What Do Christian Women Have To Say About Making Money? — #MAGMasterclass

Last week I attended my first #MAGMasterclass with my good friends Yemi and Tolu. The event was held by MAGNIFY magazine in Central London. MAGNIFY was created by Ruth Yimika Awogbade, an incredibly inspiring young woman to say the least. Ruth has established a unique platform that creates discussions around the three F’s – faith, feminism and fashion through its print magazine, blog and events. MAGNIFY is designed to give women like myself the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and how it can impact being a woman in today’s world.

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MAGNIFY Issue One Cover. Source: HelloMagnify.com

“These masterclasses take place on the first Monday of every month in London and are designed to help you master your skills, explore your passion and establish a healthy, balanced and successful working life. Each monthly session is led by two guest experts in their field offering valuable advice for any life stage.” – HelloMagnify.com

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Founder of MAGNIFY, Ruth Yimika Awogbade. Source: HelloMagnify.com
The topic of last Monday’s masterclass was money, money, money. A somewhat taboo subject within the Christian community but an important one to discuss nonetheless. Especially as 21st century women! Whether we like it or not, money has a role to play in our lives, so we can’t ignore it. MAGNIFY believes that as a generation of women, it’s important that we understand how to spend wisely, know how/where to invest and how to support things we care about with our financial resources.

The two guest experts for this masterclass Dah-Eun Chae (Wealth Manager at UBS advising entrepreneurs on how to invest their wealth) and Fope Adewolo (Vice President at a private equity investment firm with international experience), discussed money from the perspective of:

  1. How to grow your income
  2. Learn to invest
  3. Make a difference

Here’s a summary of the key points I took away from the masterclass…

Why should we as women be investing?

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“How To Grow Your Income, Learn To Invest & Make A Difference” #MAGMasterclass 19/6/2017. Source: Twitter @HelloMagnify
Why should women be investing? The simple answer is: because we can! Continue reading “What Do Christian Women Have To Say About Making Money? — #MAGMasterclass”

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3 Myths & Misconceptions About Blogging

When I say “blogging” to you, what comes to mind? Is it marble backgrounds on perfect Instagram feeds, green plants and camel coats… or maybe it’s discount codes, freebies and travel opportunities? I mean, yes. Yes blogging can involve those things. But I promise you there’s a lot more to blogging than that!

Since joining this community, I have observed that a lot of people just don’t understand how much work goes into maintaining a blog (whether it’s written, visual or video-content). I am writing this post just to shed some light on my views on blogging and I will dispel 3 myths and misconceptions:

1. Blogging is easy/not a real job

I don’t know… maybe it’s because so many people have blogs that blogging appears to be easy. But I’d like to dispel that myth right now! Blogging is not easy. The sheer amount of blogs that exist in 2017 means that in order to run a “successful” blog, there’s a certain standard that a lot of bloggers feel compelled to reach. This involves reaching a high level in your content, quality and consistency.


Naturally, bloggers of all niches take on several different hats to create said “successful” blog. Bloggers are writers; bloggers are editors; bloggers are stylists and photographers; bloggers are social media experts; bloggers are marketers… and once you’ve monetised your blog and start making an income from it, bloggers are negotiators and accountants! You catch my drift. So much goes into every single blog post and the blogging community has expanded so much in the last 5 years that many people are able to blog as their full-time career. For many, blogging is a real job, with a real salary, that requires real taxes.

2. There’s no room for any more bloggers!

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I hear this lie a lot. I read an article recently whereby Cosmopolitan interviewed a popular fashion blogger, Sarah Ashcroft. When Sarah was asked about her thoughts on the blogging community she is quoted to have said:

‘If I’m completely honest, I don’t think there’s any space for more bloggers in the industry everyone is one these days. It’s ridiculous.’

I appreciate her words may have been manipulated by Cosmopolitan, but even so, this is a common view held by a lot of people. It’s the reason why people often don’t start their blog or delay it even though they have the talent, the passion and there is a demand for their craft. Fear of overcapacity! Well to be frank, one source stated that in 2013 there were 152 million blogs. This number has definitely increased and it will continue to increase, blogs come and go every day. Does this mean there is no room for you? Of course not. Never let the fact that someone else has done something before you stop you from trying it for yourself, with your own spin. There is more than enough room for absolutely anyone to start a blog as long as you remain true to your unique self. The same goes for any creative venture – I wrote a blog post on this topic which a lot of you seemed to agree with earlier this year, check it out here.

3. Blogging is a trend – get off the bandwagon

This one is just way off the mark… *yawn*. Blogging has been around for years. What sort of trend lasts for over 10 years? Remember Zoella? Zoella is probably the most famous UK blogger with a massive following of almost 12 million subscribers. She started her blog way back in 2009 and she’s been creating YouTube videos for at least 7 years also. It is apparent that brands have clocked onto the huge influence and power that bloggers have in terms of generating sales and sharing their opinion on products/services to a loyal audience. Bloggers are called “influencers” because we are genuinely influential. Whether or not some bloggers have entered the community to join a bandwagon does not detract from the fact that blogging has been around for ages and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Blogging is the future!


