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!
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.”
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).
– 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:
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:
- 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.
(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…
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Have an AWESOME August, y’all!