Happy New Year! Recalling the Most Memorable Events in 2017 {+ Shout-outs!}

Happy new year, guys! Welcome to 2018. At first, I almost couldn’t believe it. It felt as though 2017 went by too fast, but in those few days before the year ended, 2018 suddenly became so real. I don’t think I have ever been prepared for a year as I am for this one.

In my heart and in my mind and in my bones, I know that this year is going to be a great one. I can feel it down to my very core. {You know that moment when your heart is so full, you just feel like jumping and running and screaming at the same time? That’s exactly how I feel as I’m writing this. And it’s not because of anything but for the assurances that God has given me ahead of 2018.}

So the first thing I’m going to tell you today is to dive into this. Whatever word of promise God has given you for 2018, hold on to it and run with it through this year. It will happen.

That said.

I told you on Instagram (if you follow me nìyén o) that I was going to do a blog post on 2017. Guys, last year for me was intense. It started with so much energy but then at some point the energy just went down, like whooooooosh! and I began to feel very tired. At some other point, it would go back up again and then go down. It felt like I was on some sort of emotional spiral (no thanks to some of the things I’m going to be sharing with you in today’s post) but through it all, I pulled through. All thanks to God.

The events that make 2017 memorable cannot even fit into one post but today I’m going to be sharing with you a few. I figured this is a good attempt at counting our blessings and maintaining a deep heart of gratitude to God into the New Year. So, in no particular order, here is a quick run through some of the events that made 2017 remarkable for me.

NYSC Posting, Road Trip to Bauchi & Redeployment:

The story of my NYSC posting and redeployment was completely a story of Grace. Since I already gave you the gist of how I was posted to Bauchi when I really wanted Lagos, how I took the longest road trip of my life (it lasted 22 hours) and how I miraculously got redeployed to Lagos, I’m not going to share it again here.

Looking back, I’m immensely grateful to God for the safety of my trip, for the exposure that it granted me, the experience (and new friends) and of course, I’m also grateful to everyone who helped work my redeployment out.

The Toll Gate Stampede

This experience wasn’t even funny guys. It left me traumatized for days after it happened.

The gist in short is this. I was coming back one night from work and had just arrived at the bus stop where I would take a bike home. This place is called Toll Gate. Being a Friday, I knew my mum was going to cook moin-moin,  so I decided to buy myself rice instead.

Now, if you know toll gate very well (the one between Lagos and Ogun), then you’d know that place is notable for accidents – especially of trucks losing their brakes and crashing into people.

Anyway, I was still at the rice seller’s, when suddenly I looked up and saw everybody running towards my direction. Immediately, I thought ‘Oh God, another trailer has lost its brakes o’, so without thinking, I turned around and started running as well. You guys should have seen the way people were jamming into people, turning over goods and bikes. The whole place was in chaos. At some point, someone pushed me and I landed on my knees. Before I could say ‘Jack’, another person was pulling at my hair and dragging me on the floor. I have never felt that kind of fear before. I honestly thought that person was going to remove my head! (that was if I didn’t get trampled in first)

By the time the whole thing died down (of which we discovered that nothing was pursuing us by the way), my knees were badly bruised. Thankfully, I didn’t lose anything and I still had the strength to go back to buy that rice.

Could have been a different story guys. So looking back, I’m thankful for my life.

Starting The Lady Blooming

Another event I can never forget in 2017 was starting the Lady Blooming. Boy, was I scared! I told just a few people about it and didn’t even publicize it on social media. Still, we started in February and that fellowship has grown into an amazing community I will forever be grateful for.

Blogging!

Oh blogging! Just had to put an exclamation on this one. This blog was a big part of my 2017. Every single moment of writing and seeing results was a significant landmark for me, although some things did stand out more than the others. Like when the blog crashed earlier in the year. Oh God. My developer friend already told me it’s been hacked and since I had no backup for my files, all my work was gone. I cried ehn. Let’s just say that experience taught me to always backup my files and update my website, themes and plugins.

Another significant event on my blog was redesigning my website and getting my logo. I wanted this before 2018 and I got it. Big shout out to everyone who worked on these for me. Also, big thank you to everyone who read and supported the growth of my blog in 2017. I love you guys.

spot the differences? – in descending order: 2015, 2016/2017, 2018.

Speaking Opportunities

Through my blog, I also got the opportunity to speak at some events in 2017 – like the Voice to the Teenage Girl pioneer event in Ilupeju and the Leadership Edge seminar held for teens in Owode, Ogun state.

This was sort of a big deal for me because one, I never h’esperreit and two, I can be a runner sometimes, especially when it comes to taking up assignments beyond my comfort zone. 2017 really stretched into doing things I wouldn’t normally do. The best part was realizing that I could actually do these things. In fact, I could actually do these things well. I just needed to step over that initial fear and for the boldness to do that, I’m grateful.

2 Years Anniversary with Him

*coughs. Yeah yeah, I celebrated two years with my best guy last year. Was 2017 all smooth and easy for us? No, it wasn’t. Even though we were both in the same place, the year came with its own hurdles but I’m immensely grateful for the wisdom and strength to scale through.

Living 21

Anybody who knows me knows that I do not take ageing too well. For me, it’s like I should just stay 19 forever (laì se vampire, nítorí Óloùn), but I learned in 2017 that growing is an indispensable part of living. I also learned the importance of being present and living in the moment cos once 21 is gone, it’s never going to come back.

Now, I’m 22, with absolutely no regrets whatsoever. I am a better woman than where I was coming from and by God’s grace, I’m going to live this year as a Queen 👑, with His word of assurance going before me to prepare the grounds.

Dealing with Losses

Haa, in 2017, people died. People that I knew. People whose deaths we didn’t even see coming and it was painnnful. Still is, but the hope is that they are in a much better place, with the One who loves them far more than we ever could.

Healing, Health & Wholeness

Another thing I am grateful for is healing. In 2017, I fell sick more often than I have ever been in any year. Same with most members of my household. My younger brother was even admitted for days because typhoid. I’m so grateful for healing and for the complete wholeness that God replaced the sickness with.

Relationships

I made new friends in 2017. Even got closer to some old ones. Could call names but I won’t. I don’t want to leave any one out. Thank you everyone of you for making my year worth it. I love you.

Home Make-Over

Believe me guys, 2017 for me will always be remembered as the year my dad decided to give our house a facelift by getting new furniture. The gesture was completely surprising to us, but it made the family very, very happy.

The Lady Blooming Hangout

This one thing I can scream my head out for, cos how it came about, was completely a story of favour and Grace. Might not have happened if not for the amazing relationships that God had placed in my life at the time. Big thank you to Orejesu Ajayi and her family. Thank you everyone who contributed and supported in one way or the other and thank you to everyone who came. 2018 is going to be a greater year for us. Amen.

I want to continue guys. I want to tell you about how grateful I am for my job at Insidify and the opportunities for growth that it’s offered me. I want to tell you about all the lessons the Holy Spirit taught me in 2017. I want to tell you of how grateful I am for the privilege to make an impact in people’s lives last year but I have to stop here.

I’m giving my shout out to every single one of you. Thank you for making my 2017 worth it. 😊

Till later guys. What are you grateful for in the year 2017? Share it with me in the comments. Plus, is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to? Put their names in there as well.

With love 💛,

Tirzah.

pS: Guys, let’s support each other this year. Please help share my articles. I’m looking forward to growing the blog this year and your social media platforms will be a huge help. Please don’t overlook this. Thank you!

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