Getting Through the Struggle With Grace

A Walk in My Stilettos graphic


Book setupOn February 15, 2015, the Bata Shoe Museum was the place to be for the book launch of “A Walk in My Stilettos,” by first time author, Makini Smith. The event included full access to the exhibits, a copy of the new book signed by the author, a short reading, complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres and an array of cakes and sweets all provided by ‘Yummy Cakes and Cupcakes.’

Makini Smith is an inspiration who aspires to show you how the right mindset can turn anyone from being the victim to the victor, turn obstacles into opportunities, and attract the life you truly deserve. In her book Makini shows us how she became a power house whose life stories serve as a reference for anybody enduring trials and tribulations; she shows people that they can get through whatever struggles life throws at them. “We all have struggled, but keep them to ourselves. We are all the same and can relate.”

Sometimes individuals feel alone in their struggle because they don’t know of anyone else who has gone through it. Personal struggles take over lives and those who love us end up being the ones to get blocked out. But that doesn’t have to be the case when the wisdom and insights from individuals like Makini can help with understanding the conflict often transpiring. The healing self-help books such as ‘A Walk In My Stilettos’ can offer you and others help through word of mouth. Ask yourself: How can your past help someone’s future?

“As human beings, we look to outside sources to validate our own thoughts and experiences. This general notion is called “social proof.” When we see that others have been through similar experiences and have been where we have, it allows us to feel better about ourselves. When we see other people overcome their fears, face adversity, and then finally taste triumph, we affirm ourselves and say: If they can do it, then I’m sure I can too.” – A Walk In My Stilettos

Mum and Daughter

Makini Smith alongside her 17-year old daughter at her book launch for “A Walk in My Stilettos”

Makini bares her soul and her honesty about her life will resonate with you. In the foreword by Linda Proctor, she writes: “She is very much like the people you know in your own family and close circle of friends…you will relate to her and the challenges she faced.”

In her book, Makini shares how she conquered the challenges of:

  • Being a teen mother
  • Divorce
  • Traumatic Loss
  • Becoming an entrepreneur
  • Single motherhood

Cake and Shoe topperShoe setupIn celebration of the economic, social and political advancement of women, Makini Smith, alongside other female authors, are making history during International Women’s Week at the Chapters-Indigo flagship store from March 3-8. The theme: Make It Happen, is a core value highlighted throughout the chapters in Makini’s book. Looking at the power of believing in yourself and how you can turn your mess into your message, are some of the inspiring chapters of Makini’s life story and have moulded her into the graceful woman that stands today as a motivational mentor.

You can get your copy of “A Walk in My Stilettos” on Amazon or at Chapters. As both her friend and someone inspired by the book I encourage you to buy one for yourself, and one for a friend in need of motivation, inspiration and uplifting. And remember, “Keep your head, stilettos, and standards on high always.”

Shola and Makini

Shola Martey with Makini Smith at the book launch for “A Walk in My Stilettos”

Shola Martey– Shola Martey
2nd year Advertising and Marketing Communications Management
Follow Shola @ladylondon0309

Welcome to Shola as a guest blogger on the ABC:Alumni Blog Connection. Shola is working in the Alumni Office this Winter, assisting with social media management and writing for various mediums.

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