lessons from climbing Mt. Longonot

At a distance, it looks like a small mountain, something you can easily pull through within 40 minutes and be back before you know it. That is the biggest lie you could ever tell yourself. Its steep, rocky, tall and everything else a mountain is.

Janti

The beginning..

The certainty of some journeys at the beginning is a great motivation. From the start of the climb, I had a printed picture of getting through and finishing the race ahead of me. But with challenge after challenge along the way I began to question the certainty of pulling through. There were moments when things seems blurry, and just when I thought I had been through a tough challenge, an even bigger one was just a step away. Our lives are journeys in their own unique aspect, sometimes we are certain of the fact that we can pull through and get to the other side while other times, things aren’t as clear as we would want them to be, But one thing is for sure we can get to the other side no matter how tough things get, it just takes a mini step a second and we get there.

Before starting the climb we did some exercises just to warm up and get our muscles ready for what was ahead of us, little did we know we were preparing for all the will power we will need to get up there. We were also divided in some groups just to keep each other on check. This was an eye opener of just how important people are in our lives. There were times i could barely walk, times i was about to give up but a helping hand ahead of me would keep me moving when i couldn’t. A word of encouragement that we are getting there in a few minutes, that you got this was enough motivation to get me up there. I also learned that its okay not to be okay that sometimes its okay to ask for help too.

On the way, you would see some amazing sites like zebra’s and antelopes just a few steps from where you are, steal some few glances that would leave you appreciating the beauty of nature stand in awe of just how lucky you are to be in on the journey.

janti

At the top, perspectives change

Somehow i got to the top, it didn’t matter who got there before me, who got there after me and who didn’t get there at all. All that mattered at that moment was the fact that i pulled through, the tough times, the almost giving up moments, the times i could barely walk and i could only stand in awe of how far i had come. I could afford a smile and a selfie too and simply being there to celebrate those who were getting to the top too. I think its doesn’t matter if you get there first or the last all that matters is you took the journey and you got there no matter how hard it was.

ALWAYS REMEMBER….

The beauty of taking a journey is surrounding yourself with people who are at the same journey as you. They can hold your hand when the times get tougher, fire you up with a word to keep you moving and celebrate you when you get to the top. And even though you might be working as a team always remember, the journey is yours for the taking. The higher we got, the clearer it became that only you could take your journey, only you could finish the race no matter how tough it got. They could hold your hand, but could not take your journey for you. You have to be present. Be present in those defining moments of your life

People can hold your hand, but they cannot take your journey for you

janti

Every journey needs a prepared mind, what better way to prepare your mind than taking a chance at hiking.

janti

Happy international girls day

You’re strong, Bold and beautiful

Being on a girls day I’ve decided to tell a story….My story

A few years back, My mom brought us to live in the city after she secured a job here. Excitement chipped in with moving to a new place that many people would only talk about but few were able to visit. There’s that pride that comes with going to a place only a few have been to. more so, if you get to use the only means of transport that was considered a jackpot back in the day. In those days that single bus carried so much pride that even if you had to stand all the way you wouldn’t mind.

With all the hopes of a better life, making friends, eating delicacies that we only enjoyed during special occasions such as on our birthdays, weddings and the Christmas season that only came once in a year, we were positive with being in the city with all its glory. We didn’t even think about school at first, because for us we were in a new territory and ready to discover great places and try out different things.

THE CHALLENGE

Being kids, my mom had to find a school for my sister and I. and luckily we found one that was convenient since it was near our home. One that only allowed students to either communicate in English or Swahili. This was a major issue for us for we knew no English or Swahili, only mother tongue. Nevertheless, we got admitted with the belief that children learn fast and can easily adapt to a place easily. Every lesson seemed like the wind that i could only hear yet understand nothing. Luckily for me my class teacher could to some extent understand me .(You know teachers and parents have one thing in common they can understand children even when they are using words one can’t understand.)

EMBARASSMENT

In one of my pursuits of trying to learn the schools official languages, I used the aspect of observation.(its on of the things I use up to today) I wanted to ask for permission to go to the washroom for a quick call and just like I observed my fellow students doing, they would go to the teacher to ask for permission, they would mumble some words and then they’d be allowed to go out. That single day, I went and I did exactly what i saw them do and waited to be allowed to go out but nothing. I tried reciting the exact words they used but I couldn’t remember even the slightest comas. She asked me to sit down and come back after i had learned how to clearly ask for permission to go out. By this time I was already so pressed I went back tried but couldn’t, I pleaded with the only language I knew but she wouldn’t allow me to go out. Having no option and against my will, against every effort to hold myself together to at least until breaktime. I finally let go and it happened. It seemed just like a minute, one second I had my pride and the next, all my pride went to zero by doing the business on myself, my worst nightmare… What more could I do??I tried my very best but I just didn’t seem to find the right words. I became the laughing stock of the entire class for a whole week. Whenever, anyone saw me, they would just laugh their hearts out and want nothing to do with me and it was in those times that I felt so unworthy and unaccepted.

