Are you a grateful person? Do you immediately look for the negative side of any good thing that happens, or are you able to enjoy something for what it is? Some people seem to have a more positive outlook than others, but unless there’s a medical or psychological reason for this it makes me sad that someone would choose to not be happy most of the time. We’re alive, we’re not incarcerated so we have of freedom of choice and can decide each day what we want to do, even if we wish we had more options, even if we wish we had better options.
A negative outlook is poisonous: negativity breeds more of the same, and worst of all it spreads, especially to sensitive people who let others affect their mood more than they should (not that I have any familiarity with people like that; ahem).
I could look up grateful and thankful in the dictionary to be sure, but I see gratefulness as an attitude that leads to the action of giving thanks. I give thanks to God every day because I’m grateful that I’m still here, especially when people are dying every day from all sorts of things: terrorist acts, crazy weather, allergy-related deaths, car accidents…the list goes on. This month I’m sharing the things that stood out. To me they aren’t coincidences or stuff that “just happened”—they’re acts of divine intervention.
This past weekend I discovered a couple who’ve been rocking the internet for while—Alex and Mimi Ikonn. If you’re an inspiration junkie like me you’ll fall in love with them. I’ve been watching their YouTube videos and I’m particularly resonating with the fact that they are Canadian immigrants, like me (and many others, of course). They lived in Toronto for most of their time in Canada; now they travel around the world and are currently living in London, England. I plan to share more about them this week, possibly on my newsletter rather than the blog, so you better sign up for it! Continue reading
I define gossip as telling a third party something about someone (such as what they said or did), and drawing negative but possibly true conclusions about the person based on that. Judging and blaming are usually involved. I’d love to say that I never gossip but that would be a lie—I may try to justify it in different ways (such as: But I’m not malicious!) but of course it’s still gossip.
Just when you think you can’t stand the cold any longer, a long weekend in the form of Family Day comes on the third Monday of February. It’s extra cold outside so I’m going to spend the day at home, doing homey things like cleaning, purging junk, and maybe some gardening too.
Blogging and Websites
My focus has to remain on NBA business. Once these Awards are over, I’m going to be recruiting a dream team of volunteers for a live 6th Nigerian Blog Awards in early 2016. More immediately, we need people to volunteer their time every four months to check one or two categories, to find blog links are no longer active. Berry Dakara has offered to go through some of them but we could definitely use more volunteers so if you have a good internet connection and an hour or so to click links, please let me know!
Done, though the job is not yet done.
Have a green smoothie – Done
Each week I’ll post a portion of my to do list for the coming week. The following Monday I’ll update you, hopefully with pictures, and share my list for the next week.
It’s Tuesday and the second week of February already—God help us! Thank you to those who encouraged me and didn’t let me off the hook: I caught up on the items from last week’s list that I hadn’t done (I had that green smoothie and took that second walk). When I’m walking in -20 degree weather, with the cold, icy wind stinging my face, I think to myself It would just be easier not to eat junk food! but the feeling is short-lived. On a positive note I make better food choices after a walk.
Blogging and Websites
My focus has to remain on NBA business. Once these Awards are over, I’m going to be recruiting a dream team of volunteers for a live 6th Nigerian Blog Awards in early 2016. More immediately, we need people to volunteer their time every four months to check one or two categories, to find blog links are no longer active. Berry Dakara has kindly offered to go through some of them but we could definitely use more volunteers so if you have a good internet connection and an hour or so to click links, please let me know! Continue reading
I’m starting to think that having and indulging expensive taste is a gift that I was not born with, which is a shame because I want it. Though I know there isn’t actually a connection, I like to think that having expensive taste and being polished and put together are linked, as in, I’ll automatically seem classier just because I’m luxe-ing it up. I know this is untrue because I’ve bought a designer handbag (Coach o, not a Louis Vuitton or a Birkin) and it hasn’t transformed me into a glamourous femme at all! Continue reading