This year, I feel like I have been living out what I said to achieve with Dooney’s Kitchen Tribe, which is Connecting people through food. I have been given another opportunity to bless someone through what I do.
So, something amazing happened almost two weeks ago. Arese of Smart Money Africa was giving away a free ticket to WIMBIZ conference. She announced this on her Instagram page. This ticket is worth 60,000 Naira. In good faith, I reposted that announcement, to give members of the Tribe an opportunity to throw their hat in the ring, for a chance to win too. Then something strange happened. People started leaving comments saying why they deserve to win the ticket. I was reading the comment thinking, wait a minute, hold up guys, it was clearly stated that Arese was giving out the ticket, and details of what you needed to do were right there i.e. go to her page not mine. And the comments kept coming. I wasn’t with my phone as I had work to do, only to get back, see all those comments and think, oh my goodness, they didn’t get it.
You know what happened next, I sent out a thought and said Dear Lord, I wish I could give out a ticket too. I wish I could afford to give someone 60, 000 Naira, because the stories I was reading, gosh, there were a lot of deserving people. I knew I couldn’t afford it, especially with such short notice, then I started doing accounting in my head, trying to see if I could squeeze out the money. Guess what happened!!!!! Less than 5 minutes after I sent the thought out, I got an email from my WIMBIZ correspondent. She said “Dunni, are you also sponsoring one person to attend the conference”. I responded and said no, it was a repost from Arese. She came back and said, I think your followers think you are also giving out a free ticket, but it is okay, pick a winner who lives in Lagos and we will give them a free ticket. Tribe, I literally flew out of my seat. I am not joking. I jumped off so fast and let out a yelp, my colleagues asked if I was okay. I had to purse my lips tight to keep from screaming. OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!! I was thinking of giving someone a ticket 5 minutes ago, and here it is manifested. WOW!!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!! I read The Secret almost 6 years ago and it is in the past 3 years that I have truly gotten what that book is about. Just like that, there is a free ticket available for the Tribe. Wow. Thank you Lord for honouring my wish and Thank you the good women at WIMBIZ for making someone’s dream come true and impacting a woman’s life positively.
So, why am I sharing this story, because I want to use it to inspire anyone who needs it today. Focus on that which you want, block out anything else. Practice using your thoughts in the right direction, ignore the haters and naysayers, in the grand scheme of things, what you think of your dreams and what The Almighty thinks of them are what count. Be a blessing to others, impact people’s lives positively and watch how your life literally becomes a living testimony. I call it my own brand of magic. It is nothing else more than my thoughts and His Grace. I am very active on Instagram, it is best social media connecting tool of our time. I have done a lot of giveaways via Instagram and my intuition told me that this time, do it via the website to give everyone a level playing field. The person that deserves this may not check her Instagram today, or she may not have had money to renew her mobile data subscription, she may not even have an Instagram account, or she may be browsing at work when this gets posted and she feels a strong push to open Dooney’s Kitchen today. I don’t know who you are yet, but I have been told I need to announce it on the blog, and not on IG alone. Because I am making the announcement on the blog too, to be selected to win though, you will have to still follow the guidelines and you have till Saturday Oct 31st to comply. So yes, social media is also an active participant.
So, here goes – Tell me why you deserve to win this ticket and the impact attending this conference will make to your life/business. Leave a comment on this post right here with your email address and social media handle and NOT on my Instagram page.
- Participants must be in Lagos
- Must give a convincing response to why they want to attend with you
- Must follow @wimbizng on Instagram
- Must follow @dooneyskitchen on Instagram
- Must repost the image, used in making the free ticket announcement on Instagram and hashtag #WIMBIZAnnualConference
So, keep those stories coming. I love to write, and I also love to read, so let it all out. don’t think your comment will be an epistle. You are getting an opportunity of a lifetime. I will read all of it. You have till Oct 31st to leave a comment on the blog. The winner will be announced on November 2nd.