Monday, 23 January 2017

My Week #3 In Review (2017)

Revision Study Sessions, Second Praise Dance Performance, 1 Week Till My Exam And Writing Series #1

Revision session with my friends and study buddies/ Pizza break after intense revision/ 4 am revsion struggles/ First week of Primary Practice.

"Always choose God's perfect will and not His permissive will"

Since it's only about a week left for our exam, I had a study session with my friends where we each allocated ourselves topics to go through over the weekend and then we met up and taught each other these topics. I found it quite useful as we were able to cover a whole module thorughly in 2 days.

Last week, I had mentioned that I did a training for the Primary Practice project my university is doing this year. We basically teach primary school children over a period of 6 weeks all about science, first aid and other interesting topics to get them interested in the sciences. We had our first session this week and even though we did encounter a few challenges at the beginning, we were able to work together to deliver the session on time.

I also did my second praise dance performance at church and it was so amazing. I really do love dancing for God  and the fact that He can work through us and use us for His glory makes me want to do it more. I feel this is one of the ways that God wants to use me this year and I am so ready for what He has in store. 

My Writing Series #1

Just in case anyone missed my very exciting announcement last week about me witing a book, there's a video up n my YouTube channel talking a bit about the book, why I decided to write it and also about my writing journey so far. I am so excited to share this journey with you all and can't wait to see how it is going to turn out in the end.

Also, if you are not already subscribed to my YouTube channel, please do so as I post a lot more than just my uni life like Bible study videos and a lot more.

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

Friday, 20 January 2017

University: Second Year Biomed Term One Review

Hello lovely people,

This is a long overdue post that I was supposed to have put up over the Christmas break but since I was occupied with many other things, I didn't have the time to write it. I have finally gotten a bit of time so I decided to let you all know how my first term as a second year Biomedical Science student went.

Being a university mum
My uni has a mum and dad system where they assign freshers to second years who would be their uni mums and dads. This system is basically to help the freshers to be able to settle in nicely so they can get help when they need it. I initially only wanted one child but I ended up with three daughters. I love every bit of being a uni mum. I think it comes naturally to me as I am the oldest child so I am used to looking after siblings. I just love helping out my daughters with academic work in any way that I possibly can and also organising outings with them when they need a break. 
It's been really nice to watch them grow and settle in nicely into uni so when they do well in their uni assignments, lab practicals and stuff, it makes me really proud. 

Special Study Project
One of our big assessments for this term was the first part of our special study project which was basically an essay we had to write. This essay had to be between 2500-3000 words and the big thing about this project was that it was the first real essay we wrote at uni. We did write an essay at the beginning of first year but it was not assessed. This SSP was therefore kind of a big deal for some of us. I loved every bit of this process and I was very happy with my results in the end. Apart from the fact that the whole process was time consuming, it helped develop a lot of my writing skills and I learnt a lot while writing the essay. 

I was able to find out more about how to carry out research, how to analyse information and data from research papers, distinguishing between primary and secondary research papers, picking out the relevant information from all these papers, organising my thoughts and writing out the structured essay. It took me a longer time to do research because there were just too many papers out there about my topic and this made the process a bit tedious but once I found the information I needed, writing wa not a problem.

Another challenge I faced was with paraphrasing and just rewriting information in my own words. I was still scared of being accused of plagiarism even when I was submitting my final draft but thank God that went well and my similarity report was fine. I learnt a lot about organising my writing to make it flow better and my supervisor was really helpful throughout the whole process. This has gotten me a bit excited for third year dissertations and just carrying out research in general so I am looking forward to it now.

The modules we have for this semester are kind of similar to what we had for first year. We still have a module where we learn the same material as the medics but we also have our own Biomed specific module which I didn't like at first. This module of ours is focused on therapeutics and investigations so we have been learning a lot about techniques used in research in the labs and also about how some imaging techniques work. It is a quite complicated to try and understand but I find it quite interesting. The more I learn about these, the more I get interested in research. We also had a few interesting practicals this term. Some of you might have read about my experience during my aspirin practical and also the paracetamol practical. They were fun to do and I actually enjoyed the practicals.

