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?
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!