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Need Some Sunshine?

Hello beautiful people!

So I’ve received another bloggers award!

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Thank you so much thenakedwriter  for this award and for recognizing my blog. I am honored that my efforts in the blogosphere are appreciated! I don’t tell you enough how much I love the honesty and authenticity of your posts.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award that’s given to bloggers who make us smile, entertain us, uplift us, or make content that we enjoy. It’s an award that’s used to acknowledge someone’s contributions as a blogger.

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

Here are the questions Mac thenakedwriter asked me & my answers:

  • Why did you start blogging?

I started this blog as a way to share my thoughts, my talents & gifts with the world. I’ve always kept journals/diaries and I saw this blog as my online journal. My site address used to be “Welcome to my world!” *cringe* but I saw my blog as my space, my own little world where I could share whatever was on my mind. My first post ever, Bittersweet was actually about my own relationship which had turned sour.

  •   What are your hopes for your blog? 

As I mentioned in my previous post (It’s Me, Again + Get to know me Tag), I truly hope that in this hectic world, this blog will bring light, hope and encouragement to whoever comes across it. I hope that it would not only be about the numbers, but about every individual who reads my posts. I also hope that this blog would birth a community of encouragers, so that each of us can make the world a better place for the next person.

  • What’s something that you’d like to blog about, but haven’t done yet? 

My personal life. I have so many stories embedded in me that I’d like to share, which I know people can relate to and would benefit from buuuut…. I feel like I’m not there yet. I mostly don’t have enough time on my hands to dig deep for these stories (or maybe I’m just chickening out of it) but I’m hoping soon, I would be able to share the parts of my life which I’ve covered up for so long. Hey thenakedwriter! You inspire me so much.

  • What are you working on outside of blogging?

I’m trying to get my life y’all. + I’m still trying to figure out how to pause this whole adulting thing lol…

  • Are there any dreams you’ve had for many years?

So many. And I’m watching them come true one after the other. Dreams do come true you guys.

  • What’s your favorite thing about where you currently live?

The location! It’s so easy to get to any other part of town from where I live & all the shortcuts are easily accessible as well. On the plus side, work & church are close by.

  • What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?

Moving to Tamale in the Northern region of Ghana by myself when I was 22 and living there for about a year on my own. This was such a big deal for me, having lived my whole life in the south. It was also a dream come true as I had always wanted such an adventure of going off on my own to start life in a totally new place where I knew no one. Most people I told didn’t want me to go but I went anyway, and I enjoyed my stay there so much that I didn’t really want to come back.

  • What is your most and least favorite things about blogging?

Favorite thing? That these words of ours which we share in this blogosphere brings us so close to many people all over the world whom we would never meet under normal circumstances. That, for me is so amazing!

Least favorite thing? There seem to be so many blogger standards, rules, do’s & don’ts  which can be overwhelming sometimes, but I’m just going to keep following my spirit and see where & how this goes.

  • What kind of content do you want to see more of?

Definitely more encouraging, honest and authentic content.

  • What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a blogger?

Be consistent & stay true to your cause.

And the Nominees Are…

  1. The Godly Chic Diaries
  2. The Voice of peace
  3. Rae
  4. Cristal Clear
  5. Tiasheart2heart
  6. notesfromb
  7. sharonchy
  8. patrickstories

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My Questions for My Nominees…

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What are your hopes for your blog?
  3. What’s something that you’d like to blog about, but haven’t done yet?
  4. What are you working on outside of blogging?
  5. Are there any dreams you’ve had for many years?
  6. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
  7. What is your most and least favourite things about blogging?
  8. What kind of content do you want to see more of?

I know I broke the rules a bit but bear with me guys, I have limited time as usual lol

Love always,

Mrs A.

If you’re currently going through challenging times and you’d like a listening ear, some encouragement or motivation, please contact me here: talktomrsa@gmail.com

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It’s Me, Again + Get to know me Tag

Hello beautiful people!

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while but here I am.

I’d like to warmly welcome all my new followers! Thank you for choosing to be a part of my journey.

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Because of my new followers, allow me to reintroduce myself and answer a few get to know me tag questions.

