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Hey lovelies,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

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I hope that your holidays were lit and so many good things happened. Anybody that knows me well knowsย Iย absolutely loveeย the holiday season, especially Christmas. So you trust that it was awesome. I’m sorry that I was away for what seemed like forever to me, I needed stronger motivation and more inspiration. Guess what? We got this! LOL

Fast forward to what I’m sharing with you today… Few days ago, I had a conversation with my friend and he told me he was conscious of the speed at which the year is ageing already. I asked why and he said it just reminds him of things he planned to do in 2016 and did not achieve. Many of us are wearing the same shoes as my friend I suppose and are so conscious of how fast the year is ageing already we don’t even know how to go about achieving our set goals. While some of us also have made New Year Resolutions, we’re so overwhelmed as to how we’d go about achieving them. Continue reading

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Depression: How to overcome it.

Hey there!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I trust you’re doing great. Today’s blog post is quite sensitive and different from the ‘usual’ so…Enjoy!

Life is in phases and with each phase come challenges. Depression comes in when we allow these challenges overwhelm us. See, no challenge is insurmountable and mistakes are inevitable. Don’t beat yourself up over what’s happened. Life is short, I know that, but there’s still ample time to do what’s right!

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A couple of weeks after my birthday, there were so many events that took place in my life all at once and it had me swimming in a pool of depression (thankful I didn’t drown in it) I’m not oblivious of the fact that people are going through tough times (this economy is more than enough hard time lol) however, there’s always a way out. A solution. A cure. A remedy. A therapy. Call it what you may.

So if you are depressed or you think that you are or about to, I’d be sharing symptoms then tips on how to come out of it (basically, what I did)

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Your best is yet to come!

Hey darls,

Thanks for stopping by the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Permit me to speak to you in Jenifaโ€™s voice, โ€œHow is you?โ€ LOL {PS: Jenifa is the main character in a Nigerian comedy series โ€˜Jenifaโ€™s Diaryโ€™. You really should see it if you havenโ€™t, Itโ€™s hilarious!!}

It feels great to write again after lots of procrastination *covers face*and to know youโ€™re here. Thanks for being here!

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So finally, the semesterโ€™s ended! My exams have just been the reason why Iโ€™ve been unavailable but as always Iโ€™m back with orisirisi gist…LOL

Happy New Month!

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Chronicles of a UNILAG undergraduate III

Hey there,

Thanks for stopping by the blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I know that I’ve been AWOL for so long but hey, I’m back! For real I am, lol…with so much to talk about-the good and the bad. I’d start however by sharing the good news with you.

In my last post, I lamented about how stressful school was because I hadn’t secured accommodation on campus which meant me going from home on a daily basis (mehn, it wasn’t funny). Well, nowย Iย stay on campus..yay! And honestly, life has just been easier… I also spoke about how much I needed a laptop to be more consistent with blogging and do school work too. I DID GET A LAPTOP! It happened in the most miraculous way as I never even envisaged getting it as a gift, I know it must have been God and I’m so grateful…You see something eh, this taught me a major lesson: JUST BELIEVE. I was so troubled with how I hadn’t posted anything new on the blog in so long, I didn’t realize I have a father full of wonders and voila you’re reading a new post. Is there something you’re so encumbered about? Is there something you’re almost giving up on? Just believe darling!

And the next good news I’m super exited to tell you about is that… we now have a brand logo! Yayyy!!! I’d rather call it a header or better still, picture but my brand manager (you know yourself..lol) put the words ‘brand logo’ in my mouth.

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There it is! What do you think about it? Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comment box ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I considered coming up with this a big project ‘cos I wanted it to be just the way I imagined it and I hope you like it as much as I do *smiles* (I danced when I saw it…haha, that’s how excited I was)

Yet another good news! I got nominated for the Liebster award by the amazing Mfon (Yas! she’s from my stateย too) You should check out her blogย DaintyMย . It is in 2 words: Simply beautiful, just in case you find yourself stuck on it! The Liebster Award is a way of encouraging new bloggers.

