Stella at 30

On my
birthday each year, I reflect on how far I have come and my future plans while
giving Glory to God. I often get emotional knowing how much God has been
faithful to me i.e. from the little girl in Nigeria to being a wife and a mom.  

The road to
thirty has been a journey to the horizon and I am proud of how things turned

I wish to
share 30 life lessons I have learnt. Please share your thoughts and for my
readers above thirty, what advice would you give for the BIG 30 and going

1. Give thanks to God
always – as long as there is life, there is hope and with God, all things
are possible

2. Time is precious and the only guaranteed
time is the present… choose you actions wisely

3. Surround yourself with like-minded
people…show me your friends and I can tell you who you are.

4.  Family is everything.

5.  Go the extra mile

6.  Stay true to yourself…if it doesn’t
make you feel good, stay away

7.   Build your legacy, not just your
empire…Every great thing takes time, patience and persistence.

8.   Trustthat when the answer is no, there is a
better yes coming.

9.   Don’t let success make you proud and
don’t let failure make you weak.

10. Don’t feel bad about saying “no”
to activities, obligations and people that don’t add genuine value to your life.

11.  Success is built on action. Work
as hard as you can and have a good mind set.

12.  Learn to be a good listener.

13. Show up for your friends. Your
presence matters more than you might know.

14. Seek out mentors for all aspects of
your life

15.  Life is easier when you imagine
an apology you may never receive.

16.  Do not hold grudges…the only
person you are hurting is yourself. Forgiveness is power.

17.  Friendship requires constant
energy, effort and time.

18. When someone shows you who they are,
believe them.

19.  Don’t let people’s opinion define

20.  The only person you are
destined to become is the person you decide to be

21.  Learn to let goif it doesn’t serve you

22.  You don’t need everyone to like
you…every friendship is not the same, so don’t expect everyone to love you the

23.  Happiness comes from within

24.  You can count your closest
friends one hand or less

25.  Make time for yourself

26.  Friendly people are not
necessary your friends…be careful how much you open up to people

27.  “No one can make you feel
inferior without your consent”- Eleanor Roosevelt

28.  Surround yourself with
like-minded folks

29.  It is ok to change

30. Never give up…some things might take



Photographed by Kseniapro



  1. JustPorsh
    May 15, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Gorgeous!Wishing you many more amazing years ahead!God bless you!

  2. Anonymous
    May 15, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Happy birthday Stella, I wish you the very best!Thank you for sharing these wise lessons.You look lovely as always 🙂

  3. BlazyFashion
    May 15, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Sweetie!God bless you!xxxChiChi

  4. Tomi D
    May 15, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Happy birthday Stella!! Thanks for this post today, especially no. 8 and no. 30…it was just what I needed to read/see right now so thank you. Many happy returns, God bless!Tomi at

  5. jennifer ugo
    May 15, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Love all the wise quotes happy birthday

  6. Tunmise Fasugba
    May 15, 2015 / 11:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Stella Fashion Headshot

  7. karlozman
    May 15, 2015 / 11:56 pm

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  8. Anonymous
    May 16, 2015 / 12:39 am

    First of Glory to God. You are such a blessing.I love your Pastel look. You such a fashionista. Suits you so well.So organized, consistent and efficientHappy Birthday.Thanks for sharing your tips. Yes I have learned the hard way. Being a people pleaser and letting people's opinions define me. I have learned to stand on what God say's about me and what He defines me to be.In as much as all the points are valueable. This stood out..26. Friendly people are not necessary your friends…be careful how much you open up to people27. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”- Eleanor RooseveltBesides I know it's your Birthday. Still want to know Eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick , dress and not even forgetting the lovely colorful ballons details please.Hugs and Care. xoxoxJoan

  9. Beauty
    May 16, 2015 / 5:20 am

    Happy birthday, congratulations and welcome to the thirties club. Life gets more meaningful and interesting from now on. And aside from God who is number one, you are right; Family is everything.Have a blessed weekend; you look great as always.

  10. Louisa Moje
    May 16, 2015 / 6:39 am

    Happy birthday lady!! Loving your 30 life lessons :)

  11. Simply Uneeke
    May 16, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Happy birthday dear, thanks for the advice.Simply Uneeke

  12. Uzo O
    May 17, 2015 / 1:00 am

    Happy Birthday dear, wishing you many more years of joy and success.Hope you have a blast,and save some cake for me .I love cakes…

  13. ceca
    May 17, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    Happy birthday!! May God bless you.

  14. Anonymous
    May 17, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Happy birthday girl!!

  15. Patricia loves fashion
    May 18, 2015 / 8:30 am

    Happy birthday! 🙂 Lovely photos and such a lovely post 😉

  16. 'Lara A
    May 18, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Happy belated birthday Stella.

  17. Traycee Sokoya
    May 30, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Dear Stella…this is wishing you more of God's blessings as you have added another year! I have been meaning to post this….apologies it's coming later than wished… but hey better said than never, right?I know you had an awesome birthday too! GodblessTraycee…

  18. GlamourZONE
    June 1, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Wow! Am catching up with your posts after two weeks long of exams. I love this post. It's so inspirational.Kisses from Kenya

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