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38 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 38 Years

Every year, when I know my birthday is near, I start this period of self-reflection. I think about my accomplishments or lack thereof and what my future will be like. In addition to my self-reflection, I also like to think about the lessons I’ve learned along the way and in the past year. It usually takes me some time to come up with this list, because the older I get, the longer the list gets. LOL I literally started this list back in early December and just finished it last night. So, here’s the knowledge I am dropping on you this year, my 38 life lessons that I’ve learned in 38 years. 1.P.U.S.H. Pray until something happens. Prayer is STILL essential in my life, but I have truly learned that even when things don’t happen when YOU want them to happen, keep on praying. 2. Humility is everything. 3. Step…

How to Have a Busy Blog During the Holidays

It’s nearing the end of the year and the holidays are upon us. Some bloggers use this time to take a break and regroup, plan and prep for the new year. Other bloggers keep pushing out content through the end of the year despite their busy schedules. This may seem like a hard thing to do, especially if you sell products and are prepping for Black Friday, in addition to blogging. So how can you keep delivering content and have a busy blog during the holidays? Pre-schedule Posts Try pre-scheduling your posts in batches. This is the single most effective method for me and a lot of other bloggers I know. Batch scheduling posts is a great way to save time when you need a break or are too busy. I usually try to take one day on the weekends to schedule at least two weeks of posts. You can…

15 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to be 40 and Single

This post was originally published on Randomlyyaya.com and was one of my most popular posts, so I had to share it with you here.

I’ve been talking about why I don’t want to be 40 and single for months now. I’ve played around with the idea of this post for a long time. And since it’s my birthday week, it seemed fitting to share the post as I get a year closer to 40. I must add a disclaimer before I continue. Everything in this post is strictly my opinion and based off things that I have experienced or people I know personally. I am not making a blanket statement, this is just my point of view.

Here’s the reasons why I don’t want to be 40 and single.

1. The dating pool sucks. Let’s be real. The dating pool isn’t that great once you’re in your mid-30s. Most of the good men are already taken, remarried or gay. It’s hard to find a man who doesn’t come with baggage, who has no kids or has never been married. Not that those things are bad, I just find it easier to date someone without those things.

September Recap/October Goals

Each month I share my goals as a way to motivate myself to get things done and stay accountable. Here is last month’s recap and the next month’s set of goals for my blog, and my personal life. Let me just say that I failed on ALL my goals this month. I spent two weeks in Vegas working a lot of 10 and 12 hour days. And then when I came home all I wanted to do was sleep. My motivation to do anything was pretty much non-existent. Reach 7,000 followers on Instagram. I didn’t really post while I was in Vegas due to my busy schedule and just being super tired, so I am shy of this goal by about 300 followers. Complete my Emergency Preparedness series. I have about 8 articles planned in the series and didn’t get to complete all of them before I left for Vegas. I did a…

September Goals

At the beginning of every month on Randomly Yaya, I shared my goals as a way to motivate myself and be accountable to someone. I will be continuing to share my goals here and hope that you will share yours as well. We can be accountability partners to each other. I didn’t make any goals in August because my focus was on the blog rebranding. However, I did make goals in July that I didn’t exactly meet. My plan in July was to sit down with a financial advisor and work out a plan for paying off some debt and increasing my savings. Unfortunately, that did not happen. I also wanted to start working out again. I worked out maybe a total of 4 times in August and I can’t even tell you how many times I did in July, but I’m pretty sure it was less than five. However,…