It’s 1:14am January 5th 2014…
I’m trying to put my goals and hopes for the year into words and I am scared.
I am so scared, I probably won’t finish writing this today… Yeah, I am going to let it stew while I pray for grace…
I scored myself on my 2014 goals on my blog and I did pretty well and that was only possible because I wrote those goals in a public forum like this and hence, accountability was kind of easy to achieve(compared to if I had only told myself my goals).
This year though, my goals are so big, it scares me.
But we must feel the fear and do it anyway, especially when we know that God’s calling us to step out in faith, so we cannot fail.
So here goes…
My name is Frances Oghenerukevwe Okoro, I am a lawyer (recently called) and I run a Christian blog at http://www.imperfectlyperfectlives.com
I am currently a youth corper and even though my parents expect me to go into the court room to gain experience this year, I am being pulled towards a different direction…
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
(1) The entirety of 2015 for me is to walk in purpose and a big part of this involves a desire that God has put in my heart to speak to young girls in Secondary Schools.
I held the first of these events in December last year and it is my goal to continue this during my service year in 2015.
Not just speaking to the girls about their purpose in life, but also teaching them some skills like making pastries/cake/entrepreneural skills…
I know that this isn’t the entirety of all God has called me to do on earth but somehow God only shows us a step before the entire stairs.
It is my aim that I stay faithful in this dream that God has placed in my heart this NYSC year and beyond.
I hope to hold at least 9 of these events in Schools this year in my PPA state(February-October), maybe 10 if I can start this January(maybe)
(2) A huge part of my walking in purpose also involves my writing for God.
In 2014, God took me deeper into the knowledge that writing for Him; my blog isn’t just a blog, it is a ministry.
I hope to run each category of my blog as a sacrifice to God.
I may not feel like it some days but I pray for grace to stay faithful to what He has put in my hands and staying faithful also includes knowing God more for myself.
I run an online Bible Study each wednesday on my blog and there is no way I will have anything to give out if I don’t study God’s word for myself first.
So along with walking in purpose blogwise is also increasing in my knowledge of who God is… deeper and deeper in God.
(3) This is what makes me scared…
I do not feel led to go into a court room for this year in NYSC, I feel led to launch my own business.
I feel so scared, but it all falls into place.
I ran a business for my 5years in University and God never wastes experience.
Joseph administered a prison before He became a prime minister and administered all of Egypt.
I know the Bible passages God has led me to…
Everyone thinks that my PPA State is a dry place but He has said that He will make streams of water flow in the wilderness for me.
That my service year will show forth the light…
I pray for grace to trust God deeply and start this up.
I kind of know that I must do what God has laid in my heart to do but still, I pray for grace.
I trust God.
I trust God to build this up for me.
Psalm 127:1 – “EXCEPT THE Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.”
(4) Closely tied to my time in NYSC this year is a plan to write a book(not necessarily something long) on my year in NYSC and how others can make their year count.
Mine will be with a twist anyway, mostly wrapped around what I know God will do with my year… It’s all to glorify God… And as I write this, I still don’t know if I should make this a concrete goal or not, or make for allowances to carry it over into 2016…but it’s a dream, it’s a desire in my heart.
(5) My savings… finances!
I have seen too many corpers who complain about exhausting their allawee even before the end of the month.
I refuse to be that person.
I must have at least 50,000naira from savings from NYSC at the end of this year.
My goal is actually a 100k or something close to a 100k but I don’t want to set it up too high and fail.(SMART goals)
5000naira every month should get me at least 50k by the end of the year(I actually know that I will have more but let’s leave it at that)
(6) I had a goal to travel and enjoy my own company as a single lady in 2014 and started that up with one visit to where I’ve never been to before as a single lady last year.
Yes, I achieved that goal and now, I think that it’s time for more.
I signed myself up for a 12trip challenge for 2015.
Yep, maximizing my single hood!
A lot of ladies actually loved my post on my blog on my trip to Olumo rock alone last year and this is a challenge I will be throwing open to anyone who would love to join (opps! I haven’t announced this on my blog yet, part of goals to use take my blog and writing for God seriously)
It’s not like I have to break a bank or anything. There are lots of tourist centre’s in the state where I am right now so win win for me.
Yes, I can!
(7) Finally lose the weight.
Kai! This goal has been a re-occurent item in my goals eh, even me sef haff tire.
I came down from almost a 100kg to 80something in 2013, lost the weight down to 74kg in 2014 but gained it again after Law School(covers face)
But mhen, forget the former things, I am starting afresh.
The goal has always been 65kg.
Plan is to lose it in 6months, by the last week of June.
Good thing that I am on a strict budget so no spare money to buy rubbish + I will be living alone and can make my own meals.
Loosing at least 3kg each month from this January should get me there by June.
Exercises (jogging at least 5days a week)(can only start my exercises in February though) and healthy eating always does it.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
(8) I cut my hair about two months back because I wanted a change.
I actually wanted to tie my hair growth to the change I made body wise. ie, resuming my exercises and eating healthy but that didn’t happen last year.
This year, I won’t make my hair, no braids, nada till I meet my goal weight.
I also won’t get any clothes till I hit my goal weight.
I cringe as I say that, I can be so impulsive as regards buying of clothes(not necessarily expensive stuff oh, O.K things if you sabi what I mean, lol)
I really hope I can do this and yes, I can. No new clothes or shoes till I lose the weight (aside from the sandal I will buy this January sha, I need them truly)
(9) And after 6months, in June, it is my desire to at least get gowns this year.
Quality gowns and bags.
Not spend impulsively but I really want to change my dress sense this year. I need more lady like and classy gowns in my wardrobe.
So maybe I can afford one in two months? Or 3months? Well, even if it’s just one I can get because of the strict budget thing, I do hope to change my wardrobe and have more gowns this year.
And finally, I had a goal last year to give more to the less privileged and I went to different orphanages thrice.
This year, I hope to make it once in two months.
The legacy I want to leave on earth isn’t to only visit the less privileged during Christmas.
Once in two months visit should at least give me 6times to spread the love of God in me to the less privileged in 2015.
Psalm 37:5 – “Commit everything you do to the lord.Trust him, and he will help you.”
Lord, I have committed my plans unto your hands, only you can make them come true and I trust you.
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The purpose… the good works that God has prepared in advance for me to do, this is the year to walk in them.
If you want to walk along with me, on your own path, while being inspired to do more and be more, you can do that on http://www.imperfectlyperfectlives.com
May all our dreams/hopes/aspirations come true.
May they come alive.