Sunday, 28 February 2016

My Week #8 In Review (2016)

Electrophoresis, Rag Week Take Me Out, Tooting Show Weekend Rehearsals

Week 8 in my Filofax

Chocolate treats/ Making notes/ Lab practical- we were waiting for our electrophoresis gel/ Our gel was finally dry and stained/ Proudly displaying my Filo in the library :)/ Having lunch with friends/ I fried plantain. It was not as ripe as I had wanted but it was still good.

Week started with a bit of rain. I woke up early to go to town because I needed to get birthday gifts for 2 of my friends who had their birthdays this week. I only had one 2 hour rehearsal in the evening and my uni mum gave me a ride back to halls.

I had a rehearsal from 5-6pm and then I had another one from 9:30 to 11pm so it was a really tiring day for me.

We didn't have any lectures today but I had a practical from 9:30am to 12:30pm. It was on haemoglobin electrophoresis which I thought was really interesting. We were given blood samples of a mother, father and their child and we were supposed to find out their genotype using electrophoresis to find out if the child was suffering from sickle cell disease. I really enjoyed this practical as we were working with actual human blood.
After the practical, I went to the library to study. I was supposed to have a dance rehearsal at 5 but they cancelled it and moved it till the next day.

We had SGUL's version of Take Me Out which was very interesting. I did have rehearsals for most of the evening so I didn't get the time to watch all of it.

Lectures finished quite early and then I had Gospel Choir rehearsal from for a few hours before going back home.
I also go the chance to skype with my uncle who is in Cameroon. It had been a really long time since I did so it was really nice.

We had our very first weekend rehearsals. We had rehearsals at different times of the day and we finished  a bit early.

This was the second day of weekend rehearsals. I had to go back straight to uni after church because I had a rehearsal at 12 and then after all the rehearsals, we did a run- through of the whole show including all the dances, singers, actors in the order in which they will appear in the show. It was quite good and the acting was really funny.
When I got back I was really tired but I just had to get some work done before going to bed.
It's going to be another long week but I'm praying for all the strength I need.
How has your week been?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Friday, 26 February 2016

2016 Mini Collective Book Haul

Hello lovely people,

So one of my goals for 2016 was to try and read a few more books than I did in 2015 and so far I would say I am indeed reading more. I did buy a few books and decided to share with what you all what I got.

The first book I got is a "medical romance" novel and I got it from a charity shop. There are two stories in one(Tina Beckett's How To Find A Man In Five Dates and Amalie Berlin's Breaking Her No-Dating Rule). This is the one I am currently reading so I will hopefully be posting a review soon.

The next book I got is called "Chasing Hope" by Kathryn Cushman which I got off Amazon.. I read a review of this book on another blog and it was quite interesting so I thought I would give it a go. I am looking forward to reading it.

Last but not the least, I got the book "Life Without Limits" by Nick Vijicic from Amazon. I have been following the author's page on Facebook and I know a lot about him but I wasn't quite aware he had written books so when I saw a post on Facebook mentioning it, I immediately went it search for his books and grabbed this one first. I am also really looking forward to reading this one.

I will make sure to post a review of all these books mentioned so make sure to check back.
What books are you currently reading or are on your "to read" list?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Pocket Letter Share #1

Hey everyone,
Today I have yet another exciting post to share. Daisy from MyGreenCow shared a post on her instagram page a couple of weeks ago giving an opportunity for people looking for pen pals to comment with their info so others could contact them. I just thought I would give it a go and see how it turns out and I am so glad I did.

Through this post, I met Melissa who is from Belgium and she is one of the sweetest people ever. We got talking on insta and then decided to send each other pocket letters. It was the very first one both of us had ever made and so it was really hard at the beginning but I finally received hers and I thought I would share with you guys what she sent me.

For those of you who have no idea what a pocket letter is, you can find all the answers you need here.

So this is the pocket letter I got from Melissa. We both decided to use the 6x6 pocket sleeves.

In the top row she included a letter, some really cute stickers as you can see from the picture above and also a cut out of some of her favourite quotes. I really do love quotes and I am glad she does too. I think it was very sweet of her to include these quotes. My absolute favourite is the one that says "My future is so bright I need shades"

In the middle row, she included a few more cutouts and some washi tape. The washi designs are so pretty and I love the fact that they are the thin rolls as well. I don't really own that many thin washi tapes.

Finally, in the bottom row, she included some more washi tape samples which I absolutely love, some sticky notes, a tag and some other planner goodies. 

Everything is just so beautiful and I can't wait to start using them. In fact, I may have already started using the washi in my planner and my journals. 
Thank you so much Melissa if you're reading this.. I really do love all the items you sent me.

