How to be a life enthusiast.

How to be a life enthusiast.

Recently, I became a self-proclaimed life enthusiast. As in, I literally decided one day and proceeded to update my IG bio to make my new title official. Yup.

After that IG declaration, I've surprisingly gotten a few messages asking, 'Uh Deinte, what is a life enthusiast anyway?'

Well, it's not a job I get paid for alongside my architect/ designer roles. But I strongly believe in speaking things into existence, so although typed into my bio on a whim, I use it almost as a reminder to intentionally work on improving and becoming a better me, making the most of this life I was given.

Here's a list of qualities I believe a life enthusiast strives to embody.  Everything on the list is easier said than done, but I believe the key word is strive - To constantly strive to be better and to be present... 

8 of the best Naij music videos this year.

8 of the best Naij music videos this year.

We're only in March, but so far so good in the music industry world! Check out the top 8 Nigerian music videos so far in 2017. Some serious JAMS included...

7 life lessons to learn from this babe.

Ok so this babe is #EverythingGoals. There's just one thing... 

She's a character.

It's true. We found Eeni, "the eclectic fashionista" on IG. Her style/ travel/ lifestyle page is all kinds of fabulous. I mean so what she's not really real, her illustator is brilliant! 

We have 7 life lessons to learn from her, see for yourself. 

1. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, SLAY.

It's really that simple.

2. Spread love, its the naija way?

Brooklyn coined it first, but it's true. Spread positive vibes only.

3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Get it right, get it tight.

4. #Work #WOrk #Work

... For the lifestyle you dream of. The path isn't always easy, but the destination will be worth it.

Tokyo? Santorini? Lagos?

5. Adventure out!  

Whether near or far, there's so much to see and learn from. Go!

This one lowkey reminds me of me. Is that weird? Lol maybe its the braids.

6. Stand for what you believe in.

Sometimes, literally.

7. Keep slaying.

Wherever you go, keep that light shining. 

Slay even while taking public transportation?

These illustrations are so chic, right? I kinda want to see her at notable places in Nigeria next. What do you think?

For more, check out this fabulous, Naija chic on her instagram page @Eeni_edit. I believe they also have a shop!

16 Extremely random life hacks that maybe you should know.

 

We can't be the only ones that get random forwards from our parents’ right?? It could be an interesting story with a lesson, an article about politics, life happenings, a sermon, a funny video or picture?… just about anything. 

Well, we just got this one. Thank God it did not end with a "Share with 10 friends or else..." but we thought we'd share the wealth anyway. 

Prepare to expand your knowledge with some very random, but interesting "facts." I'd like to believe a couple of these will be relevant at some point?!

 

1. Your shoes are the first things people subconsciously notice about you.  Wear nice shoes. An excuse to buy new shoes? I'll take it! 

2.  Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.

3. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing - food, attractive people and danger. Sounds about right.

4. A person’s height is determined by their father, while their weight is determined by their mother. Eh I'm guessing they mean from your paternal/ maternal side. Not just from them individually.

5.  There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you.  There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime. Six people? Gosh I hope not. I'd like to believe I'm more unique than that, sheesh!

6. If a part of your body "falls asleep,” you can almost always "wake it up" by shaking your head.

7. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor. 

8. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping. 

9. Laziness / inactivity kills just as many people as smoking. Really? Not sure if this is factual sha.

10. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia. 

11. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell.

12. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant. Ok this might look creepy, but worth a try?

13. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds. It doesn't say why, let's just assume it's good for us.

14. Try to make at least THREE people smile each day. Hmm.. might actually consciously try to do this one.

15. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. Word.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:  'In five years, will this matter?' Yesss, some things are just not worth worrying over.. in the grander scheme of things.

 

Pretty random list, but some interesting points here and there, right? What do you think?

Do you get these random forwards too? Send us any you think are worth sharing! We'd love to feature you.

