The 1st Anniversary of Aya's Diary: 2nd Win
In 2015, I had a chance to visit a village while in Ghana to create my own Adinkra Cloth. Using stamps carved from large squash dipped into ink created from the bark of a tree, I was told to find symbols that resonated with me. What did resonate with me? I was a 25 year old who was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. I had hope for better but wasn’t so sure when or how this would come to be.
Long removed from Ghana and my carefully crafted Adinkra Cloth stored under my bed, I had another decision to make. I had been writing for years but thought it was time to share my passion with others. The hesitation was heavy as I wondered if people would connect enough to read regularly.
Would I be comfortable enough to share my downfalls with perfect strangers? What would I even write about? Would it be a waste of money? Would people think I was being too personal? What would I name it?
Wow, what would I name it? I consulted friends and family on what I should name my blog. This was my first mistake, I was giving others the power to direct my dreams which ultimately it was my decision alone. I landed on the Aya. The Aya was one of the Adinkra symbols I had stumbled across during my time in Ghana. It represented a fern which had the ability to grow in difficult places. It represented a person who has faced adversities and still managed to come out smiling. Aya’s Diary was born. This hasn’t been my journey alone but those of readers from all over. We’ve laughed together, we’ve talked about difficult topics, but most importantly we have grown together.In more ways than one, we've all found personal solace in Aya.
I had allowed so many things to possibly deter my vision. My biggest roadblock was my lack of faith and past disappointments. We’ve all been at the point where we’ve placed a dream into the universe yet nothing was returned. We’ve all planted a seed before with hopes of growth only to receive weeds.The fear of failure was almost too heavy to face so why even try? Why even try after the universe has continuously told you that your hopes and aspirations aren’t nearly enough? Would you believe me if I said God was setting you up for your 2nd win?
Every instance in life, good or bad, is setting you up for your future. Those letdowns are only the beginning of your journey and don’t dictate your future success. In the past, I dreamed dreams so small because it was safer. Nothing is safe about giving up on the things that matter most to you. Nothing is safe about staying within your comfort zone because we all know nothing great comes from it. A year ago I had a dream to write and countless people have made my reality more grand than I ever expected.
“It is a promise of God that when you do the right thing, an even better thing will happen... If you take one step, He'll take two. When you are bold enough to step off in faith, to jump, that is when you'll soar.” -Steve Harvey
This quote says so much about general faith and the power of believing. Lay your hopes and dreams out to God, Allah, or the universe and they will provide. Those seasons of nothing are only preparation of what’s to come. It’s the universe’s way of saying that you’re not ready and the world isn’t ready for you either. Be bold and know that when the time is right, you’ll go further than originally expected. As I celebrate a year of sharing my world with you, I have to encourage you to share your world with others. Make your dreams a priority and don’t allow anyone, including yourself, to prevent you from reaching them.