Hang out in your head & reflect, then get up off the couch & take action. Rinse. Repeat.

  There’s a time to speak & a time to listen. There’s a time to reflect & a time to act   Last week was for reflection. Today’s for action.   Based on a traumatic incident I had while in the ICU, in the first of this 3 series post I talked about the power […]

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There’s a time to tell your own story & a time to hear others

There’s a time to speak & a time to listen, There’s a time to tell your own story & a time to hear others, There’s a time to take a break because you can & a time to take a break because you have to, There’s a time to reflect & a time to act. […]

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I was okay until I wasn’t. Reflections from the intensive care unit.

I was okay until I wasn’t. As I was rushed to emergency I stared at the ambulance ceiling, scared & confused. I thought I’d had the flu yet a week in intensive care later, I was treated for kidney & blood infections. My blood had become poisoned.   Fast forward. I’ve composed this post to […]

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Give me constraints, give me creativity

  If someone challenged you to write a book using only 50 words, could you do it? How creative do you think you could be?  That’s just what Theodore Geisel did when his editor bet him that he couldn’t write a children’s book using just 50 words. Can you guess which book was the result? […]

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Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know; Do You?

  I’m on week 12 or so of not being able to write or type due to a tenacious case of tennis elbow. My temporary disability has given me a lot of time to reflect. On a good day the fear, fatigue & frustration gives way to empathy, insight &  perspective.  (On a bad day […]

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When it comes to resilience, which are you – an egg, carrot or a coffee bean?

  My friend & I had climbed several of flights of stairs & sandwiched ourselves into high-backed, comfy chairs to listen to the bright minds that had come to speak at TEDx Kilimani, a suburb of Nairobi. Like speaker Sitawa Wafula, award-winning activist & founder of My Mind My Funk, demonstrated recently.   Sitawa had […]

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What my temporary disability has taught me & how facing a lifelong fear didn’t kill me but made me better

You don’t know how much you use a particular muscle until it’s not working.   These days brushing my teeth, eating, writing & typing produce, at worst a searing hot pain & at best a dull ache. Meeting a tight curriculum writing deadline has caused tendinitis in my arm.   Multiple doctor & physio appointments […]

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Pssst – what’s your secret password? I will tell.

  May 4th is world password day (#WorldPasswordDay), which got me thinking – there are passwords to your computer files of course, but what about the passwords to your heart? To a life full of meaning? To success on your terms?   Some of my passwords are ‘spacious possibilities’ which for me means: I am […]

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The C word

The C word.   Have it & you’ve got a protective buffer against life’s many challenges. Lack it & every challenge, like a colleague’s careless cutting remarks, stings more than a scraped knee.   Some people look like they’re oozing it, but often they’re only faking – like a house built without a foundation, they […]

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A simple, easy tool to help your blender brain (& your emotional hygiene)

Blender brain.  It’s what I call the state of having so many things whirring through my mind that it’s hard to focus or move forward. Can you relate? Last post I wrote about the intriguing concept of emotional hygiene – a concept coined by Guy Winch – which is being mindful of our psychological health and adopting brief […]

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