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Pray: How did you kick off this year?


I remember a similar post I wrote last year on the 1st of January. I was bent on that day to kick off the year with sports, especially given all the lousy reasons I came up with in the wee hours of the day not to do same. For me, it boils down to a good start because even if (and yes even when) I lose some momentum during the journey, I can always motivate myself with the memories of a good start – and obviously very good goals lol.

This year is a very special one for me because I was inspired to declare it My Year of Grace. I mean given the success of last year which I had declared My Year of Gratitude and got so much to be grateful for including a Guardian Angel when I had thought I was too old for one, I decided to believe in the power of my own inspirations. No need to go see any tarot readers, soothsayers, Men/Women of God … You name them. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for January 01, 2019 right?

Next special event this year, I formally began meditation and I mean serious ones with knees folded inside. So far I have been able to keep still and fold the knees in place for 10 minutes – don’t laugh give it a try and maybe clap for me lol. But hold up that’s not the goal of meditation oh, the sitting position and brain bushing around; it is the meditation proper, the passage you read and what you retain out of that and how that helps you through out the day.

Now, I needed to be alone in my home on January 1st this year because I needed no distraction whatsoever. I literally locked Ella out of the Gate and locked myself in my room. I had not one but three books I was starting with:

  1. A book of Meditations by the one and only James Allen

  2. Attitudes of Gratitude …by MJ. Ryan

  3. A Mini Course for Life by Jerry Jampolsky and wife Diane, of Attitudinal Healing International

Those three books and the whole meditation concept were offered me so generously by my Guardian Angel. Am I spoiled lucky or what?

After an hour or so meditating and listening to flute music, I went for a long walk and then visited different neighbours on my return. One of them even offered me a chicken drumstick to appease my saliva glands (some spicy odour in the different homes visited were already leaving my glands in a rage).

And so dear gentle readers and followers, I couldn’t think of a more serene way to kick off this 2018 with Grace. Gratitude goes on of course, it brings me so much joy I can’t leave that alone (I love saying all the thank you I can, sending the notes and sms and calls to near irritating hahaha). I hope the steam mustered on Monday 01.01.18 sees me through out the year. I merely turning 39 in 2 weeks time so I should still be good to go right?

Well, enough of me: please Pray gentle reader and follower, how did you kick off this year?

p.s: Will be away for a week or more as we lay my grandma to rest this weekend and retreat as a family for a few days. My two siblings are coming in and am excited to have the bonding time even if under such morose circumstances.

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Keep trying to step it up…


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My mini gym, less the skipping rope

Dear world, it’s been a while and I have been awol… OK so far so so…

I have had them series of wahalas, and a knee trouble could only but top it all. This has been going on for a week now, and I moved out and into my home with a bandaged knee. At that time it was least of my worries anyway…

This morning, I feel much better. I mean I just finished a 40 minutes work out in my mini gym. Am trying to step it up. I got those for myself as a moving in gift from me. OK the bottles are actually filled with sand right!!!

I can’t skip yet and oh boy how I miss that. But thank heavens I can walk, even jogged some this morning, and I did 200 steps wow… On Monday when I first tried, it was 100 steps in 2 lots with near faint…

Am not only trying to step it up physically, but also mentally. I am assuring myself everything will work out fine in due time, all the worrying wouldn’t precipitate their occurrence. For example, I am not so sure I can get my boys for the last term of school, but I am already in their neighborhood, can talk to them often, can even see them daily if I want and can, and gosh I can even go there and help them with their homework. I did this again yesterday evening and we were all thrilled. I have already taken permission to have them over this weekend, and my bid to recruit an English home teacher for them is being studied…

Aren’t these blessings to be counted? Aren’t such enough and more reasons to keep trying to step things up?

Dear all, whatever we are going through now, no matter how tough, let’s try to hang in there. When we can, let’s try whichever way we can to step it up one step at a time. Let’s also remember to be grateful for all, and always try to cheer each other up…

It’s my first anniversary in Belgium: Thank You all!


Selected for book cover

We surely all admit that transitions are challenging right? I have yet another evidence that they are but with steadfastness, we always survive…

I landed in Belgium on the 8th of January 2013 (but out of excitement I post about it today), and l was struck by two facts:

1) I just left my children and family oceans away and may not get to see them again in the nearest future – how sad l was!

2) The weather wasn’t welcoming at all and it was to say the least, trashing out my already fragile mood. It was -1° and it rained cats and dogs on that day!

I was depressed, poorly dressed, had no boots nor appropriate Jacket and above all, had very little and let’s say highly insufficient funds!

I started off badly in school and flunked woefully in one of my papers – well largely my fault, bad advice and lousiness thanks to my moodiness!

However, I got a lot of support too, both directly and indirectly. My Cousin in Austria even offered me opportunities and the other in Belgium tried her part too. My Family both home and abroad supported in their own way,   and I just can’t name it all!

l also meet my ‘Darling Darling’ and with his support and encouragement, coupled with my realization that l couldn’t keep up that low, l ‘springed’ back to Life.

I have since then braved it all in school, at my new home, and above all in my pursuit of a new career. I finally got hearing aids too.

l dared to dare and got myself jobs/internships in places like ICF-GHK a renowned consultancy, the European Parliament and the WIP Global Forum.

l met a lot of inspiring people both on and off line. My ‘e family’ is simply wonderful and they are growing both in quality and quantity each day.

My fondest statement of 2013 was when Portia Simpson Miller, the Jamaican PM said to me: “Relax Girl”. I couldn’t help but do a post about her as you can refresh here!

I met Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Dlamini Zuma of the AU and several other dignitaries, and I captured that week here.

I am finishing my first memoir which tells of my alter ego and my tough journey so far, albeit the emotional and spiritual one. You can read about my project here!

I ran a rally and got selected as a community champion for a UN Women facilitated platform for the Economic Empowerment of Women and 3 days ago I got another big Job offer!

Well, to crown it all, the internship I had which caused me some headaches and heartaches, but where I had a wonderful boss and decided to give it my best, has just landed me a confirmation.  I was just raised to Regional Manager for Africa!

For all the above, I say thank you to All, it’s been one big roller coaster ride for me and I wish my journey so far inspires, or what do you think?

For all Mothers!


Ode to Mama!

When I posted on my mother as being my first and best model, I got such feedback that got me to fish out this poem I wrote close to a decade ago!

You will think after writing this I learnt my lessons and sat still but hell no – I got into more turbulent waters!

Fortunately, mu mother like I bet all others, almost got drowned saving me because she didn’t know how to swim !

Have a good read all you my gentle followers, and celebrate your mothers in whatever way you can because someday either you or her will be gone!

Who dares have a contrary view should speak up now or…