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How I’m Livin’ – Addis Ababa Edition

Reading Time: 4 minutes here’s my official third time reviving this blog it’s not that I’m not into writing anymore, I’m just lazy and think too much about what I want this blog to be. I’m constantly trying to define it and begin to curate the future posts and images that will be published.

Reading Time: 4 minutes

here’s my official third time reviving this blog it’s not that I’m not into writing anymore, I’m just lazy and think too much about what I want this blog to be. I’m constantly trying to define it and begin to curate the future posts and images that will be published. I have so many ideas running through my head but I execute the ideas at turtle-speed or sometimes not at all. however, I think the best way to approach the blog is for me not to fixate on what it is supposed to be but rather embrace the essence behind it which is to “live fully expressed.” by definition this theme allows for me to simply write and express how it is I am living and what I feel passionate about to share with my reader(s). (It’s very possible that there is one reader, hey mama!). so let me dive into what has lately been going on and ultimately kick-off my absence and start anew.

changing my work situation

recently I left an incredible job at Cactus advertising. I was there for a year and a half and it was the most amazing experience for me as a professional and overall as a human being. I met and became close with the most amazing people I could ever imagine knowing, and grew drastically in the field of marketing and advertising. It was a difficult decision because I grew so comfortable there but I knew I wanted to create more time for myself to develop other aspects of my life. like this blog which so far I haven’t been doing the best at. another big part of my leaving this job was to prepare to move back to the states and seriously prep myself for grad school. now grad school to me is like this big dark cloud hovering over me that is ready to pour down but is still tightly clenching. the hesitation is due to the fact that I am on board with the idea of getting my masters in something but I still have not narrowed down exactly in what field. the continuation of writing this thought is giving me slight anxiety so I’m just going to leave that thought there.

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freelancing

in the midst of deciding what the next chapter of my life will be, I decided I still need to sustain myself with some work here and there so I started the freelancing life. I have taken on some social media jobs here and there and of course I’m still singing with a band around Addis. so far I must say that it is a life that I am quickly getting both accustomed to and terrified of. It’s easy to forget the 9-to-5 office life real quick. I can be flexible with my schedule, I can work from anywhere with internet and I can build up my social life. at the same time though, I am terrified of how much time I have on my hands and not using it efficiently. in fact I spent most of my “working time” looking for time management apps. pretty ironic I must say. in general though, I am enjoying this flexibility because I feel that I am slowly starting to put together the foundational pieces of my personal and professional life that I hope will ultimately bring success and balance into the future. we’ll see how the next couple of months pan out and if I have any insights to share, I most certainly will.

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singing

I am a singer. I start this section with such a statement so that I can stop denying it when people ask me. this is a part of my identity that I don’t wholly accept for some reason but need to start doing since it has taken over four days of my week. this was an unexpected outlet that I am so grateful and blessed to have found. our band is Hasset Acoustics and we perform at a variety of hotels, restaurants, and lounges. over the last few months that I have sang with this band, I have developed my voice and confidence in ways that I didn’t think possible. not to mention another unexpected bonus was building my knowledge and passion for Ethiopian music and beginning  a beautiful relationship with it. but I’ll save that for another post.

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this is my update and my kickoff to more posts covering a wide range of topics and moments in my life. and while I cannot fully say what this blog will be, I can only show you. (cliché time). after all actions do speak louder than words.

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