Blog - November 1, 2016

The Happiness Challenge : Day 1

I am so excited about this. I think it is because we have done this before and it yielded good results. Also, the mere thought of me having to write non stop for thirty days, is making me squeal with delight. It’s been such a long year. Actually, it’s been kind of fast, but long still in happenings and activities. For the Newbies, Last year November, a friend suggested that we embark on a 30 day journey where we get to set up activities for ourselves everyday and check on one another to make sure we actually did those things, She blogs here . I then picked the baton and did a challenge on this blog, People were quite responsive and we even reached an audience larger than I imagined. We were able to help ourselves to engage in meaningful activities and to inculcate habits that have helped us better in this year. You can  check the one from last year here .  It is important to let you know that I also share pictures during this challenge, If not every day, You’ll be getting pictures from me every other day which could be myself or just any beautiful picture I come across. This is me today, for instance. c360_2016-11-01-10-13-22-489 Another awesome thing is the number of Brands partnering with us, tell you what guys, everything is easier when you have Creative minds and Entrepreneurs as friends. I couldn’t be more proud! Last year, we had a giveaway sponsored by Nuella Michaels  . Halima of  LeemLar’s Blog won a pretty Neckpiece and I’m sure she looks forward to winning something again. Peep the brands supporting this below and what they are giving! I want to be in my Readers’shoes right now because I’d like to win something too. Yes Brand                                                                             Gift Item
  1. The Credible way                                                    A Gift Bag (Mystery gift )
  2. Accessories      Only                                                       Jewellery
  3. Vintage Vibes/OfficialShona                                    Vintage Shirts
  4. Ray Couture :                                                                Shift Tops                                                                                                                                                                Boubou                                                                                                                                                    Bath Robe
  5. Ufo south                                                           A doodle of your Name
  6. Allure By Ewa :                                                   Free Owambe or Birthday Makeove                                                                                                            One Pack of Beyond Beauty LipStain                                                                                                                     A One week free Eye brow Training
  7. Smilple Modest World                                      Kaftans
  8. Mo_Abah                                                              Jewellery Set
  9. Ashabee                                                           Pairs of Bee Lashes
  10. Hijabs by Aeesha                                            A gift Bag
  11. Harikson Needle :                                       Denim Dress                                                                                                                                                    Casual Pants
  12. House of Moh                                               A Skirt
I’ll be giving more details about these brands as time goes on complete with pictures of what they are giving out so you know this is real. There are other Brands that might add gifts too before the challenge is up, wait for it! I know your interests have been piqued. Lol, Mine would be too. I also know you want to ask how to go about winning these. Well, I’m still trying to figure out if i want to give many people at will or have runners up with different packages. The bottom line is, Only those who participate will be picked and only comments would show how much you have participated, Hence, if I were you, I would position myself in the comment section for the next thirty days! The Challenge begins… Today, we will be listing the things in our lives that are making us happy at the moment. (similar to day 1 last year right? yes, that’s deliberate) Be it recently gotten things, or humans who have stayed, or jobs that we have, or random occurrences that get us by, Everything! Relax, take a deep breath and Count your blessings! Yes, I’ll be calling it that. Do list them in the Comment section, let’s see what makes your world rock. Don’t forget that the little things also count! I’ll be back tomorrow, and the next, and the next, God willing! BOS    

Comments (49)

  1. Miss F

    November 1, 2016

    Forever grateful for being a Muslim. Grateful for family, friends turn sisters, amazing souls I have met on social networks, and colleagues. Grateful for books, food, and most importantly; Allah’s unending Rahmah. ❤️

    PS: I started last year, but I think stopped after 3 days. 😫 let’s see how far I can go this year! 💃💃

    • November 2, 2016

      Miss F! I’m extremely thankful for you and I pray Allah grants you the happiness you seek

  2. November 1, 2016

    I’m grateful for life. Grateful for growth because I’ve grown alot. Grateful for being in my final year in the Uni. Grateful my blogs and my brands. Grateful for the opportunities that have come my way these past months and of course grateful for my BIBI.

  3. Ms

    November 1, 2016

    Just finished my Msc, it’s kind of a big deal to me and I can’t wait to keep flourishing.


    November 1, 2016

    I best win, …. I was about to make a list of desired items but I realized I want everything, yes, everything! #noI’mnotgreedy
    My hubby and my mini. And my mother-in-law specially. Yeah, specially, she rocks!!!

