Lessons Learnt in Year 3

Happy 3rd Anniversary to Musings with Mo!



It is truly a blessing to have a platform to express thoughts and lessons learnt throughout life. I find myself growing and learning so much through what is inspired on this blog daily. What was started as a way to document growth and grow a community of lifelong learners and those that are able to contribute to personal growth as a young adult as well as a believer in Jesus Christ has turned into a passion project and hopefully a community resource. Recently, I had found myself striving and wanting to work on ways to grow the audience of the blog. Come and see me sharing the links and doing all the fancy razzmatazz to get more people to read the content. However, I had also began to realize that I have to be careful not to isolate or neglect those that have always been a supporter of the blog since its establishment. Moreover, it is pertinent to understand that there is no need to chase popularity, the quality of the content will continue to speak for itself.

In a world that constantly forces us to prove our worth it is time to challenge the status quo and practice what we preach and let purpose be a guiding light in everything.

Back to the Basics (Foundation)

It is time to go back to the basics and the foundations of the blog and remind new followers as well as established followers that we are still on the matter of purpose.

Therefore, allow me to re-introduce the blog;

Musings with Mo Jun 2020 logo



To encourage and inspire a community of learners dedicated to growing and walking in our God-given purpose and mission on Earth. Passionate about knowledge translation and communication with creative young adult Christians.


Firstly, I want to thank all those that read this blog, either subscribed via email or otherwise. Those that message me with words of encouragement, support and feedback (that means so much to me, God bless yall!). Those that like the posts and leave comments on the blog posts and also connect with us on our social medias. Those that share with others visibly and under the radar, you are all truly appreciated and you make the whole process worth it.

Major Lessons Learnt in Year 3

1. Practice makes Progress

Legendary players like Allen Iverson inspire me to continue to work on my craft and passions. Lol, the context of this might not necessarily align with the intention but we can always know that with practice and diligence to a craft we get better at it. We have to exalt progression above perfection. One might not be the best writer, designer, communicator or whatever but we keep trying! Never giving up. When we encounter what seems like challenges and barriers we continue to press forward. Note: not strive but we press through. #WeMove2020

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”

Philippians 3:12 (NLT)

2. Stop people pleasing

When creating content of any kind it is very easy to start to pander to societal expectations and seek external validations. There is nothing wrong in taking stock of your audience and what they may need and what might be useful for them but at the same time, one has to be careful not to seek validation from external sources and by people’s likes, shares and comments. I have had to learn through a process that it is vital to keep focused and let God be the center of it all. When I find myself entering this striving and a head space that can be quite toxic, I have to remind myself to go back to my first love and rediscover why I started writing in the first place.

(Sidenote: You should check out the song by Hillsong Young & Free).

It starts by working on the ‘people pleasing ‘ mentality. Make the vision plain and commit it into the hands of God, whether the people follow or not.

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Colossians 3:23 (NLT)


3. If you want to learn something or become better at something it’s up to you to take the necessary steps.

One of the good things that has come out of this quarantine situation has been watching and being able to actually research the different aspects of a blog. There’s so much that goes behind the scene that one doesn’t even know about!  Reading about technicalities including analytics like Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and the likes has been quite interesting. Although, it has been slightly overwhelming but also just learning how to have a continuous branding/marketing theme throughout the blog. Now, I don’t know how much of these information I’ll implement but still it’s nice to know about it because as they say ‘knowledge is power‘. Beyond that reaching out to people and just doing more research on topics and ideas I personally am interested in or would like to try. I am learning that it is necessary to take initiative for my own growth and development.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)



I pray that we may always be inspired by our father in Heaven to follow our dreams and goals. May God continue to be our sustainer and the source of our strength and life. May He teach us in and out of season what it is He requires of us and teach us how to bring that vision to life to the glory of His name in Jesus name.

It is well with our souls in Jesus name. Year 3 is gonna be legendary!

Stay tuned!


Mo 🙂


Mamba Mentality (24)

So keeping with the yearly trend, I am back to reflect on what year 24 may look like for me.


