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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Happy New Month Everyone!!!!

Happy New Month !!! We made it into the last six months of 2017 and it is amazing how time flies so quickly.

I encourage you to keep believing and working to bring your dreams to pass. Your dreams are valid and you must know that no dream is too big or too small. Some dreamers wield great influence with their words, some are givers, some are carers, some are builders, some are nurturers, some are leaders while some are helpers.

A dream has the power to influence lives and create pathways to success. You can start a bonfire or simply light a candle with your dreams. What matters is that the light whether bright or dim will illuminate the world around it.

You can take that little/big dream of yours and illuminate the world around you. Start now and make your mark on this earth.

Have a great month ahead and may the rest of the year be fruitful and productive for you.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day + Why God Made You A Father

Happy Father's Day!!!!!! First to my husband whose passion, love and devotion as a father inspires and challenges me daily. I am truly blessed to have you as the father of my children. To my father whose devotion, commitment and prayers for his children will always linger in our hearts. You painted a good picture of the responsibility that comes with fatherhood. God bless you my father. 

And to every father out there who is daily working hard to provide for his family and is committed to being there for his children, carving out that little time to know and be part of their children's life. You are appreciated!!!

Fatherhood is a calling and comes with great responsibility. You must remember that God made you a father for many reasons.

God made you a father because he trusts you.
He made you a father because there is a leader in you.
He made you a father to lead your family in righteousness.
He made you a father to model true values to your children.
He made you a father to shield and protect your little ones.
He made you a father to teach and be a worthy example.
He made you a father to bring out the hidden treasures in your children.
He made you a father to give and meet the needs of your children.
He made you a father to impact the generation after you.

You are a father and can provide protection, guidance, security, stability, love, hope, courage and vision in the lives of  your children. "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection".  Sigmund Freud
Become that father whose children will never forget the impact you made in their lives. Happy Father's Day!!!!!!

Ufuoma Fijabi

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Read This If You Are Looking For Some Inspiration

Words remain a powerful force in the universe and will either build or destroy. I have always been a lover of well crafted words and I know how words can liberate a soul and inspire you to become.

Feji Khai is a young woman who loves to write and inspire others with her words. In her book,
 "TWENTY FIVE", she takes us on a journey of hope, faith, courage and inspiration. Her words will certainly encourage you and give you many reasons to rise up and become all that you are meant to be.

Feji Khai says, "YOU ARE A HOST OF COUNTLESS CREATIVITY." You can download her book for free here and let her inspire you with her words. She is 25 and will definitely leave you inspired. Click on this link to download the book "TWENTY FIVE"

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Happy New Month!!!!

Hello June,
Thank you for showing up.
Thank you for another ray of hope.
Thank you for bringing me courage.

Hello June,
Fill each day with laughter.
Make every minute count.
Help my dreams come true.

Hello June,
Be good to me.
Be kind to me.
Be loving to me.

Hello June,
Light up my world.
Stir my imagination.
Unleash my potentials.

Hello June,
I will laugh again.
I will rise again.
I will soar again.

Ufuoma Fijab

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

9jaflave Soliloquy - Let Your Choices Reflect Your Hopes

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." - Nelson Mandela

Let your choices reflect your hopes.
Let your choices reflect your faith.
Let your choices reflect your tenacity.
Let your choices reflect your vision.
Let your choices reflect who you are.
Let your choices reflect where you are going.
Let your choices reflect your hopes and dreams.

" Every choice we make is like a piece of the puzzle in our life's journey, let that piece fit perfectly."

Ufuoma Fijab

Motivational Video - Go Hunt Your Dream

                                                       Listen and be motivated!!!!

        "There is a lion inside all of us. Let the lion out. Go hunt for your dream."

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Little Extra That Makes The Difference By Queenette Enilama

Queenette Itsemhe Enilama is a young female Nigerian and the brain behind Addvantage educational academy, a dream born out of her desire to promote, re-brand, train and coordinate the tutor industry in a more structured manner.

