End of summer vibes people! How are you doing? Hope well and taking in the very last rays of the sun before fall descends upon us here in Europe in a few weeks. To those back home in Kenya I’m sure you’re just counting down the days to the end of the cold season there, and I’ll be home soon too so guess I get a double summer this year, whoop! Anyway, that aside, let’s see what the past month has been like…
Are all of you as sad as I am to see May come to an end? This has been quite a fun-filled month for me and now that I’m knee-deep into my dissertation, no more fun for a good one and a half months till I complete this project… Sigh. Almost there, I can see the light at the end of this academic tunnel.
It’s been more than a minute folks and I apologize for the silence. School had me super caught up and I had no time to even read for pleasure leave alone blog. BUT… Finally on Easter break and catching up with everything I have missed out on in the past two months or so. Let’s take some stock shall we?:)
Three more days till 2016!! Can you smell January already? So ready for another year filled with promise and opportunity, 2015 imma let you finish but 2016 is probably going to be the best year I’ll have… Just putting it out there.
Making: A bunch of travel itineraries, the rest of the year is going to be filled with quite some adventures
Cooking: Made some teriyaki ribs last night, hope that still counts!
Drinking: Nomu’s Skinny hot chocolate – it actually tastes super amazing for a ‘diet’ drink
Looking: For Betty Crocker’s frosting. I can’t seem to find any in all the major supermarkets here. Anyone know where I can find some?
Playing: Words with friends with my brother and winning everytime!
Wasting: Fuel with all the trips my mum makes me do to town to buy her wool… For those who don’t know, my mother has this sudden knitting obsession and will not sleep until she gets the wool of her choice – everyday.
Sewing Creating: My vision board for my upcoming school year. So exciting yet so nerve racking!
Wishing: I had more time left in Nairobi:( I’m ready to leave but then again, not.
Enjoying: The time I have been spending with friends of late, each moment being fulfilling, fun and stress free.
Waiting: For 6pm to get here already because @missvnjoroge’s sister is hosting us for a very intimate art show at her home and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful pieces.
Liking: My sudden love for lip stains, I wear one almost daily now. I still can’t fathom wearing any lipstick but maybe one day I’ll get that bug too.
Wondering: When I’ll be able to get these dreams I have all realized…
Loving: The weather in Nairobi right now, no more dull grey skies!
Hoping: For a great academic year ahead. Didn’t I say I was excited earlier??:)
Marvelling: At the progress I have made in my own personal growth. This year has been quite the journey and there’s still more to come.
Needing: An Oreonilla milkshake in my life! Urban Eatery should deliver
Smelling: Mum’s perfume, she just walked into my room lol.. Prada – Candy, yum!
Wearing: Black and white striped maxi dress
Following: @IndieByline who is basically my spirit animal. Love her page, her blog, her story… I wish I met you while I was still living in Atl, you are too cool:)
Noticing: How much more hydration I need in my system, my face is starting to break out thanks to not drinking enough water. 1ltr and more all day everyday from now on.
Knowing: That if I don’t get out of this bed I will be late for lunch today with my former @UPNairobiworkmates… Don’t kill me Adam, I already know I’ll be late.
Thinking: About my trip to Rusinga next week… Bittersweet feelings.
Feeling: Hungry. I really should start getting ready
Bookmarking: @iamnecole’s new site! I was an avid fan of NecoleBitchie and I am loving the newly revamped website xonecole that is a women’s lifestyle website carefully curated by women making it all the more powerful, inspiring and motivating. #WomenForWomen
Opening: My Mogul page, I recently started contributing to this site and would love for you all to check out my articles when you can:)
Giggling: At my very awkward moment that happened this past Tuesday haha.. NSFW – the end.
Making: Some major decisions in my life. I feel like I am always doing this though lol, so lets scratch that, I’m making major PLANS in my life. That sounds more concrete because it means those decisions will actually pan out. So I hope…
Cooking Eating: So much yummy Indian food! Currently in India visiting my mother and I am cheating on my diet everyday with all this rich and spicy food everywhere:)
|Not a picture taken by me! But it shows you the beauty of Indian food:)|
Drinking: Lots and lots of water. This Indian heat isn’t sparing anyone and I thought I was escaping the sun by leaving Nairobi for a few days goodness! Craving my ultimate guilty pleasure, the tropical fruit smoothies from Artcaffe, simply bliss!
Reading: Thrive by Arianna Huffington and loving it, book review coming up soon!
Wanting: A new phone, why won’t anyone hear my iPhone 6 cries??:(
Looking: For a really good paper source. Wanna get back to designing stationery and I need really good quality paper. Any suggestions?
Playing: With my hair, which needs to be done like asap once I get home. Braids should not last this long haha
Wasting: A lot of time watching Gotham. I’m done with that show, it has failed me.
Sewing Creating: Many more vision boards in my head than I should be doing on paper lol.. Need to jot all these ideas down before the disappear.
