SMART Goals!!!

Welcome back again!!! A little more than a week into the new year and how are we feeling. Feeling excited, hopeful and ready to tackle the new year with all the plans and goals that we have written down. Yes, our new year resolutions.

When did you write down your resolutions or visions for the new year ? I believe most people starts to write down their resolutions at the end of the previous year or beginning of the year. So, like most people I started writing my visions and plans in December, beginning of December to be exact. I started writing down my desires, my plans and what I wanted to achieve in the new year.

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I want to share a a mnemonic that I use that has helped for many years when writing my visions. The mnemonic is SMART. It was created in 1981 by George Doran, a consultant who published a paper about using a tool to create and improve chances of succeeding in accomplishing a goal. Here’s what SMART stand for.

S- Specific. Be specific about what you want to accomplish. It should answer question such as the What, Who, When and Where. For example, I will lose 10 pounds in 3 months. I will apply to 10 colleges for bachelor’s degree or I will apply to this particular college by January for my Master’s program.

M- Measurable. You have to have a way to measure your progress. You can measure your progress by creating milestones of what tasks will need to be accomplished at a particular time.

A- Achievable/ Attainable. This helps you create steps in how you will achieve your goal or vision. For example, you want to lose 10 pounds. You have to start by going to the gym 1-2/week and workout for at least 30-45 mins per session. You can also say, I choose to start eating healthy, cut out sugar from your diet or stop drinking soda. I’m clearly using myself as examples for my weight loss goals but these are steps to achieve goals.

R-Relevant/Realistic. How realistic are you with your goal? How relevant is it with your life? You can say you want to lose 50 lbs in 3 months, is that really realistic and how does it for into your current lifestyle. We have to be realistic for us to be able to achieve and materialize our goals and visions.

T- Time bound. Set a target for when your goal will be accomplished. It’s great if your goal can be accomplished within a year but sometimes it may need a couple of years to accomplish your goals. For example, go to college and obtain my bachelor degree in 4 years is both realistic and time bound. It is not any different than setting a goal to lose 10 pounds in 3 months.

So there you have it. My template to writing my new year visions and goals. If you have any other template or ideas that you use in writing your goals and visions, please share them below. Always in Love. Yemmy

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2+0+2+1= 5 = GRACE

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Hello my Loves, what a great way to start 2021 with Grace. As a Christian, the number 5 symbolizes Grace and I believe some of you may already know what Grace is or have experienced Grace is one way, shape or form. But for those who are wondering what is Grace and what does it mean. Here’s a way to imagine what Grace is.

A simple way of defining Grace is a thoughtful way of behaving or a smooth and pleasing way of moving. To me, Grace means more to me than that. It means unmerited favor, something that I didn’t deserve but was given to me free of charge. Grace causes me to be grateful for everything that I have. I believe starting the year with Grace is essential to how our perspective will shape this year.

For me to receive Grace, I have to be able to give Grace. Yes, extend Grace to others. This is hard, but it is attainable. I choose to extend Grace to my family, my husband, my children, my parents and my friends. You too can extend Grace to your loved ones. Anytime during the year you think of 2021, think of GRACE. God’s Grace is sufficient for us (2 Cor 12:9).


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Happy New Year, my loves. 2020 was quite the year but 2021 is here and we are here to stay. So grateful to God for his protection over us in 2020 and we are able to cross over into the new year.

I’m excited for all the great things this year brings such as favor, joy, peace and all the numerous blessings I will encounter this year. Cheers to the new year. Ohhh by the way, what is your vision for 2021. Do you have a vision and is your vision clear and plain?

Write your vision and make it plain. Habakkuk 2:2. Ideas for writing down your vision.

Vision boards or Journal – helps you to write down and visualize your 2021 vision and goals.

Here’s a sample of my 2021 vision boards.

Happy New Year again and cheers to productive and safe year ahead. Don’t forget to reply or comment.

Ways to Thrive and Flourish!!!

Welcome to March, My loves!!! I am so excited that spring is around the corner. Winter was quite long this season, but I know the kids enjoyed it with lots of snow days, which means NO SCHOOL . Well, as we are heading into spring, it’s time for spring cleaning, not only for our homes but especially for our hearts. It is a time of rejuvenation, regeneration and new growth. I am recently inspired during my devotional time about ways to live a rewarding life. Here are some keys points as we begin a new month and a new season.


Sometimes its hard to let go of past hurts and wrongs. It is sometimes easier to hold on to and not forgive, because in our mind, forgiveness is releasing our power and right to the person that has hurt us. Withholding forgiveness from someone gives us a false sense of reality that we are in control. Forgiveness is a vital part of life especially, if we desire wholeness and growth. It is releasing the hurts to allow healing to enter our hearts and purify out hearts and mind. It is not dismissing the betrayal but grants grace to the person and in returns sets us free.


