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Thankful Thursdays

We get so caught up in life & so hung up on improving ourselves that we often forget to appreciate how far we have come. Life is a journey, where you are right now is where you are meant to be. You will get there…

Thankful Thursday was inspired by a trend on Instagram which we decided to bring to life. We asked different individuals to share what they are grateful for no matter how ‘big’ or ‘small’.

Be inspired by these beautiful Thankful Thursday posts, & feel free to share your story too. You never know whose life you’ll change.

Daniel Gaston

Last year, I was torn between the decision to go into full time football – when I was peaking and getting in top form. But I decided to take the risk and study at Sixth Form. I told myself if football is for me, then I will find a way. I studied A level ICT and BTEC Media. The first year, I didn’t take it seriously. Bunking lessons, cheating on essays – I didn’t take anything seriously. And i was heavily distracted by everything. How did I think for a second I would pass? I entered results day last year and came out with a U Grade.

 

I thought of myself as a failure, how could I do such a thing? Leave my passion for subjects I didn’t even want to study? The people around me pushed me and told me that this was a lesson, try harder,  anything can happen. I had no faith from my teacher, she asked me if I was superman and told me to do AS. That it’s not possible to resit 32 assignments in 6 months.

 

I asked for a challenge, I visualised success using the law of attraction. Days and months, went and it seemed more and more coursework was pilling on me. By May I broke through. Coming out with 2A’s 2B’s 1C and 1D before all my courseworks were graded as a ‘U’. I tried my best, I told myself it is what it is at the end of the day. This time next year I’m out with a double A* A* and a C grade in ICT anything is possible with God!

Femi Omotade

What can I say, 2018 has given me so many reasons to be thankful. I made several goals for the year way back in January and had achieved a couple of them within 15 days of the new year!

 

After graduating university last year, I had to complete a training year and sit a professional exam which meant working full time whilst having to study. Despite how difficult it was, I passed the exam and I am now working with one of the biggest pharmacies in the UK. God has really been faithful.

Mojisola

Olanipekun

I’m thankful for the turn out of my new skincare book. (Skintastic) I’m thankful that even though I doubted myself a lot through the process I didn’t allow it to take over. I’m thankful that I broke the barrier of procrastination and pushed myself to put the best of my knowledge in the Book. I’m also thankful for the support and guidance from God which is what I’m most thankful for i’d ungrateful if I didn’t acknowledge my strength and wisdom came from him alone.

Dami Onafuye

I am thankful for my production company DSOproductions. There’s been times where I’ve lost courage to carry on, at times I found myself questioning my worth and my work. 

But I prayed to God for direction and knowledge for new ideas to produce work and God is faithful. I’ve been getting new ideas to rebrand DSOproductions, new ideas for projects to come and lastly a lot of collaborations. 

God is always faithful and he knows our individual needs, I am happy, motivated and excited for the future of DSOproductions.

Alora O

I thank God for strength of character. Whether you are starting a new venture or already on your journey keep going; celebrate your achievements big or small and celebrate yourself because you are the key to the doors you plan to break through. X

Elizabeth Olanipekun

I’m blessed and I thank God every day for everything that happens for me. I thank God for good health, family, work & business. May His name be praised!

Laykay Dada

I’m thankful for having my music production company hitting another phase beyond what I ever expected it to achieve.
Having to manage a team of creative minds to work on new projects is something i’m more than thankful for.
Also being approached by couple of well known organisations to influence and contribute to their music production is mind blowing for me.

So Thankful!

I am thankful for just being alive, for protection for the grace to be able to praise God, for His faithfulness to undeserving me,what I was , what I am and what I am going to become.

Blessings x Favour

I’m so thankful to God for how my 2018 has started!

In February, I was given an award by Google for being the No1 Black Woman in Tech in the UK! No words can describe how humbled & grateful I am to receive such an award.

In March, I took the initiative to host my 1st coding event for young teenage girls. The event took place in April, over 100 girls aged 13-19 experienced the power of code through interactive technology and coding lessons. Regardless of the hiccups I faced running up to the event, the event was a HUGE success- I received an investment from a tech company after the event to set up a coding school permanently in the summer!

I have also been hand picked to head the branding team for a NIKE relaunch project this year! My design business is also flourishing. It gives me great joy to help people brand their businesses, products and services. How can I not be thankful?!

