Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Best Of The Year 2014



Hey guys,

I can't even believe 2014 is already over. It's crazy. It seemed like yesterday we were in January. This year has been a roller coaster ride for me. It has had both it's good and bad moments but I think I have learnt to stay strong through all of it. I believe that all the not-so-good things that happened this year all made me stronger as a person and so I will dwell on the positives.


We had a brilliant summer, turned 18, did the race for life to support cancer research, supported Cameroon and African teams during the World Cup and prepared for the UKCAT exam.

Went to London, got a Filofax, started working in the hospital as a healthcare assistant and had a great Christmas.

  • Social life:
Being on a gap year kinda had a bit of an impact on my social life at the beginning simply because all of my friends were at uni for most of the year and I had to stay at home. I think sometimes it can get a bit frustrating but all this changed a bit when I started working. Getting the job in the hospital is probably one of the best things that happened to me this year. I can't begin to stress about all the amazing people I've met and the friendships I've built. I wouldn't have asked for a better work family. It helps a lot to know there are always like minded people who understand you and are there to help. I also got to meet really amazing people at church-some of which I have gotten close to. I wouldn't also forget about the amazing people I've met through social media. It has been a year of great friendships.

  • Becoming healthy:
Another one of the best decisions I took this year was to become healthy. I had tried shedding off those extra pounds before and for some reason, I just kept giving up.



I tried a couple more times and then I finally convinced myself I couldn't do it when it didnt seem to work.




I finally got to that point where I was fed up and I said "enough is enough". I was greatly inspired by a transformation contest on The Student Room and I decided to start losing weight too. By sticking to healthy food and doing my home workouts, I have been able to lose over 30 pounds this year plus 6 inches of waist. Most importantly,  I inspired my mum and brother to become healthy. It's just an amazing feeling.


  • Stationery, planners and organisation:
If someone had told me in January that I would be a planner geek by the end of the year, I would have laughed really hard at how crazy they would have sounded. Truth of the matter is, I am a planner geek now and to be honest, I am proud of it.



A fee months ago, I had no idea what a Filofax was and now I own two of them. And counting. 



My love for planning also brought about my obsession for stationery which in a way has helped made my planning more effective. So 2014 was the year I became more organised.

  • Becoming an adult:
As some of you may already know, I turned 18 in May this year and that idea of me officially becoming an "adult" kinda had an impact on me this year.


Not that I was immature or irresponsible before but I just felt compelled to act more responsibly, taking care of myself and my siblings. Being the eldest is kinda tough and I want to be the kind of person my siblings would look up to.


  • Gaining confidence and stepping out of my comfort zone:
I am normally a very shy person and one of those people who would rather follow the crowd and stay at the back. However, I think the year 2014 boosted my confidence a little.


After turning 18, I decided I was going to try to get out of my comfort zone and try things I wouldn't normally do. 

My journey to a healthy lifestyle also sparked my interest in running-which I still do often, so I decided to do the race for life back in June-something I never imagined myself doing before. This might not seem like a big deal to many but the whole experience helped me realise that I can actually do things I set my heart on.

  • My relationship with God:
I faced many challenges this year regarding my faith and relationship with God but above all, I am still thankful because I am overcoming these and I know I will get there sooner or later. I know my journey with God is not yet over as I am only beginning and so I am really hoping that I will build a much stronger relationship in the new year 2015.
  • Family:
Being at home very often and around my family has really helped strengthen our relationship. I love spending time with them and I feel really blessed to have such amazing people who care so much. I really can't even begin to imagine how I'm going to feel next year if I have to leave them for uni.
  • Blog:
Last, but not the least, I am very thankful for starting this blog. I hesitated quite a bit before publishing my first blog post because I wasn't too sure about social media but I am glad I did.


Over the past couple of months, I have met so many amazing people through this blog and I personally think that it has helped me grow so much as a person. Thank you once again to everyone of you for your support and for reading my posts. You guys are one of the reasons why I keep going. Thank you for making my year special.

