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

Do you need to celebrate more?

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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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2016 in review

I started doing this “year in review” meme in 2005 (which was a review of 2004) on another blog and with the exception of last year I’ve never missed a review. Now I’m going to continue the tradition on this blog, because who doesn’t like a good review?

If you’d like to do the review too, grab the text in Text (HTML) format or Visual format.

  1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
  2. Ride in an Uber. In Nigeria. Continue reading

Thankful: December 2016

It’s the last Thursday of the year and we’re still here! Thank God for this wonderful gift of life.

2016 has been an interesting year—some awesome things happened to people around me and while it didn’t go as I had hoped, there’s so much to be thankful for, like good health, protection (in Nigeria this past summer and also as I went out and about locally, jumping in and out of my car at odd hours sometimes #nightowl). More specifically for December:

  1. A good friend had her third child three weeks early but mom and baby are both doing well and were able to leave the hospital several hours after the delivery.
  2. I was a co-emcee at our local Yoruba association’s end-of-year party and I sounded less nervous than I usually do AND I actually did some unscripted talk that went over really well; definitely a thankful point!
  3. I am thankful for provision: not once this year did I have to worry about how I would pay for something that I needed; I never had to compromise my needs due to the inability to afford something—such a blessing.
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Thankful: November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to you if you’re US-based! Regardless of where you live, I hope that you have plenty to be thankful for.

I love that American Thanksgiving always falls on the last Thursday of the month because that means I’ll always be posting a Thankful post around Thanksgiving. Given my love of many parts of the “traditional” Thanksgiving meal (listed in order of preference: stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes), I want to start taking advantage of being American (by birth) and celebrate Thanksgiving in November (in addition to Canada’s October celebration).

There are several things that I’m thankful for this month, so let’s get started.
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