TURNING POINT

But then, I made a promise to myself that I would learn swahili with everything I am and I would be good in these two languages. I improved myself daily and by the time I was in class 4, I was already fluent in Swahili and English I look back to those times and appreciate the downfalls because if it were not for them I would”t have pushed myself to learn.

PICK YOURSELF UP AND TRY AGAIN..

I believe that We all have potential inside of us. When we constantly learn to improve ourselves as girls we become better versions of ourselves. I call upon all of us to be brave and intentional about embracing our strengths and realising our abilities. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. Let’s work together each in their lane until we become who we are meant to be.

Here’s to strong women!!! May we know them!! May we become them!!!! May we raise them!!!! You’ve got that spark darling don’t let anyone tell you otherwise Happy international Girls day!!!

KEEP GOING;

We’re constantly attached to a state where everything feels familiar, at ease with no efforts included.At our previous achievement, Current success and what we’ve learned recently that we fail to anticipate the more to come and the more to be achieved.

Work in Progress

Lately,I’ve been thinking of how world’s great personalities are able to still remain relevant even after years and years of being in the spotlight.Christian Ronaldo,Messi,Great authors,musicians,artists,business people.They continually improve their craft and their skills even when we think they’ve already achieved everything.One thing that stands out for me is the fact that they are their own competition.They are ever after beating their past success. They have backgrounds just like us,but their stories were never told until they went against all odds and became who they are today. If they can still afford to keep going then it means one thing that moving ahead is a must for you and I.

More ahead…Keep going

Current success,Current rejections,failures,mistakes Yet still there’s more ahead.

It is so easy to get held up in your current success,your current rejection, the many failures you’ve encountered and the many mistakes that you keep making along the way,just remember as long as there’s that heartbeat you can rise from the embers and become the very person you were born to be.Taking time to look back and reflect for each of us is essential and it’s also important to look forward and consistently redefine ourselves for the future.

The point is don’t let your mind ever feel that it has already achieved what you’re meant for.There is More to be achieved.More opportunities ahead.You just have to keep improving yourself every single day And With that heartbeat;Our creator,Our father says;”There’s more ahead,keep going “

Kitty Grace

From the silent touches

To the loudest of purrs

You are one of a kind

When i feel down

You soothe with light touches

You are on of a kind

When i sleep,you’re there next to me

Purring your heart out

Or better yet licking your furs

You are one of a kind

To the cutest of eyes

Your emerald torches

Inviting to your kindness

You are one of a kind

Kitty Grace,

A masterpiece.

#FIRST ATTEMPT AT POETRY#

Perfection is overrated

When asked what we think our lives should be like, we always picture a perfect life.No stress,enough money,success and everything in between but we fail to realise that perfection is overrated

When I started blogging,I wanted my first work to be perfect.The language,grammar, the flow and of course some wisdom all in one work.But nothing seemed to work In my favour.Before I started I didn’t know that I had an option to correct my work as many times as i would want or even add but i would never have learnt that if i didn’t put out the imperfect write up.You see when we aim for perfection,we fail to embrace a space for change.Change comes with loads of imperfect start ups,the no idea times and the blurry moments.Take the first step,It doesn’t have to be excellent but it is a starting point.

Working hard to improve ourselves isn’t wrong.The idea that everything has to be perfect is.Start ups will always be depressing as along as we aim for perfection.You see,the path may not always be as clear as you’d want it to be. Or the destination well laid out either, but with patience we can get there.Remember the many times you felt lost only to find yourself.The many times you didn’t know which path to take but still found your way.

Perfection is what kills dreams even before they’re fulfilled,passions before they’re unveiled and Potential before it’s unleashed.The first pitch won’t be perfect,neither will the first poem,or the first story but as along as imperfection allows for change you’re good to go. We just have to learn to live by choosing daily the attitude we present to the World.And the truth is, its your choice with every sunrise.

