My Fave Things #40

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Bonus points for  two  blog posts in a day!!!  In no particular order, here is what I have reading on the inter-webs lately:

  • How to deal with sticky friends +money situations (Levo)
  • 9 simple tips to having  good conversations (All Groan Up)
  • Do or Don’t : A Work Uniform ( A Cup of Jo)
  • Strengths and weaknesses are  connected (Ben Casnocha)
  • I am sure that the only people who would resonate  with this one are  my friends from Western Kenya-Tea Rituals (Zen Habits)
  • 6 Thank You Note Mistakes That Could Very Easily Ruin Your Chances (Daily Muse)
  • Just  in case you  get  stuck in traffic over the next couple of days,  I listened to this episode of The Lively Show yesterday and thought its a must-listen for all women who want to optimize the endocrine functions

4 ‘Young Rich’ Episodes That You Should Watch

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Living abroad for  the last couple of  months has created a thirst for all things Kenyan. Well, at least that  has been my excuse for  monitoring the Kenyan corner of YouTube.   Well, apart from the  usual Churchill and #TheTrend, I have been watching  past episodes of K24’s Young Rich. Being  human,  I love learning  from  other people’s stories  especially homegrown  ones  especially as I look forward to starting my own ventures in the near future.   But more importantly, somebody wise once said :

Experience is the best teacher, as long as its not  your own.

As big shot entrepreneurs hit Nairobi this week (and not forgetting our long lost son, US President Barack Obama), I  would like to share some of  the  stories that  have  inspired me  in the  recent  past.

1.Eric Muli

CEO,  Alpha Force Security and Zabamba

Why should watch him: By the  age of 7, this  Top 40  under 40 alum had a black book of  investments and had made Kshs. 10,000.    He credits his parents for helping him  invest in his talents by  making him work for his money from an early age  and allowing  him to take an entrepreneurship-based degree in college #NoteToParents.

Quotable Quote:  Change can’t be carried out by other people

 

2.Caleb Karuga

Former  TV Journalist and Owner of Wendy Farms

Why  you should  watch  him: 

You may remember  from the  K24  show ” Kazi ni Kazi” as Kenya’s  very own Mike Rowe where  he showcased  the  daily grind of ordinary Kenyans.  This  is  honest interview for anyone  contemplating taking a dive into agribusiness. He  says  that  his  biggest mistake was  buying a car…three months after being employed and he still has it a reminder of the naive decisions that he has made.

Quotable Quote: Encourage yourself

 

 

3.Thandiwe Muriu

Budding self-taught Kenyan beauty and fashion photographer

Why  you should  watch  her  

She is another  case of working  hard during her school holidays  that has contributed to her early success

P.S.  Don’t forget to check out the other amazing photographers)

 

4.Lucas Maranga

CEO, Happening Ventures Ltd

Why  you should  watch  him: He not only had a short stint in banking  but  he also turned down the opportunity to  live in the diaspora  to build a his life and  business in Kenya.  Mr. Maranga explains the  importance of building  relationships to build   your business. As he succinctly puts it,  ” I  must know you,  like you and then I can you work with you.”

 

Image credits: Unsplash|Jeff Sheldon

And I am back!

It was about time. I have missed  being  in this space. Kerry’s Blog  may have  been  quiet for  a  while but I have been trying to keep up with everyone via Twitter. Though  my schedule will still be  hectic over the next couple of weeks, I am committing to posting at least once a week because my  readers are important to me. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be a couple of tweaks here and there to  improve  your experience on this space.

So this is what I have been upto lately….

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Flowers in bloom and in my fave colour @Botanical Gardens

 

Watching endless YouTube for healthy eating ideas and trying to  satiate my planner addiction. Loving Domestic Geek and  Jenny Penton .Plus anyone in social media especially  if you want to up  your YouTube game, you should  watch Amy Schmittauer on Savvy Sexy Social

Reading journal article after journal article. Now I know why PhDs stand for Permanent Head Damage.

I wish I was smart as this guy
I wish I was smart as this guy-Trip to the Glasgow Cathedral

Making couscous salads!  Seriously, recipes can’t get easier than this. I  never  knew that  such a  grain existed in my life. The  first time I heard couscous,  my  mind went back to the  DeeDee and  her imaginary friend called Cousy who had incurable laughter ..remember from  Dexter’s Lab….in Cartoon Network ( Yo! Shout out to the kids who grew up in the ’90s). Anyway, this  grain is  super-cheap, nutritious and its is a perfect substitute for  rice.  Does anyone know where I will be able to get in Kenya? Next on my cooking list….quinoa.

Missing Kenya (without the floods and terrorism) like crazy. I can almost hear Jean Valjean singing “One Day More”

Eating chocolate and vanilla ice lollies. I never thought that summer would roll around.

Drinking lots of water. I am finally raising my water drinking game.

Needing xoxos from my family plus all-day train ride across Scotland or England.  Every time we pass through  the  countryside, I feel like someone threw me on the set of some Jane Austen movie. Well, this one reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo

View from Edinburgh
View from Edinburgh

Loving the Swahili translation of hashtag (alama ya reli) and social media (mitandao ya kijamii)

Marvelling at the flower bush across the street from window. Every time I peep outside, someone is taking time to smelling the roses, literally.

Thinking Plotting my Post-Glaswegian life including the future of Kerry’s Blog

Feeling anxious about my dissertation.

Listening to Josh Wilson and Laura Daigle. I recently discovered Mercy Me’s new album.   The jury is still out on this one. But I can see why Shake got incredible reviews. I think I Can Only Imagine and Crazy will be my top picks from them. Special mention goes  to Myleik Teele’s #MytaughtYou Podcast. I have been ploughing through her podcast over the last week and I think I am that I am almost done going through. I definitely love her #MyleikBookShare on Instagram.

Wondering what it would have been like to live in 1940-1950s era. I love their fashion. Think Mad Men.

Noticing that my hair needs some more TLC. The Scottish elements have not been kind to it….Yes, I am on the shea butter bandwagon but I am definitely giving my tiny locks extra attention. Watch this space.

Wishing that I could find a cure for my paper addiction  or that my fairy godmother would send me either  this, this or this  before I get a year older.

Enjoying the sporadic Scottish heatwave

Horsing around at the Botanical Gardens
Horsing around at the Botanical Gardens