Wishing: I could make everything I want to happen in the next few months happen without any repercussions… If wishes were horses though.
Enjoying: This relaxing mini-break in India, was def much needed!
Waiting: For lunch. Food in india is tres amazing, like I said… been eating way too much
Liking: The progress my mother is making on her recovery, God is really something else:)
Wondering: How to come up with the best scholarship essay yet, I need some tips… Gradschool is calling.
Loving: The philanthropic nature of Indians in general. There is hope for humanity after all
Hoping: To get back on track with my fitness regime when I get back home. My accountability partner @nassstro1 says I have been super slacking lol, I’m sorry!
Marvelling: At the growth of so many of my dear friends in regards to their professional and personal life and I am in awe of them. Kudos to you all, you know who you are:)
Needing: I not only want a new phone, I am in desperate need of one. My poor phone is dying out on me gradually. I should start an #Iphone6Fund lol
Smelling: Gauze and methylated spirits… I’ve been living in a hospital for the past week, don’t judge me
Wearing: Capris, a blue tee and a striped sweater
Following: The TVs in this hospital are constantly tuned to CNN so every morning I have breakfast watching the Amanpour show with Christine Amanpour and I love her as a journalist. Never watched her show before and these past few days have made me an Amanpour groupie all of a sudden. As a fellow journalist, it’s only right that I began following her after watching one show. She’s awesome.
Noticing: Once again I shall speak on the greatness I have around in form of the friends I have. Young people taking charge of their lives and doing what they want and doing it super well. It’s a great thing because its assuring of the fact that our future has great leaders in its midst, great thinkers and innovators alike as well.
Knowing: That despite everything going on, all will be well. That is what I tell myself all the time especially when things feel like they are the end all and be all… all will be well. God never gives us something we cannot handle.
Thinking: About writing a short book, like a short story of sorts. It’s been a while since I did any fictional writing, let’s see if I can pull together about 6000words?? haha.. This writer turned editor/reporter is scared. But nothing is impossible. I shall share it here once it is ready and you all can give me feedback on whether I should get back on the fiction train or stay at the editor’s desk lol
Feeling: Hungry, lunch is taking too long to show up
Bookmarking: Nothing of late but I’m back to perusing through Stumbleupon for inspiration purposes, try it out too, you never know what you may stumble upon there haha(pun fully intended).
Opening: The page to this amazing event, Chanda Chema where I should be seeing you all on March 14th! PS: I shall be selling my cupcakes there, come through for some!
Giggling: At some of the comments my mother makes lol… She is one satirical and hilarious woman.
Making: Christmas card lists. Yes people, I’m that person who still sends out Christmas cards and I love it! #TeamTraditional:)
Cooking: Haven’t cooked much since taking up the Thanksgiving dinner challenge.. After a spread like that, I’m all cooked out for a while!
Drinking: Water, not enough of it though, need to up my intake
Reading: Zane’s ‘Addicted’. It’s quite something…
Wanting: An iPhone 6. Also the new Zen Garden Cookbook… Just saying, incase anyone wants to know what I want for Christmas.
Looking: At my travel bucketlist and really trying to figure out how I shall make all that happen!
Playing: With my hair – bad habit
Wasting: A lot of time in traffic. I can’t even begin my traffic rants here, they will never stop. Driving in Nairobi can be pure hell sometimes.
Sewing Creating: That sewing word needed to go because I don’t think there will ever be a time that I will be sewing… so created a new word:)
Wishing: We could close for the holidays already! Last week at work and it’s dragging so much
Enjoying: My #NoMondayBlues playlist, my iTunes was pretty well-behaved today, haven’t skipped a song once all day!
Waiting: For 6pm.. Hometime!
Liking: The fact that I am actually happy to see the year end, usually Im never ready! 2015 I’m ready for you.
Wondering: What adventures await me next year, God be gentle please, this year has been more than a roller-coaster ride.
Loving: Once Upon A Time this season, the producers have really up’d their game this time. Also finally started loving How To Get Away With Murder. Shonda you lost me in the beginning but you slowly reeled me back in, kudos:)
Hoping: For a more fulfilling year next year. I have done a lot more than I thought I would this year, so far so good. Also… more and more travel, I can’t say that enough!
Marvelling: At my level of patience with some things and some people.
Needing: A cup of tea. 5pm is tea time.
Smelling: That wonderful smell of a brand new book while you turn every page… Weird, I know.
Wearing: Leggings, sweater top… cold/warm/rainy days in Nairobi call for a comfy dress code.
Following: @worldwanderlust for the wanderlusterer in me!
Noticing: The constant negativity in the news lately.. both at home and internationally, we need to do better people.
Knowing: That I am going to have one of the best December holidays yet this year, so ready for it!
