Sunday, 12 November 2017

My Inspiration: Our God Is Mighty To Save


Hello everyone,

Today, I wanted to quickly share with you this passage of scripture that God used to encourage me a few days ago. It was an early start for me on Friday morning and I was up at 6 a.m ready to start a new day. Just before I did my morning Bible study, I decided to check my phone and I had received an email overnight. I had been dreading receiving this email for weeks but it was finally here. I hesitated to open it because I did not want to face the very thing I did not want to see. After going back and forth for about 5-10 minutes I finally gathered the courage to open this email and there it was. One of my fears was staring at me right in the face.

At that very moment, I did not know what to think anymore. I did not know what to do. I did not know what to feel. I was not sad but I was not happy either. I just tried to make sense of what I had just seen but I didn't know what to do next. It was at this moment that I picked up my journal and opened it. Just as I was about to open up my Bible, my eye caught the scripture at the bottom of my journal page and it read,

"If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him and He will gladly tell you."
James 1:5

This was the second time this scripture had come to me at such a troubling time and yes, I knew at that moment God was reminding me about something. So I went into God's word and tried to seek answers. All I could ask at that time was to give me a reason to keep going. I just love the fact that God sends the most encouraging scriptures my way whenever I feel down and the one He sent me this time was from Zephaniah.

"The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."

Zephaniah 3:17

The one voice I heard over and over and over again said to me "Trust me". 
So many times I listened intently and it still said "Just trust me".
So just like I was encouraged that day, I am here to pass this message on to you too.
If you are feeling discouraged or if you are looking for an extra reason to keep going,
I can only give you one reason that is true. Keep going because God is still in control. Just trust Him.
His name is Jehovah. He is the mighty warrior and He is mighty to save.
He has not forgotten about you.
He loves you.

Hope this encourages you.
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 5 November 2017

October In Review (2017)

Making vegetable couscous for grub crawl/ Chicken for grub crawl/ International welcome dinner/ Giving out doughnuts at student union disco/ I made fajitas/ Food at the Afro-Caribbean soceity meet and greet/ Avocado, omelette and baked beans on toast :)/ Free lunch from our university's new coffee shop/ Free hot chocolate from my university's new coffee shop. 

Science of reproduction module lecture about ultrasounds/ Carrying out an experiment in the lab/ I finished editing the first part of my book.


Favourite Quote Of The Month
"Everything that God allows to come our way is always with a purpose. He uses even the greatest error and deepest pain to mold us into a better person"


End Of Freshers Week And Grub Crawl
Freshers fortnight finished with the Grub Crawl which is was event organised by the Christian Union. The Grub Crawl was an alternative to the student union's Pub Crawl. Instead of going from one pub to another drinking, the Grub Crawl involved going from house to house eating food. Food and desserts were all provided by students from the Christian Union. It was a really successful event and it gave us an opportunity to meet a lot of freshers. The food was very good too :)

Research Project Update
It has been well over a month now since I started my laboratory based research project. Overall, I would have to say I am really enjoying it so far. Everything seems to be going well and I have managed to get some really good results which I am going to write about in my dissertation. It is a lot of hard work though and it takes up a lot of time. I have to be in the lab every day during the week and this doesn't give me enough time to focus on other things like going through my lecture notes. The one thing that comforts me is that my research project is worth more than everything else this year so I really hope and pray that it all pays off in the end. I have started writing the introduction for my dissertation which is a good thing.

Module Update
I am really enjoying my science of reproduction module. We are over half way done with the module now and lectures are piling up. I decided to hand write all my notes this year because I find it helps me organise everything I need to know including notes from extra reading. I am a few lectures behind but it could be worse to be honest. We also have a 3000 word essay to write which is due in January but I'd like to try and write it before the Christmas holidays. I did another DITL video showing a bit of what I do in the laboratory and you can watch that below if you are interested.



Book Writing Update
Writing is also kind of going well. I have finished editing 2 out 7 parts. I would like to finish editing by the end of the year but I guess I'll see how that goes. I just have so much university work to do that I haven't had the time to just properly edit. I am trying not to stress too much about it though. I know that eventually, some day, the book will be ready for the world to see. I'll just take it one step at a time. I don't want to rush it. I want to be able to give it my 100% attention and do it well.

Song Of The Month
I really love this song by Dr Tumi called "You Are My Rest". It is so comforting to know that we can always find rest in Jesus.



Hope you are all well.
Please do let me now what you have been up to recently.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 22 October 2017

My Inspiration: He Gives Rest For Our Souls


Hello everyone,

Today, I thought I'd quickly share with you two bible verses that encouraged me this week. I went for an event called  "Festival of Life" on Friday night and the theme for that event was "Rest". The two passages of scripture that really stuck out to me were Exodus 33:14 and Matthew 11:28.

When you feel tired and weary,
When the load you carry feels too heavy to bear,
When the storms of life leave you feeling lifeless,
When the pain crushes you from every side,
When the worries and cares of life press in on you,
When the enemy comes to take away your faith and your hope,
Remember to cast all your anxieties on Jesus.
Give Him your burden.
Lay it all down at the altar.
His presence is with you.
He will give you rest.

