Today I officially start my job as Senior Staff Writer for HELLO! Nigeria Magazine.
Taking this job required me to make some major changes. I'm working in an office again so I had to say goodbye to working in my pajamas (sad face).
I'm also moving to Lekki from Alagbado. I'm going to live by myself again. I can't just buy a plane ticket to New York on a whim anymore either. I have co-workers again. I'm moving to, arguably, the most exciting area in Africa.
Things have changed.
I'm excited. I'm worried.
I'm still working on the book project in the midst of all this change. I still have Yoruba lessons and tennis lessons (did I mention that I have somehow morphed into the African version of a WASP?)
I'm working on resuscitating my social life so there's that. There's also my awesome family to consider as well as downtime for reading and watching my TV shows. And this blog (hahahahaha).
I keep wondering, "can I handle all of this?"
I am notorious for turning down great opportunities because I'm worried I'll be "overwhelmed". I run in the opposite direction if I even anticipate there will be more stress than I can handle.
You know what? Fuck it. Maybe I need more stress in my life. Stress-free living is for retirees and stoners.
I read a quoteon someone's instagram: When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. I don't chase. I wait and move forward at the same time, my hands open and ready to catch what comes my way, hopeful that I will receive what I'm meant to receive.
I'm a Nigerian-American writer who worked at Harper’s Bazaar, SELF, Popular Science and Essence magazine doing everything but writing. A self-confessed pop culture addict who recently left the hustle of New York City behind for the hustle of Lagos.