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Jamaica Bound... Happy Birthday Daddy!

Happy New Year! 

(...five days late still counts right? lol)

First post into the year and I'm so excited! It literally seems like yesterday when I decided to begin ATBM and I don't regret it one bit! Blogging and writing are definitely things that bring joy to my heart and this year, my goal is to perfect my craft. I want to ensure that I am creating content that is timely, relevant, and above all, interesting to my readers. 

So what's coming first?

JAMAICA!!!!!

Today, I will be embarking on a week long journey to Kingston, Jamaica with Emory University's School of Nursing to provide nursing services to the Missionaries of the Poor. My group and I will be performing general health assessments and patient education while on the ground. Because my intended speciality is Pediatrics, the focus of my trip will be with children that have special needs such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis. 

Jamaica is definitely a place that I have longed to visit for a while! What makes this trip sweeter is that it comes on what would've been my daddy's 60th Birthday

When I think of my dad, I'm often reminded of the many car rides where laughter filled the car to capacity. He shared vivid stories of his adventures in Nigeria and Russia; they had the potential to carry you to the exact time and place. He introduced me to all things music and we both agreed that Bob Marley was quite possibly the best musician ever. 

So today, I remember my daddy – Abiodun Aremu Akintunde. I love you forever! Thank you for teaching me to be fearless in my pursuit of love, passions, and adventures. I'm taking this trip to Jamaica for the two of us! 

Interested in keeping up with my time in Jamaica? Follow me on Instagram- @AsToldByMoyo

3 Steps for Intentional Living

3 Steps for Intentional Living

This summer has been a whirlwind of nursing school exams, clinicals, ministry work, and brunches – and it's not even over. Its pretty common for me to let all of my life's activities dictate how frequently I create content for As Told By Moyo. Something about my lack of consistency felt a little different this time. I continued to say "omg, I don't have time! so busy.. blah blah blah."

Early today, I came across the Instagram story of a fellow blogger, Olamide aka UrbanDisciple (to read some of her amazing posts, head to UrbnDisciple.com!), and a conversation ensued about how I felt like I lacked ideas and time. It didn't take long for her to respond, "set aside 15 minutes and BE INTENTIONAL WITH TIME." Well then.. there went every excuse I thought I had. I drove home and thought of easy steps I could take to become even more intentional and I had to share:

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One Year Older | One Year Wiser

Welcome to the BEST month ever, FEBRUARY! Some may know that I love my birthday like it's an actual holiday. Technically it is... with it being Groundhog's Day and all. With each year I gain, I think back to the all positives and negatives that occurred within the last 365 days. Here's a compilation of a few of my favorite lessons. 

UGA's Graduation Day | May 13th, 2016

Brighter Days Lie Ahead       

Last year, I graduated from THE University of Georgia and was over the moon. Somewhere along my sophomore year, I truly believed that graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Science was just not possible. From struggling in class to figuring how my student account balance would be paid, it was a lot. But each and every time, God came through in the clutch. I literally worried for nothing and ended up lacking for nothing. After graduation, all I could do was laugh at how everything had worked out. I was able to graduate alongside some of the best friends a young lady could ask for and become an alumna of the pride of the South. 

Walk. Run. Fly. Go.

I'm not too sure anyone finds it easy to up-and-leave a place they've called home for the last 10+ years! I found out I'd gotten accepted to this wonderful AmeriCorp program about 4 weeks before it was time for me to pack my things and head to the North. You know what? It's still one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. This last year has pulled me soooo far out of my comfort zone! I'm thriving in every second of it because becoming uncomfortable and not being in control of every, single, minute detail is a skill I lack but have consciously chosen to work on.

My favorite artist (whose birthday is also 4 days after mine) on a visit to Wynwood Walls in Miami, FL.

"You Tried It"

I'm literally busting out laughing as I think on this. "You tried it" is a phrase I say pretty frequently when one attempts to be extra or do the most. As a MAJOR homebody, going out and trying new things has ALWAYS been a bit of a hassle. Last year I made a decision to go out more and experience new things and since then, I've "tried it" each and every day. I've been extra and lived life in the little way that I can. Traveling when the opportunity presents itself, attending concerts, poetry slams, art galleries... basically anything and everything that would get me out of the house. Where have you always wanted to go? What have you always wanted to attend? Try It. Be Extra. Do The Most. 

Who Do You Say You Are?

I've never been a timid person by any standard. Instead, I've always tried to exude confidence and strength. Even with all of that, I too, struggled with inadequacy and discontentment. I am nowhere near where I thought I'd be... and I'm GRATEFUL for that! Within the last 365 days, I have learned to be SUPER content with my life while making strides – by the grace of God – for the things I want in life. I have professed over my life that I am intelligent, successful, strong.. you get it. When I began to define who I am with what's in the Word of God and not my status, my mindset shifted and I became a happier person. If theres one thing I could use to encourage anyone, it would be to proclaim who are. We weren't created to be like the next man or woman. Bask in that uniqueness.

