How cool is it to have a daughter who codes, is a #kidchef and also a model?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At this age, let them explore different activities which will help them identify which they resonate with the most.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So far, it's still coding for little Reine.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But hey, I still get to enjoy breakfast in bed every Saturday morning, from my very own chef.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Am I blessed or what 😁...... .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #buildregardless#liveyourbestlife#buildwithvanessa#mydaughterrocks#chef#fun#ptitschefs
Saying "NO" can sometimes make people tag you as a harsh, mean or wicked person, but if you are wise, you will know that those two-letter words can go a long way in saving you a lot of drama and problems especially when you know the reason you are giving the response will in no way help you grow or move closer to your goals.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - You are not here to please everyone because all you do will never be good enough for everybody.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - You cannot save everyone. You are not Christ. There are people who will never change no matter how much you sacrifice for them or try to help them. Know when to let go and move on.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - You are not a sinner when you CUT off or block people who are time wasters and distractions. You have the right to who you allow into your life. Become more accountable for your actions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - It is okay to leave people who are not ready to grow or do not see the need to invest in themselves. Share what you can with them, if they are wise and tired of their current status, they will take action. Just do your part and leave the rest to them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You cannot go through life pleasing the wrong people just so you can remain in good terms with everyone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Focus on what bring you joy, stay with people who push you to become better. You still have a long way to go, so don't stop for anybody.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your life, your decision.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #buildregardless#liveyourbestlife#buildwithvanessa#businessgrowth#girlpreneur
Ma vision a été l'une des choses qui m'a permis de rester concentré, quels que soient les défis rencontrés ces 10 dernières années au Bénin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Imaginez une jeune mère célibataire orpheline, sans argent, ne parlant ni la langue local, n'ayant ni le soutien, déménageant dans un nouveau pays et rêvant de devenir un jour une ressource précieuse pour l'écosystème ici (l'écosystème numérique) et commencer à travailler avec certaines des plus grandes marques du monde.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pour m'aider à atteindre cet objectif, je devais le sortir de ma tête en quelque chose que je pourrais visualiser et concentrer toute mon attention. J'avais besoin d'un tableau de vision.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Devenir partenaire de formation avec Google était un rêve devenu réalité. S'associer à MTN Bénin, collaborer avec l'ambassade d'Amerique au Bénin et être reconnue comme l'une des principales femmes leaders numériques du Bénin par le ministère de l'Économie numérique du Bénin sont parmi les résultats se sont manifestés à partir de ce tableau de vision.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lors de notre prochain événement Womenwill ici à Cotonou, je vous enseignerai comment construire votre tableau de vision et partagerai certaines de mes actions pour les manifester.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pour réserver votre place, inscrivez-vous avec le lien sur mon bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ N'hésitez pas à inviter quelqu'un d'autre qui doit assister à cette session.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ À bientôt! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #buildregardless
As you go through life, and learn lessons, we grow to become wiser. This is not the case for everyone, but for the majority of people who are serious about living a meaningful life and impacting the lives of people around them. We gain experiences that help us make better life decisions and also help make our journey a little bit more meaningful and enjoyable. Now stop where you are. Turn around in your mind and look back 2 or 3 years. Think of what you didn't know back then and compare it to what you know now. Do you see a growth pattern? I bet you do. Now imagine the number of people who are currently at that same place where you were 2 or 3 years back. Just imagine how overwhelmed they are right now trying to figure things out all by themselves. Would you have felt better 2 years ago if you had had someone to show you how to avoid all that overwhelm and point you towards the right direction? I bet you do. So you see, you don't need to have a certification to teach people what you know or become an influencer to impact the lives of others. Start from where you are now using what you know already. Do you know anyone who needs to read this message? I bet there is someone waiting for you to share your next post so they can draw inspiration from it. This post right here might just be what they are looking for, so don't deprive them of that. PS: If you have a question you need me to answer during the ASKVee sessions every Tuesday, please feel free to put them in the comment box below and I will be sure to respond to them. Remember, the key word is progress and not perfection. Start today and continue to Buildregardless till you get the results you seek. To your continuous growth ~ VM
