A couple of months ago I went on holiday with my family to Lagos, Nigeria for my sister’s wedding thanksgiving. If you didn’t already know I’m originally from Sierra Leone so it wasn’t my first time in West Africa, but it was definitely a different experience for me.

Lagos is a bustling city, filled with so many people, cars, buildings and just life! Being quite well-developed it is slightly different to Sierra Leone, which although a very beautiful country, still has some way to go (and will get there!). Our time there was pretty chilled, we spent most days poolside, trying out different restaurants and bars, and also visited a few touristic spots – the nature conservation, art galleries etc.

Whilst out there I took an unplanned week-long social media break. Although I previously didn’t feel like there was a need for me to do this, I definitely saw the benefits during and after. Sometimes you have to just be honest with yourself. In retrospect I saw that I was spending way too much time on social media and beginning to once again focus on the number of follows/likes rather than focussing on ‘the vision’.

Taking time out really gave me the chance to think about where I want to go with blogging, pray on this and figure out what steps I should take next to try and achieve my goals. After all…

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time.” – Joel A. Barker

Irrespective of what I end up doing, I do know that I started this all because I enjoy expressing myself through photography and writing, and that’s something I don’t want to lose sight of. So, I think I’ve decided that whilst I will continue to use my social media platforms, and be consistent with this, I will definitely be spending less time pointlessly browsing and more time being productive! At the end of the day I do work a full-time job, so need to be really smart with my free time if I want to achieve something with this. It’s not gonna be easy but it’s definitely necessary for me.

Here are some snaps of my Lagos experience, it’s nice to be able to showcase Africa from a different perspective of that portrayed in the media, it really is a beautiful and magical place – enjoy!

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Rianna Mara

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