Sunday, 31 January 2016

My Week #4 In Review (2016)

Anatomy Mock Exam, Last Lectures, I Got Into Tooting Show, Exam in 2 days, Revision, Revision, Revision And Oh Did I Mention Revision?

My Week 4 in my Filofax

Made Jollof rice/ Me revising at uni/ Revising Histology/ One of the quotes I saw on instagram that really encouraged me, It simply said "God is in control" and I believe this because I can never be able to do this on my own. My strength comes from Him coz He is in control of everything.

We had anatomy mock in the dissection room which was quite chilled actually. There was a chance to do some revision if we wished to but I chose to just crack on with the mock. Our anatomy exam this semester is formative so I am not too worried about it. Our written exam however is summative.
We were supposed to have a lecture that afternoon but it was cancelled. We also had a revision histology practical in the labs which I found quite helpful. I wanted to stay at uni and revise after that but I decided to go back to halls in the end because I had a headache.

This was the last day of lectures and it was nice to finally just start revising without worrying about new content you haven't covered. If you want to know in detail how my day went, check out the previous post  here if you haven't already.

Woke up early because we had a revision lecture at 10 and after the lecture, there was more revision. Left uni at 6pm.
I found out later that evening that I had gotten into the Tooting Show. I only auditioned to dance and I am going to be in 3 dances. I am super excited and I can't wait.

Pretty much the same thing. Woke up early and went to uni to do work.

Apart from going to the library and studying, my routine was pretty much the same as I didn't get the chance to do anything else other than study, rest and eat.

We had an outreach programme at church from 11-12 and after that I went to the library but I was so tired I ended up having to leave early. I rested when I got back to halls and then did some more revision.

After church, I did what I normally do on Sunday afternoons which is rest for a bit. I'll do some more revision tonight but for now I think I'm going to check out "The Voice" auditions videos on YouTube. Anyone watch The Voice?

Hope you all are having a more exciting week. I will be done with exams on Thursday and so hopefully I will have more exciting things to talk about on the blog.
Thanks ever so much for reading guys.
It's been kinda hard balancing uni and blogging but I've been trying my best because I know that at least someone is going to read it. So thank you.
It means a lot to me.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Day In The Life Of Joanny: First Year Biomed

Hello guys,
I have been wanting to do one of these again in forever. My first unofficial "Day In The Life" post was for Christmas Day 2014 and then I did another one for my Typical Day As A Healthcare Assistant and it was fun to do so I thought I'd do another one.

Today I will be sharing with you what I got up to yesterday. It is almost like a typical day of my uni life except exams are really soon so I did spend most of my time revising.

 I had set my alarm clock for 7 am. I don't normally use it to wake me up but I have been using it for the past few days because it is the only thing that can get me out of my bed and keep me awake haha.

This was the early morning view from my uni room window.
This was the last day of lectures for semester one and we had a 9 am start so I had to wake up early.

This was my outfit for the day.

I usually make sure I get ready to leave by 8:15 because the lecture theatre usually gets packed with people and if we would not get the chance to choose where we want to sit. I usually walk to uni with my friend who is also my flatmate.

It takes us about 15 to 20 mins to get to the uni campus. SGUL shares it's campus with St George's Hospital too. At the very beginning of the academic year we normally took about half an hour to get to uni but we are improving our walking speed and we're getting used to it now. It's good early morning exercise. We got to uni at about 8:40.

This was the first of 4 lectures we had and this lecture was about viruses with some very interesting images.
In our last lecture we did a practice exam paper for one of our modules and we also got feedback for 2 assessed practicals we had a few weeks ago.

After our last lecture at 1pm, my friend and I went to the computer room. I have been working in one of the computer rooms for the past few weeks because I find it to be less distracting and I just work better in there.

Just some of my notes on chronic inflammation.

At 6pm, we left for the christian union meeting. I really love the CU meetings and I love going to them. They take place very Tuesday at uni and its just a nice time to study the bible, worship and just talk to other students. We're all like a little family and it's so cool. We also always have food which is good. I tried to go for a healthier option by taking the apple but I also could not resist the chocolate mini doughnuts.

The bible verse the teaching was based on that day was Psalm 27 which is a really good Psalm where David was talking about his confidence in God. It was a great encouragement for us especially during a stressful time like this.
After the CU meeting, I hung around for a little bit and talked to the older years and then I went back to do some more work. I finally left uni at 9:30pm.

When I got back to halls, it was really nice to finally have a home cooked meal. There's nothing better than ending the day with some good food.

