Start Before You Are Ready

Just Do It!

There have been so many times in my life that I haven’t taken on a challenge because I didn’t feel quite ready for it. And while it is true, that one has to learn to listen to their inner guide to figure out what steps to take in life, I also know that some of the greatest accomplishments I have had has been when I just got on with it, did what I had to do, and just trusted in the process.  ZeroByZawadi is a perfect example of that. I still don’t know exactly where this journey will take me, but I’m loving every step of it, and meeting such amazing people along the way.  Just yesterday, my friend Joyce Muthoni, whose son I had written about in my blog post on City Council Police Brutality in Kenya, introduced me to a whole group of other incredible young women who I spent the morning with trying to figure out the best way to make newspaper bags. More on this another day.  It was really nice to finally meet Andrew, and he managed to make 2 newspaper bags that he was really proud of.

Anyway, the reason why I’m writing this post is really as a challenge to myself. I woke up this morning feeling like my brain was stuck on Gear 1, and even though I knew I should just get up, do yoga, and start working on my long list of things to do, I didn’t. I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about my amazing visit to the Nairobi Children’s Remand Centre, where the Holistic Community of Kenya does yoga with the kids every Wednesday, but two days later, I still haven’t done it.  I’ve shared some lovely pictures on the ZeroByZawadi facebook page in the meantime though.

So one of the things I do, to motivate myself when I’m feeling tired, weak, sad, or just bleh, is turn to my #Note2Self board on pinterest – my new social-media love. If you haven’t explored the big, wild, juicy, fun & incredibly informative world of pinterest yet, BEWARE!  Yes, yet another social media platform to get addicted to.  For me though, it’s good eye candy, what my girl @Lafrohemien refers to as “Eyegasms”, but also the place I go to curate content that I can then share easily. Check out my pinterest boards & let me know what you think.

Last, but not least, I present you the new ZeroByZawadi logo designed by one of my favorite cousins – Kwame. This is just the start of our identity design process. I figure, I can’t forever, I JUST HAVE TO START! At least now we have something ready for the International Etsy Craft Party – Kenya Edition, happening on August 25th 2012 in Nairobi.  If you are on twitter, follow @CraftAfrika and #CraftPartyKe for details & updates. We are so excited about the new stock we are working on for the ZeroByZawadi stand where we’ll create a #ZenZone in partnership with the MindBodySpirit store.

“Wish You Were Here” Etsy Craft Party in Nairobi, Kenya – August 25th at Kuona Trust, hosted by @CraftAfrika. Follow #CraftPartyKe on twitter.


What are some of the things you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t started yet? Feel free to share if you like.



Yoga in Mendocino Paradise!

Sweet memories from my recent 2-day break at SS Frolic Vacation Rental in Mendocino, California.  I could live like this! The fresh air, beautiful skies, nothing but a light-house in the distance, morning yoga on the deck, an out-door hot tub, waking up to the sound of sea-lions, and the occasional random whales that we spotted, was just what the doctor ordered! I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity, and I’m ready to be #FierceIn2012!

Stay tuned, for more pictures from the trip.