Back in middle school, my math teacher asked us a very profound question – What do you want to be when you grow up? While, everyone in my class was eager with excitement to answer. I was drawing blank. For the first time in my life I realized that I didn’t know what I wanted to become.
In order not to look stupid I said ” I want to be an Air Hostess”. Even though I can’t swim and I had a fear of water. Yep that was what I was going to become!
Ever since then that question has hunted me. It’s affected a lot of the decision I made. Through out my working life I continued to see the importance of knowing.
Since my first job at the age of 17yrs old, I had always worked for money.
Some people work for passion while others just like myself simply work for money. While, there is nothing wrong with working for money. Either way you look at it you are getting paid for services provided.
As for me it’s been too long and not satisfying. Money gets spent and sometimes you really have nothing to show for it and that yearning in your soul for something more satisfying and fulfilling never disappears.
I have always been blessed with moving from one job to another. I have changed careers several times hoping that this next one is the ONE.
I moved from Financial Accounting to Legal Accounting. I remember when I started working as a Cost Clerk then moved on to become a Legal Biller and Revenue Controller. The higher I got, the more the money came rolling in too.
Faith enjoys grocery shopping with me. She think its cool that we can “hang-out” together especially for grocery shopping. Faith is 4yrs going on 10!
I enjoy grocery shopping by myself; it’s a like a mini holiday by myself. It’s my alone time to think and just clear my head. I don’t get many opportunities to spend alone time by myself. So I look forward to my time alone shopping. I am not a fan of malls so you will hardly catch me there.
Faith tends to slow me down whenever we go shopping so I really have to be patient with her. She loves talking to everyone she meets; I mean everyone. Its nothing for her to ask a total stranger what is their name and how old are they. People always respond to her very warmly, I guess they see that child-like innocence in her.
In the last 10 years I’ve learnt to focus on one thing at a time. It may sound simple but it was actually hard for me to stick to at first. I was used to running around like a headless chicken trying to do many things at the same time. Often, I didn’t achieve my goal, and if I did, I didn’t celebrate it. I was always on to NEXT!
Women are famous for their multi-tasking abilities. While that isn’t a bad thing, it can be less effective in achieving goals. When you harness the Power of Focusing and doing one thing at a time, it teaches you stickability. You will stop jumping all over the place, finish strong and fulfilled.
If you want to see result, then you’ve got to start focusing on one thing at a time. Our brain is more capable of thinking on a multi dimensional level and different layers. We do not utilize our brain to its fullest potential.
What Is Focusing?
Focusing is simply doing one thing at a time. Choose a subject matter; focus on it until you achieve the result you desire.
The No.2 Lesson I learned in 2011 – To always trust my instincts.
Always Trust Your Instincts is No.3 on the 12 Ways You Can Kick Start The New You.
Last year I was faced with a decision whether I should or should not. My instinct was shouting NO! I have a pretty good instinct and in the past it has helped guide me in the right direction.
I usually don’t ignore my instincts, for the best part I follow my instincts. On this particular occasion I didn’t and I had to live with the consequences of not being true to myself.
When we are faced with serious life decisions we often have to consider how it will affect other people in our lives. Some decisions are far easier to make than others.
Congratulations, you have made it into the New Year, and half of the battle is won. There is hope only for the living (Eccl 9:4)
This is a brand new year and I hope you are starting out with a brand new attitude. Out with the old, in with the new.
A new way of thinking and seeing the world. A brand new swagger in your step. A brand new you will make a big entrance this year, the world has been waiting for you.
Regardless of how last year was and who done you good and bad. You can get a new attitude, a new perspective on life and take charge.
I love this time of the year, right after Thanksgiving. It’s a time to reflect on the year gone by. It’s a time for us to plan, prepare, and have a strategy for next year.
I have been doing just that and I feel recharged and energized to get started. I am excited for you and me!
I don’t make resolutions, I set goals. Setting goals helps me to have a target to work towards. It helps guide and point me in the right direction.
If I had 10,000 tongues, I could not thank the Lord enough.
I am thankful to the Lord for creating me as a woman and for dying for my sins. I am thankful for my salvation and the ministry of reconciliation.
