Taking Stock Six

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Making: more time for prayer since at my church we started off the year in Season 21 (21 days of prayer and fasting).

Eating: no chapatis🤣

Drinking:all manner of teas

Reading: the Bible and meditating on Mark 11:24 all January “Therefore I say to you,whatever things you ask when you pray,believe that you receive them,and you will have them.” NKJV

Wanting: to travel to Zanzibar

Playing: MIA

Wasting: no time in unconstructive talk

Creating:content for my blog,workplace

Wishing: I could travel every month

Enjoying: small books and audio sermons

Wondering: what February has in store for me

Loving: the way opportunities keep locating me

Hoping:for a shot at radio

Marvelling: at how God has a sense of humor

Smelling: Rihanna`s Nude perfume. Its so womanly and sweet

Wearing: my hair in twists thanks to Afros n MO.

Following: Rickey Thompson on IG.This dude is hilarious. https://www.instagram.com/rickeythompson/

Noticing: that we all need spaces to grow and connect with other people. I attended the Uganda bloggers happy hour at De’Kabalaza. I loved it.

Knowing: that you can’t criticise what you are not doing. Period.

Bookmarking: Lisa Bevere quotes(I love her)

Feeling: happy, really happy

Happy February,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

©Racheal Kizza 2019

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Taking Stock Five

Hello there, This being the last post for 2018,allow me say thank you. Thank you for being apart of my writing journey this year. Thank you for constantly reading and commenting,telling  friend about an article on the site. I appreciate you and wish you love,joy,peace and happiness this festive season.

Now let`s dive into our stock taking ;

Making: more time for 2019 planning. Yeah!!I am that chic,I like to plan things out,envision them to the best of my ability.

Eating:muesli for breakfast.I am at it again (make your orders for 2019,healthy living is still a thing)

Drinking:Lots of water

Reading: Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden

Wanting: An I phone 7,a real want and need at the same time.

Wasting: no time in holding constructive conversations as well as asking for help

Creating:my list of books I have read this year. I will definitely share this list come 2019

Wishing: for one million Uganda shillings to spend on myself in this season.hahaha!!!!

Enjoying: ME time

Wondering:what the festive season has in store for me

Loving:how God always got me ,when I know it and when I don`t. His got ME.

Hoping: For an amazing Christmas season.

Marvelling: at God`s timing.

Smelling: aromas of food everywhere. It`s the festive season so,we gotta indulge in aromas.

Wearing: my hair in twists,finally!! I have had my hair out most of 2018 and the twists are exciting.

Following: no one currently since I am intentionally MIA on social media and I plan to be off social media during this season until 2019.

Noticing: how Kampala is full of people thanks to the festive season:people are shopping everywhere.

Knowing: that 2019 is going to be my best year yet .

Opening: up to reading more books during the festive season. I want to create time and get lost in books as I enjoy my family.

Giggling: at my two nephews. They are my bundle of joy.My heart is full❤️❤️

Feeling: a type of way.I can`t explain it.

Enjoy the festive season,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

 

©Racheal Kizza 2018

Book Review 11: The Richest Man In Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason is a classic tale about Babylon a man-made city that drew the attention of its neighbors to question how they managed to make wealth and multiply it for generations.

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The tale unfolds with various characters whose knowledge with money can`t be ignored. Akard, who is referred to as the richest man in Babylon carefully and with detail tells of how he has made his wealth, and passed on this knowledge to his son who has borne fruit over and above. Akard`s childhood friends come to inquire from him the secret to his wealth. He willingly shares his secrets but like many of us, some of his childhood friends doubt and believe there is a deeper hidden source to his wealth. A few practice the principles he has passed on to them and grow rich. The king of Babylon also calls upon Akard to share with all the Babylonians the secrets to his wealth thus making Babylon one of the richest cities.

My favorite quote from the book is, `Our prosperity as a nation depends upon the personal financial prosperity of each of us as individuals.” There is no selfishness in that statement and it gives a call to action to all people. Mind about your neighbor`s financial health. It is a lie to think having a few rich people is okay. We all ought to be rich and help others build their financial muscle because the prosperity of our nation depends on each individual`s financial health.

Topics such as seizing opportunities, procrastination, determination, investing, growing your ability and becoming a master in your trade and so much more are intertwined in this classic tale.

The question on everyone`s lips was, `how did the Babylonians do it?” If you care to know the answer, gethe book. It has practical lessons that will leave you sober about your finances.

Are you in a financial fix, debt upon debt? I deeply recommend this book.

If you love a good story coupled with life lessons, this book is for you.

Grab yourself a copy now. You just might be the next richest man/woman in your family or Kampala.

 

Mother’s Day special

Mother’s day is here and I am excited to write something about my mum.

My siblings and I came up with a list of lessons our mum has passed on to us over the years.Here goes the list and it’s in no particular order:

+Family is the strongest bond. We are a close knit family and share everything. My mum’s siblings are the best and my jaja takes the award for the best jaja in the entire world.

+Listen to your children.What they say is important . My mum listens to us all and it’s humbling. In turn we have learnt to listen to each other even if what we hear we don’t agree with.

