Valuing Relationships

Please Note: This is a very lengthy article but it’s important I write/share all that’s on my mind today.

The last 8 weeks have been filled with accepting more responsibilities at work, taking care of the family, building my practice blah!! blah!! so it’s not given me so much time to juggle everything around with reference to visiting blogs often(although there’s always a sudden burst of comments once I have read through articles during my spare time) or dealing with blog requests.

However, I’m getting into the swing of things and is trying to manage my time properly.

Today I want to focus on the online relationships I’ve developed and established in the past year.

Although I haven’t had the privilege of meeting most of them in person, their contributions to the blog, magazine and some aspects of my personal life has been worthwhile.

It’s absolutely important they are CELEBRATED on this blog because they’ve clearly provided some form of support system.

Steve Aitchision: I came in contact with Steve browsing through several blogs and asked if he wouldn’t mind me guest posting on his blog.

I would always remember the feeling of getting my first comment on a blog…..(it was priceless).  Steve gave me a lot of guidance on how to build a blog and always emphasized the importance of sticking to ones’ style(although there’s room for exceptions). We also started a ‘program called ‘Ask The Coach which was really successful in terms of the feedback received.

Steve: I know you are very busy at the moment but; you are certainly reaping the rewards of the fruitful seeds you’ve sown. Thanks for giving me the platform to express my thoughts/approach on your blog, it’s certainly made a difference today.

Dominique Small: I came across Dominique’s blog and one thing that has always fascinated and drawn me towards her is the determination to live life and stay on top of issues no matter the circumstances. She’s has so many creative ideas and she was responsible( and is still)for coordinating the bumper& Christmas issues of the life skills magazine with her friends.

Dominique: You are one rare gem and my sincere apologies for the silence in the last 4/5 weeks.


Stuart Mills: I got to know Stuart a few months ago and believe me he’s supported the blog and magazine in tremendous ways. He’s helped the magazine grow by contributing articles each month and having his own column. I can relate with him because we share similar experiences and I guess this is what makes his blog simple, easy to read and understand

Stuart: Stu, I’m so grateful for all you’ve done and whenever you are in London holla at your boy!! Love to Sam.


Jk Allen: Hmmh!! Where do I start from? Is it giving him short notices for articles scheduled to be published on the magazine, or my constant pestering in emails…..

You know you are the man!!. I won’t forget the mail you sent, wishing me a happy fathers day. I never thought of such gestures to my friends online but you showed me a different approach and my conclusions are: Some online friendships stretch far and  go against the norm, stereotypes or traditions by actually providing a personal touch in growing relationships.(This is you JK)

I love what you do, your drive, motivation, ethics…. and the hustle(You’ve created a brand for the term ‘HUSTLE’)

JK: I said this to Stu a while back; in the words of Heavy Dee ‘I’ve got nothing but love for you.’ Love to the family.

Evan Hadkins: I joined the problogger forum a while back and put an ad requesting for bloggers participate in building the life skills magazine. It was an idea I had and thought it would make so many ears itch but was wrong.

I received mails stating how unreasonable it was, why it wouldn’t work, why it was a waste of time, there was no money to be made from the venture…….

Hmmh!! 18 editions down the line and the 19th one being published next week,I have Evan to thank, for being the ONLY person to show interest at that time. This makes him one of the pioneers of the magazine.

Evan: There’s a lot to learn from you/your blog and I’m so grateful for your words of wisdom, support and contributions to the magazine each month.

John Sherry: I met John two weeks ago and I had a great time as we planned to take over the world laugh!! We also had long walks and engaging talks and the cafes were fantastic. What you read on Johns blog is certainly what you see in person. He’s down to earth, very calm and loves COFFEE SHOPS!!

I trust your transition will work out because you’ve worked hard for it. If there’s anything I can do on the blog/magazine/station, please let me know. (Which reminds me i need to send you a file)

John: You are a true gentleman and it was honour meeting you.

Frank Jennings: Frank, Frank. You are one heck of a story teller and has written so many touching as well as challenging posts on your blog. The light house is a winner on my blog any day and its gathered so much traffic.

Lately you’ve started infusing a bit of comedy in your articles and it’s really growing on me.

A big thank you for all the contributions to the magazine, guest posts on the blog, tweets/retweets……..

Frank: You’ve always given your honest opinion and I truly value them.


Dia Thabet: A Confession; I’m always happy to read/see Dia on the blog because most times he’s the first to leave a comment and I was worried a few weeks ago(thought he got bored of the blog) because I hadn’t seen or heard from him.(He was on holidays laugh!!)

