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IPNN ::Intro to Pronouncing Nigerian Names::

18 Nov 2019


Pronounce this

Oluwadarasimi

O.lu.wa.da.ra.si.mi.

What is going in on in your mind when you see this name? Especially if you’re non-Nigerian, it’ll be like 1) how do I pronounce this monstrosity?  2) I don’t even want to try it, I don’t want to mess it up 3) who would name their child this? 4) what does it mean? 5 how will this child spell this name in kindergarten, the test will be over by the time he finishes writing his name 6) I wish I had a crash course on how to pronounce Nigerian names men.  Well, Laraddiji has heard your thoughts and has decided it’s about time to teach y’all about Nigerian Yoruba names and how to pronounce them.

– Thank you for clicking. Eshe O. It’s Laradiji once again, I’m a Nigerian American lifestyle vlogger and I’m all about living a peaceful life, I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings.

– It’s Octobers episode of Laughter is The Best Medicine, or the L.T.B.M section of my channel where I usually attempt to make you guys laugh under the umbrella of Living a peaceful life.

– So in this video, I’ll be giving you guys a little nameducation on pronouncing Nigerian names, especially names from the Yoruba tribe which is one of the three main tribes in Nigeria.

– If you’re already subscribed, then you’re a very important part of this family and you’re humbly welcome back to this channel. If you’re new here and would love to join this peaceful gang, then do subscribe by hovering over the hearts in the right lower corner and click the subscribe button. Please check out the other sections of my channel in their playlist as you’re inspired to do so after watching this video.

– Watch out for next month’s episode on my joke of a skincare routine. Let’s get into today’s topic, learning the pronunciation of Nigerian names, Yoruba tribe.

We’ll start with syllables, this is how words are broken down and this is what will help you in your journey to pronouncing these African names.

I feel Americans aren’t taught how to break down words so in pronouncing names, they run into trouble, they want to rush it without breaking them down like in English. The trick to pronouncing a Yoruba name is in knowing the placement of the vowels.

If you’re Igbo or Hausa, or if you’re from other African countries, we need help from you with some tips on how to pronounce names from your tribe so that we can avoid stories that touch.

Like in that new Nigerian show Abishola, names was the starting point of their friendship, that’s usually what sparks a light between two people. And if you’ve been taught well by me, then you can start having and building some new relationships with all these yoruba girls and guys If you’re looking, all this depends io getting their names right, let them know you’ve done your homework just like Bob did in Abishola. .

In English language, we have 5 vowels. A E I O U

In Yoruba language, we have 7 of them A E Ę I O Ö U

O.lu.wa.se.mi.lo.re

Bob. Why is the O in this name not O but O.

Bo.Bo

Bo.bo.du.du

Dave. Silent E noted at the end, you don’t pronounce that right?

Da.vid If a true Yoruba person wanted to say this word, they would say Da.vid

Da.vi.do

Mitch

Michelle Mi-chelle
Mitchelin Mi-che-lin
Omoladun O.Mo.la.dun

Dog

Dod-ger

Dolapo Do.la.po

HOPE

O-pal

Opeolu O-PE-O-LU

O lu wa da ra si mi

John 1 syllable

John-son 2 syllables

John-son-ton 3 syllables

2 -O lu

3 – O lu wa

5 – O lu wa da ra

7 – O lu wa da ra si mi

We can’t learn about Nigerian names without learning about this name Tunde, Tun.de which means back again. Basically, this name is usually given to a boy or girl whose grandfather or grandmother passed away before he or she was born, and because we believe in reincarnation I believe, we believe that either

Instead of getting upset, when people pronounce your name, teach them how to use English to assist or give them a nickname of your name to prevent you from getting your blood pressure up. My name is Omolara and when I realize after teaching others and they still don’t get it, or if the individual sincerely just doesn’t get my name, I’ll say call me Lara and keep it moving.

Thank you very much for staying with me until this part of the video. Living in Peace is the main section of my channel so do check out the other sections.  I’m a lover of peace and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings. Let’s stop giving ourselves high blood pressure for no reason as we live our lives. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, the ball of your name is in your court. Ask questions if you have any, don’t hesitate to leave a comment as well. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and also you can follow me on Facebook & Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner and subscribe, why wait, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace, Stay blessed. Bye bye. You’ll see me in my next one.

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::P,FYP:: Please, Follow Your Passion

18 Nov 2019


Thank you for clicking, Eshe O. It’s Laradiji once again, and welcome to my channel. I’m all about living a positive and peaceful lifestyle, and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings.

It’s October’s episode of the Freestyle section of this channel and in this section, I usually freestyle a topic under the umbrella of Living a peaceful life.

