Personal Memoirs

A Honest Evaluation Of My 2014 Goals

If you read Eziaha’s blog(get familiar already) then you should know that she did a series of 31fab voices sharing their goals in January 2014.
I never forgot my goals.
I was always checking them to see which ones I had ticked off.
So let’s have a honest evaluation of them all shall we?

The goals are written as they are at the beginning of the year but the main goals have been edited for brevity but nothing’s lost…
Hello everyone! My name is Frances Oghenerukevwe Okoro.
I am a Nigerian, an Isoko/Urhobo girl who hopes to learn how to speak both languages in 2014.
Blame me not please, my parents are the ones at fault, but I’ll be doing
something about this shameful situation this year.
I will DEFINITELY be taking Isoko classes before the year ends (add
that to my bucket list,no?) Yes!
(Did I succeed at this? Well, read on)


I am a student in Nigerian Law School Lagos campus so of course there’s a mega serious goal right there&I’ll come back to that, but for now,first things first…


2013 was deep spiritually for me, but I can do better in 2014.
I really want to know my beautiful Father more, I want a deep romance
with Him, so I will be wrapping myself in God’s word securely. My quiet time gets supreme priority before the exercise,BBM,law books,blogrolls…


Report – How did this go?
I ran on a spiritual high for a better part of the year till after Law School when I came home, then it was le struggle till “Thirsty Conference“.
I got my groove back but I’m still struggling a bit. I can always do better.
But I am thankful for lessons learnt in God this year.
For relationship that was grown..for love that I learned to pour on my Father…
Yes, I am thankful.

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Second goal is to pass Bar Finals in bright blinding colours!
Call to bar in November 2014 cannot be held in Abuja without your girl
being called too. Lai lai!
I’ve been toying with asking God for first class and this is the first
place I am officially going to write down the vision- I will leave NLS Lagos with a first class!

Report – No, I didn’t leave Law School with a first class but yes, call to bar wasn’t held without me.

God gave me my testimony and ended the 6years journey. successfully for me.
I am officially a barrister and I am thankful.


November 2014

November 2014

Still on the leaving NLS with first class, I really have to change my handwriting. Truly,when I write in a haste,I don’t even understand
some of the things I write.(tips will be welcome)
Report – No change but thankfully, there will be no exams for me to write for a while. 🙂


(3) I lost about 18kg in 2013 and I’ll lose the remaining 16kg this year.
I must get in my routine exercises, eat healthy, and I may fall but I will pick myself up and continue on the race.
Report – Fall I did fall!
I entered the year weighing about 83 or 85kg.
I lost the weight between May to August and went down to 74kg.
Ballooned up again after Law School because of chop chop and I’m currently at 82.4kg.

from this...

from this…

To this...

To this…

And back here again..

And back here again..

Talk about practically no self-control. Who loses weight and gains it back. Hah!
I’m thankful for the exercises I got in though.
For making an effort and the lessons this journey has taught me.


(4) I ran a business when I was in the university so I was always saving
and boosting my account but I’ve fallen off the wagon and have been spending anyhow.
So 4th goal is to get back into the saving groove. This may be hard to do with my small allowee but even if its 1k each month,I will do it.

Report – Yay! I did build my account back up.
For each month, I didn’t miss any(atleast for every time I had income)


(5) I started giving to orphanages in 2013 and I want to continue that in 2014.
I hope to visit, share and leave smiles on the lips of lots of people.
I will be starting with the little and start building the legacy I want to leave on earth.

Report – 3 orphanages visited this year.
One with the students of Law School that I had a part in organizing…

At Modupe Cole Home in February 2014

At Modupe Cole Home in February 2014

One was done personally and the last was done just this last Sunday.
I can do better.
(6) In light of giving back to society also,I would prayer fully be a
corper by November 2014 and I am working on a plan to speak to young girls in secondary schools in where ever I would be posted to(Lag hopefully).

Report – Yes, I am a corper now.
No, I wasn’t posted to Lagos.
Yes, I held the first of this event this December 2014.

It’s the first of many of what God has placed in my heart to do.

(7) I am crazy about being a virtuous lady, so I’ll be building on my personality.
Peeps, especially my toasters love to make my head swoon with – ‘Frances,you have an amazing personality’
But na lie abeg, I can do better.
I can be more loving/caring and can place a better lid on my temper. I also tend to bottle things up when I feel hurt instead of communicating, I’ll be working on that too.