  5. Ameerat

    November 1, 2016

    I’m thankful for life. Grateful for the blessing of a new month which aso happens to be my birth month. I appreciate my family a lot, indeed family is everything! I don’t have it all, but they’re one of my greatest blessings.
    I’m also happy for the opportunity to be able to touch people’s lives daily via my job.

    Above all, thankful for the grace to be thankful!

    • November 2, 2016

      oh Happy birthday in advance sis. Nurse Ameey

  6. Shay

    November 1, 2016

    Grateful for good health, for a wonderful family, for amazing friends, especially followers that became friends, for numerous answered prayers, for the special one and most importantly for being a muslim!

  7. November 1, 2016

    Awww, I am glad you tagged me for this and I manage to stumble on your blog Can’t believe I have been following you for years and I just realized you blog…get ready for a stalker.

    About the things I am thankful for…
    My blog…it has been a pleasant gift for me and I can’t wait to watch it grow
    My job…it started as a nothing, now it has become a home
    The new friends I have made on social media, they have changed my thoughts towards some life issues
    My families and friends, they have always stood by me in the storm and sunshine
    My life, at a point I almost gave up when I lost someone close to my heart. Today, I am glad God gave me another chance and gave me peace and happiness I least deserved.

    • November 2, 2016

      You are welcome my darling. I’m thankful for you and I hope your heart keeps being filled with happiness

  8. November 1, 2016

    Yaaaay! I’m so excited! Last year 30days challenge was amazing not because I won something (well that included) but the fact that I learnt a lot and tried out something new. So thank you Tolani for bringing this back. I understand how difficult it is to be consistent on something so talking about you writing/coming up with something new everyday, we are here for you. So if u decide to take a break for a day. We gat you😏😉.

    Wow!!! A lot of goodies this year! Wow! Already eyeing some of #oshofreethings

    So about today’s challenge!
    Things in my life that is making me happy right now!
    No1 just graduated and I’m so happy I’m done with that phase 2.. I JUST GOT A NEW PHONE !!!!! God! you won’t understand how happy I am. It has been a long way coming. I lost two phones (Samsung note 4 and A7) in two months and it almost drive me crazy.had to manage my sister phone for months. So finally baba God picked my call and send me a good/better phone. Making it easy for me to take pictures #fashionbloggerwahala.
    Generally we thank Almighty for life and all.

    • November 2, 2016

      Loool Halima! Buy me a new phone too now, I want Iphone 7 Please. Thank you in advance. Thanks for being an ardent reader too.

  9. Bamgbala Zeenat

    November 1, 2016

    This is a really good initiative and I’m glad I stumbled on this piece..
    First things first,I’m grateful for life and good health, grateful for family and friends who have become family, sooo happy dat my sister put to bed safely recently and grateful dat I finally am able to take that bold step towards becoming an entrepreneur!

    • November 2, 2016

      Thank you for stumbling on the page, I’m glad! . Congratulations to your sister too

  10. November 1, 2016

    Hughhh who doesn’t like free things..
    I just don’t like to participate because I feel I might not win 🙈🙈but there are so many things here biko,let me give it a trial…
    listing the things in my life that is making me happy at the moment is like writing an epistle that I won’t finish!but let me just write few here..
    *firstly, my fashion page (0fficialhaddiee) Alhamdulillahi my fashion sense is increasing day by day and am being able to inspire lots of muslimahs thru my style inspo,the comments from people keeps me going which am really happy about…
    *secondly, am going to another level of my education which am so happy ..
    *my website is coming on soon and I can’t just wait
    *my networking hub (The Renaissance Muslimah’s Network),as we are doing lots of things for muslimahs in rural areas across the nation…
    Let me keep the rest for the remaining challenges coming on soon!

    • November 2, 2016

      Nice hun! Keep being you and reaching for greater heights, I thank Allah for your life

  11. Adebimpe Ayeyunmi

    November 1, 2016

    Yaaaay! We should always be grateful for everything. I’m grateful for life, my siblings, my job, friends and family. I’m thankful for the good things that are yet to come and my new friend OMOTOLANI MI there’s no dulling moment with her. Love ya

    • November 2, 2016

      I’m grateful for you too darling. I pray you get more good things as you wish for

  12. Afolabi Monsurat

    November 1, 2016

    Life. I’m grateful for life. Grateful for making it to this month. Alhamdulillah. Grateful for the super amazing ppl around me. They really going. Grateful for the lover too. He is my greatest support. Alhamdulillah

    • November 2, 2016

      Having awesome people around always makes everything better, Adupe.

