#ThankfulFriday

Hi.

Today I’m particularly thankful for the life of my friend Ola. I got a call yesterday that he went for a surgery and came out successfully. Infact he was speaking from his hospital bed. I couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if he didn’t but because he did I shoved the thought away. For a long time, I talked and talked and couldn’t stop talking. He even began to complain. LOL. At first, I was upset he didn’t tell me earlier, amean he did about a year ago but I expected him to remind me so that I could intercede on his behalf. But whatever his reasons are, I respect them. I’m just so thankful reallly. You have no idea. My heart is full of gratitude to God. I haven’t seen him in a while but we’re always in touch which can be a chore sometimes. But Ola is always there. He’s had my back for as long as I can remember and I’m grateful I didn’t lose him.

I love you Ola. God bless and keep you. :*

EB.

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2013 In Retrospect: Highlights.

Hi there.

2013 has been quite an eventful year for me. It’s been mostly filled with new discoveries, realisations, lessons and whatnots. The year started on a good note. I had a few plans with little or no expectation. Well, let’s just say, it didn’t quite turn out to be what I expected, it was better. It was overwhelming. A lot of things happened and I’m grateful for every single one of them and even the requests that weren’t answered, I’m grateful still because the Holy Book says, the thoughts He has of us are good and not evil to give us a hope and a future and even though it might tarry, it would surely come to pass. That’s my consolation.

2013 was particularly a year of firsts.

I got my first full-time job. I learnt how to work under a female boss(looking forward to working under a male boss too) and under official working conditions. At the end of the short but eventful 3 months, I made up I mind I was gonna be my own boss. I was never gonna work for anybody.

I also got my first online job which was somewhat a dream job. Unexpected! Working with African Naturalistas has been eye-opening. I can proudly add team work to one of my skills. My teammates are gradually becoming a family and I love that I can look out for them in the society.

My first natural hair journey has been something. A couple of days ago, I took down my twists which was almost causing a migraine. I didn’t know when I took a scissors and started chopping off the knots. Detangling was strange to me.. Still is. I almost cried.

I’m currently getting my first training as a professional photographer. There are times when it all just sounds like gibberish and I wanna toss them out of the window and just take a photo without being conscious of the rules and putting the techniques into perspective. It’s been fun though and I can’t wait to really start off. I also got to handle a DSLR for the first time.

My first experience at The Experience was life-changing.

2013 was the year I was actually single. No boy dramas, no strings, no attachments, just reclusity. I learnt to be comfortable and enjoy my own company. Serenity and solitude have become my watchword. It got lonely at some point but especially when I see a couple being all mushy-mushy but I survived. I promised myself I wasn’t gonna get into a relationship just because and I’m glad the opportunity didn’t show itself.

I took Creative Writing serious for the first time this year. I actually saw the possibility of a career/side hustle in it..

For the first time in my entire life, my mum called me an adult. Yes, it’s very serious. You see, I’m not very tall, so there’s a possibility she still sees me as that 15 year old. So when she made that comment, I was sort of taken aback but at the same time happy that she realises I’m an a young adult thereby allowing me take decisions for myself.

Order than the firsts, it’s been a year of

Growth. Drastic, meaningful growth. I’m feel totally different from how I did at the beginning of the year. My life suddenly has definition and is going in the right direction. For the first time, I dropped some friends. People that didn’t add meaning to my life. As harsh or thoughtless as it sounds, I’m actually grateful for the strength to do it.. I don’t have to worry about people filling me with the wrong vibe.

Clarity. God has just been faithful. Often times this year as always, he revealed a lot of things which helped me make headway. I love that I could consult Him concerning any area of my life and He would give me feedback!

Sanity. With all the craziness going on around, it’s by the grace of God, we’re not loosing our minds.

Budding Friendships. With the intentional drop of old friends, it seemed appropriate to replace them with new people but I wasn’t in a rush. I wanted people with kindred spirits who shared the same values and I’m glad I got them. They might not be so many but I’m grateful for them still.