+Apologize when in wrong. My mum apologizes to us. I know the notion that African parents don’t apologize to their kids but my mum does and it’s humbling😊😊.

+How you talk to people is important. She always says, ba nembaaza.

+Heritage. We speak our languages well and where we don’t know, we consult her and she will explain. We know where we come from and what forms our identity.

+Be patient. There is a time for everything. Don’t be in a rush.

+Put yourself out there because in the process you meet new people,explore new environments and land opportunities that will never leave you the same.

+Listen to your elders and follow their counsel.

+Give yourself time. Things eventually fall into place.

+Be happy always.

+Hard work is a great virtue. She always says, ‘atakora talya” directly translated he who doesn’t work doesn’t eat😂😂.

+Discipline yourself. Is there anything that can be achieved without discipline?

+When dating, otemarayo 😂😂.

+As you work, save some cash and better yourself.

+Never settle for less. Mum always pushes us to do better, desire more and aim for the very best.

What lessons has your mother or guardian passed on to you?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. You are awesome.

Taking Stock Nine

Making: time for fitness goals with a few girlfriends.

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Eating: more fruits

Drinking: more water and less soda. People I said no to soda during the Easter holidays.

Reading: Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

Wanting: to travel to Zanzibar

Playing: MIA on WhatsApp

Wasting: no time in giving my attention to people who deserve it.

Creating:content because my mind never let’s me up until I have written down that idea.

Wishing: I could travel every month

Enjoying: being offline

Wondering: about my life

Loving: ME

Hoping:to have fun with like minded people at the Uganda International Writers Conference at Fairway hotel from 15th-17th May,2019.

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Marvelling: at Romans 8: 28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” NKJV

Smelling: Rihanna`s Nude perfume. Its so womanly and sweet

Wearing: beautiful shoes from Kitiibwa https://web.facebook.com/kitiibwadesigns/

Following: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Jackie Kay through their books

Noticing: how saving is painful

Knowing: that you can’t criticise what you are not doing. Period.

Bookmarking: statements from Manchester Happened

Feeling: happy, really happy

Labor no more in May,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

©RachealKizza 2019

Swap & Talk

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure and honor of attending an eccentric event by Rebecca Nanjego ,the organizer of Swap and Talk. Swap and Talk is an event aimed at fostering a sense of community among women through sharing.

This was the second edition and the theme was Living purposefully and the amazing Flavia Tumusiime shared snippets on the theme. We had beautiful ballads from the amazing Shifa Musisi,this gurl can sing.

My take home from Flavia`s talk was,
1. If you don’t like your job, use it as a means to get to your dream job/what you want to do passionately.

2. Expose yourself and expand your environment. Exposure to new environments and people has life lessons that cannot be taught in school. You learn, share and connect with others when exposed.

3. Have money goals and be specific, ask yourself how you will achieve them. This was mind blowing because I have never had money goals since I left university.

We got to the best part of the event, Swap Swap. How does Swapping work. We were each required to carry items in good condition ranging from bags, sun glasses, dresses, skirts, jeans, work pants, shoes, bags and so much more. They were organised neatly which made the swap so easy. We all picked out items we loved. I got me a beautiful top and chiffon blazer which joined my work closet and a beautiful royal blue dress that gives me summer vibes.

I had a great time meeting other bloggers who I have been watching on Instagram like Cate (@cateayellah), Nicolette(@kana_pata) ,Fiona (@fionakemi) and Naava(@naavagladys) .These lady bawses are doing the most,go ahead and check them out,they have amazing content.
Photo credit: Akena Hillen (Swap & Talk)

Taking Stock Eight

Making: more time for prayer, music and reading

Eating: whatever is before me

Drinking: water with tamarind, it has a nice taste

Reading: Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

Wanting: to travel

Playing: dress up

Wasting: no time in complimenting people and giving because I am wealthy and generous

Creating: content for various projects

Wishing: I had all the money in the world

Enjoying: a new pair of earrings and denim dungares from Unique Liz (follow her on FB:Unique Liz, Twitter :UniqueLiz5, Instagram :uniqueliz_ug). She is your downtown hook up for all unique and elegant pieces.

Wondering: whether we support our friends and their initiatives

Loving: ME❤️

Hoping: for better days

Marvelling: at the importance of social capital

Smelling: Nude by Rihanna(this perfume is life)

Wearing: my hair in some threaded style and loving it

Following: Anne and Gabes Deku on YouTube

Noticing: how we reap what we sow

Knowing: that the low moments won’t last

Bookmarking: Quotes from Vi Keeland novels

Opening: up to buying clothes in darker shades

Giggling: about nothing in particular

Feeling:good about my friends, they are amazing

Happy April,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

Photo by : Manzi Roland

Makeup: Joy Alice (FB page: T & J Glamour)

©Racheal Kizza 2019

Royal Sisterhood 2019: Harnessing Influence

This year’s Women`s day was special to me for a number of reasons. One reason was – Royal sisterhood. I had always wanted to attend the Royal sisterhood gathering held at Worship Harvest Naalya but never got around to it. This year I got to be apart,thanks to a friend who decided to sponsor me even though I had put it in my budget😂😂. Surely God was speaking, right or right??!!

