This is not where I wanted to be: a reminder to stop running and be true

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I came across a video clip of Oprah sharing why she admires Lady Gaga and to sum it up – watching someone who is unabashedly being who they are inspires you to also be your true self.

And that’s why I am so grateful to all the fabulous folks who have shared their stories, passion and inspiration in the Afri-love interview series. Reading about how others have followed their dreams, overcome barriers and put themselves first – above other people’s expectations of them – reminds me of the value in following my own dreams.

It is way TOO easy to veer off the course of doing what’s in your heart. It is way too easy to find yourself being carried away by the needs of other people (and convincing yourself that they are now your needs too). Even if you know where you’re going, you might not end up where you’re headed. Knowing is a crucial first step but what I’m learning is that constantly reminding yourself is just as important!

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Week in review and refreshing “resolutions”

It's reached that point of the year where the beginning is blurring out of sight, along with all the resolutions to  do things differently. After an incredibly busy week, on the verge of being out of comfortable control, I find myself needing to pause and reaffirm my mantra for the year. Making time for myself. Thanks to an insightful gift from a friend, daily doses from the book, The Artist's Way Every Day, are helping to remind me of the importance of giving my creativity play time and, giving myself quiet, solitary time. This coming week, I'll be making more of a conscious effort to put myself first. 

How are your good intentions for 2011 panning out?

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On the lookout

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This week I treated myself to the current issue of Arise, Africa's Global Style and Culture Magazine. I can't wait to sit down, undisturbed, and soak it all in. There's loads in there, including an article on one of my role models, artist Wangechi Mutu, and Gordon Brown talking about Nigeria's future … hmmm, should be interesting …

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Last week on the blog

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Here is a quick recap, in case you missed anything:

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Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!

Lulu x

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