Wednesday, 30 September 2015

My Inspiration: Don't Give Up On Your Dreams

Don't Give Up On Your Dreams

It's been a while since I did one of these "My Inspiration" posts. If you follow me on Instagram then you might have realised that I really love quotes. I get my inspiration from these short yet very motivating words of wisdom. I know it might sound really cheesy but inspirational quotes are very uplifting.

The quote I decided to share with you all today is all about not giving up on your dreams.


I found this quote on Twitter and I love it so much that I even wrote it out on my dashboard at the front of my planner.  
Sometimes it could be very easy to give up on our aspirations just because we are blinded by our present circumstances. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live through every single day. When the bible says that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, it really does means ALL things. So keep that in mind and meditate on it. Don't give up on your dreams. Keep your eyes focused on God and He will safely lead you to your destiny.

Hope you guys have a lovely day.
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 27 September 2015

My Week #39 (2015)

Fresher's Fair, CU Meeting, Comedy Hypnotist, Lab coats, Mums And Dads And Timetables


My Week 39 in my Filofax

Freebies I got from the fresher's fair/ The very first meal I cooked at university/ Me having chocolate ice cream in the Student Union cafe/ Our first induction lecture/ The rain wasn't too kind to my poor Filofax/ Me about to cook again.

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you"
Matthew 6:33

This week was the first of fresher's fortnight here at St George's and so to make things easier, I'll share what happened each day.

Monday:
We had our very first induction lecture and we were given our induction week timetable. We also had the fresher's fair later in the morning and I signed up for quite a few clubs and soceities like the Christian Union, SGUL Gospel Choir and Volleyball. I also signed up for a few charities like SKIP (volunteering to help locals in Kenya) and The Teddy Bear Hospital (volunteering in nurseries, clinics and paediatric wards). There was the Back To School Disco event in the evening but I didn't go to this event.

Tuesday:
We had a couple more introductory lectures and later in the evening, my friends and I went to the first ever Christian Union meeting. Everyone was so friendly and we got to play loads of games and had loads of food to share. I am really excited about future meetings.
Later on that night, my friend and I went to a Comedy Hypnotist show. I had never seen a hypnotist live so this was a different and really fun experience for me.

Wednesday:
We got our white lab coats for lab practicals and also had to buy blue lab coats to use in the dissecting room to learn anatomy.
 I went to town after lectures with my friend to finally get necessary food and I was exhausted after that. We had to go to Kaspas later that evening to get some dessert but I was too tired after the trip to town later in the afternoon so I had a lie in.

Thursday:
We had the undergraduate Mums and Dads event in the evening. Mums and Dads is an event hosted by George's where each first year gets given a "Mum" or a "Dad" in second year to basically help you out through out the year and you also get "grandparents" in third year and you get to be part of a "family". I think it is a really cool system and most of my "cousins" and other "family members" are in the Christian Union so I,m glad I was put together with like minded people.

Friday:
We had no lectures at all and it was so boring coz two of my flat mates went home for the weekend and so there were less people to talk to.
There was the Toga and Tequila event in the evening but I didn't attend.

Saturday:
Also a free day and we didn't really have much to do.
It went by so quickly. I watched a movie with my flatmates.

Sunday:
I tried out a new church today with my friends. They were really friendly and nice and so I think we will be going back there next week.

#Haircrush of the week
I'm in love with her frohawk :)

Hope you guys had a good week.
Thanks for reading.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Scripture Art Journal Flip Through #9 + Video

Hello guys,
Today I will be sharing with you pages from my Scripture Art Journal for the month of September. You can view my previous pages here.

Week 35

I loved how this page turned out. I love this verse too. It is very encouraging. 

Week 36

This is one of my favourite pages as well.
There is no other name on the earth, in the heavens or under the earth by which we can be saved. So  if you need help, call on the name of Jesus. He listens and most importantly, He answers.

Week 37

I find that most Christians find it really hard to let their light shine. As in maybe telling others about Christ or living as God would want us to because we are scared about what the others think or what they would say. We are the light and salt of the earth. We need to let others see Jesus in us and because we are ambassadors of Christ, we should let God use us for His work. The Father knows about our struggles and so He will surely give us the strength to endure. Just like He was with the Apostle Paul, he will also be our guide.


