Life Update: I’m Going To Be A Published Author

 

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Hey guys!

How are you? I hope all is well.  I have one of my most exciting life updates.

Yes! I wrote a book, and it’s getting published.  I first announced this on FB and Instagram live. If you don’t follow me on IG, go ahead and do so for more updates: @abisola2798

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So I wanted to share with you all on my blog, a little recap, if you didn’t get a chance to watch my announcements on those platforms.

 

THE PLOT

Without giving too much away, my book is a fictional story of a futuristic, Afrocentric society.  Essentially, black people have become the racial “majority” and it deals with the good and bad that comes with that. The main character is a Nigerian-American teen girl, and it follows her journey in a time of racial tension.

MY INSPIRATION

I first came up with the concept of the book when I was 16 years old. I was on a personal journey of embracing my black and African culture. I had also just taken a course in school (AP World History) where I learned about colonization and how Europeans and Caucasian people became the dominant ethnic group in society. With this in mind, I began to challenge that concept and think to myself “What if tables were turned and black people were in the position as the racial majority?” That’s where the story idea began to develop. I want to make it clear, this book is in no way about black supremacy or black power. In fact, it deals more with the issues that could occur if that were the case. The moral of the story #NOSPOILER is that not one single ethnic group should have dominance over the other. It is about equality and unity among people of all cultures. It’s about stopping prejudice, but still embracing who you are culturally.

MY JOURNEY

Becoming a published author was not an easy journey. First of all, it took me almost 2 years to write the book. Then, when I tried to get the book to literary agents and publishers, I faced so many rejections. Without exaggeration, I probably got over 100 rejections. It was quite discouraging. But I knew that this story had to be told. I knew that it meant a lot to me, and I couldn’t let my vision for it die.  So, with continued prayer and persistence, a publisher reached out to me from an author portal. They believed in my vision and wanted to help me to succeed. I was overjoyed. The journey has just begun.

I want to encourage you all to continue to believe in your dreams and passions. Even if it seems like the road is dim, keep hanging on. That job, that blog, that YouTube channel, that relationship, whatever you are trusting and believing for, don’t give up. It will come to pass in due time. God is faithful.

CALL TO ACTION

So now that you know about my book, I would love for you all to please support me. Please share this blog post, and when I give you all the details of the book, please support  me by purchasing it.  If you read my blog and enjoy it, imagine how good a book would be.  The book will be released in the fall.  I will continue to post about it, so heads up for that.

 

I am so excited. Also, if you all have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can reach me through the contact section of the blog.

 

Stay Blessed,

Abisola Xoxo

Summer Bops: Afrobeat Edition

Hey guys!

How’s everything going? I hope all is well. I hope that you are enjoying the summer, the weather and most importantly the music.  Summer hits are always what get me pumped and hype about summer.  Afrobeats is one of my favorite genres of music, especially to get you in a high spirited, fun vibed mood. So I’ve composed a playlist of sorts of my top favorite summer bops right now. Some of the are older, some of them are new. Either way, enjoy.

 

  1. Drogba Joanna

 

2.  Davido- FIA

 

3. Kiss Daniel- Yeba

 

4.  Burna Boy- Ye

 

 

5.  Olamide- Summer Body

 

 

6.  Maleek Berry- Let Me Know

 

 

7. Simi- O Wa Nbe

 

8.  Tiwa Savage ft. Omarion-  Get It Now Remix

 

 

 

While there’s several more I’ll just leave you with that little taste.

 

I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know which one is your favorite song.

 

Stay Blessed,

Abisola

ONE MONTH NATURAL HAIR UPDATE

Hey guys! So it’s been over a month since I’ve had my natural hair out. That’s the longest time I have ever done this.  I have to say, I’m loving it. I love my natural curls and kinks. I’m learning more and more about my hair and getting more comfortable with it. I will probably do another protective style soon, but I wanted to show you some of the styles and things I’ve done with my natural hair. Some have been a hit, others have been a miss. Don’t judge too hard. But,  it’s all a part of the journey. So enjoy.  Also, I had done a Dominic blow out at one point too. I did this to see my hair length and also get it trimmed. Ok, I’ll stop talking. Enjoy!

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Simple Wash and Go

 

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Half up down with two buns. (I didn’t walk out the house like this)

My mom thought it looked childish.

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Half up and down with bun

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Bun with flat twist in front

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Minnie-Mouse Buns

 

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Dominican Blow Out. My hair was a lot straighter but progressively got

bulkier and bulkier. This was like almost 3 weeks later.

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Twist Out

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Classic Puff

 

What was your favorite style?

Let me know in the comments.

 

Stay Blessed,

Abisola

Summer Fitness Challenge

 

Blog Post Summer Fitness Challenge

Hey guys!

How are you? I know it’s been a minute. I hope all is well. It’s June! We are halfway into the year and summer is really here. As much as the word “summer body” gets criticism,  I do know that in summer we tend to wear less clothing, so it only makes sense to make sure that your body is in tip top shape. I have been on a weight loss journey for a bit, but this summer, I want to be very intentional about my health and fitness.

That’s why I have created a fitness challenge that I would love you all to join me on. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight or just be healthy all round, this challenge is for you. So, let’s get to it.

NUTRITION PLAN

  • Eat MOSTLY VEGETABLES
  • EAT MORE FRUITS
  • EAT LEAN PROTEINS
  • COMPLEX CARBS- BROWN RICE, QUINOA, WHOLE WHEAT, SWEET POTATOES
  • NO SUGAR
  • NO PROCESSED FOODS: If it comes in a wrapper or box or has lots of chemicals and preservatives it’s a NO (UNLESS it’s natural like nuts, seeds, or packaged healthy choices)
  • NO FRIED FOODS
  • LOOK AT NUTRITION LABELS

*If it has more than 5-6 grams of sugar don’t get it

*Aim for less than 20% of sodium for foods

*Aim for at least 3 grams of fiber in foods

*Aim for lots of nutrience

  • One cheat meal a week
  • Drink AT LEAST 4 BOTTLES/GLASSES OF WATER A DAY
  • No juice

FOOD LIST

PROTEINS

  • Chicken (Breast, drum, hen)
  • Turkey (Fresh or smoked but aim for fresh to reduce sodium)
  • Fish (Salmon, Tilapia, Tuna)
  • Shrimp
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Edamame (They have them roasted and salted in Walmart produce section-great for snack) Or cook them
  • Mushroom
  • Veggie protein (Meat substitute)
  • Beans
  • Lentils

VEGETABLES

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Green Beans
  • Stir-Fry Mix (Frozen at Walmart)
  • Zucchini (Yellow and Green)
  • Cabbage
  • Bell Peppers
  • Plantain
  • Any veggie you like

FRUIT

Eat fruit in moderation.  I recommend using it as a snack and earlier in the day. (2-3 servings/day)

  • Mango (Frozen at Walmart is cheap)
  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Apples
  • Pineapples (Frozen or canned is cheaper)
  • Berries
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberry
  • Grapes
  • Peaches

CARBS

Keep this to a minimum. (1-2 servings a day)

  • Sweet potato
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • If craving rice they have frozen cauliflower rice (I heard it actually taste good) or Frozen zucchini noodles)
  • Quinoa

MEAL OPTIONS IDEAS

Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal with Banana and Berries
  2. Eggs with fresh spinach, onion, and bell peppers (on the side or as omelet). Eat with fruit/veg smoothie.
  3. Eggs with turkey sausage and or turkey bacon
  4. Quinoa fruit salad (Cook quinoa and serve with fruit) Similar to oatmeal and fruit. If feeling cheeky add no sugar honey

*Vary up your fruit with oatmeal to keep it interesting

*Include flax seed for extra health benefits

*Always eat your eggs with vegetables (Mushroom, broccoli or the WalmSart stir fry pack)

  1. Greek Yogurt (Plain) With Fruit (Berries) and Banana (A dap of honey). If hungry can eat with eggs or fruit/veg smoothie

Lunch/Dinner

  1. Grilled shrimp and asparagus with brown rice or quinoa. (If not that hungry just shrimp and asparagus)
  2. Grilled or baked chicken with sweet potato and broccoli
  3. Kale/or Spinach salad with chicken, berries, nuts,  and bell peppers. (Can include other veggies ) Use olive and black pepper for seasoning. Or sriracha( Take out the fruit if so)
  4. Spinach Salad with (Fresh or cooked spinach, chicken black beans, corn, broccoli with salsa and light cheese)
  5. Baked fish with spinach and baked plantain
  6. Salmon with zucchini, broccoli and sweet potato
  7. Veggie burger salad with spinach, feta cheese, mushroom
  8. Turkey burger salad (Same idea)
  9. Zucchini noodles salmon and broccoli(CHOICE OF VEGGIE)
  10. Lentil soup with sweet potato (If season well, taste great)
  11. Chicken Tacos on whole wheat tortilla (Lots of veggies) or Veggie ground beeft

Basically any variation of protein and veggies and carbs once a meal/day.

SNACKS

Limit snacking to 1-2 times a day.

  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Seeds (Pumpkin, sunflower, edamame, )
  • AIR popped popcorn
  • Light string cheese
  • Carrots and hummus

FITNESS

  • Aim to workout at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes a day
  • You can do home workouts from YouTube- I love Pop sugar fitness, Fitness Blender,  Emi Wong, Chloe Ting,  Pop Pilates. There are so many options and it’s all free
  • Run or take a long walk
  • Go to the gym and do a combo of cardio and strength
  • Do Group Fitness Classes at the Gym

 

I hope you all will join me in this challenge. I would love to hear how you all are doing with it.

 

Stay Healthy,

Abisola Xoxo