How do I push myself to the next level?

Over the past couple of weeks there have been some small but significant and some big and significant things that have happened in my life. I decided nearly 2 years ago that I was going to pursue writing as a career seriously and started blogging. I started small by blogging on my literature platform: and used it as an online space to post things I thought about life and literature. Slowly but surely people began to read and comment on the blog. It worked well for a while but then I noticed I was doing too much on that blog alone and needed to branch out. So I started this blog. Having two blogs has not been easy and I tend to type on one more than the other for a season. I am still learning how to balance my time between the two and gain the discipline needed to work well on both.

However the small platforms have opened doors and built my writing confidence in ways I could have never imagined. I have won several online blog awards, released my debut book this year (a compilation of poems and blog posts: and have been invited to speak at different events and fashion shows. I have also won my first real writers award: UK Zambians Excellence Award for writing. These fruits have only come about due to my starting small and realizing that I might not be where I want to be but I can start small with what I have.

However the one thing I have noticed is that it is hard to stay motivated and keep pushing myself to the next level. It is not easy at all to keep on top of things and focus on the fact that I am not in competition with anyone other than myself. There are so many distractions by way of thoughts, people and circumstances that I have to fight to look past or find a solution while keeping my eye on the prize. I thank God daily for my unique talents and giftings and pray that He will strengthen and empower me to do all I was born to do. That alone keeps me pushing to the next level.

If I can do it, you certainly can. Do not lose faith x


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About Plantain Periodicals

Hello! Welcome to the Plantain Periodicals blogs. The name stems from the kitchen moments I had with my friends at university cooking plantain and planning our lives together. I have used this space as a window into my mind and the way I make sense of all my experiences through writing.This is where I share those conversations and moments that happen inside my head as a young woman growing up in 21st century London. Hopefully you'll be entertained and also learn a thing or two. My main blog ad: My literature blog: NMx
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8 Responses to How do I push myself to the next level?

  1. Nissi my dear daughter glvlng up should never ever be an option. You are such an inspiration to both the young and old alike. Alot of us read your blogs and draw strength and encouragement from them. You are a blessing to us as a family and you make us proud. Fight the good fight of faith. Love you, auntie Liya.

  2. Congrats on the award. It just show how hard work can pay off based on what ever recognition you get from it. It’s a start but ever great journey has to start somewhere right? I’m glad you just stuck to your guns and went after what made you happy and for that i tip my hat to you -,o

  3. isaiah43123 says:

    Thanks for the pep talk! I needed that this morning.
    Keep the Faith!

  4. scroungelady says:

    I agree. Thank God every day for what He has given you. Never give up!

  5. Kesha says:

    Every inch of this article sounds EXACTLY like me…..I have so much in my heart that i want to write about, but getting it from my soul to the paper/comp seems like the biggest challenge ever!!!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  6. I drop a leave a response whenever I like a post
    on a site or if I have something to contribute to the conversation.
    It’s a result of the passion communicated in the article I read. And after this post How do I push myself to the next level? | Nissi Knows!. I was actually moved enough to post a comment 😉 I actually do have 2 questions for you if you usually do not mind. Could it be just me or does it look as if like a few of the remarks come across like they are coming from brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing at other sites, I’d like to keep up
    with you. Could you make a list every one of your community sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or
    linkedin profile?

    • Thanks for reading. So sorry about the delayed response. I mainly write here and feature sporadically on other sites. Also I appreciate every comment. I have learned that every single input no matter how small is the voice of an individual. Therefore who am I to judge their oponions 🙂

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