Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Special Handwritten Post For National Stationery Week

Hey everyone,
As you can probably tell from the title, I have a special post for you today in honour of #NatStatWeek and #WorldStationeryDay which is today. I am in support of the campaign to #GetBritainWriting again and so I bring you my very first handwritten post. 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

My Week #17 (2015)

Applying For Provisional License And Student Finance

My Week #17 in my Filofax
My jelly and cream dessert at work/ Fruit salad/ Taking photos for a future blog post/ I really love my new top and shoes :)
Verse Of The Week:
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever"
Psalm 23:6

This week, the weather wasn't too great. We had mostly grey and white clouds so some days were cold.

I finally sent off my provisional license application. My plan is once I get my provisional license, I'll book my theory test as well as some driving lessons. Then hopefully, I'll get the theory test out of the way and then start preparing for the practical.

I also got the chance to go through and send off my student finance application. The earlier the better eh? I was even thinking of buying some of my stuff for uni now. Do you guys think it would be better to spread out the cost of my uni shopping over the next few months or leave everything till July/August ish when stuff will be maybe cheaper? Let me know what you think.
Hope you guys are well.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Medicine Application: Dealing With Rejection And Moving On

***Warning: Text Heavy Post***

Hello lovely people,
This is probably going to be the last post under this series "Medicine Application" here on my blog for a while because I know most of you know now that my medicine journey has now come to a pause. You can see my full medicine story in one of the top bars. 

The past two years have been really hard for me and I have struggled a lot especially when it came to deciding about my future or what to do next. I am not one of those people who have always wanted to do medicine right from a young age. My dreams and aspirations have changed with time but the experiences I have had over the past few years have made me come to the realisation that medicine is really what I would love to do.

I finished my A Levels back in 2013 and at that time I had applied for medicine for the very first time and my application was pretty rubbish and so I got all four pre-interview rejections. I took these rejections very well and I was very happy to reapply and by December 2013, I had gotten an interview invite from SGUL-my first choice. After the interview, I was placed on the waiting list and four months later, I was rejected again. I still remember the day I got that email. Rejection sucks real bad.The reason I decided to try a third time was because I thought if only I could get an interview, then I would be able to prepare better for it as I had an idea of what it was like. But this time around, I didn't even meet the admissions test requirements and so I was rejected again.

I don't think anyone likes to be or feel rejected. Not only regarding uni applications- but rejection from friends, family or even loved ones. It brings about discouragement and then you start doubting your abilities, you isolate yourself from others and next thing, you give up. But that should not be the case. How then can we deal with rejection?
I drew a couple of points from this video on YouTube and I thought I would share with you guys.
  • Know Your Worth: 
Know your abilities. Do not sell yourself short. Just because you get rejected, does not mean you are not good enough.
  • One Mistake Does Not Define You:
Everybody makes mistakes. We're only humans. Things happen. Give yourself some credit. Your mistakes can never tell who you are or how hard you have worked. So don't dwell on them, Learn from them and use them as a stepping stone to the next chapter of your life.
  • Nobody Can Quantify Your Worth:
Numbers can never define how good you are. For example, just because you get a low score in an admissions test does not necessarily mean that you are not going to be a good doctor. 
  • Be Realistic:
Make realistic choices. Take a step back. Think about it over and over again. 
  • Continue to take chances:
Keep making use of the opportunities presented to you. Do not let them pass you by without taking a chance. What have you got to lose?
  • Remember God's Plan:
I know this might not be for everybody, but for those who are into this, I think it is very important to remember that God has a plan for our lives. And sometimes you get rejected because God has something much better planned for you or maybe He just want you to wait a little longer. 
It is a plan that will favour you, but you need to be patient to see how God will make a way for you.

  • Keep The Faith And Continue To Believe:
A little positivity never hurts. Keep believing that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Surround Yourself With Positive Things:
Eliminate negative things from your life. All those things that make you doubt your abilities or make you feel worthless. Surround yourself with people/things who believe in you and support you and want the best for you.
  • Be Grateful:
Last but not the least, you need to be grateful in order to move on. Everything happens for a reason. We never see it right away but soon we will. There is always a reason to be grateful so count your blessings.

And so I am going to be taking a break from medicine and all the stress that comes with it. I am content with where I am now and I don't have any regrets. I see the whole situation like "losing a battle" but I believe the war is not over yet. We'll see what the future has in store for me.

Thanks for reading guys.
Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Faith Journal Flip Through #5

Hello lovely people,
I'm going to share with you some of my favourite journal pages for March 2015. To view my previous pages, click here.

The theme for March. The Unchangeable God. 
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever"
Hebrews 13:8

This page was inspired by one of my favourite songs- Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin. I love that song. I find it very comforting to know that the God that has the power to command an army of angels is on my side. 

These are two of my favourite pages of all time. I just love how colourful they are and how they go together. The quote on the left is one I stumbled upon online and loved it. The page on the right was inspired by the song He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli.

This page was inspired by another of my favourite songs- Perfect Peace by Laura Story. I did write in the form of a letter coz I love it that way. I even have this written on a project life card, laminated, hole-punched and put in my Filofax :)

That's all I have for now. Stick around for my April pages.
Thanks ever so much for reading.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

My Week #16 (2015)

Pocket Letters And Good News.

My Week #16 in my Filofax
Ice cream for a sunny day/ Very delicious food at a birthday party/ Watching pocket letter YouTube videos/ My lunch at work.

Bible Verse Of the Week:
"The Lord is my SHEPHERD. I shall not want"
Psalm 23:1

This week was a good week for me. I really enjoyed the sun- whether it was just having my lunch outside at work or having an ice cream at the park, the weather was nice and warm. Except in the evenings when it gets cold again. 

I also received some good news about my uni application and I made a post about it. You can read it here.

Also, I have been watching way too many pocket letter videos this week. It's a new way planner and stationery addicts can exchange goodies. If you want to find out more about them, you can watch the videos here. I really love this idea and I was wondering if there was any one willing to do a swap with me. Let me know in the comments.

Hope you guys had a good week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Medicine Application: Offers. Finally.

Hello everyone,

It's been a while since I gave an update on my university application. This has been because I have had nothing to update you guys on as I have been waiting for weeks now for an offer. Not a medicine offer though. As some of you know from my previous updates, I didn't get into medicine this year and so I have been waiting for an offer for my back up choice- Biomedical Science at St George's University London. If you read my weekly post on Sunday, you would already know about how much I hate the waiting game. 

I received an email at work yesterday morning from SGUL asking me if I had already attended and dropped out from university before since I have been out of school for almost two years. I saw the email when I was on my first break so I replied telling them I have taken two gap years and never gon to uni before.. When I went for my second break at about 5:pm, I saw the email which they had sent at 4:pm saying they were delighted to offer me a place to study Biomedical Science which is my back up option. Yay!!! Finally.

One thing also I didn't mention before was the fact that Bradford University offered me a place to study Forensic and Medical Sciences even though I didn't apply for it. I decided to decline the offer and I have now firmed SGUL as my number one choice.

So come September, I will hopefully be studying in London. Omg guys can you even believe that? Thank you all for your lovely and encouraging comments. You guys are amazing.
Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Making Lists In My Planner

Hello Filofaxers,

As we all know, making lists- especially to-do lists are very important in the planning process. I love making lists in my planner and I find it very fulfilling whenever I tick something off on my list.

I have a "Lists" section in my planner for all my different types of lists.

First set of lists in this section are to-do lists. The things I write down in this list are only tasks I would love to achieve in the long term and not immediately. Tasks without a specific deadline.

Other lists I keep in my "Lists" section are my movies to watch list, wish list, books to read list, bucket list and my online orders lists. I review these lists every now and again to see where I've gotten up to. Again, the things on this list do not have to be done urgently that's why they are in a different section in my planner.

I keep all my urgent lists in my weekly pages. I write my to-do lists with purple coloured pens. I often write these tasks on large sticky notes and keep them in my weekly pages and I tick them off as the week goes by. This way, I can see all the tasks I need to do when I go to my current week and I don't have to go to a different section in my planner.

How do you guys make lists in your planner? Please leave a comment below. I would love to know. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

My Week #15 (2015)

Sunny Days, Worst Shift Ever, Dad's Birthday And Playing The Waiting Game

My Week #15 in my Filofax

A day out in town/ Eating Easter eggs/ Reading on my break at work/ A cute elderly couple I saw at the park/ Ducks on my way to work.
Verse Of The Week:
"Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. For what a man sows. So shall he reap."
Galations 6:7

This week, we had sunny days almost everyday which was brilliant. I'm loving the weather now. Fingers crossed for the rest of the month. 

On Tuesday, I had one of the worst shifts ever at work. I have been working as a healthcare assistant for over 7 months now and never ever have I had a shift like that. It physically drained me and I could feel the tears welling up at the end of the day. I really don't want another shift like that ever again.

The birthdays of each of the members of my family all fall between March and June. We celebrated my dad's birthday this week :)

One thing that has also been getting to me this week is playing the waiting game. It really sucks. I hate this game especially when it comes to uni applications. It's just really annoying and frustrating when almost everyone has got offers and I still have no idea where I am going to uni in September coz SGUL haven't gotten back to me yet. I emailed them a few weeks ago and they replied saying they are just busy with interviews and that I should please bear with them as they are still assessing Biomedical Science applications. I do know though that I am not the only one waiting coz one of my colleagues at work who was interviewed for Physiotherapy a few months ago is still waiting for a reply as well. I've also been on tsr and found out that there are quite a few people still waiting too. So I'm going to keep hoping and praying. 
Hope you all are well.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Smash Book Journal #1

My 16th Birthday

Hello everyone,
Today I will be sharing with you one of my recent obsessions. Smashbooking. Until recently, I didn't actually know the difference between scrapbooking and smashbooking. Then I stumbled upon MyGreenCow on YouTube. Her amazing "smashbook session" videos alongside all the gorgeous photos I've seen on Pinterest got me immediately sucked in and I thought I would give this a try. 

