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New Year Same You

New Year Same You

I started the Tales of an African Princess in America podcast (#TAPApodcast) in February 2018, to share my experiences, as an African woman in America. I believe in the transformative power of stories. I try to inspire young girls to seek further education in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) by sharing my story. On the podcast, I also advocate for healthcare. I believe that we make the best choices when we are well informed. So this year, I want  to arm you with practical tools to help you jumpstart to a healthy and productive 2020. I will be giving out gifts to 4 lucky winners, so please keep reading.

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My Name is Dr. Ozi. I am the Host of the Tales of an African Princess in America Podcast

 In 2019, so many amazing things happened on #TAPAPpodcast. We released our 90th episode, started a youtube channel, and cohosted our very first live podcast in Texas USA!!!!.

To top it all, my husband and I finally got our green cards, without the need for a sponsor or lawyers. We both came to the US on student visas and were able to go directly from F-1 student visas to US permanent residents. If you are an immigrant in America, you know the struggle.

 I wrote an ebook about the entire process, so feel free to download your free copy today.

It’s that time of the year again. Time to make new year resolutions. We each promise ourselves that we will do better, and we all try to, but according to professionals, January 12th is the day most people ditch the resolutionsSo this year, I come bearing gifts to help you hold on to 3 easy and practical new year resolutions.

1. Know Your Numbers

 It is incredibly difficult to get replacement organs, so please take good care of yourself in 2020. Last year my primary physician told me I needed to be mindful of my blood pressure (granted I was running late for those appointments and found myself always racing to meet them). I had no idea that was an issue untill she brought it to my attention, so MY FIRST GIFT to a lucky winner is a free Balance Bluetooth Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor. 


Get familiar with your Body Mass Index (BMI).  Go for yearly physicals and when there is a need to make a change, please do the needful, even if it means putting down the drumsticks and wings.

Talk to your healthcare provider to learn about your Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index).

2. Eat Right

Life is too short to starve yourself!! so quit the ridiculous diets and embrace portion control. On episode 58 of the podcast, I invited a Registered Dietician Abigail Clarke who encouraged us to eat with your hands, as a way to manage weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you missed that episode please click on this link to catch up. To help you eat the right portions of food this year, MY NEXT GIFT to a lucky winner is a free digital food scale with nutritional facts.


I found myself sucking in my belly in photos in 2019. In 2020, NONE OF THAT!!! Last year I was the heaviest I have ever been. One thing they don’t tell you about the early years of marriage is the weight gain. Some call it the “peace of mind” weight gain, or “happiness” weight gain. I felt fatigued all the time, constantly making excuses and tired. Eventually, I went back to the drawing board and started slowly exercising again.

3. Exercise

It is very important to maintain a healthy body weight. Your BMI is a vital key to monitoring your weight. 

so I’ve decided that the NEXT GIFT for one lucky winner a will be a Free Bluetooth Smart Body Fat Scale with Large Digital Backlit


Health is wealth! I know you probably have goals to save more money, get a better job, or to see the world, but to crush those goals, you need good health and a sound mind. So take care of yourself.

My Fourth and Final gift is a FREE Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale (White, Tempered Glass, 400 Pound Max, Backlit Shine Through Display).

I hope that with these gifts, I encourage you to get fit in 2020. 

RULES: To win any of the prizes, in the comment section below, tell me;

  1. share one win you had in year 2019
  2. what your new year resolution is, and how any of the gifts will help you meet your year 2020 goals.

Winners will be announced on the first episode of the Tales of an African Princess in America Podcast for year 2020 (January 2, 2020).

This giveaway is open for US residents only. Please share this post with a friend on your favorite social media network (WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn or by email).


The gifts are all courtesy of Greater goods.

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Episode 55: The Power of a Smile

I haven’t always been big on smiles. Growing up, I was always the one to be reminded to “smile” in family photos, and even then I would forcefully stretch my lips till they hurt.

As you set your goals for the New Year, I want to encourage you to do 3 little things every day that will help you make meaningful connections this year, and take your networking game to a new level.

  1. Smile

Smiling is one of the easiest things you can do this year that will help you establish a real and lasting connection with people. Did you know that it takes as little as 7 seconds to make a first impression? Why not do it with a smile? In a world where there are so many reasons not to smile; BILLS, disappointments, sorrow, pain, and responsibilities, for some, smiling may seem so difficult.

Personally, I wear my emotions on my face, so it’s so easy to tell exactly how I feel by merely observing my endless facial expressions.

Even while walking on the street, strangers have told me to “smile”. (To be honest, I find this really annoying)

One of the things I learned how to do last year was to smile more. It hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve had a lot of practice, oftentimes by modeling different smiles in front of a friend and asking her which smile she liked the best, or by using good old mirrors!

I often chuckle now when people say that I’m friendly. It hasn’t always been this way. I’ve had practice and smiling is the easiest way to break the ice.

P.S I still find it difficult to smile when I’m hungry.


Benefits of Smiling

  • It shows  compassion and care
  • Calms fears
  • Instils confidence
  • Brings hope and lifts the spirits
  • Puts a smile on someone else’s face too

Did you know that everytime you smile the brain receives a signal to release the happy hormone “endorphin” which in turn can be effective in calming and relieving stress, thereby creating a positive feedback loop of continued happiness?

Here’s your first assignment this year, Try smiling at the next person you see and watch what happens!

I took the picture below on the same day, which picture do you think looks more welcoming? Which picture says I’m open for conversation and ready to network?

“If someone is missing a smile, give them one of yours”

– Dolly Parton

2. Be Present and Maintain Eye Contact

Another easy thing you can do differently this year is to be 100% present in conversations and maintain eye contact during conversations. Lots of things compete for our attention these days, but to make a real connection with people, you want to put away distractions i.e. your best friend: THE CELLPHONE, and make a genuine connection.

Research shows that the mere presence of one’s own smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity.

Maintaining eye contact in a conversation makes you come across as confident, reliable, sociable, warm and honest.

I’m not saying keep gazing into people’s eyes non-stop. However, make an effort to focus when you connect with people this year.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

– Maya Angelou

If you only have a minute to make a genuine connection with someone every day, make them feel like they are the most important person in the room for that minute, and they will long to be around you all the time.

I personally love the 10-4 Rule. When I am about 10 ft away from a person I make a conscious effort to smile, and then when I get within 4 ft of them I then say hello! It shows people that you are warm and open to having a conversation.

3. Address People By Their Names

One last thing you can do this year to make meaningful connections and be warmer and welcoming this year is simply to address people by their names.

A powerful way to connect with a person is to address them by name. It not only shows you value them but makes them feel important as well. Personally, it’s a turn off when people forget my name or call me the wrong name, and then proceed to ask me personal questions.

I know some people are genuinely forgetful, but you can improve on this skill by asking for a brief history behind the name or the meaning of the name when you first meet a person, and by using their names throughout the conversation. (I find that this is most helpful with non-English names)

You will be amazed at how many conversations I’ve started this way! People love to talk about their experiences. It not only makes them feel special, but it also helps me remember their names.

Always ask people how they will like to be addressed before you get comfortable calling them their first names. I find that in the African setting people love to be addressed by their titles. LOL.

In summary, smile more this year, be present in conversations, maintain eye contact, and address people by their names.

These 3 little things will help you connect better with people this year and improve your networking game.

Click on the player below to listen to the full podcast episode on “The Power of a Smile”.

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