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Is it too late for a new new year’s resolution? On organization and getting my life together.


I can still remember making a search query on Google just a week ago about “how to create an obsession”, I was rather desperate, somewhat angry at myself for not having the wherewithal to chase after a goal or dream to the finish, I lacked ambitions. “Something must be special about them, maybe their brains are wired differently”, this was something I often say to myself anytime I spot someone either on television or in the person going at whatever endeavors they set their heart to with so much gusto, pouring their entire being into their work. And then when I look at myself, and how short I fall of my own expectations and that of my family, I’d often say to myself “maybe I’ve got no purpose, you know, I was created without one”

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Falling in and out on myself

The first half of this year has been a vicious circle fall ins’ and fall outs, with me changing plans quite faster than I did my clothes. It’s not that had no interests in life, no gifts, I’m a fairly good artist in my own right and my writing is not that bad, but then of the cause, when it comes to creative gifts, pointing out an artistic skill(s) only is quite a narrow way of describing creativity.

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Know thyself

I did have areas of interest that spark up that child-like feeling of awe in me that a lot of vocational experts (classical or pop) consider being the cornerstone of figuring out your inherent gifts and area of calling. But in my experience having such epiphany is not enough to actually follow through, most certainly is it not enough to actually make use of yourself, to actually bring forth anything substantial, emotions are simply not enough.

A cookie a day

As a 20-year-old, if there is one thing I have learned from life, it’s that the quality of your life, your experience of it, and what happens (or manifest itself) to you is at the sole mercy of your internal self; your paradigms (or beliefs), your thoughts and state of mind, and of cause, your shadow self and how well it has been integrated.

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I often find myself saying to myself lately that “I’d rather spend $1000 to have my contexts(beliefs of what’s possible) expanded, than have my content(knowledge) filled”. Why? Because it doesn’t matter how much you know. If you think A and B can only do or mean so and so, your experience of life, the quality of it, and also what could be achieved by you will be severely stunted!

A cookie a day, what does that mean? It was an ideology I had coined from a fortune cookie, I concluded that if our ‘environment’ or our lives are in direct correlation to the state of our internal mind, then by changing my thought process, what I chose to pay attention to, how I chose to interpret my weaknesses or an unfortunate event as, or even simply what I chose to believe, I could drastically change my reality!

So what do I do? Well, it’s kind of a threefold approach,

  • Firstly, I’d recognize those limiting paradigms which no longer serves me, making efforts however small daily to override them.
  • Secondly, I’d put in conscious physical efforts into doing things differently. Become who I want to be by aligning my actions to the beliefs/ideas that I am trying to sell to myself.
  • Thirdly, acknowledge the fact that there will be days I will feel inadequate, there will be days I’ll fall ‘out of love’ with my ambitions and the process, the routine will eventually get stale and boring, and I will eventually hit a wall which will serve remind me of how much work and improvement needs to be done.

Neither can be separated from the other, that was the mistake I had made at the beginning of 2020. Career woman: getting to the top 10% during and after the pandemic

Breaking the chain of mediocrity

Relying on motivation (emotions) to get you through is a sleek recipe for disaster, you need a plan, you need structures, you need organization!

Michelle McKinney Hammond once said in one of her books, I think it was in the ‘Diva principles®’ can’t really say I’ve read so much of her books. She said that the state of your physical environment, take the bedroom for an example, is a direct reflection of the state of your mind. And believe me, no truer words has ever been spoken especially when I myself is a living witness.

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so what new revisions did I commit my heart to?

First I had to acknowledge the truth that I did have passions, I did have an “obsession”, it was was just buried deep by my self imposed limitations, a limitation that I had either choose to believe as it soothed my ego and excused my mediocrity, or that I had been given by other people because they were either insecure or their minds were too blocked to envision a new paradigm that could potentially shake the very foundations of what they thought could be possible for them, or in the world. TURN YOURSELF INTO AN OBJECT OF FETISH VALUE

change begins in the mind.

I had numerous talents and interests, as do everyone. what I needed was a structure to hold them all up together and a mindset creative enough to not only accomplish this in a way that would serve me, in a way will be to my advantage highlighting my own uniqueness and individuality in the process, but also a mindset that is convinced that such a structure, however the combination that I chose to create is doable, no matter how unconventional it is.

