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I’d like to say that I have been super busy on my route to discovering my personal legend, sadly that wouldn’t be true. I have been dreaming about my personal legend more than actually trying to walk the route to it. I guess this is what so many people do, why so few people truly find success, spending more time day dreaming than doing.

My personal life is run very differently from my professional life. But since I am somewhat successful in my professional life I have decided to apply some techniques that have made me successful. The most obvious one being planning. Ok, I’m not so great with planning, but I’m getting there. I figured now, more than ever I need a plan, at least a short term one.

To add to my organisation, or to take that first step in my planning, I signed up for the project management software tool, Huddle, managing your life is like managing a project after all. If you know what the goal is, you can figure out the steps to get there. SImple right?

If only. But I believe a step, any step, is better than none. So I’ve created a spreadsheet, I’ve done a document with comparisons and a checklist. It’s not all that I need, but it’s a start. And that’s the important thing to remember. There will be detours. The sofa will feel better than going out in the cold, the TV show will be more inviting than reading that book that will guide you. The detours aren’t going anywhere, we’ll have to try to resist them, but when we don’t, we can’t beat ourself up about it. At least you made a start. Of course the more detours you take, the longer it’ll take to reach your goal, your personal legend.

Tomorrow is a new day and a step in the direction of this personal legend of mine. I can’t wait.

Ok so this following my personal legend inspiration that I had a week ago is rather daunting. I’ve actually set up a workspace in Huddle to manage this journey. I’m actually scared of the whole prospect. I think I need to commit to more prayer and listening to my heart because right now, I’m not quite sure about what I’m doing.

But I have done a to-do list and given me a timeline to complete it all. Actually the timeline was forced on me so I didn’t have much choice but to get my butt in gear. Sometimes that’s what we have to do, put together a timeline, no matter how unrealistic and just get on with it.

Well I’m not ready to announce what these steps are towards following my personal legend, I do want to give you a heads up that I’ll be launching a new site in April – in addition to this one. Now I just need to get this digital strategist to show me why I should work with him on it – not really sure what he’s planning on bringing to the table, but I’ll hear him out. You never know…

Alright, time for me to head off to work now, before I get even more depressed by how much I still have to do…

Have a good day people, stay blessed and make it count.

peace

I finally got round to reading Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. I’ve had the book for ages, but never really read it, never found the time to do so. Luckily enough I was flying from Zambia back to the uK and my ipod was broken! Anyway I probably read it at the right time, as I try to figure out, with the new year, where my future is going.

It made me realise that I do need to figure out what my personal legend is (which i think i know what it is) and make it happen. The book goes on to say that when you decide to follow your personal legend the universe conspires to make it happen, as long as you pay attention to the omens. As a reflective person, I felt I knew spot on what he was talking about. The last few months have been full of omens and signs. Things that I probably would have ignored if I hadn’t started thinking about my future.

And now that I’ve made the decision to follow my personal legend, I feel relaxed, happy and at peace. So well I’m going to carry on blogging about the issues I’m passionate about, sexual health and women’s issues, I’m also going to blog about my journey of listening to my heart and following my dreams. Hope you’re ready for the journey!

Stuck at home, terrible cough (ok and I’m broke – since it’s started pouring down with rain, I’m definitely happy to be home). But this is a good thing because it’s been awhile since I just chilled – on my own. And I can catch up on my university reading – management by Boddy.

It’s been an interesting week, two of my friends have had great successes with their entrepreneurial skills; Octavia’s blog, the TwentyTenClub has been shortlisted in the Best Business blog for the 2010 Black Weblog Awards. And my other girl, Susan has had her independent production commissioned (can’t say more than that because it’s top secret), and this happened after she’s got back from a freelance gig in Nigeria with MTV base. (Slight digression: can’t believe MTV base is geo-blocked!). So good look for both of them and I’m very proud of their achievements.

Today, my former driving instructor came over to collect his last cheque. After being let go by his company for some silliness, he’s literally started his own company doing confidential courier services. He didn’t sit around wondering what to do, he just go on with it. So impressive.

I’m sitting here, thinking about reading my book and bearing in mind that I also have the Gates report to do (yikes!), and people are getting the best out of their lives. I just feel demotivated because I’ve been doing what I do well for so long, that I no longer know what I want to do with my life.

I’m obviously very passionate about what I do, a cause I believe strongly in, but is there not more to my life? How do we find the challenge in our lives?

Aaah then I also have my girlfriends giving me dating advice. Why do people put so much pressure on you to figure out what you’re doing? I’m quite content with where I am right now – or I’m too busy thinking about my career and my dissertation. I just don’t need the additional pressure to think about whether or not I’m in a relationship – is it really important?

So here I am, on a saturday afternoon, having that eternal debate with myself; what is the purpose of my life?

And also feeling sorry for myself every time I go onto twitter and see I still only have 25 followers – boohoo. Though I am enjoying it. I’d spent so long slagging off the people in the office for being on twitter – ‘isn’t it just for narcissistic people?’ – but I’m loving it. And following the right people, I’m actually learning a lot.

I think my tweets will get so much more interesting once we go into production. I could tweet about this year’s World AIDS Day programme because I’m actually quite excited, yet anxious about it. Done right, it’s going to be great.

Well I think I might take a nap, or maybe mediate for a bit – need to clear my mind – though if I meditate, I’m more likely to fall asleep!

Oh but before I forget, have to congratulate Media 365 for having Club Risky Business shortlisted for an AfriComNet Award for Strategic Communication in Health for Africa. Gutted that we nominated Shuga in the same category but weren’t shortlisted, I’m still very proud of my siblings. Please check out the newly launched site too: http://www.media365.co.zm

People who know me know that I’m a very private person. If you don’t know me, you could think that I’m a bit stand-offish, and a little bit of an enigma (at least I like to think so!). But once you get to know me, you know that I’m a lovely person with a big heart.

So I’ve decided to stop only giving my work voice here and let you into my life as well. Hopefully that means the blogs will be less depressing and more interesting – don’t get too excited, my life isn’t really that exciting!
Anyway, will start with the my stint in Zambia next week and give you some insight from there.
Until then, have a lovely weekend!