Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Tag: The Infinity Dreams Award (Random Things About Me)

Hello everyone, the lovely Elissa who blogs over at Letters To Jayna nominated me a few weeks ago to do this tag and I will be answering her questions in this post.

White, milk or dark chocolate (and there is definitely a wrong answer here)

Haha I like how you said there is definitely a wrong answer here. I'm not sure what that is but I know I am a chocoholic and I definitely know how I like my chocolate. I very much love milk chocolate and then I can go for white if there is no milk chocoholic. I really don't like dark chocolate. Trust me, I have tried but I just can't bring myself to like it.

What are you reading now?

I currently I'm reading the book "Chasing Hope" and will soon be reviewing it on my blog so keep an eye out for that.

How do you de-stress?

When I am stressed, I listen to a lot of music- mostly christian songs because when the world stresses me out, my faith is the only thing that keeps me going. 
I also do journal a lot and a combination of journalling and listening to music is my idea of de-stressing.

What is something small that brings you joy?

I love putting a smile on people's faces in my own crazy and unique way but as long as that makes others smile, I am happy.

What drew you to blogging?

The only reason I started blogging was to document my journey through medicine but after almost 2 years of blogging now, my blog has taking a different turn. I think it is now more of a creative lifestyle blog as I blog about a variety of things not just my medicine journey. I love sharing pages from my different journals, my planner and also my life.

What are you favourite kinds of blog posts to read?

I love planner and organisation blog posts, journal flip throughs, poems, student life posts, lifestyle and also book reviews.

Do you still shave your legs in the winter? (I'm actually curious about this one...)

Haha I infact do shave my legs during the winter. There's no particular reason and even though I cover them up most of the time, I just feel I might as well shave them all the time be it summer or winter.

What song(s) are you currently obsessed with?

My most current obsession is the song Psalm 46 Lord of Hosts by Shane and Shane. I just really love the chorus which says
"Lord of Hosts you're with us.
With us in the fire.
With us as a shelter.
With us in the storm.
You will lead us.
Through the fiercest battle.
Oh where else would we go
but with the Lord of Hosts?"
I have also been listening to a lot of afrobeats recently too which I love. 

What is a quote that perfectly describes your life at the moment?

Quotes have always been my thing. A recent quote I fell in love with is this one I found on instagram.

What is the one thing that makes you you?

I love being me and from what I've gathered from friends and family, the one that makes me me will probably be my crazy yet positive attitude.

Hope you enjoyed reading this tag.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)

Sunday, 27 March 2016

My Week #12 In Review (2016)

PICU Shadowing Shift, Going Back Home, Brother's 17th Birthday, Making Pocket Letters, Good Friday And Easter

My little trip to Holland Park to Cameroon High Commission office/ The spring flowers are starting to blossom. I love the colour they bring with them./ In the train going back home./ Just enjoying my new colour crush planner./ My new set of bunny sticky notes arrived.

I had my shadowing shift on the paediatric ward at St George's hospital and the consultant and doctors were really nice. The shift was a lot more chilled than the one I had on the neonatal unit back in December but I was able to understand more about some lung diseases we had been learning about in lectures.

I went to Holland Park in the morning because I had to run a little errand for my dad and then I left for home later that afternoon. I got back home at about 6:30 in the evening.

It's nice to be back home because I miss my family and food and my town. I spent the day catching up on some of my series. 

I was able to do some work which I was glad about so it was a productive day.

Good Friday was a good day. It was mum's off day and so she did a bit of cooking which was good. I tried to do some work but did get a lot of distractions so I did some afrobeat workout sesssions instead.

My day started with a bit of a headache but it did get better as the went by. I managed to get work done like I had planned to which was good.


