They are Inspiring and Supportive

TCFT has brought an abundance of amazing people into my life over the years, including the awesomeness who is Geraldine, who I met in Bournemouth back in 2016.  Geraldine is inspiring, incredibly knowledgeable and extremely experienced in the media field, as well as being caring, down to earth and very, very funny.  When I invited Geraldine to TCFT Croydon last year, she was more than willing to come and support, bringing her friend, Patricia, along with her.

I met Patricia for the first time that Sunday, but somehow, I managed to make a major impression on her.  Ever since then, she has been one of my biggest – and I mean biggest – champions.  She is genuinely one of the most supportive, kind and driven women I have ever met.  She is also a master networker, just like Geraldine.  It is that supportive nature and networking brain of hers that recommended me to become a scholar for the eiClub.

I was beyond shocked when I received the email, but extremely thankful for the opportunity.  I knew that it would be a blessing for me and provide me with the opportunity to not only expand my network, but continue to develop as a person.  I would probably say that the biggest honour was being named the first ei Khadija Saye Scholar, named after the amazingly, talented young woman who lost her life in the Grenfell Tower disaster and was one of the scholars who came before me – I really wish that I had gotten the chance to meet her.

Being a Khadija Saye Scholar opened the door to a wealth of opportunities this year and introduced me to a whole lot of wonderful, stellar people.  Julia immediately comes to mind, the force of nature behind ei and the queen of networking, who is also thoughtful, intelligent and most of all, has a very big heart .  Julia is an amazing conversationalist, with some of the best stories.  She is inclusive and caring, ensuring that no one is ever stood on their own and taking time to introduce you to others.  Throughout this year, Julia has made me feel nothing but welcome and supported, also asking me to read poetry at one of the trips away and present an award at the Comment Awards – both unique and great experiences.

The trips taken as part of Names Not Numbers, to the beautiful Waddesdon Manor and Oxford, were kind of surreal from me, but never failed to teach me a whole lot.  They were filled with great people, including Angela, Louise, Mr Gee, Simon, Mr Gee, Justine, Deborah, Steven, Shanice and so many more.  I’ve also loved getting to meet and speaking to other members of the Editorial Intelligence team, like Alice and Karen – they’re so funny.

I’ve met other beautiful, supportive individuals over suppers, like Kat, who I sat down with for great conversation over coffee.  I’ve learnt from truly talented veterans and legends in their fields at various events throughout the year, buying brilliant books along the way, like The Empathy Instinct by Peter Bazalgette, who personally signed it for me with his nickname after being majorly impressed by a question I asked (I was surprised too, I was simply speaking about what I know).

However, I think I’ve most enjoyed spending time with and developing friendships with fellow scholars, Mayur, Dami and Rae.  These are three brilliant young people, overflowing with talent and making a difference in the lives of young people in different ways.

Dami never fails to make me laugh, or make me smile with his bubbly energy – he is a master networker in his own light.  Rae is very easy to talk to and a fun presence to be around.  And I enjoyed spending plenty of time with Mayur during the weekend away at Oxford, engaging in conversations on a variety of subjects and having him by my side when I felt out of my depth.  Mayur also touched my heart majorly that weekend, when he had my back and gave me an unexpected gift – those little things mean the world to me.

I have already gained and learned so much during my time as a Khadija Saye Scholar, which has a whole lot to do with the people I have met.  I feel beyond blessed to have met them and I look forward to developing the connections in the new year and beyond.  To my champions and supporters, Patricia and Geraldine, you are the most amazing and wonderful women.  I love you all.


My Top 5 Books of the Bible

I filled you in on my Top 5 Books on Thursday, and today it’s time for my Top 5 Books of the Bible.  I love getting into the Bible, reading amazing stories of past figures in history, being encouraged by the inspiring words and learning many great lessons from the God who knows what’s best for me.  So here they are, my Top 5 Books of the Bible.


5. James

I became properly acquainted with the book of James over the past year or two, when I studied it during one of the quarters for my Sabbath School lesson.  More than that, I also wrote a segment for one of the day’s in the study guide, which was a great achievement for me.  James is an insightful and down-to-earth book, full of messages that are extremely relevant to all of us today and lots of references to faith in action, which I love and value a lot.


4. Hebrews

I enjoyed studying Hebrews a little while ago, as it gave me a greater perspective on Jesus as our High Priest.  However, the main reason why I love the book of Hebrews is because of its eleventh chapter, which is my overall favourite chapter in the Bible.  Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter, outlining numerous Biblical figures and the great faith they had in God.  It inspires and encourages me every time I read it.


3. Genesis

I love the book of Genesis, because it is full of so many great stories.  This includes the story of Joseph, which is one of my ultimate favourites, rising from adversity at every turn because of his belief and strength in God.  I also love reading the story of Creation, Noah and the ark, and the different stages of Abraham’s life.  It’s also interesting to read about how sin entered the world and that God had a plan in place to save us from the beginning.


2. Matthew

Matthew is an amazing book, full of amazing messages and amazing words by Jesus.  I loved the many parables Jesus told and how he always had a sharp, witty comeback when the Pharisees tried to trap Him.  Yet what I love most is the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, which I think are some of the best passages in the Bible.  Reading Matthew was a special experience that really touched me and made me appreciate Jesus even more.


1. Esther

Number one has to be Esther.  The story of Esther is my most favourite in the Bible, reading about the beautiful virgin queen who God put in the right place, at the right time, and was able to save her people.  The story of a strong woman in Biblical times is incredibly inspiring to me, especially as women do not always play a prominent place in the Bible.  I’ve read this book numerous times and I never, ever get tired of it, because I love the story that much.


There you have it, my Top 5 Books of the Bible and my final Top 5 post in this little series I’ve done.  Thank you for taking the time to read, like and give your feedback on all of the pieces I’ve written.  I just hope you enjoyed them and were able to learn a little more about me, what I like and what makes me tick.  But before I go, tell me, what are your favourite books of the Bible?


Ten is the Charm

Although last night’s game was underwhelming and full of mistakes, I was very happy to watch my UConn ladies win their third straight National Championship.

This is an amazing team and this title was a fitting end to the college careers of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes, who are two standout offensive and defensive players respectively.

What made this game most special though, was that the win earned coach Geno Auriemma his tenth National Title, matching the late, great John Wooden, who won his titles in the men’s game.  Geno is a truly amazing and inspiring coach, who has turned the UConn women’s basketball programme into a powerhouse.  He definitely deserved this.

Watching my UConn ladies win was the perfect end to a “perfect day” for me, after watching my Duke men win it all in the early hours of the morning.  Both of my teams won it all this year, which has made me a very happy lady, Coach K won his fifth title, Coach Auriemma won his tenth and I fell in love with the lovely Tyus Jones.

All I can say is bring on the next college basketball season, because I miss it already.