GRADUATION: MASTER OF COMMERCE

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well and welcome back to my blog! I have a tendency of going M.I.A but this shall definitely be a ...

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well and welcome back to my blog! I have a tendency of going M.I.A but this shall definitely be a thing of the past as I enter this new era of my blog and a new chapter in my life. So let's catch up on what has been happening since I rudely disappeared!

1. I graduated finally with my Master of Commerce degree in Supply chain management: This was such an exciting period. My Masters was probably the most difficult degree I have ever had to work for. I got into it mainly because I was struggling to find a job and it was a better option to continue with my studies than to sit at home. As a result, I struggled to commit to the entire process and found it frustrating to have to study for something when my heart really felt the need to be in the corporate world and relieve my parents of having to support me. Alas, life is not always straightforward. However, a year into this degree I decided to complete it no matter what it took. I wanted to finish the degree and as a result of this decision to commit and complete what I had started 2015 was probably the most exciting year of my life. Not only was I able to get a part-time, one year contract job that allowed me to support myself as I finished my degree, but I was able to travel to Germany, meet some amazingly inspirational people during my data collection and finally get my driver's license! Can I just say that driving has been one of those things I have avoided because of fear. I guess the many accidents I have known to happen on the road have always put a little bit of fear into me and made this the one thing I needed to avoid! My graduation was definitely a symbol of all the beautiful things I experienced during this year. I am so blessed to have had an opportunity to share this moment with my parents and family who made this wonderful achievement even more special. 

2. I moved: I was studying in a small city called Pietermaritzburg for a long time and decided to move to Durban after my Masters. Thanks to my lovely parents I was able to move into my own place and it has been a wonderful experience and the fact that it was not furnished has given me the opportunity to explore my decor skills especially on my very small budget. I have, as a result, been very creative with my spending and I am so proud that the apartment is finally fully furnished within a month of moving in. I would love to one day do an apartment tour on my channel which is coming up soon soon soon (as we Africans love to say...!But I really do mean soon).

3. I have revamped my closet: One of the major reasons I stopped blogging was because I struggled so much with my closet. I always used to think that as a fashion blogger I should surely be able to select clothes to wear with so much ease but unfortunately, for me, it was a major struggle. This was partly because I had really bad shopping habits. I used my emotions in the moment to shop for items. This meant that if it looked awesome on the mannequin I would buy it without much consideration about how it would compliment my style and my body and if I would still love it in a month or so. I also never considered if it complimented my current wardrobe or items in there that I could pair it with. As a result I had several strange items that I always looked at and wondered what I was thinking when I made the purchase. At this moment of being temporarily unemployed I had realised my mistakes and could not turn back the hands of time nor update my closet as simply as when I was in a better financial position but like all things that seem sour, you can either choose to use your brains and turn the lemons into lemonade or just stare at the lemons in fear of how they taste. I decided to start selling my clothes. I mainly sold the items I didn't like or hadn't worn in months or even years. I have seen many international bloggers doing it but I never thought it could work here. I tried it and realised how much I loved doing it and in no more than 2 weeks I had enough money to revamp my closet. I decided to think more strategically with my purchases and I am very proud of this achievement. This experience really sparked my entrepreneurial spirit and is part of the reason to why I managed to furnish the apartment as quickly as I did! I shall be sharing more of my strategic shopping tips soon. I have made a few mistakes even in this period but I aim to master this until I am able to help some of my blog readers do the same!

