TWENTY ‘SOMETHING’: Diary of a Birthdae Girl.

I’m turning twenty ‘something’ today… 🙂 Kind of have a nice ring to it. Maybe it’s a lucky number?

Back in the day, I used to have this number on my fave jersey and I remember really liking that number. Therefore I’m hoping that this will be a lucky year.

I don’t often write a blog post when it’s my birthday. Actually, I’ve not had a birthday since Ȋ̝̊̅ started my blog.On this particular one, I find myself I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ class..for a seminar. Was thinking of something special to do this day…den Ȋ̝̊̅ decided to start up a custom kinda thing…write a special birthday blog annually jez to share my day with my awesome readers and friends.
🙂
When Ȋ̝̊̅ woke up, Ȋ̝̊̅ was kinda scared that today was gonna turn out boring for ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥…but to my utmost joy and the Grace of God, Ȋ̝̊̅ had great fun! Now, talking about my day will be so lengthy, though Ȋ̝̊̅ had great fun flippin thru a long list of FACEBOOK bdae wishes and TWITTER bdae song links snt to ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ by my fwnds.. how about Ȋ̝̊̅ share with u some reminiscing which Ȋ̝̊̅ did…
😉

Am I feeling like 2_ ❓ Probably, yes. For instance, I need to go to bed soon. I can’t work through the night if I want to be mentally present the next day. I must be sure to sit up straight, or else my back will kill me. And I just can’t seem to see the point with going out for more fun tomorrow.

In my previous years, I was constantly trying to seize each and every opportunity to make a difference. I guess I was worried something amazing would pass me by if I didn’t stay alert. These days, I’m happy with knowing I did my best for the people I care about. Over-achieving for over-achieving’s sake is just so overrated.

But am I just turning into a more boring version of myself? I don’t know. I do know that Aquashonda is anything but boring. And I’m definitely becoming more and more restless the older I get, which is kind of strange. It should be the other way around, right? A few more years and I won’t be able to sit still for even half an hour.:)

And for some reason, I’m also becoming slightly more eccentric each year. Maybe that’s because I care less and less about what other people think of me? Ȋ̝̊̅ don’t think so!

It’s ironic how you can find yourself by cutting through all the pretentious clutter, just to find true pretentiousness beneath. I used to think that I’m just another girl in college working really hard for good grades and a bright future but as it turns out right now, I’m no more that ‘just’ kinda giorl. I’m gifted and special,
If I had had that revaluation in my previous yrs, I’d probably been better. Today, I’m fine with knowing who Ȋ̝̊̅ am.
🙂

However, I still want to win though. The desire to divide and conquer burns as bright as ever before. But I’m not sure I want to battle it out by putting in more hours than the next girl anymore. No, I want to win by being smarter. By doing less. By being effective. Maybe put all of those hard-learned lessons to work—or maybe just inspire others to win with me.

Maybe. Or maybe I’m just hoping for some crazy good old blind out-of-the-blue luck this year. In either way, I’m ready for 22!

Feel free to air Ɣ☺ΰR
Views, drop Ɣ☺ΰR
Advice, bdae wishes, Et al
Love y’all so much ❤

…Still yhur gurl,
Tho bigger nd better, 😉
Jenny.

ff on twitter @dizzycuddle
Instagram@aquashonda.

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Diary of a Fashionista

Hey Sweeties… 😉

Whether we choose to consciously compute the fact or not, how we look does impact the way we feel. It may be that we dress to a theme that evokes a mood, that we choose to pull on something that incites a certain confidence within us, or that we – for no definable reason at all – simply fall in love with a particular piece of clothing or accessory. Either way, the reality is that a large part of how our style evolves has to do with the clothing, hair, beauty and accessory trends sweeping fashion, sweeping the runways or the magazine pages or the streets. Not because we have to follow them, but because they inspire us.