Hope you guys had a wonderful Easter. I love this time of year when we are reminded about the greatest act of love that was ever performed which happened on the cross of Calvary.
"For He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed"
Isaiah 53:5

"Why do you seek The Living One among the dead? He is not here but He has risen."
Luke 24:5-6

Hope you all had a lovely week.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)

Friday, 25 March 2016

University: First Year Biomed Term Two Review

Hello everyone,

Today's post is going to be a bit of a review of my second term at university. I love doing posts like these because it helps me reflect on how my term went and also to share the memories. If you would like to read about how I found my first term at uni, click here.
The term was a very busy one I have to admit but I tried to summarise everything that happened with the pictures below.

Outing with my friends where we met up for the first time after talking for 2 years./ Revision session for semester 1 exams/ My first ever boat party on the River Thames/ Trying to memorise the 12 cranial nerves for my semester 1 OSPE exam/ Visit to Richmond Park/ My very first attempt at making puff puff/ / Start of Semester 2- Electrophoresis lab practical/ At Richmond park/ Watching war room after exams/ Desert at Giraffe restaurant in Central London/ Quessadillas in Giraffe/ Gospel Choir t shirts and singing at SKIP Show/ Tooting Show 2016/ Teddy Bear Hospital National Conference- the amazing Dr Rhys Beynon/ My first Ceilidh dance.

End of Semester 1:
Semester 1 continued on the 6th of January but I came back a few days earlier to mentally prepare myself for another 3 weeks or so of lectures before exams. We all complained about the fact that we still had to learn 3 weeks worth of information for our exams but there was nothing we could do about it really. Semester one finally came to an end and I was happy that I didn't have to keep learning new stuff for the exams but at the same time I was terrified because that meant that the exams were very near.

Semester 1 Exams:
We had about a week between the end of lectures and our first exams. At first I thought one week would not be enough but then my week was repetitive and I absorbed so much information I was tired of studying. It came to a point where I just really wanted to get the exam over and done with. Our first exam was on the 2nd of February and it was formative so it didn't really count. It was our Anatomy exam and I thought it was really intense. The exam format was different but I tried not to worry about it too much as it was only formative.
Our written exam was on the 4th. On the morning of the exam, there were minor issues with the people delivering tables, chairs and arranging the hall and so the exam started late. After the exam I had mixed feelings about it. There were times I felt some bits went well but then after hearing discussions from others, I would just feel a bit discouraged. I have learnt to always believe in my abilities and not to get involved in post exam discussions because they can be a killer.
I was just really glad that the exams were over. We had a post exam boat party on the River Thames which was amazing and I also got to go home for the weekend.

Start of Semester 2:
We only about a week after the exams and Semester 2 lectures started again. It was nice to have a little break because the lectures started with full intensity. Our Thursdays and Fridays have been packed with 11 lectures on those 2 days every week and then Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are quite chilled. The lectures are also very detailed which is good as it aids understanding but that also means more information to learn. I also have enjoyed the anatomy sessions so far.
Our tutorial format has also changed as the tutorials we have once a week are now linked to one of the lectures we learn during the week which is so much more useful.

Semester 1 Results:
Our results were posted at the end of February and we got them early March. I was really happy when I found out how I did. It was so much better than I had expected. It just goes to show that God does answer prayers indeed and we should always believe in ourselves and not be discouraged by others because hard work always pays off.

Tooting Show:
Tooting Show is a show hosted every year by SGUL to raise money for different charities. The charities this year were for mental health and homeless people. There was dancing, acting and singing and I was 3 dances including the Gospel Choir. It was a lot of hard work as we had intense rehearsals for 4 weeks but the end results were all worth it. The show was amazing and we had over 300 people who came to watch. It was such a lovely thing to be a part of and I miss it now it's over. I can't wait for the next one thought. I just love the fact that the uni has shows like this that gives me an opportunity to do what I love- which is dancing. After all- they say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

That was my term 2 in a nutshell. I really love uni so far because I have made such amazing friends and I have been able to manage my time and do well in exams as well as get involved in extracurricular activities.
I am grateful to God for making it a success and for giving the strength because I would never have survived without Him.
There's only one more term left and one more set of exams and I will be done with first year. Can you imagine that?

