A little over two years ago, I jumped out the proverbial plane, hoping my parachute would open. The life I had been living up until that point was no longer my own. Instead, I was drone, living like a million others who might ultimately read this piece. In this life, there was no room for creativity or taking risks. Rather, it felt like I was asleep in the matrix. Life had become a series of unquestioning next steps on a path that seemed orchestrated by external forces and predestined. This journey had led me right out of high-school and directly into college. From college, I leaped without a second thought headlong into graduate school with thoughts of “ok, what’s next?” ringing in my ears not long after. I was scrambling. Chasing some goal or form of happiness I couldn’t yet name.
While I had what many would consider a successful life, at least on paper, inside I was dying. The weight of personal and social expectations suffocated me. Who’s life was living? Why was happiness so elusive? The treadmill of achievement had been running since childhood and I was exhausted. I needed a break, and that’s exactly what I chose. Nine months ago, I kicked the cockpit door open and jumped. It was in those initial moments that I began my transition from living the life I felt I had to ... To living the live I actually wanted. From the ashes of my former self, I’m now nurturing the once stifled creative hiding within and connecting with other old souls with a story to tell. Those who have a passion for eccentricities, the artists, the globally conscious, those who have an appreciation for the human experience and how we as a people demonstrate culture and history via clothing or accessories, the nomads ... YOU are my tribe. The musings found within this media hub document my journey ... As a traveler, a fashion & jewlery designer, a researcher, an entrepreneur, and most importantly ... A lover of humanity. In fully embracing the creative within, I found exactly what had been missing. My true self. I haven’t felt happier or freer. The journey continues ... I hope you continue to join me!
~Angela "Adwoa" Barimah, Owner of Queen Adwoa's Closet
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