She is a learning facilitator and a creative educator who uses creativity to express her message to her audience. Queenette is quite passionate about teaching and also learning from the tutor’s perspective, this set her on a journey of reformation to help build, groom and mentor Home Tutors across Africa.

Her unique and exceptional approach to creating impact has earned her the title influencepeddla. She's an ebullient tutor and her strength comes alive when she has to tutor kids with special needs and learning disabilities with a core area on dyslexia.

She is currently doing a series on social media titled, Dear Tutor and I am sharing one of them titled "The little extra that makes the difference." When you choose to do something extra to add value to your person, business or services, it sets you apart from many. What is that little extra thing you are willing to give that will make the difference?

The Little Extra that Makes the Difference.

Dear Tutor,
Some of the big and trusted brands today rose to that position by offering something extra than every other person in the industry. Value added services are the extra services that are not part of the main package, but you get as a result of purchasing the main package. For instance, imagine a restaurant that offers free cleaning services for cars parked for over an hour while in the restaurant. Or a hotel that offers a free car wash for people staying for more than three nights. Now you get the picture.

Remember, creating a personal brand is about you standing out in the market and offering value added services is one sure way to that. So you want to do things that will make them want to call for you in the next school session, things that will leave a good and lasting impression of you in their minds.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

9jaflave FFT - What Is Holding You Back?




Use your voice.
Listen to your heart.
Live the life you have always imagined.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

9jaflave Soliloquy - Why?

Why are we so different?
Why do we think differently?
Why do we act differently?
Why is our worldview so different?
Why the hatred?
Why the killings?
Why man's inhumanity to his fellowman?
Why have our leaders failed us?
Why do we lack true role models?
Why have we remained static for so long?
Why are we so greedy?
Why are we so afraid?
Why the silence?
Why the pain?
Why do we lack courage?
Why have you waited this long?
Why are you here?
Why can't we face our fears?
Why do we choose ignorance?
Why do we give up so easily?
Why is justice perverted?
Why do we lack morals?
Why the thirst for vengeance?
Why the destruction?
Why isn't the world fair to us?
Why are we here?

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Motivational Video - Stop Killing Time

                     " Stop damaging your lifespan. You cannot recycle the time you waste ."
                                      " Use your time and make time work for you. "

Happy New Month

Happy new month everyone!!! Welcome to the month of April. Welcome to the second quarter of the year. How has the journey been so far?

It is a new month filled with great opportunities. What are those things you have to leave behind? What steps do you have to take? What is your plan? How do you plan to achieve those goals? What will your focus be this month? What results are you aiming for?

Step into the month with a new mindset. Stay focused and do great things.

May this new month give you many reasons to smile.

Ufuoma Fijabi

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Motivational Video - Invest In Yourself

I personally believe it is never too late to start investing in yourself. What and who you want to become has a lot to do with how much you are willing to invest in yourself. Time is our greatest asset and we must choose to use it wisely.

Find excerpts from the video below. Stay inspired!!!

- How much time do you spend working on you?
- How many books have you read in the past one year?
- What investment have you made in yourself?
- It takes time to be creative.
- If you had time, you will be creative.
- Value your time.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

What Is In A Mother's Heart?

This image above speaks volumes as it shows us motherhood at its peak. This mama deer gave herself up to save her fawns. This is what a mother's heart looks like. 

So what is in a mother's heart? It is true that as a mother, you die daily in serving, in giving, in nurturing, in shaping and in impacting your children. This heart also has the power to influence generations to come. #amothersheart

A mother's heart gives herself daily serving her little ones.
A mother's heart loves not just in words but in her actions.
A mother's heart seeks to nurture great men and women.
A mother's heart fights for the destinies of her children.
A mother's heart inspires her children to dream big.
A mother's heart keeps giving and giving.
A mother's heart beats to see her little ones succeed.
A mother's heart never ever gives up on her children.

Ufuoma Fijabi

Happy Mother's Day + Why God Made You A Mother

Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful moms out there in the world. I celebrate you for who you are, what you represent and all that you do. You are special and without you, there is no us. Thank you for giving us life, thank you for nurturing us, thank you for believing in us and thank you for never giving up on us. 

