GRADUATION!๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฟโ€๐ŸŽ“

Momma I Have made it! Yes, itโ€™s official that your boy has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Journalism and Arts. May 14th 2017, a day that will be forever be memorable for the rest of my life.

Itโ€™s only been a week and I am still high off from the excitement of graduating. I canโ€™t believe that I am finally done!!  Believe me when I tell you that I gained a good amount of pounds from that last couple months just trying to stay afloat in order to graduate. Looking back, food was literally my therapy but it was all worth it.

In all seriousness, I never imagined I would be the first one in my family among my siblings to get a degree. Growing up, my parents spent a lot of money on tutors and taking my siblings and I to some of the best schools in Kenya. Itโ€™s crazy how that I am finally able to showcase this achievement and letting them see all their hard work pay off.

School has never been my forte. I remember during my early middle school days I used to really struggle in school. Keeping it all the way real, I was the โ€˜dummyโ€™ kid in class. I was always among the few with the lowest grades in my class. It got soo bad to the point I even had to repeat my 6th grade. I clearly remember my fifth grade teacher even once said that she never saw me making it in life.

So for me to make it to this point in my life where I have a degree is more than a dream come true but a testimony that with Christ anything is possible.

I am not sure what the next step is but I am confident it will all work out in the end! As of now I just want to marinate in these new post Grad lifestyle. (before I get depressed why I have not gotten a job)

Life Update!!

Itโ€™s been a while since I have posted a blog but letโ€™s just say your boy has been busy trying to adjust back to reality. All that traveling definitely got me used to living a certain type of lifestyle that I pray, I will one day get back to it.

Itโ€™s exactly 30 days till my graduation and the senioritis has been REAL!! ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฟโ€๐ŸŽ“(The decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college, and graduate school careers). Low-key, I have had senioritis since my freshman year of college. This is the one thing in my life thatโ€™s actually hitting me way before the finish line. Normally, I am one of those people that reality hits at the actual moment. Funny enough I havenโ€™t truly expressed or told many folks about my graduation except close friends and family. Mainly because I have this thing of not really telling people about anything major happening in my life, until itโ€™s actually happening. I may speak of it lightly but not make it serious enough. This is because I am afraid of jinxing it or getting ahead of myself. (I know I am paranoid like that).

This is such a big deal for me. I canโ€™t even imagine that I am finally so close to the finish line to get my bachelors๐Ÿ“œ. I am not really a school person so you can only imagine the struggle. The only reason Iโ€™ve gotten this far is just because I know the importance of education and this is a โ€˜plan Bโ€™ for me because in my head, I know I want to follow my music and acting career. (Realistically what are my chances though?) For those of you who donโ€™t know, I am a journalism student at Lyndon state college up in Vermont.

Now that I am about to finish this chapter of my life, I canโ€™t help but question and wonder what to do with my life next. Actually in all honesty, I am frieking out and afraid. Like I know the whole routine where one is expected to get a job and jump into the workforce but I canโ€™t help but strongly feel that thatโ€™s not my path. It also doesnโ€™t help that I have been rejected in a couple of job entrees.  I know I am meant to do something greater thatโ€™s even bigger than myself first, then adult later (Travel, Peacecorp/Americorps, follow my dreamsโ€ฆ.etc). Then again the question is where do I start, where do I take the first step and how do I know that whatever path I decide to take is the right path.

All Good Things Must Come To An End.

All Good Things Must Come To An End.

It has been a long eventful 6 months and in just a couple of hours I will be getting on a flight back home.๐Ÿ›ซโœˆ๏ธ Words cannot even express the emotions, thoughts and feelings racing through my mind.โ€‹

โ€‹When I started this adventure, I was running away from the norm in my life. Looking forward to something new and opening myself to new possibilities, friends and most of all, a new dream to live and fight for. The man that I was beginning this journey is not the same man that I am right now as I write this blog.

Looking back, its not as easy and glamorous as it looks or sounds. I have been forced to face my fears, tackle new challenges, spend a lot of money, find myself and even re-evalute my life. Through this process I have been truly humbled. Theres been a lot of tears, joy, laughter and most of all, a closer relationship with God.

As I go back home,  I vow to practice all that I have learnt in the past 6 months and live life to the fullest. The motivation and inspiration that I was all along looking for, has ignited the fire in my heart that was once dying out.Reflecting on the memories, adventures, old friends that I have re-connected and new friendships that I have made along the way, will truly and forever be tattooed in my heart.

