Taking Stock + The Best Time to Rebuild & Finish 2022 Well!

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Taking Stock

Hello my friends! 😀 How is September coming along for you? In today’s Taking Stock post, we are taking time to look into what we need to rebuild and finish our 2022 well… Are you game? 

But first, can we take a moment to appreciate and give thanks? On our last Taking Stock post, we committed to choosing ourselves, and to choosing peace, during what promised to be a tough election period.

Looking back, I am grateful to God for allowing us to get through the elections peacefully. 

Moreover, I feel thankful for us as Kenyans. We’ve come a long way! Kudos to us for how well we handled the 2022 elections.

Going forward, I hope we can commit to treating each other with respect, regardless of anyone’s political affiliations. When the country thrives in peace, we all thrive. 

A Time to Rebuild…

With the year quickly coming to a close, soon enough it will be December… And then we’ll be taking stock of our 2022 goals. How do you feel about the year coming to an end? 

I titled this portion ‘a time to rebuild’ because I think it’s an ideal time to take stock of where you are now, vs. where you need to go. 

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Let me be really honest here… Even as I write this part of the post, I can admit: I don’t have all the answers. That is the nature of the human condition though, isn’t it? We are all figuring this thing called life as we go. And that is okay. 

However, may I suggest these three things…

Write down your anxious thoughts

Take time to write down all the things that are making you anxious about life… Write down the details of why each item makes you anxious.

In so doing, you might find that the situations probably feel ‘bigger in your mind’ than they are, in reality.

This allows you to take on the role of the observer in your own life, hence taking back some of the power. The exercise can also enable you to identify what is truly important to you.

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On my part, I take it 1 step further by writing them down in prayer form. It’s sort of like spilling my guts about my anxious thoughts to God. Whenever I do this, I leave that space feeling less anxious and more grounded. 

Find what works best for you, and make a regular habit of it. When you return to your notes later on, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve overcome. 

Start Small: Create an action plan. 

Once you figure out what is important to you for the rest of this year, break it down into actionable items. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed because life all feels like this big insurmountable mountain we can’t tackle. 

By breaking it down into bite-sized action steps, your mind is better able to process what is required to win. You may even find some solutions within, and perhaps figure out what help you need from others. 

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Focus on what you want 

I love this quote by Tony Robbins: Where Your Attention Goes, Energy Flows.

Being human, the temptation is to focus on everything that is not working out. Unfortunately, that makes us feel even more stuck. 

How about trying something different? Focus instead, on the things you do want to accomplish. Focus on what you can do, vs. what is out of your control. 

Furthermore, make a habit of tracking your wins, no matter how small. Lisa Nichols calls this: stacking up your micro-wins. Eventually the small wins, will add up to the bigger wins.

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Taking Stock September 

Buying: Sweaters and trench coats? Because what is this winter?  

Craving: A beach getaway, with many chances to watch sunsets over the ocean. 🙂

Cooking: Up ideas for our future Taking Stock posts… If there’s a topic(s) of interest to you, feel free to leave a comment below. 🙂

Drinking: Tea, and then some more tea! 😀

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Eating: My Mum’s chapatis. Happiness lives here. 🙂

Enjoying: Refer to the above. Mum’s chapos are the best. 😀

Feeling: Thankful for peace in this country.

Hoping: For sunnier days… in every sense of the word!

Learning: A new language. Okay, I haven’t quite started, but I think that part of my brain needs activation… Anyone up for the challenge?

Listening: To Tim Keller’s Podcast: Gospel in Life. I like the way he brings biblical principles to life, in an uncomplicated yet relatable way.

Quick Tip:

P.S. Check out this post on Top 7 Podcasts To Ease Boredom

Looking: Forward to the colours of fall… especially the jacaranda trees. 🙂

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Making: A list of people that we can feature on the Traveler’s Chair… Is there someone whose story you’d love to read about? Leave their name in the comments’ section below.

Missing: Swimming. If you have a hotel property with a pool, I am already interested! Send me a message. 🙂

Noticing: That a little bit of yoga daily, goes a long way… Whatever the workout you choose, the trick is in getting yourself to start. 🙂

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Praying: For these next four months of 2022 to be full of brilliance. 

Reading: Biko Zulu’s blogs. I had missed reading his content.  

Thinking: About the story I want to write for the rest of 2022… God willing. 

I read this somewhere in the morning, and it resonated, I hope it does for you too…

“Surrender to the present moment. You don’t have to quiet your mind to change your story—just listen, acknowledge what’s happening and then let go of the old story. If you own the story, you can write an ending that feels right for you.”

Wanting: A drone. It will happen. 🙂

Watching: Person of Interest, the series, again.

Wishing: For a better economy and presidency term for Kenya.

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Working: On saving up for a drone. 🙂


Thank you for reading our September’s Taking Stock post. 😀 I hope you’ve enjoyed it and feel inspired to finish 2022 well. What will you do to make yours a good ending? I’d love to hear from you!

Leave your comments, questions and/or inputs down below!

Until the next one…

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Christine Munene
    September 17, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I absolutely love the taking stock blog posts.. always gives me a chance to pause 🙂
    Thanks for creating a space that we can do this ever so often through your platform (insert raised hands emoji here).

    I have found that daily/consistency in pursuing our goals/dreams, no matter how small the step is.. contributes immensely towards actually achieving them.
    In pausing/taking stock, it gives one a chance to regroup and see where adjustments can be made (if at all needed) or how to keep building on what has been done to keep getting better, one day at a time.

    Taking stock… 🙂

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 22, 2022 at 10:26 am

      I am glad you enjoy our Taking Stock posts, will keep them coming! Yes- cheers to building consistently! Thank you for reading Miss Christine! 😀

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    Ken Allan
    September 13, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    The political environment this time has been shockingly good. Just like you, I am here thanking God for giving Kenyans victory in this way, and Kenyan themselves for holding it together through it all.

    Thank you for the tips on how to finish the year strong and better. The breakdown helps.

    About fall, you are in the wrong continent to experience the most epic views.

    Good read though. Worth the time.
    Thank you Marion.

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 15, 2022 at 11:31 am

      Thank you for reading Ken Allan, and taking the time to comment. Glad you found it helpful! And yes, we do have reasons to give thanks! Haha, I can’t wait to experience fall in all its fullness! We get but a taste of it here… All the best as you finish the year strong, God willing! Cheers! 🙂

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    Eric
    September 9, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Once you figure out what is important to you for the rest of this year, break it down into actionable items.
    ~~ lesson to learn~~
    Thanks Marion!

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    Shix
    September 9, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Also grateful for a peaceful Kenya while also wondering what we did to deserve 1,000 months of winter. No balance

    Awesome read

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 15, 2022 at 11:31 am

      Hahaha a 1,000 months of winter sounds about right! Lol. Thank you for reading Shix! Stay warm 😀

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