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.
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.
Currently writing this while on a bus to Edinburgh, getting super excited for the weekend ahead in Scotland with my friends Jordaania & Adelaide. Not really ready for the cold though… That aside, here is this month’s Taking Stock.
In preparation for my upcoming roadtrip to Edinburgh, I want to touch on a topic that will be helpful for any budding travel lovers out there or anyone planning a trip soon – Travel Essentials. There are different sets of travel essentials for different types of travel, so I’ll cover each in consecutive posts to come. For now we shall start with roadtrip travel essentials.
TED Talks are the greatest thing to happen since Oprah. 20 – 30 minute video talks by professionals, leaders, anyone who wants to challenge the status quo and talk about it; in turn inspiring and motivating others to do the same. The good thing about these talks is that they are not boring at all. You don’t lose interest while watching, in fact you find yourself taking notes as the speakers pace up and down the stage telling you their story. In my few years in the real world after college I have listened to a bunch but these particular ones below really spoke to me. They had a significant impact in my life and I hope once you watch them, they will inspire and empower you as well.
Another Tuesday, another book review!
Hello fellow bookworms. Are you all feeling the pinch of January yet? It’s payday week and I’m just counting down the days man, it’s been way too long, the struggle is so real. Anyway, that aside… I finally got done reading Paulo Coelho’s much anticipated new novel, Adultery and for the first time ever… He has disappointed me.
Let me at least give you a short synopsis first before I give my own two cents. Adultery is a story that revolves around Linda, a successful journalist with a loving wealthy husband and children she adores. Despite all this, Linda is depressed. She hates her life, her marriage and is looking for some kind of drastic change to her monotonous life. She takes on an interview with her high school sweetheart which turned into more of an office romp than anything else… and it is after this that she does a double take on her life and makes it her mission to find out why she is so depressed. She tries to reignite the spark in her marriage with her husband, it worked for like two weeks and back to days of melancholy she went. She tried to ‘talk it out’ with a traditional healer… He only made her feel worse. She seeks vengeance on her high sweetheart’s wife but even that didn’t give her the satisfaction she needed.
There is of course a lot of what Coelho is known for in the book, a lot of deep quotes that give you insight to various aspects of your life and it is actually those sections of the book that kept me reading by the way. He knows how to keep his readers glued to his books despite the poor storyline in this one. And of course in relation to the title, there are some forced sex scenes.. because she is actually committing adultery (guess he had to put that in somewhere) and this book kind of makes you question what you want in regards to love in your life.
The review in the Independent had this much to say about it… “This reader would be open to a moment of seeing the divine in Nature, of being reminded we are small beings part of a larger mysterious entity: “And the eagle tells me: ‘Come. You are heaven and earth, the wind and the clouds, the snow and the lakes.’” But, at odds with the words and actions gone before, the resolution is too glib, verging on the patronising.”… Ummm yeah, so I’ll just leave that there.
Paulo Coelho, I love your work but this; I think this was just an ‘Omg I need to release a book before everyone thinks I have stopped writing’ type of lightbulb moment. Not your best. Let’s go back to the Manuscripts in Accra and Brida story flow types, we’ll always be your loyal fans no matter what though, don’t worry.
2015 really hasn’t started out with the best written works for me it seems. I need to pick the next book I read very carefully, I have to write at least one positive review before March. Yes, before March, suggestions are highly appreciated! I’ll leave you all with one quote from the book that particularly stuck to me:
“Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s an art. And like any art, it takes not only inspiration but also a lot of work.” Coelho
Enjoy the week ahead and hope we all get paid by this weekend! January needs to end.
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:)
Been more than a minute!
So being back in the motherland has prompted me to want to travel more locally and experience Kenya for the beautiful country that it is! The past few weekends have been filled with random hiking trips, long drives and visits to parts of Nairobi and Kenya in general that I never thought I would ever go to before… Never say never guys.
First up we have an extremely random drive up to Machakos that my friends @mumodotexe and @TishJr convinced me to come along on.. visiting Kamba land with two of the coolest Kambas I know = funtimes! I didn’t take as many pictures of the place as I should have, but I know there’s going to be a next time, yes @sonniekbby?? haha..
|View from the top! Kajiado County|
|The windmill farm is located right at the bottom of the hills, such majestic machines.|
|@Abbakidenda – the true Cocacola ambassador|
|Because when you’re climbing 7 hills you must take a breather on a tree|
|By far the fittest person I have ever met… dude was also smoking and having a tusker the entire 22km btw – guys meet Andrew, one of the guides. He does this almost every weekend, next month he will climb Mt Kenya!|
|The feeling when you are done is so indescribable! Hopefully this picture speaks volumes lol|
Last but not least… this past weekend. @sonniekbby and I woke up after a night out on the town.. read – a night at Qz lol.. and we decided to go get some lunch, chill out, enjoy a sunny saturday. Until she suggests we should go for a drive. I didn’t see why not so fast forward 2 hrs after calling up the crew and what do you know.. we are out on the deserted but particularly serene streets of Kiambu, Tigoni and Limuru. Kenya is really beautiful… We took in the sights of the area and the tea farms that produce the best tea in the world. Yes, Kenyan tea is the best tea in the world, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon. Definitely need to do more out of Nairobi city drives.