• Tomi Jamal-Alayande on Gratitude
    Intentional living

    Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude

    What has cultivating a heart of gratitude got to do with nursery rhymes? You are about to find out (Smiles). It’s funny how that I didn’t like cartoons growing up but now, as a mum, I can sing several rhymes from Cocomelon. One of such is  “I’m thankful for my teachers, I’m thankful for my friend I’m thankful for the things I’ve got, the thank yous never end What are you thankful for What are you thankful for, what are you thankful for?” There is a way it stops me in my tracks and makes me think. If you ask me, I’d say that the rhyme is not for only…

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    Omolabake (Epilogue)

    Epilogue Omolabake: A Tale of Two Fathers! 2 Years Later “Congratulations once again, Gideon. I am happy for you” Morinsola said. “I’m so honoured that you could be a part of our day” Gideon replied as he and Omolabake escorted Morinsola and Lekan out of the event’s center towards the car park area. “Even I couldn’t have convinced her to be absent” Lekan, Morinsola’s husband put in. They arrived at Lekan’s Toyota Venza. she embraced Gideon, her belly brushed against his suit “Congratulations are also in order on your side too” Her well rounded tummy did not hide the fact that she was few weeks away from the delivery room.…

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    Omolabake Episode 3

    “Sweetheart, you won’t believe what I had to do today?” Morinsola recounted details of her day to her husband. She stood by the doorway into the kitchen weaving her hair into two cornrows. It was her favourite routine to avoid shrinking of her natural hair. “Am all ears” he pursed his lips. He continued to peel the skin off the Paw-paw at the sink. She narrated the details of her day. “…the funny thing is that to pay him a driver’s salary will be like underpaying him because he is actually more than qualified to be a driver.” “Remind me babe… how old is he?” “About twenty-six or twenty-seven “Ok,…

  • Words To Live By

    Purpose

    “So Tomi, have you discovered your purpose?” Yet another (well meaning) person would ask this question.  I’d cringe internally without any answers, no perfect one liner, no complicated speech on how I’ve been sent to save the world.  This was about five years ago. So, one day I got frustrated and typed a search query on Google “How do I discover my purpose?” (Not sure if these were my exact words).  Trust na, I got  answers. Most surprising/shocking for me was an Article… Okay so this writer says (I paraphrased) “To discover your purpose is not hard at all… Get a piece of paper. When you think of  the reason…

  • Words To Live By

    Listen

    Listen. To Nature… The sound of rain, the birds chirping as the dogs barks, the russle of branches as they sway… And yes, the sound of the oceans,  Please don’t miss … To People… In this fast paced time, it’s so easy to not pay attention when people are talking. Just a quick tip here, people actually value it when they are listened to. Okay, so not all  people will say the right things, politely end the  conversation or change the topic. To your Heart… Your heart has a lot to say, about you and to you… Listen! What do you hear? Do you consider yourself a good listener?  How…