On a New Year

Happy New Year! Yes I’m a day late but the good news is it’s still the new year! In fact, I think it’s acceptable to call it the new year for at least the rest of this month.

So, new years bring with them reflections and lots of goal setting. I have lots of goals (carried over from previous years because I am so bad at accomplishing them). Really, it’s just shameful the way I say “I will do this” or “I will do that” and then the deadline comes and goes and I haven’t done this or that. Every year I say it’ll be different but it never is. I need a personal trainer for goal setting (and keeping!), not to mention weight loss.

2009 is going to be big for GNG (the blog and the girl) because I intend to really grab my life by the horns and think about an overall PLAN for both my life and the blog and work towards them (may these not be empty words…Amen!). When I started this blog (I’m a blogaholic who has been blogging since 2002), it was because I wanted a separate place to write about being Nigerian and Canadian and having these two parts of me that were kind of disconnected yet also sort of related and blah blah blah. I had planned to keep my other blog as a place for “everything but my Nigerian/North American identity crisis” but as you can imagine, I’m one person who is made up of all these different parts so there will be some overlap and the two cannot be completely separate. I will have to figure out how to handle that between my two blogs.

Anyways, that’s just to give you a hint of what is to come. I hope you’ll be part of the journey and we’ll all end the year feeling great about how far we’ve come.

I mentioned that new years bring reflection, right? Well here’s a little quiz I found that I answered.

1. Where did you begin 2008?
At a friend’s house, with a couple of other friends. I forced them to turn on the television so we could count down to the new year, and we welcomed the New Year the American way.

2. What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Single…sort of a Valentine’s Day tradition.

3. Were you in school (anytime this year)?

4. Did you have to go to the hospital?
No, praise the Lord.

5. Did you have any encounters with the police?
Not that I recall…

6. Where did you go on vacation?

7. What did you purchase that was over $500?
Well, if a mortgage counts…also a digital camera and a laptop.

8. Did you know anybody who got married?
My darling cousin, Biola, in Nigeria, and a friend Allison in Canada.

9. Did you know anybody who passed away?
Yes, sadly.

10. Did you move anywhere?
No I didn’t, though I was tempted to move to the UK so I could be roughly halfway between Nigeria and Canada, the two countries I love.

11. What sporting events did you attend?
None. I’m not exactly a sports fan.

12. What concerts/shows did you go to?
Hmm, I don’t think I saw any.

13. Where do you live now?
In the capital of Canada, with my parents and my three siblings.

14. What’s the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2008?
Complete a 5K.

15. What has/have been your favorite moment(s)?
Visiting Nigeria again.

16. What’s something you learned about yourself?
That I’m scared of failing…ok, this is something I already knew about myself.

17. Any new additions to your family?
Well…I don’t think so!

18. What was your best month?
No month really stands out…that may mean they were all the best!

19. What music will you remember 2008 by?
Anything by 9ice.

20. Made new friends?
Yes. I actually met her through this blog and we’re now “in person” friends.

21. Favorite Night[s] out?
The last day of the year, New Year’s eve, for sure! I got my hair done, got the cutest dress and just had a great time with my sister and some of my friends.

22. Any regrets?
Of course. One that comes instantly to mind is I wish I had done more to get my body in shape.

23. What do you want to change in 2009?
My body shape, my fear of taking risks, my single status :)

24. Overall, how would you rate this year on a scale of 1-10?
Gosh, that’s hard. I would tend to rate the year high because I’m still alive and honestly, as long as I’m alive I won’t have any big complaints.

25. What would you change about 2008?
Hmm…at the risk of sounding like a broken record, some love would have been dandy!

26. Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?

27. Have any life changes in 2008?
I don’t think so. There were moments that triggered many emotions while I was in Nigeria though.

28. Change your hairstyle?
Yeah! I rocked braids again after 12 years of relaxing my hair! They were getting ratty looking though and I was determined not to ring in the new year with them so I’m back to (short) relaxed tresses.

29. Get a new job?

30. Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

31. Did anything embarrassing?
Not really…unless someone wants to remind me :)

32. Buy anything new from eBay?

33. What was/were your favorite purchase[s]?
My digital camera and my laptop.

34. Get married or divorced?

35. Get arrested?

36. Be honest – did you watch American Idol?
I’m sure I saw part of an episode or two.

37. Did you get sick this year?
Nothing serious, thank God.

38. Start a new hobby?
Not really…though I wanted to.

39. Been snowboarding?

40. Are you happy to see 2008 go?
Yes and no. Yes because it’s great that life keeps going but no because it means another year is gone…already! Time is moving too bloody fast!

41. Drank Starbucks in 2008?
Sure. I actually went through a phase where I was buying their Mint Mocha Chip Frappucino a few times a week…so delicious yet sooo not worth the cost!

42. What are you wishing for in 2009?
Good health for everyone and love for those of us who are still searching!

13 thoughts on “On a New Year

  1. I so hope I'm first…. Cos I've been in fine "first" from this year… Great 2008 you had obviously.. except for the nagginng "love" issues.. which i guess we all have… duh…

    I hope the personla trainer thingy works too.. Guess from all my years of building plans Ive learned that making the plans actually feels good.. Pushing thru on them is where the rubber hits the road as they say… And no personal trainer can make u do anything.. They'll only try to motivate you to do something.. Happy new year anyways….

  2. You sure have every reason to thank God, if only for the gift of life. It's good to know that even though you ain't staying in Naija, your heart is still there. Happy New Year.

  3. Happy New Year GNG! Sounds like you had a nice year in 2008 and you grew in many ways. I wish you a very fulfilling 2009, may your dearest wishes come true!

    As for procrastinating on goals, you are not alone there. I too have several goals carried over from 2007 and 2008, but I am not going to beat myself up about them. I'll just knuckle down and get cracking on them again.

    Have a very blessed year girl :)

  4. I think you matured a lot in 2008. What a fabulous year you had and a great blogger you are. you weren't sick, that's good news. Don't worry, the soul mate thingy will come this year 2009 when you least expect. Hope you are doing great today.

  5. lol @ afrobabe…

    sweetie…u had a wonderful 2008! don't think i would be able to say all that…

    highlight for me….i think u already know what it was…lol…sad huh?

    I've got to go plan this year vely vely wellzz…

  6. Happy new year babe…wishing you the best year evey!

    Truth is we all have goals we carry over to the next year, but i guess that's what makes us human…

    May 2009 bring you lasting love and make you closer to being the person you want to be

    What's a 5k?

  7. @Danny Bagucci

    You're totally first!

    Ah, such a good point…at the end of the road if you aren't committed, nothing of value is going to happen.

    @Adedayo Adeniyi

    I sure do have reason to thank God and I do. My heart is definitely in Nigeria, even more so than before. Happy New Year!

    @Favoured Girl

    Happy New Year to you! Thank you for wishes for me for the new year…I am optimistic about this year and love that anything can happen!

    I have a feeling you'll overcome your procrastination; let's hope we both do!


    Sorry, I meant a 5km run/walk.


    I did have a great year and I'm so thankful that I wasn't sick too.

    I find writing about love searching so cathartic: the moment I finish writing I feel a sense of peace…until the feelings of missing out hit again!

    I wish you all the best in 2009.


    Happy New Year, Vixen ;)


    Happy New Year, darling! lol I was talking about not knowing if there were any additions to the extended family!


    I do know what your highlight was and I don't think it's sad at all! One day that will be the highlight of MY year ;)

    I hope you'll include us in your journey to accomplishing all your goals this year.


    Happy New Year, lady! Thanks for the good wishes for this year…it's going to be a great for us all…I can feel it!

    A 5k is a 5km walk or run.

  8. Happy New Year, Miss Definitely Maybe!

    I have to agree with you that time goes by far too quickly. I am determined to make 2009 count.

  9. Happy New Year! My highlight (so far) is finishing my film! Well…. just wrapped shooting this MONDAY! Wish you were in the US so I could invite you to the screening once its officially done. It looks really great too!

    2009 is GNG's year to find her perfect GNM!! And he probably won't want you to lose any of your curves! ;)

    Also goals are always in process. I don't think a year is normally realistic to fulfill all the grandiose aims we proclaim at the beginning of the year.


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