Weekly to dos: seven

Each week I’ll post a portion of my to do list for the coming week. The following Monday I’ll update you, hopefully with pictures, and share my list for the next week. Reading Change Your Words, Change Your Life* wasn’t on my to list, but I found time to read nine chapters of it because it’s a good book. Home Complete the pantry challenge from the January Cure. – Thank God this is finally off my list. It took me two hours to get it done but my kitchen cupboards look much better now. Blogging and Websites Keep up with new requests to list blogs on nigerianblogawards.com – Yes! I’m on track with this and by God’s grace I’ll continue in this vein for the rest of the year. Keep up with Nigerian Blog Awards inquiries. – Done. I want to stay on track with this one too, so that … Continue reading

Do you overuse abbreviations?

It all started with text messages (SMS), I’m sure: we had to keep our messages short, in the 140-160 character range, because that’s all SMS could handle in one message. If you sent a longer message you could expect it to be broken down into several messages (iMessage, BBM, Viber, and Whatsapp messages are sent over the internet rather than the phone network so they’re not really SMS vehicles in my mind). Sending SMSes costs money so abbreviations make sense from a financial point of view. Then Twitter came along with its 140 character limit, leading to the need to be creative with how you convey information (unless you have no problem flooding people’s timelines with a large number of tweets). But just because SMS and Twitter restrict the number of characters per message, it doesn’t mean we have to carry that to Facebook updates, comments on blogs, and emails! There’s a place for different types Continue reading

This time next year I will be a B School scholarship winner

I’m an inspiration junkie and I dream of being a location-independent online entrepreneur. One of my biggest sources of inspiration when it comes to entrepreneurship is Marie Forleo. If you don’t know who she is and you have a business or want to own a business one day, please visit her website, sign up for her newsletter, and watch MarieTV. You’ll either click with her or not; I’m firmly in the first camp—I can’t get enough of her practical and useful tips. She’s best known (I think!) for B School, an online 8-week course that she opens up once a year. The cost of B School is steep for some (this year the cost is $1,999 USD or just over N331,000.00), but I know it would be worth every penny. Whenever I come across a website and a business that I think is cool, I almost always find out that … Continue reading

I’m making progress and asking you for two favours

Where are you going? I don’t blame you for running since I’m asking you to do work but give me 5 minutes, please. First! I’ve made progress in achieving my 2014 goals. Having your goals right in your face is the best way to make sure you don’t forget them—print them out or write them down, and stick them to your mirror, bedside table, vehicle dashboard, wherever it needs to be to catch your eye on the regular. To make it supereasy to follow along with my goals, I’ve created a page for each category of goal, and I’ll update each as I have new information: Friends goals Love goals Work goals Other goals You can also access these pages from the home page: just hover over “THE GIRL” on this site’s navigation menu and there it is! Secondly, I created a supershort survey that I’d really like your feedback … Continue reading

My word for 2014: Brave

BRAVEminiHave you ever selected one word to focus on for a year? This word is supposed to represent what you want in your life and be the filter through which you run any decisions you make. I initially dismissed the idea because I thought it would be hard to pick just one word that could apply to more than one area of my life, but the word that keeps coming to me is BRAVE. Continue reading