I know who I belong to

Originally posted on dianekayitare:

Born in June 1990
My wonderful parents named me:
Diane Kayiteta
“Ati maze witetere mukobwa mwiza Imana yaremye mu rukundo”
I was given a Rwandese nationality in that same year

I’m still alive
Because of GOD’s perfect plan for me
He is a Mighty Creator,
That can never be imagined by anybody
He imagined me way before time ever existed
And He saw it fit to create me out of love to be somebody
He created the right time for me to come into the world

I am His workmanship,
Psalms 139:13- 16 says it all
HE placed me into my mother’s womb in 1989
The year that I was made within for me to proclaim Jesus today without shame
They say: “you can’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been”

Do you know where you have been??

I know where I have been:

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Change your life by yourself. Take baby steps

My life changed when I made it my responsibility to tell the truth

My life changed when I made it my responsibility to tell the truth

1. Practice small actions, every day.

I was waiting for Oprah to gift me a trip to the Outback before I felt worthy of adventuring, for Random House to call and give me a book deal before I felt worthy of writing, for Sony to call and give me a recording contract before I felt worthy (or capable) of sharing my music. We’re all preprogrammed to see successful, happy people and what their result is; we fail to understand that we haven’t been privy to the steps that got them there.

Success and happiness are not a book deal. They aren’t the dream come true. Success is the late night worrying how you’ll pay your bills when you’ve started your own business. Learning how to communicate with a new partner you’re in love with. Running for one minute more than you could the week before at the gym. If you want big results, you need to stop discounting small action. Small action triggers big change.

2. Tell the truth.

My life drastically changed when I made it my responsibility to tell the truth to myself and the people around me. I told the truth about what I wanted to change about my body. I said out loud, for the first time, that I was unfulfilled in my relationship. I told the truth about being stuck and fearful in my dead-end corporate job, that my heart was aching to work with people, and make music and write.

Nothing magically happened — at first. But once my “truth” was out there, it was as if me, my family and friends, and the universe were all working together to get me what I needed, because I was clear about where I stood. Beyond that, issues that had become too heavy for me to hold were released.

The idea of telling the truth is terrifying. But doing it is freeing and absolutely necessary to get to whatever your next step is.

3. Show up.

Show up when you don’t want to, when you’re tired, when you’re not sure if you’ll be able to, when you’re burned out, when you’re uninspired, when you’re busy. Show up all the time. I made a promise to myself when I started making decisive changes in my life that I would take every opportunity that was presented to me; that if something found me it was meant for me, and if I didn’t say “yes,” and didn’t make progress, or get what I wanted, it was my fault for not answering when opportunity knocked.

Sometimes I’d “show up” and something profound would happen. Other times, seemingly nothing came of me being there. But almost always, whether it’s been in the moment or after the fact, the times I’ve said “yes” have led to an opportunity, a new friend, a new idea. Show up for your life, relentlessly, and life will show up for you.

4. Get to know (and love) your body.

I kept my body at arm’s length for most of my life. I was either feeding it recklessly, or beating it into the ground through treacherous, hate-filled workouts. When I started making big changes, I talked to my body like it was my life boat: the thing that would pull me through the storms. I fed it the right way. I strengthened it in my workouts, and rested it when it felt exhausted. I slept. I got to know my curves and lines, embracing and relishing in my sexuality.

My body, ultimately, became my center, and I found that because I had poured so much trust and confidence into what I was physically, my energy was no longer consumed by fitting into a pair of jeans, but rather free to focus on bigger, more important life decisions.

5. Be scared EVERY day.

What if all your dreams suddenly came true for you? How would you feel? Excited, absolutely. But you’d be scared. Scared to fail, to succeed, to try something new, to lose it all. “Conquer your fears” is my least favorite phrase. Because it’s not about “conquering” them. It’s about living with them. If you aren’t fearful, you’re staying still. If you’re ready to really grow and change something big in your life, fear is a requirement.

These days, I’m most scared on the days I’m not scared. I know that fear, for me, is an indicator that I’m expanding myself beyond my current, self-imposed limitations. If your dream-come-true would scare you to death (and it should), then you need to practice that emotion every day. Cold call a stranger to ask for their business. Ask out the person you’ve been flirting with for months. Try the new workout class you swore to yourself you couldn’t do. Put yourself out there. You already know what will happen if you don’t, and maybe nothing will happen if you do … but what if it did

Girl Guide

This year in March for international women’s day we sat down with girl guides to empower girls from high schools. It was the best moment too i was supposed to speak with 10 intelligent  girls from different schools such as Notre Dama, Fawe and and others. The american Embassy had chosen 8 inspirational women to speak with 8 groups of beautiful and smart girls. Along with Esther Mbabazi (The pilot), Teta Isibo (Inzuki Designs), Triphine Munganyinka (USAID) and more amazing and successful women. It was an honor and it marks one of the best moments of my life. We talked about leadership and girls taking decisions as boys. It was such an amazing experience and i am very happy i got to keep in touch with the girls.

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The best moments

In 2012 doing a fantastic workshop with amazing kids. I miss this how about i do it again! Sometimes we seem to forget where our happiness comes from and run straight towards where it is not! These kids are the most intelligence kids i have ever met! I must say that i couldn’t what they are capable of at their age. They all have the spirit of working and they are aware that they can create their own job. haha I can’t forget the time one of their friends was laughing at them saying that she will only work in the bank but one of them answered her quickly: “They are so many employees in the banks, you may not have a place there. I learnt a lot from them and i laughed a lot!! 

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