So today in this video, I’ll be talking about something that has come up in regards to following your passion in relation to your talent and your gifts.

If you’re already subscribed, then you’re a very important part of this family and you’re humbly welcome back to this channel, without you, there’s no LinP|RinP.  If you’re new here and would love to join us, then do subscribe by hovering over the hearts in the right lower corner and clicking the subscribe button. Do check out the other sections of Laraddiji as you’re inspired to do so after watching this video.

Do look forward to November’s F.S.T.L episode, I have a special topic coming up that you’ll not want to miss. So anyway, let’s get into this one

So as we’re growing up, finishing high school, getting into college, you’ re expected to start getting ready into adulting. At this stage, it becomes apparent that now you’re expected to be an adult. You should have started mastering this right from entering college, and for some, this has started little before high school ends. You’re starting to make decisions for yourself, especially right before you finish high school actually, you’ve already decided what you’re going to do study in college and then what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. For me, right from when I was in elementary school, I knew I wanted to be a nurse and I was surprised when we came to the States that they had a nursing program right in high school so that was good for me. I have a lot of experiences in my career now that I might say maybe I want to change my career and also I’ve had a lot of experiences where I’ve told myself, there is nothing else in this world that I would rather be doing than to be helping people in their sick time to get better.

A conflict that occurs as you’re growing up might be not knowing what you want to study or what your career will be when you’re grown. One thing I’ve always said on my channel is that your parents have a lot to do with your progress in life. As you’re growing up, they should hopefully know your personality, your strengths, and your weakness and it becomes very important for them to steer you and guide you and advise you in the direction of those strengths, exposing you to different career paths and see which ones would stick for you. Another important factor in this strategy is that it becomes important that the child himself or herself communicate his or her passions to said parents to avoid a situation where the child will now be forced to do certain programs that might bring money in the future but that the child might not be interested in, you know what I mean? If I hated nursing now, I can’t blame anybody because it was my choice and I’ve stuck with my choice over and over again,

In this day and age of technology and exposure, it won’t be wrong to say that the way we educate our children is becoming very different from what we knew many many years ago. Technology is making it very easy for students nowadays to learn and it is always changing to impact more knowledge in a safer, more technical, and ultimately in a more advanced manner. Back in the day, students might have to travel hours to get to school or have to carry heavy textbooks or pay high prices to be educated, times have changed thanks to technology. As a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, I realized I actually also have passion for writing, back home this might not have benefited me in a short term range the long run because they (meaning my parents) would have advised me that there’s no money in it,  but now we know of course there actually is money in blogging, writing if you know what you’re doing. So my parents would have encouraged me against it. But being in a country where opportunities are only a dream away with lots of hard work and persistence, it becomes important to know where your individual dream lies and then you use that to your advantage. There’s a reason why we do what we do, there’s a reason why we have a passion for some things over others. There’s a reason why we have a talent, we’re to use it to help solve other people’s problems, our creative energy is to help fill a gap in the world which can, in turn, become a financial gain.

Back in the day I would’ve said and I did say it. Work where you will get the money first even if you don’t like the job or project or your boss, but use that to save money and then you can focus on your passion. What this does is actually wastes the time you could’ve been getting betting at your talent but instead, now I’d advise that you focus on your passion get the best education in it and then show the world what you can do. Provided you have a place where you can live for free, and eat and save, oh wait for your parents’ house. If you do research on some successful or mega-million businesses today, a good percentage of them started in their parent’s garages or basements. So please follow your passion, people might even look at it in the beginning as a waste of time but don’t listen to sidewalk talk, focus and keep being you while being prayerful and hopeful and keep dreaming of your success.

Advice

  • Don’t be picky about where you are today
  • Be respectful of where you are today, your parent’s garage, basement, your 1 room apartment
  • Be proactive, save and really save your money, for what-ifs and incidents
  • Be helpful, God helps those who help themselves, and in your little way show that you care
  • Don’t be lazy, the journey to making it with your passion is longer than long journeys and harder than hard lives but the reward is sweet.
  • When you get there, don’t forget your supporters.
  • When you get there, don’t forget to give back

I hope this helps a special someone out there. And I pray that you won’t struggle too much to make it in this life provided you’ve done your part because nothing comes by accident, either hard work or persistence.

Thank you very much for reading this post. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, the ball of your passion is in your court, free kick it and score a goal, don’t kick it out of your field. Ask questions if you have any, don’t hesitate to leave a comment as well. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and also you can follow me on Facebook and  Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the many more hot topics to come, why wait, its free to be automatically notified of new uploads from me. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace, Stay blessed. Bye-bye. Since I can’t see you, You’ll see me in my next one.

