Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bookmarked! May Edition

Image courtesy of 19th & Park
Hi! It has been another busy month, with of course the flagship events being the Royal Wedding and my birthday! Today's post is the last for the month of May, which means it is time for another edition of Bookmarked! where I bring to you some the quirkiest and heartwarming bookish and communications news.

This month's edition features golden statues, a bit of black girl magic and women book warriors. Read a couple of the links and let me know which is your favourite!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

31 Life Lessons in 31 years

Tomorrow (Friday) is my birthday! whoop whoop! Despite my happiness, I must admit that I'm feeling a little more reflective than excited. This is quite in contrast to last year when I  welcomed my new age with much care-freeness and enthusiasm, and declared to the whole world that I was going to be 'fun and flirty at thirty'.

A  year really can make a difference and with more life experience, my thoughts are a little more profound this time around.

31 is a bit of an odd number to mark out for a post like this, however, that will be my age for the next year, so without much further ado, here are 31 life lessons I learned in 31 years.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Seven Reasons Why Reading Is Good For Your Mind

Hey ladies!

The earlier ascent of the sun each morning, followed by later sunsets is a good indication that we are approaching high summer. And as much as that precious vitamin D is putting most of us in better spirits, there are still many for whom the approach of summer makes little difference. Come rain or shine they have to fight a daily battle with their minds and emotions.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I'm really glad that a whole month has been set aside to remind people of the need for us to develop more of an understanding of mental health issues. I thought this post could provide a sound backdrop to speak about the benefits that reading, be it a book or magazine has on the mind.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This Is How You Become a Freelancer

Hello ladies!

So, the word on the street is that you want to be a freelancer. On a blog post I wrote a while ago about how I got into copywriting, one of you lovely readers asked in the comments section,"how do you suggest starting to do freelance writing? What is the process of submitting articles?". I couldn't really answer directly, because there are several ways to eat your gari (grated cassava), abi? 

I started to think about the methods I have used or even considered, and thought I'd share some of these with you. This blog post offers some very practical tips so you may want to note down 2-3 actions you will take immediately to get you on your way to your freelancing dream. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Who's That Girl? / Blogger Q & A

My birthday is fast approaching (can you tell I am excited?!), and I thought I'd use the occasion to be a little more transparent with my readers! So I took to my Insta stories and asked y'all to ask me anything for this Q&A post - much like how the YouTubers do. I was willing to answer anything (within reason!) No subject was out of bounds.

So, I have collated questions from all six of you (lol! well actually seven because two of the questions were quite similar). I ain't mad but we gonna have to definitely do something to get that engagement up sis. In the meantime, keep reading to find the answers to the questions you asked


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Guest Post: Top Tips on Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

Ladies we have a guest today, so let's be on our best behaviour! Only joking. But guys you know that this is the place we as women can turn to for great communications, career and life advice. And I only want to be putting out content that will add value to our lives. So when it came to this topic, there was no one better I could think of than Winnie. She's an HR professional and a new mummy who knows her stuff when it comes to returning to work after maternity leave! So please enjoy, and leave your comments below. And once you are done, please visit her blog!

After seven great months of maternity leave, it was finally time to go back to work. Whilst this was always in the plan even before giving birth, and I had mentally prepared myself for it, it was still emotionally challenging! For the last six months, my life had been dedicated to being a mother and I had started to lose my sense of self. Also, as I knew most people take a year off for maternity leave, I felt very guilty going back to work so early.

I'm so blessed to work in an organisation that gives mums six months of full pay during maternity leave. Mums are then given statutory maternity pay for the next three months and then no pay in the last three. I am so grateful for the six months I got to spend with my daughter and will forever be grateful to have been paid fully in that time. It wasn’t financially viable for me to stay at home after that so after taking an extra month of annual leave, it made sense to go back to work.

Nearly a month in, it has gone very well and whilst I miss my daughter so much during the day, it’s been great being back at work. For any mums returning to work after any period of maternity leave, here are a few bits of advice based on my experience.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Master the Public Speaking Game!

Ladies! Many of the blog posts from the communications academy have largely covered how we can be great writers, but we are yet to learn how to kill it as public speakers. As great as my writing is, I one thing I sucked at was dazzling an audience with my amazing speech giving skills. Improving this skill has been a battle but gradually I am overcoming this by volunteering myself for more client presentations at work.  Being a Sunday School teacher, and having to speak to a class of teenagers every week also helped mightily.  I have also had the privilege of seeing incredible speakers such as Kweku Adiboli, Karen Brady, and Bishop T.D. Jakes (yes, I was at the Potter's House!) speak and have tried to study how they do what they do. I would like to share a few tips on how to master the public speaking game.

If you are a college or university student, work with clients or as an educator, speak at church or at any other social space or plan to be an MC then this is a MUST READ for you.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Review: Freshwater

Ada is born to a Nigerian (Igbo) father and Tamil mother. 'A fat baby, with thick black hair... [who] screamed a lot'. But unbeknownst to her parents, Ada is no normal baby, but a child 'with a foot on the other side'; an 'Ọgbanje' and 'daughter of Ala', as she is described by Akwaeke Emezi, the author. Ada is a manifestation of what happens when spirits occupy a body. However, the spirits, referred to as 'We', lie dormant in Ada's body until later in life.

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