3 things I miss about living in Poland

Yes, I know how much I complained when I actually lived there but hey, its human nature. You never fully get what you have till you’re removed from the situation and stand far enough to appreciate it. I was feeling rather positive and a lil adventurous today, I decided to trust the African salon down the street with my natural hair …. what an unholy mess that was. Please, please do not even letย  me get into the rant, Lord don’t make me do it! I’ve been natural for 4 years and I know the number one rule for all naturals is to never compare your hair to anyone else’s, but my goodness have I fallen behind on my journey. Anyway, I will reluctantly move on to how I came about the title of this post. So after getting my hair totally messed up ( leaving out the obscenities) I decided to go through memory lane to see where I dropped the ball, the most pictures I took of my hair was while I was in Poland because I was blogging more actively then (which should really be the 4th thing I miss about Poland, the time and inspiration to blog). As I was going through all the hair pictures I stumbled across the amazing time I had in the Poland. I know this sounds awful and corny, but guys I actually think I found a lil of myself while I was there. Some days I was incredibly lonely and depressed but on other days I was a bit fearless and just open to everything. My mind worked in a better way, a more creative way! But these are the 3 things I miss the “mostest” ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I miss my time with God probably the most. I can not explain the hunger and thirst I had for God when I first got to Wroclaw. Plus I took part in the RCCG 100 days fast which truly changed my spiritual life. The peace I felt was second to none, even though I was in strange place with no one I knew, I felt so at home with God and made real progress with my spiritual life. It gave me a tiny glimpse of what I could really enjoy and gain from constantly being in God’s presence. It was awesome, it was one of the best moments of my life.
  2. I miss how amazing my hair and skin was then. Because I was actively blogging and documenting my hair journey I guess I just gave more of aย  ish about my hair. I almost cried when I came across a picture of hair with full edges! I have taken so many things for granted this last year with my hair. I have taken liberties and seriously backtracked my journey. Now I have my wedding in 5 months and I’m not sure I can make any measurable progress before then. I will not lie guys, the creamy crack is at the top of my list, like right at the top of my list, followed closely by cutting it all off to start afresh! My skin… where do I start? My skin has been fairly ok till recently which can probably be attributed to me taking somewhat desperate measures to keep my facial issues under control. Again, I have 5 months to get my skin to the best it’s ever been. I’m not the most promising bride, am I? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  3. I miss how opened minded living in a new place made me. I tried so many new things, found new things that I enjoyed, shared a different culture with new friends. Realised that once I opened up a bit I was actually quite likeable and learned how to be by myself and not get suicidal. Found new ways to keep myself occupied and entertained. It’s crazy how a small town in Poland could make me want so much more out of every aspect of my life. Spiritually, professionally, mentally, physically and even financially (surprisingly) I was in a sound place. But then human nature walks in and starts pointing out everything that is wrong with the situation and then you start dropping all the lessons you learned… then one day you get your hair massacred and realise that you had it good before.

God help me to be less human sometimes so I can really take what you give me as it is and appreciate it there and then.

Amen.

Goodnight.

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I’m back! Where have I been, what am I doing and all that good stuff…

Hey Guys and Happy Sunday!

First off I want to say a big thank you to God from Whom all blessings flow! I hope you guys are good and well. It has been a really long time since I’ve been here and I have to say it is good to be back! I have been itching and at the same time procrastinating to come back here. Don’t worry, it’s nothing huge or deep like that I’ve just been super busy and not settled these past few months. To be able to blog, personally, I feel you need to have your ish together, know where everything is and just be organised mentally. I feel no inspiration when I’m living out of a suitcase and struggling to find a pair of tights in the morning, I find it hard to gather my thoughts together.

From my last post ย I sorta caught you up to speed on what God has been up to in my life and where I was and where I was going. I think the last time we had a one to one was when I was still in Poland and getting all my stuff together to move back to Dublin and resume my previous position at work which I wan’t too thrilled about at the time but I have to say I was relieved to be getting out of Wroclaw. Yes, I had some amazing times there, made friends with some awesome people and fell in love with Inglot but at the end of the day it still wasn’t home and I missed my brother and English! A couple of months back , around April or May I had booked a trip to America which would come around two weeks after I was back in Dublin, which added some excitement into moving back. That trip was long over due and I had made an extensive list of products I was going to stock up on while there ( Don’t worry, I have a sweet haul coming up) lol, and stuff I wanted to do and people to see, so I was super excited as the time for the trip drew nearer. I had ached for a holiday for the longest time, my brain was tired of work and because of how God in all his glorious awesomeness worked out this new job it meant that I would be finishing up with my previous company a day before my trip. Which meant I didn’t have to travel with my work laptop or phone, it would be a real holiday without having to get calendar alerts for upcoming conference calls. This was exactly what I needed! I barely had time to unpack from Poland before being told I would be moving to London for a new job so I just sorta lived out of a suitcase for the last two months. I had so much fun on my trip but not enough time. I flew into Baltimore via Boston ( which btw is an awfully boring airport) and spent sometime with one of my oldest childhood friends and then to NYC to see to some of my other friends. The trip went by way too quick and before I knew it I had discarded my list, I just couldn’t get myself in the mood to shop with everything whizzing past, plus I sorta felt guilty about dragging who ever I was staying with from one make up store to another :(.