MT&LV ::Mother Tongue & Language Vernacular::

23 Oct 2019


  • Thank you for clicking. Eshe O. It’s Laradiji once again, I’m all about living a peaceful life, and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings.
  • In this post, I’ll be talking about the importance of our native languages, it’s many benefits in the community and how it relates to living a peaceful life.
  • It’s October’s Living in Peace episode or the LinP section of my channel where I talk about peaceful living in this chaotic and dramatic world, how I see it and how I live it under the umbrella of Living a peaceful life. This section also is the main section of Laraddiji so if you’re about living a peaceful life as well, then this channel is for you.
  • Watch out for next month’s episode on Mothers & Workforce, I’ll be talking about the challenges mothers are facing in these recent years and how it relates to the umbrella of living a peaceful life.
  • If you’re already subscribed, then you’re a very important part of this family and you’re humbly welcome back to this channel. If you’re new here and would love to join us LinP|RinPers, then do subscribe by hovering over the hearts in the right lower corner and click the subscribe button.  Do check out the other sections of Laraddiji as you’re inspired to do so after watching this video.
  1. How many languages are there in general? There are approximately 6500 languages in the world today, the most popular one being Mandarin Chinese, I know, I’m surprised too. There are 3 main languages in Nigeria, Yoruba Igbo and Hausa and there many dialects of each language, some do overlap and some are very different in entirety.
  1. What is the meaning of language? It is the method of human communication whether spoken or written. An example is Yoruba, I can read and write it and fortunately for me now, that’s an asset, that’s something I’ll be proud of for the rest of my life, there’s still so much to learn but at least I know the basics to go by. What does vernacular mean? Vernacular is an everyday language, colloquial and informal in nature. Every language has its people who speak it and with that, non-verbal communication, values, way of life, and culture.
  2. Why is language so important? The language you speak, your mother tongue, not another language you’ve learned over the years symbolizes that you belong to a certain group of people, or you come from a certain group of people who live in a certain place.  `
  1. Are you consciously or unconsciously, not speaking your language? I remember when I first came to the States, I don’t remember ever consciously or unconsciously saying I will continue to speak my mother tongue at home or anywhere else for that matter and I don’t remember saying I wouldn’t speak Yoruba but I spoke less of it. As the times went by and as I began to become more self-aware and more confident in myself, I realized, my language was an asset to me.
  1. Is it wrong to be proud of your language? Being proud of where you come from, your culture, your values, your way of life encompasses that you’re comfortable with yourself. Language solidifies these truths. When you speak your language, it is affirming that you belong to certain people and you’re proud to be associated with them. Times are changing now because we are being integrated into a modern nation speaking English and neglecting our mother tongue.

My recent travel to my home country opened my eyes to where our languages are going, especially in Nigeria among my people the Yoruba people, I can’t speak for other tribes. I realized that the population of this tribe going to school who are getting educated doesn’t even speak their native language, it is actually almost discouraged if not totally and is usually termed vernacular, and they’ll tell you right from the gates o the schools you’ll attend, Stop speaking vernacular. Stop speaking vernacular, that’s what we were told when we were in primary school and we were forced to speak English whenever we were on the school premises which wasn’t bad but then at home, we also continued speaking English while continuing to neglect our mother tongue.

Thank God I lived with my grandmother and even though she spoke English, we spoke Yoruba to her and she spoke Yoruba back to us. I remember my aunt taught us English as well because that was more influential, we didn’t want to be “local” by speaking our mother tongue, that’s how people thought back then and I’ve now realized that the thought has been maximized now. What does language even mean? It is the method of human communication whether spoken or written. I remember when I was back home and in my educational career, I studied my language Yoruba in school. I wanted to know more about it. Nowadays I don’t even know if they still teach it in schools especially when it’s considered local to even speak it.

The show Abishola here in New York really explains a lot about being proud of where I come from. pride. Italians, Spanish, British, Haitians, Jamaicans, Russians, and many others are proud of where they’re from, and when they speak their language to each other, life goes on. If someone from another cultural background takes their time to learn your language to know more about you, then you should be proud of those cultural sentiments. The oyinbo people are learning our language but we are neglecting ours, it doesn’t make sense. I speak Yoruba personally up till now and while I was schooling in Nigeria, my language was considered vernacular on school grounds because English was far more preferred. Now I see a lot of people, living fake lives, faking and speaking bad English even just so that people will not think they are ‘uneducated’ when they speak their mother tongue.

