Its that time of the year when we bore readers with recollections from the past year and our plans for the new year.
I have to say though, documenting these achievements goes a long way into appreciating yourself. The new year plans make for a great accountability system especially if you are like me and disappointing yourself scares the hell out of you.
I guess lets take this as a taking stock and new year plans combined kind of post, with some 2016 photo memories.
First things first! My reading list! 2016 was my year for the books, African books in particular. I had set a goal of 20 books by the end of the year and a good number of these were to be by African writers. The result : 10 books and 4 by African writers 🙂 Half of my goal is not all that, but its something, 15 for 2017 🙂
My second all time favorite thing to do is Travel and Travel Africa was this years goal! While I only managed to go to Ethiopia, I did try to travel to different places in Kenya. It was like this that I found myself stuck in an inverted car in Nyandarua county and just as well enjoying the view of Mt Kenya while in Nyeri. An unexpected journey took me Tana River and my oh my isn’t God so great and mighty? I spent a few days in the Mara experiencing breathtaking sunrises and watching the wilder beast doing their thing. My week at the coast was just as amazing, one that turned out to be a test on my patience that I think I did just great on. Here is to more time spent in different cities and different places in 2017!!
2016 was the year for building a personal relationship with myself and learning more about myself. I learned that I have a strong threshold for challenges and pain and that I am mentally and emotionally stronger than I imagine myself to be.
I learned that though introverted out of my circle, I have quite the loud/wild personality and character. This, I am learning, will inform part of my choice when it comes to choosing a partner.
I have learned that I crave for continued growth, progress and learning. I go seeking for challenges just because I hate to be in a space that is not serving me this way. I lose motivation and become uncomfortable and look for ways to enter into a new space that will feed that thirst in me 🙂 (See what I did there?)
I pray for growing challenges in 2017, for strength to make it through those challenges, just like a diamond, to shine through the pressure.
The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss
2016 was a year of numerous downs, a bad year they would call it, but in bad times your true strength comes out. Your faith is put to test. I have learned to lean on the Lord through it all and I can say I have come out victorious. It is never clear when or how he will see to my needs, heal my pain, calm my soul and increase my strength but what I do know, is that He comes all the way through. I have seen the hand of God in my life and in the lives of those around me and I know that we serve a powerful King. May I grow deeper in my faith and my relationship with the Almighty become stronger. May 2017 see me be more Christ like in my everyday life.
I had waited a whole year, I was beginning to wonder whether the day would ever come.
It came, I did well, I opened a new chapter.
Life in its true form, the one we are told happens after school, that life, it Begun.
Thanking God for 2016 as it were.
Thanking Him for new friends and colleagues.
Thanking Him for a new job.
Thanking Him for new possibilities for 2017.
Cooking – I guess improvements for this will make my 2017 goals.
Drinking – Well did I hear them say “Drinkcember?”
Reading – The power of a praying woman by Stormie Omartian.
Wanting – For some reason I want to spend money! Splurge even. Here holding myself before the struggles of January become REAL!
Playing – Listening to Nyashinski. Loving his latest songs.
Wishing – for the things that I am praying for, to come to be 🙂
Enjoying – the Christmas mood and cheer. The empty roads, feeling of love and all that red and green EVERYWHERE!
Wondering – whether I should undo my hair and re do it for Christmas or NAH! These were such key preparations when I was younger but now I couldn’t even be bothered. I’m guessing….or NAH!
Loving – MYSELF! Christmas always has me wanting to give love all around but since I ain’t got no boo, myself will do 🙂
Wearing – a beige polka dot top and black jeans. The office pants have been tucked away for next year.
Thinking – about how much I am going to SLEEP during this break! Yaaas!
Feeling – Excited for Christmas and the New year! You would think I have crazy top notch plans when the most solid plan I have is to sleep! 🙂
It is now that time that I wish you all a blessed Christmas Day and a New Year filled with endless opportunities and possibilities,
always remember that opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!
Love and Love