Have a lovely day.
God bless :)


Sunday, 1 October 2017

September In Review (2017)

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all doing well. I realised that I haven't had the time to write my weekly reviews so I have decided to do monthly reviews for now until I can get back to my normal routine. So in today's post, I will be sharing with you what I got up to in the month of September.

My friend went to Paris and gave me this gift when she got back/ Night in with my friends. We cooked jollof rice and we had cake as well. It was such a lovely time. I love my friends :)./ I made some mushroom stir fry :)/ Dinner with the rest of the CU committee at a curry house. The food was really good./ My science of reproduction module handbook :)


My favourite quote of the month
"Life Is Hard But God Is Good"

Two weeks of rest at home
If you read my last post, you would know that I spent July and August doing a summer vacation studentship. I worked in the research lab for 8 weeks and it was such a brilliant experience for me. My studentship ended on the 25th of August so I went back home to spend the remaining 2 weeks with my family. This was the first summer I had ever spent away from my family and though it was hard, I did survive. The experience taught me a lot of things which I will hopefully be sharing in the near future. My family was also in the process of moving house this summer but we have settled in the new house now. I love our new house because we finally have a garden and even a conservatory. The house is really beautiful and I am very grateful to God for helping us find it.

Starting university with lectures

I came back to uni on the 10th of September but we didn't start lectures until the 18th. I have now started the final year of my biomedical science degree. I can't believe I am nearing the end now. It is not going to be easy but I am trusting that with God, it will be worth it. I have one module this Semester which is the Science of Reproduction module and so I only have lectures Monday and Tuesday afternoons.  I did a vlog of my first day as a third year Biomed and you can find that below.



Start of research project

I also started my research project this semester. My research proposal is due in tomorrow and I have already been doing solid laboratory work for 2 weeks now. The fact that I worked over the summer has really helped build my confidence and I am grateful that I had that opportunity. It definitely has made things a lot easier for me. I have also started writing my dissertation so everything is going well so far.

First part of freshers fortnight

It has been really nice welcoming the freshers this year. I have been able to meet a lot of amazing people so far and the whole experience has just made me realise how far I have come. I remember when I was a fresher. 2 years have gone by so quickly, it's mind blowing. I am part of the Christian Union committee this year and we have been working to organise events to welcome the freshers. We started off by putting washing up liquid in each flat at the halls of residence for the freshers. Then we also went to the meet and greet event where we met and spoke to a lot of the freshers. At our fresher's fair, we had over 60 people sign up to join the CU which was amazing and our first CU gathering was packed. All glory to God. We have also been giving out donuts after every disco at university and we will continue to do that until the end of freshers fortnight- God willing :)

Song of the month
I thought I'd share my new favourite song "Clear The Stage" by Jimmy Needham. 
I love this song because it teaches a lot about what true worship is about. Worship is more than just singing songs to God but is all about living a life of submission to Him. I hope the song blesses you too :)

I can't believe it is October already. I hope you all have a blessed month. I will try to put a post up every week. I have a lot of posts just sitting in my draft folder and because third year is crazy busy, I haven't been able to post these. I am sure they will all come out eventually so I want to say a massive thank you to anyone who reads these posts. I love you guys so much.
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Our Hope of Glory (For Suicide Prevention Week)

Hello everyone,

So I found out that this past week was Suicide Prevention Week in the US and the very lovely Elissa who blogs over at Letters To Jayna was doing a cool series on her blog about this. She basically got other bloggers each write a post in support of suicide prevention. I had a read of some of these posts and I thought it was such a brilliant way to remind ourselves about some of the things that actually matter. Jessica also wrote an amazing post about this here and I think you guys should definitely read it too. Although this is the very end of the week, I thought I'd join the part too and share my thoughts.

Unlike Elissa, I have never really lost anyone to suicide but I thought it was sad to hear about Elissa losing her friend about a year ago. It only goes to show that some of these issues that we can sometimes overlook like mental health are in fact real and that there are a lot of people out there who are actually struggling. So if there is any one going through rough times right now or anyone who feels they are in a hopeless situation, hopefully this would be one of the many posts that would encourage you to hold on to God who is our hope of glory.

He is not done with you yet
- The fact that you are still alive and still breathing means there is still hope. God is not done with you yet. He still has a purpose for you. He still wants to use you for His glory so please hold on because there is still hope.

He is bigger than the troubles you face
-God is bigger than those those troubles you are facing. You see those mountains that are before you right now? Yeah he can turn those into pebbles in the blink of an eye. He can calm your storms because the wind and waves obey His voice. He is bigger than all those negative thoughts that keep you awake at night so hold on because there is still hope.

He can heal your heart 
-Jesus understands. He has been there too. He has felt pain too. He knows what you are going through and He is the only one who can heal your heart. So draw near to Him even during this rough time. No matter how broken you think you are, He can mend you. No matter how far you think you have fallen, He can lift you up again. Jesus is the answer so hold on to Him because He gives hope.

He loves you
-Jesus loves you. Yes, even the messy state you might be in.You may not be feeling that right now but it is true. He has always loved you and He will never stop loving you. You are very special to Him. He looks upon you with so much love that He keeps you safe in hollow of His hands. Look to Him for strength and let Him fill your heart with His love. Hold on to Him because He gives hope.

