A Present Help

In today’s world many fears and anxieties can fill our minds and our thoughts, most especially with the added layer of living and surviving through a pandemic, but we must be rest assured that we have a Present Help.

Next Month is World Mental Health Day (October 10th), and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), this day was initiated ‘with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

We are all glad for physical health during these times, however we must also safeguard over our mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Of recent I had been reading a lot on Psalm 46. It was credited to the sons of Korah written in commemoration of King David’s defeat of his surrounding enemies.

The first lines of the chapter are quite popular within Christian circles and states;

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

This means God is ready and available for us to run to as a refuge and He is able to grant us the external strength and internal wisdom we need to navigate troubling times. We sometimes battle the enemy within as well as the enemy outside. Even though “the earth be removed” and “the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea”, we are reminded that “The Lord of hosts is with us“.

Our minds can at times be a battlefield with all sorts of anxieties and worries directing our thoughts and informing our actions and behaviors but learning to lean on the truth of the word of God and using that to counteract the negative can truly help to retune our minds.

One of my favorite verses states;

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Romans 12: 2 (NKJV)

The renewal of our minds is very important. Allowing words of truth to fill our minds rather than what the outside world says. Now, I do not mean we disregard all we are told, but rather we pass it through the filter of the word of God.

We should learn to “Be still, and know that He is God; He will be exalted among the nations, he will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)

The end of Psalm 46 simply states;

“The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge”

PSALM 46:11

Let us be rest assured that when our hearts are overwhelmed, we can go to a rock (an immovable, steady foundation) that is higher than us and that can help us, in the person of Jesus Christ.

Check out your local area for detailed info if it’s needed but you can also check out the WHO’s resources here.

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Easy Meat Pie Recipe

Dough Recipe

Mix together dry ingredients for dough recipe:

3 (1/2) cups of all-purpose flour; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1 tablespoon sugar

Cube your butter (200g ~ 200ml cold butter) and add to the flour mixture and mix together using your fingers. Texture of the flour should change and become breadcrumb-like.

Crack and add 2 eggs to the center of the flour mixture and mix in with a fork, eventually using your hands to ensure dough forms nicely. Add about 1/2 cup of cold water (or as needed) until dough begins to form.

Cover your dough and place in the fridge for about 45 – 60mins at least.

Meat Filling

Fry onions until translucent. Add habanero peppers (if you like spice!) and allow to fry until soft.

Add meat filling of choice, in this case, turkey beef was used. Fry meat and allow o cook thoroughly (nobody wants any form of food poisoning!).

Prepare your veggies by washing and cubing your veggies including carrots and irish potatoes(sweet potatoes are my favorite type to add), which are commonly added to Nigerian meat pies.

Add water to cover up the meat and veggie mixture an allow to cook until half of the water content remains in the pot and the veggies are cooked but not too soft.

Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the mixture to thicken and stir well and allow to cook together. This prevents a flour after taste from being present in your meat pie.

Meat Pie Assembly: Roll Out That Dough!

Cut your dough into four equal sections and then divide each chunk into three more sections.

Use a rolling pin to roll and flatten your dough and using a circular plate/bowl to cut out shapes for your meat pie.

Scoop two tablespoons of meat filling on the center of the dough and cover over and use a fork to press down the edges to seal in your meat pie

Crack 1 egg and use it to glaze the meat pe and use fork to make three indentations on tope of meat pie to allow steam out and for meat pie to cook evenly inside.

Bake meat pie at 375 C in the oven for 40-45mins!

Voila! Easy, peasy Meat pie recipe. A yummy and delicious snack for the weekdays and maybe weekends too!

To celebrate ‘World Gratitude Day’ these are some of my favorite things; the ability to eat and enjoy food! What are some of your favorite foods??

Shout out to allnigerianrecipes for breaking things down and for the recipe!

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Be Grateful!

This September, I’m taking notes from Kierra Sheard’s song ‘Grateful’ which states;

“And it’s simple
It ain’t even really that deep
I’m just grateful
Don’t make it harder than it needs to be
Be grateful”

Kierra (2020) ‘grateful’ LYRICS

By the way if you haven’t already go check out my review of her Kierra (2020) album!

It’s in the simple things that we show gratitude. It isn’t until something grand happens that we can be thankful to God for life. And even when grand things happen we must always ascribe all glory back to God!

For me and my household, I am grateful to God to see the last quarter of the year, grateful for life, grateful for health, grateful for family, friends and community! Grateful for social media and the opportunities created through connecting through social media and the power of networking.

