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

As we all know, February is the time of the year when there is love in the air. If you are living in Kampala, I`m certain that you`ve walked past red roses and multiple billboards announcing valentine`s day offers, and concerts.

I, on the other hand, have chosen to show love to some businesses in a blog series titled Inspired by Love. These are products I have used and fallen in love with.  I’d like to use this opportunity to share the love with you.

Today, I put the spotlight on Ushindi Creations run by Persist Muwanguzi Businge, a lady who weaves creation into being. I asked Persist to tell me about her business and this is what she shared.

The Birth

Ushindi is a Swahili word which means Victory or Victor, the same meaning as my Surname. I once had a Tanzanian best friend who baptized me the name so I took it on as a sign of my commitment to learning her language for 2 years which I can now speak very well.

My love for creating things with my hands goes way back to when I was about 6 years old. My mother inspired me with her crafty works. She took me on as her apprentice and taught me most of the things she knew then like knitting, weaving, plaiting hair, stitching and many others. She used to make baskets from raphia and “Enjulu” (I don’t know the English word for that), mats (mikeeka) from palm leaves, table mats (ebitambaala) from yarn by crocheting, beaded purses and bead work, wall hangings and sweaters which she taught me how to make. My other siblings-three in total, learnt a thing or two but I wanted to learn it all. We did some painting and drawing too which things all stuck with me. For everything she made, I make a smaller version for myself and I got paid for it. I then took on Fine Art in O and A level. In my Senior six vacation I concentrated on learning bead work and got all the knowledge I needed in that sector, and it paid off.

I went on to do Industrial Art and Design at University where I graduated with a Degree in Industrial Art and Design. While on campus, I learnt how to use looms and other tools for weaving on top of the crocheting my mother taught me.  I acquired skills in fabric decoration, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Graphics design, Weaving, Multimedia crafts, Installation art and many other things.

The Growth

Creating Art for me was more of a passion than a source of income; most of the things I made, I gave them away as gifts instead of selling them because they were priceless gifts. I created a lot of things ranging from hair accessories, earrings, bangles, jumpers, Ottomans (chairs), lampshades, dresses and many other things.

I never shared or advertised most of my work but those who knew, kept making orders while I gave them things for free.

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Fascinators at UGX 25,000

Light Bulb Moment

One day while attending SFFG (Straight Forward Financial Growth training), we were told to write down a list of income streams and price them, I hadn’t included my artwork. I looked at it as a gift stream.  Then I received instruction from God to split and categorize all the things I was doing, advertise them and put them on sale. The Ushindi earrings made it to the top and I priced them and opened up a shop on Jumia as an act of obedience. From that day, I knew I had to make it work. God would wake me up at night and give me an idea of how to make different ear ring styles. He then told me to give out every first -perfect pair of invention to specific people and I’ve been doing that since. The ear rings and accessories have evolved from a pass time venture to a source of income for me.

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Pair or earrings at UGX 20,000

Today

A number of products are available. They include; earrings, brooches, backpacks, bow ties, fascinators, dresses and skirts, jumpers, t-shirts and paintings.

 

Place Your Order Today

WhatsApp on +256 781 961854

Facebook –Persist Chambers Ushindi

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❤️

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