Week 38


This verse and the previous one are pretty similar and share the same message. It is all for the glory of our Maker.

Week 39

I love this page too. Things work out better when we put God first in our lives. He is the way, the truth and the light. His word is a lamp unto our feet and light for our path. If we lean on Him, He will be our guide and show us the way.

Please find below a very short video showing a quick flip through of my Scripture Art Journal for the months of May to August 2015 :)


Thanks for reading.
Have a blessed day.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

My Week #38 (2015)

Packing For Uni, Saying Goodbye, Move In Day And First Night At University


My Week 38 in my Filofax

All packed up about to leave for uni/ My first night at uni/ The view from my uni room window/ We had a barbecue and the burgers were really good.

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven"
Matthew 5:16

This week was my last week at home and I was filled with mixed emotions. One moment I was sad and the other I was super excited.
My packing for university wasn't too stressful. My mum took a day off work on Friday to help me out which was so nice of her. We were able to get everything sorted in time.
Yesterday was really stressful. The journey to my uni was exhausting and I felt so bad for my brothers who had to come along as well to help me but I settled in quite nicely.
I thought I was going to cry when my parents and brothers left but I didn't which is a good thing. I do miss them though. 
My flat mates are super friendly and have been really nice from the start which really made me feel at ease. We have so much in common and we get along really well.
My first night was alright as well. I didn't go to sleep until about 1 am because although I was tired, I just couldn't bring myself to sleep.
There was a barbecue earlier today and it was a nice time and I got to meet loads of other people which is always a good thing.

#Haircrush of the week
Love how simple it is. I would say the style is a "wash and go" but I'm not sure. Love her dimples too.

Hope you guys had a good week :)

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

My Thoughts About Starting University


Hello everyone,

You may have noticed that as part of my university series, I had asked student bloggers to share their university experiences with us and we did get some very informative and useful guest posts from them. If you want to read these posts, click here.

So you all heard from JennyHannahMegan and Sam about their university/college experiences but today, I am going to be talking about Joanny's thoughts about starting university.
As some of you may already know, I will be moving to London this Saturday and so this will be my last post from home for a while. So here are my thoughts about starting university.
  • Living Away From Home:
This wouldn't be the first time I have lived away from my family as I did go to boarding school back in Cameroon for five years. The only difference is that I will be totally independent this time- cooking my own food, fending for myself with no one to make me do stuff. This has it's advantages and disadvantages. There will be no one to push me so I will have to motivate myself to meet my goals. I already know I am going to miss my family a lot. There is no doubt about that. I am probably going to cry but I'm sure I'll get it all together after a few days when I've gotten used to the environment and met a few people.
  • Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things:
This might be particular to me because I have taken two years out but I just feel that after spending two years at home, I might struggle a bit trying to get my mojo back. I have heard loads of people say that taking a year out between college and uni might not be such a good idea- not to talk of two years out. I am hoping that this does not affect me too much and that I will be able to get back into the swing of things and slowly warm up to it.
  • Academic Workload:
This is another thing that I constantly think about. At St George's, first year counts for 10% of my overall degree but this is not the case with most universities. I know we are going to be bombarded with lots and lots of in depth information and I will have to be super organised. This is where the planner addict and stationery obsessive side of me is supposed to shine as I will try the best as I can to be super organised so I can make the most out of my lectures. I have been thinking a lot about how I am going to organise my lecture notes, anatomy notes, practicals, handouts, essays and all that stuff. I guess all I can do is find a system that suits me best when I get there.
  • Making Friends:
I bet this is one thing that almost every fresher thinks about. Making friends. I am not the kind of person who likes hanging out with massive groups of people. I don't mind having a single friend or two. I feel the bond is stronger in a smaller group but each to their own. I'm very excited about meeting new people. I plan on joining the uni's Christian Union and also the Choir. I used to sing in my college Choir so I'm very excited about this.
  • My Blog:
I have been blogging for well over a year now and I absolutely love it. It has become a huge part of me and so I don't want my university life to affect my blogging. I have seen so many bloggers combine their busy uni schedule and regular blog posts and I wonder how they do it. Of course they have got to be really organised to be able to manage that. I don't want to put any pressure on myself and so in order to get used to things, I might not post as regularly as I do now but I will definitely not miss out my Sunday "My Week" posts. So you guys will still be able to see how I am doing at uni because I will definitely be sharing my experiences with you especially during fresher's fortnight. I have loads of posts planned for the future so don't you all worry. :)
  • Not Losing Myself:
I know university is going to be a whole new phase in my life filled with different people and new experiences. In order to be able to adapt to these new changes, I know I will have to get out of my comfort zone and try new things but I don't want to lose myself. As in if I change, I want to change for the better and not for the worst. I want to be able to gain the skills to face life as a strong, mature, independent woman, but I don't want to lose my virtues or change in order to please others. I know that so many people who go to university get too excited about the fact they are "free" and end up making terrible mistakes. I want my experience to be a positive one. A one that will empower me and one that will help me get closer and closer to my destination and not away from it.

