One book I can’t seem to put down: Book review.

Yesterday was #WorldPoetryDay and as much as I would love that this post be a poem I’m inclined to write a not so poetic post. But I won’t let that go without a one liner(paragraph) to open up today’s post, so buckle up and let’s get poetic right this moment.

See, yesterday was gone and all I could think about is how hard.

How hard a writer thinks and rethinks to give a reader something.

Something they sometimes miss due to sheer negligence or is it spite?

Spite for the capabilities of what the writer can produce or has used.

Used to create a living story that will last long of course, in the end.

In the end, for sure we will never know what goes in both their minds.

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In that manner I open today’s post. There’s this book that I have completely failed to let go of. I have it in my bag and it screams to me on the daily, “Read me Dee! Read me!” Of course I am exaggerating on that but what if books could talk? Therefore, I’ll spare you the gory details of what my brain/mind can conjure up sometimes.

So yeah, I had a hard time putting this book down. The fact that I am yet to even name the book as you read this is just enough to prove how fascinated I am about it. Hint: selfish move.

Well, not to keep you wondering the book I have had a hard time putting down is no other than Melissa Bank’s the girls’ guide to hunting and fishing. I know if you haven’t read it you might probably think that’s a title that’s catchy and suspicious. Well, that’s the same thing that happened to me immediately when I spotted it.

I’ll have you know, I have a pile of books waiting to be read but the moment I saw the book I wanted nothing to do with those other books. Mainly because the title intrigued me, I am no hunter or fisher-person for that matter so taking the title literally was out of the picture.

That said, I got to read the book every second I had free time. One thing that lingers and reigns supreme on my mind is the fact that every time you flip to another chapter, a beautiful nugget that’s akin to a stanza of a poem opens the way to the following chapter—I must say, that really sold it for me.

Don’t be fooled by this article’s title, I am yet to finish the book. It was so good I had to review it before I finished it. Or maybe it’s because it’s Thursday and it flew by so fast before I could finish on this day where I have faithfully blogged lately. Either way, it’s all good because, I won’t spoil it for those of you who are yet to read it or have read it and don’t want a premature reveiw.

Having said that, here are some pictures of me «enjoying» the book. Take a look:

So many choices yet so little time to read… I can’t seem to let one book down yet.
Voila! The book I can’t seem to put down!

Nothing like a good book and some sweet iced tea to cool off on a hot day!

Thank you for reading and as always, ✨Peace. Love. Light.✨

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Working with Japh, the chronology.

First of all I wanna wish each lady reading this a #happywomensday.

If you know me that well, I’m either scavenging for a new word or ‘reading’ the dictionary as one would a book. So today I got a notification with the entry word minerva and boy was I so glad it’s a word used to describe a woman with great wisdom. So to all you strong ladies out there, I send you all my love this beautiful day.

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As today’s title reads, this post is more about working with my awesome brother. In as much as I love to call him ‘little bro’ there’s no little in him. First of all he’s so wise beyond his years and has a huge heart and boy is he a creative force to reckon with! I know, I know you’ll say I am biased but what can I say, blood is thicker than blood and I can’t help it. Oh and he is taller than I am so, go-figure!

Thing is over the years especially when he just joined high school I noticed his love for photography. In fact he is one of the people who fanned my photography loving flames. When I finished high school, I was a jobless stay at home girl and since he was a tiny tot then mama would take him to her workplace during the weekend and spend the day there. It’s on these fine days that he got to meet one Joseph Mathenge a renowned photographer in Nairobi. Mr. Mathenge took a picture of him and I can’t quite recall well but I think he pushed mama to ask him if he could allow me to learn under his aegis just because my potential was wasting away at home. I could easily ask him if I wanted, but I want him to read this and his heart melts because that’s what big sisters do, amirite?

So, fast forward to him finishing high school and he is at home like I did many years back and a tug at my heart makes me want to do something for him. You know the casual, I miss my brother so much, kind of tug and asking God to make a way for him. Being miles away (I in Rwanda, him in Kenya) I had so little to offer. I gave him a small point and shoot camera I had been gifted by my awesome brother DiTieM and he did amazing stuff. But it was stolen sadly. He then got a DSLR camera but it also got stolen or something. Point is he went back to square one. No bueno. We got to chat and the idea of him coming to Rwanda popped. We discussed, prayed, and laughed about it until it materialized. Boom! He is here with me right now and boy am I so gleeful about his new journey 💃

I tell you all these because my passion for photography is a little shadow in comparison to his great talent. It’s in that manner I present to you works by The Japh or as I like to call him Japh Bizzle or El Japh🔥. You can check his instagram work here, here and here.