I know this was probably a very long post but I hope you enjoyed reading it. Thanks so much for stopping by. If anyone has any 2014 highlights, please leave a comment down below. I would love to know. I will speak to you all soon. In the new year.  Eeeek.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

My Week #52

My Week #52 in my Filofax

Very nicely decorated house/ My giveaway prizes arrived/ baking cupcakes for Christmas/ Celebrating Christmas with family

I can't believe this is the last official week in 2014. It's so crazy. This week was real busy. I loved spending time with my family and friends. It was a very special Christmas and I had lots of fun. Check out the previous post for more Christmas Day photos.

The weather this week wasn't the best. Apparently, its been snowing in some parts but I'm really glad it's not snowing here. I don't think I'm prepared to deal with all that hassle.

The last two shifts I've had in the past two days havent been the best either. They were really busy and had to end in unfortunate incidents but I think I've learnt to deal with it.
Hope you guys are well.
How was your week #52? 
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas Day 2014 (In Pictures)

Hey everyone, 
I wanted to share some pictures from yesterday and how I spent the day with my family.

Sun came out.

Christmas tree with all the presents. 

Helping mum cook the food. Fried plantains, fried rice and turkey in the making.

Christmas cracker joke. This one really got me.



Presents time.

My new shoes which I love.

Trying on my new shoes

My new bag from mum.





Fried rice

Oreo cupcakes I made.







Very delicious food. Loved every mouthful. Ate till I was so full.

Nice drink.

Watching the Queens speech


Most of the day was spent eating, drinking and dancing really. I had such a good time.
Hope your Christmas was good.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Have A Merry Christmas 2014!!

Mary's Boy- Boney M Christmas Song


Mary's boy child- Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day. And man will live forever more because of Christmas day




Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas.

Monday, 22 December 2014

The Christmas Tag 2014


I've seen these questions around on other blogs and so I decided to give them a go.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
This is actually a very difficult question for me because I watch tons of Christmas movies every year and it's a bit difficult to choose one. Most of the movies I watch are romantic comedies (coz I'm that kinda gal) so if I had to mention a few that I really liked, I would choose the following;  

Christmas in Boston (Instant Message)

 Oh Christmas Tree,

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Love Actually

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning. I wouldn't want to open any of my presents before Christmas. I just think it will ruin the surprise. However, I wouldn't want to wait till after Christmas lunch to open them though. So definitely in the morning.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I don't have a very specific Christmas memory but I remember many Christmases when I was younger (back in Cameroon) when my siblings and I would wake up on Christmas morning, go out of the house and scream "Merry Christmas everyone" at the top of our voices so our neighbours would wake up :D I also really loved the general Christmas atmosphere back home.

4. Favourite festive food?
I'm not really into Turkey but I really do love the African food we have on Christmas day.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Hmm thinking about all the Christmas presents I've ever had, I don't think I can pick a favourite.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I don't really have a specific Christmas scent but I love the smell of food at Christmas. Any kind of food.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
My siblings and I love watching Christmas cartoons on Christmas eve. We also cook some of the food so I usually help my mum out in the kitchen. I think doing things together helps to keep the whole excitement going.
8. What tops your tree?
To be honest, we haven't really bothered much about topping the Christmas trees.


We did have a star this year but for some reason, it didn't fit so we haven't bothered really.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I never asked for any extravagant gifts believe it or not. I literally hardly ever asked for anything. I'm one of those people that literally don't know what they want even when you ask.
10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Ah I really love the days time leading up to Christmas. I love the lights, the carols, the general atmosphere. Most importantly I love spending time with my family, the singing, dancing, all the food and just generally being thankful and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.


