It’s only been a day and a half into the new month but your girl here is ready to wrap things up. I feel like I have lived out 2017 already and want to hop into the new year. So desperately as Arsenal wanting to win a title. As much I am an advocate for living in the moment, there are a few lessons that I feel have been quite valuable this year.
1.Learn when to say NO
People tend to take advantage only when you let them. You don’t have to be OK with everything. Speak out and speak loud. No is just a two-lettered word. How hard can it be?
2. Know your worth
God made you into a beautiful and wonderful being and He expects no less from you. Stop over-compromising for people who don’t deserve it. Do not lower your expectations to fit someone’s needs. There is quite a fine line between compromise and being taken for granted.
3. Do random things
There’s no greater joy than making positive change from your daily routine. Go for that hike, visit that orphanage, gatecrash a party, say hello to a stranger, dance the night out with your friends, scream at the top of your voice.
4. Not everyone on your team is your cheerleader
As you grow older, it will be harder for you to find genuine friends. Not everyone has your best interests at heart. Learn to separate grain from the chaff.
5. Spread Love, but be selfish with your heart.
Ever heard the saying love with your mind and not with your heart? Spread your love out to people who need it and guard your heart against those who want to rip it off your chest :p
6. Tell your parents you love them. (Before it’s too late)
Stop reading. Pick up your phone, ring your parent(s) and tell them that you love them. If you are blessed to have both parents alive make it a habit to show them affection every now and then. They will not be with us forever.
7. Take Care of yourself
Honestly, go pamper yourself because you deserve it. Take a day off and relax. Sleep in one morning, get a facial, trim your nails, scrub your feet, visit a dentist, eat a balanced diet, have a healthy routine.
8. Learn a new skill set
With the ever-changing world trends, it’s very important to be multi-skilled. Your papers alone will not get you anywhere. Take advantage of the multitude of resources we have at our disposal. Make hay while the sun shines. Have fun while at it too.
9. Show Gratitude
I have ever met one person who says thank you for almost everything. Appreciate the small things around you. Say thank you to every little deed, even to people who are mean to you. Kill them with kindness. It never hurt nobody to show gratitude even in our worst moments.
10. Moisturize your hair often
I’m not even joking with this one. Most of you complain to me that your hair is not growing, that it’s genetic, and all that s**t. Honey, that hair won’t get past ear length because it’s thirsty! The grass is greener where you water it.
11. Be proud of your achievements
I can never over-emphasize on this. There will ALWAYS be someone better than you. Take your little strides and give yourself credit for whatever little you achieve. Pat yourself on the back for knowing you were better than yesterday. Learn from those ahead of you but be your own competition. You are unique.
12. Put God at the center of everything
It’s almost the end of the year and what a journey it has been! You probably have seen the best and worst moments this year. Experienced many ups and downs. You are still alive. Still living, still breathing. All thanks to Him. Get down on your knees and praise Him each day. Call unto Him. Let God take the wheel. Let Him guide you.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”
Lots of Love,