On February 4th, 2021, I wasn’t sure what to expect when we stepped into the bitter cold Toronto air.

May and I had resigned from well-paid jobs. And we had a baby on the way. But one year later…

Do I regret this move?

Hell NO!

I miss my friends. I miss family. I miss the chaotic energy of Nigerian weddings and Lagos parties.

But looking back at how my 2021 went, I would make this move over and over again.

  • I blew my 2021 income target out of the water
  • I work with some fantastic humans
  • And I have time to read a story to my son every night

I understand when people say, “They can’t imagine leaving Nigeria.”

It’s a beautiful place. But to each their own.

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I have written 11 books but each time I think ‘Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’”

— Maya Angelou

“I work very hard and I’m worth every cent.”

— Noami Campbell

“Believe you can and you are halfway there.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but triumph over it. The brave man is no he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers fear.”

— Nelson Mandela

“If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.”

— Nora Roberts

So, send that pitch. Hit the publish button. Ask for the raise.

You’re enough.

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This is essay 25/30.

And I don’t know what to write about.

Well, that’s not the accurate picture. I have a long list of ideas. But my brain is frazzled.

It’s been one of those long hard days.

Long meetings. Even longer content briefs. And then a tiny infant who’s decided that “Daddy” must be the one to carry him all the time or we won’t have peace at home.

So, here I am.

Staring at my screen. And then my notepad. And then back to my screen.

It’s going to be one long night.

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