4. I am going to do my PhD and be an entrepreneur: So in this temporary situation of unemployment that I found myself in this year, I had a lot of time to think. A lot of time to be frustrated, embarrassed and probably depressed but more time to think than anything else. I realised once I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and regretting the decisions I had made that led me into this mess, that I needed to tap into my soul and understand exactly what I want to do with my life. I realised even more during this period who I wanted to be and who I didn't want to be. The depression I found myself in, partly as a result of my situation, made me more aware of myself as a person in this life God has gifted to all of us. I realised that 'YOLO' is a concept that needs to be hammered into our heads more and one important area of this concept is that we need to stay true to who we are and not who we are told we should be. Through digging deeper I realised that I love studying and have always wanted to do my PhD. I hoped it would be at a later stage in my life but if opportunity comes that I can do it now and complete way before I turn 30 then who am I to question this. I am so excited to say that I intend on doing my PhD very soon and am warming up to the idea of being addressed as Dr Chenai Muhwati. I also realised through my selling of things that I am an entrepreneur at heart. I have always been. I used to make little bags for my friends' birthdays in primary school with denim from cut up jeans (that I would definitely hide from my parents once cut) and my father's old video tape boxes. I loved it and would be so proud of each and every single bag I made. I was in primary school at the time.I also started an NPO called SCREAM when I was 19. It can officially stand as my first failed business. Looking back at these things I realised that this is what I am born to do. I decided to call my Mum and tell her about this new direction and of course I was a little scared of a lecture about why I needed to pursue an alternative route but my Mum who is also an entrepreneur, at heart, was more supportive than I had thought. After explaining to her, very passionately why I needed to pursue this, especially at this stage in my life where I have very little responsibilities, I told her that my Grandfather was an entrepreneur and I was probably following in his footsteps. I could picture my Mum shaking her head at my ignorance over the phone as I said this. She corrected me by saying that it was in fact my Grandmother who was the entrepreneur and she was very successful at this and was smart enough to have even continued to become a Professor had she afforded to. I started crying at this moment because I realised how little I knew about my Grandmother as she had passed away at 39 years. I knew very little about this strong, fearless woman who was married with 6 kids and had time to have her own successful business during a time when it was probably very taboo for women to do so.  I realised at this point that I needed to 'own my magic, walk in my purpose and rock my truth' as Beverly Bond said. Some may say it is a little premature to be writing about what you want to do. "Rather walk the talk than just talk about it", but I believe that if I believe and declare that this is what I will do then I have spoken into my life. And if I declare it publicly then I have a bit more pressure to do it!

So on that note, I AM BACK! For good this time and with more outfits and a better glimpse into my life as I commit to this journey and with a commitment to be all that I have been created to be by the Almighty and I aim to use all that I have been privileged to have as tools to empower myself and others.

*PS: I shall be posting a series of outfits I posted on my Instagram and did not post on my blog. So if you have seen them already I apologise. 

Thank you all!!

xoxo

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22 lovely comments

  1. Inspired Chenai. Keep at it! -Chido

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  2. I will begin by saying as a fellow fashion blogger I am super proud and excited for your new journey Chenai. Since Fabulously Pink, now Anicheberry you have grown into a strong and fabulous woman! Keep it up and yes I am looking forward to those new OOTD posts.

    God bless ♥

    www.signaturetoscie.co.zw

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  3. I will begin by saying as a fellow fashion blogger I am super proud and excited for your new journey Chenai. Since Fabulously Pink, now Anicheberry you have grown into a strong and fabulous woman! Keep it up and yes I am looking forward to those new OOTD posts.

    God bless ♥

    www.signaturetoscie.co.zw

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  4. Congratulations darling for all these achievements! ^-^
    Living alone should be so exciting but also quite hard! Isn't?
    Best wishes dear!
    xoxo

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  5. Wow, so inspiring! Congratulations. I wish you the best :)

    Kayla xo // Kayla's Vibration

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  6. Congratulations and best wishes for You ! ^^

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  7. Great post!!! Greetings!:)

    xxBasia
    http://kasztanowydomek.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Congrates dear may God continue to bless you

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  9. Congratulations dear! You look so pretty!!!

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  10. Congratulations! I work in a similar area as I'm a Strategic Purchaser in industry :) Congrats also to your driving licence and you look so beautiful on the pictures <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  11. Oh congratulations! I graduated last year and its the best feeling ever x

    Check out my latest post:
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  12. Hello!
    Congratulations for everything, mainly for your great graduation and your future plans! I'm writting from Brazil and I simply LOVE Africa since I was a child...
    Have a great and happy week!

    Bia
    www.biaviagemambiental.blogspot.com

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  13. Congratulations on your graduation, the license & being able to move. Big accomplishments. Can't for the room tour. Hopefully we will be able to see the video soon soon.
    deffinatlyshaz.wordpress.com

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  14. Congrants darling and good luck for everything! :)

    http://julesonthemoon.blogspot.it/

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  15. Thank you for sharing, this is very inspiring wow...

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  16. Congratulations, very inspiring young lady.
    Tanaka x

    http://t-anaka.blogspot.co.uk/

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