It’s funny how memories are suddenly triggered. I haven’t spent New Year’s Eve (NYE) with my mother in over fifteen years but yesterday I remembered one of her traditions.
Every NYE we would start to say prayers as a family about 11.30pm. After midnight, we would say Happy New Year, give each other a hug and toast with champagne. My mum would bring out a plate of segmented oranges and pass them round. And then say in Yoruba, “odun yi a san” meaning this year will be good or better. (I hope no one corrects my translation 😂😂😂)
As we drove home from NYE’s service at church, I told my husband this story. When we got home, he took out some oranges from the fridge and cut them up. And so the tradition is passed on.
Just as oranges bring sweetness and refreshment to the palette, may 2017 be a sweet and refreshing year for you and your loved ones. English doesn’t do justice to what Yoruba could have done but I’m sure you get the sentiment.
Happy New Year!
When I started this blog, my primary aim was to get into the habit of writing regularly. I also wanted to create create a space to encourage women to live their own lives with authenticity.
I’ve been amazed by the comments, likes, emails, follows, texts and messages from people I know and total strangers; telling me about the encouragement my blog provides.
Two messages stand out and they touch me in different. The first one is from a lady who said one of my blog posts led her to go on a course she had been putting off for a while. The second from someone who had always been too sacred to bake and finally plucked up the courage to do so – and it turned out alright. The first message was quite a dramatic change compared to the second but they both have one underlying theme – being bold enough to do the things you want to do. To be a part of your story is a priceless experience and I thank you all for letting me into your lives and your mail boxes. 🙂
I am especially grateful to all the wonderful women who shared their stories with me this year. It’s been a humbling and great learning experience for me. Catch up with all their wonderful stories here.
I hope you have found them inspiring as well and I look forward to sharing more stories with you in 2016 and running some live events too.
I mustn’t forget all my male followers and the kind and thoughtful messages I’ve received from you too. 🙂
Wishing you all a truly wonderful New Year and may divine blessings attend your way.