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You have 31 days left of 2012!

I was looking at my calendar, for maybe the umpteenth time these past few weeks, trying to analyse how much time I had left before my end of term exams, just one week, and as I was doing this I realised something which I had not thought about before, this December was going to be the last month of the year 2012. It may seem pretty obvious when I state it in that way but perhaps when you think about it more you can begin to understand what my point is. Year in year out we are all excited that the new year is coming, we want to make ourselves new, we come up with a list of resolutions, which lets face it by the end of the 3rd month into the year are all forgotten about. I think on the final chapter of 2012 we should all begin to think about how far we have come from these goals and also think what we wold like to remember 2012 for. The good times? the bad times? or is it just another year for you that you do not really think to care about?

As I looked at the whole year calendar I could not imagine where all these days have gone, almost 365 days. Feels like just the other day we were all welcoming the near year 2012, promising to bring us more happiness into our lives and prosperity, for others it was the year the world was going to end, others maybe the year you got married, got your first job etc. But on this last month of the year are you satisfied with how far you have come? Are you happy with where your life is at this point?

I think in life we all face challenges, some worse than others, but admist all that I think we should begin recognising the positive in our lives and carry those onto the new year. These 31 days left will fly by, it will feel like you have just blinked and it will already by 2013, and another blink and it will be 2014, but in those ‘blinks’ we should learn to appreciate life, love life and make sure that at the end of each year we can be proud of ourselves and where we have come from.

For me, 2012 has been both a great year and a challenging year.  I finished my undergraduate degree and graduated, I got an internship at one of the biggest media houses in East and Central Africa and I am now undertaking my masters degree at one of the best business schools in UK, i have made lots of new friends, gained a wide variety of new skills and become a better me, but despite all that I have also been faced with so many challenges, I have been stressed, unhappy at times, and life has been unfair to me at times, but I am not going to let that be my definition of what my 2012 was like, I chose to look past all the negative experiences and embrace each new day of what is left of 2012 until the last minute of it. I can not wait to see what 2013 has in store for me :)

Perhaps a challenge for the remaining days of the year is to look back at our new year resolutions and see which we can squeeze in on these last remaining days.I would love to hear from you all,anyone of you if you do decide to take up this challenge, and at least leave 2012 with a much better feeling of what you have achieved.

Managing your time

 Perhaps on of the biggest weakness I have is poor time management, it is something I have tried to control and work on but nothing seems to happen, maybe I just don’t work hard enough on it. I am not one of those people who is always late for everything, I am always early for all the ‘important’ stuff in life ( not to say the things I’m usually late for are not important) but for example work, class, meetings, I always try my best to keep time and 9 times out of 10 I am usually early, my biggest challenge comes when it comes to meeting friends, doing things on my own and having to be somewhere on time where I am going using my own initiative. I think what usually ends up delaying me is that I am sometimes a huge procrastinator, you know that feeling, you set your mind to get down to books and read, decide exactly which subject your going to read, neatly arrange your books on the table, get your pens ready….your highlighters…then you think ‘hmmm, let me make a cup of tea’ and you go ahead and do it, come back to you table, think,well…Lemi just check Facebook and twitter…and hour later your back in the kitchen ramaging through the fridge (which you know very well has no food) or making another cup of tea, by the end of the night a few hours have passed and you have got no where with your reading because you have been procrastinating!!!
To help me ‘combat’ my time management skills I decided to attend a session ‘Organising yourself and your time’ which proved to be really useful to me so thought I would share it here for anyone who may be having some difficulties organising their time.
Failure to use time effectively leads to missed deadlines, wasted opportunities, frustration and stress 
1. Know what your time stealers are
Time stealers are all the activities you do that really do not help you and only move you further away from your goal. This could be anything, gaming, social networking sites etc. A good way to help your self through this is to limit the number of times you access these sites. Give yourself a specific time limit as to how long you will be on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc and ensure you stick to that. Also avoid checking your emails 200 times a day, limit yourself to checking your emails to three times a day, morning, lunch and evening. Unless that is ofcourse you are working and its part of your job to check your emails 200 times a day :)
2. Plan your day in advance
Any smart phone can really help you with this, most of them have reminders which you can sync with your email calendars and can help you manage all you have to do in one place, your work, school, social etc. and the great thing about it is that it reminds you specifically when you tell it to so you do not have to worry about writing something down and then forgetting to do it because you forgot to look at the diary(it happens!) A great practise is to plan your day ahead,i.e every morning or last thing before you go to bed, whichever suits you better, you could sort out your activities for the day and remind yourself what you have booked to do.
For those who like the more traditional route, you can invest in a good diary that helps you jot down all the things you have to do and the great thing about this is that you can instantly know your schedule by looking at a particular date, just don’t lose the diary,otherwise its pointless!
3. Set your Goals
I think this may have come as one of the first points. It is important to know what your goals are in life, if you do not know where you are going, all roads will lead you there..The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach….Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.. I could go on but I’m sure you get the point, basically goals are dreams with deadlines (I just had to!).
Set your goals to know where you are going, jot the down somewhere, stick them on your wall planner if you have to and determine what you need to do to achieve those goals. When I went for the seminar we each had to name our goals for the next 5 years, which can be daunting in a room full of strangers but it helped make the goals more realistic in each of our minds.
4. Create a schedule and stick to it
 I think this is very self-explanatory. If you want to better manage your time, know what you have to do and when and strive to be there on time, and finish things on time as well, be it school work, assignments or work related activities. Never wait until the last minute to start working on something while cheating yourself that you work best while under pressure, this is a lie and it just means you are a procrastinator. I can bet you the work you hurriedly do at 2 a.m the morning before the deadline will not be half as good as work which was done in plenty of time before. You have time to check for silly mistakes and proof read your work.
These are just some of the few tips I can share presently on managing your time i hope it was of some help. If you are not sure how bad..or good you are at managing your time, maybe you can self evaluate yourself using this.

