50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 4)

You can read the previous part here

31. Play Stimulating Games

It’s amazing how overcoming small challenges, even virtual ones, can motivate us to face real life situations. 
In a particular semester in medical school, I became almost addicted to “Candy Crush” and jokingly told myself that if I could beat a certain level in the game, no subject was too difficult for me to handle. Amazingly, I went on to have some of my best results that semester. 
Thankfully, there are a variety of medical games that not only help students to unwind, but also improve medical knowledge remarkably. 

Recommended:
ClinicalSense
Prognosis

It’s also possible for you and your friends, to make up random games on the go, for instance, naming medical conditions that start with letter A or try to play Scrabble with the medical dictionary as a guide or have an Anatomy Challenge, where you only speak in anatomically terms for a whole day. I can bet it’ll be fun.

32. Stay Focused

No matter what happens around you, don’t lose your primary focus for being in medical school- LEARNING! 

It is easy to get distracted by other things, social media for instance, but most of these distractions are avoidable. 

The rule of thumb is, if something can wait, let it wait. It takes a lot of discipline to achieve that, but soon it becomes a habit.

Distractions are like leaking holes in a pipe, too many of them will jeopardize your journey in the long run; so you must be wary. 

It’s important to remind yourself each day about your Priorities/Goals and a good way to achieve that is to create a personalized Vision Board.





Recommended
: Making Vision Boards Work For You  (Terri Savelle Foy)

Also Read: How to avoid distractions in College

33. Ask questions:
Nothing is more powerful as a tool of for learning, than asking questions.”- Myles Munroe.

Asking questions, especially from those who have gone ahead, provides you with more opportunities to learn even outside the classroom. The wells of experience from senior colleagues will not only equip you with the courage to face some of your worst fears but also the wisdom to avoid some costly mistakes.

There are enough answers if only you ask the right questions – REQUINE.

So quit trying to figure out everything on your own. Just ask away!

34. Aim for excellent grades:

While getting good grades isn’t all there is to medical school, it certainly helps to boost your morale when you find out that you got an A in the Genetics exam, or your name was on the dean’s list four semesters in a row with a scholarship to complete your studies. 

Getting an AWARD for your hardwork definitely motivates you to do more! 

35. Enjoy the Learning process:

Remember how eager you were to know the alphabets and engage in other learning activities as a pre-school toddler?

Like most kids that age, learning was fun. Unfortunately, many students lose that excitement as they get older. If all you think of is how to graduate from medical school, you won’t get the best out of it. 

To have a fulfilling career, you need to cultivate the habit of enjoying the learning process. Doctors are life-long learners! 

Be an active learner by applying something you’re taught in your interactions/activities each day. Let your knowledge be an investment into the future, generations will thank you for it. 

Also Read: 7 Strategies For Studying In Medical School

36. Think Medicine, Think Prestige: 

We all know that Medicine as a career, is both prestigious and lucrative. Here’s what one medical doctor says, “The associated prestige from non-medics was pretty cool that I didn’t wanna lose that.” 

Perhaps among your childhood friends/immediate family, you’re the first to get into med school. Think of all those looking upto you and how much value you will add to the society.  

37. Believe you can make a difference:

Have you ever asked yourself if you can make any real difference in the field of Medicine? The truth is, you can. 

Think of the hundreds/thousands of patients (and their relatives) that’ll come your way in the course of your career, and if you’re more inclined to research, imagine the groundbreaking discoveries you can make in Medicine. Also think of how you can inspire the next generation positively whether in the classroom or on the ward. 

38. Financial Sacrifices And Future Renumeration: 

Think of medical school as an investment. Most people put in lots of money whether through student loans, scholarships, personal savings or family support into financing their medical education. In most countries, medical education is more expensive than the average college degree, so you don’t want all the money spent to be a waste. The good thing though is that you are likely going to be overcompensated for every penny you put in. 

