UPGRADE

I have been going through a blog upgrade phase, rethinking things about my blog and its future. I had to change a few things here and there. I promised myself not to blog until everything was finalized.

I got lazy along the way, failed to meet the timelines, gave myself excuses for not doing it. I got sad and just lost morale to do it all together for a while until one day I woke up with a renewed determination.

I did a back and forth with a few friends asking for their opinion on the blog lay out, colours, etc. During the feedback sessions, I had to learn this truth:

Never ask for feedback if you aren`t ready to receive it. Your heart might be shattered. Usually because you`ve put in too much and you think other people don`t understand. I took the feedback regardless of how I felt and incorporated it in.

I am happy to say, I finally got the job done and here is the new site http://rachealkizza.com/. Be sure to check it out and follow so you don`t miss out on dope content.

For everyone who has visited me since this site was opened,thank you so much. See you on the other side.

Image:Google

Can you embrace seasons?

In 2017, I was involved in a terrible accident with my immediate sister and we spent that whole year between hospital and home.

It was January and graduation fever was in the air. My sister was unwell so mother asked me to go with her to Makerere University so she would go through the clearing process. For anyone who has been to Makerere university, you know it’s hilly and within no time, my sister was tired and we had to go back home. We took a boda boda, used the northern bypass to get to Busega and that’s where the accident happened. Our boda guy collided with a car or the other way round. I don`t remember the details to this day.

All I remember is being taken to Mulago hospital and later transferred to Mengo where we attained our treatment. My right leg was badly injured, the leg turned right or out (no pun intended). For anyone who touched it, I felt pain. My sister`s right leg was severely damaged. She was also pregnant but didn`t lose the baby- story for another day. Long story short, we went through the process of treatment, physiotherapy and encouragement. Our doctor, a one Dr. Okello was a constant point of encouragement in that trying time.

It was such a dark season for I as one and for the entire family. I was in-between places emotionally.

Some of the people who visited us in hospital kept on saying, “We can’t wait for your blogs in this season. They’re going to be deep.” Because depth of words is found when the soul is in a dark place. The irony!!

I was on pressure to write and measure up to these expectations. I penned down a few things but I eventually gave up on this endeavor.

We all go through seasons; summer, winter, autumn and spring and Jesus is the maker of them all. Therefore, we need to learn to enjoy each season because we know Who is with us.

In my winter season, only God sustained me. I was mad at God but that never stopped Him from being God. I saw His sustenance through friends who visited us in hospital and at home, bought us food and drinks, friends who gave money, prayed, called in and made sure we laughed.

Enjoying where you`re at is a valuable lesson I learnt during the winter season. Don’t be on pressure to run away from the season, the pain. Find out what God is saying to you. There are lessons in all seasons, find them. A new side of you is revealed, meet her/him. In short, choose your focus.

Even in this season of the Corona virus, it’s a winter season for so many individuals and nations at large. Do what the doctors have said. Keep away from news and conversations that will cause you panic attacks. Rest in God.

This too shall pass.

Taking Stock Two

Making: Time to love people practically. I am part of a ladies mentoring programme and in February, our mentor challenged us to show love practically to people. The stories were amazing.

Eating: healthier meals because we have health goals to achieve.

Drinking: millet porridge. Do we drink porridge or we eat it?

Reading: Buy the Future: Learning to Negotiate For a Future Better than Your Present by Mensa Otabil (March read). My February reads included Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Good Morning, Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn.

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Photo source:Google

Wanting: Money to fall on me because I`m a money magnet.

Playing: music because music is good for the soul. I can`t stress that enough.

Wasting: no time with and on certain people.

Creating: content about products and services I have used before.

Wishing: for 2020 to overwhelm me with money, books, travel and every good thing.

Wondering: about my March.

Hoping: for good news.

Marveling: at how unique God has made us. A friend recently told me what he does and I was amazed at his brilliance. God has created each one of us for a unique purpose.

Smelling: a set up because I see the signs.

Wearing: my hair out.

Following: God`s leading or at least trying.

Noticing: how God is opening doors for me.

Knowing: that God was good to me in February especially amidst the storms.

Bookmarking: Articles from Rabbi Daniel Malinga`s Facebook page https://web.facebook.com/rabbidanielmalinga/

Feeling: Excited.

Happy new month.

Dwell in the secret place of the Most High,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

Inspired By Love: Friends’ Hustles

This week we continue to love on more businesses through the Inspired by Love series. These are businesses whose services/products I have sought and used respectively. In these series, I invite you to check them out and also give them a shot. Today, I will serve you katogo, a mixture of different types of businesses namely; food, clothing, publishing.

