I’ve always struggled with these…making resolutions, writing down goals? Not my cup of tea; I didn’t think I could handle that kind of pressure, that vulnerability that comes with failure; I was vulnerable enough as it was. However, I did have them in my head, which was fine right?
2016 for me could be best described as a paradox. One minute, I’m “living my life like it’s golden” (and there were some pretty golden moments) and the next? I didn’t think I could “adult”.
On the one hand, I became more aware of myself, my strengths and weaknesses, and my finances. My quiet time with God although not as strong as it should be yet, was way better than it was in 2015 (nearly lost my faith then), worked on a number of projects (personally and otherwise) that turned out pretty great; on the other hand, I stopped doing the things I loved to do, I’d make plans and then cancel at the last minute just because…, keeping in touch with friends and even family was hard; I blamed it on good ol’ fatigue from working long hours (which was not entirely a fib) but in reality? I just couldn’t be bothered. My life was full and yet…
Towards the end of year however, I repented of my somewhat ungrateful heart.
2017 feels like a brand new canvass just waiting for me to work on (Picasso style) and I hope to do just that in the following ways-
I want to soak in as much knowledge as I can. I hope to take one or two professional courses; started some online classes earlier in 2016 but I got lazy plus my laptop packed up (scratch that, it was more laziness than anything else). Call me old school but I’d rather attend physical classes than sit in front of a screen (plus Instagram and the rest will not let someone be great). Fortunately I work with a company that provides access to such trainings, the alternative, is to take advantage of the discounts available to corps members (which I’m not…yet).
I’m also looking forward to attending a couple of events this year because I find there’s this energy in the space of like-minded individuals looking to learn.
There are two projects I’m excited to be working on and can’t wait to see grow.
I will strive to be persistent, to learn from my mistakes, and listen more. (Proverbs 3:13: Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding)
The struggle no be today. I’m not quite sure if it’s the thought of driving itself or driving on Lagos roads (which is quite traumatic if you ask me) that bothers me but I’ve stubbornly refused to learn how. Let’s change that shall we? (II Timothy 1:7-For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.)
Before life took over, I’d planned to travel to at least half the states in the country; I think I stopped at state number 8 and even then, I didn’t really get the chance to explore much, it was more work travel than anything. There are quite a number of opportunities to visit a couple of places, hopefully I will take Nike’s advice and Just Do It. (Exodus 13:21-The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.)
Personal Finance Management
I think 2016 was the year I became really serious about my finances (because recession maybe?). Mind you, I do not consider myself a spendthrift but then again so many things I want. I do know that I’ve begun to take account of every penny I spend, save and invest. All I need to work on now is CONSISTENCY especially when a pair of shoes or an outfit I’ve been lusting after is on sale. (Proverbs 21:20-There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.)
I work with this super amazing organization called Slum2School. Again, before my dear friend, Life took over; every other weekday or weekend was spent ‘serving’. I miss that…a lot. I intend to pick up where I left off and not just with Slum2School but also get involved with whatever outreach or project that’s focused on psycho-social or socio-economic support.(Proverbs 3:27-Withhold not good from them to whom it is due when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.)
Focus on my Relationships
I don’t mean to brag but my support system is 100. The goal is to create as many moments and memories as I possibly can with the people in my life, to let go of things I’ve no control over & to build meaningful & lasting relationships. (1 Thessalonians 5:11-Wherefore comfort yourselves together and edify one another even as also ye do.)
Who worry epp? (Philippians 4:6-7-Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus)
The plan really is to get through the year with a tinge of pizazz, a truckload of prayers and a lot of humor. Let’s go 2017!