Of 2016 & First Times

2016 has been a weird year for me. Although I did not have any plans or resolutions at the beginning of the year, it was a year of losses (of people and money), facing realities and fighting battles with myself especially concerning what I really want to do and which direction to head career-wise. In 2016, adulthood actually dawned on me.

img_2056

With 2016 also came my completion of service year, a near-complete gathering of my immediate family (I don’t remember the last time we were all in the same place at the same time) and my first real writing/copy-editing gig with StyleVitae.

img-20161226-wa0009

aomo

I also took more risks, which is a big deal because I’m usually quite conservative, even I get frustrated by it sometimes.Some of the risks I took this year includes embracing off-the shoulder clothes. I will tell you why that is a big deal.

img_20161224_154820

In the past, I used to be very conscious of my neck and collar bones because they made me feel too skinny and sick. To hide them, I always wore clothes with high neck lines, but that stopped this year. A good number of the aso-ebi fabric I bought this year were made into off-the-shoulder dresses, even my tailor, Mama Thelma was surprised!

img-20161226-wa0006
Izi’s Wedding In October

Sometime in December, I got a call from a staff of Clear Essence Spa, saying that someone had booked an appointment at their spa for me! Although I was excited, I toyed so many times (down to the last minute), with the idea of not showing up for the appointment. I was expecting my period to start on the said day, and because I had never been to a spa, I was afraid that somehow, I would paint the spa red! Fortunately, the front-desk officer at the spa, Mercy kept calling to make sure I would be there.

My period had not started when it was time for my appointment, so I headed out for what is easily the most restful one hour of the entire year for me so far. It didn’t take long after the Asian masseuse put her hands on me before I slept off! I woke only after she was done. In addition, they let me have a steam bath which had me feeling like my sins had been washed away.

In the end, I realized it was not that serious after all, and I did not really have to worry my head nor did I have use for the information I had earlier gathered on Google ( I had searched for things like ‘What To Wear To A The Spa’, ‘Spa Etiquette’ and ‘Going To The Spa While On Your Period’). I went in a dress and flip flops, and had a great time!

One of the highlights of the year for me, was reuniting with a classmate from Secondary School, who I had not seen since we graduated in 2007 who had just graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. During the 3(or more)-hour visit, I learnt more about the Nigerian Army than I had learnt in my 26 years. I’ll share them below:

  • The Nigerian Defence Academy is a tri-service institution (made up of Airforce, Navy and Army cadets). I used to think it was only for the Army.
  • Not all soldiers are officers, but all officers are soldiers. Officers Β are those that have gone through 4 years of academic training and 1 year of military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Afaka, while other soldiers who are not officers are those who go to the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, for a 6-month training.Β 
  • While an officer wears his rank on the shoulder or chest, other soldiers wear theirs on their hand (arm) or chest and their ranks are mostly V-shaped.
  • The color of camouflage soldiers wear depends on the terrain of operation. While green camouflage is the preferred choice for hinterlands, brown is best for desert operations.

 

I still don’t know where I’m going and I have not made plans for 2017 yet, but in all, I am happy to be alive and despite all the wahala that came with it, 2016 made me a better person. I am specially more than grateful for good health and for my loved ones. As always, everything else will sort itself out eventually.

 

Here’s praying that 2017 brings happiness and fulfillment!

 

 

I would love to know, did you do anything for the first time this year? How was 2016 for you and what are your hopes for 2017?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

45 thoughts on “Of 2016 & First Times

Add yours

  1. This was totally me in 2016. I embraced short dresses. Never used to wear them because of my skinny legs. Battled clinical depression for 2 years, came out of it in 2016. I have been a job hopper, still not settled into a career but im hoping to settle that in 2017. 2016 was an eye opener, I realised that people will not have your back and that’s ok, I learnt how to say ‘No’ without guilt, and I successfully developed a sleep pattern. 2016 was a year of ‘nine lessons and tears’. But hey! Im standing and I have my family and friends alive and healthy. Every good thing will come.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. 2015 ended in a heart break for me so i didn’t expect much from 2016 except my job. It is safe to say i am healing and 2016 has been an amazing and adventurous year for me ( i am not that adventurous) I tried new food, went jet skiing but i don’t know how to swim LOL and several new things i wouldn’t have done. I have been to 3 countries other than Nigeria and about 4 states in the US. I hope 2017 brings more adventures, love and fulfilment.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Nice one. Made me think about how beautiful my 2016 has been. As for firsts, I had many this year. I had to stand up to a very ugly situation in my life and set a few standards for myself. I had to visit my lady’s family to introduce myself!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nice one. Made me think about how beautiful my 2016 has been. As for firsts, I had many this year. I had to stand up to a very ugly situation in my life and set a few standards for myself. I had to visit my lady’s family to introduce myself!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Good to have you back here. I enjoyed reading this post. For me, I can’t wait for the year to end. The year started good with the birth of my son in February buy ended bad with the loss of my beloved sister who died at 26, a day after she had her baby. I just want the year to end to be honest and deep down, I feel 2017 will be a big year for me.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. My condolences on losing your sister and congrats on becoming a dad! I hope 2017 will be bigger than you expect and I pray for the grace to handle all of its ‘bigness’!

