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.

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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.

denim-dungarees

 

What was your favorite fashion trend this year?

 

Day 5 of #BOTY2019:Song

“Where words leave off,music begins”-Heinrich Heine,was a German poet, writer and literary critic.

Music puts into words emotions,experiences,drama and adds spice,rhythm,tunes,melodies and gives you harmonies,stability and the `I know what your going through feel.`’

My best song this year has been Goodness of God by Bethel music.

All my life you have been faithful

All my life you have been so, so good

With every breath that I am able,

I will sing of the goodness of God

I have seen the goodness of God over and over in 2019.He has held my hand through the good and the bad and this song painted this journey so well.

I have my playlist full of favorite songs but this has been my anthem.

What has been your IT song this year? Share in the comment section below.

 

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 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

Extraordinaire 9:Drew The Artist

Andrew Odoch joins us today for our Extraordinaire series.he is an artist whose heart and mind speaks God’s language of creation. Learn more about Andrew and his DrewTete story.

1.Who is Andrew Odoch?

I wad born in 1984 to Mr. & Mrs. Umah Tete in Nsamya a Kampala suburb. I am a son, brother, friend, relative, mentor, father and husband.

2.What is your vision for Drew Tete?

Drew Tete is crafted from my two names An(Drew) and Umah (Tete)

The Drew Tete vision states,” created by the Creator to create works of art that inspire people to achieve their purpose in life.”

3.Share any childhood memory in regards to art?

My mother’s old diary which I used to draw “stick figures” in around age 3 or 4. In primary school it was all about drawing comic book characters; Spiderman, fantastic 4, x-men, etc when I got to secondary school at St. Mary’s college Kisubi ,I was introduced to painting by Mr. Katabulawo my then art teacher who gave me my first chance to exhibit in a school exhibition, from then on I fell in love with painting and continued to grow and learn from water color to oil paint and now acrylic paint and digital painting with a drawing tablet.

4.When did you start selling your artwork?

I started selling my artwork in my S.4 when I realized people liked my work and were willing to pay for it. I remember selling some paintings for 40,000/= about 8 USD.

5.Did you go to art school to grow the skill?

I didn’t get any education in art outside my secondary school education. When it came to university I was convinced by my family to study something else since I already had the art thing held down. Eventually I graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance from Kyambogo University in 2009. I don’t regret the decision, it gave me a business mindset, which I realized many artists don’t have.

6.When did you register Drew Tete?

In 2011, I registered Drew Tete Ltd as a company, our vision is to produce all manner of artwork as inspired by Bezelel who God annointed to produce all manner of artwork. We do graphics design, branding, signage, animation, invitation cards, commercial printing and photocopy services, interior and event décor.

We target institutions, individuals and the international market. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder; to make art is to create something that is pleasing to the eye that has never existed before.

7.Whats your take on Ugandans and art?Do they appreciate it?

Ugandans have an eye for beautiful things but the question is whether they are willing to part with their hard earned cash to acquire a piece of art and do they understand art? Initially I only used to sell actual (original) paintings but with time I realized that not many people are able to purchase expensive pieces of art, with my design skills I started to put photos of my paintings on greeting cards and also selling prints of the actual paintings at a lower price point while generating income and waiting for the right buyer and price for the originals. I also diversified my art portfolio to things like graphics design, which is an art form that people will easily pay money for because they see the immediate impact of the artwork.

8.How important is social media when running a business?

Social media has really come alive over the last 10 years and it’s not going to go away, it is only going to grow and adapt with trends and times. Top organizations and individuals now as a must, have presence on these platforms. Social media can be of huge importance to any business because it gives the business what every business needs, an audience. Now what you feed that audience is what gets you results.

In 2009, when I decided to go professional as an artist, there were two options, to have galleries sell my work or to sell it myself. I went to one of the leading galleries in Kampala ( I won’t mention the name here) and they said no, “ we don’t appreciate your style.” I didn’t quit, thank God at that time facebook was really on the rise, I started putting my work on social media to cause awareness and I also started working with a mentor Mr. Taga Nuwagaba. I have since landed some great business off facebook. This year I joined Twitter and Instagram and next year I will be on YouTube @drewtete.

9.Achievements .

I have exhibited my work at the Nommo gallery, Fireworks Exhibitions, Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) Trade Show, Bayimba International Festival of the Arts and most recently at the Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting held in Uganda. My paintings hang on walls in Uganda, Kenya, UK, USA and all over the world. My company and I have done work for notable brands like; Parliament of Uganda, American Chamber of Commerce, Non Profit organizations, churches, etc. In 2011, I was commissioned by the Central Bank of Uganda to produce painting for their 2012 calendar. We have employed over 10 people since we were registered as a company 8 years ago.

10.Future Projects.

Together with a team of young people who I mentor, we are working on a comic book called Valor coming out before the end of the year. I am working on having my first solo exhibition this December 2017. I desire to exhibit my work all over the world and perfect my craft till I harness all the potential in me and die completely empty. Lessons to sustain a start up………let’s leave that for another day

Catch me on: Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @ drew_tete

Website :www.drewtete.com

Call:+256 704211864 &Whatsapp: +256 782639282

Email: drewtete.ltd@gmail.com

©Racheal Kizza 2017