5 THINGS TO DO IN 2019

Hey Fam,


I’m really excited to welcome you all into the new year. 

2018 was a challenging yet very beautiful year for me, in retrospect. 

This new year is going to be pretty significant too, there will be battles to fight and win, mountains to approach and climb, and rivers to navigate and cross. 

There are bad habits to conquer and healthy mindsets to adopt. 

There are decade-old problems that we will crack and solve, as floods of ideas come rushing in.

There are people to reach and needs to be met. Broken relationships to mend and restore.

Oh, Change is definitely here in 2019. And it has come to stay.

Hallelujah!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

One thing I’m sure of is that our victory is certain (I can almost taste and smell it…haha)

As each phase of this year’s journey unfolds, here are 5 vital things to focus on:

1. Trust God:

If you really worried about something last year, raise your hands like thisโ˜โ˜

Come on, don’t be shy.


Don’t worry I’m on this particular table as well…lol๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 

Now be honest, did worrying help that situation? 

I guessed as much.

Why then do we worry, when we can pray?

Like seriously “who worry epp?”


This year, we refuse to worry over any situation we can’t handle, whether big or small. 

Instead, we trust God to take care of the outcome in his own way and at his own timing.

And where he leads, we follow. What he says, we do.

In 2019, we don’t worry, we PRAY. 

We don’t hustle, we TRUST. 



2. Set Goals:

It’s another 365 days cycle. How will you make your life count?

Do you have a vision board?

Read this: How to make a vision board that actually works

More than the usual new year resolutions, what are the core areas of your life that need an upgrade?

Why bother with goals? 

Plan carefully what you do, and whatever you do will turn out right. Proverbs 4:26 GNB

Remember for your goals to reach their full potential, they must be:

S. M. A. R. T

S- Specific

M- Measurable

A- Attainable

R- Realistic

T- Time-bound

Without the concomitant commitment and discipline to follow through, a goal is just a mere desire.

3. Work hard:

There is no legal short cut to success, hardwork is the only way.

For you to get to the place of your breakthrough, you have to work hard. 

Decide that in 2019;

No more excuses. No more laziness. No more distractions. 

So switch off your tv ๐Ÿ–ฅ and study ๐Ÿ“š for that exam. 

Get up from your bed ๐Ÿ›Œ and find a place to pray ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ . ( Yeah, prayer is hardwork๐Ÿ™„)

Read that book ๐Ÿ“–.

Register for that course ๐Ÿ’ป.

Start that business ๐Ÿ—“.

Completeโœ… that project. ๐ŸŽ‰ 

Stop ๐Ÿšซ procrastinating your own success๐Ÿพ

The best time to live is NOW!

However, it is not enough to work hard, make sure you also learn how to work smart. 

Read this: Working HARD vs Working SMART

4. Give thanks:

It’s natural to whine and murmur when circumstances seem to get out of hand, but we must remember that nothing is out of God’s control.

No matter what comes your way this year, choose gratitude.

Gratitude is a choice.

Rather than complain about the things that don’t seem to work, give thanks for the things that are working.

“The best way to give thanks is to live right.”

5. Take stock.

2019 is a year of ACCOUNTABILITY. 

THE ACCOUNTABILITY MINDSET

It is a year to take stock of the gifts and resources we’ve been endowed with.

2019 is a year to take stock of the relationships and influences (including social media) in our lives. 

This year, there is no time to waste time. Can I get an AMEN?

We must maximize all God has invested in us. 

I pray that this year, we’ll let go of the strategies that don’t work as we receive God’s grace and wisdom for the journey ahead. 

Cheers to the New Year!

:::requ1ne:::

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Musings 1.7|| Naija!

A few minutes ago, I stepped out of the house to run an errand. 

It was close to midday and the sun was shining in its glory.

Still it took me a while to locate my destination.

Having been to that neighborhood a couple of times,

I was embarrassed to see business openings I was noticing for the first time.

More weird was that the AEDC outlet I visited, was being powered by a generator.

Naija, I hail thee!
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*AEDC: Abuja Electricity Distribution Company

Musings 1.6|| The Little Things.

