How To Set Realistic Goals For 2018


Goal setting is one of the most effective and measurable ways of creating new beginnings and attaining great feats in the future. Without goals, one lack focus and direction!

Goals helps one to plan, organize, and make best use of time and resources. It channels and enables one to fulfill things like never before.

Desire without a realistic goal is only but a wish.

To help you create new beginnings and set realistic goals for 2018, below are tips to get you started!
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#9 Tips To Help You Handle Stress!


I can't believe we are already at the end of 2017! It's been a long roller coaster ride for me and I'm thankful for every part of my journey. I hope it's been an awesome one for you too!
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Omolara Teshola - Shares Her Journey On Becoming An International Makeup Artist, Fashion Designer, Beauty Entrepreneur.


Believe it or not, women are already taking over the entrepreneurship space, shattering glass ceilings one after the other and doing it big in the 21st Century. From the first time I came across LaraTESHOLA and got to know all that her brand represents, I knew I should feature her but I was going to try and figure a way around it.
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Sunday Vibes || Dare To Believe Again


Sometimes, we get so discouraged in life because things didn't turn out the way we hoped for. May be you tried so hard to get that job but didn't get it, may be you put all your energy into a relationship but it didn't work out, you tried a new business but it failed, you work so hard at your place of work but are not recognized, you're expecting a miracle but it hasn't come.
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Your Perfect #5 Holiday Wish List Ideas And Tips


With the holidays coming up, it is a perfect time to start thinking about ways to better and improve yourself. Many people begin mapping out a plan for getting healthy in the upcoming new year, or they may come up with ways they can be of help to others in their community. For others, it is a matter of practicing better self-care physically, mentally, and emotionally.
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Chasing Your Dreams: Dreaming Vs Doing!


Having dreams is one big thing and fulfilling them sometimes takes much effort on our side.

Every dream helps fuel the energy needed for actualization. 

There is just so much to do on your own ends to make them come true. It takes determination, hardwork, perseverance, consistency and dedication.
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#TheHub2017 COZA Global Business and Success Conference Experience + Lessons!


So, I was at #TheHub2017 Global Business and Success Conference last weekend (10th-12th November) and it was such an awesome experience, one that's quite unforgettable. The Hub is an annual and global business conference put together by The Common Wealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA), Abuja in Nigeria to educate and train individuals on what it takes to build a thriving business and successful career in today's world in order to gain capacity for wealth creation and management. The conference was a phenomenal, one filled with Kingdom giants, Global intellects, Multimillionaire C.E.O's and Founder's.
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6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Looks and Health


Most adults daydream about having more time for themselves during the day. To be honest, it seems as if we are always under a lot of pressure to balance everything: taking care of our family, housework, jobs, and social life, and we have so much on our plate that we often forget to take care of ourselves. If you’re struggling to stay on top of all the things you have to do during the day, then these six easy ways will help you stay healthy and beautiful.
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How To Develop And Invest In Yourself


How great does it feel to see someone who has developed and invested so much in themselves that you begin to whisper to yourself, I wish I can become like that person? I wish I can do all that person does? Truth is, you may never become like that person until you have done at least one or more things that person did to get to that stage. There is so much work to be done on ourselves, if we truly must attain greatness and it all starts with you being intentional about it.
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7 Effective Ways To Make The Most Of Your Day


So you probably got so much on your desk to do and you are all stressed up and worried at the thought of it. You keep wondering and asking yourself, how do I get all these done and still find time for myself? How do I make the best use of my day in less than 24 hours? Is it really possible?

Truth is, there is never really enough time to do everything you want to do but yes it's possible to make the most out of your day. And here are seven helpful ways I have personally found very effective in making the most of a day.
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12 Bible Verses And Quotes To Inspire You On Your Journey


Life can be quite challenging a times, and sometimes all we need is a little dose of some kind of positivity to enable us keep going or help us get through all we are being faced with. And what better way to stay positive during those times than to meditate on God's promises for us through his word.
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Dr. Ruxandra LeMay, Psy.D. - Talks Career, Business, Relationships, Motherhood, And The Journey So Far.


