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LIFE IN A YEAR: LESSONS LEARNT IN THE YEAR 2020

Hi beautiful people, a lot has happened this year but here you are reading this post. I was rewatching the movie ‘Life in a year’ for the umpeenth time this year when this post came to mind.

2020 has been the roughest year for most people, I have lost a lot of people this year, lost so many opportunities due to the pandemic but despite being a rough year—2020 was still a year of awakening for most of us. Here are a few lessons I have learnt in the year 2020;

✓ Just do it

You want to open that business, write that book, be more consistent, take a day off, practice self care—just do it. Time waits for no one. Don’t procrastinate.

✓ You only have this moment, you can’t live 31/12/2020 twice.

✓ You are not lazy if you aren’t productive all the time. Taking a time off for yourself is not lazy or selfish.

✓ Don’t give way for fear, don’t let fear control you.

✓ Be grateful even for the seemingly little things.


✓ Don’t judge, hear the other person out first.

LIFE IN A YEAR

Safe to say 2020 is a wrap. This year was definitely my year of awakening. I became more intentional about a lot of things. I have learnt so much this year and I hope to apply them next year. I don’t have anything planned out for the new year yet but I hope to be a better version of myself. I am also grateful to every who has supported my blog this year.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you an amazing and blissful 2021. Happy new year in advance.

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HARMATTAN HAIR CARE TIPS—BLOGMAS DAY 2

Harmattan is a season in West Africa, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterized by the dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind, of the same name, which blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea.
en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki › Harmattan

During the Harmattan period the dry and dusty wind sucks out moisture of out of our hair which makes it more prone to breakage. I compiled a list of helpful Harmattan hair care tips that have worked for me over the years;

  1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
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It is recommended to drink at least a litre of water a day. You are more likely at risk of dehydration due to the weather. A dehydrated body is bad for the skin, hair and the general health of the body. Drinking lots of water helps your hair stay hydrated and healthy.


2. MOISTURIZE / USE MOISTURIZING DEEP CONDITIONER

I recently started using this leave in conditioner by mega growth and it has been the best thing ever—it leaves my hair feeling moisturized and it contains a blend of natural oils (olive, shea, argan, avocado, coconut) and conditioning proteins that help strengthen hair deep inside with daily defense against breakage, split ends and dryness.
Fun fact: It is not expensive.
I also use Shea butter to moisturize my hair before sealing it.


3. USE A PROTEIN MASK

Special thanks to a friend who recommended the Egg Yolk-Honey Hair Mask. I tried it out in November before I had my protective hairstyle on. It softens your hair and helps it regain moisture. It is super affordable too. You only need;
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon almond oil/coconut oil


4. COWASH

Co-washing means “conditioner-only washing.” When cowashing during the Harmattan period, it is advisable to use warm water—not scalding hot instead of cold water. This is also a good method of retaining moisture.


5. DO MORE OF PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE

After moisturizing, it is advisable to seal. This is the best time to get them braids, weave or wig done in order to protect your hair. Remember, tight hair are not a form of a protective style but a destructive style.


6. GET A TRIM

This is optional, if you haven’t gotten a trim in a while, get one to get rid of your split ends. Here is a picture of my first trim this year.

Before
After

Thank you so much for reading.

If you missed Blogmas day 1, you can read it here https://yosiblog.com.ng/2020/12/04/my-ultimate-holiday-bucket-list-blogmas-day-1/

Do you have any more tips that have worked for you? Please share in the comment section.

Have a blessed weekend ❤️

Let’s stay connected on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetoyosialonge

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LIVING IN FEAR—LIFE UPDATE

It is currently 1am as I write this post with tears in my eyes. Yes , we are all living in fear in Nigeria right now. No one knows who is next or what might happen next. Each time, I want to give up—i remember Jimoh Isiaq and many others we don’t every know of that their lives have been cut short by police brutality. Nigeria needs your prayers and we need to win this fight!

The message still remains #EndSARS but are SARS our only problem in Nigeria when the government are even worse.

Protests have spread across Nigeria and a lot have taken to social media and the streets to fight against police brutality and the menace of SARS.

For my non-Nigerian subscribers, you may have been following international news for the past one week or you may have heard the phrase or have seen the hashtag #EndSARS or maybe you haven’t.

What is SARS?

The full meaning of SARS is ‘Special Anti-Robbery Squad.’ However, for a long time now this “squad” has gone outside of their stipulated functions and are now a nightmare in this country. They have been killing and harassing innocent young youths in the country under the guise of “they are criminals.”

How can you help?

A simple #EndSARS hashtag on any of your social media would go a long way—you can never underestimate the power of social media. You can also help by sign
donating to  https://donatebtc.feministcoalition2020.com

I’m tired, we all are. I can’t count how many times I have cried this month. Seeing videos of how the police have responded using violence means to disperse a peaceful protest. Who does that?

All we ask is to not be shot, we are not even protesting for basic things— the government has refused to offer us. We are only fighting for our survival.

Whether you are out on the frontlines protesting, or tweeting, donating, mobilising support, signing petitions; I see you and I’m proud of you and i know we are winning this fight.

P.S : I am sending hugs, all of my love, prayers and best wishes as we keep pushing till our demands are met to #EndSARS and EndBadGovernmentInNigeria

P.P.S: Say a prayer of Nigeria.

P.P.P.S: Whatever you do, don’t be silent!


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LIEBSTER AWARD!

Hi beautiful people, I’m back again with another blog post!

