Everyday Life Lessons: From Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Everyday Life Lessons: From Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Mary is one of those bible characters that we really didn't hear much of.  Sure, growing up almost every Christian child gets introduced to Mary via the nativity story. It's always hilarious seeing little kids dress up as Mary and Joseph and replay the scene of the nativity - the appearance of the angel, going up to Bethlehem for the census and eventually giving birth to Jesus in the inn.

But many times as we grow older, the role & character of Mary somehow just seeps away.  But  I often think of how technically the entire Christianity rested on her - this teenage girl who was probably excited about getting married and living a normal life - now forced to make huge life changing decisions. 

In looking at her rather few appearances in the bible, there's so many lessons to be drawn from it and I think it'll be great to examine what we can pick up.

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4(+1) Best Hacks & Tricks for Cooking Your Favourite Nigerian Foods

4(+1) Best Hacks & Tricks for Cooking Your Favourite Nigerian Foods

I'm such a huge fan of Nigerian food. I'm one of those people who think that the entire world should be fans of Nigerian food too. If I had a few million dollars today, one thing I'd definitely set up is a Nigerian food chain. There's no way it wouldn't succeed - Nigerians love their food. And even non-Nigerians often take a liking to it. Food brings us together in more ways than one. And I've heard incredible stories about people's love for Nigerian food that honestly just makes me gasp! From missing flights due to food, to travelling with packed dishes of frozen stews and soup. I've also seen so many Nigerians make food such a big deal in their lives that even I, the foodie, actually wonders if it isn’t just food. 
 
I'm not sure whether I love Nigerian food so much only because that's mostly what I've been exposed to - at least for the first 24 years or so of my life. 

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A Day in the Work Life of: Adaku Ufere - International Oil & Gas Lawyer

A Day in the Work Life of: Adaku Ufere - International Oil & Gas Lawyer

Not everyone would apply for a job that requires a language skill set you clearly do not possess. Adaku did. Saw the job ad on LinkedIn, and boom, went in for it!  In a few weeks, packed her bags and headed to Equatorial Guinea - a country that wouldn't even grant tourist visas. Her life and career was about to take a brand new turn - a turn that she's absolutely loving. She's often quick to say, that she's 'living her best life'.

This piece resonates with me for so many reasons. In the same way one woman made Adaku re-think her career aspirations, in my subconscious, I think Adaku was one of those people that made me believe I could absolutely combine being a lawyer and blogging - doing both excellently well and without being shy of the latter. Although she went to the same high school in Nigeria (Queens College Lagos) as I did, and was a couple of years ahead of me, I have from a distance kept abreast of both her exciting career and blogging adventures!

Adaku Ufere heads the Energy practice at a pan-African law firm; managing legal teams across; Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Cameroon, South Sudan and South Africa and directly developing and managing multiple strategic partnerships across the globe for the firm. She was recently named one of the 40 Under 40 Leading Lawyers in Nigeria at the Nigerian Legal Awards 2016. She enjoys public speaking, writing and contributing a lot of her time in mentoring younger ladies. 

In her words "I am obsessed with plantains, Novenas, trap music, Beyoncé, mango sorbets, airplane flatbeds, Jo Malone ‘lime basil & mandarin’ shower oil, and ratchet reality shows". 

How's that for a balanced life? You'll enjoy this one - take my word to the bank! 

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Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #10

Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #10

It's the tenth episode of these Friday Notes x Fun Links. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy writing them. That said, I just may have to tweak the title slightly such that it becomes Weekend Notes. Many times, I've only had the post ready late on Friday, and have been unable to publish it the next day, because of the title. So hopefully, here's a way out. 

I know we all say TGIF all the time. But are Fridays really your favourite day of the week? I know that for my friends in the UAE, Friday isn't a work day at all, so they obviously love it. But some people absolutely claim Mondays are their faves. Personally, my favourite week day is often Thursdays. Because there's usually that excitement knowing that the next day is a Friday and thus the weekend. But Thursdays still let me be productive. By Fridays, all I want to do is sleep!

I worked from home yesterday and thought that I'd be able to accomplish a million things! For one, I didn't have to spend time commuting to and fro. But then it wasn't super productive and made me wonder if I can actually be one of those people who work from home ALL day. Especially as I'm most productive at weekend and struggle to do work related stuff on weekends. Would you rather work from home? 

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Guest Post || Life Experiences as a 4ft 11" Short Woman!

Guest Post ||  Life Experiences as a 4ft 11" Short Woman!

They said life can be hard being a woman. We agreed. Then they said life can be hard being a Nigerian woman, and we still agreed. The part they did not add is “Life can be hard being a short Nigerian woman with the face of a teenager”. 

I am a cute, small bodied, short, 45kg weighing, teenage faced woman that has been through a lot in this life. Edit. I have been through a lot of hilarious things in this life and that is the inspiration behind these series.

You see, at a point, I used to be very angry when the situations I will describe below happen. But now, it I view it as some sort of occupational hazard. And well, I (and others) use it very much to our advantage... when possible.

So these scenarios range from someone in the banking hall asking me if I can read and write which was after I had graduated from secondary school (well, in all fairness to lady, maybe I was looking quite unkempt, but then again that is why I will never open a bank account with that particular bank) to someone asking me if I am old enough to drink coffee when I was 25. You can imagine my shock! I didn’t even know there was age limit for coffee.

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Our Hilarious Travel Mishaps & Mistakes (+ tips on avoiding these!)

Our Hilarious Travel Mishaps & Mistakes (+ tips on avoiding these!)

