Blog, Personal Chronicles // 09.10.2013

It’s My Birthday!

Article by Abena

Guess what Friends?

It’s my birthday! When I traveled to Ethiopia last year I learned that they celebrate the New Year on September 11th  and it is called Enkutatash. Ethiopians  follow the Gregorian Calendar while we in North America and in much of the world follow the Julian Calendar.  Because of this, my birthday was on New Year’s Eve (and I was 7 years younger!) Because of the transitions I was experiencing emotionally and professionally , September became a symbolic time of year for me for growth and renewal.

For the last two years I’ve been blessed to spend my birthday doing or taking in dance and poetry, my two loves, with good friends.


At a Habesha Restaurant in Addis Ababa

At a Habesha Restaurant in Addis Ababa

Since I’m in a new city again this year and am not around many of my friends, I’m inviting you to celebrate with me.  This day shouldn’t just be about me.  I’d like to use this blessing of a new year of my life to encourage you in yours. Here are a few things you can do to celebrate with me:

  1. Choose one thing to complete from your Bucket List or goal list. One of mine is to record a spoken word album which is in progress!
  2. If you don’t have a Bucket list, make one.  They’re a great way to organize your aspirations and to encourage yourself to try those things you’ve been meaning to do for years.
  3. Donating to our friends at The Yonso Project who do fantastic work providing scholarships to students and pursuing innovative project in rural Ghana. You can also volunteer for a more personal experience.
  4. Nominate someone for us to feature as a Forward Thinker.  Send us a photo and a few lines of why this person should be featured on our blog to:
  5. Take the time to do something nice for yourself and a friend.

Tell us what you decided to do so we can celebrate together.

Thank you to all of you who support TEMPO. We appreciate every comment, kind word, ideas and encouragement.

Continue looking inward and moving forward.

Much love,


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