Sunday, 17 February 2013

Quick Post and Small Motivational TALK.

Happy 2013

Year of reaching Targets.

I pray we all have something to be happy about even though things are tough. I pray we smile through the shaky grounds, through the mucky winds, through the cloudy weather, through the horrible feeling/experience and through life itself.  Life is for living and living is in Christ. X

Quick update.
I have been drinking more water, yes, morning and evening, waking up and about to sleep. Water is my best friend. I have lost couple of inches somewhere around my waist, my arm etc ( To be honest, I do think the rapid weight loss is mainly down to the annual RCCG fast every February). I attend RCCG church but I don't call myself a redeem as I often hear people refer to themselves mainly because I don't do denominations.  I do God, relationships, act of kindness and WWJD but am definitely redeemed in Christ though.
 Dont worry bloggers, you are in my prayers too. lol. xxx And testimonies shall abound therein. Hallelujah Somobory.... I try to keep up with eating my fruits weekly. I try to spice things up by trying something new, I recently tried raspberries  very sourish taste but not bad. I also ate it with double whipped cream and icing.. Kia, talk about yummy goodness.

So, I have been busy baking cakes. YES,  delicious  toffee cakes, I have had couple of orders this week so I researched, baked and sold. My mini business is taking off slowly but surely. I started baking in April 2010 originally, but never really commercialized it, however I sold to a loyal customer who usually came on year on year. I often baked for church, birthdays, children's day, friends/family etc. In a nutshell, am not working right now  and this gives me the opportunity to live out some of my dreams and be proactive about my life and decisions. My current work contract  finished and whilst looking/waiting for another job, I decided I should be proactive and do something I enjoy. I am glad am getting better with more practice, patience, research and passion. I am also offering a COMPETITION that involves  cooking a FREE DINNER for local residents in my area. Yes, am excited!!!. I am really challenging myself little by little.

I am also proud of my sis. She owns her own  make up business which has recently picked up but for  the past  few years business slowed down, WHY: Over the years, she allowed herself to soak in the negative feedback and comments from people about her work. This obviously had an effect on her self esteem and confidence in her abilities  If you knew my sister since birth, you would know she was   always energetic  very ambitious, very mischievous and so brilliant. She was amongst the youngest students at the age of 8 to write a common entrance in Nigeria and pass successfully. This happened in MAYFLOWER and  that is a pretty high standard,  though Mum struggled with the decision being young and all etc,  she went ahead to start secondary school. I remember my sis was so outspoken,  when we were much younger, she would gather all the neighbourhood  children  who had little education (whilst Mum was at work), she would use  the fisherprice board and pen we had  then to teach them ABC, 123 etc. I would wake up with random children in our sitting room shouting after my SIS. She was marvelous in her own way, she wanted to do everything. She learnt tailoring she was prolly 8 or 9 then and sewed this beautiful cloth for her doll. She also learnt how to knit, she knitted a shawl, she can do so much etc. However, things began to change, her confidence began to deplete,  low self esteem sets in and she began to lose herself etc.
Sometimes a change in environment can be good for some people whilst others might suffer major setbacks, in my sister case she did. Moving school from Ogun State to Lagos changed everything for her but am glad she is finding who she is and she is believing in herself again.

I am also happy God used me as an instrument to help her and remind her of who she used to be, the "I don't care girl and with an attitude of I can do anything". At  age 10 or 11, my sis travelled all the way unsupervised   from  Ogun St to Lagos St ( that like 3 hours journey or so, nobody knew she left school and anything could have happened )the story is too long and too funny. Lets just say my MUM died of SHOCK...... lol. I can't laugh. She left her  children in boarding house believing they are well and to see them on their own without any consent or notice. WOW. Obviously, some children do make such journeys but not where am from  at that age in Nigeria, you are suppose to be in school studying.

Back to the main point I want to highlight. People will talk, YES I do too, you and I do but don't allow that to affect you in  a negative way ( Eccless 7 21:22). Pick the constructive criticisms and let go of the negatives ones. Don't beat yourself up for too long when you make a mistake, remember its a mistake for a reason for you  to  learn and have the opportunity to be better hence, acquire ten different ways to approach a situation and still be right. Perfection is not always the goal, fulfillment is key, ensuring that you do the BEST you can in all that you do. If others don't like, its FINE no need to hold grudges or feel sad, its life, we all have preferences but do not allow the venom of others to pull you down or make you feel inadequate.

