Linda Arrey-Mbi Nkwenti
“Plan for the Future, but live in the present“
3rd Annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen: Showing Up // 30 November 2018
Meet the Speakers: Linda Arrey-Mbi Nkwenti for TEDxWilmingtonWomen
It is every speaker’s dream to give at a minimum one TED or TEDx talk in his/her lifetime. This dream became more relevant to me when I became a published author and released my first book, “Memoirs of a Working Mother.” I had a message and idea worth spreading.
I’m a wife and mother to two of God’s greatest creations. I’m also a Captain in the United States Air Force. I began writing at a very low point in my life dealing with uterine fibroids and other pregnancy complications. The desire to live and bring forth live to this world kept me going. It also served as a reminder that there were millions of women suffering in silence. My mission is to be the voice that says: “You are not alone,” while also providing a platform for women, particularly working mothers to live the lives they desire and thrive both at home and in the workplace.
As a fan of TED and TEDx, I did not hesitate to submit an application when I learned of TEDxWilmington. The application process was lengthy and there were days that I wanted to give up, but I remained determined. I finally submitted my application and the waiting process was equally long. Just when I thought I didn’t make it, I got an official email invitation from Mr. George to give a TEDxWilmington talk. I was filled with excitement and immediately called my husband and informed him that I made it.
As I prepare to share my idea worth spreading on November 30, 2018, I remain thankful for the opportunity to tell my story with hopes to give encouragement and inspiration to millions.
the TEDx process: Linda Arrey-Mbi Nkwenti for TEDxWilmingtonWomen
It’s been almost two months since I was accepted to give a talk at TEDxWilmingtonWomen and I have been preparing my idea worth spreading since.
As a wife, working mother of two, entrepreneur and Active Duty Service Member, allocating time to get things done in a timely manner have been challenging. I am appreciative of the TEDxWilmington team for being understanding and seeing that presenting a TEDx talk is a priory and dream come true. I remember moving from one room to the next just to find a ‘child-free’ zone at home to record my videos. My children follow me everywhere at home. It’s beautiful, but that also means, I can’t get anything done.
The challenge of effectively managing time, and prioritizing the things that matter most is one reason I look forward to encouraging others during my TEDx talk. Often we attempt to do several things all at once and fail to produce quality work or accomplish either. It is important to understand that, not everything is important right now. Some things can wait. It is important to also have a plan, and when things don’t go as planned, we re-strategize and move forward. We only have twenty-four hours daily. While we cannot create, make or manage time as we may want to believe, we can all better allocate tasks. How we spend our time tells us a great deal about the things we see to be most important.
Join me in the process and make a conscious decision to prioritize our time and self-care. Taking care of you – physically, spiritually and mentally is a must. As I continue to prepare to present my talk on November 30, 2019, I hope to see you all in the audience.