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I call them ‘blogging freshmen’. A post on it is coming up soon where I’d be answering fun questions after which I’d also nominate other bloggers for the award, wait for it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chronicles of a UNILAG undergraduate III

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So guys, this is the third post in this series ‘Chronicles of a UNILAG undergraduate‘ and each time I’m excited to write about my experiences in the University of Lagos, the school of first choice and the Nation’s pride (lol…say what you may, nothing can change that).ย  Continue reading

Chronicles of a UNILAG undergraduate II

Hola amigos,

Feels so good to eventually write something again for you to read, blogging has been a blessing and even more a blessing having amazing people to read and share in my joy and pain most times. I’m thankful to God for that! On Sunday, this past one, I began to have this feeling of emptiness. Like when you have lost your value? Yah. Questions began to pop in my head and I started to ask myself why I write or why I even started to blog in the first place. I gave answers. But they didn’t seem to be the right ones. I searched deep, I was in church at the moment so I decided to pray. There’s so much God has taught me and is still going to teach me through the many phases of life. And they all have to be documented. I searched deeper still. Then I came across this quote by Christian .D. Larson which says,

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.”

And another one by a Nigerian blogger which says,

ย “The truest and rawest form of writing is when it’s for you. Not for ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย comments or a pat on the back. Just a translation of you…into words.”

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All the “things” we do

Hey hey,

I’m so sorry that there has been no new post in soo long, it seemed ย like a while to me too *covers face*. Thanks to everyone who checked up on me asking why there were no latest posts, there is now..lol.. been so occupied with work and planning for the major event my NGO is organizing this December tagged ‘Bright Christmas’ (PS: Bright Christmas is a way to give back to the people by simply putting smiles on their faces and sharing with them the joy and the laughter that Christmas brings…soo that’s basically it) I hope you remember Christmas is only a month away *dancing*..lol. Don’t mind me..I know you do.

Todayyy, I’d be sharing with you what I finally decided to share after much thinking and pondering..There really was much thinking believe me, you want me to tell you? hmm? okay, I would..So this is pretty much how the conversation between me and TGAA, my blogger self went..

Me: OMG!! I haven’t put up a blog post in like forever

TGAA: You see, and there are so many things for you to blog about..

*flashback to the diary in which I wrote them down, picked it up and hurriedly flipped through the pages…there you are!*

Me: I can see them but it’s not just time yet..

TGAA: No post about relationships under ME-motions?

Me:Well…I just haven’t been in love lately..lol (couldn’t help but laugh at myself)

TGAA: Yes! How about that one topic that has always been on your mind to blog about

Me:Which one?

TGAA: That one now…

Me: *grumbles* I don’t….ooh! I do oh…but I’m still gathering momentum for that one…

TGAA: sigh..*feels defeated*

Me: *back to work*

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PS:I’m fine..lol

That was a few days back but here I am now…

During the week, something happened..A friend who was once my tutor asked me to write a testimony for his website, basically about the tutorial and all..the things I learnt and the exam scores I got. I wore my thinking cap and reminisced on how I was before and after the period I attended the tutorial..picked up my computer and started to write.

In the end, it turned out to be a very lengthy one…Of all the many things I put down, one of them was how ‘The tutor’ always encouraged me..during the tutorials, I was a late comer, a noise maker, an ardent hater for anything that had to do with calculations so I abhorred Math and Economics. However, all these changed afterwards…how it happened I don’t know!

Under 3 months, all of that attitude changed.. I asked myself, why does ‘The tutor’ do all the things he does. He must have told himself he wanted to change the attitude of people like me who had just given up on a whole lot..he must have told himself that he wanted to change ‘hate’ to ‘love’, how he wanted to inspire and push others to doing great things…

So I asked myself, why do I do all of the ‘things’ I do? All the good and the bad..Do I do it for people to clap for me and sing my praises or for the reason behind why I do things to spur people on to doing even better things? Why do I sing? Why do I blog? Why do I go to church? Why do I choose to work with an NGO to effect social change via social media? Why do I make people laugh? (PS: I think I have become so funny so much so that I am compared to Bovi, a comedian in Nigeria..lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Why do you do all the “things” you do? Ask yourself this and carry out a self-examination…I’m still carrying out one on myself too.

Have a blessed weekend>>

Lots of love and chocolate,

Aniee

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ~Ecclesiastes 9:10

Positive mind, Positive vibes, Positive life..