Donut is a supportive and amazing blogger.

Special thanks to Donut for nominating me for my first ever blogger award. Y’all should check out her blog for everything and anything you need to know about med school, faith—do follow her blog for inspiring posts.

WHAT IS THE LIEBSTER AWARD?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

https://theglobalaussie.com › the-liebster-award

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  5. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

MY ANSWERS TO DONUT’S QUESTIONS

1. Your all-time favorite book/movie?

My all-time favorite book is THE ROOKIE PIRATES

2. Iced coffee or milktea?

Milk tea

3. If you had the ability to turn back time, what time period would you return to? 

This is actually a difficult question to answer, because as a woman certain eras were not less than kind to a woman. There are still several that would be fascinating to choose from though.

I’d like to return to the 69 BC. This might sound weird to some people. I’d love to know Cleopatra and probably be in her court. I would love to witness it all first hand instead of reading about her on the internet—her intelligence, political preferences, her top skill in using people to reach her goal, abdher seductive prowess, intelligence, mannerisms, likability, politics & using people to reach her goal.

4. If you could swap lives with a celebrity for a day, who would it be?

Maya Angelou.

Maya lived a fulfilling life. I’d want to achieve a lot like her—if not more. She was a memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

5. If this pandemic never existed, what would you be doing right now?

I’d just be mainly focused on school—nothing more.

6. If you could get rid of one vegetable or fruit in the entire world, what would it be and why?

I don’t think I’d want to get rid of any vegetable or fruit in the entire world for now.

7. Name one musical instrument you’ve always wanted to learn how to play.

Guitar—i just started learning how to play it. I’m still trying to get my E minor chords right.

8. If you had the opportunity to make up a word and have it added to the dictionary, what would it be and what does it mean?

Menusis: A change in menu.
It doesn't make any sense lol.

9.Name 3 items from your wishlist.

Need: A new phone
Want: A new laptop
Want: New skincare products.

10. If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

It would still be Maya Angelou. I have so many questions to ask her.

11. Your life goals. Name at least two!

I want to be able to give to the less privileged. I hope to be a renowned pharmacist and blogger in the future.


My nominees

1. Erinma

2. WENDY

3. Joelad

4. Mheerah-dee

5. Labake

6. Mola

7. Rahma

8. Esther

9. Ebose

10.Emmanuel

11. You! Yeah you, I tagged you.

P.S. No pressure to anyone who doesn’t feel like doing this.

Questions for my nominees.

Please answer the same questions i answered.

Continue reading “LIEBSTER AWARD!”

25 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME!

Hello beautiful people. It’s a beautiful day and I have decided share 25 random facts about me.

I realized that I haven’t done a proper introduction since I started this blog. So this post is more like a get to know me tag! If you have been following my blog you would notice—i added a lifestyle section to the blog. So, y’all will be seeing more lifestyle posts on this blog.

1. I’m a Christian

I believe in God and I believe in HIS unconditional love.

2. I hate mobile games

I don’t enjoy playing mobile games. I don’t have any game on my phone. But i’m a big fan of board games.

3. I love my space

Who doesn’t? I like to left alone, most times. I could stay in my room for a whole day without talking to anyone not because I don’t like anybody. I just need that quiet atmosphere to function well lol. I’m trying to adjust to letting people in my space though and if I let you in my space—you are truly loved by me!

4. I’m telephobic.

Phone calls without prior notice terrifies me! Haha—it is not that bad. I get anxiety over a random phone call.

5. I’m a bibliophile!

I’ve always loved reading since I was a child. I can’t go a week without reading a book when I’m not in school but when I’m in school—I try to read a book or two in a month.

6. I’m a foodie

I love eating good food. I also enjoy trying out new foods. I eat anything and everything.

7. I enjoy doing my own hair.

When I’m not on braids. I enjoy doing my own cornrows myself. I have mastered the act perfectly since I was a child.

8. I’m an introvert.

9. I love music

Music brings this soothing feeling to the soul. I don’t have a certain genre when it comes to music. I listen to anything good—something that connects to what I’m going through at that period.

10. I’m obsessed with baggy tees and hoodies.

11. I have three siblings.

12. I love horror movies.

Horror movies can be relaxing lol. This might seem counterintuitive to some people. I just enjoy watching it.

13. I enjoy taking long walks in the evening—just me with my earphones plugged in.

14. I have no interest in sports. I’ve always tried to find a preference but I never fit in.

15. I sing a lot.

I always host a live concert in my bathroom every morning.

16. My friends call me a Jack of all trades.

I’m passionate about learning and trying out new things. I really find it hard to focus on one thing. I just want to be so many things.

17. I love writing.

I like sharing my thoughts with people through writing. I want my voice to be heard and I can only achieve this through writing.

18. I’m 5’7

19. I’m not good at maths and I’m usually envious of those who are really good at it.

20. I don’t have a favorite color. I just wear anything that goes with my current mood.

21. When I was younger, I had a imaginary friend called Henry.

22. I mostly listen to gospel music, hip hop, and little bit of country music.

23. I love the smell of books and rain.

24. I’d love to have a pet rabbit in the future.

25. My celebrity crush is Matt Sallee. He is an extremely talented bass singer in Pentatonix. He is really cute too!

Matt Sallee

Thank you so much for reading 25 random facts about me! I might do a part two in the future!

If you have any questions for me. Feel free to leave a comment below. Please leave a random fact about you in the comment section also.