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.

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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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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

2019❤️

Have a pleasant AUGUST!

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JUNE 2019|| Mid-Year Review, Reflections And Resolutions.


Hello Fam,

It’s the middle of the year already and God has been indeed faithful.

I’m not exactly where I’d hoped to be (in some aspects of my life) but I celebrate where I am at the moment because it can only get better. 

Amen and Hallelujah. 🙌

Here’s a recap of the post I wrote at the beginning of the year 5 things to do in 2019.

I still need to TRUST God more (not just in words, but through my actions), there are many unrealized goals I have to work towards, and I certainly have to do better with taking stock and giving thanks.   

||REVIEW

(Randomly picked and edited most of these questions from online articles)

1. How would you describe the year so far?

Emm…Interesting (for lack of a better word). 

It’s been that kind of unforgettable year, not in a “big-bang” way, but in a “what else now?” kind of way.

2. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?

– Producing, Marketing & Selling a number of the Requine’s Journals and the sincere feedbacks I got from some of my customers (on ways to make the product even better). 

– Finally taking vaginal deliveries and repairing minor lacerations (this time last year it was only a dream).  

3. What major lessons have you learnt in this half-year?

Several. 

i) My life is shaped by my thoughts. A negative mindset will trigger negative actions which will trigger negative outcomes. 

ii) God speaks and the devil speaks, my responsibility is to decide whose voice I listen to.

iii) Success is a spectrum; there’s no total failure – there are only strategies that don’t work at a particular time, in a particular place and with a particular set of people.

iv) I’ve been graced for this season of my life and God is equipping me for the next season already.

v) What I bring to the table determines how I’m valued. To increase my value, I must increase my contributions. 

vi) I have nothing to prove but everything to improve. 

vii) There are always helpers to my destiny, it is my responsibility to pray them in.

viii) Success is attractive and inspires others to succeed. No one argues with results, it is self-proven.

ix) Nothing beats the reassurance that God is for me and with me. He knows what I need even before I ask him.

x) Every blessing is a responsibility, ditto answered prayers.

4. How are you different now than you were 6 months ago?

Physically fatter (sadly😞), a couple of thousands richer (thankfully) and a whole lot wiser.

5. What new relationships have you fostered?

Quite a number, especially with some of my colleagues at work. 

6. In what areas do you feel stuck?

– My current job is pretty demanding (physically and mentally) and I’m really looking forward to a better job opportunity. I can’t continue like this tbh…

– I’m also not getting the most out of my 2019 goals which is really discouraging.


7. What are you most grateful for?

– The gift of Life.

– The gift of Health: Physical and Mental.

– The gift of Men (Friends, Family and Colleagues).

||REFLECTIONS

Looking back to the beginning of this year I was pretty excited even without knowing what the year had to offer. 

2019 has indeed been an interesting year because everything isn’t going exactly according to my plan, but God is reminding me that it’s not up to me to make things happen. 

“Commit your way unto the Lord, TRUST also in him, and HE WILL bring it to pass.” Ps 37:5


I’ve had some exciting moments like getting a job and moving to another town, rekindling some old relationships and fostering new ones, and finding a place of worship where I fit right in.

I’ve also had a couple of challenges like meeting up with the demands of my job, on and off health issues, and experiencing joy in the midst of pain and disappointment.

Then I’ve suffered a few bouts of depression as well…feelings of frustration about being left behind in life, but thankfully I’m back on my feet.  

Partaking of DDK’s Ignition Intensive Series (an online coaching program) was definitely a mind blowing and defining experience for me.

Also, I’ve spent more time, effort and money on self-care (hairdo, beauty products etc) than in previous years. 

Lastly, I’ve read over a dozen books this year including:

Model Marriage (Deg-Heward Mills)

Jumpstart Your Leadership (John C. Maxwell)

For Married Women Only (Tony Evans)

Exploring The Secrets Of Success (Bishop David Oyedepo)

WORDS (Kenneth Hagin)

The Smart Money Woman (Arese Ugwu) 
 
Secrets of An Irresistible Woman (Michelle Mckiney Hammond)


||RESOLUTIONS

Going forward, I have decided to make the most of the remaining months of this year by prioritizing where I currently am over where I think I should be because when all is said and done, 

The best time to live is NOW. 

Henceforth, I choose to:

1) Find joy in the simple things. 

2) Live in the moment everyday. 

