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I am a dreamer, but above all a doer

I know what it's like to feel my power, to know it, to savor it, to delve in it, to thrive in it.

I also know what it's like to lose touch with my essence, to become fearful, to reject my authentic self, to hide away and hope to go unnoticed.

But once you know who you really are, even if you've only had a glimpse of it, you're destined to fulfill the prophecy of living it relentlessly, and making it your life's goal to be all you can be.

I dream of a world of empowered women. Why women? Because we are amazing, powerful beings that for millennia have not been encouraged to express our highest potential. I've been blessed to have been -in different moments of my life- surrounded by women that are aware of our potential. Something unexplainable happens in these environments. When we are aware of our abilities, creativity, love, energy, friendship, and power abound.

I dream of a world of empowered men, who think outside of the box, and encourage women to take leadership roles. I dream of a world where ALL men have learned to connect with their authentic selves, and take the time to develop their essence to the fullest.

I dream of a world where love, peace and harmony are what we aspire to above anything else. And I sincerely believe that our essence -women and men- is made up by these qualities.

So, how do I take responsibility in making this a reality?

I've been in the helping profession for several years. A psychologist, a music therapist, and most recently a graduate from the Empowerment Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. These things are not so important because of the increasing degrees they represent for my resume. These experiences have allowed me to grow and define my life goals in a slow but steady manner.

Today, I'm back home, in the country that's seen me grow and blossom into who I am today. I've returned with a great dream: to impact a community, to give back to my people, to empower my fellow sisters and brothers. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the many experiences I've had abroad; but, sincerely, none of this has meaning if it's not put to use, if it does not improve the world's condition. I feel a great responsibility in sharing with my fellow citizens what I have learned; I am excited to work with the women of my community, to remind them of their power; I HAVE A GREAT DESIRE TO BE A GRASSROOTS LEADER.

A Voices of Our Future Correspondent. It's a great responsibility. It's a lot of work. It's a great dream. Being a VOF Correspondent is a dream of not only having my own voice be heard, but having my dream of impacting my community come true. Yes, I will still do the work no matter what the results of this experience. And I will still have many dreams, which will continue to grow. But VOF gives the entire process an added amount of excitement and encouragement.

In a way, VOF is an excuse for me to get to know my people once again. It's a way for me to choose not to remain on the sidelines. I want to walk into the unknown and discover what it means to dig in the soil with my two bare hands. It may be scary, it may be difficult, but it will be nothing less than exciting.

So, I have hope in doing this with support, with a kind voice to guide me and a gentle hand on my shoulder.

And, what will happen if I'm not chosen?

This month of assignments has helped me to reflect on myself and my dreams. My journal will continue to exist, and I will continue to post and search for support from my sisters. Because, in the end, maybe that's exactly what this whole process has been about: understanding that the tools are out there and, most importantly, in me, and that the only one stopping me from taking responsibility for my dreams is my own self...


usha kc's picture

Dear Sister, very good piece

Dear Sister, very good piece I did enjoy to read.
My wish , may your dream come true soon. good luck : be a leader, be a change maker!

rukamanqui's picture

Dear Usha

Thank you so much for your message! Thank you for your wishes. I will also be here to support you in your dreams, let's continue this journey together!

Love and light,


Stella Paul's picture

You got it!

"support, with a kind voice to guide me and a gentle hand on my shoulder"- Dear Natalie, you will it, plus more: when you are stuck or low on enthusiasm, you can just say a word here and hundreds of us will be there to life yours spirits. Isn't that wonderful? You can never fail, never stagnate!!!


Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

rukamanqui's picture

So true

Stella, thank you for the reassurement. It's so true, no? There are so many women we will continue to be inspired by and from who we can ask for help. You were featured on the World Pulse email! I'm rooting for you, dear Stella. I'm so sure you'll continue on this journey, and I'll be here to support you!


Stella Paul's picture

Sorry But...

After I got your response, I re-read my comment. I found some damaging typos that killed half of the meaning (example-'life' when I wanted to 'lift'). But you read it right through the error.To me its very symbolic. First, it shows how anxious I am to read and reach out quickly. And it also shows, how, we can get the feelings, ignoring the trivial stuff. Thats what makes me feel that whether or not we become VOF, our partnership is indeed going to last long. Thats what counts, right? Love!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

rukamanqui's picture

True, my dear!

