I'm going on an adventure!

Wanja Eleanor, 20 ,

An aspiring wanderlust, musician, artist and heroine.

"So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain ~

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    Ring or stud?
Help a sister out! 
Recently bought a nose ring and completely conflicted over wether I like it. I mean naturally my mother and grandmother aren’t the biggest fans of it, I mean check how thug/hippie life I look. But still, I rather like it for that exact reason.
Maybe this is an overstatement but honestly I feel like I embody an entirely different personality when I have it on. Anyway,
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    Ring or stud?

    Help a sister out! 

    Recently bought a nose ring and completely conflicted over wether I like it. I mean naturally my mother and grandmother aren’t the biggest fans of it, I mean check how thug/hippie life I look. But still, I rather like it for that exact reason.

    Maybe this is an overstatement but honestly I feel like I embody an entirely different personality when I have it on. 
    Anyway,

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      “What are men to rocks and mountains?” ― Jane Austen, 

      “What are men to rocks and mountains?” 
      ― Jane Austen

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        Time to find out where the story goes..

        Time to find out where the story goes..

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          Shades of delightCocoa hueRich as the nightAfro blue.So I have gone through a serious dry spell with art and haven’t actually done anything at all in about 5-6 months! Crazy. Anyway, I also havent done any digital painting in like over a year because it scared me as a medium and everything I did was completely hopeless, but tonight I figured it was the cleanest and least evasive thing I could do to get “back into art. Chose this pic as I absolutely love , and was super inspired by, Magiq Lens Kenya's shoot with Danniella Morgan(sorry if this is creepy Danniella ! :P) . It worked though, cause now I’m excited to get back into painting and sketching these holidays *confetti*.

          Shades of delight
          Cocoa hue
          Rich as the night
          Afro blue.

          So I have gone through a serious dry spell with art and haven’t actually done anything at all in about 5-6 months! Crazy. Anyway, I also havent done any digital painting in like over a year because it scared me as a medium and everything I did was completely hopeless, but tonight I figured it was the cleanest and least evasive thing I could do to get “back into art. Chose this pic as I absolutely love , and was super inspired by, Magiq Lens Kenya's shoot with Danniella Morgan(sorry if this is creepy Danniella ! :P) . It worked though, cause now I’m excited to get back into painting and sketching these holidays *confetti*.

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            Nakuru- Kenya

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              Nakuru- Kenya

              Nakuru- Kenya

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                Hello everyone!
Jolly sorry I disappeared for a while there, end of semester assignments and all that jazz. Anywho, I’m here now and back in time for wise words wednesday. 
During the week this quote kept coming to my mind. It’s probably my favourite quote of all time, and not even slightly coincidentally from my favourite movie/ fantasy world ever- Lord of the Rings. I know #nerdalert. But I have no shame in saying that I have found a lot of wisdom and comfort from LoTR. Lessons of endurance, of holding on to hope when everything looks as dark as it can, the importance of friendships and community in keeping things together, and so on and so forth.
This quote hits me because it’s hopeful without denying the darkness and the difficulties that are undeniably present in the world/ life. A lot of inspirational rubbish I’ve found to be so obnoxious because they are mostly empty metaphors that don’t actually serve to communicate anything real or new to your situation. 
Guess what everyone? Life is hard. You know what else? It always will be. There’s never going to be a day when you wake up and everything from then on will get easier, or simpler. I’m sorry but your heart WILL get broken, you WILL witness things and experience more sadness than you ever thought you could. Darkness, greed, lust for power, pride and hatred will always be around, around within US, and often it feels like the “dark places” will only spread. 
But I will always choose to believe that there is hope. Not blind, ignorant hope that everything will get better magically, but hope that no matter how many times I get hurt, or hurt others, that love is real and it can exist in a very real and beautiful way within me and my fellow  humans. Hope and love, as cheeeeeeesy as it sounds, when you sit down and think about what it means to believe in those two things despite what appears to be perpetually oncoming darkness, I think it is a profound comfort. 
Anyway, I’m being reflective right now. And I’m sure I’ll read this tomorrow and think it’s a load of drivel, but in this moment I feel a kind of warmth in my heart thinking about what there is to hold on to.
Everything’s not lost.

                Hello everyone!

                Jolly sorry I disappeared for a while there, end of semester assignments and all that jazz. Anywho, I’m here now and back in time for wise words wednesday. 

                During the week this quote kept coming to my mind. It’s probably my favourite quote of all time, and not even slightly coincidentally from my favourite movie/ fantasy world ever- Lord of the Rings. I know #nerdalert. But I have no shame in saying that I have found a lot of wisdom and comfort from LoTR. Lessons of endurance, of holding on to hope when everything looks as dark as it can, the importance of friendships and community in keeping things together, and so on and so forth.

