March Madness – Taking Stock

March Madness – Taking Stock

I absolutely love the way March responded to all goodness and effort I put into it. We’ve already established time is not on anyone’s side this year so anything you’ve been planning to start… Just start it. What could go wrong? We take lessons only. I pushed myself this month, to unsettle my comfort zone and face my fears a bit. I’m happy with the initial results. So the push continues. March Madness involved lots of photography, I want to perfect my skills so bad and perhaps get a good camera to create my own stock photos and memories of course. Let’s get into it.

 

Watch Lists

I created a list of documentaries to binge on. I couldn’t finish all of them. Bummer. Which means no additions to the list till I clear this one out.

Icarus РThe Award Winning documentary comes highly recommended. Been reading up more on Dr. Grigory Mikhailovich Rodchenkov (the star really) and other whistleblowers of this generation. Delicious.

Homeland – On the series front I have slacked a lot but it’s getting warmed up several episodes later. If you haven’t watched any of it, Season 1 would be a good place to start.

 

Web Finds

Speaking of whistleblowers, how do you feel about Christopher Wylie who exposed how  Cambridge Analytica harvested private information of 50m users during the Trump Campaign to manipulate their voting behavior. And that his predecessor was killed in Kenya.  Ever since the reveal my will to go back to my analog mode of storing my data has been reaffirmed. I know already a lot is out there especially through my Facebook but I am not giving these apps my time of day anymore.

I lean towards IG feeds filled with creative expressions of art and color. And The African Unicorn is a fit.

Elan Morgan is my blog pick for the month. Simple, Stylish and Straight – to the point.

 

Listens

My playlist had a lot of¬†Khaligraph and Petra. So much respect for Khali from the WAPI days when he would hawk his EPs to us. I remember listening to him, loving the flow and delivery which he has mastered over the years. Lyrically he has improved too. I hope they’re planning a collab album, I’ll buy it without any hesitation and impose the delightful sound to anyone within a 10-mile radius.

I do want to listen to a lot of¬† AfroSoul next month. That’s one area on my genre list I may have neglected for one reason or another.

Meanwhile in the Pod Pile, the Creativity and Productivity spillover is still being felt 3rd month in…

Hashtag Authentic – Podcast by Sarah Tasker. An Instagram genius, never disappointed.

Problogger – Podcast by Darren Rowse. The more I learn about blogging the better.

A Slob Comes Clean – swear there’s a podcast for everyone and this was made just for me. You’d love it if decluttering and organizing is your thing.

March Madness – Just because, Future.

 

Woman Tag

Woman To Get Inspired By – Dos Family. For coming through with this section that will be all about Women and the amazing things they do. The duo, Photographer Jenny Brandt and Designer Isabelle McAllister, are just magic.

Blog – dosfamily

Probably Pocket

My Theme Word for 2018 is Create. This profound desire to create something special once in a while comes with the mom package if only time responded kindly as well. I found this cool post with images to match on nurturing your creativity

The maddening atrocity at JKIA¬†left a bitter taste to my mouth. It also brought forth a loud and clear will to stand for something and do it unapologetically whether no one is looking or millions are watching. I don’t know exactly what that would be but I am standing in line no excuses.

I mean why shouldn’t I? When teenagers are practically shaking the table on which our privileged comfortable selves are dining from – in droves.

 

r/Showerthoughts

There are so many of us battling mental health issues clearly. This month not a day went by without seeing a post, a tweet, a vlog, a video that talks about depressive states, anxiety, bipolar affective disorders and its personal complications. We need to be honest and accommodative. Let’s all fight this together whichever way we can. And be supportive even when our backs are against the wall. I am happy with NHIF’s move to include mental health in the cover. One can hope strong measures are being put in place to ensure full compliance, quality services and most importantly no added costs.

 

Book Tag

Confession time, I fell into a reading rut this month. Mostly because life. Tutorial types consumed my month instead. I spared little time for Cal Newport’s Deep Work.¬† A slow read but I love it still.

Baby Diary

This homeschooling idea keeps popping up and I just might take it up if I am not in employment in 2 years. I know my thoughts sway from morning to evening but for now, #LetKidsSleep was the forewarning I needed.

I don’t remember ever waking up at such odd hours in the freezing cold to attend school. Nonetheless, I have been thinking hard about school now that our tiny tot is growing so fast. One minute you are giving birth, the next minute you are searching for school uniforms. Somebody needs to edit this manual.

 

Crafty Endeavour

Have been curating all the fancy crafty photography blogs for my next project – The Morning Shot which I have been trying to execute on my IG stories. Exciting yes. It’s always exciting until you embark on the doing part.

 

Pinned

Look at this beauty! My current need – to fine tune my daily routine for maximum productivity.

 

Entry

I finally did it. I decided to bid farewell to¬†my former blog for a bigger better space to do what I love most. The freedom you get from self-hosting… you can only understand and appreciate it if you came from a free hosting platform. I am learning a lot, daily. I hope the look sticks around for a while until I finish my CSS classes coz like I said last month I plan to play around with it and build from scratch.

Blog With Pip – I love her. So much that I paused my online class to digest everything I could in such a short time. Her generosity considering this was not a free course at first is something to admire. Wholesome. Thank You, Pip. The learning has been put to work already.

 

Exit

Unnecessary triggers. I have suffered enough to know which ones I willingly house in my mind, wreaking havoc and can easily throw in the trash. See yah.

 


My Taking Stock Series was inspired by Pip whose draft you can use to come up with your own list.

Or you could try mine. Here’s a blank one.

Watch Lists

Web Finds

Listens 

Woman Tag

Probably Pocket

r/Showerthoughts

Book Tag

Baby Diary 

Crafty Endeavour

Entry

Exit

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2 Comments

  1. April 9, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Thanks for the format idea! I recently did mine albeit very freestyle, to the point it’s the blogging equivalent of flashing people in the street. Will definitely use aspects of this in my April recap.

    • lila
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      April 9, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      Welcome. I am liking the format on yours. Comprehensive and well thought out.

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