Pictures of somewhere I have been to-Day10

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Pictures of somewhere I have been to:

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I have only been to a few places, but the most striking for me is Rievaulx Abbey. Rievaulx Abbey is located   in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England. It was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England around 1132 by 12 monks. It was a place of spiritual development for the monks. It is an ancient abbey with broken down walls as a result of the dissolution by Henry VIII of England.

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Rievaulx abbey is also known for its romantic atmosphere. Lots of poets and artists have been drawn to the scenic ruins, I inclusive. As I strolled along the wooded valley, I couldn’t help but take note of the serenity and beauty that characterized the abbey ruins. I felt at peace with nature and I connected to ancient history as I listened to the audio tour (until I got bored and stopped listening)

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Funny how I almost missed the trip down there cause I was a bit under the weather. But it turns out, I had the most interesting time there and kinda felt like I was in some old English romantic movie. It also had this historic and mysterious feel to it.

 

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Asides the idyllic features of Rievaulx Abbey, another thing that made it really interesting for me are the friends I went with. Really cool guys. They made the experience a splendid one (they also served as my photographers 😉 )

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The picturesque ancient ruins remind me of the song Glorious Ruins by Hillsong United. It’s amazing how God can turn our ruins into beautiful and attractive sights for men to behold in awe. There isn’t any situation too messed up for Him to work with. In doubt? Hand over your ruins and watch him make them glorious.

Rievaulx Abbey could have just remained as old ruins after the dissolution, but right now it is a tourist attraction under the English Heritage. Same way your messed up past can be transformed into a beautiful future, if only you allow the Master Artist do His work in your life 🙂

Likewise I, God, will comfort Zion,
    comfort all her mounds of ruins.
I’ll transform her dead ground into Eden,
    her moonscape into the garden of God,
A place filled with exuberance and laughter,
    thankful voices and melodic songs. –Isaiah 51:3 (MSG)

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Day 10 done, 21 more to go!

Yes we can!

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Write a letter to someone who has hurt you recently -Day9

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Write a letter to someone who has hurt you recently

Wow! This is a tough one.

Uhmmm, okay.

Let’s do this.

Here it is:

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Dear,

This is to let you know you brutally hurt me; constantly stabbing my fragile heart with a sharp dagger. Yes, I gave you my heart when you clearly had no capacity to love. You didn’t hurt me alone but constantly hurt others, dragging a trail of broken hearts in your wake.

You always wanted your way even when you knew it wasn’t going to work out. You always went overboard with your imaginations and emotions, hurting me every time another one fell through. You hated me and did a poor job at disguising it. You never believed in me but constantly reminded me of my weaknesses.

I don’t blame you for hurting me. Your immaturity clearly got a strong hold of you and blinded you from the truth. You never saw me for who I was, but for some weakling with a heart made of cheese.

I forgive you because you didn’t know better. I set you up for failure by making you an invincible superhuman when you were a mere human with skin and bones.

I forgive you for letting my heart hurt, once, twice…multiple cuts. With the bleeding came the strength to allow the healing waters flow. With scars to tell the story, I’ve become the strong woman I was meant to be. Thank you for hurting me, even though you didn’t know it was to make me stronger.

I forgive me for hurting me.

Yours truly,

~Mfon


What a twist right?

It was pretty hard writing this letter. I could easily think of a number of people who had hurt me in the past and conveniently write a long essay to this effect. But deep down, I know I hurt myself by giving them the power to hurt me. Most of which (the hurt) didn’t even happen in reality as much as they did in my head-brooding over a hurt that cut so deep in my mind while it was a mere brush of the skin in reality.

Most people find it a lot easier to forgive others than themselves. They blame themselves for everything and undermine what they have going on good for them-I inclusive. So yeah, this is my letter to me. Not to some guy who broke my heart, or a parent that never truly understood, or a friend that said hurtful words-no, this is a letter to me.

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Photo credit: promisedplayland.blogspot.com

Your turn…

Are you holding on to hurts that you might have caused? Or are you holding on to people who have hurt you in the past? Take some time out to think about this and forgive the people involved, including yourself.  A hurting heart will always hurt others.

Day 9 done, 22 more to go!

Yes we can!

Happy Sunday guys!

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Twenty Facts about me -Day8

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20 Facts about me

20. I believe dogs are really cute until they start barking or chasing me (happened once, never got over the trauma)

19. I feel learning how to ride a power bike and having one will be really cool- can’t wait to get one! 😀

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18. A lot of people describe me as really girly now but I’ve actually had a bit of a tomboy past- ‘if I were a boy’ was once my favourite song cos I hated house chores as a kid 

17.I like teddy bears 🙂 so fluffy and soft, I don’t get why anyone won’t like them ( let’s say it all started when I didn’t have younger ones to play with while growing up) 

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Photo credit: lovethispic.com

16. My favourite meal of all time is Tea and bread …anytime, anyday, anywhere I go 😀

15. I like cooking when I’m highly motivated (by hunger of course) and I like trying out new recipes-but the kitchen is still not my favourite place in the house.

