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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Taking Stock Three

I get so excited when a month comes to its end and a new one begins. I love new beginnings. They always fill me with HOPE and you know what the bible says,Hope does not disappoint. Even with the ongoing pandemic,I`m still hopeful about April being a great month.

Take stock with me today and I challenge you to do this on a daily or weekly basis. This will keep you productive in this lockdown phase.

Let’s dive in….

Making: Time to pray and pray some more, read and catch up on series.

Eating: healthier meals because we have health goals to achieve. The pandemic is no excuse to eat whatever.

Drinking: water and tea.

Reading: Buy the Future: Learning to Negotiate For a Future Better than Your Present by Mensa Otabil. This read has been enlightening and had me writing down nuggets for future use. What was on your March read list?

buy the future
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Wanting: Stability in Uganda and the world at large.

Playing: music,I`m proud to say this Corona situation has me creating playlists for everything.

Wasting: no time complaining about the Corona virus and its effects on Uganda.

Creating: future content,this sounds like the content is for 2024.LOL!!

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

Wondering: how April will look like.

Hoping: for good news.

Marveling: at people’s perceptions in times of crisis.

Smelling: a calmness in the neighborhood;no one is in a rush to do anything,not even the air we are breathing.

Wearing: my hair in bitutwa aka knots because the lockdown happened before I visited the salon.

Following: people who bring me joy and happiness on social media.

Noticing: how God is at work.

Knowing: that this too shall pass.

Bookmarking: nothing in particular.

Feeling: rested and happy.

Happy new month.

In April,your moving from glory to glory,

Love on Love

Kizza❤️

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.

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

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.

denim-dungarees

 

What was your favorite fashion trend this year?

 

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 9 of #BOTY2019: Drink

When 2019 began, I made a healthy living resolution. One of the things I vowed to do was zumba, stay away from processed drinks,stay away from junk and processed foods. I went ahead and  cut out soda and her sisters and cousins and maintained a glass of wine once in a while. I did Zumba for a while until I got busy and turned to walking more than ever.

I`m a tea person and this has been my go to drink this year.I couple my tea with mukwano tea bags,Kericho gold tea bags (they have a variety of spices),Kisubi ginger,and try out other tea spices to keep it fresh and exciting.

 

What has been your go to drink this year?