Welcome to The Izora Podcast, a weekly podcast! Having lived in Nigeria and currently living in America, we talk about a lot of things- food, culture, health, parenting, working and so much more with a different perspective. We share achievements, failures, and successes with the goal to help you with tools to be a better you; regardless of your home country.
So We moved!
Yes, we moved from Florida to Kentucky. Some of you who know me, know that I used to live in Louisville, Ky and then moved a few years ago. I must add, that I have lived in 3 different states in 3 years! Let that sink in for a bit! And no we are not a military family. I have a lot of love and a lot of respect 💪 for the military for their services to the countries they serve in.
I lived in Louisville for almost a decade, worked here, got married here, had my baby here. I have loved this city, I might add, it has loved me back- I call Louisville home and the friends I have here are (almost) family to me. My husband and I moved in 2017 from Louisville to Naperville, Illinois.
We lived here from March 2017- June of 2018. We decided to move to warm and sunny Florida since we visited FL every year since 2015.
This is where my husband and I have been coming to for a bit. I loved it (still do)- the palm trees, the warmth is the closest thing to being in Nigeria lol. The Jamaican food that I had brought back food memories about the food I ate in my grandmother’s house in Nigeria. My colleagues at work made the best coffee brew yet- super strong Cuban coffee, a few sips and you are good to go. I decided right there and then, some of the best home-brewed coffees should include Instant coffee- ask me the brand of coffee if you want to try it.
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My kid called me out on something and I share it in the episode.
How often do you hear it said: “Do as I say not as I do”? How bad would it be that I teach my son to do something and I turn around and do otherwise? It makes it seem like what I am telling him to do is not important.
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When you look in a mirror what do you tell your self?
Do you tell yourself positive words like the words from Aibilene Clark in the movie- The Help:
“You is kind”
“You is smart”
“You is important”
I asked this question on Social Media and Roselomon responded that she told herself that she was favored. I appreciated that. That mindset I believe makes opportunities happen- calling things into existence. I really like that.
In Snow White, the evil queen often asked, “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest in the land? The mirror would respond “My queen, you are the fairest in the land.” You can Google Snow White and read about it.
This episode is not about Snow White, it is about me. This week is my birthday week and I have been thinking.
I went to Ross to find a dress for an event and for the first time in a long time, I really looked at myself in the mirror!
It was a full-length mirror.
I have not had to buy a dress for a while- no major event requiring a new dress and all. For other activities, I have got tops, and pants and my good ol' pair of jeans!
You might ask, why.
WHY is this important?
I knew I had gained weight after having my Lil one and I will tell you, we have moved two states in the past 3 years too. And would be moving again, I started school and so on...
And I have to add I worked nights! Some of the baby weight I lost before that job came back with love and a vengeance
I knew where the coffee and donut spots were and the kept me company in my bid to stay awake working nights.
Guys life happened!
Does this relate to you or anyone?
