The more I blog about personal development, the more I feel the need to share about my life with you guys besides just giving advice. I really didn’t know what I was going to write about today, until I decided it was time to incorporate the ” +/- ” post concept that I usually read at Victoria Tornegren’s blog. Because there isn’t that much going in with my life, instead of stating several points I will state a few and develop them. So here we go:
Plus: Being unemployed
Yes, I do not have fixed bills at the end of the month, therefore I’m able to categorize unemployment as a plus. I live off my parents – which may sound absurd since I’m 24 but trust me, in the middle class African family context it’s pretty normal. ‘Everybody’ lives off their parents until marriage arrives (partially the reason why we are an impoverished society, if you ask me).
I graduated in a course that I didn’t enjoy
at all, so you can imagine how ‘not’ on a rush I am to get into the said industry. However I do pray that I find a job ASAP, because I need an income to invest in my personal projects.
The reason why I am utterly cherishing unemployment is because I love having most of the hours entirely to myself – and who wouldn’t? I have no great responsibilities, therefore my time is completely channeled into brainstorming ideas, making plans, strategies and executing whatever I can. Currently, my biggest drive to productivity is: ”Soon you will get a job and you will never have this amount of free time on a weekday again!”. Time is a much scarcer resource than money, so for now I’ll happily stay in and solely focus on what is really meaningful to me.
Minus: Being constantly broke
Another reason to get a job ASAP. I understand it’s a life many of us recent graduates have to live, but having to constantly ask parents for money just like during the teenage years is depressing, diminishing and annoying. In my home town it’s not as easy to get a part-time job. I wouldn’t mind a waiting job for the time-being, just like I was doing in the UK but…as a graduate I would be taking the spot of someone who didn’t even finish high-school and has children to feed. So unless I figure out a side hustle, I have no income because a part-time job isn’t viable in my situation.
Plus: Finding a good photographer
This past Sunday I was able to shoot some pictures for the blog. Nothing makes me happier than having a stock of good quality photos to go along with my content. As you know I’ve recently come back home and I wasn’t very hopeful in finding a photographer whose quality was up to my standard. Well I just did and I’m so relieved about it. This was the first outfit we shot and the whole session was very smooth and effective.
Minus: Lack of aesthetically pleasing locations
Since I came home, I’ve thought of periodically quitting blogging and Instagram simply because as a city, Maputo (my hometown) looks way further from I deem aesthetically pleasing.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful city…but not my kind of beautiful. I’m a creative whose majority of the inspiration comes from architecture and most of the buildings here are just dull. After doing photo sessions around London, which is a playground for bloggers and full of aesthetically pleasing locations, it’s slightly depressing to constantly scout locations and find almost none. To be in a scenario where the most beautifully painted walls and clean streets belong to private parties that won’t let you take photos in front of their property.
The location of this photos you see here is definitely my favorite here in Maputo so brace yourselves for more pictures shot with this particular staircase on the background. I’m a sucker for European architecture but I also love minimal-looking spaces. I will continue scouting locations that fit my aesthetics – wish me luck.
Let me tell you a secret: I cannot wait to leave my country again and move to a place where the surroundings alone are enough to inspire me. It’s not my fault the government doesn’t care about making the city more beautiful for picky bloggers like me, hahahah.
Plus: Finding a substitute for oatmeal
I’m so happy that I’ve found and even more nutritious way to replace my boring morning bowl of oatmeal. I’m talking about Banana+Oats pancakes. It’s such a delicious breakfast option and it’s a great switch for me – being unemployed helps because I’m not rushing in the morning lol.
After some research for the simplest recipe, all I do is mix: 2 ripe and smashed bananas, 1 egg white (or the whole egg if you like), 1/2 cup of Almond Milk (or your favorite milk), 1 cup of oats, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 spoon of vanilla essence and voilà. I usually have the pancakes with honey but soon I will invest in some fruity toppings.
Minus: Not having full control of my diet
I tend to eat whatever is cooked because I missed not having to cook for myself – and now I miss cooking for myself hahaha. Oh my God, why is life like this? Why do we always want what we can’t have? Sigh. Once I get a job I will be more in control of what I eat because I’ll be able to buy the right food for me, can’t wait.
I already cannot wait to write another ”Pluses and Minuses” post – it is so therapeutic, quite cathartic!
If you find yourself not knowing what to post about, give this a shot and don’t forget to let me know because I want to read and know about your business haha.
Let me know your thoughts on the comments below.