And for some mothers out there who feel overwhelmed by this role, always remember that God made you a mother for a reason.

God made you a mother for a reason.
He made you a mother because he believes in you.
He made you a mother because he knows you have so much to give.
He made you a mother because he sees how much impact you can make.
He made you a mother to nurture and mould hearts.
He made you a mother to shape the next generation.
He made you a mother because he knows how much influence you have.
He made you a mother to serve and love unconditionally.
He made you a mother to pass on values to the next generation.
He made you a mother to nurture and build the next generation.
God made you a mother for a reason.

Happy Mother's Day!!!! Keep shaping hearts and destinies.

Ufuoma Fijabi

Monday, 20 March 2017

Why You Must Choose Happiness?

Today is International Day of Happiness and the action for Happiness pledge is ‘I will try to create more happiness in the world around me.’

Happiness is simply defined as the state of being happy. It can also mean pleasure, joy, satisfaction, bliss, contentment etc. Being happy is something you can choose to do. #choosehappiness.

Here are 3 reasons why you must choose happiness.

1) Happiness is contagious. 
Let the happiness bug flow from you to others. Let others find a ray of hope by simply hanging around you. Happy people can force a smile to show up on your face. Happiness can quickly lift a broken spirit. It is not just about being happy, it is about how that happiness radiates life to others.

2) Happiness is thankfulness.
Being happy opens up your heart to show gratitude. When you are happy in the midst of a storm or challenge, you are only being thankful for what you have and where you are. Happiness turns your focus on gratitude and you become most thankful for this present moment, for the little things and for life itself.

3) Happiness is in you.
Everyone can be happy. It is your choice and my choice. Never let negativity dictate your responses. Never let people's opinions become your reality. Never let life's storms defeat your faith. Never let difficulty take away your happiness because happiness is definitely in you. #choose happiness

Ufuoma Fijab

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Inspiring Words From Strive Masiyiwa

Zimbabwean businessman and entrepreneur, Strive Masiyiwa shared some inspiring thoughts on his page recently and I just had to share. Go here for the full post. Read excerpts below:

There is a story told in the legend of modern business about a young man who liked reading books. He would order books by mail order, but being a very avid reader he found that it took too long for the books to arrive. So what did he do? He sat down and designed a new way to get books delivered in the shortest time possible.

His process for ordering and delivering books has turned him into one of the richest people in the world. That young man is Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and he's now worth over $50bn.

Sometimes the "game changer" comes from the way you deliver your service to the customer!

As an entrepreneur, one of the keys to your success is your continuous search for something that sets you apart, even if you're in the same business as others. Some of the things that you do don't have to be technological or highly sophisticated - just different!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

9jaflave Soliloquy - Own Your Stage

The world is a stage.

Everyone given a platform.

Everyone given a role.

Everyone given a voice.

Everyone given a story.

It is time to step on,

And own your stage.

Share your story.

Sing a song.

Immerse us in poetry.
Stir our imagination.

Captivate us with your words.

Show us who you are.

Inspire us to dream again.

The world is a stage.

Everyone has a part to play.

Step on and own your stage.

Sing us a melody from your heart.

And let the world know that you were here.

Step on and own your stage.

Ufuoma Fijab

Happy New Month!!!!

Happy New Month!!!! 
It is the month of March and there is still so much to look forward to.
Be hopeful, stay focused and believe in yourself and your dreams.
Kill your doubts, shun negativity and embrace an indomitable spirit.
May this new month be filled with great opportunities for you to rise and shine.
Stay blessed and have a great month ahead.
Stay inspired@9jaflave

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Jiji: The Best Place For Shopping

To meet your shopping needs fast and easy, visit, the biggest Nigerian classifieds. Click the link above to find out why Jiji is the perfect place for shopping. If you are looking for reasons, here are the most obvious:

· Jiji is one of the most famous marketplaces in Nigeria.

