Of course I am going to quote Oprah.
I hope you had the best September month. I had a mostly good one and I know and believe that October is going to be even better for you and I. Feel free to share your gratitude list with me. 🙂
September 1 – I just received a box of flowers sent to me. A BOX people! A BOX! They are so beautiful. So weird, I was thinking of flowers on Monday.
September 2 – Simon Cowell he is literally the funniest person I’ve never met. Grateful that I have a TV. He is gold.
September 3 – slept in till 9am. YES!
September 4 – grateful for my Genesis, she sends me the nicest, longest, most encouraging messages EVERY single morning. She’s the kind to make you feel like you’re the most special person alive.
September 5 – spent the day with my Chel beans. She’s such funzies time. You know what I love? I love that she seeks my hand out and holds onto it with such unwavering trust. Grateful for sister time day filled with disapproving eyes from me to her, desserts, laughs and cuddles. I don’t even like cuddles but I’ll take hers.
September 6 – grateful for my church. Where else would I want to be on a Sunday?
September 7 – grateful…grateful for the Eve and Nico staff… Today was just all sorts of amazing! Most amazing team there is.
September 8 – what would I do without best copy? Or the hardware store? I know every time I walk into their stores, am like a walking ‘discount girl’. These guys put up with all my discount requests and always welcoming my sarcasm. They are just the best and am grateful for them. If ever you’re on the upper west side do check them out for your shipping, printing and hardware equipment.
September 9 – walking into our house and finding my mama home! I love when she’s around, she makes everything extra special. I am my mama’s girl.
September 10 – I love my job, I love my staff. Still can’t believe am not using my undergrad or graduate degrees to do the job am doing. I’m tempted to return my degrees and ask for a refund and in return, they can drain the knowledge out of my head.
September 11 – today was perfect. In all ways imaginable. I feel, so… (I’m looking for the word) simply put, I feel great. God showed up! Forget Fitz Grant showing up!
September 12 – grateful that our shop, in its size is capable of being such an attraction on the west side. Blessings on blessings. My cup literally runs over! Anna and Tye am grateful for you two.
September 13 – U.S. open was so much fun!!!
September 14 – I had $0.85 cents and I wanted $1 chips to eat while I wait in line for my pm bus. Wahida (who has been my Indian mental friend for ages) works at a kiosk at port authority. I told her all I had on me was $0.85, she smiled and gave it to me for the sum I had. She then followed her act by saying something remarkable.
Backstory: Wahida works evening shifts. Most evenings for the past 8 months, I’d pass by her kiosk with a card to buy $1 chips. I’d always apologise profusely for my lack of spare change (a habit my mama dislikes). She’d smile and say it’s okay and swipe my card. You’d think I’d learn to keep $1 on me. Right? But I kept at it. Other days I wasn’t as hungry, I’d just wave and go straight to my bus gate. We’d never had a full convo but what we have going is great. Today is the first day we had a convo that had more than 6 sentences. I like Wahida.
September 15 – grateful for all things technology. Let’s start with the Internet! Hallelujah
September 16 – No! Today I just wanted to slap a dozen people! Can I just say if ever you’re a small business and want to do Internet advertising etc, this is what you should never do. This one thing only. NEVER USE DEX MEDIA for your advertising. I don’t know the man or woman behind them who is capable of making me feel the most violent of feelings but let’s just say, I am grateful for all the lessons in life that taught me to show grace and patience.
September 17 – grateful to God for the opportunities He has created for our business. Sometimes it almost feels unreal that I am part of something bigger than me. It is the most work I have ever done in my life. I love it and all that am learning and experiencing. My cup literally runs over.
September 18 – laughing… I want to laugh for the rest of my life. My sister asked me to do her makeup. She’s going for prom in a few weeks. So home-girls are contouring, are 5 shades different, lips are on. Life was good. THEN she asked me to fill her eyebrows to get them fleeky, which I of course obediently did. It looked like I had plastered caterpillars on her brows! It was the funniest sight ever! Hashtag iscared. I laughed so much, and cried. Legit tears running down my cheeks. That never happens, I never cry while laughing. I didn’t want it to ever stop. She looked horrible but It felt SO good to laugh like that. I wish I could laugh like that thrice a week. Anyhow, am grateful for moments like those.
September 19 – for the people I’ve met in this city that make it less lonely. Most times I can’t believe that I now have legit connections in NYC. There was a time when I didn’t know anybody outside of my family.
September 20 – quiet time. I had the afternoon to myself. I NEEDED it.
September 21 – Teen Titans… Made my day
September 22 – grateful for medicines and bed
September 23 – three things.
1. having someone make me the best playlist… Good way to end the day.
2. My uncle spent his whole day at work with me… He said ‘can you believe you work in a shop?’ And then we laughed. But most importantly he fell in love with what I do.
3. Am grateful that Anna is feeling well.
September 24 – thankful for friends who send 20 minutes voice notes, I’m never alone.
September 25 – Mindy Kaling, you give me so much happiness. Indeed I will continue to invest my monies in her books.
September 26 – family night at Tao. I so do not deserve my family but hey favour ain’t fair. These guys are life itself. Had a good night with loud music and endless food.
September 27 – brunches and walks in Central Park. Also by opening our hearts to understand others we in turn make it possible to be understood. The ducks in Central Park have leg swag for days! (Leg swag: ducks standing on one leg while stretching the other)
September 28 – we’ve been planning to watch Aladdin for forever but we wanted friendly priced tickets. Today, we got discounted tickets to watch. I CANNOT WAIT! I loves me some Broadway.
September 29 – I had a terribly frustrating morning. Later that afternoon at the peak of my hunger, I stood outside a restaurant reading their menu with a basket in my hand. After staring at the menu for over 10 minutes debating if I should faint or roll on the floor (because making a food decision can be so hard at times) this person walks up to me with a smile, gave me a hug and for a second I was so confused. Did he mistake me for those small time TV actresses who you wish well in life? It took me a minute to realise I actually knew this person from last year when he worked at a restaurant opposite the shop. I decided to go in and have a meal and show support at his new job. And then he gave me FREE bottomless tea. Yes I just used bottomless for tea and not mimosas. Grateful for free tea!
September 30 – Empire… Thank you Lee Daniels. Can we just give a round of applause to people who actually make TV happen. This is a huge deal for so many of us who have no social life. Television is bae.