The Truth Conference 2017 was the TRUTH; see 3 key reminders from this event

It’s been a week and I still have no words to describe the Truth Conference, oh wow! I’m going to keep it short, therefore, and let the pictures do the talking.

If you have been following this blog, you will have  perceived my genuine  skepticism at conferences and their effects on our lives but  there was no doubt with The Truth Conference! It turned out that I  did not stay very long  as I was beyond tired from a long week so, as I walked in, I asked God to help me connect with Him in my tired, not-really-able-to-muster-much –participation state.

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You’ve Got a Story, Why Don’t You Get Paid For It?

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Just as many people underestimate their potential, so do many people underestimate just how exciting their life is. While it may seem mundane to you (and it will: you’re living it!), to someone else, you might be a fountain of knowledge, an inspirational person who can add real value to another person’s life and general offer insight . The internet has given you a medium to share all that you know, and it’s called blogging. And whereas this form used to be more or less just “for fun,” there’s now real scope to make money, just by setting up a website and sharing your experiences. Here’s some basic info on what you’ll need to do if you want to turn your story into cash.

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Funmi “Iyawolangbe” Alaga Extraordinaire; how a young girl rose above her circumstances

My name is Olufunmilayo Omolabake Ajibade (nee Balogun) I was born into a Muslim background on the 16th June 1986. My parents broke up when I was just 2 years old. That separation led me to start living with my uncle and his wife, which is my paternal uncle.

The split-up had me putting up with four different families while growing up and that gave me a lot of sad experiences, such that nearly ruined my life. I was maltreated and raised with so much hatred and bitterness by the ones I called my family. At the age of thirteen years old I was sexually molested by my own uncle. It was a painful experience that I’m unable to forget. I had no one to care for me or my needs. All I wore throughout my teen days are worn out and torn clothes passed unto me by my cousins.

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Esther Longe, Fatal Air Crash Survivor on her water-walking Journey with God & The Truth Conference

I first sighted Esther  around 2002 on a University of Lagos Registration queue we were both on and instantly, in my gut,  I knew there was something about her. She did not do anything special on that queue that day, we did not even speak or become friends until much later  but  I knew there was something amazing on her inside. I recall that plane crash and knowing that  Sokoto was her place of assignment, I called and called her brother to be sure she was fine!  Several years later, I wondered when I would really see her take her place of influence. She doesn’t know this, lol.  Little did I know that God had a plan. Enjoy this interview and discover what I  mean and please register  for the The Truth Conference!

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3 reasons why the “single status” is a great place to be

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Before I got married, I was single for a long time. Like Falz would say, I was “single to stupor “and it was almost deliberate. First of all, the equation was alway just off. I met many great guys my age whom I did not connect with and many I connected with but were absolutely wrong for me and vice versa, yes I know, the age-old dilemma. Secondly, if the predominant models I saw in the society were anything to go by, I was simply not interested. “What were the models like?” you may ask. Oh well, you know the template…men and women married but are in fact life-long room mates who are dutifully but “uninspiringly” committed to one another. And they do it in the now-that-we-are-married-as-expected-of-us-let-us-have-kids-raise-them-pay bills-and-grow-old-together . Me, I was not having any of that societal template. I was perfectly happy as single woman until I got the willingly-lets-live-and-maximise-this life-together-in-our-own unique-way relationship.

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4 ways to build a friendlier brand

When you’re building your brand, you should make it friendly. Naturally, you want your audiences on social media and indeed  anyone who interacts with you to feel the love enough  to do business with you.  However, the act of building a brand can feel kind of impersonal in itself because you have to focus on being professional. Fortunately, you can be professional but still create a dynamic brand that speaks to people on a personal level. If you want to know how your brand can come across as friendly and approachable, here are some of the things you can consider doing.

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7 lessons from the Spirit Life Conference 2017.

I am a Christian and naturally, in the past decade, I have attended hundreds of conferences. With each passing year, I strive to objectively review their effect on my life and if they have brought about the change that drew me to those meetings in the first place. Many us need to carry out this mental review dispassionately   from time to time.

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Living Within Your Means: Everyday Habits to Increase Your Savings

We have been told that life is all about balance; work and play, activity and rest, sorrow and happiness. Keeping this balance is easier said than done, though, and especially when it comes to our finances. While the formula is simple enough, it just doesn’t add up every time as it should – and when your savings first start to go downhill, it tends to tumble down quite fast.

This post is here to break your bad habits and encourage you to have a look at the way you spend your money and change your perception on savings.

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Social Media is your Public Relations Machine.

That Social Media is officially a fundamental part of our lives is no longer news. What started as a fun, almost trivial social experiment, even for its creators, has become not just an industry but a generational revolution. At the start, the first set of social media platforms i.e Hi 5, My Space and Facebook were used mostly by private individuals but today, even brands have taken on lives of their own on these Social Media “streets”! With advertising features permitting audience targeting and multiple sponsored AD formats, the world is any brand’s oyster.

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Special Anniversary Feature Part 1: Timi Dakolo; the Man, his Music, his Story.

Here’s Part 1 of the much anticipated Interview with Timi (The Voice) Dakolo. I chose to feature him and his wife because theirs is an inspiring story of love, family and  success. This is Part 1, expect part 2 next week and then the Grand Finale. Enjoy & please leave a comment.

Interview Conducted at Chinaville Restaurant, VI.
My Makeover by Darliza Makeovers
My Outfit by AsherSmithDesigners
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10 lessons on my mind this season…

I started this blog for a number of reasons, first because I wanted to create a platform of my own on which share my ideas with the world, lend my voice to issues and such. With time, it grew into a platform that carried more than my voice, I started to curate content. In the end, I seek to inspire, encourage, remind and possibly jolt someone in a good way or even make you smile. This is why you will find interviews, stories and a myriad of positive content on the blog.

