A New Year is like a new baby, many changes will be necessary, some rewarding, exciting and some will be interrupting and challenging.
All new beginnings comes with challenges yet exciting.
Just as it’s another glorious year, God has seasons for each of us to have new beginnings during our lives. We need all new beginnings for change, to rethink, re-strategise, build, learn and grow.
The scripture also says much about new beginnings, and seasons.
Genesis 8:22(NIV): ”As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
-After the flood, God set a rainbow in the sky to show that He’d given a new beginning.
– The establishment of Passover was a new beginning.
It’s not late to start that list you’ve written. You can achieve everything on that 2019 list. You just have to keep that fire and energy you had on the first day of the year.
“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” — Zayn Malik
Keep pushing to achieve everything on your do-list this year and Make history.
Happy New Year and have a wonderful February everyone.
I began this blog four years ago, on the 24th of December 2014
Can you believe it?
More accurately, I knew I wanted to be a successful blogger and maybe someday make a living from it. Honestly what pushed me into blogging was because I love to write. Four years ago, I’d write a poem or a short story or an article and send it to friends to read and most of them would be like “wow! Presh, I think you should own a blog”.
Well, At first I wasn’t sure about owning a blog, I was just used to the idea of writing for people on their pages but well, along the line I realised it’s actually better to own a blog and publish my articles.
As a young blogger in 2014, I really didn’t have much idea about blogging but having a large, engaged and loyal group of followers – that was my dream. And you know what? I’m getting there! Though I’ve been a little bit off and on here because of busy schedules but what matters is I keep going!
Today I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned from blogging this far.
1)Everyone’s got their own magic
You’ve got your own magic! Don’t compare and don’t copy. Just do you! just write it, do what you’re good at and aim for the top.
It’s so easy to get stucked into the competition surrounding blogging. Just be yourself
2) Be consistent
It can be really hard to maintain things sometimes but you’ve got to keep blogging and keep writing. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just create that time and do it. And never forget that people are watching. You’ve got your loyalty followers and readers. You can’t disappoint them.
3) Be Creative
Make your blog a place that shares useful information, meaningful content and unique posts. Don’t just do what everyone is doing. Do something outstanding. Besides, you also need to make it prestigious enough for others to want to contribute to it.
Over to you
These are some of the things I’ve learned over the years. What are your blogging lessons or secrets? Share in the comment section.😊
The United Kingdom which has an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking. As a Nigerian, I found an array of exciting experiences ahead of me and I had the opportunity to discover exotic places and meet new people. As the UK is a cosmopolitan city, I found out that some things were quite similar to the things I was used to doing in Nigeria but it took some time to adjust.
Living and studying in the UK is indeed expensive, I’m not even going to lie about that and you might face challenges. Getting to settle down and fit into a new society is not quite easy.
Before some Nigerians come into the UK, they worry most about the food and the weather, well the cold weather isn’t a big deal to be honest. As a Nigerian, I made sure I bought nice winter jackets and boots, to make sure I effectively layer up during winter.
Food Wasn’t also a problem for me because most supermarkets sell ingredients from Africa as well as food from many other parts of the world. The British are increasingly healthy eaters and there is a very wide range of organic produce available in shops and supermarkets. You can get almost anything in these shops. Garri,semovita…etc.
Though, It comes at a high cost financially but living in the UK is rewarding in every other possible way. Renting a house is also very expensive. You get to pay £300 or more monthly for your rent in smaller towns. It depends on the type of apartment and where you live in, some cost up to £700 – £ 2,000.
Food also can be expensive, food prices are high in the UK. Everything is x2. I was shocked a first! But I got used to seeing high prices.
Also the jackets, boots and other winter clothings aren’t cheap. You need to keep warm so you need money for that as well.
Well, UK is enriched with knowledge in its academics, environment, cities and people.
It is for sure you come into the uk and become transformed in a positive way. You improve socially and mentally. UK is expensive but worth it.
Life outside the campus wall
Whether you just listen or take part, you’ll find pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and all sorts of world music in the UK. From independent cafes, bars to international scale concert halls or rock festivals you can listen and dance to live music all over the UK. There are so many fun places to hang out and if you’re an indoor person, well, you can also chill out on your bed at home.
What I found difficult.
Initially, I tried to balance up, it wasn’t easy to understand a lot of things because I wasn’t used to doing them in Nigeria. I had to adapt, learn and tried to understand their way of life in the UK to some extent in order to balance up. I could remember after my first lecture I met a British-Nigerian lady who helped me settle down. We became friends afterwards. After my first lecture, she took me to the mall and she showed me a lot of shops and supermarkets like Tesco, H&M, Bodycare, Boots etc. She also told me how I could get things at cheaper prices during sales. I met a lot of nice people afterwards, they all helped me settle down well.
And my accent?
Well, UK is a diversified nation. You get to meet people from different countries and you need to talk slowly or twist your tongue a little for some to understand you. You can’t really speak like you’re talking to a Nigerian, I had to improve my accent to sound clearer to people not from my society. And the British accent? However, with time you get used to it and for all I know I might be speaking like them too! Lol!!
My visit to Scotland this year was amazing. Just so you know- Doune Castle, Scotland: The Game of Thrones Pilot was Filmed Here. One of the most important locations to see may be Doune Castle. Located in Doune, Scotland, this was the location that served as Winterfell during the unforgettable pilot episode of the first season of Game of Thrones.
One thing I also noticed was that People are really friendly in Scotland, people were willing to take my pictures with a smile on their faces. People are also happy to help direct you when you’re lost, unlike London were no one cares! Passionate and innovative country and you’ll see that clearly everywhere you go.
I took an airplane from London Luton airport to Edinburgh airport, the flight was about an hour. I also visited Glasgow. The trip took approximately 1 hour. Train journeys between Glasgow and Edinburgh typically last 50 minutes during the day.
Also, the houses looked quite different from the houses in England. The buildings in Scotland have different colours, the colour of the bricks used in making their houses is different. It was really fun walking around the beautiful city.
Scotland, most northerly of the four parts of the United kingdom, occupying about one-third of the island of Great Britain. The name Scotland derives from the Latin Scotia, land of the Scots, a Celtic people from Ireland who settled on the west coast of Great Britain about the 5th century AD.