Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tag: The Blogger Awards

Hello everyone,
Today, I bring you another tag where I will be answering a few questions. The lovely Tshegofatso from Sempiternal Adventures tagged me and I love tags so here are the answers to the questions she asked.

1. What is your dream job? 
My dream job would be anything that would involve helping people and trying my best to put a smile on their faces. One where I can encourage others and to let them know that sometimes bad things happen but even then- it is not the end.

 2. Which place would you most like to visit and why?
I think I might have mentioned it here before but I would really love to visit New York and Paris because I love the big cities. I would also really love to feel the warmth and sun of the Caribbeans :)

 3. Why did you start blogging? 
I started blogging back in 2014 because I really wanted to document my journey through applying for medicine and getting through medical school. As you probably can tell I am not in medical school yet but I'd love to be someday. Now I blog because I love interacting with others and meeting new people who are like-minded and just sharing ideas. I love the blogging community.

 4. What are your favourite topics to write about? 
I love writing about my Filofaxes, planning, stationery, journalling, books, God and just my life in general.

 5. Share your favourite quote.
"Don't compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance. Your time will come."

 6. If you could be any superhero who would you be and why?
Hmm this was a tricky one. I'm not really sure to be honest but I would really like to have the ability to know what people are thinking. That can come in handy sometimes haha.

 7. If you could choose one song to listen to everyday for the rest of your life what would it be? 
I wouldn't really want to listen to one song for the rest of my life honestly. I would get bored of it. I have been enjoying songs from the Christian bands "United Pursuit" and "Elevation Worship" recently. I absolutely love their songs.

 8. What has blogging taught you? 
Blogging has taught me a lot about managing my time and it has helped me improve my writing too. I have come to meet so many amazing people who have inspired me to be more creative and also to strengthen my relationship with God.

 9. What do you worry about and why? 
Being a young adult in the 21st century, I guess my worries are pretty much basic. I worry about what the future holds BUT I have learnt over the past couple weeks that worrying does not do me any good. Plus I found this brilliant quote on Facebook which I decided to share on Snapchat.

And this is also one of my favourite bible verses reminding us that the energy or time you spend worrying could be spent talking to God about it in prayer.

Philippians 4:6-7
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

10. What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
Apart from my recent love for taking photos of nature, I have decided to start crocheting again. I used to do it when I was younger and I stopped because I couldn't make anything I could wear but I have picked it up again and I am excited about all the exciting projects I plan to work on.

Hope you all had fun learning more about me. 
If you are a blogger reading this and would like to take part, then please feel free to give it a go.
What did you think of the questions?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks so much for visiting.
God bless.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

My Week #16 In Review (2016)

First CU Meeting Of The Term, Formative Synoptic Exam, Gospel Choir Rehearsals Again And I'm A Dance Choreographer?

Week 16 in my Filofax

International Students Soceity End of year barbecue/ Lunch at uni/ I made pasta/ Back to more lectures/ Cool sunset on our way back from uni :)

Favourite quote of the week:
"Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never goes anywhere."

This week, the medics were still on placement so we had only Biomed related lectures all week. The good news is we have finished one module and so now I can start revising that module for exams in June. We had a formative synoptic exam which was just to give us an idea of how the synoptic exam in June will be like. We were told the topics to revise and they asked us questions based on those topics. I thought it was alright but only the feedback will tell if it went well or not.

We also had our first Christian Union meeting of the term which was really nice. I always look forward to these meetings as we all meet and share God's Word and just encourage each other. We are more of a little family and it is such a nice feeling to belong somewhere. There was a CU holiday over Easter which I unfortunately could not go to so those who went shared with us what they did, what they learnt and also showed us all the fun pictures they took and adventures they had. They spent time in Poole, went to the beach in Bournemouth and also went on a walk in the New Forest. They had quite a lot of fun.

SGUL is organising a Talent Showcase on the 6th of May where there will be different acts performing and the winner will win a £300 prize. The Gospel Choir is taking part and since I am part of the choir, I will be in it as well. But that's not the only thing I will be taking part in. I was asked to choreograph an afrobeat dance routine for the act by the dance soceity so over the next 2 weeks or so, we will be rehearsing for this. I am so excited as I have never really choreod a dance before but I am hoping this will be good.

How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks for visiting.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Pocket Letter Share #2

Hello guys,

Today I wanted to share with you all what I got from my recent pocket letter. 
If you have no idea what a pocket letter is, it is basically a way of snailmailing with your pen pals but instead of sending each other just a letter you could add in some extra goodies as well. You can see what I got in my first pocket letter here.

