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2010 VOF Week 2

I initially joined the World Pulse website purely out of boredom and again, I am unsure of how I even got to this website although on an average day I do a lot of online research in my job. However, going through various journals of numerous friends online and getting to share my own experiences has been quite something. I am now more involved and I log in every single day just to catch-up on what other people are saying! “My name is Naomie and I am a new Pulse Wire junkie!” This week I have connected with a pal from Barbados its fascinating just hearing about the different cultures.

I have been searching for my purpose. I must admit I am one of those people who has been brought up in a fairly smooth sailing average life in Nairobi and have been blessed that nothing earth shattering per se has ever happened to me. I have been waiting for my "burning bush moment" from God where he'll reveal what my purpose is. But I have become a tad wiser over the years and now realize I will only find my true calling when I pray about it and try different things at the same time. I do know in my bones that I am passionate about women empowerment. I would love to see women in my country able to support them selves, able to realize when they are in an abusive relationship and take action, able to know that even the girl child must also be sent to school because education is power, above all able to know her rights as a woman. I am gaining a better understanding of how I can make my personal vision a reality and change the lives of women and children. I am looking forward to some day starting a social enterprise project that will allow women to become self sustainable, that they should not always feel like failures in their lives just because they do not provide any monetary contributions to their families.

My personal vision is to also work more with rural women. I feel that some are marginalized to the extent that some times they literally have no clue of what is happening in the rest of Kenya, what changes are happening that will affect them or who the President is. Women also sometimes remain in the most heart wrenching of situations merely because they don’t know what to do. I believe social enterprise is also key in poverty eradication. There are parts of our very beautiful nation that constantly receive donor funds. The donor money is great but truth be told if the donors cannot teach the "fishermen to fish" then it’s a very weak cause. Women can also be income generators for their families, and on average they are fairly more hard working than men. “Oh my, did I just become a feminist?”

2010 VOF Week 2

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aimeeknight's picture

pulse wire junkie

Thank you for sharing your story. I love your description "pulse wire junkie", I feel the same way. I can't stop reading!
Aimee

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

nkinyanjui's picture

Thanks Aimee, we're junkies

Thanks Aimee, we're junkies for sure! but i just find it amazing meeting many people online from countries i never gave much thought to, we are women from around the world but united by our femininity.

Emyeyo's picture

Hi

Wowwwwwww. This is very lovely. More gresss to your elbows!!!

Emyeyo

nkinyanjui's picture

Emyeyo, thank you very much

Emyeyo, thank you very much for you kind words my dear
Naomie

IvanaG's picture

What a great and sincere

What a great and sincere post! Lot of people are looking for their purpose a long time, but fail to admit. Sometimes it's difficult to see what's the"special" thing for you and I think today, when the world has so many possibilities and opportunities, young people expect too much and end up disappointed. Sometimes that "purpose" can be as simple as raising a child or start some hobby which will then turn into a huge passion.
Love your attitude, keep going!
Ivana

nkinyanjui's picture

Thanks Ivana you response is

Thanks Ivana you response is so true, in this world people seem more distracted by chasing more materialistic things than making a difference so i hope to someday realize my dream for women in Africa

warona's picture

THATS IT GAL

Hi Nkinyanjui

Yaa i hear your exuberance,the excitement, i believe thats genuinely how you happened to be part of the world pulse family.

Anyway thank you for updating about yourself,you are so amazing.Thank you.

kindly
warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

nkinyanjui's picture

Warona, thank you for your

Warona, thank you for your beautiful comment. I AM EXCITED, can't hide that at all! Let's help each other keep our flames blazing.
Ciao
Naomie

Renee White's picture

Hi Nkinyanjui! I love your

Hi Nkinyanjui!

I love your honesty. I know what it's like to be searching for that purpose. While my entire life has not been smooth sailing, I have been blessed with the courage to make changes that have brought me many blessings. I desire to step out and share that. Share that courage to get educated, to stop abuse, to believe in something beautful. It just breaks my heart to hear of women still being victimized and I so long to reach across the world and lend my hand. Perhaps we shall all find that purpose here together.

Blessings!

Renee

Ps. You have a contagious smile!

nkinyanjui's picture

Hey Renee, thank you loads

Hey Renee, thank you loads for your response! the smile is from the big you up there :) i actually love to laugh, enjoy the happiness to the full when it checks into your life. Renee, kepe your flame burning we can speak for those who do not have the words in this world, so believe that you will find that purpose as well. As Pulsers we are already have our global platform, share your story too
Ciao

Naomie

Grace Nakajje's picture

Wonderful

Hi Lady,
You sound grate and your passion is no doubt we women will have to emulate. you also sound spiritual and the method you pointed out of fishing just as Jesus Christ did in a demonstration to peter and Andrew how to fish will definitely enable pulse wire to hook several women.

Your testimony is soothing.

Grace-First Lady

nkinyanjui's picture

Grace - First Lady thank you

Grace - First Lady thank you for your kind words. I am actually overwhelmed from the responses i have received on my assignment. I am definitely spiritual, it has helped me get through life with a positive attitude, somethin all of us need every now and then. Lets continue in prayer for the hooking we badly need!
Ciao

Naomie

NyamburaFoley's picture

Naomie

Your 'burning bush' moment will come when you least expect it. Just keep on doing what you love to do.

