The Chronicles Of A Woman…

The travails of her life

The passionate stories

The lessons of past mistakes

The time of youthful exuberance

Her stains and Imperfections

Her determination and resilience

The excruciating experiences of life’s encounters

The sordid anguish in the hands of love

A perforated confidence

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Tales From Denmark – Part 1

I arrived Denmark with nostalgia. There was a part of me that felt so confident and happy. While the other part of me was fraught with trepidation.  I was apprehensive.  But, I was unwilling to allow fear cripple my new found happiness.  The fear of the unknown. How will life turn out in the white man’s land? I have heard so much about the white man. I’ve seen them in movies. I’ve met a couple of them in real time back in Lagos. But to live amongst them is the newest experience I’m about to discover. The what ‘if’s’ was paramount on my mind. Continue reading

Change is Constant…

Change according to the old cliché is the only constant thing in life. Change is distinct. Change occurs in our daily lives and most times, cannot be seen except one take a close and deeper look. Change must occur if we desire to move forward otherwise, one will become obsolete, redundant and complacent. Change is ephemeral. Change is normal. Change is progressive and it’s what makes everyday life different and interesting. Continue reading

Shed the old ways!

 

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*Image courtesy of Google*

This piece is as a result of the phone conversation I had with a childhood friend yesterday.  Our discussion sealed my resolve to write today’s post. I had planned posting something else but have to put it away, at least for now.

Some people are afraid to change the status quo of their lives. They are so used to doing things in a particular way that any attempt to embrace change is frowned at and rejected. There are those who believe that they can never leave family or loved ones to migrate to other places. While some others believe they can never marry from a tribe outside of theirs. Another class of people believe that they can never try new recipes or new culinary tips because they are glued to the ways of old, the traditional belief of their great grandparents, or maybe their ancestors. Haha!

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A New Site Title & Tagline

Day Two Assignment on Blogging 101.

Change according to the old cliché is the only constant thing in life.

Change is distinct. Change occurs in our daily lives and most times, cannot be noticed or observed except one take a close and deeper look. Change is one thing that we must accept, if we need to move forward.

Failing to embrace change mean we want to remain in a particular status-quo that wouldn’t bring us any good growth.  We would then become obsolete, redundant and complacent.

Change is ephemeral.

Change is normal.

Change is progressive and it’s what makes everyday life different and interesting.

Today’s Assignment:

By today’s tasks, I was once again reminded about a phenomenon that is very glaring in our daily lives. As humans, we desire transformation in certain areas of our lives.  We take practical steps to enable us achieve this goal.

Some changes pass through a period of trials and errors. Strategizing and re-strategizing. Getting it wrong and bracing up to redo it until we get it right.  I am a case study of this trial and error because I’ve tried some customizing on my blog without success. This is because I didn’t pay attention to the WordPress tutorials or guides as I ought to.

As at the time I started blogging, which is quite recent, I knew I wasn’t very satisfied with my blog outlook. And I silently wished to change its appearance. But as humans, I was slow to taking the move. Call it procrastination and you would have guessed right. I thought it was a cumbersome exercise to undertake. Hence the reluctance in me didn’t give me the nudge to be adventurous. And when I eventually tried, I didn’t have the patience to get it right.

I am happy that today’s assignment prompted me to take action, this time with zest and seriousness. A big thanks goes to the facilitators of the Blogging 101 Course.

Today, my blog has a coat of new colours, a new Theme as well as a new Site Title and Tagline.

Before the Site Title was SSD’s Random Thoughts

AND the Tagline was – Personal, Cultural Vibes, Articles, Poetry and more.

NOW:

Site Title is – SSD’s Giggles and Tales

And the Tagline is – Telling Life’s Stories with a Smile.

I believe that the new look is better than the old one.

These new names are explanatory. The ‘SSD’ means ‘Stella Simple Dimple’.  I hope it depicts the blogs content. My tales on this blog will be told with a sweet dimpled smile laced with a sense of humour.

So, as you peruse the changes on this new site, kindly let me know if you feel a giggle and a sparkle in your spirit. Tell me whatever you are thinking right now with regards to my new improved Blog Site.

Should the new look stay? Maybe a few touches here and there…

What do you think?

Thank you for reading me. Again, let’s keep writing and reading one another – the tales of life.

Cheers!