39. Don’t Quit:

Dropping out of medical school, means you’re going to start all over, whatever else you choose to do.” says one Doctor.  While quitting isn’t always a negative thing to do, the thought of losing all the time/energy you put into medical school can be really frustrating. So why not take the bull by the horns and keep at it?

40. Take it one step at a time:
One of my top secrets of passing through medical school with minimal emotional breakdown was learning to take each moment/challenge one step after the other. Before I knew it I was counting the Months/Weeks/Days to my finals. There were lots of giants to slay along the way, tests, exams and more, but knowing that one step in the right direction will take me closer to my goal, I was motivated me to keep moving. In the end, the journey was so worth it!

More tips to stay motivated through med school? Please share.

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::

50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 3)

You can read the previous parts here and here.

21. Don’t lose your Passion: Passion is more than a feeling, it is a series of decisions that drive you towards your goal. When you’re passionate about something, you just don’t do it because you have to, you do it because you WANT to.


Not everyone has the bravery or opportunity to embrace their passion; in order to survive, most people prefer to be practical rather than passionate. (Singyin Lee). The difference however is always clear between a passionate doctor and an ordinary one.

Read more on10 Things You Should Know About Passion (And How To Find Yours)

22. Set Priorities and Rewards: 
“This is a very practical one for me, I set priorities for school work during the semester, and plan ahead for the holidays. I try to focus and do well during school and tell myself I’ve got the whole vacation as a reward for my hard work.” says Tinu, a medical student.

24. Faith in God: 

The place of faith in the medical school journey cannot be overemphasized. Like all of life’s challenges it is accompanied by risks and fears, but when you see medicine as more than a career path but a call to God’s purpose, you have the confidence that no matter what, the outcome will be victorious.

With God, ALL things (including your dream of becoming a medical doctor) are possible!*

25. Set simple goals and achieve them:
Setting goals no matter how simple they are, sets you apart as an individual. It will show in your commitment, perseverance and diligence towards a given cause. For starters, it can be as simple as- getting a better grade in the next Anatomy exam.

26. Be your greatest cheerleader: 

Everyday, get up and look into the mirror. Tell yourself where you see yourself in a few years. Encourage yourself when there’s no one else to turn to. Celebrate small victories. A pat on your shoulders, a reassuring smile and a toast after a good exam, all add up eventually.



27. Learn to unwind:

Over the years, medical students across the globe have learnt healthy ways to cope with the challenges of medical school. Sports, Entertainment and Religious activities are a few. The key is to discover the things that give you joy and do them.

Read: 5 tips to reduce stress in medical school 

28. Volunteer to teach others: 

As medical students, it’s important not just to learn but also to teach others what has been learnt. That way, you are not only helping others to know what they don’t know, you are also helping yourself to remember what you already know.

A good way to do this, is to join a tutorial group where you can offer to teach your junior colleagues (or even classmates) a subject you’re pretty good at.

29. Seek help when you need it:

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at some point despite your best efforts at staying motivated. Times like that require that you seek help, whether from your academic adviser, professional counselor or a spiritual mentor, depending on your need(s). There are also countless self-help materials out there that you may find useful.

30. You’re not alone:

Think of all your senior colleagues and even lecturers who have been up that road and how they scaled through. The truth is, most of them probably had times of self doubts and frustrating grades too. So let their success stories inspire you.

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

*Matthew 19:26 (Paraphrased)

DAY 25: EXCITED!!!

Welcome back.


First, let me apologize for all the missed days of this blog challenge.

Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, this is the most challenging blog challenge I’ve undertaken in my 3 years of blogging. 

I can’t even begin to list all the issues that came up along the line, but God is FAITHFUL. 

You can tell I’m pretty excited tonight (err, actually it’s morning already). God has made one of MAJOR my goals for this year attainable. 

Here’s a snippet: 


And just in a little while, you all can have access to it. 


He sure makes dreams come true!!!

I’ve been working on this project for over 5 months and at some point I was like “who send me job?”

