My Top 5 Lessons from this Winter…

Time flies, I’ve got to say. Time really flies. It seems like just yesterday when I boarded a New-York bound Kenya Airways airplane — I can’t believe that that was almost 2 months ago. At the same time, I’ve really missed home, and I’m excited for the upcoming two-week spring break in a week! Ah! How I can’t wait for Friday when I can finally board the same airplane back home and see my friends and family. Nevertheless, this has been an easy yet simultaneously hard winter for me. Compared to the past two winters, it’s definitely been significantly easier, but it’s also been coupled with some hard decisions that I’ve had to make, all of which are undoubtedly for the better. Continue reading “My Top 5 Lessons from this Winter…”

The ‘Me’ Piece and a Revelation…

If you know me well, then you definitely know that I love trying and experimenting with new things — you never know just what life might throw your way! Of course, I’m not going to suddenly book a trip to a skydiving zone, but given the opportunities presented to me and upon calculating projected risk, I’m one to try something new and completely different … sometimes. For this blog, it’s Acting! And little did I know just how much I would realize about myself, and life, after one of the solo pieces that I performed. Continue reading “The ‘Me’ Piece and a Revelation…”

A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 4)…

I love Valerie Musyimi, 17, because she’s one of those friends that inspire and motivate you to be a better person each day, and are always ready to lend a listening ear, as well as share some advice. Our frequent conversations are so rich in understanding, knowledge, and discussions on the various societal issues that we face today. In the first part of this 4-part series, Valerie shared with us her passion for social activism, in the second, her experience in the high fashion commercial modeling industry,and in the third, her future dreams and plans. In the final part of this 4-part series, she concludes with some of the finest advice for aspiring models and activists:

Continue reading “A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 4)…”

A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 3)…

In the first post of this 4-part series, Valerie Musyimi, 17, shared with us her passion for social activism, and in the second, her experience in the high fashion commercial modeling industry. From the couple of years that I’ve know Valerie, and as seen in the previous 2 blog posts, I’m sure we can all agree that she is a person who is dedicated to everything she sets her mind to and is passionate about. How she does it has always been a question at the back of my mind and I look up to her for it. She is busy with school work, her modeling career, and her passion for activism, yet still, she always finds time to practice self-love and care and make time for her friends and family. I also love that she knows exactly who she is and what she wants in life. In the third part of this series, she shares with us how she’s been able to juggle her modeling career with school, as well as her future dreams and plans:

Continue reading “A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 3)…”

A Tribute to my Late Grandmother…

My beloved paternal grandmother died on Saturday, 17th August, 2019 at 10:30 pm. She had been terminally ill the last month prior to her death. It was, and still is, difficult to come to terms with the fact that, because of unavoidable circumstances, I cannot attend her funeral this Saturday. It breaks my heart, and every time I think about it, tears well up in my eyes. Still yet, at least I was able to bid her my final goodbye before I left for school — that is something to thank God for.

To allow for some form of my presence at the funeral, my father decided that the least he could do was to dedicate a page on her funeral program to my tribute to her, which will then be read by my sister  at the church service and the funeral. Here it is, a fortnight after her demise, a day before her interment: Continue reading “A Tribute to my Late Grandmother…”

A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 2)…

One of the things that I admire most about Valerie Musyimi, 17, is her confidence, some of which she draws from her budding career as a high fashion commercial model — she is currently under the agency Angie’s AMTI in Ottawa, Toronto, Canada. In the first post of this 4-part series, she shared with us her passion for social activism. In the second post of this series, Valerie shares with us her experience in the modeling industry, together with some rewarding moments and challenges: Continue reading “A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 2)…”

A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 1)…

Valerie Musyimi, 17, is one of my biggest fans, and in this 4-part series, I get to show her that I’m one of her biggest fans too. I met Valerie towards the end of 2015 at a church camp, but it wasn’t until 2017 that we really connected, given our shared experience of moving to the North American continent at the same time, I to the US for school, and she to Canada permanently with her family. Immediately, we just clicked and have been the best of friends since. Part of the reason why we’re such good friends is our mutual passion for social justice and human rights and our strikingly similar personalities — it’s crazy how alike our minds are; for example, multiple times I’ve watched or read something online, found it interesting, and forwarded the link to her, only to find that she had already sent me a link to the same or a slightly similar post. Crazy! Continue reading “A Chat with Valerie Musyimi, an Up – and – Coming Model and Social Rights Activist (Part 1)…”

4C Natural Hair Wash Day Routine…

A few people have been asking about my natural hair, and I thought that I would just do a blog post about it. I’ve been fully natural for about 5 months now, but I began my journey a little over a year ago (I can talk in detail about that journey, why I went natural, what it means to me, etc. in a future blog post). For today, however, I’ll be washing my hair and taking you through an abbreviated version of it. Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on my natural hair yet, and this is meant to be an informative blog for beginning naturals — I, myself, am still experimenting with what works and what doesn’t for my hair, but I feel like I’m finally in a place where I’m willing to share where I am in that process. Continue reading “4C Natural Hair Wash Day Routine…”

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