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TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK 11- MRS AWOSIKA CONTINUED…

Hi Prosper,

Sigh! I made it here, yay me!!I missed you guys last week, I’m sorry. If there’s anything I’ve learnt lately, it is not to try to be a super woman when your body says no.  It has been a very busy week with a lot of red going on around me. I’m dizzy already from all the sights of red dresses and shoes in the window of every shop I pass, even red hair! Ha, I’m not anti-love o,but can this valentine be over already!I’m here to pay my one week old debt, a continuation from my last post about Mrs Ibukun Awosika. She touched every aspect of a woman’s life. There’s quite a lot and I don’t want this to go into another post so I’ll just get on it right away.

HOW SHE MANAGES HER FRIENDSHIPS

  • She maintains peace with all men. a gateman might be the only link between you and your breakthrough.
  • Never Deny friendships.
  • Be there for them, and if you can’t always be there for them, make them understand.
  • Take your friends along. It doesn’t feel great being a lone super star.
  • Invest in your friends so they can invest in you.
  • Learn to handle confidentiality.

PRAY DAILY, FATHER, CHASTISE MY TONGUE SO THAT I SPEAK NOT OF THE THINGS I SHOULD NOT.

ADVISE TO SINGLES-

  • Define your liabilities and assets.(those things that make you amazing and not)
  • Accept them.
  • Make provision in advance for the Liabilities and assets of your man.
  • If there are liabilities the need to be addressed, discuss them  with him. If they are beyond you, END THE RELATIONSHIP.
  • Being single is the perfect time to Discover yourself, it is in discovering yourself that you are able to ascertain who can fit in with you and be your adequate support system.
  • The biggest life-changing decision you’ll ever make is who to marry. Therefore, IT CANNOT BE AN EMOTIONAL DECISION. You can’t afford to deal with mundane reasons like oh he’s rich, he’s famous. What you need to consider are HIS VALUES. My Jara- Marry a man that inherited values from his parents not property! (a combination would be great though)
  • When you marry a man who is supportive, he gives you the power to be socially and economically beneficial to not just your area of influence, not your society. Better a supportive man than a rich man.

TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK Part 10- my customized gift from Mrs Ibukun Awosika

Hello Prosper,

How was your week? Mine was largely fulfilling and filled with Grace and no, I’m not talking by faith even if I love to, it was! lol! I’m late on my post by one week and seriously, I can explain, but first I’m sorry… yes I love to apologize and explain myself o, because I’m aware that I’m dealing with actual people reading my posts from the other end not robots. I mean, I feel like I’m having a conversation with you guys with every post and your comments and mails make me realize that they are not one-sided. Thank you!!!

So I have reserved something for you for over a week  that was given to me at (Tara Fela Durotoye’s) TFD Series, and I’m happy to deliver it now- I’m paying it forward.

In less than 2 weeks, I had the privileged of sitting in 2, not one o, TWO 2 mentoring sessions! – with Mrs Ibukun Awosika (someone reading this now will think I had a one-on-one session ooo but I don’t care *rolling my eyes*).Anyway, If you call that a coincidence then you need to know Jehova EL ARRANGEE. Like my friend Kunbi says, if you don’t know her, just Google her. lol. Lemme give you a hint- the Youngest Board Member of Nigeria’s Biggest Bank and guess what, She’s saved , Regenerated and Heaven-bound.

I call those sessions customized gifts from her because it felt like they were made just for me, like I was having a private session with her. And because I like to talk, I will deliberately avoid that temptation so I am able to share all the juice I gathered. Thank me later! Let’s go:

  • Your business is only an Expression of who you are, your business isn’t who you are.
  • Being Diligent and Productive is the best way to make an expression of yourself be made known. My Jara- Productivity is key, so many people are busy but you don’t see the results of their busyness.
  • Do whatever you’re doing right now with commitment and diligence.
  • Maximize your strength.
  • Don’t undermine the Value of other people and their skill and businesses. My Jara- Don’t price other people’s services anyhow!!! it’s nicer to say, “I cant’ afford you right now” than “ahn ahn that’s too much nau, you’re too expensive” and you can start by deleting the ”ahn ahns” from your vocabulary.

WHO ARE YOU?

You’re a book that is being opened daily. Have a sense of being. You don’t need political power to change things around you. Utilise whatever level of influence you have now. My Jara- even if the only influence you have is 867 followers on instagram or twitter, prove that you can utilize that appropriately instead of wishing for 20,000 more followers!

  • Treat everyone like they are the most important thing to you. That Gateman can be the link between you and your breakthrough.

