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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

LIFE| HELLO 2017!

Hi guyss,
Let me just drop in like I went nowhere. Happy New Year!! It's 2017,yo! That means 2007 was just 10 years ago and 2020 is in 3 years! Which is more scary? If you ask me, I'd say the latter and that's probably because most people talk about vision 2020 for certain projects and all that and moreover I don't think anyone ever witnessed a 1010. Okay, I digress.
I'm typing this right now on my phone by 1am with the post title space blank because I don't know what I'm going to write on. I just had a huge spontaneous moment some seconds ago and here I am.
It's the second week of the new year and I'm just kind of uninterested in a lot of things, well except Twitter as I've left the scroll and retweet gang and I've been tweeting. You can follow me HERE.

I don't know if this is bad or not but I can already envision the last post of this year by December and how I'd talk about the first few days of the year and how they didn't go too well for me. Hopefully, it would be accompanied with how things later turned out fine with pleasant surprises and testimonies! Amen.
Okay, so even though I never planned to do this, I've decided to share some of my plans and hopes this year for myself and of course the blog (Why does 'the blog' sound sweeter than 'my blog'?)because I feel there'd be one or two things for somebody to pick up as I've learned from that of others.

For myself
- This came unplanned but I've decided to put in much more effort into looking at the positive side of situations. I'm not sure what the in-between of an optimist and a pessimist is but I think I've always belonged there - on the fence. Not anymore tho. I want to be optimistic and I want to do it consciously because really talk is cheap. I think this decision was birthed when I realised that no one really answered the question I asked in my Last post  about what areas of the blog I should improve on. I know thinking that everything is perfect is complacency so I wouldn't do that. Lol. I'd do what an optimist and a positive person would do and believe that I'm doing just fine. With room for improvement of course instead of beating myself up over something that isn't really a big deal.

- It's 2017 ; it's okay to say NO! - This line was dancing in my head few days ago when I realised that I couldn't do what someone expected me to be able to do. I was torn between giving it more time and just backing down and I went for the latter because what I was expected to do isn't something that comes naturally to me. Even though it made me feel like I wasn't all that "cool" and I really hate disappointing people, it sure made my headache lighter. Long story short, I've said No twice this year, one for the blog and another for myself and it made me feel relieved!

MAJOR KEY - IT'S BETTER TO NOT GET INTO SOMETHING AT ALL THAN TO DO SO AND NOT STAYING COMMITTED TO IT.

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- Try out new things that I know I'm capable of doing but can't venture into because of the fear of failure. Simply because if I don't take risks, I risk even more and it's better to just 'do it' than to start thinking of what could have been. I really want to pick up new hobbies too.

- Definitely work on my secret place and better my relationship with God. The importance of this cannot be overemphasised. Really.

- Enjoy where I am on the way to where I'm going. I'm currently reading a book with that title. I think it's really deep and I can't wait to feel all the goodness in it and bring it to life.

For the blog!

- The normal thing to say is that I want to be more consistent but I've found out that when defining a goal, you need to put in strategic actions. So here and in my journal, I'd say this year, I want to double the number of posts from last year. That's definitely not achievable except through consistency.

- Concentrate less on blog stats! There was a time last year when I was so obsessed. I'd publish a post this week and i'd start following up on it. If this post isn't doing as well as the previous one, I'd start wondering why and this causes headache to be honest. It takes the fun out of the whole thing and everything just kinda revolves around numbers which shouldn't be. It hasn't really been heartbreaking but these days, I don't even bother checking my dashboard.

- Have a page in my journal dedicated to important blog dates. For example, on 14th March, this handle dm'ed me on IG about how she loves my blog or on this day, this person said they used the knowledge gotten from my blog to solve a particular problem and so on and so forth. I think this would definitely add some sunshine on a gloomy day.

- Send newsletters at least once monthly. I could have said increase the number of subscribed persons but that's not strategic enough. I wouldn't send newsletters if nobody subscribed, would I? So please, subscribe HERE. SUBSCRIBE , SUBSCRIBE , SUBSCRIBE to make this goal achievable. Thanks.

How's 2017 coming along for you?
What's your watchword for the new year? I'm yet to choose mine so maybe yours would help.

Don't forget to set goals this year and include strategic actions that'd help you follow them through. Have a great 2017. xxx.

I'd love to hear from you. Kindly leave me your thoughts. Thank you. xx
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30 comments:

  1. Hey love, happy new year. My year also started with a little bit of drama, I'm glad dat z over nd i pray dat doesn't come to play again. I really do pray what I'd be saying @ d end of d year z "i had a great 2017" can i hear a amen?