I’d rather spend $1000 to have my context expanded than my content filled

What I’ve been up to

I know that I have to acknowledge the fact that life isn’t perfect and I have to rid myself of the toxic pop culture belief that says your passion shouldn’t feel like work, that your inborn talents would be disproportionately easy for you to perform and master at an A-Lister level overnight, that is bullshit!

Even geniuses practice, even geniuses hit a wall eventually.

I have finally made the decision to go after what interests me, sure I won’t be good at it at first, sure I’d fall flat on my face more often than I’d like for it to happen, but wouldn’t that be what makes the price even more valuable?

Writing helps to be too bring to light thoughts I never knew I had, I get to tap into my shadow self in the process, that’s priceless. I love the arts, or rather, I appreciate the arts; music (classical, RnB, country, Gospel inspired), architecture, paintings, and sculptures, performing arts like ballet and contemporary dance. As a gen Z born in late December of 1999, most people my age find my thoughts on pop culture being vulgar, lacking artistry, or meaning rather absurd.

Even my taste in fashion, aesthetics, home décor, and even food has also been a reflection of this. Maybe I’ve been influenced by my family and my dad’s conservative Briton upbringing. Honestly I’d never know.

I’ve acknowledged my fascination for the human body and all that affects it and I’ve decided to explore such fascination. I was indeed resistant to this and the fact that I know it may lead to a career in medicine.

My elder brother is a cardiovascular surgeon, my dad a retired doctor, so picking up medicine as well to me just seemed like copycat conformity to my rebellious youthful self, especially when my daddy encourages it!

Nevertheless, at this point in my life, it is worth a try.

In conclusion

If you’ve read this far, I have to commend you because by the time this post goes live it’ll officially be one of the top longest articles on this site!

Nevertheless, if there is one thing you should take away from all of this is that, even though you probably have already thrown your new year’s resolution to the bin or faltered on it, it is still not too late to do something about it, I mean we still have 7 months till 2020 wraps up.

If you have been following through to your plans and have found it not to be serving you any longer, or you have met with a wall in any area of your life, this is the time to “take five” from you pursuit and difficulties and figure out a way around it or change course.

Keep one thing in mind though, people often suffer from problems relating more to indecision, mediocrity, a limiting set of beliefs, and doubts than they do have of rigidity.

Good luck! 💌

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Career woman: getting to the top 10% during and after the pandemic


The rise and spread of the COVID-19 will forever remain the most significant event of the 21st century, as it cripples not only the health sectors and institutions at large but also economies. Some experts have already predicted that if the pandemic is not placed under control soon enough, a global recession is inevitable.

Nevertheless, as people are losing their jobs to the pandemic, and individuals and households become financially helpless, I foresee the worst is yet to come, and the true brunt of it all would be felt after the pandemic has exhausted its stay.

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With the rapid globalization and the virtual blurring of borders, job security is a stone-age terminology. Whether directly or indirectly, we are all competing against some ‘guy’ or company somewhere else in the world, making it doubly hard to have a secure spot especially when you are in the overcrowded middle (or average) tier of work excellence and distinction.

I wasn’t planning at first to make a post like this one, in fact, it had just been a study I had made on how to get to the ranks of the top 10% who make 90% of the money in the modeling industry which is known for being highly volatile and without much leverage.

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Today, nevertheless, I plan on sharing with you my observations on what it takes to build a competitive advantage in whatever industry or line of work you’re in to ensure you have more leverage to stay secure and thrive irrespective of the economic circumstances that may arise.

Defining what an unfair advantage is

I learned that you have to establish yourself in an area where there is no one else, then you have to create a need for yourself, build yourself up. While their empire (other people) goes on, slowly without realizing it, build your own little fortress. And all of a sudden it’s too late for them to do anything about it

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You can think of an unfair advantage like a diamond, at first, it is a rough, unattractive, dirty stone hidden below the surface of the earth, in very hard to, sometimes dangerous areas to get to, but as a polished gem, they can be very valuable.

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Unfair advantage attracts the money, it attracts the best positions, it is what allows people to become icons in their fields.

Every person, especially those new to a field and is determined to get ahead must, first of all, determine the key issues surrounding success, as well as the general discontent or loopholes in their fields and then build themselves and strategize around those issues.

How can people, especially newbies handle the complexity of such a task? Simplify things, only do things you have to be good at, only do things you are good at!

As the world rapidly shifts from traditional society, more and more women need to take on a more active role on issues that concerns their finances, comfort, and independence in life. Gone are the days when women or anyone at all wishes to depend on a spouse, institution, or government for sustenance and protection especially when their goal is to live an affluent life.

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When it comes to creating a competitive advantage, the goal is to be differentiable, with a commitment to eliminating everything from your core competencies that do not let you stand out, focus on what you do best, then seek the aid of people who do best what you are deficient in.

In today’s world, the gold medal always goes to those who are excellent team players, Masters of networking. Also, see How to climb a social ladder: the rules

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The art of creating a competitive advantage

A competitive advantage is a unique and consistent difference in the product you produce and/or the services you render based on your capabilities in delivering superior value to people over long periods of time. It is a unique collection of resources, both mental and physical used to deliver so much appeal to people that they rush to buy, support, or engage with whatever it is that you are “selling” while your competitors wilt in an attempt to leapfrog or keep up with you. LEARNING THE SINISTER ARTS OF FAME FROM THE MODERN MASTERS

What makes a competitive advantage

there are several factors which make up a good competitive advantage, all of which should be uniquely positioned to suit your needs and advantage. The tasks of figuring out what makes us stand out from the crowd should be a lifelong undertaking as only through that do we really become of use to ourselves , society, and field in general. This is our life’s mission.

So what are the building blocks of a good competitive advantage?

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It must be unique to you

In other words, it must be something natural to you, before you even begin to have an edge in any field of study, it must be something you are naturally inclined to do. No matter what field or goal you have set yourself up to, you need consistency, attention to detail, and a good nose to be able to sniff out upcoming changes or trends that could potentially influence the future of your field of focus. This is the rule of thumb.

The road to failure, average, or exceptional starts with doing what is most natural to you, be it unconventional. People will come to recognize your difference immediately. Whatever you chose to put together to construct a self, public image, service, or product, must be unique, not just a little different.

Uniqueness is mandatory.

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It must be hard to duplicate

You can rest assured that as soon as your ideas and what you offer is proven to be successful, a herd of “me-too” copycats would rush in like a stampeding herd to follow you, turning whatever you’ve created into a commodity that people cannot differentiate. You don’t want just anyone to be able to do what you do, this is why you must stick to what you naturally do best! Also, see how to TURN YOURSELF INTO AN OBJECT OF FETISH VALUE

It must be distinguishable

If what you do is very much like others, you would have to work doubly hard to get ahead and build an unfair advantage. Just as how you have to strive to keep the initiative, you can not be a copycat yourself, even if it is tempting to copy what other people have successfully done. Focus on finding where you bring value and fame and fortune will find you. “Like a diamond in a rough” remember.

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It must be relative in comparison to other people (or competitors)

Practice and become especially skilled at comparing yourself, your team, work, public image, and ideas to other people in your industry. Why? Two reasons

  • what you do will always be compared to other people, general industry and social standards, technology, and so on. Whatever advantage you have is always relative. It is not absolute. People generally do not like change as it involves risks and danger. Personal and professional.
  • A healthy relative comparison skill will help you spot your weaknesses and where you need to improve, it gives you a base standard to aim for.

of course, an unfair advantage is much more than just talents and skillsets, after all, there are numerous talented people all over the world who never get discovered, who are underrated, and live in financial misery. And no one wants that!

We all want to be recognized for our work, sure, not everyone wants to be a “billionaire”, but we all want to be able to afford the finest things of life whenever we like, and not have to worry about the price tag.

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Every single product recommended here have been personally curated by me and is found to be reputable. These are also affiliated links, meaning if you use them to make purchases I would earn a little stipend but at no extra cost to you.

Retinol cream for day and night by Poppy Austin. Cruelty-free, organic with 2.5% retinol, vitamin E, green tea, and, shea butter triple-sized 3.4oz. $19.49 (works well for acne too!)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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“Holy Grail” TULA probiotic oil-free gel-cream lightweight face moisturizer. $48.00

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Amazon.com’s number 1 best seller Theyer’s alcohol-free rose petal with witch hazel facial toner with aloe vera formula- 12oz $10.95

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If anyone asks, the lockdown turned me into a vampire!


Everyone wants beautiful flawless glowing skin and god-like hair, this is why the beauty industry has seen a significant amount of growth within the past few years with novel brands popping up each year like whack-a-mole!

During my unruly time spent endlessly at home, I figured out what better way to spend it than performing my own research on issues affecting my body, possibly even conducting my own mad scientist experiments while I’m at it.

And to say the least, it’s been rather fun and informative.

Effects of the sun on the skin and hair

I’ve always noticed how often my hair color tends to fade out within the course of the week, going from jet black to brownish. Sure after a good hair mask treatment, my color would be revived, but it eventually fades out again! Now my hair is natural, and I have never dyed it before. However, I am 100% positive that that brownish hair is not my true color primarily because it looks obviously faded!

Being a perpetual outdoor junkie, I had the suspicion that my lifestyle may be responsible for my problem, so I went ahead and did some digging.

In this blog post, I would be sharing with you why I really came to make escaping the midday sun a life priority!

The sun vs your hair

Effects of the sun on the hair

Before we dive in, let’s quickly recap what is SPF, what is UV rays, the difference between UVA, UVB, and UVC (and uncovering the reasons why we don’t get to read much about those).

SPF

The SPF denotes “sun protecting factor” – meaning the number of rays the sunscreen block. E.g. SPF 15 means, that 1/15th of the burning radiation will reach the skin, assuming sunscreen is applied evenly at a thick dosage of 2mg per square centimeter. Similarly, SPF 60, means that only 1/60th of the same radiation will reach the skin or hair.

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Deciphering UVA, UVB and UVC

Ultraviolet (UV) ray is a band of the electromagnetic spectrum with a specific wavelength: from 10nm to 400nm. This means that UV rays stand somewhere between visible light which the human eye is able to see and much shorter in length, X-rays. UV radiation is present in sunlight, contributing to about 10% of the total output of the Sun. UV is strong enough to cause chemical reactions in compounds, including fluorescence, strengthening the bones in mammals, and various photo effects achieved by photons, particles of light.

The difference between UVA, UVB, and UVC rays is the length of the electromagnetic wave:

  • UVA 400-320nm
  • UVB is 320-290nm

Therefore sunscreens with a “broad spectrum” are those which cover various lengths of UV-rays. UVA accounts for 95% of all the UV radiation reaching Earth’s surface that can constitute most of the damage from the sun. While UVB proportion is much, much smaller. UVC rays, however, get absorbed by Earth’s ozone layer and therefore are not something we consider in this overview.

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Effect of UV sun damage on hair

The hair shaft is a nonliving cell and, thus unlike skin cells, it requires no protection from carcinogenesis commonly caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin. Simply put, you cannot have cancerous hair fibers –  carcinogenesis in a hair shaft itself is not currently considered possible. If hair proteins in the shaft are altered by sun exposure, damaged hair can be removed and replaced by new hair.

However, UV radiation damages hair lipids, so photodamaged hair is dry and dull, as sunlight damages disulfide bonds – the protein links that create elasticity and essentially “holds your hair shaft together”. In addition, color-treated hair, already deprived of its natural moisture is more likely to dry and become brittle after exposure to the sun. Hair devoid of natural lipids, is subject to static electricity, fractures easily and appears frizzy.

Vulnerability of colour-treated hair

Human hair naturally contains two pigments: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Both are accountable for brown/black and red/yellow hues in our hair respectively and both get affected by UV rays. Another melanin, called oxymelanin, is found in unprocessed human hair that has been exposed to the sun. It is a similar compound found in bleached hair, as well. The amount of oxymelanin affects the value of the hair as well as causing photo-aging. This leads to natural “summer highlights” amongst those of us with untreated virgin hair.

The sun’s rays act very much like bleach on hair, says dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD. Bleach reacts with the melanin in the hair and removes the color in an irreversible chemical reaction. Bleach also damages the hair’s cuticle and protein, which is called keratin.

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Finer, lighter hair lacks the thickness or pigment that can protect it from the sun’s rays, Dr. Bergfeld says. Darker, coarser hair usually is oilier, and its thickness, darker color, and oil covering help to protect it. African-American or African hair is fragile due to its shape, which is thin, flat, and tightly coiled, Dr. Bergfeld says.

Making matters worse

Hot flat irons or rollers, chlorinated water in swimming pools or lightening your hair, this damage make it more vulnerable to the summer stresses of heat and this damages your hair’s keratin.  The damaged protein allows sun and heat to penetrate the hair more easily and results in a fragile hair strand.

“If you bleach or highlight your hair, you’ve damaged the hair already,” Dr. Bergfeld says. “To add to that by swimming in a chlorinated pool, or sitting out in the sun, you’re going to have very significant hair breakage.”

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sadly enough, people don’t really take seriously protecting their hair from the sun as much as we do our bodies, I guess since our hair doesn’t “tan or burn, or even get cancer” it’s quite easy to overlook it all.

All though there are currently products on the market that promise sun protection for the hair, I would not really bank on its effectiveness, especially as it is yet to be proven.

At this point in my life having long, beautiful, and radiant hair is sort of like a huge priority to me, especially when the state of your hair is a force strong enough to command respect to you on its own, it is one of the very first things people would notice about you!

The sun versus the skin

The skin uses sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, which is important for normal bone formation. But sometimes its ultraviolet light can be very detrimental.

Most often than not, people, especially women (me inclusive!) Are more concerned with the aesthetic effects of the sun on the skin than anything else.

Sometimes I think it’s because even though everyone knows that there is is a thing called skin cancer and there are people out there who have it, a lot of us still like to believe that we would be the exception, but so did those people!

Within the skin’s epidermal (outer) layer are cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can burn the skin, and over time, could reduce its elasticity and cause a person to age prematurely. Suntanning occurs because exposure to sunlight causes the skin to produce more melanin and to darken. The tan fades as these cells move toward the surface and are sloughed off.

Too much exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays can cause sunburn. UV rays penetrate the outer skin layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. People who do not have much melanin and sunburn easily should protect themselves by covering up sensitive areas, wearing sunblock, limiting their total exposure time, and limiting their sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The sun and ageing

I am always humbled in the presence of older women who have managed to age like fine wine, so I made the decision that I’ll do everything I can while I’m still young to “end up like them”. I made the decision this year to be more of a long term thinker rather than an impulsive one seeking instant results and gratifications! (something I am painfully guilty of). Sunscreens cannot fully protect you from our harsh modern environment, the damage has been done and we are left to deal with it and preserve what’s left of it, two points if it can be reversed!

Prevention is always better and CHEAPER than cure, so while you slather on expensive creams, lotions, and potions, do the significant, stay away from the causes if you can!


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Banana Boat Ultra Sport Reef Friendly Sunscreen Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 50, 12 Ounces. $9.96

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My day out and about plus an official face reveal!


Since the issuing of the lockdown and mandatory self-quarantine, I had barely stepped out of my house, most especially in the past three months.

To be honest, I did enjoy spending endless hours in my bedroom, it gave me time to really sit down and take stock of my life, it offered me the chance to catch up on my self-care. Nevertheless, I still had the internet and my blog to keep me busy throughout.

In terms of skincare, I did have my battles cut out for me, from trying to get rid of the acne scars I had accumulated throughout my teen years to my uneven skin tone due to sun exposure, and pimples which made it their life’s mission to torment my life!

nevertheless, with persistence, I was able to win (for now at least). I now am more comfortable going out or posting pictures barefaced.

I get some people who tell me I look younger than my age (I’m 20 by the way, going on 21 by December). But I don’t know.🙈🤷‍♀️

After the recent easing of the lockdown in the state I’m in, yesterday marked the first day of my reintroduction into the outside world again. I spent literally the entire day outside with my elder brother.

Heading out and about, a day in the life

Prior to the lockdown, I had been gifted a pair of Micheal Kors by my elder sister who works at the embassy, her husband is a politician currently serving in the house, I’m the youngest in my family.

Anyway, I figured what better way to celebrate the day, than by debuting a shoe I hadn’t worn yet!

I also made an effort to flex a little on those still stuck inside💃🏽

Life’s a bitch! 😹

Strutting down the streets yesterday towering at 6ft, I felt so confident and empowered, like a supermodel walking down the notorious runway of Milan and Paris. This was not because of the shoes per se, but because of my new found confidence gotten from self-acceptance and love. I seemed to relish it whenever I walked past someone and I tower over them. No longer was I insecure of my skinny body, the fact that I barely had any curves, and my butt looks like a deflated bread. I was satisfied with being taller (5’9) than the average woman (5’5).


Destination 1: the local pub

When we (my brother and I) left the house at noon, we didn’t really have a plan, we just took off full-on hermit mode!

after hours of randomly walking around town, we settled down at a local pub, there weren’t many people there, everyone sat at a distance which was great! I then decided to take up the noble role of the photographer of our little party.

Although an amateur, I did my best to capture good images, please do not think little of them😐

Though it was my first time visiting a place like this, one of the things I admire the most about this place was the lightening, and the setting, though I wasn’t allowed a drink (not particularly interested anyway), I could still sit and admire the environment and it’s energies!

I’m kind of anxious to see what a full house would look like

I took a bunch of goofy pics with my brother, and because he is kind of buff (he works out a lot) and he’s like 6ft’4inches he kind of makes me look tiny next to him. But that’s all good!

I really do not know why we choose to point fingers in this picture 🤷‍♀️

Much better, I guess….💁🏽‍♀️

I decided to take my brother’s shoe pics, mostly because people keep posting awesome sneak pics on social media, I said I was going to create my own, it didn’t really turn out as I’d hoped though!

But here’s one extra picture of me to compensate!

after spending a couple of hours there, we decided to hit the lakeside, by that time, it was already like 4:30 pm.

Destination 2: Johnny rockets and the lake!

As soon as I hard opportunity to leave the house, I wanted to grab a burger at my favorite restaurant, Johnny Rockets. Why? because the burger is life!

The restaurant had some chairs placed on the outside, I guess this is to prevent people from overcrowding the area. I took it upon myself to use my photography skills (however amateurish) to capture the people and the moment.

I also took photos of the people sitting outside, but without their consent though 😼, Art needs no permission!🙄🤓

I tried sneaking a pics of some waiter from a nearby restaurant.

I took some food pics too, I ate burger, some fries, along with fruit juice!

As if timed, as one set of people leave the vicinity, they are quickly replaced by another.

When the sun began to set, the most beautiful scenery was created, giving the lake a breathtaking golden hue! I decided to take some sunset lake picture, I badly wanted to swim in the lake, but the local authorities specifically highlighted with a post a “no swimming”, “no fishing” policy, plus I had no bikinis with me!

This picture isn’t even edited by the slightest bit, that’s how beautiful the sunset was!

I darkened this last picture a bit though so it would flow with the first one.

So this is pretty much how I spent the day yesterday! I hope you found it amusing!


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The truth about nose slimming exercises


There has been a recent trend on the internet, especially on social media platforms like YouTube with insurmountable videos dedicated to showing people how to get a slimmer looking nose without going under a knife as society still view plastic surgery as a taboo even though the rate of people visiting the surgeon’s office and using photo altering app has more than doubled within the past few years!

It’s almost as if every woman thinks she’d look prettier if her nose was thinner, when in reality that is not always the case.

Today, I saw a video recommendation on my YouTube feed with this thumbnail

Slim nose without surgery

This was not the first time that I had seen a video like this, in fact, I had religiously followed the guideline of another similar video which only succeeded in creating the right amount doubt needed for me to question this internet fad.

Get slim nose without surgery

I had genuinely thought that since his name had a “DR.” in front of it then what he was suggesting would be legit. It only took me one week to figure out how stupid it all was!

Does nose slimming exercise work? Fact or fad.

Granted, the nose is, in fact, one of the most plastic parts of our body, with plastic meaning easily malleable as there are no complex nerves surrounding that region, neither are their solid bones there, you’d only find cartilages, I.e, soft bones (or biscuit bones as my younger self would have called it!)

This is why Rhinoplasty or nose jobs are the easiest procedures to perform and is referred to as a minimally invasive procedure.

Nose slimming workout
Alar base (nose width) reduction is the most common rhinoplasty procedure

The primary problem those so-called “nose slimming exercises” focuses on is the reduction of the alar base. The idea is to work the muscles around that area to constrict and tighten it up just like how you would if you are working on your abs to create some kind of muscular corset to give you a smaller looking midsection. So consequently, working the muscles around that area would give you the appearance of a slimmer looking nose. Seems logical right?

But there is just one tinsy tiny bit of problem that just so happens to be a major one,

There are no muscles significantly large enough in that area that you can work with to create an otherwise slim nose!

How to slim the nose
The Facial muscle anatomy

So if there are no muscles there, what in God’s bloody name are you working out?!🤷‍♀️

Even if I should try to give the fad idea of exercising the nose thin the benefits of the doubt and say it does work somehow, in order to be able to maintain the result, you would have to keep “working out” indefinitely as muscles atrophy (shrinks) with lack of use.

I personally do not have such dedication on my part!

The Human muscles evolved over thousands of years based on survival needs; we developed strong explosive leg muscles to help us outrun the predators, arm muscles to help us carry things, the abs to give us balance and strength when we climb, and so on.

Nasal muscles? Perhaps to help us sniff out our foods better 🤷‍♀️


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6 ways to keep the clutter out during the pandemic


One could genuinely think that since we spend literally the whole day at home, then our living and working space would be organized and absolutely spotless. I mean, we’ve got nothing else to do, no social engagements, no tight schedules, no school, no work, just us with our remote control and t.v in our pajamas.

Clean up

But ironically, now that we spend most of our time at home, especially when we’re living with other people, it could tend to get quite chaotic.

If you are anything like me, then your bedroom is probably the most cherished area in your house for you, it is where you sleep, work, house your valuables. A place where you could zone out from the chaos of the outside world, clearing your mind of all the clutter.

But as time goes on, it does tend to get a bit crowded, chaotic even, and then that once “safe haven” begins to look like a Looney bin, which in turn affects your moods consciously or unconsciously.

Organization skills

Today, I’ll be sharing with you my tips on how to declutter your space (and potentially your mind). All of this task would take no more than 10 minutes or so to perform, however, keep in mind that any decluttering act is never complete until you get rid of things you no longer need!

Transitioning from pig dirty to clean….ish

1. Toss out the old Lipsticks
lipsticks are a woman’s best friend!

But an excessive number of lipsticks — some of which you may never wear — can accumulate over time. While lipstick does not come with expiration dates, they don’t stay good indefinitely!

Recycling lipsticks

I recommend assessing the freshness of your favorite lipsticks and tossing unused lipsticks and free samples that you are not apt to wear.

2. Recycle Old Socks and Undergarments

Numerous people get new socks and underwear without eliminating existing ones, which often results in an overstuffed drawer. Now is a good time to make space in your drawers by removing worn-out socks and undergarments with holes or loosened elastic, as well as socks with missing mates.

Organizing the bedroom

It is actually possible to recycle textiles, so contact your local recycling facility to see if they accept them. If not, companies like American Textile Recycling Service accept donations of clothing in any condition and can give unwearable items new life as upholstery and automotive stuffing or industry wiping rags.

However, if you are into DIY crafts like me, you can choose to upcycle some of them into DIY stuffed toys or similar craftworks.

Upcycle socks

3. Pare Down Writing Tools and Office Accessories

In my household, pens, pencils, and markers seem to breed over time. I have my few favorites and end up not using most of the others.

While you’re staying safe at home, spend a little time testing out your pens and markers and tossing any that lack ink. In fact, this is a great task to delegate to homebound little ones. Of the remaining good ones, pick out those you use and like and donate the rest.

How to declutter

Be sure to review your rulers, scissors, staplers, and other office items too, letting go of any that you don’t like to use or don’t need to have.

4. Sort Through and Donate Belts

Belts don’t take up a ton of room, so it’s easy to neglect them when you periodically clean out your closet. Personally, I am not attached to belts, so pruning mine is a painless task for me. In fact, I resist accumulating too many belts when I purchase clothing. When I buy an outfit or a coat with a belt and don’t care for the belt or have a need in my closet, I donate it right away.

Culling belts may not be an easy task for you, so before you tackle this one you will have to really judge whether it’s a project that falls within your time availability. It may be easier simply to focus on eliminating belts that are too small, too large, or that have cracking material or broken hardware.

Organization skills

Unfortunately, leather recycling is uncommon. Contact your local recycling center to see if they will take your old leather belts. If they don’t, another option to prevent your belt from going in the landfill would be to upcycle it into an art project. If the buckle is metal, you can recycle it as you would any other metal.

5. Donate or Recycle Old Books and Magazines

There was a time when I would save my magazines to read when I had more time, But by the time I had more time, the magazines were likely out of date.

Sometimes I even hoard already read magazines and brochures especially when I liked the pictures in the magazines (I’m a highly visual person)! Nevertheless, if this sounds like you, you may want to take some time to do a room-by-room scan of your house and pick up outdated magazines and newspapers and books you’re unlikely to read. Donate or recycle as appropriate.

Decluttering bedroom

If there are articles you still want to read in the magazines, consider tearing out just the specific articles and keeping them all in one folder. This will take up much less space and your articles to read will all be in one easily accessible place.

6. Toss out old equipment Manuals

Manuals for items ranging from the stove you no longer own to the DVD player often wind up being the “junk” in the “junk drawer.” And they may still be sealed in plastic packets full of registration cards you never sent and a lot of nonsense paperwork.

If you have a good handle on how to operate the coffee machine, the TV, and the toaster, toss those out, there is no point keeping a ‘how-to’ manual for something you have seen and used a thousand times!

How to recycle

This also applies to manuals for appliances you no longer own. If you’re trying to clear out paper, and building codes in your area don’t require that you keep manuals, check to see if the information is online and pitch the paper copies. Or save just the pages you need to keep track of model numbers and other useful information.

In most municipalities, you can recycle paper manuals with newspapers. If there are plastic bags involved, recycle them at the grocery store or with your local recycling company if allowed.


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How I make my sausage bread rolls!


After my last post on You won’t be throwing away the pasta water after this and the wonderful reception it received from my readers, I decided that taking topics on cooking just as important as I do other topics on my blog may also be a good idea

After graduating high school in 2016, I was sort of confused on whether I wanted to go to the university because I didn’t know what I wanted to study or do with my life, I spent two years at home as a result!

Nevertheless, during that time period, I didn’t just sit around and watched television all day for two years straight, I decided to enroll in a catering school.

I learned a lot during those periods, I learned a lot about baking, I also learned that I enjoyed eating much much more than I did cooking!

I just recently grew a taste for sausages, I hated that stuff so bad when I was growing up the moment I find sausages along with my food in a plate, I would push that plate away. It didn’t matter how tasty that food was.

So as a tribute to my new found lover, I decided to make a blog post on how I make me sausage bread rolls!

How to make sausage bread rolls for beginners.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 egg🥚
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of warm milk 🐮
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 10 hotdogs

Additional ingredients

  • About a handful of flour set aside to help in the kneading process.
  • 1 egg for coating before baking
  • 1 extra tablespoon of sugar to help in activating the yeast.
  • Cooking spray
  • Sesame seeds

Tools you’d be needing

  • A large bowl and a dough mixer
  • A board and a rolling pin
  • a knife to cut and a brush for coating
  • Baking trays and an oven

How to

Phase 1:

  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm milk 🐄
  • In another bowl combine the butter and egg 🥚 and then set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar after which you are to make a well in the middle of mixture in which you are to add the yeast/egg/milk and butter and then mix together until a soft dough is formed.
How to make bread

Phase 2:

  • Transfer the dough into a lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic for about 10 minutes or so by hand, and 7 minutes when using a dough mixer.
  • Place dough inside a very large bowl that has been pre-coated with oil (or you can just use a cooking spray), then leave the dough to rise in a warm place for an hour or till it doubles in size.
How to knead a dough

After the dough has been set aside, use that waiting period to steam your sausages for about 7 minutes using boiling water of cause.

When the dough has risen just fine, turn it out into a lightly floured surface.

Combining the dough and the sausage

Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces to match the 10 sausages you have, and then using a rolling pin, roll out each dough into a rope long enough to wrap around each sausage about three times

Sausage rolls recipes

wrap the rolled dough around the sausage and place them in a lightly greased and floured baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.

Cover the rolls and let it rise again until it doubles itself in volume for about 30 minutes.

How to make sausage rolls

Making a coat

Whisk up one egg together with a tablespoon of water and brush the surfaces of the bread rolls with them, you can also sprinkle some sesame seeds to it here if you like.

Place in a preheated oven of about 110°c and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and you’re done! 💃🏽💃🏽

Bread roll recipes for beginners

Footnote

There are other variations to this, some way more tastier than this, let me know in the comment section if you’d like more on that.

Sausage rolls with cheese

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