Bonjour Tout le Monde,

Happy (late) New Year! As usual, it has been incredibly long since I last wrote a post, but I hope that everyone is doing well despite all of the things going on in our world at the moment. First and foremost, I want to talk a bit about COVID-19 and the various interventions that are being used to "flatten the curve". These last few unprecedented months have been left me in awe. Why?

 Well, for me, this is my entire undergraduate and graduate degree (public health) in action. I never thought that I would get to see such an event in my time, but here we are. This event has also opened my eyes to many things. To sum it up, I think that this time has in some way forced people to come face to face with who they are as individuals and to also truly recognize who they consider loved ones. With the "stay at home" orders, many are forced to spend time with individuals who they may otherwise not see all of the time. More are also forced to spend time with themselves. It's all very interesting and I can only imagine what will come out of this once it is over!

On the other hand, I would like to announce that I have a new blog coming soon!! I have been playing with the thought for a while now, but I would like for this blog to move in a slightly different direction and with that, comes a new look. I am so excited about this new direction and I hope that all of you that have been reading my posts to date will continue to follow me along this journey of "swimming for new horizons" and discovering ourselves!

I am hoping to have the new blog out within the next month or two, but in the meantime, I plan to write more posts and share a bit about where we are headed. Once more, thank you for reading my posts and for hanging along with me; you all are truly appreciated!

xoxo,

Blessing 

























Bonjour Tout le Monde,

I just had the great idea of creating this post that will have many iterations as time goes by. This post will outline all of the countries that I have been to thus far and I will try to include stories and posts form each of those countries. Funnily, at times I feel as if there's so much I want to see while seemingly forgetting how much I've been privileged and fortunate to see already. This post will be a great reminder of where I've been and where I am yet to go! For those of you who have traveled, where have you been and what's been your favourite place so far?

xoxo,

Blessing 


Africa
- Nigeria (Home)

Europe
- Belgium
- France
- Germany
- Italy
- Netherlands
-United Kingdom

North America
- Arizona
- California
- Florida
- Illinois
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky
- Minnesota
- Missouri (Home)
- Nebraska
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Ohio
- Oklahoma
- Tennessee 
- Texas
- Utah
- Virginia
- Washington D.C

The Caribbean
- Jamaica

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez 
Bonjour Tout le Monde,

Summer has officially started and I am excited to share that I will be going to Europe for a few weeks. It's so crazy to think that it took me three entire years to go back to this place that I love so much. I will be visiting friends who have now become family and I don't know how to contain my excitement. As the countdown begins (t-minus 16 days), I thought I would share some tips and tricks that I used to make this trip possible and smooth.

Also, for those who may be curious as to where I am going... I will be visiting Germany, France, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. Now, on to those tips and tricks!

If you all remember a post I wrote a while back titled "Study Abroad: What to Pack", I shared some of the ways that you could prepare for a semester-long study abroad. To be quite honest, I failed miserably at taking my own advice. Hey, if you can manage to put everything into a carry-on, more power to you and I am jealous! I am notorious for over-packing and quite honestly, it is still something that I struggle with. In order to remedy that, one of the best things that you can do is to get a smaller piece of luggage. Sometimes I believe that our mind tricks us into thinking that the bigger the luggage, the more things we need to bring. DO NOT BE TRICKED! I packed way too many items that did not get worn. So, this time around I got a smaller Away luggage and I love it. Let's see if this helps this time around.


Tip # 2: Actually plan your outfits. Put them on and see if you'll actually wear this outfit out. After that, see if you can mix and match various pieces together to make other outfits instead of lugging around eight distinct outfits. It's a great idea to take versatile pieces!

Tip # 3: Use multiple sites to find affordable tickets and if you're in Europe, consider mixing your modes of transportation. For example, I am traveling through planes and trains! Here are some of the links that I tried and found to be most helpful:


And many more. Nonetheless, give yourself enough time to consult more than one site before buying your tickets. 

The most important tip of all is to enjoy your trip while you're there. I know we all feel the need to take glamorous pictures and go to super "photo-worthy" places, but, CHILL! Relish the moment and stop worrying about anything else. 

I hope some of those tips helped. If you're anything like me then I know that you have read multiple blog posts and tips about what to do when you're about to take a trip. So, I hope that you enjoyed this and look forward to my next few posts when I arrive in Europe!!

Avec amour,

Blessing 




Bonjour Tout Le Monde,

It's 2019!

Fast forward to June 3, 2019 - 2019 is almost over. To think that we are officially in the 6th month of the year, it's absolutely insane! Nonetheless, I hope that the year has treated you all well.!

So, let's talk a bit about 2018! 2018 was quite the year for me and 2019 is already off to a great and riveting start. For me, 2019 is a year of introspection and growth. I have decided to focus on a few key items, such as:


  • My spiritual identity and walk
  • My overall identity/purpose
  • My pursuit of happiness
  • My ability to live life to its fullest


I think, as a millennial ( I actually despise this label), we are constantly in this cycle of work. We are all wanting to 'make an impact' and to change the world. We are all essentially on this journey of figuring out what our respective purposes are and aiming to leave some sort of thumbprint wherever we go. I love that we are like this, but at times it becomes quite tiring. Constantly moving without taking time out to just breathe can become exhausting quite quickly.

With that, one of my goals for the remainder of 2019 is to become consistent and live 'in the moment'. In a world where social media has grown to be quite large and influential, one constantly struggles with living in 'their' moment and not the one that world has fed you. One constantly struggles while toiling their hands in new pursuits, but never necessarily mastering the one that was previously started. I am certainly guilty as charged!

So, my struggle has been consistency on my blog. In my head, I have this notion that my blog doesn't look the way that I want, so I am often discouraged to blog. But something amazing happened. A lady on Instagram reached out to me and inquired as to why I wasn't making posts. That conversation joggled something in me and made me realize that I had work to do. She redirected me to my statement of purpose for this blog and I remembered why I started it in the first place. So, as the picture states, my goal is to take it a day at a time and just create. Be it posts, the amount of happiness that I want to see in my life, or even simply the sort of change that I want. After all, consistent small steps make a complete picture (I'm pretty sure that's not the actual quote, but you get my point!).

Now, let's hope that it's enough to keep the flame burning! So, I am so excited to be back (AGAIN) and I look forward to posting a bit more regularly. I have a couple of exciting things in the works. I hope you all will continue to ride this wave with me!

Talk soon!

xoxo,

Blessing 

Photo by Calista Tee on Unsplash
Bonjour Tout Le Monde,

I hope this post finds you well. So, I had the opportunity to join a couple of amazing ladies on a retreat last week. I packed my bags and headed for North Carolina. Although this was my first time there, I was pleasantly surprised by both the country and the city. For most of the retreat, I stayed on a farm in Vale, North Carolina. It was the most absolutely breath-taking and peaceful place that I have been in a while.

I had the opportunity to just breathe and reflect. With the clear blue skies, fresh air and scenic views, I spent time with my Creator and got to think about my journey thus far. 24 has been such a transitory period in my life. I am constantly learning, falling and growing. Sometimes, things become so stifling and overwhelming, but moments like this reminded me that there's so much more to life. I was reminded that this journey is mine to take and no one else can make that journey mine.

So, if you're ever in a grey phase, get out into the country and just breathe! Hope you all enjoy your day and check out the pictures from my trip!

xoxo,

Blessing

















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