Thankful – March 2017

Welcome to March 30; just one more day before the first quarter of 2017 is over! Can you believe it?!?? I hope you’re having a good year so far; as for me, I’ve been struggling, but don’t worry: this isn’t a depressing post! Some people are bored by lives that feel empty and meaningless, meanwhile it’s the excess of wonderful relationships that I want to cultivate and things that I want to accomplish that’s causing much of the struggle within me and I’ve decided that it’s a good problem to have, even though right now there isn’t much that I think I’m doing very well. I thank God because I believe that I will find solutions that’ll work for me. The experts rightly say we should focus on one thing at a time and I can see the benefits of that method when I look at all the incomplete projects in my life. It amazes me at times that I’ve found a way to survive in the midst of the chaos but that’s God for you.

This month’s thankful post would have been longer had I written down things as they happened. Instead I was sure I’d remember them all (note to self: you won’t). Please join me in thanking God for the following occurrences this month. Continue reading

Wading backwards through chest-high snow

If you’ve been following along closely, you may recall that I changed the tagline of my blog from Murdering the Yoruba language since 1979 (hehe—I love this tagline so much!) to Ordinary woman pursuing an extraordinary life. It sounds inspirational, right? Based on what you’ve read about me over the years and this new tagline, you’d might expect that in the almost two years that I’ve had this tagline I would have:

  • become more Christ-like
  • conquered obesity
  • become a money-making entrepreneur
  • become less fearful of doing things
  • set up the cozy home of my dreams
  • gotten married
  • had a babytwins (because: I’m no longer 25)
  • conquered my natural hair
  • become a passable cook
  • conquered gossip

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Thankful – February 2017

February in my corner of the world was wicked weather-wise but God brought us through—I’m declaring by faith that we’re through—a rough winter. There’s technically about a month of winter left but the worst must be behind us—the fact that there’s more sunlight each day makes it easy to believe that good weather is on its way. This month I took a leap of faith on the business front and invested time and a little bit of money in a business idea that I had been thinking about for several months. You might be thinking, Why did it take you so long to go for it?! but it actually took me a lot less time than it usually does to reach a decision (especially since a little money was involved!) so that’s the part I’m thankful for. One of my favourite children—who happens to be a Valentine’s Day baby!—celebrated her … Continue reading

Money and me

Nitty mentioned that Nigerian culture is communal while American culture is more individualistic and I couldn’t agree more! In Nigeria you basically don’t have to do anything alone unless you want to: raising kids, paying for your child’s wedding, building a house—you can pretty much expect family members to help you with these things (or is this just in my family?), whereas you’re more on your own outside of our continent. I remember my mom telling me how she tried to have at least one of her children in Nigeria so she could get help but it wasn’t meant to be. A Nigerian friend who lives in Canada mentioned this same lack of help as one of the reasons (not the only reason) that she was planning to limit the number of children she has. Continue reading

Thankful: January 2017

So far, 2017 is that overachieving friend who manages to fit 36 hours worth of things into a 24-hour period, while looking healthy and well-rested, making you look and feel like a complete lazybones. I’m trying not to hate on this fresh new year but it may soon need to be a prayer point. Before I forget myself let me start by giving thanks on this Thankful Thursday for that fact that the first month of 2017 is almost behind us and I’m still here! You’re still here! Yes! Praise God.

  1. This may sound a little geeky but I’ve been waiting to share this thankful point since January 2016, a whole year ago: Continue reading

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Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas was lovely and that 2017 is off to a good start.

I’m not normally a splurger but I bought myself a new laptop! I’m using it now for the first time and this means I’ll probably stop talking about my five-year-old laptop with the broken screen—how such a gentle fall damaged the screen like it did is still beyond me. My new toy is gorgeous, with a 17″ touchscreen and the specs…well let me not make you drool. The only “downfall” is that it’s not an Apple laptop—if you had asked me a year ago, there was no way that my next laptop would not be a MacBook Pro but Apple made some significant changes to the latest model that have not been well-received so I decided to pass for now. (#waymorethanfirstworldproblems)
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