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Stay at home mum

When i received Mummytales cryptic sms I did not know  it would lead me to the set of Victoria’s lounge, sharing my experience of being a stay at home mum.

30 minutes is very little time to share your experience of 6 years,travelling over Kenya while raising 3 kids,it is the most fulfilling thing yet the most difficult thing i have ever done.

You see,i never planned or intended to be a stay at home mum for that period of time but the experience and the growth over the last 6 years ,i would not trade for anything.

It is skimming the surface when i say being a stay at home mum was something i felt i could afford to do at the time.

It is a story of a lot of blood ,sweat and tears over the years.

But it has led me to my meeting the most fantastic women in the world,been inspired by great women like my sister in law Diana,she is a Ninja.

And it has led me back to Nairobi,the most beautiful city in the world.

If you get to watch the show on Thursday at 7:30 pm on NTV,remember that is just my story,part of my story.

It is not the perfect solution for everyone and it should not be taken by everyone but for those who decide to be stay at home parents,my hats off to you.

You will be spending a part  a large part of your time doubting yourself,feeling like pulling your hair out and pleading with a 2 feet angel who will not touch peas because they are yuck .

Maybe they will pull a tantrum one,two,several times when they do not want to do their homework and you will think your working friends are the luckiest people in the world.

But you know what kids grow up, you can  never get those first three years back.

So whether you are working at home,from home or in an office,spend time with your children,know who they are ,love them and love yourself and cut yourself some slack,you are doing a great job.

And when you see me with lots of make up on TV looking like a deer caught in the headlights,be nice.

Xx,

Ina

MY PLAYLIST

Ed

I love love love  love listening to music.

It has to be  loud enough for me to sing along.

So when my 5 year old decided to follow my cue and belt out his own rendition of  Owl City Carly Rae Jesens”s Good times while it was playing on radio ,i knew  better than to give him a talk on not playing loud music in the house.

Actually my dad is to blame loves good music and i started writing lyrics to songs when i was 10.

I could sing along to Bob Dylan’s Mrs Robinson and Simon and Garfunkel songs aand so on a cold July when i was in boarding schooland Miss Ndungu got a book of mine that had  lyrics to songs by artistes like …ahem … Madonna .

A coule of friends and i got a beating for our taste in music.

For the past couple of years i have a song that defined the year for me,last year it was John Legend’s “All  of me”,and this year….it’s Ed Sheerans “Thinking out loud” that i am totally in love with.

It gives me goose bumps every time i hear it play,and it sends a pleasant shiver down my spine…lol.

And the choreography in the video is smashing!.

If you are getting married anytime soon then this would be the perfect song for a first dance.

Enjoy!

Thinking out loud video.

HOW TO LIVE WITH GRATITUDE

Count your blessings today and everyday after that.
Count your blessings today and everyday after that.

For the longest time….i kept a journal…..faithfully.

Then work came along,kids came along and well the rest is history.

And my journal writing  came to an end.

But guess what i have picked it up again.

At the beginning of the year  a friend of mine and i gave ourselves a challenge.

To join a Bible Study Group.

And we did.

We are going through the book of Numbers,we are at the end of it.

It is a journal of the Israelite s journey to the promised land.

My hint to keep on journal writing was write there in those verses.

So why keep a journal?

To remember to be grateful for everything i/we have.

To remember our trials,successes,failures and remember the lessons we have learned along the way.

To remember that every second we are alive counts and we can make a difference.

To remember to live.

Maridadi Living!

Hugs,

Ina