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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

"Facebook" or "Just the Internet"


I've been on Facebook for about seven years now. It has its advantages and disadvantages, although we all use it for different reasons but not everyone motives are respected in my book. I've come across so many different types of people on Facebook craving for... ATTENTION.

I've never witnessed so many people hunger after the likings of others pictures, comments and post in general. People brag about having so many friends, followers and others beg for friendship. It’s like you aren’t “popular" if you don't have over 1,000 friends on Facebook. But honestly the ones begging for friendship end up only talking to the same 10 personal friends, some people just want to appear like they're popular jingo. Outside of the Internet you are still who you are so don't change and front for thousands of people you will never meet.

Based on observation, here is what Facebook seems to be about for 50% that are members...

-If you compliment someone on Facebook, people will say you're thirsty and too much familiarity breed contempt (Nowadays, a genuine compliment is no longer accepted in the society.

-The people that added you as friend or follow you and don't personally know you will never really reply to your Facebook post, unless you compliment them or disrespect them. Oh but once you disrespect them which is really stating your honest opinion, they will end up saying you're looking for attention and want all of their friends.

-If you like messing about by posting funny stuff on Facebook you will get lots of likes and comments.

-If your main picture is of your bum and titties, you will get lots of male friends requesting to be your friend.

-If you talk about sex all the time, even though you won’t ever act on those things (fronting for the Internet), you will. Once again get lots of friends.

-A lot of people think they are Tyrese Gibson. You cannot give advice if you don’t live up to it. You cannot tell me how to get rich if you are broke.

-The same people claiming "it’s JUST Facebook" are the main one’s going crazy for adding strangers as friends. It may just be Facebook but that is our new form of entertainment and communication and quite frankly if you spend your time on the net, whether it is twitter, Facebook, Myspace etc. and you choose to broadcast your thoughts, feelings and interact with others it doesn't just become "Facebook" or "just the Internet" it becomes reality.

People lives revolve around sharing thoughts that honestly should be kept to themselves, or better still get a journal. You don’t have to change who you are to please others! Just take a break from the social networking sites and find yourself. I have determined to take a break now and then from all these social media just to remind myself that I have a life and goals these sites are not helping me to reach. But once I reach them I'll be happy to share.

 

J Astonishing AlabaJ

Sunday, 24 August 2014

AMS: God is my place of safety (Oluwa ni abomi)

Isaiah 32: 2 says, And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

God is our place of safety in the tempestuous days. In everyday life, we come across stormy situations in which we become confused and worried about, what we shall do about the situation. Then we start questioning ourselves by saying shall the Lord be as a hiding place for me from this conditions or situation or will he covers me from this shame?

 Sometimes our life could be considered as a dry land without any hope. I have been there and I just wanted to encourage you that God CAN and SHALL fill your life today with water both physically and spiritually. You may be wondering, is there a God who is listening to my prayers? Why are my prayers returning back to my lap unanswered? 

Let me encourage you that, whenever the pain of staying in a dry place becomes too hard to handle, remember that even suffering has its gifts. You may not see it now, but you shall reap it later on and it will wipe away every tears with sweetness and joy.

 And, If peace is God that created people, peace is the prince of peace and I believe he has giving us strength to live out his peace in all situations. I pray peace shall prevail over our home, and our house will be a permanent dwelling for us. In every walks of our life, He will be as a shadow of a rock in a weary land because He is the ROCK OF AGES. He mighty delay and late in our sight but He never fails to deliver.

 AMEN!

Monday, 18 August 2014

J.D.I.! It’s wiser, cheaper and better to start a business with £100 and lost than never to have tried at all



Hello guys,

How are you? It a new week and I know some of you are not really looking forward to resume to your daily job because your passion is somewhere else.  Anyway don’t worry help is here, but the first question is how much do you really want to start your own business, doing your own thing, working your own hours, in your own home without renting a shop? The good news is, there are thousands of small businesses out there that you can venture into with just £100 but don’t rush into any business, start little by little.

The secret here is that, you have to be a go getter and don’t compare yourself to some else. Because Sarah fail does not mean Liz will fail. Find something you love and feel good about doing, then figure out how to innovate that small business idea you have in your mind (that dream) and you will get paid for it. Use your existing equipment – Brain, wisdom, networking, mouth, character, computer, printer, paper, pen, hands, friends, books, Apps ….. etc.

My Personal Experience

I Alaba Mariam Saliu have always been a business person right from my primary school days in West Africa Nigeria, I could remember, when  I was just 9 year old, I started buying PASTRY from bakers, took it to school, sell it to my friends and earned myself some money.  I have to learn the skills of buying and selling right from a tender age because I came from a very poor family.

