Hope y’all are doing great….I’m not doing too bad myself. Dubai is turning out to be a retreat of sorts. My time away from the circus that is my life (which I love by the way, I can’t even complain) to meditate on what’s been accomplished so far, figure out what’s still out there to do and most importantly, spend quality time with God. I must admit I’ve been slacking over the past week in this area; there’s something about living in comfort that can make us relax in areas where we need to be the most alert and energetic. When I’m home and I have to be up at 5.30 in the morning, I’m more faithful in spending quality time with God in the morning that I am here where I don’t have to be up till 7, there’s no traffic and I can get to work in 10 mins. Boggles the mind really.
Anyways I was thinking of what to write about and I had a couple of ideas but the one that stayed with me was a review of the year so far. Companies do H1 reviews of their performances so I figured I’d do one of mine and look out for those areas where I need to improve. Most importantly though, it’ll help me see those things that I ought to be grateful to God for. So here goes.
The year started for me in South Africa where I was the chief bridesmaid at my hunnie bunnie’s wedding. That is, hands down, the best wedding I have ever been to in my life. My wonderful friend has been such a lovely example of what a good, strong Christian woman (and now wife) should be and I am always encouraged by her as I watch her pursue Christ. I love you hunnie.
After South Africa, I was able to spend a couple of days with my brothers and cousins before I went back to work and they went back to school. It’s very easy to disregard the importance of family and take them for granted when they’re not around. It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that my parents won’t always be around and my siblings and we won’t always live together so I should enjoy them as much as I possibly can now.
The next significant event that comes to mind is my birthday. I know I’ve said this many times before but allow me reiterate……I LOVE MY BIRTHDAYS!!!! See, I have no problem being the center of love and attention *shrug* that’s just how God made me. One of the important things I took away from my birthday is that my network is increasing; I’m more confident than I have ever been and it frees me to connect with all sorts of people. It’s therefore very important that I make sure I am living for God each and everyday. Firstly because He is my strength and my source and secondly because the number of people watching me is increasing and I need to ensure by His grace that they can see Jesus through me.
My boyfriend became my boyfriend not too long after. Our story so far is one that has been full of interesting twists and turns. It’s a bit difficult to write about him here because I’m still trying to figure out what the exact boundaries are in terms of what I can share with you guys and what should remain between the two of us and my intimate friends. I will tell you this though, he is a wonderful guy and a gift from God. He calls me out on my crap (in love of course), has my back and encourages me to be a better person. I can honestly say (and this is very important) that he pushes me to God. That’s one major thing that gives me peace in our relationship.
Just before H1 2014 ran out, I attended my little brother’s graduation from university. I am super super proud of him mostly because he has surprisingly remained humble in the midst of all he has accomplished in his young life. He understands that all he has been given has not been a result of his own effort but a gift from a loving heavenly Father and that’s one of the things I love the most about him.
I finished up the first half of the year in Dubai. Now that’s a story that’s still being written. So far, it’s been a lovely trip. It saddens me a little because Dubai gives me a picture of what my nation could have been if the people in power had done the right thing. But it also gives me hope for what is achievable if my generation gets it right.
In the middle of all this activity, I had my CFA exams to study for which pretty much took up most of my free time and I wrote the exam the day after my brother’s graduation. I can’t lie, the exam was tough and I did not leave that exam hall feeling like I had smashed it. If I do, then it’s nothing short of the grace of God. The results are out in 19 days so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
It’s been a very interesting half year full of lessons to learn. I thank God that I confidently say that I have grown from the person I was at the start of the year. I thank God for the journey so far and I remain excited about what lies ahead for the rest of the year.
Peace and Love,