Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Gallery Of God #4 (A Photo Journal)

Hello everyone,
Today I have another post from my series "The Gallery of God" where I just share some photos that I have taken which show how amazing God's work of art is. 
You can view the other posts in this series by clicking here.

My university is quite small and it shares a campus with the hospital so that means that we get to see doctors, nurses, patients and other healthcare staff walking along the same corridors as we, the students do. 
This also means however, that the students get unrestricted access to the hospital's very own courtyard. I had no idea such a place existed on campus until one of my friends told me about it and I decided to check it out for myself.

Walking into the courtyard, you are welcomed by this bed of beautiful, orange and pink flowers which just brighten up your day. I find it hard not to smile or be happy when I look at all those wonderful colours blending in together.

This is a closer look at one of the flowers from the many that were there. I had to choose the pink one of course because I have a thing for pink. I don't really know a lot about flowers even though I love them so if you know the name of this flower, please do leave a comment below. I would like to know.

"Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us 

from God our Father, who created all the lights in 

the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting 

shadow."

James 1:17

Moving on further down, there is another bed of flowers, with a different blend of colours but  still as beautiful to look at as those from the first bed.


One other amazing thing about this courtyard is that not only are there beautiful, colourful flowers around, but there is also a pond- with fish in it.

There are quite different types of fish in the pond just swimming around and enjoying life and we get to feed them if we want. This was the closest I decided to go to get a photo of the fish gathered around some food in the water. I didn't want to go any further for fear of me dropping my phone into the pond haha.

This courtyard is a perfect spot for lunch especially when the sun is out. I have spent many of my lunch times there with my friends just eating and talking. The atmosphere is very relaxing and perfect for crocheting too. This spot has become one of my favourite spots for reflections and just passing time. 

This just made me appreciate the fact that even though there are a lot of bad moments in life, a lot of trials and bad things happening around us, we can still find peace, solitude and comfort in the little things and places around us. God has made these places available to us so we can be able to reflect on His love for us, think about His faithfulness and above all be reminded that even through the fire, He is always with us and He never leaves us. 
So therefore, we can always find comfort in nature because our Heavenly makes everything beautiful in its own time and if He can take care of the flowers that grow from the the earth and the fish in the sea, then He surely can look after us his own children as well.

"Listen to yourself and in that quietude, you might hear the voice of God"

-Maya Angelou

Do you have a favourite spot where you find peace, calm and solitude or a place which helps you reflect? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Thanks for visiting.
God bless :)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

My Week #25 In Review (2016)

Semester 2 Exams, Anatomy Revision, OSPE exam, Planning A Surprise Birthday Party, End Of Exams,Hosting On Snapchat And Movie Night


 My Week 25 in my Filofax

Sunny weather/fried plantain and omelette for dinner/ Journalling time/ I had my first ever chicken kebab and it was very delicious. I love Indian food/ I found a proper anatomical model posing haha/ Revising for my anatomy exam using Achland's videos/ After exam looking around town/ After visiting this pet fish shop, I really do want a pet fish now./ Surprise birthday party for my friends.

I had my semester 2 exams on Monday and I thought it went well. The single best answer questions were alright and there were obviously a few that had really similar answers but overall they were fine. The short answer questions and data analysis questions were fine too.

I only 3 days or so to prep for anatomy and because I hadn't really gone back to my anatomy notes, that meant I was learning everything from the beginning. I used Achland's videos which were very helpful. The exam went well and I was just glad it was all over.
I helped set up a surprise birthday party for 2 of my friends whose birthdays are in July. It was a really nice time and we invited people obver to our flat, had some cake, snacks and played some games. The cake was really good.

My boarding school has a snapchat account where ex students can go on there and talk about their experiences from school or just share things about themselves or talk about any subject they want to talk about. I was the host on Friday and it was so good to interact with so many other people and even reunite with others who went to my boarding school that I hadn't spoken to for so long. I quite enjoyed the exerience of showing them what I get up during the day and also just to answer their questions and talk about myself.