HOW SHE MANAGES HER HOME?

  • No matter how prosperous you are as a woman, NEVER CHANGE THE ORDER OF THE HOME.YOUR HUSBAND IS THE HEAD, HONOUR HIM! My Jara- Yes ma’am, yo husband is the head, not the pay check mama!*in my best black American accent*
  • Never Dishonor your husband in private or in public. dishonoring your husband in front of people equips them to dishonor you both.
  • There is a reason why marriage exists for a woman. It gives you SECURITY. My Jara- GBAM!!! OR ELSE ANY TOMIWA , DICKSON AND HARRISONG WILL THINK THEY CAN BE FAMILIAR WITH YOU.
  • Learn to accept help. if you don’t want help with your kids, be a Housewife.
  • Take responsibility for your choices to your Husband and Kids. You chose your path , they didn’t! Make adjustments and apologies where you have to.
  • Learn to maximize your reality. Don’t argue with reality.
  • It is not only in business that you have to strategize, you need to also strategize in your marriage and learn to RESET it occasionally.

This is all i can share in one post so i’ll be back next week with some more handouts from Mrs Awosika.

You want to share the link to this post, or show a friend, basically, you don’t want to keep this to yourself, this might be everything that answers to someone’s current challenges,  I just Paid it forward, you should too.

Be Prosperous, for surely you are!

love ,

Shalom

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With Mrs TFD

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L-R EBERE, MY SISTER LYNDA IHEANACHOR, ME

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L-R ME, KUNBI FASHAKIN (SIT PRETTY), TOMISIN(BEAUTYBELLAZ)

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WITH OMON (BEAUTYCOOK)

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WITH RM (RM LOOKS)

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THIS WAS AT ANOTHER EVENT WITH MRS IBUKUN AWOSIKA (VANTAGE FORUM AT THE ELEVATION CHURCH-MY CHURCH)

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YOURS TRULY!

 

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WE WERE FEATURED …YAYYYYY

CHIOMA NNANI About a week ago, #ChiomaNnani, (I later found out that She’s an Award winning Story-Teller and a Two time UK BEFFTA nominee-Europe’s biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic minority) walked into the Studio to have her hair done, she was visiting from Abuja and had been referred by a friend , and would probably not visit again for a long time.
We attended to her like any other client, then I left her with my stylists after I had settled her in.
About 4days later, she called!󾰯(I was worried she had a displeasure to register, don’t blame me󾍔 one hardly sees clients who call back to sing your praises…i mean that is usually done on a next visit nau)
I was wrong, she had called to tell me  how impressed she was about our service and hair ideas and would love to feature us on her blogazine…oh just have a look at what she said about us here seven reasons to visit mille visages
Thank you so much Bunmi Chinwe Isichei for recommending  Mille Visages.

CHIOMA

This is Chioma and Her gorgeous hair made at your favorite Salon- It’s MILLE VISAGES baby *wink*

Then Anna who had paid us a visit before also from Abuja dropped this comment on Chioma’s post…ANA BRAIMAHI can say for certain, that I won’t get weary in this well-doing. Thank you so much CHIOMA and ANNA.

You certainly know where to Visit for excellent services and amazing hair ideas right? hehe.

love,

Shalom

TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK 9- DEFINING YOUR PASSION

DSC_1378Hi Prosper,  how was your week? My biggest struggle this week was beginning my fitness routine again, in fact , the word struggle doesn’t quite describe how tough it was for me. I only managed to crawl to the gym after I had reflected on previous health problems I faced that motivated me in the first place, and stared at old pictures of myself when my weight was just right. This self-struggle taught me a lesson about passion and motivation again to further buttress what I talked about in my last post. Did you miss that somehow? read it here

So have you suddenly discovered that you have a passion for makeup or anything at all? It certainly can be exciting to make such self-discovery, but it can also be confusing especially if you have a lot on your plate already as regards interests, career and even family. So what’s the next move? I’d say Define it!

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Yes, let me put it this way, a newly discovered passion is like a new relationship. Before you begin to create expectations from any relationship, you have the responsibility of first defining it. An undefined relationship is a disaster waiting to happen. I say this because it is possible to be passionate about a lot of things! In fact, an average entrepreneur is multi-passionate. (Of course that’s the entrepreneurial spirit at work) . By defining a passion, you determine what to do with it. I have to mention here, that not everything we’re passionate about is designed for us to commercialize. Ok…that sounded like a brain-twister, I’ll rephrase.

