20 Books To Read In 2020:

Hello fam,

20 Books To Read In 2020
Year 2020 is just a couple of weeks old and most of us still have lofty hopes and dreams for it. 

One area a lot of people fail to pay attention to is GROWTH. 

Growth does not happen by chance. Although the opportunities are numerous, the decision to grow must be intentional. 

One of the simplest ways to grow is through consistent learning – and an easy way to achieve this is by reading. 

Looking for what to read this year? In no particular order, here are my top suggestions:


1. I’ll have what she’s having – Bobbie Houston

I love this book in particular because it helped me realize that it’s only in living meaningfully for the audience of one -God, that I can truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Check out the review here

2. Becoming – Michelle Obama

This woman is GOLD!

I’m yet to read any other memoir/autobiography as interesting and compelling as hers.

And I’m definitely going to do a review on it soon. 

3. Why you act the way you do – Tim LaHaye

I read this book many years ago but I’m re-reading it this year. 

If you don’t know much about temperaments, here’s a good place to start. 



4. Crash the chatter box – Steven Furtick 

This is a humor-filled, godly but practical book on how to “shake a table” where fear has been comfortably sitting for too long.



5. Awaken the giant within – Tony Robbins.

I read this about 5 years ago and it triggered a restlessness in me. 

My life has never been the same. 


6. No Excuses – Brian Tracy 

One of my recent favorites. Excuses are just too common. 

This book will force you to see the lies that you’re allowing to hold you back from fulfilling your dreams. 



7. LEAN IN – Sheryl Sandberg

Are you a career woman looking to take bold steps in the cooperate world? Then this book will definitely be a game-changer for you. It literally reset my brain in many ways. 


8. The 4 Loves – C.S Lewis 

If you’re yet to read a book by C.S Lewis, this is a good place to start. 

This book is really good.

It will help you to understand the dynamics of the different types of relationships, their strengths, expectations and shortcomings. 


9. Fervent – Priscilla Shirer 

If there were ever a book on prayer that I think every believer should read at least once in their lifetime, it is this book. 

Your prayer life cannot remain the same afterwards. 

Check out the review here


10. Prayer deposits – Allison Hyacintho 

For courting and married couples. 

As spiritual as the title sounds, it’s a rather laid back, humor-filled yet very insightful book. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this with my partner, and highly recommend it.



11. Unstoppable – Christine Caine

“On your mark, get set, run!”

This is a call-to-action book and a compelling reminder that you and I didn’t come to this world to play.

Check out the review here

12. Ask It – Andy Stanley

This book basically simplifies the need for godly wisdom and no matter your current season in life, your life could use some wisdom. 

Check out the review here

13. The Smart Money Woman – Arese Ugwu

This is a good book on personal finance especially for women in this part of the world, because we are primarily conditioned to think that it’s only men that should take financial responsibility seriously.

Check out the review here 

14. Passing it on – Myles Munroe

This insightful book is a reminder that we are in transit, and whether we like it or not, our days are numbered. So we must do our best to give to the generations after us, what we already know. 

15. Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung 

Looking for an escape from a world that is constantly distracted? Then you need to read this book. 

Check out the review here 

16. Lioness Arising- Lisa Bevere

This is such a captivating read, and highly recommended for every daughter of God who wants to gain insight into what God can do through her. 

Check out the review here


17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson

The Author of this book didn’t mince words in addressing the entitlement mentality of our generation. Minus the abundance of the “cuss words” used, this book is highly recommended.



18. How To Achieve More With Less – Celestine Chua

A very short and precise book that I think everyone, whether young or old would benefit from. 

Check out the review here

19. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Steven R. Covey

This is a book that has made a difference in my own life and I especially recommend it to anyone who wants to make a lasting difference not only in their lives but also in the lives of others. 

Check out the review here

20. Fire Brand – Debola Deji Kurunmi
I feel a slight reluctance in adding this book, because for a pretty fast reader, it took me all of 6 months to finish this book, still the book isn’t finished with me yet. 

But if one of your goals this year is to improve your intimacy with God, then FIREBRAND is definitely a book to roll with. 

Your personal walk with God cannot remain the same, that I promise you.

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Which of these books have you read?

What other books can you recommend for 2020? Please share. 

Cheers. 

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January 2020|| A Letter To 2020

Dear 2020,

I’m glad to finally meet you.

There are so many great things I’ve heard about you. 

I’ve been told of how special you are, not just because you’re brand new and full of potentials, but because you’re the beginning of a whole new decade. 

This for me is very significant. 

Just like they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step: so does the journey of the next decade, it begins with YOU!

So I want to thank you in advance for all the exciting opportunities you’ll be bringing my way because I’m ready to embrace them.

I’m committed to learning, growing and serving with my strengths. 

I’m not going to hold myself back, because of the things I cannot yet do or the things that I don’t yet have. 

I’m going to focus on the possibilities around me, and what I can give rather than what I can get.

2020, I make a promise to you that I’ll be a better friend, lover, sister, daughter, medical practitioner, blogger, writer and any other role that will define me. So help me God. 

I know that you are my year of good things, and you are so full of glad tidings from home and abroad. So I can’t wait to do life with you, 2020.

