I am Ify Stephanie Ifebueme: A Chartered Accountant by Profession; wife to a wonderful man, biological mother of 3 lovely kids and spiritual mother to many amazing children. (I am a Minister of the gospel, a Deaconess in my church; Christ Embassy a.k.a Believers Loveworld Incorp, where my husband is a pastor.)
I've learnt from my Pastor; Rev Dr Chris Oyakhilome that success is not about acquiring things for yourself, but imparting lives around you. It is imparting the world with the investments of your personality.
A woman is more than Mrs A or Mrs B, she is more than just Mr A's wife or Mr B's wife. In other words, every woman must understand that she has something in her that the world needs (everyone actually; man or woman) and we all must unleash that special thing about us to bless the world.
My set goals are quite a lot and is in different categories- ministry, personal, family, career, etc.. However I am all about imparting lives and helping to build others up. To make consistent progress and continually improve on myself because you can only give what you have on the inside.
Challenges? To be honest nothing extraordinary. Challenges are bound to come at different times of our lives and there's nothing really wrong with facing challenges. What is wrong is allowing the challenges determine the course of our lives negatively; allowing the challenges stop you from achieving is the problem. So the challenges I have faced have made me stronger and better and have strengthened my faith and resolve to do more!
Unnecessary competition, looking around instead of doing what you have been called to do, following the crowd instead of following the instruction of God to you personally; envy, strife, bitterness, misplaced priorities and identity crisis.
We must learn that there is enough room at the top for everyone and everyone has her own lane and path. In your own path, there's all you need for a successful life but the moment one steps out of her path, she becomes suspectiple to danger. ' Women compete with your past not with one another.' Be inspired by others. Celebrate another person's success, be challenged positively to do more but it must not bring up negative emotions within us. These things lead to wrong decisions.
In a world where lots of things crave for our attention and with all we have to do as women- home, relationships, career, business, we must learn to maintain our focus and drive. Stay motivated. Prayer helps to keep us driven and inspired in order to actually take steps towards achieving that vision.
It's one thing to have a vision, it's another thing to have the drive and inspiration to actually go ahead and get it done. Again service! That thing you desire, celebrate it in someone who is already achieving it and go and help out, volunteer if you can, in doing so you open up yourself to learn, to grow and you sow seeds for your own vision by connecting to that one achieving it.
Also do something everyday towards that dream no matter how little.
Probably a medical doctor or a teacher. I am actually a teacher so to speak. I taught nearly all my adult life as my mum owns a group of schools so I was exposed to the training and courses so I am actually still a teacher .
No one should have a say about how people spend their money except God really.
What is wrong is when it becomes materialism or again as a result of competition or jut to show off or they are spending money that is not theirs.
Again, life is not just about today! There's a life to be lived. Money invested will be more beneficial than money spent. So investments are key. And then investments in eternal things are far better than things that pass away.
Girl wake up! There's so much in you that this world needs. You were not born to just pass through life without making an impact. There's only one of you in this world. So be the best of you! If you faced a challenge in the past! Don't let it define you! Don't give that challenge a right over another second of your life! Rise above it and be the best of you!
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