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. ๐Ÿ™Œ

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 (sadly๐Ÿ˜ž), 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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A DAY IN THE LIFE || A NAIJA DOCTOR’S DIARY


*How my day started*

4:52 a.m. It’s too early, please go back to sleep.

5:17 a.m. No baby, still too early…go back to sleep. 

5:23 a.m. Sighs. Okay…you can get up now. Na work dey rush you. 

5:30 a.m. I’m already in the bathroom when my alarm rings.

After having my bath, I put some food on the gas cooker, then went back to bed to have my quiet time.

I had a quick breakfast of cereal (which will keep me till noon at least)

I also took an antibiotic thanks to a recurrent ear infection I’m battling with.


Then I packed some lunch because no satan is tempting me with stupid hunger at work today.



Finally stepped out of the house around 7:20 a.m. as I’m doing the 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. shift today.

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7:35 a.m My pre-work glow.
Getting a few minutes of me-time.


8:15 a.m. Work has officially started but I’m yet to see my first patient which is very unusual

The first patient I saw was a toddler who had some episodes of vomiting and loose stool, and managed a case of enterocolitis with antibiotics and oral rehydration solution. 

The second patient was a newly diagnosed hypertensive who I spent a considerable amount of time counseling. 

*4 hours later*

12:25 pm It’s LUNCH TIME…yay!!!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ


1:45 p.m. After attending to a new admission on the ward, my energy level is like 30% . I don’t know where all the food I ate went o. Sighs.

2:00 pm Phew! Just saw my 12th patient for the day.

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So I was called to see a patient in the Emergency room.

A little girl had a laceration inside her upper lip following a traumatic fall, thankfully the blood loss was minimal and her vitals were stable.


After cleaning out the area, I infiltrated with Xylocaine solution then sutured using vicryl 2.0.  

Though my surgical skills are pretty basic, I did a good job anyway. 



5:50 pm

I just finished reviewing a pregnant woman on the labor ward who is being induced. Every bone in my body feels tired. 

6:00 p.m.

Finally, my shift is over and I can officially take my leave. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

My extremely tired after-work look.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

So here’s a list of all the cases I managed today:



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Thank you for reading. Did you enjoy this blog?

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MAY|| Bounce Back + Life Lately.

Hey there, 

It feels like ages since I last visited this space. 

Like Nigerians would say, a lot of water has passed under the bridge.

The bridge, which in this context is my life. 

So much has happened (the good, the bad and the very ugly..๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช) but the Lord remains good. 

He has never and will never fail.

So where do I start from?

||WORK

Practicing as a medical doctor can be super exhausting.

I thought being a House officer was hard, but the M.O life is NOT beans either. 

I literally work my butts off for every kobo I earn. 

Las, las, Adulting itself na scam, but we will all be alright. 

Still I’m super thankful that I have a job…cos we don’t complain, we give thanks. ๐Ÿ™Œ

||CURRENTLY LOVING 

Maybe I came a little late to the party, but in the last few weeks I’ve found myself binge-watching a number of VLOGS majorly by Nigerian YouTubers (Home and Abroad)…and most have super interesting content. 

My favorites include:

Let’s just say I found myself a new hobby๐Ÿ˜€


||HEALTH CHALLENGES

Satan is such a Sadist though. 

And a big liar too.

Yours truly seems to have taken more medications in the last few months than I have taken in an entire year of my life.

It has not been a funny experience, because almost every week there’s one ailment or the other to address.

I don’t know if it has to do with my work environment, stress level, immunity or poor dietary/lifestyle choices, but my health (both physical/mental) has taken a downward spiral lately and that is giving me serious concern. 

Please, pray for a sister. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ


||WEDDING FEVER๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Well…I have finally arrived at that phase of my life, where the idea of planning for a wedding doesn’t seem so ridiculous anymore.

I’ve been checking out Asoebi colors/combo, prewedding shoot scenes, wedding gown styles and researching a bit about wedding planning budget. 

Now don’t get too excited.
There’s no wedding date or anything yet. 

It’s still all in my head but it may be sooner than you expect…hehe.


||2019 GOALS

Let me just say, IT IS WELL.

And this is more than a clichรฉ, it is REALLY well.

I started 2019 with the mindset of smashing my goals, Left, Right…and Centre.

Now it seems to be the other way round.

Some of my major goals seem to be mocking me right now. 

Like attaining the FitFamLife.

How hard can it be to make fresh fruit smoothies once a week?

It is really well with my soul.

God reminded me of the word he gave me at the beginning of the year:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.โ€

โ€ญโ€ญPsalmsโ€ฌ โ€ญ37:5โ€ฌ โ€ญKJVโ€ฌโ€ฌ

http://bible.us/1/psa.37.4-5.kjv

So help me God.

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Now that you’re upto date with my life, what have you been up to lately?

Please share.

Thank you for reading.

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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!

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PS:

I have some Goodnews.

The Requine’s Journal is a spiral bound, hardcover, weekly-input journal, designed to help you take stock of your experiences and keep you accountable as you accomplish your goals this year. 

A copy goes for just N2000*. 

Available in Nigeria ONLY, for now

If you’re interested, please send a direct message to lolade1512@gmail.com

*Shipping fees may apply.


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!
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