P.S. Being a feminist once in a while is not a bad thing :)

Regards,

Nyambura.

nkinyanjui's picture

Hey Nyambura, i hear you and

Hey Nyambura, i hear you and will definitely keep going strong. I'll definitely embrace that burning bush when it shows up

Ciao
Naomie

bd's picture

I just love that: “Oh my, did

I just love that: “Oh my, did I just become a feminist?”! I love how the Universe really does conspire with our higher self! Clearly you have a passion for writing, Naomie!!

May the great unfolding continue to find you!

In beauty,
Barbie~Danielle

Never doubt in the dark what you saw in the light.

nkinyanjui's picture

Hey bd, thanks for your post,

Hey bd, thanks for your post, yes i have never considered myself a feminist at all, but maybe i am... as for my writing it has really become a part of me. My pen and paper are forever married, and this is a talent i only JUST discovered, Be blessed

nilima's picture

hey

your writing is simply awesome and you are the born to work for the good cause! and i am sure you have been doing a lot for the same, as i can see the huge enthusiasm in your writings!

good luck!

nkinyanjui's picture

Nilima thanks for your kind

Nilima thanks for your kind words! I love writing, it is the true way that i am able to express myself fully. Especially now to Pulsers i will be sharing a lot more.

Good luck to you too!

nilima's picture

:)

:)

Amani K's picture

Great!!

Go, gal, go!!!

It is possible to find our purpose - the thing is we must stretch out, reach out and listen-inward and out for it!!!
Inspiring!!!

Karambu

Dr. Karambu Ringera
Founder and President, International Peace Initiatives
Vice President, Global Ecovillages Network (GEN) Africa
Advisory Board Member, Women Human Rights Institute, University of Toronto
Member and Delegate, Soroptimist Internationa

Leelee's picture

Woohoo! I got a shout out in

Woohoo! I got a shout out in your post "friend from Barbados" here hahaha! I totally understand where you are coming from in your post about trying to determine your purpose and the "burning bush" moment! Sometimes I feel like I am destined fro great things and while I do try to work to these great things (whatever they are) I do fee like a top spinning in mud sometimes ... like what is the point? And also, what really will I do to make a difference? Other times I am hit with such lethargy that all I want to do is sleep! And read books ... Thanks for your post!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

nkinyanjui's picture

Leelee, thanks! Oh yes I had

Leelee, thanks! Oh yes I had to shout you out :) I also feel the lethargy every now and then for sure i am not always high on the run run energy but we are all human so it is understandable. We're all destined for great things so when we are feeling the lethargy do not despair pick yourself up and dust it off then move on!

Ciao
Naomie

Rudzanimbilu's picture

It's a beautiful journal

Your voice is relaxed and yet determined and I wish that you start with your social enterprise soonest. Thank you for allowing us into your space and here you don't have to be a president but a woman who has a mission to change.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

nkinyanjui's picture

Rudzanimbilu, thank you for

Rudzanimbilu, thank you for your kind words, we should all realize that indeed we don't have to be a president of a country to want to make small changes that can impact a few lives my mission will happen soon.

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Your Purpose

Dear Nkinyanjui,
Many thanks for sharing your personal story how you joined Pulsewire. I have enjoyed reading your story. You have a unique writing style and I love the way your voice and words flow in your writing.
Your vision of working with rural women, educating girls and women as well us helping women know their rights is a powerful and liberating one. You touch by your voice-' I am gaining a better understanding of how I can make my personal vision a reality and change the lives of women and children'.
I am confident that your voice and vision today will change the lives of many girls and women today and generations to come. Keep praying,exploring and sharing your VOICE on Pulsewire.
Good Luck

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

nkinyanjui's picture

Thanks so much for your

Thanks so much for your inspiring words, i hope to make a difference, just by meeting with other Pulsers and getting their perspective on life experiences! I've checked out your website and you best believe you are doing great stuff to the young people you are working with. Your mentorship will continue to mould and shape their futures.
Thanks
Naomie

hannah's picture

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your words! I especially like the part about trying a lot of different things at the same time-so true. Also, I love your last two sentences!
Hannah

nkinyanjui's picture

Hannah, many thanks for your

Hannah, many thanks for your reply. Yeah we just have to try out many different things in this lifetime. We didn't come with manuals and some days i wish we did but then againg life would be too dreary ;-)
Ciao
Naomie

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your story with us! I like your honestly about your own personal realization that purpose can only come from within! And I would love to hear more about what you'd like to do specifically for rural women--are you already working in local communities? How do you think you could use PulseWire to help you reach your goals? Keep up the great work!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

nkinyanjui's picture

Thanks Rachael. I haven't

Thanks Rachael. I haven't started working with rural women yet, i am connecting soon with Amani who's coming to Nairobi this Oct, I'll be going to visit her program in Embu which will help me gain some perspective of how i can make sense of it all. I'm a newbie in this, that's for sure. I intend to start a social enterprise, of which i am not sure what it would be based on, maybe farming because that would put food on the table as well. Maybe have it work like a co-op in some way though i am researching for finer details. I will definitely tell you all about it when i get the concept clear to myself. From Pulse Wire i already read about the banana peel fuel project from a uni in the UK something like that would also be ideal. As i realize the needs, i'll post them immediately.

Ciao
Naomie

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Wonderful Naomie, it sounds

Wonderful Naomie, it sounds like you are off to a strong start! Keep up the good work!

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

nkinyanjui's picture

Thanks for the support!

Thanks for the support!

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