 
Anything mouth can eat, I buy and re-sell, these products includes, bread, scotch burnett, vegetable, fruit, snacks, eggs, groundnut, soft drinks but to mention a few. After I started secondary education, I was braiding hair and mixing replenishes hair cream and selling hair extensions to my customers.  After my secondary school days, I went to tertiary education (Polytechnic) still buying and selling stuffs ranging from Africa fabric, beads and shoes. The truth is I only started some of this business with small money, even some of the fabric I was selling then; I used to buy them from wholesaler with bargaining power.

In 2005, I was still a student studying at London Metropolitan University in the UK. I looked for part-time job, I couldn’t get any. Then, I decided to make use of my God giving gift because I can braid hair, I printed a business card and I started distributing it out to my University friends. To my surprise in a month I started earning like 500 pounds. I thought, even if I was to do a salesperson job in one of those British supermarkets they won’t pay me up to that in a month.

Please my friends; I don’t want you to be scared because nowadays first-time entrepreneurs find it easier to start a business from home. Start on a part-time basis and develop the business into a full-time homemade success. Having a business at home is tax deductible.

SMMEs (Small Medium and Micro Enterprises) contribute around 40% of United Kingdom's gross domestic product, and employ more than half of the private sector workforce. It is estimated that as much as 80% of new jobs in world economies are being created by SMMEs, making small business a key player in the future growth of United Kingdom.

The idea of starting a home-based business is becoming more of a trend in United Kingdom. People want to be at home with their families rather than waste precious time in traffic and at the office. The idea of being your own manager, being able to choose your own hours, being more flexible with family and friends and having control of your own financial life is becoming more and more attractive.

With the irregularity of future pension packages and retirement annuities and the general uncertainty of our future wealth, it is becoming more and more necessary to start creating one's own nest eggs for the future. I am sure nobody wants to continue working for any government at the age of 65 when they supposed to put their feet up on a couch and enjoy a cuppa.

Here are some of the business idea you can start with just £100

1.     Bake Pastry such as pie, cookies and donut, talk to people in your local community, in your church, coffee shops and offices, sell yourself with word of mouth  and let them have a taste of what you can do best. Make sure you are neat and clean. Let your packaging come from sustainable source.

 

2.     Are you very creative (makeup artist, painting, pottery, sketching or drawing, bead craft, cooking and braiding) and others keep telling you they wish they could also learn to be as good as you? Well, share this talent - start offering classes. You can teach one-on-one or small classes in your living room.

 

3.     If you already have a computer and a printer at home , design labels and advertising pamphlets, type students' projects, CVs, etc. With the correct programs you can design invitation and business cards.

 

4.     If you have a sewing machine and you are very creative, start with sewing alterations. Design and make clothes for people with affordable price everyone needs alterations this days, thank God for dieting.

 

5.     Make sandwiches, muffins or cook jolloff rice and fried rice, soup, etc. and sell to corporate offices during lunch and tea times. Get permission from businesses first before going to their offices. Branch out into making and selling assorted platters on order. Ask for 50% deposit to cover food costs- this is where wisdom is useful.

 

6.     Are you very good at taking pictures of people and already have a good camera your hand is not shaking, you can hire yourself out to take wedding pictures, 1st birthday parties, christening. Or photograph people at local clubs, restaurants, pubs, etc and charge. Don't forget to get permission from people first.

 

7.     Are you very good with science subject such as Mathematics, chemistry physics and biology? If you are offer to teach extra chemistry or maths and other subjects to high school learners and students. This can be done after hours, giving you free time during the day or directly after school.

 

8.     Are you very good with children? Looking after your own children and others after school could be a very good idea especially if you have very accommodative living room and a well organised homely home. You can get paid to pick children up after school and take care of them until their parents return home from work.

 

9.     You can start ironing service from home to home in your neighbourhood because a lot of people hate ironing, offer a service where you iron their clothes for them and get paid for doing.

 

10.    Party Entertainer – Utilise your love of children. Buy or get a costume made for you, such as a clown outfit, magician suite, etc., and entertain children at birthday parties, fundraisers or children's events. Make balloon characters, juggle, clown around and more. Rent yourself out to children's parties. Make flyers and hand out to schools, churches, crèches, etc.

 

11.    Second-hand Clothing – Do you have cloth that are new with tags kept in your luggage for years sell them on eBay, Asos, Facebook or advertise around your neighbourhood and through friends.

 

12.    Second hand book and magazines dealer – Do you love books, classic magazines and comics, and do you know people who are pack rats? Find second-hand, sought-after books in garage sales, second-hand shops; flea markets, neighbours, auctions, family and friends, etc. You can sell these books over the Internet or through flyers. From the money you have made on existing books and part of the profits, buy new stock to replenish your stock. Do this for two years I guarantee you are a coming out of wants.

 
13.   Computer Consultant – If you are a computer whiz kid, hire yourself out. Help small businesses with computer problems, repairs, and server problems, give advice on where to buy their equipment and what to buy, etc.
 

