This is my official new blogpost on this platform and I am once again excited to be starting this journey with you. As many of you know, this adventure began in 2012 and I have honestly not only grown so much over the course of the past 6 years but I also learned a lot.
Here are 3 lessons blogging has taught me over time:
1 . “Don’t let anyone or any situation turn your sky into a ceiling”
Not everyone will understand your vision and that’s totally fine. As a matter of fact, stop telling your dreams to people and if I may add be wise about whom you shared them with. I still remember some of the remarks I received when I started my journey:
“Oh ok, basically you are going to restaurants, taking pictures and writing about it? What for? You must have a lot of money then?”.
Of course, I didn’t have money lying around nor was I trying to impress anyone. I was simply pursuing a passion (of loving to eat ) and sharing that with the world.
I found it unfortunate that there was no platform in Côte d'Ivoire that could serve as a guide to explore the rich culinary scene of Abidjan and that's one of the main reasons behind the launch of my 1st blog : Journal d'une Foodie.
Little did I know that this simple passion would lead me to where I am today.
If I had listen to those naysayers or let myself discourage by their comments, I would have never embarked on such an adventure, met talented Chefs, awesome bloggers and influencers from all around the world...
...I would have never been selected as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders nor have the opportunity to be in the same room with Former US President Barack Obama...
...I would have never lived and completed a MSc in International Tourism Development in the UK for FREE…Yes, I repeat for FREE and the list goes on.
2 . “Out of your comfort zone, you will grow”
There are many activities that will take out of your comfort zone and blogging is one of them. For the past 6 years, I have been hiding behind the pen name “Afrofoodie” without really revealing who I was until very recently.
I was in “my comfort zone”, “safe” from the outside world. But truth be told, I was also afraid…of so many things. Afraid of being criticized or simply misunderstood…just to name those two.
Over the years and as my journey unfolded, I have come to realize that I was simply holding myself back, or refer to my previous quote I was creating my own ceiling for no reason.
Allowing myself to be a little personal on my social media platforms is one of the step I have taken to grow out of my comfort zone…exactly like I am doing in this post for example.
I have also started to use my blog as a creative outlet to share more about my passions and aspirations and it has been a truly transformative process.
3. Leveling up is more than necessary!
I have learned over the years that setting goals was one thing but working tirelessly to achieve them was another. In other words, you can’t just be a dreamer…you have to be a doer as well.
You will always learn something new, especially in the digital era in which we live in. There is always an upcoming social media platform to familiarize yourself with, or algorithms to struggle with, new plugins to add on and statistics to analyze…and the list goes on and on.
Blogging has taught me to constantly seek better ways to improve myself as a creative person, writer, and even photographer (amateur for now) and I am grateful beyond words.
That’s for it for the 3 lessons Blogging has taught me...I am not a coach or advice-givers but just a regular woman who refuses to let her sky being turned in a ceiling and I truly hope this post inspires someone…somewhere.