Report – God worked on a part of me that was being held back as a result of the past.
Worked on my insecurity and on my sharp mouth.
Remember the red lips episode?
Yeah, painful lessons but I can say that my personality was refined this year.


(7) I also have a goal to smile and laugh more in 2014.(These fine teeth has got to be flaunted jare)
In fact, at the end of the year when I read this entry on E’s blog again,I hope to grin widely like a cat and showcase the amazing smiles
I have perfected in 2014 🙂



Report – aha!
This is one goal that I can say that I did 100percent!
My laughter shined through this year… Even through seeming joy stealing episodes…

Yes, the fine teeth were shown.


And oh, shoot! You notice that there’s no goal concerning the one I call the one?
I think my dad thinks that I am bringing an in-law for him soon because I prefer to tie wrappers a lot when going for events these days&apparently, that’s a married woman thing.
But err, I laugh in Isoko…
Let’s just say that I am VERY BUSY making myself into a lady the one
will be proud of and praying for our future.
When the one arrives, he will arrive.
And till he arrives, another goal for 2014 is to visit Ghana or
Calabar after law school things and just chillax!
I will be travelling somewhere, taking loads of pictures and just enjoying single hood.
I’m already imagining pictures taken with my bad ass glasses and ah, I am drooling already!

Report – No, the one hasn’t arrived.
No, I didn’t go to Ghana or Calabar.
But yes, I went to Olumo Rock at Abeokuta.


Chilling at the top baby!lol

Chilling at the top baby!lol

And yes, I went alone.
And yes, I had a great time enjoying my own company! And snapped loads of pictures 🙂
More of this in 2015

At the end of 2014 when I read this entry again, I hope it will be with the certainty that most of these goals were ticked off and I pray that I’ll be reading it with “Barrister” affixed to my name.
So help me God.
Onto GREATER things.
I must testify!


Report – Am I reading this with Barrister affixed to my name?
You bet!

Were most of the goals ticked?
Yeah, maybe a 6/10?

The goal to learn my native language wasn’t ticked though, but I am glad at where I am at.
I may have failed at some of them (side eye at my weightloss journey) but I got invaluable lessons in return.
Writing down these goals really helped me to stay on track and I’m grateful for the opportuinity to do that on E’s blog.


Will I be writing goals for 2015?

Contrary to what most people say, new year resolutions can be achieved if you are serious about them.

You might not achieve them all but to a reasonable extent, you will get some goals ticked if you are serious about them.
I’ve realized that I achieve more when my goals are written down and I can measure my growth with these goals.(especially when its in public view like this year’s was)

Yes, I grew in 2014 – spiritually, emotionally, in strength of character, in faith… and yes I am thankful, ever thankful to God for all.



Have you done your evaluation yet?
Have you written down and prayed over your goals for 2015?
Commit your ways unto the Lord and He will help you.
Let’s not enter into 2015 just drifting where ever the wind may blow.
Settle down, have a bit of a quiet time, reflect on 2014, relive the dreams for 2015, write them down and determine to take the plunge.


Happy New Year in Advance.


P.S- You guys know just how much I love you all my blog fam right?

A big part of me was moulded by this blog in 2014 and that would not have been possible without you and you and you.

it is my prayer that we increase in all ramifications through Christ.

I sincerely do love you all…. With the love of Christ 🙂


Unto a more awesome 2015… AMEN!

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  • Reply
    oluwafemi babbs
    December 31, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Awesome dear…….
    You are going places… thanks for the everyday inspiration…

  • Reply
    Frances Okoro
    December 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Thank you Babbs!
    I am glad you are inspired to be more and do more!
    Unto a greater 2015 🙂

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 31, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Amen and amen Highly favoured.
      Thank you so much.
      May the expectations of your heart not be cut short in Jesus Name, amen!

  • Reply
    Highly Favored
    December 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    All the best in 2015 Francis! May you exceed all that you have planed to accomplish in every spere of your life.

