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Interesting week this one, but in an extremely good way. Let me not delve much into it, don’t want to jinx it. However, let’s talk professions. I am the poster child for social media/content and basically most things digital. It’s amazing how people perceive that, well, I’ve gotten the “she’s the one who does our Facebook and Twitter”. Basically, I have been downgraded to ‘just that’, those things that everyone else in the office thinks is a way to pass time. Good thing, they get a teeny-weeny section of what I do, like 0.something% but I don’t interject. I just nod my head and agree, because trying to explain it when the other party isn’t getting it, makes me seem defensive, which I really am sometimes *who isn’t?…I admire you*.

The best thing that’s happened the better part of this year, is having people who understand what I do. Or rather having a conversation with people who get me, who get my profession. It gives me some more confidence, that was rather lacking. You know when you’re a programmer, designer, lawyer, doctor, teacher,everyone knows what you do. I mean, its general knowledge. But content, what the hell’s that, what do you do?

I had a conversation with my dad yesterday trying to explain to him as simply as I could, what I do. And I mean in a very simple way, no jargon lingo. He’s old folk, so for him all these social media and content platforms don’t make sense. I broke it down, and based on the responses – mmmh’s, aaah’s, contributions, suggestions, opinions, I think he finally got it. I think he’s always had a hard time explaining to his friends what I do, at least mum got it some time back. Despite me having an undergraduate and masters degree in IT and Strategic Management, my work well, doesn’t quite capture those two in terms of my “titles”, so he wonders.

My Take: Be qualified, but don’t let your qualifications limit what you can do with yourself. You could study IT, like I did, but you could also be a greater cook. So that shouldn’t prevent you from being a super chef because someone said when you do IT you have to be a programmer. You don’t have to conform, respect your desires too.

TGIF, Hammock, Holiday

Thank God It’s Friday: If I could teleport that hammock, I would.

WATCHING

Scandal Ssn3 and Suits Ssn3. But honestly, I have been watching and 30mins into it I am dead asleep on my couch. Getting home feeling exhausted with the hope of watching a few episodes only to watch one episode all week. Feel me, does this happen to you?

LOVING

My friends, the support is overwhelming. For looking out for me, I have nothing but appreciation for you and if I can, I will always be there cheering you on too. In whatever ventures you take, as long as they’re legal and I think they suit you. Of course, I won’t cheat you can sing when you can’t, I can’t bear seeing you getting embarrassed on Project Fame. I will recommend you where I see you fit to do the work. But the bottom line is, I appreciate you.

LISTENING TO

Jam’s that are making my Friday a bit more interesting. I should probably make a playlist.

READING

Still blog-trotting! My sister also gave me this book, that now seems rather interesting. The title got me off at first but I decided to give it a benefit of doubt. Trying to live by the words, “don’t judge a book by its cover” … literally! Will tell you how that goes.

Books, Current Read,

EATING

My one meal a week, shame! But that’s what it has gotten to. I wouldn’t call it laziness but I happen to cook a lot and it seems endless or maybe I’ve performed miracles and I don’t know. That brings me to the question, do you think Jesus knew he had super powers or he came to realize later. Let me not get into it, lest it sounds blasphemous.

Food, Ugali, Pork, Fried, Vegges, Sukuma Wiki, Greens, White Chocolate

LOOKING FORWARD TO

Holidaying! Whenever it comes, I’m just craving that sun and sand. After being exposed to what a holiday would feel like for just a weekend, I am definitely looking forward to the next one. This stuff is addictive. Just thinking of the hammocks right about now.

HOPING FOR

Crossing fingers and toes that I bag it. It would be a great one to put my brains on.

SAVING FOR

A good blender. I want to be able to make my own shakes and juices, there’s no need for the disappointments we get from the restaurants. Plus for trips, we need to visit our country, it has the most beautiful sceneries and locations, those resorts won’t pay for themselves *pouts*

THANKING

God. These blessings, I can’t complain at all.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Work Quote

Besides that, to more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

This and That #TGIF

Hasn’t this one been one long week full of anxiousness, uncertainty and unanswered questions with regards to the events that unfolded in our beloved country? So much loss in different places. Though the one that came close home was the Westgate attack, because for a moment there I put myself in that situation. It could have been me or you, because at one time or another, we find ourselves there, either for meetings, shopping or fun times. Today at the office, we had a moment of prayer and one of the pastors (yes we have a couple of pastors in the office) made us *okay, me* understand that in all these tragedies, something is born that enables us to rise above the tragedies and we’re blessed. That we should thank God in everything even those things that make us grief and let Gods will be.

