie

Regina Afanwi Young
May 17
May 17

Hello lovely sis JoMarie,I am so humbled reading this lovely comments about me. Thank you dear sis. Thanks to your always unique encouragement that keeps me going. Thanks for your motivation that gives me the Zeal to keep reaching out to the Vulnerable . You also rock my dear for being the role model that you are to us on World Pulse. Keep being you and keep being our source of inspiration.
Sending you tonnes of love from Cameroon.
****Regina
R

Reena Saxena
May 17
May 17

Thank you so much!

Regina Afanwi Young
May 13
May 13

Hello Rena, Just as sis JoMarie has said, read and comment on 10 people's stories and you qualify.

Reena Saxena
May 17
May 17

Thanks! will do so...

Regina Afanwi Young
May 17
May 17

You are welcome my dear

cgqaliwe
May 13
May 13

Wow, with just my first read I can see I am at the right place. I so look forward to those parties interacting and sharing with other women.

Regina Afanwi Young
May 13
May 13

Hello Cgqaliwe, how are you? Yes sister you are in the right place. A very safe space for women. Looking forward to seeing you at the next party

jomarieb.earth
May 14
May 14

Dear Regina,
You are the oak tree that has seen so much.
The one that everyone leans on simply because they can.
Your trunk is steady and shall not be moved.
Your roots are deep and clench the earth,
Simply because your growth depends on it.
Your branches reach high to the sun not only because it nourishes you,
But because it forces evidence of hope, by way of budding leaves.
God's creatures stop by and make you their home.
And you go on about your business of being steady, firm, strong and true.
Yes Regina, you are the oak tree that everyone takes for granted.
Because you will be there when they look up and look out.

Massive hugs, which makes me a tree hugger ...JoMarie

Regina Afanwi Young
May 18
May 18

Lovely sister, wow!!! What a lovely gift, what a great source of motivation and inspiration. Thank you so much for this lovely description of who I am. Thank you so much for helping me realise how much I have been impacting lives in the little things I do even without realising.
"You go about your business of being steady, strong, firm and true". That reaffirms the impact of encouragement on World Pulse on me dear sis. Your words of encouragement play a great role in making this a reality. You Rock,!! For being such a great encourager. You are just amazing dear sis. Keep being you!! Keep sparkling!!!
Deep sisterhood love for you.
Regina

MUKABA ZAWADI
May 14
May 14

Merci pour la danse et chanson de Mama Tam a qui a été chantée par des femmes pendant de nombreuses années, accompagnée de pas de danse et agrémentée d'un peu de langue des signes. vraiment c'est génial

Regina Afanwi Young
May 17
May 17

Thank you do much dear

ARREY- ECHI
May 21
May 21

Dear Sis Regina,
What a beautiful summary of what the encourager party means for us all. You are right that many of us always wished it could stay longer but it is always the best possible and impactful use of one hour I look forward to every month end.

Thank you for your remarkable strength, your positive attitude against the odds and for so openly sharing your vulnerable moments to hold space for and inspire others.
I loved the tips on encouraging shared by JoMarie because these are what I have always tried to do. I remeber nodding my head as I read those tips.

Looking forward to the next party and joining you to thank the amazing world pulse family for this beautiful space and sisterhood. I hope your family is doing well today.
Stay winning.
With love.

Regina Afanwi Young
May 21
May 21

Lovely lil sis Arrey. Wow!!! You always have such lovely and kind words to offer. Thank you so much dearie. I look forward too to the next encourager party.
You too are always a winner sis and a great source of inspiration.
Sending you light and strength lovely sis.
Keep sparkling