So that's all I got up to yesterday. In the future, I'll try and pick another day so I can show you guys the different things I get to do during the week as everyday is different.
Hope you all enjoyed this post.
If any of you are at uni, do you have busy days or more chilled out days? Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

My Week #3 In Review (2016)

ISOC Revision Lectures, Anatomy Revision And 9 Days Till Exam.

Week 3 in my Filofax

Trying to learn all the 12 cranial nerves for the last DR session of Semester One/ Beautiful sunny day/ Joke from one of the ISOC revision sessions we had. When parents are always right haha./ At another revision session. 

We had our last proper session in the dissection room for Semester one. We still have a couple more lectures for Semester one though and the content will all be included in the exam.
In the evening, we attended a revision session which was organised by ISOC and it was useful. They carry out these revision sessions every year and the sessions are run by students which is quite nice of them.

We had our last practical for Semester one and it was such a good feeling but also a bit daunting as this only means one thing-exams. We only had one lecture that morning and were free in the afternoon. I decided to go back to halls but I came back to uni in the evening for the Christian Union meeting where we had lots and lots of pizza.

We didn't have any lectures but we had an anatomy revision session for about 2 hours. We've had all our anatomy sessions for semester one and we were given the opportunity to go into the dissection room and go through anything we needed to go through. There were demonstrators around ready to answer our questions or go through anything with us.
We also had another revision session in the evening.

We had two lectures in the morning then I hung around in the library till the revision session we had in the evening.

We finished quite early which is very unusual as our Fridays are always so packed we barely get any proper lunch break. Thank God for exams eh? 
We had the last and longest revision session ever put together by ISOC from 5pm till 9pm but it was really useful and they even went through some practice questions in the end. 

I soentspent almost all my day in the library and I made fried rice when i got back. I studied for a bit then I went to bed.
I really enjoyed service from church today. There are certain times when you feel like certain messages are just sent directly from God to encourage you and I definitely felt like that today. Thank God for always remembering us and for being faithful. 😊

Hope you all had a blessed week.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

My Inspiration: His Grace Is Enough

His Grace And Empowerment Is Enough

***Caution: Text Heavy Post***

Hey guys,
I had been wanting to share this post for a long time now but I haven't really had the time to sit down and write it. I did mention a few months ago that we had a speaker at one of our Christian Union meetings whose teaching really blessed me. I have been wanting to do a post about what I learnt for a while and here it is finally.
The teaching was about God's grace and how we underestimate it and fail to apply it in our lives. 2 Corinthians 6:1 says that many of us have received God's grace in vain and we do not use it because we do not understand it fully.

Grace refers to God's unmerited favour which He has given us as a free gift and not because we have done anything to deserve it (Ephesians 2:8-9). The speaker used his testimony as an example of how God's grace works. He used to have an addiction before which he really struggled with especially since it was against his faith and belief. He had constant battles with himself as he really wanted to stop but felt like a slave to it and that it was impossible just like Apostle Paul stated in Romans 7:14-20. He said that when Philippians 4:13 tells us that we can do anything through Christ who strengthens us, it really means that all things are possible. This is where God's grace comes in.

Grace is more than just unmerited favour. It comes with empowerment as well. It empowers us to live a life just as God wants us to (1 Corinthians 15:10). On the cross, there was a swap and Christ became sin itself and took upon Himself all our punishments thereby making us right with God. It is a very common thing for us to say that "no one is perfect" and that "we all sin everyday as it is our nature". While it is true that no one is perfect and we all sin, it is also true that God wants us to strive for holiness just as He himself is holy. Thinking about how holy and glorious God is, we might say "How can He really expect us to be as Holy as Him?". We might think it is a bit of an unfair thing for Him to ask us to be holy when He knows the kind of world we live in where we are all faced with so many temptations every minute of each day. Hebrews 13:9 tells us that our strength comes from God's grace and that if He has put us in a situation, then He will surely give us the strength to go through it.

In Philippians 3:8-11, Apostle Paul was talking about how he would like to experience the resurrection of Christ (in other words, experience what Christ went through when he resurrected) but while he is still in his earthly body. Would we say that Apostle Paul was aiming too high? Absolutely not. God wants us to understand that it is very possible to do or be whatever we want to be if we use the grace and empowerment that He has freely given to us.
Some of us might be going through really tough times or have our individual battles that we are fighting or some of us might have believed the lies and condemnations from the devil- who is always trying to make us believe that we are worth nothing and that it is impossible to be made right with God because we are sinners and God will never forgive us.