Overcoming Distractions

I watched an interview with young Kobe Bryant and Stephen A. Smith and I must say I developed an appreciation and respect for the guy that I never really had before. It is interesting when they say we should give people their flowers while they are still living. It was quite inspiring and interesting to see his thought process and him sharing his journey of becoming the ‘Black Mamba’ that we know, love and celebrate today.
I also watched a talk by Francis Chan to single Christians, where he spoke about being one minded and kingdom minded. Chan referenced the relationship dynamic between Kobe and Shaq and stated that while the two guys were busy having an ego trip and feeling some type of way to each other, the people of LA were busy worrying about the power of their partnerships and the potential championships that dynamic could bring to the city of LA. The Lakers were already a well known and well established dynasty thanks to the likes of Jerry West (alleged NBA logo model) , Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabar and the showtime Lakers. Yet, the possibility was endless and the team could see beyond to greater exploits to be achieved. And that made me think that is how life is at times, we are so busy fighting seemingly superficial battles that distract us from the what we should actually be focused on. The enemy can be quite cunning in distracting us with conflicts both externally and internally such that we are prevented from building and working to achieve greatness. Yet, in the interview with Kobe you see his revelation that truly there is nothing God cannot see a human being through.


Kingdom Mindset

In light of the current social climate and how so many issues have been brought to the forefront in terms of police brutality and equality for black people in the Western world and abuse of power, the rape culture and victimization of females in Nigeria, now more than ever I am reminded that Earth is not my home yet one cannot remain silent on issues that affect the quality of life that myself and my fellow human beings can live.

It can be very easy to shy away from these topics and feel overwhelmed but the reality is that while earth is not my home, I am a sojourner here for a while and just like when I go and visit anywhere I want to leave that place in a good condition and contribute to the beautification and upkeep of the living area, as much as I possibly can. This is why I think moving forward these are issues that have always been prevalent in society it just seems there is a time such as this for things to really change and for people to really effect changes systemically in the form of policies  implemented and even just public awareness. However, I also find myself getting swept up in the emotions and the angst and frustration of the situation and I have to remind myself to keep focused and to retain that kingdom mindset.

Not wanting to sound like a broken record but honestly one of the things that has encouraged me and kept me sane through this whole craziness of 2020 has been trying to maintain the kingdom mindset. There has been far too many deaths of people that are tagged as great and successful in their own rights such as Kobe Bryant, Ravi Zacharias, Ibidunni Ighadalo and so many more, as well as regular every day people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and even those that have died from the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens;

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.”

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 (NIV)

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Cooking with Mo: One Pot Plantain & Potato Recipe

A quick and easy recipe if you need lunch/dinner ideas.

mo' twist

1. Firstly, season and grill chicken wings in the oven. As a professed #ChickenLover I say whenever in doubt always cook your protein first! 

2. Dice and boil your plantain and potatoes

Plaintain can still be delicious and amazing whether it’s fried, roasted or boiled. 

3.  After boiling your potatoes and plaintain add your seasoning to your carbs and mix it.

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Hope for May

Welcome to May 2020!

I randomly rediscovered this song by Brian Courtney Wilson ‘I’ll Just Say Yes‘ and I am in love with it! The tune itself is amazing and awe inspiring but the lyrics are like a declaration of surrender to God.

I’ll just say yes
You lead the way
I’m not afraid of what it means for me to say
This life You gave
Is not my own
I’m trusting You to hear my yes and lead me on

We are two months deep into this the worldwide pandemic known as covid-19 but when I hear songs like these it reminds me that there is  hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a bigger purpose for it all and I just have to learn to surrender my fears, uncertainties and worries to God.

Moreover, the Psalms have a wide range of encouraging messages for times like these. One of the chapters I will be reading over and over in May will be Psalms 33.

“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”

Psalms 33:4 (NIV)

God is Faithful

“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”

Psalms 33:11 (NIV)

God has an everlasting Plan

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”

Psalms 33:20 (NIV)

God is our Helper


May your unfailing love be with us Lord, even as we put our hope in you.


Check out this weeks’s #fridayfavs!


The Last Dance

So Netflix recently released a documentary series on Michael Jordan and the legendary 90’s Chicago Bulls team, who were 6-time NBA champions. I was quite fascinated with the series being a basketball fan, but also being in my Jordan Year, I was hoping to learn some tips and gain a greater insight into the mind of the great player, Michael Jordan who was referenced in the series as “poetry in motion“. I mean, such beautiful words to describe a beautiful man !

