Advice To Your Younger Self #1

via @ bonnietsang on Instagram:

For the past two months, I’ve been going around asking people who are much older than me this question “What advice will you give to your younger self?” It’s been pretty interesting the responses that I have received. I started this project primarily because I believe that it is very important to learn and takeaway something from other generations.

  1. Diane: If I can give my younger self an advice, it would to travel more. Other than that, I don’t regret anything. I was a Nurse then wanted to become a Mid-wife and I pursued it. (February 11,2017)
  2. Raquel: If I can give my younger self an advice, I would have to say *Don’t get distracted. Don’t allow heartbreak to take control of your emotions. Friends come and go but those who meant to be apart of it, will be. Embrace where you are at in life. Those are the things you will look back at. The things that you see at your darkest will prepare you for the light. Be wise with men, friends, and money. (February 16, 2017): Heart to Soul (Hillsong)
  3. Professor Diamond: If I can give my younger self an advice, it would have to be “go to college right after high school. I took a while before I went to college. At the time, I was working. (February 18, 2017)
  4. Bill L: If I can give my younger self an advice, it would have to be getting a real job after college. I was too busy painting houses. Later on I lived in Japan for some years teaching English. (March 8th,2017)
  5. Professor Amutah: If I can give my younger self an advice, I would have to say, *Stay focused on your goal. Don’t get distracted. Understand that not everyone in your circle is destined for greatness. Some people like to remain in the same level. Surround yourself with supportive people. Be unapologetic about yourself. If you are African, own up to it. Be proud about it. Don’t be embarrassed about your roots. Demand respect from every area of your life. From your friendships, family, your relationship and etc. Don’t downplay your gifts. (One of the favorite professors ever. Team Public Health). (March 21st,2017)
  6. Daddy: If I can give my younger self an advice, I would have to say, stay out of trouble, work hard (be studious), and don’t let anyone discourage you. Strive for success. Respect your elders. Listen to people’s opinions. It’s good to have opposers, that’s how you learn and grow. Be nice to people but also be careful because people take advantage. Be careful the choice of friends you make. Choose your friends wisely. Sometimes, you have to keep to yourself. Don’t open your heart too easily. Be careful what you share with people because you never know what may happen. If you have a fallout, they can share your information. If you have a secret, keep it to yourself. March 31st, 2017 🙂
I hope that as you take the time to read this post, that you can take away something. There’s always something to learn in this life. It’s a journey. We can’t do it alone. God has placed people in our lives for a purpose. Always, remember to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Until next time, stay blessed. Live. Learn & Love. 🙂
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Creative Souls

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Hi guys. I hope all of you are doing well. Today, I’m coming to you guys with something new. I don’t about you all but I know that I love me some Youtube. I enjoy watching different channels on youtube whether it’s pertaining to Bible study, natural hair, fashion look books, or advice, there’s always something to learn. Below, I have listed all the amazing channels I follow on Youtube that are really good. The list is not in any particular order. Please do take the time, to check out these channels.