Writing no be beans o. Especially when you try to go all professional with honest reviews et al.

Again, God is FAITHFUL.

Today I’m thankful for MY FEGGO DIARIES, which is now READY and will be released SOON!!!!!

Like, I can already taste it…hahaha. God is great. 

See ehn, at one time, I didn’t even see myself as someone that could write a book talk less of publishing one. (Permit my Nigerian English😎🤓).

I’m grateful for everyone that encouraged and those that took part in this labor with me. My very good friend, Obinna, you’re such a blessing. My God will reward you fully.

All I can say is, IMELA.


Spanish phrase for the day:

Gracias Dio: Thank God.

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Stay fervent,

:::requ1ne:::

DAY 13: TGIM!!!

Welcome back,
It’s the start of another working week.

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And I hope you’re EXCITED.

For a lot of people, Mondays are dreaded…it marks the beginning of another stressful week.


Most folks are like, “can I have an extra day to just chill, please?”



Haha
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To be honest, I get that feeling sometimes too.

But today I’m thankful for Mondays and for every day I get to make a difference.

Because what I do matters and sometimes I forget that.

It’s easy to feel pretty overwhelmed by the sheer pressure and stress of work that I’m not mindful about how I’m making the world a better place.

Medicine to me, is more than a Profession,
It’s a Passion to see people live whole, mentally, socially and physically.

The Hippocratic Oath

For me having a medical degree is a Privilege I do not take for granted, and it’s humbling when patients listen to me as I share my medical knowledge with them.

I know I’m no genius, I’m who I am by God’s grace. 

Ultimately, it is God who heals.

I’m especially grateful because what was once a dream, is today a reality.

God brought me from here,

That tiny girl with a timid face
To this point…

The confident doctor with a cute smile


He makes dreams come through. 


I may not always feel like it but I’m committed to not just the Hippocratic oath but God’s word:

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV

I’ve been given a trust and I must prove faithful. So help me God.

Again, thank God for Mondays.

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In whatever job you do, don’t just leave with a paycheck, leave a legacy.

  • Be Passionate
  • Be Proactive 
  • Be Productive 


For you trusting God for that dream-job or the next phase of your career, don’t stop believing, don’t stop persevering…

And if you already have that dream job, remember you’re there to make a difference. 

So keep your dreams alive, the world needs it.

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What are you thankful for today?

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Know anyone interested in studying medicine at an affordable price?

What’s more, they can get help in securing a scholarship. 

For details visit: www.studymedcaribbean.com 



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Stay fervent,
:::requ1ne:::

7 LESSONS FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL

Hi Everyone,

I have decided to share with you the top 7 lessons I picked from my journey through med school. The lessons are not just specific for medical students though, anyone can apply them to any phase of life they are in.

1. DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT.

Have you ever asked yourself “what do I want out of medical school?”

It’s not enough to have the desire to become a doctor. You have to know why.

For some, it’s the admiration for famous Doctors like Ben Carson, and for others it’s the motivation to contribute to the cause of humanity e.g. finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Whether your purpose for deciding to become a doctor is simply PASSION or PRESTIGE, or a combination of both, take some time to reflect upon it, and know if your goal is worth the effort. Trust me, you’ll need this at some point in your journey. 

2. DISCOVER YOURSELF.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? Are you a morning or a night person? What motivates you? What distracts you? These are questions you have to answer. Self discovery is one of the most reliable tools for success. As important as it is to learn from people’s experiences, there isn’t much room for trial and error in med school. So discover what works for you early and go for it.  


3. GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.

No student should be an island. The med school curriculum can be tough. It’s ok if you don’t understand a particular concept in Biochemistry or you find it difficult to set an IV line. You’re not alone. 

That’s why you have your colleagues and seniors. Most of them are ready to help you because they were likely in your shoes at some point too. 

Ask until you understand the what, why and how of your question.

You’re in school to learn and that’s exactly what you should be doing at every opportunity you find. 