Lessons Learnt This Week:

Psalm 50:5
"Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."

These past couple of weeks have taught me a lot about the importance of opening up to God and crying out to Him in our days of distress. It is very easy for us to complain and wish God had never brought us into a situation in the first place but we often fail to tell Him how we feel. I have learnt that when we pour out our hearts to Him and tell Him how we feel, He will listen to us and He will step in and intervene. He does know what we ask before we even ask Him but He wants us to ask still.

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Keep enjoying the sun.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
God bless :)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

My Week #24 In Review (2016)

12 Months Post Relaxer, Synoptic Exam, Getting Free Subway, Giving A Tour To Chinese Students And 2 More Exams To Go


We got free subway sandwiches while house hunting/ Me playing with my hair on snapchat/ Trying to vote in the Student Union elections./ Bible study time./Some of of my friends are going to Tanzania in Africa for a christian missionary trip called Revive and I love their t-shirts.

Monday marked a year since I had my last relaxer so I have been growing my natural hair for over a year now. I did a detailed post where I talked about my natural hair journey so far and you can read about it here.

My week was filled with revision everyday from morning till night and I spent most of my time in the common room with my friends and other students studying. The only time I left was when I went back to my flat to get some food. It was a very intense couple of days but I am glad the exam is over. My synoptic exam went well. The questions that came were good questions and even though there was a bit of an issue with timing for most of us, I was able to finish. Hopefully, I have done well in that one. I have 2 more- one tomorrow and another on Friday and then I will be done.

We went on more house viewings after our exam on Thursday and my friend's mum who came down to help us view the houses bought us free lunch which was very nice of her :)

On Friday, I gave a tour to some Chinese students who had come all the way from China to attend an open day or something like that at the uni. They were all interested in medicine and so they came to find out more about the university and the course. It was a new interesting experience because even though it wasn't my first time giving a campus tour, it was the first time with a group of only international students at school. I had to try to keep them interested because they were easily distracted. It was a good experience overall.

That was my week in a nutshell.
How did your week go?
Tell me about it in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you visit again soon.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

My Natural Hair Journey #3: The Transitioner's Tag

Hello everyone 
It's been a while since I last gave an update on my natural hair journey so I decided to do this tag to celebrate me going 1 whole year without a relaxer (or chemically straightening my hair).
 I will be a answering a few questions below which will tell you guys all about how my journey has been going so far.
This might be a bit of a wordy post so you can grab a cup of tea or something.

My curls popping after applying shampoo

  1. Why did you decide to go natural?

There is a bit of a story to why I decided to grow out my natural hair. My hair has been chemically straightened for almost all my life. While growing up in Cameroon, the only time I cut it was for school and when I came back during the holidays, my mum would relax it for me and then cut it again before I went back to school. We normally had low cuts at school and so once our hair got a little chance to grow, we would be asked to cut it again. In other words I only ever dealt with my natural hair while it was very short and it was very manageable.

When I came to the UK, I had the opportunity to finally let my hair grow and for the first 4 years, it did grow indeed but I did get regular relaxers. The longest it ever got before I decided to transition was armpit length. I started my hair journey in September 2014 mainly because I just wanted to have healthier hair. Before this, my mum had been taking care of  my hair and she did a brilliant job. However, I wanted to learn how to take care of it myself and she gladly let me. It went really well for a few months until I started over manipulating it and ended up experiencing lots of breakage especially at my edges and my nape. I was quite disheartened by how unhealthy my hair had become so I decided to grow it out again by just wearing protective styles like braids.

About the same time, I had been watching lots of natural hair videos on YouTube and I always told myself "natural hair wasn't for me". I had started considering going natural after I saw how healthy and long black natural hair could actually be. Then I saw my mum's natural curl pattern before she got her last relaxer because she had gone without one for a long time and she had loads of new growth. That was the turning point for me. I decided to go natural because I want to know what my natural hair is like when it's long. I want to have a fresh start and grow long, and most importantly, healthy hair. I also want to have an experience with and learn how to take care of the the kinky coils God has blessed me with.

