Hey Bloggers! || 3 Incredibly Important Blog Questions to Ask Yourself

Hey Bloggers! || 3 Incredibly Important Blog Questions to Ask Yourself

I think that even the most successful bloggers stumbled on blogging. Very few had a clear mindset from the beginning as to their blogging goals or what they wanted to achieve. Many also underestimated the incredible amount of hard work that it takes! And that's why, you'd notice that the most successful bloggers hardly sit still. They're constantly thinking of ways to re-vamp themselves. One of my goals for 2017 was to share my blogging experiences and tips. Seeing as it has become a passion of mine, I'm constantly looking for ways to improve. 

Fun fact? In 2013, it was estimated that about 152 million blogs exist and in March 2015, it was estimated that about 1.13 million blog posts get published every day. 

If you're thinking of starting a blog, then like me you're bound to think "Geez who is going to read my blog!" If you've already started a blog, perhaps your thinking is tilted more towards "How do I succeed with this blogging thing!"

 

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#30CountriesBefore30 - Kemi Onabanjo

#30CountriesBefore30 - Kemi Onabanjo

It's interesting how many times, once you stumble into someone or something, you then begin to see them everywhere! 

I first heard Kemi when I watched the speech she gave as the valedictorian at the MBA class  of 2015, at INSEAD business school - arguably one of the word's best business schools. Few weeks later, I read her amazing story of visiting 30 countries before she turned 30! And then again, we found ourselves in a common WhatsApp group!  All of this has been such a round about way of knowing her, because we apparently worked in the same building when I was back in Lagos!

Many people have the 30by30 travel goal and I thought it'll be great to share a few people who have done this. Kicking off this one with Kemi, who works as a consultant in Lagos, and is obviously a travel enthusiast! 

 

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3 Funny Highlights of my Cervical Screening Experience (& Why Ladies Should Get One!)

3 Funny Highlights of my Cervical Screening Experience (& Why Ladies Should Get One!)

I sort of struggled with the introduction to this post. I started it about three times, and just couldn't find the words! But I knew that irrespective of that, I had to write this post! (Isn't it interesting how that in itself became the intro!?)

Don't laugh, or think "how could she not!" But I'd never heard of a cervical screening till pretty recently and possibly as a result of moving to the UK. I guess that's definitely one plus about living in these parts. There's so much handy information about. (Not quite sure if that makes up for the cold though! Brrrrr).

So how did I then hear of it?

Letters! Personal letters addressed to me with words similar to "now that you're over 25, it is advised that you to attend the cervical screening test at your local hospital".

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5 Categories of Money Questions to Ask While Dating (& even if you're Married!)

5 Categories of Money Questions to Ask While Dating (& even if you're Married!)

I absolutely love talking about money and I'm incredibly money conscious. Sometimes for good, sometimes well, for not so good. I probably know how much is in my bank account at every given time. I over analyse before making purchases - and if I didn't analyse way too much before swiping my card, I definitely analyse after, wondering if the new shoes were such a good deal or if i really had to eat at that restaurant. I like to account for every single penny. I've been known to cry in the past, when I couldn't account for how I spent  N200 say out of N10,000 or when I forgot to take my £10 note out of the cash machine. 

But much more than taking about personal money, I love talking about money with Tee. How much do we have?

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Nigerian Inter-Ethnic Love Stories: YJ, Anire, Berry & Ekene Share Their Experience on Growing up 'Mixed'

Nigerian Inter-Ethnic Love Stories: YJ, Anire, Berry & Ekene Share Their Experience on Growing up 'Mixed'

Although I probably had a few around me growing up, I wasn't really conscious of kids who had parents that were from different ethnic groups in Nigeria. This was till high school - my closest friend's mum and dad were Yoruba and Igbo respectively. I was pretty intrigued. She had both Yoruba and Igbo names - although she had two of the former and one of the latter. But her first name was English. She was probably the first person to pique my interest on inter-ethnic marriage in Nigeria. 

Many years later, I've come to see so many kids who grew up this way. But the curiousity remains: what was growing up like, what foods did they eat? Did they associate primarily with one culture? Do they automatically learn how to speak both languages?  

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Blog Talk: 2016 in Blogging and 2017 Goals! (+ a genuine thank you!)

Blog Talk: 2016 in Blogging and 2017 Goals! (+ a genuine thank you!)

It seems a bit into 2017 already to still be looking back in 2016. But I promise, that was not the intention, and it was supposed to be up way earlier. I had typed up this post, totally from my heart and using the blog app on my phone. But my phone battery wasn't charged. It's a bad habit I have especially since moving to the UK where I know there's always power supply. But alas, my phone surprisingly went off without warning and I realised the post was not saved. So I had to type this up all over again. 

Top Tip: Always type your blog posts on a separate word processor like Notes. 

Anyway, 2016 was an important year for the blog, so it's worth a fairly detailed recap, with really important bits you shouldn't miss, at the bottom of the post. 

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Out with the Old: 9 Areas of Your Life to Detox and Refresh!

Out with the Old: 9 Areas of Your Life to Detox and Refresh!

I've just signed up for a one week fruits and vegetable detox, that starts this weekend. I'm excited. But I'm afraid. Will I pull through? Eating just fruits and vegetables for the whole week. But I know it’s a necessary 'evil'.  I love carbs, and I love meat - but I definitely over did it this Christmas and one of my 2017 goals is to eat healthier. SO this is a kick start.

With each new year, the word DETOX gets thrown around a lot. But much more than food, there's other areas of our lives, we should clean out, refresh and make sure we're all set to sail for the new year. 

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Happy New Year! || 2016 Recap - Hopes for 2017

Happy New  Year! || 2016 Recap - Hopes for 2017

In last days of 2016, and one of the rare occasions where I managed to watched some TV, the top trends and events of 2016 were being analysed. No surprises, that in relation to lifestyle, healthy living and fitness was highly ranked - with people looking for quicker (but effective) work out routines and recipes! In relation to Beauty & Fashion, the concept of 'contouring' took the world by storm in 2016 as contour kits and brushes, for many beauty lines became their best selling products. 

Personally, 2016 will go down as the year I decided to do more, give more and experience more.

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We Interview: Ozoz Sokoh (Kitchen Butterfly) - Food Chef & Blogger

We Interview: Ozoz Sokoh (Kitchen Butterfly) - Food Chef & Blogger

 I stumbled on Ozoz in a funny way. I was having a casual conversation with a friend and we were talking of Nigerian food. I might be biased, but I'm one of those people that believe Nigerian food should be absolutely global and the entire world has to love it.  My friend then said "I'm sure you know Kitchen Butterfly". I responded that I'd never heard of her. And my response was met with a "How can you not? Everyone knows her!"

I searched her out on Instagram that moment and never looked back. When I interviewed Rayo, she also mentioned that we should interview Ozoz next!  It's taken over 6 months, but here we are. 

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Funny Christmas Riddles & Jokes!

Funny Christmas Riddles & Jokes!

These are one-liners, but pretty hilarious!

I really love a good joke or riddle, and I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't!

So when I stumbled on these and after sharing some with Tee, I said to him "You know I have to blog about this right?"

I wish I had shared them earlier so you could use them on Christmas Day, but it's still the holiday season, so I'm sure it's still useful.  Most of them are actually riddles though so you could see how smart your friends are.  A few came up at our office Christmas party and definitely got a lot of laughter around the table. 

Let's get right into it!

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