Happy New Year! Whew, what a year! 2019 here we go! I hope you had a lovely 2018, I hope you achieved some goals and I really hope you set some new and exciting ones for 2019. I’m super pumped and ready for this year. I’m even more excited to see what My God has in store for me. 2018 was another year of personal, social and professional growth, from exploring my personal tastes and preferences to acquiring new skills and stepping out of my comfort zone.

Some of us may have lost families, very close friends, jobs and opportunities but as we walk with our heads held high into 2019 think of it has a new beginning, a new chapter and a new door opened. Let us welcome this year with gratitude and high expectations.

 

1 Year Baptism

I’m always up for a walk down memory lane. Remembering when I gave my heart to Jesus brings me such joy and peace. 2017 was and still is my year of awakening. I got baptized January 2017 and I’m still in awe of how amazing My King is. I’m humbled that God called me when he did…Oh, thank you, Jesus. So…I’ve chosen to kick start my year remembering how Jesus called me to His arms. My first year as a Christian has been absolutely amazing. I’ve learned so much and even though my walk is still fairly new, my prayer family has been an amazing help in cultivating my relationship with God.

I got accepted into Grad School: “Class of 2020

Little did I know that a plan that started in late November of 2017 would end up being a reality 4 months after. Yea, that’s right. 4 months. I navigated the application process, writing “Statements of Interests”, emailing and calling student advisors, spending a ton on application fees and visa fees…ugh, the process was dreadful but it was all worth it in the end.

Moved to a new country: “Ooooh Canada”

Oh boy, I’ve literally had 5 maybe 6 people warn me about the dreaded winter days. Let me just say this, I love the experiences I’ve gained so far and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but there’s NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Mi love Jamaica an would tek a trip right now! It’s crazy here. The cold is no joke! I’ve walked on the wrong side of the road and have gotten yelled at by crazy drivers, I’ve had to walk in 20 minutes of high winds because I missed the bus for school and don’t get me started on how nearly impossible it is to walk in knee-high snow, ugh, it feels like walking in the sand back home except there are no coconut trees, and the temperature is -17 degree Celsius. Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little about the height of the snow. It’s about shin height, but still…” rolls eyes”.

Started my first internship: “Information Protection Service Consultant”

Before I started grad school I made a promise to myself that I’d go above and beyond, making sure I stay active and involved. Let’s face it, despite our best efforts, lack of motivation can keep us from working towards our goals and achieving the greatness we are capable of. So, I pushed myself—I stepped out of my comfort zone,  I did my research and landed an internship on my own. Proud is an understatement. “Zechariah 4:6: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” I love my job and I’m so ready to bring all I can to the table.

Successfully completed my first semester of Grad school: Thank you, Jesus.

My final exam was on the 13th of December. I was so relieved that the semester has ended. I must say, that I’ve seen tremendous changes in my approach to academia compared to my first semester in undergrad. I’ve approached grad school with a tireless and assiduous mindset, studying and reading 2-3 chapters ahead of the lecturer has also proven to be very effective. Try it and let me know what you think…haha! You won’t go back to not reading ahead of the class, trust me.

Still in awe of God

Always and forever! Nothing can compare to the faithfulness of my God. He never ceases to amaze me. His words say, Matthew 7:7, Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” My king, I come to you in no other name but through your son Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I’m so excited to see how close I’ll grow in you because that is most important to me. I thank you for choosing me and I’m humbled that you called me when you did. Thank you for another year. I seek nothing more than to live in your perfect will, take full and total control of my life because I cannot be trusted. I’m a total mess without you and so today and forever more take control of my heart, my mind and my flesh. I worship and adore your precious name. Amen. “Thank you, Jesus”.

My 2019 tip for you

Make a short and easy list of goals that are realistically achievable. It’ll help you become much more efficient. By setting goals that you can actually accomplish each day, rather than pushing yourself to get more done then ending up feeling unproductive, will build momentum for your motivation.

Here’s to a simply beautiful 2019. “Clink glasses”. 

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