More of my curls.

2. How long have you been transitioning?
June 13th 2016 marked 1 year since I had my last relaxer,

3. What has been the most difficult thing with your transitioning so far?
The most difficult thing for me has been wash days. It was easier to wash my hair when there was only about an inch of new growth but as the natural hair grew longer it became a challenge for me to detangle my hair without breaking everything off. I have however found an easier way that works for me which is finger detangling. I have ditched the comb and I just use my fingers to rake through my hair. This is what has helped me for the past couple of wash days.

4. Have you had to change anything from your relaxed regimen to better care for your transitioning hair?
Most definitely yes.
I now pre poo before shampooing my hair. A pre poo is when you use a conditioner or oil on your hair before you wash it just to help detangling a lot easier. I mostly use my conditioner rather than the oil and this helps me so much with detangling.
I also always work in small sections now. I never worked in sections with my relaxed but sectioning does make everything really easy.
I also use the LOC method which is a leave in conditioner, oil and cream to moisturise my transitioning hair and I have been wearing lots of protective styles too. I would say I have learnt to better take care of my hair since I started transitioning.

I tried hair chalk on my hair. I decided to go for pink and I also tried purple. In this photo, you can just about see the purple colour still in my hair after I applied the shampoo.

5. What are your go-to hairstyles?
My go to protective hairstyles are crochet braids, weaves or twists and when I wear my hair out, I love wearing bantu knot outs, flat twist outs, roller sets and perm rod sets on my hair.
For the next year, I am going to try not to wear braids or twists too often because I have found out they ruin my edges.

6. How do your friends, family, co-workers or classmates feel about your transition? *not that their opinion matters*
It took me a while to tell my family just because I didn't know how they were going to react but they actually took it really well when I told them and they support me. A lot of my friends are natural so it has been a really good booster for me as they have been really supportive in my journey.

7. Will you be a long term transitioner or will you big chop?
My goal is to transition for 2 years and then cut off the relaxed ends. I really don't plan on doing the big chop any time soon.

8. If you have any, who are your favourite YouTube naturals or hair crushes?
I have so many favourite YouTube naturalistas but just to mention a few; MoKnowsHair, CentricSista, NaturallyPhilo, Millicent Swift, Westafricanbaby, Chevysway, NaturallySheray, Judith's Natural Hair, Iamsonotmyhair, Max Elizabeth and so many others. These ladies have been such an inspiration to me during my hair journey and I am so glad I found their channels.



A quick length check.
If you remember from my last natural hair post, my natural hair was just below my ear. It has been 6 months and it is now almost at the base of my mandible.
If you want to read my previous posts about my natural hair journey, click here.

Thanks for stopping by
God bless.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

My Week #23 In Review (2016)

Student Finance Application, Last day Of Lectures, Meeting Up With My Friend, Revision Lectures, My Guest Post Was Featured And  4 Days To Exams

My Week 23 in my Filofax



My flatmate made egusi soup (a Nigerian dish) for me. It was so good./ My bible study session./ A quote from a fortune cookie. It read "Achieving starts with believing"/ Really nice sunny evening/ Out with my friend in central London/ We went to KFC/ I had my first ever mocha which was a very big deal for me as I don't drink coffee. My friend was very kind to buy it for me and I thought it wasn't too bad actually./ Late birthday gift from my friend. It's Yorkshire soap that looks like a cupcake and it smells so good. I feel like eating it every time I look at it.

I finally got the chance to complete and send off my student finance application. It is very important I make sure that I start getting it right at the start of the academic year so I can start paying my rent for the house we are going to be in next year. Speaking of the house, there is a major update on our housing situation but I will update you guys about it after my exams.

We finished lectures on Tuesday and I met up with my friend on Wednesday in Central London. He has just finished his third year and was coming back from uni so had quite a few bags with him. We went for a meal in Nando's and it was nice to catch up on stuff. I was so envious because he is done with uni but I haven't even written my first exam yet. 

