Can you believe that today, March 7th, makes it one whole year since I left Nigeria and moved back to Hamrika?!?!?! Like where did the time go?!?!??! Okay, I won't lie. Time has felt very draggy at different times, but mehn, just like that one year has passed! I contemplated putting up a video to talk about the past year, but I'm opting to write things down instead. I think I'll share the year in Highlights, Lowlights, and Medium-lights :p
God's grace has followed me and been upon me. A little over a year ago, Cakes and I had our own little apartment with great neighbors and terrible management, but it was OUR own place. Since moving to Atlanta, we've been in my parents' house. I wasn't able to get the kind of job I would really like, and that would cover getting a place of our own. Since Cakes still goes back and forth, and with the Nigerian Naira being in a virtual free fall, it's been kinda tough financially. BUT GOD! As in, there hasn't been anything we needed that we couldn't pay for. God has been the most awesome provider in all things. And I can't thank my parents enough for everything! As in, when God blesses you with a good family (or great one like mine), there is absolutely no reason not to thank God every single day.
Another highlight is the amount of traveling I've done, most especially the UK Vacation with my family. We go on at least one trip per year together, and this might just be our favorite trip ever! At least it ranks up there in the Top 3 (we've done Vegas, gone on a ski trip in the Appalachian Mountains, driven to New Orleans, rented a cabin for winter, etc). Scotland was an absolute delight and I wish I could go back.
Working in a job that barely pays the bills, and that you hardly enjoy is tough. When I moved I decided I'd use the opportunity to start over - new career doing something I enjoy. But life throws you curve balls. Of course when I got the job, I was thankful to have something to do - sitting at home for 6 months without work is painful. I still pray for a much better job, and I know it's coming. But as I mentioned in this post, even at work, I will look for the positives in my situation and focus on those things.
Without getting into detail, I'll be honest in saying that the past year was rough and tough on Cakes and I - our marriage, that is. At a point, I was convinced that the devil was out for marriages, and I wasn't sure how much longer we could go. It's really only by God's grace that we're still here. I know you're curious as to what may have caused any issues, but remember that we're still in a young marriage and having to deal with finance issues, the stress of Cakes traveling back and forth, our efforts in trying to have children, etc. It has not been easy, trust me. BUT GOD!
I got grey hair! No, not the grey crochet braids I did. Actual grey hair growing from my own scalp! As in, the day I discovered it, I wasn't sure whether to cry or throw myself on the floor wailing about old age. My younger sister who's had some grey hair for a while just rolled her eyes. All I know is, like my mum says, Hamrika turns your hair grey. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Speaking of hair, I have faux locs on that I did myself. I really should put a post on them, aye?
Okay, let's be honest, my blogging has been one kind since I moved. I know that one of the main things that drew traffic was my Weekend posts and all the fun sturvs I was up to. Well, it's not like there isn't stuff to do here, but I work weekends sometimes, I live kinda far from downtown, money is tight and I'm just lazy too. Everything combined just means fewer outing trips for me. And I think because my blog-heart is still stuck in Nigeria, it's been hard to move forward here. Like I still see myself as a Nigerian blogger in Nigeria. I'm still figuring things out but from now on, things are gonna be better. And yes, I'm bringing back my Lovely Links posts too.
I've been here and there wondering whether moving was the best idea for us. I know the Nigerian economy has been really hard, but some of the things I see on social media (even though you should be careful of everything you see there) makes me wonder whether I wouldn't have been able to tough it out. It's not like we moved because of the economy - I don't think anyone saw that coming. I mean, heck, this time last year $1 was N235 and we were even complaining then! Little did we know!!! I miss Nigeria a lot sometimes, but I can only thank God that our support system here is amazing otherwise I might have run back by now. What I do know is that God is everywhere, and He is watching over us. There will be tough times, rough times, battles that seem never-ending, and all of that, BUT GOD!
Have a pretty day and come back tomorrow to see my International Women's Day post!