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.
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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