The year is FLYING by! Wow.

Hey guyssss,

My favorite posts to write are literally these monthly round ups. I get so excited to share everything I’ve been loving that month with all of you. Let me just say that I loved so much this month and that makes me very happy. Also, the first of my monthly newsletters will be reaching your various email addresses today, so get excited! There’s some good stuff there. If you haven’t subscribed yet, do it now. Click here.

Music/Podcasts: I listened to a lot of podcasts this month. I usually listen while I’m the kitchen. It fills the time spent waiting for things to boil or bake and a lot of these podcasts are so insightful and inspiring. My favorite podcasts include Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons,  Radiolab and The New York Public Library podcast.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’

Also, this cover of ‘Love me like you do’ is divine

Minimalist Baker: I’ve been following her blog for monthsss, but only lately I’ve become very interested in food at a time when I’m relatively freer, so I started trying out her recipes including the overnight oats and banana bread ones. You can always tweak and/or leave out some ingredients but her recipes are great to inject new meals into your menu.

Writing around the web: Here are some of the pieces I’ve loved this month:

Tea Glass is a sweet story about love, slurping tea and dealing with differences in a relationship by Uzoamaka Doris Ainunoh

Shapes by Eloghosa Osunde is a powerful piece about different kinds of women and how they react to facing the same evil. It left me shaking for minutes afterwards.

Help Jimi Help Himself is a chilling piece by Pemi Aguda.

12 hours in the ICU by LadyKayMd made me consider again how much of effect medicine has on the emotions of doctors.

How to Focus by LauraLacquer came in handy when I couldn’t seem to get my study mojo back.

How Not To Get Slapped at Onitsha Main Market by Uzoamaka Doris Ainunoh made me sad and angry. I think everyone should read it.

A Day in the Life of a Lagos Sweeper by Nicholas Ibekwe is insightful and heartrending.

Maria Popova: You probably already know about BrainPickings. If you don’t please click here. I’ve been following the blog for a few months and am even subscribed to the Sunday newsletters. It is Maria Popova’s labour of love. She works tirelessly as a “reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large”. It is according to her :

a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.

Founded in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012.

As much as I adore brainpickings, I’m utterly fascinated by Popova and I’ve spent the past month scouring the internet for articles about her and even podcasts in which she’d been interviewed and she is such an inspiration especially with regards to writing a blog. There’s so much to learn from her about consistency, hard work, loving what you blog about and writing for oneself. Visit and get acquainted. Not sure where to start? Here are my faves:

Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living.

In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity

The Perils of Plans: Why Creativity Requires Leaping into the UnknownPlans

Television & Movies: I’m watching more ‘TV’ than I’ve watched in years. Ahh. I still don’t watch that many shows because I like to keep things under control. This month, my favourite movie to watch was Far From The Madding Crowd which stars Carey Mulligan (her smile makes me so happy!) and Matthias Schoenaerts.

I’m also currently watching two newborn shows Scream Queens and Blindspot that have me super excited for Tuesdays! ALSO, The Voice is back and I get to see Adam Levine’s face and watch Pharrell get pumped for good music. Life is good, no? Have you seen this shocking blind audition?

I’ve also been loving NdaniTv’s Skinny Girl in Transit. It’s hilarious and each episode is less than 15 mins long, so watch it!

That’s all folks! See what I meant when I said I’ve loved wayyy too much this month? I hope you find something you love too and share your thoughts if you’re already a fan of something mentioned.

Afoma x