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2015. Let’s get it.

Happy New Year One and All!

I hope you had a fantastic break. I certainly did and I feel well rested and ready to run ahead full steam…

January is definitely synonymous with New Year’s Resolutions, goals and the like… I certainly have scribbled down a few things that I want to achieve this year as you do but this time, I am making a conscious effort to:

  • Do something little each day to work towards my goals… (God helping me lol).
  • Only do things that serve my purpose and passions. I will be very rigid this year with what I commit to; this seemed to work for me quite well last year…
  • Implement a life of minimalism – I have taken a cue from the Parisians and starting with my wardrobe, I have thrown out 85% of my clothes and will now opt for a minimalist palette. I will also keep my house clutter free – everything will be filed away or binned! A clear mind starts with a clear space…

Let me know what you have pledged to do this year? Whatever the deal let’s get it…2015 I am ready for you.

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Reviews: My Top 5 Web Series

One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received came from my Lover who suggested that you should ‘carve out time for the things you love’. This blog is a direct result of that advice. However, carving out time for the things you love is something that I have found very difficult; I am sure I am not alone in this. We live in an age where indeed time is something that we are constantly chasing after.

Nevertheless, I have gotten a lot better at being protective over my time in order to make room for things that are good for my soul 🙂 And one of those things are watching webseries. It has become a Sunday ritual and it is the perfect way for me to unwind before the chaotic week ahead. So this post, is another review but this time on my favourite webseries. Hopefully some of you may be fans already or you may be new to this world of cyber entertainment. Scroll down and have a look at what tickles your fancy. And for the big sister Evelyn, I hope you will appreciate this given that very soon you will have a lot more time on your hands 🙂

Life of Hers 

Life of Hers is a drama series that follows the lives of four millennial black, British women who navigate their way through the complexities of life as a young 20something year old. In addition to exploring the intricate details of friendship, love, family, career and relationships, it also highlights the difficulty of contending with an inherited culture of our parents as well as the culture with which you have been submerged into as a result of being born outside the shores of Africa.

Kaima, Hodan, Cassandra and Valentine all represent a voice which every young woman can identify with. Life never moves along a linear path and Life of Hers demonstrates that. Created by the uber-talented Samantha Chioma, I love this series because of the intelligence that shines through; I could listen to the radio broadcasts over and over again. I was proud to watch such a positive portrayal of young black women with my 18 year old cousin. My favourite character is Hodan whose internal battles resonated strongly.

Watch Season One here and let me know who you identify with most. You can also find out more about Season Two @LifeOfHersUK.

An African City 

Along the same corollary as Life of Hers, An African City follows the lives of five women, expatriates living in the beautiful city of Accra, Ghana. I think that this series reminds me of Sex and The City with high fashion, beautiful women and stories that are all interwoven. Nana Ya is my favourite character and Season Two ends with the ultimate cliffhanger…

Follow @AnAfricanCity to find out more about the series as well as when the highly anticipated Season Three will be released.

Gidi Up 

Gidi Up is a drama series that explores the lives of young men and women who live life in the fast lane in Lagos, Nigeria. It takes a while to get into it, but once you do, its absolutely addictive. I loved this show with passion because it shows the luxurious and breathtakingly beautiful parts of Nigeria dispelling the myths that the media has helped to create. I cannot wait for Season Three and in this series, Eki is my favourite character – super intelligent and a lover of culture and the arts; she is a woman after my own heart!

Follow @GidiUp_ to join the conversation and to find out more about the release of Season Three.

Brothers With No Game

Brothers With No Game was my first taster of a web series and so is my first love! Brilliant potrayal of black, British talent, it follows the lives of four friends (I spot a trend going on here!) who struggle with their respective love lives! The show has a very strong social media following and has successfully secured a slot on London Live. Dorian, is my favourite character 🙂 Watch all episodes of Season One and Season Two and let me know what you think; I really do think it is a refreshing and unconventional portrayal of black men.

Tweet them @TheBWNG

Spin 

This reminds me ever so slightly of Top Boy and I was slightly reluctant to watch it at first but I must admit I have gotten into it a fair bit. This drama series is about a group of friends in their early twenties who deal with living in an urban city. I was impressed by the level of acting and I especially love Dan! His cynicism and sinister nature are second to none… Watch Season One and Two…

Follow them @SpinDramaUK

Let me know your thoughts on any of the series above and feel free to recommend others. I think my next review will be things I have seen in the theatre (anyone seen Scottsboro Boys yet?) and exhibitions I have visited (Black Cultural Archives in Brixton is a must!)