 

SP Loves: 5 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People

S: There are nuuuumerous articles and books out there that break down the mindset of successful people. They touch on - how successful people spend their days, what they invest in and how they save. There's a ton to learn from them.

D: I mean yeah, it makes sense. People are curious. We're curious. What about these daily habits made them into the successful people they are today? And how can we get in on it?! Afterall it's true when they say, "We are a result of our daily actions." 

S: Exactly, and "Excellence is not an act, but a habit." We recently read an article on LifeHack.Org by Emma Rushton that focuses on weekend habits in particular. These are our favorite excerpts from the article, we thought you'd appreciate them as well;

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1. Robert Iger: Get up early

"This Disney CEO is not the only executive claiming to rise at 4:30 every morning. Successful people do not stay in bed until 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Or even 11 a.m. Research shows that our brains are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world."

2. Steve Jobs: Prioritize what’s important

Things don’t have to change the world to be important. Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things — to keep your work-life harmony (the new ‘balance’) in check and reset if needed. Spending time with your friends, children or partner might not directly increase profits that day or propel you into the limelight, but that doesn’t make it any less important."

3. Randi Zuckerberg: Forget FOMO, Embrace JOMO

In this social media era with Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and the rest, the case of FOMO (fear of missing out) can be too real. On weekends especially, we’re even more prone to FOMO.

"But the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media (and, you guessed it, the sister to Facebook’s creator) says people should be focusing on JOMO (the joy of missing out) — the mantra that “there is nowhere I’d rather be than exactly where I am.” Successful people are often competitive, high achievers by nature — practicing an attitude of gratitude and resisting social-media-induced FOMO is key for a happy weekend. And isn’t happiness the real marker of success?"

4. Bill Gates: Take time to reflect

"The founder of Microsoft famously said, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Reflection should be a daily practice but the weekends are a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next. Author of “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin, suggests starting a “one sentence journal” to encourage daily reflection. Make Saturday or Sunday your day to flick back through the week’s entries!"

5. Jay Z: Keep up the momentum

"He’s made an empire as a highly successful rap artist and entrepreneur, and the secret is right there in his lyrics: “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.” (Decoded) Jay Z didn’t become worth $520 million by only wanting it five out of seven days of the week. If you want to eventually spend your weekends on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean with Beyoncé, unrelenting grit and persistence might just get you there!"

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S: Great pointers, right? You probably already do some of these things, but there are some worth picking up. The getting up early one? That one spoke to me. 4:30am is when my dreams are entering gear 3 lol and after a hard week, I love sleeping in on Saturdays, but maybe it's time to work on that a bit. 

D: The Jay-Z one cracked me up. "You can't sleep. One eye open, for real and forever." Paranoid much?! We get the drift though: Persistence is key. I loved the Bill Gates one about taking time to reflect. I'm going to start jotting things down at the end of every day so by the weekend I can more accurately reflect on the past week and how to move forward. I sort of do that now, but I think Consistence is key, too.

S: Absolutely.

So the main gist from this post is:

Success is a 24/7 lifestyle choice - weekends included!

What do you think of the list? Do you have any other tips to incorporate into weekend habits?

First of all: Introduction.

 
Deinte and Sonume

 

S:

Guys, it’s happening. Ahhhhh! We are finally launching our lifestyle brand, Sincerely, Princewill. It has been such a long time coming. We’ve been sitting on this concept for about 2 years now?

D:

Yeah, time has flown by. I’ll be honest though, I envisioned this moment of writing our first post a little differently. In my mind, we would be lounging on a beach; legs stretched out, Mac on lap, with a stunning, perfectly blue ocean view as our constant inspiration. Maybe even a mimosa by our sides (you know, in case those creative juices need a jolt every now and then). Eh, not quite the scenario at hand. I’m currently in bed, sitting up stiff with my legs folded – no spectacular view or stimulant close by. And still in pajamas. Yikes. But yet, the cruise has begun… and I'm excited!

S:

Definitely! Where do we start?