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According to the World Health Organization, “self-care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, to prevent and deal with illness.” This term is super broad, and it covers a lot of things. We know we need to take care of ourselves, but do we take care of ourselves? Do you? I had mentioned earlier that I would cover this topic and I say that because of something that happened at work. Recently, I went to work and then found out that one of the girls who came in often had quit and was as not working anymore. I do know that she was taking classes and had a young daughter; I was surprised that she had quit! I wondered was it because work was stressful or was it a combined with other stuff going on at home? What was it? I do not know since I did not have her phone number to call her. I have been thinking about her quitting since. And I ask, what if it were me? I have been in her shoes! Why We Need to practice self-care: I believe the number one reason is to prevent burn out. I was listening to an episode of Rachel Hollis’ Rise Podcast (Episode 112) and she defined Burn out as doing something that does not light up your heart anymore. This resonated with me- I was tired at home, work, mentally, physically and I had no passion for anything. Momma’s let us talk- this idea of self-care might be a foreign concept. Our mom’s worked or were busy from sun up till sundown and they are the first to wake up. It does not have to be so. It is so easy to care for others and forget about ourselves. Sometimes we work, and then come home and take care of the home, do school and take our kids to every place. We do not stop and then at the end of the day, we crash and go to sleep and repeat this the next day. It has to stop. It took prayers to God to help me to defeat this cycle! The next reason is to prevent stress Stress can affect our minds and our well being and we end up not being able to be fully present in the things we do. Stress can cause us to think irrationally Finally, to excel in all we do: when we take care of ourselves we are able to care for others, and are able to give 100% to our loved ones, our jobs and all we do! How to Practice self-care: 1. When was the last time you went for a physical, do you take multivitamins? It is not just for when you are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant. And men, it is not just ladies who need multivitamins, talk to your doctor regarding your joints, your prostate health, your heart 2. Exercise. I need not say much here. Exercise is essential to taking care of yourself. It helps our physical, mental and overall outlook on life. 3. Practice self-care at work too. As a Histotechnologist, I wear my gloves, lab coat, goggles and shoes that cover my toes. If pouring fluids, I use a shield to protect my face and or eyes. For other workplaces, we practice good sitting body positions like Keeping the joints such as hips, knees, and ankles open slightly (more than 90°). Keeping the knee joints at or below the hip joints. Keeping ankle joints in front of the knees. Keeping a gap the width of three fingers between the back of the knee joint and the front edge of the chair. Keep feet flat on the floor or on a footrest. For more information check out the OSHA.gov (Occupational Safety and Health Administration website.
In Psalms 147:3 we read: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
That is what I pray for this country on this day!
In the news you might hear it asked: "Where were you on this day 9/11? I cannot say I remember where I was on this day because I was in Nigeria on 9/11/2001 but the whole world felt the impact of this day.
I cannot pretend or imagine what it feels like to have lost a loved one, family, or friend too!
My prayer is for the families and persons affected by the tragedy 18 years ago find peace and healing in a world where pain is constant!
I want us to remember we are all God’s children and not just humans defined by the color of our skin or the amount of money in our pockets. I am praying that God will bless this country we call home and our children will continue to enjoy the blessings of being in this country.
Do not just remember where you were on this day but pray for this country we call home, pray for the people in leadership who make decisions too.
God bless America, today and always!
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Did your kid go back to school already and how was that for you?
Did you have one of those moments where you are saying under your breath - I am so happy school begins again (phew)! Or were you sad that the kids had to go back to school?
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I found an article about the recommendations from the World Health Organization about no screen time for babies and only 1 hour for children under 5! Can working parents abide by these?
I had started working after college and had been given a few months to take the test. I was super nervous and anxious! I recall saying that I did not feel great and one of the pathologists at work had chuckled and said you are anxious about the test! However, I went to the E.R.
I took the test and missed it by a couple points! I was so nervous, anxiety cost me a few points. I took the test again and the rest is history. This month, a few years later, I celebrate having been certified! Here are some lessons I learned that have helped me and I hope that by sharing them, you would pick up a few things too!
Are you that person that constantly has projects going? Are you that person that starts things and do not finish?
Excellence means the quality of being outstanding or extremely good. As a parent and histotechnologist, what does it mean to do things excellently?
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When you see donate blood signs do you have questions? Questions like is the blood donor prepped before the blood is drawn? Is the blood given immediately to the patient? Have you ever wondered if people are screened before they donate? In this episode, I sit with a pathologist to answer some of these questions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions
March 31st is Mothering Sunday in the U.K and Nigeria. Here I share a bit about my experience to remind Nigerian children who live in the U.S and around the world to call our parents who live in Nigeria and the U.K
Have you ever wondered how the tissue got on the slide? Have you wondered what the people are called that work on the tissue samples on your favorite TV Shows? They are called Histotechnologists and today is their day. Go an check out NSH.org for more information