Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Week #16 In Review (2017)

In Search Of A New Filofax Wallet, Seeing A Baby Being Delivered, Preparing For My Driving Test And Camp NanoWrimo Week 3

I love the pocket malden Filofax in turquoise blue but it is so expensive/ My new drawing of the Lion and the Lamb/ Making more mind maps/ Lovely sunset

Quote Of The Week
"Once you realise how valuable you are, you will find it hard to keep the company of those who do not"

This week, I was in search of a new pocket Filofax to use as my wallet. My mini Filofax which I shared my set up with you guys here is now getting really old as I have been using her for over 2 years now. I am hoping to get a planner made with real leather but a lot of them are really expensive and I don't have the money for it yet.

I restarted my driving lessons on Thursday and since my practical test is next month, we have been going through a lot of little things that I am doing wrong that we need to work on so I don't make many faults during my test. I can say that I am now way more confident behind the steering than I was when I just started learning over the summer so thank God for that.

I had a shadowing shift yesterday on the neonatal intensive care unit and they let me into theatre to see a baby being delivered. I have to say that the miracle of life is disgustingly amazing. One of the reasons I went back to NICU was because I was hoping I could get the chance to watch a delivery as I missed it the last time I was there and thank God I was able to see one. I really do love children and babies and as I study more about reproduction and neonatology, I am getting more interested in the paediatrics side of things.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 3 Vlog
There's only one more week left till the end of my first Camp NanoWrimo and my journey has been an interesting one. If you would like to see what I got up to in week 3, then you can watch the video down below.

How was your week? Hope it went well.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Friday, 21 April 2017

University: How I Make Mind Maps

Hello everyone,

Today, I am bringing you another study with me vlog and in this one, I am showing you how I use mind maps to summarise information from my lecture notes. If you would like to see how I make my notes after lectures, then you can watch my other video which I included in another post here. I find mind maps really useful and they are so much fun to make so I hope this will serve as some sort of inspiration or motivation for anyone out there wanting to use mind maps as an effective study tool.

Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

My Week #15 In Review (2017)

Camp NanoWrimo Week 2, Dad's Birthday, Learning To Draw, Good Friday And Easter Celebrations

Delicious meal my mum made for me/ My Jesus drawing for good Friday/ Good Friday quote from Our Daily Bread Devotional/ Making mind maps and studying

Quote of the week:
"The best gift you can give yourself is time alone with God"

This week, I was working on a drawing project of Jesus, it was a picture I saw online and I thought it was really beautiful as the picture told the whole story of Jesus. I really loved the end results. If you would like to see more of the drawing progress then you can watch my camp nanowrimo vlog below.

We celebrated my Dad,s birthday on Tuesday. We bought him a cake, prayed for him, had a little meal at home and it was a nice time to spend with the whole family. 

Happy Belated Easter to all of you. Hope you had a lovely time. I always love the Easter time of year because it reminds me of the hope and strength we have in Christ. Every single time, I never get tired of being excited about the fact that Jesus is alive and because He is, we can have life in abundance.

Camp NanoWrimo Week 2 Vlog

This week was the second one of Camp Nanowrimo which is the virtual writing retreat I am taking part in. If you would like to see more about what I got up to including my daily word count then you can watch the vlog below.

Thanks ever so much for reading
Hope you have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My Week #14 In Review (2017)

Camp NanoWrimo Week One, Driving Lessons, Really Nice Weather

Out for lunch with my friends from college/ Going for a run/ A really sunny beautiful Saturday importance/ Having Malaysian curry for the first time/ I had to learn to use chop sticks too/ More bacon and cheese sandwiches/ On my way to Southampton to meet up with my friends/ Dessert- cheesecake

"My Hallelujah belongs to You. You deserve it"

The weather this week has been so lovely. It feels like it's summer already and I'm grateful to God that we can enjoy some sunshine especially after the cold winter months. Hopefully, summer would be even better. 

I've been home this week so I have been having more driving lessons. My test is in early May so I have only got a few weeks till I can take it. I am hoping and praying that I pass it first time as my theory test expires in June.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 1 Vlog

This week was the first one for Camp NanoWrimo which is the virtual writing retreat I am taking part in this month. I am vlogging my way through this month to show my progress as I try to finish the first draft of my poetry journal. If you want to see how well I did this week, you can watch the video below.
If any of you are doing Camp NanoWrimo too then please do let me know in the comments down below.

Hope you all had a lovely week.
Thanks so much for reading.
God bless.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

My Week #13 In Review (2017)

Handing In Practical Write Up, End Of Term, My First Blood Donation, Start Of Camp NanoWrimo, Going Home For Easter

Filling in a questionnaire before blood donation/ They finally put the needle in after all the checks/ The end of the blood donation/ They gave me free snacks,/ Packing to go home/ A sneak peak into one of my poems on instagram

Quote Of The Week
"It's time to start listening to the only voice that matters. The voice that says "You're loved""

This week, I handed in one of my last practical write ups of this semester. We will have one more write up after Easter but this only means that we are nearing the end of second year.

