Inshallah

Life in Doha

Two years ago in late September, I moved to NYC after being fired from my retail job in upstate New York.  I didn't realize it at the time but it was one of the best things that happened to me. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I knew I was going to figure it out. Now was my chance to finally work in fashion. I'm the type of person who later in life decided that I wasn't afraid to struggle and I was going to do whatever it takes to get mine. I see it. I want it. (Beyonce voice). 

*Fast forward through two years* Negative account. Sleeping on Couch. Fired. Again. Victoria Secrets. Central Park. Hugo Boss. Harlem. Salary. Repossession. The New Stereotype. Blavity. Black Enterprise. Staten Island Ferry. Friendship. Karaoke. BET. 30 Under 30. The Real. Love. Toronto. TNS3. #Mexit.

*Lands on current day* 

Katara Plaza site

Katara Plaza site

I'm currently typing this while at work (8 hours ahead of EST). Yes, I decided to move again but this time to the Middle East. I remember when the recruiter reached out to me about this opportunity I wasn't even sure if it was real. I had never heard of Qatar (Honestly. Truly.). But what I can say is I'm super glad I leaped again. As Alley said over at Brooklyn Buttah, I'm some what of a Master Leaper of Faith." But why move to Doha, Qatar from NYC? Qatar is a small peninsula that borders Saudi Arabia. It's a 45 minute flight away from Dubai and as of 2015 has the highest concentration of millionaires in the world per capita GDP. The capital, Doha, is where over 90% of the population lives. It's national language is Arabic (i.e., Inshallah), but 95% of the people speak English.  

Amphitheater in Katara Cultural Center (Doha, Qatar). Taken my second full day in the country (October 7, 2016). 

Amphitheater in Katara Cultural Center (Doha, Qatar). Taken my second full day in the country (October 7, 2016). 

So back to the question, why Doha? I moved to be a part of a really exciting project. The opportunity came to me back in May and after several months I decided to take it on in September. I'm the Menswear Buyer and Commercial Lead (very interesting) for a new Galeries Lafayette (upscale department store headquartered in Paris) through the Ali Bin Ali Group (one of the top 3 groups in Qatar). Qatar is certainly different from the US. Transitioning here at first was hard. The communication and interpretation of things didn't seem logical. One of the major pros is that Qatar is known for having very little crime. So much so that you could leave your cell phone at a restaurant and come back two hours later and it still remain. Every "resident" has to have a working visa, a bank account registered in Qatar, and a local ID, which is registered to where they work, their eye scan, and fingerprints scan. It aint no joke bihhh. Life has certainly taken a turn for the better. When I think about what comes along with this, I am immediately overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude. A quote that I recently saw on Instagram comes to mind: "Never let successes get to your head and never let failure get to your heart." A year ago, I didn't know where I would be and I didn't have a clear answer. I had done some great things in the past but all that mattered was the no. I'm glad my situation wasn't viewed as a period (.) but more like a comma (,) because there was much more to my story. I'm living the very best version of life now and I'm looking forward to where this journey will take me.