I thought I'd share this song with you all because it is the best representation of how I feel now.


I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly though it's not easy to tell you goodbye I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change and break away.

Out of the darkness and into the sun, but I won't forget the place I come from, I'm gonna take a risk, take a chance, make a change and break away.

I am excited about this uni thing guys. Loads of people have gone through it and I know I can too. I am happy to have met all you lovely people during my journey and I am so looking forward to the future. Thanks for all your support and thanks ever so much for reading.
God bless.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

My Week #37 (2015)

New Hair, Start Of College, Meeting With Friends,  5 Days Till Uni And Song Of The Month

My Week 37 in my Filofax

I took a picture of this tree at the park. Autumn is coming./ At Nandos' with my friends. The food was really good./ Black and brown ombre weave./ The unlimited frozen yoghurt at Nandos'. The tart was really good too./ At the GP surgery waiting to get my meningitis vaccine./ Getting ready to post an etsy order./ At TK Maxx. They currently have a sale on their Filofax collection.

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."
Matthew 5:14

This week was quite busy and I thought it went by really quickly. I got a new hairstyle on Tuesday- a weave as a protective style so I wouldn't have to deal with my hair too much at university.

Also, my brother started college this week. I only just realised that I also started college 4 YEARS AGO. It seems like yesterday to be honest. How time flies.

I also met up with some of my friends from college and we watched a movie and went to Nando's. We had such a lovely time and it made me miss college. At the same time, it also got me excited for university.

Speaking of university, this would be my last Sunday "My Week" post before university as I leave for London in five days. I am 80% packed because I still have my clothes and shoes to sort but hopefully I'll be sorted way before Saturday.

Song Of The Month- Go Get It (Mary Mary)

I chose this song for this month because I feel like it teaches me about how to face this next chapter of my life.
Go get your blessing

#Haircrush of the week.
Love the curls

How has your week been?
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Faith Journal Flip Through #8


Hello everyone,

It's been a while since I did one of these posts. That is because I had neglected my Faith Journal for a while due to the fact that I became too busy to pick it up. I wasn't using it as much as I used to before but I missed journalling and I soon realised that it has become a part of me and it helps me connect with God even more. I have recently gotten back into the swing of things and will be sharing with you some of the pages from the past couple of months.

This page was inspired by me passing my driving theory test back in June. This was one of my goals for this year to pass my theory test at least and I was so glad I did.

The theme of the month of June was "Wonder". And I must say that June was a really good month. God was so kind to me, my family, my friends, my loved ones and so many others I knew received answered prayers that month. I also really loved the story that went with the theme which was from Acts 3:1-10 about the man at the Beautiful Gate. He had been lame from birth and he was also a beggar asking for alms at the Beautiful Gate but that day, he had found special favour in God's sight and instead of the alms he normally gets, he was completely healed so that even those who knew him before were filled with wonder and amazement. If we keep trusting in Jesus, our story will be no different.