I feel so blessed to have so many international sisters, and that you are among them, Stella!!


Monica Clarke's picture


Dearest Rukamanqui, is your name, as Stella says above, also Natalie? What is the meaning of Rukamanqui, I wonder?

For if you name is also Natalie, then your very name says that you are already born into your dreams. You are no longer on the sidelines. Having the strong contact you have with your country, having your desire to serve born so strongly inside you, means that you are leading. Perhaps not yet from the front, but leadership is not always from the front. The greatest of leaders were leading from behind (eg Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu K from prison). And this you are already doing.

You shall realise your dreams, of this I am sure, for the energy of your desire is very strong. This comes through beautifully in your article. Keep you vision clear and it will light up your path. All the way.

With lots of loving from Monica in France

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

rukamanqui's picture

Thank you, dear!!

Monica: my name is Natalie Manqui. Manqui is indigenous (mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche people, the largest indigenous group that has survived in Chile) and it means "condor". Ruka is "house" in mapudungun. So, this is the home of the condor, home to my roots...

You're so kind for your words and support. I sincerely believe that World Pulse has opened an entirely new world for me. No matter what, we have these tools and can continue to work for a better world together.

I'm also here to support you, my dear!


rukamanqui's picture

You inspire me, Monica!

Monica: my name is Natalie Manqui. Manqui is indigenous (mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche people, the largest indigenous group that has survived in Chile) and it means "condor". Ruka is "house" in mapudungun. So, this is the home of the condor, home to my roots...

You're so kind for your words and support. I sincerely believe that World Pulse has opened an entirely new world for me. No matter what, we have these tools and can continue to work for a better world together.

I'm also here to support you, my dear!


Adepeju's picture

Good work dear! I love the

Good work dear!

I love the positive use of contradicting situations in your story, the way you examined two situations and always come out with positive result. I share your dreams and optimism. I can tell your wite up is you: positve, determined and courageous!

rukamanqui's picture


I will immediately go to your journal, because I want to give you such support as you've give me. Thank you, beautiful woman!!


Ify Onyegbule's picture

Keep dreaming girl!

Stay on with this dream...consistency and persistence will someday bring it to fruition!

rukamanqui's picture

Thanks Ify

I will continue to dream, my dear; it's all I have, the ability to dream amazing dreams, and to do something to make them a reality!

Hugs for you


YAOtieno's picture

Hi Monica

I enjoyed reading your story and I like the way you have articulated your dreams!

All the best,


A candle looses nothing my lighting another

rukamanqui's picture

Hi dear!

I'm not sure if this post was meant for me (since it says 'Hi Monica') but maybe it's just a slip of the tongue! In any case, thank you for your support, I feel very blessed of all the great women that are on this platform!

Many hugs and blessings,


MaDube's picture

All the best in fulfilling

All the best in fulfilling your dream and vision Natalie. Beautifully put. May you have impact by giving back to your community and investing in the future of your own people.

rukamanqui's picture


Thank you so much! I'll keep you posted in regards to what happens from now on... no matter what, I know there's a whole community encouraging and inspiring me to be my best! May you find the same. Let's keep in touch, my dear...


joyacomeaux's picture

You have already been chosen!


It is easy to read that you are one of the chosen women leaders that have the mission of impacting others.

Whatever you do from now on will be your perfect way of empowering other women.

Fear is a good motivator.

Once you go beyond it, you will discover new ways to teach and learn in the process.

You are obviously destined to make a difference in the lives of many women.

It may appear that you are waiting ... but you have already been chosen.

Have fun!


Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Natalie, You have summed

Dear Natalie,

You have summed it up so beautifully bringing out the essence of this whole programme.I don't think there is much left to say after that :)))

I wish you all the best in your endeavors . I know and see you making a difference.

Keep us posted.

Lots of love.


ddegarm's picture

A leader you are


this piece is so well written and descriptive, I feel as if I know you already even though we have never met. You capture the essence of an old soul - a person whose life has allowed them to gain experience and maturity beyond their years. Your essence and ability to communicate provide an amazing example of the power of women and the ability for women to achieve their dreams. You are already touching hundreds of lives through your writing. Thank you for the inspirational piece and reminding all of us that we have a huge mission ahead of us - empowering women around the world.



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