After all our excitement for the year 2017, the first month is done & dusted. Although, that was a long January! Wasn’t it? It had 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays!
Did your excitement fizzle out along the way or did you find yourselves conquering your goals as planned? Or did you just want the month to end so we could start afresh!?
So I normally do these recaps using the “Taking Stock” format – (last one was the November recap), but new year = new ideas, so I thought I’d try out something different also because I sort of got bored with this format towards the end of the year.
So going forward I’ll just share “four things” of the past month, goals for the new ones and because I can’t help it, there’d always be a little extra!
So here’s my four things in January:
If 2017 is going to be the year of change and stepping out of comfort zones, then I guess I’m already way ahead with my hair. It’s just the first month and I already pulled three changes! I’ve sort of gotten the hang of braid wigs and had it on for about two weeks. More notably, I’ve slipped out of the naturalista gang. It was fun while it lasted but it was incredibly tough. So despite my 2017 goals in relation to my natural hair, I sadly already broke it. I’d probably re-consider at some point. Third, I tried clip-ins which I absolutely love. I got sent a hair product to try and I’ll talk about it next week so lookout.
Well, not Nigeria like Nigeria in West Africa. Just Nigerian soil here in the UK. I stepped into the embassy to pick up some documents. You know the embassy or consulate of say Country X in a foreign land is for all intents and purposes often regarded as that Country X. Being there for a few hours really did feel Iike Nigeria and reminded me of things like the banter and camaraderie among Nigerians + the presence of Nigerian food.
It may have been January, as opposed to Christmas but we both ticked the Number 1s of our Christmas wish! Sadly they didn’t come in the form of gifts from Santa as we’d hoped (high hopes you might say) and for Tee it was not the exact spec or brand. But still, your first brand new car is worth being excited about.! But the one thing we both noticed is how you tick an item of your list and while you’re excited and genuinely love it, you suddenly think “well, nothing has really changed”. I think it just kind of points of how material things can’t really give joy, and we shouldn’t go crazy trying to acquire more and more. They’re great, but memories, and purpose and adding value often bring a greater sense of achievement. The key, I think will be trying to balance both sides.
I’m usually not a sweet tooth person. Like not at all. But in January, I seem to have grown some (which I have to extract with immediate effect!). I found myself eating lots of chocolates, and popcorn & cake! So it was fun while it lasted, but no thanks, I’m done!
Ticked off the goal of getting a few people to help with the behind the scenes of the blog. Hopefully that’ll go well.
Also started a new column Nine People, One Question – basically as the name suggests. I love interviewing people but can’t have a full blown interview all the time. So this is a shorter way! In the first one women fitness experts give top tips to get started in your fitness journey. If you’re looking to up that this year, you have to read the post.
A bit different from the regular inter-ethnic marriage stories I had asked some ‘mixed kids’ to share their experience growing up. We had YJ, Berry, Anire and Ekene with hilarious stories and perspectives. There’s a part two with four other people so that’ll come up later this month!
January was awareness for cervical screening and I shared my experience with funny bits of the cervical screening. Please get a test done if you’re due.
Kemi, gave us travel goals with her 30 countries before 30 (on a Nigerian passport) and amazing amazing illustrator Peniel Enchill shared bits of life & thoughts with us.
Finally seems like I’ll be making a headstart on my sewing ambitions. Worked with seweasyworkshop.com founded by two inspiring ladies to bring you details of their amazing online workshop. If you’ve always wanted to learn to sew, come learn with me as discount ends today. All the details in this post.
For February, I’m hoping to simply keep improving, get loads of good news, launch a couple of things I’ve been working on, eat right & stay happy! One of my best friends is also getting married, and kinda sad I can’t make it.
Oh & ofcourse – we’d have our one year blog giveaway (still open to ideas for the giveaway).
I planned to read two books every month this year. But January was already filled with too much serious stuff, that I couldn’t bear to read a serious book. So I settled for a cheesy romantic novel (where you know they’d fall in love anyway). It was set in Cornwall – so I was excited I could relate quite a bit (see our visit to Cornwall). There’s a sequel to the novel which I’ve been trying to download on my kindle for the past week. Hopefully I’ll do that this weekend, and tick that off as my two books in January. For February, I’ll like to read two by African authors. Any recommendations? What are you reading?
