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Thanks to you, an everyday woman became a wonderwoman

I have learnt to run towards the sun!

One year ago, on this day, things were bright for me: Huge white star over the porch, lights all around the house, colorfully wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree, carol in the air, an old friend was coming over for celebration.

One year later, my house has no extra lights and no shinning star. My cat Foxy - something I loved beyond words can explain, died this year and I will not celebrate Christmas because I can't deal with his overpowering absence.

And yet, I am not sad. I am not lonely. I am not wearing a glum look. I am content.

To quote Walt Whitman (one of my favorite poets), "Do I contradict myself? very well then, I contradict myself".

But its a contradiction with a logical base: I am in an awesome phase of my life, having had an awesome year! And I say this as a woman from a developing nation, a woman journalist who writes on 'non issues' like environment and development and a woman for whom the road always became a mile extra longer than it usually is.

All of those women in me had an awesome year, first starting the year with a huge risk of working independently, risking starvation, then finding World Pulse, becoming a Voice of the Future, getting a mammoth family of sisters (and brothers), getting love, getting support,getting hope which firmly put a ground under my foot.

Great things happen when a woman finds support: she discovers her inner strength (stops looking for it elsewhere), to speak for herself and for others and her faith in all things good and positive grows. She raises the bar of her own limitations constantly, like a Poll Vaulter raises the height of his bar. She becomes more forgiving , yet more demanding, when it comes to her rights. She expands her horizon.

And then she, the everyday woman, becomes she the wonder woman.

My sisters, I feel like that woman. And I want to say thank you for making me feel that.
And I also want to wish you the same empowered moments, the same rush of warmth and faith in the veins. I want to wish you a great season of joy and peace and love.

And I wish you a wonderful year ahead - a year that will not just take you ahead of today in terms of time, but also, in terms of your rights and your achievement!!!



olutosin's picture


Why are you writing my thoughts?

Love you....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


Stella Paul's picture

The wish is at work

If those are your thoughts too, then my wishes are working already sister Olutsin, and I welcome you to that 'Transformed wormen''s club!!! May you find more and more power within with every passing day! Love

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Vega Tom's picture

Transformed women's club....

what a fantastic idea! :)

usha kc's picture

What a feeling sis!!! thank

What a feeling sis!!! thank you so much toyou too for being a power to empower me.

love and wishes!!

Stella Paul's picture

I am happy

Dear Baini

Enjoy that feeling of empowerment. Its time to celebrate yourself and your life! Love you too!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Nusrat Ara's picture

And I wish you a wonderful

And I wish you a wonderful year ahead - a year that will not just take you ahead of today in terms of time, but also, in terms of your rights and your achievement!!!

SAYS IT ALL :)))))))))))))



Stella Paul's picture

Thank you Nusrat

You are always so full of encouragement. What can I say, except 'thank you'? Love

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

amiesissoho's picture

Many blessed years to come

I wish you many blessed years to come with much sense of achievement. We all have our challenges, lost and moment of sorrow but support is what gives us hope in life. Seasons greetings to all.


Stella Paul's picture

Yes, indeed

Dear Amie, greetings to you, once again. 'We all have our challenges, lost and moment of sorrow but support is what gives us hope in life' - yes, indeed! Love

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Cali gal Michelle's picture

So true.....

......I agree with your thoughts. Beautiful writing. Thanks for risking starvation- it made my life better.

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


Stella Paul's picture


Dear Michelle
That's a beautiful way to make someone feel happy! Thanks for doing that by saying so little! Hugs!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

MaDube's picture

I could not have put it

I could not have put it better than this. Right on point Stella, indeed the women on worldpulse are amazing and forgive me for bragging but I also got an amazing vision mentor whom I am confident will lead me to greater heights in 2012, both at a personal and professional level. So yes I am also very grateful and thank you for putting it down for us.


Stella Paul's picture

Way you go!

Thank you my dear, for the beautiful comment. I have not been able to access web and world pulse regularly of late as I am traveling. But today I am lucky, both for having internet and for realizing that here I got a family with you all. May you climb greater heights in this new year! Love

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

jap21's picture

Hi Stella

Great! You blow mi mind with this thougts!

It is surreal when you find women DO relate to you, isn´t it?

Big hug to you and have the best year ever!



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America

Stella Paul's picture


Dear sister

Yes, it absolutely is great to be together in thoughts and action. That's our strength. And right now your comment is giving me a lot of strength as I am traveling through one of India's most difficult regions where there is an armed conflict between the government and the Maoist guerrillas. I am meeting rural women here, who are doing great job, despite the conflict. From all of us, a happy new year to you!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

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