The blog

I started BonnibelleChukwuneta.com (then known as SimplyBonnibelle.com) in 2017 as a way for me to explore a creative hobby and share lifestyle tips for professional millennials along the way. At the time, I was feeling bored and unchallenged in my 9-to-5, and blogging was a way for me to learn new skills and actively practice something that could be useful in the future. Already a knowledge addict, I quickly got lost in the blogging world and uncovered a knack for creating written content, and melded it with my passion for inspiring others to fail forward and figure out life like a designer.

My mission is to inspire and encourage readers to be adventurous, love yourself, and dream your way to an exciting, new reality. As a self-taught blogger, copywriter, and entrepreneur whose life looked very different just a couple of years ago, I’m here to tell you that that thing you’ve been dreaming about? The one that keeps you up at night? It’s possible, and it’s worth it. Just give yourself permission. This is easier said than done though, so I started blogging about it to help you along the way.

You’ll find curated lifestyle content on relationship tips, wellness, travel updates, advice on career transitioning, entrepreneurship, and even the occasional food article or recipe to remind you that good eating is an important part of the equation, too. As a life designer and degree holder in hard knocks, I know all too well how tough it can be to “find yourself” or figure out adulting, especially when you have no clear path, don’t know where to start, or you’re on your own. My goal is to create content that can help provide some clarity. I want to help you develop stronger relationships, stay curious, and take risks in the pursuit of happiness, self-acceptance, and personal success.

Meet Bonnibelle

I’m the oldest of four and a true millennial, born in 1988 in San Bernardino to an immigrant pair from Nigeria. Most of my life has been lived in the Golden State, except for a four-year stint in sunny St. Petersburg, FL (where my blogging career actually began).

When it comes to writing, it wasn’t necessarily my forté growing up. I was a B+ student, particularly with English, and my teachers didn’t shy away from calling me lazy or unmotivated (hi, Mrs. L!). I wrote a fantastical movie script because I was bored one summer, but thought nothing of it because I’m Nigerian and was destined to become a doctor. I ended up studying French and spending my 20’s focusing on work, entrepreneurship, and gaining real-world experience.

Professionally, I’ve worked in a variety of industries including retail, customer service, operations management, human resources management, digital marketing. I’ve dabbled into everything and am truly a Jill of all trades with a passion for learning. I started my first self-hosted blog in 2017 in need of a creative outlet from the pressures of working in customer service and management. My blog started as a hobby initially, but it’s helped me transform my professional career and continues to provide opportunities I never thought possible.

By the summer of 2019, I left a job in human resources management to pursue freelancing and writing full-time, becoming a contract writer with Sacramento News & Review (you can find my articles here). I also started writing for private clients of my own, drafting blog articles and web copy for beauty, cannabis, and wellness brands. While I found the freedom of freelancing thrilling, it didn’t take long for me to find it lonely or feel like I was a hamster on a wheel. And being in the midst of an epically draining pandemic didn’t help.

Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

So, I hung up my freelancing boots for a dream opportunity in tech. I currently work at iFit on an amazing team as a Product Copywriter, drafting copy for user interfaces and experience. Basically, I design with words. And when I’m not doing that or writing for the blog, I’m living a modest lockdown life in Monterey wine country where I’m typically reading, working out, or binging The Great British Bake Off.

My background is wild, varied, and unique, but it’s mine and I’m proud of it. It makes me who I am and I hope that reflects on the blog. Never be ashamed of your story. It’s yours. Only you can tell it.

Please feel free to email me anytime at hello@bonnibellechukwuneta.com, or find me on social. My inbox is open and I always enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life. Thank you so much for reading again. I’m glad you’re here.

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