Hey there, Afoma here.
How are y’all? How did January go for you? It was long for me, a bit of a rollercoaster really. The last few days were really good though and I’m feeling really excited for February because I have a few creative projects planned. Maybe a sneaky trip somewhere? I’m also finishing my orthopedics rotation on Friday this week!
Personal: I mostly spent January at the hospital, preaching, painting, cooking, eating and discovering some new music. I started reading Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ sometime at the end of 2016 and it’s shaping up to be pretty interesting. I’m excited to see where she takes the story. I got a bit of an itch for a new thing and also started Jowhor Ile’s And After Many Days which I realize I got over a year ago now. I have myself on a 20 page a day schedule for both books which gives me enough balance to do all of my other non leisure studying and life activities in general. It’s working so far!
I painted my first watercolor portrait which turned out more goddess-like/cartoon character than real person, but elated still, haha.
Also, converted this top into a petticoat (which was pretty coool).
I’ve incorporated art and hand lettering into my journal and it is now literally my favorite thing to do everyday.
Those minutes spent mindlessly doodling and hand lettering make me ridiculously happy. I also started to write a ‘Thankful list’ everyday in my journal.
Music: I’ve had these tracks on repeat this month
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Leon – Liar (SO excited for her album soon!)
Rag’n’Bone Man – Skin
Oh Wonder – Technicolour Beat
Dua Lipa – Thinking ‘Bout You
Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) -(OBSESSED WITH THIS).
The Chainsmokers – Paris (and this too)
Babe by Emeli Sande – Long Live The Angels
If you’d like you could also just listen to the playlist here :). It’s great, I promise.
Movies: I watched and ENJOYED ‘The Wedding Party’ this month. I thought in addition to being so well shot, it was ridiculously funny and a great way to escape reality for an hour plus. Love! I also watched a Lifetime movie called ‘Beaches’ starring Idina Mendel and Nia Long. It wasn’t fantastic but it’s definitely worth seeing. I really love the lifelong friendship of both characters, flawed as it was at times. ALSO, Gbomo Gbomo Express is a really good movie! I enjoyed it. My favorite thing this month is this 15min video about the history of the bible and the men who gave their lives to ensure it was translated regardless of the opposition they faced. Worth a watch.
Articles around the web: I didn’t read that many articles online, but here are the few I read and loved:
This article about Lebanese Nigerians living in Nigeria, I found so interesting.
This article about choosing to renounce a mother tongue is fascinating. Longg but fascinating.
I made this one pot lentil-pasta and it is DELICIOUS!
This article/interview with Ms Tina Lawson was a delight to read! I love her.
This post about moving forward from loss is incredibly practical and moving. Helpful for anyone suffering loss.
Help for making new friends as an adult is right here.
Also two Podcast recommendations: These earth shattering Strangers Episodes: Lex and Wouldn’t It Be Nice (highly recommend this).
New Fave photographers as seen on instagram: These guys have stunning, minimal, travel, wedding & personal photography and make me swoooon.
You’re welcome 🙂
OHH AND GREAT NEWS: Turns out I won’t have to go back to wordpress.com because my amazing graphic designer/web designer sister friend offered to host my site for free. Please holla at Dami Brown for your web design needs. She’s amazing!
Also, very excited that MasterChef Junior is back this month! Whoop!
I hope you have a better time in February. Keep picking yourself up and dusting everything off whenever life gets you down. And tell me…
What did you love in January? What are you reading? Any new music? Please share ❤️
Till sometime, hopefully soon,