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How I Started Writing – Presh Olives

I’ve decided to share my writing journey. I hope this inspires someone.

Many years ago, I sat in the classroom writing a love story. I had a little notebook. In my little notebook, I wrote my beautiful story. I had just started my junior secondary school. I sat on the chair by the window side. There, I imagined how beautiful it was to finally fall in love, get married and have beautiful kids. During lunch break in school, I’ll sit and try to write at least a page. As a kid, I was incredibly observant. I also was very quiet, but aware of my surroundings. This helped me to focus and write well.

I remember then, a classmate found this little note book of mine, read it and she became intrested in it. During lunch break she’d walk up to me and say “Precious, have you written another page”? She wanted to read the story till the end.

I was quite amazed that she found whatever I was writing interesting.
Little did she know that her act, was an encouragement for me.

I continued writing, but mostly about nature and love. I was a young girl, I had no experience about love but I knew it was a beautiful thing. How did I know this? Of course, I watched love movies!

In final class in secondary school, I won the top prize for the Nigeria’s independence day essay competition in the school. I remember being called out on the assembly ground and announced the winner. This was a huge motivation for me.
After then, I realised I’ve developed a passion for writing. I started writing articles on politics and lifestyle and pushing towards getting them published on the national newspapers. At this time I was in my third year of studies towards a Bachelor’s in Microbiology.

I also channelled my writing to poems. I’d say poem writing is quite easy, but making the my poems rhyme can be quite tricky.
Later on, I decided to start a blog, I wanted to put my writing out there, inspire someone, share my experiences and continue doing what I love. Yes, I love writing!
This was what actually drove me to start my blog in 2014. Luckily, I got my articles published on national newspapers before graduation from the University (Bachelor’s). During NYSC, I worked for a national newspaper for a while and I continued writing and blogging.

Summing Up

The blogging journey has been amazing. I’ve grown as a writer.
Writing can be challenging, but here’s the fun part- writing helps you share your experiences without stressing you out, helping you eliminate stress. In addition, you educate others by writing freely from the comfort of your home or work. Writing also increases your creativity, thereby helping you learn more from others and gaining exposure.

For those who have started writing, but not sure if they want to continue. DON’T GIVE UP. YOUR WRITING MIGHT INSPIRE SOMEONE AND CHANGE LIVES. KEEP WRITING!

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UK lockdown: Life in the UK

I’m an outdoor person. I enjoy going out alone or with friends to have fun and take some pictures. When the isolation started officially, I tried to adjust to things to carry on with life normally, and try to get myself involved with some indoor activities to make myself busy at home.

Watching the news was like watching a horror movie. I had to stop watching the news for a while. So much going on, I just want everything to get back to normal.

Working from home initially was fun. After a while, I began to miss the outside world. I miss going out, meeting with colleagues, having fun and talking about the projects for the month.

One positive thing I can’t complain about is constant electricity and internet. I can watch movies, and do so much with my free internet.
The weather also is beautiful. The sun is shining, sending a sign to Britain, for people to see the sunny side of things.

However, even in this period, I have comminucated with everyone that matters to me. My family and close friends. Staying connected with the ones you love, totally help ease the stress and keeps you smiling.

Remember, there’s going to be plenty of things to do after lockdown, so look on the brighter side of things and cheer up.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”– Joshua 1 vs 9

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8 ways to stay busy at home

In many countries, people have been told to stay at home. Being home alone can be so boring, and even if you’re with your family, it can be boring when you’re stuck at home.

Reducing boredom requires that individuals look for an alternative, different from their meaningful usual activities.

Here are 8 ways you can keep yourself busy at home;

1) Read a book: Reading books, strengthens your writing abilities and enhances your imagination and creativity.

2) Do online professional courses:
These online programs are designed to help you develop professionally and progress in your career, very flexible and from the comfort of your home.

3) Start a blog: Starting a blog is simple. No technical experience required! It is one of the best ways to put your thoughts and writings out there by expressing yourself.

4) Bake: you can bake that cake you’ve been dreaming about.

5) Start a YouTube channel: who knows, you might be the next youtuber, people will learn exciting things from.

6) Clear out your closet: Clear out the old clothes to create a space for your new clothes.

7) Fix stuffs: Fix that leakage, fix the broken shelf, fix that bulb, Fix everything broken in the house.

8) Check in with loved ones:
Everyone is still trying to get used to this way of living. Check in regularly with your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. You can do this through video chat, calls and texts.

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Trusting God In Hard Times

God hasn’t promised sun without rain. Not in this present world. But he has promised to be with us.The Bible is full of God’s promises and reminders about him being with us.

When life seems full of pain, we need to remember what Paul said to Timothy about “endurance”.
The Christian race isn’t all smooth. It’s not an easy path. In the Christian race, you may have to go through some difficult times.

But the question is…Will you endure to the finish? In the Christian race, will you be faithful through all of the hardships? However, God has promised us that he will keep us and save us. But the process is not automatic. We must endure hardship as good soldiers of the lord and as leaders.

Often, we are trapped by our unbelief and fear, but God is preparing us for the end-time harvest. He wants us to be disciplined and prepared.

God didn’t say everything was going to be smooth, but he assured us that he is going to see us through all the hard times.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego showed us in the Bible how to worship God in hard times. They were able to trust and worship God in difficult Situations. God delivered them, same God is ready to deliver you from every situation. All you need is to trust in him.

When things go wrong, as a Christian, I know it can be devastating, but remember that 1 John 5:14 says “And this is the confidence that we have towards him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

God hears us, he knows when we need him, therefore your prayers will never go unheard.

Let me put a smile on your face…

Do you know that with God on our side, we have nothing to fear?
For he has promised us that he is with us. Joshua 1:9 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

And please put your trust in God, Trust him alone.

Psalm 118:8
“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

And remember that Hebrews 11:1
Says “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Put your faith into action…. And fear not!

2 Timothy 4:18
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.

For all God’s promises are YES and AMEN. Trust in him alone!

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Self-Improvement: How to continually improve yourself

Self development is essential. Self improvement goes a long way in changing your life positively. This is an act of enhancing yourself and your capabilities. As life evolves, you should too.

Fortunately, self improvement doesn’t involve a lot of hard work. It simply involves, easy day to day steps and activities. It involves a slow process.
It’s not necessarily about making one big change and then you relax, self improvement involves a regular daily process, and this can revolve around your habits, behaviors and actions.

Self improvement might need a little bit of reflection on your day to day activity as a person, so as to know where you need to work on and improve.

Over the years, personally, I’ve tried to work on my patience as a person. I got books on “Patience” to help improve my ability to accept or tolerate situations without becoming annoyed. Patience is a powerful one. Over the years I’ve realised the ability to endure difficult circumstances, can be worked on and achieved.

Self improvement might include changes in your habits and behavior

These are simple self improvement tips that might help your lifestyle

1) Love Yourself. The first step to your Self-improvement is learning to love yourself

2) Eat Better and healthy

3) Forgive easily. This will help you live a happier life and make peace with everyone.

4) Be flexible

5) Set Goals and accomplish them

6) Accept Failures, but never make the same mistake twice

7) Be Thankful! Be grateful for all you have and strive to be better than you were yesterday