Taking Stock July: I Choose Peace, I Choose Me.

Taking Stock

Hello there! 😀 It’s time for another Taking Stock post… And if there’s a mantra I believe we should take up now onwards, it’s: I Choose Peace, I Choose Me… Keep reading, and I’ll tell you why!

Can I be honest? Until this morning, I had no idea what to write in our Taking Stock Post… It has been a while since we did one, and I’ve been wanting to do it… However, I have been coming up blank lately.

My Scrapbook Journeys’ OG readers know that our Taking Stock posts are a time to pause, breath and reflect in a fun way… If you are new here, feel welcome and settle in. 🙂

Sometimes when I feel stuck on what to write, I let the post ideas simmer for a while… Today though, I woke up with something I couldn’t afford to ignore.

And that’s to do with the upcoming General Elections in Kenya. Don’t panic though, this is not about to become a political blog post. Not even one bit! 🙂

Stay with me awhile…

Take Up The Slogan: I Choose Peace, I Choose Me

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I generally abhor politics. I do however care deeply about our country, and I care about our welfare as a people.

Moreover, traveling around Kenya has given me a great appreciation for the diversity of our cultures & our country’s offerings …

Healthy Travel 2020
Photo Credit: Patrick Muntzinger
visit laikipia
Photo Credit: Mwangi Kirubi

A lot has been said with regard to the election, so I won’t attempt to speak on the matter. However, I believe it is what comes after the elections, that truly really matters… It is the choices we make, and how we let ourselves get influenced.

You probably watched the recent Deputy Presidential Debate that was aired on most local TV stations in the country. If you did, then you might recall the question posed to the hopeful candidates on their net worth…

With their ‘hundreds of million Kenya shillings’ responses, one thing became abundantly clear to me: they can afford and have the means to survive, should this country fall apart…

We as Kenyans, on the other hand, cannot.


Let’s for a moment consider this… Do you have hundreds of millions in the bank the resources to cushion you, if we choose to turn on one another?

And with our current economy, can our country survive another bout of post-election violence? Is that a price we are willing to pay…?

My neighbour, your neighbour, regardless of their tribe or cultural background, is NOT the enemy. The enemy is poverty, the enemy is violence, the enemy is having to build our lives back up from scratch again.

We have much to lose, and much more to protect.


So, in all honesty, no matter who wins: I choose Peace, and I choose Me. As opposed to getting incited to violence and hate, let’s choose to uphold peace. Choose an outcome that ensures your life moves forward, not backwards.

And if I can inspire you, even just one person, to choose yourself and to choose peace, then this Taking Stock post was worth it. 🙂

Quick Tip:

Check out this blog post: 21 Stunning Photos of Kenya That Will Make You Want To Visit and Stand Up For Peace.


Taking Stock July: Cheers to keeping it light!

It wouldn’t be a proper Taking Stock post if we didn’t find ways to let off steam and have some light fun, right? Let’s get into it! 😀

Buying: More like, shopping around for a travel fanny pack. Any leads will be appreciated! 😉

Craving: My Mum’s chapatis. They are just perfect for making a rollex at home! 😀

Cooking: Up blog and travel ideas for the month of August! Send requests!

Drinking: Lots and lots of black tea to keep warm.

Taking Stock
Source: Gabrielle Henderson, Unsplash

Eating: Homemade rollex for breakfast, without the tomatoes and the onions. Shoutout to my Ugandan readers! Lol. 😀

Enjoying: My birthday month. 🙂

Feeling: Young and grateful.

Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Hoping: For Lewis Hamilton to win the French GP this weekend. It’s been awesome to see him back on the podium. Fingers crossed, that we take France! 😀

Quick Tip:

Also, my friend Muthoni who runs Thinkk Travels has this cool package for the November F1 Grand finale in Abu Dhabi.

Fun group trip with your friends, maybe? Check it out below! 😉

Taking Stock

Learning: This new way of making ugali that my Mum showed me recently… Wish me luck! 😀

Listening: To positive affirmations before bed. It really changes how you wake up feeling the next day. Try it! 🙂

Looking: Forward to September, God willing.

Making: Intentional decisions to be thankful and recognise the blessings in my life.

Missing: Random road-trips with no particular destination.


Noticing: How interesting our world is… While we are freezing in Kenya, some parts of the world are experiencing a heatwave! Whew!

Praying: For a peaceful election period in Kenya.

Taking Stock
Source: Dee Copper-and-wild, Unsplash

Reading: Just finished reading an awesome devotional on the YouVersion Bible App: Success From The Inside Out by Nona Jones.

Thinking: About re-reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the 3rd time! It’s quite a sobering book, and worth the read.

Wanting: To skip to the good part for all of us, as Kenyans. 🙂

Watching: I can’t wait to start on ‘Country Queen‘ the most recent Kenyan release on Netflix. I’ve heard great reviews so far. Have you watched it?

Wishing: For a trip that involves the beach and beautiful sunsets. 🙂

The Majlis Resort

Working: On cultivating happiness * success, from the inside out. 🙂

Thank you for reading my friends! 😀 I hope you enjoyed our Taking Stock Post and that you are inspired to choose yourself, and to choose peace.

Until the next one…

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  • Reply
    Stom Wabuko
    November 11, 2022 at 11:30 am

    It’s great to finally come back with a comment and just be thankful for going through the elections peacefully. Most of us actually chose peace and self in a good way.

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    Christine Munene
    August 8, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Love it!
    Choices do matter recognizing that we have choice between peace and violence is so powerful.
    I choose Peace.

    Taking stock

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 15, 2022 at 11:34 am

      I am so grateful that we chose peace as a nation. It’s such a welcome change! We thank God, as we celebrate the fact that no matter how small, we are making progress. Thank you for reading! 🙂

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    Chef Claude
    July 25, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Dear Marion
    Sincerely I am really touched by your genuine deep understanding Life
    As you have so eloquently said Peace is at the core of our lives in our society because without it nothing can’t be accomplished
    When you say you choose Peace
    It also shows how much you care about your People and your Nation
    As you know Peace goes hand ind hand with Love ❤

    Thank you for Being and may the Almighty hears you and bless and grants Kenya a Peaceful Election Transition.

    Stay abundantly Blessed

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 15, 2022 at 11:36 am

      Oh wow. Thank you Claude for taking the time to respond. I appreciate your kind sentiments. Indeed we only have one motherland, and we must choose to protect it, the best we can. And I am sooo grateful that Kenyans chose peace and we got through this election peacefully. Stay blessed too, my friend!

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    July 21, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Our very own ambassador of peace.

    Awesome read as usual and take a picture of the ugali pls

    #Ichoosepeace I choose me

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 15, 2022 at 11:38 am

      Thank you for reading Mercy, and for your kind sentiments! I appreciate it! Haha the ugly never made it in pictures, we have a long way to go on that one. Lol 😀

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