The Life-changing Magic of Tidying

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Just before Christmas, Stacy from my mastermind group shared a book she was reading, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying. At the time, it piqued my interest and I made a loose mental note to check it out. A few weeks later, it came up again and this time, something in me wanted to read it NOW! So I ordered the book and proceeded to devour it in a couple of days. It’s true what they say about timing – it was just what I needed. I’ve recommended it to several friends since who’ve caught the fever just as bad as I have. Often, it’s all we can talk about. 
  
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I doubt I can truly do author Marie Kondo justice – you just have to read it for yourself – but, I'll summarise why I loved the book and how it’s changing my life:

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7 Common Excuses that Prevent Our Success (Demolished with Help from Jim Rohn)

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At a friend’s recommendation, I recently read Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle by Jim Rohn and it was so timely in so many ways:

  • It offered the very affirmation that I needed in order to make the tough decisions that will propel me forward in terms of my well-being, my business and my life as a whole
  • It reminded me of the importance of lessons previously learned but forgotten (or foolishly ignored)
  • It inspired me to make these few remaining months of the year count like never before!

The things that had prevented me from reaching this point of confidence and conviction: excuses, that don’t really stand up in the light of day. For that reason, this post is for me – as a very public reminder for the times when I find myself falling short in terms of the respect, graft and love that I owe myself. It is also for any of you who can relate to the situation of your activity and/or results not matching up with your ambition. Here’s some of that good old tough love, seasoned with some of my favourite quotes from Jim Rohn’s book. In no particular order …

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My experience of elevation with the Africa Yoga Project


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Days after, I was still in pain from a community Africa Yoga Project class in Nairobi. I can’t thank my friend Aleya enough for introducing me to what has to be the most uplifting experience I’ve had this year.

2 hours allowed for a holistic session comprising of meditation, thankfulness, an intense physical practice and time afterward for newbies to introduce themselves and share how it was for them. There must have been at least 50 people in the room and the energy was electric. And so positive!

Despite the fact that there were so many of us, we didn’t lack for individual attention. There were several teaching assistants constantly roaming the room helping to support, adjust and push you past where your mind had decided it couldn’t go.

Yoga for all
Africa Yoga Project is bringing the amazing benefits of yoga to a diverse mix of people in Kenya. From their website:

“Yoga has empowered millions of people across the world by supporting physical, mental and emotional health, facilitating authentic personal expression, building supportive communities, and inspiring positive actionto contribute to others. We are dedicated to delivering all that yoga has to offer to the diverse communities of East Africa, while at the same time providing opportunities for members of the global yoga community to participate and contribute.”

These guys believe in accessibilty. Their outreach has included classes for the deaf, for women in prison and for other marginalised groups. You can take classes at a very reasonable price, 7 days a week, or visit the free community session on Saturdays. As the counter on their website announces, the project has trained 52 yoga teachers who are earning a living wage; it runs 250 free classes each week in the slums of Nairobi and; reaches 5,000 people every week!

Over to you
You must check out the Africa Yoga Project website – it’s inspiring stuff (don’t forget to ‘meet’ the teachers). If you’re fortunate enough to live in or visit Nairobi, I compel you to try out a class. Make me jealous – tell me how you found it.

Images via the Africa Yoga Project Facebook page, photography by Robin O’Neill Photography.

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5 steps to creative independence (my guest post on the African Digital Art network)

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Earlier this week, a post I wrote and illustrated, especially for African Digital Art (ADA), was published. "5 Steps towards Creative Independence" shares some of the things I've learned during my one and a half years of self employment.

Check it out if you haven't already and don't forget to join the ADA District – an online community designed and created for African creative professionals, designers and artists.