A Heart of Gratitude

Grateful to ALL the amazing guest writers that shared their thoughts in the Let’s Talk About It series (If you haven’t yet go check out the various topics ranging from Social issues, Single life, Manhood, Christian creativity, Adulting!). Don’t forget to check out the resources they shared and also see what they are up to in their different platforms!

If you need a greater initiative to be thankful going into the rest of this year, here are some verses to help sensitize the spirit 🙂

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

PSALMS 90:12

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

ZEPHANIAH 3:17

“With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!”

ISAIAH 12:3

“I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.”

PSALMS 143:5

Monday 21st September 2020 is World Gratitude Day and a few things you could do to celebrate that day is ponder on the verses listed or more, keep a gratitude journal from now till then (and beyond should you wish!), give back to your community or spend time with family and friends in a grateful state.

Mo’s playlist for Gratitude
Comment below your own songs of gratitude!

#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

Let’s Talk About It…Adulting

We have come to the end of this awesome series and so many gems and insights have been shared! As the month of August comes to an end we remember that God has called us to be influential and impactful in our world in all our different realms of influence.

‘There are different ministries, but the same Lord.’ – 1 Corinthians 12:5

We cannot do that without knowledge and wisdom on how to navigate this season of life well, especially as young adults.

‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’ – Romans 12:2

Check it out the last of the series and don’t forget to comment your thoughts and share your views! Also connect with Anthony and check out ‘Adulting with T‘ podcast on all streaming platforms!

This week’s topic is on Adulting
1. What is your definition of ‘Adulting’? 

Adulting to me is about learning and unlearning to grow into my most authentic self. A self that has dedicated time and energy into removing ignorance and filling myself with wisdom; the application of knowledge. The definition is holistic, benefitting my spirit, mind, heart, soul, body and community.

2. What are some of your biggest milestones in the adulting process? 

Reading and becoming vulnerable with God has become my gateway to spiritual healing. Reading broadened my perspective on what I was going through during challenging time, for example coming to terms with my new-identity post university (being a adult outside of full time education). I was able to have a clearer idea about the value and opportunity I had ahead of me in my twenties. Hence why I started my Podcast Adulting With T Podcast the day after my 23rd Birthday; a platform to keep me and others accountable to the best version of ourselves we envision through honest conversations on adulting. 

3. What have been your biggest lessons and tests during the adulting process?

Learning to be patient and being humbled by challenging experiences. I have learned that I can have an idea of something working within a certain time frame, but it’s okay if things don’t happen as planned. I should never forsake the blessings I have in life in the midst of such situations. This goes for jobs I applied for and did not get, relationships I pursed with beautiful women than didn’t amount to much, and finally personal growth I didn’t see straight away. Good things take time and that includes ME and the lifestyle I dream to one day live. So act according and live life like a marathon and not a sprint.

4. How has your faith impacted how you adult in everyday life?

I start and finish my day with prayer and thanks. Faith, the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence in the unseen” (Hebrews 11:1)  has a huge impact on my world view. Despite experiencing social anxiety, imposter syndrome etc, I know that I can overcome all of this with my faith in God. This makes me an optimistic person who sees value in people and myself.

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Let’s Talk About It…Christian creatives

In today’s society the term ‘creative’ and ‘influencer’ have become buzzwords among the young adult population and especially in the Christian realm. What exactly does it really mean though? We have the awesome Olamide from ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast to shed some light on this topics and share her thoughts.

Check it out and don’t forget to comment your thoughts and share your views! Also connect with Olamide and check out ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast on all streaming platforms!

This week’s topic is on Being a Christian creative

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1. How would you define the term ‘Christian creative’ ?

I define a “Christian Creative” as a person who has a gifting that is common to man, but relies on God to be inspired, empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to really reach their full potential. A creative that uses their gift to glorify God in whatever arena they are called to.

2. What are some of the ways you think you embody this in your own personal life? How do you feel you embody the ‘Christian Creative’ label?

I remember when “Christian Creative” was a big thing with artist like Lecrae and SPZRKT saying that they aren’t Christian Artists. I didn’t get what the big deal was with them denouncing the title. But now I get it. People assume a Christian Creative only operates in the realm of the church and only creates for the benefit of the body. But that’s not true. For me, I embody a Christian Creative by intersecting my gifts and my faith. The two are not mutually exclusive. There is a synergy between them.

