Sunday, April 29, 2018

Preparation is Key

 This article was written by Samuel Osho
One of my best-kept secrets is my love for beans. I don't mind having beans at least once every day. You can imagine how frequent "cook beans" pops up on my to-do list. Well, it's not much of a bother, it's one of the easiest foods to prepare. I was one of those kids that believed in the law that portends a direct variation between beans in-take and increase in height. 
I recently decided to cook yet again another pot of beans. I poured the beans into the pot and mistakenly overrated the capacity of my pot. I thought to myself, "It's just a few cups of beans and this pot should be able to handle it." 
Unfortunately, I was wrong.
About twenty minutes into preparing the meal, the uncooked beans started pouring all over the place from the pot, causing fumes to fill the kitchen. I had to stop and look for a bigger pot. 
And then it dawned on me how I was tricked by the pot. I was also reminded of how God carefully works on us to develop capacities before allowing us to grace the stage. As against popular opinion, God's grooming in the quarry site is not a delay tactic to stop you from manifesting, it's a blessing in disguise to prepare you for what's coming. Grooming takes time.
My cooking pot fumbled and failed the test. In short, it embarrassed itself not me. (smiles) I hear you asking too many questions lately. Why is it not me doing this and that? But the question you fail to answer: Do you have the capacity to handle it? 
You keep screaming: "Lord, I want an auditorium of 10,000 people." Are you sure you have the capacity to handle a congregation of 2,000 people?" Won't the concealed pride increase the height of your shoulder pads? 
To be honest, I think preparation is more important than seeking opportunities. My generation has turned the tables; we cry for opportunities without investing time in preparation. Opportunities can be a setup for disgrace if you lack the capacity to deliver what is expected of you. 
If you are unprepared for an opportunity, just like my pot, you churn out half-baked results that can't stand the test of time. You make people choke because of the fumes that fill the room as a result of your glaring ignorance mingled with gross ineptitude. 
Have you seen people who claim to be experts on a subject speak like babies? Oh! They make lots of noise like empty barrels. It gets so worse sometimes that you need to block your ears. 
Why is it that our main song is "I want this ..." "I want that ..." You have never asked, "Lord, what do I need to do to attract this?" 
The best opportunities for "promotion" are the ones you attract because of what you have embodied: what you have learnt, you have touched and handled.
Oh! Come on! Joshua attracted the office of Moses because he was prepared for it. It was almost predictable that the mantle was going to fall on him because he prepared. 
Joseph's striking brilliance, an evidence of preparation, created a seat of power in split seconds, a post that was unheard of in the history of Egypt. 
You should watch it if you are always lobbying and loitering around big names to get a "promotion" or "public recognition" in your life. 
Do you know what happens to lobbyists? They end up like Kora, Dathan, and Abiram. In a moment, their purported relevance is swallowed by circumstances. 
The truth is everyone knows when a fruit is ripe. There is always a battle to pluck a ripe fruit and have a bite.
My plea for you today is to stay connected, keep growing, build capacity, become ripe for God's calling in your life and you will watch the world gather to have a bite of what God has been cooking for years. 
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Postpartum Weight Loss


Hi people,

It's been a minute here. I don't want to promise to do better but seriously, I should do better. It's been a very busy couple of months - blame it on being a Ph.D. candidate, mummy and wife (whew). 

I've been struggling with my weight post baby number 2 and I kind of know what's responsible. Apart from my love for food ( a constant by the way), breastfeeding seemed to make me hungrier and resulted in me eating more. Baby Tee is almost 9 months old now and he's started on solids for a few months. This means he doesn't get as much breastmilk as he used to in the earlier months. This equals my excess food not been let out through the milk and just storing up in my body. What is the point of this epistle you may wonder, well, I want to put it out there that I am trying to control my portions and include some regular gym time to my schedule. Putting it out there may increase my commitment to going the whole 9 yards. 

To be fair to me, I have in the past month enjoyed 45mins of Zumba classes twice every week. But is that enough you might ask. I don't know as I do not see any difference yet. So I guess I'm just going to keep enjoying my classes while I control my portions and maybe add some more gym time to my schedule. So keep me accountable guys!

Please let me know in the comment section if you have been able to lose weight without any strict dietary restrictions.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day - Best Practice Competition

#PressforProgress

Are you running International Women's Day activity? Could it be an example of 'best practice'? Might other groups benefit from seeing and understanding your success? Can you provide engaging content and photographs as evidence of your activity and its impact? If so, the International Women's Day 2018 "Best Practice" Competition could be for you.
For the very first time, the IWD is asking groups to step forward and share best practice.  How did you champion International Women's Day 2018 in a meaningful way that inspired others to #PressforProgress and help forge gender parity?
Competitions have winners so, in true competition style, a team of respected professionals from across industry worldwide will collectively review and decide the leading examples of Best Practice that truly made an impact celebrating International Women's Day 2018 and strived to #PressforProgress. A number of Best Practice Champions will be selected across categories, and their achievements overtly celebrated.

IWD best practice categories

From around the world, best practice case studies will be featured across a number of important categories to demonstrate how groups championed International Women's Day and supported the #PressforProgress campaign. The winning case studies will inform and inspire audiences worldwide as the #PressforProgress campaign continues throughout the year.
  • Private Sector: Impact and Innovation
  • Public Sector: Leadership and Progress
  • Charity Sector: Awareness Raising
  • Education Sector: Knowledge and Impact
  • Community Services: Local Engagement
  • Sporting Sector: Social Leadership
  • Associations/Networks: Member Participation
  • Marketing/Design Agencies: IWD Campaign Work
  • Best IWD Grassroots Impact
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress Videos
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress media activity
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress photographs
  • Best IWD Event Pack use
  • Best IWD Cakes
Entries open March 8 2018 and close on April 30, 2018 - with judging through May to June, followed by winner announcements in July 2018. Entries must be no more than 1,000 words and must address certain given criteria. Entries must also contain engaging images showing evidence of activity. Further assets such as videos, social media assets and so forth are also invited if available. All images submitted must be under the condition that they may be used on the International Women's Day website, with acknowledgment.

The prize

Detailed case studies will be featured on the International Women's Day website and via its social media and further communication platforms, as well as promoted on further relevant websites and channels. And, because giving is the best way of receiving, we encourage each of the winners to consider making an elective donation directly to one of the International Women's Day Charities of Choice.

Interested?

To register interest in potentially participating in the International Women's Day 2018 Best Practice Competition and to receive further details in coming weeks, please create an IWD account and submit the form.
For more information, Please see HERE

Friday, January 26, 2018

McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders

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McKinsey invites female students and professionals with fewer than 6 years of experience based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for their 5th Next Generation Women Leaders event.
Take the next step in your leadership journey and apply to the Next Generation Women Leaders event, to be held May 24-26 in Paris.

You will be asked to list up to 4 offices or practices which you would like your application to be reviewed by. You should choose locations to which you have strong ties (e.g., you have lived, studied, or worked) as well as locations for which you are fluent in the local language(s). If you choose an industry or functional practice, make sure you have relevant experience.
 
The selection of offices you choose for this event does not limit your future location options should you apply for a position at McKinsey.

To apply, submit the following documents in English: 

CV

Your CV should include details of your education and grades, work experience and any extracurricular activities and achievements.

Cover letter

A cover letter (1-page maximum) should include a description of a challenging situation where you were able to demonstrate your leadership skills.

Transcripts

Your office/practice preferences define which academic transcripts are required. Transcripts do not need to be in English.
  • Africa, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden require academic transcripts from high school onwards.
  • Asia and Pacific, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland require university transcripts.
  • For any other offices, academic transcripts are optional, but please include relevant grades in your CV.
McKinsey will cover accommodation and travel costs to Paris from locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 

Application deadline: March 8, 2018.
To apply, visit Apply Here and for more information, next-generation-women.mckinsey

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

2017 has come to an end in some parts of the world while others are counting the hours to when it goes away and never to return. For some, it was a year of joy, addition, and all-round goodness, but for others not quite. Whichever side of the divide you fall, it is always exciting to see a new day. There's something about a new day that brings fresh hope and optimism. 

The year 2018 begins a new day, a new chapter, a new opportunity to dream afresh and to start again if you must. 2018 is already feeling 'golden', so much excitement in the air and there's that palpitating sense that it is going to be an awesome year. 
So here's to all of you schooling mum readers, welcome to your most awesome year yet. May your dreams come true and may you enjoy the results of your hard work. I look forward to your testimonies.

Happy new year 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas



It's the most wonderful time of the year 💃💃💃

Here's wishing all schooling mums and friends of the schooling mum family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Understanding and Designing Flanking Homology DNA Assembly Experiments (WEBINAR)


If you are anything close to what I was about a year ago in the field of genome assembly - (an 'olodo' meaning I didn't know anything), then this webinar may be good for you. Of course, this is only for people whose research have anything to do with assemblies and bioinformatics. See an invite from Nick Oswald below:


Hi Bitesizers,
You're invited to join us for a webinar this Wednesday on DNA assembly methods—including design and helpful software tools.
who: Dr. Nathan Hillson, Director of Synthetic Biology Informatics at the Joint BioEnergy Institute
when: Wednesday, Nov 15 4PM London, 11AM Boston, 8AM San Diego
Here's what will be discussed
* How flanking homology DNA assembly methods work
* How to use web-based software to design experimental methods for flanking homology DNA assembly methods
* How synthetic DNA fragments fit in to the DNA assembly process
Which of your colleagues, or social media buddies, would benefit from attending these webinars? Help them out by forwarding them this email or sharing it via TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.
Best wishes,
Nick
Nick Oswald PhD
Founder, BitesizeBio.com

Preparation is Key

  This article was written by Samuel Osho One of my best-kept secrets is my love for beans. I don't mind having beans at least once ...