Before I left Cameroon for the UK, I got a normal A4 notebook which I used as a "Memoire" which is French for "Memories". It was basically a book where your friends wrote things about themselves in so you could remember them. Things like their favourite movies, hobbies, what they like and hate about you e.t.c. When I got to the UK I started using it as a journal as well and recording events in my life that I wanted to remember. I have now discovered a fun way of recording memories aka smashbooking.

My Memoire
The first layout I did was for my 16th birthday. Now even though I turned 16 in 2012, I have kept all the cards I received from friends and family and so I decided to use these in this smashbook layout.

Bits and pieces from my birthday cards.

Other stationery bits I thought I might use.

And voila. Here is my first ever smashbook layout. I'm still new to this so it might not be perfect but I guess smashbooks are not meant to be perfect anyway.

On one of the cards I received, I really loved the whole message inside the card and wanted to keep everything so I just cut it out and glued it on like it is. The paper is folded into four and so you can unfold and read another message inside as well.

Lastly, I couldn't help but do a bit of journalling as well coz I think sometimes, pictures without words don't say much.
What about you guys, do you scrapbook/smashbook or have you been considering it? If you do please share your favourite layouts. I would love to have a look.
Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My Life In Writing Journal Tag

Hello everyone,

I know I haven't been journalling for that long but I have always wanted to do one of these cool journalling tags. As some of you may know, I have two journals- my faith/prayer journal and my scripture art journal. However in this post, I will only be referring to my faith journal.

How long have you been keeping a journal?
I started faith journalling back in April 2014 so it's been over a year now. I really liked the idea after I watched the web series DearJesus on tv about this girl who kept an online prayer journal. I really loved the idea of prayer journalling and decided to give it a go. However, I decided to try it on paper not online. I combined Faith and Prayer journalling because I thought the two go very well together.

What is the date of your first entry?
When I started writing down my prayers, I didn't actually write dates. I just wrote down numbers. So I don't know the exact date I started journalling but I know it was sometime in April 2014.

How often do you journal?
When I was still using my first journal (pocket size), I journalled 3-4 times a week. This was because it was very portable and I could carry it around. The journal I am currently using is in A5 size and so it stays at home on my desk but I do journal at least once a week.

Music that makes you want to write?
I love love love listening to music while writing. The song I listen to most when I am journalling is Oceans by Hillsong. I find it very calming and it gets me into the zone or in the mood of writing.

Do you keep an online journal?
No I don't keep an online journal. I don't think I would want to keep one to be honest. I very much prefer writing on paper and looking at all the pretty colours.

Where are you when you write usually?
Like I mentioned previously, I could write anywhere if I have my journal with me. I really don't mind. I remember one time, I wrote an entry while I was waiting for my train in the train station waiting room :)


Read/show an entry from your birthday or birth month of any year.

May is my birthday month and the only entries I can show you guys now are from my first journal but all my entries there I kinda personal so I can't really share any of them.

Read/show an entry from your very first journal.

Below are a few of my favourite pages from my first journal.

And that brings us to the end of this tag. If you have a passion for journalling and want to do this tag, go right ahead. And please leave a link below so I can have a read.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

My Week #14 (2015)

My first pair of glasses and Easter

My Week #14 in my Filofax

Close Up

I got a new passport case for my Filofax accessories/I've been watching loads of smashbooking videos/My banana fruit salad/My first pair of glasses.

Verse Of The Week:
"For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things"
Psalm 107:9

This week, I went back to work after my week long annual leave. The first two nights were alright but the last one was really busy. I think I am starting to get used to or expect these really busy shifts to be honest. It comes with the job.
I also got my first pair of glasses. I chose that colour because I thought black was a bit boring. Plus the colour matches my new hairstyle. What a coincidence.Yay!!!
Speaking of hairstyle, Lyn asked to see my new hairstyle when I mentioned it in last week's post so here's a photo for you Lyn :)

Photo of braids from the back

Finally, I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Easter. Hope you guys had a very great weekend.

Christmas and Easter are my two favourite holidays. I love this time of year because it constantly reminds me about the whole foundation of Christianity. The fact that God sent his one and only Son- Jesus Christ, who left the comfort of his throne in heaven to come down to earth and die to pay the punishment for our sins. We didn't deserve it then and we still don't deserve it now but He did anyway because He loves us that much.

And now, the best thing about it is He didn't just die and stay dead. He rose again and now He lives in me. The fact that He lives gives me assurance that I can face tomorrow with boldness because He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world.

Hope you guys had a wonderful week.
Thanks for stopping by.