How I Almost Made The Biggest Mistake Of My Life…

How I Almost Made The Biggest Mistake Of My Life…

So as some of you know, I am currently in university studying English Literature with Creative Writing. If you didn’t know well now you do.

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I’m almost done with the second year of my degree and I have one more year left after this and I’ll finally be free! I’m honestly so ready to get this degree over and done with, don’t get me wrong I love my degree – However, I am ready to start the life I know I’m truly destined for. I don’t intend to get a 9 to 5 job after my degree because I already have a job. Writing.

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I’ve been making good money from writing for over three years now and I could be making even better money if I was doing writing full time. That means no school and just 24/7 focus on my career. So that’s my plan. Now you’re probably wondering what on earth this has to do with my blog post title… well let me explain.

I applied to university with a different degree. A degree that is going to most likely make you think I’m crazy (Or not lol).

The degree I initially intended to study at university was physiotherapy (Americans call it physical therapy). Physiotherapy used to make so much sense to me because I was always a straight A student when it came to the three sciences, especially Biology which was my fav! My Nigerian mother lowkey wanted me to study medicine but deep down I knew that I hated hospitals and didn’t want to waste so much of my life studying medicine. Despite knowing that I wasn’t a fan of hospitals, I still researched a scientific field and ended up stumbling upon physiotherapy. I think when I initially found out what physiotherapy was, I was mainly enticed by the ‘therapy’ part because I enjoy talking to people. Genuinely. Becoming a therapist was one of my options but because I had always been so good at biology I decided to ignore the option of doing psychology.

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So physiotherapy was my focus once applying to universities and I went to many interviews talked all about the subject like it was my passion when deep down writing was my true passion. It’s funny because while applying to university I was still writing and selling books. I was receiving good royalties each month and you would think that this would convince me to study a writing based degree. I won’t lie, I considered not going to university at all and I spoke to my publisher about it, but she advised me to definitely get a degree. The number one thing about this industry that she made me totally aware of was that it is relatively new. You don’t want to put your eggs in one basket because what if one day something happens to Amazon? Or my readers decide to stop reading my books (God forbid). Having a degree to fall back on is smart and something that I knew I couldn’t miss out on. At the end of the day, my mother raised me to have strong academic goals. So that only pushed me further to secure a degree.

Back to physio though. So like I mentioned earlier I went to many interviews and got offers from some universities while others declined me. I remember being so gutted out about a particular university in a different city (Birmingham) declining my application due to their spaces being full for the course. In my mind that was the only university, I could go to. I now see that that university declining me was a blessing in disguise and I was just yet to realise it. I set my sights on a different university based in London and put my focus on that one. I managed to get in and was accepted to study physiotherapy along as I got the required grades they wanted.

Results day came and I got the email telling me of my accommodation agreement from the university, making me realise that I had gotten in. One of my grades had slipped but surprisingly they still accepted me.

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So here I was. Excited yet nervous to finally start university. The first day of lectures arrives and I walk in, ready to get learning. Then as soon as the teacher starts teaching a dark cloud settles on my head. And that’s when it suddenly hit me.

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This isn’t what I want to do with my life.

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I don’t want to be a physio. I don’t want to work in a hospital. I don’t want to give out exercise routines when I don’t even exercise that much by myself. I just want to write. I want to be my own boss. I don’t want to work a 9 to 5. Am I even up at 9am every single day? No. So how does anyone expect me to have a consistent 9 to 5? Make that make sense.

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And that’s when I knew I had made a very grave mistake. It didn’t matter that I had always been good at science, I had always been phenomenal in English Literature, Drama, Media – basically all my creative subjects. And I truly can’t believe I almost ignored that because I was trying to fit into a normal category. Forget fitting into a category. I don’t know why I would ever want to fit into a normal category when I don’t intend to live a normal life.

Thankfully my mother totally understood my decision to change my course from physiotherapy to English with Creative Writing. I’m truly blessed to have a mother as understanding and considerate as her. She understood my struggle and knew that I wasn’t going to be able to go through three years of university with a course I had no ambition for.

I’m also grateful to God that I was able to come to my senses sooner than later.

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Physiotherapy is a great course but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It is a course that requires great ambition and interest in the field of human anatomy and exercise. I would recommend it to anyone who has a love of biology but just be prepared to dedicate all your time and energy to it. Because it is undoubtedly an extremely difficult degree.

Now I bet you’re wondering how I’m currently finding English Literature with Creative Writing… well I absolutely love it. The reading can be a bit much and the second year is definitely much harder than the first year but I wouldn’t change my course for the world.

I will say this though… when new acquaintances ask me what I’m doing with my life and I tell them English Literature with Creative Writing a few of them are under the assumption that I’m automatically going to become an English Literature teacher and it’s really annoying. Or some are just baffled that I’ve decided to do a creative degree. Some do compliment me, calling me intelligent or calling my degree fancy. Small minded people are under the assumption that in university you need to study courses such as medicine, maths or law to get a large salary. When the truth is creative careers are making a lot more coins than these doctors, lawyers and accountants. Like I said I’d rather be my own boss, and work on my own time.

