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Hey Prosper, how are you today? How has your week? I’m here having a mini melt down from disappointment in many of our “Naija Style” Black Friday promise­-and-fail online stores. God is watching all of them on 3D. After promising us 90% off and then…poof!!!April fool in October!

So , I got a bunch of awesome feedbacks (is that even correct grammar?feedbacks kwa!) from you guys, thank you oh so much! It took so much self-motivation for me to begin writing again, so right now, your feedback is like party jollof rice to my soul.

On Friday last week, I started giving you a little insight into my background about my wakeup call into entrepreneurship. So here’s the continuation. By the time I was out of school, I was posted to Katsina State for my service year, against Mumsy’s wish and mine. She had tried to influence my posting to Lagos or somewhere still on the face of the earth but somehow, when I heard how much this guy had charged her to do it, I called him (behind the scenes) and told him to let it be. I have always been an adventurous person so I just wanted to see how my life would play out at the time, leaving everything for God. I developed a personal philosophy quite early in my life that, if I started a new phase of my life by ‘self-lobbying’ then I better be ready to ‘self-lobby’ all the way and not suddenly start depending on God when d matter go hook me since I failed to do so from the start. I cried shaaaa! My recovery song was TY Bello’s “The land is Green” . I listened to that song it until I purged .

I was posted to work at Diamond Bank for my service year, and as much as some of my friends thought I was lucky, I was depressed about it. How I wan take sell my market na? I had silently looked forward to a teaching job first because I have this love affair thing for teaching,  and then my selfish reason that  I would have good time on my hands to be the bead maker that I was. As far as I was concerned, God was wasting my time. Oh, how wrong I was! Now I know better that because I sucked at marketing, and customer relationship, He placed me in the center of it all to learn. He just put me there and said, Shalom, survive and learn right here or faint and learn. Whichever way, you will learn. He was setting me up to run an enterprise, and then build an empire. He was building my capacity for my purpose. He still is! He had blessed me with skillful hands, hands that loved to make art and create beautiful things out of basic things, but just having a skill or talent is never enough to create wealth. I needed to learn a lot that my first degree in Linguistics had not given me back in 2006. I had plans to spend my service year making beautiful jewelry and then sell, but like my good friend Weyinmi says, Man proposes, God Laughs! God doesn’t set us up for small things; He takes us step by step till we’re fit to handle big things.

I eagerly looked forward to what was up next for me after my year in KT. I started to feel very restless about beading, since I knew from the start that I was only doing it temporarily, It didn’t surprise me when I lost interest in it and started giving out my tools. Now done with service, I wasn’t going to look for a job, I wanted to create one for me and more people. But I was NOT going back to sit at home clueless. I got a job I had reluctantly applied for in an “ajebutter” school to work as the PA to the Directress of the school – those were some of the saddest days of my post-nysc life o. Why? Apart from the fact that my boss was not my favorite person, I felt underutilized, like I could do better than what my responsibilities were. But again, remember what I said, that was God taking me step by step molding me to be fit for what he had planned for me.  Take note of the order of events, associations, and environments you are or have been, they are pointers to a larger picture of where God is taking you to. Usually it makes more sense afterwards, or as progress is made, and then you would go like Ahaaaa…this is why so so so happened! I bet some of you can relate with that.

I spent about 6 months in my ajebutter school and got a job in another  school as School Administrator where although my paycheck was slimmer than the previous but I experienced more fulfillment. Now notice the order I like to point out, God took me through several levels of active training –

  1. Marketing and Customer Service at the Bank to deal with my horrible negotiation skills when I was eventually fit to begin a proper business.
  2. P.A to the School owner to make me learn closely from someone who was running a successful  business and educational institution which I dreamed someday to have but as a Makeup School.  I learnt many things I wanted to be and didn’t want to be from watching her run her business. He was preparing me to run my Sunday and so I needed these lessons. God didn’t care whether I liked her or not, she was part of His lesson plans for me, and you know how you hate some subjects but have to pass it anyway to get to the next level.
  3. School Administrator in the best and most challenging working environments I ever experienced. I had to run the affairs of the school , sometimes with directions from my boss and many times, I had to use my discretion and total dependence on God’s wisdom. I had to supervise care for the most personal and precious possessions people have- children. I learnt how to deal with conflicts and how to be sensitive to the most vulnerable individuals.