Thank God It's Friday

Source - Mutua Matheka: Thank God It’s Friday

I finished reading “Half of a Yellow Sun” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Boy, is she a story-teller even in writing. Got to hear her story in one of the TED talks and from the way she was speaking, I was like, “I need to read something she’s written.” In short, it was one book that I had trouble putting down. And when I did, somewhere at the back of my mind, I was thinking about it. She narrates the war so vividly, she puts life in the characters. In my head, I must’ve been reading with their voices and accents. When I finished, I couldn’t believe I’m done. I wanted to know what happened next, what happened to Olanna’s twin sister Kainene? I didn’t want to finish it, but I did.

If I had any hopes of writing, this book here brought me back to reality…lol. Not that I don’t believe in myself. Maybe I don’t, but yikes! If that’s one literary text to compare my *attempt to* writing to, I’ve got a long way to go. The grammar, the flow, the telling of the story … maybe I’ve over-blown her horn but she damn good. Can’t wait to get my hands on her other books. Purple Hibiscus or Americana maybe.  They’ll all be read either way. Says me who was never into literature in high school. I wish I had the same interest when I was reading my Chinua Achebe et al. Ever realized that when you’re forced to do something it’s not as fun as when you’re doing it because you’ve voluntarily pushed yourself towards it? Education should have been like that.

Safari Sevens

Safari 7′s last weekend was lots of fun. The boyfriend and I were lucky to get complementaries from KQ and Wrigleys thanks to ah-so-mazing friends and we totally had a good time. Until my friend started working for Wrigleys, I always considered it a very foreign company. For some reason I even thought they imported all the chewing gum and sold it here, SMH! That was just plain ignorance on my part though. They are aggressive in marketing their products and have them available everywhere, like literally. Tell me someone who doesn’t know orbit. If you don’t, I owe you a pack. So can we comfortably say this is my first give-away he he.

Then listen to this jam by Elani – Jana Usiku! Kenyan music gets better and better, that’s been on replay this week. “Me nataka paree pareee! Sahau shida kaa umesota, leo tupige makele corner to corner tukiimba…” Don’t you just want to do that sometimes. Let the good times roll even when broke *woop woop*

Super Friday to y’all. May you have a blessed one and keep safe. While at it, a little more laughing, living and loving.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Friday Snippets

Of discovering the bliss behind leave days. When it’s not because of exams or because of a function but just because you deserve to sit back and do a little bit *modesty* of nothing. Then I discovered that these blissful days do end and you’re back to the usual cycle of life. But boy am I glad that I am in that cycle because there’s someone who wishes that they had something to do, something that will enable to them to make a living. Many at times I want to whine about work and things that I can do but not doing, then I think of the person who wishes to but can’t. Then I turn my whining into thanksgiving.

So goes with many other things in life. There are people who would do anything for what you have but you keep trashing yours every other day, while others keep praying for your kind every other day. Be thankful for what you have. I know it’s never enough, but it’s better to thank God for what you have now and work towards making it better. It feels more rewarding that way, at least for me it does.

Thankful

Thank God Its Friday

WATCHING

Lots and lots of movies, series, just name it. Comes with being on leave, the couch wants us back to work, to get a breather. These were my favourites because they either left me wanting more or in awe (like, how can a movie be this good).

Red Widow (series), about a woman whose father is a tycoon in the drug business and is married to a guy who becomes part of the business. Only for him to be killed later because he was about to reveal all the guys involved in the business including his wife’s father. As the widow, she takes up his debts with another tycoon and has to now play business partner and mother to 3 children. Intriguing.

