Many of us want results, but we do not want to put in the work that needs to be done to achieve great results. I am living witness that hard work pays off big with time. When I started posting about African food and health back in late 2010, it was out of the desire to share my acquired knowledge that African food is healthy with fellow Africans. I didn’t put in a lot of effort into it for 6 years because of other commitments and as a result, my blog didn’t grow. I saw little engagement and I almost gave up until I was reminded of why I started in the first place. The desire to add value to other people’s lives by sharing healthy African recipes for a healthy lifestyle. I had to better myself to achieve better results and reach my ultimate goal.
Then late last year 2016, I made a pledge to better my blog and take it to the next level. This began with me. I started researching how to make videos and watched countless YouTube videos on how to build and improve my website, how to improve my food photography skills and much more. I worked on myself, learning to stay committed, posting regularly as I juggled family life (3 kids), directing a choir, leading an NGO, and co-pastoring a church. If I say this was a piece of cake, I will be telling a fat lie. It was tough cooking up a storm on a weekly basis. But my desire to be the best gave birth to the creation of new meals. Like this plantain and egg pie which has gone viral on Facebook reaching more than 1.2 million people, viewed by 451,000 people and shared over 8200 times, trend increasing.
Doing all of this has cost me sleepless nights and some resources. But I was (and still am) determined. I self-taught myself all these things. I recorded and edited my videos myself, I built my website myself and I am not done yet. I will continue to acquire all the skills and competencies I need to be the best version of myself for me and for my SUPA family members. I want to be THE AFRICAN FOOD & HEALTHY LIFESTYLE GURU. I want to be the change I expect others to see in others. And I will not relent. I will give this MY BEST and will accept nothing less!
From January this year to June 17.2017, I have grown my Facebook page from a little over 2000 to 16,000+ followers. I have grown my YouTube following from 52 subscribers at the beginning of the year to 1500+ this July. I have posted more videos and recipes in 6 months than I have done in 6 years. My photography skills have drastically improved from lifeless blurry photos to sharp and mouth-watering food photos. And though I am not an excellent photographer YET, I know for sure, that I have made a huge improvement (sometimes you’ve got to encourage yourself, because no one will do it for you. 🙂
If you want better results, you must start my bettering yourself. Improve on yourself. It doesn’t matter what it is you want to achieve. Whether you want to lose weight, achieve great results in an exam, see a change in your character, or write a book, you must first start with yourself. And don’t get me wrong, I fall and fail sometimes. But falling does not stop me. Failing should not stop you. Learn from the experience, dust yourself and continue the journey to the best version of yourself. Then you will obtain excellent results.
Have a great Monday, my beloved family.
God bless you all abundantly.