Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Can you work for a younger boss?


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Even though we are made to believe that age is just a number, it is very serious issue particularly in the African setting. Those older usually have the lion's share and the best of everything. They are more privileged, believed to be more experienced, matured and of course responsible.
In some cases,  it is believed that older people are more ripe for marriage than younger people because they appear to be  better off in their choices having had their share of life experiences.
 How about in the work place? Ideally, one is supposed to have a boss that is older and more experienced. That way you don't feel intimidated or envious. And then the workplace would be conducive and less tense since you know your place. But what happens when it is the reverse?
For Betty, as she welcomed the new year, it was time for her to make a shift from her comfort zone in her workplace. Having spent five years in the same position,with no promotion, no form of visible growth and to top it all boredom of the highest order due to doing the same routine week in, week out, she thought it best to seek for another job. This time, she aimed for a higher position with obviously a higher pay in a new establishment.
She was fired up. You know the new year feeling, when you feel motivated to pursue new goals. One of her goals was to make the switch into better establishment with better opportunities, exposures, skill acquisitions and mouth-watering worker's package.
As she made adjustment to her CV, she embarked on a job search, sent in her applications, kept her fingers crossed while hoping for positive outcomes. Soon, her phone beeped, it was a message that she had been shortlisted for a job interview in three days time.
Her next move was to prepare for the interview as the day drew closer. The day before her interview, after ironing her wear for the interview, she packed all the needed items into her handbag. Looking at the mirror, to see her facial expressions and body language  as she rehearsed possible answers, she felt confident that she would definitely get the job.
Fast forward to the D-day, she woke up quite earlier than usual, performed her morning routines and left for the job interview. Thankfully, she got there on time. She would have been disappointed if she had allowed the traffic show its ugly head. She was the first candidate at the job interview. That was a good sign for her.  Taking a deep breath before she was called upon, Betty maintained her composure and calmness.
Then, the time drew near and she was ushered in to meet the interviewer. As she opened the door, she was shocked to her bone marrow. The interviewer was a much younger lady than herself. Betty was in her mid thirties and the interviewer should be around her mid twenties. In her mind, she was like 'What does this  one know?'
Looks can be deceiving, true! but she was sure than she was very much older than the interviewer. She had already started calculating how she would be saying 'Yes Ma' and taking orders from this young lady.
Based on the research that she conducted on the establishment, she was expecting to meet with the Managing Director. It was later that she learnt the person had retired recently before handing over to his daughter and that was the person interviewing her.
Even though, several thoughts were going through her head, Betty carried on with the interview professionally. She saw that the lady in question, even though younger, demonstrated competence, high level of expertise and IQ. She didn't know whether she would like to work for someone younger than herself.
Being the eldest child in her family, she wasn't answerable to her younger siblings,  who looked up to her for virtually everything. This was going to be a tough pill to swallow if she lands the job.
As she left the place of her job interview, pride crept in and Betty muttered that she would not like to work for someone younger than herself. It was 'unto the next one for her'. She took time to  google her interviewer name and what she saw was very impressive. Her academic and professional qualifications were no where near hers yet she was older. For her, it was a wake up call, to acquire more skills, do a professional course, go for a higher degree, anything to step up her game but working for her junior, obviously a no-no.
On the flip side of side,  we see older women getting married to much younger men acknowledging them as the  head and being submissive, so then why is it difficult for people to work for younger bosses in the workplace?

Thursday, 11 January 2018

#NewYearBodyGoals: Detox with Bitterleaf juice



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Happy new year! After a wonderful feast during the festivities, it is time to listen to ones body. A good way to do so is by detoxification, which is a type of alternative medicine treatment that aims to rid the body of unspecified "toxins". Not bad if you ask me since we might be having #NewYearBodyGoals. Without spending money of drugs and medicines, you can make do so with the bitterleaf plant right at your back yard!

Now, bitter-leaf, botanically known as  vernonia amydalina, is an ubiquitous plant. To the  Igbos, it is called Onugbu, to the Hausas, it is known as Shirakawa while the Yorubas call it Ewuro.  It is called Bitterleaf because of its bitterness from the leaves to the stems to the roots and bark.

This plant is used as a delicacy mostly in the eastern part of Nigeria. However, it is not just a delicacy, it has medicinal value.


The bitter-leaf plant contains Vernodalin, Venomygdin and Saponins, which is good for the body system particularly  the kidney and liver.    It is advisable to take your bitter leaf juice  fresh.  Most times, boiling or cooking reduces the potency of most herbs.

When you have a sweet tooth, ice cream, chocolates, cakes and everything sweet become quite appealing but from time to time, it is good to detox ones system particularly the liver and kidney. The extract from bitter leaf i.e.juice is one way to detox your body from all toxins and impurities.


Below are some of the many uses of bitter leaf juice:

Stomach-ache:
Pound the fresh leaves in a mortar and press out the juice. Add a pinch of salt to three tablespoons of the undiluted juice and drink to stop the stomach ache.

Skin Infection:
For skin infections such as ring worm, itching, rashes and eczema, the pure, undiluted extract of bitter leaf is excellent. Simply apply it to the affected part daily.

Diabetes:
Bitter leaf juice does not only reduces the sugar-level, it also helps to repair the pancreas. Simply squeeze ten handfuls of the fresh leaves in ten liters of water and take two glasses thrice daily for one month, this amounts to six glasses daily.

Loss of Memory
To cure memory loss, take one glass thrice daily for a least two months.

Prostrate Cancer
Prostrate cancer is common among men who are over forty years old. Its symptom is difficult and painful urination, among others. Bitter leaf is very good for this ailment.  It increases the flow of urine and reduces the pain, as well as regulates the spread of the cell. Simply squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take a glassful four times daily.

