Ten things about Cassie

Hi, people!

Today’s blog post is about moi. I figured if you are going to spend time on convoswithcassandra.com, you might want to know a little bit about Cassandra.

10 things about me:

  • My name, Cassandra is Greek and can be translated as “shinning upon or illuminating or bringing light to mankind”. It comes from two root words kaskemai meaning “shinning upon” or illuminating (not illuminati) and aner (genitive andros) which is Greek for “mankind”.
  • I love books and magazines. I love how books and magazines can transport you to distant lands and cultures. One of my favourite places to hang out is at the bookstore. You have no idea how happy I get when I walk into a bookstore. It just feels like Heaven to be in the midst of so much knowledge.
  • I’m multilingual. I speak fluent English, French, Igbo, Nigerian pidgin (Yes, I consider pidgin a language, thank you very much.), and I hope to add Portuguese, Spanish, Hausa and Yoruba to the list. Someday.

 

 

  • I’m crazy about plantains! My mum said when I was a kid, the only thing I ate willingly and happily were plantains. I’ve loved them since I was a kid and that stuff just won’t go away. I’ll eat them baked, fried, boiled, roasted, plantain bread, ripe, unripe, mashed, in porridge form, in pepper soup…If it’s plantains, count me in. LOL.

 

  • I’ve had crushes on Blair Underwood and Boris Kodjoe since high school. I crush them equally. LOL. You know how you say, “I love them equally?” Yeah, doesn’t work with crush. But you get what I’m trying to say, abi? And it’s funny because I actually like them both for the same reasons: They’re well-read and well-spoken.

Both are very intelligent, cultured and socially aware-I love me some intelligent men. Boris speaks 6 languages including his native Twi ( yep, he’s half Ghanaian). They’re both social activists and have been quite vocal about injustice.I also love the way they love their wives and family. You can just tell that they are devoted husbands and fathers. Plus, they’re uber good-looking. What’s not to crush?

 

6)  The guitar, to me, is the best musical instrument on the planet. It adds a certain pizzazz to music in a way that, in my opinion, no other instrument can. I envy people who know how to play the guitar. I’ve been saying I’ll take classes but I’ve never gotten round to it. One of these days…

7) Once upon a time, I was able to act out the whole “Coming to America” movie scene for scene. I kid you not. I know practically every line in the movie. It’s still one of my favourite movies.

 

8) I can’t get enough of British movies and series. I know a lot of people find the humor boring and rather unfunny. But I actually love the dry and self-depreciating humour that the British are known for.

 

9) I’m a history and culture aficionado. I’m particularly fascinated by Nigerian, African American Native American and Greco-Roman history.

10) I love Latin dances. I dance a little salsa, zouk, kizomba, rumba and some samba. I haven’t danced in a while and I’m afraid, my moves have gotten a bit rusty. If you know salsa lounge on the mainland, hook a sister up!

Soooooo, now that you know me, I’d like to know you. You can leave some info about yourself in your comments.

Secrets Of Living Happily And Successfully Single

One day your prince will come.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to maximize your single life. Contrary to popular opinion, being single is not a sickness or curse, and marriage is not the panacea to all your woes. Marriage will not make you whole if you feel incomplete. The bible says, ”Two shall become one” not two halves shall become one, so you need to be fulfilled and complete as a single person or marriage might very well be your worst nightmare come true.

  • Further your education

So you have a Bachelor’s degree, go get a Master’s degree or a certification. If you don’t feel like going back to a traditional school, read books, attend seminars and workshops. Highly productive and fulfilled people are eternal students, always seeking to learn more and be better in their spheres of influence.

  • Travel the world

Visiting new places and interacting with different people opens up your mind to new horizons. It really does give you a fresh perspective on life. Plus, it makes you more interesting to converse with. And you know, travelling does not have to be ridiculously expensive. You could travel to other cities within Nigeria. Our dear country has many tourist havens waiting to be explored so hit the road-or book a flight. The world awaits you

 

 

  • Learn a new language

There’s something to be said about being able to communicate in many languages. Not only does it expose you to new cultural and business opportunities, it makes you instantly more attractive. There’s a plethora of language apps to assist you. And if you’re not tech-savvy, you can do it the old fashioned way and enroll in a language class. Bonne chance!

  • Adopt a healthier lifestyle

Health, they say, is wealth. Health is also beauty. There’s no better time to start working out, counting calories, juicing, smoothing- you get the gist- than now. And when Charming comes, he’ll find you, well, charming.

  • Spend more time with God.

Now don’t go rolling your eyes at me. I believe in God and make no apologies about it. He’s our ever present help in times of need and has so many wonderful plans for us-if we’ll walk and work with Him. You see God knows what your destiny might be but only you can decide what your destiny will be.

So there you have it – the secrets of living happily and successfully single.

IT’S AN ANT’S LIFE

Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest

Proverbs 6:6-11 (NKJV)

A while ago, I watched a documentary about ants and was completely blown away. Not too long after, I came across a book, “7 Business Lessons to Learn from Ants” by Phil Ikponmwosa. Then a couple of weeks ago, my pastor’s wife, Pastor Mildred Okonkwo (David’s Christian Centre) did a sermon series on…wait for it… ANTS! So, I figured I’d compile all the lessons I garnered about the brown- or yellow, depending on the specie- insect and share them with you.

So what’s so special about ants, you ask?

Ants are really, really small creatures who are seemingly unintelligent (Operative word: seemingly); but according to National Geographic and the Bible (Pro. 6:6-11), there’s more to the ant than meets the eyes.

Ants are wise, strategic and hardworking. Unlike a lot of humans, they don’t need Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Fela Durotoye, *insert name of any other popular motivational speaker* or some shrink to inspire and motivate them to do exploits. They motivate themselves. They have an internal drive to make the most of their rather short life expectancy: 45-60 days.

Because of its impossibly tiny size, the ant is very easy prey for both man, other animals (ant eaters, anyone?) and insects. But, you’ll never catch them sitting around, moaning about the hand nature dealt them. They don’t have pity parties about their shortcomings and limitations. No, they find ways around them.

They know they’re particularly vulnerable in winter (one snowflake is enough to crush many ants) so they gather and store up food in the summer. Due to their short life expectancy, they often don’t even live to see winter but that doesn’t deter them living their lives to the fullest.

Do you want to know an amazing fact about ants?

They’re able to carry objects up to 50 times their own body weight which, when you consider their size, is pretty impressive. That’s like a human being able to lift an SUV without steroids or any other performance-enhancing drug. Comfortably.

Lastly, ants know that no man, or insect, is an island and no one ever achieved any great feat in isolation. When an ant falls upon food that’s too heavy to move, it enlists the help of other ants. They understand that teamwork is indispensable to doing mighty exploits. The anthills built by ant colonies are a testament to this fact.

Are you tripped, yet?

Happy New Year, folks!

Hi there, people. Happy New Year!

A very warm welcome to my blog.

I hope you had a fruitful 2016 and are ready for an awesome 2017!

I know I am.

This is my first blog post. I really hope you enjoy reading my blog. Oh, and don’t forget to comment (I’d love to hear your feedback and opinions.) and share on social media and other platforms.