Thank you to all those who took the time to walk with me through this journey. See you on the other side.๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸพโœŒ๐Ÿพ

Dubai Chronicles๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ชโœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒ

They say it happens when you least expect it. Around this time last year, my friends and I were dreaming of the day we would visit Dubai. Let’s just say the “Sex and the City” movie was not only the source of inspiration but it kind of planted the seed. Little did we know, the universe was listening in on us. Just this past week, we got the opportunity to fulfill one of our travel adventures which was to visit the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai. 

Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located on the Southeast Coast of the Persian Gulf, it has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East.

Some even call Dubai the trendsetter due to the many things you can ONLY find in Dubai. It is known for -:

* The tallest building, man made structure and free standing structure โ€“ Burj Khalifa

* The worldโ€™s only 7-star hotel โ€“ Burj Al Arab, Dubai
*The largest mall in the world โ€“ Dubai Mall
* The largest water cannon show in the world โ€“ Dubai Mall
* The largest artificial islands in the world โ€“ Palm Islands (The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira) in Dubai and among many other things.

With the little background of traveling I have had, I’ve gotten the experience of travelling alone and travelling with a group of friends. Although Both adventures are completely different, they  still quench the thirst of the travel bug (The urge to travel and see the world). As much as I have enjoyed traveling alone and learning more about myself, nothing can beat the excitement and fun that comes with traveling with a group of close friends.

We were a total of four when we decided to take on this adventure. Sandra who I met in South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ,Natalie my best friend, Adam my childhood best friend, and myself. We Couldn’t have asked for a better crew because not only did each of us bring a different perspective and vibe but we also came with different personalities. 

We booked our flights through RwandAir not knowing what to expect since none of us had heard of it before. Not to be dramatic or over the top but when your planning for a vacation, the kind of airline you use normally sets the mood/foundation for your trip. If you come to think of it, your journey for your trip marks the beginning of your vacation.

To our surprise their services were pretty good. I am talking from the look of the plane to the actual presentation of the staff. Ofcourse my favorite part had to be the food๐Ÿฒ. Normally plane food is never anything to look forward to but RwandAir changed the game for me. I like my food to burst with flavor from the first bite and let’s just say the food that RwandAir served, did that and so much more.

 


Don’t be fooled though. Like every good service there is always a downside to it. RwandAir was not the best with keeping time. Our flights were delayed both when we were leaving for our trip and also when we were returning. This is just a precaution to those who might consider to use their airline. But in all honesty, I would fly with them again just because of their food.

We ended up staying at ‘Time Crystal Hotel Apertments’ in Bersha Heights Dubai. You would think that AB&B would be cheaper but in Dubai it actually isn’t. Hotel apartments tend to be less costly because you can accommodate a large group of people and also save costs by cooking your own meals. Although our location was not as close to the city as we would have liked, the use of uber and taxis made it easier to commute everywhere.

When in Dubai, there are just certain things that you have to do during your visit. We had the intentions of checking out the night scene, the desert Safari and ofcourse tour the city. A night out in Dubai is actually very expensive. Not only do you have to pay for a cover fee at the club but the alcohol itself is also quite pricey. Due to the fact that its a Muslim Country, they tend to have strict laws. Things like alcohol are one of the things that are taken very seriously.โ€‹

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I personally must admit the desert safari was the highlight of the trip. 

There’s nothing better than when you are speciafically dressed for an occasion that goes along with the theme. Not only does it set the atmosphere but you are completely embersed in the moment making the experience even more authentic than it already is. Being as outgoing as we are, we knew we had to go all out and dress the part with no apologies.

We got a package that included a late night dinner, hookah, camel ride and the best part, desert driving and dune bashing. Personally when vacationing especially with a group, it’s normally cheaper when it comes to doing activities. Most companies even give a better discount the bigger the group. Groupon (

 


Dubai has opened my eyes and raised the bar when it comes to travel destinations. In the words Gustave Flaubert, “travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Keep calm coz it’s my Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ

Keep calm coz it’s my Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ

It’s crazy how time flies and before you know it, age is literally catching up with you. I recently got the opportunity to celebrate my 23rd birthday with close friends. 