On Saturday, I got a text at 7:16 a.m.

With an energy I didn’t know I had, 

I jumped out of bed and sorted out my laundry.

But the guy didn’t show up until much later in the day.

Today, I did not to wait for motivation to find me,

 I picked up my toothbrush and went to look for it.

Sometimes, motivation lives inside my bathroom.

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Musings 1.3|| “Not today, Satan!”

A couple of weeks ago, my old phone fell and broke its screen,

Normally, I would have been devastated 
But I reminded myself that “God sees”

There has been a power outage in my neighborhood for 2 days,
My initial response would have been despair

But I remind myself that “God knows”

Today, I boiled tomatoes to prepare stew, but burnt the entire pot instead,

It hurt so much that I wanted to stay in bed and cry

The devil whispered that God doesn’t care enough about me

I simply asked satan to “Get behind me.”


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Musings 1.2||Thankful

Thank God It’s Friday.
And it’s more than a clichรฉ.

I’m especially thankful today…

For the good times,
and the not-so-good ones.

For the stress of my job,

and the strength to face it.

For answered prayers and 

Unanswered ones.

For friends that stick closer than siblings,
And a family that cares in such an amazing way.

It’s a good day to be thankful.

T.G.I.F

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Musings 1.1|| Rotten Eggs

After making purchases at the local market today, I got home to discover some of the eggs I got were spoilt.

Eggs have a shelf life, after which, if not consumed would go bad. 

Skills also have a shelf life. 

Unlike eggs, they don’t get rotten, they become extinct.

Here’s to getting back my writing Mojo!

Better days ahead.

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My Old School Playlistย 

Hey guys, 

So I decided to bring back some songs from over a decade ago.

My Playlist is a compilation of all the “hit songs” while I was a fresher on campus.As per the sister-girl that I am, most of the songs are gospel.

Image credit: WEB

Btw, does anyone remember that once upon a time, Infrared, was the thing for transferring media files from phone to phone?

Before the advent of Bluetooth, that is.

And Technology can only get better.

So here goes:

12. Ara ile (Simi)

This was before Sister Simi became Simi the Star ๐Ÿ˜…

Just kidding.

I loved this song. 

Though I was not much of a dancer back then, but I always found myself moving to the beats of the song.

It made sense since it was a song about dancing unto the Lord.

11. You’re Alpha & Omega (Israel Houghton)

This song was everywhere.

Almost everyone I knew had it on their phones.

If it was a book, it would definitely have been a best-seller.

God is truly the Alpha and Omega.

10. Only Praise (Infinity)

I miss this crew.

I used to be a big fan of Infinity. The singers of the popular song, “Olori Oko.”

99% of their songs still make me nostalgic till date.m

Infinity songs are a reflection of a part of my teenage years.

So let me confess, I choreographed to this particular song in church. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

9. My redeemer lives (Nicole C. Mullen)

“Who told the sun where to hide in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?”

That voice. Chai!

Sister Nicole didn’t come to play at all.
If I had a voice like hers ehn….

8. Heritage (Jahdiel)

This song that year was lit! ๐Ÿ™Œ

7. Bread of life (Fred Hammond)

This reminds me so much of campus fellowship days.

You’re leading Worship and you’ve not sung Bread of Life, is that one worship?

6. He lives in me (Lebo M.)

This song was a favorite before I even had a phone or knew the meaning of a playlist.

And until recently, I didn’t realize it was a soundtrack from The Lion King.

Let’s just say I had a Disney-deprived childhood. ๐Ÿ˜

5. The Land is Green (TY Bello)

We miss your voice, Madam TY Bello.

Please come back.

4. Ijoba Orun (Lara George)

Who would have thought that this song was a remix of an older version?

The lyrics will always be relevant. 

It’s a reminder to believers that heaven is the goal. 

3. Our God is an Awesome God (Michael W. Smith)

Michael W. Smith is one of my favorite gospel artistes till date.

2. Power of your love (Hillsong)

I loved this song so much ehn…it even became one of my plate washing companions.

