Day 2: Suliat

A little over 10 years ago, I met this very special, very beautiful woman and a beautiful friendship was begun. I then proceeded to fall in love with her and then somehow, convinced her to retaliate… Err, sorry, reciprocate ( ._.)

If I go on, I might just end up gushing so I’ll just hand you over to Suliat* now…


*walks unto wordpress stage and takes a seat; utterly relishing the unique smell of a chilled glass of Dom Perignon Rose. . . Raises glass* Happy New Year to you and yours! I pray for you ALL that you pray for yourself. . . *drinks*

I, along with several other wonderful people, were asked to say in a nutshell what we Pray our 2013 will be. Being the very inexperienced public [blog] writer I am, I could go ahead and give you a detailed list of what I pray for this year but nah, I believe that for one to truly appreciate where I want to go, he or she must understand where I am coming from.

C.S. Lewis words summarize my 2012 perfectly:

“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be… It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”

My 2012 was a year filled with intentional self-discovery and determined effort to reignite the flame between myself and my long lost love. I carried out actions inspired by events that occurred the previous year, sought to regain the person I knew I was and know I am but had lost grip of along the line for reasons I did not even previously know were there.

You see, contrary to popular belief (at least amongst the very few that know me personally), I do not always “have it together” and boy, did 2012 show me just how vulnerable this chic can be when faced with certain ‘situations’. First, breaking it off with a seemingly perfect partner, a person that only after we split was I able to realize was like a leech sucking up my internal happiness and unrestrained laughter. Happiness and laughter I previously had in abundance and unconsciously traded out in the name of comfort and security. Then having a perfectly good visit home almost completely ruined by the death of a very close family friend as a result of the June 3rd plane crash in Lagos; not to mention the indescribable fear I had for the lives of my family and loved ones in Jamaica as a result of the hurricane that happened a few months back. Yes, 2012 was, well, one heck of a year!

I cannot help but be extremely thankful to God though. In spite of all that, 2012 was the same year where true love found me (and this time, I’m not talking about God). And out of all the things I love about him, the one I am truly grateful for is how we have been able to go through all that could potentially have torn us apart and only come out stronger, bringing us closer to God in ways that I did not initially imagine. Believe me when I say God and Trust are the glue that holds us together.

So for 2013, well, no resolutions per say. I do however pray for three specific things…

First, I pray for successful completion of my studies (Summa Cum Laude Dual Degree graduate). *does happy dance* By God’s special grace, Absolutely Nothing and No One will stop this from coming to fruition. (I suggest all negative forces turn right back around!)

Second, by this time next year I pray to be on a different continent, trying to satiate my unquenchable thirst for new experiences, learning and rewarding work.

Third, by no means inflating my own presumed self-importance, I pledge to work harder to be a positive catalyst in the lives of others; my family, friends and driven acquaintances. If there’s an idea/vision out there that needs support in any way, I want to be one of those they know can help them get results!

I decree 2013 to be one of Completion, Promotion, Manifestation of New Opportunities and Positive Life Changing Experiences for all who strive for it.

In the paraphrased words of C. JoyBell, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and placed in an archive; this new book is newly opened, has just begun!

Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!

Love, Blessings and lots of Good Food!


*may or may not be my real name ( ._.)