I’ll also love to watch more YouTube. So once I figure out how to subscribe to channels, I’ll be doing that! What are your YouTube faves?
What were your January highlights! Any specific goals for February? I’ll love to hear. And please let me know what sorts of posts you’ll love to see more of.
pS: if you missed my Blogging recap of 2016, you really should check it out.
ppS: Too much spending in January? Check out these 10 fun romantic stay-at-home ideas, for those dating or married.
UfuomaFebruary 1, 2017 at 14:44
Congratulations on the new car. That is amazing and I am super excited for you guys.I’ve managed to keep my motivation going for the year but I’ll admit that January was rather long and exhausting. I barely had time for myself, everything came full circle but thankfully, I took 7 days off work and currently on vacation so having lots of “downtime” but definitely looking forward to what the rest of the year holds! I’m sure it’s gonna be a great year!I quite like this recap format better too, so yes to this!www.theufuoma.comtravel | lifestyle | passion
Live In IbadanFebruary 1, 2017 at 15:16
Interesting and I tap into the anointing of a new car this year in Jesus Name!www.liveinibadan.blogspot.com
DamiLovesFebruary 1, 2017 at 18:55
Woop Woop! Welcome to February. The ‘secret lives of Baba Segi’s wives’ is amazing and hilarious, you’ll love it; I previously reviewed it here. The Nigerian embassy in London is certainly the same as Nigeria, did you buy any food when there? Wishing you a productive February xxFree gift worth £30
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 1, 2017 at 19:11
I’ll order it now! Can’t believe I haven’t read it actually. I bought food the initial time, but not this recent visit! Xx
Sauniya DFebruary 1, 2017 at 20:07
I think I’m the only one who feels like January went by really quick. I’m sure the rest of the year is going to go by even faster. I’m glad I kept up with my workouts this month, they gave me more motivation for this new month. I want to eat healthier too. Congrats on getting the new car. I hope you meet all of your February goals Kachee :)xoSauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡
Frances IFebruary 1, 2017 at 22:54
Right now I’m reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ (again). I recommend any of her books. I love Sefi Atta’s ‘Everything Good Will Come’. ‘Spider King’s Daughter’ by Chibundu Onuzo is a great read as well. Someone else has already recommended ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 1, 2017 at 23:04
I’m thinking of getting Chibundu Onuzo’s new book “Welcome to Lagos”. Loved the cover. I’ve read the other two, but can’t remember Sefi Atta’s so I’ll get it again!
TamieFebruary 1, 2017 at 23:34
Yay to the new recap pattern. I had also planned to read two books per month ,did just on in Jan. February would be better.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 2, 2017 at 14:47
February had better be better! Thanks Tamie!
Madeline Wilson-OjoFebruary 2, 2017 at 14:01
Hi Kachee, lovely blog. Glad I discovered it actually! Thanks for the update – very intersting to read! My favourite YouTube channels are Jamie n Nikki, Britpop Vlogs, Chanel Ambrose and SissiYemmie TV (to name a few!)https://madelinewilsonojo.c…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 2, 2017 at 14:46
Thank you so much Madeline. Really hope you stick around!I watch all those YouTube channels as well – except for Chanel Ambrose. Never heard of it, but I’ll check it out.
DemiladeFebruary 2, 2017 at 21:07
Kachee, I’m always left inspired after reading your posts. You’ve always got something new and innovative up your sleeve and I love it. I can relate to what you said about material things not really bringing joy, it is so true. Yes, you’lll be happy you got said thing but nothing still changes. You simply move to the next thing on your list sigh. Some of my favorite Youtubers are Sisi Yemmie, Live From Layfield (they’re so wise yet so funny) , Terroll & Nakita and The Patronnes. xxcocobellablog.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 3, 2017 at 10:12
Thanks Demi! So glad there’s some inspiration on these pages. i’ll definitely be checking out those YouTubers. Hope you’re well. Have a great month!
ToyosiFebruary 3, 2017 at 15:08
Yayy! Congrats on the new car!! Tried the two books thing in January, only read one lool! Hopefully will read two this month and onward & open to suggestions too 😀 Also working on improving my eating as well so help me God lol
Kachee || KacheeTee.comFebruary 7, 2017 at 18:46
Thank you Toyosi! I’ll let you know if I read any great worth ones!