December|| R E S T

Yaaay!

It’s the month of the JINGLE BELLS!!!

Though I’m yet to get a good feel of the Christmas spirit.

No lights, no decorations and no gift hampers, on every street corner or roadside stall.

And to my all-time favorite, when are the carols starting??

 “Hello Santa, are you on leave too?” Hehe. 

So yours sincerely, got a one-week leave from work…I’m not even a month into this house job thing and my name comes out first on the leave roster.

No special request or anything. Just like that.

Initially, I wanted to swap dates with another colleague, but as God would have it, this LEAVE was a timely excuse to visit my family and get one or two things done.

Then I needed some physical, mental and even spiritual REST (plus a CHANGE of environment) because my job has definitely taken a toll on me. Tbh, the past 3 or so weeks on the job feels like 3 months already but I’m thankful for the journey so far.

The theme for this month is REST. And here are a few things God is teaching me about it:

1. REST is not a Suggestion, it is an Instruction.

If we go through the scriptures carefully, we’d observe that the SABBATH was given as a commandment for the Israelites and they were to dedicate that day to God as a form of WORSHIP. (Exodus 20:8-11)

2. It is in the place of REST, that Strength is drawn.

No one explains this more beautifully than the Psalmist,

“He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water. He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.”

Psalms 23:2-3 GNB

3. Focus is a byproduct of REST, while distractions are an evidence of a restless spirit.

No wonder Jesus says,

““Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.”
Matthew 11:28-29 GNB

Truth is, a restless spirit cannot hear from God and we must be quiet enough to hear God’s still, small (yet loud and clear) voice, and receive instructions for each phase of our individual journeys.

That’s my heart-cry this season, and you’re welcome to join in too. As I embrace his rest, I receive instructions for this phase of my journey and I go from STRENGTH to STRENGTH . Amen.

Here’s a verse from one of my favorite songs:

“Find rest my soul,
In Christ alone,
Know his power,
In quietness and trust.”

So like I mentioned in a previous post, I recently moved to a new town. That meant leaving everything that was familiar to me- my family, what few friends I had, my (new) church and the likes.

Hello, LOKOJA. (Credit:WEB)

If you’re an old timer on this blog, you would have noticed how I don’t like stress one bit, which includes that of moving to a new place.
I easily get addicted to my “comfort zone” and I prefer a kind of LIFE I can have a say about (the timing, the place, the people etc) 🙈

Recently, I was reminded of this scripture:
LORD, I know that no one is the master of his own destiny; no person has control over his own life.”
Jeremiah 10:23 GNB

In an earlier conversation with God about this Housejob thingy, he asked me, “So what do you (specifically) want?”
I came up with some STRONG points:

– I want a place not too far from home and church (so I can continue to enjoy my family and “serve” the brethren)😉

– There are some (God-inspired) projects at hand that I need to execute (at my pace and convenience, lol)

So in my mind I was thinking, “It has to be Ibadan, it just makes perfect sense.”

Then there were well-meaning voices around me confessing the same too..lol. I even gave God a deadline about when I wanted the job blah, blah.

[Lesson learnt: Never attempt to teach God his own job. His PLAN, His TIMING].

The irony was, when the job finally came I felt “zero prepared” but this line from Christine Caine’s book, UNSTOPPABLE, gets me all the time:

“When God calls us and sends us, we are ready whether we feel like we are or not.”

Anyway, like in so many previous instances of my life, God had something BIGGER and BETTER in mind, according to his own PERFECT purpose. I must confess I’m yet to grasp even half of that picture. 

“My thoughts,” says the LORD, “are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.” Isaiah 55:8-9 GNB

At some point, the only answer I was receiving as per my Housejob prayer was “I HAVE ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF IT.”

He reminded me of my stay in Lagos, which I wrote about here, here and here.
The challenges I shared on the blog were a mere fraction of what I actually experienced. But I’m doubly thankful for that phase of my journey, because it became a reference point for this new season.
Things that usually would have stressed me out are now what I embrace as mere adventures. Moving to Lokoja came with its share of challenges, but there was a WORD already for the season:

“My help will come from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalms 121:2 GNB

And this has literally been my reality from the application process, to the interview, uptil now. 

Every where I go, there is at least one person eager to be of assistance to me and I just see God’s hands working things out for my good because He is Amazing like that!

My point is, God always comes through for us in every phase if we learn to trust him.

I don’t mean there won’t be challenges, but with God, no challenge is insurmountable.

So no matter what you’re facing at this time, take time to REST in God’s faithfulness and he’ll come through for you.

***

❤️ Guess who is in town??😉

Well, Pictures don’t lie!

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Who else has seen this Movie?

I’d say 3.5/5. Nice storyline sha👌


❤️Currently Reading:

1. Unglued Devotional (Lysa Terkeurst)

2. The Meaning of Marriage (Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller)

3. The Purpose driven Life (Rick Warren)

4. Understanding the purpose and power of a man (Myles Munroe)

5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

6. The Bible: ROMANS

PS: What do you think about these tee shirts (designed by yours truly) and which is your preference?

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
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Housejob Chronicles- GOALS!

Hey folks,

So since starting this housejob thingy, I’ve been working roughly 12-15 HOURS a day, for 7 DAYS a week! (no kidding)

But I am not complaining, because FOR THIS JOB, I prayed. Haha…

Thankful this is NOT my portion…loool😂
Btw, Lokoja is a lovely place to live in, minus the “hot weather” and the “water-rationing” (one of the things I miss about home)…haha.

