A W E S O M E || AUGUST

 

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


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

#Family
#FamilyDinner

 

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

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

So moving on, I’ve tagged this month-

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

inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration or fear.

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

That said, Let’s roll!

  • WORSHIP SONG

More of you (SINACH)

  • SCRIPTURE FOR THE SEASON

Matthew 7:7-8 AMP

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

  • Reading

1. FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer):

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

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

2. UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine)

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

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

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

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

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

5. INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Peter F. Drucker)

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

6. THE BIBLE: The book of JEREMIAH


  • Still Learning

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

Estoy Contento!!!

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

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

  • Recently Completed

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

  • Summer Activities

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

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

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

Notebook, Phone pouch and Bracelet

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

Job Hunt:


The story of my life!!

  • Currently Loving

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

 

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

  • Random Everything

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Inspirations From Around The Web:

1. Pregnancy Lessons Lisa Bevere Taught Me

2. When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer

3. How To Stay Motivated To Keep Blogging

4. Respecting God’s boundaries

5. Make Vision Boards Work For You

6. For Your Husband

  • Special Announcement

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Have an AWESOME August, y’all!
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

HELLO JULY!!!

Hola!


Welcome to JULY.

What’s the rush though?

2017 is going really FAST *sniffs*

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

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

#FitFam Squad

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

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


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

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

Now let’s roll into the JULY VIBES!

1. Song on replay:

Love me too much (Travis Greene)

2. Scripture for the month:

Habakkuk 2:2-3

Picture Perfect Scripture!

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

3. Currently reading:

The four loves (C.S Lewis)

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

Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)

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

Unstoppable (Christine Caine)

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

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

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

The Bible: The book of 2 Kings

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

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

5. Just completed:

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

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

6. Recent Adventure:

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

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

7. New Muse

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


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

8. Inspiration from around the web:

i. Me, Myself and Lies 

ii. Stop Confusing Physical Attraction with Chemistry

iii. The Ministry of home-making 

iv. Eggshells

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

Thank you for reading, 

And have a Fabulous July!
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

DAY 6: HAVE YOU NOT READ?


A couple of years ago, I was that girl who would skim a few words from a book, use them as “quotable quotes” on social media and feel good about myself afterwards. I hardly completed any non-fiction book.

I was that lazy.

A lot of my friends and family members assumed I read a lot. If only they knew.
I remember while I was in the University, some kind friends who happened to care about my destiny more than I did back then, bought me great books, but I didn’t read more than the first few pages.

Such folly.

Worse still, I carelessly gave some of the books away.

Some of my colleagues were even kind enough to put a variety of ebooks on my laptop, but I mostly glanced through the titles and with time forgot those books existed.
I can imagine how transformed my life would have been by now, if only I’d diligently read those books.

Thankfully
in the last few years I’ve been able to develop a steady habit of reading books, across several genres, and a number of them have remarkably changed my life.

There are several reasons people read, here are five reasons why I love to read:

1. To broaden my knowledge

“A great book should leave you with many experiences.”- William Styron


2. To improve my vocabulary and comprehension skills



“Few activities are as delightful as learning new vocabulary.”- Tim Gunn

3. For my personal (spiritual, physical, mental, financial, social and emotional) development

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.”- Joseph Addison

4. To communicate better with people (via speaking and writing)

“Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood.”- John Green

5. To have fun.
Sometimes reading a book makes me sober and reflective. Other times I burst into laughter. Whatever the case, reading a good book definitely improves my mood.
Have you ever wondered the level of ignorance there would be in the world today, if no one bothered to read?

“HAVE YOU NOT READ?”

That was the question Jesus asked the Pharisees in Matthew 12:3-5 and again in Matthew 19:4.
Ignorance is indeed a disease, but reading is a life-saver because it produces knowledge which leads to action.

Although not everyone considers reading (especially non-academic literature) fun, but the benefits cannot be overemphasized.

“A person who won’t read has NO advantage over one who can’t read.” Mark Twain.

The beautiful thing is that Reading is cheap. Generally, books are more affordable than most clothing and gadgets. And with the rise of electronic devices, e-books are easily accessible still and many of them can be gotten for free.

Today, I’m thankful for all the books I’ve read and the many lessons I’ve picked from them. I’m also thankful for the authors that God inspired to write those books.

Here are my top five reads (over the years):

1. Why You Act The Way You Do (Tim LaHaye)
2. Attitude is Everything (Keith Harrell)
3. Marriage and Family life of a Christian (Watchman Nee)
4. The Four Loves (C.S. Lewis)
5. Awaken The Giant Within (Anthony Robbins)

My favorite book so far this year, is: FERVENT by Priscilla Shirer. The book is on strategic prayer and has deepened my understanding about some of the cunning approaches of the enemy and how to counteract them. It’s such a great read. 
Tbh, I’ve been thinking of doing some book reviews (or summaries) on this blog, but I’m yet to figure out how that would work.