One day at a time

One day at a time, I’m going to get there

Doesn’t matter what it takes to get there,

But I am going to get there

One day, one day, I’ll get there

You look at me, wondering what I’m thinking

You say I’ll never make it, I’l never be good enough

So many like me have come to pass

But somewhere, deep within my being

I know I am going to get there.

Your words only give me strength, courage, determination and motivation,

That sooner than I think, I will get there.

Where you ask? I don’t know

Somewhere great, filled with happiness, serene and calm

Someday..no! today I am going to be there.

Internship at NTV

I was very excited and happy that once again I got the opportunity to intern at NTV, a local TV station in Kenya. This is an opportunity that many do not come by and I plan to excel and do my best everyday while here. After completion of my studies, I wish to be a reporter, a very good one at that, and gradually make it to news anchor, it may be a long shot but I believe in myself and know that I can make it. I am my own worst critic and will always know that there is room for improvement for anything that I do. I know what my weaknesses are in reporting and hopefully after three weeks at NTV I will be much better than I already am.

After an introduction to the office (again) I was paired up with a camera man and sent off to Parliament to cover the latest developments on the Tana River clashes. To provide you with a snapshot of how bad this situation is….

At parliament we had to talk the parliamentary select committee on national security who were expected to give a statement about the current situation in Tana. We filmed the press conference and later interviewed a member of parliament.

My thoughts: It is very sad what is currently happening in Kenya, I can not for the life of me imagine how a human being can mercilessly kill another fellow human being, his wife and children and totally wipe out the whole homestead. Something needs to be urgently done to control this situation because innocent children who have got no idea of what is going on lose their lives.

50 Shades of Grey, My Take

50 Shades of Grey, for those of you who do not know, is a novel which seems to be sweeping the world by storm. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has been on the bestsellers weeks for such a long time, and most of the readers of this novel are women. What started as a fan fiction of the Twilight series has grown more than the author E L James expected even outselling the Harry Potter series.

I somewhat enjoyed  reading this book, not much as I would have reading the thriller novels I enjoy but some parts were interesting. I was persuaded to read this book by a friend of mine who told me it was a romantic novel. Having finished the first book I can’t quite understand where the romance is in the book.

Ana is portrayed as a naive 21-year-old who is just about o graduate from College when she meets ‘the man of her dreams’ (or so she thinks) who is a rich good-looking-billionaire. She is immediately attracted to him and consumed by his looks that she is willing to do anything to get his love. The weird this about this ‘romantic’ story is that he tells her to sign a sort of contract which will govern the relationship. This list dictates EXACTLY how she is to live her life if she is to have a relationship with him from what she will wear to what she will eat and how many times she will eat. There is also a list of some hard limits which she must comply to such as she is never to look into his eyes or touch him. Firstly, reading all of that, I think in anyone’s right mind that would be their red flag to RUN! but no, Ana as the naive girl she is convinces herself that this is the best thing that would have happened to her and agrees to sign this document (Although at the end of the book she changes her mind) and that right there is my problem with the book, why would she lower her dignity so low that she would think it is somewhat okay for a man to flog her in the name of pleasure? She barely knows this man but yet she is convinced she is in love just because she is attracted to his good looks. I think, being in the 21st century, this book should have portrayed women in a much better light than what is shown in the book, Ana seems to just want pleasure from Christian and is willing to forget who she is, what she likes and what she does not, just to get his love in return. It seems the primary focus of this novel is the pleasure.

Do not get me wrong,  about a quarter of the book was interesting to read. Some people would argue that you can see how much Christian loves her in the book and how much he cares for once. Once when she lets him know that she has been crying because he did not spend the night with her, he comes to her side as soon as possible and confesses that it is the first time he has slept in the same bed with somebody.

Is this book worth a read? I think if you are bored you can certainly give this book a chance and see what is it about, it may surprise you, but for me I found it lacking a concrete story line and plot and had too much repetition of the same words and expressions. ‘I flushed, I looked down at my fingers…I climbed into my bed, I climbed into my shoes…My inner goddess is thrilled (Ana refers to her conscience as her inner goddess)..My inner goddess awakes from her sleep and is attentive now…Christian smells of body wash…He cocks his head to one side.’  You can almost predict the expressions that are going to be used in the next sentense. But I am going to cut E L James some slack since it is her first novel, I just think the story would have been better if it had a differnt plot, what do you guys think?

*I am now reading the second book from the trilogy, 50 Shades Darker and almost halfway through it.

50 Shades

International Coventry, Episode 2

I am so happy and proud to have been a part of the making of the second episode of International Coventry. I am really pleased with the end result, although there is a lot about production we all have had to learn, these only prove to make us better for the next time. Enjoy the video.