· Almost 480,000 ads posted by real people are gathered there.

· The activity equals to 15 million sessions per month.

· There are thoroughly checked sellers with “Verified” status.

· The possibility to use Jiji at a zero rate, without any charges.

 Jiji, as a service cares about its users, and have developed a special app for Android Smartphones. Every user can now access thousands of offers from all over Nigeria in one place. The app also provides buyers with:

· Fast navigation from the home page.

· Convenient search system with suggests.

· Perfectly working filters.

· 3 ads displaying options.

· You can add any advertisement to your favorites and get back to it.

· Quick and convenient posting of ads via the app.

· The possibility to contact a seller via phone or messenger.

Visit our blog to read articles about how to get started with buying and selling. On Jiji’s blogs, you will find information about everything – from how to navigate the search, getting the perfect list of offers to how make your own ads “top” and show more often, attracting a huge amount of potential buyers.

There are also numerous articles about safety, where you get directions on how to avoid scammers and how to deal with them. The list of detected scammers is also available, making every user aware of suspicious personalities. Visit Jiji today and discover the advantages of shopping with us and in any case, you will discover them all soon after you decide to make a first purchase. So let’s save some time and leave room for pleasant surprises!!!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Be Phenomenal - Motivational Video

                                      "Think big, Dream Big but Start Small"
             "Start where you are, with what you have because what you have is plenty"

Sunday, 19 February 2017

9jaflave Soliloquy - Unwrap Your Gift Box

Everyone loves presents. Everyone loves little tiny gift boxes. Sometimes you even loose your patience trying to guess what is inside the gift box. You are so curious and eager to find out what your loved ones got you this time.

Some of us who hate surprises quickly tear those boxes apart, while others keep the guessing game on till they satisfy their curiosity. Every gift box contains something unique, special and priceless. Each box carries a message, an emotion and a story. It is simply a gift from one heart to another.

Our lives are like those gift boxes waiting to be unwrapped. Our lives may sometimes look beautiful on the outside, but until you unwrap your gift box, you may never know how much more you can do and become.

Unwrap your gift box and find your story. Unwrap your gift box and impact your generation. Unwrap your gift box and find your true self. Unwrap your gift box and find your place. Unwrap your gift box and discover who you truly are.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 12 February 2017

9jaflave Soliloquy - Do It Afraid

Feel the fear and do it afraid.
Leave your comfort zone and do it afraid.
Ignore the fear and do it afraid.
Shut out the voices and do it afraid.
Shatter those walls of limitations and do it afraid.
Challenge those fears and do it afraid.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Just Do It Afraid.

9jaflave Soliloquy -The Power Of Compassion (3)

Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven who rescued a little boy who had been ostracised by his community, recreated the image of her, encouraging him to drink from a bottle of water. It's been a year and the boy named 'Hope' has started school.

What is your take on the Image? Capture it in your own words.

"We may be many worlds apart, but the power of compassion can easily flow from one heart to another."

"We may be of a different colour and race, yet the power of compassion can create bonds that will last forever."

"We may be lost and in search of answers, but the power of compassion can create pathways to destiny."

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Lion Attitude - Motivational Video

                         "It's about having the courage to stand and fight for your life."

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

5 Poems To Inspire You In 2017

Inspiration can come through the written word and words really do have a way of lighting up our souls. It maybe that fear has gripped your soul and you simply don't believe in yourself and your abilities anymore, let Marianne Williamson inspire you with her powerful words.

Let Maya Angelou's words spark a fire in your soul as you soak up some powerful life lessons from Rudyard Kipling's 'If". Below are 5 poems to inspire you this year and I hope you are inspired to do and become.

Our Deepest Fear By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Happy New Month!!!!

Happy New Month Everyone !!!! Welcome to the month of February. It's a new month with new hopes and dreams. It's a new month with new opportunities and challenges. It's a new month with new ideas and new results. It's a new month with new goals and new accomplishments.

