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Living & Working In Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Guys!!!! I had to write. And you need not say, I know I have been off this space (and social media) for a good while. I missed y’all. Did you miss me too?

I blogged about my new job here, and mentioned how housemanship can be stressful and time demanding, and even queried how often my showing up on the blog would be afterwards.

My first two weeks were hell! Literally. I barely had a life of my own. I was either in the ward, in the call room, in the theatre, in the laboratory (checking results) or seldom in the kitchen trying to grab dinner – call food.

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Living Quarterly Reviews

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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How To Keep Your Dreams Alive & Rekindle Them In Dark Times

It is my second week at work. I am gradually finding my way into the hearts and spaces of more persons.

Before now, his name is only a name I hear around; I am yet to put a name to the face or have a conversation with him.

We are sitting in the same consulting room now. I am studying to pass time. He is clicking away at his computer.

This is when we have our first conversation.

“Are you preparing for an exam?”

“Not exactly. Studying to keep busy,” I reply dryly.

“I can’t remember the last time I picked up a text, let alone study to keep busy,” he reveals.

I ask him if he has specialized. With an embarrassment that is hard to conceal, he says he hasn’t.

No surprise here. I might have rightly guessed so.

I probe further.

“Where would you have loved to specialize if you did?”

“Public health.”

“Well, I only wrote Primaries once,” he adds a bit too rushed.

I take note of his attempt at evading the question.

He tells me his job (working in a private hospital) sparingly gives him time and explains how so. I can understand. I have been around a while and listened in on conversations. But beyond empathy, I must help him see a way out of the gloom that is snuffing the life out of his dreams – and self, insidiously.

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Living Quarterly Reviews

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.