No 2020 New Year’s Resolutions For Me

By Rogan Smith |
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Tomorrow marks the first day of the new year and decade. Hoo-ray! We made it. But, this New Year’s Grinch won’t be making any personal New Year’s resolutions.

It’s not that I have anything against them or the people who make them, but I just feel that many people get a high from wanting to start all over again, but they rarely follow through with all of their resolutions after January ends.

There have been things that I wanted to do, and I started doing them or completed them in 2019. The Virgo in me won’t let the day go without making some list. Every day, I make a list of the things I have to do in the short, medium and long-term. And it gives me great pleasure to strike those things off of my list once they’re done.

So, as we head into 2020, I’m feeling good, accomplished and ready to continue on the path I have been on.

I have to admit 2019 was a good year for me. I know this is going to sound crazy, but my year started off with losing a job. Is it crazy that, that made me happy? Well, it did, because I was so unhappy and unfulfilled. So, I feel like God removed it out of my life in a bid to give me greater purpose.

He also removed some people out of my life who had absolutely no business being in it. I thank Him for that as well.

The elimination of those things caused me to do many things. I travelled more – something I couldn’t do so freely had I been tied to a job with a strict three-week vacation. I visited Dublin, Ireland with my brother and it was the vacation of a lifetime.

At the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

I started a business, moved to a new country, started my YouTube vlog – something I have wanted to do for years, but was too scared to do.

Working for myself allowed me to spend more time with my family, especially my beautiful twin nieces. One of my favourite things to do was to pick them up from school and take them for lunch or to the beach. Those were beautiful moments and memories that will forever be seared in my mind.

L-R: London, me and Brooklyn on Goodman’s Bay Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.
Me and Miss London and her cute smile.
Me and my beautiful mum enjoying a free hotel weekend that I won. Look at God.

I met US Congresswoman, Maxine “Reclaiming My Time” Waters at an international conference in Atlanta. What a moment of a lifetime.

Former US Ambassador to The Bahamas, Sidney Williams, Rogan “This Bahamian Gyal” Smith and Maxine Waters. I asked her a few questions on the microphone, she learned I was from The Bahamas and came looking for me. How amazing is that?

I also strengthened my true friendships and told all of the people that matter to me that I love them.

I will not focus on the negative things that transpired, because they were totally irrelevant and eclipsed by the good and great things that happened.

If You Make Them, Keep Them

If you’re one of the billions of people who are going to make resolutions today or tomorrow, at least make every effort to keep them.

If you want to lose weight, know that it’s not going to happen in a week, a month or even a year. In some instances, it took years to put on the weight, so you cannot expect to lose it in record time unless you are doing something extreme.

If you want to start your business, just do it. Stop procrastinating. And stop telling people about it until you actually do it.

I wish nothing but the best for all of my readers. I thank you for riding with me in 2019. Great things are going to happen in 2020.

Happy New Year!


This Bahamian Gyal

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