Cheers to the beginning of a healthy, happy and fulfilling relationship.

Your new best friend,

Hello, 2020❤️

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December 2019| Gratitude List 

Hello fam,

December is here!!!
💃💃💃

Who else is as excited as I am?

I love, love, love December because it’s such a joyful, bubbling and lively month.

Not only does it shower in the most significant event in the history of mankind – CHRISTMAS; it also doubles as my birth month!

🎉🎉🎉

Any other December born in the house? (PS: Say hello, I may have something for you😉)

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So in light of this season, I want to share 10 things I’m particularly grateful for, over the past year (in no particular order):


1. SUPPORT.

I’m super thankful for my support systems.

I have an amazing family who love me for who I am and respect my decisions even when they are not the usual.

I’m also blessed with a lot of wonderful friends, who encouraged, counseled, prayed for, and cheered me on this year. 

I experienced some tough seasons but I had a tribe that stood by me. 

There was a time the enemy even suggested suicide but the prayers of godly friends frustrated his plans. 

A special shoutout to the amazing @SarahO: Thanks for all you did and still do. You’re God-sent. May you never lack help as you journey through life in Jesus’ name. Amen!


2. GOD.

Can I just take a moment to gush about God?

*insert tongues*

He is indeed a present help in time of trouble. 

Looking back at the year, there were so many instances God showed up for me.

My health was one major area the enemy tried to attack.

I remember going for a particular procedure, and the doctors were like…but you’re so young na and you’re already doing this?

I started to feel sad but the word of the Lord comforted me. What satan was after was my life but he didn’t succeed. 

Truly, I’m the one God helped and I’ve come to worship him. 



3. FAVOR.

I don’t know about you but I can testify that God’s favor is real.

The day I was called to resume at my place of work, someone else had turned down the offer at the last minute. It was almost unbelievable. 

Then to add icing to the cake, God took care of my accommodation for 6 whole months! Just like that. 

Everything that happened in that season of my life was simply a result of God’s favor. 


4. TEACHERS. 

My growth this year has been quite significant.  

Sometimes, I look at myself like “Na you be dis?”

I’m really thankful for the teachers in this season of my life.  

God will specially bless Coach Debola-Deji Kurumi aka DDK for me!

From Doability Coaching, to Ignition Intensive, to Acceleration Intensive and now to the Immerse Inner Circle!

Indeed it’s the EPIC YEAR. 

I also honor God in the lives of my pastors- Pastor Move and Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche.  It’s such a privilege to be fed and nurtured by God, through their ministries.

I do not take this for granted.

5. HRH

I’m specially thankful to the one with the key to that door.

For your smiles, your prayers, your gifts, your patience, your kindness and for being a safe place to be. 

It’s been an unusual year for us but God’s mercies kept us. 

Thank you for not giving up on me, and on us. 
6. HOPE.

When there is life, there is hope. And where there’s hope there’s life. 

Despite the  seemingly hopeless situations I experienced this year, each new day brought something to look forward to. 

I’m thankful for yesterday’s testimonies, today’s realities and tomorrow’s expectations. 
7. PROGRESS.

I’m thankful for Progress, both the obvious and the not-so-obvious.

I may not be exactly where I want, but I’m definitely not where I was.

There are some goals I couldn’t reach, but I won’t trade them for the lessons I’ve learnt. 
8. ANSWERED PRAYERS. 

2019 is full of testimonies not just in my life, but in the lives of friends.

It’s been a year of beautiful and handsome babies!!!😍😍😍

God even blessed a friend with a set of twins! 

Truly, he answers prayers.


9. CONTRIBUTION.

As challenging as it is sometimes, I’d be lying to say that I don’t enjoy my job. 

Well, maybe not all the time..lol.

More than anything, I see my job as a privilege and a responsibility.

Getting great feedback from my patients/their caregivers always gives me pleasure.

And I’m super thankful I had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people again this year.  


10. ME.

What can I say of this vibrant, phenomenal, resilient and super amazing woman?

Eunice Ololade Adeniran, you’re my favorite person ever!
I thank God for the gift of you. 

Thank you for not giving up even when life pushed you down.

Thank you for growing, for leaving your comfort zone and camping on stretch street. 

Thank you for staying strong in faith, through the doubts and discouragements of everyday life. 

Above all, thank you for not disappointing the Father, for expressing his love and faithfulness through your words and deeds to the people he has sent you to. 

I am super proud of you, babe!😘

Cheers. 

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So what are you thankful for?😊

:::requ1ne:::

    ❤❤❤

Ten Days In Abuja (Part 2)

Please read the first part here

DAY 2:

My first night in Abuja was almost perfect. 

I slept in a cozy room, with air conditioning and an all night power supply – a luxury I didn’t have back home.  

Sadly, my sleep was cut short, no thanks to PMS. I woke up with an annoying abdominal cramp.

And to make matters worse, by daybreak, I had symptoms of both malaria and a stomach bug.

Hian!

My village wanted to frustrate me but thank God for the BLOOD!!

So according to our itinerary, on that day we were to go on a lunch date at one fancy restaurant like that (whose name I don’t remember), and I was really looking forward to the experience. For the love of  exotic cuisines!