Committing my plans and dreams to God has been the best decision I have made this year. I’m no longer worried about the ‘what ifs’, ‘whens’ and the ‘hows’ of life – I’m so excited to see what the next 8 months have in store for me. God has been too good!

Lola Osunneye

First of all I want to acknowledge the fact that God has been the centre of my life. I can’t comprehend how much he has elevated me , even in my lowest times , being at uni, struggling with finances , struggling with self-doubt. He continues to reveal himself to me, and I’m thankful to understand he knows me by my name. I am important.

Last year was very tough for my family and I. I lost my uncle to cancer and it was very hard to accept but I am thankful for being able to take a day as it comes, and heal with the strength of God. I am thankful that even in this time of grief , family and friends comes even more closer together, united with nothing but love.

Lastly, I was also able to submit my dissertation this week, it has been exhausting but by the grace of God I succeeded. Thank you for reading

I am thankful for my creativity and being able to share my talents with the world. I was able to start a small business called “drawingbylola” , and I am happy for the love I’ve received from it, it’s been a blessing to work with people who appreciate art.

Virtuous Lala

Hey!

I’m Manuela otherwise known as Virtuous Lala ? There are many things I can list which I am grateful for, however I shall pick just one. This may sound really cliche as being a Christian, but I must say that I am really thankful for the word of God a.k.a The Bible! Why is this? Simply because it has really been my source of Motivation and Determination. The past few months I’ve studied the books of Daniel, Esther, Acts and Joshua, and the way I’ve caught so many life lessons through their story it is needless to say that my God is upto something. The moral of the story in all of these is that, when God promises to bless you and use you, it will not always be easy. However God’s word are life, living and kicking, and what He says is what He will make come to pass. It’s a matter to keep a hold onto His word, keep believing and keep trusting in His mighty declaration.

Ayotunde Fabunmi

I’m so grateful for the platform that God has put me on and for the opportunities created. I’m also grateful for the amazing people I have come in contact with and the many doors that have opened up in my life.I recently started a new role in an accountancy practice early this month and I know it’s grace that has put me in the position that I’m in. I’ve also recently started an Instagram account where I will be posting videos of covers to your favourite songs.Both vocals and the keys and would like for you to come on this journey with me.It will be a lot of fun. You will hear a lot of strange arrangements to a lot of the songs played and sung but, you will definitely enjoy and will be compelled to listen out for more.So yeah if you have an Instagram account follow @ayotmusic and I will follow back.

https://www.instagram.com/ayotmusic/. I know that by God’s grace there are greater things yet to come this year.

The Devil Failed Again!

The devil tried to take my life again, but has failed once again. I’m so happy, grateful & excited. So over the past few months say since April I’ve been battling a heart condition. It started off by having shortness of breath which I chose to ignore not until it became very severe. Cut the story down some months now. I was in and out of hospital doing scans tests all of it but yet was still walking around doing my normal day to day routines but deep down I was actually tired of these hospital trips and wanted it to all come to an end!!

Skip to October now. I was at one of my many churches playing at a conference called Shiloh at “The Church Of His Presence” when Aunty @bekesbukola was leading worship and I was playing not knowing God was going to use @kimmaasministries who I’ve never seen or met in my life at that point in time to let me know that my heart condition was coming to and end and that I’ll be rejoicing. Well look at God. The same doctors that done the same scan to tell me my heart was bigger than normal (could potentially have a operation) are now telling me my heart is normal and fine!! Thank you to everyone who has played a part in my life and in this horrible experience I pray that God replenishes you 100 folds. Lastly would like to thank God for sparing my life yet again!! ❤

Aderoju Ope-Ajayi

Hey! My name is Aderoju Ope-Ajayi, current CEO & Founder of Dolphin Aquatic Center.I’m sooooo thankful… for many things…among which are:My family- These priceless and precious individuals that love me like there is no tomorrow. They allow me to BE all that God is calling me to be.My Friends- Sister friends and sisters of my heart that push, encourage, chastise, reset and just do general idea bouncers. They are super specialMy Job/Business- I never ever thought I’d go down the entrepreneurial path. Now I’m wondering why I didn’t start earlier. I love my job. I love what I do. I love the women I meet daily.I am truly blessed and thankful to serve a God who is super mindful of me.My name is Aderoju and I’m super thankful.

