2015 in review

Yaaay!! Thanks to WordPress.com for this awesome report. 2015 was definitately a success in blogging-to a GREAT extent. I believe the year 2016, holds better promises as I set new blogging GOALS. Thanks to all my friends and fans, both new and old, for their amazing support.

Above all, I owe this success to GOD. He made it happen by giving me the Inspiration, Courage and Strength.

Cheers to a fantastic NEW Year!🍷🍷🍷

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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OPTION B.

 

This is very RANDOM. I know it’s been a while.

I’m not supposed to be blogging this evening. Instead, I’m meant to be studying like the serious medical student I aspire to be someday. I have a presentation in 2 days and it requires as much commitment in time, as possible. In between, I have to study and attend to lots of other things too.

But right now, permit me to rant for a while. I promise it won’t take too long.


Yours sincerely is hungry. And I mean really hungry, like food-hungry, not something a cup of tea with biscuits can fix. It’s not for lack of money or food. [Thankfully, I have enough cooked meals in my fridge, and some foodstuffs as well.] And NO, I’m not being lazy to find something to eat either.

My situation is just weird. Pathetic may be a better word, not in the tragic, pitiable kind of way though. I really don’t know how best to communicate it to you, so let’s leave it at that.

I alone know why I’m hungry. And this is not the first time. For those that know me well enough, I try to plan everything that relates to me in advance. And I mean detailed planning, especially what to eat or wear for days, weeks or months ahead. (Ok, so I wrote something about that some time last month, HERE). I’m not so used to the spur-of-the-moment thing anymore. I didn’t know how weird that was until I started hearing from some of my folks. Well, it’s okay to be weird sometimes.

Back to my situation. I’ve had my two “planned” meals for the day already, so I don’t understand exactly why my body wants more food (maybe that wasn’t enough, well I’m trying to watch my weight… 😑😟). Now I know what to eat for breakfast tomorrow, and then lunch/dinner too (depending on when I eat). But for now, it’s sad because even though I’m acutely hungry, I’ve made no provision for anything extra to eat for today. That’s one of the setbacks of me trying to be as organized as possible. There is hardly room for what-ifs. You see why my situation is pathetic. Just opening the fridge to get the next available meal is not that simple, since that would affect my meal-plan for subsequent days.

I know according to Matthew 6:34, I should take no thought of tomorrow (what to eat, drink or wear), because tomorrow will take thought for the things of itself. 
But how else can I be efficient and effective with my resources? I’m not a chronic worrier per se. At least I’m learning not to be. I guess I’m missing something significant, how to draw the line between being ORGANIZED and staying SANE. My mind tries to convince my body that I shouldn’t be hungry, but I know I am. And instead of getting something to eat, I’ve been here, thinking for over an hour on what options I have: Should I eat tomorrow’s dinner? Should I go out for some KFC? Should I find something random to cook? Should I ask my neighbor for food? Or should I just go to bed?

The problem is that the more time I spend thinking about it, the more likely I am to go for the last OPTION.

Anyway, who knows? Perhaps, I might be a bit SPONTANEOUS tonight. I really need some Food to Function.

Enough of my ranting, I’m done.

Thanks for reading.

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The Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award.

So this is the first time I’ll be doing this kind of stuff, or receiving a blogger’s award for that matter. Thanks to the admirable Omooba who is such a natural at writing, for this awesome opportunity. She’s an inspiration to me. Pls check her blog here.


I’ll go straight to the point. Here are the 10 questions she asked:

1. What are the top 5 songs on your playlist?

This is kinda tough, cos I’m not a playlist kind of person, I just listen to songs as the occasion demands. Permit me to share some of my favorite songs (not necessarily the most frequently played):

1. GRACE (Michael W. Smith)

2. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL (Anne Marie Boskovich)

3. IBA FELEDUA (Deyemi Olorin)

4. YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE (Point of Grace)

5. YAHWEH, YAHWEH (Chris Morgan)

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2. What are your top 5 reads?

Hmmmn..can I count up to 5? Let’s see.

1. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING (Keith Harrell)

2. WHY YOU ACT THE WAY YOU DO (Tim LaHaye)

3. IF CATERPILLARS CAN FLY SO CAN I (Alvin Day)

PS: The first two are legit, and I’d readily recommend them. The 3rd is the most recent, and I’m yet to fully digest its contents.

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3. What would you say is the best quality in a Person?

The ability to be true to oneself.

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4. What unnerves you?

At the moment, Cockroaches. I can’t stand them. 

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5. What keeps you motivated? 

God’s word, good books and any inspiring write-up I come across. 

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6. Why do you blog?

So that I can inspire others. 

Why did I start blogging? Because a good friend inspired me to. He blogs here

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7. What’s the best thing anyone has ever said to you?

