About a week ago, I stumbled upon a ‘challenge’ post by Dakore Akande and Feyi Luther Mbanugo called the ‘Stepping out in Faith Challenge’ – #steppingoutinfaithchallenge and it got me inspired to participate as I have discovered that these days, people lack belief in themselves and the power that is assigned to them. This was a 5-day challenge that ended on Saturday but I would still encourage everyone to participate as this will give you all Food for Thought at the end on what affects and also reflects in your life and how to make the change to allow positivity and also productivity!

Day 1 focused on Gratitude and what we are grateful for: I am grateful for still standing in spite of the adversities that I have faced this year and the previous years. I am grateful for His grace upon my life and the new journey that I am currently on. I am grateful for my son and family who have my back. I am grateful for consistency in my career. I am grateful for my blog and the opportunities that have come for expressing my thoughts on paper. I am grateful for friends who have stood by me with truth and love. I am grateful for much more coming my way so I stand and pose with Style, Grace, and Confidence…

Day 2 focused on being Mindful and turning negativity into positivity. I decided to post a quote which speaks a lot about how I choose to tackle life situations these days: “If It doesn’t CHALLENGE You, It doesn’t CHANGE YOU.” That has been my go-to affirmation on life challenges and negative thoughts. Besides, there is a popular quote by the famous philosopher – Friedrich Nietzsche: ‘What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger!

Day 3 focused on Forgiveness: letting go of hurt and pain. Boy, can I relate to hurt and pain? But through it all, I realised through experience that I should never give another person the power to control my emotions so I forgive them and move on (but with wisdom and caution). Besides I’m a LEO and we Queens can’t allow that kind of toxins into our lives now, can we 💁🏽!

Day 4 focused on MANTRA which is positive words of affirmation to inspire and encourage us in our daily lives. I have so many affirmations to go by and have written various blog posts on the importance of affirmations like: ‘The Gratitude Challenge’ or Be the CEO of Your Life. My favourite bible verse is from Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” & this has been my daily mantra in all situations. When Travis Greene bought the song ‘Intentional’ – it was as if he took my thoughts and made it into a motivating song… And I end up by saying that the power of affirmations bring us closer to what we want by feeling that they’re already in our reach.

Day 5 focused on Letting Go and Letting Our Light Shine. This challenge has taught me that life does have its ups and downs but through it all; it makes us stronger and we should always see the brighter side in the midst of the storm (yea, I know it is easier said than done). But I truly believe in that concept and that is what has kept me going through the challenges of life… I allow myself to always see the good and brighter side thus it has kept me looking much younger than my true age and I ain’t stopping for no-one. Just Live: Let Go and Let GOD!

Well, the challenge ended on Saturday and all participants were told to wait for an announcement advising of the best inspiring posts. Well today, I got to work only to get a notification from @flm_mamak that I have been given a ‘special recognition’ for my posts on the #steppingoutinfaithchallenge which has been enlightening for me.

Drum 🥁 roll !!!!!! Wow, we had so many amazing posts during the #steppingoutinfaithchallenge and honestly, I would have chosen each and every one of you. Well @dakoreea and I came together and chose the 5 best posts and then we just had to give special recognition to two other followers who just blew us away!! So without further ado !!!

The 5 best posts go to:

And special recognition goes to @therenaissancelady and @oluwalonirosay !! Ladies, your stories, and delivery touched our hearts. We are so blessed that the #steppingoutinfaithchallenge touched you all !! I will be announcing a special event on Friday and hope you guys look out for it!! Much love 💖 cc @dakoreea ™@flm_mamak

As previously said: I would still encourage everyone to participate as this will give you all Food for Thought at the end on what affects and also reflects in your life and how to make the change to allow positivity and also productivity!

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Happy Monday Beloveds ❤.

Had an interesting conversation with some sista-friends recently on relationships and life and we touched on the word ‘LOVE’ which brought on loads of emotional outbursts and concepts. The only thing that stood out was when it was stated that LOVE is an Action Word and not just an emotion which has always been how I view it.

What’s your concept of LOVE?

Is it just an Emotion or is it an Action Word for you?

Let’s Discuss!

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Over the weekend I came across a 10-minute speech that has impacted me in ways I cannot describe and I advise you all that after watching the attached clip – it will change your life.

In this inspiring speech and interview; Rick Rigsby delivered the best commencement speech and explained how the wisdom of a 3rd grade dropout was what sustained him after the devastating lost of his wife. And who was the third grade dropout – his father, whose teachings have guided him through the most troubling times of his life.

