Achieving Success at Saving is Possible

If you live in a place where you have to provide water for yourself by digging a well or borehole then you must seriously have containers to save water in.

And if you depend on electricity to pump water into your tank and you live where power supply can go off for days…. Hmmm save some water for a rainy day😀

The other day we had one of those days without electricity supply and pumping water was out of the question. Usually at such times we make use of water reserved in big containers. As I scoped water with a bowl into a bucket it suddenly dawned on me that the water will finish soon. We usually fill the big container with like 7 to eight large size buckets. I realized that it is only the amount of water that we reserved that we are getting back. So we would get to use only the amount of water saved earlier… Nothing more… Nothing less.

If nothing is saved there will be nothing to draw from

It suddenly hit me, saving for a rainy day is important. I better start taking it more seriously. Of course I am trying to save through my office cooperative group and as well put some money away I the bank but I haven’t been as committed as l should.

The rainy day always look far or our mind play a trick on us that it will never come. My advice to myself and you my reader start saving more.

There will never enough money to save from but you still have to save. 

A few tricks on how to save some money away

* Make up your mind to save something from your pay check no matter how little you are earning.

* Sign a document that allows your bank to deduct the amount you intend to save directly from your salary account into a savings account that you can not withdraw money from for a stipulated period of time.

* Have a target/project or something you are saving for in mind.  It could be the education of your children or even your self, house project, a business project.  This will help you to be focus.

* Don’t have an ATM card for your savings account or else you will be tempted to withdraw money when in  need.

* Have a monthly budget and work within it.

* Have a plan and take steps towards having multiple source of income. Take advantage of your skills and talents. Do something else apart from your monthly pay work. This relieve’s you of having to work with a very tight budget that can really prevent you from saving.

* Remember little drops make an ocean.

Enjoy your week.
Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Tuesday Inspiration – Love, Time and Death (My Short thanksgiving Letter to God)

Lying down or sitting on a couch(really can’t remember which position) in my living room while watching a movie which mirrors three important aspects of life: Love, Time and Death

Every human being has a need for love; we all need time to fulfill our dreams and our time here on earth is short whether we live to a hundred years or more.

I looked back at my life and I saw that there was so much to be grateful for.

My short letter of thanksgiving to God:
I love you Lord
Thank you for creating me
Thank you for giving me life
Thank you for holding my hands through times of pain
Thank you for assuring me in my times of uncertainty
Thank you for taking care of my fears
Thank you for putting laughter on my sister’s lips again (Lost her husband and re-married)

Thank you for all you are doing in my sibling’s lives
Thank you for the gift of love and a home
Thank you for my husband and children
Thank you for all the good people you have surrounded me with
Thank you for clearing my doubts
Thank you for wiping my tears

Thank you for the gift of laughter
Thank you for not giving up on me
Thank you for abundant opportunities to grow
Thank you for making me, me

There is so much more I am grateful for…But I bask in your unexplainable love for me dear God.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Tips for Everyday Living – Prioritizing Your Dreams by Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

I find this very Inspiring: Your dream is worth your attention and time. Don’t make things happen for others only; make it happen in your life. Learn to say No, so you can use your time well.

Have fun listening

Jacqueline is a wordsmith whose style of writing is very creative and down to earth. Take a trip to her blog page A “cooking pot twisted tales” and see what I mean.

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

Tuesday Inspiration … How to change things

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Looking up to heaven

Prayer changes people
Prayer changes situations
Prayer changes you

Instead of complaining pray
Instead of worrying pray
Instead of giving up pray
Instead of fighting pray
Instead of envying pray
Instead of giving in to depression pray

And I have loved you with an everlasting love and I have drawn you with my loving kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

Give all your worries and cares to God for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:17

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

What Chess Game can do for a Whole Community – You must see this movie – Queen of Katwe

The “Queen of Katwe” is a Disney Movie, a biographical sports movie situated in Uganda produced in 2016. It was written by William Wheeler and directed by Mira Nair.

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It is the true life story of young Phiona Mutesi acted by Madina Nalwanga but her mother’s story struck a chord in me as well. Personally, in Phiona’s mother, I saw a woman who sacrificed so much to give her struggling family the best she could. This woman though a widow denied herself the opportunity of accepting advances from men who wanted to be romantically involved with her. She protected her children as best as she could from predators even though she was illiterate. Phiona’s mother ends up selling her best clothe something she inherited from her ancestors just to buy oil for the lamp Phiona needed to study to understand how to play chess better.

