Lessons, from June.
5 days late, but Happy July everyone!!
It's hard to believe we're in the second half of the year. It seems like just a few days ago I was trying to write down my goals for the year 2016! One of them was actually starting a blog / You Tube channel and apparently my blog kicked off in in February. You can read about why I took the plunge here. I'm trying to maintain that outlook of being afraid, but doing it anyway. Thank you to all of you who read the blog! It's been unexpected and without you I just may have shut down - even though I said in this funny post here that I'll keep reading even if no one read it. I also got nominated for the LiebsterAward! I'll get around to sharing that ASAP.
Personally and career related, a few things seem to be in the pipeline and there's still six months to achieve all that needs doing. So, if you're still hoping to get started on something, get on it already!
I'm also so excited we are holding the career workshop! The response was overwhelming and it was so hard picking just 20 candidates. But hopefully, soon the entire structure will take shape and we can get sponsorship for a much larger event.
Again, I can't really remember much of what happened in June. It seemed pretty much like the usual routine. Going forward I think I'll start writing down the highlights as they happen so I don't forget.
However, in the past few weeks there's been some life lessons:
1. It's sometimes okay to share your vision: I'd always wanted to host / have a platform to talk about career related stuff. But left to me alone, only God knows how long that will have taken to materialise. But Mariam and I talked about this and we realised how much of a good team we could make. Pushing and encouraging each other. You may be great with ideas but need to work with others to implement them. Share your vision and collaborate - with the right people.
2. You never know who is watching: So, I tend to forget that this is not an anonymous blog and people could actually recognise me. So in the past few weeks I'd had a couple of people say to me "Hi are you KacheeTee?" To be honest, it was kind of surprising. Especially as on the second occasion I was in a bit of a quiet mood and may not have been the best person to be around on that occasion. I shared this on my Instagram already but also, strive to do your best in whatever you do, as people are constantly watching - even when you're unaware. An article about the workshop which we shared on BellaNaija here had just a few comments, and we assumed not a lot of people were interested. But we were surprised to get a response from the Commonwealth Trust team, asking us for a possible feature in the magazine. We definitely didn't see that one coming.
3. Focus on the positives and ignore the naysayers: They'd always be people who see things different from you and intend to belittle you. Don't get sidelined. And you don't need everyone to see things from your PoV. I shared an article on BellaNaija on tips to get a scholarship for foreign study and someone chose to focus on my bio which stated "Igbo Girl, Yoruba Wife" believing that I was being tribalist. An attempt to explain didn't get better. I felt a bit bad initially, but got over it. Why should just one person's opinion count? Thankfully, a majority saw the good in the article and in my bio.
How was June for you? Lessons? Goals achieved? Any plans for the 2nd half of the year?
Wishing you all the very very best of July, and an awesome second half of the year.
pS: If you read this post here, you know I totally wanted to visit the Olumo Rock tourist attraction in Abeokuta, Ogun State. I was there yesterday and it was awesome! Blog post soon hopefully!