On this day last year, I put up my first blog post. I remember it like it was last week. It was in the afternoon on a sunny Wednesday that this girl finally decided to stop listening to the voices of fear in her head and step out of her comfort zone. Ada & Her Tune is one year today, yayyy! I’ve learnt a lot over these past 52 weeks, I want to share with you all.
1)Has God led you to do something? Are you yet to start, drawn back by worry or fear of rejection? Just do it! It’s time to speak back to the voices of fear and condemnation, and tell them they have no room in your heart anymore. Trust that He is guiding you, and wherever God guides, He provides. Take that first step.
2) Set realistic goals. In making anything truly work, sometimes we get overzealous and create a benchmark for ourselves that we can barely reach. That will do nothing else than overwhelm you and create more dissapointment in the future. I knew I wanted to write regularly, and I knew that I was pretty rusty, so choosing to post once a week was a plan I could keep up with.
3) You know the popular saying, Consistency is key? It really is. The thing about motivation is, it is not there all the time. Take medical school, for example. I’m not motivated every single day to go to class or study my books. Yet I do, because I know that I have to do all that to reach an expected end. I think that one of the reasons why we may become lax about certain things we begin to do is because we see them purely as something we want to do rather than something we have been called to do, something we have to do. This brings me to my next point.
4) What is your why? I believe that we should always find ways to remind ourselves of the answer to this question. Why did I want to be a doctor? Why did I enter into photography? Why did I join the choir?
Why did I start writing? Because I want to help others, to add value to the lives of others. I’m happiest when someone tells me that they felt educated or helped because they read a post I wrote.
5) To know more, learn more. For me to be a better writer, I have to be a better reader. I have to learn better styles of writing so I can potray my emotions better to my audience. Please don’t sit in one corner and think that God’s calling excludes the need for self-development. The internet is always at your disposal. Involve yourself in a mentorship program if it is expedient. Expand your knowledge, build on your gifting.
6) Sometimes you fall short, and that’s okay. The important thing is that you realise where you slacked, and ask for grace to be better. Sometimes you may need accountability, other times it could be as a result of indiscipline. It could also be an effect of poor planning. This moves very smoothly into my next point….
7) There is a place for organizing your time. One of my friends asked me a while back, “how do you find time to write?”, to which I replied, “I make time for it”. Truth is, you only have time for what you make time for. Itemize your weekly schedule and identify the times where you can fit something new in.
It’s three hundred and sixty five days later, and here we are. I honestly cannot believe it has been a whole year, and I am so full to gratitude. I’m grateful to God, my source of inspiration and strength. For my family and my friends who provide a healthy atmosphere in which I can create, I am so grateful. To every person who has taken time out of their day to read, comment, and give me feedback on my posts, I am grateful for you.
Thank you for reading.