For me, this pursuit started when I found myself suddenly living in the South of France. Despite the highlights of that incredibly exciting season,  I got tired of my somewhat lackadaisical approach towards achieving some of my personal goals – and it seriously began to bother me.

It’s one thing to live life reaching milestones
and doing what is expected of you, 
but it’s another thing entirely when you deliberately choose
to maximize your God given potential with both the serious and the not so serious things
– each day.

I simply was just certain I could live better, do better and be better – and I got to a point where I was willing to do something about it. I could only imagine the fulfillment it would bring – when I did more doing rather than just thinking or talking.

But something was still missing, so I waited… and waited. I remember stumbling on a quote that literally jolted me into introspection:

Perfectionism is an excuse.
Perfectionists are procrastinators in disguise.

 

Here I was, sitting on a concept that I hoped would enable me and others push limits and be better versions of ourselves and the very vice I was hoping to tackle appeared to be getting the best of me.

If only I could gulp a monumental dose of aggressive deliberateness and prolificacy, so my overall productiveness could be “on a hundred.”

Sincerely, Princewill - Sonume and Deinte

D:

Sonume, your word choices on their own are on a hundred. I appreciate the lyrical genius in you! But you see how our God looks out for us, right? That thing you knew was missing… was cleaaaarly me. 

Earlier that year, I had been working on a separate project and had reached a stumbling block. And as if God had planned it himself, it occurred to us (almost simultaneously) that what was missing from both of our ideas was each other.

As corny and dramatic as this might sound, it's so true. The quote that had slapped her in the face was applicable to the both of us.

Procrastination is such a little monster.

We contemplated, scrutinized and deliberated some more… And not too long after… Ta da! We decided to co-create and birth what we now call Sincerely, Princewill.

Our original ideas have gone through quite a few alterations along the way, but the underlying theme remains the same:

Sincerely, Princewill is a platform
to share impressionable life experiences
as we consciously try to find what makes living better.

It’s about positivity and living with intention. 
Quality over quantity, experience over mere existence.

S:

Dein and I are both very similar, yet so different. We hope to leverage on our strengths and abilities and use our skills to compliment each other.

D:

Sonume is the fun-loving, stylish lawyer who is married to the hilarious giant, Obi. They have THE happiest son on earth, Liam. I might be a little biased, but my nephew is all that aaaaand a bag of grapes. Yeah grapes, they’re his favorite… but I digress. She’s the responsible first child of our family. The one who’s always up to date on politics, always knows the right outfit to wear to what event, gives the best advice (regardless of the topic at hand… trust me), and is constantly trying out new recipes and chef-ing it up in the kitchen.

 

S:

Dein is my biggest little sister. When my mom brought her home from the hospital it was love at first sight. It’s such a blessing we would totally be BFF’s even if we weren’t related. She is a creative genius -an architect obsessed with any and everything surrounding design - from spaces to objects and graphics. She’s a killer artist and can literally draw you right now, doing whatever you’re doing… to the Tee! She’s incredibly bright, knows the words to the most ratchet rap songs (smh) and loves to get her dance on whenever the spirit moves. 

 

Together we pray that Sincerely, Princewill will encourage us to live our best lives and we hope our readers will gain some inspiration to do the same.

Live a more deliberate and well-curated life: 
Shift from being controlled by the speed of what’s going on
around us and instead take a more intentional stance
on our actions and decisions. 

Daily. 

Even, hourly.

We hope to embrace healthier habits and find beauty in each season. We’re not about simply focusing on the glamorous (though we sure appreciate this), but the idea is to strive to consistently live a life of purpose, discovery, growth and renewal.

When you find yourself a bit nervous about a new journey it’s easy to think,

“What if I fall?”

Oh, “but my darling, what if you fly?”

We really look forward to connecting with you. Please leave comments, send us a message, suggestions and actively support us by liking and sharing our page! And wait a minute.….SUBSCRIBE! We'd love to keep you in the loop!

Sincerely, Princewill