Name: Chichi Okagbue but I get called Chi for short
Random question: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? Well I would be a multi-coloured rainbow crayon simply because I like all colours depending on what I feel for. Some days I love yellow, other days a rich purple tickles my fancy. I am all for the idea of having a plethora of choices instead of being confined to one colour/thing.
Are you a bold introvert? Have you always been one? I believe I am a bold introvert in a sense that I enjoy doing things/going to places on my own without the need for company. I also feel like I am more like an extroverted introvert because there is a time for me to be open and there is also a time for me to be observant and to myself; especially when being introduced to a new group of people. I haven’t always been a bold introvert as I was very shy when I was younger and had some issues with expressing myself and voicing my opinions but as I have gotten older with more life experiences under my belt I have slowly broken out of that shy shell into the woman that I am today. So, I wouldn’t say there was an epiphany/defining moment for me. I would also like to stress that I am very open when I feel comfortable around a group of people that I know very well.
What do you do? Right now, I am a MSc Pharmacology graduate that is about to start my first laboratory based job at a manufacturing pharmaceutical company in London. However, I am also a blogger that uses my blog (www.thoughtsofchi.com) to keep my love for writing alive. I use my blog to document my life experiences with my faith, travels and also to share my spontaneous poetry pieces. Overall, I use my blog as a tool to showcase my personal self-discovery journey. I am also a somewhat closet singer/songwriter however I am still in the process of working and perfecting those particular crafts.
What are you most proud of? There are a few things that I have done and accomplished some big others small that I am very proud of
I would definitely say that I am most proud of completing my Masters. It was a very challenging and testing year of my life but honestly I am so glad that I was able to accomplish what I did during my second stint at university. It showed me that I am very much capable of achieving my goals that I set out if I remain focused and committed to the task at hand.
I am also proud of finishing the upgrading of my blog in March. I really wanted to challenge myself in terms of designing and putting my blog together so that it can be a representation of me. I have learnt and gained many skills along the way in terms of website designing and also some basic skills with coding that I am really chuffed about. I can’t wait for my blog to go the next level as I push myself to be more consistent with my content.
I have been telling myself since I started blogging that if one person reads my posts and they are touched by it then I have done my job. However, it amazes and surprises me that not only do people read my blog content but that some have even reached felt that my content is great enough to be featured on their website. So far my articles have been featured in both She Aspires (read the post HERE) and on The Move (read the post HERE). Just like my previous achievement, I know that this is just the beginning and I honestly can’t wait for my content to be taken to the next level not just on my blog but also the potential to be featured on other blogs and websites.
Do you feel that your personality trait has helped you achieve your goals? I feel that aspects of my personality have contributed to me achieving some of my goals such as my academics in a sense that once I am comfortable I am not afraid to ask questions on what I may be stuck on. However, I would say that the introverted aspects of my personality can be a challenge when it comes to achieving my creative goals because it can be scary taking a step out of your comfort zone to achieve something new. The fear of falling short and the timing not being right has been a factor that has been holding me back from actively pursuing some of my creative goals because I believe that everything needs to be perfect. However, times like these I have to challenge myself to make sure that I ultimately take the plunge to do new things that are aligned with my creative passions. As much as it is important for your ideas to be showcased well it is also important to get started on your ideas and not just wait around being complacent.
What advice do you have for introverts that are worried about chasing their dreams? I completely understand that sometimes self-doubt and even fear may creep in when it comes to doing the things you want to do. However, something that you may not realise is the fact that there are gifts and visions that you may have that somebody else may benefit from. As a Christian, I strongly believe in not worrying or being anxious no matter what fears and doubts you have therefore this gives me encouragement to begin to try and step out of my comfort zone as mentioned before. Ultimately it is imperative that you chase your dreams and do the things you love regardless of what others may think and more importantly regardless of the fears you may have in your mind. If you don’t follow your dreams then who will? How will that brilliant idea for that book, blog and product get showcased in a space that can potentially reach and impact others if you don’t begin to make steps to execute the vision. One thing with having an introverted trait is that you tend to underestimate yourself and your abilities when you should just go for it and believe in your skills and abilities to succeed