I'm Back! (and answering 20 Fun Blogger Tag Questions!)

I'm Back! (and answering 20 Fun Blogger Tag Questions!)

Hi Hi!Guess who's back? Kachee's back. Tell your friends, Kachee's back!
Excuse me being overly dramatic! I feel like I owe you guys a hi5 or group hug and loads of apologies for simply taking off without any warning.

It totally wasn't planned. But, my schedule got super full - with work, a some what house move (which meant my iMac got packed up!), and last minute travel plans as well. With all these important stuff, the blog sadly took the hit! So bad, that I barely actually logged on to the site in all of two weeks.

And yes, it's been only two weeks but it sure feels like ages!

I considered posting on a particular topic as usual, but I thought that'll be unfair. Especially as a number of people sent me messages wondering where I was! Special hugs for you all.

I stumbled on a blogger fun tag recently and I thought I could answer a few of the questions as a way to announce my return!

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Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around The Web #4

Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around The Web #4

Hello Hello! 

How are you doing this Friday!? I woke up feeling all pumped and I'm wondering if it had anything to do with the Jollof rice I cooked at 12 midnight and ate into the early hours of today. I think I've mastered my Jollof rice recipe and it takes me no time to whip one up. The only downside is that I tend to over eat it - as was the case this morning when the husband had to actually give me the side eye and ask why I kept going back for more food! 

But asides that I'm really just thankful for health and blessings as the weirdest thing happened on the way into work yesterday. I think I snapped / sprained a back muscle and suddenly couldn't walk. Had to request first aid, paramedics and eventually spent 4 hours in the clinic! Thankfully it was nothing and my back is great. But just made me more thankful for the daily things we take for granted. 

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Nigerian Inter-Ethnic Love Stories || Heart Breaking Stories of Broken Relationships, Mistrust & Bias

Nigerian Inter-Ethnic Love Stories || Heart Breaking Stories of Broken Relationships, Mistrust & Bias

You probably know by now that Nigeria's diverse ethnicity intrigues me. Just recently I was having a chat with Tee and we wondered what the different cultures and ethnic groups would have been like, had there been no alamalgation and creation of the country Nigeria. Our cultures are so different, yet so similar! I remember back in high school, marvelling at the fact that one word could have the same meaning across several Nigerian languages. These days, I often see more of a fusion.

Despite these vast differences, when people genuinely look past it and form genuine friendships or relationships, I think it's worth applauding. And when it's a relationship or marriage, I think such parties deserve a double round of applause.

So while I wish that could be the case, I'm obviously not naive. A lot of relationships have failed because of the difference in culture. Perhaps more have failed than succeeded. But does it have to be this way? Are there lessons to learn?

Three people have agreed to share their stories anonymously. I hope it challenges us to free ourselves (as much as possible) and be more open to tolerance for one another! Love doesn't and shouldn't come in a box. 

Enjoy!

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9 (+1) Essential Items For Your Office Desk / Drawers

9 (+1) Essential Items For Your Office Desk / Drawers

Many people say that if you love your work space, you're most likely to be more productive and perhaps even love your job a little bit more. Whether you work in a regular 9-5 or you have a home office, you probably have a work desk!

I just moved to a brand new desk at work and I remember thinking - "now I can make my desk pretty similar to those pretty Pinterest ones". This thought reminded me of being in high school & my promise to myself every new term to be super neat and organised.

But unlike my many failed attempts in high school, I was determined to make my work desk resolution a reality. I wanted it to be professional, yet fun and personal. I wanted to be less annoyed at Mondays, because at least I'd spend it on a pretty desk. And I loved the fact that it was a white desk! Ever notice how most Pinterest home/workdecor is white?

Anyway, few days after my perfect-work-desk-self-proclamation, I stumbled on an article along the lines of "8 Items to Have for the Perfect Work Desk". I clicked on it so fast and with excitement in my heart. But it left such a horrible after taste in my mouth.

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5 Really Quick Ways to Improve Your Blog (in less than one minute!)

5 Really Quick Ways to Improve Your Blog (in less than one minute!)

There's so much blogging advice on the web! If you did a search you'd be overwhelmed. Everyone's preaching how to grow your blog and get more traffic. Many of these I read, and then with eyes rolled (in my mind because I can't really roll them in person) wonder why I spent that precious time. Some others however I read, and thank the internet gods for directing me to that link - as I hurriedly run to make changes on my blog or jot down the notes for later.

For me mostly, these changes I try to implement - not because I think they were quick fixes to gaining a million readers but because for my existing readers, I'm trying to make it the most comfortable experience - and for the ones that are likely to stumble on my blog - simply hoping that they love it enough to look around and stay!

So I'm going to share with you today, some little and very quick fixes that can improve your blog. I'm hoping that after this you'd run and make the the necessary changes! Or if you're not guilty, you'll pay it forward and share it with someone you know!

Enough preamble, let's get to the juicy bits.

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Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #3

Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #3

Another Friday!

I can't believe I actually didn't share the Friday Notes and fun links last weekend. I was practically looking forward to it because I felt I had quite a bit of activity. Well, it's not too late. Let's just flash back to two weekends ago when I shared Fun Links #2.

