2014 in review

First up, I cant believe i havent changed my blog theme in months. I think it’s only befitting to activate the new 2015 theme dont you think?

It’s page 14 of 365, I hope 2015 has been phenomenal for you. I was not able to do a recap of 2014 last year, so i decided this may just be the best way to start the year, by reflecting on the past.

I killed my wanderlust in 2014, I travelled to the states in February and I think I had almost ten connecting flights in total during the entire duration of the trip. I used to be so fascinated with airports before this trip, but after spending endless hours in them, and even sleeping in one, I am definitely over it.

Chicago from the sky

Chicago from the sky

The Chicago airport had the  coolest toilets, I wonder when Kenya will ever get here.

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My life changed in 2014. I discovered what I wanted to do with my life career wise, and by being pro-active that role was created for me at work. How cool is that? I switched roles in May and so far it’s been fun, exciting, stressful, tiresome, I can go on and on. It’s been a great journey, and I am still growing. Hopefully one day I can start my own company and really live this dream that I am still creating. I was in the newspaper 3 times this year, plus was in a magazine too.

My mother graduated with her PHD. Have I ever told you guys about my mother? First up, she looks like my sister. She is gorgeous and wrapped in a nice little package known as fun sized. She is a very stylish diva who keeps tryna make me catwalk and model for her all my new clothes, which is something she does daily when she is trying to decide what to wear. Maybe I should mention she is light skinned, that rangi ya thao which keeps causing tweefs on twitter all the time?

Anyway she also has the brains to match. My mother started studying while I was still in primary school. I have watched her work her way through Undergrad, Masters and all through till her PHD. She is the strongest and smartest woman I have ever known, and I hope all her diligence will not go to waste. I keep saying that I hope I can be half the woman she is someday.

2014 was the year people showed me I was the shit even when I thought I was not. By people I mean men, and the attention was new since it was something unexpected. In some situations I made wise decisions, while in others I gave into temptation but that is what life is about right?

I also got to learn a thing or two about friendship. Some friends have been left behind in 2014, while others have been carried forward to 2015. Hopefully I can be a better friend in 2015 as well, friendship is a 2 way street after all.

Life has a funny way of showing us our future before it actually comes to pass (Am I making sense?). You meet people without knowing if they will have a significant role in your life in future. I am currently in my future and liking every minute of it. We will see how this plays out in 2015.

In a nutshell, in 2014 I travelled, partied hard, worked hard, made friends, lost touch with friends, ate a lot, drank a lot, fooled around, laughed, cried. I am hoping for lots more of this in 2015.

 

 

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Revealed turned 6!

6 years!

6 years!

I opened WordPress just a few minutes ago to find that they had wished me a happy 6th anniversary! I cant believe it’s been 6 years already!

Let us look at everything I have achieved with this blog so far:

  • No one has fallen in love with me because of my posts.
  • I have not been nominated or won any blogging awards.
  • I havent turned this site into a money generating machine.
  • I havent publicised my blog and created social media pages for it.

Well, we can conclude I haven’t achieved much, lucky for me I had not set out these goals when I started blogging. This wasn’t my first blog even, I just loved to write and needed an open space where I could jot stuff down and refer to it in future.

My only goal was to have a place where i could store my memories, and my thoughts. Thanks to the internet, I hope I will never be forgotten. This is quite ironic though seeing that if I died not many people even know about this blog in the first place.

Anyhooo it’s been an interesting journey. I cannot remember what all the vague stuff was about, so do not worry I keep myself in suspense too.

I know I dont religiously blog as much as I used to, I wont even try to make any more fake promises. You just have to wait for the days when i feel really inspired, or guilty.

Here’s to many more years…

 

 

26 things to ponder about: Advise from me to me

This being my last day as a 26 year old and the last time I will ever utter my real age forever and ever I thought it would be a good idea to maybe list down a few things which I need to change or be keen on on the eve of my new year.