I am thankful that God saved me from darkness and brought me into His light. I am loved and chosen to be called the daughter of the Most High God.
I shudder to think where I would be today if not for Jesus Christ who paid the price for all my sins.
Thank You Lord for being patient with me on a daily basis even when I am not the same with others.
Thank you for forgiving and forgetting my sins even when I struggle to forgive others.
Thank you for loving me when I was unlovable and unreasonable.
Thank you for seeing me through 3 C-sections in 6 years, I do not take that for granted.
Thank you for giving me a free will even though I sometimes use it wrongly.
I am grateful for all you have done and I am already jumping for joy for what you are about to do next.
Lord, you have been too good to me and our family. Thank You, Lord, for everything.
Day 23 – Thankful For Our Troops
I am thankful for our troops, stationed around the world. As an Emigrant I am especially thankful for our troops; the families and homes they’ve left behind to protect our freedom.
Today, I join so many in praying for the safe return of our troops to their families. I pray that God will keep their marriages and families intact. That God will heal all emotional and physical wounds they carry.
I’m praying for the safe return of our troops to their families. I pray that God will keep their marriages and families intact. That God will heal all emotional and physical wounds they may have.
Today, I salute our troops for paying a great price to protect our lives.
There are many ways we can show our support for our troops. Here’s one: http://www.military.com/
Day 29 – Thankful for completing this list
Phew! I am so thankful that I finally completed this list. As much as I have enjoyed the process, it’s been quite daunting, to say the least. What was I thinking? I wasn’t, duh! Doing this challenge made me that I have so much more to be thankful for.
Easily we might discount our blessings if we don’t take the time to count them, how would we know? For that alone, I’m thankful for this exercise. Next time a list would suffice, that way I won’t have to leave anything OR anyone out.
I have many reasons to be thankful to the Lord. I have no reason to complain, The Lord has been good to me and our family. And the church says AMEN!
Day 28 – Thankful For My Wigs
What? What? Wig? Did you say wigs? Yes! LOL.
On a lighter note, I am thankful for my wigs. In the last one year, I have gone natural. Afro natural, as in I chopped off my permed hair.
The path to going natural has taken me to wig wearing. My hair is growing pretty good but with natural hair, you have to be proactive. If I don’t twist my hair the night before, I can’t even show my face to the public the next day! My hair is as kinky as can be; full, thick and growing fast. My hair and I have become too close for comfort and the only way to put distance between us is to wear a wig.
Wearing a wig comes with holy fear and trepidation. My son Joshua has a strong grip on him, he would love nothing better than to yank my wig off. So I wear it at my own risk, I say special prayers on Sunday so that he won’t yank it off in the middle of the church service!
I am not a fan of wigs, but I don’t have much choice when I am having a bad hair day. My nerves have been paying big time for wearing them so I am giving it a break for now. Still, I am thankful for them on days I need to dash out of the house quickly.
Day 27 ~ The Bible
I am thankful for the Bible: When all else fails to inspire me, I can always rely on the Bible for that timely Word. Nothing can be compared to the Word of God.
I am an avid reader, I enjoy reading religion and spirituality books that help me in my walk with God. I don’t read women’s magazines, fiction or romance, just a personal preference. No matter how great a book is, I have found that nothing can be compared to the Bible. When all else fails to inspire me, I can always rely on the Bible for that timely Word.
The book of Psalms and Proverbs are my favorite books. Anyone can read these 2 books and immediately gain knowledge, wisdom, and encouragement.
God’s language is the Word of God and when He speaks to you He talks to you out of the scriptures you have read. If you don’t take the time to read it then how can He talk to you?
I have found that the scriptures I know are the ones that are working for me. I am thankful for the Bible, the inspired Word of God revealed through the Holy Spirit.
I am thankful for the Word that never fails to inspire me: My personal manual to live a godly life. It’s the engrafted Word that is able to save my soul (James 1:21)
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”Psalm 119:105
Day 26 ~ Thankful for Social Media – I am super-duper thankful for social media. I use Google as my only search engine (sorry Bing). I simply don’t remember life before Google. How did I survive without searching for recipes, homemade cleaning solutions, and directions? Google is my ‘go to’ for everything, it’s ridiculous!
