Mind on the Month: September

I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited to write a ‘Mind on the Month’ post, as I am to write this one. The last time I was this excited was probably the first time I started writing these posts, in April. Well, I hope this excitement lasts, and October brings gifts with it! 

Firstly, I’m sure you noticed my blog theme change. I’m liking this theme TBH. I know I’ve said that like a million times, but really, I do!


I loved September so much. Why? Well, It’s definitely not because I resumed school. I was looking forward to school but then results were delayed by a whole week, meaning registration couldn’t be started. When the results did come out, we found out that one of our exams was cancelled – Criminal Law. It made me so mad because it was the second exam out of the seven that we wrote, and they just cancelled it like that! One bad fruit spoils the whole lot! So, in October I’ll be re-writing an exam I thought I was over with. Hopefully I get an even better mark this time.


Fact: I’m developing a strong love for Masa. It’s a Northern delicacy, basically their version of rice cake. Absolutely delicious, and cheap! I can even eat it without suya, just sprinkle that suya spice like #saltbae and we’re good to go.


So, like I was saying, I loved September. I can’t believe it has gone so fast. On the Thanksgiving Sunday of September at my church, I saw what is probably the biggest turn out for a baby dedication I’ve ever seen. After the church service, the main party was even held at a hotel! Imagine! Well, I didn’t get to go, but I heard of the delicacies served there. Just wow.

September didn’t really bring MAJOR challenges, but it definitely brought gifts and goodies! If you recall from my last Mind on the Month post, the August edition, I said I was looking forward to more packages being delivered. Boy, did they come! I now have homies at the post office, because they saw my face so much this month. These packages were great, because they’re going to take my blog photography to the next level if used properly! Some were disappointing though, but I’ll figure them out!


September Highs

  • Academics: I said in the August recap that I wanted to maintain a GPA above 3.5. Well, I’m sad mine dropped from 3.8 to 3.5, but at least it’s 3.5, right?
  • Consistency is Key: I was popping content out left and right, I even had a week where I published like 4 posts. Gosh, I loved September. I hope you’ve read all the posts, and you loved them too!
  • Branching Out: I wrote this post on My Beauty Fails, and somehow ended up getting to meet a fellow blogger! I met Bunie Arah of She Fancys That, and it was awesome. I think I’m ready to attend more blogger events now.
  • Freebies: I won a free 1 week blog consultation from Maryam Salam of Fashion by Daisy. She is also the founder of The Blogger Point, Nigeria’s first blogger agency. Can you say #favoured #blessed? I’m going to be mentored by a girl boss for a week!

maryam salam, the blogger point

  • Engaging Engagements: My engagement on posts was popping, it appeared as If I was asking the right questions, posting the right things. I feel quite confident so far in this blogging journey! I honestly thank God. In church, whenever they say we should submit prayer requests, I always mention my blog, amongst other things. I never thought I’d be this passionate about a corner of the internet.
  • The Bloggers Advocate: I discovered and joined a blogger support group on WhatsApp, called The Bloggers Advocate Support Group. If you’re a new blogger looking for some gist, bomb lessons, click here and sit with us! Unlike the mean girls, you CAN sit with us! We don’t yet have a colour scheme, so you don’t have to wear pink on Wednesdays. If you’re not down to join the WhatsApp group, that’s also cool, just follow @thebloggersadvocate
  • Spiritual Priorities: I feel like I’m getting on the right track with my spiritual life, like a few days ago I woke up and didn’t immediately open Instagram. I was so proud of myself. I used the Bible App, and got 3 devotionals which I read every morning. Currently, my Bible App streak is 5 days. Honestly, if you’ve read Confession: I Don’t Love God, you’d be proud of me too.

September Lows

On the less positive side of things, there wasn’t a major event that really had me down in the dumps, but then I did something out of the blue. I decided to apply for a graphic design internship at TBP.

Honestly, It’s not something I would have ever imagined I’d do, but I thought, why not? I’m capable! I made it to the next stage, but due to my negligence, I missed the deadline for the task required of me. I felt so sad when I got the email saying I wasn’t accepted, but I’ve learned my lesson for sure. If you want something, you must be vigilant and proactive.

So yeah, I didn’t get the internship. On the bright side, if you need graphics to spice up your Instagram feed, talk to me and we can work something out! It will help me develop my skills and creativity because I love playing around with CANVA.


What’s Good, October?

