Photography by Tatiana Karanja
Making: mood boards! I haven’t made one in ages and I just recently realised that that’s truly the key to making sure I don’t have 10,000 cute cushions which match with anything in the house. It just hit me that without some sort of direction, I would have absolutely zero self-restraintÂ when it comes to buying pieces for my home which would mean that nothing fits or matches. Can you say decorating disaster? Anyway, so I’ve finally settled on a colour palette and furniture pieces that I’d like to go for (some of which will have to be made). Thank God for all the hardware shops on Ngong Rd.
Eating: Dates. I’m trying to snack/eat cleaner. I’ve done a poor job of eating clean and my body has been feeling sluggish lately so I’m trying to get back on the bandwagon.
Drinking: cold green tea right now.
Reading: Two books at the same time! I don’t know how well I’ll do with this but I’ve got A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin on my bedside and James Patterson’s first ever book – The Thomas Berryman Number – in my handbag. FYI, I always have to have a book in my handbag. I also recently finished reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sederis. It’s a short story book and I think I’d have enjoyed it better had I realised earlier that all the stories were connected. Silly me. I guess that’s what happens when you avoid reading the synopsis of a book or any reviews on it. It’s a really simple, straightforwardÂ book that goes through the authors’ upbringing and I can’t tell you how many times I chuckled reading it! He’s so witty. Anyway, I’m now onto two books and still trying my best to make sure I read a total of 20 this year! So far I think I’m only on 4. Must. Read. Faster.
Wanting: a puppy so damn bad! A friend of mine recently got the cutest pup (you may have seen her on my Snapchat)Â and let’s just say I’m now that person who always wants to come over and check on
the puppy her. As a good friend would, of course.
Playing: Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo album. Not that I’ve ever been a Kanye fan but I somehow find myself loving the album more and more each time I play it.
Wasting: no time in making sure my 2016 goals become a reality!
Creating: Organised piles is something I’ve become very good at.
Wishing: I could get all Ally McBeal episodes and start watching from the beginning. I used to loooove that show.
Enjoying: compiling my reading music playlist. SongsÂ like Melody Gardot’s Baby I’m A Fool and french cafe music I randomly get off of YouTube are what usually make the cut. I just really enjoy having something soothing to listen to as I read.
Loving: art at the moment. Looking for some interesting pieces to introduce into my home but still need to figure out a solution to hang them up without damaging walls. Either way, if you’re looking to get some art into your home, try reading this articleÂ where I summed up 6 tips that’ll help you figure out what to look for!
Hoping: for a super productive month. So far, so good!
Marveling:at how the universe truly responds to your mood and energy. Sometimes I forget that I can control my energy and happiness. As they say, “Life doesn’t happen to you. Life responds to you.”
Smelling: Spirulina capsules which I’ve just taken. Not too nice a scent, I must confess. It’s the second kind of supplement I’ve adopted – cod liver oil being the first. I’ve read so many great things about Spirulina and it sounds like the ultimate superfood. I’m hoping my body soaks up all the extra nutrients and loves every ounceÂ of it.
Wearing: my glasses right now which I desperately need to replace. It’s been way too long.
Following: the show Vikings. I’ve heard people compare it to Game of Thrones but let me be honest ladies and gents, nothing compares to GoT. Nothing.
Noticing: my skin is breaking out recently. I haven’t really been religious with my green tea, juicing and cod liver oil lately soÂ I can’t wait to go back to where my skin was! It’s also been really dry due to the cold weather so I’m trying to nourish it more with oils. Also, it’s 11.11 as I type this! Wishing you an epic month my loves! 🙂
Knowing: that today is going to be a great day! I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes… *goes to YouTube and starts playing the song*
Feeling: grateful forÂ Mondy. Someone I’ve had in my life for more than a decade and completely adore!
Bookmarking: this Twitter page. Love their quotes! So inspiring. I think it’s important to have little streaks of inspiration coming at you throughout the day from all sorts of places. Be it a daily calendar with beautiful quotes that you keep next to your desk or a tweet on your timeline.
Opening: up a YouTube link to shark attacks was a bad, bad idea. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the guts to go waterskiing again after that. I just kept clicking on the next link and then the next thing I knew IÂ was afraid to take a shower lest a shark jumps out of the shower head.
Giggling: at James Corden’s genius Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama! I’m sure you’ve all seen it by now but I couldn’t help but share it 🙂
Feeling: pressed for time! Gotta run. Have a lovely, productive, inspiring week! xx
Love and love.