This pocket letter was from my pen pal- Melissa in Belgium. 
The theme was Easter and this is the envelope it came in. 
It was very nicely decorated with washi tape and some bunny stickers.

The sleeve is made up nine pockets and you can fill it in with absolutely anything you want.

In the first row, I got some really cute bunting, some colourful washi tape samples and also her letter.

In the second row, I got some sticky notes, the bear ones have to be my absolute favourite. Melissa also including a DIY bunting set which I thought was quite unique and I need to get to work and put this together.
And I also got a mail tag. We decided to send each other questions every time we send a letter just so we can have things to write about whenever we send a pocket a letter to each other.

And in the third row, I got some more washi tape because one can never have too much washi tape and I really love Melissa's set as they are always so bright and colourful. I also got some stickers of fish and chickens. Finally, I got some ribbons as well. These ribbons are perfect for scrap booking, smash booking and even journalling. I always love using them.

I also got a little post card thingy with a bunny on the back which I thought was cute. I loved the little carrot sticker at the back and all the Easter themed decorative paper she added.

I really loved all the items I received so thank you so much Melissa if you are reading this.
And thanks to you guys for visiting.
God bless.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

My Week #15 In Review (2016)

Going Back To Uni, Start Of Lectures, First Crochet Project And A Hair Business?

My Week 15 in my Filofax

On the train back to London/ Doing some studying/ I did finger coils on my friend's hair :)/ I started my first crochet project in a long time/ Lectures, learning about medical genetics/ Bible study session

Favourite verse of the week:

"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere."

-Ephesians 6:18

I came back to London on Wednesday and we started lectures on Thursday. I would normally go back on a Monday if we were were starting lectures on Thursday but this time, I didn't feel like coming back to uni for some reason.

We have been doing only Biomedical Science specific modules so far as our medic friends are on placement for the next two weeks so we are not going to be having lectures with them for a while.

I also started my first crochet project this week. I used to crochet when I was younger but all I knew how to do then were scarves and bags. I decided to get back into it this time and I am working on a hat. I'm thinking about sharing it on the blog when I am done so we'll see how it turns out.

Also, I did finger coils for two of my friends over the weekend but I did it for free because it was just practice for me as I had never done them before. But I was thinking to myself, if I get more requests in the future, should I charge or not? I guess only time will tell.

Anyway that was my week in a nutshell.
How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for visiting.
God bless.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Gallery Of God #1 (A Photo Journal)

*Introducing a new blog series*

Hello guys,

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you would have noticed that I love journalling, crafting, smash booking, planning and literally anything stationery related. I recently found out that I really love taking pictures- not pictures of people but pictures of nature, clouds, sunsets, sunrise, flowers, plants, birds and many others. I haven't always been an outdoors person but I would really love to discover more about nature. 

Since I have taken lots of these pictures on my phone, I thought I would share some of them with you guys- hence the new blog series called "The Gallery Of God". 
This title was inspired by the Our Daily Bread lesson on the 1st of April. 
Most of these pictures were taken with my phone and might not be of the best quality but I hope you enjoy having a look through them.

"O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder  

Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed"

This one was taken from my university room window sometime in January of this year. I was so excited to see the sun so I just had to take a picture.

This one was taken back in December 2015 when my friends and I went to Winter Wonderland. I just love how the photo turned out. The clouds are my favourite bit.

This was taken when my friends and I went to Richmond Park in London. There were horses about and we found horse's hoove prints in the sand. I decided to see how small the prints were compared to my feet :)

Another photo from Richmond Park

Enjoying the sunset at Richmond Park

Another sunset view from my uni room window. Don't you just love those beautiful colours?

This one was taken on my way to uni back from town. It had just rained and the sun was trying to find it's way out of all the dark clouds. It wasn't as dark as shown in the photo but I still love it. Reminds me of someone standing on a lonely road about to give up and then you see a light at the end of the tunnel. 

"Then sings my soul, my Saviour, God to thee:

How great thou art

How great thou art"

What do you guys think of the photos?
Which one is your favourite?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Week #14 In Review (2016)

Feeling unmotivated, Sunsets, New Blogs, Pocket Letter And End Of Easter Break

I don't have a picture of my Filofax decorations this week because I ran out of inserts and I left my spares back at uni. 

Butter Caramel Candies my dad bought for us. I finished the whole packet within a few hours/ Morning Bible Study session/ My new stickers arrived. I got them from a lady on the UK planner addicts Facebook group./ My second pocket letter finally arrived./ Beautiful sunset/ Study snack.