So often we wear our grief or loss as a thorn on our hearts and most people though may not be able to see it, they are able to feel that shift in our lives. We become victims to our circumstances and sometimes we allow them to define us. Part of growth is processing grief in a healthy way. Everyone has gone through hurts and pain in one way, shape or form, but it is in those moments we groan for Jesus who gives us strength to push through. We must learn to walk through our difficult times, not around it or over it. We will come out on the other side of grief, refreshed and ready to grow into the next phase of our life. Matt 5:4.


I’m sure many of us may have come across a saying that says “Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real”. We sometimes give life to things that doesn’t even need our attention which leads to anxiety and stress over our lives. We need to practice the art of positive declaration over our lives and those of our family. We need to replace our fear of the unknown with courage of the future. Courage that pushes us to apply ourselves beyond the capacity that we think we can bear. A life of fear makes our faith anemic, barely surviving rather than living a rewarding and adventurous. Deut 31:6

Please leave comment about ways you refresh your mind as you begin a new season and especially a new month.

Celebrating Black Women Today and Everyday

Top 5 Black Women Trailblazers.

  1. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first elected black female president in the world. She was the president of Liberia from January 2006 – January 2018. She is a graduate of Harvard University. She was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her contribution for women’s rights.

2. Michelle Obama is a writer, lawyer, and university administrator who served as the First Lady of the United States of America from 2009 to 2017. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She is an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating.

3. Rebecca Lee Cumpler was the first female black physician in the United States. She obtained her degree in Doctor of Medicine in 1864 from  New England Female Medical College. She practiced medicine in Boston and Virginia primarily for poor women and children and focused on diseases of women and children.

4. Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian Billionaire business woman, one of the richest African women, and one of the richest black women in the world. She is involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. She is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.

5. Joycelyn Elders is the first Black female appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. She is is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. While in office she worked to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by increasing the availability of birth control, counseling, and sex education at school-based clinics, a 24 percent rise in the immunization rate for two-year-olds; and expanded the availability of HIV testing and counseling services, breast cancer screenings, and better hospice care for the elderly.

She’s 4!!! How Did this happen!!!

Hello everyone! I wanted to talk a bit about parenting today. My first fruit is 4 years old today and I wonder how time flies by. My heart is full of joy in the midst of struggling to be a good mom. She is growing in the knowledge and wisdom of God. I always take time to reflect, relish and relive her birth every year around her birthday. As a mom who works two jobs, my schedule doesn’t always permit me to be around as much as I would like but every time I see her beautiful face, I am reassured that I am doing a good job being her mother.

I am sure lots of mothers, working or not, struggle with being a good mother, yet alone a great mother. I just want to encourage you that you are more than likely are great mother. If you are not sure whether you are doing a good job or not, ask yourselves these questions. Look at your child or children, and ask, do they have a roof over their head, do they have everything they need not necessarily every they want, are they well dressed, are they well fed and are they getting a good education? Then you are a great mother.

Things you can to do improve your relationship with your children. 1. Spend 5-10 mins in the morning, reading the Word or praying with them as you get them ready in the morning. (I know it might be hard waking them up to have a family altar when they are in the toddler age range, as they get older, hopefully it becomes easier in the morning). It might even be when you driving them to school in the morning. 2. Read a book together ideally at bedtime, it becomes a routine they look forward to. 3. Share a meal together as a family without any distractions on the dining table or even on the living room floor. (No phones or tablets, for children and especially adult. Thats not the time to check the status of your post on social media, how many likes you garnered from your post or what other people are posting. Just family time). 4. Reassure them, how they make you proud, especially when they do the right thing. Affirm their position in the family and ensure that they are a vital part of the family. 5. Take family vacations together, either during the summer time or for their birthdays.

Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions or ideas on creating lasting bonds with your child or children. God Bless!!!


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Have you ever wondered about your coincidences, lucks, failures and ultimately how everything in your life happens? How your steps are ordered?

I want to use this to inspire and encourage someone, just the same the way I am encouraging myself. I just want to let someone know that you have to continue to hold on and keep on going especially when the odds are stacked against you. Ps 130 v 5 NLT: I am counting on the Lord, yes, I am counting on HIM, I have put my hope in His Word.

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So, I know many people are curious to see which direction this blog is going, and I will tell you myself that I am too. It is a lifestyle blog and one of the key part of who I am is a Christ follower. There’s a heaviness on my heart to encourage people and to inspire people to let them know they are not alone. This is to say that in the midst of the trials, the tribulations, the heartache, the divorce, the infertility issues, the depression, the lack of self worth, God is still saying there is a bigger purpose to why we were created and that he has marked us for greatness. He still has a plan for you and I, and the anointing has not left us even though we don’t feel him near. What does that even mean, right? So this post is inspired by Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church in Tulsa, OK.

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Key things to know when you are marked. I will be using King David and Abraham in the Bible to expand on this illustration of being marked.

