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Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

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  This weekend (July 15-16th, 2017) I had the pleasure of attending the She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto boot camp. It was such a humbling experience being in a room filled with inspiring women (fondly called #MotherlandGurus) who came to connect, learn from one another and find out ways they can make an impact in their societies. Some of the amazing speakers whom I had the pleasure of learning from include: Njeri Rionge, one of Forbes Africa’s Most Successful Women & founder of Wanachi Online Patricia Bebia Mawa, President, Editorial Director & TV Host at Silvertrust Media & Planet Africa Group Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, Founding Partner at InVcap & President of CASA Foundation In this article, I will share what I learned from Mrs. Patricia Bebia Mawa’s talk. She shared 5 Ps from her upcoming book The 10 Ps: The 10 Powerful Secrets of Successful People (which I cannot wait to get my hands…

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

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I will be the first to tell you that doing awesome stuff is HARD. Like REALLY… HARD. Most times I just want to watch Netflix (currently, Orange Is The New Black) and eat ice-cream in bed. But since I’m not a millionaire yet (one of my goals); I can’t afford myself that luxury. [P.S how long do I have to wait till I see my bank account balance rise like bread dough? 🙁 ] However, juggling my 9 to 5 at a Big 4 firm (really a 9 to 9 in my chosen career); managing a blog; and volunteering with several organizations amongst other things on my every increasing commitments list has taught me a thing or five about motivating myself. I’ve found that most of the time I just have to do what I have to do ESPECIALLY when I do not feel like it. I’ve learnt that feelings…

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

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  “What am I doing here? How did I get here? I do not belong here, these people are way too smart.” These thoughts crossed my mind shortly after I started my first job after college. I realized that I was the youngest and also the first international student and African female to work as a scientist in one of the best forensic toxicology laboratories in the world. Studies show that 70% of millennials fail to internalize their success, often attributing their accomplishments to luck rather than ability. Perhaps it is because our parents always compared us to our neighbors down the street, our friends or maybe some of professors never believed in our dreams. This problem is compounded by our use of social media, which makes it seem like everyone is doing pretty amazing things and you are not OR you feel like you’ve failed at too many things.  With many…

On Emergency Funds: What Would You Give To Not Worry About Money?

On Emergency Funds: What Would You Give To Not Worry About Money?

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I Don’t Think I Need Emergency Savings If I asked you to recall some of your most stressful times in recent years, what are the chances that one or two, perhaps all recollections are related to money? If you are 18 and over, I would reckon very likely. One of mine definitely is – tail-end of summer 2015; a memory so sore I refuse to laugh about it. In as few details: Fast car, very tempting empty stretch of road (countryside), 2am on a summer weekend. As you can guess, it wasn’t an exhilarating ride. Fines, impound and legal fees quickly accumulated, souring the rest of my year. In hindsight, what that summer boiled down to was one bad decision revealing the false sense of security I had financially. Wage/Income – Check. Long-term savings/investments – Check. Emergency Fund – Oops! You might ask “Why not dip into the long-term savings…

7 Tips To Improve Your Well-Being

7 Tips To Improve Your Well-Being

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  I am pretty sure I’m not the only one looking for ways to improve my health and general state of wellness this New Year. I mean it’s the time for fresh starts, new beginnings! ‘Health is Wealth’ – The older I get the more I realize just how true this is, no matter how cliché it may sound. I have come to realize that no matter how much money I am able to make through different streams of income and investments, if I am not healthy enough to enjoy it, it is all in vain. When I talk about health, I am not referring to your physical health alone. I also mean your mental and emotional health. Find below 7 simple, yet effective ways to improve your health and wellness in 2017: Take walks I am not a big fan of exercise: I hate sweating and hate being in pain…