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Challenge of the Month: Going Vegan

I’ve definitely neglected blogging for too long – life has been a bit hectic over the last couple of weeks, and as always, I struggle to blog when I feel like there’s too much going on in my head. I’m feeling better though, so quick updates: I’m walking with less difficulty now; longer distances and less pain, yay! I still have a bit of a limp though, but Achilles physiotherapy is going well, so thanking God for progress! I’ve also started obstetrics and gynaecology, which has been pretty interesting so far, but more to come on that…

ANYWAY, how was going vegan? Very hard.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I eat a lot of meat, and since I went vegetarian for a bit back in foundation year, I thought veganism was the next step. After a day or two, I realised that so many things I eat have dairy products in them??? This was definitely a whole new level compared to just not eating meat because DANG.

I snack a lot on biscuits, cereal bars and chocolate when I’m bored, so I found that I really struggled in between meals. I’m not even really much of a snacker, but overall I found that I had to eat bigger portions of food to be satisfied, and now that I’m back to my previous diet, I’m still craving pastries like I did when I was vegan. I think something about not being able to have them has made me appreciate them more? Maybe.

I definitely have a lot more respect for my vegan pals, because it definitely isn’t easy. I tried chickpeas and vegan burgers and sausages for the first time, and they were much nicer than I’d previously assumed. Going vegan taught me to be more adventurous with food, so I’m alllll about the pulses (hummus? YES) and beans now. It’s better for the health and environment too, so I’ve introduced meat free days into my diet.

Here is some of the food I had during my vegan days:

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Challenge of the Month: Social Media Ban

The rules: 

  1. No Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter for a week.
  2. If you accidentally go on any of them, you must add a day to the week.
  3. You’re allowed to go on Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, but only to reply to messages; you must not initiate conversations on them.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am very attached to my phone. It has my schedules, alarms and to do lists, so I would be pretty lost without it. I am also quite active on social media – I am constantly refreshing newsfeeds and reading articles on my phone, so I knew this was a challenge that would be quite tough for me.

So how did it go? Well I got through the week but boy was it hard!

It made me realise just how much I rely on Twitter for news and updates on what’s going on in the world, because I felt so out of it during the week. I had major FOMO from not being able to go on Snapchat, and because Facebook is a big part of uni life, as most societies and clubs post news and information on their pages, I missed some important netball notifications because I didn’t see them.

Not being able to go on my phone as much made me get back into reading though, and I finished Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck in that week, so it was productive. Less time on my phone also meant that I talked more while sat in groups, instead of splitting my attention between the conversation and my screen.

Not being able to see social media updates from my friends meant that I had to make an effort to call and text them to find out how they were/what was going on with them, as my ban made me realise that it’s all too easy to feel like we’re interacting enough with people by liking posts or watching stories, but it’s really not the same as a direct message or actually speaking to them.

So how do I move on from this? Well I’m back on social media, but I’m trying to spend less time on it, and I’ve made some new rules for myself:

  1. No social media before midday.
  2. No more than 10 minutes spent checking things when I do go on Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat/Instagram.
  3. Put phone away when sitting with people i.e. when in the kitchen with housemates.
  4. No social media after 10pm.

I’m determined to be more in the moment and less attached to my phone, so hopefully I can keep this up throughout 2018! 🙂

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Challenge of the Month: Scary Film At The Cinema

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This is a super late post, but for anyone who might be thinking that this isn’t really a big deal, I am a massive wimp and the scariest film I’ve seen is Scary Movie 3; I couldn’t sleep for days, even though it’s a comedy, apparently…

Yeah, I’m not the biggest fan of scary films.

So how was It?? Not too bad actually! It was more jumpy than scary, and I thought it was quite funny in parts, so I think that helped in making me less scared. I only had to sleep with the lights on for a couple of days so that’s a win… right? Haha, just kidding.

 

(I’m not kidding).

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Challenge of the Month: Tinder

Me: “Mummy, I’m now on Tinder.”

Abs (My mother): “What’s Tinder?”

Me: “It’s a dating app.”

Abs (My mother): ” … Why? Is it for Christians?”

Two very good questions from Abs tbh.

Anyone who follows this blog will know that I like to do something new every month to get out of my comfort zone, but when my housemate first suggested Tinder, I was like HECK to the NO.

You see, as a self proclaimed prude and “ice queen” and Christian, Tinder is something I have never considered. It has a not so great reputation as a sleazy hook up app, and that was what I thought it was for. My housemate was quick to let me know that I was being a bit judgemental, having not experienced it for myself, so I was challenged to try it out.

The goal? To go on a Tinder date and prove that there are nice people on it. So with this in mind, I downloaded the app. Forever #reppingGod, I put my favourite Bible verse in my bio, to let peeps know what I’m about innit:

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And then I started swiping, which led me to some… interesting people:

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My first match was with a guy who was a twin as well, and I was so hyped because OMG what are the odds, right? But then he sent me this:

screenshot_20170106-152255    …. So that was the end of that.

In total I matched with about 25 people, which was 25 more than I thought I would match with tbh – one of them used to be the title character in Billy Elliot on the West End, so claim to fame?

And now, on to the Tinder date.

It was with a recent graduate, who was also into films, and worked in healthcare. He suggested going for a drink, and I was quick to let him know that I wasn’t interested in a relationship or anything like that.

(You see, in naive Tai Land, “not interested in a relationship or anything like that” means I just want to be friends, but apparently that not what it means on Tinder. But I digress…)

We met in a pub, and it was… interesting; he came dressed in a suit. A SUIT.

I felt so under dressed in my dungarees (LOL), and it was just very awkward. There were only about 5 people in the whole pub (us included), so it was even more awks. He wasn’t much of a talker – a lot of our conversation was led by me, as he just stared whenever I stopped talking. It was very odd, and a bit unnerving.

Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was nice, but when he abruptly left the pub without saying goodbye, because I didn’t feel comfortable with giving him my number, I knew I had made the right choice. Some people have tried to argue that I was harsh for not giving it to him, as he had “been so nice,” but I was quick to assert that I completely have the right to not give him my number.

I had made it clear to him that us going for drinks was 100% platonic, and I also had no intention of seeing him again, so this “nice guy” entitlement culture is a load of bull. Shout out to the waitress in the pub for agreeing with me; women should not feel pressured to do anything they don’t want to. No. No. NO.

On a lighter note though, Mahan and Shak are the best for coming to the pub to make sure I’d be okay. They pretended not to know me ofcourse, but knowing they were close by was reassuring. I am so blessed to have friends who would come on a date with me, so that’s a positive thing to take away from all this.

Anyway, final thoughts on Tinder:

  • I was wrong for thinking that it’s just for getting with people; friendships can be formed on it too!
  • Personally, it’s not for me though. I didn’t like how it’s mainly based on judging people by how they look, and I felt bad for being so quick to dismiss people because of their chosen profile pictures.
  • So I think I’d prefer to meet people face to face than online; people can be completely different people over social media, and I learned that quickly with my Tinder date… #neveragain.
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New Year, Better Me?

HELLO, and happy new year!

I am back in uni land for the new semester, and I am absolutely BUZZING, because there are so many great things to look forward to. Halfway ball, the annual charity fashion show, visits from friends, and open mic nights put on by the new Healthcare Arts and Performance Society that I’m part of, are just a few of the things coming up this semester. It’s going to be a busy one, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t keep busy amirite?

Ofcourse, I’m still here to get my degree, so I’m also looking forward to learning about the Gastrointestinal System. We’ve been told that it’s not as intense as ENT, Ophthalmology and Neuro, so hopefully that’ll give me more time to keep on top of things. I want to be better at keeping up with my notes this semester, and if that means learning to say ‘No’ more, then so be it. While it’s good to not just be about medicine all the time, I mustn’t forget that this degree should be higher up on the list of my priorities.

I also want to be better at my challenges of the month. I’ve been slacking lately, and I feel bad because I used to do something new every month, but now I’m not going out of my comfort zone as much as I used to. So due to this, I’ve decided that this month’s challenge of the month will be Tinder. That’s right, you read right – The Ice Queen is going to go on a Tinder date at some point this month. Stay tuned for updates.

Another thing I want to better at is cooking Nigerian food while I’m at uni. I’ve enjoyed teaching my housemates more about Nigerian culture, so I want to carry on with it this year. Armed with a list (and pictures) of spices and ingredients from Abs (my mother), I plan to go to the African food shop and buy a ton of stuff to cook with. Exciting times ahead!

Finally, I want to be better at reading in my free time. I don’t read much during term time, (probably because I don’t have much free time), but after getting through Purple Hibiscus and A Monster Calls in a couple of hours during the Christmas break, I realised how much I miss it. So every night, I’m going to try and read before bed. Book suggestions are very welcome 🙂

And those are some of “resolutions” for the new year! Will I manage to accomplish them? I guess time will tell…

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Challenge of the Month: Passing Year 2

I’ll admit that I haven’t done anything new for the past couple of months, and this was more of a challenge of the year to be honest, so yes, this is a bit of a cop-out, but trust me, getting through this year has definitely been tough.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this year has involved friendship drama, taking on more responsibility, and ofcourse, dealing with having to find somewhere to stay during exams.

So when I received confirmation that I passed everything and can move on to third year, I cried. But these were tears of joy!

All of this could not have been possible without the grace of God, and for that, I’m so so grateful.

It’s weird to think that this was three years ago, and now I’m halfway through my degree, how time flies!Results Day 2013
This also means that it’s been three years since I started this blog, and over 5000 views and 100+ followers later, I’m still going!

I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone who takes time to read my rambling- I don’t post this blog anywhere, or talk about it much, so every one of those views and follows is from people who came across and chose to read it on their own accord.

You guys are the real MVPs x

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Challenge of the Month: Med’s Got Talent

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of how blessed I am to be at university studying medicine. It’s all possible through the grace of God, so what better way to show how grateful I am than a public proclamation of my faith?

Every year, as part of MedSoc Raising and Giving (MRAG) week, there is a talent show. I came across this performance by CeCe Winans a couple of weeks ago, and it reignited my love for this song, so I decided to sing it in the talent show. I sing a lot- started when I was about 5, began classical training in year 9, and got to Grade 8 at the end of sixth form. I’m also part of the church band and sing most Sundays; singing just makes me really happy.

This was a challenge for me because not many people know I sing. Only my close friends, people who live with me (I annoy my housemates with my incessant singing, sorry guys), and those that go to my church know, because I don’t really talk about it. It was also a challenge because it was my second time singing in public on my own. Growing up, The Keen One a.k.a Kenny, and I always sang together, so I felt very nervous doing this by myself.

How did it go then?

I won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I didn’t expect it at all- I was the first to perform, and was gently told that it was unlikely that I would win, as early acts are easier to forget. I didn’t enter to win anyway; my aim was to give a shout out to my main man Jesus, so I was really shocked and overwhelmed by the responses from the judges. I’m still buzzing, SO HAPPY!

I couldn’t have done it without my gym buddy/accompanist/vocal coach, who I will refer to as York Girl. She really went out of her way to play for me- transposing music, booking rehearsal rooms, and giving me tips on producing a better sound (she was tough and quick to point out when I went flat, which I did… a lot). I’m so grateful to her, and I really appreciate her help.

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So yeah, the main take away message from all this? I have a blessed assurance in God 🙂