Now that you know these truths, don't forget to pass it on to others. Tell someone else about God's love for them. And most importantly, SHOW God's love to others. Ask how your friends are doing, send them a text to let them know you care and that God cares too. Appreciate the friends and family you have around you and always remember them in your prayers. Pray to God for strength to keep going because our strength comes from Him alone. If only we knew how much of a difference these little things made to others, then we would want to do it more often.
You and I matter to Him.
We are all loved by Him.
So take heart my dear.
There is still hope.
You are loved and cared for.

Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

"Weeping may endure for a night,
 But joy comes in the morning."
                                       Psalm 30:5b

Sunday, 10 September 2017

My Inspiration: The Couple I Met On The Night Tube

*** Hello everyone. So I was reading some of my old blog posts the other day and I realised that when I first started this blog, I used to write a lot about my thoughts that came from the events I observed in my life. I used to write about how these events somehow pointed me to God or how they taught me something about myself. The past couple of months have been really busy for me and this means I haven't been able to put in as much time into blogging as I would love to. However, I did mention in my previous post that I really do miss blogging and I would like to diversify my content a little bit more. So I am going to be going back to sharing these thoughts and reflections. Today's one is about a couple I saw when I was on the night tube a few days ago.***


I sat across the tube from them.
She was fast asleep.
Her head resting on his shoulder
And his head resting on her head.
Her arms were wrapped around his left arm for support
And his hand rested on her left thigh to let her know he was there.
He looked down and smiled at her as she snored softly.
I bet he thought she looked innocent in her sleep.
I bet he wondered if she was dreaming about him.
I bet in his mind he thought " She's my girl. I'm her man. I protect her. She is safe with me."
He didn't have to say these words.
It was written all over his body language.
I bet she knew she had a love that kept her safe.
What else could one possibly wish for right?

Oh but then 5 minutes went by,
And he fell asleep too.
The one who was supposed to keep watch
And to make sure they didn't miss their stop.
He was now asleep too.
Who then was going to keep watch over them?

I find joy in seeing moments like this
To see that we can take pride in being there for each other.
To see that we can take up the responsibility of looking out for each other.
To see that we can be able to rely and comfort each other.
To see that we can try to keep watch too.
But we only watch in vain if we watch without the Lord.
Our Lord who watches over the city.
He neither slumbers nor sleeps.
And He keeps us away from harm.
I find joy in knowing that His love keeps me safe.

When I got off the tube,
I couldn't help but hope in my heart
That this couple didn't miss their stop.

 "Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain."
Psalm 127:1

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

July And August In Review (2017)

Hello everyone,

So I am finally back after a very long break. The past two months have been extremely busy for me so I thought I would come back and give a little update on what has been going on as I have really missed blogging.

Exam Results

In my last post, I did mention that our pass/fail results had been released and that I had passed my end of year exams. The university finally sent us a breakdown of our results at the end of July and by the special grace of God, I finished my second year with a first. It was not an easy year for me and so it is a very  rewarding when all the hard work pays off. I thank God.

My Summer Vacation Studentship

If you read my last post, you might have also seen that I had started my 8 week summer vacation studentship. I worked in the research lab for 8 weeks carrying out experiments, analysing data from these experiments and also trying to make sense of the data. My project was based on preeclampsia and since I am interested in the area of reproduction, I found this a very exciting project to work on. My supervisor was very nice and patient with me through it all. I absolutely loved working with the team that was made up of 2 Masters students and also 2 research technicians. Everyone was super helpful and that really helped me learn quickly.

I was able to learn new laboratory techniques like tissue culture, ELISAs, Western Blotting, Immunohistochemistry and Bradford Protein Assays. My colleagues were very approachable and I could easily talk to them if I had any questions or doubts. I am going to leave a few photos from some of the experiments and techniques I did and I may hopefully do a video explaining my experience in more detail.


Treated cells to be used for Western Blot analysis/ Cell supernatants on ice/ Treated cells in a 6 welled plate/ Western Blot gel running/ My very colourful ELISA plate :)

Visiting An Art Gallery For The First Time:

Another exciting thing I did during this time was visiting the Tate Modern Art Gallery in London with a friend of mine. Since I have not been able to make the most out of my stay here in London so far, I thought it was a brilliant opportunity for me to explore a little bit more. We came across a few interesting pieces and there were also quite a few I did not understand but I knew that was going to be the case. It was still a really fun thing to do and hopefully, I'll be able to do more exploring in London. Below are a few of my favourite pieces from the gallery.


Food, Food, Food:

If you've read my weekly updates, you might have noticed that I am a bit of a foodie. I love taking photos of food and sharing them on here with you guys and since I have been away for such a long time, I have plenty of foodie pics to share. To celebrate my friend's 20th birthday, we went out for a meal in a buffet restaurant and the food was really good. Here are some foodie pics.

Food from birthday dinner

Food adventures featuring mackerel, new potatoes and salad/ mice meat pasta/ rice, stew and fried plantain and fried rice :)

Book Writing Update

I also finished the first draft of one of my books- Outpourings of A Beloved Heart. I t is a poetry devotional and I am now in the editing process which is really complex. You can check out my most recent writing update video here.