Also check out the video we made when he first came to Rwanda: Chopsticks trials at Monmartse

That said here are some amazing works he has done lately using a phone and I make cameos because, what better way to show support than being present to pose 😁 Also expect to see lotsa selfies and one or two of pics of Japh that I took 😝🤭

Teeny tiny ant

This is just a photo, we tried to re-imagine Gulliver’s travels. Can you guess who Gulliver is and the Lilliputian? I’ll wait…

Toy car; Japh is creating a new installation called ‘Perception’ and it’s full of tales that will make you wonder. Can’t wait for him to share them with you all!!!

Peek-a-boo

Coolin’ in the hot sun

Blending or is it breading
Don’t mess w/ da bread!

Peace, Love and Light ✨

Why I love being at home.

First of all, #happynewmonth to each of you my readers. May your #March bring you joy untold and lots of beautiful experiences that build longlasting memories.

That said, over the month of February I went back home after a rather long time. Almost after like 11 months. The point however is that I got to be with the closest people to me. People who make me whole. People who make me feel alive. People who accept my silly self and allow me to live my truth. I could go on, you know, I love being at home because I feel alive.

I get to be with them, enjoy endless cheer, quality time and great food by mama.

I had a great time for sure. I got to soak on all that and take lots and lots of photos.

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We decided to go ham on them eggs because breakfast

Foodies day out
Went all in on that junkness–chickin likin’

With a full stomach comes my other love for posing and what better way that to have my brother The Japh (favorite photographer thus far — he gets me) take pictures of me.

When me and Japh team together, we take pictures like our lives depended on them

You’d say it’s because my papa loved taking photos of us when growing up that we turned into these photogenic individuals but the element of being free infront of the camera has become one of my favorite things to do and I’m so glad I get to share this with people I love.

Loved stealing this little number from mama, although not fair at all but jeesh I looked good in it
When I meet my sisie it’s jumping for hugs and lots of hugs

Josie and I ♥

Just a mama and her adoring daughters

Fam
Grinning till all them molars show

Sweet Soph, me and Josie

But most of all I got to be part of mama’s golden birthday. She joined the big five-oh gang y’all! And happy, blessed, proud and prayerful for her life am I as I reminisce the way God has been so good to us through her.

Happy birthday to the angel on earth from God to us with love! Love you mama ♥

Someone we miss definitely has to be my equally favorite brother DiTiEm.

So, I’m curious, do you guys love being at home after a longtime? What are your favorite things to do together?

PS: I didn’t post last week as I was recouperating and to that I say, sorry.

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✨Peace. Love. Light.✨

What’s love?

I know this post comes a day late for #ValentinesDay but just in time for my weekly blog so get your reading eyes ready and let’s roll this out into a beautiful love tapestry.

The moment this topic came to my mind I literally had a million things come to mind and the old school songs with similar titles popped in my head. Good thing I just know their lyrics and didn’t have time to Google them so by the time this piece is out there will be zero plagiarism if I may say so myself 😜

A little love artwork I made out of love.

Seriously though, the question ‘what’s love?’ is the most ambiguous yet so simple question depending on where your heart is. For some it can be a game, a feeling, a remedy, a crutch, an idea created by some hopeless romantic, a Deity, a belief, a way of life, a disappointing reality that ends up with tears and broken hearts stop me if you think I am a little overboard but clearly love is a whole lot more than just a single day for a certain demographic of people.

Spritz of water on plastic flowers.

It takes true and honest soul-searching but most importantly believing that there is more to love than just roses, chocolates, and flirty texts messages in the middle of the night. It is more. For what it’s worth, love is a matter of the heart.

If your heart is in the right place, accepting of who you are as an individual and willing to go the extra mile of loving the next person as they are you are bound to make strides untold.

The icing on the cake is to know you are loved and known by a God so vast He took his time to create you, your look, how you feel and the various people you will meet and attract. He made your soul so beautiful to attract equally beautiful souls in phases of your life.

There is so much peace and beauty in this image I had to put it in this post.

I am not just talking about romances and all that jazz, I am talking about business partners, classmates, workout buddies, neighbors etc.

To me, love goes far beyond the twosome you and your bae are to a way you live and radiate your life as a person.

Truth is, it’s never easy to live that way.

Image via Instagram

That’s why it’s critical to seek love in the right places and the only right place I have come to believe isn’t in others, or feelings or things for that matter but from God–creator of all things love and the buffers around love. Be it patience, kindness, joy {the fruits of the Holy Spirit} all these come when you have fully accepted that you, on your own, cannot radiate love as it were without the help of the one true God of Love.

So my question to you is, what’s love?
Chime in as we seek to live and be love daily 💖

Peace, Love and Light ✨

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How to find a roommate and have a blast at the same time

Before I get a little mushy in this post I’ll first put the facts and towards the end get my emos about my favorite roomie out here for y’all.

This post should have been out sometimes early last month and preferably last week… But with the closeness to my heart I let it first sink in. I had to feel it. I had to remember. I had to get in touch with my sentiments from the moment it all started.

Who am I kidding, this post is definitely going to be a mushy post so brace yourselves since you’ll be reading about the world’s greatest roommate ever!

