On the first day of September, most of the people’s WhatsApp statuses and Instagram posts read September to remember. At first, I didn’t give it much attention. The thought was that this might be one of those famous lines which people use at times. But as it kept showing up on my screen, I couldn’t help but think about it. In the evening when I was praying before sleeping, I asked God to make it happen for me, too. Today I’m here to testify that surely, this was a September to remember.

I haven’t been able to blog consistently and there’s no excuse for that other than being that girl who can’t multitask or work under pressure. I’m getting ready for a big event that will change my life before the year ends and I can’t think of anything else.

As I wrap this September with a grateful heart, here’s to what I covered in nutshell.

Books Review

I managed to read 2 books namely Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado and Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.

Charlie is that fat girl with a slim best friend, whom she always compares herself to. Her mother shames her body size, always mentioning what diet she could take. And she thinks she’s not worthy of love, that because of her body she’s not attractive. Through her experience, I learned a lot. I learned about body positivity. I learned that in friendships we have to support, encourage and uplift; and when we make mistakes, we should acknowledge them and figure things out. My rating: ★★★★★

This is a collection of 4 stories: 1922–Big Driver–A Fair Extension–A Good Marriage. These stories have one thing in common, which in my view is the reason behind the book’s title, they all point to the darkest human conditions. How far can you go in certain circumstances? What would you do if you get a flat tire on a lonely road, get raped, and left to die? What if you found a dark secret about a spouse you’ve married for about 20 years? If given the opportunity to pass your hardships onto someone else… would you? Watching your life unravel because of a bad decision you’ve tried to hide?

These stories are scary, and the worst truth is that it could really happen to you. As you read them, you will learn what ordinary people can do in extraordinary situations. And you will examine yourself.

My rating to all 4 stories: ★★★★★

Podcast  Review

The Money Girl Podcast episode #668

In this episode, Laura Adams shares 13 things you must do for more financial success. Among the 13 tips, 3 of them resonated with me on an emergent level. The first one is to maintain a healthy cash reserve also known as an emergency fund. Having savings protects you from hardships such as having a significant unexpected medical expense or losing your job. If you don’t have a financial cushion to fall back on, it could force you into debt and take years to recover. The trick is to save when times are good. The second tip is to stay focused on your money goals. If you don’t set financial goals you’ll probably spend money on a thousand other things. So, take some time to figure out what you want to achieve with your money. The third tip is to stop overspending. A critical thing you must do for more financial success is to live within your means. So, evaluate your priorities carefully and give up unnecessary spending that’s holding you back from achieving more. Listen more here.

Songs I loved

Respire by Gael Faye

Umufungo by Juno Kizigenza

A million little miracles by Elevation Worship + Maverick City

What kept me moving

Throughout this month I’ve been walking in this promise that God made in Isaiah 45:2 “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.”

What was your September like? May October be kind to you.

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