This page was inspired by the song Oceans by Hillsong. I really do love the lyrics to this song.

On the left page, I wrote down all the things that I was grateful to God for. I had a little reflection and thought about all my answered prayers. Gratitude is the open door for abundance.

This page was inspired by one of the daily devotions I had from the app- Our Daily Bread. There is always a sentence that sums up each teaching everyday and the one for that day was "You need not fear the darkness, if you are walking with the light of the world"
And I thought I had to keep reminding myself about this.

The theme for July was "Alone In Christ" and I learned that sometimes, when things get tough, you just have to seek God's face alone like what the prophet Elijah did. According to 1 Kings 18:22-39, there were 450 prophets of Baal and Elijah was on his own but God still answered his prayer. Getting some alone time with God is very important. 

The theme of last month was "Restoration". 
Just like the story of Job, God is able to restore unto us everything we have lost.

This page was inspired by one of my favourite songs I Give Myself Away by William McDowell. The race we run is not an easy one but it does help when we surrender our hearts to God and let him use us for His glory.

That is all for now. I hope I can still continue to journal even when I go to university because it is a very important part of me.
Thanks for reading.


Sunday, 6 September 2015

My Week #36 (2015)

Meeting With New Friends , The Versatile Blogger Award  And My Natural Hair Journey #1


My Week 36 in my Filofax


I moved into my paperchase Filofax/ I made new dividers for my Faith Filofax/ Finally found a use for my cute crepe charm/ I bought my first set of Pilot Frixion pens.

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"I, I am the Lord and besides me there is no other"
Psalm 43:1

The highlight of my week was meeting up with my friend Bexa who blogs over at artybexa.com. When I found her on Instagram, I really liked her artwork and I decided to comment on on of her posts on her blog. Little did I know that we lived so close to each other. It's funny how situations turn out sometimes. We met up, went out for some "coffee" and also had a great chat. It was a really nice time and I'm looking to more meet ups in the future.

Versatile Blogger Award


Also, sometime last week, I was nominated by the lovely Chloe (who blogs over at basicallychloe) for the versatile blogger award. It is just a tag created to be able to know more about other bloggers. The only rules are to thank the person that nominated you-including a link to their blog, telling them 7 facts about yourself and also nominating 15 bloggers to do the same.
So here are 7 facts about me:
  • My favourite sport is volleyball although I don't really play it.
  • I used to be on the junior volleyball team when I was in school, but then I quit because I didn't like the warming up session.
  • I have only recently gotten into running.
  • My favourite workouts are dance workouts (zumba etc)
  • When I was younger, I was almost hit by a car.
  • Also, when I was younger, dolls were never my thing.
  • I have always wanted to study in London. I just think one has to experience life in the big city too.
So there you have it.7 facts about me. I nominate any blogger out there who would love to take part.

My Natural Hair Journey #1: Three Months Post Relaxer

About 3 weeks ago, I did mention on here that I had decided to grow out my natural hair as I was tired of having to deal with my relaxed (chemically straightened) hair which I mistakenly damaged. I am currently about 3 months post relaxer and I decided to turn this into a mini series here on my blog. I thought this might keep me motivated so I don't end up relaxing my hair again. I will be getting a weave on Tuesday as a protective style before I go to uni and so I thought I'd show you guys my new growth before I tuck my hair away.
I apologise for the not so good quality of the photo. 

I had to put a white sheet of paper behind the s hair to help show the difference between the two textures. So at the moment, my natural hair underneath is about an inch long and is curlier, much thicker and softer than my straight relaxed hair. You should just be able to see the line of demarcation. Let me know in the comments if you can tell the difference. I'll try to take better pictures next time.

#Haircrush of the week.
Loving the versatility

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

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

My Gap Year Review, Travel Plans And HCA Work



Hello everyone,

As some of you may know, I am no longer a permanent staff at the hospital and my job as a healthcare assistant has temporarily come to an end. I just wanted to talk a bit more about my gap year or should I say gap years as I did in fact end up taking two years out. If anyone is wondering why I did that, then I would suggest you read this post which explains everything. The two years have gone by really quickly and I have a whole lot to talk about but to make things easier, I thought I would split all this information into two parts.