So…I’ve decided to start an analysis on what’s happening in the fashion world as a way to understand where the trends are coming from, where they’re going, and – should you so choose – how you can adapt them to your own personal style, in a way that suits you.
🙂
Fashion crimes and blunders 😦 are a negative luxury we dare not perform cos…U R WHAT U WEAR.

Stay tuned for my next fashion update on trends in vogue and what u must not wear!
Kisses…

Jenny. ❤
Instagram @aquashonda
Twitter @ dizzycuddle.

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Your Best Friend~ Does (S)he Bring Out the Best in U?

“A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friend he chooses.”

Yes. So true that we become like those whom we associate with. We need to insulate ourselves from negative friends and ideas. It is necessary to have ‘foundational-level’ people in one’s life cos they bring out the best in u and influences you to have a better faith and confidence.
🙂
A friend once said that it is better to be alone than in the wrong company. Your friend should always see the gifts in you and correct tou in a constructive,loving way.
A choice I once made to change my closest associations was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made, and it was a huge turning point in my life.
😉
Remember, “AVERAGE” is an enemy.in the eyes of average people, average is always considered outstanding. When u walk with better people, u will be forced to recognise a greater height. You can be the best.

What makes a good friend?

We all talk about our friends, but what qualities actually go towards some mates being higher in the pecking order than others?

1. Someone you can count on: ‘It doesn’t matter that you may not see a good friend that often,If you need them, they’ll be there.’

2. You feel good around them: ‘If someone energises you, rather than drains you, that’s always a good sign.’

3. They won’t take offence: ‘You don’t have to worry about what you say around a good friend,You should be able to disagree with them and it doesn’t matter.

You each respect each other’s opinions and don’t worry about offending them or not.’

Many people assume that a good friend is all about having similar interests or being on the same wavelength.
I really think that being a good friend is not really about having shared interests. Having so much in common makes it easy to spend time with someone, but doesn’t necessarily mean that person is a good friend.

Who is your friend?

»Dedicated to my awesome friends. Love you much.
…Jenny.

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Brag About Your Dad.

Hope yhu had a wonderful service with God.

Mothers are great, but there’s something uniquely special about a good father:-). If you have one or had one, you know what I’m talking about.
Here’s the man who loved and hugged even if it wasn’t second nature to him. He led without fear (or if he was scared, he never let it show). He rejoiced in our triumphs and encouraged us to toughen up when we failed. Dads are Amazing!
🙂
My dad was my hero (still is;-)). He gave himself to his family and never asked for anything in return. He didn’t even know how to hold a baby, but he was affectionate and loved us unconditionally. He was my model…I used to think that my dad knew everything in the dictionary:-D cos he knew every word and meanings in it. If I’m even remotely caring, I have him to thank. Being goofy for laughs was Dad’s gift to his children.
😉

So, go on and brag about your dad:-P. Post a comment below and tell us about your father. What did he teach you? How did he inspire you? What did he give to you that helped you grow?

Let us know. I’ll be reposting the best entries in Monday’s blog.

Love u much…
Aquashonda!
Ff @dizzycuddle. 🙂

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5 Things U Must Do Everyday. posted by Jenny Nwosu

Hi Friends!
Been a while and I’ve so missed interacting with you bt I’m back(for the best)!

I’m still ruminating over ‘Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project'(one of’em reasons I’ve been away). I think it’s in my top 10 books that have changed the way I think and behave.

In the book, the author takes a year to pursue happiness in the daily routine of her life as a wife, mother and writer in New York City. She realizes that happiness is just as much how you feel as what you do.

One point she stresses is doing some things everyday. She says on her blog: “The things you do every day take on a certain beauty, and provide a kind of invisible architecture to daily life.”

Being a generally happy person has a lot to do with what you do all day. So lately, I’ve been examining the things that make me happy and realizing which ones are task-oriented and need to be done every day. Also, I write them down. Because I know if I don’t, they’ll get lost in the shuffle of life’s maintenance.

The 5 things I must do every day are:

1.Write my novel (doesn’t matter how many pages… just write something)
2.Wash.
3.Talk with God
4.Sit in silence
5.Exercise (be that dancing..))

After I do these, I always feel refreshed and accomplished. Every good ordinary day I’ve ever had contains all five of these things. Plus, they are all small steps towards larger goals (i.e., Studying and growing spiritually). I figured what a great way to make every day a good day and get things done at the same time.

So, what’s your “5 Things You Must Do Every Day” to maintain your happiness? Everyone’s is different. Write them down here! and make time for them in your daily routine.

Also know this! By writing them down here, you inspire someone else who is reading this blog and it’s a step to achieving success.

Still Loyal,
Jenny.

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The Birthday Scenario Game!

Hope y’all having a beautiful day.
I woke up this morning thinking of what my blog today x gonna be about…then I decided we all could make it a bit fun today…

So I got this idea of a BIRTHDAY SCENARIO GAME from a friend and I really loved it. Also making it a special presentation on behalf of ma friend who is celebrating her day today…(Happy Birthday Comfy Dear)!

Try it…its simple..just by tracing ur birthday and date and find who u are paired with! (Hilarious..is’nt it)?

U won’t believe mine…(7th june).

What u still waitin’ for! Go ahead n join in d fun…and don’t forget to leave a reply bout what urs is! Muah…

Me…
Jenny.

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A Childhood Fave~Ukazi Soup

Hot afternoon…isn’t it?
So i decided to prepare a meal after my heart..(Afterall, its weekend)!
One of my favorite soups is Ofe Ukazi . My mum would make this meal when i was a child on occasions…sometimes to congratulate me on a wonderful grade.
I have made this soup multiple times but it felt to share its magical recipe with my beautiful friends(u). Well, here it is…and this time, i waited to take pictures before i devoured it!

This recipe is courtesy of  Mother (aka Barbie Snr.) who showed me how to make this soup over and over and over again.  However, I didn’t learn how to do it alone till I moved away. I asked her to write down the recipe for me and now, I would like to share it with you.

INGREDIENTS
Egusi, ground
Achi
Dried & Ground shrimp(optional)
Dry pepper
Assorted meat, snail & stockfish
Palm oil
2 regular size Maggi® cubes
Salt.
Ukazi, shredded & pounded

STEPS:
Parboil beef or any other  meat product
Add palm oil – 2 soup spoonful of palm oil
Leave to boil
Add some more water to the stock
Add 1/2 cup egusi
Stir. Increase the quantity if desired.
Add 1 tea spoon of achi (Make sure it is sprinkled in while stirring)
Leave to boil while watching that the egusi and achi  are binding the soup without lumping then check the consistency
Boil for about 5 minutes
Add pepper to taste
Add one soup spoon of ground shrimps and let them blend in to the taste
Add maggi
Leave to boil
Taste for salt
Add ukazi

A lot of traditional Nigerian soups are high in fat, due to the ingredients they require i.e. egusi & palm oil. My suggestion for enjoying our food without killing your waist line is to watch your portion size of soup and sides i.e. garri, eba, wheat, farina, rice.
Time to eat! Adios friend…xxxx
Jenny.

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Power of Your *Words *Dreams *Thoughts.

A Golden Morning Wishes To u all!

Woke up this morning with a thought on my mind…’What do I share with ma friends today?
Somethingcame up…A game. But I wanted to write something that would inspire us all before d ‘game’plan.
So I picked a topic…Power of ur Thoughts.

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have the power to create conditions in your life.

What you speak about,
You can bring about.

If you keep saying you can’t stand your job,
You might lose your job.
If you keep saying you can’t stand a course in school,
You are most likely to fail that course.
If you keep saying you can’t stand your body,
Your body can become sick.
If you keep saying you can’t stand your car,
Your car could be stolen or just stop operating.
If you keep saying you’re always broke, guess what?
You’ll always be broke!!!

