Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Scripture Art Journal Flipthrough #12 + Video

Hello everyone,
I can't believe this is the last flip through from my Scripture Art Journal for this year. When I decided to take this challenge back in January, I had no idea if I was going to keep up with it. I am happy to say that it was a great success and I manged to journal every week for the whole of 2015. I have had such a lovely time and I have discovered so many things about myself that I never knew I had. 
This challenge has really helped me draw closer to God because it has helped me discover more about His Word, His promises and just his attributes which makes Him who He is. 
This wouldn't be the last time I will share pages from my scripture art journal. I plan on sharing more pages in the future. 

If you guys remember from last month's post, I did mention that I was taking part in an "Act Of Love Challenge" this month and I will give an update on that at the end of this post.


Week 49 
I couldn't resist but use some of my Christmas stickers in this month's pages. It is the festive season anyway so I guess I am allowed to go overboard :D



I think I have said enough about all the bible verses being one of my favourites. I love this verse because it focuses on our minds. Our minds can harbour lots of thoughts that can become our words, our attitude and even our way of life. I like that it uses the words true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable excellent and praiseworthy. Anything that gives glory to our Heavenly Father would do.


Week 50


I feel like 2015 has been a year where I have come to learn a lot about obedience. Obedience to parents, elders and most importantly, obedience to God. I have learned that it is very important to obey Him because He knows what is best for us and not listening to Him when He speaks to us could lead to us ending up on the wrong path.

Week 51


I thought this was a really good verse to think about especially in the last month of the year. There might have been things that we might have done or things that might have happened during the year that we regret but I believe God is trying to tell us that the past does not matter anymore. He is about to give us a brand new beginning and if we focus on Him, we will be able to see it, grab it and enjoy in the new and glorious future He has planned for us.

Week 52


I really do love this verse. There is a song I love with lyrics that go "If stones could praise the Lord, that will not be in my time. I will never let a stone take my place. I will rise and take my rightful place." Our rightful place as children of God is to praise Him always in every situation.


Week 53


This was an extra verse but I decided to do it anyway because I thought it was suitable for a perfect ending. This just reminds us about the fact that this world is not our home. We are only passing by. Our real home is in heaven and so now that we have found the Lord, we should be steadfast, pray always and keep trusting because He has prepared a place for us in Heaven and our crown awaits us.

Finally, I did mention in last month's post that I was going to be doing a little project which involved making a greeting card for a WW2 veteran who lived in a nursing home in New York. I had never made a card before but instead of just an ordinary card, I thought I'd send him a hug as well in the mail.
I traced both my hands on cardboard paper and cut them out then attached it to a ribbon. At the centre of the ribbon was the card I made and I also added some embellishments and inspirational words like You are loved, you are hope-filled, you are loved, God loves you most.
I also bought a card for another lady whose story I saw on a Facebook group. I really hope they all got their cards and I hope they liked it.


Scripture Art Journal Flip through video.

If you missed any of my previous flip throughs here., you can see all of them again That's all for now guys. I will be doing another challenge in 2016 so stay tuned for that. I am so excited for the new year and I hope to speak to you all then. 
Have a wonderful day.
God bless.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

My Week #52 (2015)

Lots Of Rain, New Hair And Christmas

My Week 52 in my Filofax

My bro made me a cup of hot chocolate while I was studying/ Last minute Christmas shopping/ Me trying on clothes/ A little piece of my coily versus my straight hair texture./ A piece I drew for Christmas/ Learning about skeletal muscles/ Our Christmas tree.

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord."
Psalm 150:6

The weather this week wasn't the best at all. It's that time of the year again and winter is here. So we didn't have a white Christmas after all- we just had a rainy one. I hope you all had a really lovely Christmas and spent loads of time with your friends and loved ones. I had a lovely day and I am sad it's already over but with the rate at which 2015 flew by, I am confident it will be here already before we know it.
I have just been enjoying my time at home as my days here are numbered and soon it will be time to go back to uni. I got Senegalese twists in this week as a protective style and I am currently loving my new hair. Only a few days left in 2015 and I am quite excited for the new year.
Did you all have a good Christmas?
Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

My Week #51 (2015)

Back Home, Christmas Movies, HCA Shift And Lots Of Revision


Week 51 in my Filofax


Christmas tree in town/ Another Christmas tree lol/ Santa and his reindeer Christmas lights/ Me studying and trying to draw the internal structure of a spinal cord/ In the shopping centre./ Another beautifully decorated house. I am really obsessed with Christmas lights.