Jordan and the Bulls

But honestly, watching the series was quite eye-opening especially to see a young Michael Jordan and just how focused he was. He spoke about first coming into the league and just wanting to prove himself. My mans had a winning mentality and regardless of what his current team was looking like he was determined to stick to his philosophy of playing to win and leaving it all on the court. I don’t really know too much about Jordan and I had somehow always thought he was just too cocky and I couldn’t quite get the hype about him. But, let’s just say I get it now. You cannot help but admire excellence when you see it, and Michael Jordan is an excellent sportsman and businessman. Moreover, one admires the hard work that goes behind the scene and understanding that it takes a team to achieve greatness and success. For example, I was quite intrigued to see how much Jordan was adamant about the presence of Phil Jackson as the coach of the Chicago Bulls. Although, I wasn’t so surprised when I realize that Phil was the mastermind behind the concept of ‘The Last Dance‘, which has become a memorable term in the sports industry.


This then made me think, how it’s quite unfortunate that we won’t be able to witness the amazing Kobe Bryant continue his legendary status in terms of exercising his full potential. For example, training his young daughters to take over the WNBA, in terms of his writing and storytelling as well as his business acumen in general. Although, it is comforting to know he will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame this coming summer with the likes of legendary player Tim Duncan. (Keep an eye out for a June post on embodying the Mamba Mentality #24). Yet Kobe was a man who lived like he was on a mission. He was on a mission to being the very best version of himself and we got to witness only 41 years of that greatness, it was still a great sight to behold.

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Cooking with Mo: Pasta ‘n’ Sweet Pork

It seems this quarantining period has left everyone with a lot of time on our hands as well as extra inspiration with all the posts we are seeing on the timeline these days. Moreover, a girl has gotta eat, so check out my attempt at making my version of a tomato based pasta and sweet pork meal combo.

Meal Prep

1. Season the pork using salt, pepper, onions and any other seasonings you’d like (I added garlic paste and fresh strawberries to get the ‘sweet pork’ flavor). I also added a small twig of parsley for embellishment and further flavoring (the recipe I kinda followed actually used sage but #quarantine, so we use whatever we have in the house). Allow meat to marinade for about 30 – 45 mins.

2. Prepare your pasta by boiling in water with some salt. Allow pasta to drain and rinse with water to remove starch and prevent clumping together.

3. Pan fry your seasoned pork by turning each side periodically until meat has been fully cooked.

Note: you can add extra seasoning to the meat such as chili pepper for some added spice.

4. Prepare and boil tomato sauce (blend tomatoes, peppers and onions and boil it down) and add cooked pork pieces to the sauce. Allow to cook.

5. At this point I decided to add broccoli because #whynot ? But I would suggest adding your veggies to your meat just as it is about to be finished cooking so it can soak in extra flavor. (Or not, if you’re not a fan of veggies that’s cool too!)

6. Once sauce is cooked and everything is fried and nice, add your cooked pasta and stir. Allow to cook for another 10-15 mins.

7. Voila! Time to eat

(When food is life and you start eating before you take a final picture!)

During this time try and focus on resting, getting your mind and body right. Feel free to check out other recipes on the blog and share your own recipes!


Mo 🙂


Adulting 101

So, I had started a series on Instagram last year known as #FridayFavs where I share some of my favorite things from that week. After much debate, I decided to turn this week’s Friday Favs into a post. This week my favorite things has been quite interesting and have been inspiring me on how to do the ‘adulting’ life right.


