Passion

passion
What is your take on passion?

As many of you are already aware, I am a strong believer in the power of passion. I am convinced that to be highly productive and find fulfillment, passion needs to be at the core. In cultivating our passion we remain inspired and motivated. As a result we could achieve great results.
Next Monday we will be returning to the Mentor of the Month interview. This week we are taking a slight detour to explore other as fun topics.
I took the liberty to browse around the internet in search of a few great quotes on passion. While my focus is mostly career-oriented, being passionate ought to be incorporated into our entire lives. Continue reading “Passion”

Love Who you Are, Love What you Do: A (Bleak) Preface to the Concept of a Career

** As a preface to this article, I’d just like to thank Valerie for the opportunity to join the Memoirs of a Kenyan team, granting an avenue for my voice to thrive and show itself to a beautiful audience. A thousand personal thank you’s and handshakes.

"C's get degrees"? Well, what if you have a degree in subject X, with a transcript that reads CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC?
“C’s get degrees”? Well, what if you have a degree in subject X, with a transcript that reads CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC?

From the age of seventeen, I was confronted with the task of mapping out my life’s plan in the form of a university degree, where I would parlay those four years, and the eventual plaque that would hang wherever I’ll go, into a job opportunity that will last me through till retirement. I’m not the only one. Anyone with the opportunity to go to university is faced with this task, and those that do not must make it work whichever way they can with a high school diploma, or a lack there of. Continue reading “Love Who you Are, Love What you Do: A (Bleak) Preface to the Concept of a Career”

Part D: Marianne Curtis: Mentor of the month of May

A newspaper journalist in Manitoba, Canada. Nearly 20 years of media, publishing and freelance writing experience.   1st book,  a personal memoir Finding Gloria hit #1 on the best sellers list on Amazon in Canada, USA and the UK several times.  2013 - Received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying, and sexual assault.  Other titles: Moondust and Madness: a collection of poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, and Brian's Last Ride. November 2014 - Curtis will be releasing Rae of Hope: Stories of Survival, a collection of stories written by bullying survivors from around the world.  
A newspaper journalist in Manitoba, Canada. Nearly 20 years of media, publishing and freelance writing experience.  
1st book,  a personal memoir Finding Gloria hit #1 on the best sellers list on Amazon in Canada, USA and the UK several times. 
2013 – Received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying, and sexual assault. 
Other titles: Moondust and Madness: a collection of poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, and Brian’s Last Ride.
November 2014 – Curtis will be releasing Rae of Hope: Stories of Survival, a collection of stories written by bullying survivors from around the world.

Marianne Curtis has been incredibly kind to let us into her journey as a writer, sharing her experiences and her plans for the future. In today’s issue, she leaves us with a few tips on writing successfully.
What pieces of advice would you like to share with our readership should they venture into writing as their profession of choice?helpful tips
“Write because you love it; or have a story burning in your soul. I run into people every day who say “I’ve been told I should write a book” – Don’t just talk about it – DO IT!  Everyone has a story to tell and nearly every story is worth telling – I say nearly because I hear a lot of “news” but not everything is “news worthy”. Don’t just start writing a book, actually finish it. Continue reading “Part D: Marianne Curtis: Mentor of the month of May”

Marianne Curtis: Mentor of the Month of May

Marianne Curtis PicI came into contact with Marianne Curtis by mere chance a few months ago. When I first sent her an e-mail introducing myself and explaining my reasons for writing to her, I hardly expected a reply. I picked up my cell phone as soon as I woke up the following morning to check my e-mails and social media as is my ritual. I was quite surprised to read the name staring back at me. I quickly tapped the New Message icon and instantly began reading with excitement. Not only had she responded and so promptly, but she also agreed to be featured as the mentor of the month! I was thrilled and immediately set out to write the interview questions. Continue reading “Marianne Curtis: Mentor of the Month of May”

Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist

Shayani Ann Turko is an emerging writer and visual artist, currently completing a four year degree in Communications at the University of Winnipeg. She is also the Facilitator and current team leader of the Awakening A Bold Love (page available on Facebook), which is a grassroots group of creatives, who desire to lead the way in ushering in a new paradigm for faith, community, missions and life. Apart from organizing and directing multi-dimensional, multi-artist, art shows for the Awakening, she is also the editor of “I am dark but lovely”, which is the digital magazine of the Awakening, as well as its main web page.

Sometimes it is through our darkest experiences that we discover our deepest passion. At times, when we have struggled, suffered and perhaps even failed a few times, is when it gets crystal clear. What we desire out of life, the ambitions we want to fulfill and the life journey we would like to embark on, suddenly glares right into our faces.
This is true for Shayani Turko who at a very trying time in her life, discovered her love for abstract art. As a staunch christian, Shayani boldly states that God is the center of her creations. Shayani explains that she used art and poetry to express her pain through which she gradually experienced deep healing.  In her exact words Shayani says that through abstract art, ” suddenly, I found my voice!”
For the month of April, Shayani will be sharing with us her narrative as an abstract artist from an angle like no other; a perfect combination of faith, passion and genuine love for others.
In today’s issue the artist shares her challenges expressing that by having patience, focusing on a specific goal, resisting discouragement & realizing that she does not have to prove herself to anyone, she has been able to overcome many difficulties in her field. Continue reading “Mentor of the Month [April]: Interviewing The Abstract Artist”

Why are we like using the word ‘like’ like all the time or whatever?

Whatever happened to simply thinking quietly or developing a thought completely before attempting to speak? Or sticking to the conventional non-word fillers such as “um”?goodgriefI won’t deny it. I too struggle to keep certain words that add no meaning whatsoever out of my speech. “Like” is one good example. Occasionally, and against my better judgement, this word crops up in my vocabulary. I make a conscious attempt to avoid using it and a few other words that I could still communicate greatly without.
There are several words that tend to be used an awful lot when we barely need them in the first place to communicate. Continue reading “Why are we like using the word ‘like’ like all the time or whatever?”