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"Forget the former things and; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
Isaiah 43:18-19a

So this week was really busy because I had to start revising as soon as I got home and it's been a struggle managing that and distractions at home.
I've also been catching up on some Christmas movies as they are my current favourite. 
I also managed to do a couple of shifts back at work. It has been a while and it was really nice to see my colleagues again. I realised how much I missed working with them.

Christmas Song Of The Week: Silent Night Live By Pentatonix



Hope you guys are having a great week so far.
If I am not able to post before Christmas, I want to wish you guys a very merry Christmas. Hope you all have a lovely day.
Thanks for reading.
God bless.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Christmas Tag 2015

Christmas Tree - animated  (Christmas 2008) - christmas Photo

Hey guys,
I've been loving the Christmas season so far and so I decided to do another more Christmassy post here on my blog. I haven't really attempted to do blogmas because I think it's just a little bit too much and it might just end up making me feel quite overwhelmed.
I did the Christmas tag last year and I really had fun having a think about the questions so I thought I'd do it again this time. I thought there was no point answering the same questions from last year so I went through quite a few blogs and made a list of questions I haven't done before and here they are.


Have you ever had a white Christmas?


Considering the fact that I grew up in Cameroon and that it hardly snows a lot in the UK, I would have to say no. I don't mind not having a "white Christmas" though. I'm not a really big fan of the snow anyway.

Do you like to stay in your PJs on Christmas day or dress up?


I don't think I've ever spent Christmas in my PJs. Even when we don't go anywhere, we always had visitors in our house on Christmas day while growing up so after dressing up for church in the morning we would normally just stay in these clothes all day. Here in the UK, our Christmases have been quite similar.

Where do you usually spend your Christmas holiday?


I've spent all my Christmases with my family, friends and close ones at our house. We've never really spent Christmas somewhere else.

Have you ever built a gingerbread house?


Sadly no :( I feel like there's quite a few things I haven't tried out yet. I would deffo love to build a gingerbread house. I did decorate a gingerbread man though if that counts for something :D

What is your favourite Christmas song?


Oh gosh I love Christmas songs. Angels We Have Heard On High, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel and loads of others. My most recent favourite has be O Holy Night and I love the cover by Pentatonix.



Is your Christmas tree real or fake?


Our Christmas tree is fake. We unpack it and store it away after Christmas and then bring it out again the next year. I would love to have an experience with a real tree though :)

What do you like to do on your Christmas break?


My Christmas breaks in the past have always been a time to really have a good rest away from uni and all that stuff but that is not the story of  my life this time around. I have loads of revision to do I guess I just have to deal with that.

Candy cane or gingerbread men?


I would have to go for gingerbread men. I love candy canes but I can easily get bored with them.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?


Ah I suck at wrapping presents. I had to watch tutorials on YouTube. It's bad!!!

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?


I would really love to visit New York at Christmas time or any of the other big cities besides London. London has already been ticked off now. I would love to go to and explore any big Christmas markets too as I haven't really gotten the chance to do that.

So that's the end for now guys. I hope you all enjoyed this little tag. Please feel free to join in if you fancy it.
Thanks so much for reading.
Happy Holidays.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

University: First Year Biomed Term One Review



Hello everyone,

As some may already know, we've broken up from uni for Christmas and I am home now trying to bury myself in my books in preparation for Semester 1 exams. However, in today's post, I thought I'd talk a bit about how my very first term at university went. There are quite a few things to talk about so I thought I would split information into different parts.

Fresher's Week:
At George's, we had Fresher's fortnight instead of Fresher's week so it was double the fun. There were so many activities and parties to get involved in and I also met so many people. SGUL is quite a very small university so I was able to quickly find my "group" of people that I hung out with quite regularly. I had such an amazing time and signed up for quite a few soceities. If you would like to read about the details of how my Fresher's Fortnight went, you can click here.

Settling In:
I guess most freshers always tend to worry about how they are going to settle in at university and this was certainly one of my worries. During the first couple of days, I did miss home and my family and friends but then after a few days when everything became busy with fresher's events, it kinda helped me not to focus too much on home and soon I was getting used to the whole being at uni with different people. My flatmates as well are very nice and I am really close with one of them so it did make things easy for me to be around people that I got along with.
We were assigned to personal tutors who are there to help and support us here at uni.
We were also assigned to a parent which is a student in an older year and my uni mum is a second year Biomed who has been really nice and helpful throughout the term.

