Thank you

‘Thank you’

Nothing achieved alone is worthwhile. Mayb there’s I don’t know, am not a prophet to know that. But this week has made me believe in hard work. It’s such a simple word we’ve all heard a number of times and probably now take for granted. My way of describing this is sleepless nights, tears, missing loved ones, hungry, and even more . For some reason I feel I have not had anything easy in my life , I have worked hard and earned it all and where I didn’t work hard I failed.

To achieve a goal you must have a vision and the will power to go after your dreams. This week felt like a taste to what life can be when u work hard thank the Good Lord. I started my UEFA B licence on the 28/02/18. I wanted to do this expensive course for such a longtime. Am grateful thanks to the FA.

After making sure I will get my last two days from block one with another county, I guaranteed my invitation with FIFA as a speaker for the equality and inclusion conference. This was a dream come true because I had dreamt of this moment for a while. On the 01/03/18 I set off for Switzerland in Zurich. Excited, I got to visit the FIFA world football museum, was lovely.

Preparations for the conference were underway, excited for my first opportunity I woke up happy as this is the day I had waited for, worked hard for and I didn’t want to miss saying the right words. Turned out to be a good first time. I don’t regret anything. Representing Common Goal organisation, Uganda, Crystal Palace, Sseninde Foundation, Swdfc and many young girls without a voice, Incredible. I made sure I look the best I can, it came with a cost.

I did it, but I don’t say I anymore because am apart of a very big team. I thank my Common goal teammates, Crystal Palace, my Family, friends and the fans who have been there for me. I met friends for life who I hope to stay in touch.

This moment is going to live in my heart forever. I hope it inspires so many other girls and boys to know that dreams do come true . A team is better than one. Being selfish never brings results. We must utilise the need for one another to get the best out of the world. I want to thank each and everyone of you for being there for me. We are one team. And now I head off to Morocco for the CAF women’s symposium.

I hope to update you more and show u that visions can turn to reality. We are one team . With lots of love, thank you.

Jean.

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The Power Of a Vision

When you think about so many things you want to do in life , It’s amazing how many things we think of. I usually picture moments in my life happening in my head. It’s nice to witness some of these come to life. I always thank God.

Sometimes we can be happy by picturing only the happy moments in our lives and block out the bad moments. I have lived by this for quite sometime now.

Now am on my way traveling for a FIFA conference as one of the speaker and this is one of the big moments I dreamt of . Am great full to God for the opportunity. I pray to inspire and change someone’s life . My journey is to inspire many young girls not only in my country Uganda but also in the world .

Common Goal

‘Common Goal includes everyone’

This week is special , something that I have dremt of my life is going to happen thanks to the strong mind I’ve always had to take big steps and go get what i want. Six years ago, I left my family and friends for the first time, boarded a plane for the first time and I arrived in a new country England where i knew no one. I was however full of dreams and determination to achieve my goals and am thankful for everyone who has helped me and is still helping me achieve just that.

I always want to have young girls look at my journey and have hope that their dreams are going to come true. Iam the girl who has turned into a woman. I have learnt alot of lessons along my way, I admit its not an easy road. The bumps I’ve had, I will leave that for another day but today , let me talk about Common Goal.

Common Goal is a movenment lead by players pledging a percentage of our salaries to football charities around the world. This movement started with just a single player Juan Mata but we are currently 44players from 6 continents and growing everyday. I am very proud of being the first African and Ugandan to join Common Goal.

When i first saw a post on instagram about Common Goal it was about Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe being the first women to join the movement. I was very impressed, I continued reading more about the movenment and realised its the organisation i want to be apart of. It is such a natural experience being apart of such a great organisation as everything thats involved is what I love to. The rest is history now. Being apart of Common Goal has changed my life. Nothing feels better than being apart of a team where we all share the same commitment of a footballing cause to make a difference in other peoples lives, it’s incredible .  Common Goal  includes everyone. Men, Women, Agencies,Federations, Teams, Media companies,Sponsors and the whole football industry at large .

This week I go to Zurich for the FIFA conference on Equality and Inclusion . I can’t wait because I have dreamt of this moment all my life. Thanks to Common Goal , I can be able to be a speaker and represent this great movenment. Joining Common Goal changed my life, I can be able to do what I love while being apart of a big team that shares the same dream. Am excited for the future. I call upon more players to join Common Goal for the opportunities  have changed my life and made me meet incredible people . Being apart of an organisation that includes everyone and strives to change so many others people’s lives is awesome. Lets not forget we havent hit the one year mark yet but already one of the biggest movements in the world.

Am very proud of being apart of Common Goal .

Basics

‘Dont settle for less than what you think you deserve’

Give up or not? Its the question that battles most of us all day and night , but giving up is never an option. It only makes things worse, so i thought of another way. its not as though theres’nt any other options but this among others.

