The first quarter of 2019 has been eventful and I used it to push myself past my limit.
The year started with the dam project I was working on stalling, and so I had three months without formal work like expected, and so I used that time to focus on developing my freelance business and learning as much as I can.
Some of the things I did in the first quarter of 2019 are
JANUARY – OUT AND ABOUT
- Gave a life, work and study skills talk to 340 students at Njenga Karume High School in Molo based on my experience on the path to becoming a graduate engineer. (No Picture unfortunately :-/)
- Decided to transform my blog to a business
FEBRUARY – OUT AND ABOUT
- Going for an engineering training on soil stabilization where I reconnected with my former classmates and workmates
- Attending the IEK dinners – both the main one with President’s Dinner at Intercontinental and the IEK Female Chapter at the Panari Hotel, where I met the amazing Rich Allela
- Attending the Serena Art and Photography Exhibition hosted by Liz featuring Rich Allela and Micheal Angelo
- Winning a Partial scholarship to the Centonomy Campus Edition, a 6 week program on personal finance management which I completed on 30th March, and which allowed me to meet Nancie Mwai (whose work I have admired for 8 years) during the Mentor-ship Session .
- I bought my domain name. Yay! And I also bought a DIVI blog theme which I unfortunately realized I do not like (say what!! I feel like I threw 50$ down the drain). I read its reviews after, and to be honest I wish I did before I purchased it. It looks nice, but it is a disaster in the making.
- I decided to set up my photography Instagram page and my services page to make my freelance business front and center on my web pages. See the services page and visit the Instagram Page
- Conducted 2 interviews for khusoko.com – interview with Phyllis Wanja on her Mental Health and Art Therapy organization Afyakili, Sue Wairimu on her STEM organization for young women, Ladies in Helmets.
- Shot and uploaded my first video to YouTube while applying for the Marie Forleo Business School online, which unfortunately I did not get, but I learnt that I enjoy making video. There is an adrenaline rush that comes with it. Watch the video below:
- Attended and assisted my friend @riko_love_crafts at her Pop Up and Chill stand. Pop Up and Chill is a forum that allows crafters to showcase and sell their merchandise.
MARCH – OUT AND ABOUT
- Watched 7 webinars in order to improve my understanding of how to make monetize a blog as a business idea. Some of the webinars are Blog to Biz Bootcamp by Melyssa Griffin, 5 steps to better Branding by Lulu Kitololo, Emailing Building System by Amy Potterfield, an E-commerce Masterclass by Foundr and Gretta Van Riel, 3 Part Profit Plan by the Profit Planner, Your Biz on Autopilotby the Boss Project.
- Attended the Ladies in Helmets International Women’s day Picnic Day at Karura and led the discussion on Balance for Better at the workplace. Read the review.
- Finally met Sandile Shezi, who has been able to make a fortune from being a financial market mogul in his twenties (we are the same age by the way!)
- I quietly turned an year older – because well, I wanted to introspect.
- Attended the Uniserv Open day to know more about Study opportunities in the UK.
- Conducted 1 interview for khusoko.com – interview with the Pesalink Agnes (coming soon)
- Did commissioned photography work for Afrobarometer during their launch of The African Migration Report.
WHAT I READ/WATCHED/LISTENED TO
READING: I only read The Outliers from start to finish and I wrote a review about it. I binge read the 4 Hour Work Week by Time Ferris, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.
Some of the articles/blogs I liked from the wild wide internet are
- While Everyone Is Distracted By Social Media, Successful People Double Down On An Underrated Skill. An article that introduces Mental Modes by Micheal Simmons. Some of the mental modes, I have started applying and will apply for the rest of the year are the Checklist and 80/20 mental modes so that I can optimize on my time.
- Why some of us, like me, Respond to Stress by Falling Asleep no kidding. Like on Sunday after church I had an emotionally intense conversation, and in the middle of doing chores with my mother, I just had to go take a 20 minute nap or so to reclaim my clarity.
- And another from the Cut, on When Stress Makes You Fall Asleep you can’t make this stuff up.
- This amazing blog on women’s sexuality Enough said.
- How to Price Your Freelance Services without Getting Screwed Over
- A short story. Two Girls in a Boat.
In addition to still binge watching Beyoncé’s Coachella performance, I enjoyed these two Instagram Comedy Accounts: Seth Gor and Renny. I also enjoyed Simi – Gone for Good that was discovered by a good friend of mine on YouTube
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these two stories online
- The Cathedral by Raymond Carver as read by James Naughton.
- Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway. Last year I thoroughly enjoyed The Old Man and the Sea and I wrote a review about it.
That’s just about a synthesis of my out and about first quarter 2019. What were you up to? What articles did you enjoy reading? What songs did you discover? Do tell.
Thank you for reading!