Everywhere I go, people have been kind to me. From my Uncle’s family that currently hosts me, to random people giving me rides or buying me snacks. Even most of the nurses, doctors and patients’ caregivers I have met have been nice.
Also I’ve met some of my Kinsfolk (one from Magongo, two from Ogori)and what a joy it was to communicate in our local dialect.

Anyway, as per Housejob, I was told that my department (surgery) is the toughest so to speak (followed by ObGyn, Paeds & Int Med- I suppose), and my unit (Paediatric Surgery) is relatively a “soft-landing” i.e. we are in an off-season atm, with only about 20% of our patients requiring critical care. 
My first call was smooth. I was summoned just twice (one case of AUR, one case of Fever) so I grabbed a couple hours of sweet sleep.

I’m thankful that I still have “windows of time” to do the things I really enjoy doing-Reading, Blogging, Spanish tutorials, Music and the likes.

Because not every time work, sometimes flexing.

I’m learning to make the most of the opportunities I get to relax and be as productive as possible rather than just while away on social media or with random gists.

I love this phrase:

So I’ve come up with a number of goals that I hope to achieve by the end of my housemanship year. (Thanks to one of the speakers at the ARD house officers welcoming). Here it goes: 
5 Deliveries 

– 5 NGT Insertions

– 5 Skin Suturing

-10 DREs

-15 VEs

-15 Urinary Catheterizations

-20 IV line setting

-25 Venepunctures

Total Procedures: 100.

Succeeded in : 0😂

Attempts: 2 Venepunctures, 2 IV lines (flat veins syndrome), 1 urinary catheterization (assisted), 1 skin suturing (no stamina to push in the needle😭).

I’m sharing this, because at the end of my Housejob sojourn I’d like to compare notes and see how far I’ve gone. 
And I hope to write more about the Housejob as it progresses.

So help me God.

My Housejob face…lol
Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::

💕💕💕

READY-TO-TRAVEL LIST: What’s in your bag?


In the past few weeks, I’ve had to take one short trip after the other, and while I enjoy the adventure (people-watching, sight-seeing, exposure to different culture, and trying out new cuisines) that typically comes with traveling, packing (and especially unpacking), for a trip can be overwhelming.

Thankfully, with special credits to my mum, I now have what I call my “READY-TO-TRAVEL LIST.”

And in this post, I’ll be sharing with you how I organize the list, some of my travel bag’s contents and general tips in making your trip more comfortable.

In my opinion, it’s better to be over-prepared for a trip than to be under prepared for it.

PS: This post is not intended for those who love to travel really light. I’m a “comfort-first” type of traveler so I like to travel with as many necessities as possible, plus a few extras.


And by the way, I will focus more on the female traveler but guys can pick up some useful tips as well.

Enjoy!

***

FIRST THINGS FIRST.

1. The Occasion for your trip:

Simple enough right? but forgetting to pack one or two very important items is easier than you think.

For instance, you don’t want to leave behind any of your credentials or forget to pick out a formal attire while traveling for an interview.

The reason for your trip should determine a good percentage of the contents of your luggage.

2. The Duration of your trip:

How long will the entire trip last? A few days, a week or more?

This will help you with simple logistics like how much cash you need to hold for your upkeep, to the number of clothes and toiletries you should take along.

3. The Mode of Transportation:

It’s also important to consider whether you’ll be traveling by car, bus, train, plane or boat, if it’s by public or private means, and if you’re traveling alone, or in a group, with friends/family or strangers.

Knowing the details of how you’ll get to where you are going, helps you to plan what size/number of luggages to carry and how to secure them.

If you’re traveling by plane for instance, you know that carrying extra luggage will cost you an arm and a leg, plus some contents (eg over 100ml of liquid/gel products) may be confiscated as carry-on luggage. 

4. The type of Luggage:

You need to also determine the type of luggage that will be efficient (in terms of size) and also convenient (in terms of carriage) for your trip.

For a short trip you can use any (or more) of the following: A handbag, a back pack, a small traveling (duffel) bag, or a suitcase.

5. The Destination:

Where you are going will also determine to some extent, what you should put in your luggage.

For instance, If you are going on a vacation to a temperate climate like Europe, you need to go with coats, mufflers and solid boots. If on the other hand, your destination is a warm climate (e.g. Barbados), you will need sunglasses, hats, and some cozy slippers.

Also where you’ll be staying (whether at a hotel, a friend’s house, a hostel, or with distant relatives) will determine some of the items to take along.

The last time I went for a camp meeting, I had to go with my own everything (from bed-sheet to toothpaste), but that wasn’t the case when I spent a few days in Lagos, because my sister had most of the items already.

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL-LIST:

The rule of thumb is to have a list ready, before you put the first item into your traveling bag or box. That’s the only guarantee that you don’t leave something remotely important behind.

I typically organize my list into three categories:

i. Toiletries


This includes your personal care products like toothbrush/toothpaste, soap/sponge (and a soap case if you like), body lotion, roll-on, body-spray/perfume*.

You can put most of the items listed in a toilet bag.

Other items to consider are: hair-spray/gel, hair brush/comb, toilet roll, plastic bag, small towel and a shower cap.

