• God's Time
    Career Journey,  Life Lessons,  Perseverance,  Personal Growth

    God’s Time Is The Best

    God’s time really is the best time. It’s crazy how, when you clear out space in your life and get rid of all the negatives or things that were dragging you down, God (or the universe or whatever it is you believe in) brings so many positives to your table. the last couple of weeks were the weirdest and greatest weeks I’ve had for a while. There I was just plodding along, enjoying my time in lockdown, learning how to work on things that bring me joy (blogging and coding) and then BAM, work opportunities come and slap me in the face! Opportunity 1: I saw this job ad for…

  • black mother-to-be - BLM
    Black Parenting,  Life Lessons,  Mum Life,  Pregnancy,  Race,  Speaking Up

    A Black Mother-To-Be: The Harsh Realities

    It’s been a really difficult week as a black woman in the world. That coupled with the fact that I’m a black mother-to-be of a child that will also be black, the events of the past month have weighed heavy. No, I’m not in the US, but that doesn’t mean institutional racism doesn’t exist here in the UK either. I was always raised to be proud of who I am, where I’m from and what I look like. My father is very political and was more Malcolm X than MLK back in his hay day. The first time I went to Ghana (my mums Ghanaian), I was 6 and we…

  • celebration
    Career Journey,  Coding,  Online Learning,  Perseverance

    I Finally Finished Pset0 – I Created A Game!

    In my last coding post, I planned to be done with Week 0 and pset0 in a week. I have since learnt that was way too ambitious – it took me 2 weeks. But I got through it and submitted a game that hit every requirement set out! Pset0 Requirements Pset0 required us to use a program called Scratch to create any project of our choice, be it an interactive story, game, animation, or anything else, subject only to the following: Your project must have at least two sprites (characters), at least one of which must resemble something other than a cat (the cat was used in all examples in…

  • happy baby
    Being Heard,  Mum Life,  NHS,  Speaking Up,  Whipps Cross Hospital

    Whipps Cross Hospital – My NHS Experience (Part 3)

    We’re making progress! I had my phone consultation with a midwife from Whipps Cross Hospital on Thursday and I cannot tell you how much better we feel about sticking with the NHS for the duration of our pregnancy. We had a lovely woman ring (Swee Harris is her name), bang on time, and went through everything in so much detail, she: explained that I would be getting a new file and therefore my first appointment would be at Whipps Cross Hospital to get my height, weight and to test my urine and blood, as well as pick up my file. made sure I was taking Pregnacare and told me which…

  • Enlightened Woman
    Career Journey,  Life Lessons,  Personal Growth

    The Saturn Return

    I’m not a massive believer in astrology, though horoscopes have always intrigued me, but I definitely believe in the Saturn Return. Everyone I know at or approaching 30, says they feel like there’s been a massive shift in their life. Believers in astrology or not, it does seem like this time, around the age of 30 is critical; people are more self-aware, righting past wrongs, facing their fears, settling down and finding or redefining their career path. There must be some truth to this astrological cycle. What Is The Saturn Return? In astrology, the Saturn Return occurs when Saturn returns to the same place in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a…

  • excited baby
    Being Heard,  Complaint,  Mum Life,  NHS,  Pregnancy

    My NHS Experience…(Part 2)

    In a post earlier this week, I wrote about issues I had with a couple of NHS Trusts, hoping to be able to update you all in the not so distant future. Well, I do indeed have a bit of an update for you. It’s shocking how quickly you get a response from a body when you contact their CEOs directly. (If you ever need to find the contact details of a CEO, then look no further; I’m telling you it’s the best way to raise a complaint!) I sent my complaint email to both Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, as well as Barts Health NHS Trust on Monday,…

  • Baby Show Live
    Bargains,  Haul,  Mum Life,  Pregnancy

    The Baby Show Live @ Home – Our Haul

    Last weekend The Baby Show, despite lockdown, were able to still hold an amazing event, virtually! They launched The Baby Show Live @ Home which was great for me, as I thought lockdown would mean no baby shows for us at all. It was an amazing event full of talks, advice, competitions and The Baby Show was giving 20% off all products. Though it ran across the whole weekend, anyone who knows Hubby and I, knows how lazy we can be. In true A. style, Saturday was a right off, I was shattered and Hubby wasn’t feeling doing anything at all (kind of annoying as I wish he would pick…

  • Send Help
    Career Journey,  Coding,  Online Learning,  Perseverance,  Self Doubt

    Self-Doubt – This Coding Thing Ain’t Easy!

    Send help, self-doubt is kicking in….! You may have seen from my last career post I have signed up to an Introduction to Computer Services course. I have watched 2 lectures thus far, and going through the lectures I was like, ‘yup I get it’, answering the lecturer’s questions, making loads of notes, etc. Come to the homework (or pset – problem set – as everyone calls it on the forum) for week 1 and I am lost. I do the first exercise OK, mainly because it is exactly what the lecturer discussed in the lecture, and then the rest go way over my head. I have to figure them…

  • Crying Toddler
    Complaint,  Mum Life,  NHS,  Pregnancy,  Speaking Up

    My NHS Experience…(Part 1)

    Now I have to start this post praising the NHS staff; they have been on the front line of this pandemic in the UK. I cannot imagine where we would be without their services and dedication to the sick. They have done a phenomenal job and we, the British public should be more appreciative of the NHS, not just now, but ongoing and they deserve a lot more funding than what the Conservatives give, but that’s another story. Now that being said, I have had a negative experience of the NHS while being pregnant and my complaints started well before the pandemic reached us, so it is important to stress…

  • head shot
    Blogging,  Career Coaches,  Career Journey,  Coding,  Online Learning,  Photoshop

    My Career Journey Thus Far…

    When I was in school, I wasn’t one of those people who was drawn to a career and knew exactly how they were going to get there. I knew I wanted to do something that included the arts perhaps, but that was about it. By the time uni came around I wanted to get into production, TV or radio, I wasn’t fussed, but most of my experience was in radio so that’s what I focused on. Once I finished uni however, this was hard to get into without having to work for free. I loved the hours spent at a radio station though, I even used to travel to Oxford…