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  • Mon, 25th May 2020
    My usual online companion defines x-factor as,“a noteworthy special talent or quality.“ It could also mean, “a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on a specific outcome.” So, if I got the meaning right, X factor is a quality that one cannot really describe, but it is something that makes a person overly unique and special. It is an outstanding, extraordinary... [Read More]
  • Sat, 23rd May 2020
    W For Wait   A few months ago I introduced a friend to someone who was looking for a good personal assistance. She went for the interview and was sure she had nailed the job, but two months later, she still hadn’t gotten any response from that interview. One evening I got a text message from her saying she never got the job. So I asked her whether she had received any feedback or official... [Read More]
  • Fri, 22nd May 2020
    V For Vitamins   As days go by, more and more conflicting information keeps coming up about Ms. Rona aka Covid-19. The worst part is that this information is so confusing that sometimes the confusion itself can give you symptoms of the disease .e.g. a headache.  I don't know about you but to be honest, I’m so fed up of hearing the havoc Ms. Rona has brought to the world. I wish I could just go on... [Read More]
  • Thu, 21st May 2020
    U For Upgrade   Nowadays, the moment you mention the word upgrade people think of gadgets; getting the latest iPhone or Samsung, getting the latest MacBook or Dell laptop; getting the latest home theatre with the best surround, or getting the last model of your favorite ride. That’s what people think about when the word upgrade is mentioned. You will hardly hear people talking of upgrading... [Read More]
  • Wed, 20th May 2020
    T For Transformation   As a public speaker, I am often asked to introduce myself or say something about myself. I have to admit this is one task I find very daunting. Isn't it enough to just know that my name is Liz H. Wachuka? Anyway, there are times when I get away with just saying my name but others, I have no choice but to add those fancy titles they give us. So whenever I am asked to... [Read More]
  • Tue, 19th May 2020
    S For Stop   Yesterday I talked about reflecting and I shared a few benefits you can derive from incorporating this into your daily routine. As you reflect, this will give you room to plan the next day with fewer chances of repeating today’s mistakes.​ I also mentioned that daily reflection helps you evaluate that day’s productivity. Of course to do this effectively it means you must have a daily... [Read More]
  • Mon, 18th May 2020
    R for Reflect Reflect simply means, “to think deeply or carefully about a particular thing or subject.”​ ​It also means "show an image of something on a mirror or shiny surface ".​ Alan Cohen said, “Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us.”    Senora Roy, as if to affirm what Alan Cohen had said went on to say these words, “The... [Read More]
  • Sat, 16th May 2020
    Q For Quarantine.   This word has been used so much over the last three months it is almost a household name now. As a matter of fact, I won’t be surprised if nine months from now we have some kids with first name Quarantine.     According to my usual online dictionary, the word quarantine can be used in two ways; either as a noun or as a verb. As a noun, it means a state, period, or place of... [Read More]
  • Fri, 15th May 2020
    P For Present The word present is quite interesting because it has a variety of meanings, which can be used interchangeably depending on what you want to say. Here's an example: I am here to present this present to the present chairlady of the club. One word, different meanings.   If I am to convey the same message using a different set of words this is what I would say: I am here to award this... [Read More]
  • Fri, 15th May 2020
    O For Opportunity   Today we were having a conversation with my son over dinner and he “misheard” what I’d said about something. When he repeated to me what he thought I’d said, what he said sounded like a great business idea. Right there we started brainstorming on the possibilities of him activating that idea with an aim of turning it into a business. I honestly believe that if he takes this... [Read More]
  • Wed, 13th May 2020
    N For Nutrimental.   Yes! Nutrimental is a word in the English dictionary.  It means “any substance or matter that, taken into a living organism, serves to sustain it in its existence, promoting growth, replacing loss, and providing energy.  I guess this can be simply translated to mean FOOD!   But let’s break it down further.     The word “Nutri” according to Wiktionary.org is defined as a verb... [Read More]
  • Wed, 13th May 2020
    M For Manager   If you’ve been to a management class then you know the first thing they teach you are the functions of a manager. The functions are classified into planning, leading, organizing and controlling company resources to meet specific strategic goals laid by the company. Every other function such as staffing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting are easily absorbed within those four... [Read More]
  • Tue, 12th May 2020
