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A few months ago, we found ridiculously cheap plane tickets for Boston and off we went. It was our first visit to the city and, believe it or not, Stockholm in February was more pleasant than Boston in March. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that we arrived completely unprepared. That I, in my converse and thin jacket, did not end up with pneumonia is honestly not even fair.
It was so cold that I wouldn’t even reach for my camera. I snapped more pictures with my phone than I did with my Canon. We stayed outside the city and ventured out to explore, but all those trips were cut short. Being inside and warm was just so much more appealing.

We mostly just ate. I dragged Lee and our friends across the city and back to get Ethiopian, Mexican, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese. The best ethnic food was the only research I did before going to Boston. I drank tanks of cider after discovering the Downeast variety. This stuff is incredible. They make it right in Boston too!

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Are You Broke This Christmas?

Oh the 25th of December has not always been the best day for me until. Well not until the last few years when I have spent it with family that actually count. It’s a day for many of us to spend with family or friends (I say that with caution). To buy presents and to simply stuff your face until the sight of food makes you want to throw up.

Apologies for the imagery on the last one. But as we get older or as I have gotten older, I noticed  that my Christmas list continues to grow longer and longer and the presents become more expensive. As an adult you can no longer buy your cousin a cheap mascara right? I’m beginning to feel the dizziness of present buying and gift wrapping… I’m sure you are too. It’s estimated that over 25% of us spend more than we actually have on Christmas presents – ouch that’s a lot! Hence the reason I have decided to write a quick process on how you can save some money and if you carry on reading this, you can even save a lot of money or not spend a dime.

Right, let’s get started!!

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Don’t buy anything for anyone!

I have never done this before. Come on. The awkwardness when you are opening up presents and you haven’t got anything for the person giving you is not the best scenario anyone wants to be in on Christmas Day.. I will be taking my own advice this time around. Think I’m quite lucky as I won’t be spending Christmas as I normally do because of a scheduled minor operation. The not buying anything for anyone would need to be agreed with everyone. At least those that you plan to spend the day with of course; as that could be again extremely awkward. I know many families that do it now and they feel that Christmas is a day to be spent with family and be warm and cosy.

Make your gifts yourself.  I have to say, last year my cousin was proactive in saving money at Xmas and to be fair she made some really lovely presents that I used throughout this year. Yes, you’ll be surprised what you can find on websites such as eBay and Amazon. My cousin found natural ingredients to make lip balms, hand creams, shampoo, perfumes, the lot. It was the best selling point is that when a friend or family member opens the present it was all made with love and the natural goodness. Ohh and it’s good for you!

Secret Fanta AKA Secret Santa 

Now I think this can work really well if you come from a big family and even a small family. Why not buy one present for the family, something they all can all use or share. I think everyone knows how this goes right. But if you don’t … like you do with your friends or work colleagues. You get your families names in a bag ( go by surnames if you can) and you have the youngest (within reason) pick the names out of the bag. Your family will buy for that family. Warning! It does require reuniting before Christmas or whenever you decide to exchange presents. And the present. Well I’m not the best at presents, but it could go really well and will be coat effective.  

Why not? A fave series may go a long way – Game of Thrones maybe? Or why not a good old box of celebration or quality streets. If your family is like mine they can then give that to another family who will appreciate it. I would like a holiday. But that may be pushing it especially if you only get a box of celebrations in return. Hey it is the thought that counts and in life I’ve learnt you don’t give to receive. All the same, please remember the reason for Christmas and try to enjoy it for yourself and even for me.

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Why Let Society Dictate When You Get Married?

‘Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has said in her famous books -“You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?” “Your life belongs to you and you only”

As you can already see, keeping my political mouth shut is becoming extremely difficult for me. I haven’t written in nearly over a month, which on my part is very disappointing. 

Why Let Society Dictate When You Get Married?


I chose to start MyBreakingViews because I wanted to bring a platform. To light for young people to express their own political views; and me being me, I’ve always seen politics as real hard core politics- you know things that happen in parliament but I am now having to take on a broader scope and tell myself that there are more political things out there Ade! So I’m going to shed light on other political issues that bother me as a young women within a cultural atmosphere. And that’s the politics of young women feeling pressured to get married. 

Yes I can see some people already rolling their eyes (here we go again) some even possibly asking why?! Why am I even talking about this “people already talk about this”. Please hear it from my point of view because I think everyone’s story is different. I am also sure that there are a lot of women and possibly men who by the end of this article. Can totally relate to everything I’m saying. 

You are getting old

I recently turned 25 and I mean literally recently. For many young girls, that is the ideal age for marriage (at least that is the opinion of many people). In my parent’s generation, it would be seen then as a real tragedy if I wasn’t married at 25! Sadly to some degree. Despite the fact that a lot of our parents are not together, despite the high number of broken marriages. And despite the fact that some women (and men) actually don’t want to get married. Many societies still make it an issue that marriage at a young age is a huge priority! There are now so many new opportunities for women. BUT today, it is still seen as a complete failure for a women not to be married at a young age in a vast number of cultures – whether African or Asian.

Now why is that?! Why is it a custom that every young women should not only be married at a certain time and if not, to aspire to? Of course being in a Christian marriage is something that I see myself doing. Of course, when the time is right. But there is still some stigma and pressuring of young women to make marriage a life time goal! Why?! Have our parents not learnt from their own mistakes? 

Have they not seen that chasing your dreams. And being ambitious as a women can and is a hugely beautiful and amazing thing? So good for the time we are living in now and can benefit you in the long run?

It really saddens me that I see girls younger than me stressing over the fact that they are not yet married. When there is so much more out there to see in this world. 

Live your life

What if you as a women lived your life. I mean really lived your life and didn’t have to bother for one second what a man would think?! How beautiful would that be? What if you travelled, saw the world, grew in your career and loved life for yourself? Would that make you less of a women because you are not aspiring for marriage?

Don’t get me wrong there are people that are married at my age, even younger than me. That was their appointed time. I just hate to know that there are young women out there believing that they are nothing. Just because they are not yet married- because that’s just isn’t true!
You are a beautiful woman and you should choose to live your life for yourself and not for any man. When it’s your time, when the time is right for you, it will come, I promise you.


Read also: My first award: Liebster Award!

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