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Iphie Chucks-Adizue on Solving The Family and Career Dilema

  Photo: Iphie Chuks-Adizue Source: Exquisite Magazine Ifeoma Chuks-Adizue also known as Iphie wears many hearts on a typical day. She is a Wife, Mother, Business Professional, Entrepreneur, Author, Teacher and Empowerer and Founder of the "Uncommon Woman Movement". An initiative geared towards helping women who desire to be more birth their dreams.  Ifeoma was at a point in her life confronted with the dilemma of choosing between her son and her career. After weighing the pros and cons of each situation, she stepped back from career to cater to the needs of her son who was asked to repeat a class because of his speech impedimen t. " Sometimes one has to make tough career choices for the family... " It was HARD! I was leading the biggest brand at work through a very significant time. I asked myself - What would it profit me if I proved I could turn around a declining big brand but my son started on a downward journey psychologically? "I cried alot but knew I ha
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From Toilet Cleaner to Aerospace Flight Director: Diana Trujilo's Career Milestone Shows That No Matter Your Background, It is Possible To Achieve Your Dreams!

Diana Trujilo via People.com Diana Trujilo a Latino was born and raised in Colombia. When she was younger, her country was saturated in violence. To escape from all the instability in her environment, Diana used to lay down on the grass looking up at the night sky and stars. She called this ritual "her safe place" from all the horrors. Looking at the stars, she always thought: 'Something has to be out there that's better than this'. Little did Diana know that this was her dream calling as she went on to become an Aerospace Engineer.  How did it happen? At 17, Diana left her home country for Miami in the United States of America with only $300 and no knowledge of the English language. She took up menial jobs like cleaning of toilets to see herself through school and make ends meet. "I didn't see it as, 'I can't believe I'm doing this job at night,' or 'I can't believe that I'm cleaning. I can't believe that I'm

Aisha Ahmad's Advice on Balancing Work and Career

In 2017, Aisha Ahmad was appointed Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. When women are pursuing their dreams and breaking glass ceilings, it makes younger girls aspire to greatness in life and believe they can achieve extraordinary things.

Adanma Ohakim Okarofor: I Left My Corporate Job To Raise My Kids.

Adanma via Instagram  For many, motherhood may seem as a roadblock to continue in the pursuit of their ambitions in life. But the story of Adanma will make you think differently.  "I left my corporate job to raise my kids and Quite frankly, it wasn’t by choice. I was unlucky with finding good help" says Adanma Ohakim Okarofor.  Adanma is the daughter of the former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim. She is also the twin sister of the famous Adanna Steinacker a medical doctor and  YouTube and Instagram Influencer. Adanma had the dreams of becoming a lawyer but couldn't proceed with that dream because of the difficulty of finding a suitable domestic help. She is a mother of four.  Adanma Okarofor  In other to keep the feelings of failure at bay, she explored an alternative.  The " option B " as Sherly Sandberg Facebook COO has coined it to inspire women to explore alternative paths to their dreams. "At the time, my confidence was hinged upon 'corporate c

Maximizing Divine Opportunities As A Mom

Sandra Osawemwenze Founder: Destiny Busy Moms Sandra Osawemwenze is the founder of Destiny Busy Moms, a vlog dedicated to inspiring today's Christain moms in the journey of purpose.  We had a conversation about fulfilling purpose and the following questions ensued. I hope the answers I provided will be helpful in your own journey to living to your full potential in life. 1. In your own assessment, do you think more moms are waking up to destiny fulfillment in this dispensation? Awunli Eghosasere Founder: Hapiwify.com.ng  If I am to give a statistics to this question, I will say 10 out of every 100 women are conscious about their purpose and only 2 out of the 10 are actively engaged in matters relating to their purposes. So what does that say? Many women are just coasting along like one women empowerment advocate mentioned. In our generation, there are three things I have observed that are limiting women from pursuing their purposes fully. The first one is stress. We are livi

Seven Best Tips To Overcome Difficult Times

A woman's life is saddled with wearing many hats, sometimes one at a time and at other times, all at once!  For example, Flavia Tata Nardia, CEO Fleet Space Technologies had to carry her toddlers to a speaking engagement and held the littlest one in her hand while she gave her speech. She didn't have a babysitter. She had to find a way to make it work.        Flavia Tata Nardini via LinkedIn        Like Flavia, finding a way is what we will have to do about the difficult times we may encounter on our paths in life. Life is a pack of challenges. There is no one that is living a life that is free from having to experience diffilcult times. Thinking you may be the only one undergoing difficult times can magnify the situation at hand and make you sink deeper into a state of self pity. Life isn't fair to anyone. But we all can make the decision to stay on top of whatever challenges it may be that we are faced with. The following tips can help you get through difficult t

