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 :)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My Week #14 In Review (2017)

Camp NanoWrimo Week One, Driving Lessons, Really Nice Weather

Out for lunch with my friends from college/ Going for a run/ A really sunny beautiful Saturday importance/ Having Malaysian curry for the first time/ I had to learn to use chop sticks too/ More bacon and cheese sandwiches/ On my way to Southampton to meet up with my friends/ Dessert- cheesecake

"My Hallelujah belongs to You. You deserve it"

The weather this week has been so lovely. It feels like it's summer already and I'm grateful to God that we can enjoy some sunshine especially after the cold winter months. Hopefully, summer would be even better. 

I've been home this week so I have been having more driving lessons. My test is in early May so I have only got a few weeks till I can take it. I am hoping and praying that I pass it first time as my theory test expires in June.

Camp NanoWrimo April 2017 Week 1 Vlog

This week was the first one for Camp NanoWrimo which is the virtual writing retreat I am taking part in this month. I am vlogging my way through this month to show my progress as I try to finish the first draft of my poetry journal. If you want to see how well I did this week, you can watch the video below.
If any of you are doing Camp NanoWrimo too then please do let me know in the comments down below.



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

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

My Week #13 In Review (2017)

Handing In Practical Write Up, End Of Term, My First Blood Donation, Start Of Camp NanoWrimo, Going Home For Easter

Filling in a questionnaire before blood donation/ They finally put the needle in after all the checks/ The end of the blood donation/ They gave me free snacks,/ Packing to go home/ A sneak peak into one of my poems on instagram

Quote Of The Week
"It's time to start listening to the only voice that matters. The voice that says "You're loved""

This week, I handed in one of my last practical write ups of this semester. We will have one more write up after Easter but this only means that we are nearing the end of second year.

I donated blood for the very first time this week. I was a bit scared at the beginning as I hadn't had a good night's sleep but I made sure to have a really good breakfast. The nurses were really nice and the whole process went on quite smoothly. I think it is nice when you have the feeling that you might be able to save someone's life.

It is the end of term now and I am back home for the Easter break. The term was quite a busy one so I am glad that we get this month off to rest a little bit at home.

This week marked the start of Camp NanoWrimo on the 1st of April and this is a virtual writing retreat that is taking place throughout the whole month. I am going to be attempting to write 10.000 words this month as part of my poetry devotional and I will update you all as I go along.

I learnt a very important lesson this week about how to deal with rejection and negative thoughts. I shared a video on my channel talking all about this topic so you can check it out if you want.



Spring is finally here. The weather has been really lovely over these past few days and the flowers have started to bloom. I really do feel like we are going to be having a really good summer this year. Hopefully that will be the case.

Image result for hello april 

Song Of The Month
Victory Belongs To Jesus by Todd Dulaney


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

Friday, 31 March 2017

University: Going Through Notes After Lectures

Hello lovely people,

I recently came across some "Study With Me" videos on YouTube and thought it was really cool to see how others studied at school or at university. Some of these videos are really relaxing and motivate me to study. I decided to atempt to do one and in this video, I am showing you guys how I go through notes after my lectues. Hopefully, it will be able to help someone too.


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

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

My Week #12 In Review (2017)

Spring Is Here, Camp NanoWriMo Prep, Treasurer Of The CU, Sending Off SRF Aplication, Organising Volunteering Shifts, Westminster Attack, My Brother's 18th Birthday, Mother's Day

Food my mum made for my brother's birthday/ My first time in a Thai Restaurant/ A trip to Kaspas/ I absolutely love Kaspas

Quote of the Week:
"Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. Why blend in when you were born to stand out?"

Spring is finally here and you can tell from the sunny spells we have been having lately. We have survived another Winter. Praise be to God. I really cannot wait for the Summer as I am already  getting sick of the cold now. This past week was quite a busy one for me.

I finally sent off the second application for my summer studentship research programme. My supervisor has been really helpful throughout the whole process and God willing, we will be able to get funding for the project. We will hear back within 6 weeks about the outcome of the application so I will update you guys when I hear back from the organisation we applied to.

This week, I also was officially voted in to be the treasurer of the Christian Union for next academic year. I was approached a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to be take on the role and I took some time out to pray about it. I realised that it would be an absolute honour to be part of such amazing service to God so I gladly accepted it. I am looking forward to the next year and excited for the challenges and the adventures. But most of all, I am excited to see what God is going to do through our CU and how is He is going to glorify Himself through us.

Some of you may know that I am the Secretary of the Paediatric Soceity for this academic year. I was given the job of organising volunteering shifts for students at the university hospital and it has been a whole new challenge on its own. I have had to deal with checking DBS certificates, sending and receiving a lot of emails and it has also made me realise how limited my knowledge of software is. I love the challege though and it has only taught me that I can do anything as long as I set my mind to it. 