      Like

      1. Amen.. Happy New Year ms og..really can’t get enough of ur article.. Waiting eagerly for d next.. More ink to ur pen and more ideas..proudly ur fan nd supporter

        Like

  6. One would think MMM froze your “mavro” with the way you made mention of losing money.
    It is always a delight to read your articles.

    for me, the latter part of 2016 brought about a new drive/direction/goal after so many disappointments that ought not to have been.

    I am very hopeful and confident of giant strides I am gonna make in 2017.
    LET’S KEEP HOPE ALIVE

    Liked by 1 person

  7. One would think MMM froze your “mavro” with the way you made mention of losing money.
    It is always a delight to read your articles.

    for me, the latter part of 2016 brought about a new drive/direction/goal after so many disappointments that ought not to have been.

    I am very hopeful and confident of giant strides I am gonna make in 2017.
    LET’S KEEP HOPE ALIVE

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Thank God you didn’t paint the spa red. 2016 was a year full of waiting and anxious moments for me. Wrote my first promotion exams waited anxiously for it to come out It ended up cancelled the waiting continued on till October to write again then my baby came in the same month. I guess that summed it up for me

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Refreshing recollection of your 2016 waka. As always your engaging, unassuming writing style shone through. Always shows your ?colorful, sunshine personality. Was great meeting you this year.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. This year has been a rollercoaster for me…Lost ‘friends’ and money,but I really just want the money back..Gave my time & attention to so many wrong people dis year,but it’s all good…Made new friends too…My dressing improved dis year too (thank God)…and the biggest of all;i became a Medical Doctor this year…So all in all,its been a fairly good year..Grateful for life,family and friends…The only way from here is d upward way…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Looool at googling what to wear to a spa and spa etiquette. One first I did this year was making my own wigs! Was so happy and proud when I made my first and wore it. I belonged to the group of people that didn’t believe I could do anything relating to handiwork/crafts.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I started the year very enthusiastic with resolutions and all. First I moved for studies expecting a smooth ride, alas it didn’t go smooth. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. I can say that I got to beautiful places, my growth game was strong , I learnt to trust God more and i learnt a foreign language. I am hopeful for better 2017.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Hahaaa…the part u googled what to wear to a spa really cracked me up. Had my 1st spa session this year too. 2016 has had its ups and downs, but I’m really looking forward to 2017 in a scared kinda way. Ive set life changing goals for myself. I hope I can accomplish them as each goal is time specific and I dont do well with letting myself down…
    All in all, glad to be alive too!.
    Nice write up

    Liked by 1 person

  14. 2016 started well, though I lost my job as the recession gbedu started. I will say it was a blessing in disguise cos I needed more time for my studies.Well,can’t wait to be done by 2017 cos the financial aspect of it is messing with my pocket seriously.
    My parent also celebrated their silver jubilee and i’m very grateful to God for the journey so far.
    Business has also been superb this year. I look forward to a more fun filled and adventurous 2017. M quite sure 2017 will be great.
    Less I forget, your collar bone is muaahh, keep rocking those off shoulders dear and keep slaying…

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Wow! Lovely write-up, I always look forward to your post. 2016 was an awesome year for me, started my service year, got married and my sister gave birth after two miscarriages and my family finally moved into our house. I hope to we all see a bigger and sweeter 2017

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Owgee's Blog

Non-fiction, fiction, everything interesting!

The Movie Directory

All Things Movies, TV, Soundtracks and Reviews. A=10-9 B=8-7 C=6-5 D=4-3 E=2-1 F=0 +/- : more/less

Ramblings of Ms Mimi

Lifestyle - Inspiration - Culture

StyleVitae

Fun Fashion, Real Style.

nostalgic words of future me

These words shall be my legacy. The man I am now and the man I was when I am the man I shall be....

esibobbie

Appear all hardcore, but i have a mushy inside. This a little of d mushy me.

ArtbyDOLAPO

I'm just a pencil artist, hoping to do some pretty amazing stuff, like maybe paint the next monalisa, bla bla bla..... you know what i mean ;)

%d bloggers like this: