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Be Intentional September 15, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 4:47 am

What does it mean to be intentional? From what I understand from what one of the speakers at the Law Ladies Day (which I was privileged to be part of the planning committee), it means to make moves to allow things happen for your benefit. What I’m to say is participate. You want  to have as many experiences and achievements on your CV well don’t just sit there and only attend classes, participate in extracurricular things too.

Don’t wait for good things to happen to you by chance, let your deliberate actions cause them too. Put things in motion. Don’t just sit and wait, DO SOMETHING.

Looking back over the past year, I am impressed with how much I have grown. Everyday I am learning to leave my comfort zone and do something new. I’ll give a few examples.

I actually accepted to be a presidential candidate for a mock presidential debate organised by one of the societies in my faculty (Faculty of Law, Unilag). I willingly stood in front of over 100 students and staff judges and spoke. Ofcourse my legs were shaking behind the stand and I was sweating bullets because I was nervous but my friends were there cheering me on and at the end of it I got so many compliments on how well I spoke and someone actually told me that he’d want me to join a group of orators and get more experience because I spoke very well!

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Then I was put into a committee to plan an event ‘Law Ladies Day’ and at first I just wanted to run away from it but I couldn’t because the head of the committee stays just a room away from me. Anyways it was not very easy sourcing for funds and getting speakers and planning but on Friday the 12th as I looked at everyone seated, the hall with a seating capacity of about 270 was not even enough for the turn out! All our speakers showed up and it was awesome! Kemi Adetiba said she loved my outfit and I even got nominated for best dressed :$ I was just so happy and proud to be part of those that made the event a reality.

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At Church yesterday when I got in by 7am most people hadn’t arrived (probably tired from the dinner we had the night before) and only  few members of the band were available and I made a comment jokingly that I would go up with them and sing. Well that didn’t happen as they all were soon around. I was happy/sad but at some point during the service an announcement was made for anyone who had a special presentation and I said to my friend Joy, ‘I wanted to sing Oceans by Hillsong but I’m shy’ and she said she would go with me of I was going. LOL so I had to decide. I have always wanted to sing infron of the church but I’m too lazy to join the choir and this was my one of chance and I decided to take it. I do not regret it, firstly because no one laughed ( thank God), we actually got applauded at the end. I remember when I took the mic the first thing I said was ‘How many people love to sing but are not sure if they have good voices (like me)’. Now I can tick that off my bucket list.

I could go on but I cannot really remember every single instance when I have been intentional but what I can remember is that I did not regret any of those moments.
If you ever watched/read The perks of being a wallflower,  you’d remember how Charlie’s teacher always told him to participate which in my opinion is the same as being intentional. I would really love tp hear your own stories so feel free to use the comments section accordingly.

Peace, love and participation,
Chiz.

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In my head

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 4:13 am

Hey Oreos! it’s been a while and i was just about to write a new post when i found this in my drafts and decided to finish it up and share it. Hope you like it!

  I’ve been meaning to do this for a very long time. Listening to songs and writing down the first thing that comes to my mind. So on a long train ride to the airport on my summer vacation (as at now, last year) I was really bored and was thinking of what to write about and decided to do this.
Osendi Owendu
Listening to this song reminds me of house parties we used to have in the house where uncles and aunties would each stand up at random times and try to reenact a few popular dance steps saying “in my days this is how we used to dance it! This is truely music and not all that noise you people make about shaking your bumbum. Oya come and learn the steps”. I would stylishly dance away into the arms of my mother asking me to come and wash some ‘afufa’ (garden egg) for her famous african salad ‘jakwu'(atink). She would receive a standing ovation for garnishing it with slices of onions and bitter leaves. I have no idea how this is a delicacy but I guess with old age the mouth accustoms bitter with sweet. I hear this song and I feel like whipping out my white handkerchief and displaying some Pry 4 cultural dance moves. Or not. Don’t judge me.

Paradise- Coldplay
When I hear this song I imagine myself laying down under some tree in a forest staring at the stars, falling asleep and drifting peacefully into sleep. Dreaming of being lost and discovering a strange place, sort of like Alice in wonderland but not as creepy. No queen trying to cut off my head or creepy cats. Just wandering into a peaceful safe new place. The guitar solo well I burst into an air guitar solo with a screaming cheering crowd asking for an encore.

In Christ Alone- Owl City
This song reminds me of friday afternoon mass in high school after a beautiful afternoon nap. Everything about the rest of the day just seemed so peaceful. And it also assures me of the power of Christ in me. ‘No guilt in life, no fear in death/ from life’s first cry to final breath/ till he returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand. ‘

Pompeii- Bastille
This song is just beautiful. My sister hates it she thinks he sounds like a poor version of Sia. When I hear this song I picture myself on a tour in Italy for some weird reason. Roaming the unfamiliar yet familiar seeming streets, like I had visited in my dreams. ‘But if you closed your eyes, does almost feel like you’ve been here before?’ I can’t find the exact words to describe what I want to. *sigh*

Charlie Brown- Coldplay
I hear this song and I close my eyes and imagine what the video would be like. Stealing a key and taking a car downtown where the lost boys meet and taking what they offer me. I imagine being a character in the Charlie Brown cartoon. Running wild and glowing in the dark.
‘ All the boys all the girls all that matters in the world/the madness that occurs/all the highs all the lows as room spinning/we’ll run riot we’ll be glowing the dark.’

Oceans- Hillsong
This song rights here? So peaceful. When i listen to this song I actually imagine myself being in Peter’s shoes being called to walk on actual water but not making the mistake of looking down, just keeping my eyes above the wave. Funny thing is just yesterday at Church when they asked if anyone had anything they would like to share I actually went up and sang this infront of the youth church (with my friend Joy). ‘Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me’.

September- Earth wind and fire
I have searched for this song for years!!! I can’t describe my happiness when I heard my sister playing it on her phone! It takes me back in time to the 60s/70s/80s whenever it was made. I just feel really wide legged pants- afro wearing- skater skirt rocking old school *insert the running man*

I can’t describe it- Jennifer Hudson
You know that movie with Bow wow trying to win a skating dance competition with his friends? When I listen to this song I picture myself in one of those movies/ music videos. Sliding and gliding in my skates and singing along. ‘It tingles here, tingles there, oh it tingles everywhere, that’s why I’ve never found the words to descriiibbee it’

I could go on and on but it’s 5:11am and I’d love to start writing another post.

Peace,  love and a coldstone cup of Oreo overload,
Chiz