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My Bio For ILLUMINATION: How I Got Here

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An Introduction to Alexa

Illumination | New Writer | Introduction

Writer, Editor, Academic, and Artist

Photo: Hybrid / Unsplash / Fair Use

Hi, I’m Alexa. I’m a native English speaker, based in Europe, and I am a (new) writer in Illumination.

You will notice, straight away in the sub-heading, that I am a lot of things. In fact, my road here was a rather interesting and bumpy one.

For a long time, I thought life was taking me far away from becoming a writer, even though it’s what I wanted to be since I was a kid. Today, that’s exactly what I am, and more.

From writer to an artist, back to a writer

I have been writing since I could write. In school, I always chose subjects that allowed me to flourish and nurture my writing.

If we look at my BA, I am a trained photographer and visual artist. Throughout that time, I found my passion for academia and academic writing, which is why I went on to do my MA in a theory-based degree.

Next to both degrees, I have also found ways to continue to follow my passion for writing. So, I went into content writing, copywriting, editing, proofreading and, most recently, writing on Medium.

Copywriting and editing/proofreading are my two current jobs (yes, two separate ones simultaneously). There are guidelines I have to follow and bosses that I have to listen to (nice ones though, I’m lucky that way.)

Medium, on the other hand, gives me a space to write more freely — to write about the topics that I’m passionate about. And, also, to write about topics that maybe don’t otherwise fit into my job or academic focus.

My writing on Medium

I mainly write about writing, but I also write about pieces to motivate, inspire and spread positivity amongst readers. These are the topics I write about most often:

  • Writing and the English language
  • Organization and productivity
  • Mental health and awareness
  • Self-improvement

My current goal is to write more academic-oriented piece that ties into my research, to bring it to a wider audience.

4 key articles I have written on Medium:

Connect with me:

I’m always looking to expand my circle within the writing community so feel free to connect with me, reach out, let’s talk!

LinkedIn

Twitter

Instagram

or follow me on Medium — I love to respond to people, who leave comments on my articles.


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Chimezie Mbagwu: AKA ChimsGraphic

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This Is (Part Of) My Story

Introducing myself to ILLUMINATION

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When I was a child I was so shy, people often got surprised if I spoke.

I grew up to become your typical awkward teenager. I had severe acne throughout my teenage years, was terribly skinny, and very insecure, even though I was undeniably smart.

One of my biggest concerns, when I was in high school and even during my college years, was my nose.

I had a huge nose with a deviated septum and an extremely rounded tip that stole my face’s whole show. Or so I thought. I always believed that when people looked at my face, they weren’t looking at me, they were looking at my nose.

To make matters worst, I’ve always suffered from allergies. So, this nose wasn’t only huge; it was also loud and mostly red.

My class was small and I got along with everybody, but I never was the favorite friend of anybody. If they had to pick a friend for anything, mine wasn’t the first name to pop in their heads.

I graduated at the top of my class and got accepted into my dream University, which is located in a different city. It was a dream. I was moving.

For reasons I didn’t understand back then, I couldn’t wait to live by myself. I later understood I couldn’t stand the tension between my parents and the extremely high levels of anxiety we all experienced when my dad decided to have one of his drunk Friday nights.

He’s amazing. My dad. And he’s not a drunk by any means. But he likes to party often. And he also likes to disappear when he does. My mother, who had a difficult childhood due to my alcoholic and abusive grandfather, just couldn’t stand it.

I don’t blame them for getting divorced later. I used to blame them for getting married in the first place considering they’re as different as chalk and cheese. But I’m over that now and I don’t blame any of them for that anymore.

In college, I found the place where I belong. Everybody around me in college liked the same music I do, laughed at the same jokes I laughed at, enjoyed the same things I did.

My acne scars and my huge nose remained at the top of my insecurities, though. I was always scared of speaking out loud in class because I thought everybody would turn around and see my nasty nose. I was also scared of saying something stupid or asking the wrong questions.

Plus, since I was living in a different city now, people took notice of my accent pretty quickly. They used to make fun of me and since I was so insecure, I got offended pretty easily.

I lived by myself throughout all my years in college. I always felt absolutely happy and free when I was home by myself.

My high school and college years are behind me now. There’s little trace of who I used to be when I was younger. I can barely recognize that girl anymore.

Now, I’m not afraid to speak my mind and I’m not afraid to put myself out there. I’m not afraid of uncertainty. I still have a fear of abandonment, but I’m working on it.

I’m no longer scared of making mistakes.

I got a nose job four years ago. I’ve also gotten laser treatment for my acne scars and they’re looking much better. Now I take care of my hair. I look a lot better than I used to.

Regarding my accent, I still have it. It’s especially noticeable when I’m angry. But I’ve embraced it.

I want Medium to be my safe space, that’s why I write under a pseudonym. I like writing because I find it therapeutic and because it puts me in a state of flow.

I’m so grateful to be a part of ILLUMINATION. I still can’t believe I’m part of a publication. I’m looking forward to learning from all the brilliant writers I can find here.

Thank you for reading.


This Is (Part Of) My Story was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Why I write — My introduction to ILLUMATION

This story is how I got to my current self from a little pampered guy to what I’m now.

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Introducing: Tim Ebl

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