MY TIME ON THE SET OF VICTORIA’S LOUNGE & WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT

Just before the show aired last Thursday,i wrote about it in Lights.Camera.Action

The irony only hit me a few seconds later…..being a stay -at -home parent had got me on national Tv

Who would have thought…?

Victoria Rubadiri is as gracious in real life as she is on TV and we had a blast on the set at the design studio  of Mambo Interiors.

Being very interested in issues around women and parenting ,i asked Victoria a few questions on what had inspired Victoria’s Lounge, as well as how the reception for the show has been so far.

On the concept for the show , Victoria says she wanted to create a platform from where people could have  candid conversations about their experiences,you know kind of like the  ones we have with close family and friends around our kitchen tables or living rooms and in doing so  inspire and encourage someone .

Being a news anchor heavily influenced her decision to have a show around social issues as she wanted to interrogate issues  further than the time availed during a news bulletin would allow.As a result Victoria has seen how willing people are to talk about issues affecting them ,offer to help others as well as be influenced to seek help.

Through the choice of topics and guests she brings on the show ,she wants to encourage people  to talk and eventually move to seeking solutions to the issues that they are facing .And that people are able to draw encouragement and hope from her guests experiences,no matter what it is they are facing in life

As for her guests she wants them to have the gratification of knowing that by sharing their experience  they helped to inspire  and encourage someone.

So far, the reception for the show has been overwhelming and a  complete surprise was the large percentage of men who watch it ,such that they are thinking of future topics for the show that would include their male viewers.

We wish Victoria and her great team all the best in everything they do.

Make sure to catch the show every Thursday on NTV AT 7:30 pm and while at it become a fan of Victoria’s Lounge and make sure not to miss out on  inspiration.

LIGHTS.CAMERA.ACTION

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