5 BLOGGING TIPS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT | BLOG INTRO

Dear viewers,

It is of great delight to introduce you to my rebranded blog. It has been two weeks of work and I will be honest with you that redesigning a website is not easy. I had constant struggles and at one point I was stuck on something that didn’t let me move forward and it hit me, “why stay stuck in one position instead of moving forward.”

Through the lens is a world-changing and lifestyle blog that focuses on our personal envisioned goal called “Towards a better mindset” (mindset growth).

It was started to build and change the perspective and mindset, allowing people to see a clear vision and also beyond their vision for a change of thinking to create a better tomorrow.

In making the world a better place, we believe the mind is our first target and our blog focus on changing one’s perspective in order to grow the mind.

The mind is called the greatest asset of an individual and once the mindset is changed or improved, new habits and a change of living begins.


During this week I learned a lot of lessons:

These are blogging tips that will help you overcome your fear and begin your journey as the successful blogger and amazing content creator that you are.

  1. JUST START

I always thought there will be a perfect time, maybe I should keep brushing my skills or wait till I am done with school maybe by that time everything will be perfect. Honestly, it’s not true those are voices trying to stop you from doing something amazing. You will grow in the process so don’t worry about if you are good enough or not. START NOW!!! Do something about the skills and talents given to you, don’t be like the third servant who tug up his talent waiting for his master and didn’t gain anything like the rest.

Like Nike will say “JUST DO IT.” That’s why I am so in love with Nike’s campaign and advertisement because it pushes you.

Starting is scary and one can count more reasons not to start than to start but let me tell you something, once you do start, you will be proud of yourself, and you will grow.

2. MONEY SHOULDN’T STOP YOU

Someone will say “I need a lot of money to start,” I thought like that too I had to pay for my blog and it will be much better and honestly didn’t have the funds, so I will have to wait to save and let me tell you, it would have taken months. If you have the funds and that is amazing you can start but if you’re a student like me or need months to get the pay you deserve to get your blog upgraded or business started then STOP, SIT and THINK of the most creative way you can start what every idea you have in mind.

Money should not stop you from starting. God has given us all creative minds, think of another way around whatever you want to start. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t say you wouldn’t need money, I mean you should start creatively but still be saving for the next step.

3. PEOPLE AROUND YOU MATTER

I have been around different kinds of people, when I first mentioned to some people about starting a blog the replies were beyond discouraging. At one point I wanted to back down because I thought I wasn’t good enough but I had to be my own cheerleader.

We all know the kind of friends we have, some are critics in nature and some are supporters, both categories are good because the critics help crosscheck your work and make you better. However, you will need the supporters in your journey.

Negative energy and people bring down the spirit and whatever motivation you would have given yourself to start. Starting isn’t easy but you can do it.

Keynote: believe in yourself first

4. PLANNING SAVE LIVES

Whether you want to start a business, be a content creator, or work in a company planning needs to come into place. The first things you need to plan and write down are your vision, mission, goals, values, strategies, tactics and many others. You need to first plan the foundation of what you want to do in order to know where you’re going.

Get a to-do list note, plan your day ahead, and before you go to sleep write down what you plan to do the next day because I will tell you from experience, that there are distractions everywhere and sometimes you just forget which leads me to my next point.

5. CARRY A NOTE AND PEN EVERYWHERE YOU GO

It might seem so little but I will tell you for a fact your brain can’t keep that information all the time. Every content creator or writer are aware of those moments an idea comes to mind and sometimes if not jotted down you will forget that amazing idea in your head.

So to make it easy buy a little note, you could even use your device to jot down, just don’t let that idea slip away.

Make them your sidekick.

THE UNBELIEVER’S LIVES MATTER

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7 NLT)

I remember sitting quietly in church one day, and I saw a lady just like me sitting down, but she wore a short skirt, her top had holes, and she didn’t wear a bra everything revealed.