I’m Currently Reading:

1. Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)

2. Unstoppable (Christine Caine)


3. PASSING IT ON (Myles Munroe)

4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Peter F. Drucker)

Books to read:

1
. The Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyan)
2. Make it stick (Peter C Brown)
3. The Art of the Start (Guy Kawasaki)
4. Living in the light- Money, Sex and Power (John Piper)
5. No idea (Greg Garelt)
6. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
7. Undaunted (Chistine Caine

8. The Applause of Heaven (Max Lucado)
9. Do It Afraid (Joyce Meyer)
10. THINK & GROW RICH (Napoleon Hill)
11. This Momentary Marriage (John Piper)
12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)
13. Cents & Sensibility (Scott and Betty Palmer)
14. Lean in (Sheryl Sandberg)
15. Madly in love with me (Christine Aryle)
16. I’ll have what she is habana (Bobbie Houston)
17. My Love Diaries (Itunu Taiwo)
18. The Power of Forgiveness (Joyce Meyer)
19. Wild Grace (Max Lucado)
20. So Good they can’t ignore you (Cal Newport)
21. Out of Control & Loving it (Lisa Bevere)
22. Unglued devotional (Lysa Terkeurst)

23. Found: God’s will (John MacArthur)
24. Love Me This Way (Ketsia Gustave)
25. Marriage Makeover (John and Lisa Bevere)
26. 101 Questions to Ask Yourself (Celestine Chua)
27. Without Rival (Lisa Bevere)
28. The Power of the Tongue (Kenneth Copeland)

So that’s my library at the moment. 


And I look forward to investing in more books in future.

Eventually, it’s not about the books we read but the lives we lead. 

It won’t matter how many books I’ve read but how many lessons I apply.

Kindly share with me the titles of  books that have imparted you as well, so that I can be on the lookout for them. ☺️

So what are you thankful for today?

Spanish Phrase For The Day:
Quiero comprar unas manzanas- I want to buy some bananas

:::requ1ne:::

ALLELUIA APRIL!!!

I’m so glad to be back and I know APRIL is halfway gone, but I’ll do my customary new month post anyway…I hope it’s been an adventurous ride for y’all.
I’m so glad to have crossed into the second quarter of the year. God in his faithfulness brought me through:

a Judicious January

a Fervent February

a Melodious March…

And now it’s an Alleluia April 💃💃💃


So Let somebody shout Alleluia!

Alleluia (also spelt Hallelujah) means “Praise Ye Jehovah”
The word PRAISE is synonymous with words like bless, celebrate, compliment, exalt, glorify, hail, hallow, honor, reverence, and worship among others.

And that’s what April is about. For the many victories in the past three months…my heart desire is for God’s praises to rise from the inside of me

An insight into what the month looks like for me:

❤️WORSHIP:

I rejoice in him (SINACH)

❤️WORD:

Jeremiah 17:7-8


❤️ WHAT I’M READING (plus a few lessons):

1. The book of John


So Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave this place and go to Judea, so that your followers will see the things that you are doing. No one hides what he is doing if he wants to be well known. Since you are doing these things, let the whole world know about you!” (Not even his brothers believed in him.) Jesus said to them, “The right time for me has not yet come. Any time is right for you. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I keep telling it that its ways are bad.
John 7:3-7 GNB

2. Unstoppable (Christine Caine)

In the divine relay, every believer is called to run, and the only spectators are those already in heaven’s grand stand.

3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Peter F. Drucker)

It is not enough for a need to be felt, it also must be understood. Without understanding a problem, we may never be able to find a lasting solution.


4. Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)

A lioness knows her beauty is revealed in her strength. It is captured in what her body can actually do, not merely how it looks. Her attractiveness is undeniable because her power is unquestionable.


5. Passing it on (Myles Munroe)

The only way you can share power is to be confident in yourself. You are unique, no one can steal you. So learn to give yourself away.

6. It’s not about Me (Max Lucado)

Players who seek their own glory at the sacrifice of the team’s glory drive the team away from success. So it is with life. The goal is not our own glory– David Robinson.

❤️STILL LEARNING:
Spanish and Igbo languages
❤️TO-DO-LIST:
Complete writing project- 26 Blessings and Counting!


❤️ANTICIPATING:

Ify’s Weddingall roads lead to Nnewi 28/29th of this Month…and yes to Aso Ebi things🙌😄

GLORY!!!

 
– My MDCN Induction Ceremony

Finally, yours sincerely gets to practice this Medicine thing😅🤓

#LicensedToPractice
– Other Goals for 2017

Hello vision board
❤️THANKFUL FOR:

Ty and Lord B’s visit, for the awesome gifts I received from the abroad😉



and also the very crunchy, yummy, kilishi, all the way from KD.

