Friday, March 8, 2013

8 Things Every Woman Should Write Down Right Now

As a person who has kept a diary since childhood I have found that the most fascinating of stories is my story, so even if you don't consider yourself the next Jackie Collins you should carry a notebook to capture what most needs remembering. That way, you will always have something sensational to read.

1.  What Younger You Would Like About Present You. 
I can safely say I have metamorphosed over the years, and after becoming a wife and a mother, I have mutated. What would 16 year old you think of who you have become. Perhaps you never decided what you wanted to do but in an unlikely turn of events, you have the career you never thought was attainable. Your views on certain topics have changed, your tastes and your favorite flavor of ice cream.  Maybe you traded in the tom boy persona for a chic, red lips, pencil skirt, high heel wearing Aubrey Hepburn image.

2. Your Favorite scripture. As the years go by, there will be some scriptures that have helped you through the roughest of storms. These will be comforting, motivating, powerful, uplifting, inspiring and will always give you a valuable insight into your spiritual development.

3. That one quote The pick-me-up that makes even the worst day seem better as you slow down and really think of the words, like you would with your favorite song.

4. The best surprise you ever had. It might be your 18th birthday or your 30 or the day your husband proposed or the day you gave birth to the girl you wanted so bad after the scans had crushed your hope of buying all those cute pink things and made you accept you were having a boy. That memory that just puts a smile on your face and reminds you that the next best surprise might be just around the corner.

5. The mistake you never want to make. 
Maybe yours is a someones's bad marriage, your best friend's ill-suited career path—or a smaller matter, like never wearing pink and orange in the same outfit. If it's an act you want to avoid, make a note of both the mistake and why it was so bad.

6. The Most Unexpected Compliment You Ever Got. 
I can never forget the day my class rep randomly turned to me and told me I would make a great mother. That has to be the most unexpected compliment ever. The time your toddler heard Aretha Franklin singing and wondered aloud if it was you? (yeah, right) Store it up for those times when you really need a random comforting and the world is not complying.

7. Last Nights Dream
It's almost impossible to always catalog your dreams but don't you just hate that "what was it I dreamt of?" feeling bothering me all through the early morning, as a result of forgetting the dream that  you know you had but can't quite recall.

8. Your favorite Recipe
I make a fierce, sweet and sour sauce. Thanks to my sister-in-law who taught me when I was about 16 (God bless her), it always impresses family and friends. My best friend also made one vegetable soup that made me dream about it for days, or was it weeks? When I attempted to make it, she walked me through all the steps on the phone. Ask for recipes,  jot them down they might come in handy some day especially when you are about to wear that Fendi bag you've been hiding from hubby for the past 3 weeks.

Ijeoma Olujekun

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