Have you guys ever heard of pocket letters?
Have you ever gotten one?
Do you have a pen pal?
 Have you ever sent or received snailmail/happy mail?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for visiting.
God bless :)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

My Week #7 In Review (2016)

Tooting Show Rehearsals Week 2, More Lectures, My First Pocket Letter, RAG Week And Meeting Up With My Friends

Week 7 in my Filofax

Sunday night anatomy prep/ Going through resp lecture notes/ At Giraffe restaurant in central London with my friends at our first meet up/ Food and desert we ordered.

We had our very first anatomy session in the dissection room for Semester 2 and it was really interesting. I didn't have any dance rehearsals which was good. This week was the start of RAG Week and there was a line of different activities going on around uni to try and raise money for different charities. Some of the activities included an auctioning evening, Take Me Out event and Jail Break (where participants where required to travel as far away from London as possible without spending any of their personal money)

We had our first computer practical of the semester and it was assessed but it was went well so I was quite happy. 

We didn't have any lectures so I spent most of the day catching up on my lectures from last week. I also went to town to buy some food before going for my dance rehearsals which were from 6pm till about 10pm so it was a pretty tiring day.

This was the start of week 2 of lectures and so we had 6 lectures as well. We are learning about the cardiovascular system this week which is quite interesting but it is a lot of information to take in at once.

We had 5 lectures and I was so happy when it was all over because I was so looking forward to the weekend.

I met up with my friends which I met on the online student forum "The Student Room". We had been talking for over 2 years and we finally got the chance to meet up in person. We went to central London where we bowled, went on a ride on the bumper cars and did a  lot of activities in the arcade. We later went for dinner in a restaurant called "Giraffe". The food was really good and we all had a really good time.
I also met up with my parents in Victoria and I went back home with some fried rice and fried plantains :)
When I got home, I also received my very first pocket letter in the post which I will be sharing soon so keep an eye out for that post :)

I was quite tired after church service today so I had a long nap and then I'm just doing some more anatomy prep. It is also going to be a very busy week so hopefully it is a good one.

How has your week been?
Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for visiting.
God bless.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

My Week #6 In Review (2016)

Start Of Tooting Show Rehearsals, Visit To Richmond Park, Start Of Semester 2 Lectures And Teddy Bear Hospital National Conference + Junior Doctors Contract.

Week 6 in my Filofax

Watching 24 hours in A&E/ Waiting for the bus, Richmond Park/ Enjoying the sunset/ Walk in the park/ Talk from Dr Rhys Beynon of 24 hours in A&E

I came back to London after spending the weekend at home. It was a very short break but it was good. I would have come a bit later but Tooting Show rehearsals also started so I had to come back.

My friends and I wanted to do something fun before the start of Semester 2 and so we visited Richmond Park and came across wild deer. The scenery was really beautiful and we had a little picnic in the park which was also nice.

Lectures started and we had a few introductory lectures and then we were given new handbooks just to get the ball rolling.

Continuation of lectures and it was very full on. We had three lectures at a stretch and later on that evening, I had two Tooting show dance rehearsals which clashed with my briefing for the TBH national conference and so I had to find a way to make it to all of them.

We had another full day of lectures starting at 9 am. In the evening, I didn't have any dance rehearsals but I had Gospel Choir rehearsal in the evening.

It was an early start for me as well because I was volunteering in the Teddy Bear Hospital national conference which SGUL was hosting. We had student from unis all over the country and we even had students from the university of Melbourne in Australia so it was really interesting to see how Teddy Bear Hospital is run not just in the UK but in other countries like Australia. We also had talks from a paediatric consultant as well as a Q&A session with one of the stars of 24 hours in A&E.

Valentine's day is finally here and almost over. Happy Valentine's day everyone. Hope you all had a lovely day.

Junior Doctors Contract:

Now just before ending today's post I just wanted to quickly give my opinion on the ongoing issues. Most of us must have probably heard about junior doctors striking because new unsafe and nonnegotiable contracts are going to be imposed on the them starting August this year. While I am not a medical student or a junior doctor, I have worked in a hospital as a healthcare assistant alongside doctors and other healthcare staff and I understand the value of the work we all put in.
The term "junior doctors" does not only apply to Foundation Year doctors. Every doctor who is not a consultant is a junior doctor and this contract applies to all of them. I have come to realise that the only people who will really understand what junior doctors go through is they themselves who are actually doing the job. So to see that someone from the outside can just so easily try to change everything without heeding to the complains of the doctors is very appalling.
The new contract undervalues the work doctors do as it will only produce tired doctors. Tired doctors make mistake, mistakes kill people and so the whole soceity is going to be affected. You can't try to solve a problem by creating an even bigger one even at the risk of losing all these doctors by making them to leave the NHS and travel abroad or even reconsider their career path altogether.

