Edge of Glory

Image

when you start a journey you have the destination in mind. How you will get there may not be clear, but you are sure you will . Now not many people know what to expect, but few are aware of what awaits them.

For me, I am among the group of people who do not know what to expect, but unlike many in my league, I am so very positive it will be rewarding, satisfying and so well worth it.

So I quit my job last month to pursue my dream in the beauty and fashion world. Some have said its a wrong move to make; to dwell on the uncertainties of the future is for dreamers and creatives.

Well said. So why was I wired to be this woman; a creative at heart, a passionate lover of all things beautiful. Maybe I’m not highly trained in the logic and analytic school, still why struggle to fit in the logical world when I am made to be outstanding and become the standard as a creative person?

Most times, in choosing a life long career/work, monetary gain should never be the focus, especially for a woman with all her glorious personalty. She needs to be balanced and well rounded in the society. I am a strong believer of the woman being the nucleus of the society. if she isn’t functioning as she should, her decisions, her believes, her desires will affect her environment.

ImageWe need more fulfilled women in the home today.

We often times misplace our priorities in life and ultimately forget who we are or who we are meant to be. This for me is dangerous. I see life in many ways, but tonight I want you to be patient with me as I see life as a puzzle. If every piece of life’s puzzle is represented by a human being living a purposed filled live, one in which he is naturally wired, then what happens when that piece is missing? the puzzle will never be complete. The connecting lines will become an empty void. The big picture will never be seen…

We all deserve to fit into that puzzle. Make it count. Play our part and be grateful we contributed in bringing God’s perfect and glorious picture to life for the whole world to see.

Live. Love. Learn.

xoxo.

Rodeo

Sometime Before Midnight (NEW YEAR’S EVE)

My Braided updo

 Today I decided to visit my blog after a very long long drought. I am finally going to sign off on one of my resolutions for the last quarter of 2012; to write about something on my blog.

So now what have I got to say? just a quick recap on some of the things I learnt in the cause of the year.

  • I learnt to always have a goal, a dream or a vision of what you want the future to look like because what you paint in the canvas of your mind, may one day become a masterpiece that will earn you a fortune in finances, in emotions or in intellect.
  • Never be afraid to admit to being wrong or sorry or clueless. it just means you are opening your mind to learn a new thing.
  • Believe in your abilities to do things differently in your own special way, even your mentors or those you look up to have some kind of originality. You need to carve a niche for yourself as well.
  • Open your mind and heart to love. It’s the best cure for depression, and the lack of it can easily take you back to being depressed. I conquer the lack of not being loved enough by having the believe that God Almighty, the Supreme Being has so much love for me, that no matter what, He will always be there to help.
  • Bury all grudges. It’s such an expensive habit to keep up. Sister/ Brother puleease! wouldn’t you rather spend on more productive feelings? beats me.
  • Tell it the way it is while bearing in mind not to hurt the feeling of the other person.
  • Give willingly and cheerfully your Love, Money, gifts, time, words of encouragement and prayers.
  • Don’t take ‘NO’ for an answer when you know there is a ‘YES’ lingering behind the negative response.
  • Be genuinely interested about a new topic in politics, economics, fashion, health and lifestyle and spiritual growth.
  • Be kind to family and friends and to strangers.
  • Make no mistake about this: whatever you think you are going through, it shall pass. I always tell myself, ‘Ronke, this too shall pass.’
  • Pick up an activity that is fun, enjoyable and you do with friends. its salsa for me and I’m going to be active in the coming year.

I can go on, but I’d rather make it brief. no need for TMI.

From me to you,

Do have a lovely New Year’s Eve celebration.

Xoxo,

Rodeo.

 

 

Purple Tiger, Yellow Dragon (Colour blocking parade)

I’m walking down the street of Awolowo Road, Ikoyi under a very smiley sun, just as I was about to pick an okada (motorbike) back to my office, I spot a young lady going into an eatry. She was dressed in green shirt, red skirt, and red high-heeled shoes. The first thoughts that crossed my mind was: ‘is it christmas? Santa must have a new hot girlfriend in town’. It took me a while to stop being amused and accept that she was just being trendy in a a not so colour-blocking way.

I find the colour-blocking trend really interesting. Two years ago, it was called colour riot, and who ever was cut dead in contrasting colours was tagged  unfashionable. Fast forward to 2011, mixing up colours is now trendy and fetching. Truth be told, I am of the opinion that fashion as no rules, just a voice. If you can speak the languages of style, elegance, poise and charisma and you understand the languages of Vogue, harper’s Bazar, GQ, Instyle, Mania, then u will be just fine.

purple n yellow maxi dress. courtesy ASOS

Clothes are meant to be comfortable. They should exude the aura of your personality before you speak. Colour blocking should be fun and interesting. The maxi dress is great as an attire to pick up the kids from school or day at the mall.

colour block full skirt dress. courtesy ASOS

Combining the right colours is very important when colour-blocking. Choose shades that are pleasant to the eyes. Consider the ocassion and the time of the day before putting colours together.

Colour-block Bandeau dress with Grey stripe. courtesy ASOS

Another thing to consider when colour-blocking is to have a mental picture of a plain canvas in your head. what colour would u like to see? what colours will make you calm, drive you wild? or just simply charm you?

There is no limit to colour-blocking, just have fun with it. but when you look at your image in the mirror, ask yourself. Colours, colours on my body, what do you say to people about me?

SOW

Rodeo.

Before Now

Is there a word to describe my career path? maybe there is, but a lot of people have said I am confused, but I think I have a mind filled with different ideas and opportunities to exploit, that its hard for me to decide on one thing to coast my sail on. There was this time I wanted to be an actress. My mama said I have always been a drama queen since I was a baby, and I kind of knew how to pull the crowd to myself; I believe her. The moment I saw Cleopatra, I wanted to be The Black Elizabeth Taylor. She acted the movie so well, I couldn’t see her in another role other than Cleopatra resurrected. She was magic on screen, God bless her diva soul.

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

Then came the period I wanted to be the first female catholic priest( thats how far my mind travels- centuries from now). It could be the compassionate and oratory part of me wanting to burst loose. Well, there are female altar servers now in the church, who knows, the position of priest might be vacant for a woman to take the role in the nearest future. I remember The period I wanted to be the black Martha Stewart, the female Michael Schumacher(he is so cool), the African Naomi Campbell( I was cheated by gravity, i just couldn’t grow beyond 5feet 6inches) and some other famous folks.  I was more drawn to my creative personalty. Writing became a way to express myself in ways I couldn’t do in words. Then I took to writing poems, such bliss. Then came university; my path to intellectual freedom and my dream of being my country’s ambassador, but I had to let that go because I also want to be a fantastic mum to my children when they arrive. So you see, I wanted to be a lot of things because I discovered I had a bit of everything in me. In all of these, the things I find prevalent is my love for music, fashion, beauty, food, meeting people, traveling and the arts. I do love the business aspect, who wouldn’t love smilling to the bank everyday, but I haven’t gotten there yet.

one of my favorite things

Now, I just want to do want I love, not just for fun only, but with a kind of discipline and passion that will give me a sense of purpose and pride to get out of bed in the mornings.