I donated blood for the very first time this week. I was a bit scared at the beginning as I hadn't had a good night's sleep but I made sure to have a really good breakfast. The nurses were really nice and the whole process went on quite smoothly. I think it is nice when you have the feeling that you might be able to save someone's life.

It is the end of term now and I am back home for the Easter break. The term was quite a busy one so I am glad that we get this month off to rest a little bit at home.

This week marked the start of Camp NanoWrimo on the 1st of April and this is a virtual writing retreat that is taking place throughout the whole month. I am going to be attempting to write 10.000 words this month as part of my poetry devotional and I will update you all as I go along.

I learnt a very important lesson this week about how to deal with rejection and negative thoughts. I shared a video on my channel talking all about this topic so you can check it out if you want.

Spring is finally here. The weather has been really lovely over these past few days and the flowers have started to bloom. I really do feel like we are going to be having a really good summer this year. Hopefully that will be the case.

Image result for hello april 

Song Of The Month
Victory Belongs To Jesus by Todd Dulaney

How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments down below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Friday, 31 March 2017

University: Going Through Notes After Lectures

Hello lovely people,

I recently came across some "Study With Me" videos on YouTube and thought it was really cool to see how others studied at school or at university. Some of these videos are really relaxing and motivate me to study. I decided to atempt to do one and in this video, I am showing you guys how I go through notes after my lectues. Hopefully, it will be able to help someone too.

Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

My Week #12 In Review (2017)

Spring Is Here, Camp NanoWriMo Prep, Treasurer Of The CU, Sending Off SRF Aplication, Organising Volunteering Shifts, Westminster Attack, My Brother's 18th Birthday, Mother's Day

Food my mum made for my brother's birthday/ My first time in a Thai Restaurant/ A trip to Kaspas/ I absolutely love Kaspas

Quote of the Week:
"Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. Why blend in when you were born to stand out?"

Spring is finally here and you can tell from the sunny spells we have been having lately. We have survived another Winter. Praise be to God. I really cannot wait for the Summer as I am already  getting sick of the cold now. This past week was quite a busy one for me.

I finally sent off the second application for my summer studentship research programme. My supervisor has been really helpful throughout the whole process and God willing, we will be able to get funding for the project. We will hear back within 6 weeks about the outcome of the application so I will update you guys when I hear back from the organisation we applied to.

This week, I also was officially voted in to be the treasurer of the Christian Union for next academic year. I was approached a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to be take on the role and I took some time out to pray about it. I realised that it would be an absolute honour to be part of such amazing service to God so I gladly accepted it. I am looking forward to the next year and excited for the challenges and the adventures. But most of all, I am excited to see what God is going to do through our CU and how is He is going to glorify Himself through us.

Some of you may know that I am the Secretary of the Paediatric Soceity for this academic year. I was given the job of organising volunteering shifts for students at the university hospital and it has been a whole new challenge on its own. I have had to deal with checking DBS certificates, sending and receiving a lot of emails and it has also made me realise how limited my knowledge of software is. I love the challege though and it has only taught me that I can do anything as long as I set my mind to it. 

Some of you may have heard of the Westminster attack that took place last Wednesday. My university is about 30mins away from Westminster by tube so it was quite close to us. I have been on that bridge so many times and just listening to the stories of the victims makes my heart sad as it could have been anyone. My heart goes out to those who have been affected and their families. May God continue to comfort them at this time of trial. And may the souls of those who passed away rest in perfect peace. 

My brother turned 18 on Thursday and I went home to celebrate with my family. I remember when I turned 18 as it was around the same time I started this blog. It's so amazing how time flies and how we grow and change to become much better people. I thank God for the journey and I hope and pray that it will only get better and better from here. I was also able to celebrate Mother's day with my family on the Sunday before coming back to uni in the evening. It was nice to spend a few days at home with my family. 

My Writing Series #3
(I'm joining Camp NanoWrimo April 2017)

For anyone following my book writing series, here is another exciting update for you all. I will be doing Camp NanoWrimo this April and if you do not know what that is, here is a video to explain it all.

How was your week?
I would love to know so please feel free to tell me in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day and God bless :)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Week #11 In Review (2017)

Mental Health Awareness Week, Text-A-Taostie, CU Lunch Bar, Urine Sugars Practical And Teaching Children At Church Again 

One of the verses that really encouraged me this week/ Text a toastie/ Free hot chocolate and a biscuit/ My splits progress/ Making chicken for the CU lunch bar/ Stress ball that changes colour/ Practical on urine sugars/ Practising my drawing skills/ More drawings during study time

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"
-Psalm 34:18

This week at university was Mental Health awareness week and there were a lot of events going on. The university was offering free gym sessions for the whole week and also there was a text-a-tea event going on. We were able to order a free hot drink and a biscuit and it would be delivered to us anywhere around the university. I was able to use this opportunity to get back to exercising as I made use of the free gym sessions.I was so consistent that I lost 3 pounds which was really nice. Hopefully I can be able to continue and not give up. I also was more consistent with my stretching regime to help me do my splits. I am still quite far away from the ground but I believe I will get there eventually.

