Spread Love, Not War| Sunday Funday with A..

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Though my feet are still hurting from so much walking and carrying the most heavy baby there probably is in my family, I’d still say we had a pretty awesome Sunday afternoon. Sometimes I can be so random that I don’t even understand where that side of me crawls from.

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Kinda woke up very moody and grumpy today to be honest. Not sure why, maybe it is as a result of so much build up of events, and so, I wanted to do something random and out of the norm. I decided to play my nephews mother(I prefer best aunt ever) and took him out to the mall to play.

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For the better part I just sat and watched him drive away his toy car and race with other kids. I sort of was jealous at how much fun it can be to be young & carefree, not that kids would know, heck, neither did we know when we were at that age, but they really have it good.

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It was also a great time to mingle with other young mums and just marvel at how effortlessly they seemed to be doing their roles. I don;t know how they honestly do it. One week with my nephews feels like an years worth of hard work on most weeks. It takes so long before I can get back to my momentum once he leaves. Especially catching up witj my sleep and resting my bones from all the running around, carrying him around and just basically doing anything & everything he pleases!See? It’s certainly great to be a kid!

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It did however help that the sun was out and the skies were clear, sometimes the universe does conspire to ensure we have the best of our days. How beautiful does this look?

Besides Adrian crying cause he didn’t want to leave, I’d say we had a pretty decent day. Sometimes I feel I need to sacrifice my fresh air in the suburbs to appreciate I don’t have to deal with all the pollution and carbon monoxide emissions in the city center. Today was one of those days 😀

How’s Your Sunday Been? Hope as lovely as it could have been. If you enjoy this kind of random, fun photography content, then do check my personal blog for more. See You on the Next Post.

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Love, Elsie.

A Not So Jungle Lions Experience, Kenya…

How’s everyone doing this last Week of April? 6 More days to go and we are into another new month! YAAAYYY!

I am excited to see this time passing by so quickly, what I am not excited about however is the direction the Steem Price has taken in the last 48 hours! I kid. I love it! You know why? Because I am secretly hoping we can get back to earning Steem for one quick round this year. If your goal is to accumulate some or as much as you can then you’d be with me on that 🙂

Other than that, just chilled going through some of the content I have take in the last couple of weeks in a bid to clear some space. Then I came across this badass lions from my trip to the animal orphanage the other day and decided to share them before they ca-put!

It’s going to be a while before I can have another wildlife experience, I feel like I have been to these places way too much in the last couple of months. I am also getting a little bored with the experience,. The only place I’s really really want to go back to is Maasai Mara and I don’t see any chance of that happening anytime soon.

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All in all. I am in search of new adventures and places to visit across the city, preferably one I haven’t been to and it turns out that is a bit of a toll order. I never really gave much thought of how little there is to do in this city, kinda sucks!

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Anyway guys, I hope you enjoy this images one last time. Do you have Lions where you’re at?How big are they? Believe it or not, this are baby lions, or at least most of them are. Not the hugest I’ve seen, but it is always a different great experience with each one of them.

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Remember, Spread Love, Not War.

With Love,

Elsie.

Some of Us Have to Work Twice as Hard & That’s OK|Wake UP. Show Up. Create. Repeat!

What is it that they say?

Success is No Accident..

Today I can’t help but reflect on what it takes for some of us to actually reach some of the goals we have set for ourselves. Be it on our STEEM blogs or in life. I have come to the realization that some of us have to work twice as hard to achieve what others seem to achieve on just the first round. Ans that’s perfectly fine.

Why is that?

Some would argue it’s just bad luck or the universe’s way of balancing things out, but I’d argue circumstance and Law of Attraction. Ever wondered why it is so difficut for negative people to actually achieve anything good? Why most of their life seems like such a mess? I strongly believe in the law of attraction, the energy you send out to the universe eventually comes back to you

So, if you have to work twice as hard to keep that positive mindset to send the positive results you desire in your life, I say do it. If you have to work twice as hard on your blog to get your desired payout or your desired following, influence then do it! Whatever it is, work as hard and as smart as you possibly can to make it happen.

