I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve done one of these but the plan is to be back on track with my usual schedule. I have some huge news for you lovely folks. I QUIT MY JOB! Yep! My last day at work was on the 17th. For some of you who don’t already know, I had a full time job working as a Financial Accountant in a bank alongside my blog. I didn’t make this decision lightly. I’ve been blogging for a little over three years now and initially didn’t know what to expect from this journey. Somehow I found my passion. I fell in love with photography and became good at it. I managed to write an eBook sharing the things I’ve learnt about it as well. So naturally, I have been contemplating pursuing my blog full time for a while now, and was scared to actually quit my job because it provides for my current lifestyle. But lately, I’ve had this voice in my head saying to me “do it, do it“. How I knew it was definitely time to finally do it was that each time I thought about not having my job anymore, I felt very much at peace with myself.Growing up, I’ve always had a creative mind. I remember keeping a journal of dreams and writing poems my mind couldn’t even comprehend. When I go back and reflect on the words, it’s mind blowing how I can apply them to certain scenarios that have taken place even very recently. It’s almost like listening to the lyrics of a song for the first time and thinking to yourself “this song is definitely my life story”. I strongly feel like this whole process allows me the opportunity to assume the role of creative director even more so than ever before. I by no means think it’ll all be easy but I’m ready to put in the work to get to where I want to be.The amount of support I’ve gotten from my family and friends has been incredible. Every single one of them have encouraged me to stick with it and hold on to the dream. This has given me a lot of boost to stay focused and do more of the things I love, after all, its brought me here thus far. So what would you expect from me now? Well, I plan on creating more content on my YouTube channel and on this space as well. I want to say a huge thank you to all you lovely folks who have stuck around. I really appreciate you all. I’d love for you to carry on showing me love as this is now my new way of making a living. You can do this by engaging with my content, following me on my social media channels (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook) and also purchasing a copy of my eBook. I look forward to this new chapter of my life and hopefully you stick with me on what I hope will turn out to be an amazing ride.Thanks to my girl Samio for taking these snaps of me.
When the sun comes out to play in Manchester, you have to be ready to soak it all in. The past couple of days have been good. Full of sunshine and extra pleasant folks. That’s what happens on a nice warm day. I was definitely ready to enjoy every but of it. Out came this lovely two piece set from Shein. Stripes are definitely in season, hence my choice of pattern. Also, the rope gives it the sea look which is something I love. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about my dream white beach house, lol. The frills make for some character which is something I’m building on, hence my new look. Shein is a brand I recently heard of thanks to fellow blogger Patricia Bright. All the reviews I came across regarding the brand were quite positive. Having a browse on their website got me really excited. They’re a one stop shop for all the latest trend and their prices are reasonable. It’s always hard to tell the quality of a piece online. But when my order arrived in the post, I was super pleased with it. The quality was top notch. So much so that I ordered 3 more outfits which all happened to be stripes too, lol. Be sure to check out my Instagram as I plan to share more of my newly acquired outfits there. How are you loving my Striped Lace Up Smocked Cami And Ruffle Shorts Co-Ord from Shein?
My week has been full of travelling. We first set off last Wednesday night by train to London where we caught our flight to Nigeria the following morning. Only that we had to first make a stop in Instanbul and then board a flight to Lagos. We arrived Nigeria on Thursday night. I had almost forgotten what it was like to be here until we quickly got reminded by a hustler at Murtala Mohammed airport who wanted $50 from us in the name of “fast track”. You’ll be pleased to know that we did not succumb to his antics. Within two hours in the country, I asked Craig his impression and he said all I can see is everyone exchanging money for something, lol. Welcome to Nigeria! We spent the night in Lagos where my brother met up with us. He ordered the best Dominos pizza ever. It was called the chicken suya pizza. The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel and headed to the airport where we had to board our flight to Enugu, again, not without a lot of kerfuffle. We arrived at the airport to find a delay with the check in due to the bizarre luggage control system. After checking in at the counter, you still need to follow your luggage to make sure it gets checked in. After clearing security and arriving at the plane, you still need to make sure your luggage arrived to be boarded on the plane. We had to identify our luggage before taking our seats. In the end our flight was delayed for an hour. While flying, Craig got a chance to see Nigeria from the sky and was mesmerised by how beautiful it looked.
We arrived at Enugu after less than an hour from take off where we caught up with my other brother who drove us down to my hometown, Alor in Anambra State. There we met my parents and other extended family who had been awaiting our visit. As a kid, we usually traveled down there almost every year for Christmas. I remember dreading it because it was such a long drive and I found it quite dull and deserted. But after living in Manchester all these years and taking up photography, I have started to appreciate nature a lot more. We stayed at our family home which was surrounded by different kind of trees. Craig was excited to explore the town and took long morning walks with my brother who showed him Nkwo market and other monuments. We had a lot of guests coming to the house to see us. There was loads to eat and drink and we didn’t waste any time tucking in. It was good to see really old family photos which brought back a lot of memories. On Easter day, I and Craig got shown how to hold a live chicken which was the one of highlights of my visit. Craig got to see animals he had never seen before and hear the crickets at night. He also experienced proper rain which he thought was very meditative as it made beautiful sounds when it hit the roofs and tree leaves surrounding us. On Easter Monday, we were back on the road. This time heading to Abuja, the city where I was born and raised which is where I’ll see you lot in next weeks posts.