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4 Things I Hope To Do More Of After The COVID-19 Lockdown

There is no question if life would be different post-COVID-19. Some persons and organisations have shared their thoughts on some of the ways they think that life would differ after the pandemic – nobody knows anything for sure, we can only speculate. If there is one thing this pandemic has done, it is to redirect our focus to things that matter more, and a number of persons (myself inclusive) have thought, ‘ What will I do differently post-COVID-19?’ The first time I thought about it, I couldn’t think of any area I would love to improve upon, but some ideas crossed my mind and I would love to share them with you and hear yours too. In no order:

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How I Have Had The Best First Quarter, Despite The Pandemic

Sometime in the middle of January 2020, a heartwarming thought coursed its way through my mind: ‘If I live every year the way I have lived this year so far, I would have a consistently great year and life.’ At the time, I was moving in the direction of my goals for 2020 and it was a delight to see and feel.

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#10YearsChallenge: Beyond The Humor & Memories, Notes I am Taking

I do not know the origin of the trending #10YearsChallenge on social media and have not bothered to check, even though I have given thoughts to doing so.

What I do know is that it has been so widespread on social media; engaging virtually everyone even the least expected persons like myself who seldom get on a bandwagon.

I kept looking at the throwback photos of my friends and other persons I follow on social media, and the various captions they employed until I was forced to search for my own old photos.

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Second Quarter Recap: Life Update, Goals Accomplished & Goals Yet Undone

Hey, guys!!! Happy new month. It has been an eventful month for me already, and also one that has been filled with benefits.

In the last blog recaps, I have been careful to share little or nothing about my personal life and focused more on the blog. While that may be justifiable as the blog is not merely about me, I thought to share a little wonderful win I recently made.

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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. 👋👋

 

 

 

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January; Meeting Set Goals & The Rest Of 2018

Someone said, there are only two months in a year; January and the other 11 months. With January almost at its end and 29 of the 365 days of the year gone, we have the remaining 336 days to bring to life our dreams and hopes for 2018.