  1. What’s your full name? : My name is Sharon Afriyie, also known as Mrs A, your favorite encourager and motivator.
  2. Where are you from? : I’m from Accra, Ghana. Let me know in the comments where you guys are from!
  3. How many siblings do you have? : I have 2 brothers, no sisters. I’m the only girl and since I was born, I’ve always wanted a sister!
  4. Do you write with a right hand or left? : I’m right handed and I’m that girl who still loves to write with pens in books.
  5. How often you use social media? : Everyday! The entire world is connected on social media so I’m always checking what’s up.
  6. Are you good at typing? : I’m great at it and I love it! I’ve actually applied for a typing job before.
  7. Are you a good speaker? : I’ve always thought myself a better writer than speaker, because by nature, I don’t like to talk that much but after being in this job for almost a year, I’m discovering just how good a speaker I can be.
  8. Are you good at Mathematics? : Ha! Thank God I never, ever have to study or take a math test in my life, they always brought me close to tears.
  9. Which car is your favorite? : TUNDRA! lol that car has won my heart fahever.

What’s your biggest dream? : Buckle up, this is going to get long.

Background story: Many years ago, I realized people found it easy to share their their problems with me. People would come to me and without me asking, they’d pour out their hearts to me. To the best of my ability, I would listen and talk things through with them. I did that for so long before I fully discovered the gifts I have within me.

I am a helper. Life is already hectic as it is and I believe everyone should have someone who can make it a little easier and more bearable for them. I love supporting and cheering people on. I clap the loudest when people win in life and I genuinely love helping people heal emotionally. It makes me happy to see someone come out of a bad place that they were stuck in and as much as I love to share in people’s joys, I’m there through the hard times too. In doing all this, I became Mrs A the encourager.

My tag line, “Everyone needs motivation & encouragement and I’m here to give it” defines who I am and what I’m about. I know that no matter who you are, at some point in your life, you would definitely need a push to get a step further and that’s why I’m here.

My biggest dream is to be able to reach out to & touch the lives of as many people as I can with my gifts, for as long as I live.

I pray that my blogs touch my readers in a special way.

Love always,

Mrs A.

If you’re currently going through challenging times and you’d like a listening ear, some encouragement or motivation, please contact me here: talktomrsa@gmail.com

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Happy Holidays!

Hello beautiful people!

Seasons greetings from my little family to all my dear readers and followers.

Guess who’s down with a terrible flu on Christmas Day? 🤦🏽‍♀️

Of all the days I could be ill, it had to be today. I actually started writing this in the morning but my flu symptoms got so severe that I had to go to the clinic.

I’ve been on bed rest all day however I’m grateful that I’m at least able to send out my best wishes to you all.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, they say but this is also one of the hardest seasons for homeless people, those who have recently lost a loved one, some single people, couples in long distance relationships and those who per society’s standards, don’t have enough to ‘celebrate’.

Holiday blues are real and if you know anyone going through a hard time, be kind enough to reach out to them and help put a smile on their face.

Well enjoy your holidays guys, it only comes around once in a year.

Love always,

Mrs. A

If you’re currently going through challenging times and you’d like a listening ear, some encouragement or motivation, please contact me here: talktomrsa@gmail.com

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The Liebster Award

 

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Hello beautiful people!

So I was nominated for the Liebster award by notesfromb

Thanks so much B!

Check out her blog here: Notes from b.

Aims and Objectives Liebster Award:

  • The Liebster Award is a blogger award for new bloggers and those with few followers. It is an amazing way of giving new bloggers an opportunity to gain some recognition and encouragement for their works.

  Rules of the Liebster Award

  • Create a new blog with the graphic of the award thanking the person that nominated you and a link to their blog.
  • Create a set of questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers and share your blog post with them so they can accept their awards.

 

Notes from b.’s Questions & my answers:

  • Have you thought about quitting as a blogger and do something else?

Nope! This year, I started being more intentional about blogging. There’s so much I want to do here but so little time so nah, quitting as a blogger hasn’t even crossed my mind.

  • Have you been faced with a stubborn reader that insists you should delete your blog post because he/she doesn’t think it is appropriate?