Modules:
For the more academic side of things, the course I study is Biomedical Science and it is not your typical Biomedical Science Course. SGUL do a transfer to medicine scheme which gives an opportunity for students to be able to transfer to medicine when they finish their Biomed course. It is very competitive of course and most if not every Biomed student is hoping to transfer including me. For this reason, the Biomeds here at SGUL do a little more extra by learning an extra module called Clinical Sciences and we attend lectures with medical, physiotherapy and healthcare science students. This is all part of the Interfoundation Programme or IFP. Biomeds also have two other modules. The first is Cellular And Molecular Biology (CMB) and the other is Biomedical Skills And Technologies (BST).

Tutorials:
As part of the BST module, we have tutorial sessions in groups every week. We get given a sheet of questions to complete during the week and then on Fridays, we meet up in our groups and go through the questions and answers. We are supervised by a tutor. I find these tutorials quite useful as we get to help each other in case we find things difficult.

Lab Practicals
Our BST module also involves lab practicals which we do once a week as well. Some of these lab practicals are assessed which count for a tiny percentage of our exams. If I could choose, I wouldn't do practicals but again, they aren't too bad and I don't mind them.

Anatomy:
As part of the CS module, we learn anatomy and we do have sessions in the dissection room every week as well. We have demonstrators that teach us with the use of cadavers, prosections and models. I wouldn't say I was very excited about learning anatomy this way, but I was looking forward to it as it is not something all unis in the UK offer. I have to say, I took to it quite well and I find it really useful.

Social life:
So far, I would say that my social life here at uni isn't too bad. I joined quite a few soceities like the Christian Union, Gospel Choir, African And Carribean Soceity and I was also part of the  Fashion Show which was a dance show for charity. I have met so many amazing people including older years in different courses who have been so nice and very useful in terms of helping out academically, socially and just giving really useful advice.

So that was a quick ish review of my first term at uni. I really do love it there and I have had such an amazing time so I am really looking forward to the future. Anyway I am gonna head back to revision.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

My Week #50 (2015)

Diabetes Mentoring Scheme Interview And Training, End Of Term, Winter Wonderland And My Natural Hair Journey #2

Week 50 in my Filofax

 Christmas tree at uni/ Beautiful sunset after rain/ House with beautiful Christmas decorations./ One of the rides at Winter Wonderland./ A freaky house/ London eye/ Shopping centre/ Christmas lights/ Beautiful lit of streets of London :)

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"If they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment"
Job 36:11

Monday:
The week started off really nice and lovely. We had a session in the dissection room but it was just based on clinical examination and not on actual stuff we have to know for the exam.
Later in the evening, I was interviewed to become a Diabetes Mentor which is part of the Diabetic Mentoring Scheme hosted by the Paediatric Soceity here at SGUL.

Tuesday:
We didn't have any lectures which gave us some time to relax. I did watch a couple of movies too.

Wednesday:
This was the last day of lectures and my friend and i were running late so we had to run but the lecturer wasn't there when we arrived so it was all good.
After lectures, my friends and I went to Winter Wonderland in Central London. It wasn't as grand as I expected but we did have loads of fun. I went on 2 rides and I screamed all the way haha.

Thursday:
Most people started going home from Wednesday night so halls of residence so quiet now with less people. I had plannerd to go home on Saturday but because I had training for the Diabetes Mentoring Scheme, I couldn't leave.

Friday:
I was able to get some laundry done, I cooked and then finished writing up my anatomy notes as well as go through some of my notes again.

Saturday:
This was day 1 of the Diabetes Mentoring Scheme. This programme was designed for children (11-18year olds) suffering from diabetes who also have low self esteem issues because of it. The job of the mentors will involve a 6 month commitment where we will be required to meet with the child every week and engage in activities or talk about how they are coping just to help build their self esteem and confidence and to make them feel better about themselves. There were a lot of scenario questions, exercises and discussions in groups which was really interesting. We also had a question and answer session with someone who used to be a mentee and they spoke about their experiences and how that relationship changed their life. It was a long training session from 10am till 5pm but I definitely found it useful.

Sunday:
This was day 2 of the diabetes training. We did learn a bit more and we got involved in some role play at the end which was quite interesting to see how we would react in certain situations. I enjoyed this experience and I am quite excited about this project. I am going home tomorrow so I am just going to pack my stuff, watch X Factor finale and get ready to go back home.