Hey you,

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Happy Monday! ๐Ÿ˜€ How’s the going been? The weekend’s over..mine went well, I tried to rest as much as I could..lol knowing another week was on its wayy.. Hoping you were also able to rest and enjoy yours too..

Today’s post is going to be short (not like I always have long posts..lol) so it’s ‘cos I’d just be sharing a quote I like from my favee, Maya Angelou which I would love for you to peruse on and get the wonderful message it carries… I’d share what I learnt at the end of this post.

It reads thus,

”We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. There’s always a journey that shapes us and a process that graces us to achieve true beauty” ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ~ Maya Angelou

This quote just says a lot. What this quote made me realize is that every trial, tough phase or difficulty is a testing ground to the next level. In life, everyone goes through so many trying times but the most important thing is that we overcome and come out of it all with a different attitude to life, we come out stronger, better and a clearer understanding of why it happened. God knows the end of a thing from the beginning and being such a loving Father, he would not allow us His children go through phases and temptations we cannot overcome. There is just always that trying time we have to go through to really bring out the beauty and strength in us, helping you discover yourself the more.. Always see the best in every ugly situation!

So be strong, be positive, be happy, be thankful, keep praying and remember that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

” ย And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” ย  ย ~ Romans 8:28

Have a God-led, favor-filled week ahead!

Lots of chocolate,

Aniee

Listening to Hillsong United- ‘Found’

What are you thankful for?

Hey you,

I hope you’re doing awesome. It’s Tuesday already, work has been going on smoothly too..thanks! Misplaced a document I have been working on for days today and I almost cried, thinking about how to start composing a new one just made me weak but luckily for me I had shared it with my colleague at work so she searched for it and sent to me…yayy! I am so thankful..that’s today’s gist oh!thanks

So I got inspired to share this with you after reading an amazing ย write up from one of the blogs I follow which just made me reflect on recent happenings in my life that maybe I just forgot to say ‘thank you’ for or some things I just overlooked and tagged as some normal stuff that’s just supposed to happen.. I’m thankful for..

  • The gift of life and Family… they’re just the best, all the love and laughter! Even after a very hard and rough day, the smiles on my mum’s face is more than a ‘welcome home baby’.. my siblings..all of them are just the funniest beings, we laugh at everything and anything..lol
  • Good health…The thought of how I haven’t had to take any drugs ‘cos I was under the weather or had to take ‘paracetamol’ ‘cos I had headaches or body aches crept into my mind of recent and I can’t but be thankful..even with all the ‘waka waka’ and bus conductor wahala..lol, which I wrote about in my last post.
  • Food..people who know me and my fam know this is an undisputed fact..we LOVE food,especially me..lol! We eat, have and cook every delicious meal you can think of and I am thankful to God for providing us with all we need..downloadi love food
  • Academic success.. sometime in June, I wrote an external exam to get into university. Everyone who knows JUPEB knows how competitive it is, I refused to fear(although i was at some point)..I am so thankful ‘coos when the results were released in September, I passed beyond my imaginations!! I was number 4 on the merit list *blushes*
  • Friends..I have the best friends, really! They can be so annoying most of the time but I still love them all the same ..always there to make me laugh, support me when I need them and tolerate me when I get silly and crackย dryย jokes..LOL (I sha know my jokes are funny)
  • Work..I have to thank God for work! It hasn’t been easy especially when you have to learn things from the scratch..lol. Today I can clap for myself and score myself when it comes to curating content, thinking fast and getting creative..The learning process has been fun, so many new experiences, new friends, new insight and understanding of life…I am thankful!
  • Church..We’ve been transferred! That’s right, we got a new posting to pastor another parish and I bless God for another opportunity to do His work and fulfill His purpose. There’s much work but He is with us..
  • I’m thankful for the gift of writing and blogging that has come to life in me..I am thankful for all those that followed, liked (PS: silent readers are acknowledged ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and commented, especially those whose comments kept me grinning from ear to ear; you know yourself..lol. Simply getting notifications that someone has liked or commented on my blog post is one of the things that make my day and keep me excited ๐Ÿ˜€
  • ย  ย TGAA
  • My sweetest ‘orobo’ sister is in JSS1 in the same school myself and siblings went to, that’s how daddy wanted it and she’s enjoying every bit of it.. she’s even class captain and she’s marching for the inter house sport too..lol
  • Music..and singing too, things that keep me bubbly all the time!