3. What are some of your biggest achievements as a Christian Creative?

I think one of my biggest achievement as a Christian Creative is landing marketing jobs and clients despite having a Public Health background. It’s literally one of my biggest finesse. Everything I learned has been through the power of God and Google’s search engine. Hallelujah! Another achievement as a Christian Creative is starting to two brands (Urban Disciple and Naija Girl Talks) that have impacted believers and unbelievers. The fact that I yielded myself past my doubt and insecurities to be used by God to influence my generation is something I hold dear to me.

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4. What are some of your struggles as a Christian creative?

The same as everyone: Comparison

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In today’s society the term ‘creative’ and ‘influencer’ have become buzzwords among the young adult population and especially in the Christian realm. What exactly does it really mean though? We have the awesome Olamide from ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast to shed some light on this topics and share her thoughts.

Check it out and don’t forget to comment your thoughts and share your views! Also connect with Olamide and check out ‘Naija Girl Talks’ podcast on all streaming platforms!

This week’s topic is on Being a Christian creative

Let's Talk About It (5)

 

1. How would you define the term ‘Christian creative’ ?

I define a “Christian Creative” as a person who has a gifting that is common to man, but relies on God to be inspired, empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to really reach their full potential. A creative that uses their gift to glorify God in whatever arena they are called to.

2. What are some of the ways you think you embody this in your own personal life? How do you feel you embody the ‘Christian Creative’ label?

I remember when “Christian Creative” was a big thing with artist like Lecrae and SPZRKT saying that they aren’t Christian Artists. I didn’t get what the big deal was with them denouncing the title. But now I get it. People assume a Christian Creative only operates in the realm of the church and only creates for the benefit of the body. But that’s not true. For me, I embody a Christian Creative by intersecting my gifts and my faith. The two are not mutually exclusive. There is a synergy between them.

3. What are some of your biggest achievements as a Christian Creative?

I think one of my biggest achievement as a Christian Creative is landing marketing jobs and clients despite having a Public Health background. It’s literally one of my biggest finesse. Everything I learned has been through the power of God and Google’s search engine. Hallelujah! Another achievement as a Christian Creative is starting to two brands (Urban Disciple and Naija Girl Talks) that have impacted believers and unbelievers. The fact that I yielded myself past my doubt and insecurities to be used by God to influence my generation is something I hold dear to me.

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4. What are some of your struggles as a Christian creative?

The same as everyone: Comparison

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Let’s Talk About It…The Men

Continuing off from last week’s topic on ‘The Single Life’ this week we are focusing more specifically on the men aka the mandem. Over time, I have noticed that there seems to be a lot of visible resources that is targeted specifically to young women to help them become all that God has ordained them to be. But, then one wonders what about the young men? It seems women are more primed and encouraged to work on themselves whilst the men are usually just taught that ‘boys will be boys’. Well, in today’s society one cannot get away with that mentality anymore. I have been actively trying to learn about how men think coming from a family of men; in my father, brothers, uncles, guy friends and now seeing young nephews growing up, this makes me wonder  ‘What does it mean to be a man?‘ Gabe from Project 3:30 and  ‘The Greater Podcast’ gives us some amazing insight into this topic.

Check it out and don’t forget to comment and share your thoughts! Also, connect with Gabe and the guys at Project 3:30 and The Greater podcast!

This week’s topic is on ‘Boyz to Men’

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1. What does the term ‘manhood’ mean to you? 
 
I think manhood describes the life journey of becoming older as a male. Whatever these experiences include.
 
2. How do you personally measure transition from a child into a young man? What are the tell-tale signs ?
 
I think maturity and the handling of responsibility are the measures. I wouldn’t say actual accolades or accomplishments dictate the transition because some people’s paces are different than others, I really think it is about how you handle what you face.
 
3. In light of the current social climate and police brutality and racism in the Western world towards young black men in particular, how have you navigated through these issues personally?
 
For me, I have tried my best to not only stay informed but stay connected and supportive. I have experienced the hate that comes from police brutality and racism but I understand it may not be to the same degree as others. It is important to me to stand in unity when fighting against the system that oppresses black people as a whole. I have spent time talking to those close to me and contributing to causes that bring change.
 
4. What does biblical manhood mean to you? How does it differ from the worldly view of being a man?
 
I think it all goes to responsibility and stewardship, I look at a lot of the stories in the bible that surround the men and a lot of it alludes to them being responsible for something, whether it was their family or craft. Obedience was a big theme. 
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5. What have been some of your highlights and lowlights of transitioning into young adulthood as a man? 
 