I am OVERJOYED to walk into this new year full of learning experiences and curves, highs, lows, and new opportunities for growth. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in that last year... Here's to another great birthday! Happy Black History Month! To all my February babies, Happy Birthday in Advance! Let me know when your birthdays are and what you have planned! 

 

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Teach us to number our days, that we gain a heart of wisdom – Psalms 90:12

 

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY ATBM!

Because I'm so excited for what the next year holds, I want to show my appreciate to readers and followers! One reader will be the winner of a $25 Amazon gift card! Keep reading to find out the details below! 


One year ago, in the midst of finals, I decided to move my blog from the platform Tumblr over to my own site and it was the best decision I've ever made. For a quick #tbt, check out my first post, "New Year, New Blog. Who Dis" here.

I've always been known to enjoy writing and journaling but I never knew I would enjoy being the designer of my own site. As Told By Moyo has afforded me the opportunity to be a contributing writer for a few upcoming sites and the content designer for a few sites. Be on the lookout in 2017! Most importantly it has given me the ability to voice the everyday thoughts that people seem to also have.

The first plaguing thought and one of my biggest fears when beginning ATBM was "will anyone read this?" In fact, "will they even care about what I have to say?" You all will never know how impactful your responses and comments on my posts have been on me!

To everyone that has ever read a post on ATBM, subscribed, liked, or even shared a post –

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Now, off to the important stuff. I will be randomly selecting a reader to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Here are the rules:

  1. Must be subscribed to AsToldByMoyo.com. (Not subscribed? No prob. Take 30 seconds to do so here! – Subscribe to ATBM)

  2. Must be following @AsToldByMoyo on Instagram

  3. Like the photo below on IG!

**For your name to added into the drawing twice, tag 3 friends in your comment! Easy, right?

Already following and subscribed? You'll be automatically entered!

The giveaway will run from today, December 27th, 2016, and end on January 1st, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST! The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on January 2nd! The Amazon gift card will be sent to the blessed winner via email. All are eligible for entry. 

Questions? Be sure to reach out to me here! 

Ready, Set, GO! 

As Told By... a Tutor

6:30 a.m. My alarm gently wakes me up out of my 7 hour slumber and quite frankly, I dread the thought of pulling myself out of my warm bed and into the Delaware cold. It's enough to make me want to call out. I get dressed and along the way, I think of yesterday's laughs with my students and with that thought, I dart out the door. Headphones in, hands-in pockets – I make the brisk walk to 12th and French, passing familiar Wilmington faces along the way. Clocked in for 7:30 am, I enter Great Oaks Charter School and prepare myself for what the day may bring. 

I've been asked "why don't you post your about your job?" , "Do you like working with students?", and the list goes on. How exactly can I describe the highs and lows of my job without leaning too much to one side? It seemed like a mountainous task to get readers into my head and my world without exposing too much, hence silence... until now. There are far too many positive things to share about my new experience to keep silent. Here goes nothing. 

Where exactly do I start? How about with the student I had last week sipping on Fiji water in class. I noticed "Jesus' Tears" was written with sharpie all over the bottle. When asked for the meaning of that, I was told "well, this water is too expensive so it might as well be the tears of Jesus." LOL to say the least. From jokes, to roasts on me, I find myself laughing even at times when I don't want to. As someone who is pretty observant, I even laugh internally about the interactions I see and how they've changed me. The day I caught myself saying, "the bell doesn't dismiss you! I Do!" I knew it was a wrap lol. It seems as though I forgot how awkward middle school was. It's like you're grown (in your head) but the reality is you're just a few years post-scheduled Kindergarten naps. Whatever the case may be, the students in this school some of the funniest, most clever 6th and 7th grade students I've ever met. 

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.
— Bob Talbert

Likewise, these students are also resilient beyond belief. Most of you know that as a 6th grader, I lost my father to pancreatic cancer and I'm still healing from years of pushing those emotions and feelings aside. I see as some of these students have lost their parents, family members, and friends to illnesses, jails, and gun violence of the streets, yet they come to school, seemingly pushing through it all. They continue to teach me a lesson I learned at 11 years old : Things happen but life WILL go on, even when it seems like it won't. They teach me the TRUE meaning of displaying love at my wits end. Regardless of what any child has faced in their life, they are deserving of patient, loving educators that will help tap into the amazing potential. 

Getting to know the students I interact has been the most rewarding part of my job, hands down. I thought I was so "woke" and knew so much about the education system vs. the correctional system but my experiences at this school kick things up a notch. On a daily basis, I shout "Where are you supposed to be?! Go to class!" not just because it's my job but because I see the importance of them being great. I thank God everyday for the ability to work with 50+ other scholar tutors in showing these students that they can be more than where they came from; more than what they've gone through; and more than the roles society repeatedly casts them as.