Alas, I mostly spent the day on the couch, wrapped up from the cold, and HRH graciously purchased the drugs I needed and kept me company. 

 Still it was fun gisting, watching TV, taking silly pictures and eating a simple home cooked meal. 

By evening HRH took his leave, and I continued with my bed rest. 

DAY 3:

The 3rd day came with renewed energy and I was up and about.

We had scheduled the day to see a movie, play one or two games at a gaming center then hangout.

HRH came to pick me up that morning around 9 a.m, and before leaving for the cinema, we checked online to see the movies showing.

We decided on Angry Birds 2.

I’d watched the first part a while back and found it interesting. 

HRH drove us down to the Genesis Deluxe Cinema at Ceddi Plaza,  somewhere in the Central District of Abuja.

After purchasing our movie tickets, we grabbed some popcorn, hotdog and drinks, then went in for the movie. 

We had such a good time. 

The plot was simple, yet intriguing and the characters were very believable. And like most animation movies, it ended on a happily-ever-after note. 

After the movie, we left for the Silverbird Entertainment Centre also in the central district, only to get to the game arena and find out that the place was undergoing some renovation. 

I was rather disappointed. 

But I took the opportunity to pick up a few items from Shoprite, and from there HRH dropped me off at my sister’s apartment.

It had been an interesting day but my body, still in recovery mode, was rather exhausted. 

The rest of that evening was quiet. 

I had dinner, breezed in and out of social media, and went to bed. 


DAY 4:

The D-day had arrived.

Like I mentioned in the previous post, the primary reason for my visit to Abuja was to meet HRH’s family.

But before that we had an important business to take care of. 

At the proposal some months back, the cute and lovely ring HRH got me was about 3x bigger than my actual size…😂

Days after the proposal I was still very terrified of having it slip off my finger. 
Eventually, I removed and returned the ring to its box to avoid stories that touchlol.

HRH good naturedly promised to have it resized during my visit to Abuja. 

So on this day, together with his Big Sister, we made our way to the popular Wuse Market. 

Wuse Market is a major market within Abuja metropolis, where you can find everything from foodstuff to clothes, electronics, and jewelry. 

Although prices of goods in Wuse market are said to be relatively higher when compared to other markets like Utako and Garki, there is more variety of goods to choose from. 

I was told there was usually traffic congestion on the way to the market. However, we didn’t experience much of traffic on that day. 

I noticed how the market stalls were organized and the environment kept relatively tidy, unlike some other big markets I’ve been to. 

After making a brief enquiry, we were given directions to the shop of an Asian Goldsmith. He was able to refashion the ring to my actual size, but the process took forever – roughly 3 hours.  

Our next trip was to Bwari, a settlement at the border of Abuja where HRH’s parents live in.

This was my first meeting with his parents and I was hoping to make a good impression

Thankfully, the visit went well and their reception was really heart-warming.

After having lunch, we visited for a few more hours before eventually taking our leave.

At my suggestion, we went for some Domino’s Pizza and Coldstone Ice-cream to celebrate a new milestine – meeting his family. 

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Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::

   
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November 2019|| 7 Lessons Failure Taught Me.

Hello Fam,

It’s been a while.

Happy Mid-November!!!😀

And guess what?

It’s exactly 40 days to CHRISTMAS! 🎉🎉🎉




I don’t know about y’all but Christmas is about the most exciting season of the year for me.

I love the glam, the jollification, the merriment, and of course Christmas carols!  

Each Christmas season is a reminder of the purpose for our celebration – Jesus! And his presence in my life continues to give me so much joy. 

Now to today’s post…

The second quarter of this year was a particularly trying period for me.

I wrote an exam –important enough to define the next phase of my career– but unfortunately, I didn’t pass it. 😞

Like anyone else, I’ve faced a number of challenging situations in my lifetime, including:

…getting involved in a RTA that ultimately led to the removal of my two front teeth

…being denied a visa

…breaking up from a romantic relationship (of almost 5 years)

…losing most of my valuables (a laptop, 2 phones, an ipad, and gold jewelry) to a home theft in one day

…and “quitting” driving school out of frustration and embarrassment.


But failing a major exam was a first…and the experience was very traumatic. 

While in school, anytime I didn’t do so well on a test or exam, I had the opportunity to make up for it in the next block or semester. 

Thankfully after the initial shock, I was able to register and rewrite the exam and to the glory of God, I PASSED!!🙌

Now the experience has taught me a few things:


1. Success is a lifestyle while failure is an event.

Success is a continuous journey of progress. 

You’re not a failure if you don’t stop trying. 

The first few weeks after the result was out, I was so disappointed in myself and carried the shame of failure around like a burden.

Thank God for the comfort of the Holy-spirit, and the encouragement from loved ones, I was able to bounce back.  


2. Failure helps to foster empathy. 

When I failed the exam, a part of my ego was shattered. 

I was like…a whole me? How could I?  

Failure made me vulnerable enough to admit my mistakes. Now I have realized that failing an exam isn’t always about how smart a person is. 

I’m learning to empathize more when I see people struggling, and to be compassionate towards them. 