Rick Rigsby: The Wisdom Of A Third Grade Dropout

Over 200 students gathered together during a graduation speech at California State University Maritime Academy where Rigsby talked about his father who he regarded as the smartest person that he knew. “My father taught me to combine knowledge and wisdom to make an impact,” Rigsby said in his speech. “Wisdom comes to you from the unlikeliest of sources, often from failure. The person that gets up off the canvas and keeps growing, that’s the person that will grow their influence.” During his speech, Rigsby also revealed that his first wife died in 1996 of breast cancer which left him devastated but his father gave him advice on how to move on and stay strong in his grief.

Hmmmm, deep food for thought for me right there!!! How to move on and stay strong in my grief (a reflection of my 2017 and the losses that I have experienced).

So who is Dr. Rick Rigsby? According to his website, Dr. Rick Rigsby is the president and CEO of his own company, Rick Rigsby Communications and and founder of Rick Rigsby Ministries in Dallas, Texas. As a motivational speaker, Rick speaks worldwide before top corporations on Wall Street, where he offers corporate coaching, motivational speaking, and encourages people in the audience to become the best versions of themselves.

Well, it certainly seems that Rick Rigsby has overcome many obstacles, and it looks like now his words are inspiring many others through his “Change Your Life” talks. He’s making quite the impact with his incredibly inspiring speeches, as his goal is for all people to live life to the fullest, and be the best possible versions of themselves. In a world filled with so much hate and tragedy lately, maybe we really do need more Rick Rigsby speeches in our lives.

His book Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout can be purchased from Amazon (click on title of book)

Video was sourced from Goalcast, which is an inspiring community for achievers dedicated to helping people improve all aspects of their lives.

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In light of all the mayhem happening worldwide in terms of disasters, hate and violence, especially the terrifying recent Las Vegas shootings, I am yet again reminded of the now famous tweet by Barack Obama shared on the 13th of August 2017: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm  – Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017.

The former US president followed the tweet with more from Mandela’s autobiographical Long Walk to Freedom: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. “…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela  Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017

The shootings, killings, hate, racial segregation, discrimination, anti-Semitism, gender equality, genocide, acts of crime and violence all needs to STOP!  And it starts when WE collectively SPEAK OUT and make a STAND!

If we all Learn and Experience what it feels to totally and completely love People without judgement, we will surely learn and experience what it means to be FREE!

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I am proud to announce that as a Brand Ambassador for Breast Health Angels Foundation, Inc. (BHAF) and foundation member of the London Branch, we are having our 2nd Annual 5k Walk 🚶🏾‍♀️🚶🏾‍♀️🚶🏾‍♀️on the same day of 30th of September across 10 cities worldwide

  • London, England
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Port-Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Atlanta, United States
  • Dallas, United States
  • New York, United States
  • Houston, United States
  • Arkansas, United States
  • California, United States

Everyone of us know someone – either a loved one or another experience cancer. In the past few months of 2017, I have known so many people passed onto glory from this dreadful disease both old and young, so you see this cancer is no respecter of age or race and words cannot explain how I much I detest it.

Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterised by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Some cancers may eventually spread into other tissues. I have seen and known some loved ones have one of the worst cases of cancer – ‘breast cancer’ which starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.

One survivor is a dear sista-friend by the name of Chika Akwiwu otherwise known as The African Barbie, who is a passionate advocate is on a mission to educate us women on how to detect breast cancer very early and ensure that we get treatment and follow the course of a good and healthy lifestyle.

As a result of her new sense of purpose, she founded a non-profit organization BHAF (Breast Health Angels Foundation, Inc.).  BHAF has Advocacy deeply embedded in its core and is unique because it combines Chika’s experience as a Breast Cancer Survivor alongside her training as a healthcare provider to Educate, Empower and Engage women worldwide. She is a strong advocate for Early Detection because it can make the difference between life and death. BHAF’s mission is to Empower, Encourage, Educate and Engage women to Embrace their breast health and overall well-being through Early Detection and Support Services.

Last October, Chika organised the very first annual 5k Advocacy Walk held in various cities worldwide like London, England; Port-Harcourt & Abuja in Nigeria; Atlanta, LA, Houston, and other states in the US amongst other countries and it was a great and successful movement which helped raise awareness amongst our various communities…  

They say: ‘It takes a Village to SLAY this Cancer so what are YOU waiting for! Join the MOVEMENT and let’s make a Difference…

To find more information on cancer, please visit The African Barbie, (link on text).

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