Fashion Show
Last but not the least is my Fashion Show dance charity show which took place at the end of November 2016. This was the first time I choreographed a dance for an actual show here at my uni and it was an amazing experience. The theme of our dance was centered around the black lives matter movement and it was nice to see that the message was passed across and well received. I love choreographing and I am looking forward to more of the fun when I choreo for our next dance charity show in March.

Are any of you at university/school/college?
How did your first term go?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading
God bless :)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Weeks #1 and #2 In Review (2017)

New Year, New Beginnings, Divine Restoration, Back To Uni, Primary Practice Training Day, Tooting Show Auditions, Teaching The Children At Church For The First Time And Writing A Book?

We organised a party for young patients at the hospital. There were quite a few performers and a lot of food and decorations so the patients had a really good time./ Revision/ Dance auditions/ More revision/ Chicken vegetable soup. It was really good./ I finally finished this amazing book. The review is coming soon :)

Bible Verse of the week
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you into His eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you"
1 Peter 5:10

Happy New Year again guys. Hope you all are having a good one so far. I haven't started off the new year so well in terms of posting here on my blog but that is because the past two weeks have been crazy busy. I started lectures again on the 3rd of January and we have been busy with revision and lots of other things going on.

First of all, I am very excited for this New Year 2016 and I am greatly looking forward to what God has in store. I can already see Him moving in many ways and so this is going to be a very exciting year. My theme for the New Year is "Great Faith and Divine Restoration" and my Bible verse of the year is 1 Peter 5:10. This verse means a lot to me and I did a short Bible study video over on my YouTube channel if you are interested in watching.

This week, I had my training for the Primary Practice project that my university is involved in. The project involves teaching Primary School children over a period of 6 weeks to teach them about science and get them interested in science at a young age. I met up with the other 2 students in my team and we all get along really well so I am looking forward to the next 6 weeks.

This week was also the auditions for our next charity show here at SGUL called the Tooting Show. I am again choreographing for the African dance but this time, I am doing it on my own. It was a stressful week trying to teach the audition routine and choosing dancers but the week is over now so I can finally concentrate on revising again.

I also taught the children at my church today for the very first time. I had been part of the team of Sunday School teachers but I had never been given the opportunity to teach so today it came as a big surprise. I was not prepared so I thought it was going to go horribly wrong but thank God it didn't and I actually really enjoyed teaching the children about the importance of prayer.

I'm Writing A Book

Finally guys, I just wanted to mention that this year, I decided to start writing a book. I have never really considered myself as a good writer. I struggle with writing essays and just because I own a blog and love journaling hasn't really made me think that I was good enough to be called an author. However, my mind has been changed this year and I have decided to write a book. I was having a conversation with my friend on New Year day this year and she really encouraged me. I realised that it doesn't really matter if I don't think I can do it. All that matters is that I have a story which God has placed in my heart to tell and I know how to write so I am going to write it. I guess with time I will be able to disclose more about this story of mine and how the writing process is going. For now, all I can say is it is a Christian book and I am really enjoying the writing process. I can't wait to get to that point where I will be able to share this story with you guys.
Just want to encourage you all too that if you have a dream or a goal to accomplish, never wait for the "right time". There is no right time so just go ahead and start now. Until you step out and take the challenge, you will never know what it feels like.

Hope you all have a lovely week.
Thanks for reading.
God bless :)

Friday, 13 January 2017

My 2017 Money Saving Challenge

Hello everyone
As most of you may know I am a student in London and one of the challenging things students have to deal with is money problems. It's a known fact that the money we are all in debt from our student loans and even the money we get can never be enough and that is why struggle a lot to save money. I came to realise by the end of last year that the reason we end up with no money in our bank accounts most of the time is because we don't have a proper plan on our to spend or save our money. 

One of my resolutions for this new year then was to try as much as possible to save as much money as I possibly can and I wanted to share with you guys some of the things I plan on doing in order to achieve this. Before I do this, I wanted to also share with you guys a money saving challenge which you can get involved in if you are interested. The aim of this project is not only to save money but to make sure we understand the importance of how we spend our money and what our debts look like. Earnest is an organisation that helps graduates refinance their student loans and secure their financial future. So here are a few of my financial goals for 2017.

Monitoring and checking how much goes in and out

The very first thing I will try to do more of this year is to monitor my finances. I think this is a very important process because it helps you to be able to have control of your finances and also enables you to plan ahead. Planning can be made so much easier if we knew how much we had available to spend.

