President's Note - March 2016
Although we only have two seasons in Trinidad and Tobago: dry season and rainy season, I am sure you will agree that there is something special about this time of year. The beginning of April is that time of year when most of us experience some level of freshness in our lives. There is some level of rejuvenation, recalibration, and for some, it is full rebirth.
For AFETT, what does it all mean? We recently celebrated and honoured our Women of Influence at our International Women’s Day Luncheon, and we recently held our Extraordinary General Meeting, where we elected the new board of directors for the 2016 – 2017 board term. We now prepare to use this time to see how we can continue to evolve as an organisation and become a better version of ourselves in all aspects of what we do.
For me, personally, I will admit that it’s an equally exhausting and highly emancipating feeling when you discover the ‘how comes’, the ‘how-tos’ and the ‘do alls’ of it all. I began this season by asking myself one simple question: “Where does your journey lead?” I will admit, this is a loaded question and can it be answered fully in any given process of exploration? But I am certain that we all tend to revisit it throughout our lives, especially when we hit a wall - as we all do from time to time. Well, my take on this is that if you plant and water the seed, it will grow, so plant and water the RIGHT seed and IT will grow.
Hollywood icon, Audrey Hepburn, once said, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” I’m possible is not the privilege of the few but the very right of us all. This mind-set creates the next step to ascension, and THAT’s what I’m always rejuvenating, recalibrating and rebirthing each year. Big, medium or small, it doesn’t really matter so long as the next step up is crafted and reached. It is this fearless mind-set that AFETT continues to celebrate each year on our anniversary in April - the next step up, which leads us one step closer to the next.
All it took was a spark. Intent. A vision. A goal. It drove us from where we started to where we are today and where we intend to be tomorrow. We are what we want to be — from concept to execution, from sketch to prototype, from the haze of dreams to the concrete slabs of reality.
As nature intended, AFETT never goes on this journey alone. We continue to cement our partnerships; grow our membership as we clear a fresh path; to always be in the company of strangers, friends, mentors, sponsors and family encouraging us, guiding us, assisting us and relishing in our victories and learning from our mistakes. All, of course, in the hope that we never forget them. We thrive as an Association, and we are continuously reminded of how valuable we are, how valuable our journey is, how valuable our dream is.
The idea of sharing this journey is what drives AFETT. We want to, always recognise the trailblazers who have forged the way. From the classroom to the boardroom and from backstage to centre court, we collectively celebrate our women.