Some of you may have heard of the Westminster attack that took place last Wednesday. My university is about 30mins away from Westminster by tube so it was quite close to us. I have been on that bridge so many times and just listening to the stories of the victims makes my heart sad as it could have been anyone. My heart goes out to those who have been affected and their families. May God continue to comfort them at this time of trial. And may the souls of those who passed away rest in perfect peace. 

My brother turned 18 on Thursday and I went home to celebrate with my family. I remember when I turned 18 as it was around the same time I started this blog. It's so amazing how time flies and how we grow and change to become much better people. I thank God for the journey and I hope and pray that it will only get better and better from here. I was also able to celebrate Mother's day with my family on the Sunday before coming back to uni in the evening. It was nice to spend a few days at home with my family. 

My Writing Series #3
(I'm joining Camp NanoWrimo April 2017)

For anyone following my book writing series, here is another exciting update for you all. I will be doing Camp NanoWrimo this April and if you do not know what that is, here is a video to explain it all.


How was your week?
I would love to know so please feel free to tell me in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading.
Have a lovely day and God bless :)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Week #11 In Review (2017)

Mental Health Awareness Week, Text-A-Taostie, CU Lunch Bar, Urine Sugars Practical And Teaching Children At Church Again 

One of the verses that really encouraged me this week/ Text a toastie/ Free hot chocolate and a biscuit/ My splits progress/ Making chicken for the CU lunch bar/ Stress ball that changes colour/ Practical on urine sugars/ Practising my drawing skills/ More drawings during study time

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"
-Psalm 34:18

This week at university was Mental Health awareness week and there were a lot of events going on. The university was offering free gym sessions for the whole week and also there was a text-a-tea event going on. We were able to order a free hot drink and a biscuit and it would be delivered to us anywhere around the university. I was able to use this opportunity to get back to exercising as I made use of the free gym sessions.I was so consistent that I lost 3 pounds which was really nice. Hopefully I can be able to continue and not give up. I also was more consistent with my stretching regime to help me do my splits. I am still quite far away from the ground but I believe I will get there eventually.

We also had a text-a-toastie event which was organised by the Christian Union and also a lunch bar where we had a speaker come speak to us about religious faith and medicine. These were all really good opportunities to speak to non-christians at my university about Christ. 

We also had a practical this week where we were measuring blood sugars in urine and using the results from the thin-layer chromatogram to diagnose the metabolic disorder of the patients. I thought it was very fun even though we had to wait around for a long time.

I also was able to teach the chidren in the sunday school at church again on Sunday and they were very willing to participate and answer questions. I was glad to see that they were very open talking to me about the issues they faced about honouring parents. I love teaching the kids and I am looking forward to teaching them more in the future. 

How was your week?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading. 
God bless.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My Week #10 In Review (2017)

Sending Off First Application For Summer Studentship, Working On Special Study Project 2 And Tooting Show 2017

I finally made an omelette for myself after a long time/ Chilli con carne in the making/ My special breakfast treat after Tooting Show/ McFlurry ice cream after Tooting Show day 1/ Peanut butter and chocolate waffle at Kaspas/ Chocolate waffle at Kaspas

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD"
Psalm 31:24

This week was a very busy one for me as it was the week of Tooting Show 2017. We had to stay till the early hours of the morning on Monday night trying to rehearse and practise the dances, acting and singing. The show had to be put together by the Monday night because a lot of the cast were going to see The Weekend in concert for the 2 days before the show. I didn't feel the excitement of the show as we didn't have rehearsals the day before but when it came to the day and I saw all the people who were waiting to see it, I  became excited for it. The Thursday crowd was really good and of course the Friday was even more amazing. I have had so much fun choreographing the African dance for this year's show and it is so sad that it is all over now.  Hopefully I will be able to choreo for Fashion Show in November but until then, I am just happy that I have gotten all my free time back and I can now focus on my uni work.

As some of you may know, I want to do a summer vacation studentship this summer at one of the research labs at my uni and so since we were not able to secure funding via my university, my supervisor and I are going to apply for funding from external sources. We sent off one application a few days ago and we are working on the second application.

We also have been working on our special study projects for this term. This time around, we are working in groups and don't have to write an essay but we need to produce a poster and then do a presentation in May. We have gathered a lot of information but then so far, we are having a bit of difficulty fitting it all into the poster so we are going to have to cut down a lot of information. I love my group and each and every one of us participate so I am excited to see what we come up with in the end.