Dia: Thanks for you do in promoting this blog; I really appreciate it.



Sibyl Chavis: Now Sibyl is a lady after my heart. I haven’t been too faithful in the last few weeks with reference to visiting her blog and reading her articles but that will soon change as I get into the full swing of things.

If you are really keen on personal development and growth, I suggest you run to Sibyls blog because it’ a fountain of knowledge.

Sibyl: I trust that the risks you’ve taken and your future plans will work in your favour always.


Barbara Zarrella: I visited Barbara’s blog not too long ago; we’ve also exchanged emails on a few occasions and one thing that stands out is her humility for which I have the utmost respect for.

Barbara: You may not realise but your article on mindfulness the way of life, gave rise to the whole theme for the 17th edition of the magazine.


El Edwards: El’s the hostess of happiness and she expresses all thats on her mind in her daily dose of impassionate. El is a generous giver and I have been fortunate to receive from her. If you want to add some sparkle to your life, I suggest you listen to Els podcasts.

El: Thanks for allowing me air your podcasts on the purpose station. I really appreciate your kind getsures.


Melody Fletcher: I stumbled on Melody’s’ blog not too long ago and she’s truly amazing. Her comments on my blog are always appreciated and I’m drawn to a lot of what she writes despite being a law of attraction skeptic (sorry Melody laugh!!). She puts a lot of work and effort in her articles and focuses on real issues. From the bit I know Melody is certainly full of life.

Melody: Thanks for all you do and don’t forget my request for the magazine please (laugh!!)


Debbie Bills: For me, Debbie is the wise one. She is so simple, compassionate and straight to point. I recommend her blog to anyone because it’s filled with nuggets for improving our daily lives, relationships, happiness……

She also compiled an ebook and I was given the opportunity to be part of it.

Debbie: Thanks for your lovely comments on the blog and also for giving me that opportunity to be part of your free ebook/guide.


Ken Wert: If you are looking for a blog with so much depth, it’s got to be Ken’s blog. I was introduced to Kens blog not too long ago by Dia, we’ve exchanged emails on 2/3 occasions and I must say he is a lovely man. I am hoping that the connection established will grow from strength to strength.

Ken: I’ve spotted a few things on your blog that has given me ideas for future projects. A big thank you  in advance for contributing to the life skills magazine this month.


Linda Hewett: I read a guest post of Linda on a blog(can’t remember right now) and suddenly felt a chill down my spine because she had lived all that she was talking about. I sent her a mail asking if she wouldnt mind contributing to the magazine and her response was warm and friendly.

She birthed The Positive spin Column on the magazine and 4 journals down the line, it’s growing stronger in each edition.
Linda: Thanks for sharing your journals on the blog and magazine. I believe it’s making a tremendous impact and providing a huge form of encouragement.

Karen Cripps: I absolutely adore Karen. Trust me if you want to gain motivation, laugh, learn about fashion and style  or know a bit more about decorating your home, places to visit..(the list is endless….) then Karen is the lady for you.
Karen checks on me when she can and I won’t forget her encouraging mail which provided some support during the period I was slated for generating airy fairy topics as well as being a waste of space laugh!!!

She started the trend of ‘mr smiley hmmh!! (to be honest I don’t smile that much(John Sherry give your verdict please).

I’ve never met her but I can tell she’s so lovely.

Karen: I wish you all the good things that life has to offer and hopes that the recovery programme turns out the way you expect it to. Lots of love.

Emma(Clearly Composed):

Oh! Emma, where have you been? This is one lady I have so much respect for. She’s nice, friendly, very caring……

She has also on a few occasions checked on my welfare using twitter; now that’s what I call using social media constructively.

Emma: Although you are on a break CC, I really, really appreciate you and you all do.

Bryan Thompson: I’ve always wondered what it’s like pastoring a church. Although he’s been on and off the scene, he’s certainly not missing in action. Bryans a lovely guy and has showed me so much kindness by granting me the permission to publish each article in his ebook in the magazine.

Bryan: I hope you are enjoying your current time of service and I trust you would grow in strength. You are a top bloke. Take care.

FINALLY

I intend building new relationships online as the days, weeks and months go by, but in the meantime I felt it would be ideal and appropriate celebrating the people who have contributed to my online growth and development.

I’m blessed and fortunate to have crossed your paths and certainly wouldn’t take the connections made for granted.

Thanks for all you do.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the day.

