If you follow my post on the blog, it wont take you long to figure that I have this 'Thing' for really smart individuals. I seem to fall in love with them instantly and when they love the Lord..... Oh my! I am screaming the roof down! Yassss! The motivation they give me is really spontaneous. And today, I am inviting you to join me as I celebrate the birth of Truth FM!
My darling here Dr Ebere Sonoiki is the host of the show! In 3 words... "She Loves God".
In this day and age that values are going down the drain and passion for Christ is becoming more and more unpopular, Ebere has stood for the God she loves proclaiming His Love, Generosity, Peace & Warmth.
I can remember feeling so overwhelmed with doing my PhD research, and after I spoke with her, in her calm nature she smiled and goes "You will be fine! doing my PhD wasn't equally a bed of roses but I completed and so will you". I am not the only one but Ebere and her hubby Deji have equally been a strong pillar behind a couple undergoing really challenging times in their marriage, they run a charity that provides health care for the less privileged in Sub Saharan Africa, and much more. They spare at nothing to show Gods love. They invest their finances, time and every available resource to see that the light of Jesus shines even "brighter than a diamond"( rephrasing Rihana's song there lol)
Today at 6AM-8AM(PST), download the App and listen to Ebere take us into Gods presence as the Holy Spirit inspires her. And if you are in the Bay area, you can join the prayers for the Bay area. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TruthfmNorthAmerica/?fref=ts (Truth FM North America) for more information
Congratulations Deji & Ebere as you take bold steps to do Gods will. May the Holy Spirit inspire you and use you as change agents in this hurting generation. May you speak Gods world fearlessly with an undertone of love & compassion and may Heaven pour out more than enough resource you need to see this vision bloom. Truth FM! it Is!!
Monday, 31 October 2016
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Sometimes in the path to our dream, we pause to question ourselves. I have realised that 'OUR' response to the questions we ask, determines to a large extent if we press our foot harder on the accelerator or if we change our gears to reverse or just decide to altogether park.
Recently I took on a new role in an entirely different field which is actually geared towards the bigger picture as the decision towards being an entrepreneur is almost here. However one of these evenings as I got in and collapsed on my sofa, I asked myself "Elly are you sure this role is for you"?
At that point, I just heard a voice say, its not about the job being for you or not, its about what you need to learn and how quick you have to learn it. Instantly, that changed my perception because really I need all the training I can get from this new role, if I want to be successful at running mine in the future. We give up too early most times, but IMPLEMENTATION can be easy if we have subjected ourselves to learn all that we can.
The word for today is Learn! Learn!! & just keep Learning!
Friday, 14 October 2016
Monday, 10 October 2016
Building a business is not as tedious as building the personality of the brain behind the business. A lot of people have good ideas, but like I always say, good ideas are not enough.... You need much more, & it starts not from when you take the decision to start your own business but way before that dream is borne. The little things that form the "YOU" we refer to as character.
Found myself reading SWOT analysis. Last time I read SWOT analysis, I read it to pass my MBA exams, but this time, I am reading it for a different purpose, with more understanding, more reflections & evaluations.... Same person different times.... Life!
Monday, 3 October 2016
I am a pretty young lady, who works and lives in one of the busiest cities in the world. I get to see quite some fabulous, breathtaking men, I get to travel to even busier cities and see more men. Some have become colleagues along the way, acquaintances, neighbours and even friends. But when it comes to the issue of sex outside of marriage, my view has not shifted despite my exposure & independence. In this day & age, these values/beliefs are considered to be quite obsolete but for me, when it comes to this, you can keep any contrary opinion to yourself. Anyways today is not about me, my story will come later in the "EllyEleanor Show". However its quite interesting to know that quite a number of people are of similar ilk. I was quite intrigued by Kates story.... Read below!
My name is Kate. I’m 32 years old. I’ve never had sex.
When I was young, I always imagined I would be married by 25 and have a brood of kids. I wanted enough kids to fill a baseball team, a hockey bench and a big house full of love.
That obviously didn’t happen. Or it hasn’t happened yet. But I love my life. I spent last weekend learning how to scull on the Potomac River. I have good friends, a great family, hobbies and one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.
Do I feel a void because I’m not married and I don’t have children yet? Sure. Do I wish I were having sex? Of course.
But I believe that I’m living a fuller, better life because of my commitment to sexual integrity. I spend all day, every day doing the things that I want to do, because I’m not wasting my time worrying about waking up next to a stranger, contracting a sexually transmitted infection or missing a period.
The truth is, I’m able to live the feminist dream because I’m not stressing over the things that sex outside of marriage often brings.
A recent study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior showed that young people — specifically millennials — are now more than twice as likely to be sexually inactive than the previous generation. Although there are many possible causes for this shift, it’s quite reasonable to believe that this generation doesn’t want the stresses that sex outside of marriage brings.
Maybe they realize that a condom doesn’t protect the heart, and that true love is something worth waiting for and fighting for.
Celibacy and chastity, as I have come to understand as a Catholic, are virtues that are practiced with a purpose. Chastity isn’t simply the restraining of one’s desires, nor is it something you just practice before marriage and then disregard after the wedding. Chastity is a lifestyle, centred on freedom and love, that challenges all people to love themselves and to love others in the most perfect way possible.
As a teenager, I read Joshua Harris’s book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. I was enthralled by the view of purity that Harris proposed, and decided I would save every act of affection, including kissing, until my wedding day.
Then when this interpretation of chastity was challenged in a Christian marriage course I took in college, I began to understand that chastity goes much deeper than a long list of dos and don’ts. I started researching the topic in more depth. The result was my college thesis, Chastity in the Modern World and the Fulfillment of Chastity Within the Catholic Church.
