I cannot believe that the month of November is lurking around the corner. I went shopping the other day, and I noticed that Christmas items are already up for sale. This led me to ask myself, ‘Where did the time go?’
No really, it feels like we have skipped a few months of this year.
It feels like it was just yesterday I was manifesting 2017 to be my year of growth, prosperity, and progression. You see, 2016 was not a good year for me. Almost nothing went right. I was certain that it could not get any worse than it was. When I say I walked into this year with a lot of hope for the future, I mean it!
As hopeful as I was, there was no way I could have predicted the blessings to come from this year. Sure, it did not go without a few bad moments. But I am grateful for the good and the bad. Here is what I am most grateful for:
I am grateful for the transition and shift
It has been my year of transitioning into a healthier physical and mental space. First, I have gone from feeling compelled to straighten my hair on a regular basis to not using heat at all. I have gone from loathing my kinks and curls to writing odes about the beauty that is my hair. I have gone from not having a single clue on what to do with my mane to telling myself, ‘I got this’.
I am grateful for learning to let go
This year I have seen myself learn the ‘oh so hard’ life lesson of letting go. As much as I have had to learn to let go of my dead, split ends by trimming them off. I have also had to learn to do the same in my personal life. I let go of my job of five years. I let go of my bad habits. And most importantly, I let go of any and all toxic connections.
I am grateful for a sense of community
This year I managed to go to my first afro-textured hair event, Good Hair Day Finland. It was phenomenal. I am not going to lie. It was intimidating at first. But I am glad I attended. I met like-minded women who are killing it in their field of expertise. Be it in their businesses, social ventures, and more!
I am grateful for the growth and immense opportunities
Over the course of this year, I have seen myself grow as a writer and poet. It is all because of the array of opportunities I have been offered. Funnily enough, it has been because of my hair. In January I had one of my feature articles about afro-textured hair published on Face2Face Africa. To my shock, it went viral. On top of that, I landed my first brand collaboration with ARIDEONNE and I have gotten the chance to interview big names in the Natural Hair world, CEOs included. Finally, I am now a contributor on two platforms that aim to highlight and normalize afro-textured hair in mainstream media.