Ayo

P.S. I’m currently working on the next edition of The Life Skills Magazine and it’s due to be published on Wednesday

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33 Comments

Dia

about 3 years ago

Hi Ayo, Thanks for the mention my friend. It has been great since I got to know you. You are among the first ones that I got to know since I started blogging and it is always pleasure to read your great articles my friend. Keep doing what you have been doing and I wish you all the success :) Dia´s last blog post ..How do I move on from a relationship

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Dominique

about 3 years ago

Dia - Although I haven't said much or left many comments, I have grown to appreciate your contributions here. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with us! Dominique´s last blog post ..In TOMORROW, there is always the PROMISE of POSSIBILITY

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello dia how are you and thanks for your kind words. i was right laugh!! you are often the first to comment on the blog and i really appreciate all you do. take care and have a lovely day

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Barbara

about 3 years ago

Thank you for your lovely words. Yes, life does its best to fill our every hour. Looking forward to the next issue of LSM. Barbara Barbara´s last blog post ..Early Dawn Beach Patrol

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello barbara thanks for all you do. i really appreciate it and you are always welcome anytime to contribute on the blog/magazine. take care and have a lovely day

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Jk Allen

about 3 years ago

Hey Ayo - Wonderful post man. Very thoughtful and heartfelt. I'm so glad that I made the list. Thanks for always being patient with my [all too often] slow email responses. I value you as a friend as well man. Best to you! PEACE Jk Allen´s last blog post ..Conversations with Rob: Learning from a Multi-Millionaire

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Dominique

about 3 years ago

JK - Love your blog. If I ever need to be inspired I trot over to The Hustler's Notebook and gardner any wisdom I can. Keep up the great work! Dominique´s last blog post ..In TOMORROW, there is always the PROMISE of POSSIBILITY

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello jk how are you? seriously where would my magazine and blog be without you?(and i dont mean that casually) you've been of immense help and i value your friendship. take care and love to the family

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Ken Wert

about 3 years ago

Ayo! What a treat it was to find my fat head among so many wonderful bloggers! And thanks for your kind words -- you are truly a scholar and a gentleman. I've sincerely enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to getting to know you even better over the coming months and years! Keep up the awesome work you do here at Discovering Purpose, my friend! I'm looking forward to the next issue of LSM! Thanks for including me! Be good!

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Ken Wert

about 3 years ago

Forgot to thank Dia for pointing me out to Ayo! Very much appreciated! Ken Wert´s last blog post ..10 Essential Character Traits for a Happy Life

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello ken how are you? thanks in advance for contrbuting to the magazine and for now, you hold the record of being so thorough in your articles, it's hard responding to it laugh!! well i hope as the days weeks months go by the relationship will grow from strength to strength. take care and enjoy the rest of the day.

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Evan

about 3 years ago

Thanks for the mention Ayo. Not sure about my wisdom but I'm glad you like my contributions to the mag.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello evan how are you? you've been a huge pillar to the magazine and i am so grateful. take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day

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Linda/Positive Spin

about 3 years ago

Thanks so much, Ayo! I'm delighted to be writing for your Magazine and am really loving re-living all the experiences I write about. I look forward to watching the magazine develop. It's such a professional product, as is your blog. It's great to be in touch with someone in the UK too... we might even meet one of these days! Here's a link for your followers to your G. Post on Positive Spin. Linda/Positive Spin´s last blog post ..Does Friendship Come With Benefits?

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello linda how are you and thanks for sharing the link. thanks fo your continous contribution to the blog and magazine. it would be great to catch up with you when time permits take care

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Melody | Deliberate Receiving

about 3 years ago

Thanks so much for including me here Ayo. I'm totally honored. And I truly haven't forgotten about you. I've just gotten a bit behind. Catching up now and have my topic for your magazine all picked out. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you... ;) Super hugs! Melody Melody | Deliberate Receiving´s last blog post ..How To Take Your Relationship From Fizzle To Sizzle

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello melody how are you? thanks for all you bring to this blog and it would be great to read the article whenever it's ready. take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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Sibyl

about 3 years ago

Ayo: You forgot one of the most important and best bloggers out there ... yourself;) Thank you so much for the kind words and I am so glad that we have become friends in the blogosphere. I love the work you are doing here and if I ever get to the UK, you are on my list of people to say hello to in person;) Thanks again. Sibyl´s last blog post ..5 Great Pieces of Advice That You Need TODAY From Some of the Greatest Minds in the Blogosphere #04

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello sibyl thank you for your kind words too and i really appreciate all you do. i am going to take you up on the UK trip whenever it happens. take care and have a lovely day

