Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #9

Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #9

Hey! How you doing?

I'll be honest and say it did feel like a Saturday to me today. But I guess that's because I had a half day at work yesterday and after being home at about 3pm, it felt strange that the next day should be a working day. But at least it's Friday.

How was your week? I think I had a pretty okay one. If I can't remember anything that happened, then I guess it wasn't that exciting.

The last time I wrote these notes though, I mentioned I had to attend a masked party. So that was good, and I quickly realised how for someone who wears glasses, a masked party is a bit of a dilemma - between the need to wear the mask, and the need to have your glasses on and just have clear eyesight. I did see an older man wear his glasses on top of the mask - but decided against it, lest I be the butt of everyone's jokes!

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A Day in the Work Life of: Osemhen Akhibi, Automation Engineer

A Day in the Work Life of:  Osemhen Akhibi, Automation Engineer

I've been wanting to do this series for ages, for two reasons. The second reason is that I'm genuinely curious about what people do at work. As a child, I used to wonder what happened when people simply said they were 'going to work'. And even now as an adult, when I'm on my desk at my own 'work', I wonder what everyone else is doing!

The more important reason however stems from the serious part of me. In recent times, there's been such a dig at those who work 9-5 or who have proper jobs. A lot of people insinuate that it's bondage, slavery, rat-race, a mess etc - and being self-employed or an entrepreneur is the way. But we all know how impossible that is! Even entrepreneurs hire employees. Plus some people genuinely quite like the 9-5s or day jobs that they have.

So, I'm super glad I'm finally kicking this off with someone I really like! In the first week, I started blogging, someone said to me 'Check out Osemhen's blog - looks like something you'd love'. She wasn't wrong. I absolutely did and literally read every single blog post. She's so smart, and so lovely.  

In her words "I'm a wife, a mom, an engineer, a writer and generally just nerdy".  Today, she takes us into a day in her life as an engineer at a global company, from when she wakes up, to after work hours, plus what she'd do if she never had to work again! Fun fact: She works in the same company as her husband!

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How to be a Great Mentor (+ 4 essential notes for Mentees)

How to be a Great Mentor (+ 4 essential notes for Mentees)

Including the word mentor & mentee to my vocabulary is such a new phase for me. It was one I was never really such  fan of - for unknown reasons, one of which might be the fact that I never really saw it as a must have. Or maybe I did, but just from a distance. I took the good I saw in people, that I wanted to emulate, but didn't see the need to have a mentor-mentee relationship. While I’ve definitely successfully guided people through different phases - I often avoid the title. 

Interestingly, I’m at the point in my life and career where I think it’s incredibly important. And perhaps much more surprisingly, people have begun to look at me as a possible mentor. In recent times, I’ve gotten so much requests about acting as a mentor to others. Many of these I have shied away from accepting, because I’m like ‘hold up, uhmm, I have no idea what exactly you want from me’. But then, I recently accepted to act as a formal mentor to someone - and I think it could have gone a whole lot better. 

All of these factors, is the reason for this post. I know I can't hide from these mentorships requests, and I genuinely think it's a great honour. So it's important that I figured out all the tips to make it work. 

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Fashion Around The World - Sonia Koroma (Sierra Leone)

Fashion Around The World - Sonia Koroma (Sierra Leone)

When I think of Sierra Leone, I think of Diamonds. This must have a lot to do with the movie 'Blood Diamond', which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and was set in the era of the country's civil war, as one of the countries greatest natural resource was mined illegally and used to finance wars to the profit of diamond companies around the world. I don't remember much of the movie, but I remember not being happy that yet again, another African country was being exploited.

My chat with Sonia, originally from Sierra Leone, might be the closest I've come to getting a better glimpse of Sierra Leone (and that's why we love this series!). You can see just how much her love for her birth country and people shine through! Through these 20 or so questions, we learn about Sierra Leone, but of course, Sonia gives us all the scoop on style tips, her personal style, and her slay! 

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96 Hours in Cape Town & Jo'Burg (+ a beautiful wedding)

96 Hours in Cape Town & Jo'Burg (+ a beautiful wedding)

Since we got back from our very short holiday to South Africa in April, Tee has been quick to tell everyone that CapeTown is the most beautiful city he has ever visited. Every time he says it, I wonder if we were on the same holiday. Did I miss something?

No don't get me wrong. It wasn't like it wasn't beautiful. It was and I absolutely loved it! But I just keep wondering if he saw more than I did - considering we were in CapeTown for just about 2 days, and in South Africa for a little over 96 hours. I didn't even get a chance to see anything Nelson Mandela related. Well apart from the statute of him at the Nelson Mandela Square in Jo'Burg where we had dinner on the night we arrived.

Considering how long we flew to get there, I feel like we should totally have spent at least 7 days. But due to work commitment, I couldn't take any more time off. 