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    1. Amen dear. Amen.
      Drama still ongoing
      here but we thank
      God still. Thanks
      dear for reading

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  2. Happy new year Laitan!
    Hope you are doing good? As for me, like i mentioned on my twitter timeline..
    Its like 2017 is saying "am giving you another chance to go for it and ignore criticism + fear" cos There's this daring idea on my head that I've been wishing to work on๐Ÿ˜€

    Once again, HNY

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    1. Heyy long time
      Happy new year.
      2017 is saying
      the right things
      to you. Be sure
      to answer it.

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  3. Happy New Year Dear.
    It's okay to say no at times and just ignore the blog stats, just keep putting out good content and be consistent.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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    1. Yes definitely.
      Quality over
      quantity anytime

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  4. Interesting yet humorous. I enjoyed reading this thanks for sharing your thoughts. 2017 is already looking good.


    gloriafinesblog.com

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  5. Dear, that checking of blog stats makes my chest pain me, I'm always very scared. At some point I just stopped love the tips you shared www.adagirl.com.ng

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    1. Lmao, you said
      chest. Lol, ignore
      it darling.
      Glad you did. xxx

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  6. Happy new year! I pray that you are able to fulfil all your dreams this year. Certainly your point on the blogging issue is true, I will endeavour also to stop the comparison game

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    1. Happy New Year
      Dami! Amen, you
      too. Thanks!

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  7. Hi Laitan! My hopes for 2017 surpass words but I'm overly sure that it will be a good year. Looking good already. This consistency thing eh, God alone can save me because it's getting terrible. Happy new year dear

    middleclassnigeriangirl.wordpress.com

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    1. Everyone needs
      to up their
      consistency
      game at some
      point. I'm
      sure you'd
      figure it now.
      All our hopes
      for 2017 are
      coming to fruition
      Amen!

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  8. Blog stats tsk tsk tsk. Takes away the fun from blogging but am too addicted!!! Lol, God is key!!! He is everything!!! And then some!!! happy New Year!!!

    quirksandoutfits.wordpress.com

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    1. Wow, I was
      thinking I was
      the only one who
      says tsk, tsk.
      Lol. It takes
      allll the fun
      away, tbh and
      blogging becomes
      a task which
      shouldn't be so.
      Yeah, God is
      major.
      Happy New Year dear

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  9. Great post!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

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  10. 'Working on better relationship with God' I love this!! Feelings mutual. I pray everyday and go church few times a week when ever I go town (as I live 30min walk from nearest shop/church lol) I refuse to go church on sundays as its not my thing. I rather go week day where is just me and god and empty church maybe few older people praying. I feel like its just me and him then :-) Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Happy New Year to you and your family!! Dominica from www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh, that's
      really interesting.
      Thanks for reading!

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  11. Yay to saying No. I have learnt to say it more now and not feel guilty. I used to be so racked up in guilt when I said No and expend so much energy trying to reduce the effects of my saying No to the person and looking for other options.
    I still try my best, but NO is now No. It doesn't mean I don't care.
    I feel you on the stats thing.

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    1. Likeeee! Saying no
      loses its purpose
      when guilt sets
      in afterwards.
      Working on that too.
      Lol, thanks! xx

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  12. Lovely Post, and love your style of writing, very relatable. I am definitely getting a journal for important blog date, find that very awesome, I think that's the real dashboard we need it's actually what tells us we are inspiring people. Looking forward to reading your newsletters and I hope you will get some of mine delivered to your inbox as well.
    www.larateshola.com

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    1. Aww Lara, thank you!
      Yup, the realest
      dashboard.
      Thank you for
      subscribing dear.
      Off to your blog
      now.

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  13. Laitan beybey, we basically have the same blog goals. I had to stop with the blog stats though...before blog envy sets in especially with blogs that show how many hits they've had *sigh* Apart from consistency, I also intend to work on my blog content, better content. Not just quantity but quality. My mantra this year is "Be Better", there's always room for improvement, be content with your position but don't be satisfied, improve and work on myself all through.

    The YC blog || Bloglovin'
    17 Achievable Life Resolutions For 2017

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    1. Quality over
      quantity, yess
      Be better! Good
      mantra. Thanks b

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  14. Hello Laitan, trust me, that blog stats thing is enough to drive away any lazy writer from blogging, but when it's sth you love, you dont mind. That's it with me, i just blog cos i love it.
    Btw, i nominated you for the mystery blog award, pls check my latest blog post for details.
    tinukeawe.wordpress.com

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    1. Love is the
      most important.
      Blogging stress
      is enough to
      send somebody
      away but we just
      gotta keep pushing.
      Thanks for the
      nomination. xx

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  15. Happy new year, dear. Dreams come true when they are worked for.
    Wishing you all the best in 2017.

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