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#BN2015Epilogues: After a Lacklustre Year, Winifred Got a New Job with Better Pay

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Last year BellaNaija Features put together an inspiring feature series to round off the year. The 2014 Epilogues featured 10 real people who took an introspective look at their year and wrote about it. This year, we decided to make the call public to our readers. {Click here if you missed it} It is our hope and desire that we will have enough entries to have a story up every day from the 1st to the 31st of December. We have received an impressive number of entries and we hope that you will share yours with us.

We kicked off the series and so far we’ve had the following entries: Jennifer G , Morountodun , VictoryMayowa ,  Harmony ,Dekky , OJ , Busola , ModupeThe Prodigal Daughter , AdetolaAyomikun Omami Jojo , Kehinde Iember ,  Hadiza , Florence , Amaha  and Vanessa.

We have had an overwhelming response to the call for Epilogues and we’re grateful to everyone who has sent in an entry. We will do our best to share every story we received before the deadline (even if it runs into the new year. Because BellaNaijarians are so awesome!)

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You know how most people start the New Year with New Year resolutions? Most of these resolutions are things that will look good on paper. Like: save more, better bank account balance, better job, hustle more, get married, waist train (That was a joke).

I’m not saying any of these things are wrong, but looking back at 2015, I now realize even without a conscious New Year’s resolution, that I am now a better me and it amazes me how I’ve become this different person inside.

There’s a quote I’ve come across several times that goes like this, “if you knew me based on who I was a year ago, you don’t really know me. My growth game strong, allow me to re-introduce myself” and another goes, “If you knew me in the past, please do not think I am the same person you are meeting today. I have experienced more of life, I have experienced new depths in those I love, I have suffered and prayed and I am different”
This has been my story. I have grown so much in self that when I look back, the beauty of it all brings good tears to my eyes.

I started working in a bank in 2014 as a contract staff, with not-so-good pay – even with a master’s degree and work experience. I was losing weight by the second, from a size twelve to a size 6. I believe the stress made me start breaking out seriously on my face that I didn’t think myself beautiful anymore. The mirror was no longer my friend. And I remember the H.O.P of the bank telling me once, “We are going to move you to back office because you no longer have make up on”. I didn’t care anymore; if you like move me to the roof. Like anything could be worse than what I was already going through.

I was still on that job when 2015 came and I remembered down the line, I was so broke once that I have to top up N2.00 (Two Naira) –yes, this was possible using internet banking – to make up what I had on my phone line to send a text to my mum asking for money. God bless family.

The funny thing is, I didn’t know what made me stay longer at this job. It was really unlike me to go through stress of living the hard life. The old me would have rejected the job offer irrespective of the unemployment rate in the country, because I used to love to damn the consequences; but something unexplainable made me stay.

Somewhere in my subconscious, I felt I was going through a process to a better self especially in the area of patience. I had applied to several other jobs at this time but whosai?

Finally, I got a better job with better pay and better working hours sometime in June 2015 and the way I resigned eh, was not fair to the spirit.

Looking back at 2015, I have grown to appreciate plenty because I have had less, to be humble because it’s better than pride. I’ve learned to listen to people; never to judge, because you never know what the other person is going through. I’ve learned to be friendly, because I know what it feels like being around unfriendly people. I have learned to be giving and to appreciate family more, because they will always have your back through thick or thin and will never complain about helping you.
Most of all, I learned to put God above all.

The challenges before, I believe had prepared me for the blessings ahead so I may appreciate it more and not squander them, whether the blessings are in cash or in kind.

I am so grateful for this better me and I am too hopeful for 2016. I hope we all find what we seek in life and in ourselves and I wish us all the best of 2016.

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15 Comments

  1. xplorenollywood.com

    December 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Straight to the point! A journey of self discovery! Gud one dear.

  2. femfem

    December 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    So true. I have realised a lot of this recently. When you go through hard times it really builds your character . Family is precious. They have been there for me

  3. Nice

    December 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Nice one

  4. 'Diddie

    December 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Nicely written with deep lessons…thanks

  5. Onyii

    December 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Nicely written. ‘m still with the not-well-paid always-working job but I’m keeping hope alive. 2016 will bring good things.

  6. temi

    December 21, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Nice write up…am also hoping for the best in 2016,I need a good job,seriously in need for it.
    I know 2016 is my year of great things.

  7. Winnie

    December 21, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Thank you all for the beautiful comments and BN for posting my story. May our 2016 be far bountiful by His grace.

  8. NSe

    December 21, 2015 at 8:53 am

    With tears in my eyes i write this…. a just got a new job like miracle job ………………………… God has taken me from 0 – hero in the blink of an eye! what a way to end the year. who knew my Christmas gift from God would be my dream job.. when i heard the pay i almost fainted.

  9. CHIKA

    December 21, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Yasssssss!!!! This is my miracle starting from this Christmas oooooo!!!!! Amen!!!!!

  10. Luvnaija

    December 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    @so happy for u Nse! I remember when God did mine in 2013 was asking for a raise of additional 150k per month after working my butt off with no success! God in his infinite mercy decided to give me a job with additional 1.2million per month on top what I was earning! The only thing I need now is fruit of the womb and may my ocean divider come through for me in same way…amen!

    • Sugar

      December 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Can i send you my CV plssssssss. Let me also share a testimony in 2016

    • bee

      December 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      wow…so happy for you dear..that is miraculous…May God grant us all our heart desires and give us the fortitude to wait on Him at all times

    • Kkeema

      December 22, 2015 at 11:54 am

      may the good Lord grant you all your heart desires

  11. lis

    December 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I am at that point too where, the doubt has torn me to shreds…. am a shell of my former self… I av cried and prayed… fasted and am still waiting… if not for my mom’s help…. I will b the laughing stock…. the place I work, hmm, I think they are waiting for me to come on my knees begging for crumbs… literally. … I am in the middle of bishop abioye’s book.. a new beginning…. am home till next year becos we av no work in the office…. but am still thankful to you lord… life could have bin way worse…

    • Di

      December 25, 2015 at 1:07 am

      It shall be well, this too shall pass.

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