[Taking Stock] April - June | 2019

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

If you're new here, 'Taking Stock' is a mini self check series which documents my thoughts in a repeatable format and take stock of the past 3 months. You can see my January to March post here.

Nurturing my deeper sense of self on so many levels that continue to grow me as an individual.

Liking that as I become more clear about who I really am, I'm more intuitively equipped to decide what is best for me.

Making more time to read books via Audible. I was failing miserably at traditional reading. Reading a book should be an experience that provides you joy and value, not something to labor through.

Cooking and eating lots more veges. My food journey's getting more decent.

Drinking water. Staying hydrated. Keeping my skin moisturised. Protecting my energy. Minding mine.

Reading Maybe its You by Lauren Handel Zander.

Wanting to go on a girl's trip to EssenceFest in NOLA.

Looking into things I've always wanted to start. I figure I can always edit a bad page - I just can't edit a blank one.

Wishing my niece in S.4 and nephew in P.7 all the prayers and success they need for excellence in their upcoming UNEB mock and final exams.

Enjoying all the freshness coming out of the African music scene! From Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift album, to Burna Boy's African Giant and now Jidenna's 85 to Africa. Those tunes are real jams. If you listen closely, you'll find that they not only entertain, they also educate. It makes me so proud to be African. Watch this space for the next blog post on music.

Waiting impatiently for the Ugandan queens from Dopamine podcast to record Season 2, and Jenna Wortham, Wesley Morris to record the next season of Still Processing. I'm also looking forward to Nneka Julia's Passing Through podcast.

Considering sharing some thoughts (in form of a blog post) on what real self care is. I mean, I'm not the authority on self care, but I'm sure it goes beyond mani's and pedi's.

Wondering why it is that so much of the work we do is valued most in hind sight, after it's been validated by the world!

"Forgive yourself for not having the foresight to know what now seems so obvious in hindsight." The Reset

Watching out for magic and trying not to be too busy to see it.

Hoping that Ava DuVernay's When They See Us mini Netflix series continues to highlight the injustices of social profiling, police coercion and false confessions which, to this day, weigh heavy in various news cycles. Much respect to the very brave and resilient men, the exonerated five: Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam.

Marvelling at Beyoncé's Brown Skin Girl song which puts her in the background and centers dark-skinned women and young girls in the foreground. I loved the celebratory ode to the kind of Blackness that is often dismissed, disrespected, and ridiculed.

Smelling the remnants of cinnamon on a cake at a party I just attended.

Loving that I keep discovering more and more upcoming Ugandan YouTubers (shout out to Black Working Mother, Bump Love Ug, Flavia Tumusiime, Black No Sugar, Nana Kagga, Nakawunde)

Pondering over God's greatness! 'I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born, I set you apart.' Jeremiah 1:5. Powerful!

Following less people on social media, especially those I don't have anything to learn from.

Noticing how quickly the year's passing us by...but what else is new?

Thinking through how things (and by that I mean my relationship) with my mom would be like if she were alive. Her absence in my later years in life has highlighted how unideal it is for girls to grow up without their mothers. It can take a toll on how to navigate life.

Admiring the wonderful works of illustrator Vashti Harrison. She's surely spreading some historic #BlackGirlMagic.

Feeling humbled for having met Dr. Jacqueline Copeland, the COO for Anita Borg's Institute for Women and Technology and Prof. Sue Black OBE, founder of #techmums based in the UK. I met them at the inaugural Hopper Down Under conference and both are doing phenomenal work to empower women everywhere to embrace technology. What an honour it was to speak to them both. They further validated what I've always believed; in order to change stories, we must change the story tellers.

Sorting out some ideas for a big project I'm working on. Exciting!

Buying only what I need.

Getting more comfortable with not setting myself on fire to keep others warm.

Bookmarking so many golden gems of wisdom from Medium, Zora and Thought Catalogue.

Disliking that I hadn't really discovered all the great work that novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus Toni Morrison had created until her passing! But hey, it's never too late, right?

Expanding my understanding on all the various forms of diversity that exist today.

Giggling more with my family and finding little pockets of sunshine at every opportunity.

Feeling really excited that Christmas is on the horizon.

Snacking on healthier stuff.

Becoming more of the woman I needed when I was a girl.

Loving this well articulated piece (albeit old) Don't Cash Crop on my Cornrows by Amandla Stenberg that touches on cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation . If that was an assignment, I'd have given her an 'A'.

Helping more people less fortunate than me; because everyone shines, given the right lighting.

Trusting my gut more; even when things don't add up.


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