  • Reply
    December 31, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you Frances for letting His light shine through you. It gave some of us courage to let His light shine brightly through us too.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 31, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Mayowa…you’ve been constant… a big darling through 2014 right until now.
      God bless you greatly…

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    Princess Okechukwu
    December 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Did you just ask ‘Who loses and gains weight again?” Errrr Moi aussi! [Me too} Lol. I was able to get into the routine after running away from workout because I don’t like sweating on my head. But I love my food, dieting is never an option. And I must stay fit.

    Well done Frances! a 6/10 is a good one, knowing that God’s will has to prevail over all. And yes! 2015 is prayerfully being prepared for.

    Happy New year, my darling. I am excited to rejoice with you as God unveils His goodies for you and as he continues to build you for greatness in Him.

    Lots of love!

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 31, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      ah! I am happy to see that I am not alone oh, but thank God you picked yourself up princess.
      I can relate with sweating on the head thingy, hopefully, it will be better for me now that I’m on low cut things 🙂

      Amen and amen.
      You always speak wonderful words into my life.
      May we not miss it…we shall grow in the fullness of what God has for us in Jesus name, amen!

  • Reply
    December 31, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I just love reeeaaally inspire me.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 31, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Ruthy… *hugs, hugs and hugs***
      I won’t be here without you… God has brought both of us each other’s way..
      More and greater in 2015, amen!

  • Reply
    January 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I wrote down mine as i read this. i never have new year resolution but you kinda inspired me to see things i wanna do as resolutions that can be achieved. As much as this my small head knows too much, i still look up to you to learn from you. Thank God for u & as always thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      January 2, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      I pray your resolutions and goals shall all come to life in 2015 in Jesus name, amen!
      Yes, achieving those goals is possible Vicky… follow, and refresh your memory when you need to.
      I wish us all the very best!
      *hugs and hugs*

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    Temitope Banks
    January 1, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Happy new year dear,its so true that we can acheive our goals if we put our hearts to it.I love love love the fact that you are staying accountable in an upbeat manner,way to go sis. I know this year you will break forth left,right and centre.For me 2014 was a year of glorious growth, I really didnt meet up with my weight loss goals so you have an accountability partner in this weight loss iss lol.

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    Frances Okoro
    January 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Happy New Year Temitope!
    Amen and amen to your prayers… I pray for an increase in everything you do this year..may God’s blessings be on you and all yours in Jesus name, amen!

    And yes oh, I believe goals can be achieved..accountability and not just forgetting the goals is key.

    And for the weightloss..i’m forgetting the former things and starting again… yep! new year, it’s working 🙂

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    January 2, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    How about I say a big Congratulations to you hun, you are a winner….I love you girl

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      January 3, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Are you serious?? Hannah that’s you?
      Oh dear..*hugs,hugs,hugs*
      Happy new year! Hope you saw my comment on your blog? Was just checking on you.
      I hope you are great?
      Wish you an awesome year ahead!
      Much love sis 🙂

  • Reply
    January 3, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Come to think of it,what would my 2014 be without following your blog…Your blog has become my run to source of inspiration..words fail me to describe it but I’ll just say,Thank you so much for yielding your self to God’s wisdom.So happy you achieved your goals for 2014…get set to accomplish more….Happy new year to you hun…..

  • Reply
    Frances Okoro
    January 4, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Happy New Year to you Presh!
    I guess network don do you good now 🙂
    Thank you so much for your kind words..and the inspiration to even achieve more goals this 2015..
    This blog won’t be complete without you…you know it’s not just about me, not at all.

    I am grateful to God for you..ALWAYS.
    #much love

  • Reply
    January 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    “Contrary to what most people say, new year resolutions can be achieved if you are serious about them.” Told someone this 30 minutes ago.

    I love your smile. Congrats on law school and starting service (how did I miss them?)

    Who loses weight and gains it back? More people than you know.

    I pray for you: God’s grace. Shalom.

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    Frances Okoro
    January 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    More people than I know lose the weight and gain it back truly Jite…hopefully, I won’t be among them in 2015 🙂

    And I absolutely believe that we can indeed do what we set out to do if we want to-determination, accountability, prayers, hard work…its doable.
    More goals will be ticked off in 2015 🙂

    And how you missed NYSC and call to bar ? you should definitely come here more often 🙂

  • Reply
    January 13, 2015 at 5:31 am

    yay Frances!!! Nice one

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