14. I like fashion and I love looking good –I think my fav fashion item would be jewelry cos I can never walk out of a jewelry store empty handed 

13. I’m pretty shy when it comes to talking to a group of people (I mentally calculate and multiply the number of eyes-you’d be surprised how many eyes can be there at a time)

12. I like taking pictures a loot- (oh yeah! We all know that by now) I believe they are the custodians of memories

11. I cherish gifts a lot more than normal – (I think that’s my love language) and I’m already counting down to Christmas 🙂

10. I like gadgets-especially when they are all white (and made by Apple) 😉 gadgets

09. I like planning a lot and organizing everything into compartments- I even plan my outfits for the month, meals for the week and hairstyles for a year 🙂

08. I’m attracted to colors; colored journals, Bibles, highlighters, sticky notes…including the rainbow 😛 2015-06-06-3222

07. I’m often strong willed and it takes a lot to convince me not to do what I want to do-I hope that makes sense

06. I believe in happy endings and a world full of love, sunshine and laughter (thanks to Disney and my imaginations)

05. I like traveling (and I get cranky when I stay in one place for too long)that’s actually why I studied International Relations

04. I’m Nigerian and I’m proudly African

03. I love my family and friends-though I suck at expressing feelings (some call me a robot in this regard)

02. For me, Christianity is a way of life, not just a religion I pen down while filling out forms.

01. I’m the girl that God lovesI learnt to personalize His love for me not mine for Him, because I really can’t compare mine to His

Phew! That’s a lot.

Day 8 done, 23 more to go!

Yes we can!

Happy weekend guys 😀

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What are my favourite hobbies? -Day7

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What are my favourite hobbies?

Uhmmm, first I would say sleeeeeepp!

So when I go all ‘TGIF!!!’ just know I’m about to bond with my bed 😀

Well of course, I have other hobbies .

My favourite hobbies are:

  1. Watching movies-I really love movies cos they take you outta reality into a world of endless possibilities
  2. Dancing- a lot of friends don’t agree with my dance skills but it doesn’t stop me from dancing in front of my mirror every other night 😛
  3. Do it yourself (DIY)-this includes cut-out t-shirts and other creative stuff I do to some of my old shirts. It also covers redesigning of jewelry pieces to suit my dynamic taste.

    A heart shaped cut-out of my NYSC t-shirt

    A heart shaped cut-out of my NYSC t-shirt

  4. Photography! (especially pictures of myself- that’s right, I’m a selfie-queen 😀 ) I also love taking pictures of every other thing that looks beautiful.
  5. Hairstyling! I really love styling my hair and taking loads of pictures afterwards (I should have a youtube channel for that) 😛

    Hairstyles by M.

    Hairstyles by M.

  6. Writing (obviously! ) I love writing-especially journaling. I have a stash of journals I’ll show much later 😉
  7. Cycling- this might be the only outdoor activity in the list but just give me a bike and I’ll be as excited as a teen on her first date 😀

Way to spend a down time?

Well, I’m not much of the outgoing type so I seek activities that keep me in my comfort zone-my room. Watching movies with a bowl of ice cream always does the trick for me when I’m facing a downtime. Of course the movie has to be a romcom with beautiful and happy endings (I don’t get why I should watch tragic endings when the world is already full of that)

Shopping with friends is another lovely way of spending a downtime (except the downtime affects my wallet as well *sobs*). I always say shopping is the best therapy-there’s nothing a new pair of shoes and dresses can’t fix 😉

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Fooood! 😀 There has to be food in the mix when I’m facing a downtime –definitely something sweet, creamy, fluffy, anything that caresses my taste buds and teases the pallets…hehe (I can be a foodie like that) 😛

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Your turn…

What are your favourite hobbies and how do you spend a down time? Please share!

Day 7 down, 24 more to go!

Way to go!

Happy weekend guys! 😀

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What first 10 songs play when shuffle is on?-Day6

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What first 10 songs play when shuffle is on?

The first songs that played with shuffle on were:

  1. Tonight (all of me)- Flame feat J.R
  2. Champion- Jor’dan Armstrong
  3. Take over- Tye Tribett
  4. Sweep me away – Kari Jobe
  5. It’s your life- Francesca Battistelli
  6. Maintain Consciousness- Relient K
  7. You alone- Tye Tribett
  8. Deeper- Meredith Andrews
  9. Know me- Trip Lee
  10. Arithmetic- Brooke Fraser

Strange playlist right? You’d be surprised the kinda songs that play when shuffle is on. And yeah, they are all gospel songs (just incase you were wondering) 😀

I’m not of the school of thought that all gospel songs must be ‘churchy’ or ‘choir-ish’. I like rap, pop, soft rock and slow songs and I’ve discovered that there are actually gospel songs that cut across all the genres I like.

