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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Throwback Thursday: 2015 Back to School Posts


Hello world!

Since we are in the back to school season, there is a roundup of back to school posts I wrote last year.
Have a read guys. You could still get some ideas and inspirations from there. There is nothing like an old idea.

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Enjoy. See you next week :)


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

To forgive is Divine


I do not know what’s happening, but for a month now, I have been reading a lot on forgiveness. At church, we learn of forgiveness, I read about forgiveness and all these things are not intentional. I just meet them, and you know what, I was assigned to give a talk on Forgiveness at church too.

In the recent book I read, there was a chapter on forgiveness alone. Dr. Clarissa stated four levels of forgiveness she has used in her work with traumatized people over the years. Each level has different layers.

The four stages of forgiveness are:

To forego-to leave it alone

To forebear- to abstain from punishing

To forget- to aver from memory, to refuse to dwell

To forgive- to abandon the debt

In my research to write the talk for church, I learnt that if you are having trouble forgiving another person or even yourself, ask God to help you. Forgiveness is a glorious, healing principle. We do not need to be a victim twice. We can forgive.

It’s just as simple as that.

I am so glad to be learning about forgiveness at this time of my life. First, I wondered why I was coming across this topic, but it’s all good. Maybe, I will seriously need it in the future.


I also want to write that, if someone has offended you without the offender knowing, and it hurts you so much, confront the person, point it out, and let the person know about it.  It’s better that way, rather that harbouring it in your heart yet smiling at the person in public. It’s poison. Let it out and let the person know. If he/she apologizes, thank goodness. If he/she does not, clear the person out of your way. In the end, forgive him/her. You have done your part. Now, you can smile.

Here is a little piece I wrote about forgiveness in my writer’s journal

FORGIVENESS
Sometime, I am grateful you exist
Other times, I wish there was nothing like you
It’s very difficult to forgive some people
The hurt cocooned my heart, I could barely breathe
But, in the end, you are very essential
Very necessary, very useful, very beneficial
Because you teach me inner peace
And you teach me to get rid of negative sentiments
I need someone to forgive me too
I need someone to forget my silly mistakes
And I need to forgive that someone
Every time, I am grateful you exist
Other times, I wish you were always around


Go out there, and forgive someone.


Thank you for reading.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Too Much KHEMIKAL Can Make You Laugh


I heard there is a new comedian in town. Well, he’s not very new. All I know is, he gives very amusing answers. I can’t call them cheeky, because that would be rude. I can’t say they are witty, that would make his head big. I follow him on Facebook, so I know what I am talking about.

That was just by the way.

Too much chemical Khemikal can make you laugh. Too much laughing gas can make you laugh.

Sorry, for the lame introduction.

Anyway, go on ahead to read the interview.

Marietta: Why the name Khemikal? Is there a story behind your name?

Khemikal: I was the one of the best students in my school and in my class. And a good science student. A friend gave me the name because I was truant and never stable with class and studies.

Marietta: Oh wow. Thanks to him.

Khemikal: Yeah

Marietta: Who would you say are your influences in the comedy world?

Khemikal: Trevor Noah, Eddie Griffin, George Carlin

Marietta: And how did you meet comedy? Because being a Science student and doing stand-up comedy doesn’t seem to match.

Khemikal: I started when I was in my last year at the University of Ghana. I was advised to do it and I did.

Marietta: What do you do apart from being a stand-up comedian?

Khemikal: Well I can do a lot of things and that's kinda annoying cuz I still don't know what do choose. I wanted to attend medical school but finance prevented me.
Like this one???


Marietta: Oh ok. Do you think that if you were to be a medical doctor, you would still be a comedian?

Khemikal: Honestly, I don’t know. But if you insist on a definite answer, I’d say yes.

Marietta: What was the best gig you ever performed?

Khemikal: Night of 1021 laughs and DKB point of view. Oh and KSM at 58



Marietta: What is the dumbest rumour you have heard about yourself?

Khemikal: Never heard any

Marietta: Tell us a day in the life of Daniel Selase.

Khemikal: I sleep….and think….and read sometimes…..and listen to music….and write code small

Marietta: Really? What do you read?

Khemikal: Opinions, science fiction, motivation, text books, religious texts.

Marietta: Suggest three books for us to read.

Khemikal: Angels and Demons, Da Vinci Code, Year of the Hangman and the Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Marietta: Ok. What kind of music do you enjoy?

Khemikal: Any. Once it’s nice, I’ll listen. But my favourite music artiste is Sia.

Marietta: Alright. What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?

Khemikal: Be an influential stand-up comedian, a giver, a forex trader, a businessman, a husband and a father

Marietta: Amen. What is your most embarrassing memory from childhood?

Khemikal: I’d rather not say.


Marietta: Ok. No wahala. What is your favourite place to hang out?

Khemikal: Rinas Restaurant at Osu

Marietta: This is such an old question but I want to ask you what three things would you take with you to a deserted island?

Khemikal: Food, shelter and my girlfriend

Marietta: How would you carry the shelter?

Khemikal: It could be anything. Like them tour buses.

Marietta: You’re right. So, cake or pie? Which one do you prefer?

Khemikal: Cake


Marietta: Fun Question: Describe the colour yellow to someone who is blind.

Khemikal: It feels like fire when you get close to it.

Marietta: Nice. Any upcoming events?

Khemikal: Yes please


Marietta: Ok, where should we get ticket to buy?

Khemikal: At the gate.

Marietta: Alright. Ask yourself a question, and then answer it.

Khemikal: Question: How are you? Answer: I have a cold. What do you think?

Marietta: Thank you so much for honouring this interview. We are done

Khemikal: You’re welcome so much. Can I ask a question?

Marietta: Go on ahead.

