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How to slay personal development whilst on the hustle

Wednesday, 1 June 2022



Hello and welcome to my blog.
Some of us get up to first degree education from our parents. From that level, they expect us to continue life...i.e. get a job, take care of ourselves and them too in some cases. They believe they have equipped us enough to make exploits in our career and life. 

In this day and age a first degree may or may not be sufficient to attain the heights we desire. 
While some people thrive with the barest minimum, most need extra training to make head way. This training may or may not be within the four walls of a classroom.

It could be the graduate that veers into fashion, or the accounting graduate that needs a professional Certification like ICAN, ACCA or the School certificate holder that needs to learn a trade.

I am an advocate of continuous development because the only constant thing in life is change and as the world around us evolves, one also has to do the same to remain relevant....so in your career, business and life, you should always strive to develop yourself.....arm yourself with knowledge and expertise to improve and better your craft.



Today I am sharing what helped and is still helping me achieve my personal development goals.

How do you manage your day job, business, side hustle (for those that have that too) with personal development and be successful at them all?

1. Always remember the why
Remind yourself of the reason you need to take that course, training or degree everyday and it may be what will keep you going when the going gets tough.


2. Maximize your weekends
Time as a resource for self development is limited so you need to utilize the available one efficiently. That means if you have to study or attend classes or learn that skill, you may need to utilize your weekends which will eliminate some social activities but it will be worth it in the end. It may not be palatable when you are making those sacrifices but it is always worth it.



3. Start early
So you have an exam, a course work or an assignment, don't procrastinate or wait till the last minute to start studying or working on it....start to study from day one,.
Where possible, get the syllabus before resumption and start studying. It will help ease a lot of stress.....slow and steady wins the race.




4. Mingle with fellow students
Be equally yoked with your fellow scholars or trainees no matter how busy you are, they will keep you informed on those days that you can't just keep up with your studies or training because of other dissenting responsibilities.


5. Flexible studies....is the learning approach that allows for flexibility of time, place and audience.
e.g. National open university of Nigeria can serve that purpose. Studies with them is very flexible. There are also universities or schools that offer flexible study alternatives.

6. Online Studies: is the use of technology to learn. Studying online is becoming increasingly popular. Schools like ABU Zaria offer that service and if you can afford it, there are schools abroad such as University of London and Edinburgh business school that offer online courses and trainings. For short courses, there is Kobo course, Edx, cousera  etc some even offer free courses. Take advantage of these because they also are flexible and you can engage with your available time.


7. Research online
Thanks to digital media, gone are the days when you need to visit a library to access information. With our phones we have access to more information than we need. There is absolutely no excuse for not keeping up with relevant information required to better yourself and your craft.

8. Less socials
Juggling personal development with business or work demands can be tricky. You may need to shed a little social weight for sometime to achieve your goal. It is a sacrifice that will be worth it. Ensure your loved ones, followers etc know and understand what it is you are doing and why you are absent.


9. Utilize your leave days: If you have a 9 to 5, I am sure you have leave days. You may need to put taking your leave days for fun on hold for sometime so you can take that time off when there is a need for you to have time for your personal development activity



10. Before and after work studies
To balance the competing demands on your time, you may need to keep early hours and late nights while trying to better yourself which translates to doing the work that relates to your personal development before and after work hours.


These are tried, trusted and valid ways  to slay your personal development goals whilst working or running a business. These worked for me whilst I was studying for various certifications and masters degree and I am going to apply these as I plan to embark on another personal development adventure soon.

Which of the point resonates with you?

Thanks for reading, I hope to read from you too  in the comment section.

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XO
Opeyemi. 

2 Adire AKA Tye and dye styles from Design for Love, a Nigerian fashion brand

Thursday, 24 September 2020
Long time no see.....had to dust a lot of cobweb off this blog but I am super excited to be back and I plan to continue posting at least once a week, Amen.

I am here to show off a Nigerian fashion brand, Design for Love (DFL).

I first worked with the brand in 2018 when I started blogging. DFL was the first Nigerian brand to send me pieces and I am still grateful that they believed in me, a newbie at that point. I did this post here and here on their ankara collection in 2018.

