It's been a few days ! Been working like crazy but I've finally managed to put together a vid of my hair journey. OMG! I totally rate Youtubers - talk about time-consuming!! After spending prolly like 2hrs on the vid I gave up trying to perfect it - it is what it is - please enjoy - it's my very 1st video.
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Friday, January 21, 2011
'' I used to think being good was enough until I learned that I could be great. Today, I realize I can choose to... BE LEGENDARY'' - Unknown
Love! love! love the above quote. I came across it today in a Coca-cola ad for the upcoming Black History month. It spoke to me. Why live life being safe, being good , being well-behaved . not taking risk , walking on paths traveled by many - instead of creating your own path . Why is doing something new and different so HARD? Until you get out of the nest you'll never know how high you can fly, so step out of the nest today and flap those wings.
This is my year to shine, this is your year too --
Live simply, Live happily and Remember your Life was God's idea.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
WOWZER! ATL - A year has almost past yo. I keep thinking I’m new to this city – err nope I’m now a resident, I have an ATL driving license, I’ve seen all 4seasons – so I’m no more a newbie.
I’m yet to explore this city – my mind is completely open for it – My London and Chicago city lifestyle are over – South is where is at – Country! Lol
I came to ATL expecting way too much – but it is what it is – I’m glad to experience some new.
ATL – are you ready for JO UTHMAN!!!
Stay tuned for more ATL musings
Live Simply, Live Happily and Remember your Life was God’s idea! Own it! Work!
OK from Dec 31st to today Jan 19th plenty has occurred – arrrghhh!! Some really funny ones, like my Pastor’s visit. At the moment I go an all African church (I say at the moment because err maybe I shouldn’t share this but what da heck It’s my blog – I can write what I want too, write what I want too ) J I’ll save this for another post – but right now I’ve parked my fellowship there for now.
There are so many great things about my church – the message is good, the people are great, It feels like a good family to be part of - but why don’t I feel right? :(
Anyhoo, the Pastor and his beautiful wife came visiting after they heard of my Dad’s death – Oh my that in itself blew me away – I’ve never been part of a church whereby the Pastors pays homely visits – this is their 2nd visit to my home – and I’ve only been a member for like 6 or 7mths – totally cool – in short it’s making my decision to leave or not even harder
So Pastor walks in and sees me doing my friend U’s hair – U’s hair is natural.Cutsy Afro – so he walks in and goes 'you can’t do nothing with that hair'. I’m like WOWZER!!
Here’s me now in my 3rd week of rocking my natural hair – he goes "you’re not going back home like that are you", I’m still smiling then thinking this is funny – then he goes further I think natural hair is rough, I won’t take anyone with it seriously, my daughter tried it and it didn’t work – I hope you return to your normal hair (i.e weave).
HILARITY!! I probably should have taken offense and sparked out but I remember my Dad saying the same thing – my Dad thought my then kinky twist was unprofessional LMBO J
Ahh meanwhile his wife was like you know you can just straighten it and it will be manageable – to spare you the deets we went back and forth on haircare and natural hair etc it was cool to be free with them - - after our hair convos and few more chit chats they prayed and left. Thank you so much Pastor K and B. May God bless you both richly – As you’ve shown us great love, may God bring that your way. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
In the words of U2 – You’ve got One life, One blood, One life, you got to do what you should.
Live Simply, Live Happily and Remember , YOUR LIFE WAS GOD’S IDEA! Own It! Work it!
Woke up that early Friday morning!! Still a wee pi***ed of with Daddy T. Daddy T is my wonderful hubby, and of course T is my beautiful son. I love them so so much – I thank God everyday for blessing me with such great men …for the sake of privacy I’ll call them T and Daddy T. I love to share but that’s one part of me that I probably won’t dab into in this blog – too precious!
Gosh! I do ramble a lot eh – anyhoo like I was saying – back to December 31st morning – Woke up pretty early – I grabbed my phone to look at the time and It was about 6:20am – I could see a new msg come thru on my FB app – so I though ok let me check this and go back to bed it’s a day-off work so I’m def going to get a lie-in.
The msg read ‘Daddy is in hospital right now, I just got a call frm home now, he need our prayers pls inform **** & others’ – it was a message from my big bro – I responded at 6:31am – ‘im calling now’
I called immediately and heard the worst and saddest news of my life – before I could even say hello – My sister 'U' said Daddy just died 5mins ago – I’m like WHAT! WHAT! WHAT! – then she goes I’ll call you later .
