I think this picture perfectly recaps the beginning of not only my life as a new Christian. It also recaps the story of my blog too. Surrounded by people I love the picture also summarizes that this blog was created by me but made together with a lot of wonderful people I met on this journey.
Before I start I truly want to thank my photographers, my hairdresser Catherine Fodjo, my backstage team and all my readers who have been there since day 1. Aaah guys I love you so much!
I love connecting with people and, my blog made it possible for me to share and connect with you on a level higher than before. That makes that I get a lot of questions about everything. Some of you maybe want to start a blog or you are wondering how it all happened for me. This is the reason I'm going to answer some of your questions.
One of the questions I often get asked is how I did manage a fashion blog, going to fashion shows while studying? Well, the first thing you need to know and, that's really important is the fact that I love what I do. I do it with love and a lot of patience. Secondly, I think planning is everything. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Planning was really important to make space for studying and blogging at the same time. And you don't have to forget that health is also important. It's all well and great to work with passion but make time with your loved ones and take care of your body. Get some healthy meals, sleep early and don't forget to take a break if you feel you need one. Don't neglect the signs to take rest.
You want to start a blog but are scared to start one?
My answer is simple. JUMP (Steve Harvey's voice) If you want to see what's on the other side than you have to do it. At least try it and see where it will take you. When starting my blog three years ago, I had no idea that I would meet so many people from different fields. I had no idea that I would do all of this. Although I'm a strong believer that you have to do things on purpose. Purpose is everything. Why am I telling you this? When you are supposed to do something even when the road to your dreams becomes difficult, you will still do it. You will find a way to keep yourself motivated. There is a difficult part too when blogging. There is a lot involved when you want to take it to the next level. You will have to push yourself when no one does. You will have to make sacrifices without compromising your true values of course. Perseverance and determination is everything but your purpose too. Don't do it because your friend is doing that and is earning tons of money with that. Own pace, own lane. Find a way to stand out and be you. Get rid off the tunnel vision.
What was the first thing that made you realize to tell your story in public?
This is really interesting as a question. I think the first time I shared my story was on a motivation blog post posted in February 2017 and I wrote about the little things to step into your purpose. To be honest, I didn't plan that one but I felt the need to give back to people who might need some motivation or inspiration. It was more out of a feeling of gratitude for life. From that moment it went naturally from blog posts to public speaking. Not intended at all. In my mind, I was thinking; why should you listen to my story? After several times of reflection and prayers, I thought that it could change someone's life. Maybe somebody needed to hear that story and needed to know that he or she isn't the only one going through that situation. Sharing is also a way of healing when you go through hard situations in life. Think about all the times you've listened to someone's story and It gave you power and courage. I try to stay myself and authentic and yes I'm not perfect. Share when you are in peace with it and when you feel comfortable enough with what you are sharing. First of all, share it with God. And sharing doesn't need to happen online. You can share it with your best friend, teacher or mother ;)
What's the most critical thing you've learned during those three years and that you absolutely want to share?
Haha, great one. I absolutely want to tell all my peers. It's okay to ask for HELP. There are certain things you don't know. You might not know and, you cannot do by yourself. Learn to trust God. It's a process. Each step of your life requires something different to take you to the next level. And that's beautiful to humble yourself to say to the person next to you I cannot do this can you please help me out of that. Maybe the person won't help you directly but can speak life to your dreams or can encourage you. That means a lot. Be mature enough to respect your elders who have been there before you. Or even people younger than you. They might come with some brilliant idea that can change the whole story. Of course, help yourself first. If you are willing to help yourself, I think the missing puzzles of your life will come together.