  • You are approved in private ( Not everyone will see the process, you won’t get the cosign of your peers, you won’t get a lot of likes on Instagram, you won’t be recognized, not everyone will be able to see you in the seed form). That’s the time you have to hold on to the confidence of God and the assurance that He is the Creator and He knows exactly what he is doing. Just Praise HIM. Write verses of affirmation of the promises and repeat them wherever you are, at work, at home, while cooking or driving. Spent time with him and he also will draw near to you. For example, David was man after God’s own heart because he spent a lot of time with God ( God was with David because David was with God).
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  • You will be an answer to a Problem. He will cause a stirring inside of you that no one can really fill. He will urge you seek him more to receive answers that are burning inside of you. He will give you solutions that people may not be able to see or answers to questions that may be difficult for people to answer. For example, David was an answer to the Israelites, when he went to war to deliver food to his brothers. He realized that Goliath, a Philistine had been taunting the Israelites and they were frankly afraid of him. But he got there and he was like, who is this “uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? (I Sam 17 v 26b) David was like how dare he talks about my God like that and He decided to take him on with his stones and a sling, even though Goliath was a man of war, fully clothes in his military regalia.
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  • Opportunity will be wrapped in obedience and this might be a hard one. Because we talk about opportunity and obedience but in reality it’s difficult to see an opportunity while we are being obedient sometimes. We question if the decision we are making is the right one, because how can I do something when I’m not exactly sure how it is going to work out. The fear of the unknown taunts us and wants to keep us complacent. For example, God told Abraham to leave his Father’s house is Haran and to move to a land that He will give to him, (Gen 12 v 1-4). Many of us would be like, but God, let me stay here for another year, and I will go when I have enough money, or I just need to get enough certifications before I can move my family or I need to pay my loans first before I can obey you. Trust me, I have been there personally with all of the questions but its much easier to follow and obey.

You are Marked by God for Destiny! You are Chosen! Will you let God do it?

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2019!

Hello Everyone,  Thank you for stopping by today.

New Year!, New You!. New Attitude! Now is the time to capitalize on an opportunity to start afresh. Now that we are in the New Year, lets talk about 2019 Goals. Having Goals helps to know what you want to achieve in this new year. I personally like to establish goals for almost everything that I want to achieve in my life. I will love to challenge you to get a journal and write your goals for 2019.

Criteria for writing your goals

  1. Create goals for different areas of your life.
    1. For example, Goals for Relationship, Family, Finance, Work/Career
  2. Set realistic goals that are attainable.
  3. Make goals that are measurable
  4. Decide if goals are short term vs long term
  5. Review goals periodically.
  6. Reward yourself for accomplishing a set goal.

Examples of 2019 Goals!!!

Personal Goals for 2019

  1. Lose 10 lbs by end of February
  2. Wake up 5am every day
  3. Have a daily devotional/meditation time for 15-20 mins in the morning

Financial Goals for 2019

  1. Creating or updating the Life Insurance by End of January 2019 for the family
  2. Updating or Looking over Wills/ Power of Attorney- Estate Planning before the March 2019
  3. Review Last year finances and create a yearly budget, semi-annual budget, quarterly budget and finally monthly budget.
  4. Review current debt and create a debt snowball for 2019 by end of January
  5. Create a savings plan and how much you intend to save in 2019 by end of January.

Family Goals for 2019

  1. Update Family Binder
  2. Plan annual family vacation
  3. Movie night at home, weekly vs monthly.

Career Goals for 2019

  1. Review certifications obtained and research available certification in 2019
  2. Look for available continuing educational opportunities
  3. Renew Licenses

Relationship Goals for 2019

  1. Monthly Date night
  2. Couples Trip
  3. Spend 10 mins daily in the morning or at night to check in with each other.
  4. At least once a week, intimate time, yes at least once a week but more is absolutely okay, as you desire.

So here’s a few ideas to get you started. Please email your ideas and let me know what is also on your 2019 goals.

Welcome to YemmyMD

Hey Everyone! Welcome to my blog.

My name is Olayemi, but my family and friends call me Yemmy. I have a passion and love for babies and this led to pursing a career in Medicine. To be honest with you, I have a passion and love for a lot of things such as fashion, cooking, DIYs/crafts. I intend to marry my passion for fashion, my love for arts/crafts, my excitement about travels, my ideas for parenting my daughter, my Nigerian culture, and finally to share my experience as a  Neonatologist (Baby ICU Doctor) and a pediatrician .

I have a wonderful husband, a mother to 4 year old little vivacious girl. I would like to say thank you for stopping by and starting this journey with me. I am excited about where this journey leads.

On YemmyMD, you will find inspiration for fashion styles for women and children, tips and ideas for parenting, travel inspiration, DIY and craft projects, recipes to try and finally a little sprinkle of some pediatric advice for the little ones. Now remember, all the medical advise on this blog are not meant to supersede  any medical advice given by your primary care doctor.

Proverbs 31:26

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness