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Hello 2019: Taking Stock 2018

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Happy New Year Peaches! 2019! I am thankful for the gift of life and health from the Almighty granting us all access to 2019.

2018 has been a hell of a rollercoaster. Revelatory to say the least. To be fair though, I’ve had some great moments and met phenomenal people hence I appreciate it. All I’m trying to do right now is focus on the good and positive things that 2018 blessed me with but not dismissing the bad moments either. Those are the ones that have shaped me into who I am today. Not bitter at all, but better, composed, stronger and wiser. ‘Never a failure, always a lesson.’

2018 adventures and events:

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Zip lining. One of the most thrilling adventures in 2018!
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I made new friends. Cool fun people to be around.
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Laughter and good vibes
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I attended candid conversations and met my all time favorite Kenyan Lifestyle Blogger ~ ThisisEss!
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At the Candid Conversations event, I met phenomenal women who made me feel empowered.
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I got the luxury to stay at Watamu Treehouse. One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in Watamu. Made me realize that I love nature and art.
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I did yoga for the first time at Watamu Treehouse. It was a new elevating and therapeutic experience.
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First time seeing a whale with my naked eyes! I went whale watching at Hemingways in Watamu. Such humongous creatures. I wish I could swim with them.
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The bubble Suit at Rock and Sea in Watamu totally wowed me! The interior, set up, nature views! I was lucky to be there in the hidden gem thanks to Stephano who is the Manager. Also, one of the nicest people I have met in Watamu.
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Rock and Sea bubble Suit. Eye candy
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Attended Breast Cancer Awareness walk. It gives me joy to make a difference in someone’s life. I am also happy to have been a part of Rotaract Club Malindi. Very enlightening!

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Attended Youth Innovation event at United Nations in Nairobi through Rotaract Club Malindi – I met brilliant youths that were an inspiration.
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I attended the historic Sustainable Blue Economy Conference as a delegate at KICC in Nairobi, Kenya. It was educational and it was a privilege to be in the same room with very prominent persons. I am loooking forward to conserve our country’s Blue Economy!
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When I see women in power, it gives me joy and hope in changing the narrative of women in power. We need more women in power for a better future for the girl child.

 

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Collaborated with Aaliya (Imakeuplikethis) and Shahista (makeupbyshahista). It was a first Halloween make up for me and I totally enjoyed it!
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My girl Farhana launched her clothline and I will always support my friends so it is also the highlight of my year, because I love seeing my friends winning and I am always here for it. So proud of her!

 

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Attended Farhana’s pop up shop to support my girl. She has an amazing collection!

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I partnered with Watamu Transfer Tours and Safaris (still do). Through them, I am learning a lot especially when it comes to our wildlife Conservation and the Tourism Industry. Hence why I want to learn more languages. Through them also, I found my passion and for that I am grateful!
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The first people I met through Watamu Transfer Tours and Safaris. Such beautiful and talented souls!
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Watched dolphins for the 3rd time. It was one of the best dolphin views with a whole pod of dolphins swimming, diving, and jumping with joy. I’m still yet to swim with them. 2019 goal!
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I did snorkeling for the umpteenth time. Swimming while enjoying views of beautiful fish, corals, and all that’s glittery underwater is one of my favorite things to do
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Breakfast at the beach. It should be a lifestyle! Amazing views
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I met such wonderful people at Watamu Treehouse. Barbara is a total sweetheart!
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I learned a new water sports. Stand up paddling at Mida Creek in Watamu. It was intense work out in the scorching sun but totally worth it. Of watersports adventures!
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Mida Creek Adventures

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SUP sundowners! Amazing!
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One of the best most therapeutic experiences in my life was yoga meditation on water. I came out feeling brand new and healed. My mind is clearer than ever. Worked like magic.
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Shamsa got engaged! She’s more of a sister than a friend. Words cannot explain how happy I am. May Allah bless your union as we wait for the big day!
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And I slayed!! Favorite outfit of 2018. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!

A few important lessons I learned the hard way in 2018.

