Hurray!!! Today is My Fifth Anniversary

IMG_0006Well, my fifth anniversary as an off and on blogger.

I registered with WordPress.com this day, five years ago to chronicle preparations for my weddings and other spin-offs under the title ‘Help!!! I’m getting Married!!!.

Well, I was quietly discouraged by someone who thought I was putting out too much info. I later made a come back in 2013 with my blog ‘The Blossoming’  posting mainly inspirational articles. In 2014, I moved to The Storytela and that’s where we are right now.

It’s been an awesome experience blogging. I’ve met other great bloggers like
http://unwalled.wordpress.com,

http://www.eziaha.com and

http://ladyicons.wordpress.com to mention but a few.

I’ve also been greatly encouraged by my sister and mentor- Chika  http://chikaforafrica.com

Mrs. Oloidi
Mrs. Oloidi

A huge shout out to all our followers and readers from all around the world! Special recognition to:

Kim Sweeting
Kim Sweeting

Funsho Oloidi and Kim Sweeting, they’ve not only read every post, they’ve either left a comment or pressed the like button. Thank you so much for making the journey interesting.

So what to expect from The Storytela in the next five years? Lot’s of inspiring stories about people like you. Sit back, fasten your device belt, pick up a virtual bowl of popcorn and let’s take you for a ride!

Cheers to 5 years of blogging!!! Glory to God Most High!!!!

The Storytela

Life’s a journey, document it

Where are your own designs?

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Growing up, there was this popular Igbo sung that girls used to sing. I can’t quite remember all the lyrics but it’s something like this:

i ne m anya n’anya, eye shadow (If you look at my eyes you see Eye Shadow)

i ne m anya n’onu paint onu (On my lips you find lipstick)

And the song goes on to describe everything the girl is wearing.

It’s basically a song for bigs girlz! In other words, I’m not at your level kind of thing.

Today, we see the same thing play out again and again. We jostle for Louboutin Shoes, Mongolian Hair, Gorgio Armani perfumes, Versace wears, it’s designers all the way.

In one of his audio excerpts, Pastor Chris asked a profound question: ‘Where are your own designs?’

At least Genieve Nnaji now has a clothing line and several others are creating their own designers stuff too.

What about you?

Are you going to be remembered for just wearing other peoples designs?

You might not own a design per se but I’m sure that there’s something original that you can give to the world or to the body of Christ.

There’s got to be something that only you can do in the way that only you can do it. That’s how to leave your footsteps in the sands of time.

So, as you spray on your designers perfume and dress up your children in labels, take time to think again, what have I created so far? What can I create today? It might just be a simpler way of filling forms in your office to make reporting easier, it’s called innovation.

So take some time this year and create a design for yourself.

Cheers!

The Storytela

It’s Part of the Game

challenges-in-lifeFacing a challenge? Or an obstacle? Maybe you are going through really tough times. Well, it’s part of the game.

The higher you go, the bigger the challenges you will face, so don’t think you will ever have it smooth sailing unless maybe you are just coasting.

If you do not have any serious challenge facing you, maybe it’s time to up your game or change your game plan entirely because you need challenges to grow. Just like you need to pass exams to be promoted.

Be grateful for your challenge and look for that way out of it that God has created for you.

I look forward to your story of victory.

Cheers…

The Storytela

Picture Courtesy of: aymenfares.com

Enjoy This Story & Don’t Let Go!!!!

There was a story i heard over the radio on November 14th 2006. I just read it up in a mail I sent to a friend and I thought I would share it to inspire you.
It’s a story about three trees, they all had their dreams, the first wanted to be used as a crib for the Kings children, the 2nd wanted to be used to build a big ship that will carry Kings and rich men all over the world, the 3rd wanted to be the tallest tree in the forest, very close to the heavens and everybody will stare at even from the mountains and wonder at how close it to God.
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Some men came into the forest to cut trees, they said they wld send the first tree to the carpenter, it was happy cos it wld get to be used for a crib. The second they said is very strong and would be sent to the dockyard, that one too was happy cos it’s dream was gonna come true. They looked at the third and felt it would not be used for anything so they just cut it and left it lying around It was sad cos it felt it’s dream was dead.
Meanwhile, the first tree was used to build a manger for feeding animals, of course it felt bad, the other was used to build a small fishing boat and the third kept lying around. A while later, a man came in with his wife and she delivered her baby in a manger, the tree knew there was something special about that baby and soon learnt that the baby was a king, it was happy cos it’s dream had come to pass.
The small fishing boat witnessed a spectacular event when one of it’s passengers who was sleeping during a storm suddenly got up and said ‘Peace be still’ and the sea obeyed. Instantly it knew it was carrying someone greater than all the Kings on earth put together, what more, the man even walked on water. It was overjoyed becos it’s dream was fulfiled in a greater way.
The third three lying there was picked up and built into a cross on which this same man was crucified. It stood there, tall on the mountains carrying the son of God.
The dreams of these trees all came to pass in a way greater than they imagined, in God’s own way.
Don’t let go of your dreams, they will happen if you believe!

The Call of Fatherhood

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Daddy, Daddy, you know how much I love you…

I remember so clearly the lyrics of this song we sang several years ago in Federal Government College, Nise.

It’s not easy to be a Dad, especially when you were raised by a man who was never really there for you or who maybe didn’t live up to the expectations of a Father.

You see, fatherhood can never be passive, fatherhood is planned and intentional. As a Dad, you’ve got to have a vision for your children. What type of child do you want to raise? And no, the job is not for Mommas alone.

When a child is raised without an objective, the child will grow anyhow, without an objective too. So you see the children of successful men who seem to not to have a direction in life.

My call to all Fathers today is to take a moment and think (if you’ve not done so already). Who are you raising? A bold, God fearing, well mannered, smart child who is respectful, responsible and focused? If this is what you want, then there are specific things you have to do for your child to turn out that way and trust me, it’s not just about making the money available or uploading pictures on social media, LOL.

Please do not take the easy way out of not getting involved in your children’s lives. God is counting on you, to teach your children about him. Also, not every woman is strong willed enough to raise children properly on her own. Your decision  may just boomerang in your face several years later.

Today, I salute every Dad and Father figure who is giving or has given so much to help raise the children right.

Happy Father’s Day to you all.

God bless you.