It is not until this moment that I have realized how much work I’ve hard to put in to bring my Steem Blog to What it is now. I remember when I started out I could hardly earn $1 on a post, most of it were cents and I tirelessly made 3-5 posts per day for nearly 6 months before I got any positive results.

My First most memorable post was worth $5, I cannot tell you the excitement that came with it, how eye opening it was, how I could eventually see potential in the Steem Blockchain as every content creators dream come true. Being paid in real time for a job well done, either in photography or blogs or vlogs, I could finally see myself doing this fulltime.

Later on when I discovered DTube, I made a freaking $80 0n my first DTube Vlog. To date, that still remains my most highly post. and I still remember it like yesterday. Since then, I have created at least a single Dtube Vlog on My DTube Channel, and at least 2 posts a day on my Steem Blog.

Why? Because I have a dream and a vision, that my blog will either be a way out to financial freedom or my back up retirement plan. If I have to work twice as hard to make that happen, then that is what I will do. That is what I do on a daily basis.

My Motto?

Wake UP. Show Up. Create. Repeat!

There is power in consistency I have come to learn, after all, the key to success is consistency right?

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Mother Nature is Coming Around…. Hopefully..

For those of you that have been following my vlogs lately, you might have noticed my ramblings about the scotching sunny weather we have been having lately! I kid you not, it’s been unbelievably hot around here, nothing like we have experienced before. It’s so bad to an extent the people on the North side of Kenya have to get food and water aid of the worst we have experienced for years!

It’s can be very overwhelming when you see people starving and dying as a result. The North of Kenya is like a desert, very hard to get water and resources, and it is filled with communities that are still clung to their traditional ways of life. People who still believe livestock is their only source of livelihood, people who still feed on milk and blood, barely any education and some still practice FGM(female genital mutilation), can you believe that?

All in all, there have been efforts to shed more light in those communities, with the government stepping in by setting up schools and trying to encourage the communities to educate their children, especially the girl child who has been neglected for far too long.

Good News though, yesterday we may have had a turn of events, it was gloomy and raining for a few minutes, which is all to say the rainy season is nearly here. God Knows ho much we need those rains to come through.

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Look at how gloomy it was yesterday. Today it’s still bright as heell, but it may just rain in the evening. Keeping our fingers crossed.

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One last shot…

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Hope you guys are having/had a better Easter break than I did. Tomorrow’s another great and beautiful day. See you then.

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Of Easter Traditions… Happy Easter Weekend Y’all!

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It’s the infamous Easter Weekend!

Not sure if it’s such a big deal out there, but here, the most exciting part about it for most is getting a free day of off work! People love public holidays, it’s always a great reason to over indulge in food and mostly alcohol! I bet most started getting ready for this Weekend when the month began.

We have such a strong drinking culture in Kenya it’s no longer something we can conceal. On most other normal Weekends, Partying Starts on Thursday evening(Cause Thursday is the new Friday) and ends on Sunday Evening.I was guilty of this back then when I was in corporate. We’d get so excited at the thought of the weekend approaching.

Now, I can only imagine how excited most offices were this entire Week. This was and most likely will be the longest Weekend they will have for the rest of the year. I guess when you think of it as such, then there’s no shame in indulging as much as anyone possibly can.

The point of this post however, was to ask you guys what Easter Traditions you have wherever you’re from. I see people talking about Easter eggs & Easter bunnies on my timeline, and quite frankly, I have no idea what that’s all about, but it’s great to see people get excited over colorful eggs & bunnies. They are beautiful.

Besides the drinking and the partying, those that don’t really indulge tend to go to church, especially on Good Friday, and just praise & worship, remembering that God is the season for the season. Depending on where one is, it sort of feels like a Mini Xmas. And who doesn’t like Christmas right?

While personally I’ll not be indulging in anything (I will be here creating & pushing as always), it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. In fact, I want to encourage you to go out there and enjoy this long a** Weekend, do that one thing you have been wanting to do but putting it on hold. Personally I don’t have any of that at the moment, but if I did, I would so be jumping on it.

Other than that, I just wanted to take a minute to Wish You All An Amazing Easter Weekend! Have a Blast!

Lotsa <3, Elsie.

