You see it everywhere in big cities. Crowds on the sidewalk flowing silently to different directions. Some rushing while their gazes flicker right and left as if looking for a lost relative, others eyes glued to their phones as they walk, some with coffee cups clasped on their hands as if a scepter, others with headphones on lost in their own worlds. On the move. The city life has that constant sense of urgency that can be quite demanding. I totally understand why people burn out and need a getaway from the city.
Over ten years ago, in my home city of Nairobi right after graduating from highschool, my friends and I would always meet up in the city. We would talk for hours, eat, talk again, go for shopping, and walk about aimlessly. We always told ourselves to enjoy the moments before life took over and boy we did! I miss those days. Days where 24hours in a day stretched out like a rubber band. Days when we laughed until our stomachs hurt. Days when we would talk about anything, even salt and pepper on the table was not off limits. Days when no one gave a fig about the extra pounds the masala fries and fried chicken would do to our bodies. We were young, vibrant, vivacious and the world was ours.
Back to the present day, the 24hrs fly by within a blink of an eye. Nowadays, I have to schedule meetings, photoshoots, gymtime, phone calls with loved ones, catch up time with friends weeks in advance. My planner is a constant companion. I am one of those people who forget everything if I don't jot it down. Life has taken over and the post high school idyllic days are memories I nostalgically hold on to, like black and white pictures of a gone era. This year started off with me starting two internships and it's been a nonstop whirlwind of activities, coffee cup in tow. I never used to drink coffee. Sigh* Sleep is an afterthought and the only thing that gets me through is prayers and the gym. The gym is my sanctuary, I just go in there and sweat it all out. Anytime I start thinking I am doing too much I have to remind myself that God won't give me anything that I can't handle. I saw a nice pin on pinterest that said, " You have been assigned this mountain to show others that it can be moved."
How beautiful is that!!! I am learning so much and I eternally grateful to God for these opportunities. A lot is happening in my life right now but I promise I will keep posting and creating. If you have a lot going on in your life right now be it work,school, family.... please know that these experience are there to show you something, make you learn something. At times it may not be easy but it's through fortitude and perseverance you will be enable you to push through. It takes time and pressure to create diamonds.
Remember to take care of yourself. Show yourself love by doing the things you love for 30 min to an hour. For me a little reading, gym session or a hot yoga class does wonders. Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
These pictures were taken after stopping by showrooms to view 2017 Pre-Fall Presentations from Marissa Webb and FURLA. I'm rocking flatforms which have become my go to faves. Notice how easy it is to jump on a black on black outfits. I accessorized with color(bucket bag &scarf) and texture (faux fur jacket) to bring this look to life. Fashion week is right around the corner and the madness is about to begin.
Dress: Jacket: Faux Fur coat: Scarf - HM
Shoes, Hat & Purse: Zara