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5 Lessons My Mum Has Taught Me

So this week we will be celebrating Mother's Day. My mum is one of the most hard-working, kind, wise people ever and most of the life lessons I have learnt have been from her, so what more appropriate time is there to share those lessons?

The first thing my mum has taught me is the importance of prayer.
My parents gave their lives to Christ when I was 3-years old, so prayer has always been something my parents- especially my mum, encouraged me to do. My mum has been a massive influence on my faith and my own walk with Christ. She has always encouraged me to pray as much as possible. Pray to say thank you, pray when I'm stressed, pray for others etc. But more so than the encouragement itself, she has taught me the importance of prayer, just by DOING. My mum is a prayer warrior and I honestly admire her for it. I'm not great at praying but my mum can wake up at 5am and pray until like 7. I don't know how she does it.
I've seen our family be so blessed because of her constant praying. I've noticed how my life looks when I do pray vs when I don't. I'm glad I was raised in such a Christ-loving home.

The second lesson I have learnt is to let love come naturally.
Mothers are full of wisdom from all their experiences and own mistakes. I can imagine that one of the most rewarding things about being a mum is being able to prevent your daughter from making the mistakes you did when you were younger. My mum and I are very open with one another and of course we occasionally have the good ol' boy talks. She has shared a range of stories about her dating life from back when she was a teenager and it's always nice to have those chats. She was my age when she met my dad and it really was a "when you least expect it" story. Whenever we have our girl chats, she never fails to remind me that the right man will come when you least expect it. Just focus on yourself and he'll join your journey when the time is right. My mum was going through a "I want nothing to do with men" phase when my dad came into her life. Typical.

I don't know if this is a skill that gets activated as soon as you've been through labour, but mothers are INCREDIBLE at identifying fake friends. My mum's fake friend radar is A1. I've learnt to trust her instincts when a new person comes into my life. She always knows if a person is bad for me and she is never wrong.

I've learnt so many life skills from my mum that I have been able to put to use since I moved out my family home. One of the big ones has been cooking. I've been learning to cook since I started secondary school pretty much. It started off as the basics like different ways to cook eggs and obviously got more complex as I got older. I'm definitely no master chef but I do know how to make a good meal. Being Jamaican, there is not a chance that she would have let me move out unless I could cook. For real, cooking is ESSENTIAL when you're Jamaican. For as long as I can remember I have been told "What if your husband comes home from work and wants some Yam?". My answer was always "I don't like yam so there won't be any in the house anyway".

One of my favourite things my mum has always said is "Do not accept anything less than a happy home". Everyone has problems in life, but I have been super fortunate that family and my home has never been one of them. My parents are so loved up and I admire it everyday. Not everyone has the privilege to live with both parents who have such a solid marriage, and I don't take it for granted at all. In fact, it makes me so determined to choose my spouse wisely. They don't have a perfect marriage because those only exist on the big screen, however they're happy. That in itself, makes my home really warm and safe for me. Just having so much love around me gets me through other problems. My siblings can be annoying-like all siblings can but I love them lots (don't tell them that though). We argue at times but we get on and genuinely love one another. I couldn't ask for anything more. My mum has taught me not to settle for just an OK home life but a great one. She has always subconsciously taught me how to be a wonderful mother and wife.

So these are just a few of the MANY lessons my amazing mum has taught me throughout these 19-years. What lessons have your mum taught you?

Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible women who raise and support their children. You deserve to be showered with love and affection all day long!!

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

The ABC Tag

It has been a while since I have done a fun tag post. My Perfect Imperfections tag is one of the most popular posts on my page! Given that it has so many hits, it tells me that you guys like tags. I saw this one on We Heart it and decided to answer the questions myself. I enjoy writing tag posts because it allows you guys to get to know me better, and I enjoy thinking about my answers. I hope you like this as much as the last one.

A (Age)

I am 19-years old.

B (Best Book)

I'm torn between See Me by Nicolas Sparks 

C (Country from)

I was born and raised in Great Britain but my family background is Jamaican

D (Dream)

I have a lot of aspirations for my life (Here is my Bucket List), but one particular dream I have is to publish a successful book. I'm leaning more towards a non-fiction book of some sort. Whether it be an autobiography, a self-help book, a devotional for women etc. I have always loved writing, and would love the opportunity to write something that could go world wide. 