God is reminding us that He will empower us to do His will and not the will of someone else (James 1:3-4). When our endurance is complete, we will be perfect and needing nothing. He knows the path that we take and so when He has finished testing us, we will come out as PURE GOLD.
If we're struggling with sin and temptations, Philippians 4:8 tells us that  we should not be sin conscious but righteousness conscious. Let us focus our minds on things that are good and pleasing to the Lord. Remember that Christ has saved us into a whole new world of possibilities but
everything we watch or say or hear might be trying to make us believe otherwise. God is faithful and gracious and merciful and full of unfailing love. He has given us the grace and the empowerment to face our fears so that His good and perfect will for us will be fulfilled.
We need to believe that and trust Him because He knows best.

One of my favourite songs
Grace by Laura Story.

I hope this post encouraged or blessed someone as much as it blessed me. If you have any questions please feel free to ask away. You can comment below, send me an email or use the contact form on the side bar.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Sunday, 17 January 2016

My Week #2 In Review (2016)

My First Visit To An African Restaurant, Early Morning Revision Sessions And Tooting Show Acting And Dance Auditions

My Week 2 in my Filofax :)

Prepping for 9 am lectures/ One of my favourite scriptures about gratitude- 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18   /Hair ball removed from teenager's stomach by surgeons.She had been eating her hair for a long time/ Chocolate treats in the library/ Filofax sighting in the library. I think it was an A5 Rosegold Saffiano./ What I wore to dinner at the African restaurant./ Food- Jollof rice, fried plantains and stew./ Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup/ Chicken Suya. Was very spicy and tasty.

We had an anatomy session in the dissection room about the gastrointestinal tract which I enjoyed because I did a lot of prepping for it which always pays off. We were supposed to have an assessed gut computer practical in the afternoon but it was cancelled due to unfortunate circumstances. I spent the rest of my day finishing off my anatomy notes.

We had another assessed practical about Karyotyping (lots of stuff to do with DNA) and later on that evening, I went to dinner with the other dancers that were in the Afreakan dance from the Fashion Show(the dance show I took part in last term). Our choreographer organised the outing and we went to an African restaurant. I had never been to one before that. The food was really tasty and it was good company.

We didn't have any lectures so my friends organised an early morning revision session which was supposed to start at 6 am. There were some people who obviously failed to wake up at that time and we didn't start until 7:30 and sort of finished at 12. I did go to uni to help out at a student ambassadors event.
Later that evening, I went to the Tooting Show Acting auditions. The Tooting Show is another big show here at SGUL that takes place every year in March.The difference from the Fashion Show is that it also involves acting and singing as well as dancing. I went to the acting auditions because my friend was auditioning but I was roped in for the warm up which was really fun.

We didn't have any proper lectures but we did have two revision workshops for one of our modules.

We had yet another long day of lectures and then I went for the Tooting Show dance auditions in the evening along with my friends. It was so much fun and unlike the Fashion Show auditions, it was quite chilled.

I had a bit of pain from the dance auditions the night before but my flatmate woke me up nice and early so we went to the library.
When I got back, I made chilli corne carne.

It snowed today. I saw it this morning on my way to church. After church, I had some alone time since I was probably the only one in the flat and then I took a nap. I think I'm just going to see how much work I can do tonight then call it a day.

How has your week been?
Do let me know in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Faith Journal Flip Through #9

Hey guys,
Today I will be sharing with you a few pages from my Faith Journal.

This page was inspired by the theme of the month of September 2015 which was "Fruitfulness" and the bible verse for that month was Psalm 105:24

This page has actually been featured on here before. It was inspired by one of the lessons from Our Daily Bread Devotional last year. There was a post on how I did this here so you can check it out. 

I found this quote online about the meaning of the letters in the word HOPE- HOLD ON, PAIN ENDS. And I thought it went really well with what the bible says in John 16:33. These were the comforting words of Jesus himself saying that He has given us peace. He said we will have troubles but because He has overcome the world and He lives in us, we are capable of overcoming these troubles that the world brings too. In other words, there is nothing the world can throw at us that we won't be able to brush off. Only if we keep trusting Him because He has got us.

This was one of the verses for my scripture art journal and I loved it. This year, I have made it my priority to try and know God more through his Word. I have come to discover that there is no other way that we could get to know our Heavenly Father than digging deep into the Word.

This page was inspired by the theme of the month for October.

These are some of the bible verses I came across which I really loved.

