The Revolution will be Televised

It’s the turn of a new decade. As we celebrate black history this month as well as the various legacies being celebrated all around the world, we are all familiar with the general excitement and anticipation that comes with a new year. This year, ushered in the start of a new decade – the 2020’s. Whilst, it’s great to get excited about the newness of the year and the new decade, do you know what else makes life significant? When we CHOOSE to make life significant.

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Kobe Bryant & Lois Evans

The world was recently shocked by the death of the late great basketball player and family man, Kobe Bryant in January 2020. It was a shock to go online and see the news of the tragic airplane crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and her mother and father John and Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester and her mother Sarah Chester and their pilot Ara Zobayan. Their deaths was quite a shock and seemed to shake the world to its core. The sudden nature and the tragic way they died has really been a wake-up call to a lot of people to love their loved ones as much as they can and to do all they can with the life we’ve all been blessed with.

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On the other hand, this is contrasted by the death of Lois Evans who passed away in December 2019 from a rare form of cancer.  I absolutely love the Evans family. Of recent they have been showing me in their conduct and reactions what it means to live a life surrendered to Christ. I wrote about the tragic passing of Wynter Pitts (niece of Dr Tony Evans) in Summer 2018. Only, for the family to tragically lose their matriarch in December 2019. But for GOD. They are still moving forward and more than that they can attest to the legacy of a God-fearing woman who poured out her life for her family, her community and her GOD.
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Legacy & Revolutionaries

As sobering as death can be especially sudden death, I find myself thinking about legacy. What would be the legacy for the deceased souls? What would be our legacy when the time comes that we leave earth and our physical bodies?

I was reminded of the famous term made popular during the black power movement. ‘The Revolution will be Televised’

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Now is the time to do that thing placed on your heart to do. Only you can achieve that which God has commissioned you to achieve. The urban dictionary states that REVOLUTIONARY is  a person who advocates immediate, drastic change, often using violence. Of course, we’re not condoning the use of violence. But let me just remind you what the Bible says

“And from the days of John the Baptist and till now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violence taketh it by force”
Matthew 11:12

To me this verse is a call to action. But that raises the questions: What is the task at hand?

Pursue Purpose

We all have various spheres of influence. Look at the life of Kobe Bryant and the worldwide impact he had. There were six other people on that helicopter crash and no one life was more important than the other but rather we see that each had different spheres of influence. Similar to Mrs Lois Evans, some may say she poured all her heart into her husband and her kids, that doesn’t necessarily indicate influence. But let me tell you by completing her mission on Earth, she has spurned generations of people on fire for Christ!

We need to start a revolution in our spheres of influence. Spark a change and challenge the status quo. There will be always be various distractions and various voices trying to steer us away from the way. However, we must be violent if we hope to achieve our mission in life. Now more than ever we see that the days are evil and nobody’s tomorrow is determined. We are all living each day intentionally and living each day with purpose. In all things I am even more vehement now more than ever to pursue purpose in every area of my life. I want to live life fully such that if tomorrow is my last day I can boldly say when I meet my savior;

I have poured out my life like a drink offering. I have done all I could do with all you have given to me.
I have been a good steward of the blessings and resources you have given me.

2020 is the year to do all that. We are all excited about #Vision2020. What if that Vision is to start a Revolution? Open your eyes and look around you. (Psalm 53:2)

Which is better? To have regret or to experience loss. Loss is inevitable but regret is a choice.

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My goal in 2020 is to Pursue Purpose no matter what.

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#PursuePurpose

Mo 🙂

#ExploreCanada (Ottawa Edition)

Living Your Best Life

So if you’ve been keeping up with current trends this past summer, you may have seen a term being passed around known as ‘Hot Girl Summer’. I guess it’s supposed to encourage the ladies to be unapologetic about enjoying their summer and thriving. I find that usually during summer a lot of growth happens for me personally. I think takes me back to being in school and the contrast in the freedom and relaxation associated with the summer months. Summer is the perfect time for #LivingYourBestLife. Well since summer in Edmonton this year has been a bit of a bust, I decided to relive my summer expeditions and attempt a ‘Hot Girl Summer’ recap.

In addition, to celebrate ‘National Mental Day’ happening in October I decided to throwback to one thing that helps me de-stress and keep me mentally refreshed and rejuvenated: Travelling!

Ottawa Adventures with the Fam !

The first location in the summer recap is Ottawa, Ontario.

I was super privileged to have family that reside in the city and was able to spend some time with them as well as visit a few places around the city. 