As a teenager in a new country back in 2001, I think I wanted to fit in at all cost, I remembered that all my paperwork said Rachel Obisanya, and my mom’s Christian name is also Rachael, and I really didn’t want to be called Rachel junior, I kind of wanted my own name, it didn’t sit right with me especially when all my young life, I was known as and called Omolara, so I stuck with it, and as the years went by, my paperwork starting reflecting that change. Omolara Rachel Obisanya ORO, not Rachael Omolara. My brother, on the other hand, had a different agenda, he continued his schooling here starting from middle school and you know how kids are starting from kindergarten I feel like they make fun of everything, but till today, I never knew the reason why my brother refused to be called his traditional Yoruba name called Ayo, which means Joy. Only close family members know him as Ayo. He wanted to be called by his Christian name, Stephen, you should check out his work on Instagram, StephenObisanya, he’s a documentary photographer. Maybe I should interview him one day to hear his side if you’d like that, pls comment down below.

Africans, let us wake up, let’s stop teaching our children how to be fake starting by not teaching them how to speak their own language, let’s teach them to be confident in who they are, starting with the language they speak. We are too bendable on the topic of wanting to be Americanized. Or wanting to be like these people and those people that we are forgetting our true self and our origin, let’s resist some of these changes a little. I am guilty of this myself, unconsciously I find myself speaking English to my kids and consciously now, I’m correcting my mistake. I don’t want my kids to be taken advantage of when they go home to their home country.

I remember a situation when I was in high school here in New York and we had a parent-teacher association and we were walking in the halls of the school and my mom was calling me, Lara, Lara, duro de wa, ki lode to se n rin lo ni wa ju. I was so embarrassed not because they were my parents but because they were speaking our native language Yoruba, I didn’t want to be associated with them because they were speaking “vernacular” can you imagine? This is exactly how people feel when they speak their native language now back home, they’re embarrassed, if not ashamed because they speak a different langue. I’m sure some of you have done that as well when you were young, you wanted to belong to the cool kids association and your parents aren’t going to mess up your opportunity because they spoke their language? Because they weren’t speaking English at that moment in time? Guess what, I never was part of the cool kids and I surely embarrassed myself that night, not my parents. Who does that?

Let’s start teaching our kids to be proud of who they are, where they came from so that they can appreciate their future as they are being rooted in developing themselves. What I see nowadays is some people are faking who they are, they can’t even speak English that well but they will fake their lives until they fail in their ambitions. I’m not saying don’t learn to speak proper English but please don’t throw away your unique language and your mother tongue. Your language is a big part of your identity, a big part of who you are, a small part of a big thing you belong to, and if you throw that away knowingly or unknowingly, a part of yourself will be lost. Why would you want to dissociate yourself from your people? You’ll be like a single stick out of a broom, and you know what they say about a broom, united we stand or rise, divided we fall.

My LinP|RinP Fam – What language do you speak and what is a barrier that prevents you from speaking it.what is an advantage that motivates you to keep speaking it?

Thank you very much for watching this episode. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, the ball of your language is in your court. Ask questions if you have any, don’t hesitate to leave a comment as well. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and also you can follow me on Facebook and  Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner and subscribe, why wait, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated to be automatically notified of new uploads from me. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace, Stay blessed. Bye bye. You’ll see me in my next one.

MGIR ::Microsoft, Get It Right::

3 Oct 2019


Thank you for clicking. Eshe O. It’s Laradiji once again, I’m all about living a peaceful life, and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings. It’s September’s episode of Laughter is The Best Medicine or the L.T.B.M section of my channel and in this section, I usually attempt to make you laugh under the umbrella of Living a peaceful life. So in this post, I’ll be talking about an important issue regarding how our names are viewed and how Google needs to help us Africans become legit on Microsoft to be exact. Also, Watch out for next month’s episode on a little education and a how-to on pronouncing Nigerian names.

If you’re already subscribed, then you’re a very important part of this family and you’re humbly welcome back to this channel. If you’re new here and would love to join this peaceful lot, then do subscribe by hovering over the hearts in the right lower corner and click the subscribe button.  Do check out the other sections of Laraddiji as you’re inspired to do so after watching this video. Don’t go anywhere…

I was getting ready for one of my episodes one day and as I was typing up what to say like I’ve always done before, I realized that as I typed up my name, it got redlined. I’m sure this is not new for you guys and myself as well, so naturally, I went back and thought that maybe and really maybe my name was spelled wrong, nope, spelling was right, so why would Microsoft say my name was spelled wrong. I’ve been experiencing this issue silently ever since I came into this country to continue my high school education and beyond, how could I get it off? Some computers give you options to ignore it or ask you to add it to your dictionary. Has this ever happened to you especially if you don’t’ have an English name?