The view from my cousin's apartment in Manhattan.... LOVE!
The view from my cousin’s apartment in Manhattan…. LOVE!
Rocking the puff right before getting my chunky twists done
Rocking the puff right before getting my chunky twists done

I did however have a whole day to shop at Woodsbury Commons outlet just outside NYC. I went with my cousin and we had so much fun even though it was horrible and rainy outside. And on the way out there I stopped and Buddy’s bakery from the reality tv show Cake Boss ( you can not understand how excited I was! Freaking love Buddy! He’s such a BAWSE!) Which was just outside the coach station. I finally got to try the famous lobster tail and my goodness was it amazing!! All that delicious cream and pastry, soooo good! But that’s not all I did, I went shopping in SoHo for a bit then walked the whole length of 5th Avenue and ended up in Central Park buying a falafel from a food truck. I went for an exhibition at the MoMA with my friend who just moved into a pretty snazzy apartment in Brooklyn in the cutest neighbourhood.

I was sooooo excited when I got this!
I was sooooo excited when I got this!
....and more excited when I opened it!
….and more excited when I opened it!
The view from my friend's apartment in Brooklyn
The view from my friend’s apartment in Brooklyn

It was all around fun but before I knew it I was back in that dead airport in Boston waiting for my connecting flight to Dublin and just like that It was over. With the fun out the way I was left with a week to tie up loose ends in Dublin and get the apartment completely empty. I will not bore you with or remind myself of how horrible and stressful that week was, topped up with me being sick with the flu. I just really Thank God we were able to get it sorted. My brother had moved to the UK two weeks before so he came back that weekend to help with the last and worse part of the move. We took as much as we could in the car and cargo-ed the rest. We finally got to London at almost midnight after a 9 hour drive (we stopped in Manchester to see an aunt and to take a quick nap). I’ve now been in London for almost 5 weeks and I’ve finally found a place to live. I have to stay that was probably the hardest part of the move, finding a place that I liked, wasn’t too far from work and within my budget, but right when I was about to give up God came through for me AGAIN and I found the puuuuuuurfect room. I’m still in the process of getting everything in order but waking up every day in my bed never felt so good! I had always taken it for granted but there’s nothing as good as having your own place to just unwind and hide away. I love it.

So what’s to come you might ask (or not ask :p)? London isn’t a new city to me so getting into the swing of things wasn’t particularly hard for me but I am excited to be here and I love how there’s always so much to do. I don’t however like how expensive it is, but hey, what are you gonna do right??? My next couple of post are most likely going to be beauty related as I have so much to show and share with you guys and I’ve started dabbling in some facial products from LUSH. Very excited to step up my game in terms of my face regimen, it’s been long overdue…. and then finally I might actually get round to planning my darn wedding!

Missed being on here, I know it hasn’t been that long, but for the 9 months while I was in Poland, this blog really kept me company and inspired. It made being on my own in a truly strange place less daunting, and I’ll never take it for granted. Speak to you guys soon! xxx

Birthday Flow, Family, Boyfriend, Natural Hair…. in Nairobi

Hi All!

So for the last two weeks I have been in Nairobi on holidays with my family and my boyfriend. My folks live in Nairobi which is why I have spent the last two Christmases there and I wanted to spend my birthday there too. It was a lot fun, I had a lot time on my hands so I was able to do more and actually take time to rest and relax. Kenya is a beautiful country with lots to see and do, even with the two weeks I spent there I still didn’t have time to head down to the coast which is one of the things I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend for 4 years and we’ve never been able to spend our birthdays together (we’re 3 days apart) ย so it was a wonderful change to have him with me on that day as well as family. I had so much fun, I think hands down it was the best birthday ever, my parents made such a fuss about me and it felt great, I felt like a kid again ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway I’m back in home now and I’m depressed as ever, the weather isn’t too bad in all fairness, spring is around the corner so I can’t complain to much. But still, nothing compares to the warmth of being in Africa, I’m not from Kenya but it’s been where we’ve called home for the last two years so when I’m there I’m home ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a couple of pictures to share with you guys from my trip …. Enjoy!

Me and the Beau :)
Me and the Beau ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Met up with my dad at his office for lunch!
Met up with my dad at his office for lunch!

 

Hands down the best meal I had on my entire trip, seafood risotto.. Yum!
Hands down the best meal I had on my entire trip, seafood risotto.. Yum!

 

At the Sunday Masai Market :)
At the Sunday Masai Market ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Trying to decide what to get his mum ...
Trying to decide what to get his mum …

 

Birthday Flowers... everyone gives you flowers for everything in Kenya!
Birthday Flowers… everyone gives you flowers for everything in Kenya!