I dropped the phone and I screamed and screamed and screamed and screamed - It was like someone hit me with the biggest blow , I couldn’t breathe for like 2mins – This isn’t true! – It can’t be! Daddy always goes to the hospital but bounces right back - - so I gathered myself together and called my big sis in NY – whilst crying uncontrollably I told her Daddy just died – she too was in shock- she said ok , ok , ok, ok I’ll call you back – click!
The next 24hrs was weird – I cried, I cried with Daddy T, I cried with T (whilst he was laughing and wondering what is my Mummy doing), I thanked God, I prayed, I listened to klove, I talked to my 3 amigos in London, I reminisced on my childhood days – It was still surreal!
I called my Mum and she narrated the whole story – my Daddy died after cardiac arrest within minutes of getting to the hospital he passed away. I was angry at 1st that he would go like this after we all tried to get him to come to the US for treatment – then I thought it is well. He perhaps was tired and was ready :(
The past few years Daddy started to soften up (not that he was ever hard especially to me) – but I’m talking mushy stuff – Daddy would call and blow kisses on the phone, he would tell me he loves me after each call –(in my head I’m like since when? is it because of the cable tv-lol) – But I cherish those memories now.
<singing> I got my baby back , I got my baby back, eh, eh, eh! Eh, eh, eh eh. That was my song. – My Daddy sang that to me all the time – I was his baby the very last card , the 'Omo mo' (small child).
In my house the best part of whole chicken was saved for Daddy and I –we drank shots together, I dyed his hair, he taught me how to play draughts –infact we made the draughts game together (i.e the board, the pieces), he taught me Technical drawing when I was struggling in my TD class back in junior high. He was so caring – ‘Baby’(i.e moi) had to have the best, I have so many great memories of Daddy but the best of all was his prayers. My Daddy always prays – Anytime I call he would call me by my full names – always starting with QUEEN and ending with ‘Baby’ even after marriage , and being a mother my parents still call me Baby (lol) –
I never quite knew why I was so grounded, so focused, so determined, so hardworking (yea I’m all of that and some – err how do you like em apples) – tehehe! – anyhoo – It simply wasn’t my doing – I found Christ later on in life so I can’t even say it was my prayers to God - because I didn’t pray at all - - but now I know it was the prayers of my earthly Father - I had an excellent childhood – my foundation was rock solid – all thanks to my parents.
We had a prayer ritual which is common in my native hometown – It’s the KOLANUT ritual. My Dad prayed for all of us individually with a Kolanut. Being the baby I was always last – it went from my mom, sisters, brothers to me. It was a simple tradition then but those words (prayers) were powerful –
Gosh this post is becoming longer than I originally planned but I can’t seem to stop – shuu I can talk and write for England – non-literary writing though(if there’s such a term) – I suck at English writing – I write as I speak – I can’t be arsed with the formalism – shuu!!
Anyhoo, before I lose my train of thoughts – the Kolanut ritual was powerful! – when it came to my turn , I would kneel in front of my Dad and he would grab the kolanut and he would start professing goodness into my life – specific prayers – out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh – that indeed is true – my Dad’s heart was open- he professed blessings upon blessings….all in my local dialect – but he would say things like ‘wherever you go my daughter, you will shine brightly’, ‘you will never lack’, no harm shall befall you, you’ll see your children’s children, you’ll be blessed, you child will be blessed, you shall be a blessing wherever you go…
PHEW!! I NEED TO STOP – I’m getting teary eyed again – ok ok – that’s it –
Live simply, live happily, let your light shine and Remember your LIFE WAS GOD’S IDEA.
WOW! Thank you for visiting my blog. Ok it's Jan 19th and I’ve been meaning to start this blog like y’day. Procrastination is a disease that I need to rid of in 2011 – Can I get an AMEN!!
Lot and Lots has happened since the beginning of the year and each day I’m like ok I’ll blog about it but working full-time, taking care of my men,cleaning, cooking and still finding time to look HOT is a lot of work- infact I have 3 fulltime jobs .
I’m not entirely sure what my blog will be about – but for the most part it will document my hair journey (oh lawd) – oh yes I became au natural back in 2008(full details later), my spiritual journey , my fitness journey , my upcoming venture and other randoms – I love shoe shopping ! I love to experiment in the kitchen(i.e cooking), I love helping people, I love giving , I love motivating and inspiring people to live their best lives – It’s your world – Live it! Shine brightly! Oh, how I wish I knew all of this growing up I probably would’ve been miles ahead – but I’m glad I know so now.
So here’s to a great 2011, Let’s make it pop
Remember , YOUR LIFE WAS GOD’s idea!!