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I have my own business that’s not doing too bad especially since I only started it last July. And of course, I write books for a publishing house. So I can honestly say that I know what I’m doing with my life and I’m excited for what the future holds.

This turned out to be an extremely long blog post than intended. I hope you found it interesting though. Until next time,

Jo xo

 

2019

2019

So we’re already twelve days into 2019 and I can honestly say that I’m resetting my 2019 again in February. I’ve already picked up on mistakes that I’ve been making that I promised myself that I wouldn’t do this year.

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For example, I told myself that wasting my time would no longer be an option. I would no longer be allowing myself to have my time wasted by myself but by also individuals in my life. I wanted to beat the habit of procrastination so that I could beat the habit of wasting my life. Because by wasting your own time, you’re wasting your life. Time is precious and so is life. You only get one shot at this, not another one. So that’s why I find it important to spend time doing important things and not sitting around doing nothing.

I’ve also realised that in terms of my creativity I’ve somewhat stumbled. I’ve been writing professionally since 2015 but started sharing my work on Wattpad in 2013. To put it simply I’ve been writing for an extremely long time now and writing has been my main source of income for over three years now. Your girl is tired. And I honestly feel like I need a long hiatus to just stop for a second. Writing has paid my bills, allowed me to travel, paid for my luxuries and many more things. I need to relax and breathe without having to worry about writing today. Don’t get me wrong I love writing with all my heart and that’s the thing – I love it so much that I don’t want to stop loving it. That’s why having healthy breaks are important because I don’t want to start resenting writing. I’ll never allow that to happen. The only issue is, my readers are counting on me to deliver this anticipated final part of my current series. I want to get it out to them so bad but I don’t want to force myself to deliver work that isn’t to the usual standard that I bring out. I’m just going to take things easy and pray about it. I know I’ll be able to get this finale done and not let my readers down because it’ll be an amazing body of work.

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I’ve also got an exam next week that I should be revising for but all I keep thinking about is writing. At the end of the day I’m still a student so education is important. I’m here to get my degree and finally be done with education all together. If you’re wondering what I study at university it’s English Literature with Creative Writing. I’m going to do a blog post all about my degree and the rollercoaster I went through to get to this course.

January was definitely just a test run but February we go again!

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– Jo xo

 

Spontaneity is KEY!

Spontaneity is KEY!

The one thing I love about the way I live my life is how spontaneous I am. If I want something, I go and get it by any means necessary. Like take for example the other day, I hit up my best friend and was like ‘Girl, let’s go on a trip to Paris for your birthday!’ and her being just as naturally spontaneous as me, instantly agreed. So next month we’ll be out of the country and living our best lives in Paris.

I am a strong believer of living in the moment but also making yourself happy. Of course I understand that in order to live a life where you can go on holiday whenever you want, that coins are required. That’s why I’m so thankful that I have a job that allows me to earn monthly.

For the rest of my life on this earth I plan to be as spontaneous as I possibly can. Of course I understand that spontaneity can’t be applied to every single thing in my life because there’s things that I need to contemplate carefully about. However, when it comes to taking trips, striving for my goals and just making myself happy, I plan to live spontaneity to the fullest.

– Jo xo

 

So… why did you start writing Josephine?

So… why did you start writing Josephine?

This is about to be a boring blog but I get asked this question A LOT so let’s go!

Writing for me started off as a means of escapism and freedom. To me, my life had always been quite mediocre. I mean don’t get me wrong, I loved my life and still do. (I thank God that I’m still here every single day.) I loved my parents, my older brother and my city. My parents weren’t the richest but they always made shit happen for me so I was truly blessed. (Still am of course!) I loved my friends (well most of them lol) and my home. But I guess seeing the life of celebrities from a very young age and seeing their lifestyles just made me feel like my life lacked passion… lacked that je ne sais quoi. 😉

So writing for me was that way of providing an extra passion to my life. Creating stories and new characters gave me something to look forward to each day. It made me feel special knowing that my brain could come up with all sorts of different, wild ideas. And of course, having family from America (Portland, Oregon to be exact) also spiked my interest in creating american characters with lives that I had actually never lived myself.

Writing novels weren’t the first thing I started writing. Songs were actually the first thing. One of my first loves in this life had to be music. This was due to my parents having an extensive collection of African American music legends such as Barry White, Michael Jackson, Billy Paul, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye… the list goes on and on! I would spend hours just listening through their discographies and falling in love. 90% of my music library today is purely African American music. I love my R&B & Hip-Hop, trap music and STRIPPER BOPS!

As you can see, African American culture had a massive impact on my life from an early age. Even as a young black British Nigerian, I was still exposed to African American culture and I’m extremely grateful that I was. Because my exposure meant that I can deliver such great storylines today!

Now back to present day. Writing still remains a way for me to be free and escape from the world. Because believe this world is crazy and I’m convinced that everyone is mad except me. (Well not everyone but you get my drift.) But it also happens to be one of my main sources of income. I’m grateful to be able to say that I’m making great money doing what I love because not many people can actually say that. And having amazing readers who appreciate my work wholeheartedly makes everything so much better.

So that’s basically the answer to my most asked question.

⁃ Jo xo