Twitter – I love Twitter for quotes and discovering new blogs. I tend to save my favorite quotes on Twitter for later use in my post.
I have met the most amazing people online, and some of them have become great friends in real-life!
Thank God for YouTube! Who needs cookbooks? And since I don’t have Cable TV, YouTube is another free alternative.
What about Facebook and Instagram? Ok, too many to list! Thanks for connecting with me on various platforms. See you online.
Day 25 ~ Thankful For Our Life Group
Adey and I lead a monthly Life group meeting (first Monday of every month). Initially, when we were asked to lead the group, I had some hesitation. I wasn’t sure if I was up to the task. Well, it’s been over a year and I have come to appreciate our group and what a blessing it has been to us. God has sent us the most amazing people who are just hungry for more of Him and truly desire to grow in the Lord.
What Are Life Groups?
Life Groups are small groups of people (within our church) who meet regularly in order to study the Bible, connect with others and challenge each other to be more like Jesus. It’s a great way to meet new friends, grow in your relationship with God and make a difference. Everyone is welcome.
Day 24 ~ Thankful for the United States Of America
I am thankful for America and especially thankful that my daughter now knows how to sing the “God Bless America” song and is driving me crazy by singing it non-stop!
As we tuck into our Thanksgiving meal (No Turkey this year), it’s easy to take the freedom we enjoy for granted.
Our country is not perfect and no country is. We are a strong nation and our roots run deep. Our foundation is strong and firmly in God. We are proud and at our core we are united. We are the most generous nation on the planet. For that alone God will continually bless the United States of America.
I am thankful to be an American, the freedom to worship God without fear and threat of death.
Freedom to vote without intimidation and violence. Freedom of expression without repercussions.
What I am most grateful for is that we can raise our children in peace and they have a hope of a better future.
Day 16 ~ Thankful For My Family
My family members are all over the world. We don’t all get to see each other or even stay connected as much as we’d like to. Still blood is thicker than water and I carry you all in my heart. Every year I tell myself that I will do better at communication, but who am I kidding, right?
I am thankful for the Quarrels/Peace, Forgiveness/Rebuke, Misunderstanding/Fairness, Praise/Lambast, Silent treatment/Acceptance, Sarcasm/Kindness, Love/Dislike, Patience/Intolerant, Loyal/Undependable, Reconciliation/Denial, Support/Opposition, Compassion/Harshness.
Today, I get to thank God for my amazing husband, Adey. Thanksgiving is extra special for us since I met my future husband for the first time on Thanksgiving Day 2004.
It wasn’t love at first sight, he was late for Thanksgiving lunch and I wasn’t impressed at all. I must have gotten over that as we celebrated our 6th-anniversary last month. Lol!
Adey, no words can convey my heartfelt gratitude for you. You are my best friend and the dude that rocks my world.
~ “You are the voice that can always speak to my spirit, not just my head” ~
Today, I am thankful for Joshua – the courageous one. Through you I have learned how to wait on God and to trust His timing.
We sought, we prayed and God blessed us with you. Joshua, I counted the months till I could hold you in my hands.
Joshua – You were conceived after 2 miscarriages. The miscarriages didn’t make sense and the doctors didn’t have any reason for them.
Today, I am thankful for David, my firstborn son. You are my pride and joy! You keep me humble and to never let a day go by without worshipping God.
I couldn’t wait to be pregnant again and your pregnancy was so easy. Mama was looking good and rocking that bump!
You are my proof that God is faithful to keep His Word.
I sometimes complain about how busy you guys keep me, and how crazy you all drive me, but I wouldn’t change anything for the world!
Today, I am thankful for my daughter Faith. You are my first miracle child. You are my pride and joy. You keep me grounded, focused and super busy!
I am thankful to God for blessing us with you and making me a joyful mother.
I would lay my life down for you; you are loved, wanted and adored.
You are not here by accident but you were birthed through prayer. You are my proof that God is merciful, compassionate and that He loves me.
Faith, at 9 months you were still in breech position and the doctor’s attempt to turn you over failed. I had to be operated on; some said having a C-Section would be painful and scary. I guess I didn’t have time to think about it.