In this episode we chat with powerhouse and Kingdom vessel Annette Njau who is the owner and founder of House of Takura (aka H.O.T.). H.O.T. is a lifestyle brand focused on high-end and unique designs that tell a story of African traditions and Western influences. This episode is so special to me and I pray it blesses you the way the conversation blessed me. Annette has such an openness, and vulnerability as a leader, entrepreneur, creative and all around Kingdom vessel. She walks her faith and walks the talk as an entrepreneur and risk taker and go getter. In this episode we talk all things, excellence, career to business moves, selfcare, motherhood and family and so much more. If you are looking for hope and inspiration this episode is for you.
I hope this episode blesses everyone as we work together to lift up every woman and child.
This International Women’s Day 2020 was special to me. I spent the first part of day in a prayer call with some amazing women. I realized that the importance of committing this day to God and praying for women across the world should not be under estimated. I talk about the importance of your Perfume.
I share that you must;
In this episode of Tea and Peppersoup, I focus on the importance of starting small. The reference scripture from the bible I use is Zechariah 4:8-10, where we clearly see that God wants us to start small knowing His hands are in the details of everything we do. I share the importance of starting small and why we must not despise when we start things in smallness but that in fact God has given us a big vision to accomplish but wants us to trust Him by taking small steps with BIG faith. So how do we start and build small but with big faith?
I hope this episode blesses anyone that is experiencing fear, perfection analysis or people pleasing of any sort.
This episode, I share the importance of starting things that God has been laying on your spirit. The importance of starting and not waiting for things to be perfect in our human eyes, is that there are people that are waiting to be blessed by whatever it is God is calling us to do. Whether it is a ministry, a business, or an organization, it is important to be obedient to that voice that tells you to keep going and start. I share that starting entails;
In this episode I chat with Nadia Sesay who describes herself as a believer, Sierra Leonean Washingtonian traveling the world indulging in art . Nadia has such a grace about her and a beautiful and fierce spirit and she is such a breathe of fresh air and blessing to her generation.
In this interview, we chat about her discovery of an unconventional path in arts and culture, knowing when to pivot in life, intergenerational culture, overcoming heartbreak, impostor syndrome and so much more.
Nadia shares how she discovers a real relationship with God instead of what she heard about God growing up and attending catholic school. She shares how her faith and relationship with God paved the way to allow her to live and do what He has called her to do through art, writing, travel and culture. You’ll enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed chatting with her. For more on Nadia Sesay visit Nadia Sesay.
Happy 2020 and Welcome back! In this episode I speak of the importance of having a vision that is orchestrated by God, called a Divine Vision. As we step into a new year, and we begin to look forward to what will unfold in our year. It is important to spend time in prayer and ensure that everything we work towards is pleasing to God. I share some tips on how to ensure your vision is alignment with God, because truly it is God’s vision in that case and not our own.
How do women show up for each other? This season being my birthday I have been truly reflecting on what it means to show up and the women who have showed up for me. I can say first hand God has always used women to open doors for me. I have seen the hand of God in every aspect of my walk on this year and he has used women who are either in my circle or out of my circle to send this point home that indeed when we show up for each other incredible things happen. I suggest few ways to show up for each other:
In this episode I share the 5 Cs of Consistency and the importance of knowing that one must be committed inorder for you to achieve the results you desire for your life, career etc.
The importance of remaining dedicated to a career, a project, etc.
Completion: Finishing the most mundane tasks for larger visions to be accomplished.
Collaboration: Working with dedicated, smart and committed team of people.
Connection: Having a deep connection to your work fuels consistency.
Compassion: Having compassion for your self to avoid burnout is critical.
In this episode I share my thoughts on something I believe is killing many dreams: popularity and its dangers. I focus on purpose and how to key into one's purpose saying yes to the very thing you have been called to do here on earth versus popularity as giving credence to everything else everyone wants us to be, over popularity.
I share the following tips:
1. Decide early on in your life that you will serve others.
What is your Why?
2. Decide what community you want to serve.
3. Say no to anything that tempts you to promote yourself instead of telling the stories of the people you are serving.
4. Stick to your values and don’t be swayed by the crowd.
5. Go where there is less noise. Take the road that isn’t crowded you will arrive faster.
6. Get comfortable with the fact that the only person that needs to see you is God.
I share some ways of how you can embrace your season of sacredness.
Here is how I now handle sacred seasons
1. Learn to be silent:
You don’t have to have an opinion for everything or contributor your voice to everything. In these particular seasons God himself will do the talking for you. Silence as weakness Silence Obedience. Everything does not need to be announced.
2. Don’t make hasty decisions:
Learn to be patient to get the clarity you need before making the wrong move
3. No Explanation:
Don’t explain yourself to people about what is going on
4. Spend time with God:
Take specific times to be with God to hear clearly from him on what He wants next from you
5. Seek Peace and Clarity:
Be okay with the fact that you may not necessarily get answers to whatever you are seeking but expect peace and clarity.
6. Be Creative:
Spend some time in your creative element: for me one of them is journaling.