The Movie is laced with humor, pain, human suffering mixed with hope and then here comes the rise out of all of these. It’s a journey through the story of young struggling Phiona, her siblings, and their mother. She had lost her father when the story begins. She and her brother hawk maize in the ghetto streets of Ugandan. Theirs was not a pretty life; many times they go hungry and have to make do with watery soup or porridge.
Phiona wondered why many bad things happened to their family and one day asked her sister about this thought of hers. “God does not care about us one way or the other”, was Phiona’s older sister’s response. She had taken the option of running away with a man whom she believed was the way of escape from her family’s poverty-stricken life.

In my opinion, God did show up by allowing a meeting between Phiona, her brother, and Robert Katende, a missionary while hawking one day. That was how Phiona’s journey into the world of Chess began. Phiona only had the heart to learn and soon her thinking skill was sharpened. She soon became a force to be reckoned with as she won one game after another. Just when life began to look up for Phiona, her brother is hit by a motorcycle, they lose their home and the family started sleeping in the open.

It seemed like bad things were really meant to sink this family. Someone who wouldn’t give up on her stood by her, coach Robert Katende. He kept coming back, encouraging and pushing Phiona until she was fired up again to continue to play chess and enrolled her and her brother in school. Soon she became a hero in Katwe and a great Chess player who won many games.

It was a long journey, Phiona’s Mutesi success didn’t just happen overnight it took time. With persistence, we can all achieve.

The Queen of Katwe is a sports drama which paves a pathway of escape from poverty

The character Robert Katende played by David Oyelowo was a very passionate man who wished to do more for his wife and baby. But when he got a job that pays better gives it up for teaching the children in Katwe slums how to play chess.

His home was open to many of these children.
He had an Injury that should stop him from playing football but he sacrificed getting injured again and played to get money to enroll the children in the inter-schools competition.

Others saw dirty children, uncultured and unruly children but Robert Katende saw children with great talents and the next world champions.

Actors really took on their role…I find the Ugandan English accent really unique and funny not in a derogatory way just pleasantly nice to my ears.  I enjoyed the interaction between Phiona’s mother  played by Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo who featured as Robert Katende the missionary. They both really interpreted their roles well. Madina Nalwanga who is the heroine, Phiona is a character to watch. It’s hard to believe this was her first movie.

Queen of Katwe – Is an inspiring and moving story of Hope

Lessons
There is something in everyone
• Follow your passion just like Robert Katende
• Help other people up
Never give up on your dream
• Humility keeps your head in shape as a hero
• You might win today but keep at it and you will win
• Everyone needs someone to believe in him/her
Though sorrow may last for a night or more but Joy comes

Photo Credit: Poster of the movie Queen of Katwe – Disney

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Yaayi…You’ve Got to SEE THIS MOVIE – HIDDEN FIGURES: Three Brilliant Women who made Landing in Space Possible!! My Take Away from Watching

In Nigeria when you hear the phrase “Take Away”, it majorly refers to party extra food packs. When a party is darn good and great guests get to take extra food home; that is after loading their tummies with the treat already served. I love those kinds of parties. As a wife and mother my take away food will serve as dinner for everyone in my family. That’s a no cooking evening…Lol

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20th Century Fox

Let me now get down to My Take Away from the movie, “Hidden Figures” an inspiring story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. These three women worked at NASA and worked tirelessly using the skills to get Astronaut John Glenn into the orbit and their work was instrumental in landing man on the moon!!! Yaayi…I am so excited!
Hidden Figures is a biographical movie based on a non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly and directed by Theodore Melfi.

Their story sounds fantastic but you must watch the movie to see how these women under adversity, discrimination, family and societal pressure made history in the world of science.
Hidden Figures left me inspired, fired up and ready to go! Every young girl, woman, man and boys, the whole family need to see it.

Here is a few of my Take Away from the Hidden figures:
• Adversity is a springboard
• Never let your gender or background limit you…You can be so much more
• Look ahead…keep developing yourself and stepping up in order to remain relevant
• As a leader acknowledge and let the geniuses in your team shine, then you all will become geniuses
• Sometimes you have to endure but there comes a time when you must speak up and demand to be heard/taken seriously
• Keep dreaming never give up
• Wait patiently your gift will find you out
• Those who scorned you or refuse to give you a place in the front seat will soon be serving you as you show them that you know what you are doing with your skills
• Three women from a humble background at a time when racism was high made landing on space possible.

Girl…it is possible…the world is waiting for you.

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Adebisi Adetunji©