3) Be a blessing wherever I find myself.

4) Not stress myself over the things I CANNOT control. 

5) Stop believing the lies of satan that “I’m not enough.” 

So help me God.

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Cheers to a Fantastic Month!!!

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APRIL|| 5 Ways To Stay Thankful. 

Hey there,

Welcome to the month of April.

It’s such a great privilege to be alive and I’m thankful for my 2019 journey so far. 

The second quarter of the year is another opportunity to take note and count every blessing God has bestowed us with. 

I have listed some profound ways to stay thankful below.

Enjoy!

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1. Live light. 

Happy people are not necessarily problem free individuals, they are just people that have discovered ways to be consistently thankful. A thankful life is a stressfree life.

Complaining, grumbling, or hissing, only makes an already bad situation worse.  

Rather than complain about the things that don’t work, give thanks for the things that do work. 

You’ll be surprised at how quickly your perspective concerning so-called challenges will change. 
2. Pay it forward. 

For every act of kindness that has been shown to you (no matter how long ago it was), make an effort to sow an act of kindness in return. 

Be the reason one person smiles each day.

Serve others without expecting any renumeration. 

What better way to say thank you for a gift than by sharing it with another? 


3. Work hard. 

Gratitude is not just an attitude, it’s also a lifestyle. A thankful person takes each day as a privilege and not a right. 

A good way to show how grateful you are is to live responsibly and work hard, making the most use of all the opportunities and resources you have.


4. Make a memoir. 

Keeping a gratitude journal or jar, is a brilliant way to stay thankful because you have to name and count each blessing one after the other.

Like a photo album full of beautiful pictures, a memoir is a collection of sweet memories worth treasuring for a lifetime.


5. Celebrate people. 

Learn to celebrate the people God has placed in your life – Friends, Family, Neighbors, Colleagues etc. 

Give honor to whom honor is due and Accolades to whom accolade is due. 

Let people know you truly appreciate all they do in your life.

A Feedback is a great way to inspire them to do more.

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Cheers to a great month!

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The Girl’s Guide: DIY- Foot Soak and Scrub.

Hey ladies,

Welcome back to the Girl’s Guide. 

Like I shared in the maiden edition of this segment, there are lots of interesting posts to look forward to here. 

For this post, I’ll be sharing tips on caring for cracked feet.

Having well groomed feet is something that boosts my self-confidence because I struggled with feet calluses while in boarding school and it was so embarrassing.

Taking care of your feet is easier and cheaper than you can imagine. 

Before…


Here are the materials you’ll need:

i. A Pumice stone or Foot file. 

Image: Pumice stone.

ii. Some lotion (Here I used my hand lotion actually) 

iii. Warm water 

iv. A small towel 

v. A medium sized lemon

vi. Olive oil (coconut oil or baby oil can also be used).

Method:



Step 1: Put some warm water into a bowl or bucket, add a tablespoon of the oil of your choice. 

Step 2: Cut the lemon into two halves, then squeeze one half of the lemon into the warm water and oil mix.  

Step 3: Soak both feet for at least 10 minutes, while listening to music or reading a good book. 

Step 4: Take the remaining half of the lemon and rub on the heel of each foot, then discard. 

Step 5: Scrub underneath each foot with your stone or file, for about 3 minutes each, starting from the heel. 


Step 6: Re-soak both feet for another 5 minutes, then wipe dry with a clean towel. 

Step 7: Put a generous portion of lotion in your palm, then rub and massage each foot for at least 2 minutes.

Step 8: Your feet are as good as new. You may decide to trim your toe nails and paint them.

After…

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Taking care of your feet is as important as taking care of your face, because when all is said and done, happy feet contribute to a healthy body. 

Here are other footcare tips:

  • Wash and dry your feet well. After thoroughly washing your feet with soapy water, ensure you dry them well to prevent infections like athlete’s foot. 
  • Cut your toenails carefully. Cutting your toenails at an angle can increase the risk of ingrown nails. 
  • Wear the right shoes always. There’s an appropriate shoe for every outing. 

How healthy are your feet and how do you care for them? Please share.
Cheers,

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A Day In The Life…(01/02/19)

This Blogpost was initially titled- A Day in the Life of a Jobless Doctor😂😂😂

Enjoy!