Our languages are so special, where we come from is very unique and that says the same to our names and the way we pronounce them. It’s also very special. Our names when called right speak to our soul whether consciously or unconsciously in the sense that we feel very weird and we feel very different when someone calls our name in a different manner or tone. But why is it that Microsoft only recognizes famous people. You don’t see any red lines for McDonald’s, Thomas Jefferson, so why should my own beautiful and unique name Omolara be redlined? I think we need Africans to wake up and let’s make our name official as well, do you think it’s possible you guys?

This is something I feel Microsoft should look into, if my name has been used to register for the software, shouldn’t that name be included into the software as correct and not tell me, a whole me, maybe I meant to type Molar or Molars or Mollura, it’s not even close, whatever that means. My name is awesome, and I’m sure your is too. This is the basic way we can identify each other. Type your name on Microsoft and let us know in the comment section what options you were given other than your name.

The way we can Live in peace with this situation is if we’re recognized as individuals first and how do we recognize ourselves as individuals? By our names. If you don’t get anything right about me as a person, what I like and what I don’t like, what makes me happy, what makes me sad, pls and pretty pls, I beg of you at least, get my name right. Same goes for living in general, if you’re already used to categorizing a set of people, a group of people, always remember that your encounter with one person can change your mind for good or bad, so always give people a chance to change your mind for good, even if their group or set has changed your mind for the worst.

That’s all, for now, you guys, its been real, please Ask questions if you have any, don’t hesitate to leave a comment as well. You can like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and also you can follow me on Facebook and  Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner and click subscribe, why wait, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated to be automatically notified of new uploads from me. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace, Stay blessed. Bye-bye. You’ll see me in my next one.

DBSL ::Donate Blood Save Lives::

3 Oct 2019


Thank you, Thank you for clicking, Eshe Eshe O. It’s Laradiji once again, and welcome to my channel. I’m all about living a peaceful life, and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings. It’s September’s episode of the Freestyle section of my channel and in this section, I usually freestyle a topic under the umbrella of Living a peaceful life. So today in this video, I’ll be talking about blood donations and the basics of what it entails if you want to donate in your local communities. To answer the burning question on your mind, no, Vampires are not welcome.  Please, find your blood elsewhere. Do look forward to October’s F.S.T.L episode, I’ll talk about expectations, dreams regarding career paths and the reality of it all. If you’re already subscribed, then you’re a very important part of this family and you’re humbly welcome back to this channel, without you, there’s no LinP|RinP.  If you’re new here and would love to join us, then do subscribe by hovering over the hearts in the right lower corner and clicking the subscribe button. Do check out the other sections of Laraddiji as you’re inspired to do so after watching this video. Don’t go anywhere…

I wanted to use this platform to inspire you to donate blood in your local communities. I work in the health care field as a professional Registered Nurse and a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a fraction of my patients sometimes need blood transfusion due to one problem or the other, but where do all the pints of blood come from? Most of the time, it comes from individuals that have donated their blood into the system. I personally love doing new things and venturing into uncharted waters and I thought, what haven’t I done before that I would really love to do now? I’ve always thought of donating for a very long time and I never really got a chance to, so I began to think of how I could donate and got to researching how I could immediately. It so happened that there was an announcement on their website that day that they were low in blood volume and types of blood they had in the system, so I thought what better time to donate. I checked the schedule and saw an available time for me to go in.

Disclaimer: The information posted here was from a few websites I found online and I put them together for you so that you can make an informed decision whether you want to donate blood or not.

For starters, blood cannot be made or manufactured so, if someone needs blood, they get it through blood donations. When we bleed after a minor cut, there are 4 components that leak out, 1. red blood cells, which represents 40%-45% of our blood volume. They are generated from our bone marrow at a rate of four to five billion per hour. They have a lifecycle of about 120 days which is 3 months in the body. 2. Platelets, control bleeding. When you have a cut let’s say, they travel to that wound and grow long tentacles to contact the vessel and form clusters to plug the wound until it heals. 3. Plasma is the liquid portion of our blood. It is yellowish in color and is made up mostly of water, but it also contains proteins, sugars, hormones, and salts. It transports water and nutrients to your body’s tissues.

Most people are eligible to donate life-saving blood and Donating blood is pretty easy, And you’ll get to know your Blood Type and hemoglobin level, If your blood type is O-Negative, you’re a “Universal Donor,” because your blood can be transfused into anyone in an emergency. I believe I’m O-Positive, My husband is O Negative.