Sometimes, do you ever have months where you wish you could have a seat at the table with the month and ask, ‘what’s good’? Some months are just like that, but September was decent! Now, I look at October with a suspecting aunty look, telling it to behave. After all, September was decent and it doesn’t have two heads *kisses teeth*

I read a post the other day by Barrie of the blog Barrrie, and the title really inspired me. Check out the post (here). I asked for permission to steal it, and permission was granted! So, I want to have a new segment of the blog where I show my buys.

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I love shopping, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned that fact enough. Shopping for clothes, makeup, shoes and fabrics gives me a strange kind of happiness. Then again, the condition is that the stuff I’m buying has to be affordable, because let’s admit, I’m a cheapskate. So, I may occasionally show you my great finds, in posts titled “Shop and Tell“. Here’s a little preview:

This September, a lot of nice things came my way, some of which I ordered with my own money, and some which were gifts! One of most treasured freebies, was this gorgeous perfume by Lancôme, called Trésor.

Lancome perfume, Lancome Tresor Perfume, Designer Perfume, Girly Perfume, Floral Perfume
This bottle is dead cute. Just look at it! It has a bow!

I was so happy to get it, as I have wanted a perfume for a while now. I got tired of my regular deodorant smell. I want to smell like my bank account is not screaming, you feel? My uncle came from the UK and he brought this beauty with him. He gave it to my mum, but I snatched it (after a bit of shameless grovelling). It’s mine now! He also brought along this pretty cute body butter. I’ve always wanted to try one, and here I am! I also love the packaging.

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P.S. I’m sure you’ve peeped my monstera leaves. For me, these are the plug when it comes to flat lays! I ordered photo props (hence why in the last monthly reflection I shouted ‘I did it for the aesthetics’), and am leaning towards the tropical vibes feel. However, I also got some floral themed props just in case I want to switch it up!

Finally, a highly valued freebie baby is this sunglass by Dita Eyewear, called Hurricane. It was given to me by a fashion enthusiast (not just anybody, this woman wears strictly designer, people!), like I mentioned on my Instagram. She asked me to google the name, and I found the price of the glasses.

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I also saw photos of it on celebrities. I can’t wait to slide it on and feel bourgeois (boujie), imagining myself reclining by a poolside in Marrakech, draped in a gorgeous patterned chiffon maxi dress. Guys, I really want to go to Marrakech. I’m side-eying Asiyami Gold for igniting this travel lust!

Apart from that, I honestly have been waiting for October for ages! I wrote content in advance for it, and trust me when I say the content is A1 (noo, it’s not because I’m the author! How could you insinuate such a thing?) Well, I hope you also have that same view when you read it! October content is a bit more on the laid back side, nothing overly serious, but you’ll definitely love it.

My photo game has upgraded (peep my progress via the gram, follow me at @mindofamaka), and I’m so happy I’ve improved so much since I started blogging. One of my first blog posts with photos was here, and clearly those photos are not impressive. Gosh! I can’t wait for the posts to get published! That’s right, people. I schedule posts weeks ahead, in order to keep consistent, even if in reality I’m drowning in statutes and judicial precedents. That way, I just log in to check my stats and reply to comments! Guys, I love your comments!


Anticipations

This October, I’m anticipating:

  • The re-examination and subsequent result – have to maintain that 3.5!
  • More opportunities to shop, and perhaps freebies
  • Maintaining my Bible App streaks (my goodness, the disciples are probably shaking their head at me. Bible app streaks? What a concept! Haha!) It all takes the first step. Soon, I’ll become a pastor, just like that.
  • Generally the good things of life
  • Blog stats poppin’

Some Cool Blogs

Like I mentioned above, I joined a blogger group on WhatsApp. Clearly, a lot of links have been dropped in that group, and I’ve found new blogs. I also believe in giving a shoutout to other blogs, no matter what level you’re at. I favour new blogs more though! Anyway, some nice ones you should check out are listed below:

  • Zaynaro: She’s cool, I love her flat lays!
  • My Orange, My Black: Another cool chica. Don’t side eye me, I know these two people I’ve mentioned have the same theme. No, it’s not favouritism. Come and beat me!
  • South of Normality: Can you imagine losing your eyesight? Well, Akbar doesn’t have to, he’s living that reality. He has an awesome perspective, and his posts are quite humorous! Check him out!

