Hi guys! Today, I received an exciting notification of my nomination for the ‘The Blogger Recognition Award’ by @katejones.


The simple fact that someone out there enjoys your work and shares the same interest is so touching and amazing. That said, I need to precise this is my first ever nomination and  I am so grateful and excited about it.

For this award, I am meant to answer a series of questions and must tag fifteen other bloggers to take part.

So let’s dive right into it!

Why and How I started my Blog

I started my blog in May 2016, about a week after final second year exams. I was finally ‘free’, and had things I had been writing on word document and saving on my mac. Things about experiences, life and emotions in general, things I love: writing, photography, cooking, beauty and fashion. Just a bit of everything.  I have always loved writing, I had always wanted to share content, mainly to inspire, educate, share and learn. So I finally decided having a WordPress blog would allow me achieve all that.

Initially, I was scared. I made my blog private and personal because I was feared judgement, I was thinking my content would probably not be appealing, and I felt like i was over exposing myself to the fast paced world of social media. However, after two months of privacy, with the encouragement of my closest friends, and self realisation that my blog was not complete until it was totally out there, I decided to ‘go public’. I felt  better that my post could finally help someone, educate, inspire or even motivate them. Not long after that, I got my first comments, first likes and reposts.

Believe me, this was the best feeling ever.

Who Nominated Me

I was nominated by the beautiful Kate Jones. She’s a fellow lifestyle blogger, editorial assistant and recent graduate. I enjoy reading her blog articles and one of the things that captivate me the most is her writing style.  She definitely works hard to produce quality blog posts and creative content.

Two Pieces of Blogging Advice

My first piece of advice for new bloggers and even existing ones is to always remain authentic. Most often, people try to copy what style they deem trendy in terms of blog post or content and completely forget about who they are, where they come from and where they want to head to. This is at the complete expense of the real you. Be yourself, write about what you enjoy, do not try to copy or compare yourself negatively to trendy bloggers and do not try to follow a pattern (e.g. If today you write about food, and tomorrow you feel like sharing a word of wisdom, go for it!).

My second piece of advice is to be bold, get out of your comfort zone and be open minded. When I created my blog, I was initially scared of putting myself out there for the fear been judged or somehow over exposing myself. That’s the past now! Do not be scared, judgement will always occur as we all have different opinions and perspectives about life and things in general. Be creative and unleash the ‘you’ in ‘yourself’, always be open to new ideas, things and be humble enough to learn. WordPress is a huge platform and there’s so much out there to grasp.

My Fifteen Nominees 

  1. BAYN’s Music
  2. themindofasilentspeaker
  3. peripeteia5
  4. samyrablog
  5. womanofvirtuesite


No set meter, no rhyme, no rules, no particular structure.
Just liberation, just a change of mind, just an expression.
Nothing has changed except me and the facts.
Facts about my imperfections.
Every season of life, you are imperfect in a perfect way.
In the fire, you look at the future.
Things you wish you could control and have at your finger tips.
Yet a box of opportunities.
You grab it and you won’t let go until you seize it.
You store memories of disappointments.
But they become a part of you and mould you.
You are stronger now.
Shelves of shared laughter.
Not the darkness of mere existence.
That’s all there is, laughter.

19’s Observation.



Many of us out there question our purpose and missions on earth without ever really having a concrete and certain answer. That’s simply because we don’t always have control over life and the future. But that’s fine! I believe one doesn’t necessarily have to be certain about things before making moves. Taking risks, trying new things and getting out of your comfort zones are three essentials that contribute to making things happen.

In the pursuit of independence and financial stability, I always worry about how to get any inch of independence and stability (in all aspects). I tried on so many occasions to think about what I could possibly do and how I could carry them out. My ideas were big, they were futuristic and they were gigantic. I was very interested in those and I still am.