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The Drought Season is Here…

I have been reading a lot of “spring is here” kind of posts, people get excited by the change in weather, something I feel most of us on my part of the world would not understand. It’s always a tropical kind of weather here, all year long! The closest we come to winter is during the long rain season, and even then, the air is just warm and humid.

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I have never really experienced snow, or been in a country that did, so to see people get excited about Spring kind of baffles me to some extent. I’ll say one thing though, if Spring gets your flowers popping like that, I’d be hella excited as well.

On my end though, we are going through the worst kind of drought we have seen in a really long time. We have one major dam that supplies the entire Nairobi city with water, and as of today, it is only 44% full. Something that causes some sort of alarm.

What does this mean for the average household?

Water rationing!

Which is something most people dread in the city. Sometimes it’s so bad people have to resolve to buying water. I know it’s bad when our garden and compound is as dry and dusty as it is now. I cannot remember the last time I saw nearly all our flowers , grass and trees this dried up.

Only some few of the strongest species still stand,like this one here, which really sucks cause my mum puts in a lot of work on them.

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Water is a basic need, just like food & clothing are, it’s just sad to see some places still struggle with this. Sometimes it feels like it’s mother nature’s way of balancing things out, other times, it just feels really unfair and biased of her.

All in all, the weather man says we should expect some rainfall by the end of April, hopefully things won’t be out of control before then. I am just Thankful and fortunate to be where I am, here, we don;t have to worry as much about it. But I feel for those that are already feeling the pressure of this heat wave.

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To the rest of you,Enjoy You Spring Out There! Keep the Flowers Photos Coming! Totally Love those.

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My Less Than 2 STEEM Lunch?| The Power of the Steem Blockchain…Reflections & Motivation…

Probably not the best of food photography I have taken, but that is besides the point of this post. You see, recently I was at the city center and had this simple lunch, some fries and a bottle of soda. It really got me thinking of the power of the STEEM blockchain. This meal cost me just 2 STEEM, that’s less than $2 for those of you aren’t as familiar with the STEEM platform.

It just blows my mind when I think of how many people’s lives STEEM could potentially change. Imagine all the people out here struggling to get a job to feed their families , at this point Venezuela comes to mind and all the 3rd world countries that struggle so much on this end.

For $2 Steem Lunch, I can have breakfast, lunch and dinner from all my earnings though content creation on my Steem Blog from just one post a day. How insane is that?

This is the power of blockchain opportunities and platforms. I never really understood it as crystal and as I do now. So every-time I create content, I feel rather fortunate and passionate to keep it going, with the thought of the possibilities that lie ahead.

When I first joined the Steem Blockchain as a content creators. It was at STEEM’S All Time High in terms of price. I remember reading content of people buying trucks with their Steem Earnings, I remember reading about @surfermarly’s Steem Bought Land and House project, I was hella inspired and excited and in this moment, as I write this, I have that great gut feeling, encouraging me to keep going. How that going by the way girl?

How Much does 2 STEEM (<$2) get you in your country?

Even though I don’t indulge much with my STEEM Earnings, just knowing I can cash out and treat myself to anything I please is satisfaction enough. After all, they do say good things come to those who wait right? Keeping my eyes on the price for that $7.77 as @nathanmars would say. Here’s to making Steem Great and to Spreading the word to those that need to hear about it the most, like you, the one that just discovered my WordPress blog. What are you waiting for? 🙂

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Daily Food Photography Challenge| Tuesday’s Lunch..

Wednesday the 16th, April 2019!
Can you believe how fast into the year we already are? I have my mind blown away every single damn time I think about how fast I’m growing old!

Stay positive Elsie, Stay Positive!

I’m trying, I really I’m. One of the things that I have found that tends to help me do that is my simple daily photography and doing my daily vlogs. Also, to know me is to know I love my food as much as I love my life!In another life I’d probably be a food vlogger or photographer, but as it is, I am neither given my circumstances. But who knows, I might actually explore that side of my life in this lifetime.

But like the title of today’s challenge suggests, we are dailg the #dailyfoodphotography challenge courtesy of @jznsamuel. I am a couple of hours late for the Tuesday’s Lunch entry, but don’t they say better late than never?

