Hello It’s me. ( couldn’t resist. I’ve definitely been listening to too much Adele.)
The turning of the year is always a symbolic (yet illusory) landmark for anyone trying to accomplish ambitious goals. It’s a time to get brutally honest with yourself about where you have been; where you are now; and where you want to go.
A new year means new responsibilities and new opportunities.
For me, it’s a time to take a step back and assess what has happened in the past 12 months – good, bad and in-between.
January is always the month when we swear we’re going to get it together. We’re going to be so organized and productive, and everything in our life is just going to fall into place, right? Unfortunately, by a few weeks in, all of our good intentions seem to fall by the wayside, and we end up slipping back into old habits…………. As always I don’t have a New year Resolution for 2016!
However, I intend to be focused and more disciplined with my time this year. Naturally, I tend to be kind of an idea prostitute. I will be working on one project and right in the middle of it – another idea will just struck from outta the moon. Instead of focusing on the one at hand, I will like most creative addicts, start to wandered away, fantasizing and running another set of complicated analysis on an unplanned, out-of-the-blues idea.
Organizing thoughts in my head is always a major fight. A fight I hope to win this year. When a lot of the business you do is centered around content creation – your mind becomes a 24/7 overworked factory unable to stop from being busy. Maybe, it’s just in my genetic make up.
2015 year went by so fast. Now I have my gaze set on the future. I am glad to see 2015 in the rear-view mirror. I just want to savor a few more of the wonderful memories from last year! Welcoming a New Year comes with so many happy and not-so happy memories. For me, this is the perfect time to remember, embrace and enjoy the many experiences i had had over the past 12 months.
I started 2015 on a brilliant note as I got selected as one of 4 Nigerian Youth Delegate to the United Nations Headquarters at New York. Its was quite a thrilling and educative experience for me.
In May and just some few days before the inauguration of the new Lagos Governor, I rolled out InsideLagos, a news magazine that represents the true spirit of Lagos .It was such a tasking, exhausting job. Running after advertisers, shouting without stop at printers and howling at reporters all came as part of the deal. It was tough but I guessed I was a whole lot tougher .
The many editions that have graced the street of Lagos after the first publication represented my resilient, never-looking back attitude that serves me so well even when the going got rougher.Trust me, publishing doesn’t look like trading popcorn . It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s fulfilling but it’s also extremely exhausting.
My summer break in the United kingdom was quite relaxing, much more than the relaxation Stephen Akintayo sure “helped” made my summer break Educative – he hooked me up with the London Coaching Academy- the classes equipped me with new set of skills on top of my degree and experience. Thanks Stephen!
Yewande Badmus proved her culinary skills during my stay in London, by providing me home cooked meals- Thanks friend.
Daddy John made me feel like a lil girl once again-taking a break from his busy schedule to take me on a sightseeing round London-I sure love the family bond.
The BrandMe class I hosted in July was classy. The support of Verdant Zeal , Diamond Bank ,my friend Olaolu Ogundeji the Believe Buhari convener and Oladoyin Taiwo of Delatour Consulting made all the difference. The astounding support of staff, excellent cooperation of participants and the extraordinary enthusiasm of our partners, creative talents and volunteers took the entire project beyond the realm of average performance. I am happy it all worked out for us all !
In August I was priviledged to attend the live streaming at the US Consulate Lagos where the United States President, Barrack Obama delivered some remarks at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit. It was a good and remarkable gathering of brilliant young Nigerians.
To round up August I spoke on the twin-evil of sexual harassment and bribery on our campuses at UNILAG courtesy an invitation from the Dream Project Africa. It was one of those worthy causes I remained thankful for. Confronting the twin-evil gradually eaten-up our campuses and subjecting our young ones to needless stress is an effort appropriate.
In September, I was busy alongside my team raising hopes of the girl-child. Putting orphaned and highly marginalized girls in schools away from streets was yet another dream realized. For me, it was an incredible opportunity to not only do good to these girls whose dreams are threatened by crippling and abject poverty, the fact that I was able to “lure” the United Nation Information Center Lagos, Selfless Raquel Jacobs , Adenike fagbemi, Wunmi Ogunmefun and Oladoyin Taiwo was super supportive of this vision.
Thanks guys! your support in doing the good work remains the shinning point of this effort. Today, the beneficiaries are realizing their life-long dreams of attending school.
The Africa Young Entrepreneur project of Messrs Summy Francis and Olubunmi Oludare presented me an offer I pretty much could not refuse. I remained so glad that I was able contribute and work effectively with this fantastic team towards the end of 2015.
And still talking about contributions, I had a swell time when I learnt that my Street2School project had caught the attention of The Future Project Africa. Their including our girl-child project as one of the top 12 inspiring stories from the continent of Africa was a shot of gratitude fuelling my determination to do more in 2016. The video documentary at different Locations were energy sapping, I wish I can thank Oluyemi Seun enough for his unequalled help all through.
On entering Christmas I made the decision to give myself a time off from the thrall of work and daily grind of Lagos, where I live and work. an ultimate time to unwind and take my minds off the daily grind I had been entrenched in the whole year., put down my phone– (although I struggled a little at times) – and to enjoy a break from all things work/technology related.
Its been a long year. With the back to back activities leading to December 17th, I was sure it was time for the lazy me to take over.
I always think of New Year’s Eve as “amateur” night. While end-of-year traditions come in many shapes and sizes, celebrations around the world New York City provided the much needed rest I so much wanted.
While I had hoped to witness the 2016 New Year Ball drop at Grand Square, some unplanned visits to Baltimore / Washington and later Houston Texas caused the “church” girl (who traditionally pray her way to the new year)-to spend the first few minutes of 2016 struggling with my hand luggage at the Houston International Airport Its unlike what a typical MFM gal will do.
The taste of Texas was so sweet, with the Orukotan family, I have tons of laughs, took some selfies, and of course, I got some unplanned businesses to the booth!
Much more than that you have to see my incredible charming David, he has the most alluring smiles in the world, a smile that can melt the core of an iceberg you cannot help but be hypnotized by the radiance of his smile( Hey! This is not a romantic adulation) David is a 14months old son) to my friend Funke whose work ethic and ability to strive under pressure never ceases to amaze me. One of the many reasons I am so proud to call her my friend, Uncle Folarin thanks for allowing me finish up the Soda and Milk……. I had truck load of it!
……so much I want, then so much I have
While 2015 has been a very tremendous year, I sure did coped with some anxious moments like every other person. At some points, I struggled with despondency and anxiety. I overreached and almost got burnt. For the many of those moments when I got down for no known reason, I also reached for the reset button. It works, I hope it continue to work just fine even in 2016.
Suffering from these sorts of troubles doesn’t make us any less thankful for the tremendous opportunities that come our way.
I think that many of us, myself included, often forget to practice gratitude because it’s human nature to focus on striving for what we want (and don’t have) instead of admiring God for the load of blessings on our life. Over the past year, God has taught me so much about patience and diligence. Though 2015 hasn’t been a cake walk, God has truly shown me the reward that come from working hard, waiting on him quietly and trusting that he has a good plan.
I am excited for these next twelve months! I’m so convinced that as usual, it will be just another step towards reaching some of those several goals .
It’s a new year for a new and better me to reach yet another height.
Do have an Amazing 2016