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Adenike Oyetunde; a heartwarming story of Faith, Strength and Adventure

Adenike Oyetunde is an amazing lady lawyer, media personality  and amputee like no other, her heartwarming personality shines through all interactions with her. I was finally able to sit down with her for a very informal chat about her journey. I kept our interview below almost as it was when we chatted; it is a long read but inspiring. Pls Enjoy and kindly leave comments!

 

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Nathaniel Bassey – The story of a man after God’s heart, his Music & the Hallelujah Challenge

The Hallelujah Challenge (like the Tongue challenge) started “innocently” and before mid June, had become a revolution that  even its Convener (Nathaniel Bassey) did not envisage. Many hearts were  drawn to heartfelt worship of God. But none of it was a surprise to me really. I’d seen his service  and heart  for God over 12 years ago when I attended at The City of David and UNILAG back in the day. I was privileged to catch up with him at our Song 23 Studios just after he recorded his vocals for the Olowogbogboro Anthem. Enjoy.

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2012 Dana Air Crash 5 Years on, a young woman shares her story of Grief, Faith & Triumph

I recall that crash, I recall reaching out  to her briefly soon after the crash. Since then, she has been on the rise, picking herself and her little girl up daily. Her story inspires me daily and when I  reached out to her a about a week ago, little did I know I would be publishing her interview on the 5th anniversary of the crash. Pls read, comment and kindly share. A lotta people need  to read and be encouraged.

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How to Get Your Kids Through Tough Times

Adults aren’t the only ones that have to deal with difficult situations in life. Unfortunately, children sometimes take the brunt of our mistakes, and as much as we want to wrap them up in cotton wool, there are often times when we can’t protect them. All we can do is give them the tools they need to make the right choices in life. Here are some tips for parenting your children when they’re dealing with something tough.

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Branding Your Launch Event: A Guide For Startup Owners

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Your product or service launch event is a momentous occasion as a startup owner. It’s the result of a lot of hard work, deep thinking, and many sleepless nights. So, don’t blow it by failing to create a unique experience that shows off your brand at its best.

You have to bear in mind that branding a business event isn’t just a case of printing out your company logo on a few flyers and handing them around to random strangers. It’s actually an integral part of the event that should help you show attendees and interested guests precisely what you are all about.

It’s certainly a challenge, but with a good deal of planning and some smart thinking, there’s no reason why you can’t infuse your brand as a central part your event. Let’s take a look at a few quick suggestions on how to brand your event and pull it off with style.

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10 Tips to keep your house smelling fresh all year round

 

Different things cause your house to smell “iffy”. The smell of food while you are cooking is nice and inviting, but that becomes a bit irritating after you have finished. Your pets are a delight to have, but then they also bring their own nasty smells (urine and generally their natural body odour); washing machines make our lives a lot easier, however the mouldy / mildew smell that oozes out of it is just not fun; a pair of smelly footwear can make the entire house smell rancid, and bodily fluids accumulated over time on your sofas or bedding just make the house smell a bit stale. All of these smells are compounded if you have a smoker in the house as the tobacco smell sinks deep into your furniture, carpets, curtains and walls.

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5 things I’ve learnt in our 5 years of marriage.

 

So it hit us recently, that we have been married for 5 years, we didn’t realize that much time had passed, lol. We received and appreciated so many calls and messages on Social Media telling us how we have inspired others and so on. So, when I was thinking of what to share on the blog today, I decided on five things I’ve learned in the past five years. 

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You’re full of it and here’s why…

I’m an unwitting people-watcher, I use the word “unwitting” because I really don’t care to put my nose in people’s business. Instead, I find that I look at random people in random situations and ask myself questions like: Why is this person like this? What has he been through?  If his situation were different, would he do this? What is he really like, behind the façade? Why is the world like this on issues like this?

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My fun chat with Simi, 5 -Year-Old Head Baker, Simi’s BakeHouse

 

If you know me and follow me on social media, you would have seen my posts on an incredible little girl called Simisola Gbadamosi, an esteemed client of Lifestyle Hues who social media pages we handle.

Simi’s Bakehouse is a cookie business owned by this 5-year old. She currently offers a wide range of homemade cookies including Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Oatmeal, Oatmeal Raisin, Sprinkle, Chewy Cornflake and much more. Her cookies are loved home and abroad. She bakes in Lagos and offers delivery across the state and its environs. A portion of Simi’s BakeHouse profits go to charities for children.

She was recently nominated in the Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur Award in the BellaAfricana Ace Awards 2017. I sat down with her this week for a fun, light-hearted, informal and inspiring interview. Enjoy…

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India Arie; ”Songversations” from the other night…

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Events, in whatever shape, size or form, always put me on muse mode. And I’m not just talking parties, red carpet gigs and all that- occurrences generally have that effect on me. I wonder: What exactly is this event about? Why did this happen? Why did it happen to this person? Was this meant to happen? What brought this about? What are the underlying factors in this scenario? When is this going to happen next? You know, stuff like that.

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Life Lessons on the road ….

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And so, my obsession, with happenings on the road, continues (I did promise I would share a sequel to my last post).

These roads are a stage. And I can prove it. It’s a no-brainer really. We maintain our respective, usually instinctive idiosyncrasies on the road. How people drive says a loooooot more about them than we think. Check it out next time you’re on the road.

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