Archive for January, 2017

5 Things Couples Can Do For Their Finances This Year

“Please how are you guys coping?” has been a common question amongst close friends since Nigeria went into recession. While a lot has been said about why money causes so much friction in marriage, embracing frugality, and fixing your finances in 2017, couples can achieve more working as a team.

Here are 5 moves that can make a difference in family finances.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Long Distance Friendship Alive

A lot has been said and written about coping with distance in romantic relationships, but lovers are not the only ones affected. When bosom friends you’re used to having nearby move far away, it can be painful, and also challenging.

How can you keep your friendship alive when you’re not in the same place, doing the same things? Read more…

6 Things Every Team Leader Should Know

It doesn’t matter whether you’re the head of the home, the head of a church department, or the head of a team at a multinational: the essentials of leadership are the same. Here are 6 things to keep in mind when it comes to leading your team, no matter how small or big.

Career of the Week – Matthew Eguavoen, Portrait Artist

Matthew Eguavoen graduated with a 2:1 in Civil Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, and is building an admirable career as a portrait artist while searching for an engineering job. He talked to me about discovering his talent, the importance of parental support, and the need to carve a niche. Read the interview HERE.

#COTW

What Do People Mean When They Say Marriage is Work?

It has come to my notice that single people who intend to get married have been hearing “marriage is work” for ages and yet they’re not exactly sure what the “work” is. And they’re sick of it.

I’ve decided to share a few things about what constitutes this “work” based on my experience and the experiences of people I’ve talked with about marriage over the years. Read more…

One Much Overlooked Ingredient Every Marriage Needs

In marriage we usually think, sincerely, that there’s no time or energy for those little extra things that make a big difference in marriage until suddenly there’s lots of time and energy for an affair, or for separation and divorce proceedings. Read more…

10 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About Taking Notes at Meetings

As a business owner (or someone managing a business), whether you’re meeting with a new client or an existing one, note-taking is one strategy that will accomplish more for you than most people realise. Here are 10 things you should keep in mind as you prepare for your next meeting:

1. If you’ve been given an appointment to meet with a prospective client, you’re better off listening to their past, present and anticipated needs, instead of talking about how great your product or service is. Pulling out your notepad and pen, and asking questions, is a great way to respond to “So, what can I do for you?”

2. By taking out your notepad and pen, you’re not just preparing to gather information. You’re sending a message to your client or prospective client: I am a professional, I am organized and your words are important to me.

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Making a Difference: Sanitary Aid for Nigerian Girls

Have you ever wondered how poor secondary school girls are coping with the costs of sanitary pads? What about displaced women in IDP camps? How do they maintain hygiene when their period comes around?

Sanitary pad costs range from ₦350 to ₦1800, and most women need at least two for each monthly period. Women with good income still feel the pinch, how much more economically challenged women?

Oghenekaro Omu, who tweets via @duchesskk, has decided to do something about this issue. She is currently reaching out to Nigerians to pitch in and support less privileged women and girls who are no doubt having a rough time with menstrual hygiene especially in this economy. Read about it here.

24 Tiny Tips to Boost Your Prayer Life This Year

Last year, 221 followers of Christ voted in a poll I tweeted: “Where do you need to improve the most in 2017 by God’s grace?” Of that number, 39% voted prayer, 38% Bible reading/study, 15% life application, and 8% service/ministry.

I can certainly relate with the desire to pray more and pray better. Prayer is our lifeline to God, and all through Jesus’ life on earth, we see Him model the praying life.

Here are two dozen little tips that can make a big difference in your prayer life this year.

Experience the Power of Small Goals This Year!

One reason why many people set goals but fail to achieve them is that their goals are so big they’re unnerved. Where do I begin? When they eventually decide to “start from somewhere” they take a few steps and fall on their faces. This is why understanding the power of small goals often makes the difference between people who succeed and people who do not. Read more…