3. Failure helps you to upgrade your capacity.

In preparing to retake the exam, I became fully aware that was sufficient for yesterday’s success, may not be sufficient for tomorrow’s success. 

So I took a leave of absence from work, attended a revision course, and was able to devote more time to studying, and participating in group discussions. 

Failure teaches us that every goal requires new strategic plans and actions. 

4. You can’t always determine the result but you are always responsible for your preparation. 

Despite designing a vision board with the intention of drafting a 3 month study-plan earlier this year, I got carried away with the many events going on in my life. 

Sadly, my efforts to crash study didn’t work out as planned. And when it was time to write the exam, I wasn’t well prepared.


5. Failure is a part of the journey toward success. 

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm,” said Sir Winston Churchill.

In retrospect, I’m glad things happened the way they did. Failing the exam gave me the chance to learn what strategies worked and what strategies didn’t work.

It also opened up some opportunities for me as I was able to meet with like-minded doctors. 

Courageous people don’t stop trying, they keep learning. 

6. Failure is a filter to refine your priorities. 

That failure was also useful because it forced me to pay attention to the way I prioritized my goals.  

I was able to recognize that not everything happening around me is worth my focus and effort. 

I learnt to deliberately channel my time and energy to the things that were important to my success. 


7. Failure helps to build faith. 

Failure gets our attention. It sure got mine. 

God can use the failures we experience to humble us, remind us of our limitations, and teach us to depend on him. If we allow him.

After failing the exam, I had no one else to turn to but God. And he gave me the wisdom to navigate that season of my life. 

Failure made my faith in God to thrive.

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I hope the lessons from my experience will give you a bit of perspective, in whatever trying situation you’re going through. 

Cheers! 

PS: All images are from the WEB.

:::requ1ne:::    

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Book Review|| Ask It

Author: Andy Stanley

Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction



||How I came across the book 

A friend of mine shared a few e-books on a social media platform I belong to and this book was part of it. 

||Expectations

While in medical school, one of my friends, Tyn, introduced me to Pastor Andy Stanley’s sermons. He’s one of the most down-to-earth preachers I’ve listened to, so I knew the message in his book would be no different.

||Lessons

If you’re like most people, some of the decisions you wish you could unmake led to chapters of your life you wish you could go back and relive.

Some of our greatest regrets started with choices that we convinced ourselves were good ones.  

While nobody plans to mess up their lives, problem is that few of us plan not to.

You don’t sit around looking for reasons to do the right thing; it’s the bad decisions that require creative reasoning.

Asking the right question, exposes the irrationality of our excuses, reveals our true intent, penetrates the walls of rationalization behind which we are prone to hide and dismantles the arguments we use to keep the truth at arm’s length. 

The question that sets us up for success where it counts, is: What’s the wise thing to do?

What’s morally and culturally permissible is not always what’s best for us.

To foolproof your life, you must ask it of every invitation, every opportunity, every relationship. “What is the wise thing for me to do?”

These are evil days. If you don’t pay attention, you will end up paying a price for your carelessness. 

Your personal history is unique to you. And the sum of your past experiences predisposes you toward specific weaknesses and strengths in your relationships, finances, and career.

So every decision, invitation, and opportunity that comes your way needs to be filtered through this question: In light of my past experience, what’s the wise thing to do?

Chances are, there are places you have no business visiting because of your history—places that would have no impact on the average person, but the average person doesn’t share your experience with those environments. 

What’s wise in this season of life may be unwise in the next. And vice versa.

We only get one shot at every season of life. Whether or not we learned anything becomes evident in the seasons that follow.

If we don’t intentionally opt for wisdom, then we accidentally opt for foolishness.

The tragedy of being a fool is that eventually you’ll inflict harm upon someone else. There’s always collateral damage.

If there is one commodity we must learn to handle wisely, it is our time. Think about it. You can make more money, make new friends, take more trips, maybe even have another child. But your allotment of time is inflexible. You only get so much of it. 

Time not spent wisely simply goes away. And there is no way to recover a minute of it. There is no leftover. It can’t be saved up for later. 

Neglect has a cumulative effect physically, relationally, spiritually, professionally, financially, and emotionally.

As a follower of Christ, your values are constantly being challenged—challenged by another value system. 

If you aren’t on your guard, the culture will draw you into a lifestyle where your time is frivolously consumed rather than strategically invested.

So in the light of your past, your present, and your future hopes and dreams, what needs to change about the way you are spending your time? What do you need to stop doing? 

Our greatest moral regrets are always preceded by a series of unwise choices. Not wrong choices, not impermissible, not illegal, but unwise.

Relationships don’t stand still. They are always going somewhere, uphill or downhill. 

Everybody who has ever allowed things to go that far never intended them to go that far. That’s exactly why things went that far. 

It takes more than good intentions to cross the finish line in any area of life.

None of us plan—or intend—to get into trouble. To leave yourself no margin for error morally is about the most insensitive thing you can do to those you love.

There should be boundaries that are so far from the line of regret that, were we to cross one, we would suffer little or no consequences. 

Long after men and women come to grips with God’s forgiveness, those who have sinned sexually still wrestle to forgive themselves.