Dami Onafuye

I am thankful for my film production company DSOproductions, so many opportunities have come my way especially my latest short film The Hidden Truth has been used for mental health campaigns at universities and also it was screened at the Curzon Soho Cinema last week Wednesday. Grateful for my craft and talent, being a female creative/ film producer is a beautiful thing and I’m excited for what 2018 has I store for me & DSOproductions.

Aisha Carthy

I am thankful for so many things.
I am thankful that I made it through 2017 and God brought me into a new season.
I am thankful for the amazing plan that God has for my life and I am thankful that he will be with me every step of the way.
I am thankful for my mum, she has and is my rock and I don’t know what I would do without her.
I am thankful for my current job, so many people are unemployed and find it hard to get work so I am grateful for that.
I am thankful for my community page Forever With Christ, God dropped this into my heart a while back and I am so glad that I started it and I am excited to see where God will take it!
Last but not least I am thankful for the GIFT OF LIFE!
#thankfulthursday

Jay-Matthew Olanipekun 

So basically, I went to see Lion King on Saturday, but this time from a seat I’ve always dreamed about (the bit you guys don’t get to see). I was privileged to sit in with some outstanding musician in the Lion King musical. The story behind this achievement is crazy if you ask me (I’ll save it for another day). I’m not one to blow my trumpet but I was so persistent with this one (I believe they knew my face at one point) I would constantly contact them (taking journeys to the theatre) and kept sending emails to about 3-4 different type of people. This is the story in a nutshell, but I JUST cannot comprehend!! I’m just so grateful to God for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to partially make a dream come true. I’m excited to keep working with the guys down and the Lion King musical too. Thank you to Jonathan (MD) & the rest of the band (Steve is too dark on the bass btw???). Secondly I’ll like to thank those who played a part too especially Debbie!! Couldn’t have happened without you sis I’m so grateful!! ❤. Lastly I’ll also like to thank everyone who believed in me and kept pushing me. You guys are nothing but a blessing!  I want to encourage someone out there, whatever it is you WANT to do in life, be persistent, promote yourself aggressively, do good & have God at the centre of everything, It’s so simple

Amoy

I’m thankful being able to finally be comfortable in my own skin. I hated being darkskin for the longest, being called coal being picked on. I knew I was misguided when at the age of 15 I bought bleach for my skin because I truly believe being lighter meant being beautiful. At the age of 18 now I’ve never loved my skin more and I’ve never been more confident. I hope any other girl out there can see that loving yourself as well as your skin can really make you feel so much better. Also I’m thank for starting my hair business @moyawigs

Shanna Antonio

I’m so thankful to God because I am beyond blessed.
It’s such a blessing to be able to inspire, motivate and make a positive impact in someone else’s life.
I was able to do my first speaking engagement (outside of university) with the Become Network, it was an amazing experience and I’m grateful for the ability to support and encourage others.
I feel so motivated and inspired to do so much more and I can’t wait to speak at other events this year.
This event has allowed me to reflect on my journey and see how much I have grown as a person: from shy to bold – not confident to confident.
Wow, I’m super proud of myself!
Beyond grateful for the support from others over the years!
One thing I said in my talk was create opportunities for yourself and others.
We are all amazing. Invest in yourself and your dreams will become reality.

Ponmile Dada

I am thankful for the gift of creation that has been given unto each of us. When I see individuals exercising their creative gifts to produce something of substance, it really excites and inspires me. The level of creation that lies within us is unknown and can never truly be discovered, unless we take risks and explore new things.

It is only recently that I decided to step out of my comfort zone to launch my home décor business – Plush Base (www.plushbase.com) – I had no idea where it would take me but I knew for a fact that I was ready take a leap of faith and to start creating. I have experienced and learnt so much in this short period of time and this is only the beginning of my journey. I encourage you to turn your back on fear, worry and doubt by doing something that you have always wanted to do. Discover your full potential this year and make a difference by unleashing the talents that lie within you

Florence

I am thankful for the growth and wisdom, which God reveals to me daily. Think of life as a puzzle. When you find where a piece belongs, you’ve unlocked a new perception of the entire puzzle. So in this case, I would be able to grow and discover a glance into my purpose. I’m also thankful for the trials and tribulations I’ve had – because without those, I could not teach, or help others. These things have allowed my growth and allowed me to be a growing woman of God.