We also had a text-a-toastie event which was organised by the Christian Union and also a lunch bar where we had a speaker come speak to us about religious faith and medicine. These were all really good opportunities to speak to non-christians at my university about Christ. 

We also had a practical this week where we were measuring blood sugars in urine and using the results from the thin-layer chromatogram to diagnose the metabolic disorder of the patients. I thought it was very fun even though we had to wait around for a long time.

I also was able to teach the chidren in the sunday school at church again on Sunday and they were very willing to participate and answer questions. I was glad to see that they were very open talking to me about the issues they faced about honouring parents. I love teaching the kids and I am looking forward to teaching them more in the future. 

How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading. 
God bless.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My Week #10 In Review (2017)

Sending Off First Application For Summer Studentship, Working On Special Study Project 2 And Tooting Show 2017

I finally made an omelette for myself after a long time/ Chilli con carne in the making/ My special breakfast treat after Tooting Show/ McFlurry ice cream after Tooting Show day 1/ Peanut butter and chocolate waffle at Kaspas/ Chocolate waffle at Kaspas

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD"
Psalm 31:24

This week was a very busy one for me as it was the week of Tooting Show 2017. We had to stay till the early hours of the morning on Monday night trying to rehearse and practise the dances, acting and singing. The show had to be put together by the Monday night because a lot of the cast were going to see The Weekend in concert for the 2 days before the show. I didn't feel the excitement of the show as we didn't have rehearsals the day before but when it came to the day and I saw all the people who were waiting to see it, I  became excited for it. The Thursday crowd was really good and of course the Friday was even more amazing. I have had so much fun choreographing the African dance for this year's show and it is so sad that it is all over now.  Hopefully I will be able to choreo for Fashion Show in November but until then, I am just happy that I have gotten all my free time back and I can now focus on my uni work.

As some of you may know, I want to do a summer vacation studentship this summer at one of the research labs at my uni and so since we were not able to secure funding via my university, my supervisor and I are going to apply for funding from external sources. We sent off one application a few days ago and we are working on the second application.

We also have been working on our special study projects for this term. This time around, we are working in groups and don't have to write an essay but we need to produce a poster and then do a presentation in May. We have gathered a lot of information but then so far, we are having a bit of difficulty fitting it all into the poster so we are going to have to cut down a lot of information. I love my group and each and every one of us participate so I am excited to see what we come up with in the end.

How has your week been?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Friday, 10 March 2017

My Weeks #8 And #9 In Review (2017)

Weekend Rehearsals, God Speaking To Me, Discouraging Dreams, Semester 3 Results, And Tooting Show Coming Soon

My flatmates made creme brulee for me and it was the first time I tried it. It was really good/ Cooking after midnight/ Food after a church event/ Blood grouping practical/ Celebrating my friend's birthday/ Tooting Show stage prep

"There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still"
-Corrie Ten Boom
 The last 2 weeks have been very busy as I have had a lot of rehearsals for the show we are doing at my uni for charity. The show is only in a few days and we have been working really hard to make sure it turns out to be the best it can possibly be. This means that we have been having a lot of hours of rehearsals and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. God has been faithful through every step of the way though and He has kept me in good health- both physically and mentally.

A few weeks ago I attended an event at church and the message from the speaker was very encouraging as it challenged me to focus more on God during my quiet times with Him. The speaker talked about distractions when we study God's word and even when we pray and how to deal with these things. At the end, there was a prayer session and during the session God gave a word to me. He spoke about the situation I was currently going through and how He wanted me to deal with it. He even revealed to me a bit about His plans regarding me and my family. I was so blessed after that message and went home really encouraged.

That same night after that church event, I had a dream and it was a very discouraging one. It was one I knew was certainly not from God because it totally was against His will and against the Word He had given to me the night before. It was very disheartening but I prayed about it and asked my friend to pray with me. I have since seen that God is faithful and He is making His word come to pass.
We always have to remember that God is not a God of confusion. His yes is yes and His no is no. He is not man and He certainly does not lie.

Another amazing thing God did for me was my exam results. Some of you may remember that I wrote my exams at the end of January. I had no idea how well I was going to do and I had so many doubts and fears even though God had been teaching me a lot about not worrying. I am very happy to say that He came through for me and I did so much better than I had expected. God is so faithful and true and He knows all our needs.

"God is not a God of confusion. His yes is yes and His no is no. He is not man that He should lie. He always comes through for us. Those who hope in Him will never be ashamed"

I did a short Bible study on my YouTube channel about 7 reasons why we should not worry so you can check it out below.

What has God been teaching you recently?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day
God bless :)