Ignorance is sometimes pardonable but arrogance is not. Don’t allow your ego to rob you of your dream.

4. ENJOY THE LIFE OUTSIDE THE BOOKS.


My Biochemistry Lecturer quoted this phrase almost after every Friday class. The point is Med school can be all-consuming and is very time-demanding, but it’s still the most flexible period you’ll get, compared to other phases in your medical career i.e. Internship and Residency.  

Be careful not to trade what’s IMPORTANT to you, for what is URGENT.

Don’t miss out on ALL other interests because of medical school, you may never have some opportunities again.  

The key is BALANCE. 

5. RUN IN YOUR OWN LANE.

In med school, you’ll meet some high-flying students. Since it’s typically a gathering of the best among the rest, be careful that you don’t get intimidated by other people’s accomplishments. Whether in the classroom or on the ward, there will likely be students that perform better than you. The key is to focus on your journey and not theirs. You are not sure of their destination. 

6. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF.

Success is a PERSONAL affair but self-criticism paralyses. 

That you’re not seeing results doesn’t mean you’re not putting in efforts, maybe you just need more time than others to get it right. Patience is the key to facing the challenges you will encounter. 

One of the factors that motivated me during med school was seeing myself doing things I had challenges with initially. I’ve learnt how to be patient with myself over time as I learn new things.

7. YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR GRADES. 

This is so IMPORTANT. Unless you’ve got the genius gene, chances are you’ll face some discouraging bumps in your grades, despite your best efforts sometimes. Don’t let that stop you from reaching the goal. I had some really depressing scores a couple of times, but I had to keep going by faith.

 Failure is just a bend, it is not the end of the road. Keep moving!

One of my favorite mantras was: “WITH GOD, MEDICAL SCHOOL IS DOABLE.”
And Glory to God, I conquered it.


I hope these tips help.

Thank you for reading!

:::requ1ne:::

THE HEENSPIRE STORY- Meet the Founder & CMO of HEENSPIRE Foods Company, Badejoko Adewale.

Hello people, so I had the opportunity to do this interview article for one of my great friends on social media, who inspires me a lot. He’s a young and passionate Christian, with a dynamic personality. He is also a budding entrepreneur who started a Food Company in Nigeria, last year.


In this interview he talks briefly about himself, why he decided to venture into starting a food company, and the kind of products the company offers. 

My questions are in BOLD letters while his answers have been italicized.

Enjoy reading! 

“Growing up, I nursed the secret ambition of finding cure for HIV/AIDS, quite lofty a dream for a child you’d agree, and I had it written and plastered at the back of my room’s door. Funny, none of my family member suffered from the disease, I just felt I could really be useful doing something truly great and remarkable for humanity. Well, that dream led me straight to medical school, but I guess it wasn’t strong enough to keep me there.”

1. How would you describe your amazing self? What was your favorite childhood dream of who you wanted to be in the future? 

Adewale: I’m a god-loving young man, note I didn’t say god-fearing, and if there’s anything I’m eager to tell anyone about me it would be that singular fact. I have a wide wild taste to things and as such I don’t have “favorites”. Too bad! No favorite food, color, movie, bible verse, cloths e.t.c. none, although I have some pretty high standards I must say. My philosophy to life is simple: what would Jesus do. So basically it’s the only question I ask myself in any situation. Lately I get to be called an “entrepreneur”a lot, but if there’s anything I’d rather be known by, it would be that guy that believes even the best can be made better, so I guess that makes me an entrepreneur right? *laughs* Growing up, I nursed the secret ambition of finding cure for HIV/AIDS, quite lofty a dream for a child you’d agree, and I had it written and plastered at the back of my room’s door. Funny, none of my family member suffered from the disease, I just felt I could really be useful doing something truly great and remarkable for humanity. Well, that dream led me straight to medical school, but I guess it wasn’t strong enough to keep me there.