This year`s theme was,“Harnessing Influence’’ and the speakers did the theme justice right from Cindy Adong who talked abit about skin care to Eunice Adubango ,Beatrice Byemanzi and lastly Moses Mukisa. There was soothing music from Charlene and her crew. This gurl can siiiinnnnngggggggg y’all.

Anyway, since many people were asking for snippets of what was shared, this is me laboring to share a 3 hour event into a few words.

Cindy Adong a make- up artist emphasized the need to invest in good skin care products and make up products.

Eunice Adubango shared her story and one quote stood out for me

“You are the light of the world. When light is switched it asserts itself ‘’ –For some reason the scripture reference of this quote made me think hard on it. When I walk into my room and turn on the light,it doesn`t light just a few areas of the room,it asserts itself everywhere,unashamed.

Beatrice Byemanzi

Bee 3 kicked off her session with asking ladies for the meaning of harnessing .The answer we settled for was harnessing means to make use of. In our context, making use of your influence.

Make use of your influence but remember it starts from within. You can`t add new wine to old wine skins, they will burst. Why? Because they don`t have the capacity for the new one. In the same way, you need to shade off the old thinking patterns, the old rhythms of your life and create new ones that will help you make use of your influence. Stop playing small, the world needs to hear your voice. (Scripture reference Luke 6:36-39)

Practical exercises from Bee3 that you can do at home.

Do you think you have influence over anyone?, How far have you seen yourself go with your influence?, 5 categories of people you have influence over

Mosze`s sharing was titled Honey we are expecting-Luke 1:39-45

He left us with questions to ponder on during the session and for life;

1.Do you know the value of what you`re carrying? (Luke 1:42-45)

Many times we never know the value of what we are carrying and I am a culprit,I get torn between knowing and forgetting and people always jolt me out of the not knowing phase. Mosze admonished us to be super encouragers, call out greatness in others.

2.Are you choosing the right environment for your baby?

When you know the value of what you`re carrying, you choose you`re environment carefully. Find people of like minds, people who have been where you want to go, People who cheer your dream on.

3.Have you made the decision to carry your baby to full term?

There was no doubt people were stirred up to think practically about harnessing their potential in whatever fields of work and stages of life they are at.

PS: Take note of the scriptures and go back to your room and eat them .Answer the questions embedded in this article not for me but for yourself and go ahead and harness your influence.

Photo credit: Worship Harvest Ministries

©Racheal Kizza 2019

Taking Stock Seven

Making: more time for my thoughts

Eating: All manner of things but I tried out this yogurt at Yogusserie two days ago and I loved it.

Drinking: Chai mukalu with no sugar. Real mukalu😂 because I like it like that.

Reading: All Louise Bay novels. Though now that March is here, I am getting off this adrenaline rush.

Wanting:To attend Royal sisterhood at Worship Harvest Naalya. Some of the speakers are Moses Mukisa, Beatrice Byemanzi & wait for it, Eunice Adubango.

Playing: wide as the sky, a song by Matt Redman

Wasting: no time in pity parties.

Creating:content that makes me happy

Wishing: for Lebanese food. As I read I am Mathob, she spoke of Lebanese food as being so delicious and how every must try it out. Being a foodie , I put it on my to do list(recommend places in Ug)

Enjoying: reading books more than ever

Wondering: about Zambia. I want to go there for no reason.

Loving:my reading momentum. I have read over 10 books this month alone

Hoping: March brings me God’s very best

Marvelling: at how we think we are insignificant simply because we are focusing on people we feel are ‘significant’ because they have 1000 or a million plus likes on social media.

Smelling: oranges because I got the flue bug and oranges do the trick.

Wearing: my natural hair out

Following: Sarah Jakes Roberts, this lady is on a mission and her shine gives me light to shine.

Noticing: how we reap what we sow.

Knowing: that my besties and I will meet up in March(S and V this is me saying, I’mma hunt you down😂😂😂)

Bookmarking: quotes from I am Mathob by Mahtob Mahmoody (a must read for everyone)

Opening: up to memories from the past. Trying to understand them and me now. Is there a connection? 🤔🤔

Giggling: about my nephew’s reactions to being denied things he wants.

Feeling:happy, extremely happy. I need to learn contentment in March.

Happy March,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

©Racheal Kizza 2019

What’s it like to be good to yourself?

Valentine`s day is here and I am stuck with a question, “What’s it like to be good to yourself?” Can you paint a picture?

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Before you need and want someone to be good to you, are you good to you?

Do you treat you right? Do you treat you with respect?

Do you like your presence? Do you love you with all your failures,mistakes mixed with greatness?

Do you buy you gifts? Do you take yourself out on dates?

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Do you enjoy your laughter? Do you like you?

Are you patient with you? Are you kind to you?

Do you celebrate you? Do you have some me time to rejuvenate?

Do you pray for you? Do you encourage you?

Do you buy you flowers,chocolates and everything nice you desire?

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As you celebrate Valentine’s day, I ask again, what’s it like to be good to yourself?

Paint a picture for me of this in the comment section.

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