New YouTube Videos

I have also been very active on YouTube as I have suddenly had a lot of ideas. I feel like more and more videos will be coming as I get the chance to film them. At the moment, I am a bit limited as I have to deal with storage space on my phone but I have also been using my tablet to record (not very good video quality but it is better than nothing). If you would like to catch up on the videos, you can click here.

So that is all I have for now guys. I really hope to be able to get back into my normal blogging routine. Through out my 3 years of blogging I have never had such a long break so it did feel like I lost a part of me. I am excited to continue sharing this journey with you guys and to see where God is going to lead me.
Hope you are all well.
Thank you so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

My Week #27 In Review (2017)

Start Of My Summer Vacation Studentship, Pass/Fail Results Have Been Released And I Got Food Poisoning

My first day working in the research lab/ New stationery. Yay!!!/ Every single day I go in to work, there's food./ A salad I had at work which later made me ill.

Favourite Quote Of The Week

" In the darkest hours of life, only through the eyes of faith can we see the loving hand of God"
-OurDailyBread

This week, I started my Summer Vacation Studentship. I mentioned a while ago that I had applied to work in the research lab over the summer and had gotten it after a really long struggle. I finally started this studentship on Monday and it has been a whole different experience. I am working with two other Masters students as well and they have been really helpful. I really love the team, the research technicians are helpful and my supervisor is very patient and nice as well. I spent the first few days just shadowing the two Masters students and my supervisor and I also got the chance to set up an experiment. There are a lot of techniques I would have to know and I need to learn them quick so I can start working on my own and generating my own data. At first, I could feel the pressure but I am grateful for the people in the team who have helped me settle in really well. I am looking forward to the next 7 weeks.

We received our pass/fail results on Wednesday and I am very glad to say that I passed my second year of university. We haven't received our breakdowns yet so we would have to wait till the end of this month to get those.

I also got food poisoning from a salad I had at work on Friday. It was a chicken noodle salad and I had this salad the day before (Thursday) and had no problems at all. I realised though that the salad I got on the Friday didn't come with a fork like it normally does so that was a bit dodgy. I should have known. *sigh* It was really awful but anyway, I am glad that this happened on the Friday so I had the weekend to rest and recover from this. I am now feeling a lot better (thank God) and looking forward to starting work in the labs again tomorrow.

How has your week been?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 2 July 2017

My Week #26 In Review (2017)

Driving My Brother To School For The First Time, Entering The Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition, Doing Some HCA Shifts And Back In London

I started watching the TV series "Confessions of A Junior Doctor" and I love it/ My dream car :)/ Waiting for my train after a long shift. Why am I still taking the train when I can drive? / The little things my mum does for me makes me love her more every day/ My brothers cooked for me. I just love my whole family and this week made me even more grateful to have such amazing people in my life.

My Favourite Quote Of The Week
"Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead; if you lose, you can guide"

I spent this whole week at home and it was nice to be with my family again after the stressful season of exams. I drove my brother to school for the first time and I drove back home on my own as well. That was the first time I had ever done that since I passed my test in May. It felt so weird driving on my own but I did it and I was so happy. I drove quite a bit this week and I have to say, my confidence is growing so praise God for that. Sooner or later I am going to have to get onto the motorway.

I also entered the Manchester Cathedral Poetry competition this week. God has really inspired me to write a lot more poems this year and I just thought I'd put myself out there and see what happens. Considering the fact that there are a lot of really good poets out there, my chances might not be very good but whatever happens, I'll keep writing to give glory to God alone.

I did a few more shifts at work this week and it was really nice working with my colleagues again. The last time I was there was in December and so a lot of things have changed about the ward. There are a lot of new staff now but everyone is still so lovely. I worked four days in a row and I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it but I am so grateful to God for strength.

I am back in London now and I will be starting my Summer Vacation Studentship tomorrow. I am very excited for this so I am hoping and praying it goes well.

My Song Of The Month



Thanks so much for reading.
Hope this second half of the year favours you.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Weeks #24 And #25 In Review (2017)

All My Exams Done, End Of Second Year And Back Home For A Week


Sweets as a fuel for revision :)/ A day out in South Wimbledon/ Mcflurry's ice cream celebration./ I fell in love with roasted peanuts which got me through revision sessions./ Studying for my anatomy exam./ Post exam home cooked meal- chicken casserole.

My Quote Of The Week

"Sometimes God has to strip you off everything you can rely on so you will have no other choice but to trust Him"

It's been two weeks since my last post and I am very happy to say that I am now officially done with my second year of university. My first exam was the synoptic essay paper as I explained in the last post and the second exam was based on material we learnt in the last semester. My last exam was an anatomy exam and it was synoptic as well. I am very grateful that I won't be expected to learn anatomy anymore. At least I hope. The anatomy exam was quite tough in my opinion but it is all in the past now.

I am back home for a week and then I will be going back to London to start my summer vacation studentship. This summer is going to be very busy for me but I am really excited to see what it is going to bring.