Broken City (movie), a cop is charged with murder but deemed ‘not guilty’ with some undercover evidence that would jeopardize his freedom temporarily missing. He then starts a firm for tracking people which of course takes up all his time and the wife is an actress (hehe, you can figure how that goes). The mayor suspects his wife is cheating and gives him the job to get all the details and it gets dirty because the wife realizes and tries to give him a counter offer but it’s to late.

Trance (movie), about hypnosis. This guy who auctions these expensive paintings and is an addict to online gambling starts seeing a psychologist who hypnotises in order to help you get over your problem and after a couple of sessions, they start getting closer and an affair brews. Scratch that, he gambles too much and owes a big chuck of cash to which he makes a deal with some thugs to pay off his debt and in return he steals an expensive painting for them. But then, he plays them and forgets where he put the painting. Then of course they’re advised to see a psychologist to help him remember, and guess who he chooses, the woman. It’s twisted, it plays with your mind because … hypnosis.

Devious Maids (series), say drama and accents, Spanish (Latino) accents in one sitting – ah-mah-zing! It’s basically about spoilt maids in the houses of their masters. How they’re treated, the gossip, the speculation.

Now You See Me (movie), about magic things. Where an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of magicians who pull off bank robberies during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Ice Man (movie), he’s married, a father but he’s also a cold blooded murderer. He slits throats, shoots and is still the loving husband and daddy to his family. The authority finally catch up with him but the in between, worth the watch.

LOVING

Leave. In my 5 years of working, wow 5 years (from 2009 to now, it just seemed like the other day), I have never really had a genuine leave. It was usually because I have a exams, or I have a function but just to sit and chill. Nah. This was an awesome first and definitely worth the take. Just a week of bum mode. Now it’s sadly over.

LISTENING TO

Sara Bareilles, her music is beautiful and soulful. Check out the link.

READING

Want to start on Paulo Coelho’s – The Winner Stands Alone.

Managed to hack the #3books1month challenge, but considering that I only read them on my way to and from work, that was quite a challenge:

  • Paulo Coelho – Brida; About this lady called Brida who is trying to find herself and identify her soul mate. I like how Paulo Coelho writes on his view of life, it’s mostly how most of us see it but are not able to express it. Aren’t we all in search of our purpose and that one person who connects with us.
  • Danielle Steel – Big Girl; About family, some of people are accepted so easily into the family, others have to fight to be loved.
  • Lauren Weisberger - Devil Wears Prada – Don’t I love how she writes. I feel like a fly on the wall, I could picture her life from her writing. If I were to start writing, I would do something of this sort or the Elizabeth Gilbert Kind.

EATING

Food, most of which I have whipped up, of course except for the grilled chicken we happily got from Galitos. Well deserved.

French Toast, Chicken, Rice, Mashed, Liver

Yummers!

LOOKING FORWARD TO

This weekends pork plan, but it’s always about the people. Great company right there and of course good food *read pork* to go with that.

SAVING FOR

Again I say, either to becoming entrepreneurs or to BIGGER pay checks, this looking forward to pay-day business, I don’t fancy. Besides that, I’m saving for a couple of things that if I began to mention them I’ll feel broke we don’t want that do we now. Let’s hope I get them all soon enough.

PLANNING FOR

The next leave days. This is what it has come to. Now that I know how sweet leave is, I am definitely going to be planning my leave days.

THINKING OF

The finality of our words. You really get what you ask for, not necessarily now, it could be later, and much more later for some. Most of the things people become is what they confessed some time. In one way or another you really work towards that which you really want, not necessarily in the conventional way, sometimes it comes in the unconventional way.

You don’t have to be in an office seat to get where you want to be, you could do your thing in your own little way. Or surprisingly, the world could sometimes pull its resources for you to achieve it whatever it is you’ve always wanted. I’ve seen it and read it. Tell me how my 90 something year old grandma could be finally going to the States to visit family? She always said she’ll go visit her son and grand children, and she will. The finality of our words.

Reminds me of Chris Daughtry’s – Home lyrics,

Be careful what you wish for,
‘Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don’t want.