  1. Vanessa Abena
  2. Fusion of Cultures (Laila)
  3. Yolanda Renee
  4. Faceovermatter
  5. Faceoverbye
  6. Leahsessence
  7. TrulyJulia
  8. Livenaturallylove
  9. TheRoseLook (Natural Hair + Vlogs)
  10. Evelyn From The Internets
  11. Feyin
  12. Naptural85 (Natural Hair + Family)
  13. Abigail Kwakye (Natural Hair + Lifestyle + Great Advice)
  14. Mahogany Curls (Natural Hair Queen)
  15. Queen Suzie (Weave + Makeup + God)
  16. Alissa Ashley
  17. Amber Ansah
  18. Delsy Daf (Life Advice + Fashion)
  19. Belle Michelle
  20. AfriQueens
  21. Allthingsfabulous101
  22. Petite-Sue Divinitii (Makeup Queen*)
  23. Razorempress ( Natural Hair*)
  24. Jacinta Nwabuogu
  25. Priscilla Shirer (Bible Study. Her books are phenomenal)
  26. Onelachurch
  27. Elevation Church ( My love)
  28. Godzdesign
  29. Zoe Siobhan
  30. David Ella
  31. Joseph Solomon
  32. Rosemary Ese Godwin
  33. Gabes & Ana
  34. Dephne Madyara
  35. Kence
  36. Lauren Legato
  37. Practicing Reul
  38. Araba Dadzie
  39. Nana Nyasha
  40. SunkissAlba
  41. Lex & Jay
  42. Aluel Bol Kuanyin
  43. Shameless Maya
  44. AdannaDavid
  45. Ms Britney M
  46. AfroMinaj
  47. TeamSwoduel (Marriage + Life) 🙂
  48. Terroll & Nakita (Relationship + Makeup + Life) 🙂
  49. #lokkedIn (Casssie & Karl Lokko) 🙂
  50. MsNerdyChica (Fashionista)
  51. Abenalove (Fashionista + Ghana vlogs)
  52. Kiitanaxo
  53. Glamtwinz334
  54. Bria Larine (Natural Hair)
  55. Ashanti _empress
  56. Shelcy & Christy
  57. Mahoganysessions
  58. SimInspired
  59. Patricia Bright
  60. ChiakaValentine (Natural Hair + Family)
  61. StyledbyKami
  62. Maame Hayfron (Natural Hair + Medical School)
  63. TheSkinDeep
  64. Evan Carmichael
  65. ChocolateBlackDoll
  66. Sheila Ndinda
  67. Cydnee Black
  68. Lewis Love and Family
  69. Peakmill
  70. Halfrican Beaute (Relationships + Natural Hair + College Life)
  71. Adede (Lifestyle + Fashion + Advice about Ghana)
  72. Amber Martin
  73. Lydia Dinga
  74. Trudy Danso
  75. NaturallyMichelyn
  76. Ashlee Janelle
  77. Adessy (Life + Advice)
  78. Guye B
  79. Bronzegodess01
  80. Blakizbeatyful (Natural hair + lifestyle)
  81. Mini Marley (Natural Hair + Travel + Family)
  82. Shahd Batal (Fashion +Maleup/Hair)
  83. TJ Davidson (Cooking)
  84. Jovahn the dream (Leadership, Life Goals)
  85. Akushika (Natural Hair)
  86. BeingNeiicey (Natural Hair)
  87. Issarae (Webepisodes Overload)
  88. Toughloveseries (Where have you been? Series)
  89. NdaniTv (Shows Upon Shows)
  90. Fatima Farmer (Life Coach, God + Natural Hair)
  91. Breeny Lee (Fashion + Spirituality)
  92. BeautybyGee (Makeup)
  93. Abeeutifullife (Vlogger + Family)
  94. Monique James
  95. Lizlizlive (Fashion + Natural Hair)
  96. Manifesting Meadow
  97. Ope and Ayo (Marriage Advice)
  98. Daye La Soul (Natural Hair)
  99. Muchelleb
  100. Manda Panda
  101. Ukafrolista
  102. Aye Ciara
  103. Nickella Bian
  104. Felicia Meadieu
  105. Aysha Abdul (Makeup)
  106. Button Poetry
  107. Miss Valarie (Natural Hair)
  108. Grace F Victory
  109. Love Layefa (Advice + Natural Hair)
  110. Ambrosia Malbrough (Natural Hair + Fashion)
  111. Chanel Ambrose (Fashion, Advicer)
  112. Chary Jay (Natural Hair)
