A 2017 Retrospective

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Happy New Year everyone!
Wow! I can’t believe yet another year has passed and we are already in 2018! I like to do a little retrospective of my year and look back on what was good and not-so-good. So, keep reading to see how my 2017 fared.

  • On 5 January 2017, I was in hospital. It was the first time I had ever stayed overnight in a hospital. I was battling severe eczema, and I had fainted in the shower three times. My skin would weep terribly, my blood pressure was low, and the lack of moisture in my skin was so bad that I would wake up with flakes of dead skin on the bedsheets. Gross, right? But here I am on 1 January 2018 with brand new skin and a clean bill of health. Multiple things led to that severe bout of eczema (the combined contraceptive pill, stress, and dairy), and it took a year of trial and error and many shed tears to figure out what was wrong with me. But I can’t thank God enough for seeing me through it, and for my wonderful husband for loving me when I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I can wear a full face of make-up again guys! And I promised God and myself that when I did overcome that battle, I would have more value for myself and the beauty that He has given me, because I know what it feels like to lose it.
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  • I travelled three times. I went to Portugal for a friend’s wedding, I took Julious to Bournemouth for his birthday (it is still considered travelling even if you go somewhere in the UK right? haha), and we went to Alicante for our anniversary. When I lived at home, I never. went. anywhere. All my friends had been on a plane and I hadn’t. I knew that when I got married, we would be able to do so much more together than when I had when I was single. For some people, that’s the opposite, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But Julious and I both have the same goals and dreams, and we’ve found that we have freedom together to do what we couldn’t do without each other. And we plan to travel much more in 2018.
  • I celebrated my birthday. You guys don’t and probably won’t understand why this a big deal for me, so let me explain. The first year that Julious and I were married and my birthday came around, we were broke, so we could only go to TinselTown. The second year for my 25th, I was sick and we were still having a hard time financially, so I couldn’t do anything. But this year, my hubby took me to see the Lion King and to dinner at Burger & Lobster, which was my request. So the fact that we were able to do that was an achievement in itself, because not only did it mean that my health was coming back, but our financial state was improving.
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  • I got a new job! A month before the end of the year, but I made it happen. I’m still on probation so I don’t have much to say about it yet, but I know that even greater things are to come.

This is only what has happened in my life this year. I haven’t even spoken about what God has done for my husband, but I am so grateful. Oh and before I forget, let me mention the blessing of making it to three years of marriage! For the first two years, we had to deal with two separate battles, but we won them by fighting together, and things are looking up. Things are good.
I’ve come to the end of 2017 and I’m happy. I kept God as my number one priority and He didn’t fail me. Even though I had my fights, He didn’t neglect me during those hard times. And He is the centre of it all and the reason for my joy, because if it hadn’t been for Him, I wouldn’t have this good news to give.
How was your 2017? Even if it wasn’t what you wanted it to be, things will change. It took two years of rain for me to finally enjoy the sun. It’s coming. Just don’t give up!
 

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  1. Débora
    01/01/2018 / 12:46 PM

    Beautiful and inspirational 😍😘 God is amazing!

    • 01/01/2018 / 12:58 PM

      Thank you love ❤ He really is 🙏🏾

  2. 01/01/2018 / 1:26 PM

    This is so beautiful Michelle I’m soooo happy for you, I’ve always felt inadequate and alone because everyone seems to be living a ‘perfect life’ not realising people are fighting battles behind closed doors. I’ve started to realise that problems are opportunity for growth and they also bring us closer together. God is sooo amazing!!

    • 01/01/2018 / 4:29 PM

      My love, no one lives a perfect life despite what you see around you. People just show you what they want you to see and to be honest, you wouldn’t really want to see the bad parts. Focus on yourself, your goals and the changes you need to make. Every hardship is a testimony 😉

  3. 01/01/2018 / 4:46 PM

    I love this post…I was completely unaware that eczema could get that bad. Its good to hear that your doing better. Happy New Year to you and your hubby.

    • 02/01/2018 / 10:31 AM

      Thank you so much! Happy New Year to you!

  4. 02/01/2018 / 8:57 AM

    This is beautiful Michi! Skin wise I’m having a similar issue, but on a smaller scale, doing my trial and error so I totally understand how you felt!
    What you said is so true, you really learn to value what you naturally took for granted. I’m very very happy to hear all your testimonies and it really does prove that verse ‘this too shall pass’.
    I believe 2018 will bring even greater heights for you and your family!

    • 03/01/2018 / 4:03 PM

      Thank you Marilyn! I’m glad yours is not bad like mine but you’ll overcome it.
      I had to keep reminding myself of something a pastor told me once: No problem lasts forever.
      Thank you and the same to you! 2018 will be a great year for you love ❤

    • 03/01/2018 / 4:00 PM

      Happy New Year Vanessa! I agree 😀 xoxo

    • 04/01/2018 / 11:43 AM

      Fish doesn’t affect me. Just dairy. But I’ve found so many alternatives so I’m doing good 😊

    • 05/01/2018 / 10:10 AM

      Happy New Year to you too! Thank you for reading 😊

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