My thesis was based on the book Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla, who would later become Saint John Paul II. In this book, Wojtyla explained that every human being is a sexual being, but that we’re also rational — which means we don’t have to be mastered by our physical desires.
In the case of the single person, chastity means not having sex before marriage, but it also means striving toward the perfection of love. We must all aim to love ourselves and to love others in the most perfect way possible — this is chastity in its fullness.
Virtues, including chastity, must be practiced like a new sport or skill. I didn’t just decide to be a master rower and naturally row down the Potomac. I took an intense sculling course and then spent hours upon hours practicing on the water — and I’m still only in the beginner stages. There wasn’t a single Olympian who simply showed up in Rio and won gold. Like sports, virtue takes practice, failure and perseverance.
With chastity, there are days you will struggle and fail. Some days, it will seem simply impossible. But you must always remain faithful and persevere, especially in the difficult moments.
As a Christian, I believe that all things are possible with God, and that has been the bedrock of my journey with chastity. I’ve also surrounded myself with good friends who support me and my beliefs, which has made my journey easier.
While I didn’t get my early marriage or my 12 kids or my big house with a white picket fence, my commitment to sexual integrity has allowed me the freedom to live the life that I want. I am living the life that feminists throughout history fought for.
Through the virtue of chastity — true freedom and the perfection of love — I am living the feminist dream.
Kate Bryan lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @katembryan
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Yesterday I was interviewed for a show, and one of the questions I was asked was what my advise was for anyone trying to start up a business/pursue their dreams? My response... "Just go for it! Don't procrastinate, don't wait for the timing to be right because there might never be a "right time" in all honesty, the more you delay, the more your passion wanes.
Today on "Entrepreneur Minds", I am proud to present this gorgeous smart cookie, She's not just on a journey to become an Architect, but as an undergraduate, shes pursuing her passion and doing a fabulous job as "The hairchitect". Tell me about passion, time management, creativity & resilience and I will mention Sophia! Shes indeed "Our Girl". Watch out for her...
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GHABpro-264397290252864/?fref=ts
IG : The Hairchitect.
Who is Sophia?
Sophia is first and foremost a child of God , a real.. Reeaaaaal product of grace . A content creator who tries in her own little way to emulate the creativity of her Father !! A daughter! A big sister to two younger girls , A worship leader , A student , the hairchitect ! Someone passionate about creativity!
What do you do?
As mentioned above , I do a lot of things ! I minister in song , I style hair , I do makeup , I study architecture .
How did you get into hair/makeup?
I've grown up around creativity . I studied art for 6 years of my life . When I was younger my mum would create dresses for myself and my sisters .. And our dolls ! She also ran a successful hairdressing business , so I was privileged to get some first hand exposure to the trade . I've always been an inquisitive person , so I would sit for hours watching my mum braid hair or sew in a weave and try to replicate what I'd seen on my dolls. I started this at age 10, however there was no real pressure to get serious with it until I reached age 15 and wanted to wear weaves and fit in with my peers ! I begged and begged my mum to sew in a weave for me but she was NOT having it ! Her 15 year old daughter with weave ? No way ! So the rebel in me decided to learn how to do weaves on myself ! Simple !! Lol ! From then on , my business took off ! As of recent ( just over 1 year ago ) , I've started to venture into the field of hairstyling ( not just sewing in weaves/ doing braids etc ) . I
Love the challenges it presents me with and the art produced at the end .
Did you attend any formal training?
No not yet , but I have shadowed a few industry professionals and there is so much information out there in the form of video tutorials , blogs , online content etc Self - teaching is now easier than ever!
How do you combine Architecture(study) with work?
In a few ways , I find similarities between architecture and hairstyling , hence the term I use to describe myself - the hairchitect . Both are about forming something out of nothing . Something with endless possibilities, that can be informed by a range of social , cultural and even economic factors . Both fields are about the way elements are able to exist in harmony to produce beauty . Both fields deal with human ideals of beauty . Hairstyling informs my architectural design and has taught me the importance of process and creative thinking .
While at school , I try to limit my hairstyling work to weekends only . This gives me enough time to focus on my studies . The goal however is to get to a place where I'm able to think in both the language of architecture and hairstyling
How did you come about the name GHABpro?
The name stands for Governor Hair and Beauty professionals! The term Governor was something I used to go by when I was younger ! It's an accurate description of how I want my brand to be perceived in an already saturated market - as a leading force .
Where do you see GHABpro in the future?
I see many things for GHABpro , but one of the main things is to have a positive impact on other people's lives in the same/an even better way that people have had an impact on mine . Whether it's using GHABpro's funds to finance large projects or passing on my skills to others , I'm blessed to be a blessing !
What is your advice to anyone planning a start up business out there?
- Define your market niche -this will inform many of your processes .
- Be intentional with your money . Find a way to invest . Whether it be in your self , or others , view your money as a seed that will germinate and bring forth positive fruit
- Network - being friendly and appreciating the gifts in others will provide so many opportunities for you !
- Learn from others
- Define your brand - how do you want to be perceived . Understand how what you do or don't do will impact your brand .
- Have a vision , a goal . It will keep you grounded and dictate the way you do things .
- Identify your supporters and keep them close .. Also a be a supporter of others .
- You and your brand won't always be everyone's cup of tea .. That's fine . There are over 7 billion people in the world and at least one of them will like you !
- Don't be afraid to fall. True failure is not in merely falling and getting something wrong , but in accepting defeat and wearing it like a badge .
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