To get a full understanding of my 2019, you may need to read about my 2018 here.
2019 started with me scrolling through Instagram in January, stumbling on a post and hearing that still small voice say “Go to Orange Academy”. Now, I had known about Orange Academy for about four years, but the timing and the cost just never worked out. This time, I made enquiries again and was determined to make it happen. Everything aligned – my boss gave me weekends off, my uncle loaned me the money (a loan he didn’t let me pay back and I am grateful for), my best friend came through for me, and my husband was my greatest cheerleader as usual.
I had the best time in Orange Academy – made new friends, worked on crazy but great ideas, expressed myself, and for the first time in a while, I felt like I was doing what I was made to do. The highlight of my time at Orange was when each group had to do a presentation for a product. My group chose toothpaste. I remember my group head walking up to me after class and telling me he would like me to spearhead it. I was delighted to. I went for weeks thinking about what type of toothpaste I would like to create and then one night, at about 3 am, the Holy Spirit dropped an idea in my heart. Summary, my group won. I took a picture with the facilitator, posted it on Instagram with a caption that people should save the image because a remake was going to happen in future. Well, I don’t have a remake yet, but I am beyond blessed to now have him as my boss. Every time I think about how much of a great man he is, he surprises me and raises the bar again. When I become a boss, I want to be like him. He has set a standard for me and I admire him a lot.
This whole experience has been my biggest testimony of 2019. God showed me that He makes all things beautiful in His time. I prayed so much last year for an opportunity and then, this year, He just made all the stars align.
I went from having two jobs to having three jobs. They have kept me busy, but I am happy. I am doing three things I love, and I am grateful for everyone who believes in me.
My business soared this year. A lot of people complained about how I wasn’t posting pictures of my fabrics like before, and though I agree I was less aggressive this year, I have also learnt how to work smart and not just hard. I got my biggest deal so far, and it has been my most profitable year since I started. Best part – I know that it can only get better.
I had some low moments this year too. I got a medical diagnosis that tested my faith and made me question God many many times. I was on an emotional roller-coaster for months; hoping and praying, waiting and anticipating. I did so many tests, used so many drugs, dealt with annoying side effects. I just couldn’t get why God was making me go through all this. Several times, I heard Him tell me “Rest”. I tried to rest, but the circumstances didn’t let me. After several months of “nagging” Him, He gave me an answer, more like a chastening, and I finally got the message. So now, I am resting in the arms of my Father. He will do what He has promised to do when He wants to do it. God doesn’t work by my time. He makes all things beautiful in His time.
My husband, my hero. A lot of people see the “Rolayo” outside but not the one inside, and I don’t know how I would do all I do without him. Every time I think about him, I thank my God. There’s so much to say, but I will just say “Thank you Olumi. God bless you. I love you. This is the least we will ever be.”
I had an amazing year. I am grateful for the people God has put in my life and the places He has put me. I am one blessed child of God. I know 2020 is going to be super-duper amazing! I can feel it in my bones!
You had a really lovely 2019. Here’s to more customers, more exploits and more love in 2020!