*if you’re going on a really short trip, you can even spray your clothes in advance instead. I do that a lot.

ii. Clothing/Foot wears

Night gown/Pajamas, Wrapper, Handkerchiefs

Bathroom slippers, Sandals/Flats/Heels as needed*

Underwear (Bras, Pants, Shorts) multiplied by the number of days you’ll spend. It’s always good to pack an extra or two, just in case you stay an extra night.

Attires: Everything you’ll wear especially for the main occasion of your trip eg Casual wears for a picnic, Traditional outfit for a wedding ceremony etc

*I like to be as specific as possible, so I write out the details of each footwear eg Nude flats, Black heels etc

iii. Essentials

Sufficient cash/ATM card: Trust me, you don’t want to be stranded on an out-of-town trip😂

Make-up (Powder, lipstick, gloss etc)

– Face wipes, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, hand tissue, lip balm etc

Accessories (Wrist-watch, jewelry, handbags etc)

Gadgets (Power bank, phone chargers, iPod, headphones etc)*

Snacks/Drinks (Chococolate, Plantain chips, Biscuits, Gala are easy to chew without getting messy). It’s more cost effective to buy the items before your trip. A bottle of water and pack of chewing gum are “must-haves” for my road trips.

Note pad/Journal and pen (to write with), Bible/Non-fiction Book/Novel (to read)

Torch (Naija factor)

Medications (if necessary)

And don’t forget to take a plastic bag to put your dirty laundry.

*Safety first, if it’s a short trip and especially by public transport, you don’t need to take all your gadgets (tab, laptop) along.

ACTION TIME:

After you’ve prepared your list, put ALL the items in a single place (on your bed preferably), then begin to transfer each one into your bag(s). Tick each item off your list until you’re done packing. 

Remember to use a padlock or a good lock combination for your luggage if you’re traveling by public means. And don’t forget to “pee” before leaving your house. I bet Nigerians will understand…lol. 😉😅

That’s how I organize my luggage for a short trip.

Did I miss anything?

***

So how do you prepare for a short trip? Do you make a list or not?

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
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OCTOBER|| C O U R A G E


It’s a few days into October already and all I can say is, God is good!

While meditating on what theme this month would be about, one word that stood out in my heart, was COURAGE. And I believe God was giving me a gentle reminder, that when everything else fails (my plans and what-not), I can look up to him and remain courageous.

Here are a few synonyms for the word COURAGE:
“bravery, pluckiness, valor, fearlessness, intrepidity, nerve, daring, audacity, boldness, grit, hardihood, heroism, gallantry”

And I’ll go with the first, BRAVERY

the admirable quality of being able to confront frightening things. It takes bravery for a knight to battle a dragon, but it also takes bravery for a shy child to walk into a new classroom.
(Vocabulary.com)

It’s little wonder that the song in my heart for this season just happens to be:

||WORSHIPYou make me brave (Amanda Cook)

And it’s one of my favorite songs ever! I remember having it on repeat for sometime last year.

||WORD– Lamentations 3:22-24 GNB

“The LORD ‘s unfailing love and mercy still continue, Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The LORD is all I have, and so I put my hope in him.” 

I especially love the line that reads,

Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise
. How reassuring that is! 

I still don’t know all God has in stock for me this season but I’m stepping out of the shadows of fear, discouragement and doubts and embracing his promises by faith.

And Amen to that!
***
In a nutshell, here’s what I’ve been upto:

|| My Ankara crafts and designs exhibition (As Promised)



My trainer, Niyot of Beracah House of Fashion, who is also a longtime friend did such a great job and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn through her. Moving forward, I think I’ll be focusing on the Ankara book covers and see what designs I can come up with.

|| Still Learning

Spanish and Igbo!

|| Recent Reads:

Anthills of the Savannah (Chinua Achebe)
This was my first time reading any Chinua Achebe’s book. I’d attempted “There was a Country” earlier this year but found it difficult to continue with it. Not too long ago, I picked up this title, but I wasn’t enjoying the plot, so I dropped it. Eventually, one bored evening I summoned up courage and jumpstarted it (i.e. started reading right from the middle) and I was so intrigued that I read until the end. I found the book compelling, thought-provoking and with a melodramatic ending.

I heard that song before (Mary Higgins Clark)
I totally loved this book (although I’m sure I’ve read it before but totally forgot the plot), the writer kept me guessing until the very end. It had the right amount of suspense that kept me glued till the last page. If you’re a fan of mystery/crime/suspense books, I totally recommend that you read this one.

And then there were none (Agatha Christie)
I first read this book a couple of years ago, I had an idea about the plot but forgot how it ended, so I decided to read it again. So it was the Judge after all, what a twist!

|| Currently Reading:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

Principles and Values become more evident when we think of how short life is.

||Re-reading (For my Small Group Bible-study):

UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine)

Some start for the gold but end up with the bronze. Some start for the gold but do a poor exchange and can not continue. Some start for the gold but drop the baton and are disqualified. Some start for the gold and not only win the race, but break a record doing so.

|| Recent Adventure: A Mini-vacay!

So yours sincerely took a few days off to spend in Lagos. Yaaaas!!!
You know how I feel about the city already (You can read about my previous experiences here and here). This time around though, I was not constrained by a lack of “cash” or “time” nor any urgent business to take care of. I wanted to not just pass through Lagos, but actually savor it all over like a first-timer.

