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2019  RECAP/ 2020 AMBIGUITY

2019 RECAP/ 2020 AMBIGUITY

James 4:13-15

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Greetings, Virtual friends 🙂

It has been a second, Okay, maybe more. A minute maybe?

How have you been? Happy new year. I hope you are doing good. I am well thanks for asking 😉

Just glad to be able to write the first blog post today to sort of recap what 2019 was like and just to embrace the ambiguity of the future .

So what was 2019 like for me?

  • CREATIVELY

Creativity for me is cathartic. It always has been.

I consider 2019 an insight because it pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many ways, which is definitely a life prop.

(a)Writing

If you know me well, You know that I am Scripturient . I always say that if I could do just one thing for the rest of my life, it would be writing. You can catch a glimpse of my work HERE

I started writing some articles for Standard Media ‘Ureport’ in 2019, which was amazing. You can read them HERE .

I was elated when my story was featured on one of my favorite podcasts ‘Nipe Story; you can listen to the podcast HERE .

I learnt that every human craves authenticity and pure art resonates with everyone.

(b) Blogging (Health & Fitness)

I started a new segment on my blog in 2019 called the ‘self diagnose ‘ segment whereby I shine light on health conditions and talk to people going through or have gone through common yet marginalized health conditions. You can read all the interviews HERE , got me my second bake award nomination under the best public health blog 2019.

We had a wonderful talk at Nairobi Chapel south about the gospel and your body, I love that they took the initiative to sensitize their members on cancer and healthy lifestyle in general, and I hope more Christians and churches can do the same in 2020. You can watch the talk HERE

(c) Acting/producing

I have always believed that we are all actors, the world is our stage, the society is our audience and we are doing things everyday to impress the audience, until of course God , the director shouts ‘Cut!!” and the curtains drop and then we die. I dunno, isn’t it?

In March 2019,I acted in my first short film on Mental health awareness, you can watch it HERE . It was shot, directed and edited by my creative genius of a brother Brian Mandela (Labkats Production).

I produced his second film DOLOUR, still on mental health, you can watch it HERE

Lesson learnt: Acting is not an easy job.

This year duendi duendi 2020, We started by shooting an impromptu short film. Written and shot in 3 days (I mean, I did not even have my lines bro) but we had to do it and send before the deadline. I would say , it was quite an experience and it turned out AMAZING.

You can watch the short Sci-Fi film HERE

  • INTELLECTUALLY

(a) Reading

Reading to me is clairvoyance. I am sure it is to everyone too because if you think about it, it allows you to see people, persons and events that are distant in time or space or things that are not even there to begin with. I mean, it is a free escapade around the world, that sounds good to me!

The last book I read in 2019 was ‘Children of blood and bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi. I cannot even with this one.It literally changed my life and I am not even just saying that.

The book is the first of a Trilogy of books and is a fiction story about a group of Nigerians fighting to bring magic back in a kingdom called ‘Orisha’ . I cannot fathom the brilliance of the author. She is able to captivate your mind by flawlessly articulating a world of fantasy into written word. ugh! I’m obsessed

So what am I reading currently?

I binged on ‘The subtle art of not giving a **** by Mark Manson in the first weeks of January 2020. I was not head over heels with it, I feel like the reviews were an embellishment. It was good though, at least I learnt that priorities and choices are a necessity in life.

I am currently reading Tomi Adeyemi’s book 2 ‘Children of Virtue and Vengence’ which is the second book of the trilogy and I am already overwhelmed. I am too invested in these fictional characters who only exist in my head

  • PHYSICALLY

(a) Exercise

I began sprinting 3 to 4 times a week in 2019 for the first time and I enjoyed it, can’t lie!

However, As we speak, today being early February. I can say for sure that my arms are currently not as lean as they look on this picture. I literally went on my second run today and I felt horrible during the entire thing. I cannot wait to build my endurance back, hey! it’s progress not perfection.

(b) Diet

This one has always been a struggle for me because I am a sweet tooth. I just hope to continue finding healthier alternatives of my favorite junk foods. I am however always mindful not to go in too deep into unhealthy foods.

  • SPIRITUALLY

(a) GOD

The work of the holy spirit is to convict us in regards to sin and righteousness and judgement. If there is the absence of the holy spirit then there is no conviction and so we live life precariously.

In 2019, I had a lot of defining moments of my relationship with God. I would say it took a good trajectory from what it was like in the past.

It is a relationship that you have to invest in everyday. I am trying to be very intentional when it comes to that.

2020 looks propitious, so help me God.

  • MENTALLY

Back then the stigma for mental health disorders was real but I love that people are more accommodating of this issue now.

I take mental health very seriously, I am very carefully with what I feed my mind to the point where I get mild anxiety clicking a video without a title or description because you never know what you are signing up for. It could be a serial killer, I don’t know okay maybe not . But you get the point, yeah? You are what you feed your mind and once it is in there it does not come out, you know?

I love positivity and I automatically repel anyone or anything short of that.

I started engaging in healthy mental practices in 2019 that are now like a routine, which is great!

(a) Podcast

The number one way I do this is by listening to amazing podcasts . I fervently pursued this starting mid 2019 and now I am hooked, my dopamine levels for podcasts are sky-scrapping. That sounded less wrong in my head

(b) less social media time

I went on a social media detox a lot in 2019. I love that with that you can disconnect and be fully present just to connect with tangible things and people.

I am hoping to do more of this in 2020, it is hard, because doing what I do, social media is kind of inevitable. But you know what…………(I don’t know what! 🙂 )

I have a love -hate relationship with social media and THIS documentary took my paranoia to a whole new level.

  • ENTERTAINMENTally (Sorry! I had to 🙂 )

TV SHOWS

I do not watch a lot of TV but if I do……… I go in on sci-fi aloooot

P.s My sisters prayed and fasted so I could stop watching ‘The walking dead’ and guess what, I did,,,,,,or did I? 😉

2019 fav shows?

I loved ‘The Rain’ (Netflix) Fun fact -It is in Scandinavian, so if you are not ready to read subtitles do not bother. (who am I kidding, please watch it so we can talk about it, it is too good with the subtitles and all)

The crossing (ABC) which did not deserve to be cancelled

See (Netflix)

A million little things (ABC) is really good, it talks about mental health and friendship please watch that.

What am I currently watching?

Nothing really!

However, I have watched two Netflix documentaries this year that I totally recommend

(1) Don’t **** with cats

(2) The Kevin hart documentary : Don’t **** this up

Prepare to be mind blown.

  • SOCIALLY

First of all, I am not a social bird. I am the biggest schizoid who treasures alone time more than anything. I mean it is not like I hate people, I love people so much but let’s talk for a while so that I can go home . Y’know?

I am a Sapiosexual. Which means I thrive in deep and meaningful conversations , I mean I have all kinds of conversations because I am very basic but the ones that can last long and get me interested are the deep and meaningful ones. This can be a good thing and a bad thing for introverts and horrible for extroverts because it can keep your circle real small . It does not bother me a lot because I love a small circle.

Anyway, my social life is okay. I just go with the flow I guess.

That’s it for today, thank you for reading this post. Have a beautiful 2020 and stay con-fit-dent

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