I hope you all had an amazing week.
Thank you for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Week #23 In Review (2017)

I Voted For The First Time, Booked Some Shifts At Work And My First Exam In 5 Days

Immunology revision/ I voted for the first time/ Reproduction revision/ Revision sessions
My Favourite Quote Of The Week

"The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays"

This week wasn't very eventful. It was filled with endless revision sessions and essay planning. I am preparing for my first exam in a few days. It is going to be an essay synoptic exam so I am expected to know everything we have learnt this year. So far I would say that revision is going well. I've got a few days left to tighten loose ends so I am just trusting and hoping that this one goes well as it is worth so much more than the other two exams I've got.

I called up the hospital and booked a few HCA shifts for the end of June when I finish my exams. My Easter break was very busy and I didn't get the chance to do any shifts at all. I am on the bank rota and so if I don't do any shifts for a period of 6 months, they will take my name off the rota. I'm really blessed to have this job so I'd like to keep it. I'm looking forward to seeing my colleagues again :)

The UK general elections took place on Thursday and I voted for the first time. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I used to be one of those who couldn't be bothered about anything to do with politics. However, I realised that the government, our leaders and those in higher power have such a massive influence in our lives. They can make decisions that could have a huge impact on us and so if I do have the right to vote, then I might as well vote. I believe that God is in control and so we can only wait and see what the future holds for us.

I did another university vlog on the day of the election and if you would like to watch that, you can see the video below.

 

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

My Week #22 In Review (2017)

Christian Union Year In Review Meeting, End Of Lectures  And Searching For New Accommodation


Home cooked meal/ Learning about some types of cancers/ Revision session with my friends/ Journal entry

My quote of the week:
"Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together"

We had a whole week filled with lectures about cancer this week. It was our last week of lectures so that means I have 2 weeks left until exams begin. This means I have to catch up on all my notes and start my revision and essay planning as my first exam is a synoptic essay exam.

The members of the Christian Union committee organised a little event this week where we invited all the church leaders form the local churches in the area. We shared with them all the work we have been doing in the Christian Union for the past year and what we plan to do next year. It was a good opportunity to look back on our year and just talk about all the amazing things God did through the CU at the university. We talked about all our events like the grub crawl, text-a-toastie, missions week, lunch bars and so much more. It was also a brilliant opportunity to encourage the churches to get involved with the CU so we could form amazing relationships with them.

I am currently searching for new accommodation for next year. Some of you may remember my struggle to find a room last year as I had a whole post about it. It was a very stressful period for me and I had to stay back after my exams just to find a room. This time around, I want to move because even though my current room is really good, it is quite expensive and living in London as a student is not cheap at all. I would very much like to save as much money as I can so I will update you guys on my search soon.

How has your week been?
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Monday, 5 June 2017

My Week #21 In Review (2017)

My 21st Birthday, Really Nice Weather, Text-a-toastie, Birthday Dinner, Microbiology Practical, Talent Showcase And Going Home For The Weekend

It was my 21st birthday on the Monday/ Lectures about viruses/ I got a birthday gift which was a mini African map charm for my key chain :)/ It was a really sunny week/ My own special toastie at our text-a-toastie event/ Making more mind maps

Celebrating a birthday party/ Went out with my friends to an African restaurant (805) to celebrate my birthday. The food was really good/ We were growing bacteria in the lab for our microbiology practical/ I went home for the weekend and my mum had completely redecorated my room. I absolutely loved it/ I went out for a meal with my parents and my siblings. The food was really good at Turtle Bay :)

My Reminder For The Week
"God has a plan for you. It is good and it is perfect. Always remember God's plan"


So this week I turned 21 and I had a really lovely day because the weather was really nice. It is almost exam season now at uni and because everyone was busy, we couldn't do anything on the day of my birthday so we had to celebrate on the Wednesday by going to an African restaurant in Peckam called 805. The food was really amazing and I had a lovely time with my friends. Moments like this remind me about how blessed I am in terms of the friends I've got and also my family :)

We also had a text-a-toastie event on my birthday at the university's halls of accommodation where we encouraged the first years to send in questions about God, Jesus and the Bible and then we would take a toastie to them and answer their questions. It was very nice to be part of the amazing team putting this together as events like this always encourage me.

We also had our last practical of the year this week. It was a microbiology one so we grew a lot of bacteria. We had to grow bacteria from our hands and from our phones and we also grew bacteria from a urine sample and a faecal sample. We did some tests to check for antibiotic resistance and we also did some gram staining so we could try and identify the bacteria under the microscope. We covered a lot of stuff which was fun. I find microbiology quite interesting but I don't think it is something I would want to do every day as my job. At least now I know the amount of bacteria I carry around with me everyday.

We also had the university's talent Showcase this week. I entered as part of an African dance group and I also sang with the Gospel Choir. The Gospel Choir won the Showcase including the £300 cash prize so I thought that was really amazing :)

Finally, I went home for the weekend to spend it with my family. We went out for dinner on Saturday evening and we had an amazing time at church the next day. I had to leave early to come back to London for uni  but the whole week was an amazing one and I am grateful to God for that.

