Taking Stock | 2018

This is my first post in 2018 and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back in this space. I have been away for 2 weeks now and it feels good to update you guys on what I have been up to and what I have planned for the year. I have a feeling that this year will even be better than the last one for you and I.

Making: strategic plans for my business for the year. The blogs grew tremendously last year and I intend to maintain the momentum. My head has been bursting with new ideas that I cannot wait to implement. I have my work cut out for me but I’m tough as nails and I’ll hack it.

Cooking: I’ve not been able to cook anything this year and it’s already the 4th of January. I’ll probably start today. I brought peas, potatoes and green vegetables from upcountry and I’ll start with those.

Drinking: lots of Ethiopian coffee. I’ve never been a coffee person but my significant other has been bringing me Arabica when he’s traveling and I’m now hooked. It smells so good! I’m also in love with wine.

Reading: Kiu. I recently visited my uncle and stumbled across my high school Swahili set-book. It brought memories and I’ve started re-reading the book.

Looking: for the perfect birthday gift for my daughter. She turns five in 2 weeks and she’s been giving me not-so-subtle hints on what she wants for her birthday. Her ideas change constantly and I just can’t keep up!

Playing: Perfect by Ed Sheeran. This is currently our song and we normally have it on repeat.

Wishing: that I would do more personal posts. It has been long since I felt vulnerable. It helps me to connect more with you guys and I love that. I’ll try to share more personal posts with you this year.

Enjoying: the time I’m having with my hubby. He travels a lot and I count myself lucky the few times he’s around town for a whole week. He’s on leave and it’s been long since I’ve had him all to myself. He’ll find this statement contradictory since I’m now here talking to you guys while he looks after our toddler but hey, someone’s got to do it, right?

Waiting: for Feb. 

Liking: how mature and responsible Kendall has become. She takes care of her little sister like a real big sister and I’m so proud of her. I love her to death and I love the young person she’s growing into.

Wondering: Why it is raining in January. Not that I’m complaining.

Loving: my post baby body. I worked really hard to get rid of the baby fat and I now feel like I’m almost there. I still have a few pounds to go but I’m at a place where I’m comfortable with my curves.

Considering: hiring a day-time nanny. I’ve been taking care of my girls myself for the last 18 months now and I cannot be more grateful to God that I was able to do that. My youngest is now 16 months and I’ve been with her almost every second of her life. It is however not easy being a full-time nanny and running a business. I have a reliable cleaning lady and if she’ll take the job, I could hire her to be a day-time nanny. This will give me a few more hours to focus on my work.

Buying: back to school supplies. My first born is now in pre-unit and I have been running up and down buying school shoes, books, glitters, paints, manila papers, modelling clay and the like. 

Watching: E! Entertainment, CBS reality,  the Discovery Channel and Nat-Geo. I’m loving reality shows, especially the crime reality shows on CBS Reality right now.

Hoping: that we’ll do a wedding this year. We’ve been ‘married’ for over six years now and it’s time we made it official. I try not to be pushy and I let boyfriend move at his own pace.

Marveling: at how far God has brought me. I’ll be honest, I have never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be where I am right now. I’m blessed with two beautiful kids, and an amazing man I call my husband. We might lack sometimes but we love each other unconditionally and that is hard to find these days.

Needing: more sleep. I have not slept long enough for months now. I do not report to no one and can do whatever I want, but I am very disciplined in my work and I’m willing to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.

Smelling: wet earth. It has rained a little the last 2 days and I love that fresh earthy smell.

Wearing: heels and ripped jeans. One of the things I do not do after delivering is buy new cloths. I keep my old ones as motivation to lose weight. My thinking is that when I buy new cloths that are fitting, I’ll get comfortable with my changed body. There’s a particular suit that I bought in 2011 that I use as my SI unit. I work hard until I can pour all m curves into that suit. It’s been 16 months since I delivered my second born and I finally started shopping because I now like how I look and feel. It is amazing!

Knowing: that 2018 will be a great year

Thinking: about how I miss my best friend. There’s a lady who’s like a sister to me. I  have known her for 10 years and I feel like I can tell her anything. We’ve not seen each other for over 3 weeks and it feels really weird. I can’t wait to catch up.

Admiring: My boyfriend’s workout commitment. I wish I was as focused as he normally is.

Disliking: people who keep complaining. It’s always the government’s or someone else’s fault. I like to do my part and leave the rest to God. 

Feeling: rejuvenated. It’s a lot working from home and taking care of two young kids. I took a short work break during the holidays and I feel fresh as I step into 2018.

I cannot thank you guys enough for your continued support. I can only pray for your happiness, good health and abundant blessings in 2018. Much love and Happy New Year. <3 <3<3

Some call it crazy, I call it passion
Until we see each other again, 

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