First of all I would like to thank God for allowing me to see the end to another year and bringing me through the year safely! Now this year of 2018 has been very interesting to say the least. I can say that 2018 was a year of small wins but also a year of humbling self discovery life lessons in regards to different areas of my life.
I can say that the process and journey to finding a science/research related job was very up and down for me. I dealt with several application rejections and also rejections after attending interviews which to some extent made me question why did I bother doing a Masters to end up in the same kind of position I was in after my BSc job wise. This frustration lead me to write the article “The Truth About Some STEM Degrees” for The Move. However, after several rejections, the opportunity for my current job in pharmaceutical manufacturing come about and I was finally with a job that somewhat related to my degree. It was bittersweet me leaving my old pharmacy job after 2.5 years but it was time for me to move on and grow. I will be honest and say that this job is teaching me about myself as a person and a worker. The job isn’t exactly what I see myself doing career wise for the rest of my life but nonetheless I am grateful for the fact that I have a job where I don’t feel like my degree knowledge is going to waste. It’s not an easy job but at the same time I have learnt that the job is very much necessary in order to help patients in need and for that I will still find strength to go on for however long I need to be here. Ultimately, 2019 is a new year for new opportunities so who knows what opportunities my current job can bring me.
Embracing my Igbo Culture
2018 has seen my Igbo improve vastly especially with reading and writing! I really do have the previous language lessons by ICSN to thank for that. I also have been speaking Igbo more in conversation however there is always room for more improvement in terms of fluency with confidence. Again, I have to shout out my beloved Okwu ID for creating a platform for young Igbo Londoners to connect and also learn about our Igbo heritage. Might I add that they have some useful resources on their website to facilitate one in learning Igbo so please do check them out for any of my Igbo readers! Lastly it is also nice to attend the annual Iri ji festival hosted by ISCN which is an opportunity to dress up in traditional attire whilst partaking in a staple Igbo cultural tradition.
Well, 2018 was the year in which I took the active step in upgrading my blog and producing much more blog content not only for my own blog but for other websites which you can see here. I can honestly say that investing time in blogging has kept me going throughout the year as a way to express and share my thoughts and views on topics and any pivotal moments. I’m looking forward to what 2019 has in store for my blog and the heights that it can take me to. I also reignited my love of singing again after a period of neglecting my vocal gift. I am a proud to say that I actually performed live at OkwuFest (an event hosted by Okwu ID) and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of rehearsal and collaborating with other singers from Okwu ID. I also featured on the EP of a friend of mine (Feed Em) on his project titled “Murder the Flesh” which is available now here. I also felt at home in a recording studio during the process and honestly 2019 will be amazing for me to be in that music environment consistently!
So your girl actually traveled 3 times this year (Amsterdam, Sardinia and Copenhagen) which is a ton more than I have done in previous years all of which have been documented on the blog! In particular, I am super proud of myself for finding the courage to go on my first ever solo trip which was both exciting and refreshing to do. I can’t wait to go on more solo trips next year and I do personally recommend going on a solo trip because once you have conquered that then you really can conquer anything. I also see myself travelling much more in 2019 as a way to explore the world whilst creating content for my blog.
My Relationship With God
Overall my relationship with God is in a steady place and I want to continue to go even deeper next year. There have been several ups and downs during my walk this year from holding on to offence and bitterness to the point of lacking faith and questioning the plan for my life. What I will say is that God has shown his love for me throughout all the different phases and trials I have faced this year and also the fact that I am well and truly lost without Him. There were times I was doing my own thing and dabbling in areas I shouldn’t have been but it’s amazing how He loves me regardless of my mistakes and how he continues to guide me and make the crooked paths straight when I have become lost. I can’t wait for what God has in store for me next year and where exactly my walk with God will take me to!
I wish you all the best for 2019 and I can’t wait to see what the year brings!
Love Chi xo