HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY

 

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Hello everyone,

I hope your holiday season is going well. I just wanted to come here today to appreciate you. Yep! I started this blog: abisolablog.wordpress.com, exactly one year ago. I am so blessed by the amazing support that I have received from my viewers. When I started this blog I had no idea exactly “what” I wanted to do with it. I knew I loved writing and I have a lot of topics, opinions, and ideas that I wanted to discuss. However, I was skeptical that anyone would read it. I am so blessed to share that I have overwhelming support from my home nation of United States but also a steady set of viewers from all over the world. That is so mind-boggling to me.  When I see people who read my blog from places like Australia, China, Egypt, Brazil, etc, I am always so stunned as to how they even found out about my blog. All I can say is that God has been so good to me. This blog has been like an online diary to me. I feel like I can come and talk about whatever topic I’m in the mood for. I also know that I would like to make this blog a place to help people through difficult situations or even just give them a source of inspiration.

With this in mind, I am asking you all who read this blog to share in the love. If you enjoy reading my posts, please share this blog with your friends, family, colleagues, etc. Let’s make our little viewership community even bigger. Also, I would appreciate it if you commented on what your favorite posts have been. Likewise, I would love for you to comment on some topic ideas that you feel that I could possibly write on.

Stay Blessed,

Abisola

 

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How To Avoid Holiday Blues (A.K.A. Seasonal Depression)

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Hi guys,

Although I believe the holidays are the best times of the year (the media surely portrays it that way), the holidays for some can be very difficult. There are those who are mourning loved ones, or cannot be with their family during this time. Others, due to the lack of sun and Vitamin D feel as though they are depressed during this season. However, there is hope. Here are some tips on how you can avoid the holiday blues.

  1. Live in the Moment:

One thing that can really put a damper on your mood is thinking about the past in comparison to the present. You may find it difficult not to hail the glory days of your youth when holidays were filled with laughter and a tight-knit family. Nonetheless, you can never go back to your past. Think about where you are in your life now and be grateful for it. You might find that the new experiences that you have will be even better than the previous ones.

2. Take Care of Yourself From the Inside Out:

You might want to reconsider those sugar-mountains that are called “holiday drinks” at Starbucks. You might also want to cross that giant chocolate Santa off your grocery list too. What I’m trying to get at is that the holidays are so easy to get wrapped up in sugary seasonal treats. While depriving yourself of these goodies all together will make you feel even worse, try to limit yourself or consume them in moderation. Instead, a well balanced meal full of nutrients will make you feel much better in the long run. Along with healthy eating, exercise is the perfect cure to fight depression. When you work out, your body releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that equate to a feeling of euphoria.

3. Get Out The House:

It’s funny how the simple act of leaving your home can alter your mood. While it’s tempting to want to stay cooped up in your house all day during the cold season, don’t succumb. When you leave the house to do even the most uneventful mundane task of going to the grocery store, you are giving yourself the opportunity to get fresh air, and interact with others. If you stay indoors without any sort of plans for the day, it is very easy for negative thoughts to infiltrate your mind.

Well those are all the tips I have so far.  If you would like some more tips are found this helpful, please leave a comment below.

Have a fabulous day,

Abisola

My Grown Up Christmas List

Hi everyone,

I hope that all is well with you. Christmas Time is my all-time favorite season of the year. I hope that a lot of you can relate. However, as I have gotten older, the significance and perspective on what the holiday means to me has changed. Growing up Christian, I knew that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but think about all of the material items that I yearned for. Fast forward to the present as an 18 year old woman, my wants and desires have shifted from material items to things of substance. I was inspired by the Natalie Cole song, “Grown Up Christmas List” where she discusses her desires as an adult during Christmas time. If you do not know this song,take a listen:

 

So here’s my “Grown Up Christmas List

  1. World Peace:  The state of the world has been concerning to me lately. There has been so much violence and hatred especially in my nation of America. With the advent of our controversial President elect, all I can do is pray for the state of America and the world. This may sound cliche but love and peace can conquer all problems.
  2.  Godly Love: As I’ve mentioned above, I am a Christian. I am not ashamed of my faith and with this in mind, I believe that a relationship with God is something to strive for. At this stage of my life I am content with my singleness. That is why my wish-list is to love on God and have his love be exemplified on my life.
  3.  Black Lives Matter: As an African-American woman, I can’t help but notice the lack of reverence and respect society has for black lives. It’s heartbreaking to hear about all of the shootings and deaths that have occurred and are occurring on the primary basis of race. That is why this Christmas, I wish and pray for a change in the world. I want 2017 to be a year free of race-related deaths. Is that too much to ask for?
  4.   Joy: 2016 has proven to be one of the best years of my life. I have been filled with so much happiness and joy that I can not begin to explain.  I have grown accustomed to a happy life. Therefore, I want continual joy in my life this Christmas and for the rest of my life. What is life if you can’t enjoy it? Joy is one of the greatest blessings one can have in life. Without it you will not be content.