I wanted something for myself, something I could say my parents did not sponsor. Something that came from me and whose capital I raised with my own hustle. So I decided to start with something small and keep my other ideas for the future. I started looking for something I would be interested in, a business I would see myself doing for a long run and something that could contribute to my growth and personal development. This took me two years since August 2015 when I started actively thinking about what I could do and behold August 2017, I launched my business.


In the mean time, I had decided to save and work. Before summer 2017, the work experiences I undertook were either casual or not paid well enough but I was still grateful for that and saved the little I earned. I also started selling my old clothes (things I had worn once or never) and got money out of it. I also obtained a well paid internship over summer 2017 and all together, managed save enough to start. I sometimes thought it was not enough but I convinced myself I had to start from somewhere.

During those two years, I considered so many business options. I even thought I could start-up a YT channel, become a professional blogger or buy a car to start a taxi company back home. I know, very crazy isn’t it. Everything literally crossed my mind at that point. However, despite having interests (apart from the taxi company) in these things, i still didn’t feel any special. There was just something about these options that didn’t make me feel some kind of way.

You know, it’s like having a crush on someone; you get butterflies and feel some kind of way. That was the sensation I was looking for. 

One night, at about 3 am when those post-midnight meditations came, I thought to myself; girl what exactly do you love doing. What’s that thing you’ll do everyday that will make you happy and which you will want to repeat the experience, again and again, every moment, every second if you could. That night I didn’t have to think for a long time, I thought about my favourite activity besides cooking, reading, cycling, and photography … and the immediate thing that came to my mind was shopping. From that moment, I knew that was what I would invest my savings on.

I finally started operations. It’s own an online shopping platform solely managed virtually that operates in my home country. For a start, I would say, business is doing good. I am so thankful to God for making this possible. I try an accentuate on excellent customer service, product quality and timeliness in delivery. My expectations for the future is to expand geographically across all countries in Central and West Africa.


Entering the shopping, retail and e-commerce market right now doesn’t necessarily mean these are the only things I want to do in my life. I also have carreer aspirations directly related to my academic pattern and I pray that God guides my steps so I can achieve those too. Owning this business today is an achievement down the bucket list which I would honestly say, I am proud of myself. I never studied shopping or marketing at University but I am currently using the skills I acquired from my academic and work experiences. I learnt about management, multitasking, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, strategy, consumers, economics, modelling and today I am using every bit in my business.

I was once told, ‘You need to start somewhere and be flexible’. To all the auto-entrepreneurs out there, to all the ambitious and talented people out there, to all of you who are thinking a starting something for yourself, be motivated, be encouraged and be bold. It only takes a step forward to make things happen. Somedays I think of my other plans and projects and I will work hard to make those happen as well by God’s grace.

To winning women and men,

19’s Observation.







Dear Twenty,

You are just few days away. I thought I would write a letter to you so we get to know each other and work as a team to climb up that lader we both are aware of.

Anyway, how are you feeling. I don’t really know how to feel as I’m about to enter the ‘Twenties’ stage. But I think to start things rightly, I need to give you a little history class about my current self.

I am nineteen (obviously) and I’m a recent graduate holding a Bachelors of Science with Honours in Accounting Studies in England. I recently started my business, an e-commerce business, solely managed online through social media which operates in my home country with the help of my twin (yes I have a twin) called Bygone Styles Cameroon (find the link below). Starting next October, I will be pursuing an MSc in Finance from the most reputable business school in England and probably in the world. So far this sounds exciting (although the struggle to get here was real and I hope to give a bit more on my experiences soon).


But let’s have a little more face about myself and my personality.

I am a very short (about 5.5 ft), overly* ambitious individual in the pursuit of stability, independence and continuous improvement. What I mean by overly* ambitious is, I always set high goals and standards for myself (even though things do not always go as planned). I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself (no need for external pressure from parents as they tend to worry often) and I am very conscious of the competitive business environment, existing societal pressures and complexities. I am often told I am too hard and strict with myself and I need to relax a bit. But the only reason for this is that I strongly want to make it in life and iI am scared of failure (the thought of that is simply impossible).