If you are single, you need to predecide how physically involved you should become in a dating context. You need to predecide your entertainment options.

If you don’t have your own personal standards, others will force theirs on you.

In the beginning, God didn’t just create the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, God created sex. It was his idea! He gave sex to us as a gift—a gift that comes with instructions.

When sex is enjoyed the way God originally intended, the result is intimacy.

Emotions can make it hard to see straight, think straight, decide straight. 

This is usually the case when love, lust, money, or a crisis is involved—these are not emotionally neutral environments.

Wise people know when they don’t know, and they’re not afraid to go to those who do know. 

We can convince ourselves that our private lives are nobody else’s business. Private decisions have public consequences.

You will never be all you’re capable of being unless you tap the wisdom of the wise people around you. 

Experience is a good teacher, especially if it is other people’s experience. There’s no point in learning something the hard way if someone else has already paid that price.

One of the primary reasons we don’t seek counsel from the wise people around us is that we already know what we are going to hear and we don’t want to hear it.

When we resist presenting our options to the wise people around us for fear of hearing what we don’t want to hear, we are fools. And in the end, we pay. Fools always pay.

Asking for help is not a reflection of your lack of wisdom, it is actually an evidence of wisdom. 

It is what you know and what you do with what you know that make the difference.

Wisdom begins with a proper understanding of who God is and who we are not.

Every time you make a wise decision, you are applying or surrendering to one of God’s principles. 

God desires that your life be a masterpiece that reflects his greatness and your uniqueness. But to create a masterpiece with our lives, we must submit ourselves to the hand of the Master.

In light of your past experience, your current circumstance, and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for you to do?

||Conclusion

No one rises above the need for wise counsel. No one. In fact, the more successful we become, the more we need it because there is usually more at stake in the decisions we make.


||Observations

This is a practical, easy-to-understand and authentic read. I like how the author doesn’t mince words. This is definitely a “say it as it really is” book. 

||Recommendations

Every young believer who wants to as much as possible, live a regret-free life, will benefit from this book.

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10 Days In Abuja (Part 1)

Hello Fam,

Welcome back to my blog.

One of my goals this year was to go on a proper vacation within Nigeria. 

Like, girl…live a little and have some fun. 

While I was an international medical student, I had the opportunity to experience the culture and cuisine of a few other countries, and that opened up a whole new world for me. 

Since my return, I’ve looked forward to experiencing the rich historical and diverse cultural heritage of my home country, Nigeria. 

And somewhere on my mental bucket list, I plan to tour the length and breadth of Nigeria hopefully before I clock 60. So help me God. 

One of the places I was hoping to visit this year, was the Erinjesha waterfall, a popular tourist site in Osun state. 

Image: Erinjesha Waterfall

Somehow life happened and going for that trip was no longer a priority. Still I craved some sort of vacation for this year.

So when HRH suggested that I come over to Abuja – primarily to visit his folks – I jumped at the idea.

Thankfully, I got a leave-of-absence from my workplace and had the opportunity to go on this trip, the highlights of which I’ll be sharing in a 3-part series. 

You Can Also Read: 

– My Nigerian Passport And Four Countries

This is Lagos

Enjoy!

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Abuja, is a beautiful city located right in the heart of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria. 

According to Wikipedia.org, it is the eighth largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. 

A city known for its ambience and class, Abuja is definitely a must-see for any first-time visitor to Nigeria. 


5 Things You Should Know About Abuja:


1. Abuja is a well-planned city.

In the whole of Africa, Abuja is the only capital city that was built from ground up. Which means, the city didn’t just happen, it was engineered. 

The Federal Government of Nigeria, relocated the capital city from Lagos to Abuja in 1991, because of its central location and the ability to attract people from most of the ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Most of the buildings and road networks in Abuja, were carefully planned from the onset which makes life easier in every way imaginable. 

2. Abuja has a high cost of living. 

Compared to other major cities across Nigeria, the standard of living in the heart of Abuja is quite expensive, from the cost of renting an apartment, to transportation to feeding. 

No wonder it’s easily assumed that it’s only the rich who can afford to rich there.

Many low-income/middle-income earners prefer to stay around Abuja suburbs like Gwagalada, Nyanya and Kubwa.

3. Abuja is beautiful.

Dotted with many plazas, gardens, parks and skyscraper buildings, the city of Abuja is a real beauty that boasts of some of the best architectural designs in the country.

To the average Nigerian, Abuja city is like mini-abroad. Everywhere is fancy and sparkling.




4. Abuja is home to many cooperate organizations, religious bodies and government agencies. 

As the capital city, most of national institutions, have their head offices located in Abuja. 

There are also a few notable organizations like ECOWAS who have their headquarters in Abuja.

5. Abuja has a low-crime rate.

Abuja is said to be one of the safest cities in Nigeria, as the security measures around the city are generally more efficient. 

If you’re looking for a serene environment to raise a family in Nigeria, Abuja is definitely a place to consider. 

(Credits: connectnigeria.com, buzznigeria.com )

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DAY 1: Trip to/Arrival in Abuja

Before my trip to Abuja, HRH and I discussed and made a well planned itinerary for the duration of my stay.