The summary of my stay was: Sightseeing, Window-shopping (plus some micro-shopping…lol), People-watching, Reading novels, Eating and Sleeping. I eventually stayed more indoors than outdoors, and found it kinda boring, thanks to EKEDC…😑🙄

I went off to visit one of my friends (@Tyn) and enjoyed every moment of it. Also went on a date with my sister to watch the movie, FLATLINERS (a Sci-Fi/Medical Thriller/Horror combo). The plot wasn’t too bad, in my opinion. Definitely PG material.

Then I ran into one of my seniors from Unilorin, Eyitayo, at the Palms Mall (saw him last in 2010…haha), I started “gisting” my sis how he is such a prominent figure on FB, and a kind-of-social activist etc. He is someone I actually respect (from a distance) and it was an honor to see him again, howbeit for a few minutes.

Finally, I got to ride in an Uber, then a BRT bus for the first time ever and I enjoyed both (for different reasons). Lagos is such a lovely place tbh, I just don’t see myself living there. But who knows, ehn?😉


Enjoy the lovely views!


To wrap up the post, here are my

|| 9 Intriguing Lessons [plus 1 Life Changing Discovery] from 2017:

1. Social media is overrated. I know it sounds cliché, but I’m only beginning to understand that phrase. I’ve now realized that Facebook (which was the social media platform I used the most) is not that important. I used to think it was impossible for me to do without Facebook in a day until I actually put some structure to my social media time and now I have days when I completely forget to log in. It’s amazing isn’t it? Ever wondered what we all did before the advent of social media?

2. Not everything that is happening will continue to happen. “Time” and “Chance” happens to all men. If you’re a Nigerian living in Nigeria, have you ever wondered what happened to the likes of Mr. Biggs and Tantalizers? My sentiments exactly.

3. Time alone doesn’t make things better, deliberate actions do. Thanks to the Mother Hen (Remi Owadokun) for this. If something is bad and you do nothing about it, it will only get worse.

4. Forgiveness is not forgetfulness, but choosing not to remember. Choosing not to remember an offense is quite different from forgetting it, as if it never happened. I so needed that closure. Phew!

5. What you do is more important than what you know. We have many “knowers” but far too few “doers.” Memo to me. Noted!

6. To every stage in life, there is a backstage and to every scene there’s a behind-the-scene. Truth!

7. Others are different from you, and so are you from others. Our unity lies in our individual uniqueness and not in our uniformity (or conformity).

8. (More than your phones, wallets, money, relationships etc) The enemy targets your joy, don’t let him steal it!

9. The Nigerian Police may (or may not) be your friend. Not all policemen are unkind, rude or wicked. Ditto Lawyers, Nurses, Doctors etc Having a preconceived mindset can be harmful.

10. I don’t like bread. In fact, I’ve never liked it, and I’m only just realizing that. So I’ve only been tolerating bread all my life?! Well, it’s better late than never.

|| Inspiration from around the web:

1. On Adulting, Rounding Up My Housemanship Year and Future Plans

2. Why I Shut Down My Instagram Account (Cutting back to move forward)
3. What it means to be a Christian doctor

4. Preparation: A lesson from Hurricane Irma

5. Nothing to prove

Ps: Still on the job search, if you’ve been praying, please pray harder! 🙏🏾
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*EKEDC: Eko Electricity Distribution Company

:::Requ1ne:::
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I CHOOSE…


Solitude is a gift I’ve learnt to treasure. It’s my favorite place away from the noise and sights, voices and crowds, vying for my attention. 

I don’t blame the world for being flashy, I blame myself for being  vulnerable.

On some days I feel like hiding from real life and just staying by myself, feeding on what is edifying rather than the junk society tries to force down my throat.  

Sadly, we live in an age of information, with little transformation. Cultural Influence creeps on us so subtly that we are hardly aware of being conformed to it. 

This season I’ve spent chunks of time in sober reflection…thinking through some decisions I made in the past and those which I’m currently making.

I’m reminded again that everyday is a choice, every thought a seed, and every action a step towards purpose.

The future doesn’t just happen, I have to CHOOSE it.

Growth is not automatic. It takes process, commitment and consistency.

Knowledge is not enough, the correct application of it is what matters. 

The easiest thing to do in life is to just be, and live by the choices of others passed on to us.

But today, I choose.

I choose to choose.

I choose joy over sadness…
I choose peace over anxiety…
I choose health over illness…
I choose discipline over indulgence…
I choose gratitude over murmuring…
I choose confidence over self-criticism…
I choose clarity over confusion…
I choose fruitfulness over frustration…
I choose victory over defeat…


I choose light over darkness…
I choose the word over the world…

I choose wisdom.

I choose life.

I choose Christ.

:::requ1ne:::
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SEPTEMBER||S H O W E R S 🌧🌧🌧

Cocoa Building, Ibadan

Hey People,

Welcome to September.

The ninth month of the year and naturally speaking , the ninth month is a time to bring forth that which was conceived.

Supernaturally, it is the season of visitation and manifestation, where expectations are divinely brought to pass.

September is a month of FRUITFULNESS, INCREASE and ABUNDANCE.

