The last Thursday of every month is Thankful Thursday around here. We all have something to be thankful for, no matter what’s going on in our lives. Being alive on this beautiful earth, for example, is a gift. As usual I’ll focus on the notable things that happened this month, but I’m thankful for the small things too—God is good! On to the list!
- This month started off with my mom’s birthday and I’m thankful we got to celebrate another year of her life. Giving thanks to God for her life and health will never get old! She’s supportive, loving, giving, and a blessing to our family. Last year we threw a big party for her; this year was more low-key and I think it was the only time in my life that I didn’t see her on her birthday (she was out of town)!
- Speaking of being out of town, I’m thankful for the health and protection of my parents during their trip to the States to celebrate my mom’s birthday. From plane rides to taxis, shuttle buses, and even just walking around, God was with them. I don’t take that for granted at all, not in this world where people are being killed by trigger-happy cops.
- I don’t think I’ve appreciated air conditioning as much as I have this week: the weather has been over 40 degrees Celsius, making it hard to stay outside for longer than 10-15 minutes. Give me temperatures in the 20-25 degree Celsius range and I’m happy, but I know I’ll be wishing for 30-degree weather six months from now! With an air conditioned bus to work, icy-cold air conditioning at work, and central air at home, I’m thankful!
- Two days ago I sent my family an email with the following subject line: Phone is dead. The rest of the email read:
My phone is completely messed up. I’ll be going to the Apple store after work to see if there’s anything they can do.
If you need to reach me by phone please call XXX-XXX-XXXX ext. XXX. Otherwise you can email me.
I was worked up: I hadn’t dropped the phone or anything, yet my screen had suddenly shown what is commonly referred to as the “white screen of death”, and the thought of paying to replace my phone 6-12 months sooner than I’d planned made me cranky. I’m addicted to my phone so not being able to use it was frustrating #firstworldproblems. The solutions that I’d found online didn’t work, so I’d planned to take my phone to the pros after work. Before leaving work I searched again, found something I’d tried earlier without success, tried it again, and it worked! Phew—disaster averted. I’m so thankful for that!
(Even though I didn’t want to spend money on a new phone right now, part of me was disappointed that my phone was ok because when it looked like I’d have no choice but to get a new phone, I’d started daydreaming about my new phone which would have four times the storage capacity I currently have and a much bigger screen, but it’s better this way—right? Someone reassure me!)
- As I mentioned last week, I joined Periscope and it’s intimidating! Live video streaming + my scruffy hair don’t go together, but that’s what you get when you watch my scopes. Check out any scope by a Black woman and you’ll see wigs, weaves, and braids that are on point, makeup and eyebrows on fleek, you know how it is. I gotta do me and I decided not to get intimidated by others who may look more posh than I do. To be honest I’m out of my comfort zone and it would be easy to stop, but I’m pushing forward and I’m thankful for the words of encouragement I’ve received so far.
My tentative scoping schedule is daily (Monday to Friday), around 10:00pm EST (3:00am Nigeria Time) but don’t worry—if you miss a scope you can catch the replay for the next 24 hours. I’m still a “learner” as they say, but I’ll improve as I go along. Want to join the fun? Install the Periscope app on your Android phone or iPhone, search for goodnaijagirl, and let’s connect! You don’t have to go on camera if you don’t want to—you can just watch!
- I’m thankful for improved business clarity! I’m a wantrepreneur (I want to be an entrepreneur) and I’m inching closer to figuring out what I can offer. The best advice about finding your passion that I’ve finally taken to heart is to stop overthinking everything and just try something. Very soon I’m going to start offering editing services—if you’d like someone to edit your writing, I’m your woman and you should definitely hire me.
- I’m thankful for the small improvements I’ve made to declutter my home—it’s slow but rewarding work.
What are you thankful for this month?