When we took this shot, I told @peaceitimi that I was going to keep this picture as a reminder of her “humble beginning”. It might look small today, but what you are building today will become an ecosystem for others to learn and grow from tomorrow my dear. I am a BUILDer and I can read between the lines. When she told me how long she had been following me and how much I inspired her, I smiled and replied - “Do you know you inspire me too?” I wish I had had such clarity when I was younger, but age is just a number and as long we we make up our minds to continually push beyond our limits, we will continue to grow. I’m excited each time I read your posts, I get value and I know other people do too. Keep wearing your shorts and offering amazing value 😁. Next time we meet, we will take another picture and talk about how much we have both grown and the impact we are driving in our communities. Xoxo! 📧 to @peaceitimi Oya send me hugs 🤗 💛😊 #buildregardless
I had to make a hard decision 2 days ago while leaving Lagos to Abidjan for some work. 1. Travel to the US to attend Google I/O. 2. Change my car for sth more glamorous (I have earned it o jare). 3. Reinvest in a course + mastermind ($$$$) with one of the BEST coaches in the world that would help me move 10times ahead and closer to where I need to be. Of course I took option 3. Building involves making sacrifices - being uncomfortable today so you can enjoy unlimited comfort and luxury tomorrow. When you see other people on top, I want you to also see the sacrifices they have made to get there. Don’t just look at the glamour. Not everyone will tell you what they had to give up, but know it was BIG and pinched a lot but for a while. When someone tells you to invest in yourself, listen to them, they know what they are saying. I am a woman who is continuously learning and building while helping others do same. I teach what I know and has worked for me. This is my story and my own personal decision. Your story and situation might be different, but the decision should always be the same. always chose what helps you grow and become better. What sacrifice are you making today that will count as an investment in your future tomorrow? #buildregardless
If you really want to Build a life and #business you love, you’ve got to #buildregardless of those things that try to hold you back. In this case, I like to call them Excuses because that is what they are, “flimsy excuses” Being a mom shouldn’t stop you from attending workshops and training programs that will help you become better. If you do not have a place to keep them, bring them along. For some of you who know me and attended any of my sessions, my daughter attends all my sessions so she sees just how driven her mama is and learns from the experience as well. Get out of your comfort zone today. FYI, that’s the reason why you are still stuck where you are at. Make that decision to push boundaries and begin to build that life and business you love. What’s holding you back, what’s your EXCUSE?
To build an ecosystem where #women can thrive, we need to get them to support and not compete with each other. Over the weekend, we held yet another #womenwill workshop on «How to position your brand online ». I sat this one out, smiling with pride as I watched @teemaaibrahim deliver the content to the audience with out flaws😊. The best of all was having Nadege (one of our community member) take the second session, which was her first time ever speaking / training in public. While I love to see women grow, supporting each other is the icing on the cake. To all the women in the Womenwill community, To all the women supporting other women, To all the men support women to succeed.... I love you guys Let’s keep building and supporting each other. 💛😊😘
Every step I take with @Google, takes me one step ahead in my career and brings me closer to the next person who needs my help to build a life and #business they love. Through the @digitalskillsaf program, #womenwill and #gbgcotonou, I am able to use my story, my experiences, my expertise and resources to transform the lives of entrepreneurs (especially #women) in my community, help them gain more confidence in themselves and grow their businesses using the power of #digital. Are you the next person? 🎥: My daughter Reine 👸 #buildwithvanessa#growwithgoogle#womenwill#digital#gbgcotonou#ztallion
This picture reminds me of my early days with Reine. I'd carry her everywhere with me, to lectures, to work .... all because I didn't have anyone to look after her. Mom was gone and I had to fill in her shoes for her granddaughter and kids. Thoses experiences made me stronger and wiser. This thing they call life eh! It's a journey of many phases. What do you remember from your early days that you are grateful for? 📷: @aiya9010 .
Sometimes people ask silly questions, but in reality, they truly do not know the answer and so they ask. In the past few months I’ve been asked a bunch of silly questions. At first I was taken back by how basic these answers were and how easy they could find them on their own. But then I realized that we are not all on the same level that is why we need support from people way above us. Some people need to be pushed in the right direction others need to have their ears pulled 😂 Remember, don’t sit waiting for answers and that support. You’ve got some role to play in this journey as well. Be that person who is hungry to grow and ready to do what it takes to get to their destination. I had an amazing time at last weeks #womenwill workshop. Looking forward to our next meet up in May.