Choose to make everyday count this month. Get busy, get focused, get started. Have a great month and stay inspired @9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijabi

Sunday, 29 January 2017

9jaflave FFT - Your Gift To Humanity

Today's Food For Thought - Your Gift To Humanity

We are all here for a reason and it is amazing to know that our uniqueness adds life and light to the world. Why are we here? What are we here for? What do you have to give and share with the world?

We are all treasure boxes waiting to be opened. We are all gold hidden deep in the earth waiting to be discovered. We are all diamonds in the rough waiting to shine forth. You are a gift to the world. You are a message waiting to be shared.

What is your gift to Humanity? What do you have to share with your fellow travellers? What role do you have to play on this journey? What is your gift to humanity? Discover and share who you are with the world. Live and make the world a better place. Love and impact the world deeply. What is your gift to humanity?

23 Most Inspiring People Alive

I came across this article "23 Most Inspiring People Alive" written by PowToon and I just had to share it. There are always lessons and insights in someone else's story and you could just have your 'light bulb' moment reading through their stories. Find below 3 of my favourites from the list and go here for the full article.

Nick Vujicic was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs. His videos on YouTube have inspired millions and millions of people with his message to love life and live without limits. He was tormented to such an extent that at the age of 10 he attempted suicide. After years of feeling alone and worthless, he had an epiphany one day while reading an article.

He read about a disabled man who refused to let physical limitations dictate his life. At that moment, Nick says, he realized he had the ability to take control of his life. Instead of looking at everything he lacked, he decided to look at everything he could have. Now a famous author and international speaker, Nick inspires the world everyday to live a life without limits. His message is brilliantly sobering and electric.

Oprah Winfrey
Despite how most people view Oprah, she has not led an easy life. She was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother. She was raped at the age of 9, because pregnant 14 and lost her son while still in infancy. But Oprah would make history in her heroic transformation to eventually become one of the most powerful women on earth.

She is a multi-billionaire and is regarded as the “Queen of Media“. Oprah has done so much in her career it’s dizzying. But the most inspiring thing she’s done is showing you that your circumstances don’t dictate your life, only your desire does.

James Franco
He’s a published poet, has a PHD from Yale, teaches film at NYU and USC, debuted in Broadway and is an Academy Award nominee. James Franco inspires because he doesn’t stop and isn’t afraid to go into new territory. He’s not expecting his poetry to be a best seller – but he published it. And just because he’s an actor doesn’t mean he can’t pursue a PHD and teach. So don’t limit your ability to be an artist – the world is your canvas.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

"Most Just Need A Little And Will Excel" - Femi Kuti

Nigerian Afrobeat Musician Femi Kuti wrote these words after sharing a photo of himself and his sister Yeni with his adopted son who graduated from the University of Lagos today.

His words: "My Son "Kwame Joseph" who I've taken care of since his JSS 2, graduated today in Unilag (he has made me very proud), he has proven to me that most just need a little & will excel."

"Most just need a little and will excel." So true!!! His words inspired this short poem.

Just a Little by Ufuoma Fijabi

Most just need a little hope to shine again.
Most just need a little care to rise again.
Most just need a little faith to dream again
Most just need a little word of inspiration to soar again
Most just need a little compassion to be lifted up again
Most just need a little love to blossom again.
Most just need a little support to excel again.
Most just need a little encouragement to live again.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

5 Ways To Get Inspired In 2017

It is time to find out who you truly are and to discover the real you. 2017 is here and in this season, you can find out who you can become. Inspiration can light our paths and challenge us in new ways and can also lead you to discover somethings you never knew about yourself.

I want your year to be purposeful and if you are in search of inspiration, Here are 5 ways to get that inspiration.

1) Travel and Explore
Take a trip, go somewhere new. The world is a beautiful place and there is no better place to draw great inspiration. Whether it's a lake, a garden or a beautiful city with great history, a country hit by a disaster, take out some time to explore and be inspired. You can visit a zoo, take a long stroll on the beach, go to a museum, explore new cultures, meet new people and have great conversations. Get a peek into someone else's world or culture and be inspired by their stories.