If you know, you know.

1. Mercy Said No (Cece Winans)

This is an evergreen song that always finds its way back to me.

My once-upon-a-time ringtone.

I even did my own cover of the song (Yoruba version)

The song just ministers to me on another level.

God bless Cece Winans.

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So what songs were your favorites like 10 years ago? Please share.

Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
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HouseJob Chronicles-ย A day in the life of a Naija Intern.

Hello friends, 

Here’s a post showing what a typical stress free day looks like for me as a medical house officer in Nigeria. 

Enjoy!

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Today was a good one.

Let’s call it the typical FRIDAY SYNDROME


So I’ll join Millions of People across the globe to scream


T.G.I.F

Yaaas! (Image credit: WEB)

Although I have to be at the hospital tomorrow, work is going to be flexible (hopefully), since it’s a non-working day.


Tbh, I never imagined housejob could be this hard.

There are days I love my job 100%.

Other days, not so much.

Occasionally, I get lowkey depressed.

Talk about the physical and mental stress, whether sensible or otherwise.


HouseJob in Naija takes a special kind of grace I tell you.

Anyway, TODAY started on a relatively good note.

When I woke up- which was around 5:30 a.m- the power was out as usual, and with the intensity of Lokoja heat, I had no choice but to get out of bed asap.

I was able to take my bath, brush my teeth, journal some thoughts in my diary, and reheat yesterday’s dinner (white rice and stew) for lunch- all in record time!

LUNCH PACK…Issa Lifesaver!
My dad called while I got dressed, a few minutes after I stepped out of the house, got on the first motorbike I saw and was at the hospital before 7 a.m.

Of the 15 patients- that are split over 6 wards-being managed by my team (Endocrinology Unit), I saw 6 while my partner, Dr. M, (who is definitely more hardworking than I am) saw the remaining 9 patients.

Meet Dr. M

By 8 a.m, I joined other interns, residents and consultants, for our weekly departmental House Officer’s presentation.

Today’s topic was CNS Toxoplasmosis by one of my favorite colleagues, Dr. Tony. It lasted about 2 hours. 

I’m not proud to say I didn’t concentrate during the presentation, because I was chatting on one hand, and making a to-do-list/shopping list on the other. 

Following the presentation, my team had a pre-consultant ward round. 

The team is made up of 2 House officers (Interns), 2 residents, 1 senior resident, and 2 consultants.

Thankfully, the Consultant ward round didn’t hold, as the consultant who was to do the round got called for an important meeting. 

Still wardround lasted about 3 hours. We had to take blood samples, update treatment sheets, check drug charts and the likes. At some point, I had to sneak off to have lunch (because I can’t come and go and kill myself). 

The goodnews was that we discharged 3 of our patients, which is a MIRACLE.

We were done before 2 p.m. While the rest of my team left for home/to run personal errands, I stayed behind.

Not too long after, there was a call that one of our patients with DMFS was out of surgery and my team should start him on the Glucose-Potassium-Insulin (GKI) regimen. 
It took a while to get through to one of my senior colleagues and I even got into an altercation with an otherwise-usually friendly colleague, that got me both angry and hurt. I tried to make the person understand I was only joking but I guess it was a costly one.

Maybe, I play too much. #Lessonlearnt

Eventually left the hospital around 5 p.m. after setting an iv access and constituting the GKI regime together with my Partner.



Dr. M, walked me to the hospital gate, then I went across the road to a nearby supermarket for my typical weekly shopping. It was surprising when moments later two of my cousins (who were visiting a relative at the hospital) walked in too. Let’s just say I was wowed when all my groceries were paid for by one of them.

On leaving the supermarket, my favorite bike man picked me up (he charges only N50 instead of the usual N60 or even N70). The distance between the hospital and where I leave, is roughly 5 minutes by bike. 


When I got home, I briefly went to purchase a bag of pure water from a small shop on the street. 

After which I prepared indomie (with boiled egg) for dinner, had a bath, and ate as I chatted with friends PRN. 


I plan to take a nap shortly after publishing this post.

