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XXVII

So today I turn 27. I don’t know about you but odd numbers don’t amuse me. They seem incomplete. So I’ll just prefer to say I am in my late twenties. I’m not really sure whether to be excited I can now be allowed into XS Millionaires or to be worried that I am now closer to 50 than I am to 0. Either way, I am grateful for the new chapter I have just begun. 26 was tough. In fact, it was the toughest. COVID 19 took away my income. Then it took away my mother. Today would have been one of those days she would have had justifiable cause to demand for a grandchild, for the umpteenth time. Every time she did this, I would claim that I was not ready and she would say that being ready is a mindset, not a destination. She’d demand that I go ahead and start whatever it is I wanted to, where I was, with the little I had. She said one’s twenties are for taking big risks and making mistakes. Doing that thing that you have always wanted to do, no matter how much it scares you. Today, in her […]

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Rustyke Sophistications

Rust is ugly. It corrodes beautiful things and turns them into just pieces of metal. Even its chemical formula is nothing to write home about. Fe3O4. Looks like a nuclear bomb launch code somewhere in North Korea. On the other hand, its adjective form is beautiful. Rustic. It’s chic and artistic. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and nourishing to the soul. Its simplicity breaks the abundance of all the urban trends, offering a fresh breath of warm distinctiveness. It inspires creativity. It exudes luxury. It radiates class. It tells of your personality without you saying a word. It can be as simple as a leather strap on your wristwatch or as complex as a country farm, complete with acres of pasture and a castle made of oak. A ligneous lampshade on your dresser or pallet shelves in your kitchen. Leather upholstery for your car seats or the vintage car itself. A laptop skin for your PC or the bag you carry it in. A wooden coffee table in your living room or the homespun mat beneath it. A treen watch on your wall or the wallpaper behind it. Whatever it is, Rustyke Sophistications have got it. Rustyke is to rustic […]

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Natural Spaces

There is something therapeutic about an indoor plant. It just sits there in its pot, serenely minding its own business, occasionally swaying to the soft breeze coming from the window it has been conveniently placed below. You know, because of the light. Plants need a lot of it. They also need water. And fresh air. And an occasional fondle. I know this because it is on the plant manual of the Dracaena I bought from Vivianne Nyogoro the other day. Vivianne knows everything there is to know about houseplants. A chubbly twenty-six-year-old, she does not seem like the kind of person whose fingers could do more than just type. Her well-groomed nails look like the kind that the only tough work they ever did was scrub the dishes. But here she is, in gumboots, all soiled with her hair pulled back, as if she is in that ‘Dirt is good’ commercial. So how did this happen? Vivianne majored in Events and Convention Management (Yes, there is such a course) at the Technical University of Kenya. Graduates of this course are supposed to plan and manage international conferences and exhibitions across the world. You would think that landing such a job […]

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Financial Madaraka

Is there a more vivid illustration of When it rains, it pours than when you get broke? Your car insurance expires around the same time your monthly postpaid call and data subscription ends. Now you have to take the bus to work and you discover something called Reverse call. The neighbour whom you share the Netflix logins with drops you a text. It’s time to renew the subscription. Is this Netflix thing really worth it? You ask yourself. But how else will you watch those documentaries you love? And is that not the reason you subscribed to Zuku Home Fibre in the first place? This reminds you. The Zuku Home Fibre bill is due in three days. It’s always due around the same time as the rent. And the water bill. And the gym membership. Your wife is not doing any better. Her salary has been delayed, again. She sends you a grocery and supplies shopping list. And a footnote with a reminder that her chama contribution is due. You have never seen the essence of this chama thing. You two engage in your usual monthly fight about it. You complain that the chama is a waste of time and […]

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Guest Writer, Anyone?

Being a writer is hard. You open up your PC, type three hundred words, read them over and you long-press the backspace key profusely. Sometimes you just stare at your screen blankly, with a brilliant story in your head but no words to express it. Sometimes you actually run out of Character names to use (Yes, that happens quite a lot). Other times the story will just not make any sense, no matter how much you try to twist it. But I am grateful to everyone who has supported me through this journey. Those who call to ask when the next story will roll; those who text me and request that I forward them the link to the recent story; those who ask me to write about them (bold people, these ones); those who constantly nag me about writing a book; those who actually read the stories and critique them, I am and will forever be grateful. In this spirit, I would want to support any upcoming writer by publishing their stories on my blog. Guest Writing is what they call it around here. We shall do this once every month. If you are interested, drop me a line here: […]

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Are You Sure?

You have just finished your KCSE exams. Four years of your life have been evaluated in just three weeks. You find yourself quite broke but you are comforted by the fact that you can now wake up after the sun has risen. Hmm, I should get me a job or something before I join campus, you think to yourself. You phone that uncle of yours that always kept telling you to look for him as soon as you were done with your exams. He owns an Insurance firm and he can get you something to keep you busy in exchange for a small stipend. He is happy to hear from you. You ask about your cousins and your aunt. They are all fine. Then he proceeds to break your heart. ‘The economy is not doing very well, as you can see on the news. But you do this, join campus and let me know when you go for long holiday ama when you need to go for attachment, sawa?’ You join campus. Time flies and it’s now time for your first long holiday. You ring your uncle, again. ‘The economy has not improved, in fact, it has become worse. Do […]

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ACTIVATE AND MONETIZE YOUR POTENTIAL (Sponsored Ad)

This article is courtesy of a paid partnership with Event Live – The leading events listing platform in Kenya – https://eventlive.co.ke/    We are way into the New Year. You realize that the year is gone by when you see Easter Deals fronting your screens. You definitely must have set some goals at the beginning of the year. How are they coming along? Betty Mwaura can help with this. Betty Mwaura is a life coach, published author, mentor and business consultant. She has provided corporate trainings to dozens of organisations within the country. On the 28th March, she will give an experiential talk on how to master your potential and monetize it to provide you with Financial Freedom. Do you really need this talk? The first thing to consider is the subject matter. Potential. Do you have it? Do you know what yours is? Do you know how to make it make money for you? Practical examples for the targeted audience for this talk are as below: 1. You have potential lying latent and you know it. How to activate that potential is a constant headache for you yet you are desirous of making impact in the world. 2. You […]

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