TWENTY-TWO: Life Update!

 

Today I have the honour of living to see my 22nd birthday!!! 😍🎉

Guys… grateful is an understatement! Thinking back to where I was this time last year, living in a foreign country and navigating unstable circumstances and characters, and still having 7 months of that rollercoaster to go… it is really a relief to be home and to be celebrating today! I’ve definitely cried from sheer relief a few times since being back here in Cambridge!

Twenty-two… A lot has changed in the past year, and I am so thankful. I have grown, become more resilient and most of all learnt more about God. He literally took me into the unknown—that’s what a Year Abroad (YA) is, really: a year in foreign (unfamiliar, unknown) territory. And it was that for me both literally and figuratively. But God did so for a reason: so that now I can say with full confidence that God is my PERSONAL provider, healer, protector and my deliverer—He showed Himself to be all those on this YA and I’ve seen it!—and He is faithful to be the same for you if you’ll let Him.

As some have noticed, I have also been enjoying the ‘quiet life’, spending a lot less time on social media and enjoying real life. The YA sort of forced me into that—I was launched into working full-time abroad and living with new housemates and under a lot of stress from some difficult situations, so spending hours on social media or creating online content wasn’t feasible. In addition to that, at the same time, other things were happening: I was entering a brand new season in my personal life (🙈) and working in different sectors, both of which led me to reflect upon what really matters to me, personally, in the long-run. I decided to take time off YouTube—and for me, that has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has allowed me to focus on my other priorities and to blossom into new and exciting seasons. More on that decision in my announcement here.

A note on that, for anyone who’s considering making a transition that God is leading you into but that many will not understand: it’s absolutely okay to be ushered by God from one season into another. Ecclesiastes is quite clear that God is a God of seasons and transitions, that everything under the sun has a season (a start and an end). Not everyone will understand the timing or reasoning for your transition, and some will be quick to judge based on their limited view. But if it’s the Holy Spirit leading you, then He will make provision and you’ll have inner peace on the other side of your decision. Have faith. 😛

All that to say, I enter my 22nd year today with new priorities and new responsibilities. This is my final year at the University of Cambridge; it’s time now more than ever to study hard, focus, and do well so I can graduate well! I had a dissertation due the first week of term, 5 October, and my final Oral exam the week before that, on 28 September, so the buckling down had already started way back in June (what a way to spend summer, lol)! But honestly, I am SO excited for what God’s got planned and where He’s going to take me this new year of life. Lots is happening, and although I’m not shouting about it online and on social media, I am loving it and very thankful for it! ☺️

Thank you for your continued support and love. Thank you to everyone who’s been buying my book, too. 

Here’s to 22—a brand new year of life—and to new beginnings. Let’s see what God has in store.

See you in November,

Imani ♥️

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