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5:38 am I wake up without planning to. I had roughly 4 hours of sleep with three weird dreams like that.😱 
It’s pitch black. No light. Nothing unusual. This is Naija.


5:40 am My Alarm rings, and I switch on the rechargeable lamp in my room then drag myself to the bathroom.


5:46 am Back from my bathroom trip, where I peed and washed my face. I’ve also taken some water. Time for devotion. 


6:30 am
I’m done with my quiet time- sang from my hymn book, read the bible and prayed. I have a prayer schedule, today’s prayer was on spiritual warfare. 

6:37 am  I filled in my daily planner. Here’s what the breakdown looks like:

  • 6:00-7:00 am Read two books 
  • 7:00- 8:00 am Edit Blog draft (February: 4 Secrets to waiting well)
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am Work on a project (on my laptop)
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am Study  
  • 10:00 – 2:00 pm Hangout with Niyot/Go to the supermarket 
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm Study 
  • 6:00 – 8.00 pm: Publish blog post 
  • 8:00 – 10:00pm: Telegram group discussion 

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7:05 am I’m done with the first book (Model Marriage by Deg-Heward Mills). It’s a new one. Interesting read so far. 

7:24 am I’m done with the second book too (Jumpstart Your Leadership by John C. Maxwell). 

I’m sleepy, I should have my bath. 



7:42 am
Fresh out of the oven, sorry bathroom. Can you smell the fragrance of my soap? It’s delicious. #TeamJoySoap

7:53 am Now editing the blog draft I want to publish this evening. 

8:51 am Done with the blog draft. It looks like it’ll rain, which is a perfect excuse for a quick nap. I’m sleepy. 

9:02 am I want to sleep but there’s so much to do. I bring out my laptop to work on my project instead. It has started to rain, I love the smell of rain. 



10:05 am I’m done working on the project for today. I shutdown my laptop. The rain has stopped, sadly.  
It’s time to check the social media. But before that let me get breakfast…

10:15 am I’m back from the kitchen. Breakfast is nothing serious, just bread and boiled egg. I’m not a fan of morning tea. I don’t like bread either, but what choice do I have?

10:32 am Finished breakfast and spent quite some time scrolling through my messages on whatsapp. I almost forgot I left some cake warming in the oven. It’s for the friend I want to visit (as peace offering) because I’m about 30 minutes behind schedule. 🙈

10:51 am I brushed my teeth, got dressed, used some makeup, wrote a shopping list and tidied my bed. 



11:05 am
Leaving the house finally. First of all, selfie time. 


My dad was kind enough to let me use his car and driver (No, I don’t have a car yet and I can’t drive to save my life). I just called my friend, and guess what? She just left her house too…haha. I think I’ll just go and shop.


11:43 am I just finished shopping, interestingly, I left my shopping list in the car but thankfully I remembered everything I wrote but I spent more than I budgeted. All the same, I’m Thankful for God’s provision. 


11:56 am I’m at my friend’s place, and she’s not even here yet. Sighs. Her apprentices are here sha. What to do with my time? Try to study or just press my phone?


12:16 pm
My friend is here at last. She goes to sort out one or two things while I wait in the lobby. I’m trying to go through my tutorial notebook. There’s a radio playing in the shop, I can’t concentrate on what I want to study, so I give up. 

14:37 pm Still at my friend’s place. We just had lunch. Noodles and egg (again, I know). Of course we’ve also gisted non-stop for the past 2 hours or so. 

Meet the CEO, Beracah house of fashion.

Okay, so the purpose of my visit was to try on two of the attires she made for me, oh did I mention that my friend is a fashion designer? Yup, and she’s really good.


15:59 pm
I’m leaving my friend’s place now, my dad’s driver came to pick me. I’m exhausted but it was a time well spent. Yet to study anything today. I know I’m not serious enough and my exam is in about 2 months. 

16:10 pm On my way home a friend calls about a job offer in another town. Yeah, I’m job hunting.

She asks me to write an application letter, send it via whatsapp, and she’ll print out and submit herself. 

16:23 pm Home and very exhausted. I should get some rest, before thinking about what to fix for dinner. Yawns. *So tired*

16:39 pm My friend calls me back again for a detail concerning the job offer. We discuss briefly then I put my phone on silent mode. I really need this sleep, I’m beginning to have a headache. 

