Hello my people!!! Long time, no read. I was up finishing up some work (current time – 6:10am) and I was about to go back to snooze for a little bit when I looked at the date and thought ‘chai, this is how this month will go and I won’t post anything’. So, I decided to take 30 minutes to share some quick life updates and reconnect with you my dear e-family! (Thank you JD and NC for the everlasting reminders)

Update 1: New role at work.

Yes, you read that right! I got promoted at work. I am usually private about work but I guess this is good news and good news needs to be shared, yeah? I am very grateful to God for this blessing. Won’t He do it! We went from Big Girls Cry too to Small Girl with a Kind God gets promoted real quick, lol. I almost typed ‘small girl with a big God’ but we all know how that ends, hehehehe. I also want to thank my strong support system both at home and at work for their consistent love, understanding and support.

Eh ehn, this new role means that you now have a real thing to blame for my absence from the blog for the past 2 months, lol. I mean, you think you are ready for a new role and then it comes and you feel like a learner all over again! It’s been a really humbling experience having to learn new skills and ask for help/coaching all over again, but I would not trade it for anything. I know that things will stabilize soon and we will back to regular programming. Amen!

To everyone trusting God for a promotion – at work, in business, in school, in life – God will come through for you real soon in Jesus name! Can I get an Amen?

Let’s call this one the promotion glow!

Update 2: New passport shenanigans and appreciation shout-out

If you are Nigerian living in Nigeria and you have tried to get a new passport recently, you will understand why this is such a big deal for me. Sooooo, I ran out of passport pages (this was bound to happen eventually) and no embassy was going to give me any visa on the 1 page left in my passport. I started looking for a fast-track route to getting a new passport and all my Lagos contacts fell through. After trying multiple connects, I accepted my fate and was about to get on a 3-month queue for a new passport. I was in Abuja for one night and met up with one of the amazing people I met on my last trip to Lebanon (nobody can tell me anything bad about group trips – nobody!). As part of our gist/catch-up, I casually mentioned my passport matter to her (you know how we all like to talk about the struggles in our lives, lol) and she swung into action immediately. She called her people and in less than a week (honestly, it took less than 48 hours), I had a new passport. You know the best part, it was about 1o thousand Naira cheaper than what my Lagos 3-month queue people were going to charge me! Now, tell me if that is not a testimony, what is?

She is now officially my ‘sweeth engel’ and even though some of her BFFs are not happy that we are sharing her, they have to deal with it, hehehehe. Thank you, C-girl! I know you don’t want people to come and be asking you to open a visa processing centre so we keep your ‘adenini’ low-key! Love you Mama.

Laughing with my ‘sweeth engel’ in Byblos, Lebanon

Update 3: Lebanon post is coming – I promise

Speaking of Lebanon, that post will come, I promise. You can watch the entertaining daily highlights on my IG page for now, but I will come through with the post. You don’t worry!

The yummy Naija nomads of Lebanon

Update 4: Second edition of vlog from June

You remember the vlog I launched here? Yup, it is not dead o! Hehehehe. I did a book review on it in June (I think this is why I thought I blogged in June) and you can watch it here. Once things cool off, I think I will record another one in August. What would you like me to talk about? Let me know in the comments section below.

Update 5: I am now a published article writer o!

We global now! Lol. See below a snapshot from an article on travel blogging that I wrote for The Spark magazine by Business Day about a week ago.  It was so great to featured alongside some really cool folks (including my soul sister- Stephanie Obi). You can download the magazine here.

Published, yaaay! Download the magazine to read the rest of the article

The way I got connected to the opportunity is quite interesting. I spoke at Sycamore Africa’s Epic Fails Story Night and Ope Adeoye was the speaker/storyteller before me. We did not get a chance to connect properly at the event but we got introduced by email a few weeks later and he asked that I consider writing the article. Trust me, I had many reasons not to but it was hard to say No to someone who I found quite inspiring, so I said Yes. You know what they say, the rest is history. We global now!! Hahahaha.