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

Friday, 10 March 2017

My Weeks #8 And #9 In Review (2017)

Weekend Rehearsals, God Speaking To Me, Discouraging Dreams, Semester 3 Results, And Tooting Show Coming Soon

My flatmates made creme brulee for me and it was the first time I tried it. It was really good/ Cooking after midnight/ Food after a church event/ Blood grouping practical/ Celebrating my friend's birthday/ Tooting Show stage prep

"There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still"
-Corrie Ten Boom
 The last 2 weeks have been very busy as I have had a lot of rehearsals for the show we are doing at my uni for charity. The show is only in a few days and we have been working really hard to make sure it turns out to be the best it can possibly be. This means that we have been having a lot of hours of rehearsals and it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. God has been faithful through every step of the way though and He has kept me in good health- both physically and mentally.

A few weeks ago I attended an event at church and the message from the speaker was very encouraging as it challenged me to focus more on God during my quiet times with Him. The speaker talked about distractions when we study God's word and even when we pray and how to deal with these things. At the end, there was a prayer session and during the session God gave a word to me. He spoke about the situation I was currently going through and how He wanted me to deal with it. He even revealed to me a bit about His plans regarding me and my family. I was so blessed after that message and went home really encouraged.

That same night after that church event, I had a dream and it was a very discouraging one. It was one I knew was certainly not from God because it totally was against His will and against the Word He had given to me the night before. It was very disheartening but I prayed about it and asked my friend to pray with me. I have since seen that God is faithful and He is making His word come to pass.
We always have to remember that God is not a God of confusion. His yes is yes and His no is no. He is not man and He certainly does not lie.

Another amazing thing God did for me was my exam results. Some of you may remember that I wrote my exams at the end of January. I had no idea how well I was going to do and I had so many doubts and fears even though God had been teaching me a lot about not worrying. I am very happy to say that He came through for me and I did so much better than I had expected. God is so faithful and true and He knows all our needs.

"God is not a God of confusion. His yes is yes and His no is no. He is not man that He should lie. He always comes through for us. Those who hope in Him will never be ashamed"

I did a short Bible study on my YouTube channel about 7 reasons why we should not worry so you can check it out below.


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

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

University: Second Year Room Tour

Hello lovely people,

Today I will finally be sharing with you a tour of my university room in London. Some of you may know that I am a second year Biomedical Science student at St George's University in London and this year I am living in a student house with other students as opposed to last year where I was living in the university's halls of residence. You can check out my room from last year here.
I thought it would be easier to make a video showing you around the room so below is the video of my room tour. 

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

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

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

Hello my lovelies,

So I tried something a little different and I actually gave vlogging a shot. This is my first official attempt at vlogging and I am still learning how to get the hang of it. In this vlog, I show you what I get up to during my week at university. There's a bit of footage from lectures, studying, lab practicals, birthday dinners, dance rehearsals and many more. Please do check out the video and let me know what you think.

If you want to read my other "Day in the life" posts, you can click here.


Hope you all have a lovely day.
God bless :)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

My Week #7 In Review (2017)

Third Week Of Tooting Show Rehearsals, Third Year Modules And Research Projects Open Day And A Day Out In Brighton

 

 Day out in Brighton. Bus ride, the Brighton stadium./ My friend was a really good host. She made us jollof rice and chicken, pizza and chips/ We also had a delicious Belgian chocolate cake for dessert.


Quote of the week
"Don't treat others the way they treat you. Treat others the way God treats you."
-Dave Willis 

This week was a very busy one for me in terms of dance rehearsals and taking care of other university related stuff. It was the third week of Tooting Show dance rehearsals and as usual, it was a bit overwhelming but I manged to pull through by God's special grace. Everyone asks me how I seem to be able to manage my time during these hectic periods of my life but the truth is I don,t know how I do it- only God does.

 On Wednesday, we had a third year module open day at uni where we had talks on the various research projects and modules that the university offers in third year and we have to make a decision to which ones we would like to do. I went into the talks thinking that I knew what I wanted to do but after the open day, I was a bit more torn between some of the modules. The process is a lot harder than I thought and there are many factors that I have to consider before making my final decisions. Fortunately, the deadline to make our decisions is at the end of March so I guess I have still got a bit of time.

I went to Brighton on Saturday and met up with my friends. One of them goes to the university of Sussex and she was kind enough to give us a tour of her university. The weather that day was really lovely and it was their uni open day as well so we got to see a lot of parts of the uni that we wouldn't have been able to see on a normal day. After the tour, she took us to her place and gave us some jollof rice, pizza, chips and we also had a delicious chocolate cake. After eating we went out into Brighton town and explored a bit more of the city and also went to the pebble beach and we watched the beautiful sunset that evening. It was a beautiful sight and so lovely to see God's handiwork :)

I had the privilege of having one of the most wonderful experiences in Brighton with my friends. While we were in Brighton town, we had the opportunity of speaking to and helping out a homeless man and then at the end we were able to pray for him as well. This experience thought me a lot about thinking about the needs of others and not just ourselves. We are all part of God's creation and when we made to love and be loved so when we receive God's love, we should not hesitate to share it with the world.

What was the highlight of your week?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)