TAKING STOCK MID YEAR 2018

TAKING STOCK MID YEAR 2018

Hello Rafikis,

It’s been almost half a year since I took stock!

I know I haven’t really blogged much this year in between securing my degree and figuring life out I lost touch. I lost touch of writing at least for leisure none the less, I do hope that I continue to find healing on this platform and that you continued to be inspired by it.

You can also keep up with me here! I post more often on there.

 

For now let’s take stock!

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Admiring: JTO’s Fashion  and her boyfriend Mr Eazi. Their trip to Tuscany was major goals!

Buying: baby clothes!  Baby fever is real, but the cost of tuition is a reason to abstain lol.

Bookmarking: Scholarship and internship opportunities because adulting is real!

Creating: purposeful, and diverse content for both my YouTube and blog,  I will post a video a video every Monday, Wednesday and Friday till the end of July. Please Subscribe here! I will posting on here bi-monthly on a Sunday.

Cooking: in bulk because meal prep saves lives. Actually check out Tayari! Some of my besties started an amazing business, doing just that!

Considering: all my options, my dad always advises me to be open minded.

Deciding: to Let go and Let God!

Disliking: packing! I hate the idea of having to pack and carry all my belongings. If only a muscle man could come and aid this damsel in distress. *cough cough*

Drinking: a lot of Copella Apple and Elderflower  juice! Am I the only person that thinks that juice quenches thirst temporarily only to make you even thirstier after.

Eating: really, really badly, I am literally having chicken everyday because it is a quick fix. It is also cheap, baked and tasty! Do not judge me!

Enjoying: spending time by the beach, if you follow me on instagram you’d know that I’ve found a new love for the beach. Follow me here Unmasking Achieng 

Feeling: mentally better! Taking up meditation has been a real game changer. I’ve learned to find healing in the most peaceful ways.

Following: more Kenyan content creators. If you have a channel or blog and are interested in engaging with other Kenyan content creator hit me up!

Sorting: my life out before move out date.

Getting: better at doing makeup!

Giggling:at some of the things I used to stress about. If it won’t stress you in 5 years don’t spend more than 20 minutes crying about it.

Hearing: a voice in my head, reassuring me that all will be well.

Helping: the girls in South Nyanza by providing them with sanitary towels and empowerment, find out more here

Hoping: God gives me signs, because I know I need His guidance in making crucial decisions.

Knowing: that my life will pan out great! As Kendrick says if ” But if God got us we gon be alright”.

Liking: the progress I’ve made with my instagram feed, finding a theme that works has been tricky but I can finally say I like it now! Check it out here!

Loving: the woman I’ve become, despite all the obstacles life has thrown my way, still I rise!

Looking: to create my own wig in the next few months!

Making: no assumptions about my place in other people’s lives.

Noticing: that life is how you make it and take it. Be still and you will see.

Playing: my summer Afro beats playlist ! Check it out Afro Beats Playlist 2018!

Praying: for the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding.

Pondering: over the past three years! All the crazy things I did. It’s been one amazing journey but the story is still yet to be told.

Reading: We’re going to need more wine by Gabrielle Union. She is such a strong woman! I I fell in love with her character in Being Maryjane too.  I’d encourage every woman to read her book, but be warned her story is intense.

Opening: up my heart to new connections! Saying Yes to New Friends!  Saying Yes to a New Man! (If God so wills)

Snacking: on Walkers Salt and Vinegar Crisps and Twister Ice Cream

Smelling: the coffee, there is more to life than University. The real adulting as now began.

Marvelling: at the fact that I got to see Beyonce and Jayz live. A tick off my imaginary bucket list. Check out that vlog here!

Needingto be careful with my words, there so much power that lies in words. Words can break or make a person.

Thinking: about what re-adjusting back to Nairobae will be like

Waiting: anxiously for the next chapter of my life!

Wanting: to love and live in the moment. I tend to panic a lot about my future but i’m growing to learn that not every experience is meant to last a life time, some of the best things in life are only meant to last a  season.

Wasting: no energy on things that no longer serve me, or people that do not build me.

Watching: Green Calabash on Youtube every Monday and Thursday!

Wearing: my favourite summer outfits, because the sun is a rare commodity!

Wondering: when I’ll finally get to travel! InshAllah I will visit two new countries this year!

Love and light.

Big shout out to Irene Luusa, who took this pictures of me  as part of her school project!

Check out the rest of her work here 

Makeup by Poppy!

 

 

Till next time!

 

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HOW TO GET A PART TIME JOB IN THE UK | EP 2

HOW TO GET A PART TIME JOB IN THE UK | EP 2

Hello Rafikis, Here’s part two to the work/study series.

Please do check out part one where I talk about my experience working in the U.K.