The initial plan was to travel by road (about 8 hours from Ibadan) but my mom would not have it. So she persuaded me to take a flight (and guess who paid for the fare?)

My flight was scheduled for 12:50 pm but for some reasons I did not get ready on time. 

Thankfully with my brother as my designated chauffeur, I still got to the airport in time. 

Although the last time I took a local flight was 2 years ago, I was able to check in without hassles.

My first irritation came as we were about to board. 

A rude airport official grabbed the bottle of water I’d just purchased from a shop in the waiting area from me.

Hian!!!

It made me really mad because there was an older woman also on the queue, who was holding a bottle of water and no one harassed her. 

That incident really pissed me off for the rest of the trip.

And just as I was entering the aircraft, a strong odor from the restroom greeted me, it was really disgusting. 

Arik Air can do better, please. 

Because I scheduled my trip during the festive season (a Muslim celebration), it appeared everyone and their kinsmen were traveling, so the aircraft was filled up.

Many of the families had small kids, and there was an especially fussy toddler whose tantrums were partly entertaining and partly a nuisance for the duration of the trip.

Our flight took off around 1:13 pm and we had a stopover of approximately 20 minutes at the Ilorin. 

We took off again some minutes after 2 pm and landed in Abuja just before 3 pm.

The rest of the trip was pleasant enough. 

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HRH was already at the airport awaiting my arrival and the first thing I did when I saw him was to rant about my ordeal during the trip.

You know na, some gists are best served hot.😉

Even as a returning visitor, I was still very impressed by the serene atmosphere I met on entering Abuja. 

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The trip from the Airport to my sister’s house lasted over an hour but was it was quite stress free.

On getting to her house, HRH dropped me off. After putting away away my luggage, I spent the rest of my evening unwinding and looking forward to many days of adventure ahead. 
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HRH: His Royal Highness. The Crown Prince of my heart.

Just so you know, this happened sometime in July. 😍🙈❤️

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(To be continued)

PS: Unless otherwise indicated, all images are from the WEB.

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October 2019|| The 6Ps Of Purpose.

Hello Fam😍,

It’s good to be back.

Although October is almost halfway gone, I still want to welcome you warmly into this amazing month filled with loads of goodness. 

God has been so good to me (and mine) this month and my heart is full of gratitude. 

There have been so many testimonies in the lives of friends and family, with things that seemed impossible becoming a reality because #GodDidIt

Anyway, back to the post.

Lately I’ve had cause to ponder on the brevity of life as we know it and what it actually means to live. 

Everyone born in time has something unique to offer their generation, sadly only a few do. 

PURPOSE is not what a lot of people have misconstrued it to be.

Some think purpose is all about being in the limelight all the time, like Celebrities and Politicians.

Others think purpose is reserved for a few people with special callings like Clerics and Soldiers.

Purpose simply means LIVING MEANINGFULLY. It is more about who you are than what you do.

Purpose is about bringing solutions to some of the diverse problems that plague humankind and enriching other people’s lives in a positive way.

It’s only by Living on Purpose that each of us can sincerely answer the question, “What am I here for?”

In this post I’ll be sharing some simple tips on how to live on purpose.

Enjoy! 

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1. PRAYER:

Prayer is not just the “Birthplace” of Purpose, it is also from where we draw the strength to live purposefully each day. 

In the absence of prayer, most of us would live aimlessly in this distracted world. 

Prayer gives us the clarity, focus and strength to persevere in each season of our lives. 

When we seek God’s guidance on what to do, he gives us a sense of direction. 

For me becoming a medical doctor was not by accident, Purpose led me here. 

My patients are drawn to me. I take time to listen to and empathize with them. I do my best to communicate everything I do to them. I’m patient in answering their questions and allaying their fears. 

And no matter how frustrating my job as a doctor gets, I know I’m doing it because someone still needs me. 

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What direction is God leading you to in this season?


2. POTENTIALS:

Each of us has been gifted with an ability to meet some specific needs around us.

No matter how little or insignificant your gift seems, it can make a difference in the world.

Some have natural talents that are easy to recognize like Singing, Acting or Dancing. 

Others discover their talents quite by chance then choose to improve on them e.g. Writing and Public speaking. 

I am good at organizing events. I’m the party planner in my family. I enjoy initiating and hosting get-to-gethers, not because I’m a social bee but for the sheer joy of planning them. 

Sometimes, I even generate and draft out ideas for programs on paper for the fun of it. 

That’s also why Routines and To-do-lists are my thing. I’m very good with detailed planning and I enjoy helping others with it. 

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What are you good at? What have others commended you for?

3. PASSION

As fuel is to fire, so is passion to purpose. 

Passion is what keeps you awake at 2 a.m, filling your head with exciting ideas that won’t stop coming.

Passion keeps you going when others get tired.  

Your Passion is what gives you the conviction that every kobo spent, every tear shed and every milestone reached, is worth the trouble.

Passion gets you talking even when there’s no one to listen. 

I’m passionate about Personal Development. 

It’s why I spend a lot of time alone, reflecting, brainstorming and encouraging myself to be my best so that I can give my best to others.