 As I observed her, I saw a woman approach her and telling her to leave and wear something better that she was in the presence of the Lord.

The woman began to shout, the congregation turned and wondered what was going on. Before I knew it, I heard whispers; I heard things like “why will she come here like that”, “the woman is doing the right thing, look at her” I could go on

I saw the lady leave the church that day and then I began to wonder, what if she was in pain and the only place she thought of going was the church, or what if that day she was ready to give her life to Christ and stop the past, or what if she was in danger and the church was her hiding place.

One thing that came to my mind that day as she walked out of the church was that “a soul was lost.”

I don’t know who need to hear this, but the unsaved live matter

Mattew 7:1 (NLT) “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.”

Don’t judge; instead love. In this case, if the woman walked up to the girl and talked to her like a mother, hugged her, things might be better. The woman could have checked on her daily and you never know God can turn her heart around and she will change.

“SHOW LOVE!” Do not lose a soul, don’t think you are too righteous then act irritated by those that don’t have knowledge on the word of God’

Don’t keep only godly people and care only for those that believe in Christ. If you see someone that doesn’t know Christ, don’t go and quote scriptures and tell them they will go to hell, stop it and start with love. Christ started with that, and He loved us (John3:16)

I know they said the people you have around you affect or influence you, but that doesn’t mean you will not keep those unsaved close. So don’t let them change you; influence them with the way you live and you can still have those good friends around to affect you and keep you in check.

FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS (Mattew 25:35-40 NLT)

35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[a] you were doing it to me!’

That girl was a stranger, but the woman didn’t invite her home (the church)

Remember the lost sheep out there, some may not know much, some are looking for someone to show them the way. That’s one of your duties as Christians to bring them to Christ, show them the same love Christ showed us when He died for us.

Read this story and remember this statement “WHAT WILL JESUS DO?”

BEAUTY IS PAIN

These three words always get me upset, but to an extent it is true, so I can’t complain.

My mother always told me the exact words every time I am making my hair and complaining that it hurt; she would “Beauty is pain”, but then who beauty help. So no matter the tears, I was never allowed to cut my hair.

But what if I don’t want to be beautiful? What is so wrong with looking ugly. My skull hurts from this hair, but I look so pretty every time I check the mirror, so I always tell myself, “three more days and the pain will be all over”.

The crazy thing it always did, but recently I am tired, not only of the pain but just the thoughts of making it. All I need is ten wigs, different colours and styles and I’ll cut my hair.

When I was little, my mother always said cutting my hair as a girl wasn’t good; she would tell some stories and say a few things and boom, I wouldn’t want to cut my hair again, mothers jazz.

Funny thing, now I’m older, once I complained about my hair she would be willing even to help me cut it, the irony right.

Don’t look at me like something is wrong with me. I have a tender scalp, only those that have the same scalp as me will understand. When I am relaxing my hair, I can’t stay up to 5minutes (please tell me I am not the only one). I hardly change the person making my hair because of the pain and they are used to me, once the making process begins, I can cry. Yeah, it’s that bad.

Now you may wonder why I can’t barb my hair and relieve myself from this stress once and for all, well so many reasons are holding me down;

1. Nigeria’s heat (if you live in this country, you can relate)

I doubt I’ll carry my cut hair out due to some personal reasons, so I’ll have to wear a wig and trust me when I say this country sun isn’t playing.

2. Lol, I don’t even have the wigs.

Currently, I have one, but I don’t want to wear one throughout my life until my wardrobe is blessed with two or more wigs.

3.  Lowkey, I love braids.

Yes, I love the fact you can do any style when it comes to braids and their low budget.

4. This will sound silly, but I might look ugly.

Yes, I am human and have some insecurities that I am still dealing with, so yes, I don’t want to.

I tried going natural though, and well, let’s say it didn’t work out for me. Lol.

So if I ever cut my hair in the future, don’t worry honeybuns, I will surely gist you about it.