Movin’ On by Jonathan McReynolds ft Mali Music

First of all, let me just say!!!!! This song is me, I am this song as of right now. Lol. There are certain things in life we just have to get ourselves out of in order to progress to the next level. I don’t know about you but I’m trying to go from glory to glory and that literally means letting certain things and mindsets go. If you don’t know yet, I am a huge fan of Jonathan McReynolds and especially his real and  relatable lyrics. This song is for the here and the now! For those of us that creating in one way or the other and that may be doubting ourselves and our content, remember what Paul said

 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3: 13 – 14 (NIV)

And of course the talented Mr McReynolds reminds us in song form;

“I know my rear view
Can’t compare to
What God will do with my life,
I am forgetting
What’s behind me
I have finally decided
I’ll be
Movin on
I’m movin on
I’m movin on”
Movin’ On lyrics by Jonathan McReynolds ft Mali Music


The Greater podcast

I just recently discovered this podcast and I am loving what they are all about! As a sister to men, an aunty to young boys and a friend, I am worried about the state of young men, especially Christian young men. They are also going to be leaders of the coming generation and I find that there tends to be a lot more content geared towards women and in building community among women, yet there isn’t much resources like that for young men. Therefore, I will continue to be an advocate as much as I can be for content to edify and inspire our upcoming generation of men. There were many gems dropped in the episode “20 somethings” Expectation vs Reality

  • Control is comfortable, which is why we start to panic and we do not allow room for God to lead and direct us. We want to remain in the state of security rather than to enjoy the life God has prepared for us. Would you rather choose comfort vs Life.?It all starts from learning to Trust God. We Trust God by constantly relying on Him and allowing Him to prove himself to us time after time.


The episode also discusses legacies, finances, relationships, and physical/mental health. Overall, it was such a dope episode!

Check out the rest of the list and don’t forget to follow on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook



Mo 🙂

Easter Revisited

Easter : The central point to the ministry and person of Jesus Christ & a pivotal event in Christianity.

Paul states in 1 Corinthians 1: 22-23 that;

“Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,

But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles”


The Jews may be represented by fundamentalists and religious people whilst the Greeks seeking wisdom represent the secular people of the world. Society teaches us that we should not believe until we see with our eyes and can reason with our minds. Yet, in order to be a Christian and set apart from the world, we are to hold on to Jesus Christ. These two groups and their distinct beliefs can be reconciled  in the form of Christianity. There is a religious way to do life as well as a worldly way to do life but, the right way is through salvation in Jesus Christ and belief in the great work He did on the Cross.

We need the wisdom to know what to do and the power to do that right thing. This is where Jesus comes in. Some people know what to do but are unable to do it. Some people do the right thing without the knowledge of why and to what end they are doing that right thing.

Christ wants for us to repent which is to change our minds about our past sins, the ways we were living our life outside of Christ without thought of Him or committing our lives to Him. Sin isn’t just our bad habits or  character flaws that our loved ones call us out for, neither is it the personality defects we try to cover from others. Sin is an inherent part of us as human beings. It is us living in complete disregard of God and living our lives to our own pleasure.

“The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so”

Romans 8:7 (NLT)

That is why even when we perform ‘good deeds’ by standard of the world because we aren’t submitted to Christ we are living in sin. The same for a believer who has given their life to Christ, but we forget to call God into our daily living and decision making, we are living in sin. Do you see how easy it is to live in this sinful nature? Our flesh always wants to do what it wants to do. Even when we have a good run for a bit, it is inevitable that our human side will flare up and want to run the whole show. This is why we need constant reliance on God. Run to Him and ask Him to help us rely on Him. That is difficult to do! We are taught to be self-reliant. Society tells us that the self-reliant are the people that do well and are successful in this world.

In today’s society where #adulting has become such a phenomenon, we are encouraged to figure things out by ourselves. While we may know we have a community of people to help us and that are willing, we inherently feel like a failure if we are not able to sort things out on our own. Now applying that to our walk in Christ whenever we fall or falter we want to make ourselves pretty once again before we approach the throne of mercy. But Christ wants us to come to Him as we are, so He can beautify us. If we try to work on ourselves on our own we will continue to fail woefully. We don’t have the right tools and resources to help ourselves. We need to rely on someone greater than us who has been through what we are going through and come out on the other side.

The Beauty in the Message

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign”

Revelations 5:9 – 10 (NLT)

That is the beauty in the message of Easter. God so much loved us even though we can never fully reciprocate His love and give Him the full adoration He deserves. Yet, He sent his only Son to die and suffer so that we can enjoy unending joy, peace, so we can have purpose, so we can experience the life He gave us fully, so we can love deeply.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (NLT)

Therefore, let us continue to love deeply, serve faithfully and


Mo 🙂

This Too Shall Pass

” I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NLT)

In the midst of this pandemic we have to realize that we are already victorious. Whilst that victory hasn’t physically manifested yet; we should consider the amazing scientists that are in the lab working on elucidating a remedy. There are hardworking healthcare workers on the front line helping those that have contracted this disease and the many other ailments people deal with on a daily basis. There are service workers working hard each day to ensure life works as normally as it can possibly be given the current situation. What we as individuals can do is work on building the victorious mindset and understand that ‘This too shall pass!”

