Last week's plans to make more of a conscious effort to make time for myself were seriously thwarted this week. One result being that I didn't get to post as much as I usually do. I accept that I'm the kind of person who finds it very hard to say no and a lot of it has to do with overestimating my capacity for doing. I've decided on a new strategy as a solution to all of the above: if unsure as to whether to say "yes", I should simply just say "no". It's going to be hard but, it's absolutely necessary if I'm going to be able to continue creating, blogging and devoting time to being healthy and to continued self-discovery.
I'm always interested in exploring different approaches to jump-start my momentum and and this week I'll be trying out Katie Tallo's Life Cleanse Starter Kit – a one week guide to gathering momentum (check it out here. Bonus: it's free). She quotes The Road Less Travelled author, M. Scott Peck, M.D.:
"Until you value yourself, you won't value your time.
Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it."
How appropriate! What strategies have you used to protect your time?
On the lookout
This week I had the honour of being interviewed by Kathryn Buford, one of the founders of Live Unchained, a collaborative art project for black women across the African Diaspora. Kathryn and her co-founder, Miriam, have great ambitions for creating a rich platform for black female artists to express their diverse talents, identities and perspectives. One that will live online as well as through physical showcases and in print.
Not only is Kathryn such a positive, inspired and inspiring person but, her questions were so valuable in that they reminded me why I do what I do, and reignited again, my passion for it. I think us human beings can be very forgetful this way so, it's great to give ourselves opportunities to check in with our hearts and remember our dreams and visions.
Support this great initiative by voting for Kathryn and Miriam to win support to develop Live Unchained as a non-profit organization.
I'll let you know when the interview is up and in the meantime check out their blog.
Last week on the blog
Here is a quick recap, in case you missed anything:
- Quote of the week – Chinua Achebe inspiring us to keep it local (and some beautiful book design)
- Inspired by fashion designer, Lola Faturoti
- An interview with Erika of Mikuti – find out what bananas, bracelets and business have in common
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Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!
Image above: designs by Lola Faturoti (see post for more details)