  1. I should probably write more life experiences, be more funny? I blame this blog and it’s funny stories. I really am suffering from writers envy because I was thoroughly entertained. It’s always cool discovering new blogs, especially interesting ones. Definitely inspired to do better.
  2. Let things go. Dont carry dead weight. Keep it moving.
  3. My job requires me to be very patient, this is a virtue which I am still trying to nurture. I told a friend of mine how I pray for patience but I dont think my prayers were being answered because I never felt like I was being a patient person. She told me that God was answering my prayers by presenting situations where my patience would be tested. This made a lot of sense, because how else will I learn how to be patient? Needless to say, I stopped praying for patience, I can only be put through so many tests. But I do need to learn how to handle people when they are testing my patience.
  4. I am a Meru, and I do have that temper we are synonymous for. It only rares it’s ugly head when people are late, lie to me, treat me like shit or make me do stuff that i do not like. Anyhuuu some of these things may happen unintentionally, so in reference to number 2, I really need to breathe out, take a chill pill and not blow someone’s head off.  Though I think when someone does something wrong, it’s important to let them know that what they did wasnt cool. Right?
  5. Treasure all your loved ones, always, everyday and in every way. On this particular day, I torture myself every year over the loss of a relationship I never had a chance to form. I have no memories to celebrate about, as a result I just have to make a conscious decision not to feel bad about it.
  6. Listen more. We always talk and rarely listen. I especially hate being told what to do, this needs to change.
  7. I tend to be stubborn sometimes too. Reduce.
  8. Drake lied when he sang  about no new friends. New friends are awesome, make more.
  9. Leave the past behind, where it is meant to stay.
  10. Quit comparing yourself to others, you are your own person and you will go through your own triumphs.
  11. Reach out to people you have lost touch with.
  12. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
  13. Make more of an effort to dress well always, not just when going out. Instead of shying away from attention, beckon it.
  14. Not everything is personal.
  15. Stop trying to please everybody, do you.

ok I cant reach 26 things right now, these will have to do for now. I’m off to go enjoy the last few hours of this day.

 

2013 in review

It is the 12th of January so I think it would be very played out if I wished yall a happy new year. But I really hope 2014 has been good to you so far 🙂

As for me, 2014 seems to be going great so far. Strangely enough I have very high hopes for this year, and Lord knows I am not the most optimistic person in this here green earth, but it’s just a gut feeling that this year will be epic.

So I stumbled upon some questions on tumblr  which I thought would be an awesome way to review last year rather than using the 1st of the month format.

1: What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I went for a boat ride with my friends in Mombasa at Moorings in December and watched the sunset over the Indian Ocean. The view was amazing and we were such a fun bunch.

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I also went for late night paint balling in Mombasa at the Gp Karting place. One word, never again. The bruises I got are finally healing after I was ambushed by the opposing team. It was dark and because of how humid Mombasa is, the helmets kept misting up and you could barely breath because of the heat. To be honest I did not enjoy it much and will never do it again, but I am glad I got it out of my system.

2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Judging by this post, I guess I did keep my resolutions to be happy and laugh a lot? I am still not into the whole making resolutions things. I am more concerned about doing things before I grow older seeing that my birthday is at the end of January.

3: Did anyone close to you give birth?

I can count like 5 women in my life who gave birth to ironically bouncing little baby boys. It is rather reassuring that once I jump on that mummy train, there are more women who I can turn to for help 🙂

4: Did anyone close to you die?

My uncle passed away earlier this year, and some acquaintances. Death sucks.

5: What countries did you visit?

Sadly I never got to leave Kenya in 2013, but that is changing this year for certain.

6: What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013

Stronger faith, wiser decisions, better health and less weight.

7: What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

July 28th 2013. I know why and that’s all that counts.

8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I studied for a professional qualification and passed.

I exhibited my stuff at a local fashion fair.

9: What was your biggest failure?

Losing 2 phones in the dumbest way possible smh.

10: Did you suffer illness or injury?

I got stung by a bee in February and it got infected. My leg got swollen for days. That and the regular flus and tummy upsets.

11: What was the best thing you bought?

My Samsung Tablet. Best thing ever.

12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?

I have some amazing people in my life. I really should celebrate them more often and frequently.

13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?

The fact that I had an answer for this question before number 12 goes to show that I need to stop dwelling on the negativity and focusing on the good things that people do.

14: Where did most of your money go?

Food, alcohol, concerts, and gadgets.

