My e-familyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy – chai, I have missed you guys! Ah ahn, how now? How are things going with you? What’s popping? Ki lon sele? I know some of you are not very happy with me for being MIA so I am not even going to pretend like I don’t know that this post is coming late. However, instead of trying to give you stories (read excuses) that may or may not touch the heart, let me just say ‘ Sowwwwwwwy’. What is most important is that we are back now, right??? Thank you fam – you deserve ALL the accolades!

Whoosh, now that I am feeling all loved and forgiven, where do I start? This post is a mix of a life update as well as the launch of our first vlog on our YouTube channel (yaaaaay) about my trip to Zimbabwe late last year. Take note of the ‘OUR’, as we are definitely on this journey together so please make sure to subscribe.

Subscribe oooo!!! Tenks a bunsh 🙂

*starts playing Lara George’s Dansaki *

Brethren, it has been a season of good news in my life and in the lives of those around me. Truly it seems like the Scriptures in Amos 9:13-14 is being fulfilled.
Just as Lara George sang, I am truly acknowledging God for who He is, and for ALL He has done and is doing in my life and in the lives of my loved ones. Words are inadequate to express my gratitude to Him! And since this is good news season, I pray that everything you are waiting for becomes a testimony quickly in Jesus name. I also pray that God will pleasantly surprise you and do things that you didn’t even pray for in Jesus name.

Good news galore!!!

Moving on, during the time I was away, I got tired. Can you imagine? A whole Superwoman-wannabe got tired! Yes, I got tired. I am not sure what the main reason for the fatigue was but I was very tired – physically and mentally.
Let me tell you how tired I was – I was in boxing class (yup, I am still at it and I am not sure I am leaving EliteBox Fitness anytime soon) and halfway through the class, I legitimately thought I was going to faint. I started seeing double and it felt like I was going to throw up. I am not sure why I thought the solution to this situation was juice (hahahaha, at least it was not ice-cream, lol) but I quickly asked for some juice, took a few gulps and then barely managed to finish the class. I thought it might just have been low blood sugar levels (even though I had eaten well all day) so I did not pay too much attention to it.

A few days after, I went for my swimming class at Dolphin Swim School and that was when I knew the fatigue was deeper than sugar level matters. I arrived at the class ready for greatness as I had finally made it to the deep end the week before, and I was looking forward to completing multiple laps across the pool like the dolphin that I am, lol. Right? Wrong! That class was an absolute disaster. I literally would swim halfway and just sink. People, it was bad. I just could not move my arms and kick my legs – I would just stop midway and drop to the bottom of the pool. Then I would walk back to the shallow end and try again. Error! The one time I made it to the deep end, it was with plenty water coming out of my nose, mouth, ears, eyes, everywhere. It was not pretty at all.

After these 2 incidents, I decided to respect myself and just take a break. I finally realized that my body was telling me to slow down and if I didn’t heed its advice, I could have broken down big time. I was not able to go on leave/vacation but I stopped all physical activities (no boxing, no running, no swimming), minimized non-critical work and just allowed my mind and body to rest. I spent the weekend(s) primarily being horizontal on my bed and just breathing. I did not even try to read any books or do any ‘time-investing’ activities. I was not over-analyzing the time being ‘wasted’ or thinking about all the other things I could be doing to save the world – I just ate and slept and was merry. Selah! #lazyyouthactivities.

After the mini-break, I felt slightly re-energized, rested and ready to go again ( I still need a proper vacation o!). Although I was thoroughly embarrassed by my swimming class flop, I went back there 2 weeks later determined to try again. I was very tempted to just give it up altogether but hey, my mama didn’t raise a quitter (plus money had been paid, value must be extracted, lol)

Selah!!!

Moral of the story – listen to your body and make time to rest. Only the living can add value – Amen! Let me ask you – how do you know when it is time to take a break and how do you rest?

The VLOG is live!!!!!!!  (Watch it right up here) People, this is a great day! The first recording for the vlog was done in November 2017 after I came back from Zimbabwe, but in the true nature of blockbuster movies, this took a few months to complete, lol.

‘Shortly’ became 6 months *smh*

When I realized I would not be able to finish the editing before the end of 2018, I called for help from one of my filmmaker friends.

*Press pause*

Brethren, it is important to have a very well-diversified network of friends/acquaintances o. My network is not only made up of strategy and finance professionals, I also have filmmakers, fashion designers, deep philosophers, tech giants, spiritual heavyweights, physical heavyweights and co in my life. If you are going to go far, you will need plenty help from plenty sources – best believe it!