My Natural Hair Journey #2: 6 Months Post Relaxer
I am so excited to be doing another natural hair update post. The last time I did one was 3 months ago just before I came to uni and before I got my weave. I did take my weave out about a week ago and my hair has grown indeed. The picture I took last time wasn't very clear so I tried to take better pictures this time round.
Texture shot from the top/ I cut the relaxed ends on the bit at the side so all of that hair is natural. This hair stretched to just below my ear./ A closer look at my curl pattern- this is not consistent throughout my hair though as I've noticed I might have different curl patterns in different section of my head./ 2 inches of new growth :)

I have now been free of relaxers for 6 months and I am still going. My new growth is about 2 inches long now and I can start to see a curl pattern in some places which feels so nice. Judging from the last 6 months, it would seem like the growth rate of my hair is about an inch every 3 months. I will be getting braids soon as another protective style so I am excited to see how much new growth I will have when I take them down. Next natural hair update will hopefully be when I am 9 months post relaxer and I can't wait.

Finally guys, I just wanted to mention that I am taking part in an #ActOfLoveChallenge this month which is just to provoke or motivate one another to do a love deed this season. If you would like to get involved, you can click this video here.

Christmas song of the week: Carol Of The Bells- Pentatonix.


Hope you guys had a fabulous week.
Thanks ever so much for reading.
God bless.

Friday, 11 December 2015

My Filofax Set Up For University

Hey guys, today I am going to be sharing another Filofax set up but this time it is for my compact Kyoto Rose Paperchase Planner which I use as my main planner (You can read my review of this planner here. I started uni a few months ago so I have been using this planner as well for university purposes. 

This is what you see when you open up the planner. On the left hand side, I just have some paperclips, stickers and I also keep some washi tape samples and stickers in the pockets. I also have one of my favourite bible verses at the bottom which says "But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come out as PURE GOLD" Job 33:10
On the right hand side, I have my dashboard which is the same one from my previous set up. I only added one of my new favourite quotes which is "Decide today that you won't give up on your dreams and desires. Keep pressing forward, believing that you are anointed and empowered by God"

Behind my dashboard, I still keep my sticky notes and sticky tabs.

I currently have 6 sections in my planner. The very first is "PERSONAL INFO".
Here. I just keep all my personal information here.

Next section is my "DIARY". This is the main planning section where I write down most of my to do lists and tasks. I do share pages from my weekly pages every week.

Next section is "LISTS". This section is still the same from the previous set up.. I still keep my books to read, movies to watch lists, list of my online orders and also my washi tape inventory.

Next section is "UNIVERSITY".
This is the section where I keep all information related to university.

I have monthly calendar where I mark very important dates such as deadlines for essays, practical write up deadlines, tutor appointments and educational sessions run by the uni.

I also have a section for recording my academic progress. So far we have only had practical assessments but this is where I keep a record of all the work we do. These inserts came with the planner which is really helpful.

I also do have a mini notes section here where I write down important uni related lists such as ideas on how to set up my uni portfolio.

The next section "FITNESS". This too hasn't changed and it's still the same as in my previous set up. I might end up taking this section out as I don't really use it often any more.

Final section is "NOTES". This is the section for all my miscelleneous lists and notes.

At the back of my planner I have map of the London underground route. I got this from eBay and I just thought it would be a useful thing to have living in London.


The pen I use is my trustee Pilot Frixion pen which I got from Ryman.


YouTube Video
Hope this post was useful in some way or helped in giving you guys ideas on how to set up a planner for uni or just setting up your planner in general.
Thanks ever so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Week #49 (2015)

New Month, International Students Christmas Meal, Cookies And Carols, Clinical Skills Training, Practical Write Up Deadline, Family Christmas Dinner And Being Grateful.

Week 49 in my Filofax

At Cookies and Carols/ I decorated a gingerbread man/ Celebrating Christmas/ Eating Egusi soup/ At my uni family Christmas dinner

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things"
Philippians 4:8

Monday: 

This week was the first after Fashion Show and I found that I missed it quite a lot. I was able to get hold of some of the videos from the show and I have found myself watching them several times. I think I might have "Fashion Show Withdrawal"
Tuesday:
We had an international students Christmas meal at lunch time. I am not an international student but I went with my flatmate who is an international student. We had some food, got involved in a gingerbread man decorating competition and also enjoyed some christmas  music from the SGUL choir.
Later that evening, we had one of the famous events here at George's hosted by the CU called "Cookies and Carols". It was such an amazing event with loads of people and lots of talents being showcased. We had poems, spoken words, rapping, beautiful voices and Christmas Carols. We also had lots to eat as well. I am part of the Gospel Choir and we did perform two Christmas Carols as well. It was such a lovely time.
 
