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Steven Onoja  Creative Consultant | Director | Photographer 📍: New York || Nigerian ✉️: Ostentationandstyle@gmail.com

http://stevenonoja.com/

Gray and gloomy in NYC today, but still sharp no matter the weather || Lately I've been making the mistake of forgetting that life is a marathon, not a race. It's a journey, with yourself and those who share it around you.

Whether you're putting in 4 or 14 hours, it's the lessons we learn and the personal growth we achieve through new experiences that ultimately propels us toward our form of success.

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Putting looks together happens to be my favorite thing to do. I feel as though my style is constantly evolving but strangely staying the same in a way.

I've been thinking of selling a few pieces that a designer and myself have put together. Let me know your thoughts on a twitter poll now live on my page: @ostnttnandstyle. @milonquayim.

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I go through phases. Some days I feel like I am the person I'm supposed to be, and then some days I am not even close. There is both me and my silhouette, who I am now and who I want to become.
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Mother's Day is the one holiday that slows me down and puts things into perspective. We too often get caught up in the daily hustle of life that we sometimes forget to show our appreciation for those who have always supported us. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.

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Don't be afraid to try something new. For the past month I've made it my mission to try something new every week. I've always been attracted to instruments and how they are the extension of the individual playing them.
Challenge yourself to try new things. Who knows maybe you might discover a new hidden talent. @so.wear || @milonquayim
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There's peace when you find it in the forest. Taking time to unplug from social media can be important to growth.
Rog walker and I decided to visit Mount Vernon to explore the neighborhood. Thank you for teaching me to slow down, breathe deeply, and the Mosquitoes bites. Shot by: #Rogwalker.

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Education is a key factor in success. Get it any way you can. I went to a small, serene and beautiful town in TX a few days back and it had me thinking a couple of things. It was so easy going and slow in this town, appeared untouched by the poisons of westernization.

@kimosabemezcal x @pursuitofportraits.

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For one I am happy where I am in my life. I almost sinked into a black hole this year by watching a recycled media diet of money making and fame chasing. I decided to be an artist at the year of 5 unconsciously. I picked up a pencil to draw a teddy bear I had and from then on I was on a path to my current situation. Most Africans by the ago 10 had their lives decided for them so their parents would have a trophy to show off in the name of wealth. I feel sorry for anyone forced into an occupation to please society values.

Last time I checked happiness has no relation to stacks of paper but I could be wrong.

I grew up seeing my mom struggling to get our family to this point and honestly it made me realize I had to do the same in my own rights without being a drone. Stop looking into the plate next to you, be content with what you have, if you want more then work hard for it but don't get carried away trying to find shortcuts. Greed and envy are deadly traits. I read somewhere that worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. So I will try harder to learn do my part and ignore that rest. I will be everything I have learned not anything I am told to be. Sometimes to hold on to something new you must let go of something old.

Shot by: @itsneilb.

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Growing up I never had my own room. My mom and I shared everything from space to belongings and even privacy.
It wasn't until I became an adult that I truly appreciated the privilege of having my own space. Having something to call my own. Somewhere that I can seek refuge when I need it.
I know many of you can't wait to move out from your parents' home and have something to call your own. A place where you can make your own rules and have the last word.
Looking back at it, I'm grateful for the time I spent at home with my mother. Appreciate where you are right now and one you will get where you want to be. @kimosabemezcal x @pursuitofportraits. @saunakspace.

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It's vital to keep your goals in sight at all times. There will be obstacles and setbacks but throughout it all you can not lose sight of the finish line. Your goal is your flower, don't forget to water it.

Keep the your vision alive.

Shot by: @oye_diran.

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Sometimes you won, sometimes you learn.
As our body and mind are always seeking balance, moving forward is complimented where we are. Everyday I talk to myself, what can I do different today. I still can't figure it out.
This is the fight of change. A part of who used to be is resisting our growth of who we are becoming or uncovering. To evolve and keep growing, you have to look inside yourself and see how your awareness has changed.

You don't have to figure it all out right now. Just make sure you're moving. @so.wear.
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