Imagine driving on top speed, with the music pumping so loud and the wind in your hair…what kinda music would be playing on your car stereo? For me, it would be either a song by Lecrae, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo or Tedashi (116 clique). These guys are dope gospel rap artists! You need to check them out if you like rap.

Then for those moments when I’m doing house chores on a Saturday morning, the playlist would be majorly pop with likes of Group 1 Crew, Britt Nicole, Relient K, Plus one, Natalie Grant and a lot more. For the slow songs kinda nights, I’ll have Plumb, Brooke Fraser and Audrey Assad on repeat. For personal worship time with God, I’ll have likes of Hillsong, Jesus Culture and Bethel Music. For soft rock, my go-to artists are Hawk Nelson, Rush of Fools, and Casting Crowns. (Basically, I have a playlist for every mood-I’m weird like that). Plus I know most of these names are unfamiliar. Don’t worry, they aren’t my imaginary friends, they are real artistes 😀

For more home based artists, likes of BOUQUI and Loyiso Bala (South Africa) come to mind (to mention a few).

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Basically, what I am trying to say is, there are lots of gospel artists who cut across the various music genres. So whatever genre you feel inclined to, just ask Google for gospel artists who specialize in that genre (Google is ya friend). 😛

Watch out for a post on ‘Mind and Music’ coming out soon.

Your turn…

What are the first 10 songs that play when shuffle is on?

Day 6 down, 25 to go!

Let’s do this!

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Short term goals for the month and why? -Day5

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Short term goals for the month and why?

I took a course back in school titled ‘Total Man Concept; TMC (Shout-out to the CU peeps who didn’t sleep through this!) and I can’t count how many times goal setting was discussed. I also learnt that goals have to be SMART!

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In line with the principles learnt about goal setting, here are my goals for the month.

  1. Apply for transcripts from school (to continue my applications for further studies)
  2. Spend more ‘alone’ time with God daily (this has been really hard with the hustle and bustle of Lagos but it’s way too crucial to be overlooked)
  3. Complete the books I started reading (Long overdue!)
  4. Keep abreast of current happenings by reading news sites everyday (*sobs* Wish I didn’t have to!)
  5. Exercise daily and keep a healthy diet (staying fit is key!)
  6. Complete my blog challenge (Yes we can!)
  7. Contact close friends and family every week (I’m still learning how to sustain relationships-very important!)

Of course, these goals are a bit vague but I have some action plans drawn out and timelines set on how to achieve them (wouldn’t wanna bore you with my charts and graphs). The main work lies in ‘following through’.

For me, it’s not the goal setting that is the issue. Following through with my already set goals is pretty difficult. I have to be coerced, persuaded, or cajoled (and I don’t like any of those things).

Truth is, you need to be accountable to a friend or a family member when setting goals. They constantly remind you and keep you on track.

Most importantly, you need to let God know of your goals to ensure they align with His own plans for you. If not, you’d end up making double waka (Remember Jonah, who was to go to Australia but decided to first head towards Africa for some Nigerian jollof rice-we all know I made up the destinations) and yes! Our jollof rice is that awesome! You should visit my Calabar Kitchen sometime 😉

 Your turn…

Have you made any goals for the month? Or all you have are the New Year Resolutions (which you intend to copy and paste for the next year)?

It’s not too late. Make SMART goals and get good friends that would hold you accountable. Remember the key is aligning your plans with God’s word.

 Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. -Psalms 37:5-6 (MSG)

This challenge is not just about me, but you too. You should totally set up goals for the month (and share with us if you don’t mind-we’ll keep you accountable)

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Day 5 down, 26 more to go!

Let’s do this!

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What is in my handbag? -Day4

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What is in my handbag?

Hmmm, the famous lady’s bag that most guys can’t wrap their minds around. Like why does a girl have so much stuff in her bag? What’s even inside the bag? Why do they take it so personal? I have a friend who loves searching lady’s bags and I’ve constantly reminded him that curiosity kills the cat (you know yaself)

Our bags are just personal, not necessarily because we have a human head in there somewhere but it’s just a sanctuary, a home! I can’t explain the incompleteness a lady feels without her bag at arms length. Lol. So here are the contents of my bag *deep breath*  *drumrolls*

  • Bottle of cologne
  • Comb
  • Hand lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • ID card
  • iPad and earplugs
  • Lipstick
  • Mirror
  • Notebook
  • Pack of gum
  • Pack of tissues
  • Pain killers
  • Personal kit (containing blade, hairpins, tampons, safety pins and earrings)
  • Phone
  • Powder
  • Power bank
  • Reading glasses
  • Set of keys
  • Sunshades
  • Umbrella
  • Wallet
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Whew! All in one bag. Believe me, mine is still a girl’s bag compared to other women’s bags. You really don’t want to know the contents of those bags (remember Pandora’s box) Lol. For a minute there, I felt naked having to bare out all the contents of my bag but I’m glad I didn’t chicken out. This is fun!

Feel free to share the contents of your bags too! 🙂

Day 4 down, 27 to go!

Let’s do this!

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