Well, that is all I can really think of for now. Let me know what is on your Christmas list.

Stay Blessed,

Abisola

Christmas Gift Guide: Finding the Perfect Gift for Everyone

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Hi guys,

It is officially the season to be jolly, merry, and bright! That’s right, Christmas time is here! This is my favorite time of the year and I have been on an all-time high. Although I celebrate Christmas primarily for religious reasons, I have to admit, the gifts are a nice perk.  With this in mind, I have made a guide for helping to get everyone on your list something noteworthy for Christmas. Let’s get to it:

  1. Parents: As a kid with no source of income, you are not really expected to get your parents anything really “nice”. I’m sorry but let’s be real. That Little Elf you painted for your folks  when you were six kind of just “disappeared” many Christmases ago.  For those of you who are reading this, you are probably  grown or at least a teenager. Your parents won’t say this, but are probably expecting something more than just a hand-made craft. So what can you give them? Well, find out what they really need. For example, if your mom has been complaining about her lack of comfortable work shoes, get her a pair. If your dad has been eyeing that set of collectable baseball cards, splurge a little for him and get it. Parents will appreciate the fact that you took the time to listen to their desires. If your parents aren’t knit-picky, I always recommend doing something classic. Mothers: A lotion and perfume set (Victoria Secret and Bath and Body Works have great inexpensive options) Fathers: Fun/Quirky Ties or Sports Related Gear
  2.  Siblings: Depending on how your family operates or the amount of siblings that you have, you may want to skip a gift for them.  Just kidding. You may not care too much about winning your siblings approval as much as your parents, but they matter too.

Sisters: I personally appreciate heartfelt gifts and I know that for most women as emotional creatures, they care for that too. One of my family friends who is basically a sister did something really unique for about 4-5 Christmases ago. Instead of a gift, she gave my biological sister and I a photoshoot session. Although we did not have the most professional cameras, the thought, memory making and bonding time paid off. We loved that gift.  Maybe your not into photography. I believe your sister will appreciate a gift that allows you all to talk and experience memories together. So, maybe a  “coupon” for a well planed GNO (Girls Night Out) where you take the tab for dinner. Think outside the box but make sure its from the heart.

Brothers: Well, I do not have a brother so this part is definitely my most challenging aspect to give advice upon. However, from what I’ve seen, guys tend to appreciate more straightforward, tangible gifts. So get your little brother that new gadget/toy he’s been blabbing about. Or if your brothers a music geek, buy him that album he’s been raving about. Make it something that interest them as opposed to generic items such as clothes or a gift card. They will appreciate something that sparks their curiosity much more.

3. Friends: Similar to siblings, some friendships do not require gift-giving as part of the relationship. But, if you want to show how appreciative you are of the friendship, a little present won’t hurt.  With friends, simplicity is all that matters. You don’t have to go all out and spend a bunch of money on something extravagant.  Going along with the sister-thing, sometimes friends just want to have quality time with you. Some ideas might be to plan a mini-roadtrip where you cover most of the expenses. Or maybe plan an at-home spa day.

4. Bae: For that significant other, it can be difficult finding something that’s “just right” for them.  How I would advise you all would be to get something that is specific to them. That means, ditch the gift cards, and the cologne.  In this scenario, heartfelt hand made gifts are not a bad idea. For example, making a scrap book of all the dates or pictures of dates that you’ve been on together will warm your boo’s heart. I do have to say, jewelry goes a long way for both genders. Matching rings, necklaces, bracelets, charms, etc, they’re all the quintessential way to exemplify your affection.

Overall, you don’t have to break the bank to get a nice gift. Christmas at the end of the day is about the love of the father for his children. I hope you bask in that esssence and joy of the season.  If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

Stay Blessed,

Abisola