The Food Place run by Macklyn Kemigisha

The Food Place is redefining the tradition of the food chain that is; from the garden to the plate. To every tongue that tastes, we believe food should be delicious, organic and healthy. The beauty comes with the process from preparation to serving. We believe that the food process is one that should be handled with a lot of love. Where love is, there is beauty, there is protection and preservation. The way you cook, serve and preserve your food matters a great deal to us. And where love abides, waste has no room.

They are currently running a salad bar that provides fresh lunch salad that won’t have your tongue and tummy working in overtime. They serve different salads each day of the week; Monday-chicken fajita, Tuesday-chicken mayo and cauliflower, Wednesday-chicken stir fry, Thursday-roast chicken and mango salsa and Friday-chicken strips with pineapple coleslaw.

For deliveries, call 0755 911999/07843-12665

Waddies run by Walter Wandera

Waddies provides a variety of snacks ranging from daddies, ground nuts, and peanut butter. The daddies come in four flavors-ginger, vanilla, coconut and cinnamon. They are soft and easy on the teeth, if you know what I mean.

You can have these snacks in your home, office desk, take for your children in boarding school as `grab’.

Visit the Waddies Facebook pagehttp://tiny.cc/wjkhkz or call 0751-166255 for orders.

Rainbow cakes by Lydia Kakaire

It is easy to give up on a number of things but not the baker. Bakers have a way of finding without you having to go head hunting for them. Rainbow cakes is not any different. The taste of their sumptuous cakes precedes them. Like a missile launched from a fa, soon it finds its target. With your choice of flavor, your cake finds once you ask for one. You should give yourself a treat.

Follow Rainbow Cakes on Facebook –http://tiny.cc/likhkz

Unique Liz by Atai Elizabeth

Unique Liz is an umbrella business that encompasses personal shopping at affordable rates and flexible terms on the market, decoration and gift hampers and concept building for gifts. Unique Liz does decor for traditional and church weddings, baby and bridal showers, set shoots and so much more. This brand transforms faces and spaces.

Mutano by Sheila 

Mutano is an accessories brand dealing in bags, jewellery, and other accessories handmade in Uganda with a passion for social impact.

Follow Mutano on Facebookhttp://tiny.cc/3kkhkz

Instagram-Mutano

Honey Badger

Honey badger is a publishing house that offers a wide range of publishing services from writing to layout and design to printing. They have printed and published books like Dried Rose Petals and Lavender Buds by  Salma Abdulatif, Enjoying Your Bible by Beatrice Byemanzi, Mind Your Brand by Ariho Kamara, Becoming Mrs.James by  Juliana Kayaga Sserembe, Justice UNLIMITED by Jesse Mugero, God`s Medicine by Gerald Mwebe and many others.ma. 

Contact them on +256 773 443945 (available on whatsapp). Follow Honey Badger on Facebook– http://tiny.cc/omkhkz

Taking Stock One

Making: Time to pray and read fiction books by African writers.

Eating: avocado. I always have an excuse to eat avocado.

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Drinking: Tea with ginger and cinnamon

Reading: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. One of my  friends said, this book is good because Jennifer knows how to gossip properly,like a Ugandan. She is simply brilliant and touches on key issues in the book. Read it when you can this year.

Wanting:more of God. Like  Sinach said in her song,More of You,' The more I know You is the more I want to know you,Jesus More of You....``

Playing:music because it`s good for the soul.Boom play allows me to create my own playlists. How cool is that?

Wasting:no time.

Creating: 2020 blog content .

Wishing: for 2020 to overwhelm me with money, books, travel and every good thing.

Wondering: about the plan for the Ugandan weather-its undecided lately.

Hoping:for good news.

Marveling: at authors who are brilliant writers.

Smelling: hopes and dreams.

Wearing: my hair in a protective style and warm clothing everywhere because Ugandan weather is here to rain,lol!!

Following: God`s leading or at least trying.

Noticing: how by doing something daily, a habit is formed.

Knowing: that I have a clean slate to make new memories on.

Bookmarking: Testimonies from the Worship Harvest Praise & Testimonies group on Facebook. https://web.facebook.com/groups/338577706870222/?ref=nf_target&fref=nf

Feeling: HAPPY

Happy new month.

Love in February,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

Life hacks for 2020

Happy New year.

How is 2020 so far? Are you ready with your resolutions? Have you started on them? The month of love is about to knock out January.

I usually watch hacks on the internet, especially clothes hacks and I used to do some of the things in the videos until I got busy with life. They were fun. These days I pay attention to facial mask hacks, because we gotta maintain the glow in 2020.

So today, I want to share with you a few hacks for a great 2020.

Life hack  according to Wikipedia is any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.

