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My first 100 days in 2017

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You know how exciting new things can be? That’s how this new year was for me, I was very excited about it, I still am.  Though, I usually do not join the new year, new me train but I do set goals for myself, you know, plans et al.

One of the things I wrote down in my journal at the beginning of the year, was to be (more) intentional and in the first 100 days, I have not only intentionally messed up, things have also not gone as I intended.

So, the year had barely even started and I settled, just like that. I don’t mean settle into the new year, I mean settle for, wait for it… a ‘relationship’.  Wait, what?! You? The ‘#DontSettle crooner’?  Well, yes, me. Can I be transparent? I knew I was settling but I did anyway, you see that’s one funny thing about settling for less, we usually know, we are fully aware that this isn’t it, that we deserve more, we deserve better, yet, we choose to settle.

The year 2016 had more dates than I did (if I did) and that was fine, really, I mean I’m not a calendar or anything like that, so 2016, we’re cool, no beef.  Anyway, so I’m happy and proud of myself for making it through the year without settling even when I could, you know,  feeling like one ‘unsettler‘ and stepping into 2017 like, I’m ready, let’s do this, then here I was, settling, when I’m not dust (rolling my eyes at me) and I can categorically tell you that those few weeks were pretty miserable.  I’ll spare you the details but thankfully, my worth called me out, it called my name like thrice before I responded though but I did respond.  I was reminded by that experience that, the knowledge of your worth is your immunity to settling.

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Know your worth, don’t settle, if you ever do, I hope you hear and respond when it tries to call you out.

Not too long after that, I had to settle again, this time, my landlord. I had to settle him. My rent was due and my account balance had no clue, my rent money was far from complete. Phew! I was trying not to worry but I was under pressure. Where I wan for see the remaining money?  You may want to ask, ” what about your savings?” or something like that,  but I’m sorry, we ain’t taking questions today, so as I was saying, lol, my attempt to raise money from a few friends was futile, I prayed for a miracle, I needed one. Meanwhile, I had stopped eating three square meals o, I was now eating two, sometimes one and half and they weren’t exactly square, I was seriously economizing my resources.

Then one day, from nowhere, I got a call, hold your horses, it wasn’t the miracle call, lol, I got a call, from someone I knew I had no business talking to but I decided to play nice, perhaps maybe this is where the miracle will come from, I’m sure when I thought that, ‘They’ looked at me from heaven like, yea right. You know who ‘They’ are now? OK.

So I played nice, in other words, I took the call which I would have otherwise ignored, hoping that from there, maybe there will be more calls and then the miracle (as if you can strategize a miracle). For where? In fact, they haven’t called me again since that day, I even tried hey-big-heading them, but no response, the only explanation for that is, God was looking out for me.  God blocks, in His infinite mercy. He doesn’t only open doors, He closes doors too. Truly, He will wreck your plans, before they wreck you, till this day, no response, no call. God is good.

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I decided to stay put and stay hopeful, trusting God, worse comes to worst, I’ll go back to my mother’s house in Auchi, but God is faithful, Amen? He came through for me. One night, just before I went to bed after deciding to have sleep for dinner, I got a call, the miracle call… Praise God.

The year has gone from day 1 to 100 real quick and things for me, have gone from  100 to 1 even quicker. It’s been a pretty rough and tough first 100 days, emotionally, mentally, financially and at some point, spiritually. Not so much physically because I keep hearing that I’ve gained weight, now that’s a whole miracle on its own, I mean with my one and half ‘triangle’ meals a day? Lol. It’s only because of God that I don’t look like what I’ve been through.

Well, 100 days gone, the rest of the year to go, I’m not staying down, I’m not giving up, I’m “ forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13) and I think I’m begin to settle in alright.

How has your year been?

Be encouraged.

 

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Twenty-nine.

Phototastic-7_24_2016_c8485d5a-137d-426c-9dda-e95ecdb6aba5(2)It was my birthday yesterday, July 28, and it was such a great day.

I greatly appreciate everyone that took out time to celebrate with me, for the kind wishes and prayers, thank you, Amen and God bless you.

I’m really thankful to God for how far He has brought me, for His unconditional, unfailing love.

There’s been good times, there’s been bad times, crying times and happy times but through it all, I can truly testify that God has been faithful, He’s indeed a faithful God.

No one like Him.

One lesson I’ve learned so far is that, with God, you are always at an advantage.

You may have messed up, like really messed up, things may not be so good right now but God is good, and because God is good, (ooh, praise the Lord somebody), because God is good, His goodness rubs off on you, He makes things work out for your good. Just let God.

Be encouraged.

Ok, before I start preaching…

Being 29 is exciting!!!

I had a great day and I look forward to a great year by God’s grace.

But guys, really? Like seriously? The number of “God will send him” prayers I got yesterday though. 80% of the prayers and wishes sent my way were centered around the M-word, y’all need to chill, lol.

Anyhoo, I thought to share 29 things about myself, so here we go;

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  1. Full name – Habeeb Sherifat Adetsuwa Sarah aka Sherikoko aka SASH.
  2. I’m from Edo state.
  3. I’ve got a very lovely family consisting of my awesome mum and super sweet siblings.
  4. I lost my dad, over 15years ago, and I miss him, Dr. Habeeb Saheeb, everyday.
  5. I’m almost 30, just turned 29, though I look 16.
  6. I believe in God, I believe He loves me and He saved me.
  7. I’m single, no boyfriend, no pets.
  8. I love pink, I can buy something just because its pink.
  9. I’m not a morning person, I hardly jump out of bed with excitement,  I just get up after taking sometime to just lay there.
  10. I’m not stuck up as a lot of people tend to believe, I’m so down to earth and can be  really goofy sometimes, ask my sisters.
  11. I’ve got a really big heart towards others.
  12. “I get mouth, I no get mind”, lol.
  13. My mum describes me as being neat to a fault, cleaning is one of my hobbies.
  14. I never leave my house without making my bed.
  15. I love food, though I’ don’t eat much.
  16. I don’t try new foods outside, my stomach/system doesn’t play, I’d rather buy it and take home, at least, I’ll be in my space in case anything happens, if you know what I mean.
  17. I love reading and writing.
  18. I like being  transparent about my experiences and struggles on this journey of life, with hopes to encourage someone and let them know that they are not alone.
  19. I don’t know how to rest, I’ll always look for something to do. Weird right?
  20. I’m usually very quiet, but I talk.
  21. I’m an introvert, basically.
  22. I talk to myself a lot, my  husband and my kids too, lol, (calling those things that be not as though they were).
  23. I’ve made mistakes, I still make mistakes but I’ve learned not to let it define or confine me.
  24. I hardly wear make up.
  25. I love kids and  they love me, we are just cool like that.
  26. If I say no to Sharwama or ice cream, just know I’m not feeling well.
  27. You know I’m home or awake, when you hear music and singing coming from my house.
  28. My favorite praise song at the moment is  ‘Turn me around  – Samsong’, whenever I hear the song, “even when I no wan dance, my body go dey move me”.
  29. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43: 18-19.

There you have it, any surprises?

 

Thank you so much again for your kind wishes, prayers and support for ‘@sheriehabeeb.’

God bless you.