  113. Chinutay A. (Makeup & Hijab)
  114. Brown-E Life
  115. Byron Talbot (Cooking)
  116. CertifiedCocoa
  117. Chanel’s House
  118. Chizi Duru
  119. Chloe Kitembo
  120. Claudia Owusu
  121. Dadouchic
  122. Dimma Umeh
  123. Stella Boateng
  124. DiscoveringNatural
  125. Donedo
  126. Dorcas Shola Fapson
  127. Epitome of Beauty
  128. Esther Salimon
  129. Eydely WorshipLivingGod
  130. Fatu Madina
  131. FullyRawKristina (Healthy Eating)
  132. Fyecurls
  133. Get Bare Before God
  134. Ghana Goddess
  135. Girl Defined
  136. GlamEtsy
  137. Goldcoastdebuty
  138. Gratsi
  139. Habiba Da Silva
  140. HazedstyleK (Fashion)
  141. Hodan Yusuf
  142. Homeveda (Remedies)
  143. Human the movie
  144. IdaraJoy (Hair + Life)
  145. ijeomauna
  146. Iknowlee (Natural Hair)
  147. ItsJosieB
  148. Jamie and Nikki
  149. Jay and Nessa (Relationship + Dancing)
  150. JayHairBigga (Natural Hair)
  151. Jefferson Bethke (Marriage + God)
  152. Jennifer Olaleye (MakeUp)
  153. JoyNavon (Make + Natural Hair)
  154. Juicesandberries
  155. Kelsey Janae
  156. Kezia Eniang
  157. Kymberli Brenzell
  158. latifatumi
  159. LenizaEvy
  160. Lisa Aidoo
  161. Livedeeplyrooted (Relationships + God)
  162. Lizzie Oladunni
  163. Love Shar
  164. lovelyanneka
  165. makeupbycoco
  166. Mama Daye
  167. Manda Panda
  168. Marcelle Adrianna
  169. MDNiftyTV
  170. MissT1806
  171. Missy Lynn
  172. Mona B.
  173. MonicaStyle Muse
  174. MsVcharles
  175. My Natural Sistas
  176. MyAfricanFoodMap
  177. .MyCurlyArmy
  178. Jasminerose
  179. MyFrugalFinds
  180. Nadia Freeman
  181. Nana and Obie (Natural Hair)
  182. Nana Ashanti
  183. Naomi Owusu (Natural Hair)
  184. NaturallyPhilo (Natural Hair)
  185. NaturallyTemi (Natural Hair + Makeup)
  186. NaturalMe4c
  187. NaturalRose
  188. Nellah Grace
  189. Nessa Dee (Natural Hair)
  190. Nickella Bian
  191. Nikkimae2003
  192. Nitraa B
  193. Ophelia Mansoh (Faith Based)
  194. Ovoke (Sewing)
  195. Oyin Ade
  196. PictureMyNatural
  197. Pinch & Plate (Cooking)
  198. Pitts Twins
  199. Prettywitty77
  200. QuinnRae
  201. Root Awakening (Dancing)
  202. Ropo Demure
  203. Seven O’Mari
  204. Salt and Light Girl (Faith Based)
  205. Samantha Maria
  206. Samirah Gilli
  207. Samantha Pollack
  208. Samm Henshaw
  209. Shalom Blac
  210. ShineWitGrace
  211. Shirley B. Eniang
  212. Sheslie101
  213. ShortyisdopeTV
  214. Silvia Dwomoh (Faith Based + Natural Hair)
  215. SimiAllsmiles
  216. Simply Being Nina
  217. Simply, Feli
  218. SimplyJazmine94
  219. Sincerely Prisca
  220. SisiYemmieTv
  221. SincerelyOghosa
  222. Sonia Muneri
  223. SoulBeautyChat
  224. Stephanie Ike
  225. sugarbanana
  226. Tabitha Laker
  227. Taren Green
  228. Taste of Trini
  229. Terri Savelle Foy
  230. The Bible Project
  231. thomasadrianna (Makeup + Natural Hair)
  232. Tiffany Malone
  233. Tolani A.V
  234. Toni Olaoye (Makeup)
  235. Tosin Alabi (Faith Based + Make Up)
  236. VeePeeJay
  237. vantasialenore
  238. Vmarie401 (Fashion + Natural Hair)
  239. Will & Dom (Celibacy)
  240. Wilonda Previlon (Fashion)
  241. Worth The Wait
  242. xSoulbeautyx
  243. Zara and Nicola
  244. Tayler Wood

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Bronzegoddess01 (Fashion, God + Strawberry Letters)

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Jasmine Rose (Youtube: Locs, Lifestyle + Makeup)

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Livenaturallylove ( Natural Hair + Advice + Fashionista) Denise is amazing. She has a bubbly personality. I got the opportunity to meet her at her first event in 2014 and it was really good. 🙂

A new #Lookbook video went up on YouTube sharing some Summer #outfit inspiration for my 9-5 gals [Direct Link in my Prof.]

MsNerdyChica (I love her channel. Head over to her channel and check her out).

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Ashanti_Empress (Nana talks about natural hair + look books + being dark skin and etc.)

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Abigail Kwakye (Natural Hair + Lifestyle + Advice)

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Godzdesign01 ( Honey child, I love her channel. Want to learn more about God, Nursing, Natural hair and etc, check Patricia’s channel out 🙂

Tips On Saving Money

Make a DIY money saving jar from a painted mason jar, sticker labels and gold glitter washi tape. / timewiththea.com:

Are you a saver or a spender? For many of us, saving money is very difficult because we have become so accustomed to spending. Everything our eyes meet, we must purchase. Even though this is not a problem for me, I know many people who struggle with this area of their lives. There is nothing wrong with wanting to treat yourself but being wise with your money is key. So here are a few tips on saving money. Yes, saving money. Let’s get it.

  1. Before you go to the store, write down the list of things you want to buy. Write down your budget. If you go, ask yourself these questions. |Why do I need it? When will I make it? Look at the price. Be honest with yourself. If you can’t afford it this time around, remind yourself, one day i will be able to purchase this but for now it’s not in my budget. Walk Away.
  2. Buy things when they are on sale, if possible. Don’t worry about what your friends have. You don’t know what it took and how they went about to purchase the item.
  3. It’s not every week, go to a new restaurant. Learn to cook. If you are not a visual learner, there are printed out versions of recipes. Start off with simple recipes. One day at a time, you’ll learn. Use coupons. There are so many websites and apps you can use to get coupons. (smartsource, couponlady, retailmenot)
  4. Be content with what you have. This doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself but if you don’t need something don’t purchase it because you want to show off. Yes, you might just want it but if you can’t afford it at the moment, be okay with it. Don’t feel sad. You will someday.
  5. If you have a piggy bank, put let’s say $5 every week. If you want to increase it by all means do so. Be committed. Don’t go and take out money out of it for unnecessary things.
  6. Be careful who you loan money to because some people just won’t pay you back. I’m not talking about $10 or $20. For some people, this is nothing but for others it’s a lot of money. You don’t know what people are going through when they lend you money or how they got it, the least you can do, is pay them back.
  7. Live your life. Don’t compare yourself to others. My father always told me, if he can’t afford something , he won’t buy it. He doesn’t want to go to bed thinking about credit card bills.
  8. Cut your coat according to your size. It’s not everything you have to buy. If you go to the store and you don’t have enough money, walk away. It’s not everything you have to put on your credit card. If you do put money on your credit card, when the bill comes and your purchase was $300 and the minimum they are asking you for is $10, pay more to get it out of the way. If you have $50 or $100 at the time, pay it off. It’s not everyday treat yourself especially when your struggling to pay your bills. Crying at night because of the decision you made. Be honest with yourself.
  9. Learn to look without touching especially when you don’t have money. Sometimes, you may have money that your saving but once you eye that shoe or purse you want to purchase it but later you regret buying it because you didn’t need it. You even have a similar purse at home. There’s nothing wrong with having good things in life. Who doesn’t want to treat themselves. C’mon. At the same time, you have to be honest with yourself. You have to learn to walk away and say “No” to certain things.
  10. Investing In Others. There’s nothing wrong in supporting people’s business. Support is great but sometimes, you have to sit and ask yourself questions. This person I’m always supporting his or her work. He or she never supports anything I do even if it’s good. Everyday, you are pouring. You are always supporting someone’s new clothing line, book release but these people never support you. You must learn to be wise. Understand that support isn’t always money involvement. Sometimes, people may not have money at the time to support your business. Acknowledge that they are sharing your work + business cards bringing you customers. By all means support, but not to the expense where you are not eating bread and butter. If you don’t like investing in people, it will come a time when people won’t even invest in you.