This week has gone by really quickly. I can't believe the Easter break has already come to an end. My brothers start school again tomorrow but I start lectures again on Thursday so I will be going back to London on Wednesday. 

I got my Easter pocket letter from my pen pal in Belgium. I received lots and lots of cute items and I can't wait to share with you guys all what I received so make sure to check back soon for a post.

I also discovered many new blogs this week written by Christian teenagers. I love seeing teens not being afraid to write about or confidently tell others about their faith especially in such a world where it is not very popular. Two amazing blogs I found this week are Scattered Journal Pages run by the very talented Amanda and also Apples Of Gold run by the amazing Jessica. They are really amazing writers and I fell in love with their blogs straight away. Definitely worth checking out.

I have also been enjoying taking pictures of sunsets lately. There's a few pictures of them on my phone. What's not to love about sunsets? They are such a beautiful sight. A few days ago, I woke up feeling a bit unmotivated to do anything and I found it hard to get into my studying routine so I went out for a little walk. During my walk, the clouds caught my eye and for a moment I just stood there gazing at the sky trying to think about the wonderful Creator behind such intricate design. The God responsible for this work of art- who is the same God that loves and cares about me. I thought about this bible passage below.

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
-Matthew 6:28-30

And I also remembered Jesus' words about the sparrows from the bible passage below.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b]30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
-Matthew 10:29-31

Both these passages reminded me that we have absolutely no reason to worry or even to feel discouraged. God is thinking about us and He will take care of us because we are His children and He loves us with an unconditional love.

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Anyone going back to uni or resuming school?
Please do let me know in the comments below,
Thanks for reading.
God bless.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Gratitude Journal Flip Through #3

Hello lovely people,

Today I will be sharing with you pages from my gratitude journal for the month of March. It was hard keeping up with the weekly prompts that's why I moved from posting at the end of the month to the beginning of the following month. I have just been a bit busy with uni work but thank God I still managed to make time for a bit of journalling. You can check out my previous pages here.

If you read last month's post you might remember that the last prompt was "Show gratitude to 3 people." The first prompt for Week 9 was "How did you do and feel?"
My answer to that question is that it felt amazing. It is such a satisfying feeling when you show gratitude and you see the smiles that you put on the other person's face. The thing about expressing gratitude I have come to discover is that just like the quote says, it is not the joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

Second prompt for week 9 was "Shoes on my feet". 
While I do not own all the shoes I drew, I thought it was really fun drawing them. The song "Thank you Lord for your blessings on me"  kept echoing in my head the first time I read this prompt. The words go 
"There's a roof up above me.
I have a good place to sleep.
There's food on my table,
You gave me your love Lord,
And a fine family.
Thank you Lord for your blessings on me." 
It is the little things that make us realise how blessed we are and so be grateful even for the little things.

The first prompt for week 10 was "List 5 things you like about you"
Self love is one thing that so many people struggle with nowadays especially girls. I liked this prompt because it helped me think about the things I really did like about me. Surely we all have flaws and imperfections but being grateful for what we do love about ourselves I believe can help us love our flaws too. I love me because I know that God made me special in His own image and so nothing was done by mistake. So I am grateful for how He created me :)

Second prompt for week 10 was "Clean Water". 
Growing up in Cameroon- Africa, I can genuinely understand how fortunate it is to have clean water to use everyday. There are so many others around the world who do not have the opportunity to enjoy the same blessings so I am very grateful for that.

The first prompt for week 11 was "Someone who inspires you".
I tried to boil it down to one person but the the truth is, there are so many people in my life who have helped inspire me to be the best version of myself and who have helped make me who I am today and so I am thankful to God for placing all of these people in my life.

The second prompt for week 11 was "Spring Flowers".
Spring has indeed sprung and along with it came all those beautiful flowers I've missed. I discovered a new hobby which is taking pictures of nature. It is these things that remind me about how magnificent our Creator is. I am grateful for all the flowers, clothed in so much beauty and whose colours brighten up my day.

The first prompt for week 12 was "Your favourite personality trait."
Again, I couldn't really choose one thing because like I said earlier, I love me for me and I wouldn't want to change the way God created me. We are all unique in our own crazy, little way but that just makes us special so I am grateful for that.

Last but not the least, the second prompt for week 12 was "Sunshine"
Anyone else loving the weather right now?
Only God knows how much I had been craving the sun. It has finally gotten a bit warmer and I am so grateful for that. Sunshine is just another example of the wonderful gallery of God.

