Make Time for What Brings You Joy

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing great. I feel like I haven’t been here in a very long time and yet it has only been two weeks. I didn’t post last week and I shared a guest post 2 weeks ago. Maybe I actually haven’t been around in a while.

Update. I started a new semester last week and I have been so lazy. Last semester, it took me slightly more than a month to really get into the uni groove and I hope that doesn’t happen again this time. I’m getting really close to finishing this degree. I hope that happens soon because I am exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’m studying but it just stresses me out most of the time. The closer I get to graduating, the more I want to write about university and share all the university content. Maybe I’ll create a new category to write about all things university. With that said, if you have anything university, planning, studying or engineering related that you would like me to write about, please let me know and I promise I will do it.

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The first half of my semester is online and we are hoping we can have the second half in person. I hope that works out because I don’t really enjoy online classes and I just miss seeing or being around certain people. This means I may have physical exams this semester and I don’t know if I remember how to effectively study for those.

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This post is really all over the place but I’ll allow it just for today. It wasn’t planned. I have so many topics planned for the blog but nothing is really standing out to me in this moment. I can’t think creatively at all. A part of me feels like I lost that part of me. The poet and the creative writer. The truth is, this blog doesn’t help me practice my creative writing at all. I haven’t yet figured out how to successfully marry creativity and facts on the blog. The story-teller in me is lost.

I think I can attribute that to my really sad reading culture. I haven’t been reading as much as I would love to and I think that is affecting my creativity and even my grammar (lol). I haven’t really been learning any new and fancy words and that makes me sad because I always enjoy looking up new words to find out their meaning and then waiting for the moment to use them in a sentence. I think being a good writer has a lot to do with being a reader. Two ways to perfect a skill are through practice and learning more about the skill. When you read more, you notice patterns in the way certain authors write. You see how they use words to paint the most vivid picture you can imagine. I’m just not convinced you can write without reading. Well, you can’t write well without reading.

My point is, I would like to go back to falling in love with fictional characters, quickly closing a book when I notice it’s about to break my heart and then opening it two seconds later, allowing my heart to be broken. I would like to go back to crying at the end of a book because I cannot fathom how a human being could perfectly put together words that allow me to feel emotions I had no idea I could feel.

There are a few things that come to mind when I think of how I’ve let myself down. In terms of doing things just for me and for my own joy or saying I would start something and then just not doing it. There are also things I know I have to do in the near future because if I don’t, I will only be letting myself down and honestly, I don’t want to be the one to disappoint me.

I could go on and on but if you could only take one thing away from this post, I hope it is that you remember to make time for the dreams that you let go of and the joy you may have had to sacrifice along the way. Make time for what makes you happy and for what you love. Also, whatever it is you want to start? Start it. The podcast, the YouTube channel, the blog, the business etc. Whatever it is, start it. There’s no such thing as waiting for the perfect time.

Make time for what brings you joy.

What’s one dream you would like to get back to chasing? What is one thing that brought you joy that you would like to reclaim? Please let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back soon. Hopefully next week. (Fingers crossed)

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Wonani Xx

13 thoughts on “Make Time for What Brings You Joy

  1. Great post as always Wonani! I think it’s okay to have a downtime with your creativity occasionally… it happens to musicians, writers and artists. Stepping away from content creation for a period of time can really help heal the soul especially since real life activities affect your “writing spirit” directly or indirectly.

    For example, in Nigeria, last year October was marred by police brutality protests and this was also happening in many parts of the world. To be honest, it took a toll on the mental health of creatives. Methinks attack on Capitol Hill.

    Right now, Nigeria is having serious battles with insurgency and again I am not in the right frame of mind to post consistently so it’s down to one post monthly and a few guest posts if I get offers.

    I hope this helps… Happy New Month and Mental Awareness Month.

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  2. Great message! Also, I’d like to add that your dream path isn’t always easy, even though it may bring you joy. A lot of people—myself included—feel the pain of pursing your dreams yet quit at the first sign of struggle, taking it as something they don’t enjoy.

    A thing that brings me joy though? Having a day off, on a rainy day, with a hot drink and a book. Mmm.

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    1. That is so true! Sometimes it is definitely not the easiest journey to make.

      Such a perfect setting. I love that. The combination of the rain, a hot drink and book is magical.

      Thanks for reading!

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  3. Welcome back loveyy
    Dont beat yourself that bad it hasnt been that long…I missed you though hahahah

    It’s normal to feel that way. And its okay to take a break to restructure the best way into achieving your goals. Find time to read your favourite so that you can come out of the state you are in.

    Joy’s comes from doing what you love the most..
    Warren Buffet once said, “There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” –

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    1. Thank you ♥️ I appreciate you.
      I will definitely do what is needed.

      I love that quote. Constantly choosing to do stuff you don’t like is definitely crazy to me 😂

      Thanks for reading!

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  4. Soul sister 👌👌

    Am here I can relate what I can say is avoid the pressure to show up ,it’s okay to breathe.

    Your blog made lots of sense btw…and yes I know the feeling of wanting a good book that gets you turning the pages and yes heart breaking😂
    (You need to side bar me and see if we can share some books)

    And yes to doing the things that bring us joy..
    Recognise the season your in and it’s Ok to adjust accordingly.

    This too shall pass.

    Whether you back or not
    Rooting for you always

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    1. 😭❤ I love you soul sister! Thanks for this.
      I’ll definitely text you and we can talk books.
      *Deep sigh* yes, this too shall pass.

      Thank you ♥️

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  5. I haven’t been reading as much as I would love to either. My favourite author released a new book this month and I dropped everything to read it. It was worth losing sleep for. I forgot how good it felt to be heartbroken by an author I’ve never even met. The characters don’t die when the book is closed; they live on in our hearts.

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    1. Ooouuu do you mind sharing the book with me?
      Getting my heart broken by an author is literally the only heartbreak I’m settling for.

      I love that! They live on in our hearts.
      Thanks for reading! Xx

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      1. Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez. I love her characters and I love how she addresses serious issues with a touch of humour.

        You’re welcome.

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