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2018 Highlights of my Blog

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We have come to the end of a year that has been anything but boring. From interesting memes to the ‘unakufa’ slogan. From the deportation of the Chinese who had some racist things to say about us , to the latest Imenti house scandal. On a sad note, we have experienced; political chaos and the threat of another 2007 post-election violence which gladly, was calmed down by the famous “handshake”, the unexpected deaths of promising young lives. Then there is the arrest of some of the leaders and public officers for allegations of corruption and embezzlement of funds.

Blog-wise, I have had my moments too, my ups and downs. I have written articles that I am proud of and those that I am indifferent towards. I have suffered through a number of different degrees of writers’ block and came out the other side sometimes a little wobbly, sometimes better. Some of my personal favourites are:

1. The pains of the African Woman

Personally, it stands to be my top 3 creations. Although I always write out of passion, I think I had a little too much of it while writing this one.

2. Who Murdered Mr. Frog?

Walking down memory lane brought this interesting short story to life. The naughtiness, the curiosity, the innocence that accompanied every inch of curiosity and the wide-eyedeness that accompanied every revelation as a child . Oh, how I miss those days!

3. Learning to be the Hero of my own Story

After being in this world for a couple of decades and having bitter lemon juice forced down your throat, you just end up with such articles. All in all, I am proud of the person I am today.

4. In the Forest

There was a lot of sunshine in me,as is always is, when I was writing this poem . Prompted by one of the last ‘The Daily Post” word prompts “Forest”. I miss those guys. They unlocked some creative juices in me.

5. Tall Girls’ Problems

I must have been feeling very naughty that day. Don’t get me wrong, I love every inch of me.

6. There is no Honour in Violence

What good is a writer if he/ she doesn’t use his/ her writing to shed light on issues like these?

7. Happy Father’s Day to Single Mothers all around the World

Celebrating the not-sang-enough heroes in the world; the women behind many a great men and women in the world. Women like my mother.

8. Having a Good Heart is not so Futile After All!

Having a conscience that actually works and having people taking advantage of that simply sucks. We all need encouragement to keep doing the good deeds.

9. Lessons from a “freshman” in the Real World

My attempts of sharing what I have learnt in the real world with my fellow recent graduates.

10. Little Bird

Who doesn’t love a nice short poem about birds? To me, this one radiates lots of sunshine, beautiful songs and love.

To wrap it up, this has been comparatively, a good year. I have learnt and grown a lot both as a writer and as a person. Thanks y’all who have tirelessly read and shared your thoughts about my work.

Love, Shalleen.

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Posted in Poems, poetry, Thoughts

My Thoughts

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I hate being left alone with my thoughts
When fear and doubt cast a dark shadow
Sneaking in their friends through the crevices
For a pity party and depression for the host.

I don’t mind being left alone with my thoughts
When joy and peace are all sunshine
Inviting their friends for a tea party
And words of encouragement and affirmation for the host.

Posted in Achievements, Awards, Uncategorized

Liebster Award Nomination

This is a wonderful Sunday surprise from the sweet Stephanie of makingjoyahabit.com  Thank you dear for the early Christmas gift; I am very honored to receive this Award. 

The Rules:

The Rules are quite simple:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you
  3. Give 11 random thoughts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination
  5. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  6. Include a link to the official Liebster Award page on your blog: https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/ 

Stephanie’s Questions and my Responses

What do you write/blog about?

I write random thoughts be it; poems or short stories or inspirational articles. I have realized that it is very easy for me to write in the mornings when my mind is fresh. Therefore, whatever I wake thinking about in the morning, that is what will end up in my notebook; it might not end up in my blog but it will definitely be in my notebook.

If you could go back in time to 10 year old you, what advice would you give yourself in 3-5 sentences?

I am very beautiful the way I am. I wasted most my time crying and exchanging words with classmates who were bullying me for being too skinny.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

My mom playing with me whenever there were no kids to play with.  We had lots of fun times!

What is one talent you don’t have but wish you did?

Singing. Definitely singing!

If you could make ONE food have zero calories, which food would you choose?

Carrot cake!

Who inspires you the most (dead or alive)?

Rebecca Lolosoli the founder of Umoja Village. This woman has created a safe place for women who have been through domestic violence, early marriage and worse.

What’s your favorite “dad joke” to tell?

This one is not my original but it always gets me laughing.
Today, my son asked “Can I have a book mark?” and I burst into tears. 11 years and he still doesn’t know my name is Brian.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The power to get rid of people’s problems. Whenever I see a street kid my heart breaks. These kids have no parental love, their fierce protection, guidance, the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing and education. If I could have a super power, it would definitely be to make everything right for them.

Which way do you put your toilet paper roll?

The open side to the wall as it is easier to roll that way. What is your biggest goal for 2019?
To grow in knowledge of God and to constantly walk with Him.

If you could pick a theme song for your life, what would it be?

King of my Life by T-Bone featuring Natalie Larue. This song always makes me gay for my Lord God.

11 Random facts about me


1. Apparently, according to my siblings, I sound better when I sing in any other language other than English and Spanish.
2. As a child, Romans 4:1 was my favorite verse because I thought that had the writer finished the word shall, my name Shalleen would have been in the Bible.
3. According to the 16personality.com personality test, I am The Architect.
4. I am very germ phobic, I sanitize my hands countless times a day and I can’t eat anything that someone else has touched with their bare hands.
5. I am a little OCD with shelf arrangements and my laptop desktop arrangement.
6. I can’t leave the house without my watch but the second thing I remove once I get home, after my shoes, is my watch. It just feels weird on my hand in the house.
7. I was born a week or so before my due date.
8. Growing up, I was so skinny that my classmates used to call me Dragonfly. How I hated it!
9. My childhood nickname was Wasp because of how I used to react to things I don’t like.
10.My 3 favorite books are: to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington by David Swykert and The Ordinary Princess by M.M Kaye.
11. I find the movie ‘The Confirmation’ so interesting that I have re-watched it severally and I have never deleted it from my laptop since 2016.

My Nominees

My nominees in no particular order are:
1. Tim McGee
2. ACountryBoy
3.Mistimaan
4. Artisan X
5. Wilsonagaba
6. Cosmic Wonder
7. Sonia Stalance,
8. A.P. Christopher
8. Nyar Okungu
9. jstlouise of Poems Found
10. Thunder and Tea
11. David Palethorpe

Questions for my Nominees

1. If you could be a writer in the 18th century, who would you be?
2. Which planet would you like to visit most and why?
3. What is your favorite Sci-Fi Movie/Series?
4. What is your favorite food combination that other people find weird?
5. What is your favorite 2 ingredients recipe?
6. Still on food, what would you eat all day every day without growing tired of?
7. Celebrity crush and why?
8. What are the top 3 things you are proud of?
9. Are you a morning person? How ? 10. Sweetest thing your sibling has ever done for you?
11. Who is your best high school teacher and why?

I hope y’all enjoy the questions.
Yours truly, Shalleen.
Posted in Poems, poetry

That night I dreamt

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That night I dreamt,

Of the sun flirting with the leaves

And the joy and peace it gives,

Of the wind blowing in my hair

And the freedom from the air,

Of the silent noise from the swishing trees

And the calmness to my soul it gives,

Of the sound of water flowing down the stream

And how with laughter, I screamed.