Family.Fun.Freetime



​Our belated Easter outing was yesterday, and we saw the movie OMUGWO…believe me,  it was worth every penny we paid😉


❤️CURRENT TRENDS

1. bookzz.org: An e-library of over a million free books of several genres. Well, for the periods I was indisposed, and unable to blog, I must have consumed at least half a dozen of Agatha Christie’s books. She writes great detective stories.

2. Flo app (for ladies): provides a smart and simple way to track your cycle by making accurate and reliable predictions of your menstruation and ovulation.
Available for free on Android and Apple devices.

3.  Musixmatch: an app which projects lyrics of songs played on your device directly onto the screen, so you can sing along.
Also available for free on Android and Apple devices.

So that’s it for now folks…

Wishing you all a lovely rest of the month,

And don’t stop Praising God.

:::requ1ne:::

SEPTEMBER…

Hello Folks.
Welcome to September.

I don’t know about you guys but if you ask me, I think year 2016 deserves an award for its exceptional speed which in my humble opinion, is comparable only to that of…


Usain Bolt…haha😅

Pls where did January-August fly to? 🙄

Anyway, I’m thankful to God for life. Although the year is closing in, there are still many opportunities to learn, grow and achieve. And for that I’m also thankful. 
So here’s what’s up for the month:
Because I’m still in the transition phase between Medical School and “Real Life”, there’s a lot of believing to be done, so I’m keying into:

1. This SCRIPTURE 1 Cor 2:9

2. And this SONG- In Jesus’ name. 

3. I’m currently READING:

I. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN (Anthony Robbins): This book is…I can’t even drop it, until I finish it. Tbh, it’s one of the most bulky books I’ve read in my life, content-wise. I recently learnt about writing a list of my top-most values (in order of priority) and I came up with this:

Then I told myself “No wonder you’re like this…” As nice as the list looks from a distance, on closer inspection, I really need to do better…the issue of COMFORT as the first priority can be a stumbling block if I’m to make a difference in the future.

II. TROPHY CHILD (Ted Cummingham): it’s an insightful book recommended for Parents and Parents-to-be…it’s never too EARLY/LATE to learn that having a “child-centered” home does more harm than good eventually. Biblically, a good marriage is primarily about the husband and wife, and then the Children (Genesis 2:24).

I recently completed: 

III. WHEN GOD WRITES YOUR LOVE STORY (Eric & Leslie Ludy) and the book was: 

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

Here are some of the highlights for me:

  • “If God is preparing you to make an impact on this world for his kingdom, chances are he will take you through a period of loneliness.” It’s a hard pill to swallow.
  • “If you don’t allow God to give you a strong backbone and prepare you to stand apart from the crowd, you are prone to compromise.” Noted.
  • Don’t despise loneliness. Instead allow it to chase you into the ready arms of your king. If you turn to him instead of trying to fill the void with other things, you will find that he is ready to meet your every need.” 
  • “Every day you are single can be a chance to love your future spouse by preparing for your life together. Don’t waste this season, but let God help you cultivate every opportunity to become the man or woman they are dreaming of.” Hmmmn…
  • “Family is our rehearsal for relationships.” Haha…this one got me.😂
  • “Guys the way you treat your mom, is how you will treat your wives.” Ditto ladies.
  • “Godly teammates provide an outside perspective to a relationship.” Get older, wiser and experienced mentors for Accountability before/during your relationship

I just started:

IV. US (Daniel L. Tocchini): At a glance it’s a book against “the spirit of selfishness” in Marriage and I hope to gain lots of insight from it.
You can read about the variety of books in my library here

4. I’m still studying the BOOK OF PROVERBS with the help of Matthew Henry’s Commentary and I’m loving it.

5. PROJECTS:

I’m presently working on two writing projects:

I. SOJOURN IN SVG: This will be featured on the blog (later this year or early next year, by God’s grace). It’s a MEMOIR that depicts what it’s like to leave one’s home-country and live in a foreign land.

II. TWO MINUTES: This is a fictional piece that I hope to submit for an International Essay Writing Contest. It’s my second attempt at working on something SO BIG, and the 2000-word target is a little overwhelming. I’m taking it one step at a time, and we’ll see how it goes. 

6. Late ANNOUNCEMENT: I got MY FEGGO DIARIES (Prologue) published on Okadabooks.com last month, and I hope I can get the rest of the book published by December. You still have access to MY FEGGO DIARIES on the blog, pending its publication. Please if you have the Okadabooks app, you can download and read the book for FREE. 

7. ADVENTURES: Guess who visited the SVG PM’s official residence last weekend? Yours’ sincerely. Thanks to the Church who organized the event…it was FUN. And here are a few pictures:




And who knows what other adventure this month will bring?

