Sunday, 18 September 2016

THE COMPOUND EFFECT


A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of “Changing the narrative”, and finding the strength to walk away from situations that no longer honour you. I received so much positive feedback from that post, and with it being one year since I started blogging I wanted to thank all of you who read my blog and support my work. It means a lot to know that your voice is not only heard but positively affects those who come across it. 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

DREAM NATION| I HAVE A DREAM CONFERENCE


“Being a Practical dreamer is a choice, the choice you make when you start to create your dream life rather than being a victim of your circumstances” 
- Claud Williams; Managing Director of Dream Nation 

Earlier this week I attended the Dream Nation “I have a dream” conference in Clapham Junctions' “The Grand”. The topics included, Personal finance, Branding and the importance of Resilience. I learnt so much that evening and decided to quickly put together this post to share with you guys the lessons I picked up that day. I began this blog because I wanted to create a space where I could share an honest insight into journeys, my own as well as other creatives, something I do with my “Convos With Chi” Series (look out for Volume 2 coming soon!) and what I loved most about the talk was how honest the speakers were about their journeys and the ongoing battles they face amidst all their successes. 

Below are some of my take away points & visuals from the night. 

1. Success is not Linear; people who are “successful” aren't immune to failure, they take L’s just as much as the next person, the difference is they choose to get up and be better each time. Similarly, just because we're struggling at one point in our lives doesn't mean that success is not for us or that we'll be struggling forever. In these times its important to practice resilience and know that our time is coming.
2.“Finding yourself” doesn't (always) happen over night, just because its taking a little longer to find your identity and your career path doesn't mean that its never going to happen. Coming into your true self is a life long task.
  3.  Perfection is overrated, unrealistic and can become a huge problem factor within our lives. The pursuit of "perfection" can make us undervalue ourselves as well as our work.
  4. Failure is ok! The more we fail the more we learn.
5. Leadership isn't always about the positive effects you have on people, its also about dealing with the negative side of things, having the strength to make difficult decisions that might effect other people for the good of your company/start up.

PIPPA JAMIESON; CEO & Founder of the Dots
On her start up: "I've made so many mistakes, when it comes to business its all about persevering." 

LORRAINE  WRIGHT; UBS Director & Founder of UGCY. 
On personal finance: "Give some, Save some, Invest some, Spend some...in that order. The biggest mistake that people can make when it comes to money is not saving early enough." 

 WILL VANDER HART; Director of Mind and Soul Foundation
On perfectionism and creativity: "Perfectionism is a serious challenge to your ability to get anything done. Perfectionism is self abuse in the highest order- Gratitude is the antidote to perfectionism."

 The Panellists; RENAY TAYLOR, ELAINE POWELL & CHARLES SEKWALOR. 
 [To their 21 Year old self] "I would say, I am whole, perfect and complete. That I am great, to step into your greatness. You were born to make a difference in someone else's life." - Elaine Powell  


Cheeky bathroom pic- unfortunately the only picture
I got of my outfit the whole night! 

Outfit Details: 
DRESS//ZARA



*All pictures were taken on my iPhone 6s 

More info on Dream Nation can be found here, thanks for reading. 
Love & Light 
Chi 

Monday, 8 August 2016

QUIETLY POWERFUL


"I never got the memo that said that women and men were not equal" 
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Last weekend I attended Chimamanda’s “Love and War” talk which was being held at Southbank in Waterloo. Although, I’m a big fan of her work I wasn't really sure about what to expect. The event, however was truly amazing and I left feeling so inspired to continue with the work that I do. 

Chimamanda had a lot to say, specifically about culture, womanhood, feminism and the importance of narratives. One of the things that stood out for me about Chimamanda is how unapologetic she is, how unafraid she is to take up space and ensure that her presence is known and felt all around a room. Sometimes, as women its easy for us to be so humble about our desires and abilities that we often downplay them by the way we present ourselves to the world. Chimamanda reminded me that power and being present doesn't always equate to loudness, that you don't need to be the loudest person in the room to get your point across, that you can be quietly powerful. It’s something that many of us are still grappling with, the idea that we deserve and should make every effort to be heard. However, the world needs us to be. We need to step up and be brave enough to challenge narratives that don't sit right with us, to create a world that we want our daughters and sons to grow up in. After writing "Changing the Narrative"  I didn't think I'd get to meet her so soon but I'm so blessed that I did.

Love & Light

Chi 

Friday, 29 July 2016

SAVING ME FROM ME | FILM PREMIERE


Once again, I'd just like to say a big thank you to all of those who came out to support us at our screening last week. I never thought we'd sell out and yet we did. That night I learnt the true meaning of having a vision vision, and the duty we all have of making our goals a reality. I could talk forever about all the lessons I learnt over those weeks we spent filming but the most important thing that I'll be taking away is that you're only as capable as you believe your self to be. If you want to create something, then start creating. As "Creatives" it's so easy to be precious about the work we put out there, so precious that we can talk ourselves out of releasing anything at all. In the words of Beyoncé perfection is overrated, we just need to start from somewhere and believe that our efforts will pay off.

Love & Light, 
Chi 















Saturday, 16 July 2016

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s talk “The danger of a single story” is hands down one of my favourite Ted talks ever. If you’ve ever come across it you’ll know that she speaks about the negative effects of a single story. How words and misinformed narratives can lead to poor representations; a disconnection between the way something is portrayed and it’s truth. Particularly how this has affected Africa, its people and the way it’s often portrayed in the western world. 

“That is how you create a single story, show a people as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become” 

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Friday, 3 June 2016

BREAK OUT YOUR CORNER | #SHAKESPEARE400


                        

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of filming a monologue for Lyve Corners "Break out your corner" project. The aim of the project was to give actors an opportunity to perform in roles that they might not typically be cast in due typecasting. Representation is something that I will always champion. As a woman of colour its not something thats always so easy to find, however projects like these just reiterate the importance of platforms that work to do this. Something I've learnt along this journey is that as a POC we have a duty to create and support spaces that allow us to be represented authentically as multifaceted beings capable of more than just a singular story.

As Viola Davis said "The only think that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity."
In the monologue I play Calpurnia from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, I also got a little emotional at the end lol! Let me know your thoughts and give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it! 

Love & Light 
Chi 




Monday, 16 May 2016

LEMONADE



When I first experienced (yes, it was an experience!) Lemonade I fell in love. Not only was it an ode to black women everywhere but it was a perfect representation of strength, resilience and the things only achievable when you decide to take control over your mindset in the face of difficulty and disappointment.