And that’s why I’m so excited about the theme:
  

||S H O W E R S||

Which I got from the title of the popular hymn,

Showers of Blessings 

So this particular line stood out

“Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the SHOWERS we plead.”

Then God gave me this understanding,

For everything we obtain by God’s mercies,
We can obtain even MORE through his blessings!

And y’all know the conditions for his blessings? TRUST and OBEDIENCE. And in my christian journey, I have come to understand that they both go hand in hand.
It’s who we trust (totally) that we obey completely. The question is, how much am I (are we) willing to TRUST God? Because that’s what this month is about…

SHOWERS (Surplus, Abundance, Provision, Saturation, Sprinkling, Spraying, Engulfing, Flooding, Overwhelming...I could go on) of Blessings, through Trust and Obedience!!

So help me (us) God. Amen.

Let’s jump right into the September train, shall we?

❤️WORD

I believe strongly in the efficacy of God’s word and that there is a WORD for every season.
So this word right here came as NEEDED…

“He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 GNB

❤️WORSHIP

Equally amazing is this song,

Wonderful Wonder (Nathaniel Bassey)

which is also befitting for this season because my God is AWESOME like that.

❤️Currently Reading:

1. Innovation And Entrepreneurship (Peter F. Drucker)

It is not good enough to offer the same product or the same service at a lower cost. There has to be something that distinguishes it from something that already exists.

2.  Concerning Spiritual Gifts (Kenneth E. Hagin)

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is for HOLINESS, whereas the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for POWER.

3. Out Of Control And Loving It (Lisa Bevere)

Don’t be upset because you see other people’s blessings as a deduction from God’s ability to bless you. It did not come from your account but his, and he is unlimited.

4. The Power Of A Praying Wife (Stormie Omartian)

A wife can’t put pressure on her husband to be something, but she can pray for him to become it.

5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey)

If our feelings control our actions, it’s because we’ve abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.

6. A Novel: The Witness (Dee Henderson) 


It’s a Christian Fiction with just enough suspense to keep me interested. I’ve deliberately slowed down on turning the pages except during my “free time” so that I can get MORE important things (like drafting this blog post) done. I remember those days when I would stay up all night to finish reading novels. [Singing: I’ve been changed, healed, freed, delivered…😅]

7. The book of JEREMIAH (I’m on Chapter 25)

❤️Still learning:
– Spanish [via Duolingo and Memrise]
– Igbo [via Ife Igbo Learner and Igbo Basic app]

***

Here are a few things I’ve been up to lately, asides sitting home and getting fat (the scale says I now weigh 55kg😫😱, and to think I was around 50 kg this time last year):

On Managing Distractions
Some weeks back while reviewing my schedule and trying to re-organize my priorities, I discovered how easily distracted I  am in between tasks. One moment I’m trying to complete a task, the next moment I’m flipping through my emails. Needless to say, lots of tasks take double/triple the time required to complete them. I’m learning to sit through what I’m doing at the moment before getting started on another, it’s a painfully slow process, but I’ll get there soon by God’s grace. 

From “To-Do Lists” to “Done Lists” and “Not-To-Do Lists”
Also, I’m gradually shifting away from having To-Do-Lists at the start of each day, to making Done-Lists (never knew that existed until recently) at the end of the day.
I also came across the idea of a Not-To-Do List recently, and discovered I mentally had such in place already (just added the last one, because checking emails are forever a distraction *sighs*)

Photo credit: WEB

–  Skills Acquisition: Ankara crafts and designs
It’s been a long summer of learning how to make different accessories with the Ankara fabric and it’s almost a wrap. I’ll come up with pictures when the class is over. 

– I recently went to see the Banana Island Ghost Movie with my homeys. 

Photo Credit: WEB

I’d give it a rating of 2.5/5 ⭐️⭐️ There were a few comic scenes and some not too funny ones. 


Most importantly it was a lovely evening hanging out with my folks and I had an overfill of popcorn, soda and hotdog [no wonder I’m getting FATTER!😩🙄]

I’m FREE: After a few episodes of late night panic attacks following the home-theft incident I wrote about here,

Image credit: WEB
I can finally sing, I’m free! Because here is what God’s word says:

“You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day”
Psalms 91:5 GNB

– Lastly, The Job search is still on. My dream job is yet to locate me😉. So y’all should keep me in your prayers! Thank you!

Inspiration from around the web

– 7 important life lessons in my late twenties

Define your busy

5 Proven Methods for gaining self discipline

– On Parenting
Cheers,
:::requ1ne:::
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A W E S O M E || AUGUST

 

I’m so excited to be writing this POST. There’s so much to say that I’m afraid of just blabbing…and well, it’s a long read, so grab a seat if you can.
The 13th of July was the Induction Ceremony for FTDs by the Medical And Dental Council Of Nigeria (MDCN).
So officially, yours sincerely is now a bonafide, licensed, certified and registered Doctor (even though the license is “provisional” pending the completion of my internship, yada, yada…🙄)


The event took place in Abuja (the capital of Nigeria) and it was all shades of lovely. The highlights were the induction lecture by the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Lovett Lawson, and the keynote address by the Honorable Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, who was the Special guest of Honor.
Afterwards we took the Hippocratic Oath, received our provisional licenses and were served with refreshments.
And to add to the spice of the event, my entire family were present and that doubled as a family getaway (i.e. a mini-vacay), the first we’ve had in years…and oh, it was refreshing!