Until the next time. xxx

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Bigger…Better…Bolder.

I think the novelty has kind of worn off so I guess I will refrain from saying Happy New Year but in either case I am glad you made it over!
2014 arrived really quickly and I feel like as I get older, the years are racing by a lot quicker; I don’t know if anyone else feels like that? Nevertheless, 2014 is here and there is no going back and I am excited for what the year has in store. It looks set to be a busy year for me albeit a very exciting one so bring it on.

One thing I haven’t done this year however is set goals. I don’t know why but this year I found it particularly difficult. At the end of each year, I have a ritual: I have an annual review of my goals with my super amazing friend Kofo (she is just a genius) and we discuss what went right, what went wrong and what we hope to do better in the following year. We then set our goals for the forthcoming year so that we are accountable to each other. We have been doing it for a couple of years now and we both love it; it is a great way to make sure you stay on track and I would definitely recommend it.

However, at the end of last year, we just couldn’t do it and we don’t know why (ok so I was busy shoving my face with food every minute of the day but that has never stopped me before) We both struggled to write down goals and here we are coming up to the end of January and we still haven’t managed to muster up something concrete.

My journal this year is just blank. I have some sketchy notes and some things that I hope to do but it is nowhere near as extensive as it usually is so I have been thinking about trying something new this year…I am going to have just a few goals and one overarching principle that will govern everything I do: I am going to do everything bigger, better and bolder and I will try and use the talents that God has given me as much as possible. That’s it! To be honest I don’t know if I can do it (my cousin Adeola always complains I am too structured) but I will see how it goes…

All the best in 2014 and thank you for following my blog! I didn’t think I would have any followers (aside from my family) when I first started but it means a lot knowing that my writing is appreciated as I love to do it. Anyhoo, I would love to hear how you construct your goals if you even set goals at all?! Let me know how you get on.

Roll on 2014…xxx

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New year, New you?

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Happy New Year one and all! Also it’s the 1st Anniversary of my blog! Happy 1st Anniversary to LadyWrites Chronicles; oh what an amazing journey it has been…thank you so much for reading all my posts and supporting the journey thus far.

So 2013 is in full swing and Christmas indeed seems like a distant memory. I am now actually willing the end of the month to come now; I am so skint! And considering I need to be financially prudent this year, not a great way to start…but we thank God nonetheless!

I am super excited about what 2013 has in store and I have every right to be. For starters two people that are very dear to me will be getting married (the final countdown is on!!!!), I will be making a desperate attempt to begin my Yoruba lessons (Oludumare, joh ooo) and I will be hosting another Something Borrowed Women’s Networking event; what is there not to be excited about??

So roll on 2013. Let’s get this show on the road. There is too much to do this year but that doesn’t mean that I will fill my diary aimlessly. Every meeting will have to be with purpose this year; time is of the essence…what will you be doing that’s new?

I decided to streamline my goals this year too. Normally, I have an endless list of goals that are divided into specific areas and whilst I still have goals that have been created for specific areas of my life (such as spirituality, finance, career, socially etc) I have ensured that they are a) measurable and b) they are limited to three to four goals for each area. This should make them much more achievable and leave me feeling less stressed come December. On a separate note, I noticed a lot of people are ditching New Year’s resolutions/goals and have decided to just live life as a free spirit; what did you guys decide to do? I think I am a bit too anal not to have any goals; the thought of that is just plain scary!

Anyhoo, please note that the next time you will be reading a blog post on this fantastic site, it will be against an amazing backdrop. My blog is getting a makeover 🙂  The blog designer shall also be unveiled for all of you who are active bloggers and are toying with the idea of revamping your blog…Until the next time! (which will be fairly soon. Scouts honour :-))

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Happy Holidays!!

This is just to say a huge thank you for supporting my blog!! I am so grateful to you all for following and reading my posts! 2012 has been an amazing year for me and I have been able to actualise a number of my goals including starting this blog and in the New Year, I will try and blog more often…
 
In 2013, this blog will also be getting a new look so watch this space…I am super excited to develop this space with an amazing blog designer; all will be revealed…
 
As you celebrate this season, don’t forget to stop and take stock of the year that has passed and also strategise for the incoming year. There is a scripture that I am obsessed with in the bible and it is Habukkuk 2:2 which says that you should ‘Write the vision and make it plain so he may run that reads it…’ Get your goals down on paper and get ready to run in 2013!!
 
I hope you have had a great Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year in advance. See you on the other side…xxx
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