2) Do Something New
What is that thing you have always wanted to do? It is time to try it out. It maybe that you love to share your thoughts on certain issues, why not utilise the power of social media to air your views. Pick up those old ideas and do a review, you never know, the fire maybe reignited. Find some inspiration doing something new.

3)Learn New Stuff
Is there a skill you have always wanted to acquire? It is time to step out and do it. Inspiration can show up in the process of learning and there is always this joy that comes from discovering new depths in you. Learn a new language. Learn a new craft. Learn to play golf. Learn to swim. Learn to play chess. Learn to fix stuff. Learn new ways of doing things and stretch your imagination. Inspiration always shows up somehow.

4) Show Lots of Gratitude
I have learnt that fosters hope like gratitude. When you learn to be grateful for the little things, you will be inspired to hope for greater things. Step out of your world and show lots of gratitude.

Oprah Winfrey once said we should keep a gratitude journal. You can try it out and start writing everything you are grateful for over the next 3 months. You will amazed!!!! Be grateful for the gift of life and be inspired to dream big. Be grateful for where you are now and be inspired to hope for a greater tomorrow. Be grateful for love and be inspired to love more.

5) Give 
Give a gift. Give a prayer. Give a word of encouragement. Make someone smile again. Share someone's burden. Lift up someone from the floor of depression. Give your time and give a smile. In giving, our view of life changes and life takes on a new meaning. What are those thoughts that go on in your mind when you see the smiles on the faces of a family you blessed with a day's meal. This is your inspiration!!! Give and be inspired to change the world one step at a time.

Child Power Challenge Goes Live On February 1st

Cast your mind to your childhood and tell me what you would want your children to do differently?

What memories of  your childhood do you have? Were you adequately protected from sex predators?
What was your first exposure to sex and is that the way you would want your child/children to be introduced to sex?

Often times we wait till it is too late to do the needful and others times we assume all is well when wellness is far from the child.

From February 1, 2017 I'd be taking parents through CHILD POWER CHALLENGE which is our quest to empower our children with age appropriate sexuality education in 12 months and also foster bonds between parents and children.

This is a subscription based program and costs twenty thousand naira/annum. It is not something you'd want to miss.

I look forward to having you on board with us on this journey.
Click to register for this service.

I honour you

Bella Abidakun.

Monday, 16 January 2017

5 Things You Must Do To Get Inspired In 2017

2017 is finally here and with each new day in every new month, we all have the opportunity to make our lives meaningful. It is a 365 page book, choose to make your own story inspiring.

Some of us may ask, so how do I get inspired? How do I get motivated to start the year ? I have always believed that inspiration can be seen and felt all around us, we only need to be still and look for it. Find something or someone to inspire you this year and I am certain that you will be glad you did.

So here are 5 ways to get inspired this year:

Take out time this year to be alone. Spend some time to reflect on your life and journey so far. Shut out from all of the negativity around you. Spend a good amount of time to think clearly about your future. Think about where you are now and where you want to be. It is in those quiet moments of our lives, we receive answers to many nagging questions. When you sit still at times and just tune out from the world around you, inspiration just shows up.

The mind is a powerful tool given to us by God. Choose to use your imagination this year. Use your imagination to break limitations. Use your imagination to see possibilities. Use your imagination to enter places you never dreamt possible. Use your imagination to see solutions. Use your imagination to create. Use your imagination to see yourself the way you can be. Make up your mind this year to draw inspiration from the catalogue of possibilities in your imagination.

It is true that words are powerful whether written or spoken, and that these words have the power to influence or destroy. You can choose to draw great inspiration from the written word this year. It may be that you need some inspiration to dream again, to find purpose or to simply take action, simply get a good book on your desired subject and read through. Read the stories of great men and women and learn from their journey. You can start with a good autobiography (feel free to suggest any in the comments section). Get inspired this year reading some great books.

When you do not write down your ideas and thoughts, you simply let them slip away easily. Learn to capture the ideas and thoughts that come to you on paper this year. Have a notepad where you can write down those ideas as they come. Write down quotes that inspire you. Write down substance gotten from your thinking time. There may be times during the year when you may need some inspiration, you can then quickly go back to your notes and get that idea or word that will take you to the next level of your life.