Sleeping beauty…

18:07 pm I’m awake. Just like I expected, I have 4 missed calls. 2 from my friend, 2 from an unknown number. I call my friend who told me she succeeded with submitting the application. Then the unknown number calls back, I’m expected by 9 am tomorrow, in Ilorin. For an interview, maybe? To go or not to go??First of all, it is time to fix dinner. 

18:31 pm It took a while, but I finally figured out what to make for dinner. Semo/Okro/Chicken stew. I’ll be going to Ilorin tomorrow BTW. Just discussed the details with my mum. Mixed feelings but what choice do I have? I do need a job. 

18:45 pm Dinner is almost ready. My target each night is to have dinner served by 7pm. While cooking, I’m trying to publish the blog post by adding the necessary images. 

Dinner prep…


19:25 pm Dinner is ready! Yummy!!


19:37 pm I’m done eating, time to plan for my trip. Oh wait, I should publish the blog post first. 

20:04 pm I’m done publishing the blog post. Here’s the link

I’ll skip the tonight’s online discussion cos I need to pack for my trip (who knows maybe I’ll get the job on the spot). 

21:29 pm  Packing, Ironing and Laundry all in progress. I’m exhausted tbh, but I have to try. 

22:29 pm I’ve brushed my teeth and washed my face. Laundry and Ironing completed. Almost done with packing.


22:54 pm Done with packing. I’ve noted my expenses for today (thanks to my Requine’s journal expenses tracker). I want to reply a mail now, then log out of social media. After which, I should read my bible, pray then sleep. Tomorrow is a long day. 



23:04 pm Here’s my Goodnight video…

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 Ooops, lights out!!!

It’s pitch black, again. Sighs.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this?
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The Girl’s Guide||Hey, What’s in your handbag?

Hello again, 

This year, I’m introducing a new segment on the blog with the caption: 

The Girl’s Guide. 

The segment will be all about the girl (boss-lady, wife, mom…whatever role/title she chooses): her styles, her tastes and her preferences

It will cut across her wardrobe, her work-desk, her kitchen and her home in general. 

In a nutshell, I will be reviewing beauty care products, wardrobe essentials, toiletries and a few household products, that I’m familiar with. 

I will also tell you why I think a particular brand is great or not so great and maybe feature a couple of DIY tips too.

Lastly, the segment will serve as an open forum for suggestions and discussion threads that will range from beauty care products to house cleaning agents.   

Sounds pretty interesting, huh?

Please stay tuned. 

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For today’s post, I want us to explore the regular contents of a lady’s handbag (featuring yours truly) and why I think each item is important.

Enjoy!
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a. Handkerchief: 

I think every lady’s handbag should have a handkerchief at all times. 

It’s useful for wiping a sweaty face, stuffy nose, or wet hands. 

I use the white 100% pure cotton handkerchief cos it’s my mum’s preference, it’s easy to use, shows when dirty, can easily be washed, and dries quickly. 

You can purchase a piece for N100 from roadside vendors. But it’s more cost effective to buy in bulk (a dozen pack) from retail stores. 

The only downside to the white 100% pure handkerchief, is that the color fades easily, and the fabric wears out quickly, so you need to change it every couple of months. 

I hardly use colored handkerchiefs although I have nothing against them. 

b. Wipes:

I love to have baby wipes in my bag, especially while going on an outing on a sunny day. 

They have a nice, soft and baby friendly scent, that I find quite appealing to my maternal senses😂…

Their moist texture is a plus when trying to remove stains and smudges whether from your face or an object. I love this particular brand, Pampersbecause of its plastic seal, which keeps in the moisture. 

Other brands I’ve tried are fairly cheaper but have no plastic seal, so the moisture dries up easily.

c. Tissue

A pack of tissue is also a must have in every lady’s handbag or carry on purse, for its multipurpose use.

It serves as serviette when I’m dining outside the home (eg at work), serves as toilet paper when I have to use a public restroom and as a napkin to wipe off a dusty chair before sitting.

The Rose Carla tissue is my go to brand. I love it because it’s small, well packaged and has no scent. Some hand tissues are scented and for some reason, that puts me off.

These tissues are quite cheap, a pack of 8 is less than N500.

d. Wallet or Purse.

This is where I keep money and other important little things like my identity card, and my mom’s business card (incase I go missing…lol).

I love my current brown pseudo leather  purse because of its several compartments. I can’t even recall where I bought it from or whether it was a gift. 