 

More birthday flowers...
More birthday flowers…

 

Me with flowers from my mum... :)
Me with flowers from my mum… ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Rocking the puff ;)
Rocking the puff ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Spent the morning in Nairobi national park, didn't see a whole lot of animals unfortunately. Apparently the animals migrate during the year to other countries and come back later in year :(
Spent the morning in Nairobi national park, didn’t see a whole lot of animals unfortunately. Apparently the animals migrate during the year to other countries and come back later in year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

Favourite part of the day was going to the elephant orphanage to see the baby elephants. They're so adorable, this is my second time going to the orphanage and I still get so excited! :)
Favourite part of the day was going to the elephant orphanage to see the baby elephants. They’re so adorable, this is my second time going to the orphanage and I still get so excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Feeding time... this baby elephant is less than 5 months old!
Feeding time… this baby elephant is less than 5 months old!

 

Heading out of Nairobi for the day :)
Heading out of Nairobi for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

 

We passed through The Great Rift Valley on the way :) Breath taking! It runs from Tanzania all the way to Kenya and houses some of the biggest lakes in Africa... It's basically huge, this picture doesn't do it any justice.
We passed through The Great Rift Valley on the way ๐Ÿ™‚ Breath taking! It runs from Tanzania all the way to Kenya and houses some of the biggest lakes in Africa… It’s basically huge, this picture doesn’t do it any justice.

 

We stopped at Naivasha town for lunch and went to see the Hippos in Lake Naivasha. Out of the 8 lakes in the Rift Valley, Lake Baringo and Naivasha or the only fresh water lakes.
We stopped at Naivasha town for lunch and went to see the Hippos in Lake Naivasha. Out of the 8 lakes in the Rift Valley, Lake Baringo and Naivasha or the only fresh water lakes.

 

And our last stop for the day was in Nakuru, Menengai Crater!
And our last stop for the day was in Nakuru, Menengai Crater! This sign post was erected to show the distances and directions to different parts of the world, I thought it was pretty cool ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Again this picture does not do it any justice. The Menengai Crater is a dormant volcano, the last eruption was in 1991, you can still volcanic ashes mixed with the soil when you walk up the hill. In this picture I was at the edge of the crater. On the way down from the crater we caught a beautiful view of the Lake Nakuru but we weren't close enough to get a good picture... All I wanted to see were the flamingos :(
Again this picture does not do it any justice. The Menengai Crater is a dormant volcano, apparently the last eruption was in 1991 ( don’t know how accurate this is), you can still see volcanic ashes mixed with the soil when you walk up the hill. In this picture I was at the edge of the crater, we were a couple of thousands feet above sea level, the drop was quite frightening and steep. On the way down from the crater we caught a beautiful view of the Lake Nakuru but we weren’t close enough to get a good picture… All I wanted to see were the flamingos ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

There was a man who volunteered to be our tour guide of some sort and showed us the path that people would take to go hiking down to the floor of the crater. He also had a little shack of souvenirs he sold to visitors.
There was a man who volunteered to be our tour guide of some sort and showed us the path that people would take to go hiking down to the floor of the crater. He also had a little shack of souvenirs he sold to visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gnomtastic Visit to Wrocล‚aw.

Hi, just a post on my visit to Wrocล‚aw to see my sister. As you might have guessed, this isn’t Jade/Dupe. It’s her little brother, Kunle. I should have had this post up a long time ago, but I tend to procrastinate… a lot. It’s something I’m working on getting rid of this year.

Anyway, I had a great time in Wrocล‚aw (pronounced more like vrotz-lov). I’ve made a record of my time there in pictures. I didn’t do the typically touristy thing of going to all the landmarks, I just took pictures as I went around different areas of the town. The purpose of the trip wasn’t to visit Wrocล‚aw per se, it was to see my sister whom I haven’t seen since New Year’s eve, which isn’t a big gap for most siblings, but it is for us. Anyway, so here are a bunch of pictures I took of the picturesque town with my phone’s camera. It’s a Samsung Galaxy S2, an almost 3 year old phone, so don’t expect the best pictures, especially in low lights conditions. Also, gnomes are somewhat of a thing over there and you can find them almost everywhere.

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The square beside Dupe’s apartment. Still has the Christmas lights up and a gave the place a nice feel.
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The first thing we did was grab food at one of her favourite steak spots nearby. Then we moved onto shots… a lot of them. Drinks at SpeakEasy bar.

The next few photos are from a morning run to Starbucks.

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Not sure what it is now, but it looks like it used to be a cathedral. Think it’s been renovated and used for other things since.
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People going about their business early on a Saturday.
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Orange and blue. by the way, can you spot a gnome?

And so begins the dawn of the gnomes.

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Hard at work.
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The kid sitting on top doesn’t make the job any easier.
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Buddha gnome?
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Nighty night.
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Running to action.
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Keeping watch.
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Packing my bags.
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I got you something.

Had dinner on Saturday night at Novociana. Nice Italian spot with an amazing cheese board, pizzas and an unforgettable raspberry soaked ice cream.

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The pizzas are massive!
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Who knew a Calzone was just a pizza folded in half.

One more shot.

The descent.
The descent.