    L For Love   “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”, said Buddha Why do you think he had to remind people that? Because he knew that most people don’t really have any love or affection for themselves. If anything, most people feel afflicted and nauseated by themselves. Did you know that unless you are able to love yourself you will never ever be... [Read More]
  • Mon, 11th May 2020
    K For Knowledge   According to my usual online dictionary, knowledge is defined as, “facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.”   For today though, I want us to break down the word knowledgeinto two parts i.e. Know and Edge. To make this possible, assume the “l” in knowledge is a separator between the two... [Read More]
  • Sun, 10th May 2020
    J For Journey   Life is a journey, so the old adage says. Question is, a journey to where?   That right there is the big question.   “It is the act of travelling from one place to another”, defines one online dictionary.  This means there is the beginning of the journey and the end final destination. When talking about life, it is indeed a journey that begins from the day you were born and ends... [Read More]
  • Sat, 9th May 2020
    I for Interrupt   There’s this interesting quote by Napoleon Bonaparte that says, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”  That sounds like an “own goal” win, where your team wins after the other team scores an own goal. But to contextualize today’s, what happens when that “enemy” happens to be you, would you still maintain the “do not interrupt” code?    Liz,  what do you mean... [Read More]
  • Thu, 7th May 2020
    H For Honesty   Honesty is the absence of deceit. It is the ability to be candid and frank even when it is unpopular to do so. When you are honest, you will never have to memorize anything you say to anyone because whatever you say to anyone is the truth. “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” Anonymous. They say honesty is the best... [Read More]
  • Wed, 6th May 2020
    G For Gratitude Gratitude is an attitude of being thankful for all the things we do have, rather than complain about the things we don’t have or things that are not happening the way we want. Gratitude is a way of life; it is a lifestyle. Gratitude is about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that... [Read More]
  • Tue, 5th May 2020
    F For FearLess   Fear is like that negative friend who is always there to tell you why you cannot be who you want to be, or you cannot do what you want to do, that friend who is always reminding you of your past mistakes and failure and uses them as a way of pulling you back instead of pushing you forward.    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that friends who tell you “DON’T” are negative. If... [Read More]
  • Mon, 4th May 2020
    E For ExtrAct   Let nobody fool you; there is nothing as painful as a tooth that needs to be extracted!  A few years back I had a wisdom tooth taken out and it was no easy task. The fact that it was lodged at the furthest end of my upper jaw didn’t make things any better. For the dentist to get that tooth out, my mouth really suffered. I think my cheeks hurt for like one week after that because I... [Read More]
  • Sun, 3rd May 2020
    D For Diffabled Diffabled? Is that even an English word?     Well my dear reader, I thought I was making up this word and got shocked when the dictionary in my MacBook “Okayed” it by not putting a red line under it to signify "wrong word". That made me go online to look for its meaning and got pleasantly surprised when I found it just like I had in mind.   According to the Urban Dictionary,... [Read More]
  • Sun, 3rd May 2020
        C For Control   If there is something I am finding hard to do during this interesting times we are living in, it is to not touch my face! I can almost bet that you too are having a similar challenge. Then of course there is that part where I decide to wear a mask even when in the house so that I don’t touch my face, then I forget to remove it as I'm are eating or drinking something and booom... [Read More]
  • Sat, 2nd May 2020
    B For Believe.   Believing is the act of accepting that something is true even in the absence of proof.   For instance, I am sure you do believe there is something called air, right? Good. Now, have you ever seen air with your own naked eyes? I guess not because even I have never seen air but I know I breath air every second of my life to stay alive. Imagine what would happen if you decided not... [Read More]
  • Sat, 2nd May 2020
    A For Avoid I have never in my life thought I would see a day when I would be told to avoid HUGGING or SHAKING people’s hands. If you know me then you must know how much of a hugger and a greeter I am. I can do without the crowds any time of day since am not a fun of crowds anyway, but the restriction to avoid hugs and handshakes, that one is really getting to me. Thinking about it now I realize... [Read More]
  • Fri, 1st May 2020
    It’s been a while since I’ve been here - exactly 4 months to be precise, and a lot has happened since my last article here. I grew a year older within those 4 months and hopefully wiser in the process. I "managed" to hit some really stormy waters in both my personal and professional life, but thanks to God that is now behind me and I am totally grateful to God for rescuing me. And then when I... [Read More]