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Spending time with family and friends really helps you to relive some of the stress you might be going through. Sometimes just talking to those that are closest to you can help offer insight and revelation to a problem you might be having. Remember, a problem shared is a problem half solved (at least shared with the right person…)

Our first stop was downtown Ottawa where we saw a lot of amazing exhibitions and statues celebrating the work of women in the community and within government. In light of the upcoming federal elections coming up this month, it was great to have visited the capital of Canadian politics this past summer. Getting to see Parliament Hill also known was ‘The Hill’ was pretty interesting. It was inspiring to see ‘The Famous Five’ monuments in the heart of downtown Ottawa who advocated for women and children’s rights.

‘Women Are Persons…’

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It was even more monumental to be there with three different generations of young women. As well as to be wearing a shirt from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Looking at the pictures reminds me of the quote (paraphrased):

‘Here’s to strong, creative, compassionate and loving women. May we know them, may we raise them and may we become them.’
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Overcoming the Post-Graduate Blues

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not an easy feat at all! It feels like those years fly by and before you know it you’re walking the stage and on the way to starting your forever life. I started writing this blog after I had graduated and attended my convocation ceremony in 2018, but I found that I didn’t necessarily have the answers to the many questions and fears I had. Moreover, I didn’t have much positive feedback. The wound was still fresh and the blues were still very much present. However, hindsight really is a beautiful thing and we thank God for his grace and wisdom.

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When I was attending my convocation ceremony I remember the angst that prevented me from really enjoying the moment. Although I tried as much as I could which was largely due to my amazing parents and siblings who really made me feel special!( and friends too). But, it wasn’t after I attended the convocation ceremonies for my friends this year was I really able to enjoy the ceremony and take in all the greatness that surrounds starting and finishing something.

Hindsight really is a beautiful thing

The bible states

“Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.”

Honestly no words could be more true. I realized that sometimes just for the simple fact that one finishes something we should be grateful to God for the grace and strength to follow through. Funny enough, it was at this year’s ceremonies that I found out there was supposedly spots designated to take pictures with props and such. Can you imagine how I missed out on taking some epic pictures?? Anyways, it is all in the past but I was grateful for the opportunity to see the experience from a different angle and to celebrate with those that achieved such an amazing feat.

A verse that really encouraged me during the period of waiting and trying to overcome the ‘blue’ feeling associated with graduating was;

“But forget all that– it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new. See,  have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
Isaiah 43: 18 – 19

I think one thing that was useful to understand is that every accomplishment in life marks a new stage in life. I remember researching and reading up during that period of time trying to understand why I just felt so discouraged and stressed. It was refreshing to see articles that spoke to how I was feeling and with tons of encouragement for moving forward (Dear Graduate, Joy , Post Grad). It isn’t all doom and gloom though. I found that I really tried to spend that time working on my relationship with God. Figuring out what exactly I wanted my career to look like. Having some tough conversations with myself as well as loved ones in the quest of getting to know myself better. Spin (or squeeze) whatever situation you are in into a positive one.

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Generally, as human beings I believe we need to be more humble. Humble in the sense of being more caring . The biblical definition  of humility in Philippians 2:3 states

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”

Although, there is a time for everything and a season for all things to be done right. I guess it’s all about having wisdom to recognize which season you are in. Whether you are in a season where you need others to pour into you and to receive the encouragement from those around you, ensure you are humble, patient and receptive to the (good) advice people give you. Meanwhile, you may also be in a position where you may not necessarily have received the manifestation of what you hope for, yet you are still able to pour out to others and advice those that were once in a position you were in. We require wisdom to be able to discern which seasons we are in and to act accordingly. Knowing that ‘whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we do it all for the glory of God.’ (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

 Practical tips for actually overcoming those post-graduate blues

One of the things I am learning is that life after University really is what you make of it and the skills I learnt during my undergraduate years are being translated to my postgraduate life. 

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Life After University

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all! I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. I decided to share my response as well

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Biochemistry, University of Alberta

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

My expectation was that it would be tough to find a job and try to figure out what the next step for my career would be. Especially graduating with a science degree it was pretty much expected that I would continue into a post-graduate degree but I was so done with school and needed a break to reconfigure my mind and refocus on what I actually wanted my career to look like. 