 

2. Can you tell us a bit about Heenspire foods and what brought about the idea?

 

Adewale: After graduation, I had branched out into business and was consulting for some clients. I was required to take some trips around the country and it was perhaps on these many trips that I got an understanding to a common problem in Nigeria’s food/agriculture sector, but on one of those trips, to Lagos precisely, the light bulb moment came. The problem identified is that of wastage across our food chain which ubiquitously has its effects even on our health. Nigerian’s don’t get to enjoy enough good food at affordable prices because the bulk of the produce gets wasted even before its arrival to the local market. At the local market, the food becomes ridiculously expensive because everyone along the food chain (the farmer, the drivers, the traders and the many unseen market forces), tries to make profits from the small bits remaining. The customer at the table end now bears the brunt and since she has to eat, she has little choice. Realizing a solution is expedient, I sought simple ways to improve accessibility and affordability of agricultural produce and that gave rise to Heenspire Foods®. So Heenspire Foods at its core turns agricultural produce that could have gone to waste into healthy food products offering them at affordable price.

 

3. I know you studied Human Physiology as a discipline, how did you get from there to where you are now? 

 

Adewale: “All things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose.” About and upon the time of completion of my undergraduate studies, I’d became interested in entrepreneurship; it was a concept so nascent and burgeoning in Nigeria at the time. The sparks came as a result of so many things; my parent owned some side-business and a course I took as an undergraduate also spirited it. After school I started reading, voraciously I must confess, about business and entrepreneurship, it became so natural to me that I could care less about the hours I spent studying. Entrepreneurship became so scientific and every bit artistic, that I could explain with the finest of human words its beauty, after a while I took the bold step to practice some of the things I’d learnt. Trust me; reading isn’t nearly as fun as doing. Interestingly, physiology gave me my first business opportunity and we haven’t looked back ever since.

 

4. What kind of products does your company offer? And how do you reach your customers?

 

Adewale: Currently we produce some variance of healthy snack on a budget. These are 100% organic fruit mixes, neatly crafted and delivered fresh to our customers. Our products are doses of vitamins and nutrients on the go, and are unbelievably affordable! The inspiration was simply to provide the Nigerian worker a daily serving of nutrients, pure and organic, even as they go about to achieve greatness for themselves. Customers could either subscribe to any of our fruity plans and get the products delivered to their office or simply locate our On-The-Go sales representatives to make instant purchase.


 

 

5. In a population as large and diverse as Nigeria, who are your target customers? And how affordable are your products?

 

Adewale: Our current offerings are targeted towards the Nigerian working class and young adults resident in major cities, lacking access to healthy organic food products. Our vision on the long run is to have healthy product offerings for every Nigerian, both young and old; we believe that every human being irrespective of social class deserves access to good food that promotes growth and development. The issue of food products being affordable is quite dear to me; it was a key reason why I started Heenspire Foods®. Come to think of it, where in this present Nigeria will you be able to buy 6 different types of fruits with 150 naira? But with the vision we’ve got, our customers get to enjoy the taste and nutrients of these fruits and that’s not all, customers who purchase any of our fruity subscriptions get to have their product delivered to their offices at no extra charge.

 

6. What is your biggest secret in succeeding as a newbie entrepreneur? And what are some of the obstacles you have faced?

 

Adewale: Quite frankly, success in business isn’t a function of one thing, it’s a combination of numerous efforts, efforts including marketing, product development, effective distribution channels, customer relations, personnel management, branding, sales and so many more, but for me, the total package I’ve found is in Jesus, He’s my biggest open secret. There’s a theory I’m currently developing, it’s called “Hustlebility”, it’s the degree of an entrepreneur’s resolution to make anything happen; anything is possible depending on the entrepreneur’s hustle ability to make his vision come alive. Of course I read a lot, I’m never averse to learning, it’s my way of maintaining my youthfulness and staying ahead of the curve. As for obstacles, they are quite abounding especially for a startup in this present economy, one that could be termed critical would be the sustainability of my supply chain. I have to think about where the raw materials are coming from, who’s growing them so I could be able to guarantee quality at the table’s end.

