6 things you learned about me in 2017

Between this blog and my page on Instagram, I shared quite a few things with the world in 2017.

Unless you are a family member or friend and already knew most of what I shared online, you learned at least six things about me this year. I provide a recap in this post.

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Six things you learned about me in 2017

I “moved back” to Africa in November 2016

Earlier this month I shared my thoughts on relocating to the continent a little more than a year ago.

I live and work in Senegal at the moment

I was based in Lagos and worked as an independent consultant in various parts of Africa until July 2017. In August I started a full-time role as part of a fellowship program and moved to Senegal to work for a US-based nonprofit and non-governmental organization. You can read the announcement here and why I am thankful for this job here.

I did not adjust well to the move

It is taking me some time to adjust to life in Senegal, find a community and make it all feel like home (though I’m not entirely sure what ‘home’ means or is for global nomads/TCK/frequent expatriates like myself…). I shared my experience with culture shock and admitted that I had unrealistic expectations about working and living in a country I had never visited before alone.

I travel frequently, mostly for work, often within Africa

As previously mentioned, I went to 30 different cities (including stopovers and layovers) this year. I mostly traveled in Africa and for work. You can find photos from my travels on Instagram and tips on how to turn work trips into mini-vacations on the blog.

I have been to 21 of #54before54

As of December 2017 I have been to 21 of the 54 independent and internationally recognized countries in Africa that I plan to visit before turning 54 in 2046. This year alone I spent some time in 9 countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal. Among them, I went to 7 countries for the first time and 3 as part of layovers or stopovers. Guinea is the last country I discovered in Africa (on a trip for work) and I 3 words that describe Conakry. (PS: I encourage you to read this post if you’re wondering about “#54before54”).

I am starting to care a lot (more) about wellness and mental health

The various challenges I faced this year made me realize the importance of caring about myself – especially mentally and emotionally. As a result, I have been reading a lot about wellness and mental health with a view to develop habits and routines that will allow me to address all eight dimensions of wellness. On the blog I shared self-care activities and practices, bible verses, and inspiring quotes that are helping me achieve that.

 

I look forward to sharing a bit more about what I do, where I go, what I think, why, when and with whom in 2018.

Until then, I bid farewell to you and 2017 with the following words –

Best wishes for a new year full of exciting experiences, love, success, happiness, good health and much more!

 

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2 Comments

  1. 4 January 2018 / 10:55 am

    Wow girl 21 countries so far, that’s amazing! By 54 I’m sure you would be way past that mark. I’d really love to travel more this year but the funds though especially since travelling within the continent is so expensive. All the best in Senegal, I would ask you how it’s treating you but I seems you’ve posted about it already, let me read first

    Princess Audu

    • 12 January 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Thank you for your best wishes, encouragement and kind comment, Princess Audu. I’m really serious about this goal and do hope I’ll make it to all 54 before I turn 54 but you’re absolutely right – travel within Africa is very expensive. Wishing you all the best as well and hope you’ll come back to read more my travels on the continent! x

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