There’s so much to be thankful for and if I were to go on and on it would end up being a really long post..haha

So all said.. i agree there are bad times and good times still I try as much as I can to make gratitude my attitude ‘cos it just is one of the keys to living happily ๐Ÿ™‚quotation-gratitude-1

What are you thankful for? Reflect on it. You don’t have to share with me, just pick a pen and sheet of paper and jot away…

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Stay blessed.. xoxo

Lots of chocolate,

Aniee

Photo credit: Google.com (not all the time sha)

Health 101: Fruits

Hey there!

I feel so good to be making yet another post. Blogging has been so much fun and it’s because of you, you and you! Yes,you! We’re counting down to the end of September! It’s been an amazing month, don’t you think so?

This post was birthed by the daily ‘gist'(PS: ”gist” means information) I get from my cousin, I call her Dr. Joe. She’s a Nutritionist and Dietitian in the making..ever since she got into school, she has learnt so much, taught everyone of us and even put into practice. So I say to myself, ”I have to blog about this”. I did my research and realized the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables cannot be overemphasized!

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I’d tell you what Dr. Joe told me then what I realized… Dr. Joe told me fruits are best taken 30 minutes before eating cooked meals.. ”WHAT!”, I thought. I wouldn’t even remember to take fruits before shoving several spoons of rice and stew down my throat or even ‘eba’..lol *sigh*…Well, she also said fruits are best eaten on an empty stomach, you knew that right? I had also heard about it but I had always believed that when fruits being acidic are eaten on an empty stomach, the stomach also being acidic; they begin to eat up your stomach walls *shrugs*. Dr. Joe says when fruits are ingested, they turn to ‘alkaline’ and aid food digestion!

What I realized…

  • Fruits contain nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance.
  • Fruits keep your eyes healthy.
  • Fruits are naturally low in calories so a fruit diet is just perfect. In fact, you should not go on a diet and exempt fruits. Make your diet FRUIT-rich! I actually intend to do that soon, go on a fruits and veggies only diet. Just I don’t know when and how possible that is..lol
  • Also realized that eating plenty of fruits may help reduce the risk of many diseases even as small as cold and catarrh.ย fruits

My Mum says it too sef that eating fruits is good for your skin, quoting her; ”it makes your skin look fresh”..lol. Now I believe her!(PS: I did before oh, but not 100% sha). By the way, fruits I enjoy eating now are watermelon, apple, orange and pineapple.

Just so you know, no single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. EAT PLENTY EVERYDAY!

Lots of chocolate,

Aniee.

Before meets after..

Hey hey!

Ever wondered why you seem to remember vividly what happened 5, 10 or even 20 years ago? Well, it’s because that’s how our minds are designed.

It just simply means that our past affects our present and whatever we do now affects our future! Cool? What you did or failed to do is surely going to tell on what happens now which is why we really have to do it right NOW! You don’t want to grow up or have your children grow up and make the same mistakes. We learn from our mistakes and experiences, I know that but if you can prevent something from happening why let it happen? There so many mistakes I’ve made and I know you’ve made some too but we can’t let them stop us or slow us down, we gotta keep moving. I know of a friend who got pregnant even before getting into college but she had always wanted to go to school, complete her education and fulfill her dreams. So even with all the pain she went through, she gave birth to the baby and went back to school! She just didn’t let a bad ‘before’ stop her from having a good ‘after’. When I newly resumed my job, I was so inept having first time experience in a work environment. I had issues with my boss, issues so serious I was going to leave the job, but NO! I didn’t. Instead I remained and opened up to learning and in the process make mistakes no matter how much they hurt. Today, I’m enjoying every bit of it in less than 3 months. I did not let a bad ‘before’ affect a good ‘after’.

We only have power to re-create ourselves and not create ourselves, there are also certain decisions we need to make just to fix things up. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t do certain things right in the past, there’s still time and so much you can do to fix things up and all you have to do is to make frantic efforts to fix this up now so they don’t shift into to your ‘after’. Let a bad ‘before’ meet a good ‘after’!

Lots of chocolate,

Aniee.