July-August 2011 Issue
Time flies, can you believe we are already past the half year mark? Just the other day we welcomed the New Year with long lists of resolutions. Well, the year doesn’t feel so new anymore, it’s actually that time of the year when energy levels hit low points, we get sucked into the routine of life and midyear fatigue creeps in. All these are symptoms of midyear blues, something I experienced this July. At some point I may have been tempted to lament on how fast the year was running yet with so many things not yet accomplished but I decided this would be the ideal period to take some time off and perform a midyear review on the first half of the year.
This evaluation involved three simple steps; first, I took a look at my goals to track my progress; what had I achieved so far? What goals had I left pending? This was a bit discouraging especially because I was yet to tick a lot of goals from my list of things to but the positive side (there’s always a positive side) is that the evaluation helped me to get back on track. Which is Step 2, I went back to the drawing board to map out new directions. I analyzed what had been working for me; asked myself if I needed to change my game plan? What areas did I need to improve on over the next months? With that sorted I made the third step which is taking action. I set some SMART short term goals for the remaining months.
Where are you now? Where do you want to be? Take some time to review the past six months to get your answers because it’s not too late to get down to business and make the last five months of the year count.
Despite the midyear blues, we managed to prepare the July/August Arts Issue. You will find new columns with new voices sharing advice, experience and stories. In our special feature we interview 31 year old Bhatupe Mhango, an HIV/AIDS activist, author and gospel artist, who shares her experience as a HIV positive woman and her passion for advocating for the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. We also profile four amazing women uplifting the arts with their talents.
I enjoy telling remarkable stories of women around the world to encourage, empower, entertain and elevate our readers and I’m honored to have experienced writers who help me in doing so. I hope you enjoy this issue, as always I take your feedback at heart and welcome your input; if you have any suggestions on what stories we should feature, feel free to contact us.
Peace. Love and Blessings
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