We are 29 days into the new year. Already??!!! I feel like I am in the fast lane, so much has happened in my life in these 29 days and in the world. Look at the Riverside attack in Kenya, DRC’s elections where the opposition actually won, Andrew Kabuura and Flavia tied the knot, Bad black and her hilarious videos, , Father Lokodo and his ideas…. I could go on and on.
Since we are left with just two days to the end of January, 2019. I have a few tips to help you actualize your goals or new years resolutions.
1. Set Smart goals. Smart (Specific, Measurable,Realistic and put a time line)
2. Don’t do too much. Know what you are able to do and maximize on that. Do it well in the process.
3. Get an accountability partner. These are life savers. Share your goals with them and let them hold you to your word. Allow them into your space. For example, I have an AP for my health and financial goals, things I struggled with last year. And so far soo good, they always ask questions on how far I have gone with my monthly plans. I set goals monthly, that way I don’t bite more than I can chew.
4. Be committed. No one will do the hard work for you. These are your goals, go hard on them.
5. Find people who inspire you and follow them on social media, read their Content, ask them questions and learn all you can from them.
6. Allow yourself to dream and achieve every dream/goal you’ve set for yourself.
Hello there, This being the last post for 2018,allow me say thank you. Thank you for being apart of my writing journey this year. Thank you for constantly reading and commenting,telling friend about an article on the site. I appreciate you and wish you love,joy,peace and happiness this festive season.
Now let`s dive into our stock taking ;
Making: more time for 2019 planning. Yeah!!I am that chic,I like to plan things out,envision them to the best of my ability.
Eating:muesli for breakfast.I am at it again (make your orders for 2019,healthy living is still a thing)
Drinking:Lots of water
Reading: Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
Wanting: An I phone 7,a real want and need at the same time.
Wasting: no time in holding constructive conversations as well as asking for help
Creating:my list of books I have read this year. I will definitely share this list come 2019
Wishing: for one million Uganda shillings to spend on myself in this season.hahaha!!!!
Enjoying: ME time
Wondering:what the festive season has in store for me
Loving:how God always got me ,when I know it and when I don`t. His got ME.
Hoping: For an amazing Christmas season.
Marvelling: at God`s timing.
Smelling: aromas of food everywhere. It`s the festive season so,we gotta indulge in aromas.
Wearing: my hair in twists,finally!! I have had my hair out most of 2018 and the twists are exciting.
Following: no one currently since I am intentionally MIA on social media and I plan to be off social media during this season until 2019.
Noticing: how Kampala is full of people thanks to the festive season:people are shopping everywhere.
Knowing: that 2019 is going to be my best year yet .
Opening: up to reading more books during the festive season. I want to create time and get lost in books as I enjoy my family.
Giggling: at my two nephews. They are my bundle of joy.My heart is full❤️❤️
Wasting:no time in making power moves. I am excited to be conquering my fears each day.
Creating:content for my blog and a few social media pages I manage. This has set me on a creative path beyond my wildest dreams. I am enjoying it everyday.
Wishing:I had all the money in the world to solve my friend`s problems as well as my own. If you had all the money in the world what would you do with it?
Enjoying:Reading and creating content. My creative juices are flowing and its exciting.
Wondering:What`s next for Uganda with Hon. Kyagulanyi giving the president and government at large sleepless nights.
Loving:My new job. Yes,I am currently working with African Writers Trust. I am loving everything about new my job.
Hoping:for opportunities to make wealth. I must manifest the wealth and abundance of my Father in Heaven.
Marvelling:at how God strategically places us .He is a mighty God.A God of strategy and tactic.
Smelling:Fresh air. My workplace is in a serene environment and the air is fresh and the atmosphere is perfect for work,reading,creating .What more could I ask for?
Wearing:my natural hair in a protective style. I don’t know what it’s called,but my sister Ronnet created it(not sure from where) and the other sister,Joy executed😂😂.I am just glad I don’t have to think about my hair for a week or two.
Following:Amina Abdi Rabar (https://www.instagram.com/amina_kenya/) on instagram. She is a mum, wife,singer,TV host on the trend and /Radio host on capital FM Kenya,MC. She is literally on every stage right now hosting this and that. I am inspired by her power moves.
Noticing:two things .(1).the signs of rain God is sending my way. I am literally excited for the downpour.Can you see the signs of rain in your situation right now? (2).There is space for each one of us in the world,go ahead and be great.
Knowing: Anyone can get back up from anything,be it scandal,loss of a parent,job,marriage. Ask Tiger Woods.
Bookmarking:Pearls for her,Uganda( https://www.pearlsforherug.com/). This site has amazing content that is real and so Ugandan yet at the same time,international. Makes sense?hehe.
