Taking Stock February 2024: The Best is Yet to Come?!

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Hello and Happy 2024 my friends! Long time no see/read, ay? Well, I genuinely thank you for making it here… How about we reconnect and reset with this Taking Stock February Post? Read on…

The Best is Yet to Come Here!

I love going into each New Year with the mindset that the ‘Best is yet to come’! This year though, I am thinking that we need to change it up a little bit. How about we focus on how good the present is? 

Bust first… As I write this, I am well-aware that we are all in different spaces and phases… and that is okay. Your current situation may not feel like the ‘best’… Perhaps it looks like grief or financial uncertainty. I hear you and I feel you. Your feelings are valid. 

I sincerely hope that, slowly but surely, the best will make its way to you. Keep the faith. The clouds will pass. And the sun will shine on you again my friend, you are not alone. Sending lots of hugs. 

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Perhaps you are on the other end of the coin… Your year has started out great and you feel as optimistic as it gets. Take a moment to relish that feeling. Yes, stop right there and right now… Allow yourself to take it in, enjoy where you are at. Give thanks. You deserve all the joy you feel. 🙂

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Why Change the Message to: The Best is here?

I will be very honest with you… For a long time, I lived with the crippling fear of things going wrong. So, I never really allowed myself to be present or to enjoy the good moments. Fearing disappointment, I constantly lived with the question: what if it all falls apart? 

It was easier to think- the best is yet to come, without really committing to anything. Hence, I mentally lived in the future, waiting for the best to come, while trying not to be too happy, just in case it was taken away.

And whenever things did fall apart, I told myself that it didn’t feel like such a ‘huge loss.’

Can you relate?

However, as it turned out… I was missing out on the beautiful little moments that add up to the ‘best.’

And no matter how much I feared or tried not to be ‘too happy’, that didn’t stop things from going wrong… Honestly, as I was Taking stock of my life, this realisation recently hit me like a tonne of bricks. 

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A Little Courage & Faith Will Get Us There…

I believe it’s time to change things around… And if you are like me, I invite you to take this leap too. 🙂

Since we’ve already tried living in fear and worrying about the future, and that only managed to steal our joy… Why not try a different approach this year?

What if we just allowed ourselves to find the good in each day/situation? And what if we allowed ourselves to find joy in those little, everyday moments? The best will inevitably come- yes, but here and now… this is good too.

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Take the time to consider what that looks like for you, even in your present circumstances… I hope you find the courage to be present in the moments that 2024 brings your way. 

May you have a wonderful New Year ahead, full of pleasant surprises!

PEACE AFFIRMATIONS:

I am fully engaged in the present moment. I release worry and embrace peace. Every day I bring more gratitude into my life.

Taking Stock January 2024! 

Buying: Comfortable walking and workout shoes. Is it time to release my chokehold on boots? Who knows? 😀

(P.S. If you have a sneakers’ plug, do share.)

Craving: The beach. You know the drill! 😀

Cooking: Better ugali these days! It is a work in progress.

Drinking: Lots of water!

Eating: Mangoes! ‘Tis the season!

Enjoying: The present moment.

Feeling: Grateful.

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Hoping: For many travel opportunities this year. 🙂

Learning: How to face my fears head-on, and release my need to control outcomes.

Listening: To a Gryffin and Alan Walker inspired playlist. Happiness lives here. 🙂

Looking: For villas in Nairobi, that can host about 25 people. Share plugs. 😉

Making: The decision to be more intentional.

Missing: The kiddos in my family. 🙂

Noticing:  Butterflies popping up more…                                          

Praying: And advocating for a country that feels safe for all women & where a woman’s right to life is non-negotiable.

Facts On Femicide:
  • What is Femicide? According to the United Nations, Femicide is defined as: as the intentional killing” of women and girls “with a gender-related motivation” that “may be driven by stereotyped gender roles, discrimination towards women and girls, unequal power relations between women and men, or harmful social norms.”
  • Did you know that in 2023, Femicide Count Kenya recorded at least 150 known killings, the highest number in 5 years?

  • Did you know also know that in just January 2024, a total of 20 women have been killed?

  • No woman is safe until we are all safe… Take the time to learn more about Femicide HERE.

  • And to join the call to action, follow these pages on Instagram: Usikimye and Amnesty Kenya. You can also check out these hashtags: #EndFemicideKE and #TotalShutdownKE to stay informed.
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Reading: Gandhi: Naked Ambitions, By Jad Adams. , or at least trying to. I might end up choosing a different book though… Any tips?

Thinking: About some of the lessons from 2023, and how to improve in 2024.

Wanting: To create a physical Vision Board vs. my Pinterest Vision Board…

Watching: Steven Furtick’s video titled: For Anyone Holding A Disappointment. It really resonates with today’s Taking Stock thoughts.

Wishing: For all our prayers and dreams for 2024 to materialise, or something better! Let’s keep hope alive.

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Working: On making each day count. 🙂

Quick Tip:

Check out this post: 3 Free Resources For Goal Setting!


Thank you for reading my friends. I hope you enjoyed reading our first Taking Stock post for 2024! I would love to hear from you… Leave a comment down below with your questions and inputs! I will be delighted to respond!

Until the next one…

Stay. Inspired. Always.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Irene
    February 4, 2024 at 6:37 pm

    Welcome back girl. Happy to read from you.

    Call me for the plug on sneakers!

  • Reply
    Wanjiku M
    February 1, 2024 at 8:30 pm

    Wow. This is so wholesome . First of all, thank you for using your platform to spread awareness on femicide ❤️‍.
    2nd, sending you hugs as you navigate embracing the current and I pray you continue to see the beauty and abundance in life.

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    Shiko
    February 1, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    Dear Marion,
    I have loved every bit of it!!!
    The best IS HERE. Taking this with me. What a good way to start my month. Thank you.

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