I can't say how much I'm grateful to God for who I am and where I am today. When I think about the people He has sent my way to help me in my journey and how He has always been there and never left me through it all, I just can't express how grateful I am. I have a lot to be thankful for and always will. That is why I want gratitude to be a part of me from this year 2016 and onwards.

That's all I have to share for now.
Thanks ever so much for stopping by.
God bless :)

Sunday, 10 January 2016

My Week #1 In Review (2016)

Back To Uni, Karate Club, Teddy Bear Hospital Placement and Revision Catch Up

My Week 1 in my Filofax

In the train back to London/ At the undeground station/ Back in my room and my view/ Only food left to eat/ Catching up on work/ Made spaghetti and meatballs :)

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"Therefore my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain."
1 Corinthians 15:58
 I went back to uni. The underground station was so crowded and most of the trains were overflowing with people. Had to wait a while before I could fit in one of them with my suitcase and bags. I had so much fun at home and I guess now its time to get back into the swing of things.

 It was an early start for me and I spent most of my day in the library revising. After that my flatmate and I went to Christian Union meeting and then later we went to our first ever Karate Class. I had never tried karate before but I decided to try something new to try and get out of my comfort zone. It was really fun and they taught how to defend ourselves if were were grabbed by the wrist, how to kick and how to block a punch. I think we might go back next week because it was really fun.

I went for my very first Teddy Bear Hospital Clinic. TBH is a community project soceity where we go to primary schools and teach children on various topics. All the kids were below 5 years old and there were various stations including Surgery, Scrubbing Up, Ambulance, Dentists, X ray, Healthy Eating, Lungs e.t.c. I had the Surgery station. I was a bit nervous when there weren't enough of us and I realised I was going to be running the station on my own but the more I did it, the better I got at managing my time and dealing with the fact that sometimes the children's attention was diverted. I tried to make the station as interactive as possible and make sure they understood what each organ did.


I had quite a busy and stressful day in terms of lectures. I did stay in the library at the end of the day which made me quite tired so I did have an early night.

I also had a long day of lectures as well and we even had a little mock for one of my modules which was alright. We finished earlier and so again, I stayed in the library till about 9pm.
My plan was to wake up early enough and go to the lbrary. I didn't wake up as early as I wanted to but I did go to the library and I would say I had quite a productive day.

After church I made pasta, took a nap and then woke up to study. Exams are on the 2nd and 4th of February so things are getting pretty busy around here.

Hope you all had a great week.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless 😊

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Review: My First Fauxdori Journal Notebook Cover

Hello guys,

In today's post, I wanted to share with you all my very first fauxdori notebook cover. This was one of the things my brothers got me for Christmas and I thought I'd share with you.
This is something that is very popular in the planner and journalling world. When I first heard about mtns, I thought they weren't really for me but because I have recently gotten into journalling, I am trying out different options. I had to make a decision between the hobonichi techo and the midori. I decided to go with the midori in the end because I'm not very keen on the fact that the covers for the Hobonichis are updated every year and this would probably make me want to keep buying new ones every year.

I have been wanting to try an a6 size journal cover. I was aware of the regular, large and field notes sizes for the midori traveller's notebooks but I wanted something slightly bigger than the fields notes size. 

I went on a search on etsy as usual and came across so many shops selling hand made mtns aka "Fauxdoris" and I took a liking to this particular one.

The name of the shop I got it from is Pandori Box

These are the links for the etsy seller.

My first impressions are that I absolutely love the floral pattern on this and the colour definitely attracted me. 

It came with a charm as well that had the words "made with love" and I thought this added a personal touch to it.

I also like the fact that the polka dots material used on the inside is not as bright as the outside. I love the contrast.

The seller also kindly included a folder insert which I think will be very necessary. 

Another thing she included was a notebook insert with square paper which was nice of her.

She also included adorable heart paperclips.

I had been trying to decide what kind of notebook I was going to use and I stumbled upon an A6 NU notebook in my local Ryman Stationery shop. I have heard quite a few things about NU notebooks so I am looking forward to using it.

I found a way to put both the NU notebook and the other folder insert iside the fauxdori. 

This is my fauxdori notebook cover stuffed. 

Finally, it also came with a pen holder and the seller added a pen and spare elastic bands. I am going to have to figure out a way to attach these elastic bands.

I have decided to use this as my gratitude journal which is the 52 week project I have decided to tackle this year. I am really excited about this project and so if you would like to see what I get up to, don't forget to check back at the end of every month for my gratitude journal flip throughs.
Do you own a mtn or a fauxdori?  If not, do you think you would ever try using one?
Please do let me know in the comments. 
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)