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The Wedding Band

I’m not the classical female who dreams about her wedding day and may even go forward to plan every segment of the event to the last T, without even meeting the dream guy.

One time, I was in a conversation with a friend and was enthusiastically talking about my hopes for the future.

When I ended, he commented, “In all of these you didn’t mention marriage.”

“Oh,” I responded, slightly taken aback.

All of that notwithstanding, I have a secret fantasy.

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TMI TAG

Hey, guys!

Can you hear the excitement in my voice?

I’m excited about today’s blog post because it’s a fun one.

Let me backtrack a little to put my excitement into better perspective for you.

When I was planning the March guest post series and reaching out to friends who I thought could contribute posts for the blog, I asked a friend who manages a fashion page on Instagram if she could write for me ( I was short of writers) and she said, “That your serious blog. Your readers will just chase me.”

Funny.

It made me think a little but then, I would be wrong to abandon what I am doing for another’s because theirs seem more fun. That would be me living a mimicry of another’s life.

So, while putting together some “serious” blog posts, I came across a number of tags on Discovering Your Happiness. Of the three I saw, this was the most appealing to me.

So, here goes.

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In case you are wondering. A TMI tag is a bunch of questions that I’ve been asked and I answer them for you all to get a better understanding of me. Should be fun, yeah?

Shoot!

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Intelligence & Hard Work Arraigned

Here’s why I will choose hard work over intelligence.

Being a medical doctor, and having to go through the rigorous training that the process demands, I can arguably say that becoming a doctor is more hard work than brain work.

Ironically, most doctors in this part of the world were top students in secondary school, and a large percent of us chose the discipline because it was the path that smart student took – if they didn’t opt for Engineering or Law.

How wrong we were!

Your brains may admit you into medical school but your hard work and tenacity will see you through it.

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First Quarter Recap: Blog Goals, Series & Giveaway Winner

Hi there! So it’s the end of the first quarter and the start of a new one. I thought to look through the blog goals for the year – our successes and areas to improve on.

Anyone who is mindful of setting and meeting their goals ought to, at intervals, take inventory of their goals. They should:

  1. Estimate their proximity to their set goals.
  2. Evaluate which actions are moving them in their desired direction and those that are steering them away.

I believe with these, you can objectively assess what to do more and less of and know when you are deserving of a kick in the butt or a pat on the back.

Toward the end of January, I took inventory of the blog’s goals and plans. February should have been rounded off with a similar recap and an outline of the plan for March, but I was a tad bit unsettled to publish the post.

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I went ahead with the plan for March anyway, and despite all of March’s busyness, she made her way into the blog archives with some great posts in her name.

Talking About Goals…

I was recently in a conversation with a friend when the course of our conversation led me to read afresh a post I published late last year.

As I read through my hopes and plans for 2018 – expectations that were real, some plans that have been executed and some that are yet to, I could note the points I needed a kick in the butt and areas I was deserving of a pat on the back.

I hope to clean off the dust that has begun settling on some goals. You know, sometimes, the hardest part of doing anything is starting.

So, yes to taking the first steps?

Did you know I haven’t completed a single book this year? I actually started reading two, thanks to the inspiring friends I have in my life. One of the books is T. D. Jakes’ SOAR! The other was recommended to me by a friend.

Both have been great reads so far and they are books I would love to finish reading, but I have blamed my inability to finish them on the fact that they are e-books. As valid as my excuse sounds, it is still an excuse – laziness, a lack of commitment to a given task.

I remember sometime last year, setting a goal to finish reading Sheryl Sanberg’s Lean In before an event she was to speak at, which was less than a week away and meeting that goal. Being still an e-book, it reinforces my belief that if you want something bad enough, you would get it regardless of the odds stacked up against you.

All of these lead me to think I should start a reading club. We would read a book a month and review it in a closed group on the blog’s Facebook page. Who’s in?

Blog Series

The first blog series of the year was #TheLetterSeries. If you read the intro for the series and followed the series, you’ll find that Part 4, what was supposed to be the concluding part of the series was not published. That was for varying reasons, but I thought to turn all of those thoughts and ideas and some more into an e-book which I will place on the blog for easy access and free download. Is that a good thing? I think it is.

March was supposed to feature a guest post series. I have published some. There’s still more to come. Please, follow the blog if you’re yet to. Many thanks to the beautiful persons who have followed the blog in the past weeks. You make my heart flutter with excitement.

Our Giveaway Winner

Again, life got in the way of publishing this, but we did have a winner – Fae of faenomenal.com, who wrote about her trip from Jalingo to Port Harcourt and Everything In Between for us last month. Sadly, I am yet to deliver her gift. It’s on my to-do (urgently) list. The word in parenthesis makes me laugh out loud.

And that’s it for the blog. Over to you. How has the first quarter of the year been for you? Have you been meeting your set goals or letting the days turn into weeks and months without getting much done?

There would be no goals to meet if none were set in the first place.

In Socrates words, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Make your life count. Turn your dreams into reality every day.

Love,

Annie.

Update: Delivered Fae’s gift 05/04/2018. Looking forward to ticking off more goals! 😀 I hope you’re doing same with your life goals. Cheers.

Update: Completed my first book for the year, Francine Rivers’ Masterpiece. I am excited about this one. Guess what? It was an e-book. I know, right? I am currently on my second – Devon Franklin and Megan Good’s The Wait. Looking forward to completing it. Reading this book is timely and I am thankful for that. 22/06/2018. 👋👋