My plan for the rest of this evening is to: tidy up the kitchen, write in my prayer journal, probably practice Spanish on my Duolingo app, go through a presentation I have in 2 weeks and catch up on social media. 

So far, it’s been a good day and I really look forward to having a refreshing weekend even though I’m on call tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‘

I know this feeling…hahaha (Photo-credit: WEB)
Again,

We don’t COMPLAIN, We give THANKS!

For life, for strength, for health, for joy unspeakable, for peace in the midst of several storms, for unmerited favor, for victory…for God’s uncountable blessings.

Thank God for housejob.

It’s a fulfillment of one of the scriptures God laid in my heart during my waiting season, last year:

And he has been faithful through it all.

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Cheers to a fantastic weekend,
:::requ1ne:::
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MARCH|| Favorite Things Tag.

I know I’ve been AWOL for the last few weeks.

Among other happenings, let me just say:

1. Housejob has been HARD!


2. Lokoja heat is really oppressive.

But I’m not here to whine.


Because for this job, I prayed

Also the scripture tells me that

โ€œThe LORD is my shepherd; I have EVERYTHING I need.โ€
Psalms 23:1 GNB

Emphasis on Everything.

God knows I have so many wants, but he so graciously meets my needs…every time.

Without further delay, let’s get into the TAG thingy:

1. EARLY MORNING|| Shower ๐Ÿšฟ or Bubble Bath ๐Ÿ›€ ?
Shower. I’d love one right now.

2. TEMPERATURE|| Sunshine ๐ŸŒž or Rain ๐ŸŒง?
Rain…minus thunder, lightning and flooding.

3. ON A CHILLY DAY|| Coffee โ˜•๏ธ or Tea โ˜•๏ธ?
Coffee…nothing beats the smell and taste of coffee. And no, I’m not an addict.

4. FOR FUN|| Book ๐Ÿ“– or Tv ๐Ÿ“บ?
Book…aka Bookworm.
Anywhere. On the couch. On the toilet seat. Under a tree. In the car.
Anytime. While Eating. While chatting.
Paperback or Ebook? Are you kidding me? Ebook ofcourse.

5. TRAVEL|| Road trip ๐Ÿš˜ or Flight โœˆ๏ธ ?
Flight…it’s an amazing feeling to be up in the clouds and over the ocean…plus there’s something about the flight meals, I just can’t resist them๐Ÿ˜‚

6. ACTIVITIES|| Indoor ๐Ÿก or Outdoorโ›ท?
Indoor…homebody in the morning, afternoon and night. If I had a choice, I’ll happily work from home.

7. FOOTWEAR|| Heels ๐Ÿ‘  or Flats ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ?
Flats…Excuse me, who heels epp ๐Ÿ˜??

8. MUSIC|| Rock n Roll ๐ŸŽง or Reggae ๐ŸŽค?
Reggae. Let’s just say I’m my Father’s daughter๐Ÿ˜‰

9. SHOPPING|| Malls ๐Ÿค or Open Stalls ๐Ÿ—ฝ?
Malls…I love to window shop and people-watch, and I dislike the typical Naija market stress and endless bargains, no strength biko. I don’t mind paying an extra penny for my convenience.

10. SWIMMING|| Pool ๐ŸŠ or Beach ๐Ÿ–?
Beach…all the way, baby. I love the freedom the beach offers and oh, those waves are delicious or something like that.

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So I’d have loved to tag a handful of people but I’ll keep it open to everyone who is interested. 
Gracias.

Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
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FEBRUARY|| P R I O R I T I E S

Hey Friends,

Welcome to F E B R U A R Y.

I know it’s been a couple of days already but…It’s better late than never. 

God is good!
I’m excited because this month is another opportunity for me to start AFRESH with God.
Because our God is a God of new beginnings.

“In the BEGINNING, God created….”

In him, all things are made NEW. Including broken dreams, failed relationships, missed opportunities, deteriorating health and more. 

And yes, I’ve seen all of the above happen in my own LIFE. 
Again thank God for F E B R U A R Y. 

Like a friend mentioned in her blogpost, January was a TRIAL month for a lot of us.

And in another friend’s words, 

“February is the new January.”

My prayer is that everyone reading this will have the faith and courage to start AFRESH with God this month. No matter how impressive or challenging the last month was. 

Because moving forward, we have NO EXCUSE but to do what God would have us do.

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One of the lessons God has reminded me of, in recent times is to learn to define my priorities.

My priorities determine my choices.
And each day that comes, I’m faced with lots of choices. 

Some are quite simple.

Like deciding what to wear to work in the morning, what to eat during the day or what time to go to bed at night.

Others are more complex.

For instance, I recently got another job offer (in the town where my family lives) and it was a tough decision to remain in my current workplace rather than move back home.

Some advantages I considered were:

– The new job offer is in a facility at least 4 times bigger than where I currently work, with hopefully better exposure and even post Housejob opportunities.
– I will have more proximity to my family and loved ones.
– I get to fellowship/serve in my home church, something I would really, really love to do.
– I get to spend less and save more, since I’ll be getting most of my upkeep as regards foodstuff and groceries from home.

A few well-meaning friends counseled me to accept the offer but I had to decline eventually, because I believe I’m here in this particular location for a reason, and I trust God enough to reveal that to me in due time.

Another important lesson I’ve learnt over time is that: 

Every choice has a CONSEQUENCE.

Here’s one Google definition of the word consequence:

– importance or relevance.


synonyms: importance, import, significance, account, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness.


In the long run,

My choices determine my destiny.



That’s definitely something to pause and think about.

If I don’t have the right priorities, I won’t make the right choices.

If I don’t make the right choices, I will face the consequences of my wrong choices.

Simple, right?

Here are some benefits of having clearly stated priorities:
1. To differentiate what is URGENT from what is IMPORTANT.
2. To conserve my physical, emotional, spiritual and mental energy.
3. To effectively manage my time.
4. To be proactive (rather than reactive) about life.
5. To focus on what I’ve been called to do rather than what others are doing.

In recent times God has also reminded me that to consistently make healthy choices, I need a Margin.

A MARGIN is defined as the difference between my LOAD and my LIMITS.

Truth is, we live in a BUSY world. There are lots of things calling for our attention from every direction. 

If we don’t put a margin to what we do on a daily basis, we would quickly exhaust the ENERGY (Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Emotional) that God has bestowed to us.

I CAN DO ALL THINGS, BUT I’M NOT CALLED TO DO EVERYTHING. 

Here are some of the things I believe God would have me do this year

1. Fruitful dieting: I’m not a big FAN of fruits. In the last couple of years, I’ve tried adding fruits to my meal plan but I’ve not been consistent. I’m highly selective (with apples, bananas and coconuts) and some days I’m not just in the mood to buy or eat any fruit. 

I’m hopeful that this year, my story will change for the better. 

2. Book Reviews: I’ve never reviewed a book before despite being an avid reader. I know it’s supposed to be simple but I keep asking myself if I can even try. No more excuses, this year (and hopefully before month end) I’m going for it. 

3. Ambidextrous challenge: Okay so this is a little funny. I know a couple of my colleagues who are left handed writers. Let’s just say I think it’s cool. Since I’m naturally right handed I decided to practice writing with my left hand too. So far, so good, I think I’m doing pretty well. 

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FEBRUARY Highlights:

๐Ÿ’กWORD- Ps 1:2

๐Ÿ’กWORSHIP

๐Ÿ’กCurrently Reading:

The book of PSALMS


– School of the Spirit (Roberts Liardon)


– The Purpose driven life (Rick Warren)


– Before You Say “I do” (Anonymous Monk)


– What I would do differently (Sam Adeyemi)


– Marriage Makeover (John & Lisa Bevere)

๐Ÿ’กADVENTURE:

 I’m thankful that my new posting is a bit more flexible. So I got to watch a really nice movie over the weekend. 

Maya the bee


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That’s all for now! 

Cheers to a great FEBRUARY.
:::requ1ne:::
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