How was your week?
Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My Week #20 In Review (2017)

Another Clinical Workshop, Handed In My Last Practical Write Up, Applied For The Transfer, Revision In The Dissection Room And I Registered To Vote

My lovely flatmates made a delicious roast dinner/ I handed in my last practical write up of the year/ Fruit pancake and ice cream/ Chicken curry pancakes and rice/ During one of my immunology lectures. The picture shows an immune cell (a macrophage in purple) engulfing bacteria (in green)

My Quote Of The Week

"Jesus gives hope. Jesus is everything so I'm going to stick with Jesus"

This week, we had another clinical workshop. This time, it was all about meningitis. We had different lectures about the cause, symptoms, investigations and we even looked at some other microbiological aspects of it. One of the lecturers kept picking on students to answer questions. He picked on me to answer a question about the symptoms of septic shock and it was kinda scary but I survived.

This week, I also handed in my last practical write up for this year. It is kind of crazy to think that exams are getting really close as each day passes by. Very soon, I will be done with my second year of university. I also finally sent off my application for the transfer to medicine so I just need to try and work hard now to get the required grades (God willing).

My friends and I had a revision session in the dissection room and it was really helpful for me. We haven't had any DR sessions since before Easter and are going to be examined everything we  have learnt from September. It is not surprising to say that I don't remember any of the things we covered at the beginning of the year and so these revision help me remember all the material I might have forgotten.

I also met up with one of my friends from college over the weekend. We met up in Central London and we went to eat at ta really nice pancake restaurant. I had a chicken curry pancake and rice. It was really good and I never thought that I would have loved that combination but I did. It was nice to see my friend again and catch up. Hopefully we will be able to meet up again over the summer.

I also finally registered to vote this time around. I remember how I forgot to register last year and that meant that I could not take part in the Brexit voting. I normally don't bother with anything that has to do with politics but this time around, I am actually making an effort to get involved and know what is actually happening around me.

How has your week been?
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Week #19 In Review (2017)

Passed My Driving Test, Got Allocated A Research Project,Time To Apply For The Transfer To Medicine And Charity Danceathon

  
I have done a lot of mind mapping this week/ Omelette for breakfast/ My most colourful mind map yet/ Mummy's food still keeping me going/ I took part in a charity danceathon raising money for SWAN UK/ My first proper braid out attempt/ So done with mind mapping :D

Quote of The Week

"Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God"

I have to say that his week was my favourite week so far this year. I mean God works in our lives constantly but sometimes you just have those moments when things happen and you can clearly confirm that it was God working all along. So many things happened this week and I was not even ready for it.

First of all, I passed my driving test on Monday. I started my driving lessons during the summer and I had to do my driving test asap as my theory expires next month. There were times when I felt really discouraged as I felt that things weren't going as well as I would have liked them to. I started to accommodate the possibility of me failing my test and then having to spend more money to register for another one. But God is faithful and He always comes to our rescue when we need Him. On the day of my test, I wasn't nervous at all. I did make a few mistakes but overall, I wasn't afraid because I had decided to let God take control. When I drove back to the test centre, the examiner told me that I almost made a mistake that would have caused me to fail my test but thankfully that did not happen because God didn't let it. It seems like such an insignificant event but I was truly overwhelmed by how God stepped in and how He did not let me down. I was again reminded about the fact that He does hear us when we pray because He cares about our needs- even the little things that others may think are insignificant.

The second thing that happened to me this week was that I got allocated a research project for next year. I mentioned in a previous post that the research project titles had been released and that I had set my heart on one. This one is very similar to the summer vacation studentship project I applied for so I thought it would be really good experience to do a project over the summer that would potentially help me with my project next year. I contacted my supervisor and asked if he would be willing to consider me for the project and he immediately told me to just choose the project I wanted and he wasn't going to offer it to anyone else. The reason why I thought this was such a blessing was because the process is not really that simple. A lot of my friends have to write essays, go for interviews and even sit exams to get a research project and I was handed one just like that. I can't begin to explain how grateful I am to God for this.

The other amazing thing that happened to me this week was that I found out that I had gotten the summer vacation studentship funding from the Soceity of Reproduction and Ferility. I had mentioned a few weeks ago that my supervisor and I applied for funding from external soceities since we could not secure one from the university. It had been a while since we applied and I was starting to worry but they finally replied and I got it. Again, I am so grateful for this opportunity. I get to work for 6 weeks in a research lab over the summer which will be amazing experience for me as I am interested in research.

 Also, the application forms for the transfer to medicine scheme were released this week. That means that I have to start thinking about preparing for interviews now. There is just so much going on all at once and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes but I am just believing God for strength to pull through.

I also took part in a 12 hour charity danceathon this week. I didn't stay for the full 12 hours but it was nice to be part of something like that. We were raising money for SWAN UK which is a charity that helps families with children that have rare genetic conditions. It was a fun experience and I am glad that I decided to take part.

Finally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I watched a movie called "Have A Little Faith" and that the movie taught me a very special lesson. I also mentioned that I was going to talk a bit more about it but since this post is too wordy, I thought I would share the video instead. I did a short Bible Study video on the topic "What's Your Glory?" and you can watch it below if you are interested.