Wednesday:
We didn't have any lectures but I had my clinical skills training which was a training offered by the Student Ambassador Scheme. SGUL offers Clinical Skills Days where we get the opportunity to teach 11-16 year olds basic clinical skills such as hand washing, pregnant tummy, Basic Life Support, Blood Pressure, Pulses and loads more.
 
Thursday:
 We didn't have any lectures as well so I tried to get as much work done as I could. I also had to tie up some loose ends with my practical write up.
 
Friday:
This was the last day we were meant to hand in our practical write ups. We had 2 weeks to do it and I didn't want to have to deal with mine last minute so I completed it the night before and then submitted it in the morning. 
 
Saturday:
The highlight of my Saturday was the family Christmas meal we had. My university family organised a Christmas dinner and we all had to cook and bring food to share with others. My flatmate and I are in the same family so we made fried rice together. There was loads of food including chicken, fried plantains, curry, cakes, sweets and lots more. It was such a fantastic evening as we got to know each other more, played games and just danced to music.
 
Sunday:
It was thanksgiving Sunday at church and I learnt a lot from the various testimonies that were shared. The one that touched me the most was the testimony of a little boy who was thanking God for helping him move from the middle set in maths to the top set. It just got me thinking about gratitude. Even with the little things- we still have to thank God because the small victories are still significant.
Source


Can you all seriously believe it's December? Well I can't but I love this month so much as it is one of my favourite seasons of the year. To kick of this Christmas season I thought I'd share some of my favourite Christmas songs every week just like I did last year.
The very first on my list is Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix


Finally, I am getting involved in an #Actoflovechallenge this month and if you would like to get involved in a project to share love or do a love deed to someone this month, you can check out the video to find out more about this challenge here.
Wish you guys all the best this new month and I hope you had a lovely week.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Scripture Art Journal Flip Through #11 + Act Of Love Challenge

Hello guys,
It's that time again and I will be sharing with you pages from my Scripture Art Journal for the month of November. You can see the pages for the previous months here.

Week 45

This verse is very similar to that in Matthew 7:7-8 which says "Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened". It even goes ahead to say that "For everyone who asks, receives and he who seeks, finds and to him who knocks, the door shall be opened"
The extra thing in this verse is the bit at the end "so that your joy may be full". 
We can always find fullness of joy in Christ Jesus and He has promised us in His Word that "everyone" who asks receives so we should not hesitate to speak to our heavenly Father about our needs so our joy can be complete.

Week 46


I had shared this scripture a few months ago in my Faith Journal and before then I didn't realise that arranging the words of this verse like this could spell the word Valentine. I found that to be really amazing. No other man on earth or in heaven or under the earth has ever shown any greater love than the love Christ showed us when He died on the cross. That makes me feel loved coz God loves us indeed and His love for us is indescribable.

Week 47

I love the fact that most of the scriptures this month are based around love. Isn't that somthing we really do need in our world today? God is love and by showing His love to others we prove that we are born of Him and He lives in us. Let's love one another including just as Christ loved us. The topic for my devotions this morning was about loving our neighbours. Let's not forget about showing love even to those we don't really like. Christ loves all of us equally so in following His perfect example, let's try to show love to EVERYONE.


Week 48

As some of you may already know, I am part of a Facebook group called "Hide His Word In My Heart" where we share our scripture art journal pages and encourage in other in Christ. This scripture actually sparked the "Act Of Love Challenge" which I will be taking part in this month of December. The challenge is basically to choose one person around you this week or month and to show love to do an act of love. In Maymay's video, she mentioned a WW2 veteran in a nursing home in New York who will be spending yet another Christmas alone and invited us to shower him with greeting cards. I will definitely be getting involved in this project and will be sending a card to him for Christmas. I am really excited about this project and feel to join in if you want. I will be sharing what I get up to in the next Scripture Art Journal post. If you want to find out more details, click on the link to the video here.
So just like the scripture suggests, I want to motivate you all to perform an act of love this Christmas to anyone. 
Do let me know in the comments if you will be getting involved in this challenge.
Thanks for reading.
Lots of love.