#Family
#FamilyDinner

 

I remember this time about 5-6 years ago, when getting into medical school was my “biggest” prayer point…I was so obsessed about it, that I fantasized and day-dreamed of it till it became a reality, and now I can boldly say that every tear, every disappointment, every joy, every victory….everything about that journey was worth it!

God MAKES dreams come true! (Psalm 37:5)

So moving on, I’ve tagged this month-

A W E S O M E ||A U G U S T
And according to Dictionary.com the word AWESOME implies:

inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration or fear.

And I just can’t shake off the feeling that it’s exactly what I’m to expect this season. I believe God is going to do something  amazing that will leave me in awe of him.

That said, Let’s roll!

  • WORSHIP SONG

More of you (SINACH)

  • SCRIPTURE FOR THE SEASON

Matthew 7:7-8 AMP

“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.”

  • Reading

1. FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer):

I’m re-reading this for my Small Group Bible Study and I’ve been blessed all over again.

“We simply don’t have the luxury of playing nice with prayer, not if we want things to change. If all we’re doing is flinging words and emotions in all directions without any real consideration for the specific ways the enemy is targeting us and the promises of the God that apply to us, we’re mostly just wasting our time.”

2. UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine)

“Our response should be to reach for Jesus in our moments of trials and allow his strength to make us into Champions. Champions understand that God uses every trial and obstacle as spiritual workout to build our strength and endurance.”

3. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE (Stephen Covey)

“We see the world not as it is, but as we have been conditioned to see it. The way we see things is the source of the way we think or act.”

4. OUT OF CONTROL AND LOVING IT (Lisa Bevere)

“God isn’t interested in using us, he wants to transform and conform us to his image. It grieves him when we allow him only limited access into our lives, the areas we hold back from God eventually become our downfall.”

5. INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Peter F. Drucker)

“A new business must start with the assumption that its product/service may find customers in markets no one thought of. Rather than dismiss the unexpected as an exception, entrepreneurs need to look at them carefully as distinct opportunities.”

6. THE BIBLE: The book of JEREMIAH


  • Still Learning

Spanish language (Duolingo and Memrise)
According to Duolingo, I’m now about 4% proficient in Spanish language (7 months and counting since I started learning actively).

Estoy Contento!!!

Memrise has been kind enough to give me a breakdown of the words I learn weekly

Igbo language
Learning the Igbo language hasn’t been as easy as I thought, coupled with the lack of consistency on my part (there are days I even forget I’m supposed to be learning it…smh😅). I’ve tried video tutorials and Igbo language apps, and they’ve not been as effective as I wanted.
My dear Igbo kindreds in the house, what are your suggestions for a non-native speaker to learn your language, biko (short of hiring a tutor)?

  • Recently Completed

StoryTeller By Design (An Online Writing Course)
So I took another creative writing course recently and learnt more about the importance of my tone, style, clarity and authenticity in writing, the best part was the commitment I had to make at the end of the course:

  • Summer Activities

Summer so far has been pleasant. Thank God for the experiences each new season brings. So lately here are the things I’ve been doing:

Home tutoring
Throughout summer, I’ll be tutoring an elementary pupil who has a really poor grasp of English and academically behind for his age. Despite these challenges I believe I’ve been graced for this phase of the journey, and there will be remarkable improvement at the end of summer.

Ankara crafts and designs
Finally, I get to do something I’ve been looking forward to, and is actually fun plus keeps me occupied for the time being. There’s hardly any limit to what can be decorated with an Ankara fabric. Here are a few of my crafts with the skill I’ve acquired:

Notebook, Phone pouch and Bracelet

Studying:
I’ve been going through selected topics in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and then reviewing my History Taking and Physical Exam skills.

Job Hunt:


The story of my life!!

  • Currently Loving

FoodNetwork : So I have a new favorite channel (sorry Disney and Nickelodeon 🙋), and it’s the FoodNetwork. Their shows give so much inspiration to the creative mind. I especially enjoy how they make the art of cooking look so appealing rather than a mere chore. And thanks to them, “my kitchen” (well my mum’s) has been quite busy in recent times.

 

Making Pizza from scratch with my homeys for the first time, a few days back, was one of my best moments this year. Not only was it a memorable experience working in the kitchen as a team (which is rare), the Pizza tasted so nice that we had second and third helpings.

  • Random Everything

1. Highlights from my Journal of Goodness: The habit of journaling is such an eye opener. I was amazed by the little things I chronicled on a daily basis for a whole month that I’d otherwise have taken for granted. Things like:

– receiving cash gifts (made close to 5K last month from “dash” alone)
– visits from friends and other acts of hospitality,
– random calls and texts that made my day,
– hanging out with family (whether praying, gisting or making dinner)
– unexpected kind and encouraging words,
– feedback (likes, comments) and even new subscribers on the blog!!!

With that experience I hope to cultivate the habit of appreciating the little things people do for me and also cultivate active ways to “pay it forward”!

