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I’ve debated one two many times on what my first post here would be.

This is my very first article on Medium. I mean I have posted on my personal page but they’ve always been imports from my blog.

I am so excited to document my creative and productive journey here because I’ve learned so much on this wonderful writing platform and my journey will be a reflection of my learning process.

I’m hoping by the end of the year, I’d have accepted the title “Writer”

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Those words were drafted 4 months ago when I was on a writing…


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There’s something fundamentally wrong when I consult my headspace for answers only to recede to a place — I can never fully comprehend — that swears I am in yet another creative funk. But I know it’s more than that.

When it’s only my thoughts and I, late in the night struggling to meet deadlines and create perfection, I crash and burn. Only due to the massive and powerful presence my pressure points stake claim when I’m in and out of view.

Talk about a year that looks at your plans and flashes the mid-finger. You know that quote (I…


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Last month on Medium my article, Your Blog lacks focus and direction, got published by The Writing Cooperative and the response really affirmed my position on having and embracing as many passions as possible.

I have been unable to settle on one path almost my entire adulthood. …


Your blog lacks Focus and Direction

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These were the stinging words I received the other day and I haven’t sat down since. These words have become a massive and powerful presence in my everyday life.

You see I know this. An awful lot.

I tell myself the same thing every waking day that I’m still not clear on what I want to put out. It’s why I scour through tens of Medium articles daily to find that 'magic' that will finally steer me in the right direction.

But to hear this come out of someone else’s mouth — an established…


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2018 was the year I forgot how to read. That shouldn’t come as a surprise especially after the massive creative slump I was in. You are what you read.

With no rules on how to read, last year’s reading challenge was “read as many books as possible.” I should have known better than to leave it that open. Amazingly, I still pushed myself through. At some point, I launched into 3 Parenting books at a go because I wanted to hit my dodgy goal faster. That, plus the books were too interesting a manual to put down. …


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Resolutions used to be the wave. Now they are struggling to clean after the mess left behind by the pointing fingers that romanticize goal setting and leave it at that. Yes, resolutions should have alerted us to put in the work by creating action steps and plans to achieve them and not just talk things into existence. Yet here we are.

This was my state of mind on New Year’s Eve 2017 when I was so stocked to write down my goals and intentions for 2018. Of course, I wasn’t going to call those resolutions. No chance. I was also…


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Virtual mom tribes are parenting gold when done right. Unfortunately, this essential parenting tool that is supposed to cultivate a strong sense of community and friendships can degenerate into a mom-bashing awkward space.

You know how algorithms tend to toy with your feed and put you in a tiny bubble to the point that you only see posts that mirror your life? That’s how I landed on a pregnancy support group on Facebook when I was pregnant at 8 weeks. I would spend huge swaths of time on Google researching on the dire effects of sub-chorionic bleeding.

In my head…


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This is Part 2 of the Mothering Without a Mother series that runs on this blog. Part 1 was an Apostrophe to my loving Mother on Mother’s Day. Indulge.

On a ‘normal’ day, I would be mindful that the only part of the stories of my loved ones I am allowed to tell are those that intersect with mine and only from my limited point of view. Apparently, the best writing tip is to “write as if your parents were dead.”

*crickets*

I chanced upon a New York Times article several months ago while scrolling down their able list on…


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I’m back from the self-sabotage tour deep in the throes of a massive creative slump. My collective introspection highlights a new found desire to keep writing. No matter how many times I hold myself back.

A lot has held me back.

When was the last time you felt joyous and creative in your own skin? For me, it’s when I last posted here in June. I had just updated my editorial calendar for content planning and it was all systems go. So what happened? When courage dies, creativity dies with it. I lost the courage to pen my thoughts. Writing…


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Editorial Calendars are an organized way of scheduling your content in advance, offering ample time to churn out quality thoughtful content consistently. They can be medium specific or encompass all your content marketing efforts. I use mine for blogging. I do a weaver on both paper planning and digital planning. I needed a structure of sorts so as not to write into the void.

Developing A Writing Culture

To do that I embarked on three writing endeavours:

  • Morning Pages — write 3 pages every morning of nothingness. Anything that comes to mind.
  • Break The Block — participate in writing prompts…

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