When it comes to women stepping up, standing out and thriving in various sectors, you can tell I'm always in because one of my greatest joy is seeing women contribute positively and significantly to global development and their communities at large. I believe the role of women is still greatly undermined in our society today. So when I had the chance of reaching out and communicating with Dr. Ruxandra LeMay, I considered it a great opportunity to learn, share knowledge with one another and get others inspired.
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15 Books I Read That Changed Me


I enjoy reading a lot, especially inspirational and personal development books. And someday, I do hope to have a book or reading club for kids and a bigger library in my home filled with impactful books. I remember my first reading adventure with other kids in my neighborhood, I was only 6 years old but I already had tons of story books that made it quite easy for me to form and develop the habit of reading. It's quite fun!
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Entrepreneurship Tools And Qualities For Success


Many love to be associated with the word 'Entrepreneur' probably because it seems cool but only few really understand the sacrifice and hard work that comes with it. I remember how it felt starting my journey as a creative entrepreneur and blogging including the business idea I started developing, it was a bit stressful for me because I had to juggle it with my 9-5 job but what kept me going was passion and the pursuit of purpose.
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September || Grow And Become


Happy New Month Friends­čśŐ

The past few months has been a period of intensive growth for me. One of which, I have never experienced before in my life. More than before, I have been led in and out of my comfort zone than I ever imagined and though it's not been fun but it's been all fulfilling and terrific.
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Book Review || The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma


Welcome to another episode of our monthly book reviews! Today's review is on the book titled - The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams And Reaching Your Destiny by Robin Sharma.
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My Liebster Award Nomination 2017


NDB is elated and thankful to have been nominated for the Liebster Awards 2017 few days back. This blog has received so much love and support from friends, family, readers and the online blogging community and I really want to appreciate everyone of you for coming this far with me.
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Now That You Are A Graduate: What To Do Next?


75% of students get nervous right about graduating, why? Well I don't think I can give a detailed explanation as to why because I also fell into the category two years back quarter to my graduation but I think it's because most of them aren't PREPARED. Not prepared to face life, not prepared to face an uncertain future, not prepared to know what they are to expect, not prepared to know what to do afterwards and not prepared to stop receiving pocket money and allowances from their parents, etc.
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Dear Aspiring Future Husbands and Wives: Are You Working On Yourself?


Everyone keeps saying, "I want to marry an handsome man. Tall, fair, God fearing, chocolate, curvy, slim, curly hair, long hair, pink lips, etc." Inside my mind, I'm like really? The first thing I do is to look at such a person? Does he or she have the same characteristics they are talking about? Of course, who wouldn't want to get married to tall, dark, God fearing, handsome, and 6 packs? Lol! 
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How To Plan Your Week Intentionally

 
You know how the saying goes - "A Sunday well spent brings a week of content." Yes it's true! Just few hours spent planning for the week on Sundays can really change the course of your week.
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Free Online Courses And Study Sites To Learn From #12


I have had this post in my draft view for a while now and I recently remembered promising to share it with you guys in a related post HERE. So below are a couple of them and some additional ones:
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Traveling Anytime Soon? Here are #7 Road Trip Essentials!


It's always fun for me traveling! And I love that I'm able to pack my bags and go on an adventure or travel for a certain function, meet new people and visit beautiful places like I did this week. It's one of my favorite things to do at a convenient time and I'm looking forward to more of it when I finally get to settle down in life. 
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NDB Interviews Damilola Okeyoyin: My Experience Studying Abroad!


Damilola Okeyoyin is a brilliant, confident, young and highflying lady - a Biochemist, Student Ambassador and Entrepreneur. She recently graduated few days back from the department of Biomedical Science at the University of the West of England, Bristol UK. She enjoys studying, travelling, exploring new cultures, music, writing, drawing and painting.
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AUGUST || #5 Quotes To Help You Get Through!


Yaaayyy! I am so excited about this new month­čśä Can you tell it? Well the year is gradually coming to an end and there is just so much to be thankful for but I must confess, it hasn't been all that rosy and smooth but I'm quiet glad that my best days are finally here.
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Sunday Vibes || When It Feels Like God Is Far Away From You


Ever felt like you were buried in a place? Like you were abandoned, like you praying and nothing is working, like you locked up in a place? Like you're spiritually alone? You know...you go through some certain things in life and you feel you may never come out of it alive or you feel God has forsaken you. They call it dry season and I call it desert and silent seasons - a time when you feel all alone in your life's journey, a time when nothing good seems to be happening, a time when you feel stagnant, a time when it feels like God is far away from you, like He literally turned His back on you, a time when even your prayer/fasting wouldn't change a thing, a time when you go through processes upon processes, intense pain and dealings, like a woman in travail...
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How To Write A Really Good CV + Do's And Dont's!