Thanks for stopping by guys.
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Have a lovely day.
God bless.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Review: Webster's Pages Personal Colour Crush Planner In Light Pink

Hello lovely people,
Today I will be reviewing the colour crush planner from Webster's Pages in light pink and personal size. I won this planner in a giveaway that was hosted by Amanda who blogs over at She's Eclectic. I had been thinking about getting a new planner just because I wanted a change and even though I didn't really need one, I just felt the need to get one. When I entered Amanda's giveaway, I never really thought I had a good chance so it was a really good surprise when I found out I won. 

I really love the colour of this planner. I might be biased because I love pink and so almost all my planners have some sort of pink on them. It did say it was light pink but I am glad it isn't light pink. It is more of hot ink if you ask me and I love that. The planner feels very smooth and I love the stitching around it.
I will be using this as my Faith Filofax now so I have moved out of my Saffiano into it.

I also love the fact that I have been able to stuff it. The clasp is quite long and this gives room for a lot of stuff to go into the planner. It had never really been my intention to stuff my planner as I don't like carrying heavy planners around with me but for some reason, this one is an exception.

View from the top.

The clasp button has websters pages written on it.

The rings are nice and big and again this means more room to accommodate stuff. There were no gaps between the rings and they are easy to open and close.

There are 3 horizontal pockets on the left hand cover which is perfect for all your cute stationery and it also has the flappy pocket which most planners have.

The planner also came with their "Today" or "Now" ruler which is a lot bigger than the Filofax ones. I love the gold pokka dots on it.

The planner also has a charm which says "Value Friendships" and I thought this was a really cute addition.

The dashboard it came with has a "Dream Big" quote on it and I love it.

The inserts are very cute as well. I think they will be perfect for journalling.

These inserts are one of my favourite things in this planner. Most of you might know now that I absolutely love inspirational quotes. I thought these inserts were really pretty. I can't wait to use them. I probably will use them in my journals.

The dashboards are really cute as well. I love the designs and how colourful they are.

Last but not the least, it came with a little notepad at the back. I love notepads and think they are quite useful. The pen loop is an elastic one which is good.

I really do love this planner and I think the fact that it kinda matched my top the day I took these photos makes me love it even more.

Hope this was a helpful review for anyone interested in getting this planner.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)

Sunday, 20 March 2016

My Week #11 In Review (2016)

Last Lectures, End Of Term, Last TBH Clinic, Gospel Choir Social, ACS Take Me Out, Impact Talent Show In Wembley And Spring Is Finally Here 

My week 11 in my Filofax

Started reading the book Chasing Hope/ View from the 5th floor at uni/ Studying till 2 in the morning/ I made chicken casserole for the first time/ Eating pizza at Gospel Choir social/ Impact Talent Show in Wembley/ Take Me Out event by the Afro- Carribean Soceity/ We got glow-in-the-dark bracelets at the talent show.

We had our last DR session for term 2. I really enjoyed the DR session because I had prepped for it. We were focusing on the head and neck- talking about muscles, nerves, blood supply and going into more detail.
We didn't have any other lectures that day but we did have a histology practical in the afternoon. For the first time in 4 weeks, I was able to go back to halls after lectures rather than staying behind for dance rehearsals. Even though it is a good feeling to finally rest after all the hardwork we put into the Tooting Show, I can't help but admit that I do miss it a lot.

This was the last day of lectures and we had one lecture in the morning and then personal tutor meetings in the afternoon. We had to talk to our personal tutors about our exam results.
Later in the evening, I went to the Christian Union meeting where the old committee was handing over to the new committee. We had a lovely time of worship and just fellowshipping  together as the family we are.

