It’s still hard to believe we’re already in November. 2018 is around the corner! I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to check of at least one or two things off the long list of things I wanted to accomplish this year. I’m sure most of you will agree with me that this year feels like it’s flown by. I can still remember the day I landed at the airport in Accra like it was yesterday. Except it’s been 9 months. Looking at the calendar and seeing that we only have about 6-ish weeks left in this year makes me reflective. A lot has happened in my life this year, most of it unexpected and not always pleasant. I’ve struggled with my sense of self-worth, I’m still adapting to my current circumstances and I’m learning to be okay with the unknown and to embrace vulnerability. I started blogging because I thought it would be a good creative outlet to share my story plus a good way for my friends to keep up with what is happening in my life. Some days the topics come easily and the words flow. Other days, I can’t seem to get inspired to write anything. I think part of that might be because I’m usually a jumble of emotions and I don’t want to use this space as a place to vent. I want to share my story, my ups and downs, what gets me through and I want to be able to connect with whoever reads my posts. After taking time to reflect on how this year has gone, I do realize that in the midst of the craziness, the disappointments, I still have a lot to be grateful for. And this fact was made even clearer earlier today. I was not in a very good mood and I reluctantly accompanied my mom to a family friend’s office and part way through our visit he started singing ‘Count Your Blessings’. It immediately brought a smile to my face because I was sulking, to be honest, and God having the sense of humour that I’m convinced He has, thought it wise to remind me of all the blessings that surround me even if my life isn’t exactly what I want it to look like. So here are a few examples of what I’m grateful for:
I’m grateful for my family – their support, encouragement and prayers and even though they drive me crazy sometimes, I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
I’m truly thankful for my friends (old and new) – I have been blessed to have so many friends who not only care about me but have supported me emotionally, financially, spiritually etc. They’ve put up with my moods and have allowed me to be myself. They respected my privacy and space when needed and they’ve also known when not to respect my privacy and space. And they care about my literary well-being as well. One of my friends offered to send me a couple of books to read. You have no idea how happy that made me.
My networks – both personal and professional seem to get bigger every day. There’s something particularly humbling about meeting someone in your field for the first time and having the person offering to help you achieve your goals without hesitation.
By being home, I’m able to help my mom out with a variety of things and I’ve also been able to help my best friend plan her wedding. And it’s going to be quite fabulous, if I do day so myself.
Oh, and another thing I’m grateful for is the fact that I sorta, kinda have a job. I think. Some details are still being ironed out but you guys will be the first to know once it’s confirmed.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done
– Johnson Oatman Jr.