Episode one – working Part-time alongside University

In this episode I talk about what you need to know in order for you to get a job.

  • Tier 4 Visa restrictions – if you are from Kenya or any other country that is listed as tier 4 (you can find the link here https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa),you will be restricted to work a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time, but you can work full-time during the holidays.

    Please note that I am not a professional on immigration status so kindly do your research, this is just based off my own experience. Also this may differ in different countries as some countries do not allow students to work.

  • National Insurance number – you can find out more about this from the Home office website here https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number

  • Casual summer CV – comment down below if you would like me to share my CVs with you!

  • Bank Account – also comment down below if you would like me to guide you through opening a bank account!

  • Confidence  & Ambition– I got my job by walking in, asking for the manager and asking him if they were hiring.

  • Patience & Persistence – I handed out over 10 CVs to different places before I got hired.

 

 

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WORKING PART TIME ALONGSIDE UNI| EP 1|

WORKING PART TIME ALONGSIDE UNI| EP 1|

Hi Rafikis, welcome to a five part series of me sharing my experience working part time in the U.K as an International student. In this episode I will share will where I have worked and how I’ve gotten the jobs. In following episodes, I will share what you need to get a job, how you can get a job, challenges and strengths of working as an international student.

Hope you enjoy this!

 

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CUTTING OFF TOXIC PEOPLE

CUTTING OFF TOXIC PEOPLE

Hello Rafikis,

Recently I was involved in a very toxic incident, that made me rethink my life choices and the people that I choose to let into my life. Watch the video for more details.

As for now here are some tips!

  1.  Guard your space – Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.- Proverbs 4:23
  2. Be careful of who you let into you life
  3. Do not be afraid to cut people off
  4. Do not be afraid to start afresh
  5. Do not be afraid to let go of things that do not build you
  6. Do not be apologetic about it
  7. Stay true to who you are
  8. Spread love and light
  9. Be a good person
  10. Forgive but do not forgive and go back to the same tomfoolery
  11. Have the right intentions

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THE WINTER BLUES | DENNIS BASSO FAUX FUR COAT

THE WINTER BLUES | DENNIS BASSO FAUX FUR COAT

It’s okay to fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise the whole damn fire! – Colette Werden

Shop this look!

Similar Faux Fur Coat – Dennis Basso
 After Dusk Laced Heeled Boots – Backyard shoes
Hoop Earrings –  Primark

Every year I hope it snows!  Luckily for me, three months to the end of my degree it snowed! No NOT just politely but in plenty.

I was so excited for the first two days. It was really beautiful to look at but now I’m over it. I could go another 10 years without experiencing the snow and be just fine.

I’m over the winter blues…

Every winter I find myself in a funk where my emotions and energy levels stay low.  All I want to do is stay in bed all day. On the rare occasions I leave the house, I wear the dullest clothes in my closet. I even get upset when I see people dressed in yellow! Like why would you walk around in such bright colours while the atmosphere is sombre?

I digress, here are a few ways I tackle the winter blues.

  • A Hug in a cup – nothing warms my heart like a hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.
  • Rhythms and Blues – listening to Daniel Caesar’s voice helps me get in touch with my emotions.
  • Meditation – I discovered the Headspace app from Sharon Mundia that schedules a meditation session for me each morning.
  • Cuddles – Teddy Jr and Teddy Snr keep me warm at night.
  • Deep conversations with family and friends.
  • Self-Care – Putting more effort into taking care of myself as a woman. Embracing my femininity makes me feel so damn good.
  • Sharing on this platform with you enables me to vent. This is my safe space.
  • Believing the funk will pass and the sun will shine.
  • A Blue Dennis Basso faux fur coat that keeps me warm.

 

 

I have had this coat since I joined university but it has never really gotten cold enough for me to wear it. The snowy days provided me the opportunity to rock the coat without looking like a dam fool. I actually inherited the coat from my sister and I must say the quality is great considering that she got it very many years ago.

 

 

Shout out to my favourite photographer Stefany Armoni, who braved the negative degrees with me just to get these snow shots. Also, shout out to the Almighty God for protecting me from pneumonia. Considering my toes and legs were literally exposed to the cold! I know! Sorry mum but I figured that this was probably the only chance I’d get to shoot in the snow or in this coat.

In the process of shooting, I may have ruined my favourite heel boots. Ask me why I thought it would be a good idea to where heeled boots in the snow? Anyway we live and we learn plus I’m hoping that some cobbler in Nairobi can fix them. As you already know by now in Wakanda everything is fixable.

 

I know I’ve been missing for a while now, it’s just the winter blues! I’ll be back once it comes to pass. I promise to pop in once in a while.

Till next time,

Stay warm Rafikis!

Shot by Stef Armoni
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