My first blog post when I started blogging was titled, “It’s My Birthday.” And here I am again, sharing another blog post on my birthday. Today is not just my birthday but exactly one year since I started blogging.
I was reluctant to launch this new blog basically because I was enjoying my first blog and I just didn’t want to let it go. I also wanted this website to be perfect before I launch it. But I remember what Ecclesiastes 11:4 (GNB) says, “If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never sow anything and never harvest anything.” That is to say, don’t wait for perfect timing and conditions before you start something or do anything. I’m still working on this website, but I don’t want to wait until everything is perfect before I launch it.
This time last year, I was still a Youth Corp Member serving in Abeokuta. One of my most memorable moments was participating in the Gender Vanguard Community Development Service (CDS) Group. As a CDS group, we addressed issues affecting both genders such as domestic violence, child abuse, maternal health and offered guidance and counselling. Apart from our regular weekly meetings where we discussed issues, we also went out on a few sensitization programs in the community. Some of our sensitization programs included visiting a juvenile home and paying a visit to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, to talk to nursing mothers.
In July, Gender Development Initiative and Young Future Builders Initiative collaborated with Gender Vanguard CDS group to counsel students at Salawu Abiola Comprehensive High School (SACH), Osiele, Ogun State. I volunteered to be one of the one-on-one counsellors counselling the students at SACH and I look forward to participating in more of such events.
Still in July, I attended my first online class hosted by Frances Okoro on a closed Whatsapp group. It was an online class to help aspiring authors publish their books. In that class, we were taught how to identify a book title, how to fill up your book contents, guidelines for getting a good editor, getting a book cover and graphics, how to get an ISBN, how to choose a printer, deciding on whether to go for traditional publishing or self-publishing, typesetting and marketing your book.
In October, I attended my first virtual summit at Online Publishers and Entrepreneurs Network Facebook group hosted by Edirin Edewor. It was a 3 day summit but the day that I learnt the most was day 2. The topic for that day was “Tools and Techniques to Build your Influence” and Edirin talked about the seven different tools and values to help you build your income.
I completed my NYSC on 2nd November, 2017 and then on 4th November was my B.Sc. convocation. I completed my Economics undergraduate program in 2015 but my university doesn’t do convocation every year. So I only had the opportunity to do mine last year.
I’m not where I want to be in life and I have not achieved all that I would have wanted to achieve at this age but I know that as long as there is life, there is hope. Just as the Scriptures say in Ecclesiastes 9:4, “As long as we are alive, we still have hope, just as a live dog is better off than a dead lion.” (CEV)
The lessons to be learnt from my story are:
1. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you start.
2. Find your passions and look for activities that fit into your passions. For example, volunteer activities, community development programs and internships.
3. Invest your money in online classes and courses, virtual summits and networking events.
4. Ecclesiastes 9:4, “There is hope for those who are still alive – it does not matter who they are. But this saying is true: A living dog is better than a dead lion.” (ERV)
What lessons did you learn from this post? Please share them with me in the comments section below. I look forward to reading your comments.