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Designing For The Future: Trends We Need To Consider Now


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7 Investments You Should Be Making In Your 20's.


This is the age of the millennial and your 20's is the most defining decade in your life. It is therefore wise to invest in a lot of yielding and productive things that will profit you in future years to come because if this stage of your life is not properly planned and nurtured, it can mar your future and if it is properly invested in, it will plant seeds and form life changing habits that will carry you through the rest of your life. Take a look at all the successful people you know or may have come across, they didn't become successful over night. They worked hard for it by investing their time, energy, money and resources in themselves. So, are you in your 20's right now? That's nice to know but before you know it, you will be 30 and by then the only question will be whether you gave it your all. Here are few tips on how to make the most of it. Be inspired!
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NDB Celebrates: Mrs Kemi Oyedepo Jnr


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Book Review || Emotional Intelligence For Dummies By Steven J. Stein



My sincere apologies for not doing a book review last month, I had a lot of things going on and I wanted to make sure I properly understood the book I was going to review (thanks for understanding­čśŐ). I really did find this book educating and interesting because it made me see reasons why majority of us act and behave the way we do. 
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5 Things To Do Before You Begin Your Week


It's another week to get things right and smash those written down goals. This post will inspire you to successfully plan your week!
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Healthy Biblical Foods #12


These foods have been proven to be healthy and good for the nurturing of the brain and body.

Apples



I don’t think there are any biblical food/fruits more famous than the apple (Songs of Solomon 2:3, Proverbs 7:2, Deuteronomy 32:10). In the Bible, the apple gets high marks for its healthful, healing powers that modern science has since confirmed. The Bible’s wise King Solomon knew what he was talking about when he said, “Comfort me with apples, for I am sick…” - Songs of Solomon 2:5

Nutritionists also suggest that eating two or three apples a day can boost the body’s protection against heart disease thanks to the fruit’s amazing ability to reduce blood pressure and lower dangerously high cholesterol levels. In fact, they say, the higher the cholesterol, the greater the benefits will be if you increase your consumption of apples. Apples also contain chemicals that scientists believed are vital in stopping cancer and preventing tooth decay. They lower both bad cholesterol and high blood pressure.


- The juice in apples is a highly effective virus fighter 
- They help stabilize blood sugar, an important factor in controlling diabetes
- They suppress the appetite without robbing the body of necessary nutrients, so they are great for dieters.
- Depending on the need, they prevent constipation or help treat diarrhea                                        


Fish


Fishing on the Sea of Galilee and the River Jordan was a huge industry in the bible (Matthew 4:18-21, 14:17-21). And remember Luke 24:42-43;  "And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them."

Fish is low in cholesterol and contains healthy polyunsaturated fats and it serves as a wonderfully rich source of protein, potassium, vitamins and minerals with only a moderate amount of sodium. Eating fish:

- Thins the blood
- Protects arteries from damage
- Inhibits blood clots (anti-thrombotic) 
- Reduces blood triglycerides 
- Lowers LDL blood cholesterol 
- Lowers blood pressure 
- Reduces risk of heart attack and stroke
- Reduces risk of lupus
- Relieves migraine headaches 
- Fights inflammation 
- Helps regulate the immune system
- Soothes bronchial asthma
- Combats early kidney disease 

Garlic

 


It’s one of the world’s oldest healing foods. It was being used both as a favorite food and as a powerful medicine centuries before Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness (Numbers 11:5, 11:1-35). Depiction of garlic bulbs have been discovered on walls of Egyptian tombs that date back to 3200 B.C. – centuries before Joseph and his brothers settled in Egypt. During that same period, ancient records reveal that garlic was the principal ingredient in many remedies that Egyptian healers prescribed as cures for headaches, sore throats and other complaints. 

The ingredient that gives garlic its strong smell is a chemical called allicin. That also makes it such a potent antibiotic, it fights hypertension, prevent embolisms, or blood clots and lowers bad cholesterol.  In hundreds of experiments, allicin extract from raw garlic has destroyed the germs that spread such illnesses as botulism, tuberculosis, diarrhea, staph, dysentery and typhoid. Research suggests that garlic may help protect against heart disease and stroke by lowering blood pressure. It contains allelic sulfides, which may neutralize carcinogens. In fact, garlic has been linked to lower rates of stomach cancer too. 