Apps you can use for budgeting:

  1. Spending Tracker
  2. Fudget
  3. Goodbudget Budget Planner
  4. Daily Budget Original

Last Minute Tips:

  1. Learn to say “No” when you are invited to places when you cannot afford it. Don’t use your rent money to purchase something you can’t afford.
  2. Be honest with yourself.
  3. Don’t be afraid to tell your children that you can’t something for them at the moment.. It’s never easy because you love them and want the best for them but being honest as a parent is also key. Teaching them these concepts will help them in the future.

Until next time, eat well. Drink water. Save more & take care of yourself. 🙂

Set A Goal

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For many of us, before the year started we made a list of things we wanted to do. And for others, a new years resolutions list was made. I wonder how’s that coming along? Have you accomplished any of your goals? What is hindering you from starting or even continuing?

So as the year started, I made a new years resolution which was (consistency). Consistency in every area in my life. From reading/studying the Bible more, writing on my blog, reading a book every month. How’s that going so far for me? It’s actually going well. If I can rate how consistent I am from a scale of 1-10, I would say 8.5 out of 10. I am trying. Where credit is due, I’ll give it. It’s not always but having a small notebook to take notes has been extremely helpful.

On January 16th, I started a “set a goal every week challenge”. I told my sister and one of my friends about it. They joined my challenge. So what exactly is the challenge? So every week on Sunday, you must set one or two goals for yourself for that week. When Sunday arrives, we have to report to each other on how the challenge went about for us. Were we able to accomplish the goal we wanted to accomplish? Why didn’t we accomplish us? What were some of the hindrances that set us back? What can we do the next time, for this not to be a repetitive behavior?

Feel free to join this challenge.

Challenge Rules:

1. Get a notebook/writing utensil.

2. Every Sunday, you must write a new goal for the week.

3. Get a friend to participate in this challenge. Tell your friends and their friends.

Tips on seriously accomplishing your goals

1.  Be focused.

2. Check your notebook on what needs to be accomplished. Check off what you have accomplished. Be consistent. If you can’t accomplish last weeks goal, for the following week, instead of creating a new list, you can write in your notebook “Complete last week’s goals.”

3. Let your goals be realistic.

Examples of Goals:

1. Start reading/studying a book in the Bible.

2. Cook a new meal

3. Write for an hour

4. Spend time to listen to worship (no distraction)

5. Drink 5-6 cups of water

6. Read three chapters in a book

7. Take a walk for 30 minutes every day

8. Speak to your mother/father more often.

9. Start working on your book.

10. Start a Youtube channel.

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Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to my homeland Ghana. Today we have turned 60 years old. For the first time, I actually didn’t do anything to celebrate. I didn’t eat any African food. I wasn’t home. It was a beautiful feeling seeing the amount of posts that people shared online on how they were celebrating this day. I miss Ghana very much. I haven’t been there in 16 years. Soon and very soon, I will go. I’m telling you the plane ticket is like someone’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. To think of it, if we allow money to get in the way of going somewhere, we will never travel. Tell me, how did you celebrate this Independence Day? What did you chop today? Fufu & Light Soup, Banku & Okra or straight Ghana jollof rice?

Here are a few pictures I came across online on Ghana.

Picture Credit: All photos were found on Tumblr. P.S. Happy two years to my blog. (March 6,2015). We are in 2017 and we will continue to flourish 🙂

Questionnaire:

  1. Were you born in Ghana or another state/country?
  2. What do you like about Ghana?
  3. What do you dislike about it?
  4. What are some of your favorite foods?
  5. Do you see yourself living in Ghana if your not there?
  6. If there’s one thing you can change about Ghana, what would it be?
  7. What are some of your childhood memories living in there?
  8. What day of the week were you born?
  9. What tribe are you from?
  10. If there’s one place in Ghana you’ll like to visit, where would it be?
  11. What are some good restaurants you have visited?