Hello SIWO, a new author here all the way from Douala – Cameroon – Africa lol. The name given to me by my parents is Marie Angele Abanga, MAA or AMA if you reverse the names lol. Yes, I have several nicknames like Ayo and don’t mind being called any sweet name anyone wants et darling hahaha. So that’s me below and em that was last week – pretty recent lol
You can probably tell from the picture that I find a lot of good about life these days and years…I really do…but that wasn’t always the case…hence my first post on this awesome blog with such a noble vision, can only be sort of a zooming reflective one with the goal of inspiring and motivating.
I used to ask myself what was good about this life…tbt I once tried to check out all together… But hmm no sensational stuff I promise…
So, I had a hyperactive childhood though some melancholy at home, my parents split when I was 12 didn’t make matters any better. I became surrogate mum to my siblings and lost touch of my life near completely. Fast forward to dashing into what I now boldly call a Sham and Shame of a marriage, I was one big miss. Living parallel lives for a very good chunk of that marriage before leaving so unceremoniously after 6 years, I mean what good could there be in this life I kept asking myself. To add more salt to my wounds (all natures), I couldn’t take my 3 sons with me and had no compass when I left.
The one word I knew to summarize my situation then was: you must have guessed right – HOPELESS!!!
And then slowly but steadily, the transformation began. Seven years later, I can proudly say I have come full circle. I tag it my 360° T and I can talk from dawn till dusk about what I find good about this life.
The one word I use to summarize my current: Aha you guess once more –HOPEFULL!!!
I have discovered my life’s purpose, who I am, and finally have a very apt definition of myself. I live and love and laugh and cry to my best, and I share all these with gusto where and whenever…I guess this is what caught the eye of SIWO founder, and got me this wonderful invitation I couldn’t for the author in me turn down?
I already have a line up of about 15 posts to share with us all, but I am besties with Patience…such a wonderful friend I never knew existed. I took my time to publish a first post here, actually wrote this last thursday and scheduled same for today lol, and plan to be a weekly author here due to my numerous engagements which include working as a lawyer, a psychotherapist…add in being a single parent and crowned supermom, an author and… In short, be inspired and motivated all you gentle readers and followers of SIWO…
Have a great midweek, remember: “Tough Times never last but Tough people Do” (Robert Schuller)
P.s: Thanks in advance to all the readers, for the likes, and comments. I am honest to admit I sometimes muse on how I come across or fare especially with new ventures…this is one big one for me…
You could check out more about me by visiting my website, and reading a post or two on my blog!!!
Marie Angele Abanga (simplified to Marie Abanga) aka MAG likes to describe herself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. She is an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. Let’s give it a try! She is an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist and an etc! She just loves to sum it up by saying she is a person of passions and a tale of talents. Her life’s journey has filled 6 books already and her three musketeers keep her busy at home.
MAG is also the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing.
The plethora of life's experiences and shenanigans she has lived through and learned from in near 4 decades of existence, have equipped her with such an arsenal to coach, train and motivate just any and everyone. She is so charismatic, dynamic and full of life, going by her designed mantra of 3Ds: Determination; Discipline and Dedication. These sum her+her quest to be the best version of herself and impact others perfectly. She attributes all her wealth of knowledge to her conscientious attendance of both informal and formal school.