Khemikal: Have you eaten?

Marietta: Yes please I have

Khemikal: Good. That’s all.

Asem oo.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Served on a Plait Mood board


Hello world!

No, the title is not wrong. Today we are talking about plaits, as in braids, hair talk. So, it is served on a plait, get it?

I made a mood board of plaits/braids. I love every single one I took from the internet. These braids are most appropriate for school, especially in the tertiary institutions. So, if you are going back to school, you can do one of these.

I love the one in the middle. Looks like you are wearing a crown.

Which one is your favourite?



Monday, 15 August 2016

Study Break Ideas


Hello world!

This is the first post of back to school. Use #BTSMarietta as a way to share ideas and inspiration for students who would be going back to school soon.

I am a firm believer of study breaks. I go through it every time I am studying, whether alone or in a study group. I feel study breaks are really important in our lives as students.


I used to do my study breaks wrongly. Those days, study breaks means, checking social media and ranting over there, checking how my former mates are faring and reading blogs. As time went by, I got to have effective study breaks. To tell you the truth, I somehow still go online, but we are not perfect. But today, I want to share with you five study breaks ideas I began to adapt.

Go for a walk. This is one of my favourite way of spending my study break, especially in the evenings. I am already a walker, you understand what I mean?

Take a quick shower. Taking a quick shower makes our body cool and our mind refreshed for new ideas. That’s why some people get ideas in the shower. *wink*

Tidy up. This could mean, laying your bed, tidying up your study desk, removing washed clothes from the lines and folding them. This is very useful. It’s also one of the things I love to do during study break.

Eat a snack. This could be nkatie burger or a boiled egg. Not a heavy meal

Stretch. This is the easiest to do, and the one that takes the shortest time. Stretching makes our muscles to relax, and it feels good also.


Do you know of any effective study break ideas? Let us know in the comments, or use #BTSMarietta to share across social media.


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Book Talk: Women Who Run with the Wolves


 Hello world. How is your day?

Today, I have a book review to share with you. Before I write my review, let me tell you a story.
More than fifteen years ago, this book laid on the shelf, and it scared the heck out of me. The title of the book even frightened me. I mean, women running with wolves? They must be very powerful and wild.

I never attempted to read the book. How can I even hold it? Funnily enough, the book was used for so many things, as a support for TV antennas and other things.

Then, in the year 2016, I decided to read it, and I planned to read it during the long vacation. Then I fell in love with it. It is about women finding their wild soul. Within every woman, there is a creative soul, wisdom, powerful force, and a yearning for the wild. The book teaches women to connect with their fierce side, because it is a very important aspect of women.

And that’s how I got to appreciate the book. I used one month to read the book, the whole month of July, which is so unlike me. I had impromptu errands to run, and other tasks to perform, so I never had enough time for the book. Later on, I realized the book is to be studied, not just read, so I am okay with using a month to read the book.


The word, wild here is not used in its modern pejorative sense, meaning out of control, but in its original sense, which means to live a natural life, one in which the creature has innate integrity and healthy boundaries.

The book is so poetic, I love the words, and phrases. I dream of writing a book like this, with such poetic words. There are so many quotes in this book, I could not journal all. I wanted to highlight my favourite lines, but it belongs to the family, so I am not allowed to do that. If it was personally mine, I would have changed the inside into a rainbow.

I learnt a lot from the book. Before I read it, mummy and I were talking about how women are so strong in everything and are very important in the society, and the book talked about that. Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. talked about women and compared us to the lifestyle of wolves, in a very amusing way.

I do not know why I did not read this book a year or two ago, but it is worth it. 

The book taught me
  • Never to give up
  • Addiction is not good
  • Be proud of your body
  • Build upon your creativity
  • Get rid of negativity
  • Patience and forgiveness are very important.

We should write a book like this about African women. That would be so cool. If you plan on starting to write a book like this and you need help, you can call me. I’ll help you write it.

I have uploaded a video on my YouTube channel (Yes, I have a YouTube Channel now at long last) I am talking a lot about the book, so head over there to watch it.


P.S GENERAL WOLF RULES FOR LIFE
Eat
Rest
Rove in between
Render loyalty
Love the children
Cavil in moonlight
Tune your ears
Attend to the bones
Make love
Howl often
Have you read the book before? Please let’s talk about it.


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Frozen Feeling, Frozen Creativity


Hello world!

I recently finished reading the Women Who Run with the Wolves book and I am still reading some passages in the book, especially the passages about talents and creativity. Those are the parts I enjoyed most.

This month did not start with so much enthusiasm, but I am excited we are in a new month. New month, August means a lot of things; back to school season, getting ready for a new semester, internships, running to and fro, and too many other stressful things.

I have not been the best version of myself lately. No great new ideas, no sense of creativity, no sense of chasing the aspirations found in the world. August has been the most stressful month for me for some time now, and funnily enough, the Christmas season is not very stressful to me, like August. August is all about searching for accommodation, paying fees, back to school shopping stress and all that commotion.


My creativity level has gone reduce to a temperature of -70°C, which is so not me, at least not for a very long time. It has become too cold. Coldness is the kiss of death to creativity, relationship and life itself.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. said, in archetypal psychology to be cold is to be without feelings.  My writer’s feeling is frozen, that goes on ahead to freeze my creativity.

In times like this, she says we should be like the ugly duckling. Go ahead and struggle through it. Generally, a thing cannot freeze if it is moving, so move. Keep moving.

Whether you are a dancer, writer, poet, actress, musician, artist or any other creative force, just pick up your weapon and move.

I am moving. I have decided to move. Fight through it, and get back on track.

I will thaw myself from the ice, and move, and meet creativity again.



PS…. Who is excited for the Olympic Games? It is my all-time favourite sporting season.