My Most Personal Post!!
How's everyone doing? Hope well...
Lagosians, do you find that sitting in Lagos traffic can bring out all sorts of emotions from you?Well it's one of those mornings, I am stuck in traffic and with nothing else to do, I start to reflect...
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It's been such a journey for me, ladies! Just before I started this blog I will never forget how I called my hubby, almost in tears complaining about being left home alone! I was jobless, pregnant and bored out of my mind!
I had gone to the grocery store like three times already, the house was tidy, my friends were at work, there was nothing to watch on TV....'Is this my life?' I thought...as in how could I have ever admired being a housewife!- not to bring anyone down because we all are entitled to making our own choices but for the longest time, my plan was that just like my mum, when I got married I'll stay home, till the kids come, are old enough then I start a government job that allows me to be home early or not even work at all- that was my dream for so long, so here I was 'living the dream' and just four months in, I was going crazy!!
It was on one of my many trips to the grocery store that my Aha moment came! You see I had so much time on my hands that I would wake up, luxuriate, makeup- look pretty and style my hair in all these styles so that when I stepped out, I got ladies coming up to me after debating within themselves...'Is this your hair?'. Me; 'Yes oh'. 'It's a lie!! How come it's so full and long'...I would then proceed to tell the interested ones what I had learnt and how I did all these things to my hair...
On that day, the same thing happened and when I got home, I got a mail in my Facebook inbox from a friend asking me how my hair grew so long to which I responded...as I relayed my day to my hubs, it hit me...Dab's start a blog and call it Naija Hair Can Grow! That truly was the first name that came to me, why because I had spent more time convincing ladies that their hair was capable of doing what my hair was doing than even telling them what I was doing...
I didn't want the blog to be about my hair from a look at my hair, long after it, isn't it fabulous angle...I wanted it to be more like a manual, hey this is what I'm doing, try it and see if it works...so my first posts were very impersonal, hardly put pics up of my hair and came at it like a teacher but I soon realized people needed more convincing, encouragement, I had to show them how it's done, even if it meant a step by step pictorial.
All of a sudden, there was something to look forward to when I woke each morning, 'hmmmm what will I blog about today?' 'How many blog views? Only 10! Oh well maybe when my next post is up I'll have 20!' Haha It was so exciting, when I got feedback!
My hubs was privy to my transformation and loved it, his support plus God's grace of course is the reason I am here! The importance of a supportive husband(family/loved one) when you want to launch out is paramount, I'd read blog posts to him, have spell checks with him, toss ideas and though he had no real knowledge or interest in hair care, having a sounding board rather than a restrainer or inhibitor definitely spurred me on.
Spurred me on to start Shop NHCG, dust off my incorporation certificate and resuscitate Savvy & Chic...one morning I told my Hubs, I'm searching for a store, I want to open an actual store, 'really?great! You have my support' I heaved a sigh of relief and prepared myself for the next thing I was going to tell him, 'well, I also thought I should start a magazine and launch them both on my birthday in January' (this was the end November)...'hmmm ok, sounds like a plan!', he said! I was half expecting him to ask me questions I was asking myself, 'is it not too much work, too expensive, too stressful?' He didn't, so I got confident!
3 magazine issues in, 8 months gone and I'm slowly and steadily doing what I set out to do from the get go...whenever I meet you lovely ladies that have read this blog all these years, it's like meeting an old friend, you guys are so so nice and understanding, it baffles me and keeps me humble, grateful, hopeful...I have somehow, someway impacted someone's life...incredible!
All the sleepless nights, long meetings, crazy bills are worth it and though I'm a complete opposite of that pregnant girl bored out of her mind in 2011, when I find myself about to complain, I quickly am reminded to stay thankful because this is indeed what I longed for, I do this with absolute pleasure!
If like me in 2011, you feel stuck, you have an idea, you want direction...prayerfully dig deep, God will send you your own Aha moment...all you need is a seed and good soil...watch it grow, branch out and bear fruits....
PS. The SEPT. IMPORT WINDOW Opened yesterday and will be open till the 7th.
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