Having it all: A Family, Your Life's Vocation and Everything in Between

 By Awunli Eghosasere Photo by Any Jane, Pexels.com Do you want to give up your career or dreams because you feel you can't cope with the demands of work and family? Here I am saying don't throw in the towel because you can if you can say you can. All you need is a healthy dose of a good plan and determination. Can a woman have it all? Our families and kids are one of our most important jobs and should be held in high regard. Letting go of your dreams or one of the avenues for your unique expressions will mean you are sabotaging your own self-fulfillment and self-actualization possibilities. In other words, it will be like living a one-sided life. Besides, when you commit to utilizing your abilities in whichever way you want, you become a role model for your kids.  You will be sending a serious message to your female children and others whom you would come across in life that they can be anything they aspire to. We need to see both roles of Motherhood and living our vocation

Olayinka Oyetunji: My Husband did not Hesitate to Move to Lagos with Me

  Photo: Olayinka Oyetunji CFA, ACA, ACS                  Source: #cleanwitholayinka/Linkedin  An finance professional was saddened about leaving a high-paying job in one city so she could settle down at another with her spouse. And having taken that step, it became increasingly difficult to find another job.  Surviving on a single income source was not sustainable and sometimes she felt her life was wasting away as she couldn’t find a platform to fufill her career ambitions, she had disclosed. Many women are facing similar situation. They are unable to find work when they move to a new city to begin a new chapter with their spouses. Resources and job opportunities are limited in their new location.  In addition, women may not be able to go to another city if an opportunity opens up for them to pursue their career ambitions. The societal and cultural norm is that a woman follows her husband to wherever he gets a job and not the other way round.  However, when a woman is allowed to purs

Dear Woman, What You Have is a Big Deal

Women's Devotional  1Timothy 4:14 "Do not neglect the gift you have..." In the early 60's, Nigeria was the largest producer of palm oil. Today Malaysia and Indonesia are the largest producers contributing about 80% to global supply while Nigeria only 2% says a PWC report. How did this happen? Negligence! "If Nigeria had maintained its market dominance in the palm oil industry, the country would have been earning approximately $20 billion annually from cultivation and processing of palm oil as at today", the report says.  This is our potential but negligence won't let us be... A young woman who had not had a meal from the day before because of some financial difficulties found some scraps at her backyard and threw it out.  While she did, she met the inquisitive gaze of a passerby. A few minutes later, she came back to get something outside her compound and found that the passerby and a scrap collector were haggling over the price of the scraps she had jus

HOW TO ACHIEVE MARITAL SUCCESS WHILE IN BUSINESS/CAREER

     Photo: Coach Jules.     Source: www.facebook.com/Juliet Okene Juliet Okene aka Coach Jules is the founder of audacitynetwork.com. It is a coaching boutique that helps high potential individuals gain self-awareness, clarify goals, achieve their development objectives, and bridge the gap between their performance and potential. I heard about Juliet Okene for the first time when Steve Harris mentioned her name in an Instagram post. She coached 35 entrepreneurs under his “Mastering the Business of your Talent” coaching program and the result was the earnings of N143 million in 6 weeks. I was blown away and I followed her. Here are some thoughts she shared recently on how to have marital success while in business. Having a successful business and marriage is seen by many as mutually exclusive. Life is hard. So choose your hard. Do you want be single or married, have kids or not want to, stay employed or unemployed? Whatever choice you make, it will always be hard. If everything i

HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAMS AGAIN

  Photo: Efe Fagbeja. Source: woman.ng Efe Fagbeja is a life coach focused on self-discovery and personal fulfillment for women. She is a wife and mother of four. She worked in paid employment for about eight years and has been in business for the last ten years. She is also involved in several non-profit projects. Since 2006, alongside her work and business, she has counselled, coached and helped several women to take charge of their lives in spite of their personal challenges and circumstances. Below are some insights she shared on discovering your dreams again. Women who have lost their dreams live for everyone else except themselves. Many women are stuck as stay at home mums. It is not bad to do business from home, however many women are at home and stuck not by choice. If you want to be a stay at home, that is fine if that is your dream. How to Recognize a Lost Woman. “Ask yourself: "who makes the major decisions about my life?” When a woman’s life revolves around o

HOW TO NAVIGATE A LOSS OF IDENTITY DURING A TRANSITION

  Photo: Ruth Echem Zubairu/Facebook  Ruth Echem Zubairu is an online visibility expert. She is the founder of AVC NG where she works as a consultant, a corporate trainer, coach and a speaker.  Prior to this time, Ruth and her spouse had moved to a new city. As a new mom of two toodlers under two years, Ruth struggled with a loss of identity. She desired for other ways to express herself other than being vested in domestic chores all day long. She wanted to do more and be more. She longed to have adult conversations and always found she took out her frustrations on her spouse.  At a point in time, Ruth discovered she wasn't fair to her spouse at those moments she unbundled her frustrations on him because he had also gotten his share of challenges at work.  This realization led Ruth to a place of discovery which she has coined as the '5 A’s for positive transitioning'. Ruth says transitioning means different things to different people. It could mean investing funds in a busi