14.    Image Consultant – Image consulting is a fast-growing industry as more people are becoming more conscious about how they dress in public and for functions. Target student, worker and socialites.

 

15.   Pet walking – If you are a pet lover, look after pets while owners are on holiday or at work. Your clients will know that their pets get proper care and individual attention. They take their pets to your home where you look after them instead of the impersonal pet shelters and kennels/catteries. Walk dogs on the beach or around the area and get paid for it.

 

You can do it, just do it…….

Lord send me my man (Destiny helper) by Pastor Promise Adeyemi



Helper of Destiny: For you to get to the next level of your success somebody must hold your hand! For Jesus to fulfil his destiny John the Baptist came first and the twelve disciples help Jesus to fulfil His ministry here on earth. We all need somebody that will move us and push us into the place of our destiny. The story of the man at the pool ....... Rhema 






Saturday, 16 August 2014

This is for all my single sisters out there .... :)



 

Today’s Inspirational piece is for all my beautiful single ladies out there, who want to be bought in full price and no markdowns. The reason we don't have a man right now is not because we can't get one, it’s because MOST men can't afford us!


We worth more than Diamonds. The cost of us is Presence of God, Grace, kindness, commitment, respect, responsibility, hardworking, great personality, love and the fear of God.


Most men just want to come and be with us but they have to come RIGHT! Don’t give up ladies; be patience and keep living, there is one MAN out there who is willing to PAY all that you're worth. Wait for him. Please don’t accept any discounts, coupons or markdowns.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Rumor has it you've been....... Danger of rumour mill


When I was in college, there was a rumour that went around that my friend's boyfriend was part of a bunch of hooligans at college. Someone told someone else that he belongs to one of the notorious gang. Needless to say, it was completely untrue and totally ridiculous. But it took off for a while and was quite an embarrassment to him and my friend. Luckily, with time, it went away after a while. But the damage was done....some people to this day believe that it just might be true. See, that's the thing about rumours. Once they are told, they can never be taken back. And they don't just hurt one person; it's like a ripple effect. This particular one was about my very good friend's boyfriend but it affected not just him but several other people as well.

 
 I was thinking about this story last night because of something my elder sister said to me. I was having a moment of frustration due to a rumour that had been started about me since last year. As always the voice of reason, she told me not to worry about the few people that believed it and to put it out of my head. I told her it was easy for her to say since the rumour wasn't about her and it didn't affect her. She got irritated, rightly so, and told me it DID affect her because she was the one who had to deal with me when I was upset about it. Later on I thought about it more and I realized that it affected her in more ways than just that. If someone stated that I was a liar, then he would have to be one too. Since we’ve lives together before I came to live in the United Kingdom and she knows everything about me, if I was lying about something important, she would have to be just as untruthful. And that got me really frustrated; it's upsetting enough to have people say something about yourself, but your sister....well that are a whole other ball of wax.

 
 Then I started thinking how this has also effected my other siblings. Due to the whole situation, my sister almost lost a friend that they’ve know each other for more than 30 years and she's old enough to ask why. And I don't really know what to tell her so I just change the subject the best I can. Luckily she is blessed with wisdom and she was able to manage and change the situation of her friendship with her friend, so it hasn't impacted her too much, but it's still bothersome when she asks "why don't you face your own business and not involving yourself in gossiping?” When the issues of this gossiping of a thing happened, I never wanted my sisters to have to take sides and I hate that some people claimed they did. The truth is what I was accused of wasn’t even true but you know as long as you open your mouth in any opinions of uncertain reliability, you’ve joined them to steer the wheel of rumour. Of course, expect to be called the gossiper!

 
  So, what's the moral of the story? Please, please, please think before you tell a story about someone else. Ask yourself: "am I 100% sure what I'm about to tell is the truth?", "is what I'm about to share going to bring someone up or tear them down?", "will this story have effect on your family relationship with another family?" and lastly "am I sharing this story because I've been hurt and want to hurt someone else?" Or are u sharing this story because you're so naïve that people cant be trusted and they can twist your words to make themselves justified for the wrong they have done?

 I won't begin to claim that I have never been involved in the gossip mill....I know for a fact that I have shared stories that I didn't know we're 100% true, that tore someone else down, that effected a child involved in the situation and that was told simply to hurt another individual. Am I proud of those things? Definitely not...especially now being on the other side. I know now how much it hurts, how frustrating it is to straighten out and how many people can be effected. It has given me a perspective I never had before...and maybe one I needed.

 
 So, next time you feel like sharing a story you heard from a friend of a friend of a friend....please don't because you don't know if your friend is jealous of that friend. You have no idea how far it will spread and how many people could be hurt. It's just not worth it. And just think, one of those people being effected could end up being someone you really care about.


"Spiritual growth is marked by an ever-increasing awareness of your weaknesses, and an ever-increasing satisfaction in Christ as your righteousness" Joseph Prince

 
 Thanks for reading. God bless!