If you keep saying you can’t trust a man or trust a woman,
You will always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.
If you keep saying you can’t find someone to love you or believe in you,
Our very thoughts will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs.

Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love and action.
Don’t be afraid to believe that you can have what you want and deserve.

Watch your “Thoughts,”
they become words;
Watch your “Words,”
they become actions;
Watch your “Actions,”
they become habits;
Watch your “Habits,”
They become character;
Watch your “Character”,
for it becomes your “Destiny”

A great man once said:
“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If u can dream it, you can make it happen!”~Belva Devis.

So…….To prevent any obstacles……. GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!

Enjoy every minute you live!!

–cheers–

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Moments In Life…

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!

When the door of happiness closes, another opens;
But often times we look so long at the closed door
that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.

Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
Because it takes only a smile to
Make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile.

Dream what you want to dream;
Go where you want to go;
Be what you want to be,
Because you have only one life
And one chance to do all the things you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human and
Enough hope to make you happy.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
You can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

Stay hApPy without hurting sOmeBoDy!

Don’t count the years – count the memories. smile.

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Is it FAITH?

I told a group of 13 years old (ma bible class)– We can teach you about the religion but faith, you have to discover it yourself.

Some of them get the meaning of faith. Some give a blur look but I am pretty sure they know what faith is but just cant find the word to describe it.

However, many of us probably never know what faith is even when it slammed into us.

It will be kind of sad if one doesn’t have faith. Faith is what keeps hope alive, and keeps us living a full life.

I have faith in friends, strangers, situations, nature and of course, all boils down to Jesus.O:)

Some examples are:

  • When I ran out of petrol, I have faith Jesus will not let me get stranded and I will go an extra mile till I have time to pump.
  • When I think someone is good, I have faith Jesus will show me the dark side if any before things screwed up.

  • When I am venturing into something, I have faith Jesus will smoothen the path or put a big obstacle to tell me to turn back.
  • When I am feeling rotten and think things will get worse, I will tell myself, nay….dont worry so much about it because Jesus will settle it for you({})

    Maybe I have a naive outlook, maybe I am loved by God to have a big dose of faith, maybe I like to escape and being irresponsible and pile things on a God we can’t see.  But maybe I am really in Christ and faith comes to me naturally.(Think about it!)

     
    Looking back, being in Christ has left me less insecure because there is always a Saviour in the shadows to pull me out of deep waters.  I have a Counsellor to guide me from getting into trouble.  I have a Comforter to sooth the fears and pains.  I have the One God which is synonymous with faith.

     

    In this Year of Faith, U will understand the TRUE meaning of d word faith IJN….AMEN.

    XoXo..
    Jenny.

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  • Hello…

    Hi dearie..

    Been a while I started making plans to start-up a blog sites for me nd my friends and finally…its done!(Feel fufilled;)

    So many factors motivated me to begin this phase and I must admit twas a lil’bit difficult…but worth it. My love goes to donraph, oge @ogechionyegbu.wordpress.com, my sis who has always encouraged my writing habits nd my friends..(U).

    Keep commenting and airing ur views as I share with y’all my words.

    Love…Desire!

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    The Art of Letting Go.

    If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello”
    ~Paulo Copehlo

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    Hey lovelies…I’m glad to be back again. I’v missed y’all soo much: )

    I’ve had this topic in my mind for a long while now…maybe cos it’s kinda related to a friend’s predicament not so long ago.
                            
    It’s human nature to become too attached to things or people. And it can be very difficult to find out how to let go from these attachments even when we know that they are not good for us.
    Here’s to the difficult question that keeps starimg us in the face…
    Why is It so difficult to let go?

    Why is it so hard to give up a bad habit or an ex-lover? The truth is that most of us suffer from a feeling of inner emptiness that we are trying to fill up with our various attachments often without much success.