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I think this dish is very popular in very many parts of the world, the only difference is on how people prepare it, and probably how they call it. On my part of the world, we call this beef stew. There are alot of ways to make it also, it’s usually a mix of beef, potatoes, carrots and sometimes peas. How do you have your beef stew?

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Normally we accompany it with some rice, or chapati, like I had mine yesterday. Here’s some chapati.

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I am not that big a fan of chapati, but it makes for a great meal once in a while. Not sure if you guys have this where you’re from, but it’s just dough flattened and cooked with cooking oil on a pan. Maybe a recipe one of this days, who knows.

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Views from the National Park, Nairobi Kenya

Normally, I’m not the kind of person that likes to hangout in an open public park, unless there’s wildlife to view. Like this one here. We have both conservative and recreational parks in Kenya, and surprisingly or not, I have never ever considered going to a recreational park. It is probably because there isn’t much to do there, besides boat rides and people watching, oh and cheap snacks. Other than that, not much.

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This Park however, is an animal conservancy kind of park, most of you would think of it as a zoo, but it is actually a park. Most often than not, people go here to view wildlife, chill on the benches and watch monkeys that blend in with humanity, or just go for photography purposes. This first image was however very striking and catchy, living in a city that was once almost drowning in garbabge, it’s great to see initiatives like this that strive to keep the environment clean.

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As you can tell, we are somewhat very in with the dry season. Like I am always mentioning, the sun out here feel like being in an oven from hell. I think the dust in this photo is a clear indication of what I mean with this. On normal days however, it is usually very green, the benches literally blend in with the grass.

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Isn’t this such a cool sculpture? Kids love to take photos on it. If you didn’t know, Kenya is one of those countries that is pleasantly blessed with the Big 5 wildlife in the world. And yes, Rhinos are among those.

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And so are buffalos. This was a baby buffalo. Normally, the adults are usually very agitated, to a point of charging and wanting to literally kill anyone on their way. This one however, was very calm and busy minding their business. If I didn’t know any better, I’d probably confuse it for a cow lol

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And of course it wouldn’t be a complete trip without a selfie right? 😀 Totally had fun with this!

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Guava Picking at the Garden This Morning…

I woke up on some positive vibes today!

Not sure what it is, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s because my nephew just happened to drop by yesterday for a sleep over! Best Birthday Week Surprise Ever! Me and his little self have so much fun when he’s around, that is, when he’s not annoying the hell out of me by disarranging my room, my closet and eating all my snacks, tea is the other thing we fight about, we are total caffeine heads, and mark you, he’s barely 3.

I know what most of you probably are thinking, tea for a 3 year old? YES. That is what they have on this part of the world lol. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason they just don’t like milk/

Not to digress much, but today morning was quite smooth and fun. We spent the better part of the morning picking Guavas from the garden. Maybe you haven’t seen my guava vlogs in the past (recent one was last week), but we do have guava trees and they are currently ripening. Now the battle to harvest is between us and the birds, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say we totally won this round.

Just how I like them. Usually, when they are overly ripe, they are turn yellow and too soggy. I prefer mine crunchy and hard, just like this.

I guarantee you, it tasted as sweet as it looks, if not better. I would say we had a great run, picked up nearly 30 of them, thanks to my nephews nanny who is apparently very great at climbing tress lol. I remember I was great at that skill one time in my life, and then adolescent kicked in, aargh.

Do you guys have these fruits wherever you’re at? I imagine they are expensive out there. I have a friend in Europe who says they buy avocados for $4 sometimes. Man, that must be tough! BTW, Avocado is my fave fruits.

Here’s to loving nature for its abundance, just like @tribesteemup, I believe nature should be well taken care of in order for us to reap the full benefits. Do you? I imagine if we hadn’t natured and taken care of our trees and garden, then we’d not have had the amazing morning that we just did.

And this is where all the magic happened, you guys have probably seen me do vlogs here and never figured how fruitful these trees could be right? Now you do!

Have Yourselves an Amazing Wednesday! And be Sure to Check Out My Personal Blog for More Photography Content.

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