Not yet! I’m saying not yet because I feel like I may get that once I start to post more ‘raw’ stuff on the blog because you know how some people can be :/

  • If you were to choose between blogging and being paid $1m what would be your choice?

$1m is GH¢4,527,500. Boy that is tempting because I have so many ideas and so much I could do with that money but would I really give up blogging for that amount? Doubt it.

  • What is your most liked blog post that your readers loved?

So after checking my blog stats it seems my readers really enjoyed Friends with Benefits. I really put myself out there with that one and I guess many people could relate.

  • What is your greatest challenge as a blogger?

Not posting enough. The work I’m currently involved in is time consuming and mentally exhausting and y’all know you need a sound mind (which I currently don’t have) to write. At the end of the day, I barely feel like speaking not to talk of content creation/writing. I’m hoping my schedule eases up a bit hopefully next month so I can do more of that.

I hereby nominate the following for the Liebster Award:

The Godly Chic Diaries

Understand546

thenakedwriter

empress2inspire

theblackbeauty

MY QUESTIONS:

  • Have you thought about quitting as a blogger and do something else?
  • Have you thought about quitting what you’re currently doing and blogging full time?
  • Do you ever experience writer’s block and how do you deal with it when you do?
  • When you seem to have no time, how do you make the time to keep blogging?
  • Would you ever quit blogging and what would make you quit?

N/B: This doesn’t mean you guys are new bloggers or have few followers, I’d just love to read your answers!

Love always,

Mrs. A

If you’re currently going through challenging times and you’d like a listening ear, some encouragement or motivation, please contact me here: talktomrsa@gmail.com

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Contentment

Hello beautiful people!

On my way to work one of the days this week, I came across a couple of children who were bathing outside their home, their home being a kiosk very close to the railway.

 

I watched them silently, lost in thought of how they live their lives daily on that side.

Are they comfortable?

Do they have a good bed and pillows to lay on?

Do they have clean water?

Do they always have good food to eat?

Are they happy or just content with their current state?

I saw these children on Monday or Tuesday but I’ve been thinking about them all week and thinking about my own life too.

Are we content with what we have?

You know how they say “There’s always someone that has it worse than you?” Yeah case in point. We moan and complain so much about what we don’t have when there are people who are praying to have a quarter of the things we currently have. It’s like the more we have, the more we want. There is always the next thing we need to get to make us ‘happy’ as though our happiness is tied to the things we get. It seems having a nice home, clean water, a loving family, good food and neat clothes, which are the basic essentials of life aren’t enough anymore.

Let’s look at this cycle; when you’re unemployed, you’re praying and looking for a job. Once you find a job, at some point you’d realize all the things that are wrong with it, then you start looking for the next job, then the next. When you don’t have a car, you’re praying to get one. When you do get one, you’re start looking for a bigger car or a different model. When you’re single, you get to a point when you start wanting to be in a relationship, then you want to get married. When you get married, you want kids. When you have a kid, you want another one. Then there are those who are married who want to be single.

Does it ever end?

I mean it’s not bad to want nice things for yourself, who doesn’t? But when does it end?

I’ll be honest with you, I love the glitz and glam that comes with the high end lifestyle but I also do love the simplicity of countryside and small town living.

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It be like that sometimes

Having tasted both sides of the picture, I realized we humans are somewhat insatiable. You can have it all but still want more. I’m just wondering, when do we say it’s enough?

I’m going to learn to be more content with my portion and still strive to attain greater heights. I’ll learn to count my blessings more and stop looking out for the next thing I can get for myself. I’ll try to give more than I get, and I’ll be more appreciative of where I am now instead of moaning about where I’m not yet.

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What about you? Are you content with what you have or do you keep wishing you had more? Share your thoughts with me.

Love always,

Mrs. A

If you’re currently going through challenging times and you’d like a listening ear, some encouragement or motivation, please contact me here: talktomrsa@gmail.com

 

 

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Day 23: Favorite things

Hello beautiful people!