*Press play*

Anyway , I asked Michael @amapsalmist  (you should watch his short movie – Penance ) to come and help my vlogging ministry so I could finally post about my Zimbabwe trip. This thing is WORK!(not the type Aunty Rihanna was dancing to o) Is it the amount of thinking that goes into the storyline or the number of takes you have to do to get an error-free recording or the number of power poses you have to do to get into the mood when all you want to do is sleep? Kai – it is hard hard work! We were recording on a Friday night at 10pm in someone’s office after a meeting I had there. Kai! I have absolute respect for people who release vlogs on a daily or weekly basis and make it seem like play.

Behold my vlog messiah – Michael(AmaPsalmist)

Massive shout-out to some of my favorite Youtubers – Eniola Tito Abumere (Mr Cool, Calm and Collected who doubles as a Love Doctor, lol), Adenike O Adebayo (her screening room reviews of some of our favorite web series from NdaniTV are epic), SisiYemmie (the madam at the top who has been at this game for AGES!) and Akah Nnani (I miss your vlogs man – come baaaaack !!!)

After this experience, I promise to never take anyone’s vlog for granted again – the hours of work that go into a 10-min video is just unbelievable. And I hear it does not necessarily get easier (*puts hand on head*) – I just might stick to my IG stories (see Rwanda ones here ) and leave the vlogs for the full-time elders.

So please watch the vlog (now begging like a contestant on a music reality show, lol) and kindly leave your comments/feedback here or on the Youtube channel (whichever is easier for you). I am keen to hear what you think. I am also keen to know what you prefer – IG stories or Proper Vlog? Let me know. (God, please let them say they prefer IG stories so that I can have a good reason not to do this vlog thing again – thank you Jesus in advance, lol)

With Tolu  – my sistooo from wayy back during our Ericsson days.

What else? Yeah, I was in Joburg a few weekends back and had the good fortune of reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones at the airport.

With my beautiful birthday mate – the Faratastic Fara❤!
With T-Mama and T-Boy❤

I absolutely love running into people at the airport – it is always a better use of time than spending all my money in Duty Free, lol .

Met Muyiwa in person for the first time at the airport – after months of being IG friends!

Alright, what’s next? After a few months of living it up in Lagos and facing my work squarely, I am excited about my upcoming trip to Lebanon with NaijaNomads! Brethren, I cannot keep calm o! Especially after reading about their Morocco Easter trip, I am earnestly looking forward to Lebanon. I think it is going to be truly amazing.

When they send you a brochure for your trip, you know it is going to be EPIC!

Again, I would like to know – how do you take time to rest, especially when you don’t have the luxury of going on vacation? What do you think about the vlog? Do you prefer the IG stories to the vlog?

Hugs,
Kemi

p.s – I finally got to write this post on a flight from Joburg to Lagos. I am convinced that my writing mojo is best activated when I am on a plane high up in the sky! We just need to fund this inspiration source now, lol.

p.p.s – I forgot to include some of the fantastic photos from Zimbabwe in the video, so I decided to put them here- Enjoy Zimbabwe through the lens of my faithful iPhone and Edem’s hi-tech camera 🙂

 

 

The majestic Vic Falls – peep that rainbow 🙂

 

Some more falls

Just before sunset on Zambezi River

 

The gorgeous sunset

 

 

This is my attempt to take a NatGeo worthy shot! See my elephant friend?

 

Not sure why but I like this picture but I do – one day I will learn how to use a hi-tech camera properly

Helicopter Views

33 Comments

  1. Olufisayo Adeleke May 26, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    First to comment !😂😂💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽🕺🏾🕺🏾🕺🏾 Now lemme read the post🙈

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 26, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Hahahahaha! I was even wondering if I mistakenly typed a comment myself – THAT WAS FAST!!!

      Reply
    2. Nchedo Chinwuba May 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      😂😂😂 Fisayo I just love you.

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      1. Kemi O - Site Author May 27, 2018 at 12:46 am

        Don’t we all love Fisayo? Lol

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      2. Olufisayo Adeleke May 27, 2018 at 2:33 pm

        Awww…I love you too Chedstar!

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  2. Olufisayo Adeleke May 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Yayyyyyy!!!!! Love the vlog…I might be slightly bias because you played one of my fave songs ‘Happy’…that bungee jump though….I hail you…not sure my liver has expanded to that level yet…I mean I was screaming when I did common canopy walk at LCC…you got me at ‘drum roll’…i mean i kept waiting like oya what’s the side hustle😂😂😂 that looked like a really nice experience !!! Was that elephant swimming though…it looked like it was just walking majestically out of the water….the falls…oh my chest…breathtaking!! Such a wonderful experience overall…thanks for sharing as usual…I really do love the vlog but for reasons I cannot explain…I’m team IG stories….till next time…keep being amazing and we love you 😘

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 27, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Hahahahaha.. Fisayo! Common canopy walk? Lol.. You know I still have not done that canopy walk. I need to plan a trip to LCC real soon.

      Yaaay to team IG stories! Could you be on that team because you suspect vlogs might take 6 months to get done (*side eye to myself*) while IG stories are instant?