I had my last Teddy Bear Hospital Clinic of the year and it was really fun teaching the kids again. I always look forward to these clinics and the more I do them, the more confident I become with dealing with children and the more I love it. I can't wait for more opportunities to get in contact with them.
After that, I went to the library and did some work before going back to halls.
My flatmate and I watched a movie later that evening.

I made some chicken casserole, watched another movie with my flat mate and then spent the rest of the day catching up on work I hadn't had the chance to do due to all the dance rehearsals.

I woke u early and went to the library. I did have quite a productive afternoon which was good. I then went for our Gospel Choir social and we had loads of pizza, Chinese food and we played some games.
After the social, most of us went to the Take Me Out event which was organised by our African-Caribbean soceity. We also had student from Imperial College London ACS and so it was really fun speaking to other students and just learning more about their courses. We also played a few games too which was good.

There was a talent show in my uni mum's church in Wembley and the Gospel Choir was performing there. The show was really good as there were so many talented young people who came to perform. There were singers, dancers, rappers and all other sorts of talents. The evening was really fun and it was sad to say goodbye to my friends as almost everyone has gone home for Easter.

My day started with a bit of a headache but I am feeling a lot better now. I am just going to try and finish doing the work I want to complete before going home on Tuesday.

Spring is finally here guys and I couldn't be happier. I've been able to endure this cold weather and I am just happy that even though it's still cold, the fact that it's spring means we might be getting flowers back and then it will eventually become warmer- hopefully.

Hope you guys had a lovely week.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Book Review: How To Find A Man In Five Dates & Breaking Her No-Dating Rule

Hello everyone,
Today I will be reviewing one of the books I decided to read this year. I think I am doing well so far when it comes to my resolution of reading more books and if things continue in this manner, 2016 will be the year I read the most books in my entire life..

Authors: Tina Beckett and Amalie Berlin
Series: N/A
Published: 2015
Genres: Medical Romance
Pages: 194
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased from a charity shop

I was casually checking out one of my local charity shops one day and I came across their book stand with lots and lots of novels and since they were only a pound each, I decided to get one so I could get back into my reading habit. This book was one of the many in the category "Medical Romance". I love all things medical and I also love romance and so those two words together did it for me. I also loved the fact that there were two stories in one so I saw that as a bonus. I was really looking forward to reading this book.

When I first picked up this book, I found it hard to get into the first story but I found out that this was just because I had just finished reading A Part Of Me and the two books had very different writing styles so I stopped reading for a while. 
At the beginning of this year- which was several months later, I picked it up again, starting afresh this time and it was much easier for me to get into it. 
The first story- How To Find A Man In Five Dates follows the story of the very beautiful Dr Miranda Dupris, who after coming off a very bad break up with her ex, decides to make a New Year's resolution encouraged by her best friend -Ellory Star, to date at least 25 men without having any emotional commitments. She makes a 100 dollar bet to "serial date" throughout the whole year and everything is going well for her. This was all until she met man number 5- the sun-kissed Dr Jack Perry. At first, she treats him just like the previous 4 men she had already met but the more time they spend together, the more she realises she is at a risk of losing this bet along with her heart.
I loved the pace at which everything happened. I also really loved the writer's writing style. There were a couple of times I found myself giggling a lot which was good. I thought it was a really good read and it always left me wanting to know what was going to happen next.

The second story- Breaking Her No-Dating Rule was a continuation of the first story but now focusing on Mira's best friend and very pretty massage therapist- Ellory Star. Ellory, like her best friend also decided to start off her year with a resolution but unlike Mira, she decided not to date men at all until she is ready. She soon gets snowed in with the charming life saver and delicious ER doctor- Anson Graves. She thinks his last name alone means trouble but she soon starts to realise that this man, might just be the one worth breaking the "no-dating rule" for. Or not. 
Even though I expected the story to focus on the romance side of things, I found that it focused a bit more on the personal struggles of both Anson and Ellory. This was something I loved about this story as it did take a different turn to the first. At one point, I felt things were kind of dragging a bit as nothing much was happening but when things picked up again, it was really good. 

