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A new Year, a New beginning

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Wow I can't believe it is so many months since my last blog!
Last year was challenging in many ways, with all those changes on the job front, the crazy inflation here in Kenya (food goes up every time you shop) and the new health challenges.
Hope this year my health can stabilize a bit.
In September I developed a wheeze, then it got better, but I developed now a wheeze on every run.... Gosh don't want to have to deal with tat, but I guess this is just another thing to be tackled head-on. then when I was getting round to having this sorted out and seeing the specialist for asthma medication, I went for the annual eye check-up and was told the cataract has gotten worse and I should think of surgery. Well I went right for it and had it done. Now I see better than ever (I was severely short sighted before...), but suddenly need reading glasses.
Difficult to get used to, still feel silly carrying them with me all the time.
Now after these 2 new challenges I am 3 month without a decent run (have been walking though but that is not the same.... :) ), about 2 kg heavier and URGENTLY need to get back to exercising.
I have found a new gym near work, which I can afford thanks to a pay rise (Yipeeh!!!!) and will join as soon as the Doctor says I can exercise again, am seeing him next Monday.

Since I have lost this weight before I know I can do it again!
So i am up to this challenge, are you?

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TETICH 1/15/2012 10:14PM

    I am joining you Steph! Lets go!!!! emoticon

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NYARAMULA 1/15/2012 12:38PM

    I know this year will be better. Happy new year!

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STEPHLOKI 1/15/2012 12:28PM

    Thanks guys! I hope you are off to a good start like me! I have resumed swimming on Saturdays and have started going to the gym again.

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AMYNYNJ 1/4/2012 8:47AM

    emoticon gesund und fit bleiben!

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LAURIE5658 1/3/2012 1:25PM

    I'm with you, Steph! Let's do it!


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What a difference!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Those who know me, know that i was really frustrated in the job at the School and hated it. Also was loosing my last bit of selfesteem.
So starting with Connected Health had made a difference already, even though the Kenyan Project was on an unstoppable downhill path, the fact that my boss would tell me he likes my work helped me. in the beginning I caught myself looking over my shoulder to find otu who he is talking to.....LOL
Then when the Kenyan Project was folded up and we were integrated in Computech, I was not sure what to think about it. Now I do Customer Relations and Project Management. It is hard work, but I enjoy doing it.
And most of all it is SOOOOOOOO NICE to be appreciated! My colleagues in Logistics keep on telling me they are glad I am there. My colleagues in Sales have told me things like "If we want real solutions we come to you" and my Boss has told me the best of all:
He trusts me and he is happy with my work!
He has told em that repeatedly. Now he wants me to have weekly meetings with him, to "sort him out". He knows he is disorganized and wants me to help him straighten himself out. What a compliment!

Now if that could be translated into a salary increment.......LOL
Well I will wait until the 3 months probabtion are over and then I will ask him.

For now I am just amazed at how big a difference it makes to be appreciated!

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STEPHLOKI 3/19/2011 2:41AM

    Thanks for all your sweet posts!

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SCHNOOTIE 3/18/2011 8:16PM

    I am so happy for you!!! I bet you can sort him out. And most of all, it is a wonderful feeling to be appreciated, especially coming from such a bad previous work experience. Sometimes it just takes some time to get to the right place. I am glad you found it!!! Rock on, Steffi!

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TETICH 3/18/2011 9:28AM

    Thats so great! emoticon emoticon on having a good job!

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What makes a warrior?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them.
Ancient Samurai Saying

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TETICH 3/6/2011 1:33PM

    Hope you are taking a chance today, you go emoticon warrior you! emoticon

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Life is a Rollercoster

Friday, February 04, 2011

Some times you get the feeling that every time you get up from one crisis and start to walk, some one pulls the carpet from underneath you and you are down again.

I have gone through many phases like this is life, and learned it only helps to go through it taking it one day at a time.

The same applies to the current stretch in life.