That’s it folks! Wow, this post was quite packed. I hope nobody got bored. I need a little favour – if you’re an avid reader of my blog, whether you just found out about me today or months ago, I need your feedback! I want you to tell me the posts I’ve written that you’ve liked most (3 maximum, with your favourite listed first), along with suggestions for topics/segments you think I’d be able to tackle. It’s nearly my 6 month blog-versary, and I’ve actually come quite far!

Have a great October!

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35 thoughts on “Mind on the Month: September

    1. So after opening this post for the second time to see if my poor network would allow your images load now…. I am seeing that you didn’t reply my comment ?…

      I hope we are not about to have another why did u leave ur link on my blog drama ? ?.

      And I still can’t see any images o…..

      1. Haha, ah ah aunty Gift calm down please, drop the slippers. Don’t beat me o! I was getting to your comment nau *cries while kneeling on floor* please ohhh forgive me! Lol! Don’t even bring up that drama topic here oo please it’s a new month soon.

        Why can’t you see the images? I have no idea what’s wrong! I also can’t wait for your comments on my October content, and thank you for the well wishes! Please don’t beat me lmao

          1. Beat me! Do you know who I am? I will beat her, and send her back to beat you! Lol! I literally have no solution to your browser dilemma, just manage the photos on Instagram for now haha

          2. Ah ah, violence is never the answer o. It’s nearly Independence Day, let us all live in peace and harmony. Me? Beat somebody? Never! It was the devil talking lmaoo

  1. Amaka o!!! You posts always crack me up like…. I swear I feel like having that round table discussion with October ?? about your gp and internship, I believe something better is coming for you? can’t wait to see your content for October!

    1. You have no idea what happens to me when people say my posts crack them up. I feel so happy, and I even re-read the post because I’m weird like that.

      Haha, some of these months need to behave and chill!

      Their wahala can be too much. Amen girl, I claim that something better is coming for me. Trust, me, you’ll love the October posts (fingers crossed)

    1. I’m trying with my grades girl, I really am! Thank you for stopping by, and noticing the props. Also, thank you for your well wishes towards the exam, fingers crossed I do well

  2. This is amazingly detailed.
    The pictures are brilliantly sharp and masa or waina can be eaten with vegetable sauce and brisket bone.
    Your grades are still great, and September seemed great for you, may October be better.
    I’m definitely feeding on this and making a reflective post. Well done

    1. Eh heh, I know aunty Northern Igbo would serve some extra knowledge once I mentioned masa lol! Vegetable sauce, that sounds interesting. Do you know if it has any bad effects on health? I mean, I know too much of something is always bad, but can I eat it like twice a week and get away with it? Lol!

      September really was great, I don’t even remember any huge sad moments and I’m so happy for that! I can’t wait to see your reflective post babes! Thank you for dropping by!

    1. I don’t blame you, the other ones haven’t been as exciting as this one TBH! I’m happy you think I write well, and I hope I continue to improve! Amen to October being awesome, and success in my exams ! Do come by again, I appreciate your comment

    1. I’m telling you! THE Maryam Salam! I definitely don’t want to waste it. Thanks for commending my GPA! 3.5 is okay, but when you have high standards you don’t want to settle for just anything, you know? I mean, if you went from 3.8 to 3.5, you wouldn’t be satisfied! Haha, thank you for commenting! I hope you keep coming back!

  3. I really enjoyed reading this post…like a lot and the side notes?? you’re not the only one who is being affected by her, I’ve been suffering from Wander Lust for a long time since i discovered her account?? I hope October is good too, September has been fun….??

    Lemonadesociety.blogspot.com

    1. Glad to be at your entertainment service ma’am! I had fun writing this post, so I’m glad people are liking it! Asiyami Gold is just too much, she’s absolutely amazing. I suffer wander lust too! Fingers crossed for October girl! Thanks for dropping by, much love!

    1. *Cries in Nollywood* Girl, me? Me? Your favourite blogger? I am seriously so happy to hear that! September just got a little more sprinkle of awesomeness!

      I need your help though! What post do you like best, and is there anything you think I should write on more? I would really appreciate having feedback from someone that likes my blog!

  4. I must say girl, you’re doing amazing things here. Haha…..i only wanted to read a few lines and jet off but you kept leading me on even into your comments. It is a Wawu something. Meanwhile, TBA is so amazing; great people.

    Weldon girl

    abujagirlsjournal.blogspot.com

    1. Read a few lines and jet off? Ha! Cynthia! Lol I can relate, it’s not every blog post I read until the end. I’m glad I managed to trap you, and hopefully you keep coming back! Let me go and show some love to your own blog. Thank you!

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