Keep going……..because your life, your ideas, your presence is needed.
2015 has come and gone and I can honestly say that I am grateful to have lived it. I learned a lot, and I began setting my goals for my future in this year. It has not been an easy year. However, I am so happy that I got to live each day.
This holiday season I had the pleasure of attending three holiday parties. During this season I also had the chance to talk with several friends and family that I hold dear. In all of my encounters this season I walked away feeling even more sure of where I am and where I am headed.
It is not always easy to pursue your calling. Roadblocks happen and can be so discouraging – maybe even enough to think of giving up on your dreams.
I am writing today to encourage everyone out there reading this to do one thing in 2016: Keep Going.
Keep going because you are almost there. Keep going because you can’t turn back. Keep going because the world needs your brilliance, your ideas, and your help in making it better. Keep going because your struggles and challenges are making you stronger. Every day you are stronger. I know of what I say because I am going through the same thing. Our stories may be different, but our journeys may connect us more than you know. Keep going.
I had the chance to do some awesome things this year. In March, I joined more than 150 lead volunteers from around the country in Washington, DC for the ONE Campaign Power Summit. I spent an entire day on Capitol Hill advocating for the continued support of three global health programs: GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and PEPFAR – The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. On that day I also advocated for the Electrify Africa Act, a bill that would bring sustainable energy resources to 50 million people on the African continent.
I also helped to organize a very successful United Nations Day event in Detroit in honor of the UN’s 70th Anniversary. It was so exciting to be a part of planning an event about the UN in my hometown of Detroit. As the Board Secretary of the United Nations Association of Greater Detroit, I really have a chance to connect with people to talk about the principles and work of the UN.
I also did a petition delivery on behalf of the ONE Campaign in support of the Electrify Africa Act. I visited the Southeastern Michigan offices of Congresswoman Candice Miller and Congressman Sander Levin and delivered petitions of constituent signatures in support of this important Bill. Oh and by the way, with the efforts of ONE Campaign volunteers nationwide, the United States Senate has passed the Electrify Africa Bill. Now we wait with hope that the House also passes the Bill. As a volunteer for ONE, I feel very proud.
In between the challenging days of 2015 – I got to do some awesome things and I got to meet some awesome people.
I know 2016 will bring good news and an abundance of Blessings. That is why no matter what, I plan to keep going.
I hope you do too.
Happy New Year everyone and May Peace be upon you.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” ---- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring