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Motivation

EMBER Months

In this part of the world, the last four months of the year are referred to as EMBER months and that comes with a negative connotation. You see EMBER sounds a bit like ‘mba’, a popular Igbo word that means NO. Over the years, most people have come to think of this period as difficult, dangerous, treacherous, and packed with an air of impossibility. It is also usually accompanied by an increase in accident rates, crime rates, and so on, so a lot of people live in fear during this time of year. How about looking at this time differently from now on? We may not be in control of a lot of...

Perfect Day

It was time for a seven-seater. A red Ford Explorer, I thought. I pasted a picture of it on the divider in my workspace; right beside my monitor. All of a sudden, it seemed Ford Explorers were everywhere. I finally went to the showroom to closely examine one. It had most of the interesting and exciting features I was looking for but two things made me change my mind - it was too large and it was beyond my budget. A Santa Fe eventually did it for me - everything I desired in the right size and at the right price. Perfect! So, you! What are you dreaming of? Where do you see yourself...

Tough Choices

Have you ever heard about your counterpart in another company earning so much more than you do? Have you ever had your salary slashed because your employer happened upon hard times and decided that this was the best way to keep his Company afloat, while still demanding as much work output from you? Have you found yourself discussing with friends about how well some other person is doing? - someone who moved to another Country, another establishment, or someone who started their own Company. Speaking of starting your own Company. This seems to be the way to go for a lot of people; some because they have the drive and passion for it;...

July

It’s July already. Seriously? This year seems to be on fast-forward. Wait, is there any year that isn’t like this? They say time goes by quickly when you’re having fun, so I guess in the midst of all the things that aren’t going so well, there are still some things to enjoy and to be grateful for. How has your year been so far? What has your focus been? Have you achieved some of the key milestones you planned for this year? If yes, super! If not, we have six months to go. A lot can happen in that time. Keep hope alive. Don’t give up. Even if the first half of the year didn’t...

Memory Lane 5 – Cakes 2

Memory Lane 4 - Cakes 1 Aha! Cakes! I knew how to make cakes. Good enough, a kind gesture towards helping a friend make her birthday more memorable had led me to buy the basic cake decorating kit while I still had money. So I thought - if I could make her birthday cake for free and it came out so well, why can't I do the same for others and get paid? I designed and printed flyers, and after some weeks of having them in my locker, a friend of mine named Oge, said 'We have to put them up this night. What are you waiting for?' So together, we posted all the flyers...

May

New Month! Four gone, eight to go, then we'll be shouting 'Happy New Year' again. Time truly waits for no man. A cousin of ours came visiting. Just yesterday she gained admission into the University and now she is getting ready for her fourth year which will begin in September. Where did the time go? I'm glad that I'm able to account for that time with a few worthwhile accomplishments but I see also that more traction is required for some other dreams to become a reality. Are you still dreaming? Don't stop! There's never a bad time for a good idea. Light bulb moments are always welcome and where there is a will,...

An invitation

It was a wonderful holiday. I think the kids had the best time visiting their friends and bonding with their cousins. Kids often get the best deal when it comes to relaxing and resting. The school calendar just works for them - work hard 3 months, take a break for about a month, and then back to school. Most teachers are nice enough to send pupils home at the end of the term without homework; others are not so kind. Sometimes, you just wish...

Have Faith – Think Big

Everything is possible for one who believes. Anything is possible if a person believes. Everything is possible to the one who believes. As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes. Yes. I would have assumed that Jesus didn't quite mean everything or anything, but when I think of one of His followers saying 'I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength', I have to face it; it must be that He meant exactly what He said. Wow! That's something to think about. I've found that during the transition from one year to the next, we are often in a relatively excited state and we dream big dreams, think big, make...