Transformed lives give me joy and I love to inspire people. I enjoy celebrating dreams that come through despite the obstacles encountered. 

It’s the major reason why I do the Accountability Challenge. I want to see people grow from where they are, to where they should be.  

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What are you passionate about?


4. PRIORITIES:

When you’re walking in purpose, your priorities can’t help but align. 

Your priorities determine where you invest most of your time, your money and your energy. 

Reading for me is more than a hobby, reading is a lifestyle. 

So I can’t help but love books. Books have changed my life. They have transformed me and given me the wings to fly. 

I’m a Bibliophile. I love to read. I buy books. I download them. I re-read old books. I review books on my blog. I recommend books to people and harass my friends to share new books with me. 

My philosophy is simple. To be better today, than I was yesterday. And that is why I read. 

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What are your priorities?


5. PRINCIPLES:

Principles serve as the core foundation for your Purpose. They are those things you cannot compromise on, no matter how difficult a situation is.

Your principles should guide you in every decision you make, whether about money, relationships or fame.

I value Integrity, Fairness and Responsibility. These principles reflect my core beliefs as a Christian. 

As much as possible, who I am on the inside is who I try to be on the outside. I’m open with my struggles. I don’t pretend to have it all together. And I’m quick to let go of influences that will likely lead me astray.

I try to be fair in my dealings with people no matter their age, ethnic group or socioeconomic status. I do my best to apologize when I’m wrong and forgive when I’m offended. 

I do my best to be responsible in my commitment to work, the church and to friends and family. I am considerate of other people’s feelings and I try not to let them down intentionally. 


What principles do you live by?


6. PLEASURE:

In the long run, your purpose will give you a sense of satisfaction no matter how physically or mentally demanding it is.

Writing makes me happy. It’s why I blog. It’s hardwork and takes time, but it is my gift to the world.
Anytime I get amazing feedbacks, I know that I’m doing what I really should be doing. 

I also enjoy chronicling my journey and the lessons I’m learning, so I keep journals. It has made such a remarkable impact on my growth that I decided to share this gift with others. And that was why I designed the Requine’s Journal. 

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What do you do that gives you pleasure?
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Which of these six points speak to you the most? Please leave a comment.

Cheers to a Purposeful October. 

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September 2019|| On Happiness, Health and Holiness.

Hello Fam,

It’s been a while and I’m so glad to be back.

The month of August was exciting and full of adventure, and I’m hoping this month and beyond will even be better.

So this season, I’m focusing on these three things:

1. Happiness.

Happiness means different things to different people. 

Though some say happiness is overrated, we can’t underestimate the Power of being Happy.

Happiness is like Energy, it gives momentum to whoever experiences it. 

Happiness often comes to me in the simplest of ways…

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– Happiness is savoring the aroma of my 3-in-1 Nescafé coffee mix.
– Happiness is dancing to the “Baby Shark” song and ignoring the funny looks other grownups give me.  

– Happiness is realizing my mistakes and laughing at my own silliness while I make the necessary corrections.

– Happiness is not taking it too hard on myself when I fall short of a promise I made to myself or others. 

– Happiness is deliberating staying out of senseless arguments and avoiding people who enjoy endless drama.

– Happiness is not allowing someone to force their own insecurities on me or pressure me into making decisions I’m not comfortable with.  

– Happiness is being lost in a good mystery novel and ignoring the alarm bells telling me that my bladder is full and I need to go and pee.

– Happiness is smiling in front of the bathroom mirror and reminding myself of how much God loves me, despite my insecurities. 

What does Happiness mean to you?


2. Health. 

Sadly, in the last couple of months I was so busy taking care of other people’s health that I neglected mine. 

I don’t think I’ve used as many medications in my entire life as I have this year. At some point I became so ill that I received intravenous drugs, for the first time ever.

My diet was one area I particularly took for granted. 

Because of the busy nature of my job, I failed to pay attention to what I ate, how much I ate or what time I ate.

And just within a few months, I realized how much unnecessary weight I’d gained. It’s even now embarrassing to wear some outfits from 2 years back. 

Now I’m taking back responsibility for my health. 

So I ordered this nice, comfy mat for yoga and stretching exercises.

My New Exercise Mat

In addition, I commenced the Intermittent Fasting Regimen (using the 18/6 plan) after lots and lots of research. 

I also started keeping a food diary, it’s amazing to know how much calories each meal contains.

Generally, I feel better just knowing that I have been able to clean up my diet and I can say NO to junk food no matter the temptation. 

Some days are harder than others, but I’ll keep keeping on by God’s grace. 

What does living healthy mean to you?


3. Holiness.

I don’t know about you but it gets me sad, and sometimes angry when I see people disrespecting or outrightly mocking the things of God. 

Our generation finds it easy to hype secular things like entertainment, fashion and technology, while they make fun of anything said to be sacred or godly. 

Even people of faith are increasingly more reserved about expressing their beliefs for fear of being ridiculed.  

The Devil wants us to be Closet Christians- shy, embarrassed and easily intimidated. 

But here’s a secret. The Devil is scared. 