But first, what are the advantages of donating blood, some might seem a little bit far fetched

      1. It can help reveal potential health problems because they’ll test for anemia, HIV, and others
      2. It can reduce harmful iron stores because your body will be able to make new blood cells
      3. It might lower your risk of suffering a heart attack based on the iron stores in the blood which can cause blood vessel constriction and can lead to heart attacks.
      4. It might reduce your risk of developing cancer, there’s not a lot of research that backs it up or tells us which kinds of cancer it reduces.
      5. It can help your liver stay healthy, this is also linked to the Iron stores in the body and in the liver
      6. It can help your mental state because you know you’re doing something good for people who will need it, it makes you happy
      7. It can reduce stress
      8. It can improve your emotional well-being when you know you’re contributing something positive to the society
      9. It can benefit your physical health, its like rejuvenating blood supply
      10. It can help get rid of negative feelings maybe about yourself if your confidence is low
      11. It can provide a sense of belonging and reduce isolation, when you see and make connections with other people who are donating blood as well.

What are the disadvantages of donating blood?

      1. Bruising, sometimes at the site from being stuck with a needle
      2. Continued bleeding, if enough pressure is not placed on the puncture site afterward
      3. Dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea, because some blood has left your system
      4. Pain, from being struck by a big gauge needle
      5. Physical weakness, again, because some amount of blood has left your body

What you need to know before you donate blood

I’m sure the rules might be slightly different from state to state, and country to country so please do your own research on what’s required depending on where you are before you donate.

      1. You need to be 17 or older to donate whole blood. Some states allow you to donate at 16 with parental consent.
      2. You have to weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health to donate.
      3. You need to provide information about medical conditions and any medications you’re taking. These may affect your eligibility to donate blood. Antibiotics, reckless sexual encounters, hx of HIV, STDs. Accidental needle sticks.
      4. You must wait at least 8 weeks between whole blood donations and 16 weeks between double red cell donations.
      5. Platelet donations can be made every 7 days, up to 24 times per year. Wow

The following are some suggestions to help you prepare for donating blood:

      1. Drink an extra 16 ounces of water before your appointment.
      2. Eat a healthy meal that’s low in fat.
      3. Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that are easy to roll up.

So we got out of church on the 11th of August and my family proceeded to one of the Blood Donation centers in Staten Island, I had booked an appointment 2-3 days before online and it was so easy, I registered, booked and was expected at the site. I donated alone while my husband watched over the kids. I’m so proud of myself for planning this small project and making it a reality with my family. After donating blood which the whole blood process itself took less than 15mins, it was recommended that I stayed at the site for 15 more mins to eat a snack and relax. I hope I have inspired my family, my kids especially on one of the ways we can give back to the community and to the humankind at large. I was told I could donate blood in mid-October if I wanted. I want to use this opportunity to

Thank you in advance for even thinking about donating, that can always lead to actually donating sooner rather than later, thank you for thinking about your neighbor and being your neighbors keeper, the important lesson of this video is that you’ll never know who this is saving, your family member or your friend as you all know, we are more connected to each than we really think.

Thank you very much for watching this episode. Let’s stop giving ourselves high blood pressure for no reason as we live our lives. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, the ball of blood donation is in your court. Ask questions if you have any. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and you can also follow me on Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner to subscribe, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace. You’ll see me in my next one. Stay blessed, Bye-bye. You’ll see me in my next one.

PL&SD ::Peaceful Living & Scheduling Death?::

10 Sep 2019


What usually is the percentage of people who saw someone before they died, most likely it was his or her immediate family compared to the hundreds who will attend the funeral. Us human beings like negative things, we gravitate to bad news, we’ve been conditioned to watch, hear, see, want to touch and perceive bad things. Not a lot of people watch my videos and really listen to the message in them and I wondered why. Is it because I’m not talking about something negative? Is it because positive living is boring? Is it because people don’t want to live in peace? Is it because Living in Peace or living a peaceful life is too broad? Join me and let’s think out loud here.

Before I continue, my name is Laraddiji, and welcome to my channel. I’m all about living a peaceful life, I hate rocking the boat, to prevent me from dying sooner than I’m destined to.  I like my normal blood pressure. If you are about living a peaceful life as well, then this channel is for you. Living in Peace is the main section of my channel so, do check out the other sections after watching this one. Also kindly subscribe now to be automatically notified of my new uploads. Please give this video a thumbs up as you’re inspired to do so to let me know if I’m doing a good job or thumbs down if not, it all counts as engagement. Alright, let’s get into the nitty gritty about todays topic, peaceful living and scheduling death.

You’re probably thinking is that even a thing? Can we really schedule the time we go out of this world. I recently just started listening to this older guy, an experienced physician who has a lot of experience with treating patients and he said something that touched my heart one day. He said, “if you want to see God faster, don’t do what you’re supposed to do right now” Meaning, as a physician, he’s telling you to lose the weight, eat healthier, exercise and live right, if the pt. refuses to do all that, guess what, our expiration time gets moved up closer.