My favourite character from the book was definitely Jack Perry. I loved how caring he was and it was so very easy to fall in love with him. He was- in my opinion- the typical gentleman. 
One of the important lessons I learnt from this book are the words from Ellory herself.
"You can't control what people do. You can't control anyone but yourself- whether they do something awful or whether they are true heroes. All you can control is how you respond."
If you are looking for yet another heart warming love story with some humour and a few important life lessons, then I guess this is the book for you.

Hope you enjoyed reading this book review. I will now be moving on to the next book on my list which is Chasing Hope so expect a review sometime in the near future.
Thanks so much for reading.
God bless.

Monday, 14 March 2016

My Week #10 In Review (2016)

TBH Clinic, Last Tooting Show Rehearsals, Tooting Show 2016 And CMF Ceilidh Dance

Tooting Show 2016/ My first Ceilidh/ Tooting Show Cast and Crew/ St George's Gospel Choir ministering at Tooting Show 2016

The week started with a normal session with a session in the dissection room as usual and I didn't really have any lectures after that but we had a lung mechanics practical. I also had rehearsals later that day and it went on till late. We finally left uni at about 1am in the morning.

It was quite a tiring start for me as I had to prep for my practical which I had later in the afternoon but I was able to prep for it and the practical went well.
In the evening we had a run through of the Tooting Show and picked up on a few errors which we needed to work on before the show.

We didn't have any lectures so I cooked in the morning then I went for my Teddy Bear Hospital clinic. This time I taught children in primary school about the importance of scrubbing up, wearing masks, washing hands and when and why we wash hands. It was a fun station to teach but quite exhausting as my partner and I had to make all the kids put om the scrubs and masks and then take it back off again 5 mins later.

I had dance rehearsals later that evening. It was the last run through before the show but we finished quite early.

Today was the first day of the Tooting Show 2016 and it was exciting.  My friends came to watch but there were only about 100 people. Even so, the crowd was still very supportive. The Show went great but we were all looking forward to Friday's crowd as there loads of people coming.

There were indeed about 300 people that turned up for the show. Family, friends and students all come to watch us dance,  act and perform. It was really nice to pass the message out about Mental Health awareness.

There was an after party after the show and it was great. I was really tired by the end of it.

I did wake up late because of the after party the night before but my friends and I were able to make it to a Ceidhl danve thingy which was organised by Christiam Medical Fellowship at Imperial. It was really nice and fun and I met loads of other young christians which was really nice.

I was really tried when I woke up this morning but I had to go to church. After church, I had a long nap and then did some work. We break up for Easter on Tuesday so Im excited to have my last few days of lectures for a while.

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

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Gratitude Journal Flip Through #2

Hey guys,

Some of you may know I decided to do a gratitude journal challenge this year and I shared my pages for January which you can find here.. Today I will be sharing my pages for February.

The first prompt for week 5 was "Something someone gave you". Before I came to uni, my friend Becky who blogs over at artybexa gave me a little poster she made herself and the bible verse Psalm 118:6 was written on it. It says "The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid." I thought it was very thoughtful of her and that verse is very encouraging especially facing this new chapter of my life. It is comforting to know that God is with me.

The second prompt for week 5 was "Books that changed my life". If I am to be totally honest, the only book so far that has changed my life and turned it round for the better is God's Word. I am still in the process of discovering and reading other books but so far, the Bible is the only book that has made the greatest impact in my life.

The first prompt for week 6 was "The city you live in". I currently study in London but I'm from a town which is a lot more quieter and totally different from London. I am really very grateful I get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The second prompt for week 6 was "Acts of love". I am very grateful for all the people in my love and even for people I don't know that have shown acts of love towards me. But most of all I am grateful for my Saviour- Jesus Christ who portrayed the greatest act of love ever by dying on the cross for my sins even though I will never deserve such sacrifice. I am grateful for the cross.

