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#MotivationalMonday – Attitude


Yesterday and over the weeks, so many incidences made me have a re-think about people and situations and as much as I try not to compare them, when you see a pattern – it is easy to tell if there’s change coming or we are in for a long horrible ride with that person.

Bad attitude sucks!

Granted, no one particularly likes being scolded or corrected. But like our on-point manual and Book of Life says, “God corrects those He loves” and in another place, “Godly sorrow leads to repentance.”

Yes, I know some people have taken the duty of criticizing everything you do. But when what is being complained about is done by other people too, then you really need to Stop, Listen, Sieve and get to work; on YOURSELF!

These days when I hear certain complaints, I take the exercise myself. Other times, I simply just feel the check in me immediately and I rearrange or ask different buddies for their opinions and then I easily see a ‘Repeat’ suggestion which I follow.

• Stop
• Listen
• Sieve
• Work
• Intentionally become the New You.

Sometimes, people don’t change. So, you work on you!


© 2017. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.



​#MotivationalMonday – Trade by Barter 


Many years ago, before paper money and cryptocurrency became vogue, we indulged in Trade by Barter. I’m not sure how many of us where around then, but it simply means, “Trade by Exchange”.

You see, the deal with Trade by Barter is that what is being exchanged must be commensurate with what is traded…at least in the eyes of those making the exchanges. It worked back then and is still working now, though these days the scale is somewhat unbalanced and it depends on who says what the worth of what you have to offer is.

As you begin your day and week, determine by yourself to do the exchange with yourself before you try it on another person. What have you left unattended to that needs your time? Plan, plot, strategize on how to achieve more this week by playing that Candy crush for fewer minutes (though it excites the brain and gets you refreshed) or break free from that fruitless gist early enough. There’s so much to invest your time in and get good rewards for. You’ll thank me for it later.

By the way, in between being busy, I Bend my Brain with puzzles.

Take charge!


© 2017. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved

#MotivationalMondays – Speak Up


And my Oba said to me, “the earth is not a free-ride space, it is a battlefield”. This says to me that you are not just going to walk through the earth like one having a walk in the park, a trip to see beautiful scenery and smell the roses. But “whilst in this space, and smelling the roses, the thorns might prick or you might need to push back some bushes to get a clearer view.” 
With this in mind, you prepare ahead to “be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and have dominion!” in that space. When a sphere is termed ‘a battlefield’, it signifies ENGAGEMENT! 

•How do you plan to engage the/your competition?

•What are the tools necessary for this warfare?

•Are you versed in the use of these tools or aware of current trends?

•What are your key strategies?

•Who and who make up your team? 

•What are your exit/succession plans?

So why do you wake and walk through this earth daily silently? Speak Up!


© 2017. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.

Responding to Temptation


I love this beautifully written declaration of faithfulness that is deeper than what we read. Way to go Pst Baker!

The Recovering Legalist

Young Woman,

I don’t care how young you are, 20’s or whatever. I don’t care how pretty you are, at least what I can see. I don’t care how much fun and full of energy you are; I’m not. I don’t care how much you want to please me. I don’t even care how much you care about me, or how much you need me.

You see, whatever you have to offer, no matter what it may be, is not worth my marriage. No amount of “love making” could compare to the love that’s been built over the last 23 years with my wife.

I love my wife and I love my God who gave her to me. I love my daughters and the trust they place in me. Nothing you can offer is worth what I’d have to give up.

Lastly, marriage is designed to be symbolic of the…

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Interview – Frances Kelvin Otung — fēlan


Click through the following links to read Frances’ past interviews. Issue 1, 2, 5 & 6. Tell us about the specific inspiration behind one or each of your accepted pieces. I was doing a piece for a friend on ‘BEAUTY’ and it occurred to me that the beautiful may not always be “Beautiful”. Like the […]

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