As the year draws to an end, we all start to reflect on the past year. The good moments, the bad and those moments we wish we could erase from our memories completely.
We also begin to reflect on our accomplishments. How many of our goals did we complete? How much closer we are to our actual dream? Are we were we thought would be?
Some of you are already living your dreams or are very close to . Some of you get so caught up on the day-to-day hustle of life that you often forget you have placed your dreams on the back burner. *slowly raises hand * Yes, I am guilty of this.
Balancing being a daughter, sister, aunty and friend can be tough and time consuming. Let’s not even get started on trying to be a great partner. ‘ Quality time’ and ‘ Acts of service ‘ are my mine love languages. If these are also your love language, you can get so caught up in providing support and encouragement for all your loved ones you easily forget that you have your own dreams and aspirations. Dreams that you may feel are unachievable or that you don’t deserve. Do we not all deserve happiness? Do we not all deserve to wake up everyday and know that we have made an impact in some shape or form?
Often we give up on our dreams due to factors we believe to be out of our control. Personal finances, Family, relationships, education, lack of work experience… These are just a few of the reasons we are all guilty of using. The truth is they are all excuses; the only thing that can really stop you from achieving anything is ‘YOU’. Yes ‘ YOU’ !!! We can be our own roadblock on the road to success. Our thoughts and negativity can create unnecessary obstacles. I am guilty of using all of these excuses on multiple occasions. So much so I have allowed great opportunities to slip through my fingers. I have allowed time that I can never get back to pass.
After a heart to heart, my bestie said to me :” Ninz you are always everyone’s number 1 supporter , why won’t you allow us to cheer and support you . When will we cheer you on? ” These words had me thinking and I finally admitted to myself, I have been afraid. Afraid that I will not make it, afraid that if I get there I won’t succeed, afraid that I will be overlooked. I Lacked confidence in my strengths and capabilities. I am a big over thinker and a perfectionist. My over thinking causes me to create Nollywood super stories over the smallest things. My perfectionism means I take ages to do everything as it has to be exactly how I want it . I mean what if no one read my blog , what would I say ? Would I have enough content? The layout? I literally had to shut all these thoughts down and tell me self I can do it!! That , ladies and gentleman is how ” From Naija to LA was born “. I had wanted to start this blog from about 2/3 years ago but didn’t due to my over thinking and negative thoughts.
I have no idea where this blog will take me but it is a small step. A step closer to my dreams than I was a few months ago.
My blog is called ” From Naija to LA” for 2 reasons 1) the dream I have for Nigerian entertainment in LA and 2) my personal career plans I want to achieve in LA. By God’s grace these two things will come to pass and this blog will document all the steps to that success.
Individuals will laugh and doubt your dreams and capabilities but you have to believe you can do it. The only person that can say no is God and if he does it’s because he has something bigger and better planned for you.
My fav scriptures whenever I am feeling low on confidence are:
2 Timothy 1:7: ‘ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind’
Luke 17:6: ‘ He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.’
Do you guys know how small a mustard seed is? Let me show you
Yes, I have been afraid but not anymore, I am going after what’s mine. I am chasing happiness and how many of you are going to join me?
Don’t know where to start? Why don’t you list your major goal and then from there make a spider diagram of all the things you will need to do to get there. Before you know it you will have a list of tasks that you will need to complete to get to your ultimate goal. You can then break these down in to 1 month, 1 year, and 3 years goals. Or you can just close your eyes and just take that leap of faith !!
Before the end of the year I am going to post my goals for 2014. This will be my way of always being reminded of where I am headed and the post will allow me to have accountability
What are you dreams? What do you want to achieve in 2014?
My sister and my best friends constantly remind me of my strengths and remind me that anything is possible. This is my reminder to you !! Faith, prayer and action are all you need.
Ninz the dream chaser
P.s I can’t have a post without my Naija music now lol. I am going to list a few of my motivational tracks below. Enjoy
Show Dem Camp ft M.I – The Dreamer ‘ ” Come dream me with , pillow to my head i’m a dreamer … Going to make you believe’
Olamide ft Ice Prince & Endia ‘Motivation for awon fans mi ni igboro ‘
M.I ft Timaya & Loose Kaynon – Anybody ‘ No man can curse , those that Jehovah has blessed’
Jesse Jagz – Greatest ‘I can’t go against nature , i was made for this . I am not going to stop until i get there and i am going to get there . I am the greatest’
M.I ft 2face – Nobody ‘ If nobody talks about you , then you are nobody’
Olamide – Eleda mi . I can’t find the YT vid 😦 but the lyrics are :’ Eleda mi o….mi o, mi o
Ori iya mi o….mi o, mi o
Won fe ko bo la mi o….mi o, mi o
Ma ma je kan ki won ja mi o….mi o, mi o
Ma ko le, ma ra le
Ma lo wo se, ma ni motor…yeeey ‘
Awww….nice post Ninz! I couldn’t help but smile while reading this. Thanks for writing this post. 🙂
PS: I know you only post Naija tunes but one of my best motivational songs is Dream Chaser by Meek Mill ft Beanie Siegel, dude really dropped some make-sense yans in that jam man (lol)…”It started in the basement/ me, my pen and my pad/ started thinking about things I never had…”
Awww thank you :), I’m happy it made you smile . I actually like that song !! Will post it next time