New Beginnings

Hello wwworld. Today I’m celebrating my 33rd birthday. To mark this special occasion I spent most of yesterday reviewing my last trip around the sun and formulating my goals and plans for the future. This is a personal post about my life, so if you not up for a little self-indulgence (I’m allowed a little of it today) feel free to skip this article. I’ll be sharing some new ideas soon, please come back.

Today is not only special because it’s my birthday, I’m also very excited to announce the launch of my blog. It’s been a long time in coming and I’m really pleased that it all came together and was able to launch it today.

The past

I graduated with my accounts degree in 2006 in Cape Town. I worked as a missionary for a year after graduating and did a couple of part time jobs in Cape Town over the next 2 years. In 2009 I moved back to my beloved hometown of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I got a job working as an accountant until mid 2011. It was then that I made a drastic career change by accepting “the call” to full time gospel ministry. I worked as a lay-pastor of a multi-church district (5 churches) for the next 4 years.

The present

As I write this I’m preparing to leave for the Philippines in a few days where I’ll be pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. It’s a new beginning for me and a new chapter in my life as I get a chance to be a full time student again. I love learning and I’m blessed to have this opportunity to obtain this degree. It is kinda daunting moving to another country and living on my own thousands of miles from home, but I will be in a completely new environment rich with opportunities. The good thing is that I am adventurous and know I’m gonna make the best of my time there. Many people say that their university years were the best of their lives, having been at varsity before I can vouch for that! Despite my belief that you should always be making your future years even better than the past, it does make going sound more exciting.

The future

I expect the next year to be exciting and eventful. Some of the major things I’d like to focus on this next year:

  • School – Yup, school is important but I hope it’ll largely be on autopilot and I’d like to do my best to maintain an A grade point average. Although, varsity for me will mainly be about the connections I make and the education.
  • Networking –  My networking skills have improved over the past year and consider them to be just above average. I’d like to improve and nurture them by meeting new people both in the blogging community and offline. Indeed, making friends this way is an incredibly rewarding experience.
  • Relationships – My goals in this department are very ambitious. Although, I’ve found that meeting people and nurturing relationships is fun and a lot easier than the stress of dating. However, if a genuine opportunity comes along for me to date I’ll go for it, but only with the bigger picture in mind.
  • Health – I had a bit of a scare late last year where I developed acute gastritis and duodenitis (stomach issues). Landed up in the hospital. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a great motivator to start making my health a priority again and kick some bad eating habits.
  • Miscellaneous – I’d like to start CrossFit again once I get to the Philippines. Started it a few months ago and absolutely love it, had to stop for a while due to some personal challenges. Right now I’m overweight and in terrible shape, can’t wait to start a fitness routine again. I’m interested in learning a new language, improving my writing (this blog is a good start), and doing a bit of travel around South East Asia (budget permitting).

Pastoring a multi-church district is demanding and challenging, but I loved every minute of it. It’s time now for a bit of a break. Ultimately, I just wanna enjoy being a full time student again and making the most of my time abroad.

Well, I’m off to finish packing and celebrate what’s left of my birthday. Looking back I can see I have lots to celebrate and looking ahead I am sure that I have much to look forward to. So join me as I share my experiences and insights here. This is not just a blog, it’s gonna be how I share who I am.

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3 thoughts on “New Beginnings

  1. Well done Jody! I wish you every success and May the good Lord be with you always xxx God has special plans for you, and you will be missed greatly.