Waiting

Have you ever had to wait for something so bad that you felt like giving up?we all have things we had to wait for..When we were young we couldn’t wait to be adults because for us,it seemed much fun and we didn’t think we were growing .But as we grew up we faced situations that taught us to wait.whether its waiting in queue at the bank for your turn,at school or for a person you agreed to meet or any other place.And because you can anticipate the outcome you stay in put until its your chance to be served.The treasure in some things lies in the beauty of waiting. What have you been waiting for in the longest time?

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Every desire in our lives is attached to a wait. We all desire to be better,to get stronger, to heal from our past,to find our way,the right person and even the right purpose but we’re presented with waiting.Waiting allows us to experience the emotions and feelings that are attached to the seasons we’re in, the ones we can’t run away from.In those moments we get to build in parts of our lives that we didn’t even know exists.I believe waiting builds in patience ,because we have the chance to face the not so good times.We all want the best things that life can offer but the wait that comes with that only few can endure.Any person that you know great had those moments when they felt like giving up but they didn’t. They kept moving,they kept going,they waited for good days while working despite everything.

Let’s take a lesson from nature.When a farmer goes to sow his seeds does he immediately check the next day if they have sprung up? Not really! It’s a process…He would sleep and then one day,he finds the seeds already sprung up and that’s how it is with everything else.You can’t invest today and expect to earn profits the same day.it takes time.We all have to go through a process in all we are set to do, its in this process that we experience different seasons and the beauty of life is revealed.Hard times and good times create a balance in your life.

Every time I have to wait for something, I take it upon myself to appreciate the season I am in.Its because, sometimes it can be hard to wait and so I choose to be in the season as I anticipate for what I’m waiting for.Waiting is not a guarantee that you’ll get what you want but its the guarantee of what you become in the process of waiting.

Takeout

;waiting is not a guarantee that you’ll get what you want its the guarantee of what you become in the process

The great people you know had to wait for something;and so don’t give up until you get there.

;Appreciate your seasons no matter how hard they are.

;Don’t just idle when you’re waiting, work as you wait.

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made evrything beautiful in time..Trust in His timing

Renewal times

Holiday screams different things; Road trips, skiing,sky diving, hitting a ride with dolpins you name it.But for me it screams nature and family.Its so easy to convince yourself that you should work more and more to get to the top but you need renewal to soar higher and higher and what better way to do this than to have recreational time.

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Festivities speaks of quality time with family and peace of mind.Its the feeling I get when I’m traveling to my hometown. The urge to see everybody and just chill, be happy and create new memories.The one thing that gives me more joy is taking a walk in the woods and smelling the wild air and a chance to witness a thousands miracles from the beauty of belonging to a family and that of nature.

The joy of joining the family to celebrate family traditions has itself build in family values, a sense of belonging that has kept my head up high and the courage to keep going when hard times chip in.The narration times in the evenings with my grandparents is something everybody looks forward to. The times when Guks and shosh share the stories of how they met. Its really a funny story, and I promise to tell you someday. In such times we get to share our feelings and thoughts as we recall the priceless memories.

I get to improve my cooking skills from grandma’s specialty “Usuu wa ekie”its a type of porridge that is traditionally made and I must confess my cooking skills have been improving.From learning how to cook with 3 stones and ‘eating smoke’ has become my greatest achievement.. Since We’re a family of foodies we get to prepare meals together.Granny always has a better way of getting everyone to be involved in the kitchen to prepare these tasty meals.

We get time to go exploring. We get to take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magical whispers of old trees.The ones that hold so much memories and play times with the ability to see nature for its riches as we collect firewood or simply going in for a dip in the secrets rivers that we have discovered over the years .its in these times that we get to create memories that last a lifetime.

They’ve become my building moments, the times I don’t have to be anything but my very self surrounded by the ones I love and the ones that life has chosen to be part of me.Its in the smiles,in the stories shared,the hugs,the late nights,the farm days,the joy that comes with being you and in a place you call home.For where your home is there your heart is.

PLANNING AHEAD

A new year is a doorway to new Opportunities and a chance given by destiny to improve your management of time. It allows you to redefine your priorities, define your purpose and reset your goals and a chance to plan ahead. Planning gives you a clear picture of what you want to achieve.

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Planning ahead is what blueprints is to builders.It gives you the bird’s eye view of everything you are set for;With the ability to visualise what the end result will be like,so as to evaluate ahead of time and make revisions if need be.We live in a world that is constantly changing. Times and seasons are changing and without a plan,someone else will plan for you.Planning is the most important principle of success in life. Benjamin Franklin said,”By confidently failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”This clearly shows that planning is the most important principle of success in life.You need to succeed? simple, Plan ahead!

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You may then ask,how important is planning Ahead?