2. Were those expectations met?
In terms of finding a job, the expectations were definitely met. It was quite tough and grueling. Imagine applying for so many different positions, those you are qualified for and those you aren’t. It even got to a point that I applied for positions I wasn’t really particularly interested in just so I could have a job. But I am grateful to God for teaching me patience and granting me wisdom in the form of counsel and the awesome people He surrounded me with that gave me advice and pointed me in the right direction. In terms of figuring out my career path I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing. You just have an idea of what you want the next few years to look like and you go for it. I don’t think my career path will be clearly defined, but I am satisfied with that for now.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
Ensure you maximize your university experience as much as you can. Especially in your final year, if there is something you want to try out just do it! As much as it won’t affect you academically but even then I would say you should try and plan yourself in such a way that you have something to do apart from simply going to classes. Apart from the connections you make, the community and experiences learnt will be important for living and giving you something to think about during the tedious job searching vigils.

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Life After University series pt. 6

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Shalom

Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

I did not have a lot of expectations of life after University other than to find a well-paying job, make money, build my career, buy a house, get hitched, have kids and begin the rest of my life. Joking! Nonetheless, I did expect to at the very least, obtain an Engineering job which would help me discover the area of interest I could then pursue a successful career in.

2. Were those expectations met?
As with any beautiful story, life did not go as expected or planned. For starters, it took me several months to acquire a job. Applying for jobs was a job in of itself. I eventually got called for an interview which led me to my current job. This position which God so graciously gave to me isn’t directly an Engineering job although it is in a related field. It has broadened my career options  and got me thinking about various business opportunities. This job also provoked a spiritual and mental growth I could not have gotten otherwise. God indeed has a specific plan for each of us and takes us through different paths to achieve His wonderful plan for our lives.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
My advice for those in final year is to enjoy the pain. This might sound cliché but it’s the best advice I can think of right now. Life almost always does not go as planned but these situations we go through prepares us for the future. You have a calling on your life, and you have to “train” to be fit for that purpose. It’s just like body-building or working out… You go through some pain or soreness post-workout but you know that pain is a good kind of pain – muscles developing, arms swelling, knees weak, mom’s spaghetti. Enjoy the process and pain of searching for jobs, deciding career paths, answering uncomfortable questions, etcetera, because it either builds or destroys character. You can choose to build your character through this painful process. At every challenging point in your life, take a moment to think of how you can use the situation for your good i.e. ask yourself
‘How can I use this situation for personal growth?’ ‘What can I take from this experience to make myself a better person?’

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Life After University series pt. 5

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Peter

Psychology, University of Leicester

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

My expectations was to get relevant  work experience that would help me continue with my development. Also to go out and live life to the fullest as uni was the last ‘necessary’ education. So I felt I am now free to do, explore and live to my desires

2. Were those expectations met?
They are being met at the moment. I am currently in a job where I feel like I am using my degree and continually developing myself in many different ways. I am also financially capable to live to my desires and my whims as and when I want.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
I would say the first thing is to make sure the final year ends in the best ever way. Give the final big push, make those sacrifices as that will mean after final year you are not haunted by any mistake in the final year. After that, this is the most important advice. IT WILL TAKE TIME. No matter what you want to do you will have a lot of setbacks and rejections. Life does  not work in the way the school journey does in that you must progress to the next year. You can have months or years of feeling stuck. When this happens you have to trust the process and keep pushing, keep finding things that develop you and make the next chance more likely to happen.

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Life After University series pt. 4

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Sochima

History, University of Reading

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

I expected to get a job straight away and to have a fresh start. I also expected to settle back into my old area.

2. Were those expectations met?
Not at all. I found it difficult to get into the field I wanted. I also wasn’t prepared about how to write professional applications. I also didn’t realize that I needed to rest and deal with the mental health issues I experienced during my Masters. It took me a while to get used to living at home again aka the loss of freedom.
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
Don’t allow people or the lives of others to put pressure on you. If you need a break after, it is totally fine. Negative feelings of comparison and inefficiency will hinder/delay you from achieving your goals. Believe in your self and the amazing abilities you have.

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Life After University series pt. 3

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster right! What’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Victor

Civil Engineering, University of Alberta

1.What were your expectations for life after University?

FREEDOM!! That is what kept coming at me every time I thought of never having to do another homework or another lab report. I was so excited to have submitted my capstone project, I took a picture with my professor to mark the occasion. Don’t get me wrong…I like school and the art of learning that comes with it. But I couldn’t help but relish the thought of not returning to school in September. And, being able to do the things that I cared about the most.

2. Were those expectations met?

It took a while, but I finally got used to not having to do the 8:00am-11pm daily grind. Freedom? Yes, I got it. Maybe a little too much than I needed.