Not only am I caught up in a protracted Management Change-over in the company I work for, but also my work permit is affected by it. And since the old company is not really making any money in Kenya, payments have not been regulare. So we have lived through months of uncertainty already. Now when the new boss started paying our salaries, it has become a bit easier, but thats when I realized that Inflation is really biting!
Over Christmas * New year i had to sit down and calculate my budget afresh. With so many things falling apart in my house (after my divorce I furnished with second-hand things) and my running shoes so worn out that they hurt my joints. I was already down, but then when I realized that my car is my single biggest expence and considering the cost of living I can't really afford it. I tried to see where I can save money, but I am already living as low-cost as possible and even trying to look for a cheaper house would not bring much. Cost for rent has gone up every where and even cheaper housing estates now cost almost as much as I pay now and the extra time I would spend on the road going to and from work would orevent any savings.

So I was really frustrated and kept on thinking, here I am with 24 years of work under my belt and not much to show for it. Also retirement is looming in 16 years from now. There is nto much in terms of pension here and you have to make your own provisions....

But as much as I was getting depressed I decided I was not going to give up!
I kept on walking, since my shoes are too worn out to run in them and somehow I will find the money to buy a new pair.

I have figured out a way in which it should be possible to pay teh car insurance in 2 months from now and I had a candid talk with the MD.

A salary increment is not posssible until the management change-over is finalized, but the Executive Director , to whom I was also able to talk a bit, has agreed to give me an allowance for use of mobile phone (we use prepaid cards) and fuel, which both are generous.

So the future is already looking brighter and some how I know I will manage to keep my car. This way I will be able to hang in there until the Management change-over is finalized and then negotiate for a pay rise. By that time they will have seen more of my work as well.

Lesson relearned from this: Don't give up! It's is okay to fall, but it is essential to get up and try to walk again!

Have a great weekend

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STEPHLOKI 2/7/2011 4:36AM

    Thasnk for all your sweet comments & thoughts.


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BOHOBE 2/4/2011 10:45PM

    I am so happy to hear about the crack of sunlight that has entered your life and made it not so dark. I understand how depressing life can get. But you have persevered and found a way to make your life better. You have a whole community here with you to support you and help you. Never forget you are not alone! I hope that you have a great weekend!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/4/2011 11:23AM

    I hear you and I feel you. I've been going it one day at a time, treading lightly, for a long long time. Easy, carefree times are short-lived and learning how to really appreciate the truly wonderful days has probably saved my sanity.
Hang in there, I'm with you, one day at a time.

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HOPE2BE 2/4/2011 8:52AM

    Glad to hear you're thinking positive about your future. People notice things like that about you when things are down and out and you hold things together. Try to walk to places when you can and invest in those shoes. I used to walk to the grocery store and back and to the laundry mat and back. You don't realize you can do it til you do it.

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NYARAMULA 2/4/2011 6:35AM

    I am glad you have found a way to work things out. Focus on the positive. And don't forget that I am right here if you need me.

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What a morning!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Started the morning by having my car hit by a Lorry..... What a way to start the day. Another damage to my car and again affecting the rear bumper, which had just been fixed last week after another car hit me just before Christmas.
But the good side of it:
No one got hurt!
It happened less than 100m from a Traffic Cop, the other driver admitted his fault at once and his Transport Manager who is based in Naivasha, happened to be in Nairobi, My mechanic was also not too far and so it took us about 2 hours to solve everything and sign an agreement that they will pay.

If you have to have an accident, then let it be this way!....LOL

Lets hope they really will send me the money today.

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NYARAMULA 1/26/2011 1:00AM

    I am glad everything is sorted out. Why is everyone out to hit your car (lol)

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TETICH 1/25/2011 8:37PM

    Hey gal, pole sana. Glad no one was hurt and glad it was taken care of so quickly. Though I know how it feels to have your new car hit!!

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STEPHLOKI 1/12/2011 1:02AM

    I received the money for the repairs from the company owning the Lorry yesterday afternoon. Took the car to the garage this morning and hope to get it back after work.

Good thing about my mechanic is that he gives me his car to use, when he repairs mine, so I don't have to wait for him to come, but just go to the work shop to pick my car.


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OUTDOORGIRL70 1/11/2011 7:57PM


Glad that no one was hurt and everything will be taken care of.
You just are not having any luck.

God Bless

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