I think the lowlights have been really facing circumstances that were bigger than me. The ones I couldn’t just manipulate and even learn from hard conversations and experiences involving others. Realizing that I had to learn to love and communicate for effective relationships was hard but self-development may have been hardest.
 

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Let’s Talk About It…The Single Life

The topic on how to live the single life well has always been a hot topic among young adults around the world. So, had to invite the amazing writer Mr Iremide Akinsola to share his views and wisdom on how to navigate this aspect of life for all my fellow young adults.

Check it out and share your thoughts and suggestions!

This week’s topic is on The Single Life

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1.What is your relationship status?

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2. How have you navigated or are currently navigating your single life ?

I am enjoying this phase! I understand that this is an important season for building a strong foundation for the future. So I’m working and trying to grow in my walk with God, earnestly desiring that Christ is formed in me. Trusting Him to prune and refine me.

My relationship with family and loved ones is a major part of my life. So I try to ensure that they know how much they mean to me. And also that I’m there for them.

My work/ministry is really important to me. I consistently invest in ensuring that I perform excellently in all that God has called me to do in the areas that He has placed me.

Also, I take time to just enjoy myself. Dancing around the house. Laughing. Taking a stroll. Living!

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3. What has been your biggest struggle as a single man?

Fixing my eyes so much on tomorrow that I don’t remember to enjoy today. Growing up, I had the problem of being too future-oriented.

I remember that at my secondary school Valedictory Service, I was thinking about how much I would miss my friends. Friends that were still with me at that point in time. Rather than enjoy myself and live in the moment, I focused on what was to come.

I don’t want to make the same mistake and I’m being intentional about it. I’m learning to add spontaneity to the structure of my activities. I’m learning to create and document memories. I’m learning to smell the roses. I’m learning to enjoy where I am! To maximize this season of my life. And indeed every season, as life unfolds.

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Also, there’s the constant temptation which comes from media and the society at large. It’s a challenge to stay sane amidst the crazy things that the world brings up.

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Let’s Talk About It…pt 2

If you haven’t already, go check Part 1 of the Social Justice topic with Victor from The Alive Podcast. Today his co-host on The Alive Podcast, Tommy will be sharing his thoughts on Social Justice.

Comment your thoughts, views and suggestions and feel free to also connect with Tommy and check out his podcast!

This Week’s topic is on Social Justice

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1. What is your current thought about the current situation of the world (Coronavirus, Rape Culture in Nigeria, Race Issues in the Western word & Police Brutality). 

Coloma Vilus, COVID-19, Coronavirus and all its various nomenclature. Personally, the pandemic for me has actually been a time for personal holistic growth. In relation to the world I understand that it has made life for some people a bit challenging and some others created opportunity. It is truly an unprecedented event that no man could have accurately foretold or predicted. The take-away for me whenever it ends God willing, should be using the time available to grow spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. I see this event as a test on our faith and to overcome it we have to create a solid relationship with God and trust Him all the way.

Rape culture in Nigeria, race issues in the Western world and Police brutality. I feel these vices should not just be limited to rape culture in Nigeria but there should be more attention to gross violence against women regardless of location, race issues in western world and police brutality as actions fueled by hatred and rage. Regardless, my stand on something as rape culture will be rape of any form, violence or violation of any human being is morally wrong. These actions have the tendency of negatively impacting people (in this case women) in the most devastating way I will never understand. Race issues and police brutality have been vices created from gross abuse of authority, hatred stemming from biases against people due to skin color, gender and race. I feel it is time in Nigeria that we start having an open dialogue communication on the issues of rape culture, readdressing bills that support the current age of consent, proper sex education right from our lower educational institutions. On the topic of race issues and police brutality the approach to that has to also come from a place of open dialogue, redressing a lot of institutionalized biased agendas, yes peaceful protest but I believe more importantly love and understanding. Love is a concept people have really failed to grasp and do not get me wrong it is a very difficult concept to grasp and apply if you are working by your own strength. True agape love and understanding is a gift of the Holy Spirit. He freely gives this if we can start humbling and yielding ourselves to Him.

2. What was your first reaction to these issues even as they are brought to the public forefront at this time?

I honestly did not take the whole COVID situation seriously, I knew of a potential threat of it happening in the World, but I never realized it would have the ripple effect of crippling business, economies, schools, healthcare, government, church, pretty much our regular daily life activities. It has truly been an interesting journey.

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Let’s Talk About It…pt 1

Welcome to the month of August!

