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These are some of my favorite motivation quotes:

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” ~Les Brown

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it.”~ Michelangelo

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”~ Michael Jordan

“As soon as anyone starts telling you to be realistic, cross that person off your invitation list.”~ John Eliot

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open.”~ Alexander Graham Bell Continue reading

When I moved to Belgium, I thought that I was really prepared for the winter but the honest truth when I look back; I think that I had no idea!

In Cape Town, I had an experience of a winter with only cold temperatures and I had bought some jackets and some boots. That  apparently gave me some confidence of a warrior ready for war. I also consoled myself that I was born in a region, where it is considerably quite cold  compared to other regions in Kenya. Little did I know that the jackets, boots and the scarfs that I had, were not really adequate for a winter with heavy snow, ice accumulation, freezing temperatures and wind chills.

I lived in Nairobi which is the capital city of Kenya. It is popularly known as the Green City in the sun. It’s warm most of the year and in the cold seasons there is no snow, nor temperatures below 8  degrees. I had no idea how it was like to walk on the snow etc. That was something that I had only watched  in the movies.

When I arrived in Belgium, it was Summer! I love the Summer! I think  that  it’s expected from a girl from the Green City in the sun.  😉 The weather was  nice just like in Africa but I had to get used to the longer days – sunset at 05.00 and sundown at  22.30. I had struggles trying to catch some sleep while there was so much light outside. I really didn’t understand why few of my African brothers and sisters that I had met complained about the weather in Europe.  Continue reading

It’s Christmas season again! This is one of my favorite season of the year even though my way of celebrating Christmas has gone through an evolution over the time.

In Kenya, Christmas is a time when families try and be with one another. Many people travel from cities, back to the villages where the main part of their family might live.This is the time families will see each other, so it is very important. Many people, especially Christians, will go to a Church Service to celebrate Christmas. Churches are often decorated with colorful balloons, ribbons, paper decorations, flowers and green leaves as well as Christmas trees. The service will have Christmas hymns, carols & songs. Children usually recite poems about the birth of Jesus Christ and also perform dances. After the service, people go home and party really starts. A goat, sheep, chicken or a bull are slaughtered for meat and then barbecued. This is commonly known as ‘nyama choma’. It is eaten with rice and chapati. The day after Christmas, Boxing Day, is also a public holiday. It’s another day of celebrating, seeing more friends and family.

Christmas in Kenya also has gone through evolution over the years and it’s quite different from when we were growing up. Continue reading

They say, ” Life is a journey, not a destination.” In this journey of life, the more I live, the more I learn. I have learnt that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do with each person. My other lesson, is the value of cultivating my circles. Not letting the circles I keep drive my life around in circles. Things I really wish I knew when I was younger. Don’t get me wrong  though; the truth is, I’ve made my share of mistakes but I have no regrets.  These are some of my nuggets of wisdom from my journey to my small circle of friends. Things I would have spoken to the younger Anne:

  • Realize your worth!
    As I get older, I have realized that my view on so many things, is different. I have also to discipline myself to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping my mind active and open. It’s not possible to achieve all that without knowing your worth. And do you know what is the biggest secret? There is no secret about it; It’s all in the inside and it’s only you that has the access to your inner locks. Go for it! It’s never too late. Once you realize your self-worth, you will find it hard to stay around people who don’t know their worth.
  • Surround yourself with people who reflect who you want to be!
    Energies are contagious. If you want to fly like an eagle…(remember from my last blog) then don’t hang around with the turkeys. Choose deliberately to surround yourself with people who want to help you win and grow. Continue reading

When I was younger, I was very judgmental and I jumped into conclusions very easily. After interacting with allot of people with different backgrounds, I think that everyone has a story! Nowadays, I’m less judgmental and I take a little bit more time before making a conclusion.

Everyone has a story to tell. Some are written in the books, some are spoken and some are confined into the hearts. It’s up to us to choose what to do with our stories. An author of a book determines the writing formats, genres, language etc. These works may vary in tone, genre and type, but as pieces of writing, they should have one thing in common; a purpose!

Personally, I think that should be the same in our own real lives. Everyone has a purpose in life and I think it’s a very personal issue. I believe that it’s important to know one’s purpose in life. Once you have it, keep it in mind that your life is a trajectory. Every choice you make alters that trajectory, in a positive or negative way.

Again when I turned 30, 😉 (Hopefully, you have read my blog on My Turning Point 🙂 ) I came up with this kinda ” Life board” after reading a book about purpose in life. It has been useful to me in my journey but I’m still work in progress.

The life  journey = The purpose in life + Goals & objectives + Choices & principles

Life has a tendency of providing to each person with what they need in order to grow. Our beliefs, what we value in life, provide the road map for the type of life that we experience. Life is a journey and only you hold the map. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go. Remember that you owe nobody an explanation. It’s your story! Again, run your own race!

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The year is almost coming to an end! ….Oh how time flies! Just the other day we wished each other ‘Happy New Year!’

It has been such an amazing year! This past year has without a doubt been one of the most trans-formative and enlightening phase of my life. I’m not where I need to be, but I thank God I’m not where I used to be. My greatest achievement was the journey to find the inner peace. Inner peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart!

While growing up, I had different definition of peace and happiness. I thought people who lived in the best estates in the capital cities or drove the latest model of cars or they were famous, were the most peaceful and happiest people! Now I know better! Peace comes from within!

The following are some nuggets of wisdom I got from my journey to find my inner peace:

Make peace with yourself!

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. You can’t give what you don’t have! It all starts with you! Making peace with yourself means letting go of anything that is weighing you down. This sounds easy but trust me, it isn’t easy at all! Personally, it was a journey that took me several months with allot of time alone, meditation and reflection.

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