                This quote hits me because it’s hopeful without denying the darkness and the difficulties that are undeniably present in the world/ life. A lot of inspirational rubbish I’ve found to be so obnoxious because they are mostly empty metaphors that don’t actually serve to communicate anything real or new to your situation. 

                Guess what everyone? Life is hard. You know what else? It always will be. There’s never going to be a day when you wake up and everything from then on will get easier, or simpler. I’m sorry but your heart WILL get broken, you WILL witness things and experience more sadness than you ever thought you could. Darkness, greed, lust for power, pride and hatred will always be around, around within US, and often it feels like the “dark places” will only spread.

                But I will always choose to believe that there is hope. Not blind, ignorant hope that everything will get better magically, but hope that no matter how many times I get hurt, or hurt others, that love is real and it can exist in a very real and beautiful way within me and my fellow  humans. Hope and love, as cheeeeeeesy as it sounds, when you sit down and think about what it means to believe in those two things despite what appears to be perpetually oncoming darkness, I think it is a profound comfort. 

                Anyway, I’m being reflective right now. And I’m sure I’ll read this tomorrow and think it’s a load of drivel, but in this moment I feel a kind of warmth in my heart thinking about what there is to hold on to.

                Everything’s not lost.

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                  Hide.

                  I woke up one morning and was thinking about appearance, make up and hair, getting dressed in the morning etc. I was thinking about why I care so much how I look or how I present myself in a peer environment. I’ve always known that I use my hair as a way of protecting and shielding myself. If my hair is done in a certain way, it can detract attention from things I don’t like, it can quite literally serve as a curtain between the world and I. This may seem a bit airy fairy to some of you, a bit arbitrary if you’ve never seen hair as anything besides a few dead molecules hanging from your head… but just stop for a moment and think- what do you hide behind?
                  Is it your sporting prowess, baggy jeans, an exterior of nonchalance and arrogant confidence? 


                  I actually think it’s okay to hide sometimes, it’s okay to have security blankets, it’s okay to be afraid of judgement, it’s human, but you can’t let it stop you from doing and being what you want and what other people need.  

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                    It would be a complete travesty for me to do my first “Song crush Sunday” without including the woman who has been my musical obsession  in the past month, the incomparable, vibrato from heaven and husk from the back of a 1940’s jazz club - Lianne La Havas. 
Every now and then in life you find a musician that you know will be with you forever. She has unquestionably become one of them. Her style is something I hope to emulate in future, and her amazing control and use of her huskiness is a distant dream I have for my own voiceMy song rec sunday for this week is Elusive by Lianne La Havas-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVS3crqBzSA
This song is pure perfection to me. Its gentle and sultry, with lyrics that I believe take a certain experience to understand. When I first got the album (which you all NEED btw) I actually never paid much attention to this song, but currently it’s one of my favourites.
It makes me sad in a way I barely understand, the lyrics are so poignant and cryptic without being inaccessible,
"He’s elusive and I’m awake,
 defiantly real there’s nothing fake,
 a mystery now to me and you,
 open my eyes and I’m next to you, 
he says “my destiny, lies in the hands that set me free.”

Give it a listen if you have the time, and hit up her album “Is Your Love Big Enough.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yiwhez0fwV8

                    It would be a complete travesty for me to do my first “Song crush Sunday” without including the woman who has been my musical obsession  in the past month, the incomparable, vibrato from heaven and husk from the back of a 1940’s jazz club - Lianne La Havas. 

                    Every now and then in life you find a musician that you know will be with you forever. She has unquestionably become one of them. Her style is something I hope to emulate in future, and her amazing control and use of her huskiness is a distant dream I have for my own voice

                    My song rec sunday for this week is Elusive by Lianne La Havas-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVS3crqBzSA

                    This song is pure perfection to me. Its gentle and sultry, with lyrics that I believe take a certain experience to understand. When I first got the album (which you all NEED btw) I actually never paid much attention to this song, but currently it’s one of my favourites.

                    It makes me sad in a way I barely understand, the lyrics are so poignant and cryptic without being inaccessible,

                    "He’s elusive and I’m awake,

                    defiantly real there’s nothing fake,

                    a mystery now to me and you,

                    open my eyes and I’m next to you, 

                    he says “my destiny, lies in the hands that set me free.”

                    Give it a listen if you have the time, and hit up her album “Is Your Love Big Enough.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yiwhez0fwV8

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