In theory, the more time you have, the more you can do. But I found that, for me, that was more fiction than fact. When I had only 3 free hours a week, I was doing at least one blog and one video weekly. But after graduation, I could barely manage one blog in two weeks, even though I now had 24 hours a day.

3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?

They say, “now is a gift; that’s why we call it the present”. Enjoy the moment! Many of us spend much of our time anticipating the arrival of something or someone, that we invest very little in preparation. If my experience is any indication, university is a place where you get introduced to yourself. You are stretched intellectually, psychologically and even spiritually.

I’m not that old but Mo said I should give an advice, so here you go: enjoy the moment!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” So, whether you’re in your first or final year, find fun in your faculty.

4. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were in your final year in order to better prepare you for life after school?

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Life After University series pt. 2

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster right! What’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Prudence

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Biochemistry, University of Alberta

1.What were your expectations for life after University?

After convocation, all I wanted to do was to travel and learn. The latter was to be in form of an internship with an organization I’d been part of through my university years.

2. Were those expectations met?

Unfortunately, I had to let it go because of unforeseen circumstances. Unpredictability is the name of the game and you have to learn to embrace the rhythm of life as it presents itself. 

It didn’t take long before I landed a very flexible tutoring job and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was never in the books though. The least I imagined was working in a laboratory, applying some of my skills. However, it was a wonderful surprise how much I loved teaching and seeing my students get those top grades was exhilarating. Among the things I did the past year, teaching is pretty high up on my list of favorites. 

3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?

For anyone graduating, I would would encourage them to make use of the opportunities they have on campus.

What are you interested in?

Research? Make use of the undergraduate research opportunities.

Business? Make use of the networking opportunities whenever they pop up.

Do you want to change your program? It’s okay to change your mind so do it as early as you decide, even mid-year.

You should also realize that you may not secure a job in your field. What would you do instead? Have a plan B. Make mistakes, learn from them and keep going. I also cannot overemphasize how important good friendships are. Friends and family will keep you sane as you try to figure life out. You’re going to need to laugh, cry and vent . It’s easier if you have a shoulder to lean on. Correspondingly, be that friend. 

4. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were in your final year in order to better prepare you for life after school?

Is there anything I wish I knew to better prepare for life after school? Yes, the fact that it’s absolutely okay to change your mind at any stage of your life, even after graduating. The world is evolving at an exponential rate and you should too. I believe some lessons are better learned through experience so take a deep breath and face everyday with courage. I have learnt a lot, made new friends and traveled to new places. There is a lot of room to grow but I’m very grateful so far. 

Huge thanks to Prudence for sharing her knowledge and experiences. Don’t forget to reach out to her if her story resonates with you!

#LiveOnPurpose

Mo 🙂

Life After University series pt. 1

So you have finally finished university and the world seems to be your oyster! So, what’s the next step? First of all congratulations to all graduates it is a great achievement and not a easy feat at all!  I got a few friends to share their experiences and thoughts on life after school, to offer some perspective and encouragement to those in a state of confusion about their next steps and for those who are in eager anticipation of achieving this amazing accomplishment. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their replies.

Abdul

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Biomedical Science, University of Roehampton

1. What were your expectations for life after university?

My expectations for life after university was to:

  •  secure a graduate role within 3 months of graduating
  • have a 25k basic starting salary,
  • live comfortably

I believed that my degree would now set me apart from the masses who didn’t hold a qualification – that was my perception anyway, little did I know I was gravely mistaken.

2. Were those expectations met?
Absolutely not! I did a lot of soul searching and self development. I had to unlearn a lot of things in terms of how the world works, how money works and how society works. My major takeaway from university has been that:
“Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune” 
3. What would be your advice for those in their final year looking forward to life after school?
Always, always, always have a plan B. Never solely rely on your qualification(s)/degree, because you may end up being very disappointed like I was. It is super competitive out there. You MUST have a side hustle or side project that will ultimately become your main focus in the future – Work full time on your job and part time on your fortune so that you can eventually work full time on your fortune.
4. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were in your final year in order to better prepare you for life after school?
Information is FREE. Be curious and proactive enough to go out there and seek it. If you seek, you will find. If you ask, you will get the answer. Do not rely on what you’re solely taught in school.
Three things I wish I learned in my final year to prepare me for the real world:
  • how money worked
  • how taxes work
  • the importance of credit
For those of you interested in my journey, please visit my website:

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Huge thanks to Abdul for sharing his knowledge and experiences. Don’t forget to reach out to him and follow him if his story resonates with you!

#LiveOnPurpose

Mo 🙂

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