Hey hey beautiful people,
As most of you know, I began my Akili ni Mali mission two weeks ago and in typical tour sense, I should be jumping all over but here I am sliding out of bed after midday to wish you all a Happy New Month and update you all on the tour as I fix myself breakfast or lunch (ok the only reason I left bed was for the food)
These last 10 days have been a marathon for me, I have enjoyed being on the road and meeting new people... I am so excited to announce that I am done with the first leg of my Akili ni Mali mission (if you are just catching up, Akili ni Mali loosely translates to Mind is Wealth and as I count down to marking 14 years as a rape survivor, I am going across Kenya using storytelling to spark conversations about mental health) read more here http://sitawa.blogspot.co.ke/2017/04/akili-ni-mali-mission-official.html?m=1 Leg 1 of the mission has seen me criss cross from Narok, Maasai Mara to Kendu Bay, Kisumu town and Maseno. In the 10 days since I began, I have done 7 sessions with different groups that included 2 Universities (Maasai Mara University and Maseno University), 2 groups from the Maasai community including a Manyatta boma meeting while in the Maasai Mara, 2 sessions with 24 girls aged between 8 and 22 living in a rescue centre in Kendu Bay (4 of the girls are living with epilepsy) and a session with young people living with epilepsy in Kisumu town (thank you Caroline K for sponsoring our lunch) Beside the group sessions, I have also had a few one on one sessions with some of the participants, who shared very personal traumas that they have been struggling with for some time.
S E I Z U R E ::: After 7 intense sessions with different groups in the 10 days that I have crisscrossed from Narok, the Maasai Mara to Kendu Bay, Kisumu town and Maseno my body has given in and I had a seizure this morning (thanks to all that talking, one on ones, packing, travelling and weather changes) ---- I will be taking a break to take care of myself but when I have my juices in check, the second leg of Akili Ni Mali will take me to Garissa and Mombasa which I can't wait to share with all of you. Have a lovely weekend and take care of yourselves as you take care of others. Sending Love and Light . . . #seizure #epilepsy #akilinimali #mentalhealth #mymindmyfunk #ministry #mentalhealthwithoutborders #mentalhealthmatters
On Saturday morning my body gave in and I am taking a break this week just to heal from all that strain of speaking and travelling, check if my house is where I last saw it aaaaand get clean clothes. I will resume on 8th May when I head out to Garissa and Mombasa (keep praying for me and the participants). I have many amazing reports that I will be sharing in a dedicated blog series that I am still conceptualising in my head (add this to the prayer list, that the concept gets on paper and on this screen) I have also been playing around with video shooting, editing and adding sound all from my BlackBerry ... I have done 3 videos and this is my best so far https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LtaEZ-El2JY kindly give feedback...Kindly be kind :) Because it is a new month and I am a sucker for goal setting and such like things, I will share my expectations for the month being fully aware I might do it all and much more or do none of it but that never stops me... Living with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar, it is a constant battle to be in charge and not let the illnesses rule but yet again we don't have to be superhuman all day everyday, sometimes we just have to let things slide (and wake up at midday) So this month, I will be working on the blog series concept for the tour so if you have ideas pleeeease share with me...I will also try to catch up on emails, texts and DMs that I have been falling behind on and maybe revive my vlogs (ideas are welcome)...let's just say May is for content development and conceptualising content distribution, what are your plans for the new month?
I got the above forward text after my first session for the tour which was an amazing thumbs up...I am grateful to each and everyone of you for the love shown through messages, buying tote bags (please place your order), financial contribution (use the Paypal donate tab on the side of the blog) and prayers both for me and the participants, I don't take it for granted that the travels have had no hitches and that the talks have been smooth, on time, with audiences whose healing journeys were sparked by the conversations. Keep praying, pray for me and the participants, pray for the drivers in the various locations because some of these people need those prayers to slow down, pray for the venues and the weather, pray for me and my health and energy and to rely on He who began this work in me...keep praying beautiful people.
Some of the Leg 1 photos are on my Facebook and Instagram page (and make sure you follow those pages to get instant updates before I roll out the Akili ni Mali blog series)
Sending love and light to you all and have a lovely lovely lovely new month...now to get me fed then try to do some nation building things like sleep :)