Opening:up to the idea of having a photo shoot. I am toying with the idea. I am also open to the idea of adding a professional flair to my blog,turn it into a rachealkizza.com or No Ordinary Scribbles.com(Whatchu think?Help me decide on this)
Giggling: at Bebe Cool. This guy is interesting.He seems unruffled by the public lash he is getting for supporting the president. He is standing for something at least,right? What are you standing for?Who are you standing with?
Feeling:Fed up with how we treat church as a social club. It’s a place where the lost get found.The sick meet the physician.The broken are covered not exposed. The wounded are healed and restored. Purpose flourishes and LOVE conquers all things,believes all things.
I got this book from a friend (Hey Prossy) and I promised her that I would be done within a week,little did I know that a week was too long for me to devour 150 pages. Hope Babigumira thank you for sharing your story with me. Here goes my review….
No makeup on is a transparent book with a grace-filled story.
Hope is born into a good family with father ,mother,siblings, a good house and good schools and so much more. Her parents care so much to give them a good education and therefore ensure they enroll them into the best schools in Kabale, because hey, the right foundation is important.
As with many Ugandan stories, death snatches their father away from them and the once well off family lands on a stranger-STRUGGLE. Her mother has to pick up what is left and fend for her babies along with other dependents ,who she had to eventually release because she was unable to help them any longer. As if the loss of their father wasn`t enough, death visited again and snatched away their little brother. It could have been Hope but as fate would have it, the brother sat in her place and boom,the wall hit him hard.
Hope on the other hand goes through her own struggles. She struggles to fit in, be cool, body consciousness and sensitivity, sexual abuse, drinking and partying, daddy issues, abortion.
Armed with a distorted self image, Hope ends up getting pregnant for the first man who treated her like a queen. Her perspective on love was what Mills and Boon had served her with, a handsome money with a body to die for, would meet you and you fall in love instantly ,have sex and live happily ever after. But this wasn`t the case, this handsome man got her pregnant and he wanted nothing to do with her. Stuck with a pregnancy in her Senior six, her friends advise her to abort and she goes through with it. This left her with a feeling of guilt only God can heal anyone from.
She moves on to Makerere University, her cycle never ends, drinking, partying, and sex never stop. She graduates, starts the work journey but has no idea of saving or handling money better ,which is the case with many graduates and those still at the university. She is on a journey to financial freedom and writing a book is one of the chapters on this journey.
She meets her husband, they fall in love and move on to start a family. She comes back to her church roots (she was raised in a christian home with strong christian values) because she was tired of life as she knew it and needed to be better for her daughter.
A friend recommends her to a church-worship Harvest where she heard the gospel of grace. She could n`t believe that God wanted anything to do with her after her dark past, but indeed He wanted everything to do with her. God has dealt with her daddy issues, distorted identity, sexual abuse trauma, low self esteem and so much more. He has restored her to Himself and to her purpose.
It is evident through her journey that she has learned invaluable lessons, found her voice and her purpose. She is ready to live her life with purpose and impact the next generation of young ladies.
I recommend this book to every girl/woman out there, we all have issues we are dealing with similar to Hope`s.We need someone to tell a story we relate too/with and Hope does that in her book.You are guaranteed to have `AHA!!’ moments as you flip the pages.
To all the ladies out there, you are enough.You FATHER loves you deeply.He rejoices over you with singing. Be brave.Be you.
Subtitle: The Miraculous story of a Muslim Woman`s Encounter with God
Authors: Bilquis Sheikh with Richard H.Schneider
I have to admit this is by far one of my best reads this year. I laughed, cried and got chills all over from reading Bilquis Sheikh`s encounter with God. I read this book in one day, it’s gripping and so beautiful.
The book opens with a frightening presence, Bilquis an aristocratic from a rich Muslim family feels and is aware of a presence while in her flower garden. The presence literally touches her and she runs for the safety of her house where the presence albeit can`t touch her. She is flustered and her servants wonder what is wrong with her. She asks her two servants, Nur-jan who is Muslim and Raisham -a Christian whether they believe in spiritual things. And they both avoided answering her question. Nur-jan insisted they invite the village mullah to cleanse the garden.
Bilquis deep down knew there was no evil spirit in her garden. She felt a deep seated desire to read the bible after a series of dreams. She was no dreamer but suddenly was having dream after dream with Jesus in them. She gets a bible but does n`t understand it and in the night visits a popular missionary couple-the Mitchells and her only question is, `Do you know anything about God?’’ Mrs. Mitchell’s reply is an interesting one, `I`m afraid I don`t know as much as my husband knows about God, but I do know Him.” Bilquis finds her answer odd and wonders how one can presume to know God intimately.