I've been itching to go some place new. On holiday or a staycation. Actually I think I've just been itching to spend some time at the beach. This itch led to me looking at a few of our past travel photos and invariably this post of past memories and travel mishaps.

Tee and I had our very first air plane trip and international travel in 2013. I was studying at Cambridge for my LL.M and he had just completed his MSc. Seeing as I was in the UK, and had obtained a Shengen visa, we decided to explore nearby European cities - Paris & Amsterdam - on a budget. Between then and now, we've been to 10 countries. And honestly, there's a bit of a travel mishap story related to most of these trips. We've almost become a topic of conversation amongst our friends. They never fail to bring these hilarious tales up, and every time one or both of us travel they ask for 'what really happened this time?'

I'm pretty sure we aren't the only ones that these happen to. Travel and holiday photos often seem so cool, but then sometimes so many hurdles and annoying experiences happen in the process of arriving or leaving your destination.

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Top 4 Common Blogging Challenges and How to Overcome Them!

Top 4 Common Blogging Challenges and How to Overcome Them!

I had to look through my older posts to be sure that I had not written this particular post before. It's just one which has been on my mind for such a long time and I'm surprised I'm only just getting to it. I'll skip the usual blogging is tough and challenging. Anyone who has attempted to run a blog doesn't need a soothsayer to figure that out. But what exactly are the challenges? And how can we get around them? How do some bloggers seemingly make it look do-able and effortless. 

On one of the blogging Instagram pages I follow, the question came up recently and bloggers were asked to list their major challenges. And pretty much everyone had the same top 3-4 challenges. Unfortunately the group did not go on to proffer any solutions to this, and looking at the responses, I thought to myself in that moment that I should do a post on this. Not because I have all of the answers, but because I have some answers and tips. The one challenge I possibly had no response to was those who claimed a lack of photography / video equipment was a hindrance. Short of providing money for them to purchase those and giving the cliché 'start where you are; use what you have response', I'm not sure what else I could have done.

But in relation to these other top 4 blogging challenges, I've got a few answers. 

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9 People, 1 Question || First Class Graduates on Getting a First Class, Benefits, Challenges & Advice!

9 People, 1 Question || First Class Graduates on Getting a First Class, Benefits, Challenges & Advice!

My first class undergraduate Law degree was one I intentionally set out to achieve. Just because I thought it was the key to a great job and an ultimately better life. I had heard of older persons who had first class and literally had oil companies begging to hire them - and change their life!  I didn't think it was going to be that way for law, but still I thought it'd open doors. And in fairness in my case it has. Being able to go to Cambridge may not have been possible if I had a lesser degree. Plus it has sure opened other doors. But does it make every employer and opportunity come my way easily? Not exactly. So much more is needed. 

So I was much more curious about other first class graduates. What has their experience been? Why did they want a first class? How tough was it? Has it been worth it? Should more people aspire to have a first? 

The timing of this post could perhaps not be more timely. If you follow a lot of Nigerians on Twitter, you may have seen some very recent discussions about first class graduates. Apparently some people thought a certain university was diminishing the value of a first class by awarding 'too many people' first class degrees and that such degrees were on the same level as a second class upper from other universities. 

Well, let's see hear from the mouth of 9 horses themselves as I asked each of them this one question:

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3 Years Married + A Fun Husband Tag!

3 Years Married + A Fun Husband Tag!

As you probably know, Tee & I had our 3 year wedding anniversary earlier this month. So while I finally blogged about our Nigerian (Igbo and Yoruba) traditional wedding ceremony, I also wanted to write a serious -ish post on some lessons and thoughts that have crossed my mind in these 3 years (that post should still happen, hopefully). Then again, a husband tag sounded like fun, and asking Tee some random questions seemed like a good idea - which I had considered in this Get to Know Me Tag and you peeps agreed.

also asked readers via Instagram story if they would like to see a husband tag. Many said yes. I think they assumed it was going to be a video tag! Oooops, we're both way too shy for that. A couple of people seemed disappointed but then confirmed that they'd still love a written one. So I decided to go ahead with it - because a part of me was slightly curious about his answers.

You've probably seen a few couples do those husband tags on YouTube. I didn't particularly like a lot of the questions as these were mostly 'what's my favourite this or that?'. And even I can't tell you what my favourite anything is, so  how much more he.  So I skipped a lot of the 'favourite' type questions and I finally persuaded him to answer the questions. To be honest, I had a good laugh at a number of them! 

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We Interview: Bolanle Williams-Olley: Social Change Champion!

We Interview: Bolanle Williams-Olley: Social Change Champion!

If KacheeTee.com were a fancy lifestyle gloss magazine, then BWO would make the perfect cover girl for the July edition, and the gorgeous photos of her and her lovely family would adorn the pages and provide a lovely photo spread. But that notwithstanding, we don't need a glossy magazine to take it all in - her wisdom, advice and photos! So I'm super stoked she's sharing her thoughts with us and providing a bucket full of inspiration.

As we attended the same high school in Nigeria (she was about 2-3 years ahead of me), I had this familiar feeling when I stumbled on her Instagram page a couple of years ago. Like we were friends, or we should have been friends. But maybe that's just me and wishful thinking. When I was in NY recently, she invited me over to her office for coffee/lunch and I was super gutted that due to a tight schedule, I couldn’t. Ugh, but there's always a next time. 

Bolanle turned 32 a few weeks ago, and you can see just how much passion she puts into all facets of her life! As a wife and mum to the TWOs (her husband Temi, and kids Teni and Tsola), as a friend, as a Christian, a career woman, an entrepreneur and a social change champion. 

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