Lititz Pennsylvania

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I visited my friend in Lititz- a quaint town in Lancaster county Pennsylvania that was voted the coolest small town in America in 2013. There were a few things that caught my eye as I went around. Lititz boasts of one the oldest girls’ boarding school in America, Linden Hall. The Moravians founded the school in the 18th century because they believed that women deserved an education. I attended a women’s boarding high school, so I loved learning about Linden. My friend shared that Linden is now  a preppy school, and has some of the richest students from the far […]

Taking Stock: Dadas Lounge April YouTube Videos

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Hey friends, I have had an exhilarating month. If you have been on this blog, you know that I have a daily writing challenge this month. I am sick with a cold and sore throat and the last thing I want to do is to write. But I have to beat resistance. On the days I did not write I made videos for the YouTube channel I run. My friend Angela Okhupe and I made a video on 4/3/2017,  sharing what we wish we knew before coming to the U.S. This was a fun video to make and has the […]

Thoughts From The First Week Of Work

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All that matters is hard work. I am constantly checking myself to ensure that I am being efficient. Thanks to my Praxis advisors I have learned of efficiency tools like the Podomoro technique, a system where you work for 20-25 minutes, take a 5-minute break and start again. After 4 sessions, you take a longer break. This technique has been great when I am working from home. I work for twenty minutes and use the five-minute breaks to make the bed, do the dishes, or use the bathroom. With a full-time job, a boot camp and a YouTube channel, every minute […]

Salsa Night

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  I have a love affair with the Latin culture. My favorite Netflix show is, Celia. The show tells the life story of the Cuban exile singer, Celia Cruz. I love the food, and I absolutely love the dancing. I joke that if I were not born in Africa, I would have loved to be born in Latin America. This weekend was epic. My husband and I came to visit family in Syracuse for my nephew’s third birthday. I also got to meet up with one of my best friends from Kenya, and her mentee. Last night my two friends and I went […]

Find Your Voice And Cut It In Half!

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    I am embracing brevity in writing. In month two of Praxis, we write every single day. On the days I do not write, I edit and upload a video to the Youtube channel Dadas Lounge. For this exercise, I am rewriting this book review. When I heard of How to Win Friends & Influence People, I dismissed it as a manual on how to manipulate people.  I thought only self-interested individuals would care for such knowledge. After reading this book I have resolved that everybody should read it.  This book reminds us of simple truths that we all know, […]

The War of Art

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In the War of Art Steven Pressfied encourages creators to fight what he calls Resistance. At only 165 pages, this book was an easy read. The chapters were followed by a page’s worth, sometimes a paragraph’s worth, of text. I truly should borrow a leaf from Pressfield. The point isn’t how many words one writes,  but rather how well a point can be communicated in as few words as possible.   Pressfield defines resistance as the obstacles creators have to overcome to achieve anything. It is  a force within us that prevents us from sitting down to write, create music, […]

Today I Learned To Communicate In Marriage

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Today I learned to be a better communicator in marriage. When two opinionated people get married, stepping back is not always easy. I reminded myself what is more important, a welcoming home or winning a stupid fight. Inevitably such conversations come with some crying but some agreeing. As this is a private matter, I cannot disclose too much. However, it is important to swallow our pride sometimes and come to an amicable agreement. So give and take. As a part of the Praxis thirty day writing challenge,  I have to write every single day of the 2nd month of the […]

How To Find Meaningful Work

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    Up until this January, I was obsessed with finding out exactly what career path I should pursue next. I had left a job in supply chain and logistics and wanted the next career move to be perfect. Day in day out, I made it a goal to beat myself up over THE CAREER I  was meant to have. During my interview process with Praxis, T.K. Coleman recommended that I read How To Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric. I will write a book review another time. The author encourages his reader to write 5 different careers they would be […]

Update: Kerubo 4 Digital Advertising

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article inspired by nina4airbnb.com. I spoke about a job in digital advertising that I wanted but was scared I would not get due to my limited experience in marketing. During the phone interview, I was informed that the company was no longer looking for an intern, but for a full-time marketing coordinator. The good news is that they still wanted to consider me. After the call, I sent this follow-up email. This version is edited.   Subject: The value I would offer your company on my first month Dear x, I would like […]

Why Kenyans Are Each Other’s Worst Enemies

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  Recently, I traveled back home to Kenya after almost three years. While there I was reminded of the greatness, but also of the ills, of the Kenyan society. In some ways, Kenyans are each other’s worst enemies. It was wonderful to see family and friends and to soak in some sun. There has been so much development since the last time I was there. But there are also some glaring money problems among the working class.   1. Theft   Every month, I am unable to communicate with a friend or family member because their phone is “lost”. This […]