EVERY LADY SURVIVAL KIT

Hey beautiful ladies, I am here to talk about our survival kit,

What is a lady survival kit? There are essential equipment that a lady needs in their purse to survive in an emergency.

There are lifesavers and we often tend not to have them in our purse which I suggest a change from now on. So this are the first five kit:

1. PAD

The first necessity. Even though you know when your period might start next, you always need to prepare and put two pairs in your purse. I use the “FLO” app and it’s a period tracker, ovulation calendar and pregnancy app and it helps a lot, but even with the app I carry the pairs in my purse.

Now you wonder why two, why not one? Well, you got to be there for your fellow ladies in times of needs.

So, after you use the restroom or go from one place to another or you were rushing somewhere and forgot to spray at home, you apply it on your body. Trust me; it turns head.

2. PERFUME

So, I am a total perfume lover and I can’t do without. Every lady needs to add this up, and now I don’t mean a huge bottle, you can get those little oil perfume, there are portable and last long.

3. LIPGLOSS/BALM

A friend once told me I don’t apply enough lip gloss, that if I use it well, I’ll get men to stare at my lips making them want it. Lol, she reads a lot of novels, but I tested the theory and she was right.

Now that being aside, every lady needs to revamp and hydrate their lips. Licking your lips isn’t feminine nor the right thing to do. Keep your lips hydrated.

4. MINT GUM

Do you know if you stay hours without talking and open your mouth, it stinks a little? Yh, the mint gum totally helps in that case or after a long day at the desk and you about to have a meeting, the mint got you covered. Another amazing silly scenario is when you want to talk to your crush, boyfriend/girlfriend, or whoever, you have to make every breath count when you’re with them literally.

5. SAFETY PIN

Yes, ladies in one stage or another we needed this to save us from either a loose button or a small rip in the dress whatever. Having a safety pin has been a huge lifesaver and I will advise we have two or three in our purse/bag.

IF NOT FEBRUARY 14TH

February 14th, valentine day, a day full of love, giggles and loads of gift. I’m sure you are prepared for the day already, I’m talking to both the couples and the singles, yes single I’m sure you have planned how to enjoy your day already.

But I’m not here to discuss the lovey-dovey day; I’m here to talk about the remaining 364 days of the year when it isn’t valentine.

It’s a usual tradition on that day to take your partner out, or give a gift, or show any form of love, but my question if not February 14th do you still show this love. Do you say I love you, do you get a surprise or take them out.

If you’re a YES well I’m so proud of you guys and hope it isn’t one-sided, but if your case is a NO and the only day you remember to show love is on special days, then we need to talk.


THE TALK

Okay so I’m not going to condemn you just because you didn’t do those things, but I want to say it is important, not only is it a beautiful thing it also helps the relationship grow.

It doesn’t always have to be a gift don’t kill yourself, you could write an epistle, make dinner, do something sweet once in a while, don’t let it only be valentine or birthdays or anniversaries.

Do you want to know a fantastic thing, because of the small gestures once in a while during those valentines you don’t have to throw something massive all the time because it is a normal thing in the relationship, you can decide to stay home and relax together.

This isn’t going to be a long talk, I’m not going to tell you how to express love, but I hope you put this in thoughts.

HOW TO START LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

There was a time that I once thought living healthy was a scam, the whole eating vegetable, fruits and eating less, what could I gain from that I thought. Until all of a sudden, I found myself obese at the age of 18, even then I still didn’t care “bring on the food it can’t stop me from eating my pizza and ice cream everyday.”

My mum tried talking to me about it, but I always find a way, but then the day came I couldn’t breathe I couldn’t find my breathe I didn’t know was happening then I had to be rush to the hospital.

A few hours later, I was treated, but the doctor told me it could happen again if I don’t take care of my health. “I was annoyed, but at the same time I knew what I had to do.”