The downside though, is that I sometimes forget where exactly I put something important and I have to take some precious moments to empty the entire purse. 

e. Mobile Phone (with/without an earpiece).

Ofcourse there’s hardly any outing, whether casual or official that doesn’t require that I use my phone. 

Apart from hosting my social media handles, my phone also serves as an accurate time-keeper, calendar, calculator, personal accountant (bank mobile app), fitfam instructor (Samsung Health app), menstrual period tracker (Flo app), and an e-library, among other things. 

The android phone is a lifesaver for the 21st century lady!

The only downside to my current phone, a Samsung S5, is that the front camera (especially) doesn’t do much justice to my fine face, hence my “selfie” game is so NOT on point!

I occasionally carry an earpiece with me, especially if I’m on a long distance journey. 

Ditto power-bank and cord.

f. Chewing gum

Having a pack of gum in my handbag is also something I see as a necessity. 

#ChewingGumGang
 
Among other things, chewing gum minimizes mouth odor, helps me to stay awake and reduces indigestion after a heavy or spicy meal. I’m quite addicted to buying them especially while traveling or working an overnight shift.  

My favorite brand is ORBIT which comes in different flavors and has a half-life of about 12 hours (I kid you not!). Although I think it’s a little too pricey, a pack costs about N350. 

The Clorets brand has a non sweetened minty after-taste which I’m not really a fan of, but is relatively cheaper. 

g. Pen/Notepad



I like to carry a pen/notepad, so that I can jot down new ideas since I don’t always like to use my phone. I take a book with me as well, especially when I’m going on a long trip.

h. Body spray 

If you live in this part of the world, where the average temperature around this time of the year is about 35-38c, then having a carry on body spray is a must.

And I love this particular product Enchanteur because it gives off such a gentle, sweet and girly scent. And it’s not too expensive either (costs less than N1000). 

i. Lotion 

This is a necessity if your skin type loses moisture and cracks easily. My hands and feet, can be embarrassingly dry even after doing a decent job on them at home. 

Hand lotion to the rescue!

My mum got this product Hendel’s Garden Goji cream for me last year.  

It is a pretty good moisturizer  but I don’t care much for its “herbal mixture” smell. 

I’d rather use a product with a milder and girly scent.

j. Sanitizer

It’s also important to have an alcohol based hand sanitizer in your bag as a lady, since you don’t know whose hands you’ll be shaking and all the places those hands have been to..(No, you don’t want to picture that!😱)

This brand Radox isn’t exactly my type though, because if it’s strong chemical smell. Again, I’d have preferred a more feminine scent. 

k. Diclofenac 

So I have this in my bag on days when I have menstrual cramps and I kid you not, it’s my lifeline.

Of course, NSAIDs are not recommended if you have peptic ulcer or other related conditions, which thankfully, I don’t have. 


l. Water bottle

Everyone needs a water bottle. 

Male or Female. Old or Young. White or Black. 

Thanks to my water bottle, I stay vibrant, all day, every day.

There is no excuse not to drink water.

Using a water bottle to store your own water, is not only cost effective, it’s also hygienic and super healthy.

More water means less soda.

Less soda means less sugar. 

Remember, a hydrated body is a happy body!

Stay happy, Drink water.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Please tell, What’s in your bag?

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Musings 1.9|| MOOD

Maybe I’m not in the mood to write,

Maybe I’m not in the mood to rant,

Maybe I’m just here to whine,

So that I can have words that rhyme.

Sometimes my mind goes on a break,

The creative part of me hibernates,

Sometimes it’s so hard to try,

And a part of me wants to resign.

Maybe it’s okay not to write,

Maybe it’s okay not to rant,

Maybe I just have to unwind,

And allow my creative side to decide.

COPYRIGHT.

@Requ1ne (2018)

Musings 1.8|| Farewell.

I’ll be lying to say I’m not attracted to a certain somebody,

Or that I’m not excited at the thought of a lifetime together;

But my heart and I know that is NOT the direction we’re headed.

To the sweetheart that will never be-

It’ll be foolishness to promise you my undying love,

And wickedness to hold on to that which belongs to someone else.

So I let go,

Of the sweetdreams that dwell in my heart,

And the mushy feelings I’ve allowed to linger.

For I belong to mine.

And you belong to yours.

Whoever and Wherever they may be.


Farewell.


COPYRIGHT 

@Requ1ne (2018).