First things first, I need to introduce you to my roomie and choom choom Sophie! Don’t get me started with what a lucky score I got when I became roomies with her.

She’s down to earth, thoughtful and very smart that one! I don’t know very many people who pursued Physics and lived to tell it… Hehe, jk.

So here is a list of what, and why you should consider getting a roommate at least once in your adult life.

1. Get to know why you need a roommate

Well to me and my roomie it came out of necessity. Me because I really did need a roommate and her because she was somewhat bored to stay alone. You could say, it was a chance, if you may match, made in heaven.

Before we decided to move in, we conducted interviews to get to know each other. As cheesy as it sounds it really did help in knowing each other a little more.

2. Be willing to want to have a roommate

Before I got to meet Sophie I had tried so many friends to join forces and be roommates but it either didn’t sit well with them or myself. But the thing with Sophie, it gradually grew and to be honest, I can never be more proud I found a roommate in her.

3. Reach out to friends who know of someone that needs one

Well for me it wasn’t friends who made us meet but my highschool friend and a fellow all girl’s group chat bestie, Miriam, who did the intro. She just wanted us to hang out and little did she know she was hooking us up for memorable days ahead. So, thank you so much Kamso. I owe you big time. XO

4. Be open-minded, you can learn so much

If I’m being honest, I’m a creature of habit so when I got to move in with Soph, I decided I’d do something different and be spontaneous. I had just quit my job and I had hit rock bottom so spontaneous was definitely THE best person to be. I learnt a lot. I appreciated different things better. I even stopped hoarding certain things! Bonus, I know listen to reggae music with ease.

5. You become a better human if you let it

Before sweet Soph, I was just an okay person used to living alone. When we lived together it made me want to be a better person overall. Let’s face it, sometimes you need a second person to tell if you’re tripping or give you the nudge and better yet celebrate with you when you hit that mark you really wanted to achieve.

I could go on and on about the tips but honestly it all trickles down to me being extremely grateful that I got to spend 4 awesome months with a lady I never in my whole life dreamed I would be roomies with! Fun fact she was my first roommate ever in my adult life and I would repeat that again with no hesitation.

To you Soph, thank you for being the best roomie ever and making my 2017 a much bearable year as you sparkled and shined your life with me 🥂

Unlike me who got to get my roomie a little later in my grown up life, I hope you find a roommate that complements you and makes you want to live your best life now. If you were (and or are) fortunate enough to get one in campus, good for you! Good roommates are rare finds! Appreciate them 💖

17 days (Celebrating a champ!)

October 17th is my brother Dennis aka DTM or Syntax Ditiem’s birthday.

Today the 1st of October, I want to celebrate him and I will randomly post something on my various social media platforms as the days go by to appreciate the guy he has been and the man he is becoming.

If you know me well, you know I’m the self-proclaimed queen of humble-brag so that means I brag about so many things near and dear to me. This brother of mine definitely tops that list! He is a blessing whose genius ways have astounded me from the time we were little. He topped his class from the time I knew how to differentiate between first and last. That and so many things he does make him the extraordinary hombre he is. May ambition keep driving you champ!

October is a great month because I got a little brother a year later and I have never not had fun and folly with him by my side. Even though seas, oceans, and many geographical nuances separate us no single day goes without missing you DTM tha dude!

Glow on champ!!!

So here is to many beautiful Octobers full of joy my handsome meant for the stars little but not so little brother. May this month be nothing but the best yet that you’ve had this year! May it bring good fortune, open doors to your dreams untold and very much so renewed faith and hope in your forever glowing soul. I love you so much. Can’t wait to celebrate you when the stars align ❤❤❤

Go big bro! I am cheering you on!!!

You are destined for greatness! Soar on!You have it in you!

PS: In case you had no idea how I got into blogging, my bro who has a poetry blog himself Syntax Says interested me to try and paint pictures using words (and pictures) in the blogosphere and I can never thank him enough. Point is, he is that one guy who has believed in my writing since we were youngins. He had no choice but to stick with me during punishments by our primary school English teachers who somehow hated my guts (but that’s another story for another day). That, my friends, is what through thick and thin means 😁😇😍

So there goes, join me as I celebrate my bro during these next 17 days and send him kind messages over at his blog if you get the chance.

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Here is a pictorial down memory lane to celebrate the unequivocally best bro in the world!

Hehe, this has to be a classic (thanks DT for sending this ❤)

I love you from the bottom of my heart

Your forever numero uno fan ❤

Before all of you grew taller

Brother for life (bestie for life)

Homework for you when you can pose?

Way back when... Los quatro Mujyamberes

This one here is a great routine we practised every first day of school. To many grins brother man!My two favorite gentes on earth and mama bear

He let me take this picture when I was still a newbie in my early photography days.

'90s kiddosWe love you 💞

Happy birthday month DTM! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Mimi nakupenda sana. Praying for you—as always ❤