8. NIGERIA is on my mind. It’s been 2 years and 4 months since I last visited my home-country. And while I won’t necessarily say I’m homesick, I must say I’m looking forward to returning home SOON…and I hope it will be as exciting as I’ve envisaged it.

Ibadan, Nigeria. (Photocredit: Nairaland)
9. I need practical suggestions about the art of MEDITATION. I’ve tried it a couple of times but I’ve not been consistent. I used the app SmilingMind and recently HeadSpace but the outcome has been less than desired. Any ideas please?

That’s all for now.

First Sunday in September, representing Naija!

I hope you all have an exciting SEPTEMBER. 
Thank you for reading,

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My Favorite Things (Part 2/10)- BOOKS!


I’m a big fan of books. That’s even an understatement. I think reading is my absolutely best hobby. 

This meme nicely summarizes my reading habit.

Aside Academic, Political or Business literature, I can literally read anything for 3-4 hours at a stretch…no kidding.
I began to develop a voracious appetite for more deliberate reading since last year and I can confidently state that I’ve read close to 20 books this year with over a dozen still sitting in my library at the moment. Some of the books are quite easy to read while others are a bit bulky, but I’m intrigued by the mystery in every page and drawn by the suspense in the next. 

What more the books I read not only shape my thoughts, but also my words and actions. I soak in every new thing I learn and constantly improve my attitude and perspective about life.

MY DREAM LIBRARY (Photo-credit: WEB)

For some time now I’ve been reading only e-books since they are more readily available and of course not as expensive as paperbacks. 
Here are the books I’m Currently reading and some life-changing thoughts I’ve gleaned from them:
1. Awaken the Giant within (Anthony Robbins)

“If you’re curious, nothing is a chore.”

“Choosing to be flexible, is choosing to be happy.”

“The secret to living, is giving.”

“If you have a big enough why, you’ll get the necessary how.”

2. When God writes your love story (Eric & Leslie Ludy)

“Temporary flings equal permanent damage.”

“A woman needs…someone who cares about her well-being, to understand what she is going through and recognize the validity of her feelings…”

“A man needs someone to accept him just the way he is…someone to trust him and depend on him for what he can provide…someone who admires him for what he has done or tried to do…”

3. Meet Mrs Smith (Anna Smith)

“Praise only becomes important when we speak it.”

“No problem is too big for God. If it is, we need to make God bigger, and watch the problem shrink.”

“Faith is there for both the good and bad times…faith is not faith until it is tested.”

“Attitudes are the beginning of values. A positive attitude is like flossing the teeth, it is not essential but it makes a lot of difference.”

And here are my to-read book collections:

1. No idea (Greg Garret)


2. Passport through Darkness (Kimberly L. Smith)


3. Be Satisfied (Warren W. Wiersbe)


4. Anxious for Nothing (John MacArthur)


5. Glittering Promises (Lisa T. Bergren)


6. Found: God’s will (John MacArthur)


7. The Stone of Destiny (Jim Ware)


8: Trophy Child (Ted Cunningham)


9. The Complete Book of Questions (Garry Poole)


10. Without Rival* (Lisa Bevere)


11. A winter in Lagos (Saratu Abiola)


12. The Monkey House (Tade Thompson)


13. Hope (Seun Odukoya)


*I downloaded the first 2 chapters for free.

How I usually get my books:

1. free-ebooks.net: I’ve subscribed to this site for over 5 years now and I have access to at least 5 books each month (all PDF copies). I enjoy reading Thriller and Mystery novels. I like Stewart Giles‘ work especially on the DS Smith seriesThankfully I decided to stop reading Erotic/Romance novels as a teenager and God has helped me to stay away till date. I sure don’t need the graphic details such books portray because I need a healthy mind space to function optimally. 

2. Christianbook.com


I download most of my books with the CBDReader app (available on App/Google Play Stores) as weekly recommendations from David C Cook books, for free.

3. Okadabooks app 


For lovers of Nigerian authors (renowned and upcoming), this is a good place to get their books. There are dozens of free books and the paid ones are very affordable. You can download the app for free on Google Play Store.
4. Audiobooks app 


I recently discovered Audiobooks, a free app on App Store. with hundreds of audiobooks to listen to (both for free and with subscription). I’ve been listening to The Adventures of Joel Pepper (Margaret Sidney) and it’s such a lovely story.

5. PDF downloads 

So I’ve gotten a good number of books straight from the Internet at no cost. You just have to type the title and author of a book you’re interested in. (PS: The availability of such books for free largely depends on the copyright laws from the authors/publishers). 

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And of course I like reading great content from different blogs. And I’ve mentioned some of my favorites here.

I can so relate to this sentiment…haha.

That’s it folks.

If you have read any of my book collections or you know a great site where I can get more amazing books for free *winks*, kindly drop a comment..😉😊

Thank you for reading! 

:::requ1ne:::