Plan out your week and set out a budget weekly(grocery/transport etc.)

Planning. Planning. Planning. This is a very important process especially for university students. I tend to always plan out my week by laying out  a set budget for transport, groceries, night outs, movie nights and others. Planning helps me not to spend more than I have to and it just makes everything a lot easier.

Eat out less and cook more

The next thing I will try as much as possible to do this year is to eat out less. I'm sure most of us would know that eating out or ordering take away tends to be a lot more expensive than making home cooked meals. I tend to cook during the weekends or whenever I can and the food lasts me for a good couple of days. Of course I know there will be some days when I wouldn't have a choice but to buy lunch but packed lunches are so much more cheaper and will save us a lot more money.

Set money aside for emergency situations

Last but not the least is always preparing of emergency situations. Planning is easier said than done and sometimes things do not always go the way we expect to go. This is why it is important to also consider days like this and prepare for them. I have a friend who always keeps a tenner in his phone case in case his wallet ever got stolen so he wouldn't be stranded or just in case something else happened and he needed cash. It is important to find out what works best for us but always remember to save up for these rainy days.

So these are my 2017 financial resolutions.
What are you going to do differently this year to help you save more?
Please do let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading
God bless :)

Friday, 6 January 2017

My Daniel Fast Experience

Hello lovely people,
I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I was doing the Daniel Fast for 12 days and in this post I will be talking about my experience. Fasting is something that hardly ever crosses my mind just because I love food and it is hard for me to live up to the idea of staying away from food. I have been involved in fasts before and I took part in a 50 day fast at the beginning of this year which was the first real fast I have ever completed from beginning to end. 

So considering the fact that I am not really fond of the idea of fasting, you might be wondering why I decided to do the Daniel Fast then? Well that is because there are different types of fasting and Daniel Fast is one which does not involve giving up food entirely but only giving up certain types of food and the amount of food or time for eating was not restricted. The most important reason why I decided to fast was because I wanted to pray. There area lot of issues going on around me that I just wanted to dedicate myself to prayer and to ask God for direction. I just wanted to be able to learn how to discipline myself more and I wanted a fresh start. Now how did this experience help me I hear you ask? Well keep on reading :)
Reading God's Word and communicating with Him:

I loved my Daniel Fast experience because it helped me to become more committed to my devotional time and to spend more time in God's presence. I loved every minute of praising, worshiping and just talking to God during my quiet time. It's not that I haven't been doing this before but that because I was doing the fast, I made myself more committed to this.

Reading more of His Word just helps me to know more about my creator, His character, His love, His grace and mercies, His blessings, His Son- Jesus and to feel His comfort and promises that He is always there with us every step of the way.

Hearing from God:

The thing  I love about talking to God is that He always listens to us and He answers in many different ways. I have to say that during this 12 days, God proved Himself to me in so many different ways regarding some of the situations I was praying about. Times like this build my faith and makes me confident in the fact that God is walking right beside me and He never leaves. God speaks to us in different ways, sometimes a lot clearer than other but we just need to be in line with the Holy Spirit so we can hear Him. I am reading a few books about how to hear from God because I think it is important for every Christian to be able to discern God's will in our lives.

Leading a healthy lifestyle:

One of the other benefits that comes with doing the Daniel Fast is that all the foods that are encouraged are healthy. From vegetables and fruits to whole grain foods and fibre are all the foods that are encouraged during this Fast. One thing that I have noticed is that even after ending my fast, I was still drawn to healthy foods as I discovered so many good healthy recipes that do taste really good. This experience taught me a lot about patience and to be able to discipline myself more to resist unhealthy foods. There were a lot of times I came really close to just eating what I wanted like when I went to Nando's with my friends. I really do love chicken but I had to end up ordering just a Quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and no cheese. It wasn't the best salad I had every had but it was healthy and I'm glad I didn't give in to the chicken.

In all, I would say that I really enjoyed my Daniel Fast and my advice for anyone wanting to do it would be to read up on it and know exactly what you are getting yourself into. There are quite a few things you will have to give up but there are so many food lists out there with different variations so just find and stick to one. Also, prepare ahead of time by buying the things you need and planning your recipes for the whole week so you know exactly what you are going to eat. There are a lot of recipes online so you can try some of them and you might end up liking the foods like I did. 