General Weakness:
For vitality and vigour, squeeze the bitter leaves in water and take a glass thrice daily. Be sure to experience a new lease of energy.

Stroke:
Bitter leaf solution calms the nerves, strengthens the muscles and cleanses the system.

Pneumonia
Squeeze the fresh leaves of the plant in water.  Take a glass-full thrice daily. Warm the solution on fire each time before drinking. Remember, do not boil, just warm. Then continue the medication for a month.

Insomnia
Bitter leaf extract has done wonders for those suffering from sleeplessness. Simply take two glasses of bitter leaf solution every night.  You will experience great calm and well being.  You may add a little honey if needed.

Arthritis
Arthritis or rheumatism patients who have tried bitter-leaf solution as described above attest to its effectiveness.  It soothes inflamed joints and eliminates the pain.


Source:sunnewsonline

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

5 tips on how to travel on a budget


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Yay!!!First of all, compliments of the season. It is the festive season; a good time to go holidaying. In spite of recession and the present fuel scarcity, you can still make the best of this season.


While many would choose to spend their money on items, others prefer to spend theirs on experiences. Come to think of it, experiences do not fade away, they are evergreen memories that can be cherished forever.

  A good way of having wonderful experience is through travelling. We do know that these days travelling does not come cheap(especially now)  so most people would opt to travel on a budget.

Here are 5 tips on how to travel on a budget without breaking the bank:

1. Do your research
 Adequate planning is necessary for you to make that trip. Most times it is tempting to rush into planning and you might end up going off your budget. The best thing to do is to do a thorough research on your travel destination. Check travel blog posts on the destination, discuss with other travellers that have been to the place to learn from their experiences, spend time reading reviews e.t.c. If a particular mode of transportation is quite expensive, you might want to consider other alternatives that are cheaper but make sure they are credible/ laudable.

2. Sort out your accommodation
The next thing to sort out would be your accommodation. This is not the time to lodge in a five-star hotel.  As you consider your comfort, what is more important is having a place to sleep. So think of cheaper accommodation services in your travel destination. Another thing to consider is your safety.  The surest bet is to contact friends that you can stay with when you travel. That way you save yourself some money. Remember to play a good guest when you are hosted by keeping your space clean, helping with chores and others.


3. Don’t overspend during your stay
Take time to visit tourist attractions that comes with little or no costs.  You could ask the tourist’s guide on how you can maximize your stay without overspending. Hiring a cab driver may incur more costs. This is the time to take shuttle buses or cheap public transport. Try as much to limit your eating out because that might be more expensive. If you are going to staying in your travel destination for more than a day, buy groceries. This would save more cash than eating out at a restaurant.


4. Make money while you travel
 Put on your thinking cap and take hold of this your travelling opportunity to generate other streams of income by running a website, go job hunting in the places you would be visiting, being a freelancer/ virtual assistant, sell products, house-sitting, earning passive income, working remotely and so on.

5. Staying in touch
Make sure your cell phones are handy to communicate with people back home. These days cell phones are quite affordable and easy to buy even for the shortest trip. More so, talk is cheap. You can make phone calls via the internet. This would also be a good time to source for free wifi connections so that you can enjoy a facetime connection without borders. Skype is another option that is good and quite inexpensive.






Thursday, 24 December 2015

2015 Epilogues: My latter shall surpass the former






 2015 ...I came, I saw and I conquered{Sounds cliche but thats the way it is( In Celine Dion's voice)}
This year was very dramatic for me. Looked like I was acting a movie script for Nollywood. It was like I played the lead role in one of  Zeb Ejiro soap operas. The story line was about one girl like that was confused.Guess I did a good job....

This year I had to question my maker.I was completely lost and questioned my purpose. I sought help from whoever came to mind.I just didn't give in until I got redirection. I drew closer to God and He drew closer to me.Kai, I never knew I was this strong.

 Amidst my search for God existence of which I found Him, this year had started off with winning a makeover. Before then I was lucky to get a goodie bag from a beauty company. It was more like a  year of winning freebies.Then I entered into a new environment. Met new people of like-minds. Made new friends,some I am keeping and some I would be dropping before next year. Remember, friendship no be by force...To my old friends, tried reconnecting with those who wanted to and those that were probably to busy to have my time...well done o

Girlfriends who got married and had to cut me off because of their new status,na so life be???Makes me wonder if I would do the same when it gets to my turn. Would I see every single lady as a threat and enemy of progress,hia!
Anyways I understand,its allowed...

2015 was spiced with disappointments. Disappointments that I thought I would never bounce back. Rejection,ridicule,carelessness,loss of weight, bitterness all made the year long. Paradoxically, 2015 turned out to be one of my fastest years so far on earth....

Thankfully, the children's laughters, the smiles received and given to brighten my day, the new and old friendships secured, family support, adding a feather to my cap,  unexpected favours, adventures, skills acquired, improvement on my blog and its recognition, being noticed even when I thought I loved to take the back seat made the year a joyous and quick one.Then finding love in places least expected made 2015 a year to reckon with.

Aha, I joined departments in church. It was transition from a church goer to a church worker. That for me was a quantum leap! Normally I would just want rest in my comfort zone but I made a decision to be more active in the House of God . It is rewarding big time!

As the year draws the curtain, I can say I am no longer the girl I was...Still I rise like garri in water

N.B Please I take una grandma beg una ( As my maths teacher in secondary school used to say to catch our attention), don't kill my blogging career #SupportTheMovement #support my blog...lolzzz
See you in 2016 by God's grace#Peace

Compliments of the season!!!