5 Things I wish I knew before I went to China

5 Things I wish I knew before I went to China

1. That working on weekends was a common practice

My expectations did not match my reality. I did not know that I would be required to work on the weekends and have my days off during the week. This made exploring Shanghai and meeting other foreigners that much harder as people had different schedules. When I was able to go out, some of my friends were not.

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Celebrating Black Success

Celebrating Black Success

Black History Month is not only a time to look back and take note of how far we have come, it provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the work and success of black people within the present time.

As BHM is coming to an end I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the work of some of the entrepreneurial, creative, hardworking and influential black young professionals that I find inspiring.

Note: All are under 25! 

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Why is saving so hard?

Why is saving so hard?

From a young age I became very familiar with the concept of ‘good financial management.’ My parents had taught me the importance of controlled spending and diligent saving along with many other important financial principles.

But I know that this was not the case for many others. In fact during university I encountered a lot of people that consistently told me that ‘saving was just too difficult,’ and I began to realise that many people did not really understand how to properly plan and manage their finances.

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You don’t need fair-weather friends…

You don’t need fair-weather friends…

“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” Proverbs 13:20 (MSG)

Who do you walk with?

There are many verses in the Bible centred on the topic of friendship and making sure that we have the right type of people around us.

What type of friends do you have around you?

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What Do YOU Fear?

What Do YOU Fear?

Have you ever asked yourself what your biggest fears are?

When people ask us what we are afraid of we tend to think about tangible/physical things or things that are very obvious to us. For example some people have a fear of dogs and others have a fear of heights.

But have you ever considered what it is that you are actually afraid of?

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10 Things I have learnt since being in China 

10 Things I have learnt since being in China 

As some of you may or may not know I’ve been living in Shanghai, China since July 2017.

I decided to move to China mainly because I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to do something different, outside of my comfort zone that would help me with my personal development and growth journey. I also wanted to experience a different culture first hand. Most importantly I knew that it would provide me with some great life lessons.

So what have I learnt since being in China?

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Faith is a Journey

Faith is a Journey

Prior to university, I definitely did not take my relationship with God very seriously. At that time in my life I wouldn’t have even described myself as a lukewarm Christian. On a scale of 1 – 10, I was probably about a 3.5/4.  I never really understood what believing in God was or what it meant to me. I believed because I was brought up to believe. My lack of enthusiasm for anything God-related was evident. My prayer life consisted of “Thank you God” and I felt much happier on Sundays when I could sleep in.

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