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Twenty-two years on earth – isn’t God good!

I love having my birthday at the end of the year because it gives me an excuse to celebrate, look back at the year as well as excitedly at the coming year.

This year has been an amazing year of exponential growth and progress. I saw myself reach my lowest lows – places of exhaustion, burn-out and depression – to my highest highs – flourishing family and friends relationships as well as deep love for myself and contentment in God. I am grateful for everything because I wholeheartedly believe that the bigger, grander picture of life means all things will work out for my good and benefit (Romans 8:28).

One thing I am really proud of myself for doing increasingly this year is becoming more private. Working in digital (and social) media and being a freelance content creator, I often fall into the trap of feeling like I have to share every part of me and my life. Well.. I don’t. And I am enjoying life and loving living in the moment without Instagram or Twitter needing to know about it.

“If you did not post about it, did it really happen?”

I used to say this jokingly, but I genuinely believed my life was boring if I did not share it on social media. “People will think I’m boring and don’t do anything!” 

And not just social media, my conversations with people often consist of me catching the person up with every single thing that has happened in the past month. While it is lovely to catch up with friends, I am learning to keep some details about my life between God and I alone. Giving myself a little pat on the back and smiling at my own self approval. 

This year I have also made friends outside of my normal social circles. A lot of people do not realise – I am very awkward with new people, especially when they are different from me. A different socio-economic standing . The opposite gender. A different race. From a different city or town. I am polite and friendly but I don’t intend to make that person a friend. 

But the gag is: people different from me are awesome and have a lot to teach me if I let them! I am grateful for the new fulfilling friendships I entered this year and I’m excited to invest more time, effort and brotherly love in them in 2019. 

TWENTY NINETEEN is going to be a fabulous year, I can just feel it 😊


Paula Melissa xx

Paula Melissa is a digital content creator, portrait photographer and freelance journalist. Since starting a blog in 2012 and graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Journalism Studies with Employment Experience degree in 2019, Paula has gone on to create and grow her own dynamic digital media empire. She loves reading, eating and spending time with her dog, Rolfie.
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