If you liked this post and want to see more blogging-related content, do let me know. I love sharing tips and tricks that I’ve picked up so if that is something you guys would find interesting to see, leave a comment down below.

Bloggers – what are some other myths and misconceptions about blogging that you want to dispel – share them down below!


God bless you!
Wunms.

The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him — Psalm 37:23

“Only God Can Judge Me” – 2Pac or The Bible?

Last month I was reminded on two occasions of the need and importance of correction, particularly within the body of Christ. As Christians sometimes we can be quick to preach that “only God can judge me” misquoting a particular verse in Matthew 7 whereby Jesus says in verse 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged”. When in fact, the popular phrase is a lyric by the late rapper, 2Pac and not a Bible verse.

The Bible warns us in verse 2 that “in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” But does this mean that we cannot correct our brothers and sisters in Christ when we can clearly see them habitually sinning? It’s an area that we must treat with great care, but ultimately I believe the main concern is avoiding conducting ourselves hypocritically whilst correcting another person’s sin. As the Bible describes it, pointing at a speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye before taking out the plank in your own (verse 3).

However, we must not ignore verses 4-5 which instructs us to first take out the plank in our own eye (deal with our own sin) and then we will be able to see more clearly to remove the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye (correct someone else who is sinning). The onus to correct others does not disappear just because we have the same duty to correct ourselves.

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Never take spiritual guidance from false teachers!

Next, I want to address the method in which we correct others, the cornerstone of my argument. I believe Christians are often attacked for being judgmental because of the approach we sometimes take to addressing sin with others.

A recent example of this which some of my younger readers may be familiar with is the BKChat Ldn episode whereby Max, a Christian cast member, gave his views on homosexuality. It’s fair to conclude that his message that “homosexuality is a sin” was not well received by his fellow cast members, not just because of the controversial nature of it’s content. The Bible does say that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of heaven, there is no secret about that (1 Corinthians 6:9). However, I personally believe that Max’s delivery distorted the effectiveness of his message and had a negative impact on the way it was received. 

As a Christian viewer, I can appreciate that preaching the word of God before non-believers can be difficult particularly when you’re facing direct adversity and opposition, but we must always remember to speak the truth in love! Let me explain…

If you correct someone from a place of spitefulness, anger or hatred, they are far less likely to hear you. This can even include the tone in which you speak, do you genuinely sound loving or are your words sharp, rude or harsh? In my opinion, your message could lose authenticity/effectiveness no matter how true it may have been if you do not keep patience and love at the forefront. Furthermore, the Bible tells us explicitly to encourage one another, to be patient with one another when speaking the truth (the Word of God) and ultimately to do everything in love. Think about why you are correcting the person in the first place, is it not because you love them? If so, then it must show in your delivery!

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Contrary to popular belief, Christians need each other to uphold one another.  It’s an important form of accountability. Aside from personal convictions which can correct our sins, iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). In conclusion, I believe that we should not be afraid to correct our brothers and sisters. But we must always remember to do so in love and with patience. This requires us not to be hypocritical of our own sins and acknowledge that God is the ultimate judge of character, able to condemn people. You need not be spotless before you can correct someone because nobody is perfect, but it’s a very fine balance to strike and a difficult task. This is why we need God’s wisdom in us to navigate such situations (James 1:5-6).


Reference ScripturesMatthew 7 (on judging others), 1 Corinthians 16:14 (do everything in love), Ephesians 4:14-16 (on unity and maturity in the body of Christ & speaking the truth in love), 2 Tim 3:16-17 (God uses scripture to correct us, teaching us right from wrong).

That’s all from me today! I know this is a pretty hefty/controversial topic so I’d love for you guys to share your thoughts with me in the comments. I encourage you to read the reference scriptures above (and more!) and come to your own conclusion.

What do you think – should Christians correct each other? What do you think is the best approach to take? Let’s discuss.


God bless you!
Wunms.

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. — Ephesians 4:14-16

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GIVEAWAY: Win ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, £20 Selfridges Voucher & MORE!!

Hey guys, happy June!

To kick off the month I’m bringing you some fantastic news… we’ve hit 15,000 views on this blog! A whole fifteen thousand views (and 9,000 visitors)… wow. I’m so excited and grateful to every single one of you that reads/has read this blog and encourages me to create more content. This month also marks 1 year of wunms.co.uk soooo to celebrate, I’m saying thank you by hosting my first blog GIVEAWAY.

I’m giving away a few of my favourite things and some treats I thought majority of my readers will enjoy:

£20 Selfridges Gift Card

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette 

Sally Hansen “Cherry Up” nail polish and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

To enter the giveaway you must follow the rules in this link. Very simple and will probably take you less than a minute to enter. Good luck and please tell a friend to tell a friend.

The lucky winner will be announced on my 1 year “blog anniversary” – June 15th 2017. 


*Special thank you to my lovely boyfriend Tomiwa for helping me to make this giveaway possible!*


God bless you,

Wunms. 

“…You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ‭‭ Acts ‭20:35‬