    The first step to a successful breakup is to take a hard look at the things and people we are so attached to. Are they really as wonderful as we make them out to be?

    Next, we have to face the emptiness. Find a place to accommodate.the feeling of loss..this way, u gradually accept it.
    If we really want to be with the people that deserve our love, we have to be willing to protect our hearts from those we know don’t deserve it. You can’t make someone love you or treat you the way you want to be treated, people either will or they won’t.

    You have to learn how to love yourself first until you can love yourself enough to let go of the people in your life that don’t really care. Don’t let negative and toxic people rent a space in your heart. Raise the rent and kick them out.
                                   ; )
    Once more, im so glad tk be back…and u can bet I’ve gat so much sugar in store for you!
    Love u loadzzz…

    It’s ur gurl,
    Jenny.
    Twitter @dizzycuddle
    Instagram @aquashonda.

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    WHAT MAKES U HAPPY!

    “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions”.
    ~Dalai Lama.

    This week, I stumbled upon the theme of happiness. It all started when I realized that most of my friends saw me as a happy person. And I kinda wanna keep that going.;-)

    I mentioned that I seek out happy things. I make a point everyday to do or simply be near something that makes me happy. So, what makes me happy?
    I just think of my favorite things…

    Making my friends laugh
    My friend’s jokes!
    My funny, quirky outfits
    Tickles…:-)
    Music.

    I’m starting to beam just writing these down. And there’s a lot more.

    It’s important to know what makes you happy, and I wonder how many people really stop to contemplate the simple things that can be a part of their everyday lives.

    Now, I should add that happiness is the outward manifestation of inner joy. A person can also be a reason for your happiness. You can fill up your life with lots of stuff, but if you’re not internally okay with yourself, then there’s but so much a new car can ever do for you. But that’s for another blog.
    🙂
    So I ask you, what makes you happy? I’m not talking deliriously happy, like jumping down the street, but just a general feeling of contentment with the world around you. Think about it and post your answers here. I’ll collect these thoughts and write a reflection.

    ‘Ve missed you loads…
    nd its still me,
    Jenny:-)

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    I Know It Hurts!

    I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, “How do I deal with the pain?”.

    The problem with pain is that it doesn’t just go away quickly. It doesn’t disappear when the dust settles. When you’ve been hurt – even if you’ve taken the high road of forgiveness – sometimes the pain comes along for the ride.

    I’m not sure what’s worse. The initial pain of being hurt or the repressed pain that surfaces later when you least expect it. You know, you’re going along, happy and whole, then something happens that reminds you of the past and instantly a flood of emotions you thought you locked away come rushing back in. It’s enough to make you wonder if you’ll ever be okay again.

    Can I help you as someone who’s been there and is walking this road with you today?
    🙂

    First of all, it’s normal. Yeah, you can still get riled up about something that happened to you six months ago, a year or ago or maybe years ago. You’re not a machine. You’re a human being with a heart. Just like you wouldn’t expect a deep flesh wound to heal over night, neither will your feelings when you’ve been hurt.

    Secondly, don’t be afraid of your pain. Don’t be afraid to let it surface if it needs to. Nothing gets better when it’s covered in layers of shame, fear and regret. So you can’t be concerned that your pain is too ugly to show, which leads me to my next point…

    Talk to somebody about it. If you’re married, talk to your spouse. Maybe you need a professional counselor or a trusted friend. Let your pain come out in words. You don’t need to tell everyone. In fact, too many people knowing your problems can be counterproductive. But find one person you trust and let the cork off of all those bottled up emotions.

    You have to let go of your past and move forward, and I still believe those are powerful tools for living an abundant life. However, the truth is that you can’t let everything go. Some things you have to let heal. Give it space and time to get better on its own and don’t try to rush the process. Let the wound turn into a scar that one day becomes just an old story you forget to tell. 😉

    Live life! Keep it real…☺
    Me,
    Aquashonda.
    Ff @dizzycuddle

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