What has God been doing for you recently?
Please do let me know in the comments.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A Day In The Life Of Joanny- A Second Year Biomed

Hello lovely people,

I decided to do another "Day In The Life" video last week Wednesday because that was the day we got our module allocations for next year. I thought I would share that with you guys and a bit more about my student life. You can find the video below. I love making these videos so hopefully I will be able to share more in the future.


Thank you guys so much for reading or watching.
Hope you all have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Week #18 In Review (2017)

Back To Uni, Start Of Lectures, Getting More Sleep, Module Allocations, SSP2 Presentations And Research Project Titles

Flu serotyping practical/ Rainy start to the week/ After my SSP2 presentation

Quote Of The Week
"You may have seen God's goodness in the past, but you have not even touched the surface of what God has for your future"

This week, I went back to uni and started lectures on Tuesday. We started the term with immunology and also cancer lectures. I am loving it so far but it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes as there are a lot of pathways and drug names that we have to know. We also had a flu serotyping practical which was kind of a waste of three and half hours as a lot of our serotypes ended up not working. We are expected to do a write up for that practical and that will be my last practical write up ever for this term and maybe even this degree. I survived the week and I am also hoping to stick it out till the end.

I made a decision to go to bed at 11 p.m this week or before 12 a.m as I have a really bad habit of going to bed in the early hours of the morning and then turning up to lectures the next morning feeling really tired. It really helped me a lot. I wasn't tired during lectures and I was also able to get up early and do some work before my lectures in the morning. So moral of the story is, go to bed early friends. Especially if you are a student. Trust me, you need those hours of sleep.

On Wednesday, we got allocated our module options for next year. I got 2 from my top 3 choices and got another which was my 5th choice. Overall I am glad I got my first choice which is the Science of Reproduction module. I also got the Biomedical Research Techniques Of Drug Development module which I wanted too as I am interested in research. I also got the Clinical Neuroscience module instead of Biology of Cancer but I think I am going to be sticking with Clinical Neuroscience. 

You see in my life, things have not always worked out my way and I have received many disappointments in the past but through it all, I have learnt to trust that God knows what I need better than I do so I want to keep letting Him take control. That is why when I didn't get the third module I wanted, I prayed about it and found that I had peace within me. God gave me that peace because I believe it was His will. I learnt something amazing this week that is not about the ability of God for He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ever ask or think. It has always been about His will. His good and perfect will and that is what I am after. If God is willing, He will let things happen so trust His will because He knows best. He is God after all.

We also had our SSP2 presentations this week. It was my first ever presentation at uni and I have to say that my group did really well. I'm glad that God favoured us the way He did. The titles for research projects for next year were also released this week. There are a lot of interesting titles but I have my heart set on one which I really want to do. I have contacted the supervisor and I will update you guys about it when I get a reply. I also will update you guys about my summer vacation studentship application when I get a reply from them. 

Hope you all had an amazing week.
Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Week #17 In Review (2017)

 Watching More Christian Movies, The End Of Camp NanoWrimo And Back To Uni Tomorrow
Watching a movie called "Have A Little Faith"/ My new Bible cover finally came and I love it/ My dad made pepper soup for us and it was really good/ I won Camp NanoWrimo

My Inspiration For The Week

"He's been God a long time. He knows what He's doing."

This week, I had one of those moments again where I was feeling a bit discouraged because of certain things that were going on around me. I let it weigh me down a little bit and I found that I couldn't concentrate when I tried to study. So I took a journalling break and listened to some worship music and soon I was encouraged by the lyrics to the song King Of My Heart. I find it very comforting that we can always rely on God as our ever present help in time of need so that made me grateful for God's presence which never leaves us and which reminds us that we are never alone.

I love watching Christian movies because they encourage me and they make me think about certain things or look at them in ways that I probably would not have looked at them before. So this week I watched a movie called "Have A Little Faith". It was recommended to me by YouTube and I thought it sounded like a good movie so I decided to watch it. The movie is based on a true story and it is about a writer who was asked by his childhood Rabbi to write a eulogy for him. Over the course of 8 years, this writer got to know this Rabbi and he unknowingly went on a journey to rediscover his own faith. Soon enough he began to ask himself questions and in his quest to do good and make a difference, he was led to Jesus. He soon learned a lot about how grace works and what our purpose is on earth.  The one question that kept coming up throughout the movie and which I ended up asking myself at the end was "What is my glory?" I am going to doing another post talking about this question soon but for now, I would recommend the movie "Have A Little Faith".

My Easter break has finally come to an end and I will be going back to uni in London tomorrow. I start lectures again on Tuesday and I can't believe a month has gone by just like that. I am grateful for this month of April though and I think it has been quite a productive one. One of the reasons is because I took part in a virtual writing retreat which has now come to an end.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 4 Vlog

So Camp NanoWrimo is officially over and I am so happy to say that I won. I exceeded my word count goal of 10,000 words and ended up with a total word count of 12,062 words. If you would like to see what I got up to, then you can watch the video below.