You mean the BEST thing ever? I can’t readily think of it…probably wasn’t paying attention. 😑😕🤔

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8. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Ofcourse, I open my eyes…😉🙃

Then I check the time. 

Some days, I have my QUIET TIME first. Other days, I go and use the bathroom if it’s urgent. 

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9. Do you like being female? Why?

Yes. 

Being female is AWESOME because despite the many challenges we face (within and without), we always try to stay STRONG. 

Plus it’s not easy to be a Man, as per the responsibilities demanded.

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10. Is happiness the ultimate point of living? Why if you agree? and if not, what is it?

Happiness is a choice. There is however more to life than being happy all the time. It’s important to trade momentary happiness for more lasting Joy, which can only be found through a relationship with Christ. Living for God is the ultimate point of living. 

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PS: I hope I answered the questions appropriately. I don’t have a lot of female bloggers I can nominate at the moment, but I’ll follow up with update(s) via the comment section ASAP.
Thanks again, Omooba.

It was fun.

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DAY 30- Uneasy lies the head…

And for the last time in this challenge, Welcome back.

I had another great Monday, not without its challenges but nevertheless well-spent. As I officially wrap up “A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER“, I know that at least a few of you, my dear readers, were able to pick up a lesson or two, from the daily experiences or thoughts I’ve shared. And for that, I’m thankful to God for this opportunity. 

This final post is a work of fiction, a letter of admiration is written by a young recruit to his Commanding Officer. The unusual reply he gets reflects to a large extent what goes on deep-down in the minds of every great achiever. Enjoy! 

 

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30th of November, 1979,

15th Battalion, 

Saint George Regiment, 

Oaks town, Oklahoma.


Dear Commanding Officer,

I write this out of utmost respect for you. In these few months of training, I have observed how much courage and strength you have displayed. Your persistence and commitment to excellence have inspired many young recruits like myself to press on, when quitting is the easiest thing to do. You are an exceptional Leader, who unlike many others has not only taught, but also shown us that serving our nation whole-heartedly is both fulfilling and gratifying. I want to be such an officer of high quality in the years to come. 

Regards,

O. W. Sanders.

(Young Recruit).

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Dear Young Recruit,

Thank you for your fine words of admiration. I however would not take much credit for the qualities you have seen and described in me. From my over 35 years of journeying along this path, I have a number of insights that will be useful to you. Many mighty men, more valiant than I, have fallen into states of misery and utter dejection because they were not aware of the bends and twists on this road. Your Physical endurance is only as good as your Mental resilience. You too will encounter some great difficulties as you rise among the ranks. You must however be determined to PRESS ON, because the tougher your OPPOSITIONS are, the sweeter the VICTORY is.

There are 5 twists to this Journey you must look out for:

1. The Valley of COMPLACENCY. Every new BATTLE requires new Energy. You must not be so carried away by the success of previous battles that you do not give your best effort to the next. Especially one that appears to be comparatively milder. Generals have Won Fierce Battles and Lost Mere Combats.

2. The Ambush of CRITICISM. Be on your GUARD always. One of the easiest ways to win a Battle before it even starts, is by setting up an Ambush. Do not fall victim of destructive criticisms, especially from within your own camp. Just like the enemy’s ambush, they are often so subtle that you do not realize it’s a trap until too late. As a leader, you are responsible for the methods you adopt, no matter what your personal doubts are, or what your subordinates think.

3. The Swamp of DEPRESSION. There will be some difficult and deadly terrains in this Journey. You will be tempted to turn back more than once. You may even lose some good soldiers along the way, there will be days of hunger and thirst, loneliness, sleeplessness and sickness, but you must be determined to continue your Journey. The depressing situations around you cannot be compared to the Victory ahead of you.

4. The Meadow of DISTRACTION. Along this road, you will see many things and hear many things, both rumors and truths. Some of these will arouse your desire for things like fine food and the comfort of friends and family. You must however remember that you have a single GOAL, to fulfill the Mission at hand. Your COMFORT-ZONE is often the place of your greatest temptation. Beware!

5. The Mountains of FEAR. Fear is common to all MEN, even to the bravest of Soldiers. Some fear Death, others fear Defeat, and a lot of things in between. You will always be SUBJECT to whatever you are afraid of. The best way to overcome your fear is to BELIEVE. Believe in God. Believe also in Yourself. Believe in those around you. Believe in the Course for which you fight. Believe that Death is not the END. Believe that Defeat is NOT fatal. For every mountain of fear you surmount, there will be many others to face. So do not give-up!

I hope these tips will help you to make many right decisions as you progress on this amazing journey, yielding you greater accomplishment and influence than I can ever boast of. And like the saying goes, ” Uneasy lies the head that wears the Crown”, to get your PRIZE, you have to pay the PRICE.

Best Wishes,

Lt. Colonel A.A. Richards.

Commanding Officer.

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Thank you for reading!

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