All posts tagged: Life

Life: The Birthday Wish List

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY NEXT WEEK!! Ask me what I want for my birthday and often times I’ll reply “I don’t know.” Well things are different this year, I know a few things I’d like for my birthday, hence this very rare wish list. So, if you feel moved to gift me on my birthday or are one of the people to ask me what I want for my birthday, see below. MasterClass: Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing I’d like to develop and learn more about writing and the MasterClass website offers an array of online writing classes. Gift Price: $90 (USD) for single class or $180 (USD) for all year access to all classes available. Gift Purchase Link Amazon eGift Card & iTunes Voucher Who doesn’t love a gift voucher? Anyone interested in getting me an Amazon Gift Card or iTunes Gift Card should let me know so I can provide you with my email address. Amazon Gift Voucher Page | iTunes Gift Voucher Page ASOS Leather Purse I’m in need of a new purse for my debt free …

Small Chops: Learn How To Make Chin-Chin

Small Chops: A Nigerian term for Canapés, Hors d’oeuvres and the like. Small Chops: Quick thoughts of mine One thing I’m learning is that if I crave something I must learn how to make it before I buy it. My Grandma used to send me the £5.99 bucket of #ChinChin, she doesn’t need to anymore. Learning doesn’t stop after school, it must be continued. It’s how we become better, like my chin-chin making skills. We must challenge ourselves daily, but we mustn’t exhaust ourselves either. Prioritise Enjoyment Balance Take Your Time Work Hard Rest AMAZINGLY Well #LearningIsFun #HomeMade #MyColleaguesAreHooked#YourLocalChinChinDealer #IssaSnack (no really it’s a snack #ChinChin 🇳🇬) Signed, @OlayideM

Small Chops: The Gift of Community

Small Chops: A Nigerian term for Canapés, Hors d’oeuvres and the like. Small Chops: Quick thoughts of mine Taken from my IG Page (IG: @OlayideM), originally posted on 12 July 2017. An unexpected hour with my friend Nkechi had me ever grateful to God for the gift of Community. Community isn’t defined by proximity, but defined by a mutual value and appreciation of the gift. Don’t let social media fool you into believing your community is tight, true Community doesn’t require validation from likes, RTs and views. A few minutes on social media has never inspired or encouraged me (it’s done the opposite), a few minutes with true Community has made me feel I can do anything and everything. True Community will call you out about the worst version of you, and celebrate you at the same time. It will laugh with you, it will cry with you, it will pray with you (and especially for you) and more. True Community gets behind the scenes while being in front of the camera. It’s involved. True …

Small Chops: When Life is Foggy

Small Chops: A Nigerian term for Canapés, Hors d’oeuvres and the like. Small Chops: Quick thoughts of mine This picture was taken early January in Dubai. People are often under the impression that Dubai is 24/7 Sun, Sea and Sand, which most times of the year it is, but it rains*, it gets cold (from 40º+  heat to 16º in “winter” so yes it gets cold), the fog is impossible to see through and the sandstorms are things only meant for Disney Films (sand in your hair after wash day is the worst). As with Life. Life may be and even continue to be a Sun, Sea and Sand picturesque moment, but sometimes fog and rain will appear in places you least expected (literally). Looking at this picture, and not knowing the many floors located in the building, it’ll be easy to assume that only the floors in this picture are all the floors in the building. This building has 33 floors (I work on the 31st), in the fog you can just about make …

Small Chops: He Fell Off His Bike

Small Chops: A Nigerian term for Canapés, Hors d’oeuvres and the like. Small Chops: Quick thoughts of mine Sometime last year, I was out one day completing errands for my mum’s party and I saw something that really encouraged me. A little boy had just crossed the road with his dad and grandmother, riding his tiny bike so confidently with his training wheels on. Having reached the other side of the road his front wheel hit uneven ground and he fell off his bike. It would have been understandable if he had cried, but he didn’t. He got right back up and stamped on the uneven part of the pavement, almost as if he was reprimanding the pavement for his fall. His dad had watched this second-long incident play out and rather than pet the boy or blame the boy for not looking where he was going, his dad stood above the uneven pavement with his finger wagging. He was telling the pavement off too! The young boy, got back on his bike and continued …

Life: In Conclusion

In conclusion I am choosing to walk hand-in-hand with God and His purpose for my life. I am choosing, with His help, that in the coming year and years to come, I will start each day with my conclusion – my introduction and middle will eventually write themselves. “In conclusion…” That’s how most of my secondary school/GSCE essays ended. It was the beginning of the end, the part where I placed emphasis on the ‘argument’ I said I’ll prove in the introduction. The conclusion was also something we were usually told to write or brainstorm first – “think about how you’d like to end your essay, that tends to help with how you start your essay.” Most times, life is an essay and at this time of year a number of us are ‘proof reading’ our lives to ensure that all our A-grade points have been made and to be honest, it’s overwhelming. 365 days can often feel like the 2-hour GCSE Anthropology English exam in a dead-silent-smelly sports hall, on the hard plastic chairs, while …