He knows that there is so much havoc believers can cause to his agenda, if we rise up to the occasion.

That is why he is out to stop us before we can stop him. 

But we have been commissioned to bring light to a dark world, hope to a hopeless world and healing to a hurting world.   

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

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I don’t know about you, but I’m done acting like a nice christian while the enemy oppresses, manipulates and destroys lives around me. 

It’s time for WARFARE!

And Holiness is a requirement for spiritual warfare, because if I am to be used of God, I have to be totally dedicated and devoted to him. 

– Holiness means obeying God’s specific instructions  when I’d rather do things my own way. 

– Holiness means trusting God’s direction even if it’s contrary to popular beliefs. 

– Holiness means keeping myself away from the profanity/perversion of this generation- my speech, attitude, work ethics, appearance etc must reflect God’s glory. 

September Mood.😄

What does Holiness mean to you?

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Enjoy the rest of September!

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August 2019|| A Trip Down Memory Lane.

Hey guys,

Welcome to August.

This month I’ve decided to do a bit of internal housekeeping by reevaluating my personal growth journey.

In the last few years, I’ve consistently kept memoirs (in form of diaries or journals) both in hard and electronic copies.

Recently, I went through some of them and I’ve simply been amazed about each phase of my journey. 

Through those pages, I saw myself grow from a timid, insecure lady to a confident and optimistic lady, who is ever ready to embrace challenges, make efforts, commit to bigger dreams and become all of who God has called her to be.

In this post, I’ll be sharing snippets of my journey through the last few years with you and I hope among other things that it encourages everyone out there on a similar journey of personal growth to journal their journey😉. 

Enjoy!

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2013:



“So I’m finally here in SVG. I got an apartment and share it with a lady from Botswana, she’s been nice to me and gave me dinner. Thank God for a safe trip,  for the prayers and wishes from friends and family. I believe God is the Oba Alasepe and he’ll perfect all that concerns me in this land. Amen.” (Feb 11, 2013). 

2013 was the year I consciously began my journey into becoming. 

I considered myself to be a caterpillar who was transforming into a butterfly. I was curious, daring and wide-eyed. 

It was also a turning point as I literally put on my “big girl” shoes. For the first time ever, I was miles away from home, and everything and everyone that was familiar, in pursuit of becoming a medical doctor. 

2014:

This was the year where I felt so much dissastifaction within me, I was tired of living small and being boxed up in a cage mentally. I just felt there was more to life than just sleeping, waking and eating.

That was also the year I got the courage to start this blog…as a form of outlet. 

Later that year, I experienced what seemed like a major tragedy that almost gave way to a post traumatic stress disorder but thank God for healing and restoration.

At the end of the year, this was my confession:

“Eunice Adeniran, you may feel limited but you have a limitless God. He cannot fail you. He is your refuge and underneath are his everlasting arms. It will end in praise!”

2015:



I would describe it as my “Big Bang Year” as my eyes began to open to certain realities of personal growth and responsibility.

I actively began to read life changing books and many things that seemed initially impossible became possible.

My walk with God also became more steadfast, and my personal devotion took on a more lively approach. 

As I went through the pages of my diary, I came across this song I learnt at a concert (TEHILA AFRICANA) which summed up a phase I was going through:

“When Jesus says No, I hope you understand,

When Jesus says No, he has a better plan.”

2016:

I started the year with a strong conviction as written in my journal:

“Year 2016 is the year of the word of the lord, the word profits me greatly. I’m sensitive to divine revelation, instruction and direction. 

I’m willing and obedient to God’s word. My heart is prepared to receive the word, it’s a good soil, fertile and fruitful.

Every aspect of my life responds to God’s word and profits greatly.”
Looking back, it’s an irony that 2016 was also that year where I had to second guess almost every decision I made. 

One major decision I made was coming out of a relationship I’d invested in for almost 5 years. The aftermath was almost devastating.  

It was also the year I graduated from medical school and the question “What Next?” became a constant buzz in my ears.

Thankfully, God in his mercies saw me through that season.


2017: 



I literally came ready for this year. 

Here’s an excerpt from my first journal entry:

“Hello 2017, I’m excited to meet you.

You are a gift and a blessing from God to me and I’m pretty determined to maximize all of the opportunities you bring my way.”

That year was a season of stretch for me as God taught me to embrace so multiple dimensions to my life. 

There were a couple of challenges along the line and even a cheap attempt on my life from Satan but the good Lord gave me victory. 


2018:


2018❤️

This was another very remarkable year for me. 

It was a season of blossoming relationships and upgrading my self-esteem. 

Like never before, I heard God speak with clarity and give me specific instructions concerning.

It was also an intense year (physically and mentally) for me as I was a House officer for the most part. 

The day Housejob ended was a testimony in itself.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The countdown ends.

God is good, he’s indeed the God of my testimony. 

I woke up grateful this morning. Nothing could spoil my joy, not Satan nor his cohorts.

I’m officially an MO. To God be the glory!!!”


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That ends my trip down memory lane.

2019 has been an interesting year so far and I believe there’s still lots of goodness it has to offer. 

So here’s one more picture for your viewing pleasure

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Have a pleasant AUGUST!

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