This visit cemented a long time relationship between the couple who introduced her to other great Christians in the village of Wah. Bilquis enjoyed her new found family who replaced her own blood relations. Upon hearing about her conversion, her family cut off any sort of communication with her because she had done the unforgiveable. Her own daughter pleaded with her not to do but her plea fell on deaf ears. She lost relatives but no one informed her so she could attend burial.
Bilquis got baptized in the holy spirit at 54 and everything about her changed and she grew in her knowledge of God as her father. She had adopted her daughter`s son-Mahmud who also grew into Christianity and enjoyed the bible stories.
Having experienced the tangibility of God from day one, she mentions how the presence of God left her a couple of times due to things she had done. On the other hand, I believe the presence of God can`t leave us. He promises in Hebrews13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” However, we can loose awareness of His presence.
Bilquis Sheikh is used by God to share her testimony at a conference that was being organized by Billy Graham in Singapore. This was the beginning of her new purpose.
I like the fact that Mrs.Mitchel gives her tale of the flower lady and ends the book on a great and personal note.
I highly recommend this amazing book for anyone who needs to be reminded what it means to be set apart for God.
I recommend this book for anyone who desires to see the power of God at work.
PS; Bilquis Sheikh died on 9th April,1997 aged 85.
Ever met a millionaire who knows their net worth but also knows what being broke is?? Meet T. Harv Eker, the author of this amazing book. His wit and sarcasm makes the book a worthy financial read guaranteed to change your financial life-only if you put the word to work.
He dispels what a poor mindset looks like and gives practical steps to empower your mind to think like a millionaire. He causes you to question your money blue print which must somewhat change if you are to become a millionaire. A financial blue print is what has been passed on consciously or sub consciously about finances by our parents, environments,TV, other people and has become our truth knowingly or unknowingly. He believes, the major difference between rich people and middle class and poor people is the mindset and focus. You will find the 17 wealth files deciphering the ways rich people think differently from poor and middle class people.
The book has been revelatory for me, I am currently going through a serious financial shift in my life . Learning that my blue print needs a shift and I need to pick up thinking like the rich do and stop thinking money belongs to the rich who are thugs, corrupt, fishy has set me on a whole new financial literacy journey.“You can`t be what you despise.”
I always thought net worth is an exclusive term used by rich people (its not their term but they care more about it than the poor and middle class people )and its not important for me to know my net worth. woe unto me. I must mind my net worth in order to cut the poverty cycle in my family.
For the Christians, he thoroughly answers your questions and puts your mind at ease on whether it is okay to have lots of money since some have been taught that money is evil.
The book has practical applications and real life experiences that must be acted on to realize your financial goals.
If you admire to become rich, have your money work for you, live a dignified life, give to those in need, make contributions to family things and enjoy lunch at nice hotels without looking at the right-hand column of the menu, then this is for you.
Remember, “to get rich, learn new ways of doing things.” If you`re old ways haven`t yielded any fruit, I recommend this book asap.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason is a classic tale about Babylon a man-made city that drew the attention of its neighbors to question how they managed to make wealth and multiply it for generations.
The tale unfolds with various characters whose knowledge with money can`t be ignored. Akard, who is referred to as the richest man in Babylon carefully and with detail tells of how he has made his wealth, and passed on this knowledge to his son who has borne fruit over and above. Akard`s childhood friends come to inquire from him the secret to his wealth. He willingly shares his secrets but like many of us, some of his childhood friends doubt and believe there is a deeper hidden source to his wealth. A few practice the principles he has passed on to them and grow rich. The king of Babylon also calls upon Akard to share with all the Babylonians the secrets to his wealth thus making Babylon one of the richest cities.
My favorite quote from the book is, `Our prosperity as a nation depends upon the personal financial prosperity of each of us as individuals.” There is no selfishness in that statement and it gives a call to action to all people. Mind about your neighbor`s financial health. It is a lie to think having a few rich people is okay. We all ought to be rich and help others build their financial muscle because the prosperity of our nation depends on each individual`s financial health.
Topics such as seizing opportunities, procrastination, determination, investing, growing your ability and becoming a master in your trade and so much more are intertwined in this classic tale.
The question on everyone`s lips was, `how did the Babylonians do it?” If you care to know the answer, gethe book. It has practical lessons that will leave you sober about your finances.
Are you in a financial fix, debt upon debt? I deeply recommend this book.
If you love a good story coupled with life lessons, this book is for you.
Grab yourself a copy now. You just might be the next richest man/woman in your family or Kampala.