Those are all the questions guys but before leaving you guys, I wanted to share the fifth song on my Christmas playlist.
Oh Holy Night- Celtic Woman



Thanks for reading.
1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Ah, there's SO many, I love National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Elf, The Santa Clause etc. but one that I watch every year, without fail is The Snowman on Christmas eve. I absolutely adored the Snowman and The Snow dog. My dad bought me the little plushie last year, so cute.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Always on Christmas morning (usually whilst scoffing Christmas chocolate) We usually get new Christmas Pyjamas on Christmas Eve, but we save the present opening for Christmas day morning.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
My parents always used to go all out at Christmas. We'd come downstairs to presents, balloons, reindeer prints made out of glitter, red and white tape for the north pole, it was so magical as kids! 
4. favourite festive food?
Aside from chocolate...Roast potatoes during Christmas dinner, so many roast potatoes.

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
I can't remember how old I was, but it was the year of the Furby. I'm sure there were small riots amongst the shelves in Toys R us. My parents pretended they couldn't get me one but then it was hidden behind the sofa! (anyone else hide theirs in the wardrobe at night, they were so creepy!)

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Christmas dinner cooking, mmm or the smell of the Christmas tree! 
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Just that it's family time, we'll usually all have wine, the fire on, lots of yummy food and sit down in our new pyjamas to watch Christmas films.

8. What tops your tree?
For years and years it was a little gold vintage angel, my dad always lifted me up to put it on the tree, when I was a kid... at the very end of decorating everything. She was always kind of wonky and worn looking, but it was tradition. These days it's a big gold glittery star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Not in an ungrateful way. I mean, I used to circle half of the Argos catalogue!But every year I would ask for a dog, without fail. One year my parents brought it a huge box, with holes in and something was moving. I was certain it was a puppy...it was a rabbit ha ha Still one of the best pets I've ever had though. Then last year, I finally bought myself my own Christmas puppy :) Oscar on the 21sr of December. He was certainly worth the wait.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with my loves ones, friends and family, after eating Christmas dinner, watching Only fools and Horses episodes that we've seen ten times already. Watching the snow fall and generally having a lovely time. 
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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Ah, there's SO many, I love National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Elf, The Santa Clause etc. but one that I watch every year, without fail is The Snowman on Christmas eve. I absolutely adored the Snowman and The Snow dog. My dad bought me the little plushie last year, so cute.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Always on Christmas morning (usually whilst scoffing Christmas chocolate) We usually get new Christmas Pyjamas on Christmas Eve, but we save the present opening for Christmas day morning.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
My parents always used to go all out at Christmas. We'd come downstairs to presents, balloons, reindeer prints made out of glitter, red and white tape for the north pole, it was so magical as kids! 
4. favourite festive food?
Aside from chocolate...Roast potatoes during Christmas dinner, so many roast potatoes.

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
I can't remember how old I was, but it was the year of the Furby. I'm sure there were small riots amongst the shelves in Toys R us. My parents pretended they couldn't get me one but then it was hidden behind the sofa! (anyone else hide theirs in the wardrobe at night, they were so creepy!)

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Christmas dinner cooking, mmm or the smell of the Christmas tree! 
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Just that it's family time, we'll usually all have wine, the fire on, lots of yummy food and sit down in our new pyjamas to watch Christmas films.

8. What tops your tree?
For years and years it was a little gold vintage angel, my dad always lifted me up to put it on the tree, when I was a kid... at the very end of decorating everything. She was always kind of wonky and worn looking, but it was tradition. These days it's a big gold glittery star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Not in an ungrateful way. I mean, I used to circle half of the Argos catalogue!But every year I would ask for a dog, without fail. One year my parents brought it a huge box, with holes in and something was moving. I was certain it was a puppy...it was a rabbit ha ha Still one of the best pets I've ever had though. Then last year, I finally bought myself my own Christmas puppy :) Oscar on the 21sr of December. He was certainly worth the wait.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with my loves ones, friends and family, after eating Christmas dinner, watching Only fools and Horses episodes that we've seen ten times already. Watching the snow fall and generally having a lovely time. 
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