E (Everyday starts with)

I want to say prayer, but recently I haven't been very good with that. I still pray but it's not the first thing I do. Definitely need to work on that. The first thing I tend to do is convince myself to get up, and then check my phone (terrible I know)

F (Favourite series)

This is hard because I don't really watch shows all that often. There was a period of time where I just wasn't watching anything at all. Books and music were perfect for me. I would have to say Jane the Virgin or Say yes to the dress. I'm so upset that season 5 of JTV will be the finale. I enjoy Say yes to the dress because I'm that girl who has been dreaming about her wedding day since she was like 10. I love wedding shows. 

G (Greatest accomplishment) 

It took me a while to think of an answer for this question. Not because I haven't done good things but because I feel like I'm yet to accomplish something GREAT. For the sake of this tag, I will say doing my election speech for head-girl in year 11. The reason for that is because I shared a personal story with people who knew me but didn't KNOW me and for an introvert, public speaking is not the easiest thing to do. It was such an accomplishment to speak in front of over 200 people. That was something I would never have done even 6 months before that. I really grew in confidence during that time in my life. 

H (Height) 

I need to get measured again but I'm pretty sure I'm just under 5"3 but I tell people 5"3 because I'm not trying to be that girl who says "and 3/4". 

I (In love with)

I'm in love with FOOD. Honestly I crave Nandos 5 times a day 

J (Job of Dreams)

I would love to be a teacher, but I wouldn't say it's my "dream job". I've wanted to teach since I was about 6-years old. I used to place my dolls and teddy bears on the stairs and pretend I was giving a lecture in a lecture theatre, talking absolute nonsense. I had so many teachers whilst growing up that just made me want to do it. From primary through to sixth form I've held that same aspiration but I don't know whether it's my "dream" job. Maybe because the UK education system is awful. I don't know. 

K (Kids I Want)

I would like a maximum of 4. I feel like it just gets even more stressful and expensive beyond that point. 

L (Last Thing I Ate)

Moam Pinballs. Not the best for your body haha 

M (Magic Power)

If I had a super power I would want the power to heal. I would love to be able to fix a broken heart, mind or actual physical problem. However, I'm not God so I'll leave that to him. 

N (Number of siblings)

Two younger brothers 

O (One song) 

Bloodline by Ariana Grande

P (Plants/Flowers)

Pink Roses 

Q (Question I'm always asked)

"How's uni?" and "Are you mixed race?"

R (Reason to smile) 

My family and friends who always support me, the ability to keep reaching purpose everyday and seeing the people I love succeed. 

S (Shoe Size)

I'm a UK size 6

T (Time I wake up)

It's different every single day

U (Unpopular opinion)

Avocados are vile

V (Vacation Place)

Anywhere beautiful where you can relax and admire God's work. I really want to go to Hawaii, Australia, Switzerland and Greece

W (Worst Habit)

Doubting myself or picking my eyelashes after I take my makeup off

X (X-rays)

I've had one x-ray for my foot. It was a gymnastics injury that I did 10 minutes before I was supposed to start comp...

Y (Your favourite Artist)

Ella Mai. I have been listening to her since 2016 and was anticipating her album for so long. It's so so good and her voice is incredible

Z (Zodiac Sign)


March Academic Goals

March is a BUSY month for me. Towards the end of February I had a bit of a panic because I had all these deadlines floating around my head. I wrote everything down, in order of priority at the end of February and that definitely took away some weight. Being able to visually see your tasks really helps to stay calm. Free life lesson there.

This month we have a decent amount of things to do, so I thought I would share my goals for March. I didn't have enough goals in February to write a post but this busy month makes up for it. Great for you guys, possibly not so much for me. Haha send help.

Anyway, here are my March Academic Goals!

The Ordinary Skin-care: Is it worth it?

Roughly two weeks after purchasing The Ordinary Serum Foundation - review here, I decided to give their skin care products a go. I was looking for new skin care bits to try, since I was getting a little bit bored of my regime, and I was intrigued by The Ordinary. The brand focuses on keeping the products as organic and high quality as possible, without the extortionate price tag. Sounds great to me! When my package arrived, I decided to spend at least 30 days using the products in order to see accurate results. I feel that it takes more time to see if a skin care product works for you.

Now that I have used the products consistently for a good period of time, I can give my honest thoughts on the products. Carry on reading if you want to know the final verdict.