The first prompt for Week 7 was "A friend 1". I found this quote online which I really loved and I dedicated this to my best friend who I now see more like my sister rather than a friend. I am grateful for lasting friendships like this in my life with people who encourage you to go forward in life.

The second prompt for week 7 was "Music". I don't believe I would ever be able to describe how grateful I am for the gift of music. I love singing and dancing and listening to music and I also play the ukulele so music is a big part of me. I am grateful for the lyrics that speak to you and comfort you just when you need it.

The first prompt for week 8 was a challenge actually. It prompted us to "show gratitude to 3 people". There are so many people in my life but I had to choose three to show gratitude to and if you want to know about how I did, then make sure to check the next gratitude journal flip through post.

Last but not the least we had the second prompt for week 8 which was "Role Models". There are a lot of people I know that I admire and people that inspire me to be the best version of myself. I am very grateful for all these for God giving me the opportunity to meet them. 

The Youtube Video
What are you grateful for this month?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks for stopping  by.
God bless :)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

My Week #9 In Review (2016)

New Hair, Semester One Results, SKIP Show, Last Tooting Show Weekend
Rehearsals And Mother's Day.

I have no photo of my Filofax this week because I was super busy and didn't have time to decorate and I also just didn't feel like it but hopefully next week.

Eating before a rehearsal. I didn't bring any cutlery with me so I had to use a knife instead./ Lunch at Sam's Chicken./ More food before SKIP Show./ Me feeling my new hair. My friend did it for me and I really like it./ Gospel Choir t shirts. We wore them for the first time at the SKIP show./ Making pasta in preparation for weekend rehearsals.

We had an early start this week. Normally, we have our DR sessions first thing on Monday mornings but for some reason biomeds had a 9am lecture before the DR session so it was something I had to get used to. Fortunately, I had done all the anatomy prep the night before so I wasn't worrying about that.

We had an early finish and then my friend and I went to the SU Bar and found out it was surprisingly quiet in the afternoon so we did some work there until evening. It was a nice change from the computer room or the library.

We didn't have any lectures but it was an early start for me because my flatmate did my hair for me. One of my choreographers needed the girls to have wear we can whip so I needed to change my hairstyle as my braids were to heavy for me to whip. I've got crochet braids in now which I love. 
My dance rehearsals were really early as well but that only meant I finished earlier.

Start of Week 4 lectures and the intensity continues. While we were having lunch, someone posted a story on snapchat showing the reception lady at halls putting results into our pigeon holes and so everyone who was at halls went rushing down to the reception to check if their results had come. The power of social media eh?
We had a late finish and I had rehearsals till 9pm so I couldn't find out about my results until then. It was a bit nerve wracking when everyone was talking about results and I had no idea what mine was. After rehearsals, my uni mum gave me a lift back to halls and I was able to check. It was so much better than I expected. The exam paper could have been so much better but really I have come to realise that if we put our minds to something and work hard for it, we can definitely achieve it. I am so happy with my results and I can't thank God enough.

We had SKIP show 2016 in the evening. SKIP is a charity which raises money in order to send volunteers to Kenya in order to educate young people (especially young girls) about good hygiene and other important health principles. There were loads of performances from students including, singing, dancing, poetry and even a performance from the Gospel Choir. They also auctioned out a few thing including work experience, text books and trips to Ghana and Spain. It was a really good night and we raised over a thousand pounds.

I had an early start because we had weekend rehearsals for the Tooting Show and we had to do a run through of the show.

We also had another day of weekend rehearsals. It was Mother's Day today and my mum's birthday was this week too so I was able to send her a gift which she loved. I had to leave church early because we had to do a run through of the Tooting Show today so I had to go into uni. It was a very long day and I am absolutely shattered. I'll try and do some work tonight before going to bed. It's going to be a long week and I am excited for the Tooting Show in 3 days.

How was your week?
Let me know in the comments :)
Thanks for reading.
God bless.