As little as half a raw clove of garlic powder will boost the body’s natural protection against blood clots, which cause heart attacks and strokes. And it takes only two raw garlic cloves a day to lower cholesterol levels in heart patients. While cooking may destroy or reduce the allicin and weaken garlic’s potential, most of its therapeutic benefits remain intact. Cooked garlic still lowers blood cholesterol and works as a decongestant and cough medicine.

Grapes

 



Grapes contain important minerals such as calcium, potassium and zinc aside boron. It offers many health benefits, it fights tooth decay, stop viruses in their tracks and are rich in other ingredients that many researchers believe can head off cancer. That's because grapes are packed with things called polyphemus and tannin, both of which appear promising as antiviral and anti-tumor agents.

It is said that Grapes were the first things Noah planted after the flood. Grapes were eaten fresh, dried and as raisins and pressed into cakes just as we do today (Numbers 13:21-25, Judges 9: 27, Genesis 40:9-11). But most of the crops in the vineyards was made into juice, wine and vinegar. It has high content of boron, a mineral that helps ward off osteoporosis. Boron is now sold as a dietary supplement in health food stores, but the people of the Bible had to get theirs from natural sources.

Legumes (Beans)


As reported in the Book of Samuel (2 Samuel 17: 28, 29, Ezekiel 4:9), beans were among the highly nutritious foods sent to feed King David’s hungry army and restore their strength for the hard times ahead. Beans are absolutely packed with soluble fiber and rich in protein, which helps lower LDL and reduces blood pressure. That same fiber also helps keep blood sugar levels stable, staves off hunger and has even been shown to reduce the insulin requirements of people suffering from diabetes.

Bible scholars also say that the beans mentioned in the Bible were broad beans because these were extensively cultivated throughout the countries of the eastern Mediterranean during that period. They are known to have also been a popular food in Egypt. Unlike our biblical ancestors, today there is a wide range of beans to choose from – red, white and black beans, black-eyed peas or cowpeas, chickpeas, fava, kidney, lentils, lima, split peas, pinto, white, Great Northern, navy and butter beans. All of them offer the same kind of wonderful health benefits.

Worried about gas? An easy solution is to slowly increase your bean consumption to give your body a chance to adapt. Or soak them overnight or flush with boiling water, then let sit for four hours, drain and cook in fresh water.

Mint


Some Bible experts say mint was among the “bitter herbs” of Exodus 12:8 and Numbers 9:11 along with leaves of endive, chicory, lettuce, watercress, sorrel and dandelion, which were eaten as a salad. Mint is one of the “bitter herbs” of the Passover feast, the Hebrews, Greeks and Romans of Bible times used it as medicine as well as a flavoring. Today, we know mint mainly as peppermint and spearmint. 

Modern herbalists recommend peppermint be taken straight or added to foods as a treatment for menstrual cramps, motion and morning sickness, colds and flu, headache and heartburn, fever and insomnia. Medical experts also know that the mints are marvelous for treating dozens of other problems. That’s why mints, with their menthol contents, are found in many over the counter remedies for indigestion, minor pain and congestion.

The mints are also antispasmodics. They soothe the muscles of the digestive tract and the uterus. But while peppermint may be good for nausea, it may also stimulate menstruation. So doctors warn pregnant women to avoid peppermint as a treatment for morning sickness.

Nuts


Botanists today believe that Solomon’s “garden of nuts” referred to in Scripture (Songs of Solomon 6:11) was a rich grove of walnut trees. The fact that walnuts were a delicious treat and highly nutritious was an added bonus. In other cultures of the time, walnuts were thought to bring good luck and good health. 

It contains the right mixtures of natural ingredients whose benefits include cancer prevention, a lower risk of heart disease and help for diabetics. The oil found in walnuts is considered healthy because it is one of polyunsaturated fats and tends to lower blood cholesterol levels.

Olives


Olives was certainly one of the most valuable and versatile tress of biblical times. It is mentioned frequently in the Bible (Leviticus 24:2, Deuteronomy 8:6-9, 1 Chronicles 27:28, Exodus 30:22-23). We all know that, the most famous reference to Olive oil and it's healing powers is in the parable of the Good Samaritan, where the good Samaritan cared for a beaten and robbed traveler, treating his wounds with oil and wine. Pliny and Hippocrates, the noted Physicians of ancient Greece prescribed  medicines containing olive oil and olive leaves as cures for such disorders as inflammation of the gums, insomnia, nausea and boils.  It was also used to maintain the suppleness of skin and muscle, to heal abrasions and go soothe the burning and drying effects of the sun and wind.