  1. Observe not absorb.  Being empathetic makes me question if it is a curse or a blessing because I can get sucked up into people’s energy and moods. I get so concerned with hurting peoples feelings more than I do care about mine. That has to change because it’s suffocating.
  2. It is okay to be selfish. A hard one and a bold one too. I came to the realization that you can lay down for people and they will still say your back is not flat enough. Favorite quote because it summarizes everything I have to say about it.
  3. Create boundaries. Walk away from disrespect. It is always so hard to walk away from people we love regardless of how they treat us sometimes. But there’s always a limit. We should stop making excuses for people’s ill behavior, unfiltered words, cheaters, liars, pretenders and back stabbers. Speak up, confront where need be and do not entertain anyone’s disrespectful behaviors towards you. We have to accept that some people will never respect you because they don’t respect themselves. Save yourself from such people.
  4. Financial independence is empowering. So is emotional independence. If you manage to achieve those two, you will live  a more peaceful life. Be your own sugar dad
  5. Empowering women and conservation initiatives are vital in the world for better livelihood.
  6. Follow your passion. Life is too short to work in a field you are not interested in, a waste rather. Also, I learned that it is never always about the money, but what gets your creativity wheel spinning!

Incase you didn’t notice, I took a long break from social media sometime in February 2018. As dramatic as it sounds, I was about to lose it! I could not focus. My mind was all over the place. My brains were about to fall out. I had to take a break. I could not form a sentence let alone think right or through things. I cannot really explain what I was going through because wild events were happening in my life back to back like the devil was on a mission to end me. I had to quit so many things and people dear to me to get my peace of mind; to save myself. Shockingly, I took a bolder step by moving  to a totally new place where I knew literally nobody – Watamu. Honestly, I needed some quality time alone to regain my sanity. Luckily, I got a job at Watamu Treehouse and ever since, Watamu has become my new founded home. Proudly, I can say that I have found inner peace. It’s not about the people, rather, the place itself; A hidden gem. Exploring and more.

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Here I am, today I can think somewhat clearly with no background noises of what if’s n whys. It’s peaceful in my head. However, I am still working on sharpening my listening skills. I am still adjusting my focus. I am still trying to find a way to forgive people completely and forgive myself for hurting people in the process. All I can say is, I don’t have it all figured out. I am a work in progress just like you and I. I might look like I have it all figured out but I’m far from that. Which is why I had to speak out when I was breaking silently for people to understand that I am only but human needing support just like I would support people who needed me. But I work everyday to improve on myself and learning to love myself and people I care about more fiercely. Most importantly, I am trying to work on stabilizing my emotions.

I hope 2019 is going to be a fruitful and prosperous year for everyone. Make everyday count and never lose hope.

To more adventures, new ideas, successful businesses, investments, travel destinations and healthier relationships.

Happy 2019 Peaches!

Live | Love | Laugh

WATAMU! Dolphins, Snorkeling, Cruising, Island hopping and Sea food!

Hi peaches, welcome back to my blog. I hope you are all enjoying your holidays wherever you are. If you are in coast, you should treat yourself to the amazing Watamu island before the year ends. Watamu is one of the most beautiful coastal towns on the Northern coastline of Kenya; approximately 2 hours drive from Mombasa. It had been one of my go to destinations for a long while because of its highly praised beauty which lured me into  exploring it. Just by the name Watamu meaning SWEET in Swahili Language, it can seduce you to want to have a taste of it. That, I strongly concur!

 

As usual, I make impromptu plans. It gives me pleasure to be spontaneous because at that moment I feel free like a bird emancipated from anyone’s dominance. It gives me joy living life on my own terms with no one to control me. That right there is pleasure and I would never wish anyone to take that freedom away from me. I pray that my soulmate is as spontaneous as me. Fair enough right?

Only in spontaneity can we be who we truly are ~ John McLaughlin

 Okay enough about me and more about Watamu now shall we? I was psyched for Watamu that morning, I met Azym  who is a very good friend of mine for about 7 years now, oh wow! It has been long actually. He introduced me to the Coast Camping Tours & Safaris group members Kim  and Hussein whom I met that day for the Watamu day excursion tour. Check out their pages with one click that’ll lead you directly to them as they are the right tour company to book with for the Watamu day excursion full package charging kshs. 4,500 per head. A day excursion trip at the sea with them starts early in the morning. First activity in the morning is dolphins viewing, followed by snorkeling, lunch and a boat ride back.

