Monthly Archives: February 2010

Happy 1st Birthday

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My dear YesProject readers,

I have some excellent news. Today, Feb 23rd 2010 is my first birthday here on theyesproject. Allow me to take this opportunity to say thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for taking this journey with me. Those of you who read mypurpose (see About page) know that there were certain things that I wanted to accomplish this year so let’s recap:

1. The Yes Trail was a success. It would’ve been a much bigger success had I been better about tracking my “Yeses” so I guess we all know Mia’s new goal for 2010, huh? No worries though: I’m proud to have started a Yes Trail to track my adventures. Please check out my Yes Trail in 2010 and if I slack off, don’t be afraid to call me out on all that mess asap! Just be gentle ūüôā

2. The blog was a success. The whole purpose of writing the blog was to stop thinking about life and actually get out there and live it and share it. In that sense, it was a success. I still hope to break the observing habit and really get in there and live life to the fullest. Cliche, I know. So sue me (don’t) ūüėČ

3. I absolutely loved meeting you. Listen you guys, I really really REALLY enjoyed hearing from you. I’ve got to say that you guys are some of the nicest out there. Some of you even wrote me using my blog e-mail and that was fun too. I’m looking forward to hearing from you more and more and more.

Those are just 3 things I’ll be celebrating this year. I would love to hear from you. Here are some things I’d love to hear about:

1. What would you like to see more of this year?

2. What do you wish would’ve been left out?

3. How can I make this a more interactive blog?

Please do use the comments section and share with me. In the meantime, celebrate with me as I celebrate my first birthday here on wordpress.com

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Love is Kenya by Penya Africa

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I know this is a whole week later but I don’t care. I just have to share this because one whole¬†week later, I’m¬†STILL thinking about it. What is it?¬†Allow me…

It was a beautiful pre-Valentines night, Feb 13th 2010, and I was the Kenya National Museum with a few friends and family. I had just walked past a picture gallery depicting the results of the 2007 post-election violence. At the end of the entrance walkway, I thought to myself: Kenyans have a decision to make. Either they will shun violence and political madness or they will bury more and more of their people over more of the same.

Now, here’s what I’ve been thinking about all week. The music! It was put together by¬†Penya Africa, which I think is a record lable although I stand to be corrected on this. What I did like was¬†that it wasn’t a bunch of sexual, misguided, typical and¬†unoriginal music. It was music that made sense and some of it was socially conscious. It was original and beautiful and I honestly was so so impressed with the whole thing. I’m glad I waited a week to tell ya’ll about it coz now I¬†can pinpoint which of the artists stood out to me. I loved them all (some more than others ūüôā ) Stan, Muthoni, Just A Band (?), Dela, Sauti Sol¬†and my very personal favorite FENA. I even liked Alpha, who I’d never heard of before (don’t ask me what rock I was living under during his big debut in Kenya).¬†

I know some of my readers are in Kenya so tell me; what did you think? What DO you think about Dela? Sauti Sol? FENA? What do you think what do you think what do you think? I’m dyyying to hear what you guys think about these and other Kenyan musicians so please do tell me about it in the comments section.

Congrats Penya Africa, for a job well done!

Welcome to The Lily Review readers

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My dear readers, I am oh-so pleased to announce that I am now a contributing writer¬†for The Lily Review, a really cool blog for really cool people ūüôā Howz that for vague? Well, check them out at www.lily.co.ke for a more accurate (and dare I say beautiful) picture of their blog.

I am so pleased and excited for this opportunity. Pleased enough, in fact, that I have dedicated an entire post to you, my Lily Review readers. I look forward to seeing you both here at¬†theyesproject¬†here as well as there at Mia’s Diary. You may notice that the content is different so there’ll be no duplicating. I figure if you’re going to take the time to read my work, the least I can do is provide enough material for you to read (and love) without wasting your time with duplication.

Please feel free to leave comments, rants, raves, suggestions, compliments, complaints…whatever. Basically, anything you want to say, you’re welcome to say it here. I look forward to seeing you around.

Seriously and sincerely and with lots of smiles,

Mia