Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dashed Dreams and Renewed Hope: Why I got into Copywriting

As a child, my mother would always tell me "pay now, play later". This simply meant that if I committed my childhood to books, if I slaved away behind the desk in the first section of my life, I would definitely enjoy the promise of a successful career with no ceilings to smash through. Doors would just swing open and life would be a lavish cocktail of designer suits, dinner parties and holidays. Sure enough, I clung to my mother's words and worked my proverbial butt off. At primary school, night time reading was always complete and homework was always done.

Even at secondary school my coursework was always attacked with the knowledge of my dream job waiting at the other end. This continued through sixth form and university (bar a tiny, crazy period of  raving and missed deadlines in my first year of university!)


Sunday, March 11, 2018

"Life is Pure Adventure..."

"...and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art."
-Maya Angelou, author.

Having said that, I am on one such adventure! I've decided to take a mini break. I am currently 'adventuring' in LA, California so there is no Sunday blog post this week. But I'll be back on Thursday.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ghana Independence, International Women's Day & Ama Ata Aidoo (A Review)

Oooh, March really is a busy month! Today is International Women's Day, two days ago it was Ghana Independence, and on Sunday it's Mother's day in the UK! I couldn't possibly choose what to base this blog post on, so I thought I'd go combine two of this month's themes and focus on a woman writer from Ghana.

Please allow me to introduce you to Ama Ata Aidoo (whose birthday is also in the month of March). If you are a regular frequenter of this blog, you'd know I constantly rave about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who is a Nigerian author. But when it comes to Ghanaian authors, Ama Ata Aidoo definitely deserves all the accolades.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Spring is Here and Five Ways to Spring Clean your Blog!

Finally, spring is here! And whilst the weather might not quite be playing ball yet, I would like to reassure you that warmer days are yet to come. Don't believe me?  Just peep out of the window at seven in the morning and you'll see that the world is becoming a brighter place.

The arrival of spring ushers in the need to spruce up our homes. Many people will be clearing clutter and cleaning away the cobwebs. But, if this is not you please rest in the knowledge that I am not judging you :) But what I will insist on is that you dust off the cobwebs from your blog. I mean, how long have you been blogging? Months? Years? Are you still sure that all your information is up to date?

Don't worry if not. I am about to guide you through how to spring clean your blog. Go back as far back as you want to. It can be in the past twelve months, or even since your first post and do the following:


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: Year of Yes

Happy world book day!

Well, it's about time ain't it?  But yes the book review for Year of Yes is finally here! But I tell you, it is well worth the wait because Year of Yes is one helluva' book, and this is going to be a cracking review!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post this picture on the 27th January with the promise of a review, then this one on the 24th February just to let the world know that I hadn't forgotten to honour my word. In fact, it had been so long since I began the book that by the time I was ready to start the review, I had to swing back to the first chapter for a quick reminder on how it starts.

Who is Shonda Rhimes?
OK, now what is Year of Yes? It's the memoir of the author and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes,  served with a measure of humour, and finished off with a sprinkle of motivation. But before I go on, I think I need to share with you a little bit about Shonda Rhimes. 


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Stories We Loved: February Edition

Courtesy of Marvel
Can you believe February is almost over? Wow! Wonders will never cease! But the end of the month signals it's time for another edition of Stories we Loved, where I reflect on my personal favourite communications and bookish articles, and the news stories that got chins wagging. 

With Valentine's Day, the 100th anniversary since women won the right to vote, American Black History Month and the release of Marvel's groundbreaking film, Black Panther all taking place in the same month, February has been quite eventful.

So without further ado, here are the Stories We Loved: February Edition

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ten Ways Black Panther Destroys Narratives about Africa

Image courtesy of Marvel
I watched Black Panther with hubby and some friends last night, and even after a night's sleep, I'm still buzzing! I didn't really want to write about Black Panther, not because I didn't think it was going to be a groundbreaking film, smashing box office records and raking in over $400 million worldwide in its first weekend, but because there are already so many articles, blogs and analyses about it and I thought my voice would be drowned in the millions of others on the internet. But then again, how could I not say anything? If you have seen the film you'll know what all the hype is about, so please indulge me a little, ok?

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