We drove to Watamu for 2 hours from Mombasa all the way down to Ocean sport resort which has a shop for all swimming gear that you could buy from, however, I’d advice you to carry your own swim suits to save costs since coast camping got you covered with the snorkeling equipment. I was fascinated by the sparkling white clean sandy beach and blue aquamarine water. Based on the empty shoreline, the tide was low making it easier for us to walk further into the sea boarding in one double decker pontoon speed boat which we had other tourists in too. It was such a tranquilizing experience chilling on the upper deck sunbathing in the beaming sun enjoying the smooth cruise with an Italian family. Their daughter was sweet and charming. Thankfully, I had my hat and sunscreen protecting me from the scorching sun.

 

We cruised towards the deep waters to have a clear view of the dolphins. It was my first time to see these magnificent aquatic mammals with my naked eyes jumping in and out of the sea water with their playfulness. That was exciting to watch. I wish I could swim with them like Azym but my phobia of deep waters wouldn’t allow me to. Blame it on the Hollywood Shark movies that I so love to watch (guilty pleasure).

They disappeared as we couldn’t see them anymore. I changed into my swimsuit as we dived into the water for snorkeling, drifting over the vast coral reef of Watamu. Initially, we were doing the casual snorkeling putting our heads on the water surface viewing the marine life and coral reef scenery while breathing through the h20 mask pipe. That did not seem fun so we opted swimming to slightly deeper waters and dived in. I find swimming therapeutic. We swam for a good one hour  taking underwater snap shots swimming with the fish playing Finding Nemo. We found both Nemo and Dory, separately of course, they must’ve lost each other again. It was so beautiful under water with a whorl of zebra fish that kept dispersing when they sensed us which made the view so amazing. Among the beautiful marine life was star fish, royal blue tang fish (Dory) and clown fish (Nemo),  darting through the swirling fingers of ornately colored sea anemones and all beautiful variety of fish that makes up the little coral reef city.

The vibrant and colorful corals though are beautiful to look at but very coarse. I had a few bruises knocking myself into them trying to walk on them in the shallow waters but I had to keep swimming till where the boat stopped not to hurt myself further and also not to destroy the corals. Swimming in shallow waters is harder also because everything underwater appears larger when wearing the snorkeling mask. Some may not be as stable as they look, some slimy like the anemones which can be stingy; it’s a very tricky situation to be in. To achieve buoyancy, I was using smaller kicks and trying to balance myself  so as not to crash into a coral.

Sea anemone fan fact: Call me childish or whatever but I actually take animations quite seriously since they’re based on true life. You know while watching Finding Nemo, I realized that the clown fish were staying in the flamboyant anemones and since they’re deemed to be poisonous, I had to do a little research to find logic in that (yes, I like to make sense out of everything). An article by national geographic on Sea anemone states that they actually have a symbiotic relationship with the clown fish so they live in their tentacles (okay..), produce a mucus layer which makes them immune to their poison and protects them from predators – how special! Pretty interesting don’t you think?

After being gratified of all that underwater coral reef city eye candy, it felt like I just made new friends and was sorta sad saying goodbye to my new marine buddies. From ‘mermaid’ to now back on my feet, we walked to our boat as we embarked, speeding to the Sudi Island where lunch was supposed to be served. It was a long boat ride about an hour or more all I remember is that I was hella famished. Upon arrival on the equally beautiful island, we alighted and prodded straight to the mainland where everyone from different boats and travel tours groups gathered for lunch. We sat at the long wooden benches with a big sigh. The chefs were grilling fresh sea food: fish, shrimps, lobsters and prawns. As I watched the sea food grilling, I was ready to go all ‘fear factor on it but my lady gracefulness came in the way welcoming my patience virtue to take control of my hunger pangs. Finally, food was ready for us to dig in with rice, delicious potato curry, calamari sauce, salad and seasonal fruits downing it with soft drinks and loads of water.

My body sorely needed a massage treat. We chilled for a while lingering for the food to digest and cruised back to Watamu island.

The ride back was relaxing and rejuvenating thanks to the soothing sea breeze. That was a fun and adventurous little day excursion that I’d recommend you all for your vacation. Needless to say, it was ineffably amazing seeing dolphins for the first time. Next on my bucket list is to swim with them! Let’s do it!

Enjoy Watamu Peaches! Happy holidays!