HOW TO BOUNCE BACK LIKE A BOSS

This year, like every year…I sat down and wrote down my resolutions. Yes…I did. I called myself for a meeting, we sat down me, myself and I. In this meeting, a few things came up:

  1. Despite writing down my resolutions every year, I usually accomplish about 40% of them, so something has to give this year.
  2. We are past saying ‘I’m young and I still have time’.  Not even the next minute is promised to me. So grab every opportunity to grow.

So I decided, sorry WE decided, that we’d be doing our resolutions quarterly. * insert cheers here*  I know, WE are pretty excited about it, however the pressure to deliver in 4 months is real.  Between working with my team and working on my vision of Cynthia Mwangi, there is really no time to waste.

But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48

(David Muriithi, thank you for this reminder)

That being said, A couple of months back I had the pleasure of moderating a panel during  ASENTI 2016 at USIU. And it was important for me to find out as much as I could about the panelists. One of them was Chris Mureithi, who had been featured on Engage Talk –  The bi-monthly Engage platform focuses on the power of engagement to foster learning and transform minds and lives.  I watched a few more but I loved Beatrice Imathiu’s story.  She took me on a journey of her life. Her highs, her lows, her really highs and really lows. It cant get more real than this.  We Fall. We Rise. We Soar. She had it all but she dared to want more.

A few things I’ve learnt about bouncing back like a boss :

  1. Have a strong support system. (She was kicked out, out of love you know) It will get you through tough times. We are not islands.
  2. Celebrate little wins, appreciate the good things in life. Be grateful for what you have constantly, you’ll notice not everything is going wrong.
  3. Look for growth opportunities constancy. You don’t want to be caught in a failure rant. Keep yourself going, no matter what happens.
  4. Failure does not  reflect who you are.
  5. Trust the process.

Happy watching!

and being the Kenyan I am, Happy new year!

 

 

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CINDERELLA,THE LIZARD AND MY AHA MOMENT

As 2016 year started, I found myself watching a re-run of Cinderella , (yes yes I’m one of those) oh how familiar this story is. And every fairytale from here to King George’s kingdom . The beautiful girl is married by the prince and the evil step sisters bite the dust. YES? Of course… And for a long time, I thought most of the fairly tales were about that…love. As a little girl I hoped my prince charming would come in and swoop me off my feet too and we’d live happily ever after in a big castle ( I know allow a girl her moments)

As I watched it, little things started catching my attention. Like this simple conversation :

cinderella

Cinderella: I’m frightened, Mr. Lizard.
Lizard Footman: Oh.
Cinderella: I’m only a girl, not a princess.
Lizard Footman: And I’m only a lizard, not a footman. Enjoy it while it lasts.
[Ella smiles then with a breath of courage starts making her way inside the palace]

   Then it all came together. It was always about being courageous, believing and taking risks. The answer the footman gave was what we may refer to as the pep talk before a big match; Before taking the first step into your happily ever after. Scared as you may be, courage is necessary.                     Have courage,

 I watched as Cinderella’s step-mother squashed every chance she might have had to meet the prince. However, when the time came, nothing could stand in her way. Her step-sisters laughed and mocked her but she still hoped. Something she never lost. she was determined, she held on to her dream, her spirit wasn’t crushed. You should have seen me scribbling down these words right after the movie. My light bulb moment gave me something I think was slowly dying; Hope. I was awakened, in that moment, I saw hope.

In 2016 May you be reminded like I was, to be hopeful, courageous, believe and taking risks. When an opportunity presents itself, no matter how insane it looks or feels, no matter how small, take it and Enjoy yourself.

Happy-New-Year-2016

Now I can wish you a Blessed New Year 2016!!

I look forward to hearing about the chances you took. yes? Brilliant!

I’ll leave you with these words : Have courage,  be kind and all will be well

 

Cheers,

Cynthia Ythera Mwangi