The "anointing with oil" that was a sacred tradition among biblical people was probably done with olive oil. Olive oil is a high energy food and one of the most digestible of all fats. The ancient of biblical times found ways to incorporate it in many of their meals.  It was also used as a fuel, as part of religious ceremonies, as a cosmetic and to offer to guests as a sign of welcome. In addition to its healing properties as a food, olive oil mixed with wine was used to soften and soothe bruises and wounds.

It is rich in vitamin E, and a great antioxidant. If you are trying to reduce the amount of fat in your diet to avoid the risk of heart attack, think of olive oil as an ideal replacement. Anything you can saute in butter, you can saute in olive oil. Not only will you be helping your heart, but you will also be pleasing your taste buds. Olive oil has also been shown to reduce the normal wear and tear of ageing on ghetto tissues and organs of the body and the brain.

Caution: Olive oil has a slight laxative effect. So add it to you'd diet gradually.

Tip: The more pure the Olive oil, the better. Spend a little extra and get Virgin Olive Oil. 


Onions


At least 3,000 years before the birth of Christ, onions were treasured both as food and for therapeutic value - particularly in the treatment of kidney and bladder problems. Although onion was only mentioned once in the Bible (Numbers 11:5), it was within a list of foods with the best healing properties alongside garlic. The people of the Bible were among the first to treat colds and similar ailments with onions.

Onions  have also been used externally as an antiseptic  and a pain reliever. They've been taken internally as a tonic to soothe intestinal gas pains and to alleviate the symptoms of hypertension, high blood sugar and elevated cholesterol. It's said that the fold remedies in many other cultures called for the juice of an onion and syrup made from honey to treat coughs, colds and asthma attacks.

Wheat 


For the people of the Bible, wheat was a great food treasure (Jeremiah  41:8, Psalm 81:16). It was a staple at most every meal. Biblical people are their grain boiled and parched,  soaked and roasted, and even ate it green from the stalk.  It was pounded, dried or crushed to be baked into casseroles, porridge, soups, parched grain salads and deserts such as puddings and flans. The Israelites put their faith in this multi grain good stuff to maintain their health and stay fighting fit.

In addition, wheat could make the difference between life and death because of its nutritional value and the protection it offered against a host of disabling, often deadly, disorders and diseases. Wheat bran's high fiber content is one of the richest dietary sources of insoluble fiber known. The fiber in wheat is our best protection against - and cure of - constipation. It prevents intestinal infections, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, improves bowel function, and guards us against colon cancer. Most people only need 1/3 cup of 100% whole wheat beam cereal daily. But cereals and whole wheat breads aren't the only way to add fiber. The Bible mentions several various types of grains and ways to use them.

Barley


The Bible  is filled with reference  to barley (Deuteronomy 8:6-9), which is among the earliest known and most nourishing  grains ever to be cultivated. In fact,  some scholars say The Feast of Unleavened Bread was an ancient barley harvest festival  that became the celebration of the Passover. Bible history experts say that barley was not as valuable as wheat but it was the staple food of the masses and as such was a prominent feature of the early Israelites.

Nutritionists also say, it is full of beta glucans - a type of fiber that can lower the risk of heart disease  by reducing levels of artery-clogging LDF. A diet that includes lots of barley, three times a day, has lowered blood cholesterol by about 15% in a number of medical studies.  The same high fiber content keeps us regular,  relieves constipation  and wards off a wide variety of digestive problems. It may also help block cancer.

The bread eaten in the Bible was always  made from barley or the other whole grain flours which was regarded so vital to good health and a long life that it was called "the staff of life."

Wine


According to Genesis,  one of the first things Noah did  after the Flood was plant a vineyard of grapes so he could make wine with them. In moderation, wind has a profound impact on our health and healing (Exodus 29:40).  Just a single glass of wine a day may be enough to raise the good cholesterol  by 7% and help the body put up a barrier to variety of cancers.

Red wine has been proven to strengthen the body's defense against cancer, just as it does against heart disease. White wine however may carry some of the same therapeutic benefits but research  so far seems to indicate that red wine is the most effective cancer-blocker.





Source and references: Bible foods that heal (White Dove Books), Authority Nutrition.com

If you so much enjoyed this post and would love to read or research more on biblical foods, you can check this link Foods Of The Bible on ThoughtCo.com, it's a complete long list of it all.

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