Speaking of exams, my first is in 4 days. Eeekkk!!!
It's a synoptic exam so we're expected to know everything  we have learnt since September. We have had a couple of revision lectures this week organised by older years and they have been very useful. I don't know what I would have done without these revision lectures.
I just can't wait to get all these exams over and done with. I want the Summer to be here already so I can be done with first year.

One exciting thing that happened this week was that my guest post was featured on the Blogs By Christian Women blog. I recently found out about this blog for Christian women bloggers and I loved it because it encouraged me. I then wrote a guest post for it but I wasn't expecting it to be published so soon. The post is about Trusting God With Your Future so if you would like to have a read, click here.

Finally, this quote from the tube station the other day inspired me so I thought I'd share.

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend and wish you all an amazing week ahead.
Thanks ever so much for stopping by.
God bless :)

Friday, 10 June 2016

University: 5 Ways I Survive During Exam Perid


Hello lovely people,
So  with my first exam in 6 days, I have to say that everything is becoming very real now. It is very easy to get stressed during exam period because there is always that constant anxiety of either not working hard enough, not being to able to remember the work you have already been through or still having a lot of work to cover.
Today I am going to be sharing with you all a few tips that help me survive during exam periods.

Making a plan:
 Making plans have always worked really well for me. I try to plan out the amount of work I want to cover before the starting each study session. This is especially helpful for the days leading to the exam because I find that it is easy to get really overwhelmed with the number of days left. Making a plan and sticking to it might be a really good strategy to help cover as much material as you can.
 
Eating healthy
 It is very easy to not eat enough during exam period because we get so engulfed with doing work and we forget about food because we do not feel hungry.
It is very important to make time out to have food even if you don't feel hungry. You do want to make sure that you replenish all the energy you are using up so I think this is very important.
 
Staying Hydrated
 This is something I always forget to do. It is very easy  to go a whole day without drinking water when we are so busy with revision but staying hydrated keeps up going so do try to drink enough water.
 
Taking Breaks
 Like I mentioned in my previous post about procrastination, I think taking breaks can be very useful sometimes. If you feel overwhelmed, it might be worth taking a short break just to re-boost your energy and then you can start again.
 
Sleep 
Last but not the least, it is very important to not compromise your sleep. All nighters have always been a bad idea for me but I don't know if it might work for some of you. I just feel that I retain more information if I let my brain rest at night when it is supposed to be resting, and then wake up early and refreshed and continue working. Some of my friends do like working until the early hours of the morning and if this works for you then by all means carry on doing what works best for you. I just have never found all nighters especially helpful for me so I do try to get as much sleep as I can get.

How do you guys survive during exam period?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading :) 

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

University: 5 Ways I Deal With Procrastination




Hello lovely people
 It is that time of the year again and with my end of year exams fast approaching, I have been egulfed in revision for the past couple of weeks. As a student, I think procrastination is one of those we all struggle with and I am very good at procrastinating. Over the past couple of days, I have tried new things to try and help me focus on revision and to deal with procrastination and so I thought I would quickly share these tips with you.

Being in the right environment: 
 I have come to realise that I procrastinate more when I amstudying in my room at halls than when I am in the library or in the computer room at university. My room is way too condusive for me and having many things around makes me easily lose focus and this kills my time. The only way I tend to deal with this is by going to the library or the computer room. I find that being around other people who are studying or just in the right environment motivates me to study more.
 
Phone out of sight:
 Another thing that really kills my time during a study session is my phone. Just having it in sight is enough reason for me to pick it up even if I don't have any notifications. I just like randomly scrolling through social media websites and doing any other thing but work and then later regretting the 10 minutes wasted. The way I deal with this is put my phone out of site. I keep it deep inside my bag or in one of the pockets in my jacket and before I know it, I have totally forgotten about it. This has really helped me a lot recently.
 
