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QOTD: Fail at something

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QOTD: Fail at something

Is it me, or is anything Chimamanda Adichie says often misconstrued and wielded as an example of "oh ye badly behaved Nigerian feminists"? Especially when weโ€™re on the Naija corner of any Social Media platform. I don't need any particular reason, but I thought it was a good time to dust off this draft and share it for a QOTD!

Not that we ever see her failures, or that she shares them with the public at large, but I feel like CNA is always imparting lessons, be they in fashion (have you seen her instagram? Too cool), in the art of VERY smart putdowns to those who dare to come for her stupidly, and in life.

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QOTD: An Unlived Life

Happy Monday, y'all. Everyone has been talking about this "never ending January" and I can't help but feel a twinge for the people who started it and didn't get to see its end.

A bit morbid, maybe, but a colleague passed away a few weeks ago and there have been accidents I've heard of involving people I know or know of, the killings happening in Benue state, here in Nigeria, terrorism and bomb blasts, shootings and all sorts of awful things going on around the world.

So death, whether we like it or not, is an ever present factor.ย 

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QOTD: New beginnings

Are you holding grudges to your chest? Are you angry at someone or something? Welcome, join the rest of us ๐Ÿ˜‚. But it is time for a new beginning, and what better time to begin than at the start of a new week (are we done with "New Year, New Me, yet?) right? Right.

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QOTD: Rejoice in imperfections

I hate not being perfect. When people say being perfect is boring, I'm like "well let me try it first, because feeling like you're not getting things right is not fun either"

But in my moments of clarity, when frustration hasn't gotten the best of me, I get it.

There is nothing that is 100% right, or good, or fun, or lovely, 100% of the time. Not on this earth

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QOTD: Relentless Blessings

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QOTD: Relentless Blessings

As great as faith is in God, or Allah, or the higher being in whom you place your trust, you have to grind sometimes. To chase, to aspire, to work towards the dream.

It is rare to have EVERYTHING lined up for you. Even if you're lucky to be in the right place at the right time, that won't be your story ALL the time. So for those blessings to rain down, outline your thoughts and ideas, talk to the people who can help you, ASK FOR HELP and be accountable to someone, somewhere.

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QOTD: The Great Things

I don't know about you, but before anyone has had the chance to say "Oh, Lamide, you did this wrong," I've often already carried the biggest (metaphorical) stick and walloped myself with it.

Truth is, it's easier to be down on yourself and focus on the mistakes you've made.  Personally, It's the things I tried and failed at that bug me the most, and the wrong choices I made that sometimes keep...

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Love, Forgive, Accept

Be in your own corner, fight for yourself, and never forget to give yourself another chance.

Because life gets in the way, because people don't always tell us (or recognize) how vital we are to each other, we don't always know that whatever it is we bring to the table is something the next person may need to do his/her own bit at work, at home, or in the world.

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What about your friends?

When parents, uncles, and older (and wiser) ones warn you about the people you have around you, you often think they don't know what they're talking about. Spoiler alert: they do.

It's important to have ALL sorts of friends. The ones who encourage you to let loose and have fun when you'd rather stay home and watch reality TV, the ones who study with you; the ones who push you to strive harder and inspire you. But know when to protect your goals and dreams; when the inner circle needs to get a little smaller. If you're leaving them behind (or vice versa), then there's a reason. It'll all be ok in the end. It will. As someone who holds tight to friendships, I've also learned the value of reflecting on what adds value, and what drags me down. Take time every few months to see if maybe you need to spend less time with certain people so you can stretch and grow.

Have a kick ass week! Please remember to like, subscribe and share, and/or leave a comment below! 

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Learn, Live, Hope.

We live and we learn. Or at least we're supposed to!

That "Live for Today" can be hard. I know I struggle with it. How can I live for today when the bills from tomorrow and next week and next month are already looming, and the problems from yesterday still exist. I think here, the key is not denying that these things exist, but still managing to keep a positive outlook and grabbing small victories where we can each day. Maybe if we manage to do that a bit more, the tomorrows we sometimes dread won't look so bad after all.

Let's try it this week and see. Who's game? :)

As always, thanks for stopping by. Do come back, and bring a friend along with you!

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You are Fire

Get your life. You're awesome.

Whether it's a lifestyle, material goods, or even personality traits, things we wish we had can make us feel like who we currently are isn't good enough. Especially online, we see snippets of people's lives and experiences and forget that it is literally just a moment in time that they chose to share. It's great to see people and what they've achieved as #goals, but that doesn't mean you don't have your own awesomeness bubbling under and ready to blow!

So this new week, try to dust off the debris of comparison and get yo' life! Switch off from certain outside influences if you have to, and find that fire. And if you have to burn one or two things, well, then do that too! Let me know how it goes :)

Thanks for reading, and please remember to read, comment, tell a friend to tell a friend, and come back!!

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