Year after year, my story is still being told across #africa. And every time it is told, there is something new and interesting to share. There is a new perspective, all from an old situation. Let me preach a little bit. Now this is inspired from @bishopjakes. “You see, you will always have challenges and face tests on your journey. So what ever you are going through right now, whether in your life, business or in your relationships, is just a test. Now if you will agree with me, you have been tested previously and survived. This isn’t the first time you have run through a difficult situation. But you see that’s the beauty of it. The lesson for the test you passed through and survived, lies the answer to the next test ahead of you. Now let me go a little deeper, God never intended for you to go through something and get nothing out of it. He intended that every time you go through a test, for you to come out of it with something new in your life, that you never had before. Now He did this so that when you run into your next test, you would say”If God did that, HE is able to do this too” That has been one of my Mantras especially when I run into tests. I simply close my eyes and talk to myself and repeat those words “If God helped be survive after moving to Cotonou as an orphaned single mom, took care of my baby, made me a success story of one of the biggest brands in the world right from that country even when nobody knew me, He is able to ........” (Then I mention that test I was facing in the blank space” Stop looking for answers where there is non. Stop crying out your eyes. I know it can be harsh, but you’ve just got to believe HE can. Just do your own part of the deal, work hard and keep building for yourself, He will do the rest. Remember, it is just a test. #buildregardless of it. Tag or Share this without someone who needs to be inspired this Sunday. ~VM . . . . . . #buildwithvanessa#changingthestatusquo#trusttheprocess
When you begin to experience all the good things you always dreamed and worked hard for, don’t forget to show #gratitude to your provider. In my case, I’m grateful to God Almighty for my #growth over the past 10years since I moved down to Benin as an orphan and single mom with nothing but pain, a truck load of responsibilities and no support. I’m grateful for the people who believed in me enough to give me a chance and the support I needed to build for myself. I knew I had it in me, they saw the potential and gave me a chance. Remember, I had to prove myself first. So don’t think it came on a platter of gold. Thank you @google, thank you @mtn.benin, thank you @teemaaibrahim. And thank YOU. Yes YOU. You heard me right. You have been with me, seen the transformation and been my biggest fans and online buddies. I 💛 U guys. Now I gotta go get ready for the @moibrahimfoundation #conference starting in a few hours here in #abidjan. Of course, I’ll share pictures 😉. See you in a bit. .
It doesn't matter WHEN you start, what matters is your attitude after you begin that journey. I started my journey fully into the digital world in 2016, right after attending the Google digital skills training in Nigeria. I would leave Cotonou Benin and take long trips to Lagos Nigeria just to learn about digital marketing. I year later (in 2017) I became a trainer, a @google success story and Google partner on the program. I started my agency @ztallionn and have since gone on to work with other brands globally. Last week I was recognized by the Ministry of #digital Economy and Communication - @numeriquebenin as one of the top female Entrepreneurs in Benin Republic who was contributing towards the development of the digital economy here in Benin. Yesterday I got featured on one of francophone Africas online #business & Digital platforms. You can read my interview via the link in my bio ☝️ Notice this, There was clarity, passion, sacrifice, and Determination to succeed. I had a BIG WHY in my story and was determined to BuildRegardless of any challenge that comes my way on this journey. Now listen to me. If you are thinking it's too late to run after your own dreams , STOP thinking and START running after it. If you think it's too late to go back to school, STOP thinking and go back now. Pick up that registration form and apply. If you think there are so many people already doing the same thing, STOP thinking. I know there is something unique + extra that you carry and can bring to the world. According to @marieforleo, everything is figureoutable. And I believe that as long as you can look beyond the fear right in front of you, you CAN #buildregardless of that challenge. Now take a deep breath and say to yourself.... I CAN (mention your dream/goal) & I WILL (repeat it here again) Say it over again and again. Then get to work and take action NOW! Remember i'v been where you are right now and I understand your struggles. If you need to talk, I'm just
This is the part of my life a lot of people do not see. The late nights, the tired eyes, the lonely nights and all the smoke 💨 coming out from my head 😂. I existe in two worlds. Africa by morning and US/Canada by night. I work from anywhere, as long as I have a pillow on my lap and another for my back rest. I do this because I am a woman on a mission and until I get there, I can afford the luxury of time wasting Now listen to me..... 1. To build a global brand, you need to be in the global space and connect with like minds in your industry. Follow people who have gone ahead and learn from them shamelessly. There are too many people struggling for crumbs at the bottom, aim higher. There is a lot of space up here. But you need to apply wisdom. Know what you want and go for it. 2. There is a reason why the rich will remain rich, their mindset is crazy. You want to be the next Uncle Mark Z, yet you are not willing to invest in your own personal development. You only go after free trainings and run away when asked to pay for a program or training that will help you grow. Hmmmm! Be wise! Someone once said, “Freebies are for newbies”. Start with what’s up for grabs then invest for more. But remember, go with people who have a track record and can help you get the results you seek. Shine your eyes and research properly. 3. This journey is yours alone. You MUST be willing to do the work. Listen forget all the inspirational messages out there. If all you do is listen or read books and don’t take action, you are just “turningonourown”. Koko! Nothing will change for you. You have got to TAKE ACTION. Get out of that comfort zone and start doing something today. It pisses me off when I see people with so much talent wasting away and waiting for that perfect time that will never come. 4. Stop comparing yourself to others. See eh! You will be surprised at how many people are still struggling regardless of all the social media noise. Be wise. Understand your