15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Passing my exam, I screamed when I saw my results.

16: What song will always remind you of 2013?

There are too many songs, 1 would not suffice to be honest.

17: Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?

Happier, more or less the same weight, and same level of brokeness :p #Njaanuary

18: What do you wish you’d done more of?

Spent some more time with some friends who I have sort of lost touch with, and spend more time with my family as well.

19: What do you wish you’d done less of?

Drinking alcohol.

20: How did you spend Christmas?

We went to my uncle’s house and ate a whole lot and got to kick it with my extended family.

21: Did you fall in love in 2013?

Not love, more like falling in like and lust.

22: What was your favourite TV program?

Scandal #TeamOlitz

23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hate is a strong word. Let’s just say I saw a different side to some people which I did not fancy much.

24: What was the best book you read?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

25: What was your greatest musical discovery?

Zedd, his album Clarity is everything!

26: What did you want and get?

Nothing comes to mind apart from buying food and drinks lol Clearly I need to improve on my go getting skills this year.

27: What did you want and not get?

him … (s) … Them?

28: What was your favourite film of this year?

I didnt watch too many movies last year. ummm Olympus has fallen?

29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I honestly cannot think of anything right now.

30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

More dresses and accessorising is everything.

31: What kept you sane?

Tumblr, Buzzfeed, Thought Catalogue, Elite Daily and Paulo Coelho. They helped me leave my mind when I felt like my thoughts would drown me.

32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Brian, his music is just awesome.

33: What political issue stirred you the most?

The general elections in Kenya were held in 2013, and after that I vowed not to pay attention to politics. There was a time I used to fear someone would die and I wouldnt know if I didnt watch the news or read the paper. Now my cup of care is empty. I do not follow politics at all.

34: Who did you miss?

Him, no matter how much I try, he hasnt left my system completely le sigh.

My friends who live abroad.

My friends who are here but I dont hang out with because life apparently is in the way.

35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Anyone who wants to be a part of your life will find a way to be there.

36: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I dont care! I love it!

Feel free to take these 36 questions, they are quite thought provoking and  I promise you will not regret it. Make sure you share the link once you take them.

Big shout out to Nymmoh, I am sorry for neglecting the blog lol and thank you for always encouraging me to blog more 🙂

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Art Gallery Things

So about 2 weeks ago, my friend invited me to accompany her to an art gallery, where the works of one Sammy Lutaya were on display at the Michael Joseph Centre at Safaricom house. I am a sucker for trying out new things, especially bougie sounding things like visiting an art gallery.

First up, the security at that location is insane! I highly doubt I will be going back there again.

The gallery was very well organised, and Sammy is one amazingly talented artist.

I came to realise that the thing about art is that there can be very different interpretations of what we all see. The painter draws inspiration from some place, and the rest of us looking at their work interpret what we see in our own ways.

I think this piece was called The Mona Lisa

I think this piece was called The Mona Lisa

Such a pretty lady, I wonder who/what was behind her smile..

Maternal Affection

Maternal Affection

This beautiful piece of art costs Kshs 860,000 , yeah, feel free joining me as I contemplate making a career move to painting.

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All I could see in this piece was the illuminati triangle lol blame memes for my warped interpretation of this.

Pretty Shy

Pretty Shy

Seeing that I consider myself pretty shy, I was definitely drawn to this piece. Who has a spare Kshs 360,000 to buy this for me?

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I saw wolverine, or some warped version of him 🙂 My friend saw a fish. What do you see?

The singing diva

The singing diva

This was yet another pricey, but beautiful piece going for Kshs 740,000.

I am still wondering if anyone went home with one of Sammy’s pieces, I hope they did though, because he deserves to prosper with such talent.

In a nutshell, the event was awesome, we got so many rounds of free bitings, and free beverages. I am all about the freebies so I was one happy camper 🙂

I will definitely attend lots more of these type of events.

 

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Ever since I was in Standard 2 aka 2nd grade, when I scored 19/20 in my willy wonka like composition, I always thought I was good at writing. I did not fare too badly in my compositions after that, but all I knew was that writing was something I enjoyed doing. I think I have had like 5 journals in my lifetime, 3 of which I still possess, and thoroughly enjoy reading, and now Revealed, which is my somewhat online journal.

