We made it to 2014—all glory for that belongs to God! I hope you had a good Christmas and you rang in 2014 the way you wanted to. If you didn’t, no problem, you still have the rest of the year to make into what you want it to be.
I have a standing weekly date with four friends (2 married couples), and we usually spend New Year’s Eve (NYE) together, but lately I’ve been wanting to be more intentional about how I enter the New Year because a strong, inspired start can’t ever hurt, and I crave activities that are about reflecting on the past year and planning for the upcoming year by setting goals, making plans, and dreaming big for the future, which isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea. Last year, I left my friends a couple of hours before midnight to attend my first crossover service at a small RCCG church. The experience was okay, but not what I was looking for, so this year I decided to spend NYE at home, reflecting, goal-setting, and praying…well that was the plan, but then I decided to hang out with my parents and sister because I hadn’t spent NYE with them in a several years. While at my parents’ house, I saw on Twitter that Bishop TD Jakes was hosting an event that would be live-streamed at 10:00, so that became my new plan. I hooked up my laptop to the tv and guess what? The event must have been held at 10:00am and maybe was being repeated through the day because by 10:20pm, there was nothing more to watch. I was so disappointed!
We had time for family prayer before ringing in 2014 with champagne (actually yummy for a change). I’ve yet to take stock of 2013 and make goals for this year, though, because I slept over at my parents’ house and one thing you need to know about my parents is they’re not good at lounging around. My dad is always spearheading little jobs to improve the state of the house, and in this case it was setting up some new bedroom furniture. My mom wasn’t very demanding, but watching her run around cooking and baking for various people raises my blood pressure. She’s allergic to rest and it frustrates me.
But enough about that, one thing I managed to do on the last day of last year is send out the first ever Good Naija Girl newsletter! It was a review of 2013 and I think you’ll enjoy it. If you’d like to receive the Good Naija Girl 2013 review and other upcoming newsletters, please sign up on the top right of this page by providing your name and email address.
Remember how I was talking about increasing the sense of community? I mention in the newsletter that I’m planning something to hopefully encourage us to share with one another and what I’d like you to do in preparation is think of one or two things that you do well—are you a closet marriage counsellor? Web developer? SEO master? Knitting queen?