Archive | June 2013

Farafina Trust’s Creative Writing Workshop (Deadline: June 30, 2013)

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Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 6 to August 16 2013. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc.
The Caine Prize winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie. The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises.

The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspective to the art of storytelling. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please Do NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will…

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DECIDE to have a great weekend!

“The grass is not greener on the other side, that’s your self-generated optical illusion. And even if the grass was greener over ‘there’ than your ‘here’, you may just find yourself allergic to that type of grass. Be wise and celebrate your life, right here, right now…” ~Whole Woman Network~(Excerpt from WWN’s Total Transformation and Life-Coaching Program: ’90-Days to a Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier YOU!’~friday image colour

It is amazing how much we tend to complain and whine about everything that’s seemingly wrong in our lives. It is so easy to take a permanent spot in the ‘WOE ME’ quadrant and develop a deliberate and selective amnesia about the opportunities and abundance  around us. No matter how challenging life gets, a slight shift in attitude is the first step to creating solutions. In the words of Marcel Proust: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Today’s Friday and as we all set off to live out our weekend, this blog post is really a gentle reminder to celebrate this weekend. Sh*t happens in life but if you scramble the words and look at them from a different angle, it becomes ‘HITS’. Hits: [definition]- The number of times you have to hit at the door of opportunity before you break it open. So pay great attention to your sh*t, therein lies your treasure!

Some additional tips to enjoy your weekend:

i. Celebrate your life, do not play the compare and contrast game. The grass is not greener on the other side, that’s a self-generated optical illusion. And even if the grass was greener over ‘there’ than your ‘here’, you may just find yourself seriously allergic to that type of grass. Be wise and celebrate your life, right here, right now;

ii. Be thankful for what you have NOW, do not think of life in terms of limitations rather focus on the possibilities that abound;

iii. Be gentle with yourself and be kind to others, everything you do and everyone you meet is an opportunity to minister and reflect God’s glory and majesty;

iv. Surround yourself with those you love and who love you back, life’s too short to try to please everybody and you simply can’t! Channel your energy into creating wonderful memories with loved ones;

v. Enjoy yourself. Joy is a choice, you have mastery over your emotions. Take the lessons and let go of the regrets. All you have is this moment, NOW! DECIDE to have an awesome weekend! Once you actually get off the toxic fence and choose, so shall it be;

vi. Take ACTION over something on your ‘to do’ list. Procrastination is a toxic, tiring and terrible state. No matter how big your goal is, it can be broken down into smaller pieces. Keep it simple, the idea is to get something done. The universe is always in motion, you better move with it or you get rolled over;

vii. All you have is this moment and in this moment you have the power to create tomorrow and re-frame yesterday. Be present and live in awareness. Have sensory acuity and pay attention to the one in front of you. We are all connected and reflected in one another. You are an individual but you are also part of a bigger whole. So create a vision of yourself and then take the steps to live and fulfill it; create yourself

viii. One of the relaxing things you can do this weekend is to de-clutter your physical space. Clear out your homes/office spaces. Return those forgotten phone calls, emails and social media posts.

ix. Remember to do something fun. Visit a friend or family member who always puts you in a great mood, go to the movies, go on a weekend getaway, go dancing, fishing, hiking…just make sure you do something or you may simply decide to stay in and relax, rest and sleep!

x. This weekend, if life gets too cold, have an ice-cream with all the flavours of your heart, if it gets too hot, take a swim in the cool waters of your soul, if it gets too bland, add something hot and spicy to your mind and body and when it gets too stifling, set your spirits free and soar!

In fact, at Whole Woman Network, our message to you this weekend is very simple: “There’s a time for everything, a time to rejoice and a time to whine…let’s create a complaint-free zone and make this weekend one of celebrations, the whining can resume on Monday (Note: By Monday, look out for our blog post titled ‘Making Mondays Magical’. This weekend, we dare you to step into the ‘WOW ME’ quadrant and amaze yourself with your own magnificence!”

From all of us at Whole Woman Network, we wish you an awesome and totally rocking weekend!!!


The preceding is a guest post from Juliet Ume, MBA –Strategic Interventionist, Wealth Management Consultant & Life-Coach at Whole Woman Network. Juliet is an avid Life Connoisseur and a passionate advocate of WomEntrepreneurship, Investment & Financial Literacy for women. Her mission is simply to engage, educate and empower women, regardless of their levels of income or background, to return to ‘wholeness’ and live Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier Lives using Faith-Based, Scientific and Universal (Common-Sense) principles! Follow her on Twitter: @wholewomaninc, @julietumeinc

5 Lifesaving Things To Know About Blood Clots

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Welcome to Thoughty Thursday here at More Cowbell! This is the day of the week when y’all get to be privy to whatever thoughts are swimming around my brain.

Today I’m thinking about blood clots, of all things.

I received a call from my cousin yesterday and she’s got DVT (that’s deep vein thrombosis) in her right leg. Gah! She’s not even 40 years old.

Why did she reach out to me, you might ask? (Besides that I’m one of her fave peeps?)

Well, I’m kind of the blood clot expert amongst my family and friends. And no, I’m not a doctor; this is all hands-on learning, if you know what I mean.

My cousin called because I’ve had scads of blood clots (one in each leg [called bilateral DVT] and about 50 in my lungs [called pulmonary embolism]). I always joke that “my platelets really like to get their love…

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