I am so excited about Tea and Peppersoup season 2. After much needed rest over the summer month it feels good to be back. This episode I wanted to focus on how I am ensuring I finish the year strong, but with a different approach, gentleness and intentionality. I share a few ways of how I am going about this which include:
1. Schedule short breaks and mini rest breaks each month: Take short weekend trips each month and be intentional about resting during those breaks.
Don’t add anything new to your plate: If it was not on your annual goals at the beginning of the year, this time is the most important time to not take anything new on.
Tune out everyone and everything that doesn't align with your vision: It is critical to remain focused only on the things that are absolutely necessary and not be distracted.
Celebrate milestones you have achieved for the year: We forget how important it is to celebrate what we have already achieved! This is what fuels the energy to keep pressing on.
Talk less do more: For me it is critical to really just focus on action for the next few months and engage in less unnecessary chatter about what I am doing.
Ask for Help: Seeking help from my community is critical in this season and I encourage you to also think of those who can truly help you accomplish your goals as we close out this year.
To catch up on Season 1, listen episode 13 for a summary of the season.
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S. 1 Episode 13, Reflections of a Season
This is our final episode for season 1. In this episode I reflect on my favorite episodes of the season. I share feedback from our audience and show appreciation to you all for your support. I will be on a short summer break to get some downtime and to prepare fresh new and intentional content for you. I am thankful for the journey thus far and I look forward to having you all come along in Season 2.
While we are preparing for the next season for Tea and Peppersoup, if you have something you want to hear about in Season 2? Send me an email.
Below are links to some of the episodes mentioned in this episode.
Episode 2, 34 lessons in 34 years
Episode 5, on Heartworking and following your path
Episode 9, on Avoiding Comparison Analysis: Your Success Blueprint
Episode 11, Distractions and Destiny killers
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In this episode I tackle the importance of staying away from distractions and remaining focused on our calling and our purpose. As we are at the mid point of the year why it is so critical to take heed and remain focused on your projects and what God has called you to do. I mention that some of the distractions can be;
I also share some of the ways I have dealt with honoring the seasons I have gone through these include:
Talk to God: Have constant communication with God during all of your seasons. Prayer is important.
Learn your spiritual seasonal calendar: Learn when your seasons occur, and become more familiar with how to prepare for them and how to manage them whilst you are in them. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
Wait on God: Being patient is critical particularly during seasons of trial.
Trust in God: Learning to have faith in God during our seasons of trials is very important.
Thank God: It is important to always exercise a spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude in different seasons in our lives.
2. Comparing our journeys to others
3. Having the wrong people in our circles
5. Lack of Integrity
6. Paying attention to the opinions of others that may not suit our purpose
Some of the ways I suggest we remain focus on our purpose are
In this episode I talk about something most people can’t stand; failing and getting rejected. I talk about my own personal experiences recently with failure and rejection from opportunities and how I am currently perceiving failure. I also offer the importance of why we should embrace rejection and allow ourselves to fail forward towards our goal. Last but not least I share tips on how you can deal with failure in different areas of your life. These suggestions include”
-Pray and seek God for wisdom and direction as well as comfort
-Give yourself credit that you actually tried and put effort into the endeavor
-Get comfortable with the fact that failure is part of our journeys
-Ask yourself what you can learn from this and document the process
-Take some time to refine your idea/ search for other opportunities that may be more aligned
-Talk to people openly about your failure and rejection you will find you are not alone
-Don’t take failure or rejection personal
-Look back at the times that things have worked out and use it as a strength and launch pad to try again
We live in a digital age where people see a post that somebody posts online and instead of getting inspired and tuning into who they are to created to be; most people would rather build their lives off someone else’s path. This week I talk about the thing that will make you successful in your career and your business: your blueprint. I highlight key points that will help you as you go along your journey to avoid comparison analysis. I provide the following tips:
1. Identify your oil.
2. Get a good community of people.
Build a community of people who help bring out your oil i.e your gifts and talent.
3. Never compare yourself to anyone else.
Never look at someone else’s life, career or path and model your own after it. Think about what it is that you have been called here to do and stick to it.
4. Stop seeking validation from others.
Don’t look to people to validate your gift , or your calling you are here for a reason with a specific assignment so stay focused on that.
5. Avoid the Impostor Syndrome.
You are qualified and you are called. Don’t allow situations to make you feel otherwise. When you start to doubt your achievements remember all of the amazing work you have accomplished and remember what you are here to do and let that keep you focused.
6. Celebrate your milestones.
As you win celebrate yourself and celebrate those around you. Creating a culture of celebration for yourself and others will enable you to work against the culture of unhealthy competition.
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Mental health wellness has also impacted my career and my business and in this episode I share some of the key ways I have learnt to implement what I learnt and experienced as a result of my growth in therapy. Last but not least I share how I plan to be still and practice being intentional in the moment for this next quarter. Some of the things I plan to do is;
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In this episode I focus on the importance of aligning with your purpose. Purpose is the main thing that God has called us here on earth to fulfill. It is critical to find that thing as it permeates through everything that we do. Finding one’s purpose will save you time, money and many heart aches. Listen to my life stories and how I located the purpose in my life and how it affects the work that I do with my career and business. I provide tips on how you can locate your purpose and unleash your destiny.