Hello Team Flyer!
Today for #GoDoFly
we have Roshni Walia
from The Kenyan Nomad
. We have been working together for the past few months and it is being a delightful journey. She is a proud Kenyan who loves to share her thoughts, opinions and journey of growth. We are very happy to have found her in this walk of life as she can tell us different point of views of many subjects.
Plus, she’s always up for a chat and a share. Give her a shoutout from our behalf as you check her out in the links below! We will continue working with her as much as we can as she is a wonderful addition to Team Flyer!
1) How did you come up with your blog and what is it all about?
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but had never considered writing for the public. Initially, I had started my blog just as a way to keep my family all over the world updated on all the weddings that had started taking place in our family. I didn’t write much until 2012. Soon, however, I discovered that I had a lot to say, and wanted a space to share it with a wider audience than just my family and friends. Thus, I established an identity as a blogger. Recently, I renamed my blog ‘The Kenyan Nomad,’ as I felt this fit me perfectly.
I try and write about a wide variety of things; life is a journey, and I think that we all have thoughts and experiences that can be shared. While sometimes, my posts are more motivational, I do focus on other things like events in my life, restaurants I visit, and other things that inspire me to write!
2) How is it like living in Kenya? Tell us a bit about it! And those three years in India?
I love Kenya, and wouldn’t trade growing up here for anything. When people think of ‘Africa’, for some reason they conjure up images of wild animals, amazing vacations, and grass huts. Yes, those are a part of Kenya too; but my experience of Kenya has mainly been urban. I live in the capital city that has a vibrant, metropolitan culture. It is indeed a melting pot for people from different countries and walks of life. One of my favourite things about Kenya is the potential that the people here have. There is so much energy that people here have, it’s really a beautiful thing.
As for the three years that I spent in India, I was very, very young so I don’t remember a lot! I do remember missing my dad a lot, since he was still in Kenya. Apart from that, I lived in the U.S. for four and a half years, and had some of the best experiences of my life there. Many of my best friends are American, and I miss them terribly!
3) Who and what inspires you?
Externally, my parents and my family are a huge inspiration; they have always encouraged me to do my best and to be my very best. My mother is an incredibly strong woman, and my father is a very wise man! I am fortunate enough to have many friends who believe in me too, and have achieved great things in their own lives. My best friend, who I’ve known for over ten years now, is an incredible source of strength, support and inspiration who has already achieved so much in her life and inspires me to do the same. Being surrounded by such amazing people, it’s hard not to be inspired!
Other than the people I know personally, (clichéd as it may seem), I love to read, and draw a lot of inspiration from there, be it books or blogs like the one Ariadna runs! One of my recent favourites is Humans of New York. I think Brandon Stanton does a FANTASTIC job.
I think that whoever you are, it’s very important to be able to draw inspiration from yourself too; to believe that you can be even better than your best, and this is what I always strive to do!
4) What can we see for the future of The Kenyan Nomad?
Oh goodness, this is a hard one! I want to try and cover a wider range of topics than those that I currently do. Ideally, I’d like more people to know about The Kenyan Nomad, and I’d like my work to be able to inspire others! I’ve had people reach out to me in the past and tell me that they loved what I wrote or that it inspired them, and that in my opinion is the best reward for my writing.
In the longer term, who knows? Maybe even a book!
5) Where do you want to travel the most?
This might seem random, but I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland!
6) What piece of advice can you give for those going through a hard time?
No matter where you are, no matter what you’re going through, remember that you are your own greatest strength. Remember that no matter how high the hurdle, if you believe in yourself, you can get over it!
I’ve always loved reading, and pretty soon I realised that I enjoyed writing too. I started my blog as a way to update friends and family on the weddings that kept happening in the family, but soon enough it turned into a forum for me to share my thoughts, opinions, and journey of growth. Whether this means reviewing a cool restaurant, talking about where I am in life, featuring a really cool guest blogger or making a list that I think would be useful to others, I hope to do it all. Writing has given me a space to explore myself and the world around me.
I’m a proud Kenyan (and I hate to disappoint, but no, I can’t run very fast), and am absolutely lucky to have been born and brought up there. I got my honours degree in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South, which I love dearly for all that it’s given me. Right now, I’m living in Nairobi, transitioning to ‘real life’ and all that that means. I love being around people, and the energy that people have. I enjoy travelling, and especially love visiting places that have a rich history!
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