Find and listen to an inspiring message as you start out the year. You can be greatly inspired by listening to someone else share his/her own story. You can also get motivated by listening to others speak on subjects like success, courage, failure and entrepreneurship. There are lots of resources out there for free. Go and listen and learn. Listen and grow. Listen and be empowered this year.

I am a lover of great movies and I always seek to extract lessons whenever I watch a movie. Most times between the scripts of those movies are great insights and lessons that can totally transform and liberate you. This line is from the movie Queen of Katwe, “Sometimes where you are used to is not where you belong. What you believe is where you belong.” Just imagine how motivated you can become after seeing a great movie. Find an inspiring movie this year to watch. (Feel free to share some of those movies that have inspired you in the comments section)

Ufuoma Fijab

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

9jaflave Soliloquy - I Want To Inspire You

When you are inspired, ideas are born, thoughts generate solutions, courage enters your heart, passion is revived and life takes on a new meaning. When you are inspired, you can find hope from other people's success stories, you can look boldly at your future and cast a new vision for your life. When you are inspired, faith is rekindled and something within you knows that you will make it.

I desire to inspire people with my words and my voice. I want to share with you short inspiring messages, my thoughts (soliloquy), stories of success, stories of victory and hope and of course things that would give you many reasons not to give up on life. 

I want to give you many reasons to believe in yourself again, in your dreams and in your life's vision. I believe Inspiration can birth ideas, rekindle dreams and visions, ignite passion and hope. So where and how can you find that inspiration?

This is why I blog @9jaflave. To inspire you with thoughts, words, articles, real life stories and images that will motivate, challenge, build and encourage you. This is the reason I blog. You also have the opportunity to share your story with the world and inspire others to believe. @9jaflave. It is all about Inspiration. Stay Inspired @9jaflave. Cheers!!!!

Ufuoma Fijab

Monday, 9 January 2017

5 Inspiring Quotes To Start Out 2017

Every new year gives us that opportunity to start afresh irrespective of our past mistakes and failures. I am a great believer in the power of words and how certain words have the ability to shape our thinking and future.

It is time to begin again. It is time to break down those walls and do it again. It is time to dust yourself up and make your life meaningful. Look at where you can be and those things you can achieve. It is just 9 days into the year and still many more days to do great things.

Look beyond the challenges of the past, start from where you are, create a better tomorrow, start dreaming again and always find good ways to inspire yourself.

So here are 5 inspiring quotes to start out your year with...................

Saturday, 7 January 2017

9jaflave Soliloquy - Believe In Yourself

What are your dreams and aspirations for this year? What are those things you have held close to your heart for so long? What do you want to accomplish this year? It all begins with believing in yourself.

You must begin the year with that sense of confidence in who you are and who you want to become. You must break down those walls that have held you bound for this long.
You must kill those voices in your head speaking negative thoughts to you.
You must choose to discover who you really are and the treasures buried in you.
You must believe in yourself and do those things you never thought were possible.

Start the year believing.
Believe in your abilities.
Believe in your own courage.
Believe against all odds.
Believe in hope.
Believe that you can.
Believe it is possible.
Believe in your ideas.
Believe in what you have to give.
Believe you will win.
Believe in who you are.
Believe that there is something great in you.

Ufuoma Fijab

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year From 9jaflave

Welcome to 2017!!!! I am grateful we made it here.
Thank God for the gift of life, thank God living and thank God for being.
I believe there is so much more to do and accomplish in our lives and we must not give up.
Take out some time and reflect on your life and the things you want to do.
Think about your dreams and the path you want to walk.
Make good changes and shed off all the excesses.
Believe, be inspired, break boundaries and shine like the star that you are.

May it be a great year ahead.
May we walk impossible paths.
May our lights shine brighter.
May we draw out the treasures within us.
May our dreams come true.

Happy New Year once again.