  13. November 1, 2016

    Alhamdullilahi. This is such an awesome opportunity to even read motivating growths of other people. Thanks you.
    Well, life itself should be celebrated and be appreciated. Allah has been beyond Merciful and is still being.
    I have met a lot of inspiring people this year that has impacted me positively, beyond happy for that.
    Finished my M.Sc at the age of 20… Starting Phd at the age of 21… that also is something of great joy.
    I have really grown when it comes to my write ups even though I wish there are blogs out there that would feature the writing of other upcoming talented people who doesn’t have the zeal to start blogging.
    I see Cooking as enchanting and being able to create new recipes that is being used by people and having different individuals look up to my guide when it come to certain steps in cooking can just be very overwhelming.
    Islam itself is beautiful as each day is an opportunity to strive even harder that I was.
    My parents laughter alone in the small four corners of our suiting room and my sibling scream disagreeing with one another over who will get the bigger chicken tight always brings tears to my eyes, Family is everything and more. Looking after ourselves, supporting one another in challenging times and loving one another in the weakest moment… NEED I say more at how content and satisfying life is.
    There are uncountable things to be grateful and thankful for.
    All in All, Allah is the most Beneficient and Merciful.
    With Allah, things get better.

    • November 2, 2016

      Wow!starting Phd at 21? Subhanallah. And i thought i was yound when I got my Msc. Alhamdulilah for you and I’m glad you visited the page.

  14. M.

    November 1, 2016

    I know I won’t win anything 😂 lol

    I’m happy and grateful for the little things of life. From waking up every morning with good health to seeing my family and loved ones smile. Happy and grateful to God for sparing our lives even tho sometime not too long ago we were tested and even though I never for one second thought I’d lose anyone, I won’t deny the fact that me and other members of my family were scared shitless during the entire trying time. Alhamdulilah for good health and the good life.

    • November 2, 2016

      wow I’m grateful to God for your family. May He keep keeping us.

  15. Aminah

    November 2, 2016

    My religion makes me happy, so I’m grateful to Allah for granting me the gift of Islam. I’m grateful for life, renewed opportunities, little victories, love, family and my tiny circle of friends. I’m thankful for those challenges that push me to pray a little harder and strive to be a better Muslim woman. I’m also thankful for Allah’s unending Rahma and Maghfirah because despite my numerous faults His mercies upon me remain boundless. Finally finally, I’m happy and thankful in advance because I know I’m winning this challenge and all the plenty gifts In shaa Allah looool.
    Thanks for this thought provoking challenge Tolani. You Rock!! :*

    • November 2, 2016

      Alhamdulilah for you Olatoun. I’m glad you are aware of your numerous blessings.

  16. Sophie

    November 2, 2016

    I’m thankful for my name, weird I know. My name means wisdom and I cannot begin to even explain how some wise decisions I made has saved my life this year. I guess I should be thankful to my parents too for naming me.

    Anyways, back to the story, I had so many financial constraints this year that if not for past investments and decisions I made I don’t know what would have happened. At the time I was doing them, people taught they were unnecessary and I watched as my friends shopped away which was quite tempting but guess what when all the issues came this year, I had to bear them all on my own.

    So yeah, I am very grateful for wisdom 🙂

    • November 2, 2016

      Oshay Wise woman of the world. Lol I’m glad you were able to scale through the hurdles though. It be like that sometimes

      • Hijabs_by_aesha

        November 2, 2016

        I was just an ardent reader last year but I hope to keep a space for myself in the next thirty days…haha
        I’m thankful for life, for good health, awesome family&friends and for not having to place my happiness on particular things except my Rabb .I’m particularly thankful for my business and social media that has got me reaching a wider number of clients and doing beautiful things and partnerships this year, Hence, theincreasingly rapid growth…All thanks to the very many beautiful people that patronise us and Thank youu OMOTOLANI for always coming through when I bring my baby girl issues…Yes!..the final year that’s been trying get in the way too but Alhamdulilah it’s coming to an end in few weeks and I’m hell eggzited!
        Alhamdulilah for everything because that’s basically the reason for our existence. Thank you darling sister!…I didn’t realise how much more I should be grateful.

        • November 2, 2016

          Alhamdulilah for you, my baby girl. May Allah keep giving us reasons to be thankful

  17. Maimuna

    November 2, 2016

    This is my first time on this blog and i am glad i found you. First of all, i am so grateful for my hubby. I wasn’t sure what our marriage would be like but after being married he has been so amazing and i don’t know why i ever had doubts. I’m grateful for my little daughter who brings so much sunshine to my life. I am grateful for the loss i have suffered lately cos it teaches me to appreciate life more. And lastly, for my dreams which i can’t wait to fulfill. Xxx

    • November 2, 2016

      Wow that’s beautiful. I’m very glad for you too, may your happiness stay genuine.

  18. November 2, 2016

    Okay am back to day 1 sha cannot miss what am grateful for, first of all, am grateful to God that am alive today, And that am a graduate of computer science yipppeeee yes cos i i really know what i went through. Am also grateful to God for providing a Job for me while waiting for service oh yeah its not easy especially in this recession #Lol. I cannot forget to tnk God for giving me health because for the past one week i have been strugling with it but i prayed and told God i will not enter Nov with it and indeed he answered me. Am also grateful for a special friend i have #leema of leemlar blog, she is really God sent to me in life , when i lost my only sister she was there for me both in sch to cover for me and she is also behind my beautiful pictures ofcourse friend of a fashionista must look good, i love her so much she actually inroduced this place to me and i must confess am enjoying it and learning alot. and lastly Am grateful i found love again, cos i have already given up on it after failed relationships. and guess what i have a blog on LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP ISSUES. Am happy its up and running again.

    • November 2, 2016

      That’s cool dear. Yes, Haleemah is an amazing soul, May God preserve the love between you both.

      • Franca Obialor

        November 3, 2016

        Can’t believe I’ve missed out on #Day1 challenge but I guess it’s better late than never. I can say that they thing making me happy currently is my pursuit of self discovery. I’m trying to harness my writing skills ( which I’ve been running away from since time immemorial) I’ve decided to take that bold step and I’m sure it’ll turn out just as good as I thought. Cheers.

        • November 3, 2016

          Yaay Franca, welcome. I’ve been waiting for you and I can’t wait to read from your blog.

  19. November 3, 2016

    Okay let’s do this, I pray I get to the finish line.
    Am grateful to God for his mercies and his protection over my life, his mercies kept me this year. For my family, my job and friends. My family and friends made 2016 a big one and they also inspired me.

    • November 4, 2016

      Welcome darling. Yes, you will get to the finish line. lol

  20. Toyin

    November 4, 2016

    Alhamdulillah I get to do this, someone made me realize I’ve not been thankful enough, walahi Allah has been good to me.
    Alhamdulillah for life, good health. He wakes me up everyday, I go out and come back safely, it’s not my doing but his. Alhamdulillah for family; mum, dad, my brother, Allah has been wonderful.Alhamdulillah for friends, close ones, relatives, not so close ones. Alhamdulillah for the good times, and for the not so good. Alhamdulillah for what I was, what I am, and what I will be, Alhamdulillah for the joyous moments, and the teary ones. Alhamdulillah for what you have done, for what you are doing, and for what you will do. Alhamdulillah so far my new year resolution to be closer to you than before is a success, and Alhamdulillah for making me a muslimah

  21. Toyin

    November 4, 2016

    Alhamdulillah I get to do this, someone made me realize I’ve not been thankful enough, walahi Allah has been good to me.
    Alhamdulillah for life, good health. He wakes me up everyday, I go out and come back safely, its not my doing but his. Alhamdulillah for family; mum, dad, my brother, Allah has been wonderful. Alhamdulillah for friends, close ones, relatives, not so close ones. Alhamdulillah for the good times, and for the not so good. Alhamdulillah for what I was, what I am, and what I will be, Alhamdulillah for the joyous moments, and the teary ones. Alhamdulillah for what you’ve done, for what you’re doing, and for what you will do. Alhamdulillah so far my new year resolution to be closer to you than before is a success, and to save the best for the last, Alhamdulillah for making me a muslimah.

    • November 4, 2016

      I’m very glad you joined the challenge sis, alhamdulilah for your life.

  22. November 4, 2016

    I don’t know why I’ve been postponing checking your blog! 🙈 Let me see if I can win something for the first time.

    I’m grateful for a lot of things Alhamdulillah….I’m grateful for my deen and my consciousness of right and wrong, for constantly trying to improve myself. I’m grateful for my family and the love they show me, for the few friends I have (old ones and the unexpected new ones). Grateful for my finally accepting that I’m not much of a risk taker and hoping to break out of my shell soon. I’m grateful for my writing that has reached a small audience through social media, grateful for the people who take time to reach out and say my pieces inspire them. And I’m grateful for life, that I’m still here and I have a chance of making something out of it.

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