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5 lessons from my blogging struggles (Fall seven times, get up eight !)

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If you’ve ever stopped on my blog, you might have read that few years ago, I was in a stage in my life where I needed an outlet to express myself, reflect on some issues that affects me and possibly connect and network with other people. And that it really took me few years to execute my vision. However, despite my strong passion for blogging and sharing ideas with the world, last year I realized how difficult it is to stay committed and put out consistently content. I can’t believe my last post here was in March. A whole full year. Where did the time go?

So, here are 5 lessons I have learned over the past year:

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I went on a digital detox for 15 days and this is what happened to me !

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Hey queens, so this holiday, I went on a (forced) digital detox for 15 days and let me share five things that happened to me. In case you’re wondering why “forced” and why 15 days? Well, because there was a massive countrywide internet and social media shutdown in my home country. So, the internet was completely unavailable. But surprisingly,

I read 5 books. Ok, I’m still reading the 5tth because it’s a massive history book.

Last year, one of my resolutions was to read more, but my phone is a constant distraction and I’ve spent more time reading about Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s feud than attending to my reading list.

I was more present, mindful, and living in the moment.

Having no internet at all means that no one around the dinner table was on their phones. I had to listen more, be more present in family conversations. No nodding to a conversation while you’re busy liking pictures on Instagram.

I slept better.

OK this a huge one! There was no more waking up at in the middle of the night and reaching out for my phone to check Twitter or Instagram. Yep, I was guilty of that too. And this is a healthy habit I aim to keep for life. I mean unless you’re a doctor on call or work night shifts, but your phone must be on silent or do not disturb during sleep.

I discovered a great African author.

Ok, I could have said that in point 1, but I needed 5 points. But I read 2 amazing books by a Congolese author, Alain Mambackou: Les Lumières de Pointe-Noire and “Les Cigognes sont immortelles.” I loved them so much that I must to write book reviews for both.

I feel less addicted to my phone.

I really love social media, (Which blogger doesn’t?) but this digital detox has helped me feel more detached from my phone and honestly, I’m loving it. I reach for it only when I need it and I try to engage only with content that either educates, inspires or uplifts me.

Do you schedule regular time off your phone or laptop? If yes, I’d love for you share  your digital detox routine with me.

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

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Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

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HERStory part 3: what does Nzinga’s story mean to me?

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Many of you have been asking the meaning of my blog’s name. Here is the reason why I chose Queen Nzinga as the muse of this blog.

A long time ago, while I was a student in Belgium, I discovered a (now defunct) French magazine called Divas. It was a magazine for Afro-descendants’ women.

Besides the usual articles found in a woman magazine -fashion, health and sex pages- there was a history column that fascinated me. Each month they profiled prominent figures of the African diaspora history (from Africa to Europe and the West-indies).

As I did all my schooling in European schools, I have never ever learned anything about African history.

I knew very well the story of Napoleon and Mary Antoinette, but I didn’t know a single thing about my history and my people.

This is where I first learned about Nzinga, and it was a revelation. Un-learning what I have been taught in euro-centric curriculums and discovering a hidden part of our history has, since then, stirred a passion in me for learning and sharing our stories.

As the saying goes: “As long as history will be written by hunters, lions shall never be glorified”.

So, my blog content will be a back and forth between the past and the present, in the hope of bridging the knowledge gap.

I’ll dig into our history and help revive the glorious stories of our ancestors.  I’ll also continue to provide articles on today’s trending topics. Just like Divas, my favorite magazine of that time, has inspired me to stand tall, knowing my people came from greatness, I hope my blog will touch, inspire, uplift and inform a few.

What should you expect from my blog then? A monthly series on African (or Afro-descendants) figures and what their story means to us today; regular profiles of modern queens; and of course, current articles on my favorite topics: blogging, digital marketing, PR, pop culture and other topics related to self-development.

So, join me on this amazing journey of learning (and un-learning!) and self-discovery. Let’s follow in Nzinga’s (and all other amazing queens) footsteps and create a tribe of fearless, dedicated and opinionated women whose ideas, projects and initiatives will impact real changes on our continent. Let’s fix each other’s crown and let’s all be awesome.

This is a 3-parts series articles to  narrate the story of queen Nzinga and her significance for this blog.

You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

Website:    http://houseofnzinga.com/

Facebook page : https://web.facebook.com/houseofnzinga/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fabulous_trysh/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/house_of_Nzinga/  (official blog page)

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

Portfolio : linktr.ee/PatriciaYumbaM

 

16 inspiring African women series – Part 4 of 4

(This series was updated on 25 March 2018)

The 4th and last installment is here, yay finally…Check out the final installment of African queens who are making waves in the world.

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I have decided to do a top 16 of African women doing amazing things in their fields. Whether they are in the entertainment industry, the media, or in the government affairs; whether they are running NGOs to improve the lives of others or just a young girl who stood up for her rights and challenged the status quo in South African schools like Zuleika Patel did; these women are breaking barriers and making a huge impact not only within their communities but also worldwide. These women are sharing their African colors with the world.

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