Suppose passion can be likened to physical money- not all the money we have is meant to be invested. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s very important to invest a good  bulk of your money, but you must also cater for yourself with some, so you can be alive and well to reap your investments when they are mature, and then apportion some to others ) Some of the passions we have are for us to turn into a source of income or livelihood, some are for personal fulfillment, recreation ,relaxation and expression, and some are for humanity to use as blessings to others. (A great biblical example is David( he was a shepherd boy – passion utilized as a source of livelihood , a musician-he utilized that passion for personal fulfillment, recreation, expression, and in my own words a security agent because we can recall a lot of instances where David fought to protect others at the detriment of his own safety – a passion utilized for humanity) . Did I deviate a little? But I’m certain you got my point. I saw this interesting post on a friend’s (STEPHANIE OBI) blog some time back about TY BELLO and I’m led to share it with you as it relates practically with what I’m talking about now . See TY BELLO AND HER MANY PASSIONS

Please I’d love to hear from you, your comments and questions reassure me that you’re here. Also if there’s something you need me to share about, please drop a message for me here too. be Prosperous, for surely you are!!

Love Always,

SHALZMAKEUPGEEK

 

 

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TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK 8 – PASSIONCETAMOL

a4 Happy New Year prosper!!  I feel thoroughly blessed and privileged to be able to say these words to you….HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I was MIA last Friday (new-year day- who wouldn’t be with all that cooking and food… lol ) but I apologize, plus I’m here now and FIRED-UP!

All things are new now,  and what better time to begin the main purpose of this blog! Even I didn’t see it coming this soon…but you know how the Spirit just leads. So I want to ask that if you know any makeup artist or skilled professional or aspiring, please share this link with them and invite them to follow this blog – be an early new-year blessing.

I’m on a journey of business, Makeup and beauty services is my vehicle and Success is my destination. In the course of this ride, I have made mistakes, bad decisions, learnt lessons, achieved milestones, and I keep learning.

One of my personal principles in life is EMULATE, NOT HATE. I’m on a success rampage and a part of what I’m doing to become successful is studying people who have gone ahead especially in my field.

So the practice for me is, when I see people who have gotten ahead of me I stalk study them very objectively. Call me cray cray, but you’d be even more  amazed at how I have personal courses I’ve developed for myself, bearing the names of successful makeup and beauty entrepreneurs and I love the local better because they remind me that success is attainable no matter the state of the economy of Nigeria. I mean stuff like TARA DUROTOYE 101, 102 . BIMPE ONAKOYA 101 . KUNBI FASHAKIN 101, 102. DANESSA MYRICKS 101 . BEAUTYCOOK 101, 102. JIDE OF ST OLA 101 . Let me stop mentioning before I make a public show of my shameless self.I mean I’ve never seen a successful person who doesn’t have role models and mentors. NEVER! I just let you in only on a handful of mine, and it might seem like they all do the same thing , but they are all for different purposes(in my head) . Some of them I study their business pattern and beliefs, some their skill and craft, some a total package. I hope that no matter what skill you’re a pro at, what I’m saying here is totally relatable so that it can make some sense to you.


 

I have been ” hugely” privileged to be tutored by one of the most amazing business coaches ever-STEPHANIE OBI and that was my game changer. Every  10mins i’ve had with her is a session! Ha!!! Kai, you won’t understand. Lol.

In studying these people and many more, I probably learn better than how I’d have learnt if I had to sit in a class tutored by them. I have observed a pattern, some things they all have in common.

passion

A successful Makeup Artist (or service entrepreneur) is PASSIONATE about Her craft. All successful people are! As simple as this sounds, you’d be amazed at how complex it is for people to determine if they’re passionate about something and for that reason let me break it down further; I knew makeup was my passion when I didn’t break a sweat to do it for free. When I discovered that makeup was therapeutic (medicine)for me then I knew I had found what I had been looking for!  I recall situations when I was sick or in severe pain as a result of an ailment (dismennoroeah comes to mind) and I’d feel so weak and useless but then I would have to show up for a makeup booking or to teach makeup and the pain would literally disappear for the entire duration of the work and then return with a bang afterwards. Can you relate with this? I realized then that passion is an analgestic! The thing numbs pain and isn’t that exactly what pain-medicine like paracetamol does? haha..sounds more like PASSIONCETAMOL to me.

I’d love to hear from you, what are you passionate about? I really want to know and how you discovered it.(It doesn’t have to be just one thing dear). Makeup is only one of mine and I intend to explore all the others this year. Would you be gracious enough to send this post with somebody by just copying and sharing the link. Thank you.

Have a Prosperous week Prosper, that’s what you are!

 

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