Naysayer- a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views: Despite a general feeling that things were going well – urban dictionary[/caption]

There are many times in life when we find ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. Between pursuing our dreams and standing back in the shadows. Then there are those who come into our lives for the sole purpose of antagonising our dreams. Sometimes they do so out of jealousy. Other times, they do so out of fear. They are afraid that we may fail, that we may regret our decisions, that we are on the wrong path. However we must remember, that we were born alone, our vision was given to us alone, and those that take bold steps often do so alone. So here are five easy steps on how to deal with naysayers when you know what your purpose is.

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image credit-TY Bello

image credit-TY Bello

One week ago, celebrated Nigerian photographer TY Bello posted photos on Instagram account from her photoshoot with rapper Tinie Tempah. There was a woman who was hawking her wares, she was selling ‘Agege bread’ on the streets of Lagos, and her image was coincidentally captured alongside Tinie Tempah. TY Bello coined her ‘beautiful miss x’, and begun her search for the mystery model. Yesterday, TY Bello unveiled the face of this woman on the cover of ‘Thisday Style Magazine’; her name is Olajumoke Orisaguna. A simple, hardworking woman whose future changed while she was busy attending to her life, working at what her hands found to do. TY Bello was her destiny helper, but Olajumoke was not idle waiting for life to happen to her.

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Image Credit: Disney

Image Credit: Disney

Over the past year, I have realised that there are many things I thought I wanted that I truly have no desire for. There are many dreams I thought I had, some were never really mine, and some were mine but have evolved as I have grown older. Two days ago I had a bad day at work, nothing specific happened, but as I drove home, my spirit felt weary. I was convinced that making some chocolate cupcakes would brighten my day and make up for the dark cloud about to fall on my Tuesday. However that changed once I got into church for bible study. Once the study was over and I began to fellowship with other church members, I realised that I had in-fact not had a bad day, but my perspective of the day was altered. I had placed my focus on the wrong thing and had the wrong expectations. I had expected the day to conclude with no highlights, I wanted to go home curl up in bed and go sleep. Instead, the beauty of the day became the things I learnt and the fellowship I shared in two hours out of twenty-four. (more…)

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From the moment I held this book in my hands I knew it would be powerful, and insightful. However, I never quite managed to get to reading it straight away, and when I did, I didn’t complete it in 40 days like Rick Warren suggests. When I finally arrived at the final chapter and he mentions the completion of a 40 day journey, something in me sighed, a weight pulling my heart down saying how I wish. But hope was not lost; because what I gained was great, my journey was just beginning, my purpose yet to be uncovered and the wealth of knowledge about to be shared. (more…)