Health, Life, Life lessons, lifestyle, Uncategorized, yoga

Everyone Has Nice Teeth

First of all… 

Okay now that I’ve shamelessly showed off my teeth, let’s talk! 

The first time I ever got a teeth compliment was in secondary school. My friend Sarah and I were walking back to class during lunch break, hands filled with the snacks we were set to devour. Out of the blues, she turned to me and said “When you smile,  you bare your whole teeth and they’re so beautiful!”

Before that incident, I had never paid much attention to my teeth. I performed the required responsibility of washing them at least once a day but that was all. After the incident, my teeth story took a different turn and I began to pay more attention to my pearly whites. I stood in front of the mirror more often because I realized that I really did have beautiful teeth, sometimes I cleaned my teeth with lime and baking soda(never heard of this? Crawl out of that rock please!), I began to use “whitening” toothpastes and at some point I never took soda without a straw because I didn’t want to stain my teeth. 

I grew older and got to the University and my teeth /smile/ laughter became a conversation piece. It was often times the first thing strangers noticed about me and we usually picked up the conversation from there. I became so confident knowing that I could be arrested for a crime and after an hour -long court session, the judge would say

“Look you’re a very bad person and you’re guilty of this crime but you have really nice teeth so I’ll let you off this time!”

Everyone has nice teeth! 

Maybe not teeth, but everyone has that one thing about their physical appearance that they are extremely confident about. It could be legs, abs, beards, skin, dimples ;any physical attribute. We all have it and we never get tired of hearing these compliments such that we are prepared to go out of our way (like I do with my teeth) to make this attribute even better. 

But then I realized very recently that this does not just apply to only physical attributes! I’ll explain 

I’ve been writing since junior secondary school. I started with poems scribbled down in my jotter. Then in senior secondary school, I mastered the art of writing essays and acquired a ton of accolades for it. I entered the University and I began to write speeches and deliver them… Still fueled by my accolades and compliments, I took it all a step further and started this blog in 2018 to share this creative skill with you.

Writing to me is like a set of beautiful teeth. Everyone compliments it and I will go to great lengths to improve it. 

What is your set of beautiful teeth? 

Everyone has a skill. Or is called Talent? Or Gift? Whatever you call it! And like Joel Osteen said, its not about having a big skill but about improving your skill. Maybe if we focused on that one little  thing we’re so sure we’re good at, it’d be easier to make decisions and plans for the future. 

Perhaps you’re getting the feeling that writing is the only thing I do apart from my everyday school routine but you’re wrong. There’s public speaking, yoga, modelling, MCing and at some point I even owned a sewing machine. But it’s easier to make decisions and set priorities because I’ve identified my beautiful teeth. And even though I still engage in these other activities, they eventually revolve around writing.

I’m in no position to give you advice. I’m neither rich nor famous, not even a published writer. It’s 4 am and my head hurts and I still have to be up by 8am but before I go to bed I really wanted to tell you to find your beautiful teeth and never stop polishing them. 

Maybe it’s because despite the craziness of my life, whenever I write a blog post and hit the “publish” button,  I feel happy. Maybe happiness comes with a side effect of ‘posts like this’. Maybe. But I want you to be happy too. 

Find your beautiful teeth. And polish the fuck out of them! 

Xoxo

fitness, Health, Life lessons, yoga

6 Life Lessons I’ve learned From Yoga. 

A good friend once said “This life is awkward “.

I agree. You never know what is in store for you or what different events in your life could teach you. 

8 months ago when I started the very rewarding practice of Yoga, I was just a fitness freak who needed a spice to my daily squats and weekly cardio. I would finish my workout sore and do a little “stretch” to ease the tension in my muscles. Fast forward to today, I dedicate at least 3 hours to practice every week and I have benefited both physically and mentally from this healthy habit. 

Earlier, I said you never know what you can learn from the various events that take place in your life. Well,  I have made a list of 6 unusual lessons about life that yoga has taught me. With or without yoga, I hope you too can learn from these. Enjoy! 

1. Appearances are deceiving. 

Our world is becoming more and more visual thus making this a very important lesson for me. This lesson comes in two forms; 

First, everything is not as easy as it looks

I used to look at yoga pictures on social media  and say “oh she has both feet on the ground, I can manage that” but getting  into the practice has made me realize that poses are harder than they appear. Same with life! Good following on social media,  clear skin and a couple designer bags is no guarantee that a person is having it easy with life. Most times, they’ve struggled a lot to get to that position and are probably still struggling! 


Second, how you think you appear is completely different from how you actually appear! 

This one cracks me up! In yoga practice, there’s a pose known as the reverse warrior pose and this is what it’s supposed to look like

Here’s a picture of me doing the exact same pose

I know you laughed and I forgive you. However, we must understand that our mind’s eye sees things diffently from others. Failure to understand this is what we term ‘lack of perspective ‘and is the cause of many failing friendships and relationships. 

You think you’re being opinionated? He thinks you’re just downright rude! 

She thinks she’s just being caring? He thinks she breathes down his neck! 

Relax, the problem most times is not with our actions but with our perceptions. I don’t know the solution to this but I believe if we accept that we all perceive things differently, we would be so much happier. 

2.You can’t achieve everything on your own. 

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Case closed. 

3. Balance is everything 

 A lot of people have a wrong belief that the sole benefit of yoga is to get more flexible. It’s very disappointing to learn as a beginner, that your flexibility and strength are nothing without balance. Take for example the dancer pose aka natarajasana. It requires equal levels of flexibility and balance to achieve.

In the real life, we have different strengths and weaknesses. While it may be tempting to focus only on the good or that which we are good at,  it is important to understand that balance is key in surviving life! 

4. Sometimes, Do nothing! 

 You see not every yoga pose requires weird twists and ‘crotch-smelling positions’.  My favorite pose is the corpse pose and it is so called because you literally just lie on your back,  completely relaxed, like a corpse! Not every action in life requires an equal and opposite reaction. Sometimes, it’s okay to do nothing and just let things play out the way they would. 

5.. Hardwork is nothing without Persistence. 
So what you busted your ass doing 3 hours of yoga yesterday? If you don’t get up tomorrow and the day after and the day after to keep practicing, the essence is lost and you would find that you are still unable to carry out some basic poses. 

This applies to every life situation. Don’t just work at it. Keep at it! You’ll never achieve your goals without persistence. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean! 

6. Be Penny wise and Pound foolish 

Say what?

What this means is that if you take care of your pennies,  the pounds would take care of themselves! If you want to do a back bend, start by stretching your spine. If you want to cook spaghetti, start by boiling water. Same thing! 

You made it to the end!  I hope you enjoyed my yoga lessons and learned from them too. To create this photos, I teamed up with Hablat pictures and it was an amazing experience;  check out her instagram here.

Have you ever done yoga? What have you learned from it? Would you ever try it?  Let me know in the comment box below. 

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