I’m going to do a 21 questions type of thing today since the topic is so broad. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

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  1. Favorite fruit: Pineapple 🍍 I can eat that every day!
  2. Favorite color: Black/Blue, can’t pick one 🤷🏽‍♀️
  3. Favorite TV Show/Series: Grey’s Anatomy (omgggg!! Thinking about it now is making me emo 🙈 I love, love, love that show)
  4. Favorite hobby: Definitely reading. I should start putting up a ‘Do not disturb’ sign when I’m reading cos I don’t like interruptions at all.
  5. Favorite place to relax: The beach 🌊
  6. Favorite pet: Dog lover here 🙋🏽
  7. Favorite time of the day: Dawn, around 4am to be precise. I love how quiet and peaceful it is.
  8. Favorite kind of entertainment: Dancing 💃🏽
  9. Favorite comfort food: Chocolate chip cookies/Chocolate digestives/Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Somehow, chocolate makes everything better.
  10. Favorite way to be woken up: Nothing beats waking up to HusBae laying some pipe. Alright, goodnight 👋🏽💤

I hope you enjoyed it! I didn’t want to make this list too long that’s why I stopped at 10 but if you guys have any more questions for me, do let me know and I’d do a part 2. Connect with me here: talktomrsa@gmail.com

Love always,

Mrs. A

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Day 21: Brunch/Mimosa

Hello beautiful people!

Today I’m going to share with you one of Ghana’s 🇬🇭 best delicacies: waakye.

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Phot Credit: ADFrancis.com

Waakye (pronounced waachay) is a Ghanaian dish that can be prepared at home but is more popular as a street food. It is usually served for breakfast or lunch but I (and many others) prefer it as brunch because it’s quite heavy and it could take you throughout the day, you just have to keep drinking water.

Waakye is a combination of boiled rice and beans, commonly served with hot pepper (shito), spaghetti, cassava flour (gari), stew, fried plantain, fried fish, meat and my all time favorite, wele (Ghanaian coinage for processed cowhide) all wrapped in leaves to give it that ethnic effect. You simply can’t have waakye without wele!

If you’re visiting Ghana, be sure to try this popular delicacy. You can get it on the streets, as every neighborhood has their favorite waakye joint. I’m going to enjoy mine now!

Always here if you need to talk: talktomrsa@gmail.com

Love always,

Mrs. A

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Day 15: Cannot live without

Hello beautiful people!

Today I’m going to list 3 things off the top of my head that I definitely can not live without.

  1. My Phone! At this moment, I most certainly can’t live without my phone because I do basically everything with it. Taking my phone from me would be like taking a little part of me away, seriously.
  2. Makeup! With how extra my skin is being right now with all the hyper-pigmentation and dark circles under my eyes I literally cannot live without my concealer. Plus my t-zone can produce oil for daayyyssss so what would I do without my setting powder?
  3. The internet- what is life without the internet? As a meme lover, I’m constantly on the lookout for a new meme and I google everything, e-v-e-r-y-t–h-i-n-g! Yup I’m that person who tells you to google something you don’t know when you ask me about it (no shame here😏) because some people think their smartphones are only used for Instagram and WhatsApp (catch your sub boo😜) when you can actually find everything on Google. I mean, just google something right now.

So there, these are the 3 things that readily came to Mr A’s mind when I asked him what he thought I couldn’t live without. Yup, HusBae came up with this list and I readily agreed with each one of them. I was actually surprised they were so spot on. High five babe ✋🏾✋🏾

Share with me the things you cannot live without, I’d love to read!

Hit me up if you’d like to chat: talktomrsa@gmail.com

Love always,

Mrs. A

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Day 13: Friends

Hello beautiful people!

I was going to flood this blog with so many photos for today’s challenge but unfortunately my laptop charger has given up on me 😩

So, here are just a few.

Hope you enjoy it and do hit me up if you need to talk! talktomrsa@gmail.com

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My sisters faheva

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Love always,

Mrs. A

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DAY 9: Routine

Hello beautiful people!

So this is my current routine during the week:

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Exciting times 😐

 

And this is what I do on weekends when I’m not working:

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Number 3 on the right is my fav 😁

Man,

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Do you have any pointers for successful adulting? Share with me, please: talktomrsa@gmail.com

Love always,

Mrs. A