Oh, wow it’s been quite a while since I last wrote an article for my blog, actually feels like it’s been too long! But good news? I’m back, and hopefully there won’t be anything that makes it impossible for me to write for you, my reader. So much has happened during the past 3-4 months, 2020 literally took a turn when the Coronavirus hit South Africa. Many of you can attest to the fact that we’ve all been trying to survive, stay safe and move things around where we possibly could, and at the end of the day we can say we’ve tried our best and we still are.

The year seems to be going fast, yet life feels stuck or slow, it’s a normal feeling and we shouldn’t beat ourselves about it. From my social media, I could tell that many of us had so much planned for 2020 and we were ready to turn our lives around, but the pandemic and lockdowns have completely shifted the energy.

In March, we had to make a decision to put the Ayana Magazine publication on hold due to factors not limited to the pandemic and lockdown. In as much as it was quite a difficult decision to make, it was necessary because I couldn’t stop stressing about how everything wasn’t going according to plan. I’m grateful for my team and support system for actually making me remember that it’s okay to pause, as long as I don’t stop. I can’t imagine the amount of stress I could’ve gone through should we have forced our plans to happen despite the pandemic and lockdown.

The first best thing that came out of the whole 2-3-month period has to be the fact that my spiritual health improved by 80%, alongside my emotional and mental health. Secondly, I started a YouTube Channel and I believe I’ve upskilled myself.

One of my biggest fears has always been speaking in front of the camera, I’ve somehow always felt like I don’t have the perfect teeth to put myself out there, or that I’m not really a good speaker and all the excuses I made a lot. Starting the YouTube Channel was for me to overcome that fear and to expand my work to a different platform that’s exponentially growing. My channel is about entrepreneurship, personal development, and content creation in between. I absolutely enjoy having the channel and making an impact in more people’s lives. I’ll soon be making a video on How to be camera confident, I know I haven’t been doing this for even 2 months, but I’ve been on the other side and I believe sharing what has been working for me, will make a difference.

So much has changed during this period and I believe that I’ve grown, I’m not the same person I was 3 months ago. I anticipate so much growth in myself and if there’s something I learned during the past few months is that if you don’t make the decision to go for what you want to go for, don’t expect it to come to you. Consistency is not difficult; it just needs you to take yourself seriously enough to go for it.

Most of us had plans, goals, and aspirations, how 2020 turned out is not an excuse to let everything go or give up. If you feel the edge to give up on your goals, then they weren’t compelling enough. Sit down and look at everything you had planned to achieve this year, what adjustments can you make? What do you need to put on hold or remove? What new resolutions do you have? Introspect.

Check out the latest video on my YouTube Channel where I outline things to consider when you’re setting yourself goals.

It’s really not about how the year began and what has happened so far, we have 6 more months left in the year, do you want to see yourself in the same place you’re in at the moment? If you don’t, then you have to start taking charge of your life. I’m not writing this to downplay how the pandemic has affected you or your plans, but remember that at the end of the day, the only person you’ll have to blame for your life’s decisions, is yourself. So, make good decisions for yourself. Head to my YouTube Channel to start off by adjusting your goals should you need to.

Xx

Noeleen