That weekend, we did go down to spend the weekend in Exeter - south of England. I was going to be in Exeter for work on Monday and the office had booked accommodation for Sunday night. But rather than just go down on Sunday, we decided to go on Saturday to have more time to explore. So we got an amazing cabin on a golf course - which I absolutely loved. But the weather wasn't too great so we'd be planning to go back in Summer. I actually asked the resort if they'd be willing to collaborate and I could write a review. They said it was a possibility, so let's see what happens -*fingers crossed*

Now, why didn't anyone tell me Logan was an X-men movie!. Having seen Hidden Figures, I was really excited to see a movie last weekend. And all over Twitter I had seen people rave about Logan. No clue what it was - I just thought I just had to see it.

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30 countries Before 30 - Ruchika Patel's Exciting Experience!

30 countries Before 30 - Ruchika Patel's Exciting Experience!

I remember being at lunch with a few of my colleagues and one of them who happened to be scrolling through Instagram blurted something along the lines of "Ruchika's always traveling! Her Instagram is full of travel photos - doesn't she get the same holiday allowance as we do?". Well I couldn't blame him. Ruchika did seem to get extra holidays than every other person. Everytime I ran into her in the elevator, she had either just got back from a trip or was jetting off to one.

In fact one of our very first conversations was travel related - as she shared how she'd taken a six month gap period to travel before starting her role as a lawyer!

After I interviewed Kemi on her 30 countries before 30 experience, I got curious as to other people who may have achieved same. My mind instantly went to Ruchika, and her confident reply was "I'm pretty sure I should have hit the 30 mark"

No brainer, she has! I absolutely loved hearing her experiences. From the worst place she's spent the night to the one time law enforcement agents thought she had drugs in her possession; the one city she'll love to get married and why we need to travel more, I'm pretty sure you'll love this one.

Enjoy! 

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9 (+1) Important Life Lessons From "Hidden Figures"!

9 (+1) Important Life Lessons From "Hidden Figures"!

Hidden Figures I think we can all agree, was an absolutely brilliant film. As I'm not anything close to a movie critic, I'm not assessing the acting, the costume or whatever else movie critics assess and determine to award a one star or a five. But even if I were looking for loopholes, I'm sure it'd be a decent struggle to find huge ones.

The brilliance of the movie for me, is simply in the story. In the fact that these excellent and pioneering  women existed & up till now we had never heard of them. Clearly they'd been hidden from us. The brilliance of the movie for me was also demonstrated by the fact that my husband didn't sleep while watching it (trust me that's a correlation to how good a movie is). And more particularly right after the movie he said to me "Now I'm going to spend all night researching these ladies". I wasn't surprised because those were my exact plans. You were likely to leave the cinema wanting to know more about the lives of these iconic women!

I wasn't exactly planning to write a recap of lessons learnt - because I'd seen a few on the web. But then someone specifically asked what lessons I had drawn from the movie. Again, as I always preach everyone's experience is unique, so why not!

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Fashion Around The World - Stephanie Masuwa (Zambia)

Fashion Around The World - Stephanie Masuwa (Zambia)

It feels like it's been a while since we had the first Fashion Around The World, although it was only last month we started this series. When I concluded this interview with Steph, I just couldn't wait to share! Especially as I found myself laughing so hard at her response to what she'd never ever be caught wearing!

Curiosity lead me to Steph, as I often saw her blog link on a few blogs I visited. Finally one day, I decided to check it out - and was welcomed into Steph's world of fashion - which anyone would clearly see!

I've been following her for a while now, and whether it's a super chilly winter season or a casual sunny summer day, Steph appears to always have her A game on! Hopefully after this interview, some of her magic will rub off on me.

Β  Steph is Zambian and lived in the southern African country for most of her life, relocating to the UK nine years ago. She's an Economics student currently on a 1 year placement working as a business analyst! In her words "I used to hate looking at myself during my puberty stage due to the horrible pimples I used to have... Now I can't stop taking selfies of myself both with and without makeup!

I speak to Steph about her fashion & style and ofcourse about Zambia! Plus I really almost knocked my head on the wall and hid my face in shame when she shared the reasons we should visit Zambia - like how could I forget that it's home to a wonder of the world.

Ok no more spills, enjoy the interview!

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6 Common Blogging Myths & Misconceptions (+ the Truths About Them!)

 6 Common Blogging Myths & Misconceptions (+ the Truths About Them!)

I think I've made quite some good decisions in my life, and so it's rather interesting that one year later, choosing to start a blog is up there as well. I was so scared to start, so scared to let people into bits and pieces of my life. But on 10th February 2016, which happened to be Ash Wednesday, I thought "what purpose is there to life if we don't try, step out of our comfort zones and inspire others".

So I paid for the domain name KacheeTee.com, and shared my first post on Facebook. The response was pretty encouraging. And well, since then I haven't stooped. I've published roughly 130 blog posts and just passed 150,000 views. I've met incredibly amazing people. I've grown. I've become better. I've worked with a couple of brands and I've actually made money from my blog via sponsorship (little, but hey, humble beginnings).

I'll love to write about how blogging has changed me, but I'll save that for another day. Today, let's discuss the myths associated with blogging. Because there are quite a few. I was in a meeting recently with a couple of lawyers. And at the end of it, the conversation tilted to what we like to do outside of work. 

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