 

Who I am…

Blogging 101, Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

Who I am:

I am ambitious, amiable with a good disposition and an infectious dimpled smile. I have a very active spare time and indulge myself to personal development through reading. I enjoy baking, cooking and taking occasional walk which refreshes me. I have a passion for writing hence I write poetry, scribble down my thoughts and maintain a dairy of daily events. I love travelling. My travels and the people I have met have enriched my cultural knowledge. They have also contributed to some personal changes in my perspective of the world.

I love to seek knowledge and I am interested in International affairs, humanitarian activities, capacity building, Volunteering and cultural awareness. I am passionate about education and dedicate time to inspire, motivate, and provide career guidance to students. I know that change is the only constant thing, so I am open to change, taking new vocations and challenges hence am here on this blogging world.

Stella is my name.  I am a simple person who appreciates life and believe that there is a Supernatural Being that oversee the affairs of men.

I am very passionate about people. Highly emotional, kind to a fault and ever willing to render help to people. I believe I have an innate love for people irrespective of who they are or where they come from. I discovered this about myself as I journeyed through life that colour, race, language, does not define my relationship with anyone. I accept people simply because they are humans. Therefore, meeting new people is a part of my hobby.

I was born in one of the tropical regions of the world, Nigeria. My humble background has prepared me for life’s journey and I love the fact that I have different perspectives from diverse cultures. I grew up to feel the scorch from the sun seeping into my skin and burning wickedly. While my handkerchief came handy to drain the droplets of beaded sweat that stream down my cheeks.

After my first degree in Nigeria, I worked for a brief period as an Administrative personnel. The process of wanting more out of life is a part of growth, therefore, when the craving to acquire a Master’s degree swelled up, I chose Denmark, a beautiful country. After two years of studying, I bagged an MA in International Studies from Aarhus University, Denmark. A country that has since become home.

Why do I blog?

Writing is a way to get outside of myself – it is so therapeutic. I want to express and document the many quirks and twist of my daily situations; to pen down memories that stream into my mind refusing to let go.  Writing gives me a clarity of purpose. It gives me a sense of fulfillment. I started this blog to follow my heart desire. It is still evolving and a work in progress.

Hitherto, I lacked the courage to start so ended up with my thoughts only on my journals which doesn’t go beyond the walls of my room. However, in October 2015, I overcame self-doubt and the greatest demon of all times – ‘fear’.  Then I killed all the excuses that fester inside me which kept me away from embracing a cursive life.

I have been in love with writing from my childhood. However, life’s journey is never easy. My scribblings of many years would remain in my journals and notebooks if I don’t expose them to the world. So now, I am on a path of rediscovering myself and writing is a voice for me as well as fun.

Building connections in life is very necessary for growth. It nurtures personal, social and business growth.  Connections create platforms to having an appreciable network across the globe. So in the blog-sphere, I want to connect with like minds to share experiences and knowledge. Knowing that I write to be read will enable me polish my writing skills.

One thing life has etched in me though, is to understand the elusive way time is passing by so am trying to be more present with myself. And starting my blog is it.  I am no longer afraid of change, and I have no fears or sadness to say goodbye to a comfortable status-quo of living my dreams only within the confines of my inner space.

If I blog successfully for the next one year, hopefully, by the grace of HIM who has given me life, my Chi (God), I would have accomplished a greater satisfaction with my writings. My blog would have become a platform for those who need to be motivated. And I hope my writings will have positive impact and a tremendous rippling effect on not just me but those who follow or stumble on my blog.

The topics or areas I will focus on will encompass bits and pieces of musings from the culture I was born into as well as the new culture I have come to embrace. My life in Europe is replete with tales from my many travels. My posts will be a mix of echoes of different cultures. My blog will act as a motivational platform for people who are struggling to get out of the ‘heat’ of life… those who need to be inspired that the challenges they face are not peculiar to them. Rather, everyone passes through struggles but in different degrees.  I will share my day dreams, my crazy thoughts on myriad topics and poetry. It will be a criss-cross of all the jigsaw puzzles hibernating on my mind.

Now, you know me and the reason why I have embraced blogging.  Kindly leave your thoughts by scribbling down a note for me. This will enable me know that you stopped by my space. Betterstill, follow this blog so that we will continue to interact even after this blogging course.

Thank you.

Cheers!