You never know who is watching so always give every chance you get your best shot! Thank you Ope!

The power list of contributors! You have to read the whole magazine o!

 

Okay folks – it’s time to go and shower and get to work. This has to be the fastest blogpost ever!! Abeg, if you see typos, tell me o!

Could not wait for the Lebanon post to put up this picture, hehehe

Tell me what you would like me to vlog about and it shall be duly considered. It would also be great if you share testimonies of the great things that have been happening in your life – let’s give God ALL the ACCOLADES He deserves!!!

Love,

Kemi

 

p.s – I legit could not remember my website password *covers face* I have been away for too long o! Chai.

p.p.s – Of course, this took more than 30mins but I am glad I did not overthink it. This is going to be my August attitude – JUST DO IT!

26 Comments

  1. Rachael July 31, 2018 at 6:50 am

    My day is just mega met , you know when you wake up very very early to pray, listen to God, rush down to church for morning prayers, got back home and just like beep on my phone… Your blog is up!!!

    I settled down to read in Awe.

    Amen ! to your prayers am a small girl with a mega kind God too!!

    Congratulations again on your Promotion Aunty K.. You will stand out!!

    Now your travel coming abi , Thank you Mama C for coming through

    Thank you for letting me into your happy world dear child of God

    Loads of love… Rachael

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      Awwww Aunty Rachael! Thank you so much for your kind comment. The way you get excited about the blog is so encouraging – thank you so much!

      I know there is a testimony loading for you shortly, so let’s praise ‘AKISISORE’ in advance!!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽

      Reply
  2. Sstar Moyin July 31, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Hello dear, I smiled when I saw the email alert of your post… We have missed you!!!
    Loving the promotion glow!!!!! I pray for God’s grace and everything you need this new season dear.
    It was awesome listening to you at Sycamore Africa….it was very inspiring…
    Bye for now and stay purposeful!!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Sstar hun,

      Thank you! I missed you too. Writing this morning made me realize how emotionally connected I am to my blog fam. So, I really did being here 🙂

      Amen to grace and all needs being met in this season! Amen!! I pray the same for you too in Jesus name.

      Bye hun – I have an IG post loading for you – waiting for my second wear and then we hit them! Lol. Thank you again for the gift, God bless you!

      xoxo

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  3. Ayobami July 31, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Congratulations Kemi! You’re just smashing your goals steady!!!
    I tap into your “Small girl with a prayer-answering God” anointing.
    Thanks for always sharing.

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you Ayobami!

      That anointing is available plenty plenty o and I pray it manifests in your life speedily in Jesus name.

      I love the twist you put to it – small girl with a prayer-answering God! Ayeee!!!!

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  4. Sayo July 31, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Congratulations again on the promotion Kemi! Still basking in the euphoria of it all (and it’s not my promotion o!) Well Done and wish you all the best!

    I need a friend like C-girl o! Your god daughter (insert blackmail emoji) is currently on the 3-month Lagos passport queue. Hook a Sister up (winks).

    Lovely post as always! I’m joining one group trip soon!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Saybuskololo, thank you my darling! It is our promotion o, and we continue to rejoice and be glad in it!

      See me in WhatsApp for the ‘jump-am-pass’ approach.

      Yaaay to group trip – Mozambique in December with NaijaNomads? Lol

      Reply
  5. Pelumi July 31, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Congratulations on your promotion and just doing it 😁 👏🏼

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you Pelumi!!!! 🤗🤗

      Reply
  6. Eny July 31, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I also got promoted!!! *high-five* Well done sis. I’m feeling like a power puff girl *showing off my guns* Lol!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Yesssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!! *double high-five* You are confirmed powerpuff girl o!

      Congratulations Eny! I pray for increased grace and wisdom for this new season in Jesus name.

      Reply
  7. Omolade July 31, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Kemo, always having words of encouragement for all. Congrats on your promotion at work. Fingers crossed for the Lebanon post. Lovely article also. Remain blessed ‘small girl with a mega kind God’.