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We are all in this together

High School Musical couldn’t have summed things up better in their song. One of the things this pandemic has shown us as a human race is just how connected and interdependent we are in this world. When one person hurts we are all affected. Therefore, let us continue to practice social responsibility by quarantining, practicing great hygiene by washing our hands and avoiding touching our face and to continue to support and check up on each other.

Time to Focus

Rather than focus on what is going on and that which is out of our control, let us focus on what we can control during this period of waiting and anticipating. 

We can recognize this as a  moment to refresh, reset and be rejuvenated. It is easy to get distracted by the constant barrage by social media, the constant emails from companies we didn’t even know we are subscribed to –  we can take a moment to appreciate what we do have. We have life,  we have love and we have hope for a beautiful future! 

Becoming Kingdom Minded

I am reminded of Tony Evans’ series on being Kingdom minded and I think that applies more than ever at this present time. We can become so convicted and assured that we are able to carry on doing that which God has called us to do, that is the ultimate peace of mind in times like these. Everything else pales in comparison to what we do to impact the kingdom. We have an opportunity to evaluate ourselves according to kingdom guidelines and to facing our Kingdom assignment.

“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
Romans 12: 3 NLT

Are we in tune with our mission? Is 2020 aligning with God’s vision for our lives?

I hope we are all  encouraged with the truth that God is GOOD. When we are focused on the right things, when we are reminded of who and what God has made us to be, when we are kingdom minded, we are less susceptible to panic and worry. Remember that this too shall pass. This is a story we will be telling our children and generations to come to remind us of the goodness and faithfulness of God. How the whole world stopped and our humanity was put on display and we were united for a common cause. 

Ultimately, only God knows the end from the beginning. Let us continue to run to Him and to Him. 


May God continue to protect us all, grant wisdom to the researchers and strength to the healthcare and service workers.


Continue to #PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂


The Year of the Woman

Happy International Women’s Day!

To all my amazing queens out there doing great work and killing it in your spheres of influence, you are all greatly appreciated and celebrated!

International Women’s Day 2020!

The term ‘Year of the Woman’ was briefly revived in 2018 due to the high amount of women running for office in America. This was a term made popular in 1992, when a similar situation was occurring.

Well, in 2020 we are reclaiming our identities as women and not going to be waiting for a particular year or social phenomenon to celebrate the joys of womanhood. We can always take time to highlight some of the great things about being a Woman.

One of the great young women I know recently stated:

“What I love about being a woman is my ability to choose and be in control of my life as well as to live boldly. The growing movement of feminism has helped educate and create opportunities for women that were not available to our mothers and grandmothers. I feel privileged to be a 21st century woman with a voice.”
@T.A    Business student | Business owner | Boss lady

I definitely agree that one thing that we are very much privileged in in comparison to the older generation is that we have a voice.

The question now remains how will we use that voice and to what end?

For me the concept of being ‘A Girl on A Mission’ involves challenging the status quo and challenging societal expectations. The term ‘girl’ is usually frowned upon as everyone wants to be known and referenced as a ‘grown woman’.

But one of the things I love about being a young woman & ‘A Girl On A Mission‘ is the opportunity to be flexible and explore all I was made to be. If we can be nurturing mothers for our children, supportive wives for our husbands, loyal to our friends and respectful to our parents, then surely there is nothing we cannot do!

“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”
Psalms 46:5 (NIV)

March forth into greatness the rest of this year!

Exhaust your potential and know that the possibilities are endless.

With God on our side, there’s nothing we cannot achieve.

Continue to strive towards your #Vision2020 and pursue purpose in all you do.

I’m rooting for us all!

Happy #IWD2020 !

Also, check out the playlist to see some of the music today’s women are listening to!


Mo 🙂

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