Well, I’ve been AWOL for the last couple of months and trust me, I have a really good reason for it, even better than really good, it’s amazing. I recently went through one of the best experiences of my life and I’ve been dying to share with you guys. But first, I must address this post I shared a while back about plans for the blog.
When I wrote this post, I was completely full of life and energy, excited about making plans for the blog. Unknown to me that I was taking on more than I could handle, as expected it led to a crash. I started to hate blogging, it started to feel like a chore. Coming home after work and having to work on the blog every single day, even on weekends. I literally had no time to myself. That was when I started the Guest Feature Series, just to have some travel content shared on the blog, while I took a break.
Aside the new schedule I created, I had certain travel plans. I was supposed to do an August trip and one hot afternoon in Cape Town, that beautiful exciting plan came crashing down. That particular day was the beginning of an amazing phase for me in my life. That was the day I quit my job.
You see, when I got offered my job, I was super excited. It was my first proper job, I could finally be fully independent. It was the best thing that happened to me until the day they told me I couldn’t continue making and selling clothes anymore. It is a fashion company, and although I worked in the IT department as a Software Developer, I still wasn’t allowed to do fashion. It was heart breaking but I let it go, I stayed.
I stayed for a lot of reasons: I was scared of quitting, I was still using a work visa that was tied to my company, I had a three months notice period if I quit and no company was willing to wait that long. But, till today, I’m forever grateful for travel, it finally gave me the balls to do it. It was a normal afternoon at work, I was about to book my ticket for an Euro trip I was going to do with my sister, when I decided to just check in with my boss to be 100% sure my leave application will be approved. That’s when I got the response that completely pissed me off and within the next 24 hours, I handed in my resignation letter.
I am still surprised that it was travel that finally gave me the balls to quit. It wasn’t up for consideration, if I wasn’t going to travel then I definitely was not working for this company anymore, and that was it. What I didn’t know was that was going to be the best decision I’d make this year. I recently talked about it in detail when I was invited as a guest on the Voice of Wits (VOWFM) radio show (@vowfm on twitter).
I’d tell you the truth, quitting my job was one of the scariest things I’ve done this year, but killing another dream was too big a sacrifice, I wasn’t having it. I’m not the type to do things just because they need to be done, I do things because I want to and I enjoy them. I knew I was going to hate myself if I had to come back into the office the next day knowing I hadn’t quit, so I had to do it. Despite family members trying to dissuade me from quitting, I wasn’t changing my mind. Thankfully, they heard the seriousness in my voice and finally gave in.
Like I said, this was the best thing that happened to me, I got so many job offers, with companies so desperate and enthralled by me. A lot of people told me they had never seen anyone get approached so many times, get so many interviews and so many offers. This didn’t come easy of course, I had to stay off the blog, or anything fun and concentrate on being the best of my software developer self. I dedicated every minute of my life to preparing for technical tests and interviews, thinking up possible questions I could be asked, finding the best approach to dealing with interviewers, body language, etc..
I knew I had to impress and I made sure I closed out every other thing in my life and immersed myself into being a software developer, and it was totally worth it. I had feared that it’ll take me a few months to find a job, I had started to save just incase things didn’t go well at the end of the 3 months notice period. As God would have it, I got an offer less than a month after, and then another the next week, and they just kept coming in. I became so confused, I didn’t know how to choose but I eventually fell for one company.
The company I eventually went with, the first thing the interviewer said to me was, “When I saw your CV, it was so damn impressive, I had to show everyone in the office.” Well, that was a sweet compliment. I decided to choose that company because they made it very clear they wanted me, treated me like I was doing them a favor if I took the job. As a black female in the IT industry, it was great for my self confidence, great for my ego.
They eventually made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, especially the lunch allowance (haha), a personal laptop, and a couple of flights yearly, there was no way I was saying no to that. That didn’t stop other companies from contacting me, my ego was climbing right past the heavens (hehe), and I struggled with saying yes or no to prospective companies. I actually had one literally say “Joy, I’m pleading with you to consider this company.” He literally begged me on the phone for over 20 minutes and wouldn’t let me get off, you can imagine how awesome that felt.
After that experience, I remember speaking to a friend of mine who was visiting Cape Town from London and she advised me, “If you quit your job to travel, you should take some time off after your last day to travel so the decision will be worth it”. So I did just that, told my new company I needed 2 weeks off before starting and they were happy to give me that. After much planning and dealing with the terrible Nigerian passport, I eventually decided to visit visa-free countries. But first, I decided to do a bit of South Africa before heading out.
The trip started with a full day Cape Town road trip with a tour company called Kiff Kombi Tours. They’re very affordable and the drive was beyond amazing. The tour guide, Drew, was absolutely gorgeous and lots of fun and the kombi bus had such a dope vibe. After the day trip in Cape Town, I took a flight the next day to Durban and spent two nights there. After that, I caught an early flight to Johannesburg, and two nights after, headed to Harare, Zimbabwe. I spent a day in Harare and hopped on a flight to Victoria Falls the next day and then headed back the day after. Got on a bus from Harare to Johannesburg and then caught a flight that evening to Maputo, Mozambique. The final destination was Ponta D’uoro, Mozambique and then I headed back to Maputo, to Johannesburg and back to my home in Cape Town. It was a two-week long trip and I’ll be sure to share the details about my trip soon as I can. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I’m sure you must have caught a glimpse of what the trip was like.
Seven cities, three countries, eight flights and one bus ride and believe me, I have a whole lot of stories to tell. At some point in this trip, I had actually been in all three countries in less than 24 hours, it felt so bloody cool 😅. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get immediate updates when I eventually share my stories 😉. I don’t know where the next trip will lead to but I honestly cannot wait to have a beautiful experience as I had on this recent trip, it honestly completely changed my life (I’ll share how on a post once I have the time).
So, due to recent events, I’ve realized that there are certain parts of my life I’d need to give priority to. In the last few months, I’ve grown a whole lot, that’s actually an understatement. I’ve decided to prioritize the different aspects of my life based on how useful they are to me. Therefore, I’m not exactly going to make promises on how often I’d be blogging but I’m promising I’d do my best. I came to the realization that being a software developer is what gives me the opportunity to travel, and the better I am at my job, the more money I earn, thus the more I can travel. My priority is traveling but I cannot have that without being a software developer, so I have decided to dedicate more of my time to improving my software development skill set and the rest of the time to blogging.
There isn’t going to be a blog post schedule, at least, not for now. I’ll write posts when I’m feeling my best so I can provide useful and entertaining content for you guys, forgive me if it’s not as often as you’d like. I’m planning to write about more useful content, topics that genuinely interest me (and you, of course), something different from what we’re all used to, I hope I can deliver. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates when I’m unable to write blog posts.
One last exciting news, we’re bringing someone to join the team so we can provide even more entertaining travel content for you. Yewande (@Coffeejunkie_ on twitter, she’s really a coffee addict by the way) will be joining us and writing posts on the blog as one of the blog writers. I think it’ll be so much fun and I’m looking forward to reading her posts, and I hope you are too. Thank you all for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe 😉. Till next time, xoxo.