Thinking: About dinner. Hunger pangs have struck, I need to go home
Feeling: Great! And on a Monday nonetheless, guess it’s that holiday spirit in the air:)
Bookmarking: Not much of late but you all need to check out the UP Magazine website! (shameless work plug)
Opening: The EatOut Kenya website to register for my Yummy card… #foodieproblems don’t judge me haha. You know you want one if you are a foodie like me but can’t really afford eating out all the time. Sign up here>>> http://eatout.co.ke/card (also shameless plug)
Giggling: At my 4yr old cousin’s efforts in trying to teach me how to make loom band bracelets, kids these days goodness… And I thought I was crafty
Feeling: Like we all need to be in the holiday spirit, I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and an even better New year!
Making: A lot more to-do lists than I used to before… Priorities!
Cooking: Nothing today but made some amazing fried rice last week!
Drinking: Lemon infused water – best thing for your skin guys
Reading: Still on ‘Cutting For Stone’
Wanting: A couple of books I’ve been eyeing for a while now.. 3 to be exact. Payday couldn’t get here sooner.
Looking: For a way to write, design and travel and not starve at the same time haha..
Playing: Jhene Aiko’s new album ‘Souled Out’, it’s really good.
Wasting: A lot of napkins.. realized it’s a bad habit I have nowadays. I pick like 7 yet I only need one. #sorrymotherearth
Sewing: I did not sew that button guys. At this rate it just won’t happen.
Wishing: I could magically lose 10kgs. If only it were that easy…
Enjoying: Fall Tv! All my shows are back on so my evenings are fully catered for.
Waiting: For next week. New job and such… yeah I’m being nonchalant but really jumping in excitement inside!
Liking: The weather now, Nairobi winter is over!
Wondering: On a lot. But most importantly when to go for my next dentist’s appointment.
Loving: The growth taking place within and around me. Quarter life crisis for who??
Hoping: For a good month of October, September was tres hard:(
Marvelling: At the incredible strength my mother has. She is surely superwoman #Dailyinspiration
Needing: A little R&R… a spa day isn’t too much to ask for is it? Or an entire week off to just chill and do fun things that does not include work and traffic.
Smelling: My perfume for today: Givenchy – angels & demons.
Wearing: School girl look today, pants, white shirt, sweater over white shirt.
Following: Just started following Robin Sharma, his tweets give me life!
Noticing: That I’m getting too emotional nowadays. My G-self needs to get her act together yo!
Knowing: That if it’s meant to be it will be…
Thinking: gosh if I had a dollar, not even a penny, for my thoughts… I’d be able to buy that bike I’ve been wanting. Thinking on A LOT. Getting headaches just on the thought process that I experience everyday.. I need a pensieve to pour some thoughts into. Mostly thinking that life has a funny way of teaching us some harsh lessons man.
Feeling: some typa way about everything.
Opening: work emails… meh.
Giggling: At memes my brothers send me on the daily:)
Making: A new jewelry box. DIY projects are actually fun:)
Cooking: Not today but last week, I made some more cupcakes! Really into baking nowadays don’t know why but I love it!
Drinking: Water.. my coffee stash is over, the struggle for caffeine is real guys
Reading: Just started Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese, hope its good!
Wanting: A pedicure, like yesterday!
Looking: For some new rings, need to up my collection
Playing: Nothing recently
Wasting: Wasted.. time on a project that was never credited. Hate when clients screw you over like that
Sewing: I really need to sew that button… 3 weeks and counting
Wishing: I could travel somewhere new every month. sigh… if wishes were horses! #wanderlustaddict
Enjoying: The quality time I have been spending with someone of late:)
Waiting: For tomorrow so I can finally get my pedicure!
Liking: This new song by madtraxx called Dabotap haha!
Wondering: About a lot of things. Can’t really pinpoint one thing now
Loving: That HONY (Humans Of New York) was in Nairobi for a couple of days, Brandon’s work is amazing and connects the entire world I believe
Hoping: A better month than I had last month for sure. Hello September!
Marvelling: At how well my brother performed in school this past semester, he’s going places!
Needing: A serious cure to sugar addiction
Smelling: Ralph Lauren- Romance. (Perfume I have on)
Wearing: Black Pants, purple button down shirt and a coat, yes, despite winter being over in Nairobi, the office is still as freezing as ever.
Following: @passionforbaking. An account I found on instagram on all things baking. As I mentioned above, really getting the baking bug of late
Noticing: A change in my eating habits… getting worse. I blame the baking haha. Needs to stop.
Knowing: That worrying a lot solves nothing. But I still do it… A LOT. Also needs to stop.
Thinking: About my first run in 2 months this evening… Back on this fitness journey, #sigh
Feeling: Some typa way about my good friend @mumodotex leaving for school abroad in exactly 2 weeks:(
Bookmarking: Nothing yet, but been on the GoodReads page a lot, y’all should join!
Opening: InDesign once more – The grind must go on!
Giggling: At the weekend that was.. such fun times with friends I love