2. Home Theft Incidence (and a few tips to prevent window-robbery):
So a couple of days back, someone (or more) stole from our house via a window in the bedroom I sleep in (with two others at that time), and made away with some electronic devices, cash etc
It was especially painful for me, because I was up at night to do a couple of things, and on getting back to bed, I heard some sounds (and assumed it was our dog patrolling the compound) and also saw a flash light across the dresser (and assumed someone left a device there that was blinking). If only I’d gotten up to check…

Long story short, it wasn’t until the next morning when I saw my bag on the floor and the window wide open that I began to connect the dots and raised an alarm. It was a rather sad incident for all of us that day and I’d be lying if I say I’ve not been a little paranoid since. Sleeping at night in recent times has been quite challenging as I’m still trying to adjust to NOT getting up to check every weird sound I hear😱
One night in particular, I was so distressed at the thought of another theft that I could barely close my eyes for HOURS, so I literally prayed myself to sleep. Thank God for the comfort of the scriptures- Proverbs 3:24 (GNB):


It’s still my prayer that somehow the thieves would get caught and be brought to justice or the Holyspirit himself would arrest them, cause them to repent and make a restitution. Either way, we WIN! 💃💃💃
For my Nigerian audience (living in Nigeria), these tips might be of help:
1- DO NOT leave your electronic gadgets charging close to a window (except you live in an upstairs apartment)
2- ALWAYS have a flash light nearby when you sleep (that way you can quickly investigate if you notice anything odd)
3- KEEP all money (or better still your handbags/purses/wallets) and other valuables safely tucked away in a locked closet or random non-conspicuous place (eg under the bed, inside a bucket etc 😉)
4- Items like mopping sticks, rakes and other sharps are enablers for these predators and if possible should NOT be left lying about in the compound.

3. My New Muse:
I recently started crushing on this game PhatGal and though I’m yet to get a good hang of it, I can say it’s an interesting one. So check it out on GooglePlay store.


4. 8 Casual, Weird or Not-So-Weird, Things About Me:

(1. I’ve traveled via the 4 major means of transportation ✈️🚉⛴🚗 . Flying is the best! 

(2. Brushing my teeth every night is one of my most favorite things to do 👄

(3. I’m the girl who enjoys eating other people’s food (especially my mum’s) just because… 🍲

(4. I don’t know how to/ have never played chess before in my life and I’m not bothered 💆

(5. If wishes were horses, I’ll eat fried plantain every day and with every meal (or not) 🍛

(6. I sometimes sing/talk to myself while walking down the street and it’s never boring 💁

(7. I’m a confirmed bathroom “worshipper” and “dancer”, don’t judge  👯

(8. Between Watching a Movie or Reading a Novel of the same plot? Well you know the answer already…

5. Inspirations From Around The Web:

1. Pregnancy Lessons Lisa Bevere Taught Me

2. When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer

3. How To Stay Motivated To Keep Blogging

4. Respecting God’s boundaries

5. Make Vision Boards Work For You

6. For Your Husband

  • Special Announcement

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Have an AWESOME August, y’all!
:::requ1ne:::
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HELLO JULY!!!

Hola!


Welcome to JULY.

What’s the rush though?

2017 is going really FAST *sniffs*

And for some reasons I have started to feel like I’m actually older than I really am. 😒😟

Maybe my staying mostly indoors has something to do with it, because thanks to MDCN, yours sincerely has been living a pretty domesticated life lately.
Like I’m almost always home all day, everyday, and I have actually started reading articles for stay-at-home mums (just because), only that I’m neither married nor with kids yet. Sigh.
So my domestic roles cut across being a personal trainer to my parents (in our amateur morning stretching exercises 😂😂😂), 

#FitFam Squad

to helping to plan and prepare Family Meals (because I love Food Time Tables),

and also playing the House Doctor, especially prescribing antimalarial drugs (because if it looks like and feels like Malaria, it’s likely Malaria, right? I know WHO now recommends testing before treating Malaria, but with the ceaseless rainfall and relentless mosquitoes at home, there’s no time to waste time).


Just so you know, in the last week of June, I was also a victim to what I suspected to be Malaria and it rendered me almost useless to myself and those around me. I stayed in bed for days and even suffered a bout of depression (not clinically ofcourse). It was while recuperating that I wrote this poem LIFE 101.

Sickness of any type is especially frustrating for me because not only is it distressing, I also find it depressing and distracting. Bottomline is I don’t like to be sick, because it puts me out of CONTROL. Medical doctor or not, Sickness is Terrible!
Anyway, I’m so thankful I’m back on my two feet without having to go into the Emergency room. Hallelujah!

Now let’s roll into the JULY VIBES!

1. Song on replay:

Love me too much (Travis Greene)

2. Scripture for the month:

Habakkuk 2:2-3

Picture Perfect Scripture!

This is a much needed WORD for my season of wait! 

3. Currently reading:

The four loves (C.S Lewis)

“Friendship can be a school of virtue but also a school of vice. It makes good men better and bad men worse.”

Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)

“If God has spoken, believe him. Go where he asks you to go; listen to what he says to you. Follow this lion as he leads, and trust the “knowing” even when others might not understand.”

Unstoppable (Christine Caine)

“Faith is always one generation from extinction and we are the ones entrusted with carrying the baton for this generation and handing it off to the next.”

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Peter F Drucker)
“Innovators should not be rewarded for failure but certainly not to be penalized for trying. An innovation is expected to start small but end big.”

Passing It On (Myles Munroe)
“Mentoring has more to do with association than with instruction.”