So I obviously have to go back. So I can take it all in!

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Blogger? 4 Helpful Ways to Gain Followers, Build a Community and Increase Blog Traffic

Blogger? 4 Helpful Ways to Gain Followers, Build a Community and Increase Blog Traffic

Every time someone asks me about my blog, I'm quick to explain how much I just really love writing, sharing information and building a community. When they begin to ask about the technical bits of blogging, my mood change becomes almost visible. And that's because I quite dislike  the latter. I really look forward to days when all I have to do is write, while other people worry about technicalities. From editing, to photograph sourcing, to SEO & plugins, design and functionality of the blog etc. Oh and of course, the toughest of them all - growing your blog and building an audience.

I recently unsubscribed to a couple of email lists that constantly claim to have the tips on growing your blog - multiplying your email list from 1 to 1000 in a week, building your Pinterest and using that platform to grow your blog, offering services, freebies & products to incentivise people. While it's all good advice - and absolutely a great way to build your following, it's really not up my alley. And for many bloggers who just start up and are looking to gain some following, it's unlikely to work for them as well. 

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Friday Notes & Fun Links From Around the Web #8

Friday Notes & Fun Links From Around the Web #8

Hey ya!

First Friday in July, and a good time to catch up on these notes and links - which I've been so terrible at!

But let's just pick up where we left off shall we? How was your past weekend? I had a pretty good one - although it's was quite busy! The highlight of it being a surprise by Tee for our anniversary. I was on my way home from work when he said not to bother coming home as we'd spend the night away - and he had packed all of my stuff!

But I had chipped toe nails and no way that was going to look good, so I popped into the store to buy nail polish. But I refused to buy polish remover to get the existing one off. Don't judge - I had two full bottles at home and wasn't going to 'waste' an extra £2. When would I finish 3 bottles? So I simply polished over the chipped ones - it wasn't obvious don't worry!

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Nigerian Inter-Ethnic Love Stories || Aisha & Olamide Craig

Nigerian Inter-Ethnic Love Stories || Aisha & Olamide Craig

I've secretly been looking forward to this feature! And perhaps a few people were hoping for it as well. Shortly after I reached out to Olamide, someone sent me a message on Instagram advising that it'd be great if they shared their story as they've got all of the three major Nigerian ethnic groups! Plus I was hoping that we'd get to feature more Hausa or northern stories here. 

Anyway, I present to you Olamide and Aisha! Olamide and I went to University together and he was always such a pleasant chap. He is Yoruba, from Abeokuta in Ogun state. He was born in Lagos and is a Pastor, Physician, Photographer and Poet.

Aisha, (or more completely Aisha Nkiru Ademide) is from Zazzau and is part Hausa, part Igbo, part Bonny and part Efik. Born in Lagos she grew up in Kaduna, Lagos and Onitsha. Aisha works in Banking. I'm so thankful to both of them for sharing their experience and their gorgeous photos! As usual, I bring you all the scoop. Enjoy! 

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Six Months into 2017 & a Half Year Update!

Six Months into 2017 & a Half Year Update!

Last Friday, I had to actually sing that song out loud to convince myself that the 30th was the last day of the month, June had indeed come to an end and we were getting into the second half of the year! You know the song I'm referring to right? "30 days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except for February alone which has 28, or 29 days in each leap year!"

If you do not know that song, you have to let me know how you skipped ever learning of it in your childhood! 

I think it's great to pause, take stock and reflect ever so often. Particularly at such a half year period. As they say: "If you do not know where you are going to, you would never get to your destination".

So I thought I'll do a bit of an introspection - albeit a rather public one that I can share with you. I had (and still have!) very high hopes for 2017!. And I must say it's been a pretty good year so far, even though it was such a busy one that has gone by so quickly!  A lot of things may not have worked as planned, but I'm definitely incredibly thankful. 

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East meets West || Our Traditional 'Igba Nkwu' Wedding Ceremony!

East meets West || Our Traditional 'Igba Nkwu' Wedding Ceremony!

It's our three year 'Tradiversary' today!  That's new lingua for the anniversary of our traditional wedding ceremony. Time really does fly. I remember how we said we'd make a picture album of our traditional wedding photos shortly after the wedding. 3 years in and we still have no physical album. tsk tsk. Thank goodness for soft copy photos

I can't believe it's been three years. It seems just like yesterday I was debating what outfits to wear for the ceremony. While doing some cleaning over the weekend, I stumbled on the first outfit I wore on the day, and I realised I hadn't worn it again since that time. 

As I haven't really shared photos, about the traditional ceremony as I have with the church wedding, I thought it's a good time to do so. Looking at the photos, I can see how much Tee and I seem to have changed! We look so young. More of Tee than me actually. I must be doing such a great job! Anyway, we're thankful for growth and all of God's graces. 

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