To more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

A Place to Belong

Photo Credits

Feeling of displacement aside

Out of place, dis-appreciation all dim lights

I need something that’ll shine

A sign to show I’m welcome

Part n’ parcel of the gang

But everything is so distant

In one place I was guaranteed and belonged

Where the drums beat loudest

And my heart comes in whole

Where the smiles are abundant

And everything breathes hope

Recognition doesn’t matter

The only place my name n’ fame doesn’t count

Safe abode where my mind is in peace

And my body comes in handy

But …

I look forward, I see blank faces

Full with disappointment, disgust and pity

I wasn’t part of them, that, not a doubt

I wasn’t even like them, can’t be figured out

Where could I possibly fit

A place where I wouldn’t be a misfit

Somewhere I was calm

Not dense n’ damp

The sound of music, the feel of innocence

My daily constant dose of heroine

Every sniff sends me flying

Pass everything n’ I’ll do it good

As long as it’s a note with a tune

A lyric like do-re-mi-the chords

They look corny while they’re at it

But the way they’ll pull it off is just MAGIC

Head :  Side to Side , Waist : Likewise

Beauty in the making, utterly breathtaking

But all I wanna do is sing

Whether it’s Pink or Elvis Presley

The beats of the track slowly on crazing

When I say B.N.P

I don’t mean … Before Nubian Prince

I mean … Bra, Knickers n’ Pants! LOL

♥ Rockphile

 Yeah, that’s poetry by my baby sister. She’s a rock fanatic, as you can see it in her “name”. I discovered she does poetry because she would take my incomplete journals or get us to buy her journals every other month. Not that I’m snoopy *in my defence* … lol, but I happened to land on one or two of her poems and I thought WOW. So I asked her if I can do a guest poem on my blog. I love how she writes. Here’s another one she’s done here before (You Are Special).

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” ~ Joan Didion

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Every Woman’s Desire

So I was reading this book “Captivating – Unveiling the mystery of a Womans Soul” by John and Stasi Eldredge…ok, I didn’t buy it myself (oops), I was given as a birthday present by my mum (awwww how sweet.lol.). She told me she just didn’t know what to get me because she wanted to get something that will benefit me, and something that I probably don’t have.  Clearly anything fashionista was out (meaning clothes, shoes and bags)… anyhow, she thought this book will be just it,  for my 23rd. And for sure it was. Here’s the thing I grasped from my read…

The authors: John and Stasi Eldredge — tooo cool, still trying to understand how a married couple would sit together and write a book — unveiling the mystery of a womans soul — i mean, honestly, do you know how hard it is to understand a woman, let alone women. I barely understand myself sometimes e.g Now, being why am even blogging and am supposed to be reading for some exams, but this makes me get a clear conscience — see! very weird #shiiish!

So here goes!!

Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the Beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child’s play. They are the Secret to the feminine heart.

And yet – how many women do you know who ever find that life? As the years pass by, the heart of a woman gets pushed aside, wounded, buried. She finds no romance except in novels, no adventure except on television and she doubts very much that she will ever be the beauty in any tale. (Thats so common, true and sad)

Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman.

You’ll find that every woman in her heart of hearts longs for three things:

  1. To be romanced (believe it or not, yes, the very essence of it.what you are thinking as well…lol)
  2. To Play an irreplacable role in a great adventure : (this is more of being needed, to be the lifesaver, a helper of sorts)
  3. To unveil beauty : (yes, to be recognized as beautiful, to be appreciated,be  adored…..does “Mirror Mirror on the wall, whose the fairest of them all”…ring a bell? trust me all women do that indirectly. Hence the dressing up, the make up, the salon)

Those three makes a woman come alive :)

It got me thinking and very curious as to whether it’s actually true. starting with myself, those three things as plain and simple as they look are every womans desire. It’s what reveals the captivating nature of a woman.

Did you know ?(BULB LIGHT) ?   That most women define themselves in terms of their relationships, and the quality they deem those relationships to have. Like I am a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Or, I am alone, I’m not seeing anyone right now, or my children ain’t calling, or my friends seem distant.

So after reading this book, I have been inspired to become an avid reader of books that bring value to my little mind. And helps me to conceptualize things (ok, big word, but t’woz for lack of a better one :) ) now that my mind works on over drive sometimes … I can think up a million things at a go.

Random Quote: “Mankind is like a king/queen in exile, and we cannot be happy until we have recovered our true state”

 Signing off — *Kawi*