Thank you for making it to my first blog post . Well , not really. I started blogging in February 8th 2013. It’s been a crazy journey. Crazy in a good way, with a touch of lemon. The lemon was really bitter, but here I am, making lemonade by re-launching Miss Independent Blog.
Here is the thing.
Even though I stopped blogging about two years ago, my audience never behaved like I stopped blogging. Maybe it’s because I continued to share inspirational posts on Social Media and that kept people going. For me it came across as reassuring –
“Miss I, we are here with you. Whether you are blogging or publishing posts on Social Media, we are all refusing to be average!”
You all know that the name Miss Independent came about after a bad break-up. I decided the guy was going to regret losing me when I became the best version of myself. I did become more successful. Top 40 under 40 women in Kenya at 21, being the first university student to be on the list. Wow! I really outdid myself there, didn’t I?
I always tell people that even though I made a decision that he was going to regret losing me, when I started working on myself it became less about him and more about me. I enjoyed discovering myself and the things I can do with my brain and creativity. So even when I became more successful, he was the last person on my mind. I was grateful to each and every person that contributed to my blogging journey.
Why did I stop blogging?
I think it’s important I mention that I did not stop blogging by choice. Quick fact for those that are reading my blog for the first time, I was born and raised in Kenya. I moved to Dublin, Ireland where I have been working and now studying for the last 3 years. The plan was to continue blogging, show the African youth what’s available this side of the world and use that to inspire them from a global perspective.
But then God had a complete different plan.
I arrived in Dublin on a high note. My blog had really grown, strong & powerful brand and OMG, I was now a full-time Googler based in Google’s EMEA HQ in Dublin. What a move! I was really on that Miss Independent vibe. I did shine here in Dublin for the most part of 2015, 2016 and then starting early 2017 God decided this was the year where I was going to have some lemons. Boy did they come in plenty. I would joke that I got a whole lemon tree, but all the same I learnt how to count my blessings so in the end I can’t say it was a bad year. I won’t dive deep into the lemon situation, story for another day, but basically my self-worth, self-confidence and self-belief were thrown in the recycle bin. I didn’t feel like Miss I and as such, I could not run missindependent.co.ke!
Best believe the relaunch does involve another bad breakup. But don’t think about this from a romantic perspective. There are many ways in which you can find yourself in a bad breakup that doesn’t involve a heterosexual relationship. You can have a bad friend, a bad family member and even a bad colleague. Let’s just say someone I once trusted and relied on 100% committed to ruining my future. Sometimes I wonder what I’m most angry about, the fact that they unnecessarily introduced massive roadblocks in my journey or how they betrayed my trust. There is nothing I ever did to warrant that kind of treatment from them, but here I am, collecting my self-worth, self-confidence and self-belief they helped me throw in the recycle bin.
I’m not trying to create excuses as to why I stopped blogging. I am choosing to be vulnerable with you because much of what you’ve seen is me buying land, investing in shares, Trinity Business School and I guess taking flights to all these new places. Well that’s because I am Miss Independent. Yes even though I was fighting a tough battle I had to keep it going. Worst case scenario I was going to look back and be proud of myself for doing something that would help me land softly should I fall. Even in battle you wear protective armor to protect yourself, and for me investing in assets and in my education was my protective armor.
It’s true what they say. You can not give what you don’t have. So even though I am relaunching this blog after a bad breakup, it’s not my biggest motivator. I am just trying to recover from it, so it would certainly not be the thing that made me come back.
So if it wasn’t the bad break up, what really inspired me to relaunch the blog?
Google Launchpad Africa! – An acceleration program that matches the top African startups with the best of Google – its people, network, and advanced technologies – to help build great products.
When I got into this program as a Startup Success Manager (SSM), I really didn’t have an idea of what would happen or who I would become. I just knew that I am passionate about Africa, Startups and being involved in conversations that involve making entrepreneurial moves in our lovely continent. I ensured I packed everything I needed for the trip and it was during the program that I realized I added self-doubt in my suitcase….and off I went to Lagos for the first phase of the program.
I have to say those were the best 2 weeks of my entire Google career. I hope I don’t sound like I am exaggerating, but I literally changed after interacting with everyone that was involved. There is so much I can say about the program, but what I will mention is that some of the startup founders encouraged me to relaunch my blog. And as I was packing my bags to come back to Dublin, guess what I dumped in the bin – self doubt. I instead packed a commitment, to relaunch Miss Independent blog within 30 days!
And so here we are – Miss Independent Blog relaunched!
Special thanks to Taslim, without whom I wouldn’t have been able to launch my blog as planned! This guy, he is going to change the world. I know it!
Refuse To Be Average!