So, keep eating all those burgers, keep drinking all those caffeinated drinks, keep eating all those fried foods, keep living a sedentary lifestyle, keep gaining weight, he said, he’ll just get more business and your money. Boy, did that give me a wake up call and even though I hate to scare you like this, but really, it needs to be done and you’ll thank me later. Also, in a general lifestyle point of view, keep fighting with everybody, keep brooding, keep driving recklessly, keep keeping malice, and holding grudges, and not taking your medications consistently, don’t forgive and forget, all these will just make us age faster and bring our expiration dates closer, apart from all the other situations that can bring death faster.

I know it’s vey hard to lose weight, and exercise and forgive and not fight, and eat healthy, and take medications just like increasing your credit score here in the States but guess what, start taking the necessary steps now and start prolonging your life, you’ll be happy you started now. I’m most definitely talking to myself, this is what I do, to make a change within me, I talk to myself, trust me, most successful people today will tell you they do that too, no, they’re not cookoo.

I looked at myself in the mirror one day and I said, that’s it, enough is enough, I’m going to make more healthy choices, now I’ve moved from constantly complaining about my weight and I’m actually now doing something about it, I’m walking around my neighborhood, I even involve  my kids too plus my husband. And what that does long term is pushing my expiring date forward to a later date. Of course other things can happen to cut that short but I know that my choices would not be a part of it. So, don’t be afraid to look at yourself in the mirror and speak positive things into your life. Don’t be shy, its only you.

I’m so so sorry if I’m very blunt with you today but we only have that much number of years to make things right. Think about it, don’t you want to spend more time with your family, your siblings, your spouses, your nieces and nephews, your grandchildren? Start now, don’t delay, let’s start rescheduling our expiration dates for better ones. If you’ve been inspired to start making changes, please let’s meet in the comment section, lets rub minds together and I know we can do it, sometimes we just need to hear the same information in a different way to spark that change. I love you, yes you, I’m rooting for you. Let me stop right here.

Thank you very much for watching this episode. Let’s stop giving ourselves high blood pressure for no reason as we live our lives. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, the ball of learning is in your court. Ask questions if you have any. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and you can also follow me on Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner to subscribe, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace. Stay blessed, Bye bye. You’ll see me in my next one.

FTTW ::Family Time Trumps Work::

21 Aug 2019


Even though, this is about three months overdue, I remember this like it was yesterday. I love that I’m capturing the highlights of the months as they go by. This is just so you know what’s going on on my side. How I’m living my life, the choices Im making towards living a peaceful life.

Taking some time out to have fun is very crucial in living a peaceful life because a frustrated life can attract problems but a relaxed life can bring peace. Go out and have fun. Stay blessed.

FDVM ::Father’s Day Video Memoir::

4 Aug 2019


My LinP|RinP  people, how are you doing? This is the Do It Yourself Today section of my channel, do check out the other ones as you’re inspired to do after this video. Today’s topic is about father’s day,   and I wanted to share with you what we did for my husband as a family, I know it’s a bit late but I believe you’ll enjoy this activity with your family as well.  I love making memories  especially with the kids now because I feel like as they’re getting older, they’re separating from us as parents bit by bit and I would love to look back at these   recordings later and reminisce about them, and for them, I hope this recording will be regarded as treasures.  

It is very important for fathers to bond with their children and even though my husband willingly did these activities with the kids on his own for this episode, I hope he will cherish this recording in the years to come. Spending time with your kids doesn’t mean you men are soft or feminine or make you less of a man but the time you spend with them increases a different sense of belonging in the family, you give your kids a type of love and opportunity for openness that might never be done by a woman.

Time is not our side and kids are never kids forever, play with them now before they start playing with their friends and not value your time with them anymore. I hope we’ve inspired the men that watch my channel to spend more time with their babies and children and young adults, it will spark a change that will impart them until they’re adults themselves. Here’s to starting your own memoirs.

Start by making tickets for activities you’d like to do with your kids, involve them, and one by one, grant a wish whenever you like, extra special hugs and kisses, read a book, get a massage, park play, special lunch and so on.

a) One big hug for dad

b) One big kiss for dad 

c) One cup of hot chocolate for dad

d) Breakfast in bed for dad

e) Play a game with dad

f) Read a book with dad

g) Lunch date with dad

h) Park date with dad

i) Treasure hunt with dad

j) Massage for daddy

Thank you very much for staying with me. Living in Peace is the main section of my channel so do check out the other sections.  I’m a lover of peace and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings. Let’s stop giving ourselves high blood pressure for no reason as we live our lives. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, your creativity ball is in your court, what will you make? Ask questions if you have any, don’t hesitate to leave a comment as well. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and also you can follow me on Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner and subscribe, why wait, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace, Stay blessed. You’ll see me in my next one. Bye bye.