      Buzz me on Whatsapp for the full elephant swim video – it was such a sight!

      Thanks a lot for your comment, Fisayo! From being a stalker, you are now first to comment? Won’t God do it! Hehehehe

      Love you right back girl!

      p.s – I am already adding your testimony to my list 🙂

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      1. Olufisayo Adeleke May 27, 2018 at 2:30 pm

        God will do it o!😂 I remember the days I was too lazy to comment …God is indeed on the throne.

        Amen to that testimony !!!

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  3. Dele Fadahunsi May 26, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    First time here, new discovery. Initially, I skipped the videos and just read the engaging piece, written in amiable Ms Kem style. I thoroughly enjoyed it… till I got to the last picture at the end. Helicopter view! That just filled me with envy. Bad bele na bad ting.

    Great job!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 27, 2018 at 12:45 am

      Mr Del is here – yaaaaay!!!! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Bad belle is allowed *in MI’s voice* Hahahahaha

      Reply
  4. Esther Afolayan May 26, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    YOU ARE A SUPERWOMAN, WONDERWOMAN AND ALL SHADES OF AMAZING!!! Keep serving us these inspiration hot hot hot!! Love you!!!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 27, 2018 at 12:38 am

      Only me all these things!!! Ayeeeee!!! Thanks a lot Esther! 💜💜

      Reply
  5. AMA Psalmist May 26, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    WE GOT A WHOLE PARAGRAPH GUYSSSS! I DON BLOW! AUNTY K, YOU’RE THE BEST! I LOVE YOU LIKEEEE DUHHH, SEE HOW YOU SOLD SOMEBORRY’S MARKET, THANK YOUUU!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 27, 2018 at 12:36 am

      You are most welcome! Thank you again for your help o – this vlog would have been released on the 1st anniversary of the trip if not for your divine intervention 🙂

      Ose gan!

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  6. Ibilola Olowookere May 27, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Kemi Sisterly! What a good read and watch!

    Please how is your side hustle going? I need to hook you up with a show o.. *drum roll* really got me 😀😀. Then the fall?🙄 Your gut is from above only.

    Congrats on the Vlog, I love it you made it look like you’ve been doing it sinceee… I can imagine the hardwork that went into it. I think you should do Vlog quarterly till you can get a good hang on it,, the blog will complement it. I don’t just remember to check Insta stories 🙈

    Please when are you taking another therapeutic break? I’m also guilty of not taking breaks when I should but waiting till the body reacts or when I start getting cranky at home. God help us!

    I’m writing this on my way back from a speaking engagement in Badagry and I was like, oh! I should have taken pictures and videos of the trip and sights o, but my sister the trip was not inspiring at all. I don’t think that road still exist on Nigeria map, the annoying part is that PMB has a housing Estate on that dilapidated road!

    OK you engaged me as usual. Thank you.

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 28, 2018 at 7:59 am

      Sisterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! Thanks for coming by!

      I love your idea of vlogging quarterly – wow – how come I did not think about that? Takes off the pressure and gives me the chance to really learn to do it well (or just find the right team to outsource to, hehehe) But I love the idea- thanks so much.

      Therapeutic break will be real soon – because I know that Lebanon trip is not exactly for therapy, hahaha. Don’t wait to break down o. You are very deliberate about every other area of your life, why not be deliberate about resting too? I am preaching to myself too o!

      I saw snippets of your ministration in Badagry – wow wow wow! Please come and preach to me biko.. I need that anointing in my life. Well done sis! Re the roads- please don’t get me started this Monday morning. How Whispering Palms lost its charm is still a mystery to me.. Do you know you could have just stayed the weekend in Badagry with family if that place was still popping? Sigh. O saaro Monday – let’s just keep the positivity going!

      Have a blessed week sis and thank you for engaging me even more in the comments section, lol.

      Love you Aya Olowo!

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  7. Audz May 27, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    You are a trip hahahahaha welcome back! Xx
    Rest is very important and I haven’t taken a proper one in 4 years but I know change is here because …. Amos 9: 13-14!
    ….Have an amazing week!
    PS; Congratulations on the Vlog, on my way there now!😉

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 28, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Yes yes yes!!!! Amos 9:13-14 o!! Yes and Amen!!!

      Oya please – take that proper break soon. Only the living can add value o!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting and then going to the vlog – you deserve 3 accolades, hehehe! Let me know what you think about the vlog, yeah?

      Have an amazing week too!

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  8. Rachael May 28, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Thank you Aunty K for blessing me with the inside of your world. I smile all through .
    Amen ! In Jesus mighty matchless name to your prayers

    Subscribed and listening to the Vblog and more smiles on my face

    Loads of love from me

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Mrs Coks!! Thank you for always coming through! Love you plenty plenty..

