2017 Year In Review




As I bid 2017 farewell, I thought it would be nice to wrap things up with a reflective post and share some of the lessons I learned along the way. A large part of my growth has been influenced by my ability to slow down, reflect and recount the lessons learned through past experiences before moving on to the next thing. In this case, a whole new year.

This one is a tad bit lengthy, so grab a drink … or two.

What I Learned In 2017


January was definitely one of the hardest months of my life; mentally, emotionally and especially physically.  Fresh off of an ACL reconstructive surgery, I spent half of the month on my sofa, unable to do much on my own and drugged up on pain killers.

What I Learned:
  • No one man is an island. It’s okay to rely on people, but knowing the right people to rely on is the challenge.
  • You’re allowed to admit weakness and ask for help.
  • It is okay to admit that you’re down … just don’t stay down for too long.


After drowning in my own sorrow/pain for over 5 weeks, I began physio and returned back to my previous job unhappy and determined to seek change. Knowing I didn’t have much of a work/life balance, I began flirting with the idea of establishing a platform of some sort to nourish my creativity.

What I Learned:
  • Strong convictions precede great actions.
  • Don’t engage in pointless battles; the fight for change is only worth it if your focus lies on what you CAN control.
  • Stay curious.

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. — Thomas Paine


March was the month that I decided to do something different and established a presence for Sincerely Osas (the initial name I had come up with for my blog) on Instagram.  My parents and I took a trip to Nigeria ahead of my upcoming traditional nuptials and this trip helped to put things into perspective and set the tone for the remainder of the year.

What I Learned:
  • Affirmations lead to empowerment
  • Don’t let the fear of time deter you from following your dreams – the time will pass anyway.What I Learned In 2017


Fresh from Nigeria and filled with gratitude, I decided to create a vision board for the month through the rest of the year.

I regained some of the strength in my knee and improved my flexion to almost 90%.  At the end of April, The Jeneralist was coined as a result of a conversation I had with my then fiancé over dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

What I Learned:
  • We take way too much for granted. BE GRATEFUL!
  • Take one step at a time. Goals are not achieved in one burst of effort. It is achieved with continuous effort and consistent work.
  •  S L O W  D O W N. Direction is better than speed.
  • The Power of Vulnerability

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. —Confucius


At the beginning of May, I decided to take a 2 week sabbatical from work (Yes, this is a thing!) for personal reflection. In that time, I joined a church connect group, interviewed with 3 different companies, began planning AND booked my bachelorette with my bridesmaids.  At the end of my leave, I made the decision to hand in my resignation although I was yet to confirm employment with any of the companies I had interviewed with. We were dead smack in the middle of wedding planning with a shit ton of expenses left to cover but my faith in God and belief that things would work out for my good were much bigger than any feelings of fear/uncertainty. The week after I resigned, I received offers from 2 out of 3 of the companies I had interviewed with.

What I Learned:
  • Have faith.
  • Appreciate uncertainty.
  • Take a chance on yourself.


June was the month of fresh starts and new adventures.  I began my new gig at the beginning of the month and also made the decision to get baptized.  My bridesmaids planned an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G bridal shower for me and we skipped off to Barbados for my bachelorette and birthday the day after the shower – what an adventure!

What I Learned:
  • My tolerance for BS hit an all time low.
  • SHINE YOUR EYES! (This is an African expression which means to wake up, stay alert and see what is really happening around you.)
  • You hold more power than you believe you have.


The grind was oh so real.  Immersed in in my role with a new organization, I spent most of my time focused on work.  My stress levels were a bit high from working full time and also planning a wedding solo dolo (I’d do it again) and took on swimming as a stress relief.

What I Learned:
  • Keep getting better – continuous learning is key.
  • Be prepared; confidence IS preparation.
  • Speaking of confidence, be sure to protect yours. People tend to impose their fears/beliefs on you, it’s a part of life. Just don’t let it tear you down.

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One word. M O N U M E N T A L.

Along with reuniting with family members and friends I had not seen in ages, I married the love of my life! This also happened to be the busiest month of my life! Did I mention I am a procrastinator? Believe it or not, we (enslaved bridesmaids) were STILL putting together wedding programmes and favors on the morning of the wedding.

What I Learned:
  • Enjoy the process. If you can’t enjoy the path, you’ll never reach the destination.
  • Live in every single the moment.
  • Adrenaline is one hell of a drug.


We bid farewell to the last of our wedding guests and I recommitted myself to building The Jeneralist.  I hit 100 followers on Instagram and felt pretty darn accomplished. I decided to build my website.

What I Learned:
  • Perspective is a beautiful thing.
  • Love is more than a feeling, it’s a choice.
  • Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is rest. Word to Robin Sharma
  • Celebrate small wins.What I Learned In 2017


The last 3 months have bred the most growth, inspiration and progress for me.

What I Learned:
  • Fill your own cup first.
  • Let your light shine.
  • Network. Network. Then network some more.
  • Step out of your comfort zone.
  • Stop doubting yourself.
  • The Four Agreements:

    1. Be Impeccable With Your Word

    2. Always Do Your Best
    3. Don’t Take Things Personally
    4. Don’t Make Assumptions

  • Do the hard things.
  • Forgive the people who don’t necessarily deserve forgiveness.
  • Trust the timing of your life.
What were some of the lessons you learned in 2017?
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What I Learned In 2017

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  • Emmanuel

    2017 was a year I learnt that you can always get side tracked if you’re not paying attention and a lot of time the world puts ideas in our heads that may seem palatable and so interesting in the moment because we don’t want to follow the ways of God which seem hard and tiring but The road is not always going to be smooth and sometimes the journey might seem impossible and the task might be overbearing but if we hold on to God long enough he would see us through. Isaiah 40:31 ?

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