26 and OLD!

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My 26th is coming up in a few weeks and as excited as i am to add more years to myself, i can’t help but wonder how far i have come through out the years. A few years back, if some one asked me my ideal day, i wouldn’t hesitate  and answer – visiting my bffs, lots of laughter and talking, shopping, eating and partying all night with my favorite girls and boys. That was my ideal day. I loved seeing my people and hanging out at all these social events, trying to fit in and meeting new people and i thought that was the meaning of a good life.

Fast forward to today where the rest of the world is clubbing or at social events and hanging out, my favorite pass time is my series and movies in bed with coffee or juice and snacks. It was quite the strange feeling at first – that feeling that am lazy or just anti social or better yet OLD (you know my friends called me that at one point), but as i grew, i loved it and i enjoy it so very much. Don’t get it wrong, i do love getting out in crowds once in a while but i enjoy my inner circle more now; people who share the love i have for them with me. I now understand the theory of YOUR GOALS GET MORE PERSONAL AND LESS MATERIALISTIC AS YOU GROW but also CIRCLES GROW SMALLER AS YOU GROW. It comes back to more substance and less quantity.

I just love and treasure the small and simple things in life now and spending my time and energy on the simple things that i once took for granted. Simple things like reading,  birthdays at home or dinner and lunches, family time, love time and especially ME TIME. I normally disturb my sisters and ask for SISTER TIME because i just enjoy hearing their giggles. I actually like less crowds and more intimacy now.  I love exploring my hobbies like baking, healthy living, cooking or blogging and i am unapologetic for that. Yes i am 26 – beautiful, strong and “OLD” at heart and loving it.

xoxo

APW

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#happyfeet

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Hello beautiful and handsome,

Its Friday so i might as well just say TGIF. Its just the 14th or 15th day of the new year and i already feel such a rush and change within. Not just going with the “NEW YEAR, NEW ME” phase most of us go through each January and it phases midway February and probably ceases by Easter Weekend, I am talking about an appreciation of the word HAPPINESS.

So what is with this simple word HAPPINESS or joy? I might never know its entirety but the comfort and peace it gives me each morning and through out the day, is simply amazing and may be you will help me explain it with my few examples. First, unemployment brought some tears and heart break every 30 minutes or so and i could have easily wet my pillows more than i should at least on two or more nights but that strike of midnight on that beautiful New Year’s day brought a realization i could never have come up with and that is to make the best of my year no matter what!

So from that awesome morning, i decided to wipe my tears, put my best smile on (red lip, eyeliner, foundation too) and hold my almost toned head high. Yes, waking up feeling you have no purpose sucks most times but it gave me a determination i have never had before (OK, maybe not as much as saving up for my phone and shoes but you get the point) Instead of looking at the down side of things, i decided to look at the balance of it to find the middle ground of the situation. I had the best rest i have had in a long time, sleep in late, see my friends as much as possible, do random trips, enroll in amazing personal development online courses, look for better opportunities and best of all, enjoy time with my awesome family and eat healthier food each day. These are things i would probably have never thought of if i was so busy stuck on my desk. So that was my up side in this situation.

This has taught me to appreciate each stage of life i am put in, whether good or bad, i am where am meant to be and even if its not an uphill most times, looking at the brighter side of it has helped me be a better and happier person and i actually have the best mindset i have had in a while. Lesson is TO FIND YOUR HAPPY FEET IN EVERY SITUATION. I really hope you do as well.

xoxo

APW

 

Happy MARCH!!

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Its the beginning of a new month. To me, new months bring new seasons, blessings, opportunities and above all, NEW BEGINNINGS! March is here y’all and that 3 months down in 2015. My year has been both magical and bumpy but with March comes a spring after the darkness and fogginess. Also this comes with my one of my fave things… SPRING FASHION! I can’t wait to share with y’all all my fabulosity and new trends this spring.

Until then, enjoy your new month and be blessed.

xoxo

APW

The beginning

18365_296126981784_296123726784_350 I started this blog three years back on the warm Monday afternoon on my bed in my Campus room. I did not expect to get all these followers or comments or just views (and am ever so grateful) because to me,it was an expression of who I am and what i love to do. I always kept a diary, back in the day, and i named her my “Princess Book” People may call diaries a bit lame or blonde, but to me, i cherish daily memories and love looking back at how far my dreams have gone and to look at the insights of my heart as years pass on. So blogging,kind of, took up my diary but am sure my Princess Book won’t go complaining. She served her purpose but is one of my favorite reads in my library of memories.

So its October, just two months to 2014 and i can honestly say this year has been a roller-coaster ride for me. I sit on my bed, listening to my favorite music mix, looking through all my favorite albums (Yes! i love pictures and memoirs) and all i can do is smile at how far i have come from January. From saying goodbye to my friends returning to universities to throwing my hat on Graduation day to celebrating birthdays, births, marriages and life in general, to the tears of disappointments, trials and hardships. I can never take back any of it because it made this year ever more special for me.

I love reading inspirational quotes, some might say am a bit of an addict as i am always quoting, but i just love learning the take on life as seen by different eyes. I especially, love fashion, life, relationship, quotes as somehow they usually talk straight at me. It might sound a little silly, but when am in a crisis, i run to Google and search for quotes about a certain topic and weirdly, that soothes me. It might make me a nerd but i always find it nice to see my problems in a different perspective.

The one thing, this year has taught me, is “Always look at the brighter side of life in all situations because life is too short to be miserable” It might be a little hard to do but when i look at some of the things, a smile doesn’t only make you feel better, it shows there is still joy in every situation. So i might as well be a smiley child anytime than a serious boring person. I love fashion, as i said, and as you might have noticed, am not a particularly over the top soul but i know simplicity definitely brings charm in all circumstances, as well as life.

I also learned to focus on the things that bring me joy, however hard it might look to be. It might seem a little vain when i say, every one’s first love should always be themselves. No one can fully love others without having a passion to make themselves happy all the time. As Audrey said “Happy girls are the prettiest” so throw all negativity behind you and concentrate on your inner joy because with inner joy, nothing can tear you apart. You just need to focus every day with one sole purpose and that is to keep you inner smile alive and there two people who can do that – God and yourself. Let Him build you and mold you and always pray for a beam of light every day to take you through each storm.

So am very excited to see what the end of this year has in store for little ol’ me but i take it up with every positivity and excitement as ever before. I know my dream job is waiting and am eagerly awaiting but in the mean time, i can make my pay by doing what i love the most- making some one smile each day with my crazy posts. It is not almost the end of the year for me, but the beginning to more possibilities and bigger dreams.

xoxo
APW