What do you guys think about the junior doctors contract?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Sunday, 7 February 2016

My Week #5 In Review (2015)

End Of Exams, War Room, Making Puff Puff, Boat Party And Home For The Weekend

My Week 5 in my Filofax

Finally watching the movie War Room/ At the after exams boat party of the River Thames/ I made puff puff for the first time/ Beautiful sunset/ Going home for the weekend.

This week started with more revision. The second year Biomeds had their written exams and so it was nice for them to finally finish.
We had our formative anatomy exam. It was in the dissection room and it was for an hour. The fact that it was formative meant that most of us didn't revise for it as much as we would have if it were summative. Hopefully it went well-but even if it didn't, I guess it doesn't matter.

I spent all of my day in my room revising. This was the last day before the exams and so I was just trying to squeeze in any extra revision I could. I finally went to bed at 2am but thankfully I did have a good night's sleep.

We had our very first written exams here at uni and it was definitely an experience. The structure was obviously different from what we were all used to. I am hoping that it went well. I am just really glad it's all over now and I can breathe for a couple of days before Sem 2 starts.

After the exam, my friend and I went to town and got a few things to make puff puff and we made and fried some later that evening for the very first time. The first batch was burnt coz we let the oil heat up for too long and we were fortunate not to have caused the fire alarm to go off.

We also did watch a couple of movies like War Room, Never Back Down, Mighty Joe Young and The Zoo Keeper. It was a really nice way to end the day.

I woke up a bit late because exams were over and I didn't really see the point of waking up early.
Later that evening, my friends and I went to the after exams boat party on River Thames. It was really fun and not too bad at all for my first ever boat party.

I did a bit of cleaning in my room then packed my stuff because I was going home for the weekend.

Im currently at home and do not want to leave. Semester 2 starts on Wednesday and I am not ready for more learning but I am guessing I do not have a choice.

Hope you all had a lovely week.
Thanks for reading my blog.
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God bless :)

Friday, 5 February 2016

University: Staying Informed About Current Events And Dealing With FOMO

Hello everyone,
I have a bit of a different kind of post today but I felt it might be a very important one to share.
As some of you may know I am a first year at university and one of the things most students struggle with while at uni is keeping up with current events going on around them especially if it is in a city like London- where there is so much to do, but also very easy to miss out.
I have a lived in small towns for most of my life and experiencing life in the big city is very new to me. It was one of the reasons I chose London in the first place. In order to get the most out of your town/city, here's a couple of ways which might help keep up to date with things happening around us.

Friends And Other Students:
I don't know about anyone else but at uni, I have come to realise that you are most likely going to get a lot of information from your friends and also students around. My uni is a very small one and so information travels really fast especially about upcoming SU events at uni. So it is sometimes helpful to ask around.

Social Media Platforms:
Another very useful place to get information about current events is social media platforms. Before coming to uni, I joined the Student Union Facebook group and also lots of other groups that keep us up to date with any upcoming events. Last term, my friends and I went to an African event in Trafalgar Square which was really fun. I found out about this event on Facebook. I don't use Twitter very often but you can also follow pages on there that will let you know about any events happening at your uni and your city.

I don't know about you guys but I do love reading newspapers especially when I am on the train. Some of my friends make fun of me for doing this but I don't see anything wrong with keeping up to date with news. If you like reading papers like me, there are social corners on there with a list of upcoming in your city where you can have a look at.

Finally, there are lots of very useful websites out there that help everyone know about current events happening around. I recently found out about a website called Eventbrite which is really useful. You can find a whole list of events going on in around your town or city by simply typing in your location.  I recently found out through this website there is going to be a Hillsong Conference here in London in July. Another exciting thing about Eventbrite is you can create your own event, advertise and sell tickets for your event on there. You can find the link to their sell tickets page.

So I decided to also write a bit about this condition I recently found out about. It's called FOMO which means the Fear Of Missing Out. If you have never heard about it before then a definition I found online is "anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening somewhere and that you may be missing out. This is often aroused by posts seen on social media"
This may sound a bit ridiculous but it is a very real problem in this First World we live in. This feeling has been said to be more prevalent among people of ages between 16 and 35. The effects could be as little as totally obsessing about what others are doing all the time or could even lead to severe depression.
It probably could more complicated than it sounds but I came across a few ways that could help deal with FOMO and I thought I'd share.