Most importantly, it is important to establish the reason why you want to do the fast and what you are hoping to get out of it and make it your primary objective to get closer to God and to seek Him in prayer and by reading His Word. It is not a fast if you are not praying- that would just be eating healthy. You can find more about the Daniel Fast here. 

Have you ever heard about the Daniel Fast?
If yes, have you ever done one?
If no, do you think you would like to try it out?
Please let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading
God bless :)

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My Natural Hair Journey #4: 18 Months Post Relaxer

Hello lovely people,

I can't believe it's been 6 months since I last updated you guys about my natural hair journey. I can now gladly say that I have now been growing out my natural hair for over 18 months. It has been such a journey and I have learnt so much about my hair over the last 18 months that I can't wait to be fully natural.
Just for a brief reminder, I started transitioning to natural hair in June 2015 and what this means is that I am growing out my naturally curly hair and gradually cutting off my chemically straightened hair. You can read updates of my journey from my previous posts here.

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This photo was taking during my most recent wash day. I had just finished detangling my hair and because  don't really use the comb as much anymore, I have realised that I don't lose as much hair anymore when I detangle.

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This photo just shows you guys the two different textures I have been dealing with. You can see the natural hair from the bottom is a lot thicker and coilier than the straight relaxed hair at the top. This photo was taken after washing out the shampoo. I just use cantu shea butter moisturising shampoo and I also use hair mayonnaise as a deep conditioner. My hair really loves these two products especially the deep conditioner. My hair is always left feeling really soft and moisturised.

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This photo just shows the difference in a bit more detail from a smaller section of hair. The length of natural hair in this section from the top of my head is well over 7 inches long.

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Taking a closer look at this section, you can see my kinky coils which I am massively in love with. Obviously I can't determine my true curl pattern now as I still have my relaxed ends but I love what I am seeing already. My curl pattern is not the same all over my head but I guess I will only know for sure after I do the big chop.

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Finally this is a photo showing you my little afro. This was the first time I had ever seen my afro so my face was in shock haha. I am going to start using cantu shea butter leave-in conditioner and I also use regular pink oil as my moisturiser and coconut oil to seal. These products have been working really well for me so far.
I can't wait to see how big my fro will be in a few months. I'm so excited that I have even decided when I will do the chop.
My initial plan was to transition for 24 months and then big chop in June 2017 which would be 2 years for me but since my birthday is in May, I have decided to big chop for my birthday. So I have only got a few more months to go before I can fully unleash my natural kinks and coils. This means that I might do another update post when I get to 21 months in March or the next time I do a post would be after my big chop. Either way, I am super excited and can't wait to see what the lies ahead for me.

Anyone else transitioning to natural hair?
How has your journey been so far?
Or you going to big chop or do a long term transition?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and God bless :)

Sunday, 1 January 2017

My Week #52 In Review (2016)

Meeting Up With My Friends From College, New Year, New Goals, End Of Christmas Break

My motto for 2017/ I met up with my friends from college/ Meal at Harvester/ I am going to miss these street lights for the holiday season

"A Queen who walks with God will always reach her destination"


This week, I met up with some of my friends from college and it was nice to see how a lot of them had changed after over 3 years. Majority of my friends have graduated from university now and are all looking forward to starting jobs so it is a whole new exciting experience for all of them. We went for a meal in Harvester and the food was really good. It was really nice to catch up with them and I am looking forward to more meet ups.

My Christmas break is now over sadly but I am glad to go back to uni where I can focus a lot more on studying. I have been having a lot of distractions at home and it would be nice to have some time to prepare for my exams which are at the end of January.

This was the last week of the year 2016 and I could not still believe that the year was over. Time flies really quickly and I just can't keep up anymore. I am grateful to celebrate God's faithfulness in my life though. I have so many things to be thankful for and to look forward to this new year that makes me really excited. I can't wait to dive into the unknown and to see what God has in store for me. I really hope 2017 is amazing for all of us. 
Wish you all the very best as we embark on this journey together.

"I will worship Him forever
I will love Him forever because this God is too good oh"

2017 is my year of divine restoration and great faith. I believe that God will move mountains for me and I thank Him already.

What are your goals for 2017?
What are you looking forward to?
Please do let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for watching.
God bless :)