Hope you all had a lovely week.
Thanks so much for reading
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Medic Mind UKCAT Course

Hello everyone,

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might know that I have applied for medicine in the past and I am still thinking about applying in the future. One of the things I have learnt is that the medicine application process can be very daunting especially if you go into it without much help. I remember not getting very much help the very first time I applied and that had a lot of impact on my application. I have been looking out for good resources that can help me better prepare for the whole application process and I recently came across the Medic Mind website. Medic Mind is an organisation that offers services which can be very useful to anyone looking to apply for medicine in the future and so I thought I would tell you guys all about their UKCAT course and the other resources on their website.

UKCAT Course

Medic Mind offers UKCAT courses in different locations all over the UK and they have expert teachers that give advice and cover all aspects of the UKCAT. I know a lot of other UKCAT courses that cost about £300 and these are not affordable for many students. Medic Mind offers their courses at only £35 for the full day which I think is so much more affordable than the others. They also provide useful  materials including practice questions and other interactive sources that can be very useful to applicants. They are also going to be sharing some BMAT study resources on the website including practice questions, study guides and useful tips.

Free talks and workshops

Medic Mind also offers free talks around UK schools to provide students with information about UCAS, personal statements, admissions tests and interviews. They are also looking to set up workshops in London where applicants can talk to current medical students and get advice from them.

Free resources

The website contains A Level resources which include free past paper questions that have been organised by topic and you can access those here. They also have free revision notes for GCSE, AS and A2 and they are also going to be sharing some resources that will help prepare applicants for medicine interviews.

The mission of Medic Mind is to provide assistance to students who are struggling with their application and as they are not profit motivated, they provide services that are so much more affordable for students. Medic Mind also raises funds for charities and so by paying for the UKCAT courses, you help raise funds for these charities as well.

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I think these resources and services offered by Medic Mind could be very useful to any potential medicine applicants or anyone interested in a career in health care so if you would want to find out more about all of these resources and services, you can visit their website. I think I certainly would want to make use of some of these resources too.

Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Week #16 In Review (2017)

In Search Of A New Filofax Wallet, Seeing A Baby Being Delivered, Preparing For My Driving Test And Camp NanoWrimo Week 3

I love the pocket malden Filofax in turquoise blue but it is so expensive/ My new drawing of the Lion and the Lamb/ Making more mind maps/ Lovely sunset

Quote Of The Week
"Once you realise how valuable you are, you will find it hard to keep the company of those who do not"

This week, I was in search of a new pocket Filofax to use as my wallet. My mini Filofax which I shared my set up with you guys here is now getting really old as I have been using her for over 2 years now. I am hoping to get a planner made with real leather but a lot of them are really expensive and I don't have the money for it yet.

I restarted my driving lessons on Thursday and since my practical test is next month, we have been going through a lot of little things that I am doing wrong that we need to work on so I don't make many faults during my test. I can say that I am now way more confident behind the steering than I was when I just started learning over the summer so thank God for that.

I had a shadowing shift yesterday on the neonatal intensive care unit and they let me into theatre to see a baby being delivered. I have to say that the miracle of life is disgustingly amazing. One of the reasons I went back to NICU was because I was hoping I could get the chance to watch a delivery as I missed it the last time I was there and thank God I was able to see one. I really do love children and babies and as I study more about reproduction and neonatology, I am getting more interested in the paediatrics side of things.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 3 Vlog
There's only one more week left till the end of my first Camp NanoWrimo and my journey has been an interesting one. If you would like to see what I got up to in week 3, then you can watch the video down below.


How was your week? Hope it went well.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Friday, 21 April 2017

University: How I Make Mind Maps

Hello everyone,

Today, I am bringing you another study with me vlog and in this one, I am showing you how I use mind maps to summarise information from my lecture notes. If you would like to see how I make my notes after lectures, then you can watch my other video which I included in another post here. I find mind maps really useful and they are so much fun to make so I hope this will serve as some sort of inspiration or motivation for anyone out there wanting to use mind maps as an effective study tool.


Thanks for reading
Have a lovely day
God bless :)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

My Week #15 In Review (2017)

Camp NanoWrimo Week 2, Dad's Birthday, Learning To Draw, Good Friday And Easter Celebrations

Delicious meal my mum made for me/ My Jesus drawing for good Friday/ Good Friday quote from Our Daily Bread Devotional/ Making mind maps and studying

Quote of the week:
"The best gift you can give yourself is time alone with God"

This week, I was working on a drawing project of Jesus, it was a picture I saw online and I thought it was really beautiful as the picture told the whole story of Jesus. I really loved the end results. If you would like to see more of the drawing progress then you can watch my camp nanowrimo vlog below.

We celebrated my Dad,s birthday on Tuesday. We bought him a cake, prayed for him, had a little meal at home and it was a nice time to spend with the whole family. 

Happy Belated Easter to all of you. Hope you had a lovely time. I always love the Easter time of year because it reminds me of the hope and strength we have in Christ. Every single time, I never get tired of being excited about the fact that Jesus is alive and because He is, we can have life in abundance.

Camp NanoWrimo Week 2 Vlog

This week was the second one of Camp Nanowrimo which is the virtual writing retreat I am taking part in. If you would like to see more about what I got up to including my daily word count then you can watch the vlog below.


Thanks ever so much for reading
Hope you have a lovely day.
God bless :)