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  • Mon, 19th Feb 2018
    For some strange reason this past week has had events that led me down memory lane more than I have been in the recent years. Some memories were good while some were not so good. But there was one particular memory that got me so pensive to the point of almost getting me emotional (read crying).  Let me shed some light for you to understand what I mean. This last week I was engaged in a training... [Read More]
  • Sun, 11th Feb 2018
    Anyone (especially females) who rock short hair can tell you how traumatic it can be when one goes to the barber to get a hair cut only for the barber to cut the hair wrong. In most cases, to camouflage the bad hair cut, one goes looking for a headscarf, a bandana, a cap, a hat or whatever headgear they can place their hands on in order to hide the shame. Sometimes some people look like a badly... [Read More]
  • Sun, 4th Feb 2018
    I had an opportunity to spend part of last week with Mum and as we were doing certain activities together, I realized how different things are now, and how much of our lives have been reversed so that what she used to do for me I am now doing for her.  It was a sad realization but one that I cannot ignore and so this just acted as a catalyst to strengthening my resolve to do as much as I can for... [Read More]
  • Sun, 28th Jan 2018
    Let’s talk about aggressiveness in life. But first, a little background. Last week I vented my frustrations right here after I tried looking for some information regarding a MacBook Pro on behalf of a friend. I called a certain certified Apple Dealer here in Dar Es Salaam but got some really pathetic customer service if I may call it that. I was so disappointed that I wrote about it here. Then... [Read More]
  • Sun, 21st Jan 2018
    I am really tempted to write about the recent verbal “attack” on Africa by a certain leader but I won’t. I’ll just keep my thoughts to myself for now but I cannot resist saying this one thing: without a sh*thole, every one of us would be lying on a hospital bed having waste from our bodies being removed through various pipes connected to our bodies – and paying very heavily for that service.  A... [Read More]
  • Sun, 14th Jan 2018
    PREP Time. Anyone who ever went to school, especially those schools with some high level of discipline must recall the famous PREP-time. It was a time when everyone would be quietly sitting at their desk in class reading for the next day’s exams, or finishing some homework before going home or back to the dorms, or just reading ahead of the teacher (for those we used to call “chopists” i.e. ... [Read More]
  • Sun, 31st Dec 2017
    Today is the last day of 2017. If you can read this it means you have seen the last day of the year and that in itself is something to be grateful to God for. Not everyone you started the year with has made it this far and if you see no other reason to be thankful today, be thankful for making it this far. At midnight today, the transition from 2017 to 2018 will happen.  People will mark this... [Read More]
  • Sun, 24th Dec 2017
    Merry Christmas to you and everyone around you! I hope you are enjoying the festive season spending time with family and friends, and getting some time to catch up on some lost sleep. I don’t know about you but this holiday has come at a very timely moment. I’m tired and just needed some time to rest and recover from the challenges of 2017. Speaking of challenges, I had challenged myself to... [Read More]
  • Sun, 17th Dec 2017
    Anyone encountered the traffic cops in Dar lately? Let me put it this way; assume your car is an essay, and you need to get the highest marks possible from your teacher. What would you have to do to make sure you do? For starters, you’d have to make sure your essay is within the topic given to you by your teacher, then make sure you adhere to all the other requirements given, and of course make... [Read More]
  • Sun, 10th Dec 2017
    There’s nothing as bad as getting lost on the way to some place you’ve never been to before, yet the GPS on your system tells you that you’ve reached your destination, but when you look around there is no way your destination can be anywhere near where you are. Why? Because the entire place is just bush and shrubs, yet you are sure you were not going to a camping site but someone’s residence,... [Read More]
  • Sun, 3rd Dec 2017
    Happy new month, the twelfth and last month of the year. Today I’d like to start by sharing a trivia question. As you read the transcript below which I got from the Goal Cast YouTube channel, see whether you can try and guess who the story is describing before you actually get to see his name. Here goes... “My father was a spy and my mother smuggled drugs. They abandoned me when I was six. I was... [Read More]
  • Sun, 26th Nov 2017
    It’s hard to imagine that 1st November was just the other day and now today is 26th of November, 2017. What happened to this month? Feels like I fell asleep and woke up to find three weeks of the month gone. Anyone else feel the same? Well, I guess that’s what happens when one is having (too much) fun. It’s been a fun month, a transforming month, a liberating month and a very productive month... [Read More]
  • Sun, 19th Nov 2017
    Last week I introduced the issue of self-esteem and self-confidence right here on this column, something I continued talking about for the rest of the week on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The truth is, there is no easy way of confronting self-esteem issues except facing them head-on. It is something one has to work on until they are able to overcome it. Just like you don't except to do... [Read More]
  • Sun, 12th Nov 2017
    If you do follow me on social media, then you must have noticed that I continued with the subject of procrastination, a subject that I started last week. Based on feedback I received from that article, I decided to delve deeper into the various reasons why people tend to procrastinate. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, I encourage you to do so because I use that platform a... [Read More]
  • Sat, 4th Nov 2017
    Every so often, I post something on social media that is “supposedly” funny. Last week , I posted this right here... This was immediately after taking one liter of coffee – I have a 1 liter mug I use for this purpose. Anyway, someone saw this on my Instagram and followed me to my inbox and just said this; “Liz, I’m a procrastinator. HELP!!” I looked at that statement right there and jokingly... [Read More]