*You become organized

You want to be organized? PLAN AHEAD!!People who plan ahead are better organized than those who don’t. It feels good knowing you are able to accomplish your tasks for the day and that your plans are in order.Planning provides you with peace of mind.

*Boosts confidence

When you have planned your day in detail,you have the confidence in what you’re doing. This reduces the stress of not being good enough because if you believe in doing things well,planning ahead makes a world of difference to the outputs you produce.

*Enhances self discipline

Ramez Sasson said,”self-discipline is not a severe and limited behaviour or a restricted lifestyle but rather a very important ingredient for success, any form of success. For any successful person;the aspect of self discipline is always present.We have this weird belief that planning stops us from doing whatever we want. We forget that doing what needs to be done is different from what we want to do. A good plan ensures we do what needs to be done to get where we want to be.

How then do I start planning?

It’s simple, Goals.

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Goals are the first step towards planning for the future. What are your long time goals?Goals are meant to be SMART. For one to plan there’s a need to know what you really want to achieve in the Long run.You got to have that mental picture of what you want to achieve.Once you have that you can now start to plan how to achieve it.

Planning Your year in advance

When you have established your Long term goal.You need to plan your year in accordance to achieving your goal.How? Break it into months,weeks,days. It will be much easier for you achieve goals when you break them into parts;Month goals ,week goals,day goals .They need to be detailed, accounting for every moment and with the long term goal in mind.Work on yourself always.Each morning when you wake up think about it and in the evening review your progress.

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Many fail because they do not take time to think ahead and plan for success.Without a plan you have no roadmaps to see which route you can take from where you are to where you want to be.The more you think,plan and work on your major role;the faster you’ll move towards it and the faster it will move towards you. And what better time to plan than the start of the year.You have a better chance to start a new.

Just remember your success won’t be based on your achievement compared to others but by whether you meet the mark set before you. Lester Bittel said,” Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps make elusive dreams come true”.

Christmas:Appreciating the beauty of this season..

Hey kings and queens…πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸ’–





Isaiah 9:6;For to us a child is born,to us a son is given...

It has been a challenging year for many of us..But hey…,the seasons have changed. Seasons gives us hope. the hope for a better today and an even greater future.

Christmas is the time we get to share golden moments with family and friends..its also a time to look back and appreciate all the beauty of the year; the ups and downs that contributed to this season.

Its also a time for reflection. What I did right?What I did wrong ?And the things I did to my very best…the wrongs and the rights teach you to work on yourself always because your success won’t be based on your achievement compared to others but by whether you met the mark set before you. I’m sure you did great this year…

I appreciate all the love,support and kindness through and through…..Am sending u my best wishes this Christmas πŸ’– Happy new yearπŸŽ†

Self love

Self love is a crucial element to living right. It influences the image you project out there and how you handle the challenges in your life. It is super important to your well being that you need to embrace and bring more of it into your life.

This type of love is very important. As much as we give our energy into the people we love and care about, we should have the same courtesy and give ourselves the same type of attention. Nurturing this relation impacts all our other relationships. How you feel about yourself will invite in the standard relationships you will be accepting into your life .

You literally be teaching others how to love you by how you love you. It happens that when we love and get into relationships we tend to give our everything to the other person and without realizing it we lose ourselves and forget to love ourselves. We forget how it was to really take care us and we become a shadow of our own self. We forget that before this person came along there was you. The You that went out with friends,The you that used to attend Yoga classes every weekend,The you that forgot about You….And you begin to want that attention from your partner not knowing that you forgot you.

We use all our attention trying to cover our imperfections from the rest of the world. Back in primary in one CRE lesson,our teacher told us to write something we didn’t like about ourselves. Everyone had something to write about. Some wrote their face ,their teeth,their feet and even that which you don’t like about you.

I also had something to write about. My ears. My ears are super tinyπŸ˜‚. When the teacher saw what I wrote she couldn’t believe it. She said that my ears were one of the best..I could even hear whispers from afar without intending to. I could recall things that everyone would forget in class. I hated my super cute ears not knowing its what my teacher loved about me. And from that day,I embraced my imperfections because the things we despise so much about ourselves maybe that’s what people love about you, embrace that … its what you are and no one can change that and trust me that’s what makes you authentic Its what stands out about you.

Self love is a process and its worth it. It is a daily affair. You got to love you every single day and with the best way you can. Sometimes we get it right ,sometimes we don’t. But hey, you should give yourself credit for the good you have done.

Start by appreciating all the beautiful things about you,forgive yourself,set limits and discover this awesomeness You got so that you can influence the world with the authenticity of your personality. Live richly.