Hola hola! It’s been a bit. I didn’t miss out on a theme for the month of August, I just didn’t blog about it. I decided that August was for giving back. I don’t remember how I came to this decision; however I remember feeling very strongly about it. I am deeply passionate about kids; particularly less fortunate kids. And I’ve always wanted a way to give back to them. That’s why I decided to run a Back2School drive, through my kids’ clothing line. Continue Reading
I’ve read many quotes and articles about starting, and now I truly believe that it’s one of the most important steps in achieving any goal. It only makes sense, right? If you don’t start, then you can never achieve the goal. And if you do start, what’s the worst that can happen? You at least stand a chance. Continue Reading
Today, I walked into a grocery store to buy some bread. I grabbed the bread, and was standing at the checkout counter when I heard the exchange between the cashier and one of the cleaners. The cleaner was begging her to let him buy some beans, N300 worth, but he didn’t have the money. He promised he’d pay tomorrow. She said some nasty words to him, but eventually agreed. She stressed the importance of him paying tomorrow, otherwise she’d get in trouble. The bread I went to buy was N250. Continue Reading
Woah! We’re in the second half of the year already. How amazing is that? I love July for a multitude of reasons:
My mom’s birthday is on the 8th; I love her so much and I’m always excited to do something nice for her
It’s the start of the 3rd quarter and 2nd half of the year, so it gives me a chance to really reflect and figure out how to achieve those goals I set at the beginning of the year, if I’m not already on my way.
It’s like a reset/refresh – new energy, new enthusiasm. It’s like okay, I might have messed up in the first half but here’s a chance to redeem myself.
The word for July is not one, but two words – RECKLESS OPTIMISM. You get what you give. What you put out to the universe, you get back in return. This month, I’m going to practice reckless optimism. Optimism in every situation I find myself. Optimism, no matter how unrealistic it might seem given the cirmcumstances. Optimism, in every area of my life.
I’m working on setting my professional and personal goals for the 3rd quarter, as well as a 180 day plan. I’m setting measurable goals around
The number of dresses I want to sell at The Maxi Shop & Pretzels Kids
How much exercise I need to get in weekly
How many inches growth I want in my hair
How to bring my blog back to life
How many new connections I want to make
And many more like that . . .
Do you have any exciting goals for July? Or the 3rd quarter? Or the 2nd half?
Ramadan, for Muslims, is the 9th month on the Islamic calendar and a very holy month. It’s a month of reflection, and one of practicing a lot of self-restraint. It lasts for 29 or 30 days; and we are expected to fast from sunrise to sunset on each of those days. But it goes beyond ‘starving’ yourself. It’s a month of spiritual cleansing and rejuvenation. It’s 30 days of repairing your relationship with God. It’s 30 days of performing your duties as a Muslim, and going above and beyond [ more prayer, charity, and acts of kindness]. It’s basically like a reset; from sinning back to holiness, with the hopes of retaining your new level of spirituality beyond the month of Ramadan. Continue Reading
Self-care May. So. I started the year with a theme. I also made everyone in my family pick a theme. Mine was “blossom”. The dictionary definition of blossom is ‘to mature or develop in a promising or healthy way’, and the idea behind it was that I would blossom in all areas of my life; particularly work & personal life. I have now gone further since the second quarter started to pick a theme for each month [in addition to blossoming all round, lol]. The theme for April was “Go all out”, and this was specifically for my business [my kids’ clothing line House 38]. And I think I did go all out. I pushed myself harder, and put my all into pushing the business out there. Continue Reading
I went to the last Afropolitan Vibes at Freedom Park in Lagos. It’s a monthly live music series that holds at Freedom Park, in the heart of Lagos [Nigeria]. The March edition featured soul singer, Nneka, and a major throwback from my childhood, Blackky. As usual, Bantu was also there. Dammy Krane was there as well, but we missed his performance.
Freedom park by the way used to be a prison and was reconstructed into a park, with some of the history preserved. I’ll share more about Freedom Park in a future post
ps. This is my first Youtube video. I hope to do many more. Let me know if you like it!
My friend, Denrele, visited Venice and was kind enough to send in pictures and answer questions about the amazing Italian city.
I’m so jealous right now. What took you to Venice?
Denrele: I run an art gallery, so this trip for me was mostly about visiting the Venice Art Biennale and soaking up all the art that the pavilions had to offer. The Art Biennale happens every 2 years and this one was all the more special because it had a Nigerian as curator. Continue Reading
I can’t believe it’s Thursday already, this week is FLYING! Today I’m throwing it back to my brief visit to Istanbul with my friend, Es. The picture above reminds me of how the people there reacted when they saw two black girls. It was like they hadn’t seen anything like us. The girls in the picture above actually walked up to us giggling; and asked if they could take a picture. We heard comments like “Beyonce & Rihanna”, and had people whistling at us. It was a fun day of wandering around the city!