I finally agreed to my mum’s instruction and I started a healthy lifestyle, and guess what after a year I was no longer obese, I wanted to get back to my eating junks so bad, but I was warned to continue this lifestyle if I want to live long. I almost felt death, so I listened to the advice and had no issues until then.


We need to start living right, live a life we will be proud. Watch what you eat and take care of the body. Living a healthy life is an essential thing that needs to be said to everyone, it might be hard at first because we are used to ordering pizza always, having a plate heaped with food, sitting down all day, etc.

Have heard that phrase “I want to go on a diet”, yes, it is a good thing, but sometimes we forget that going on a diet should be normal. When we eat little, take fruit, work out, etc, that should be the life we should live.


Assumptions and truth about healthy living:

1. Once you start, you will get used to it. Yes, but not immediately. Know you are throwing away a lifestyle you once had for years, so there are times you want to sneak and eat or give up. Don’t! Train your body and mind then you will get used to it.,

2. Living healthy is not a punishment. I have heard some statement like “how can I eat grass like an animal”, firstly you wouldn’t be only eating vegetable there are different diet plans to stick to, and you are helping your body. You’re not suffering at all; you are living a longer and better life

3. Living healthy is not only for fat people. “I’m not fat; I am already slim you want to kill me, and so much more statement like this. You might not have the body that gets fat, but what you put inside your body matters, there is diabetes, high blood pressure, etc and it happens to both slim and fat, so start taking care of your body no matter the size

4. You don’t quit living healthy once you’ve gotten your goal. Imagine you were like 100kg and you started living healthy and dropped to your goal like 80kg. You don’t stop eating well or stop exercising because of it, continue that healthy habit.

5. You don’t stop taking snacks forever. This scare people, the fact they think their favourite snack is eradicated from their lives. It is not just taken everyday like you use to, it will be once in a blue moon maybe once a week or two weeks.


Tips to start a healthy lifestyle


1. Drink lots of water. 5 to 8 glasses a day will do

2. Reduce the quantity of food you take, that means no more heaping of your plates

3. Avoid junks such as pizza, hamburgers, etc

4. Don’t take carbonated drinks and sugar

5. Take fruits and detox water helps the system.

6. Exercise at least 3-5 times a week

7. Don’t eat late and avoid snacks at night


 Exercises you can do:

1.  Skipping

2. Jogging

3. Aerobatics

4. Running

5. Cycling

7 MORNING HABITS TO START YOUR DAY RIGHT

Starting your day right is an important thing to do. How you start your mornings will show how your day will go, so I’ll share with you seven habits to cultivate to have a fantastic day.

1. Wake up early

I know this isn’t always easy, especially when you’re tired, and you don’t feel like standing up. Well I believe we all need the habit of waking up early, it allows you to have a lot of time to do all your duties in a day, and it just keeps you on track.

 To do this keep your alarm far from you maybe on your table so you wouldn’t be able to snooze it, in that way you can walk there to off it and you will be fully awake by then. S

2. Start with a positive vibe

Pray, read your bible, listen to a podcast or something motivational, or even listen to a song, it helps kick start your day. After doing something positive or even just reading a quote, it gives that energy that the day will be so good.

3. Drink water

As simple as that might sound, it is also vital we do it. Keep your body hydrated.

4. Make your bed

Yes, do it. When you make your bed, you wouldn’t want to get back on it because of how much effort you use to make it right.

5. Exercise

I know you never feel like it but exercising in the morning helps a lot. Your physical health matter, stay in shape.

6. Total body care

I would have said skincare, but I realised it is not only your skin you need to take care of. You need to take care of everything, from your hair, teeth, skin, feet, etc. Just make sure you’re clean and healthy and that you look good for you.