 

Ok guys, In my next post, I’m going to be sharing how all these experiences summed up to create a foundation for me to be an Entrepreneur, a makeup artist and an entrepreneur. Do you know someone who this blog might inspire? Please help to expand this awesome community by sharing this link with them.
As usual Prosper, feel free to drop your comments, questions or anything you want me to talk about as we take this walk together. I want each post to be as entertaining and inspiring for you as it is for me.
I’m beginning the weekend hoping it will be relaxing and eventful at the same time. Meanwhile, I believe God for a vacation soon in a very ghenghen place, we’re long overdue for one. Hehe diaris nothing too hard for my God! What do you believe for this weekend. Speak it and see it. And as you go, Be Prosperous, for surely you are!

Love Always

Shalom (SHALZMAKEUPGEEK)

 

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17 Comments
  1. Gloria Nyah Ngegwe 3 years ago

    My amazing girl, you inspire me with or without your blog. Thank God for your blessed hands and heart. Thanks for reminding me not to take my experiences so far for granted. Keep writing Bebe…

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      Shalzmakeupgeek 3 years ago

      Thanks so much darling. Nothing comes to us as mere happenstance. I’m learning not to take the events in my life for granted.

  2. Vuoke 3 years ago

    I read this article first and had to backtrack to read previous posts. CREATIVELY put together!!! I am absolutely looking forward to more posts.

  3. Omoh 3 years ago

    So I have been so busy that I forgot to visit this blog. But I made sure I did today,even if I dose thru it. And I didn’t dose!! I have read all the posts and eagerly looking forward to more. I remember calling mama Shalom just before I quit my job to ask her advice. Words spoken from her to me helped put me in the beautiful path I am in now. God bless you MA. I go still dey follow you bumper to bumper. You inspire me!!!

  4. Emua Ohue 3 years ago

    My dear sister, you’ve always inspired me even before the writing thingy and I am more inspired and spurred in my spirit. Shalz I feel you because I’m going through my making process even though it’s hard now as a late bloomer. But one thing that’s keeping me going is determination and persons like you.
    I love you big dear. Just Keep making me BELIEVE.

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      Shalzmakeupgeek 3 years ago

      My darling Mercy, thank you! And the last time I checked, late bloomers become exceptional achievers and legacy leavers. Ask Father Abraham. Remember Colonel Sanders of KFC? he was one too. In that experience lies your message. Use it to the King’s glory. Late or Early, just keep blooming sis!

  5. Treasure Ashy 3 years ago

    Hey Sis! You’re such an amazing woman. From the day I became your friend on FB, I’ve always loved you n the work you do. I’ve admired you from a distance n wished n also prayed to God to make me a successful woman too in life. It is such a good thing to discover ones purpose in life. Truly every stage in life is indeed a lesson not to be taken for Jokes. You’re such an inspiration. Meeting you is such a plus in life n putting your experiences as a food for thought will get me somewhere. Nothing Good truly comes easy. I still have that dream of being tutored by you someday. I pray God brings it to pass for me. Thanks for the other day. You have such a sweet heart n deserve all you’ve got and even more. God bless your pretty heart. Your dream vacation will surely come to pass by God’s Grace in Jesus name. Amen.
    Love u sis…

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      Shalzmakeupgeek 3 years ago

      Aww I’m so glad to know this dear Treasure. God bless you darling. And I speak that ream into manifestation now. Lol

  6. Victoria Ukoh 3 years ago

    Incredibly talented. I remember back then into the makeup world, how perfectly well you will draw your eye brows and have a complete makeup on, in a moving vehicle, on a road with plenty gallops. Inspiring (Gifted Hands)
    I truly can not express how grateful I am to have had you as my makeup artist on my special day, not only were you on time, you gave me an amazing look. thanks so much!!!

  7. Carlo 3 years ago

    I have been checking out a few of your posts and it’s clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your website.

  8. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is excellent, as well as the content!

  9. Blessing Odili 3 years ago

    My very own Shalom! I’m so proud of you. Your life indeed is a message and testimony for me. You have triggered off something very strong n powerful in me tonight. God bless n continue to prosper you in every area of your life! Love to ur family!

  10. Thank you ever so for you post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

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