Happy New Year! Please let me know what my penalty is for sending my wishes so late. Although they’re late, they come from the best place: I hope that your 2015 ended on an uplifting note and that those great feelings have continued into this lovely new year they call 2016.
I freely admit that I’m a New Year junkie–I love fresh starts–but this year I’m off to a slow start. I’ve found myself unmotivated, procrastinating, and fighting self-doubt. These may be un-Nigerian emotions to express (hehe) but please indulge me.
I ended the year by damaging my car (but not my passenger, any other humans or vehicles, or myself thank God), my laptop bit the dust, meaning I’ve lost temporary (I hope) access to four plus years of graphics and many programs that I use regularly, but my laptop’s eight-year-old predecessor (which I had looked at disdainfully for over four years) has proven its worth as evidenced by this blog post I’ve been able to write. My body is trying to trick me into making sugar a regular part of my diet once again so I’ve been having…fun (hah!) nipping that habit in the bud once more. And what does your mind do when you’re feeling less than awesome? It reminds you of your other failings, like that fact that you haven’t a)learned how to style your own natural hair, b)put away your Christmas decorations, and c) built your business, just to make you feel worse!
Self pity is not a good look on me or you! I’m saying no to being dragged down and I’m turning this slow start around by taking action on what I need to do. No more waiting to get a new laptop battery (or laptop)–the blog must go on! No more waiting to be an expert at everything before launching a business–people can benefit from what I know now. No more eating sugary snacks–well, maybe just a few more sugary snacks (I know, please don’t judge me).
If your 2016 started like mine, I’m here to remind you that it’s (only) January 12. And it’s a Leap Year, so we have an extra day, meaning there are 354 days left for us to do amazing things. Don’t dwell on the days that have passed; focus on making the most of the days to come–cheesy, perhaps, but totally the way to get out of this funk. Are you with me?
Now that that’s over with, I’d love to share, for the first time on this blog, an annual survey that I have done every year since 2004. Let me know if you learn something new from my survey responses! Continue reading