Welcome to 2020, Happy New Year!

I totally underestimated how busy I was going to be in December. For some reason, I thought I would be able to manage my time well enough to have some writing time but I didn’t. With the two weddings and all my siblings in Nigeria at the same time and end of year plans at work, I was swamped. I only managed to write a shabby poem (I know I could have done better with more time) on Christmas day.

2019 was an amazing year. Yes, I will say it was amazing even though there was a lot of pain, there was a lot of love too. I grew in every way imaginable and I’m thankful for that. I travelled, wrote a book that I haven’t published, started a new job, made a lot of new friends, and I shed a few tears too. I didn’t accomplish everything I needed to do though and I didn’t even attain my reading goal of 50 books.

2020 is here and I ate into the new year sad. Yeah, you read that right. I wasn’t happy like everyone else and I’m not afraid or ashamed to say it. I feel a lot better to be able to write about it now. I know every crossover into a new year will always remind me about the things I have lost but I need to remember the things I have gained and use that to offset all the sadness that swells up inside me.

So what am I doing differently this year? I don’t believe in resolutions but I know for sure that;

  • I will live more.
  • I will work hard.
  • I will treat myself kindly.
  • I will be more intentional.
  • I will keep leading with honesty.
  • I will speak up instead of keeping quiet.
  • I will strive for progress, not perfection.
  • I will learn not to expect as much as I give.
  • I will focus on being a better version of myself.
  • I will keep writing my goals and setting reminders to make sure I achieve them.
  • I will remember that peace is always up to me and remove myself from situations that bring noise.

Happy New Year! Wish you the best of 2020.

Mariam Shittu


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Hi, my name is Mariam Shittu and I live in Lagos, Nigeria. I’m a poet, but I also write about my travels, places in Lagos, my lifestyle and things that inspire me. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the world and nurturing the human mind. Thanks for stopping by!

4 thoughts on “Welcome to 2020, Happy New Year!

  1. Happy New Year 🎉🤗🎊. May this year be filled with joy, love, peace and so much more. May all that you set your heart and mind to be accomplished in Jesus name! Have an awesome 2020 🎈

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