Accept that you can't have it all:
I think the first step to solving a problem is first of all coming to terms with the fact that there is a problem. In this world, we can't always have everything we want, be everywhere we want to be, go everywhere we want to go, or even do all the things we want to do. It's just the way life is and it is sadly something we need to come to terms with- that we will most definitely miss out on some things.

Ask yourself important questions:
Everything has it's good and bad sides and social media is not excluded. Our dependency on social media can be something that builds us or slowly destroys us. Social media is very deceitful and some people sometimes only show the good sides of things when it's really not how things are going down. There are some important questions we sometimes need to ask ourselves. Do I really want to go out now? Do I really want to stay out this late? Is this going to be of any help to me? Would I rather go out or stay home and read a book or watch tv with my family?

Be grateful and enjoy the present:
It is true that we can't always have it all but it also important to be grateful for what you have and what you have been able to do. Be grateful about your loved ones and family around you who love you. Quality is always more important than quantity and I feel this applies to making memories too.

You can find a few other useful articles I found about FOMO here and here.
How do you stay up to date with current events in your town/city? Have you ever heard of FOMO before?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks ever so much for reading.
God bless.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Gratitude Journal Flip Through #1

Hello lovely people,

I am very excited to share the very first post in my new 2016 series. Last year I did a Scripture Art Journal Challenge where I journalled about scriptures every week for 52 weeks and you can view a flip through of my journal here.

This year I am taking on another challenge but it is a 52 week gratitude challenge.

So for 52 weeks I will be journalling about different things I am grateful for. My word for 2016 is gratitude and so I thought this would be a very good challenge for me to learn more about this important attribute.

To make things even more difficult for myself, I have decided to go with two different sets of prompts because I couldn't make a choice.

My first list of journalling prompts is from this list I found online here.

My second source of journalling prompts is from a very talented lady called Jenny Frith. She owns a blog and she started this Gratitude52 community where she shares journalling prompts every Friday on her blog. There is also a group on Instagram where you can share your pictures and connect with other very talented artists out there. You can sign up for the challenge by checking out Jenny's blog here and you can also be a part of the Gratitude52 community here.

I am using my Fauxdori notebook cover and the notebook inside is a plain NU notebook and it is in A6 size.

When you open up my gratitude journal, this is the first page you see.

The sticker is from a collection of faith based stickers I got from etsy.

The first prompt for week 1 was to think about why I wanted to do this challenge and truthfully, the reason I'm doing this is to learn to be more grateful. I have come to understand that gratitude is a very important attribute and it is a gateway to many blessings. We gain nothing from complaining all the time but learning how to show appreciation even for the little things in life is very important.

Jenny's prompt for week 1 was to practice lettering and so we were asked to choose any favourite quote or bible verse about gratitude. I immediately went for this one because it is my favourite scripture about gratitude. It reminds us that it is in fact God's will for us to be thankful in ALL circumstances we find ourselves in. Even when it doesn't make sense, there will always be something to be thankful for.

The first prompt for week 2 was spouses or significant others. I am currently not in a relationship and so I decided to do an entry for my future hubby. I was so motivated by this prompt that I even wrote a letter to future hubby. I am going to keep it because I'd like to look back in the future and see how I felt at this point in my life. 

Jenny's prompt for week 2 was conversations with friends. I found this quote online and I could really relate to it. I can't thank God enough for all the people I call friends.

The first prompt for week 3 was family. I am so grateful for my parents and siblings and these are one of the most important people in my life that words would never be enough to express how grateful to God I am for blessing me with loving people like them.

Jenny's prompt for week  3 was art supplies. I have been into journalling for almost two years now and even though I can't really call myself a proper artist as I still have a lot to learn, I am very much thankful for art supplies which aid us to be able to express ourselves. What I love about art is that everyone has their own way of doing it. There is no right or wrong way to journal and the more you do it, the better you get and the more you enjoy it. So I am thankful for the gift of self expression through art.

First prompt for week 4 was a family member. I had to choose one person and I decided to go with my mum. I absolutely am blessed to have her as my mother and as cheesy as it may sound, words would never be able to describe how much I love her. I would be more than grateful to God if I ever turn out to be even half the role model she is to me.
As cheesy as this sounds, when I grow older, I do really want to be like my mum. She inspires me so much.

And last but not the least, Jenny's prompt for week 4 was shelter. Even thought it didn't snow very much in this part of the UK, it is really cold and for the past few days, I have been battling flu. I am grateful for a room to go back to after long walks in the cold, a bed to sleep on, heating in my room, good food to eat, lemsip to help clear the cold and also for waking up to hot showers in the morning.

The YouTube video

That's all I will be sharing for now. Feel free to check back at the end of the month for a flip through of February's pages.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)