Hope this month will be good to us all!
Since 2020 seems to have been adding twists and turns I decided to start a new series to address a few issues relating to young adults and just this current social climate we are living in. As we are all learning and trying to figure things out I asked a few people to collaborate and share their views on some topics!
I hope you enjoy the series and please feel free to comment your thoughts and check out the work of the amazing guest writers!
This week’s topic is on Social Justice 

Let's Talk About It

1. What is your current thought about the current situation of the world (Coronavirus, Rape Culture in Nigeria, Race Issues in the Western world & Police Brutality)
I think we are in strange times. 
COVID-19: The coronavirus pandemic has changed our society in ways we don’t fully understand yet. It has also given individuals a compelling reason for proactive introspection. While human behaviours will slowly return to how it was before COVID, I expect that we will see policy changes/regulations on national and or municipal levels that will reflect lessons learned from the pandemic. Also, I think this is something my grandchildren will ask me about when they come visit in the summer after Grade 10.
Rape Culture In Nigeria: I can only imagine the physical and psychological damage that follows being violated in such a gruesome way. And it is disheartening to know that, in many cases, the rapists get away with it. Meanwhile, the lack of a strong support system for rape victims in Nigeria is a poignant reminder of how much still needs to be done. I hope that #JusticeForUwa will not just be another trendy hashtag; I hope that it will be the beginning of a change. I believe that a proactive effort to identify and prosecute rapists is a step in the right direction. Beyond that though, and perhaps more importantly, a strong network of support for rape victims is necessary.
Race Issues  & Police Brutality: I happen to believe that there are good people on either side of the aisle. There are bad cops; and, dare I say it, there are good cops. And many racists don’t wear a police badge. In my naive opinion, it will be unfair to liken every police in America to Derek Chauvin. That said, I believe that reforms can and should be done to address policies in policing that target minorities. More importantly, though, I believe if there’s an effort to address racism in the greater society, the results will be amplified. Having said that, I agree with Denzel Washington in saying that love cannot be legislated. People must choose to love and this is where we need God big time.
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KIERRA (2020) Album Review

So I recently have been looking for clips on The Clark Sisters due to their recent Lifetime biopic. As I usually do, I went on a YouTube rampage and started to research into who the Clark Sisters are and what they’re all about. Of course I stumbled upon Karen Clark Sheard and I had known of her for a few years as well as her daughter Kierra Sheard but I think I gained a new found respect for her and her ministry. The mother-daughter relationship reminds me of the verse in Psalm 145: 4 which states

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

Man, what a beautiful thing to leave a godly legacy and start a path that future generations can follow and build their walk with Christ upon. Anyways, in my ‘research’ I discovered Kierra’s new album!

Kierra

Now don’t get me wrong I had listened and knew of Kierra Sheard here and there but listening to this album gave me a new found admiration for her. As you may know if you’re an avid follower of the blog I love me some Jonathan McReynolds music.

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One of the reasons I truly appreciate his music is because of the transparency and authenticity in his songs. His lyrics at times speak directly to the situations in my life as a young adult. The struggles, insecurities and doubts that we all go though he portrays so beautifully, eloquently and without judgement in his music and that is a powerful testimony. It reminds me of the verse that talks about they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the power of their testimony.

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

Revelations 12:11 (NIV)

The ‘him’ referred to here is the accuser that is the voice of insecurity,  feeling like you are not enough and just the general stress of life. We need the Holy Spirit and the power of God to set us free indeed but when ministers like Jonathan McReynolds and now Kierra Sheard can put those victories into song form, we remind ourselves daily of the victory and power we have in Christ Jesus. Our victory occurs in our personal life and it is an inside job which is then carried into our every day living in the way we speak, we think and we relate with others.  Anyways, back to the main topic! I decided to do a quick run down of Kierra’s latest album and share some of my thoughts!

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1. Don’t Judge Me ft Missy Elliott

Straight Banger Alert! This song represents to me the saying if you don’t anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. I love the video too, you should check it out! But what I love about this is the transparency in which Kierra shares her past mistakes and embarrassing moments, we all have those once in a while!

Fav Lyrics:

‘I did it all for the first time

Made a mistake, but I earned mine I broke it on a one time

I’m glad I did it all my way

Fixed it on a front line

I’m over the pain

If I’m dancing when I wanna (Please don’t judge me) If I’m smiling when I’m under (Please don’t judge me) I just ran through the fire, Please don’t judge me

2. Always Win (Live)

Favourite song right now as a young woman this song is my anthem right now!! I love what Kierra Sheard stands for and I am totally rooting for her! I love how transparent she has been with her journey, her struggles and most importantly her victories (YASSS!).

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