Long time no gwan here on the blog. After almost 365 days around the sun again, we’re older, wise and smarter, I’d like to believe. How has 2019 been for you? I’d very much like to read your experience in the comments below because I’m about to nutshell my year 2019 in this post.
My 2019 was aaaammmaaazzz-
Actually I think everything that happens to me is amazing, a fun habit I’ve grown, thanks to my super optimistic outlook on life. But that’s not how life truly is all the time innit?
Growth is a very beautiful phenonenum. We all live for it.
2019, the year of living my Truth. It was also a year of many firsts for me.
Truth be told my year 2019 was extremely peaceful. This was my year of accepting many truth about myself, and making new choices based on those truths. I think this is in order because I’ve heard people say as you grow older you become more accepting about things you cannot change in life. I guess that’s also why it’s difficult for older people to change habits or form new ones. Regardless of what they say, I’m in my own lane as usual. Here’s how my 2019 was different from yours,
-January: Moved back home to Lagos from living and working in New York for 2years. Loced my Mushu (Natural Hair).Wrote my first children’s book, launched on amazon THE BLACK BEETLE AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
-February: Design and Product developed for Nappyese. Introduced and marketed Nuskin products and business building opportunity (to you I presume :), Nappy-Thrift Pop Up/Meet&Greet
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-March: Worked on and created my first single
-April: Moved into my own apartment on Lagos Island
-May: Performed my music for the first time
-June: Worked on More Music: 4 more singles, Marketed Nappyoga service
-July: Worked on and created my first headwrap collection and Yoga fitness wear
-August: Visualized, wrote and developed a business plan for Nappyese, created lots of supporting brand content and sought grants
-Jan-September: For the first time in 7years, I lived my best slow paced life, not worrying about being judged my the way I look to earn a living, not having to face rejection from brands and clients based on the way that I look, not having to run from casting to casting and stand in line with numerous girls trying to book the same job, not having to deal with racist clients, discriminating jealous angry bookers, not having to worry about my weight, being able to eat what I want. Went to the beach, roller skated for the first time, made new friends that actually care about supporting one another goals, yay me!
-October: Exporting my head wraps for the first time to some amazing Nappyboos in the U.S ( they know themselves)
-November: Visiting Senegal for the first time. Made new Business Partner&Guarantor. Performing my first EP Listening. Started my new book.
-December: Taught yoga at my new Nappyoga space. Got a new Kitten called Nuka Bo.
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WHAT DID GRATITUDE TEACH ME?
It was hard remembering to write down all the things I was grateful for like we planned to do with the challenge, simply because there is always so much to be thankful for. I’d be writing or hours everyday and that would be painful, but see how I listed my big wins above? I clearly remember them even without writing them down prior, and that’s how it is when you meditate on gratitude everyday
All in all the challenge was really easy for me, I have been living in the attitude of gratitude these past 7 years while my life has changed drastically season after season. Even in the dry times, gratitude kept me afloat. They say it take 7 years of constitency for one to become a master of something. Guess you can call me a master of Gratitude. This year abundance flowed, Everything I touched worked out and yielded fruit, strangers I didn’t know from Adam did things for me, worked with me, supported me. I don’t remember a single moment this year when I felt worry or fear about starting out my life choices all over again in Lagos, and so far everything has worked out well.
Gratitude increased my boldness and bravery, allowing me to march into territories I’ve never been on before (like recording and performing my own songs) knowing fully well that even if it didn’t work out (which it always will) I still have a lot of many other little things in life to be grateful for.
Gratitude taught me patience and endurance during the times when I cried this year from the stress of growing pains and re-adjusting to create a new system for myself and my brand (Lagos Living ain’t easy)
Gratitude gave me hope, for when I remember the small things, I know I can reach the big things too!
Did you live in an attitude of gratitude this year? Did you join the challenge? Do you notice changes? How did your life change?