7. Make your to-do list

Plan your day out, write it down and follow the schedule, you will find out that when you have a to-do list, you will finish up all your duties or plans you have.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

New year resolution is a regular we make to ourselves before the new year begins either to be a better person or to accomplish a goal or the other

I believe in new year resolution; I know it might sound cliché because it is a common term you hear at the beginning of the year or someone ask you about yours. But as cliché as it may sound, we all have new year resolution whether we don’t put it under the term ‘new year resolution’ or not.

Before a new year begin we all have something we want to accomplish or do better in the coming new year. Maybe you haven’t been putting effort in your work or studies, or you weren’t nice to people much in the previous year you decide to be better this year.

Now we have the resolution in our hearts, it’s important to write it down. Don’t let it just stay inside of you, write it down, think of the step you need to accomplish the goal.

So I’ll tell you about my new resolution, well first I want to grow my spiritual life by spending my morning with God, then I decided to be waking up early so I choose by 4, if you ask me I am still getting used to it because sometimes I wake up by 4 and just fall back but I’m getting there.

Another of my resolution to improve better in school so I’m reading for school or at least revising everyday except Saturday and Sundays. Also to engage more and gain my followers on my blog and also prepare ahead, so I plan to be online a lot to engage and also I plan to create my content for a week or month ahead. Also to be nicer in my bad periods, I get irritated easily and my thoughts at that moment just seem to come out so I,m trying to be nicer in my bad moods.

Well before I spend all my time on myself, those are the ones I’ll share today. An important thing about new year resolutions is sticking to it, once it’s June or it might even reach December before we realise that we had a goal.

To stick to the resolution you need to tell everyone close to you about it, they are there to remind you about it. Also set a reminder either your goal was to exercise every morning or read in the afternoon, set the time either on an alarm clock or your phone.

So this year decide to be among those that will accomplish their goals this year and by the time the year ends all you will do is smile about afar you pushed through and made it.

Sometimes we might need our friends to show us what we need to make as our resolution

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

2020 has been one heck of a year, a year we will look back to one day and laugh. Due to the pandemic, many things have happened both good and bad. I witnessed a lot of panics, the fear in people eyes either for themselves or their love ones, the pandemic was the biggest hit for the world but even with the pandemic what hurt me the most was the issues going on with countries like(Nigeria endsars, …) why add to the pain.

But do you know what beautiful people with pain, fear, and everything, we made it, we saw 2021. I want you to say to yourself and say “this year is going to be much better.”

Even with all that happened this year helped too, it gave us time for everything. We read a book, we did seld developed, we git to see who are real friends are, we spent time with family and so much more amazing things we did.

Let’s remember that 2020 grew us, made us better and stronger but I wouldn’t forget those that lost someone or thing last year and entered this new year with hurt or pain, well my dear honeybuns one day it will be okay, you hear me, everything will be okay.

Just stick with God and set goals for this year and with time, it will be alright.

So welcome to 2021 my honeybuns this year has many great things for us, now take a piece of paper or a book and reflect on last year and write down what you’re grateful for. Also, meet those people that you’re grateful for and tell them.

So let me tell you what I’m grateful for, well I’m grateful to God for keeping me and my family and friends, even for my mental health because it was a real battle last year. However, it still got better, and I’m also grateful for the time I had to start new things like my blog and self-development.

 So finally we in 2021 next stop 2022 but let’s make this 2021 a beautiful year. Don’t forget to share at the comment with what you’re grateful for can’t wait to read them.

ENCOURAGING BIBLE VERSES

We all need encouragement one point or the other, we get tired or just a feeling of giving up. God is our greatest encouragement, and He encourages us through the Bible. So these are ten verses to believe in daily:

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”


1 Timothy 4:12

 “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”


Deuteronomy 31:6

“For the Lord is your security.

    He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.”


Proverbs 3:26

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

    do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,

    and he will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 

 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”


Philippians 4:6

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”


PHILIPPIANS 4:13

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.

    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”


Isaiah 41:10

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling,

    beautiful in every way.”


 
Song of Solomon 4:7

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”


Jeremiah 29:11

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.”


John 15:9