Akua Larbi

Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Ha! I never know where to start when asked this question - cos it really depends on context and circumstances and what one believes will be of most benefit to the audience reading. Example, if i was at the burger eating championship, I would mention that I can finish a double whopper in under 1 minute. 
So about me. I am a Ghanaian - Australian who relocated to Australia at the age of 11 because my dad came across to complete his PhD in mineral processing and decided to bring the whole family along. I am the first of 3 kids; usually presented as the "model child" and usually known by others as a "happy person". Finished a degree in electrical engineering some 4 years ago and now working to build my experience in the Gas and Mining Industries. I love to laugh, smile, empower and eat good food in great company. I'm the type to get bored easily, so I have a few hobbies that include sewing, knitting, brunching, instagram and listening to podcasts. 
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I do many things; why? because I believe we shouldn't limit ourselves to just a title that we give ourselves or one others give to us. So lets go...
I work full-time as a site electrical engineer;
Why? because going from a design on a piece of paper to building the structure and making it work is pretty awesome.
I speak into and empower the individuals I'm blessed to be surrounded by;
Why? because we are all we've got and if we don't empower each other, no-one else will.

I sew beautiful skirts in African Print Fabric; 
Why? because the items we wear have powerful impact and reflection in how we feel about ourselves and the way we present to the world around us.
I run @brunchandgoals for young professions and small biz owners;
Why? Because (1) we all need to learn how to manage our money (2) we all struggle to find inspiration to work on our goals sometimes and (3) Brunch!
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
I feel courageous when ... My hair is tied up in the "don't mess with me bun". 
I feel courageous when ... I do the doing even when there's potential for failure
I feel courageous when ... I celebrate my wins because they remind me of what I am capable of achieving
I feel courageous when ... I pray
I feel courageous when ... I'm halfway through my period and know that if i can deal with that much emotional craziness, I can deal with anything!
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
To my 16 year old self I would say, your future is fine, a man does not validate you, keep learning, stop trying to do what others are doing and just do what you like doing, moisturize your skin, drink all the water, keep minding your business and remember your parents honestly love you. And most of us, I love you and I appreciate all the hardwork you are putting in and the joy you always bring even on days when you don't feel like it.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
I find often that courage is tied to our perception of how others see and what they believe of us.
The less you care about validation from others (external) and the more you affirm your ability (internal) to achieve whatever you set your mind to achieve and validate yourself, the more courage you'll feel to get it done. No-one starts and is perfect straight away; we learn, make mistakes, stumble, fail and at the end of it all achieve success or many lessons for the next time we try. Just start, make the mistakes and come out stronger. You can do this. p.s. I'm whispering the same thing to myself every single day.
With love,
Akua Larbi

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