 

7. Who are your influences? And is there one person in particular that inspires you the most?

 

Adewale: I’m not the type of person given to role modelling, I believe in the peculiarity of the individual, nonetheless I’ve learnt (and still learning) a lot from different persons at different times, not necessarily just entrepreneurs, and I’ve found ways to cross-pollinate those lessons into business. Peter Drucker, Brian Tracy, Daymond John, Al Ries, Ayorinde Olukunle, Philip Kotler, and Adeniyi Oluwaseun, who by the way is my partner-in-entrepreneurship, are some of the many persons that have been helpful along my entrepreneurial journey.

 

 

8. With your background in health sciences, are there any health benefits to the products your company offers?

 

Adewale: When it comes to food, its all about health and wellness, other reasons are secondary. What’s the point of an unhealthy food? If it’s not healthy we don’t produce it, it’s a policy we abide by. All our products have health benefits and we don’t just stop at the level of serving these products alone, we go the extra mile to educate customers too. We have a nutrition education program and we use this platform to properly educate consumers about their health and the nutrition benefits of the food they eat, and the feedback has been tremendously great. We are making the consumers health conscious, to care about the source of their food. It’s a healthy food revolution we are inspiring.


 

9. What are some of the challenges currently facing the food industry in Nigeria? And what are the strategies you think should be put in place?

Adewale: All the way from farm to table there are numerous challenges. For one, we haven’t found effective ways to make fruits and agric produce available all year round, the adverse effect is that food produce become expensive when they are off season. There’s the challenge of distribution, there’s also the challenge of standards, visit the local market and you’ll cry to see how food are treated, it’s a show of disrespect for consumers. There’s the challenge of wastage. Our foods haven’t evolved enough to meet today’s nutritional needs. There’s the challenge of preference for foreign food products over those produced locally. So you see the challenges are numerous, and since they didn’t start overnight you don’t expect them disappear overnight. If we understand the concept of value chain properly, then maybe we can get the problems fixed.  


 

10. How do you see Heenspire Foods™ in the next 5 years?

 

Adewale: We hope by then to be serving in 15 major cities in Nigeria. Most certainly our products  would have evolved, some healthy food product range we intend to have launched, and of course the level of our impact in the course of spiriting a healthy generation increased.

 

Me: Thank you for your time.

Adewale: the pleasure is mine; I’ve had fun telling the Heenspire story.



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:::Requ1ne:::

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Dream Is Not Bigger Than Mine…

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Your dream is not bigger than mine, 

My dream is not bigger than yours. 
Your dream is what it is, yours…

To be the President, a great scientist or business tycoon.
My dream is what it is, mine…

To travel the world, care for the poor or become a nun.
The size of a dream is not determined by its loftiness,

but by the size of the hearts behind it. 
So your dream is not bigger than mine,

And my dream is not bigger than yours.

Keep your dream alive,

The world needs it.
~Requ1ne~ (2016)

LESSON 16: NOT EVERYONE WILL BELIEVE IN YOU.

When it comes down to it, it’s useless to expect that everyone will cheer you on in life. Some people will not just give their support, no matter what you do. Period. 

While a number of people are downright haters (permit the use of that term) and always have malicious intentions towards you, others are sincere and their reservations are genuine. Of the latter, there are some people who just don’t think you can. To them you don’t have the right combination of background, talents, skills, personality and intelligence. They can see you fail through even before you start. Now if only your goals are a bit more realistic, they would readily give their support. You’ll hear statements like, “oh she’s pretty good at dancing but I don’t see her making a career in acting.”

Some other people lack the faith to see you reach out for those extraordinary goals you’ve set; they wonder why you are not comfortable with getting to a particular level, especially one that appears reasonable to them. Others will even pick offence at you for daring to dream big, they just think you lack contentment. Afterall, they say, not many people can even boast of this degree or that career, what else do you want in life?

