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Lessons Learned From A Mentor: Michelle Obama

Lessons Learned From A Mentor: Michelle Obama

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If you know me personally you know that I really believe in having mentors. However, I don’t believe your mentor has to be someone you know. Hell, your mentor doesn’t even have to be alive (most of my favorite mentors I’ve learned the most from are dead). These are called distant mentors. Michelle Obama is one of my distant mentors. I learned so much from her when she was FLOTUS. As a black woman, having a woman like that in power made me think I could be more. It made me upgrade my dreams: I realized I was dreaming too small and aiming too low. She inspired me to DREAM. I cannot wait till she has an autobiography (I’ll also settle for a biography 😒). Here are some of the notable things I’ve learned from her so far: 1. On Empowering Oneself: You just empower yourself with education and not just formal…

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

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I will be the first to tell you that doing awesome stuff is HARD. Like REALLY… HARD. Most times I just want to watch Netflix (currently, Orange Is The New Black) and eat ice-cream in bed. But since I’m not a millionaire yet (one of my goals); I can’t afford myself that luxury. [P.S how long do I have to wait till I see my bank account balance rise like bread dough? 🙁 ] However, juggling my 9 to 5 at a Big 4 firm (really a 9 to 9 in my chosen career); managing a blog; and volunteering with several organizations amongst other things on my every increasing commitments list has taught me a thing or five about motivating myself. I’ve found that most of the time I just have to do what I have to do ESPECIALLY when I do not feel like it. I’ve learnt that feelings…

How To Use Your Skills To Create A Successful Side-Hustle

How To Use Your Skills To Create A Successful Side-Hustle

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“In 2017 I will accomplish all my financial goals”, “In 2017 I will start my own business”, “In 2017, I will… (insert other seemingly far-fetched goal)”. If you’re anything like me, you probably have one of these as your New Year resolutions, and that’s admirable. However, it is what you do after making those statements that matters, not your intentions for a better life. Last year, I learnt that starting a side-hustle was the only feasible way for me to accomplish my financial goals. After all, there’s only so much budgeting one can do and a finite amount of Starbucks lattes that I can deprive myself of. Your goals will likely involve increasing your current net worth or cash flow. So the question is, how can you earn more money in 2017 or create more streams of income or side-hustles for yourself by using the skills you have?  After all, you’re trying to…

Goal Setting Is Not Enough (Plus Giveaway!)

Goal Setting Is Not Enough (Plus Giveaway!)

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It’s almost the New Year and everyone is making resolutions and thinking of ways they can make their lives better in 2017. If you’re anything like me, you will have one or two goals which come up on your New Year Resolutions list year after year. In my case, I have “gym three times a week”, “Journal daily” and “meditate daily”, creeping up on my New Year’s resolution list yet again, which is honestly terrible! Although I was able to accomplish most of the goals I set for myself in 2016, I was not able to accomplish all of them. This is not because I was lazy (although, I must confess, I am sometimes), but because I did not have the systems in place to accomplish the goals. In the past I have used tools like: S.M.A.R.T goal setting; visualizing my success (I made a vision board as well); setting…

My 3 Favorite Books of 2016 And How I Applied What I Learnt To My Life

My 3 Favorite Books of 2016 And How I Applied What I Learnt To My Life

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  I picked up the habit of reading when I was 20, not because I particularly enjoy reading (I don’t – I’m very slow at it, I have a very short attention span, and it gets kinda boring); but because I know the amazing benefits of reading. Over the years I’ve noticed that my relationship with books/ reading takes 3 forms: A : “What is a book?”  – Where I go months without picking up a book to read. B: I read but I can never remember what I read and I cannot find ways to apply what I learn to my life. C: I read and retain what I learn and apply this to my life. I read 11 books this year, and listened to 20 or more audio books (blame it on my long commute). So, for the few times when I actually remember what I read and applied…