  • Sun, 29th Oct 2017
    I am disgusted. I know you are wondering why I’ve started this article on such a negative note but believe me, you will be disgusted too by the time I’m done narrating to you what just happened. I was  just about to get into the shower after my morning workout when this lady who had been working out with us quickly came in, went to the changing room, quickly changed and was ready to leave while I... [Read More]
  • Sun, 22nd Oct 2017
    Every day I have a routine of posting some inspirational stuff on my social media, especially on Instagram and on my Facebook Fan Page. This week I’ve been doing a lot of posts relating to change, change management, reflections and the like. In today’s article I want to continue with the same flow but first, let me encourage you to visit my Facebook page or my Instagram page. There is always... [Read More]
  • Mon, 16th Oct 2017
    Today I’d like to share a very powerful testimony shared by a gentleman called Bill Phillips. But first, who is he? William Nathaniel “Bill” Phillips is an American entrepreneur and author, born on 23rd September 1964. He is the author of the most successful fitness book of all times, Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength. Now that you have an idea who Bill Phillips is, let me... [Read More]
  • Mon, 9th Oct 2017
    You probably have one in front of you right now as you are reading this. A few seconds ago you may have used it to reduce the volume on your TV or Radio or both. In about ten minutes after you are done reading this, you will probably pick it again and start flipping channels on your decoder, using it. You might also be having another one on your right side, the one you are using to regulate the... [Read More]
  • Sun, 1st Oct 2017
    Ever heard of the quote, “Not all classrooms have walls.” Not sure who said this but I guess they must have learned a lot of things from non-classroom like environments for them to have reached this conclusion. Besides, they were very right in saying so. Why? Because I had a first hand experience of this I would like to share with you. Last Sunday while in church I had a non-classroom like lesson... [Read More]
  • Sun, 10th Sep 2017
    I was watching the Jamaican athletics legend Usain Bolt the other day on TV and was surprised to realize he retired from athletics. Actually I’d heard about this before but thought it was only a rumor and since the last few months have been quite eventful for me, I didn’t have time to follow up on that story and so I forgot about it. It wasn’t until a few days ago when I saw him being interviewed... [Read More]
  • Sun, 3rd Sep 2017
    You must have heard people say “I value this item so much” or “I value this person so much”. You might also have said something like, “Paul has no values”. Question is, what do people mean, or what did you mean when you uttered those words? Well, let’s first look at the definition of the word “Value” according to one online dictionary. Noun 1.The regard that something is held to deserve; the... [Read More]
  • Mon, 28th Aug 2017
    Once again, a mishap happened last Sunday (20th August 2017) and for the second time in a span of less than four weeks, you my readers were denied the opportunity to read my thoughts. I sincerely hope you can forgive me for this and hopefully, this will be the last time this happens. For the sake of continuity, I would like to share the same article I had prepared for you last weekend, not... [Read More]
  • Sun, 13th Aug 2017
    Let’s talk about Ombudsman. But before I do, let me take this opportunity to thank the newly re-elected president of Kenya, President Elect Uhuru Kenyatta, for being re-elected for another five years. To the people of Kenya, there was bound to be winners and losers. Life will have to go on regardless of who won or who lost. The reality on the ground is that whoever won will not bring food to your... [Read More]
  • Sun, 6th Aug 2017
      May I first apologize to all you my esteemed readers for missing my article last week. Actually I did send it but unfortunately technology suffered amnesia and so instead of sending it when it was supposed to, it did so a day later. My sincere apologies for that. Having said this, I am glad that the editor of The Sunday Guardian was prepared and had a plan “B” because otherwise, it would have... [Read More]
  • Sun, 23rd Jul 2017
    “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions”, says Stephen Covey. Guess what? So are you! Take a few moments and let that sink in, as you reflect on where you are today and what decisions have led you there. When I was growing up, my Mum was very tough and half the time I used to feel she didn’t understand me. Her sense of fashion was “outdated” in my eyes, her lack of... [Read More]
  • Sun, 16th Jul 2017
    I didn’t know what it means to experience REAL cold until I went to a region that is cold. Wah! Just thinking about it makes me feel colder than I already feel. It is so cold that as I type out this article, my laptop feels like it’s been in the freezer for a week. Even the annoying heat it produces has gone missing. For once I long for that heat of the laptop on my laps, but clearly, even the... [Read More]
  • Sun, 9th Jul 2017
    There’s a place I was to be at on Friday and Saturday and since in my mind I knew I’d be there for those two days, I chose to not have my car cleaned at home so that I can have the cleaning done there. When I got to this place on Friday, I found the guy I wanted to clean the car busy cleaning other cars but since I knew I was going to be there the next day, when the time came for me to leave I... [Read More]
  • Sun, 2nd Jul 2017
    If you know me, then you know I love a good story. I don’t mean “umbeya” kind of stories but stories that have the potential to build me and others around me. So today I want to share one such story with you. Hundreds of years ago there was a king of Scotland and his name was Robert the Bruce. It was a good thing that he was both brave and wise, because the times in which he lived were wild and... [Read More]
  • Sun, 25th Jun 2017
    In exactly 4 weeks, I will be doing some CATS (continuous assessment tests). Yes in case you are wondering, I am back in school and will be for quite a while. These will be my first CATS since I went back to being a scholar and I can’t help being apprehensive about them. The best I can do is prepare myself thoroughly and hope my lecturers will be in a good mood while marking my papers. Thinking... [Read More]

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