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

Sunday, 3 April 2016

My Week #13 In Review (2016)

Spring Flowers, Not Very Productive Week And Meet Up With Friends

My Week 13 in my Filofax

So many cute accessories in Claire's./ My new earphones./ Lovely sunset on my way back from bible study./ I developed a new love for chocolate flavoured tea./ Hot chocolate with my friends./ In the train back from a meet up with my friends from college./ Delicious chocolate cake/ Lovely view from IKEA/ Loving the spring flowers.

My highlight for this week was that I was able to meet up with some of my friends from college. I so love the fact that we still get along really well and have stuff to talk about even though we only see each other about three times a year. It was so much fun to catch up with them and we had a good meal.

In terms studying and doing work. this week wasn't very productive. There has just been so many distractions and I have not been able to strictly follow my timetable but I'm hoping this coming week will be so much better.

I have also been loving the sunny weather and beautiful spring flowers. My new hobby recently has been to take photos of flowers, sunsets and just nature in general. It is so beautiful to look at the God's gallery. It always amazes me.

Hope you all had a lovely week. 
Thanks for reading.
God bless.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Book Review: Chasing Hope

Hello lovely people,

Today I have another book review which I am really excited about sharing.

AuthorsKathryn Cushman
Series: N/A
Published: 2015
Genres: Christian/ Fiction/ Religious and Inspirational
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased on Amazon

I first came across this book when Tshegofatso reviewed it on her blog- Sempiternaladventures last year. Even before she reviewed it, I was captivated by the title and I thought it sounded like a good read. I had no idea what it was going to be about but I did love the sound of "Chasing Hope". When I finally read the review, I was definitely convinced it was a book I would love to read so I went ahead and bought it from Amazon. I was very excited about reading this book and I had very high expectations after all the good things I had heard about it.

Chasing Hope follows the story of Sabrina Rice- a very committed, smart and hard working young woman who from a very young age, was inspired to be an Olympic athlete as well as do missionary work just like her hero- Eric Liddell. Sabrina was so certain this was what God had called her to do until she soon faced a devastating diagnosis when she was seventeen which took away her dream, her scholarship and most importantly, her faith. She believed she had lost everything and that she had misunderstood God's calling and so she decided to choose another path which had nothing to do with running whatsoever. This was until she saw the troublesome Brandy Phillips running away from security one day on campus and she was devastated to see someone be so talented but then use this gift for all the wrong reasons. She was later introduced to the same Brandy Phillips and then she soon found herself in a situation where she had to be a coach and mentor to this same girl in order to save her from going to juvie and ruin her life.

I can't begin to explain how much I loved this book. It really did meet my expectations and it came to the point where I always looked forward to reading it every time. This story inspired me a lot because I found that I was able to relate to it so much as I myself can deeply understand what it feels like to go after a particular dream and be so close but then just lose everything in the end. I can't say that my situation is exactly the same as what Sabrina went through as I don't think I would have had the strength to endure that. But then again, God did say that He would never give us more than we can bear. This book is full of so much hope and it's a great reminder that His thoughts are not our thoughts and neither are His ways. Sabrina used a very brilliant illustration which was the children of Israel leaving Egypt. In one of her journal entries she wrote 
"Seems to me the people of Israel were too quick to look at their circumstances and come to an assumption on what that meant. Thing is, they never knew beforehand how God was planning to work on their behalf" 

I like how it seems like Sabrina is the good person and Brandy- the bad one at the beginning of the story but in the end, you come to realise that they have a lot in common in that they are both victims of circumstances in just very different scenarios. While reading the story, I found out that there were so many important life questions I had to ask myself that were very good food for thought such as "How do you know what God's calling is for your life?" or "Why would He let unfair things happen to us?" or even "Why would He give good gifts to those who are ungrateful or who we think do not deserve it?"

My favourite character in this book besides Sabrina and Brandy was Koen and I would have loved for him to have been mentioned a bit more but that's just me looking for something to complain about. I just loved how genuine he was and how he never gave up on Sabrina even though she did so much to push him away. It just reminded me about how God is towards us even in our times of trials, He never leaves us.

This book is now one of my favourites mainly because I can relate so much to the story and it was a bit emotional at the end too. I would definitely be reading it again as I miss reading it already. It is a must read if you are looking for an inspiring story to remind you about why everything you go through is worth it and how following God can lead you to the most unexpected places.

Hope you enjoyed reading this review.
Let me know if you have read this book. If you have, what did you think of it and if you haven't, will you give it a read?

Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.