It is only natural that I start with their brand in this collaboration showing off Nigerian fashion brands with my blogger babes but this time in 2 designs from their adire also known as tye and dye collection.



 Tye and dye which is popularly known as adire in Nigeria is an indigo dyed clothe made mostly in the south western region but embraced and worn by all. 

Adire became a thing on the international fashion scene last year and a lot of people got into it with top brands designing a lot of their pieces with caricature prints as far as I am concerned because the real adire is the one made in Abeokuta, Nigeria (argue with your keyboard) lol.

Now to the outfits, THE dress. I love how classy the style is....made me look like I have my life together and the beautiful mix of lace with the adire sealed the deal for me. I didn't do much as per styling as I didn't want to take away from the beauty that the dress exudes on its own.



Now to the wide leg pants and top which is my absolute favorite because value for money as I can style them together and as separates. I plan to restyle them as separates soon and link them to this post. The style of the sleeves and how wide the pants are, also added to the allure of this set. Most importantly is the quality of the adire....second to none and I have seen and worn several. The quality of both outfits is top notch with perfect finishing. I recommend.




 

 I said a lot about the Nigerian fashion brand, DFL in the posts here and here so I am not going to repeat myself. You can find them via their website here and Instagram here

 


This epic return to my blog was prompted by this collaboration with four Nigerian fashion bloggers @bytonye @debwritesblog @princessaudu @the_estephany to promote fashion brands in Nigeria, Check out their blogs to discover more brands that I’m sure you will definitely love.

 Which of the 2 styles is your favorite? 

See you soon.

X








This dress is a dream and I styled it 3 ways.

Sunday, 15 March 2020
Hello beautiful people, welcome to my blog.
This Dress is made in Nigeria....No more words needed....enjoy the photos.
Two other ways I styled it:
With a blazer to work or church
A casual take
Dress: @alexairoclothing on Instagram 
Hat: @ile.esho on Instagram 
Thanks for stopping by:
XO

Valentine Carryover

Saturday, 22 February 2020
Hello beautiful people, welcome to my blog.

Valentine was a week ago but it continues for me everyday .... here I am in the cliched red that is worn to mark the day.
Valentine has now turned into a really big deal, it wasn't as big a few years ago. It is good for the economy and businesses as it provides Opportunity to make money for those that retail products and provide services fitting for the season.
I think everyday should be Valentine as we need to show those around us that we love them all the time we have the opportunity to as tomorrow is not promised.
I had malaria that day so I was just home hence the carryover and this post.
Let's talk about the beautiful red set from Zeech.
Zeech is a Nigerian brand that stock beautiful outfits in plain and patterned designs. You can reach them on Instagram @zeech_ng

How did you celebrate Valentine 2020?
Thanks for stopping by:
XO

Debs with Nine Lives

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Hello beautiful people, welcome to my blog.
I got these beautiful Ankara prints from Debs clothier  and got it tailored by Nine Lives and Styles.




The pants is my favorite part of this set:






I restyled the jacket in these two ways and will update this post when I restyle the pants.





You can contact both brands via their Instagram;
Fabric; @debsclothier
Tailored; @ninelivesandstyles
Thanks for stopping by;
XO






The Acropolis Park

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Hello beautiful people,  welcome to my blog.
I was wandering on the streets of Instagram one day when I saw a post by a friend of a birthday shoot that piqued my interest.  The lady photographed was beautiful and so was her outfit but what struck me the most was the location of the shoot. 

I did my research and struck gold when I found the page of The Acropolis park on Instagram and Facebook and it has been pure Joy since then.
The Acropolis park which is situated at Plot 3873 E27, Apo resettlement  in Abuja Nigeria is a perfect place for events, shoots and relaxation.

I have been to several event centres in and around Abuja and the Acropolis park is one of the best I have seen for weddings;
Office / work events / birthdays etc
Picnics;
Relaxation after a hard day or week
The park is also photoshoot appropriate because of its picturesque nature.
I shot this look at the park;
 The staff are courteous and ever available to attend to all your needs.
I will recommend this park for your next event.
Contact them +234 903 003 0888 and +234 803 306 1476 to book a space today.
They also have presence on Instagram as @theacropolis and facebook.

What do you look out for when you are looking out for location for an event? 

Thanks for visiting my blog.
XO.