Go back to Basics but don’t settle for less than what you think you deserve. The battle in the heart, who wins? I don’t know to. Being in a quiet place and thinking of nothing is how I find myself, but everyone knows what works for them.  You succeed when you get the opportunities, take them all because you don’t know when they are all going to be gone. Sometimes the low moments push us to be stronger but at times people do give up. please don’t judge a soul before you know their situation. Everyone is fighting a battle inside, all that glitters …

What do you do when you have done something before and came out on top and then the other time you just don’t, how many times have you felt like you are not good enough and its always you. This life is a never-ending journey as I’ve said before, you keep moving. When you get to an obstacle and succeed, then look forward to another. It’s like a never-ending cycle.

There’s no hiding place with life, you either stand strong and walk on or find and excuse to stop. Its such a long way to stop…(sadly). sometimes we must go back to basics and stand firm on what we deserve. On this journey I’ve always said how its important to stay patient. but you know your goals, always push yourself to be better. It’s good to go back to basics sometimes, but also push yourself and see how far you can go. Don’t settle for less than what u think you deserve.

While its dark

‘The safe places are the ones with no light in them’

 

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Maybe it starts from within, I don’t know, but I once heard a confession in church when I was younger, a confession I didn’t even understand then. ‘God excuses the young ones’ they always say, because they are not aware of what they are doing, but I remember comprehending everything so quickly. Church is a holy place, and we all hope to confess and be forgiven. When a contagious disease strikes few survive.

In my case, it feels like I was infected immediately with a contagious disease while that girl confessed! Maybe it was because of my judgement, but in my defence, I guess I didn’t understand much then. Why I wasn’t pardoned, I don’t know.  but many years later I sin instead still seeking for salvation. Occasionally being my own comforter that maybe its fine after roll. Weather I heal soon…who knows? Will wait around, and hope darkness quickly turns to light soon while I keep trying to figure out right and wrong.

The safe places are the ones with no light in them, for there’s no one to fear. A chance to get naked and get to know who you really are, maybe that darkness you see when you close your eyes shows that darkness isn’t bad after roll because you get to focus. Maybe…

This life is a continuous process that mathematically seems not to be solved, scientifically it keeps recycling. it’s a never-ending process. I better wear my fighting amour because even while its dark, I still fight through the darkness for when the day comes I must be ready to attack. For now, while its still dark, let me fight on …

 

 

 

SpeakUp

‘always have the courage to speak up and stand for what’s right’

Welcome to my newly created website SpeakUp.

I must admit how incredibly happy i am to have finally made this a reality after thinking about it for so long.

I want to be an inspiration to so many young girls who look up to me and this is going to be one way to Speak up. My journey isn’t about me, it’s about so many young girls around my country Uganda, Africa and the world at large who dream of reaching the top. This website will show the reality of my journey , i hope this makes a difference to so many in the world. Let’s all aspire to be great leaders and always have the courage to speak up and stand for what’s right.

With much love, I hope you enjoy reading about the reality of my journey …

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INSTINCT

‘every second counts on the road to greatness’

One of the greatest gifts we all possess is our instinct, to me it’s a voice that always speaks right. Most of the good things that have happened to me have been because I’ve listened to my inner voice and the bad because I didn’t.

I have this friend of mine I’ve just met recently, I have every reason to smile because within a short space of time, time that I don’t even have, I’ve managed to smile, and have my share of happiness in my busy schedule. Only thing is I keep getting scared when …is around, I feel my heart racing fast and sometimes it feels as though they could kill m* for obvious reasons ‘good ‘friends could do, jealousy. It’s not that I don’t listen to my instinct and run away, am still very scared, but am trying to be brave and believe that love will over come all odds and I will survive. I hope I do…

When we are on our various journeys, it’s not all merry, some days are good, and some days are bad. On the good days, we celebrate and during the bad days we need people, family and friends. These are the people who lift us up in moments when we feel low, so I say we need people in our lives regardless. I’ve always said we cannot do things alone, we need people. When you are alone, you can achieve a lot, but together as a team there’s no limitation to what we can achieve.

Its important to have people we trust on our team, people who believe in our dreams and have the love of what they are doing to contribute positively to the team. I always listen to my heart and hope that the pieces will come together in the future. It’s important to do the things we believe in when we have the opportunity because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. These days things change in a split second and feels as though life is at a sprinting pace, there’s no time to blink and rest, every second counts on the road to greatness.

Let’s cherish the random people we meet who wish us well, sometimes keeping contact of that one person we meet is the key that unlocks opportunities.

Finally, I believe that when we are alone which seems to be the case on numerous occasions, we are never short of who to talk to, or who to listen to when we are making the big choices/decisions in our lives and that’s our instincts…