Revamp! I finally got around to revamping my playlist thanks to Sola. I discovered some pretty amazing contemporary christian artistes

Abstinence. Last year I made a vow to keep myself until marriage and I’m grateful to God for grace and discipline.

Answered prayers. For the past 20years my family and I have been looking up to God for something and we got it this year.

A blogpost won’t be enough for me to count my blessings. My heart’s just full of gratitude and like Tiana said I’m looking forward to a double portion in 2014.

My lowlights will be coming up in my next post.

Always and Forever
EB.

In the spirit of thanksgiving.

Hey guys
I feel like I didn’t do enough justice to #ThankfulThursdays this week because it’s thanksgiving. I felt compelled to come back here and really give thanks. Coincidentally it’s thanksgiving on Sunday too so I’m just gonna give a list of people/things I’m thankful for generally.

I’m thankful for
1. The Grace of God.
2. The Word of God.
3. Sanity
4. My family
5. Provision, guidance and protection.
6. All my team mates in African Naturalistas.
7. Sola|@Replacement2
8. Dunni |@Trilldunnii_
9. Feranmi |@_StreetCEO_
10. Ola
11. King | @ Osibelking
12. Books
13. The Internet
14. Worship songs
15. My blog readers
16. Coke
17. Yogurt
18. My school
19. Love and romance
20. Twitter
21. Pinterest
22. Photography & Makeup.
23. Lee Min Ho
24. Hair products
25. Sunglasses
26. Peace of mind.
27. Ankara
28. Sunrise/sunset
29. Safety
30. Praise and criticism
31. Decency
32. Earphones
33. Movies
34. Values
35. Fresh air.
36. Lists
37. Creativity
38.Boli and Groundnut
39. Pounded Yam and Efo Riro
40. Turkey
41. Gadgets/Apps
42. My blog
43. My hair
44. My closet
45. Microwaves
46. Washing machines
47. Honey/Lemons/Baking Soda/ACV.
48. Tenth Avenue North
49. Casting Crowns
50. Life in general

This list is inexhaustible. I’ve basically written the first things that came to my mind. The whole idea is to appreciate the very little things we have/own because some people lack that very thing you’re taking for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving.

EB.

NEW: #ThankfulThursdays

Hello people!

This week, in no particular order I’m thankful for

1. Good health
2. Gift of Life
3. Safe journey
4. The Internet
5. Yogurt
6. Boli and Groundnut
7. BRT Bus card
8. Tenth Avenue North’s Worn
9. @Replacement2
10. Hair products
11. Provisions(cash and kind)
12. BellaNaija
13. My Gmail
14. My handbag
15. Sunglasses
16.@Trilldunnii_
17. School exams
18. My phone
19. Photography
20. My mother
21. Sanity
22. Poundo and Efo Riro.
23. Life in general

This is going to be a weekly series. I hope I can keep up.

Always and Forever
EB.

Sign Language.

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Sometimes last month,I watched a series ‘Switched at Birth’ It was about two girls who were switched at birth by accident.Apparently, one of them down the line became deaf.Yeah deaf! At first when i saw the deaf girl communicating with another deaf guy i was wondering.I was really impressed cause I thought they learnt the sign language just for the movie until I goggled it.It turned out the part of the cast which acted deaf were actually deaf in reality..Wow! I was amazed!I couldn’t believe it.This people have been deaf all their life and somehow they’ve been able to survive.Not only survive but also make a name for themselves.I was blown away! :O :O. At the same time,in my heart I was really happy for them.You know,their disability wasn’t an hindrance.They have learnt to live with it and accept themselves just the way they are.I’m just really glad they can communicate in their own language cause I think that alone gives them an Identity and some sort of security you know. Really whatever situation you might find yourself just give thanks and find a way to survive.Don’t use your disability as an excuse not to succeed and when you do God will surely crown your efforts

This has made me even more grateful and also motivated me.If the deaf can be this successful,then i don’t have any excuse whatsoever..

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                                                   Sean Berdy

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                                       Katie Leclerc

P.S.They are both deaf and quite successful.