      You owe me a zipper 🙂

      xoxo

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  9. BE May 29, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Lovely blog! Sorry for the late response. Im sure you know why.

    I was privileged to watch and subscribe to your YouTube page. Fantastic!

    Its okay to take a break and rest. While the destination is important, the journey should be enjoyed. However, don’t forget to get up and move after being refreshed.

    Well done Kemi, you are always an inspiration.

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    1. Temiloluwa May 30, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Love it!!! I am going to send you a message about cameras Sigh! About to start this vlog journey. lool.

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    2. Kemi O - Site Author May 30, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you brotherly! You da best!!!!!

      I like the illustration of the journey and the destination – love it. And yes, we move after being refreshed.

      Cheers!!!

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  10. WamWam May 30, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Whoosh…welcome back! Yayyy on the YouTube channel…awa subscriber gang. Seriously though it’s good work but hard work so please take ya time biko, I agree with Ibilola on the quarterly idea..no pressure.

    This was such an amazing read. Now I’m lowkey dreaming of Zimbabwe (that low rainbow though was legit looking for it at the top..lol)

    Speaking of…maybe we should plan LCC when I’m in Lagos🤞🏽 (I’m seriously counting down..lol)

    Oya lemme goan watch the vlogs

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author May 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      WamWam 🙂

      Let us definitely do LCC together when you come home – will be waiting for you. Deal?

      Thanks for the feedback and YES YES YES to going to Zimbabwe! It is a really beautiful country.

      Hugs..

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  11. Bisola June 1, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I am speechless 😳😳

    Good job Super Woman. 💪🏾💪🏾👏👏😘😘

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author June 1, 2018 at 9:35 am

      My Mama Runsh!!! Thank you for your comment but most importantly, thank you for all your love and support!!!! Love yah!

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  12. Debola June 3, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Thumbs up Kemi. Your posts are always so interesting and refreshing. 🙂

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author June 4, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you Debola! 🙂

      Reply
  13. Fola June 3, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Well done KemoLala Allrounder Extraordinaire

    I’m so with you on the need for rest and recreation. I’m currently in that space now. Physically and mentally tired. I can’t even think of writing now. Thankfully I’ll be going on a short break now and it makes me humble and greatful that I can pack my bags and get away for a short while, knowing that some can’t even afford not to show up at the market to earn their daily stipend. #nodays off.

    Only the living can truly add value.

    Well done!

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author June 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you Afiola 🙂

      I am so happy that you are taking a break (is an agbalumo going with you this time?) – it is very important that folks in high-pressure jobs like ours take time to just breathe. Otherwise, you will be unproductive, cranky and generally useless to all stakeholders involved.

      I love the perspective you have on being able to take a break – being grateful for the the luxury of taking some days off and being grateful for the grace to even afford a trip away. I join you in singing that gratitude song and I pray that we both come back refreshed, re-energized, rejuvenated, skinny, fresh, fit and ready to do some great work. Amen?

      xoxo

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  14. Kemi Motayo June 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    How u get time for all these extra curricular activities beats me.. U really superwoman wannabe, u almost there already. Even as a student with extra time on my hands I still find it hard committing to other parts of life.. Sighs ..goals. currently drooling at your Lebanon brochure ,can’t wait to be travelling the world like aunty K!!
    I haven’t watched your vlog yet but I already prefer the ig stories cause m an ig person and clicking that ig logo is so much easier. Also it’s less data than vlogs (student’s pocket 😌) but a big E ku ise on it. I can imagine the hard work that went into it. I remember when we went to record our class song, omo after that day I had a new found respect for artists. Creatives are hard hard workers. Your pictures from Zimbabwe are awesome ,my bests are the one with the rainbow and the other where u were riding an elephant 💪.dope.
    How my body tells me I’m stressed is when I start feeling like I have malaria but it’s really just stress. I start having headaches, always tired, sleep seems not enough and I even run a little temperature. I call it pseudo-malaria syndrome😁,cause a weekend at home eating mama’s cooking and just enjoying the relaxing aura that comes with home, not thinking or doing school work. I always come back rejuvenated.
    Thanks for another lovely post! Always a worthy read💕… Sorry my comment is a mini post😊
    off to subscribe to ur page🚶🚶

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    1. Kemi O - Site Author June 9, 2018 at 12:24 am

      Kemoooooooooooo, thanks for your mini-post!!! I learnt something new – pseudo-malaria syndrome. Osheeey! Dr wa!

      Mama’s cooking is the cure to 90% of the problems in this world, gba be! Lol.

      Hahahahaha @ almost being Superwoman. Thanks dear. Sometimes I wonder how I do it, and in those moments, I know I am definitely running on Holy Ghost juice. So I thank God for strength and capacity.

      Abeg where can we see the recording of the class song? I am sure it will be a hit, lol.

      *now waiting for your subscription o*

      Hugs,
      Kemi

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