Dear Diary,I have always wondered what path my life would have taken if my father was still alive. Where would I be if he didn’t die one year before I completed high school?
Would I have performed better in my form four exams? Would I have pursued a different course in University? Would I have listened to my heart’s true calling and pursued that or would I have made the same decisions as I have now?
Would I have avoided falling for boys who were not worth my time and made better choices in men?
Did my life’s path change because of that one life occurrence- My father’s death?
There is a chance that I would still be where i am today. In my late twenties, choosing to follow a new path when society expects me to have it all figured out.
“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you.” This verse makes me believe that my path would still have led me here.
I have always known I am different. I have always known that deep inside me, lived a rebel who was too afraid to come out. I am not surprised she is coming out now.
So dear diary what is this new path I am taking, you ask?
I am allowing myself to let go of the expectations I had when I graduated University. I expected to climb the career ladder using my Economics degree. I am instead choosing to focus on my creative side.
See, when I quit my job, I wanted to pursue something that brought me joy. I wrote down five things that I loved to do or talk about. I realized it was a lot and yet I was only doing a few of them.
All those ideas were calling out my creative side to come alive. I knew I loved writing. It brought me joy but I struggled calling myself a writer. I always felt that I wasn’t good enough and that there were better writers than me.
But then, I had applied to write for a local website and got the opportunity. I wrote a couple articles and not only had them approved but i got paid for them.
To be honest, dear diary, that boosted my confidence. So, despite my fears, I decided that writing was something I was going to pursue. I still write for the site once in a while and i am very grateful for the opportunity.
I then started to think of where else my creativity would lead me. I also wanted to make money. I realized that I was always looking at friends businesses and admiring them. I would also have tones of ideas on how they could engage with their customers more.
I would share with a few of them and they loved the ideas. I knew i didn’t want to start the business i admired, so what could i do? I started my research and discovered what i was doing was digital strategy.
YouTube then became my University. I found many credible people on there. They were giving their tips on digital marketing and on how to be a social media manager.
I also got a lot of information from online educational apps like skill share and Hub spot.
I was ready to start using all the information I was getting. I knew that this season of my life was calling me to do this. I needed an opportunity to apply this knowledge.
My next move was to go on LinkedIn. I updated my interests and let employers know that I was open for job opportunities.
I also started looking out for people on LinkedIn doing digital marketing. I came across a guy who was working in a well-known company as head of digital marketing. On his profile, he wrote that he was open to mentor people so I sent a message requesting for mentor-ship.
After some time, he replied to my request with a few tips on digital marketing. He also advised that i get an internship to start with.
Wow! An internship at my age sounded crazy but I wanted it so bad. I started thinking on where I could start.
I wrote down the companies that I felt would be a great suit for me and that I would be able to be of service to them. My friend’s company came first and I decided to go for it. Before calling her, I wrote down a proposal. I wrote down everything I had to offer.
I got ready for an opportunity that i didn’t know was there.
I later gave her a call and, talk of the universe conspiring for me. She was looking for the exact services I was offering. We had a talk and I was open with her that I didn’t have any experience and would most likely learn on the job. She was okay with that and agreed on terms of work where I would start as an intern and later we would review the terms.
There and then dear diary, I decided to work as if I am working for the Lord and not for man. I prayed to God for wisdom, I wanted to give the best and I was ready to learn. Needless to say, I finished my internship and attracted new customers when I was working as an intern.
Reasons I agreed to be an intern;
I knew I would learn a lot from my Boss. Her business was doing well and she was putting in a lot of work to be a great entrepreneur. (Read my interview with her here)
I needed experience and I would only get it by starting small.
I wanted to give my all and have people asking for my services based on the work I did. That happened, though Ms Rona stopped reggae. I have to wait for this period to end so I can start working with them. I am still grateful.
I have learned so much and I am still learning. This is where my path has led me at this moment and I love it. And this quote from one of my bosses is what i am going with this year.
“You start something and it gets a life of its own.”This means, don’t stay stagnant. Sometimes your purpose introduces itself when you are on another journey.
This could be my purpose or this could be the path that leads me to my purpose.
So dear diary who am I?
In this context I am a writer because I write; at least that’s what Cheryl strayed tells me in her book Brave Enough.
I am a creative. I am using my creativity and my marketing skills to work with brands. I help them come up with content, campaigns that help them engage more with their audience. That leads to sales for them if that’s the intention.
Until next time,
New Rebel in town