Karibu 2021

Let’s try this again, shall we? I’m baaaaaaaaaack!!! Or, to borrow from Emimen: Guess who’s backBack againShady’s backTell a friendGuess who’s back, guess who’s backGuess who’s back, guess who’s backGuess who’s back, guess who’s backGuess who’s back It is only the first day of March but whew chilllleee I feel like I have already lived […]

Karibu 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day

Lwile the Leo

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on September 10th every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds someone takes their own life. That’s about 800,000 people worldwide every year — although some estimates put that number closer to 1 million.

Last year on this day I put up a post with text lifted directly (with permission obvs!) from the Befrienders Kenya website that you can check out here in case you missed it. Befrienders are a charitable organization focusing onsuicide prevention by offeringemotional supporttothosewhomay be in distress and therefore in danger of dying bysuicide as wellas creatingawareness onsuicide within communities. It is so far, the only organization in Kenya with a specific focus on suicide prevention.

It is widely known that certain behaviours…

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7 Tips on Shopping Sustainably in this COVID-19 Era

Wandia Kimani

Covid-19 has really shifted the way in which we think and go about consuming goods in the market. More consciousness has arisen due to the fact that a lot of consumers visit shops for essentials with another lot shifting to e-commerce. Consumers are noticeably more cautious with the majority avoiding rush hour. If this trend leads to a slight paradigm shift then we have hope for a more conscious consumer base in the future. So what is conscious consumption or sustainable shopping?

The NY Times explains conscious consumption as an umbrella term that simply means engaging in the economy with more awareness of how your consumption impacts society at large. Shopping sustainably, with the intent to preserve the environment, is one way to consume more consciously. Here are a few of my favourite tips to shopping wisely and more responsibly:

  1. Plan your shopping beforehand.

It’s always recommended to have a…

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JS Kicking Cancer’s Ass Theme 1 of 13: The Paralysis

Lwile the Leo

Catch-22

Would you rather?

a) have stage four breast cancer that will kill you in five years? It has metastasised to your spine but you keep your ability to walk

or

b) be cancer free but become paralysed from the waist down. And as a result of a botched cancer treatment you will live with debilitating pain for five years

A catch-22 is defined as a paradoxical situation in which there is no good solution possible because of the way in which the factors of the solution relate to each other. The term was coined by Joseph Heller, who used it in his 1961 novel Catch-22.

Choosing between having stage four breast cancer that has metastasised to your spine but keeping the ability to walk or being cancer free but paralysed from the waist down is a catch-22 if ever I heard one.

When my mum was diagnosed with…

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Three Out Of Fucking Five

Lwile the Leo

My friends they wanna take me to the movies
I tell ’em to fuck off I’m holding hands with my depression
And right when I think I’ve overcome it
Anxiety starts kicking in to teach that shit a lesson
Oh I try my best just to be social
I make all these plans with friends and hope they call and cancel
Then I overthink about the things I’m missing
Now I’m wishing I was with ’em

Feel like I’m always apologizing for feeling
Like I’m out of my mind when I’m doing just fine
And my exes all say that I’m hard to deal with
And I admit it, it’s true

The second “paragraph” of those lyrics, from the song Anxiety by Julia Michaels ft. Selena Gomez, was initially posted in my L Is For Lyrics post last year in July. I resonated deeply with the song then, and…

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A Broken Heart Is Not A Broken Glass

Lwile the Leo

I got my start in advertising at an agency that has a legendary bar. Barney Stinson approved legendary. Friday nights were so lit, whether we were drinking by ourselves or having a supplier sponsored party. I particularly loved the 300 ml wine glasses that would take me from sober to tipsy AF real quick. The bartender kept it 300 filling the glass to the brim. Countless hangovers were owed to those glasses. Initially we had a dozen glasses and unsurprisingly not all of them survived the raucous nights.

During my last week at the agency, on wine Wednesday to be specific, I carried the last of the glasses to my mum’s place. I used to wash it myself and keep it in my room as I did not want to chance the house-help breaking it. It had a lot of fun albeit hazy memories and I was exceedingly attached to…

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It Ends With Us

Lwile the Leo

The title of this post is stolen borrowed from the title of one of my favourite novels (by Colleen Hoover for anyone who is curious).

I wish I could explain exactly why the title of the book inspired the title of the post, but I cannot do so without giving away a massive spoiler. There are a few bibliophiles who read the blog and if they are yet to read the book I do not want to spoil it for them because I ain’t about that spoiler life.

I have said here, here, and here that I grew up in a very violent household. While I am aware that my story is not unique in the sense that there are way too many people the world over who also grew up in violent houses, how the violence of my childhood affected me is unique. The only people who…

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