I’ve never really been keen on celebrating my birthdays over the past years. Maybe my 21st birthday but it wasn’t that serious. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I am a party pooper or anything of that sort but I just never found a reason, time, energy and resources to make it a priority to celebrate my birthday. 

Although I must say that this year was different. Taylor swift did not make the song “feeling 22” for no reason. I would say being 22 has been one of the best years in my life. We all have that age number that you wish you could have the chance to live over and over again. For me it was being 22. The amount of blessing that God showered me with, truly gave me a reason to celebrate as I begin my 23 years on this earth. 

Being home has really been very sentimental. The memories and the environment gave me the perfect reason to celebrate my birthday here. Inviting my friends to my humble home and sharing this special day really meant so much. 

Nobody ever said party planning was easy. From grocery shopping to cleaning the house, it was no joke. Being a host you have to cater to each and every one of your guests and make them feel as comfortable as possible.  In most African traditions slaughtering a goat,chicken or cow is usually set for a celebration. It could be a wedding, birthday or just a plain old party. In this case I knew that I had to get me goat. Thank goodness for my friends who came in a day early to help with the preparations. โ€‹

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โ€‹All in all. Everything fell into place. Food and drinks were plenty. But most of all the vibe was exactly what I hoped for on this day. I am very grateful to have been blessed yet with another year. I pray for growth and blessings to continue to explore and experience what life has to offer.โ€‹

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My Maternal Home ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช๐ŸŒ

East, west home is always the best. There’s nothing like the feeling of comfort, true existence and peace that you get when your in your own home. They say It’s one thing to live in a house but it’s another to live in a home. All my life, I have had the opportunity to live in different houses but none of them have had the impact like the home that  I was once raised in. 

It’s been over 10 years and the only thing that has kept me close to this house are the vivid memories that I have held onto,from my childhood days. We all have some type of foundation, where your individual roots are bound. For me,this home has always been the base of my roots. The sense of belonging that I got as soon as I walked into the compound, has been a feeling that I have longed for in the many years I have been away. 

When I remember where I have come from, this is the first place that comes to mind. As funny and weird as it sounds, I do believe the man that I am today has been the impact of the time spent and shared memories by loved ones in this house. My dreams, goals and ambition are driven by the values and morals that were instilled in me while growing up here. Even in pure silence, I can still hear the sound of life and feel the warmth of human contact that once occupied this house. 

In the spirit of thanks giving, I am truly honored to finally spend it at my maternal home. At the core where it all started. Surrounded by memories full of love, tears, pain, joy and laughter. 

Happy Thanks Giving.๐Ÿด ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฝ

When one Door closes, another one Opens!! ๐Ÿšช๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿšช

They say that all good things must come to an end. That when one door closes, another one opens. Personally, I can’t believe it’s finally coming to an end. My stay here in South Africa has literally flown by. It was just the other day I was panicking about leaving home and making this big move. Funny how life works. Not only does it force you to grow but self discovery becomes a continues journey with no end destination. My experiences here in South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ will always have a special place in my heart. Initially I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that I was in search of something that I still cannot put my finger on upto this date. I needed a change and wanted some type of renewed motivation. I wanted a break from the norm and find new inspiration. The only way I knew to achieve this was to make a drastic change and what better way than to travel half way across the world to a country where nobody knew me and I didn’t know anyone. Truth be told, it was an “Eat,Pray & Love” type of situation and believe it or not, it WORKS!!

The Rainbow Nation has truly surpassed my expectations. I was able to find the things I was looking for and more. From takin on new adventures everyday to lifetime friendships I have formed. Words cannot express the gratitude I have. This newly found confidence, self appreciation and inspiration that I have acquired is proving to be one of the ingredients that I needed to take on the next chapter in my life.Thank you to all those who have supported me in this journey. My family and friends for not only their financial support but their love and understanding that this was something I needed to do for myself. I am grateful to God for fulfilling this dream because HE is the only one who knew how important this experience meant to me. Now that it’s time to move on, I can’t help but be nervouse to what life has in store for me. Being originally Kenyan๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช, I have decided to further this journey to my homeland. Re-kindle old friendships, visit family and relatives. In order for me to move forward I have to remember where I came from and remind myself  the main reason I was put on this earth. 

Please join me in this new adventure as I take on the city under the sun and show you what my mother land has to offer. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช๐ŸŒโ˜€๏ธ