We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Ekunwe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephanie, how do you think about risk?
‘To be or not to be’ is not only one of the most classic lines from Shakespeare but also a phrase that a lot of us can relate to in our day-to-day lives. Over the past two years, we’ve dealt with the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, forcing many to adjust how they live and work.

One of the things that I’ve learned to do, especially during the pandemic, is to embrace change along the way. As someone who is a strategic planner by nature, it’s only natural for me to crave a well-defined plan and a sense of clarity in order to hone in on my goals. It takes courage to follow through with your next big step and risk the “unknown”, but now more than ever we’ve learned that in life you can try and plan every step along the way, but it doesn’t always work out as planned.

Something you’ll constantly hear me say is that we are living in a “digital world” where things are constantly evolving and changing. As cliche, as it sounds the “safer” options, aren’t always the best choices. When I think about risk, I see it as a way to find out what works and what doesn’t work, whether you’re pursuing a new passion or profession.

An example of a passion that was worth the risk was starting my blog, Nifty by Nature. I was able to create a safe space to share my travel adventures with my audience and engage with them on an elevated level. The new year tends to bring new endeavors for professional development, and another risk that’s applicable for any profession is to avoid staying sedentary over time. This is something that can be detrimental to any career, so if you take the time to develop a more calculated risk, instead of a jump the gun type of risk it can pay off, in the long run, creating a successful pivot in your career transition.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Creators put a lot of hard work into their content, and it’s definitely not as easy as it tends to look. I created Nifty by Nature, a Travel + Style blog as an outlet where I could share feedback from my trips with some of my friends, and now it has evolved into a space where I can create and curate content for the elevated traveler who seeks travel tips and style inspiration from around the world. What sets me apart from other creators is my ability to visually tell a story that captivates my audience and makes them feel like they’re traveling along with me.

There are several ways to describe something as “nifty”, but my definition is a combination of the following adjectives; stylish, clever, and cool. These are words that describe all of the things that I discover during my travels, and what inspires me to come back and write blog post about them. Between working with brands and consistently coming up with new content, knowing your core values and staying true to your brand can be beneficial when challenges arise.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Looking to get the most out of your stay in Houston? Explore Houston like a local with my mini guide to all of the interesting spots and must-dos during your visit to Houston.

Check out my Nifty Top 10 Places To Visit In Houston Guide:

1. Hotel- C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton, 400 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002

2. Restaurant- JOEY Uptown, 5045 Westheimer Rd Suite X-01, Houston, TX 77056

3. Wine Tasting – Pur Noire Urban Wineries, 802 Milam St Suite 103, Houston, TX 77002

4. Happy Hour- Postino, 1151 Uptown Park Blvd Ste. 12, Houston, TX 77056

5. Weekend Brunch- Bloom & Bee, 1600 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027

6. Farmers Market- Houston Farmers Market, 2520 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009

7. Museum- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

8. Food Hall – POST Market (Food Hall), 401 Franklin St Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77002

9. Pizza/Italian- Rosalie, C. Baldwin Hotel, 400 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77002

10. Sightsee- Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Creating content while on the go can be challenging, and the person behind the scene who help me capture the content that I need is my mom. With a little bit of training and a lot of patience, she has perfected capturing my vision and ideas through photography and video for my blog and social media platforms.

Website: http://niftybynature.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/niftybynature/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Niftybnature/

Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@niftybynature?

Image Credits
Nifty by Nature | Stephanie Ekunwe

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