Since its inception in 2009, this blog has been a place where I can write my rights and wrongs, think, and share my thoughts and things that I learn during my journey in this so called life. It is a little piece of me on the interwebs.

Whenever someone passes on, we all have regrets about not knowing the person well enough as you would have liked to. So when that time comes and I go to the light *knocks on wood and rethinking about whether I should have said this, because if that ever happens people may read this post and wonder whether I knew it was coming, okay I do not wanna die -_-* kindly share this with those who know me, especially my family. Hopefully they will find it as insightful and entertaining as I do whenever I read my old posts.

I like to document the lessons that life teaches me, and try as often to refer to this place so that I do not forget. For if we do not learn from our mistakes, how will we learn and grow?

This is also the only place where I can ‘speak’ openly, without fear of judgment, or stepping on other peoples toes, or just getting many questions. To be honest, I am not good at the whole being free about my thoughts in the real world, I do not want my words to fall on deaf ears, or to hurt anyone’s feelings, or blow a fuse.  Here, I am freed from the prison that is my thoughts, my head.

Who here considers themselves to be a sensitive person? Does this make you over sensitive to the feelings of others? I think that’s what I have, but to the power of 4.

Have you ever discovered something about someone that you had no clue about? As in you totally did not see it coming at all?! Well, that is not me, my life is pretty much an open blog. Do I tell you everything? Ummmhh probably not, but this basically sums it all up.

Now that I am in my late twenties (groan!! ) I am now trying to find my place in this world. Everyone else seems to be finding their footing, and I am just going in blindly, as if I am trying to find the light switch in the dark.  Everyone is getting married, acquiring property, making babies, making millions, evolving, while I am here, blogging and tweeting (There is a gif somewhere for this, but I do not have time to search for it.)

Be that as it may, I am extremely happy for everyone finding themselves. Other people’s happiness actually fills me with joy, and hope. I was okay with my current situation, but yeah, the pressure is getting to me I must admit. I strongly believe that I will soon get whatever it is that I am waiting for, so I will be patient just as God wants me to be.  He does his will at his own time, and I will not pressure him for he has his reasons, and he knows what is best for me.

I am 26 years old, single, without a masters degree, having never made a million, and nowhere near making a million, with no property in my name, who is currently being punished by her unfertilized ovaries lol and for now, this is enough.

I also need to work on being a better person, a better daughter, relative, friend, and colleague. I am not where I need to be as a human being, I acknowledge that I have been doing poorly in certain areas given recent developments. But I will try to do better.

So here is hoping that by the time we reach post number 500, some things will have changed, like the person that I am, the numbers in my bank account, the length of my CV, the smiles on my face and the joy in my heart.

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My debut at Concours

I am really stoked that I finally have a post worthy of my few male readers 🙂 If you are subscribed here, you better like this because I am pretty excited to share this with you 🙂

So last week, my friends halad at me and offered to give me complimentary tickets to Concours D’ elegance! That has never happened to me before, as in someone randomly offering me free tickets and was not tryna get into my pants lol

On Sunday, I headed for Ngong Racecourse armed with my sunglasses and camera to see what Concours had in store for me. I made the mistake of wearing sandles, and there was a lot of dust which is definitely not a good look.

The crowds showed up in plenty, ready to be wowed by all the fancy cars, both vintage and brand spanking new.  We found the judges assessing a car that was on the podium, so we moved along to the lot where the participants had parked their cars. Majority of the cars were freshly waxed, with surfaces so shiny you could see your reflection, and engines so clean you could probably eat off them.

I honestly was not going to take pictures because my friend was busy showing off with his snazzy Sony camera, but we got such a great spot during the parade, I could not ignore such a great photo opportunity.

The Starehe Boys band was beyond amazing!!! They belted out all sorts of songs from Viva La Vida to even dancehall songs which I cannot remember at the moment.

The ‘village’ if I could call it that had all sorts of stands, from a Kenchic van, to Steers and Debonairs, Dormans, Carnivore, there was practically something for everyone.

In a nutshell, I had a blast, and I am already looking forward to the next edition 🙂