T:FBL ::Terrorism: Fueled By Love?::

16 Jun 2019


I wanted to talk about the issue of terrorism as you can tell already from the title, from the angle of what fuels the action. Can the reason for terrorism ever come from a positive note? Can terrorism ever be fueled by love? This post is a bit late, but then maybe it isn’t, I hope it will come at the right time to whoever needs to hear it or was it if you haven’t skipped this and watched the video instead. This post is about the cases of local terrorist destabilizing the modern country. What have we done? The people have protested, peacefully and aggressively, the people have marched in sequence and sometimes in chaos, the people have requested for better gun control laws nicely and sometimes in tears and sometimes in anger, what will it take to fix this mess of a pothole.

Hello you guys, and welcome to my channel, I’m forever and always Laraddiji, it’s the Living in Fast Express section of Laraddiji. Do check out the other sections after watching this video. What fuels bigotry, prejudice, disgust, discrimination, bias, and acrimony, it’s Hate. If you hate the person next to you, your fellow human being, based on the color of their skin, the language they speak, how they speak, what they wear, what they eat, who they pray to, or how they act, your life will not benefit others, you will find it difficult to help people, you might only see the negative attributes of others, you will also find it hard to appreciate what people do for you.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, people who have hatred in their hearts pass it on to their off-springs, their children, their siblings, their relatives and so on.

What fuels peace, patience, joyfulness, gentleness, self-control, and faithfulness, its Love. If you love the next person by your side, you will be patient with them, you will be happy when they are happy, you will be gentle with them knowing that they are made by a perfect God, as I’m preparing this topic, I’m also talking to myself. When you love your neighbors yourself, you will have self control over your actions towards them, and you will be faithful in your dealings with them. When there is no more for a living human being like ourselves, that is when issues arise. There is definitely a psychiatric component to the topic of terrorism and I feel these people who commit these acts actually are looking to be loved but don’t know how to express this need, they don’t know what love is, that is why it is so easy for them to take others lives.

Which should be greater, love for religion or love for the people? As Christians, our template is the bible and in that bible, the greatest commandment is noted to be to love the one who created you and me and every other person to be in this drama we call the race of life. “Thou shall love your God will all your heart and your soul and your mind.” The second greatest commandment deals with loving our neighbors as ourselves.  Some of these terrorist be it locally or internationally might not be Christians, but at least they’re human beings first and we can’t save people if we hate them. Do they need saving? You can bet that they do, but will they admit that they need saving? Whether you believe it nor not, terrorists need love and hugs, before they are labeled terrorists, if you see someone that is lonely, talk to them, see if whatever is bothering them can be solved by you, not that you’ll announce that you’re helping someone but to help someone out at a difficult time. Imagine if you were a friend to someone that is in jail today who tried to or succeeded in killing people, how would you feel if you were part of the people who didn’t pay attention? We all need hugs, before we are labeled terrorists, from the start of your day, put a smile on your face, brighten another person’s day and you’ll see how your day will be so full of open doors.

We are used to seeing the end of a situation that we forget to see or picture the beginning, there’s a lot of social and psychiatric issues going on nowadays, and nobody is admitting that they have a problem talk less of seeking help, otherwise why would there be so many people thinking killing other people is the solution to their problems? There’s a fundamental need for us to love and be loved and when that is missing, you can just be sure that there might be negative consequences, unfortunately not just for the individual involved but on a larger scale to communities all across the nation. You might think it’s hard to do but, there’s a word I’m learning it’s deeper meaning nowadays, its Sacrifice… .  any good thing on this earth is possible because of someone’s sacrifice at one point or the other. What can you sacrifice and what will you sacrifice for your fellow human being today? Your time, or comfort? Your place or money? Your energy or Your wisdom? Your talent or your love?  

Thank you very much for staying with me till this part of the video. Living in Peace is the main section of my channel so do check out the other sections.  I’m a lover of peace and I love talking about situations we might find ourselves in that need peaceful endings. Let’s stop giving ourselves high blood pressure for no reason as we live our lives. God willing, we are on this earth for an average of 75-80yrs. Let’s not waste any of that precious time on matters that don’t help us positively in some way. You have a decision to make, if not now, maybe later, your next-level ball is in your court. Ask questions if you have any, don’t hesitate to leave a comment as well. Like this video by giving it a thumbs up so that I can make more of them and also you can follow me on Instagram @Laraddiji and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the many more sizzling topics to come, hover on the red hearts on the right lower corner and subscribe, why wait, its free and make sure your notification bell is activated. Please, let’s love our neighbors as ourselves and remember, to Rest.In.Peace, we all need to be Living.In.Peace, Stay blessed. You’ll see me in my next one. Bye bye.