Lately, I’ve been reminiscing about my journey as a blogger (I think i’m always doing that LOOL) and in this post I will share with you how it all started… How Gingerlie Lifestyle Blog came into existence.
Let me take you back to 2015 when I was posted to Cross River state for my youth service. I was originally posted to Kogi state where I camped. I enjoyed my camp experience so much (weird right). I socialized a lot more than I normally would and even contested in the miss NYSC beauty pageant which I won 😀. I won a flat screen TV which the NYSC officials collected from me when the realized I was redeployed 🙁 .I eventually redeployed to Cross river where I didn’t know anyone at all – well.. except my big sis and her husband who were there on official appointment.
Making friends was a bit difficult for me because I was shy coupled with the fact that I stayed with my sister. I was that corper who worked at her convenience, lived in a fancy house and drove a Lexus😂. Serious borrow pose (all my sisters’!) So I didn’t really get to mix up with the other corper’s and experience the #corperlife. I was bored half the time but had access to a laptop, internet and electricity 😬.
I knew I was privilege. In fact I’ve always felt privileged and I remember how at some point in my childhood I was convinced I would never be successful – after all the only success stories I heard were of people who were less privileged or people who had a difficult childhood and overcame it all. But me…I had it easy…to a large extent and I did not think I could ever be successful because of that. I was brainwashed with the idea that the most successful people are the ones with the hardest upbringing. Thankfully I now know that’s not true at all. We all have the opportunity to be successful regardless of our backgrounds.
Despite being convinced that I wouldn’t make it in life. I still tried in little ways to be the best I could (if not for anything, at least to appreciate all my mum did for us.
I started reading books on how to be the best version of myself ( self development books). In my Js. 3, I read a book on “how to read and understand” (I’m not too sure about the title) it was written by a Nigerian. He basically talked about how the brain can assimilate whatever you want it to – the trick is to do it purposefully and consciously. After reading that book I felt I could conquer the world! And I did. I came third in class that term ( unlike my usual 11th- 16th In a class of about 30. As RP girls will put it “I climbed stage”.
I started believing in myself more. I became more purposeful about my lifestyle. I was deliberate about Places, conversations and people, friends especially. I stayed away from bad gang 😂 (at least I tried my best 🙈)
Okay so back to 2015. I was BORED most of the time and I had access to my laptop and internet so I would watch YouTube channels. I’ve never really enjoyed watching TV, the only channel I watched back then was Ebony Life. I couldn’t get enough of Bolanle, Ebuka and Toke Makinwa and I’d get soo inspired and want to share what I learnt. I’ve always had a diary but I wanted to share my thoughts on a platform where people could easily access what I had written. I also wanted to be able to curate tools and materials to help any individual live more purposefully.
and so I started my research on how to set up a blog. I followed the different steps until I got it! It took me about a month – I guess – to get it up and running (I have finally written an extremely easy guide to help beginners start their blog I will share that in my next post). I didn’t have a name for my blog yet and I started praying for God to give me a name – Yes I prayed about it! I’m not sure why but I guess I was led to…You may think “after all it’s just a name, why do you have to pray about it?” But I do believe it’s important to invove God in anything from the very beginning…not until you feel stuck
One Sunday after church I was preparing lunch for my sister’s family and I literally started picking names of food items in the kitchen to see which would go better with “lifestyle blog” and somehow GINGERLIE LIFESTYLE BLOG sounded better! Guys I kid you not, that’s how I came about the name for this blog.
The interesting thing for me is that I also came up with the tag line “Making purposeful living a lifestyle” because I wanted to create a space where I shared tips and resources to help youths make better decisions” and after some weeks I googled the name gingerlie and discovered that Gingerly means “in a careful or cautious manner” and “showing great care or caution.” and I was super convinced that it wasn’t a coincidence that I chose Gingerlie as the name of my blog. God chose it for me and He wants me to use this platform to help youths make purposeful living a lifestyle.
So that’s the story behind the blog and I’m super grateful for how far I’ve come and for where this is going…I know there are lot’s of people out there who want to start their blogs but are discouraged or not sure what to do. You may think there are already too many blogs out there but guess what, there are too many tomato sellers out there too and yet it still sells. God has designed us differently and we all have something unique to bring to the table. Don’t let anything…or anyone discourage you from fulfilling all that He has called you to do. The sky is big enough for us all. And like I always tell people around me “Blogging is only a path to where you are going, it is not your final destination…
“Blogging is only a path to where you are going, it is not your final destination…