the modern day entrepreneur

There are many days that I forget to look up. I push and push and push. I look forward, I plan, I strive for the next day and in the midst of it I forget to look up, stop and truly feel the wind touch my face. It is not that I am wanting the present moment to pass, nor am I merely surviving, but I am striving to always be a little better, to reach a little further and for the first time… today I am thinking that is not always the way.

I have mixed emotions because I am not struggling with contentment, I am struggling with the fact that I have limitations put on me from the world that distracts, destroys and dismisses impact. I am a challenger by nature and I am a force when you meet me. Some say I am intimidating, others say I am passionate or just really intense.

All I know is that I love to see good win. I love to see it grow. I love to see doors open so wide that people do not have to worry about it being shut before they make it there.

The reality is the world has limits. We do not have everything at our fingertips and it takes work. I have been hustling hard for over a decade and today it was if the spirit whispered in my ear, “jenny I got you.”

My first response, ‘I know’.

My second response, ‘do I really know?’

Many days seem impossible and then I close my eyes and wake up with a renewed energy, ready to embrace the new possibilities of tomorrow and keeping the chapters of shut doors as distant memories of yesterdays.

I look forward to the day when I will wake up and know there will [always] be an open door waiting for me and more importantly, I will truly have the time to look up and take it all in.

Until that day, you will find me in process, putting one foot in front of the other choosing to not give up, but to only stand strong and search for progression.

Yours truly,
the modern-day entrepreneur

The imperfect writer blog.

I have found that I love to tell stories.

In fact, little secret. I hope to write you a book one day.

I am not sure about what exactly, maybe I will share with you my diaries from when I was eight, but what I do know, is that it will be something that not only inspires you, but challenges you, stretches you and allows you to shine light on things differently.

So, until that day comes. Here I am, blogging away, so that I can connect to you and share with you my life in written form.

I am excited because today is Thursday and Thursdays for me are a time to rest as much as I can. If you know me then you know resting is hard and my mind is always going a million miles an hour, so that is why I write. It is something that I do not see as stressful nor do I care if my form or grammar are perfect.

Welcome to the imperfect writer blog, where you basically get ME, always. There is not much proof reading or edits, just me taking my thoughts and writing to you because I. JUST. LOVE IT. It is basically like we are having coffee, which that reminds me: I would LOVE to have coffee with you whether in person or virtually. Please do not be afraid to reach out to me!

Today, I wanted to spend time reintroducing myself. In short, my name is Jenny. Many people know me as being the Founder of Imani Collective, but I wear many hats. I am a wife, mother of two beautiful kids and I reside with my family in Mombasa, Kenya. I also am a motivational and educational speaker, when time and the opportunity allows for me to do that.

I am currently in process with launching another business (more will come in April!) and am finishing my Doctorate of Education focusing on change agents and international sustainable development.

<deep breathe break> breathe in and breathe out. Ok we can continue.

AND today is the big day for my newest project: Moxie Podcast.

I can’t believe it, but I am the host of this beautiful podcast! After researching mics and sound reverb and watching a million videos, I have a tiny little studio in my backyard in Mombasa. I call it a shack, but it has a cute bohemian vibe when you walk in and is perfect for having beautiful conversations with people I love here in Mombasa.

Moxie Podcast is all about sharing courageous stories from ordinary people, just like you and me. I hope that you will join me each week as I get to talk to some amazing and wonderful people (mainly in Kenya), but also around the world.

Today is a good day. My only problem is that I really want to celebrate with balloons (but helium balloons seem non existent in Mombasa, Kenya) As Marie Kondo says, Choose something that sparks joy. Being a host sparks joy! And so do balloons.

Thanks for being on this journey with me and let us continue to shine bright together,

Signing off now with hopes that I can find one helium balloon in Mombasa,

Jenny