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AN OPEN LETTER TO EVERYONE DEALING WITH ANXIETY

“P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, get beat by the competition, have your heart shattered, get fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it.” – Daneille LaPorte Yet another early morning is here and I can’t seem to sleep past 4am. I’m up…

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ONTLAMETSE PHALASTE

I read about the life and death of the South African teenager Ontlametse Phalatse at 18; a child that was born with Progeria, a rare genetic premature aging disorder. This struck a lot of nerves for me. It wasn’t so much that she died, it was how she lived her life while she was here on earth. The estimated life span for a child born with progeria is between late teens and early twenty’s. You…

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WITH LOVE FROM ZANZIBAR

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will no withdraw from us.” — Maya Angelou I’ve spent the last week in awe and perfect bliss with so many moments that quite simply took my breath away. I’m currently in Zanzibar, Tanzania and I’ve spent my most recent days snorkelling with underwater creatures, having a private lunch…

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DON’T BE A SLAVE TO MODERN TECHNOLOGY

“The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free’ – Nassim Nicholas Taleb How many of us can honestly say that we can spend 24hours without our cell phones, iPad or laptops? What is the first thing you reach out for when you wake up in the morning? What’s the last thing you drop before falling asleep at night? What do you check on when you wake…

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THE IMPOSTOR SYNDROME AND HOW TO MANAGE IT

Definitions: Impostor describes one who makes false claims of identity or expertise. Impostor syndrome describes a situation where someone feels like an impostor or fraud because they think that they have duped the people around them, into believing that their accomplishments are of a high calibre, but in fact believe that their accomplishments are nowhere near as good as the praise or promotions they are accorded based on those accomplishments. Simply put, an impostor syndrome is feeling…

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AN INTROVERT IN TOWN

I’m naturally an introvert and I don’t usually get out a lot but I decided to be more ‘selectively’ social in Lagos, go to gatherings that might actually be enjoyable, meet a few like minded people and form connections but the issue had been that I don’t have a lot of friends in my current city so I’m not always aware of all the ‘cool’ things to do so my decision to be more social…

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WHY YOU SHOULD SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

“Achieving your Goals In Life Requires That You Selectively Surround yourself with the Right People, As You Do become the People, Who You Surround Yourself With” As i get older and experience life/living, I’m realizing more and more the importance of the energy we allow around us.  I believe that it’s important to surround yourself with people that are where you’re trying to get to and have experienced the things you might be going through…

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IT’S OK TO BE SEVERAL THINGS

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” – M.W When you’re young and people ask you what do you want to be when you grow up, it’s easy to throw out answers…

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THE WOMAN

“Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them” The one thing everyone in the universe has in common is that they are fortunate to know a woman. We are all lucky to literally come out of woman, no matter who you are or what you are in your reality; this is our common factor, black or white, christian or muslim, igbo or indian. It has been amazing…

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STOP NORMALIZING RAPE

Rape – “A type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration perpetrated against a person without that person’s consent” There are so many things in life that have grey areas and can be open to interpretation or mis-interpretation depending on the circumstance and who you are in conversation with. Rape is not one of them. Rape is black or white. If you have ever had sex with someone without CONSENT, you…

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