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you Omolade! Lebanon post is coming, the ginger just needs to be complete, lol.

      Remain blessed too! 🤗

      Reply
  8. Nchedo July 31, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Congratulations once again Aunty K! I need a promotion in life. Amen to your prayers!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Your promotion is here, Amen? Amen!!!!!

      Reply
  9. Ibilola Olowookere July 31, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Good newsssss… I’m next in line; Yes!! Congrats dear sis. It’s well deserving; that’s God’s way of making up for the “tears from the last post”. The glow pose nailed it tho.

    I can imagine the Naija passport shenanigans; I’ve been there before. Mine was not the delay but the cost…mmhh. We need a revival in that land (NIS).

    I’m waiting for the Lebanon gist eagerly.

    Ok so with me, I’m rebranding “me” as a Life Coach…you know..lol. I’m expecting my online course website to be ready any moment from now; it’s courtesy the fastest-finger competition put together by Stephanie Obi which I won. On the website, I will be teaching on topics spanning relationships and marriage, emotional stability and lots more. I also have my second book with the Editor, it should be ready for E-publishing before August ending. Also, I have an outreach (community development) to a slum in Iwaya (Yaba axis) on the 18th, my team and I are putting logistics and resources together for this (we need more resources oo). Also the Signature Woman Conference holds on the 25th of August and finally I am preparing for my booked ministrations for August.

    That’s a lot really; but you asked for it.. Then I’m learning French as a second language…lol. I have a teacher oo

    This year, the mantra is to “Be intentional”.

    Cheers dearie

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      OH WOW!!!!!!!!! This is back-to-back testimonies lining up!! So exciting!

      See all the things you are working on in this August, this same August! Lord, I must not dull in August o!!

      Well done Coach Ibilola (this is how we shall be addressing you, going forward), I am soo inspired by all what you are doing and I trust God to give you the capacity to execute all these projects excellently in Jesus name! Amen!!

      It seems to me that your mantra is beyond being intentional and more about also doing it without excuses! Well done Mama.

      I have backslidden on that French p, but the Lord shall restore! Lol.

      Have an amazing, exciting, results-full, testimony-full August ahead!

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  10. Iwari July 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Congrats on your promotion sis!! Uber proud (no pressure but we’re looking up to you, #KeepInspiring) & you’re looking sweeth as usual :*

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks ‘sweethie’, lol.. You are going to do even better,so the pressure is on you!!
      *winks*

      Reply
  11. Nnenna Fakoya-Smith July 31, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Congratulations on your promotion and publication, Kemi of Life!
    Looking forward to your Nomad Lebanon post *wink*

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author July 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you Nene!! 🤗🤗

      I know you are working on some major stuff now and I earnestly look forward to the unraveling! I know it will be nothing short of #epic.

      xoxo

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  12. Kingsley Eze August 1, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Hi Kemi. Wonderful posts by you. My wife ,Mercy Eze, formerly Adebayo, your class mate, just told me so much about you. And showed me your blog. I had to quickly subscribe upon reading just one of your experiences and I’m set to read all of them. For my wife, seeing those pictures and reading your posts almost makes her feel like she’s was part of those experiences. Keep flying high and impacting lives and challenging people to be the best of themselves. Cheers.
    Kingsley Eze.

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author August 1, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Hello Kingsley,

      Thank you so much for your comment- I cannot adequately describe how excited I got as I read your message. To have an old classmate tell her husband about me is just priceless.

      Please give my love to Mercy and tell her I said thank you for consistently being a cheerleader for me (even when we have not been in touch for such a long time!)

      God bless you both!

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  13. Chidi Koldsweat August 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Awww kemilala… massive congratulations darling. You are such an inspiration walahi. This is the beginning of amazing things to come. You will only get better in this role

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author August 11, 2018 at 1:14 am

      Amen!!! Thank you sister-girl! God bless you!!

      Reply

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