The Bible: The book of 2 Kings

Elisha!!! Powerful in death as in life!
– 

– The 30-31-30 Devotional by Eziaha.
In one word, the devotional is DEEP! You need to read it to understand what I’m saying. God bless Coach E as always! Pls download the FAB E Reader App here and look up the devotional too, even if it’s the free version.
4. Still learning:
Spanish and Igbo languages.

5. Just completed:

An 8-week StoryCrafting Course Online, and I’m so glad I participated.

Among other things the course has helped me to pay a closer attention not only to what I write, but also how I write. Another class is coming up soon, so if you’re interested you can check out this link.

6. Recent Adventure:

So I bashed my Dad’s car while driving into our compound one sunny afternoon 😂😂😂
insert *Tony Tetuila’s You don hit my car*

Thank God nothing was broken and no one was injured!
My parents were kind enough to laugh it off, and everyone began to recount their bashing experiences too…lol

7. New Muse

I started keeping a Goodness Journal from the first of July. 


This beautiful journal is a gift from my mum and I love how colorful it looks.
So basically it’s like A Book Of Remembrance for every good deed done (or kind word spoken) to me each day, whether by a loved one or a total stranger. The idea is to be able to reflect on these, when things get a little bit tough and also to keep my benefactors in prayers. So for every good thing you do to me this month, I get to treasure it foreverSo what are you waiting for?😜😅

8. Inspiration from around the web:

i. Me, Myself and Lies 

ii. Stop Confusing Physical Attraction with Chemistry

iii. The Ministry of home-making 

iv. Eggshells

PS: You can now follow me on Instagram @eunice_smiles.

Thank you for reading, 

And have a Fabulous July!
:::requ1ne:::
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THE BUCKET-LIST OF AN AVERAGE NIGERIAN: Six Simple Wishes!

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For the average Nigerian living in Nigeria, whether male or female, the good life is pretty much basic:

1. Settle down on time (aka get married between your mid 20s and early 30s, beyond that you’re a latecomer. In Nigeria, if you’ve not married, you’ve not arrived).

2. Find a good source of income (a white collar job or a thriving business venture or better still both, and earn above 100K in a month, at least).

3. Give your kids the best education you can afford (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary; all private schools if you can, because ASUU is a monster).

4. Build your own house(s) and buy your own car(s), whichever comes first. (It doesn’t matter if you fail to plaster the walls before you move into the house or your first car is a used 1980 Toyota model; As long as you’re a landlord and car owner, you’re successful).

5. Don’t die prematurely. There are a lot of unique but avoidable ways to die as an average Nigerian- RTAs, Armed Robbery Attacks, Fire Outbreaks and Medical Negligence, are just a few. (Nigerians love to live, no matter how bleak the future looks, after all a living dog is a better than a dead lion, na bible talk am. Ecclesiastes 9:4).

6. Retire to eat the fruits of your labor (i.e. your children get to graduate, start working, marry into wealth, make beautiful grandchildren, then relocate abroad where you can visit them as often as you want, after all they are your major investments!).

Maybe there are some individual twists to what I’ve mentioned based on personal interests, but no average Nigerian can deny relating to at least one of the above.

E go better” is the mantra of the Average Nigerian.
-It’s the reason we hustle (a refined name for struggling), from dawn to dusk just to make ends meet.
-It’s what we hope for every day of our lives, gathering in religious houses from week to week, holding special programs and giving special offerings, just to be blessed by the Almighty.
-It’s why we are restless and dissatisfied when others seem to be making better progress than we are.
In Nigeria, we thrive on sweat rather than sense, we own more buildings than we build people.

We are by nature myopic, more concerned about how we can get more rather than give more. Who wants to invest in a sick nation like Nigeria? The public civil servant just wants to collect his monthly salary and go home. There are bills to be paid, from DSTV monthly subscription to the Children’s school fees for the term.
The average Nigerian is less concerned about making any difference, whether local or global. Not the classroom teacher who just wants the day to end, not the nurse in the hospital ward already frustrated from the overwhelming workload and definitely not the police officer collecting bribes at the security checkpoint.

It is why many of our leaders lie and steal and get away with it. After all they are only sharing the national cake, which belongs to everybody but nobody in particular. And who wants to catch them? EFCC? Pls try again.

We the followers are not much different, as long as we can afford to fence our own compounds and provide for our basic amenities like electricity and water, the rest of the nation can go to rot.

So back to the bucket-list, what can we do to change our priorities from that of merely surviving to actually flourishing as Nigerians living in Nigeria? How can we make a paradigm shift from our attitude of consumption to that of contribution? Where do we even begin from?
My mum once mentioned this phrase while praying for my siblings and I recently, “They didn’t choose to be Nigerians…”
Neither did you. But now that you’re here, why not make your impact felt?
I’m Nigerian and Blessed.
:::requ1ne:::
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*ASUU: Academic Staff Union of Universities

*EFCC: Economic and Financial Crime Commission

LIFE 101



My days are blue
And full of gloom
I have no clue
On what to do

I hide my tears
And wipe my eyes
There’s no one here
Who has to know

My nights are dark
No need to lie
The only choice
Is to sigh and cry

I paint my face
And fake a smile
I make ev’ryone
To think I’m fine

You can’t be mad
That I make you sad
And don’t feel bad
That I’m not alright

My days are blue
And full of gloom
I have no clue
On what to do…

(Requine 2017)
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