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Dominique

about 3 years ago

Ayo ... You made my heart soar! What an amazing post and what an amazing thing to say. Your post made me think about how truly important our relationships in life are, whether in the real world or here. You, my friend, have been a source of encouragement, support and inspiration. How you do all you do is beyond me. You are amazing! I'm glad our 'blogs paths' crossed. You have been a great blessing in my life. Have a wonderful weekend. P.S. My hat is off to all the other great writers here. Without you all we all wouldn't be making the impact that we are! Dominique´s last blog post ..In TOMORROW, there is always the PROMISE of POSSIBILITY

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello dominique how are you? what more can i say? you've been absolutely fantastic and understanding. i've sorted out one of my oustandings and the other should follow shortly(apologies for the delay) have a lovely day

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Debbie @ Happy Maker

about 3 years ago

Hi Ayo, You are bring a tear to my eye with your kind words. It has been wonderful getting to know you. Your sweetness just shines through in your words. I really do appreciate your kind words and the mention on this post. That is kind of you, that words can not be found to express my appreciation. Blessing to you and I do enjoy getting copies of your magazine, "The Life Skills Magazine". It is always full of wonderful information. Thank you again, Debbie

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello debbie how are you? you are the real deal and i am glad you enjoy the magazine each month because it's an idea thats become a reality with help from you and the other bloggers who contribute to it each month. take care and have a lovely day

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Galen Pearl

about 3 years ago

What a lovely way to value relationships. Our online relationships take care and nurturing just like our face to face ones do. I can see that you are a true blue cyber friend. And thanks for this wonderful list of blogs to visit. Some of these I am already a fan of, so I know I will like the others, too. Galen Pearl´s last blog post ..Forgiveness, the Final Frontier

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello galen how are you? it's always a pleasure to read from you and i intend to establish a relationship with you/blog as the days, weeks go by. take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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Frank

about 3 years ago

Ayo, Thanks so much for the mention. I am glad that The Lighthouse is still paying dividends. I am proud of this post and what you have put together. It shows a lot about your character to share the poeple you value in your life. I must say you have a pretty good list here as well. I have had interactions with a lot of these people and I agree with you that some of them just are great. Especailly that Frank guy. Man he is smart and good looking. :-) Frank´s last blog post ..The Purpose of Adversity is…

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 3 years ago

hello frank ofcourse you are smart and good looking lol!!! thanks for all you do in supporting the blog, magazine... i really appreciate it. take care and have a lovely day

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Ajen

about 3 years ago

Hi Ayo! I am so glad to have stopped by your site (I've been busy too). It is so refreshing to see a blogger appreciate the support of friends and fellow bloggers. That is so inspirational! Your humility is expressed in your appreciation for others. That is a rare gift. Continue to radiate your brilliance! Ajen´s last blog post ..Elsewhere: Radio Interview

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John Sherry

about 3 years ago

Ayo, you fabulous man you! What this shows and proves is that you know all these and link to them and consider them blogship buddies ( and buy some breakfast like you did me and I owe you one and will be calling it in!! ), because you've cultivated them. You give and share and support and nurture your relationships like tending a marvellously wonderous garden. The amazing blossoming you witness has been at your kind, genuine, and generous hands. You are one of life's brilliant souls! John Sherry´s last blog post ..You’re Not Unique, Just Different

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Karen Cripps

about 3 years ago

Ooh...is it too late to join the big group hug - I hope not! Sorry for being late - but I've been on another adventure (Istanbul, Cappadocia and Yalikavak...) Oh Ayo, look at all these people you have made smile with your kind words. I am so touched to be included in this list, especially as I know I don't fit the classic personal development mode. You are a total sweetheart. Thank you Mr Smiley! (Your avatar has a massive grin so I am struggling to believe that it doesn't sneak out in real life...maybe it needed a beer rather than a coffee eh John?) I drafted a guest post for you whilst I was away. Once I've had a chance to polish it I'll send it over to you...xx Karen Cripps´s last blog post ..Planes, Trains and Hot Air Balloons

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farouk

about 3 years ago

its very nice to of you to take some time and thank those people the beauty of blogging is that you get to expand your relationships as well wish you all the best Ayo :)

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TheFashionistachic

about 3 years ago

WOW! After that i have to take a DEEP BREATH!

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Richard

about 3 years ago

It's nice of you that you've recognized all of their help in your online success. Not all people actually find time to move do the same thing as what you've did for them. I guess this is a lesson from all of us that giving back to those people who've made everything possible must be well appreciated. Richard´s last blog post ..Paint Zoom Problems and Fixes

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