REMEMBER: God has a plan in store for you "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11.
I have always stood on this scripture since forever (well, when I knew about it), it makes me happy and keeps me content when things shake up and trials come my way. I always remember I have a future and my yesterday is my testimony and my story. I encourage us not to dwell in the mud, pick yourselves up and start challenging yourselves to a better you, to a greater purpose and fulfilling destiny.

Enjoy foodie pics. x I am allowed to eat this much CHEESE. LOL. Been fasting nah. xx
   
 This was lovely. Penne Pasta cooked in juicy Ragu tomatoe sauce and caramelized in Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It was cooked and baked too. x
Feeling Inspired Foodie

Feeling Inspired Foodie

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your baking business growing! That's how I started and while I have a loooong way to go too - I think that's the best start, baking regularly, baking for friends and saying "yes, I do take cake orders" when people ask ;p

    I look forward to hearing more about your growing business!

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    1. Awwwww Vickii that is a nice comment from you...seeing that I see you as a serious professional cake goodess. Kia, you are doing big tings and RUNNING tings o..

      I like your humbleness and the advice. I appreciates it.

      Amen. I look forward to talking about it too. xxx

      We can always bounce ideas of each other.. xxx

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  2. Aww you are a such a lady :). Congrats

    Your sis reminds me of me so much. I got my self confidence/esteem by soaking my self deep into God's word (bible). Atfirst I read so many self affirmation articles etc but when I got into the word, nothing anyone says bothers me and I can boldly say I am back to myself but better..

    You should try Poutine aka Canadian national dish..Its fries, gravy and lots of cheese..Yumminess aka heart attack on a plate..

    xx

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    1. Awwwwww @ such a lady... Blushes..

      You are right, she soaked herself in the word and realises nothing anyone can say can turn God words. He has called us blessed, so we are, even when others do not admit.

      Yepa@ the dish, yes ooo serious heart attack o..lol.

      Thanks boo. xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  3. Wait, wait oh, woman...did you finish this dish all by ya self ? I am glad your sister's business has turned for good. She will definitely grow in leaps and bounds.

    God will answer all our prayers in Jesus name. Amen

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    1. Amen hun. Thank you for the comment.

      Yes, i did o... I ate them in little sections.. hahahah
      I am not shy to admit it.. hehehe

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  4. I'm so proud of you. Keep doing what makes you happy. Wish i had a single brother so we can marry you and this yumminess can come to my family hehehe

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    1. AWWWWW babes....... that is so sweet. Thank you Aunty Mi... Good thing I adopted u nah. lol.

      Grins wide teeth.... yumminess *loves it*. Re: bros eyah.... and I wouldnt mind o.

      Thank you for appreciating. xoxoxoxoxox Hugs.

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  5. Negative talks???...My dear, it takes a strong heart to resist it. There are some that gets to you, no matter how thick one's skin is and especially from people you might love or think they care, or know you better. If it's from people who you don't give a hoot about, you can strike it down as dumb talk! I admire your sister for all what she has accomplished, it really takes intelligence and patience to do all that.

    Stopped working? Waiting for another contract? The Lord will make a way for you. I LOVE cakes!...And I am so envious of you having all these talent also...can I have some cakes please?..Freee of course shaa!..ahahahaha.

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    1. My darling Aunty IB.. u finally came to visit me.. Am so happy. I was beginning to think you didn't love me anymore.. I don't know why I thought that sha, I guess I didn't see your comment on my blog for so long.. Thanks for coming. Really.... smiling oo. xxxx

      Back to reading your comment... I love your comment... Thank you and AMEN. I claim it o.

      Lol @the cake, how we go do am? I go dhl it or drop it when I pass by *winks* but Aunty IB you are loaded nah, you can spare a few thousands.. alie. xxx

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  6. Ib is right, it takes a lot to be able to shake off demeaning talk from the people who are closest; but regardless, nobody can put us down except we consent to it. I smiled at your sense of pride in your sister's achievements because it reminded me of my relationship with my own younger sister. She is my best friend, and vice versa, and we are always there for each other. I salute you for being there for her and holding her own through the valleys and mountains. Some siblings do not have the fortune of such a close, positive friendship. Well done.

    I also salute your resilient spirit; for forging ahead after one door had closed instead of wallowing in self pity. God will breathe upon the business and cause it to grow and expand. Well done.

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    1. thank love.. I just saw ur msg.. thank u thank u...

      I appreciate the comment. xxxx

      AMEN AND AMEN.....

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