New Year Goals Vs Last Year Accomplishments

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*Side eye* - It's still a new year na.......

Okay, I admit - I am 31 days late. But....I'm sure like me you are still getting used to saying or writing "2017". How was your New Year celebration?

So, I have a confession!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know by now - I WENT HOME!!!!
I still get butterflies in my tummy talking about my trip. It was a much needed vacation and I had a swell time. Special thanks to my AMAZING parents!

Last year, I carried my big mouth and shared my goals with you. In the spirit of accountability, let's see how I did. *heart beats a little fast*

1) Get Closer to God

Hmmmmmmmmm. I planned to increase my daily Bible study, set out at least 30 minutes of my day for praying and meditating, and increase my Gospel music library tremendously. 

My daily bible study stayed about the same on average. There were periods during the year I studied more but I wasn't able to keep up with it all through the year. I also don't think I maintained my goal of 30 minutes a day. I had periods where I spent more time and some others where I spent less. While reflecting, I observed that time management was my main struggle. I hope to improve on it this year.
In August, I lost my phone and all my music! I haven't recovered yet. My gospel music library is no where near it's supposed to be. 

On the positive side, I was able to pray every day, and I studied my bible on most days of the year. I noticed my faith increased in 2016; I believe more and fear a lot less. There were some bumps in my personal life that also fueled my experiences - I plan to talk about some of them on blog posts later. If you haven't already check out my Crazy Faith Series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). I also talk about faith in my US Visa Series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). The Simple Math about Life never gets old. 

 I'm very motivated to do more this year. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I will do A LOT better. For 2017, my goals to get closer to God remain the same, but with more effort.

2) Publish at least two first-author articles from my doctoral program

Before the end of 2016, I published my first research article....YAY! I'm still so excited. It's titled 'Factors associated with HIV testing in youth in the United States: An integrative review'. 

I wasn't able to finish the second one last year, but it is currently in its final stages and will be sent out to the journal in a few days. I'm just overwhelmingly grateful to God! It really gave me a sense of validation for my journey as a doctoral student. I talk a little about this in my recap of 1st year as a doctoral student. The recap of the second year will be up at some

This year, my goal is also to publish at least two more first-author research articles, with at least one from my dissertation.

3) Publish more non-academic articles

I planned to grow the list of my published articles exponentially. In 2015, I published on Bella NaijaCosmopolitanNigeriaWords are WorkThe Naked Convos and Glam Africa. In 2016, I did not write as much as I planned to. It was mostly tied to the intensity of my program among other things. This year, I'm getting back on the saddle.

4) Collaborations

I didn't do as much non-academically, and it also affected my plans for collaborations. I took a break from my work on Words are Work, where I ran a column on relationships with the boss of WAW - Chisom Martin. That was one of my best experiences on collaboration and I miss it; but school really got tight last year. However, things will be different this year! 

I’m looking forward to hosting giveaways, running series with other bloggers/vloggers, creating lessons and E-courses, and organizing/participating in events and conferences - FOR REAL THIS 

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5) Become a brand ambassador

Nothing happened on this end last year. However, I'm doubly motivated this year. I plan to leave my comfort zone and get out there! I'm not waiting for the emails to come, I'm sending them myself! 

6) Travelling

This is where I scored 1000%! I traveled in 2016! I visited: a) Tampa ; b) New Orleans; c) Vancouver ; d) Scotland ; e) England ; f) Denver; g) Victoria. This as one of the perks of pursuing or having a PhD. Travelling was one of the highlights of my year. I learned a lot of things and also got to know myself more. 

Based on how my year is looking, I don't know if I'll be able to travel as much. But I hope to visit at least two new places, hopefully outside the US.

7) Exercise

This is a new goal for 2017. I'm not particular about losing weight, but I want to have an active & fit lifestyle. In line with this, I want to eat more healthy meals.

8) Graduate

Whoop! Whoop! This is the year my people. I'm trusting God that everything goes well and I bag that PhD. I'm also in the process of searching for jobs. I will definitely write about the process, especially for international students like me.

For me, the highlights of 2016 were: traveling, publishing my first research article, passing my qualifying exams and becoming a PhD candidate, and  defending my dissertation proposal.

There you have it!
These are the goals I've set for this year. 2016 was awesome; I'm looking forward to an even better 2017.

I wish you an awesome year. 
Tell me about your accomplishments last year and any goals you have this year?!?. 

Have a Winning-Year

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