The truth is, not everyone will believe in you and that’s fine. Just because others can’t see what you can see, doesn’t mean you should stop seeing it. No one can picture the future you want better than you. That they are your friends, teachers or family members, does not make them indispensable to your future. You must learn to chart your own course, because ultimately you will have to live in it.

There have been stories of parents who put their kids on a particular course, and after some time, those kids end up doing something entirely different. For example, some parents wanted their daughter to become a lawyer, so they invested diligently in her education upto law school. On getting there however, the young lady discovered her love for photography and pursued it immediately after graduating. Fortunately her parents were smart enough to give their support, even though some concerned friends advised them otherwise. Today, she’s very successful doing what she is passionate about. And her parents are proud of her achievements as well.

Although you need people’s support to succeed in any given venture, you don’t need everybody’s opinion. When you align yourself with the direction God is leading you to, he will raise HELPERS along the way. In your pursuit of success however, don’t focus on proving your doubters wrong. When your success is evident, you don’t have to gloat or boast about it, instead give God thanks. “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Romans 9:16)

This year, dare to DREAM BIG even if No one believes in you.

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::

“STUCK”

Jan 19, 2016. 1:57 PM….

Yaaay! Happy new year folks.

Glad we all made it. God is good. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about you. Yes, you my dearest readers! 

And, I know it’s mutual. Come on, isn’t it true that you have wondered what I’ve been upto since the year began?

I know it’s true, cos one of you was kind enough to ask me directly. 

It’s awesome to know that some persons really care so much about your passion that they always want to know what’s up.

I recall sometime ago, when I mentioned to a particular friend that I was bored, and he told me to go and write on my blog. And I did. That particular post wasn’t sensational or anything close, but it was better than just sitting out like a duck, lazing around with my thoughts. I’m happy that he didn’t suggest easier options like seeing a movie or going out or listening to a sermon…lol. Ofcourse, there’s a place for all that. But channeling your energy to whatever you’re passionate about, is probably always the BEST option. So when next you are bored, you know what to do.

Yours sincerely has been kinda busy in a way, since the year began. Just completed a significant phase of my medical school journey, and though it wasn’t easy, I made it. It’s a huge relief and I’m super-grateful to God.

So why am I here anyway?

Well, today is one of those days that I have no other choice but to blog because, I have so much time to spare, that if I don’t use it wisely, I’ll waste it foolishly. And I’m serious.

If you’ve been conversant enough with my blog, you’ll notice that I try to be as organized as possible. I’m hardly a spontaneous person. Yeah, I know that’s boring. I wrote about it here already.

The WIFI in my apartment has been down since last evening, I returned from work to meet it the same way. Well since I’m so Internet-dependent, every sane thing I could possibly think of doing seems impossible. Including studying. You know right, in case I need to look up the meaning of a medical term, blah, blah. (And no, I don’t have a medical dictionary. Sorry). So I can’t really study the way I love to.

  
I can’t chat with anyone either, whether friend, foe or family. 

  

Well, there’s always TV to watch, food to eat and a good bed to sleep in. But of what advantage would that be to myself and the society at large? Hardly any I guess.

  
The bottomline is, I’m here because I’m stuck. I count it as a blessing really cos I was hoping to blog this weekend, but it’s better now than later.

I have an outstanding update for the SISTERHOOD OF THE BLOGGERS AWARD. It should be out UNFAILINGLY soon and I have my nominees already.

Then to the big one, this coming month (February), God-willing, I’ll be working on another project: “DEAR 2016: 21 LESSONS”. 

  
Many of you are familiar with the drill already, it will be a post per day from the 1st of February to the 21st. I’ll be sharing significant lessons from the past year. And I hope those lessons would inspire everyone that reads them. 

PS: When you see this post, know that the WIFI has been restored  I shared this from my friend’s apartment…🙄😉.

And I finally studied a bit, I had no choice…😑😕.

Till I come your way again.

Thank you for reading!

~requ1ne~