What I did during my gap year (s):


After I finished my A Levels in June 2013, I planned to take just one year out but I had no idea what I was going to do during my gap year. That was the first mistake I made. I didn't have a plan and I ended up not doing much for the first couple of months. I wanted to get a job in a healthcare environment like a hospital or a care home but I thought I wouldn't be able to get one since I wasn't 18 yet. 

At this time, I was preparing to reapply for medicine so I wanted to do something extra to add onto my personal statement to make my application a little bit stronger. In September 2013, I applied to be a volunteer at one of my local charity shops. I only worked there once a week (every Friday) for three hours (9am-12pm)  but I enjoyed my time there. The staff were really nice and I loved talking to the customers. After a few months, I started looking to get a paid job and I looked at under 18 jobs in care/nursing homes. 

In March 2014, I finally got a job as a general assistant in a local care home. It was my first real job and I was a bank staff- meaning I could choose my hours so it was very flexible. I worked in the domestic, kitchen and laundry departments and so there were quite a variety of things I had to learn. The hourly pay was good but because I was only a bank staff, the number of hours I could secure monthly were limited. The first couple of months were fine and I got used to the whole routine but later on, I realised I wasn't really enjoying what I was doing anymore. My favourite part of the job was when I was working with the domestic staff as I was able to talk to the residents as I cleaned their rooms but staying in the laundry room or kitchen for 6-7 hours was really getting to me. So as soon as I turned 18 in May 2014, I started applying for jobs in hospitals as a health care assistant.

I guess I was rather fortunate because by July 2014, I had already had two HCA interviews and I was offered both for the cardiac ward and the Acute Medical Unit. In the end, I went for the cardiac ward and I haven't regretted it. I started work in September 2014 and I only just temporarily stopped last week. I have learned so much working in the hospital over the past year and I can't want to go back during the holidays. If you would want to see my typical day as a healthcare assistant, be sure to check out this post.

In terms of travelling, I had planned to go back to Cameroon and visit my friends and family but when the time came, I realised I didn't have enough to do that which was another mistake I made. I am not too worried about this though because I know I will hopefully get the chance to travel in the future.

Advice I would give to anyone thinking about taking a gap year.
Here's a few pieces of advice I think might help some of you thinking about taking a gap year. Remember, these are only based on MY experiences.  You can do whatever you like on your gap year.

  • Have a plan:
You don't have to have every single detail planned out but at least, you could try to have an idea of what you are going to be doing during those twelve long months. A year seems like a long time but trust me, it goes by really quickly. 
  • Do your research:
Don't do what I did. I was so laid back at the beginning and had no idea what I was getting into. If you want to do some travelling or volunteering or you want to find a job, make sure you find out information about these. There are lots of opportunities out there but you won't find out about it if you don't do your research.
  • Budget:
This is a very important factor to consider especially if you want to travel. You will need to make a budget or find a way to get some money which leads us to the next point.
  • Get a job early:
The earlier you start applying for jobs, the earlier you will start working and the more money you will make. Even if it's just working for a few months to get money to go travelling or saving up money for university, starting earlier will always help. You could start by doing a simple search for a particular job in your local area or you can go to websites such as indeed.co.uk, reed.co.uk or the NHS Jobs websitr if you are looking for a job with the NHS.
  • Ask questions:
This one is for those aspiring to be healthcare proffessionals. If you are fortunate to get a job in a hospital, you should try to make the most of your time there. You will be able to gain lots of skills such as teamwork, time management, effective communication skills and many more.
Make sure to ask questions for example if you see a word on the handover sheet that you don't understand (NSTEMI, MISC, Oedema, FC, DW, etc), always ask. You learn more when you ask questions.

For aspiring medics, remember that doctors are also human beings. Don't be scared to make friends with them. Even though they are "higher up", some of them are very nice and wouldn't mind answering questions if you have any.

Sorry that this turned out to be a very long post. Hope it was helpful to someone at least. If you have any more questions for me about my gap year, my job, university or anything at all, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.
Thanks ever so much for reading.