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 19 of #BOTY2019: Function/Show/Festival

I almost skipped Day 19 because I skipped attending a certain festival this year,which would have been a perfect entry for this day. I also missed out on seeing Jidenna in the flesh because I didn`t attend ASFAS -Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards and Blankets and Wine.

Not to worry,I made it to all the African Writers Trust events which had cool writers like Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi ,Jackie Kay,Okey Ndibe. When Billy Kahora was in town for the  launch his new book-The Cape Cod Bicycle War and other stories, I was there.

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Here is a link  to those events-https://africanwriterstrust.org/category/uganda-international-writers-conference/

I also attended an aunt`s 10 year wedding anniversary where I was an MC. I  have officially become the family MC. It Feels good to be trusted with such responsibility. LOOL!!

I`m  planning on attending the finale of Aka dope with George the Poet this Friday. I hope I go through with it.George the poet performed the official poem for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Did you attend any  function/show/festival that  this  year? Do tell.

Day 18 of #BOTY2019: Travel experience(Place you went)

Kutambula kulaba is a common phrase coined by baganda whose literal translation is to travel is to see or traveling is seeing. hehehe!!

When you travel you see the other side of life,how people live,experience different cultures,eat food that might not exist where you come from. There`s so much learning that happens when one travels.

This year, my friends and I planned a trip to Fort Portal,which according to Wikipedia is a designated “Tourism city of Uganda”, located in the Western Region of the country. It is the seat of both Kabarole District and the Toro Kingdom.We visited the female and male hot springs-they are so hot that they let you boil an egg and you take it for eating later. We visited Amabere ga Nyinamwiru caves-these caves are shaped inform of nipples, Toro Palace-they have a king though we didn`t find him there,various waterfalls and so much more. The land is beautiful,the people are hospitable and the weather is perfect. Add it to your 2020 bucket list,already.

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Which places did you travel too this year that you loved-they could be places in your country or outside your country? Share in the comment section.

Day 17 of #BOTY2019: App you discovered

I will dive right into this because I never go looking for new apps. I have good friends who will keep me updated on what is working and can work well for me.

As I worked on an influencer gig this year, a friend I made while there, introduced me to videoder -a free YouTube downloader and converter app. This app solved all my downloading problems.I could download music, comedy clips and so much more in any format. How cool is that?!! If you haven`t used videoder ,try it today and thank me later.

Share with me those apps that have made life easy for you in 2019.  

Day 16 of #BOTY2019: Business/service you started using

As we have gotten older,some of my friends have started businesses and I have showed up to support them. This I have done through  using their services,sharing about  their services on social media and recommending people. It`s no wonder that some of the best businesses or services I have on my best of 2019 list include my friends.Here we go;

Hweza creations-I have my own collection of items from Hweza Creations ranging from  vests,tees,and a Pearl of Africa jumper. They have a new collection of tie and dye products out and you bet I`ve placed my order already.

Kitiibwa designs. They manufacture beautiful and strong shoes. I talked about them in this blog here-https://rachealkizza.wordpress.com/2019/11/22/my-friends-hustles-part-1/

Sheraton hotel-A friend invited me over for an evening at the Sheraton hotel,on a day when they had live band and I loved it. Sheraton hotel has live band from Wednesday to Sunday -evenings only. Try them out this festive season.

A friend recommended Nadia`s salon as a place where my hair could get colored.I had searched in vain for natural hair salons that color hair but in vain. Adrine colored my hair so well that I have had it out since October and the color gets better with each wash.If you are in Uganda and want to color your hair,call Adrine on 0772 319956.

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I have worn the hair in various twists since October. I originally had put red wine or maroon and with wash outs,this is what I have now. 

 

What  business or service has made it to your top 5 in 2019? 

Day 15 of #BOTY2019: Person You Met

We are on day 15 and I`m celebrating coming this far in the #BOTY2019 challenge by keeping it short.

I reconnected with Peace ,a friend from high school at a hospital where my mother was admitted. She is a nurse ,not at the hospital,but the nursing school of the hospital. I was looking for certain things my mum needed when we met. She offered to give them to me like it was nothing. I was elated and speechless at the same time. Peace went a step further to come and check on my mum. She will definitely make the best of nurses.

The other person is K. The humor and sarcasm K has is for the Commonwealth. lol. PS;K if you see this,ignore it and drink your coffee.

I`m excited to read in the comment section who made it to your best person you met in 2019 list.

 

 

Day 14 of #BOTY2019: Blog post

The blogshere is full of creatives who are blogging about their travels,food,fashion and beauty,lifestyle, and so much more. I get to learn and be inspired from Uganda.How cool is that? With that said,here are some of my favorite blog posts from 2019;

Blog post: Pregnancy; A journey of Myriad discoveries.

Cynthia gives us a peak into her pregnancy journey. I loved this article because its bold and unashamed. I love how Cynthia connects sex ,pregnancy with God,giving us a full view of how great God is. The bible verses and the encouragement hints are an icing to an already tasty cake. Here is a link to the article-https://cynthiakyofuna.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/pregnancy-a-journey-of-myriad-discoveries/?fbclid=IwAR3Vu1efPOJlROgEKowjECKUZyTJ21V-PxKL7YVseolKCGC2GceKqQYvqFo

Blog post 2: If I Were A boy

This is a blog series by Josephyina. I love it because I love stores and she gives me this each year.She releases a chapter  of  If I Were A Boy  series each week and we are now on chapter 19,read on and tell me what you think. https://joseyphina.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/if-i-were-a-boy-chapter-19/

Blog post 3: The Tall Ghost

I love everything Bikozulu writes. For today,I have chosen The Tall Ghost https://bikozulu.co.ke/the-tall-ghost/ .If you like and understand sarcasm,Biko Zulu is your guy.

From my own writing,its got to be my birthday blog https://rachealkizza.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/27-onto-28/. These lessons reveal different seasons of my life. Seasons which have stories which birthed the lessons.

Please share with me blog posts you`ve read and loved. I will be sure to check them out.

 

Day 13 of #BOTY2019: Lesson learned

I have come to believe that there are lessons laced in every person,situation, and whatever we go through. The lesson could be good or bad. Question for you the reader,are there bad lessons?

This year in November,I turned 28,such a big number. I blogged about my lessons here-https://rachealkizza.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/27-onto-28/

From that blog, my biggest lesson,turned mantra is ,Don`t criticize what you aren`t  doing and can`t do. Appreciate the fact that someone woke up and did their thing. Hope you are doing yours too.

I`m curious to know what lessons 2019 has offered you. Please share in the comment section.

Day 12 of #BOTY2019: Achievement

Achievement is defined as a thing done successfully with effort, skill, or courage.

This year,I embarked on offsetting certain bills at home. My mother was happy about it and so was I. I believe in Uganda,this is a sign of maturity. I have paid those bills with effort,skill and courage (Pun intended).This definitely is my biggest achievement. I have desired to do it for a long time and to be able to do it,is everything.One of the service providers,named me best customer. LOOL!!

I colored my hair.Yes,its an achievement in my self care goals.

I attended a content creation workshop by Kahill Insights– a Christian based boutique Content Development and Marketing company with a freelance project-based business model. As an online content creation distribution agency that uses influencers for online marketing.

The last achievement goes to my being consistent with #BOTY2019 challenge. We are on day 12 and I`m still blogging. Wow,just wow!

Share some of your 2019 achievements with me. I celebrate you already.You`ve come this far. Congratulations.