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 her 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

Motherhood Mondays Back in Session!

It is Monday and it has been a while since I have hopped on and said hello. In fact, in the time that I have been gone, my newborn has now officially turned 7 months and my toddler that is going on 3 is well, a toddler. He challenges me daily and then gives me that sweet smile that makes my heart melt. How can a child do that to us? We get so frustrated by their actions and then they turn to us, tilt their head, flash those eyes and smile. In those moments, I am brought back to the first time I held him in my arms and my mama heart is cured. Then 1.3 seconds later, is a different story. But that is the life with a toddler.

So, for today. I am here and fully present. I am showing up for you and for me.

Writing cures my soul and the fact that it has been out of my life for some time, has made me a bit off balanced. This a place that I can share my thoughts, heart and process out loud without talking my husbands ear off every night.

I have been so busy with our traveling, visiting and getting settled back into some sort of routine here in Kenya that writing was put in a box for a little bit because I simply did not have time or in the little time I did have, I would fall asleep as soon as I opened my computer.

My desire is to always be more consistent for not only me and my love for sharing stories, but also for you. I find that there is actually quite a number of you that take the time to read about my life and the unsolicited advice I like to give. For that, I am grateful.

If this is your first time. Welcome to Motherhood Mondays. Where I talk everything about being a mother. The joys, the messes and the plain ugly truth. My hope is that you feel at home here and you realize quickly that we are all in the same boat and we are not perfect. Let us pledge together to stop comparing ourselves to others and in return, start sharing truth, becoming vulnerable and living in community together.

As mothers, we should come together and support one another because as we all know, motherhood is hard and none of us have the right answers or the perfect method, so lets walk together in it.

Next week, I am talking all about the transition from being a mother of one to two. I will tell you about my absolute joys and also, the ugly truth. Do not get me wrong, I love being a mother and the love I have for my babies is immense, but do I ever wish I had a day (whole 24 hours) alone and to myself? YOU BET I DO! Even just ten more minutes would be nice.

Until next week mamas. Stay strong and love deep today.

– Jenny