  • Know what you want. Define it and Go after it. It`s not enough to know what you want but you`ve got to be committed to it too.
  • Be a person of your word. Let your yes be yes and your no, a no. Be willing to say yes to your goals, as well as to things, and people that challenge you. In the same breath, be willing to say no to anything toxic and doesn`t add value.
  • Keep time. In Uganda we have a belief that time keeping is for white people. Try to be early for everything this quarter, if the year is a stretch. lol!! To all my friends, I shall keep time this year too. hehe.
  • Ask questions and gain understanding. I’m that chic who always asks for clarity because who likes grey areas?
  • Have a financial talk with yourself. I have already had my financial talk with two amazing friends and I feel ready to fulfill my 2020 financial goals.
  • Invest in yourself: this looks different for different people. In my world, I plan on attending trainings or workshops that will add value to my life, hang out with people I love, travel, practice self-care.
  • Take a break. Last year, I had to take breaks often to rejuvenate, gain strength for the journey because you can`t run for 365 days without rest. I took a break from social media, blogging, usual routines, slept in more, people, traveled here and there. We all need that rejuvenation.
  • Create patterns but like Tony Evans says, leave room for God to interrupt them.

When most people set resolutions, it’s more of a wish list for what they desire to accomplish in the new year. But we all know that wishes never unlock any kind sustainable accomplishments. So instead of wishing, develop patterns to support your goals. These are the following patterns you should consider developing:

-Morning routines (wake up time, first things you do and a consistent time to leave the house if possible.)

– Day patterns (Segment your day into sessions, plan for periodic breaks, water breaks, social media time & time to connect with loved ones…)

– Evening routines (consistent patterns that you follow before you sign out for the day e.g journaling, reading…)

Remember the key to developing patterns is consistency.

-Noeline Kirabo (Follow her on Facebook for daily inspiration https://web.facebook.com/Noeline.Kirabo/ )

  •  Pray over everything. I have been reading Sophia`s heart by Lori Wick and it reminded me so much about praying about everything.

 

Share with me some of your life hacks for 2020.

Day 24 of #BOTY2019: Christmas Spirit: Best Gift Ideas

Books are my favorite gifts to give and receive-Okey Ndibe

Here is my list of gift ideas;

  1. Books
  2. Perfume
  3. Shoes -sneakers,heels and everything along these lines.
  4. Gift hampers with a bottle of wine and whatever else they add to this equation.
  5. An envelope with cash.( Hi Santa,I want this one too)
  6. House shopping
  7. Paying bills

PS; I listed ideas of things that I would want to get.hehehe!!

Add your best gift idea to my list.

Day 22 of #BOTY2019: The best story you heard/read

I will obviously go with best story you read. Helon Habila`s Travelers wins this one. This book is brilliant,the story line is unpredictable and gripping. The whole time,I wondered why people travel across the seas to get away from Africa? Helon takes us on a journey to understand why people leave Africa,the conditions they go through on water and when they finally get to the promised land. At some point,I could n`t stomach the tale. I had to put the book away.

Read up the review on the guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/21/travellers-by-helon-habila-review

What is the best story you read or heard?

Day 21 of #BOTY2019: The Compliment that made your year

A compliment according to Merriam-webster.com is a polite expression of praise or admiration.

My mum’s compliment tops the list. When I paid for my sister’s school trip to Queen Elizabeth National park in November, my mum called me and said, “webale kunzara. ” The direct meaning among the banyoro is thank you for giving birth to me. It’s an expression people use to show their gratitude, when someone has come through in a big way like only a mother can. So my mother gave me the biggest compliment ever. I can never repay her for being my mother. My small acts of being a good daughter 😂😂 are simply just that-small acts.

“Thank you for shocking me on my wedding. “ – a certain friend.(I shocked her in a good way).I couldn’t attend her wedding when I found out she was getting married. I purchased a gift and asked a mutual friend to deliver it on D-day. When I finally met her, she told me she knew I had her at heart even though I couldn’t physically be there. I felt all sorts of feelings 😁😊.

Another friend once told me, she’s jealous of my love for others or the way I love people. I must be loving people some type of way, to get this compliment😂😂😂😂.

What praise have you received this year?

Day 20 of #BOTY2019 :Fashion/style trend

A fashion trend according to Quora.com  is a particular style, or clothing popular at a certain point of time or a particular period of time.

I wore whatever I was comfortable with this year. I`m t-shirt ,jeans and sneakers kinda girl and I wore them this year. I have a pair of boots I bought in Nairobi a while back and it has come in handy in this ever changing Kampala weather.

I also have a liking for jumpsuits and dungarees,I own a couple of them.I hope in 2020 the fashionistas will invent jumpsuits and dungarees that are easy to take off once in the rest rooms,because the current ones are a nightmare.

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What was your favorite fashion trend this year?