Website Blocks:
 If you can't use your phone, there's always your laptop right? Distracting websites for me are YouTube, checking my emails and even Blogger sometimes. There are apps that you can use to block distracting websites that are affecting your productivity. One of these websites is FocalFilter and it is a very useful tool. Another thing  I do is not even use a laptop at all so I would not have access to these websites in the first place.
 
Listening to music: 
 This could be both beneficial and distracting at the same time. If you are just listening to sounds or calming music like classical music, then it might help you focus more as music tends to make you avoid distraction from things happening around you. However, listening to music with lyrics just makes me want to sing along so this might not be for everyone.
 
Breaks and rewards:
I have discovered that I don't take enough breaks when I study for long periods of time but breaks can actually help you refocus. It is very hard to easily get distracted and so you can have a 10 minute break after a while and go for a little walk around or have a little snack and then continue. This might be very useful.

Hope this post was useful to anyone preparing for their exams.
How do you deal with procrastination.
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for visiting.
God bless. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

My Week #22 In Review (2016)

We Found A House, Undergraduate Open Day And Exam In 11 Days


My Week 22 in my Filofax

Waiting to do my last practical of the year/I had bubble tea for the first time/ Teaching basic life support station at the uni open day/ Trying to do some doodling. A quote I found at the tube station.


This week has been a really hectic one. My first exam is in 11 days from today and we still had lectures this week. My last lecture is on Tuesday and I am so glad because that will give me time to focus on revision 100%.

After 2 intense weeks of searching, we finally found a house we are going to live in next academic year. We have paid the deposit and secured the house which is good because it was a very stressful process. We just have to sort out references and wait to see if the landlord accepts us. I will keep you all updated with the house situation.

I also volunteered at my first undergraduate Open Day here at SGUL. We had about 500 prospective students and their friends and family come around and there were campus and accommodation tours, clinical skills stations and many different talks going on including question and answer sessions. It was a good experience for me to improve my people skills and just to work with other people so I really enjoyed it.




It's finally June- the month of Summer. I can't wait to be able to enjoy the sun, have ice cream and just relax and have some time off studying and exams.

Song Of The Month 
Lord Of Hosts by Shane and Shane



"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 battles.
Oh where else would we go but with the Lord of Hosts?"

Hope you all had a great week and all the best to anyone still about to write exams like me.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Gallery Of God #3 (A Photo Journal)


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Hello everyone,
Today I have another post for you from my series "The Gallery Of God".
In this series, I share pictures I have taken recently. Pictures that illustrate the beautiful Gallery of our Creator.
You can check out the previous posts from this series here. 

A couple of weeks ago, my friend decided to make me go running with her because she was so convinced it was a good idea but I thought otherwise because I am not a massive fan of running. We were going to run to Tooting Common Pond and back but we had no idea how far away it was.
We found these really pretty flowers on our way there.

After what seemed to me like eternity, we finally got to the pond. I just loved the sight of the ducks floating around and minding their own business. It was such a peaceful sight.

I was moving around taking pictures and this beauty realised there were paparazzi around and so she (I'll assume it was female) decided to swim her way to us to get all the attention.
I had never been this close to a swan before so I took this opportunity to have a close look and they are beautiful creatures indeed.

I think she might have gotten bored of me and started drifting away.

I hadn't had enough of her yet so I decided to follow her and try to urge her to come back but she wasn't having it. She had made up her mind already.


 I kept following her but then she was swimming away really quickly and I couldn't keep up.
So I decided to forget the swan and focus on others who wanted attention- like these little beauties who were just enjoying the sun.

This duck was my favourite one. I love the mix of colours which just makes it so beautiful.

After a few more minutes of taking pictures and snapchatting, I was tired and we decided to head back home. We were so tired that we ended up walking all the way back. 
Am I glad I went to the Pond? Yes sure.
Am I glad I got to see the swans and ducks? Definitely.
Will I be going running again? Not anytime soon. Unless there is a really cool destination which is a lot closer :)

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post.
Which one is your favourite photo?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by.
God bless.