I am also fun. Aside caring and working for my future, I love networking, meeting new people, writing, photography (I’m that one friend that always takes pictures), cooking (very creative, cycling (20km cycling is the longest i’ve ever done in a day), music ( I wish I knew how to dance! But you’ll realise that quickly) and swimming. Very often, I tend to meditate (there come times I totally don’t feel like talking, seeing anyone or stepping out).


I don’t drink enough water (somehow, I don’t get that thirsty) and there are a lot of things I do not eat (not that I am allergic to those but I don’t just like them). But in no way does that mean I am picky as some people tend to say. It’s just that I have different taste. I don’t like sugar (anything sugary) and I don’t like salt either (I can cook without).

Character wise, I am quite sociable. Very open-minded, kind, caring (every Uncle and Aunty and even my parents are at rest when I am with their children) and non-judgemental. I am often told I have family and team spirit. People don’t appreciate the fact that I speak the truth (because it always hard to hear) and say I am too forward (This is something I am working on – it’s good to watch our mouths). This is because the words we speak can have long-lasting impacts directly connected to present and future circumstances.  However, I find it really hard. It’s so difficult for me to ignore a situation or approve of something because I can’t give my sincerest opinion for the fear of hurting someone’s feelings (of course I should be close to you to say something). Perhaps, I need to work of the way I say out these things so that they do not come across as rude or too forward*. I most certainly mind my business (If it doesn’t concern me or anyone particularly close to me, I’ll definitely shut up, unless it threatens people’s safety).


I’m a Christian believer. Practising my faith has been a journey and everyday, I pray it gets better. One thing I’m sure about is that God is real. I pray on my own (especially in moments of crisis which is not very nice) and every other day with my closest friend. I am a sinner I admit. There are things I struggle with and I am also working on those. However, because I am hitting the ‘Twenties’, I would ask of you categorically not to accept my bad doings. I want everything brand new.

So my Twenty Self, that’s grosomodo what I have to say.  I am just curious about what you have in stock for me? Are you ready for me?

I have inserted a bucket list of my goals and expectations for you. I just want you to know them from the start so that we can make these things work and happen. It is just between you and me (sorry my readers, when they begin to happen, I promise I will let you know). I hope to reveal this list around this same period next year.

A minute of silence for this 🙏🏾.

Now that I have made you aware of all these things, how do you feel? I feel ready for this new stage of my life. I pray for wisdom, courage, discernment and consistency. I pray for God’s guidance and protection.

Sincerely ,

19’s Observation.



I have been so busy with school that I bearly have time to post. Meanwhile this post isn’t going to be a very long one, I will just share with you some conclusions I have made concerning school.

Monday is going to be my last midterm before finals in May. Best believe when I say I am so excited to be done, I really am. But I’ve got to finish things rightly and more importantly, finish with no regrets hence I work hard.

To me, taking an exam is like sex in a nightclub; you get in, you do what you got to do, and then you get out without ever thinking about the experience again. Essays, on the other hand, are like maintaining a boyfriend; you’ve got to continue to go back and work on it, and if you do not sort it out, it goes to shit in the end.

Some of you might know, and others not but I am in my final year of undergraduate. Yes, final round, so everything needs to be perfect. You give it all and until your good is better and better best, you do not stop.

Life this year pretty much sums up like: school, tests, essays, presentations, reports, projects and even worst, preparing the next stage. In as much as I try to relax once in a while, the focus remains! You get days where you’re moody and others relaxed but trust me, everything about it is worth the effort…

Anyways, when I blurted this out to a friend, it resulted in a very long silence, shock long enough to ask, ‘What nightclubs do you go to? You need to give me the numbers to some of these places!’”

Comment down below and let me know what feeling you have about exams or coursework assignments or work in general.

Till next time xx.