50 Wonderful People: Idaraesit

On the last day of 2017, I tweeted:

In 2018 I want to meet 50 wonderful people I’ve been following here in real life, to hug and chat about our

Today I met my second Twitter friend: @flygurly_

I was not surprised to find she’s truly a yummy mummy! She managed to sneak out of the house and we met up at a Dominos in our neighbourhood.

We have so much in common, not least of which is our love for reading. We chatted about motherhood, business, faith, and our shared love for cake, amongst other things.

Idy’s Favourite Things

Favourite Food: Ekpang nkukwo

Favourite Colour: Black

Favourite Beverage: Hot Chocolate

Favourite Snack: Banana bread

Favourite Singer: Frank Edwards

Favourite Actor: None

Favourite Actress: Taraji P. Henson

Favourite Movie: Dream Girls

Favourite TV Show(s): The Blacklist, White Collar

Favourite Travel Destination: Accra, Ghana

Favourite Writer (Fiction): Leon Uris

Favourite Pastime/ Hobby: Games- Scrabble, Candy Crush Saga

Favourite Exercise: Skipping

Favourite Quote: Life is self-driven; we live and die by the choices we make. ~ Pastor Chris Ugoh

Favourite Songs: I Am ~ Cece Winans, Ebezina ~ Preye Odede, Bia Nule ~ Frank Edwards

I’m planning a party and she’s guest Number 1. I can’t wait to hang out with her again, so much fun to be had!

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50 Wonderful People: Eseosa

On the last day of 2017, I tweeted:

In 2018 I want to meet 50 wonderful people I’ve been following here in real life, to hug and chat about our

God has been gracious, 2018 is looking fabulous, and I met my first Twitter friend for the year: @thisiseseosa!

We’ve been following each other on Twitter for YEARS now, and I’m glad we finally got to meet.

She came over to my house with her lovely son and we hugged, made noise, and chatted about our favourite things while our sons played together.

Eseosa’s Favourite Things

Favourite Food: Yam and owo

Favourite Colour: Black

Favourite Beverage: Malta Guinness

Favourite Snack: Chicken sandwich

Favourite Singer: Whitney Houston

Favourite Actor: Nicholas Cage

Favourite Actress: Angelina Jolie

Favourite Movie: Sound of Music

Favourite TV Show: Game of Thrones

Favourite Travel Destination: Paris

Favourite Writer (Fiction): Robert Ludlum

Favourite Pastime/ Hobby: Blogging

Favourite exercise: Dancing

Favourite Quote: I could not at any age be content to take my place at the fireside and simply look on; life was meant to be lived. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Favourite Books: The Bible, An Enemy Called Average ~ John Mason

Favourite Songs: Step by Step ~ Whitney Houston, Onise Iyanu ~ Nathaniel Bassey, He’s Able ~ Voices of Unity ft Darwin Hobbs

 

Amazing woman of strength!

7 Lessons I’ve Learnt About Saying No

I used to be that person who always wanted to say yes. I genuinely enjoy people and like making them happy. If I can put a smile on someone’s face, that’s usually the highlight of my day. As a result, I’ve found myself saying too many yeses for my own good, and this created myriad problems for me and drained the joy out of activities that used to make me happy.

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that saying no is often as important as saying yes. Here are 7 lessons that have stood out for me.

5 Helpful Tips for Navigating Overwhelming Seasons of Life

I’m just finding my way out of a season which, if I had to name it, would be called Overwhelm.

It was a stressful time, full of “how did I get here?” and “where do I start from?” ‎moments. The worst thing was that it didn’t seem like it would ever end. Sometimes the thought of endless pressure-filled days brought on anxiety and shortness of breath.

I was unable to write anything, and I had no time to read. Anyone who knows me knows that not being able to read is not only indicative of high stress, but actually creates another layer of stress.

Alas, tough times don’t last and that season of my life is giving way to a season of pure energy, high productivity and less stress.‎ What did I learn about reducing stress and freeing up your life?

One Day You Will Thank Yourself for Not Giving Up

I saw that quote in a picture someone shared on WhatsApp, and it spoke deeply to me.

For many of us, 2017 didn’t go exactly the way we wanted. Some aspects of our lives saw real growth and brought us joy, while others just seemed to have seen little or no progress. At times all one wants to do is abandon ship.

What makes the difference between those who start and finish, and those who start and drop off along the way?