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Joey's Factory

Factory Floor Manager, TV Host, Actress,
Storyteller, Part-time nerd, Down A** Chic.
When my mind wanders, this is where it goes. I offer no solutions. I ask questions and hypothesize. Welcome to my world

"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present, you need to live the
question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day"

-Rainer Maria Rilke

#Twende Kazi. The Live Finale. Full Episode. Thank you London, Best time I’ve had in a long long time. #BelieeDat

Question: How long till we get to gorgeous?
Feel like I’ve overdone the middle. Blurgh.

Question: How long till we get to gorgeous?

Feel like I’ve overdone the middle. Blurgh.

"I’d rather deal with disappointment than live with not knowing. Let-downs are occasionally good for your expectations. They put things in perspective and build resilience. So no, I aint mad at myself for ever having had hope."


Forever Four

I’ll never forget the moment when she saw her younger brother crawling on all fours and declared, “Aunty look, boys are like monkeys!”. It was hilarious. I’m talking about my four year old niece who I spent a good portion of this past weekend with. Her brother is two and we were at a family lunch when she made this declaration that had everyone, including her mom, laughing out loud.

Soon after that all the women at the table found themselves in a deep feminist discussion about how my niece’s views were actually not too far off from reality. Sorry boys, but sometimes ya’ll do push the limits…hehe. Perhaps four years old is not the time to be finding out that eventually, you might meet a man so afraid of commitment that he appears to leap from tree to tree in search of something he’s not entirely sure of…but I digress

Spending time with my niece was amazing, yet confusingly polarizing. On one hand I was so happy to be in the company of a child’s pure joy. We played with balloons, ate ice-cream, watched cartoons, she showed me how to play her guitar, we tried on lipgloss…It was literally the most fun I’ve had in ages. But as I watched her frolic in her innocence I couldn’t help but wish she would stay four years old forever.

At one point I found myself worrying about the life tragedies which haven’t even happened to her yet. I wished she would stay at this age where she doesn’t have to concern herself with having her heart broken, multiple times. I wondered what it would be like to stay forever four; where she didn’t have to worry about life, dreams deferred, career uncertainty, the emptiness associated with loss - of hope, friends,…and perhaps someday the glimmer in her eye. I know, spoken like a true pessimist :(.

Eventually I snapped out of my warped thought process and brought myself back to reality. I looked over at her face, freshly painted with stars and rainbows and just like that, I felt that child-like joy creep back into my bones. I forgot about my own problems for a while, and steered out of the territory where I had found myself projecting my shortcomings into her future.

I guess the best I can do for now is enjoy her company. And pray that she will grow up to make wise decisions, stay joyful, and be so much more than I will ever become.

(P.S I had a bad case of insomnia this past week, and reluctantly joined Instagram. I know, sigh. Follow me @joeymuthengi and check out the pic of me and my niece trying to act en-vogue. Super fun times).


"One day, according to an old story, a man with a serious illness was wheeled into a hospital room where another patient was resting on a bed next to the window. As the two became friends, the one next to the window would look out of it and then spend the next few hours delighting his bedridden companion with vivid descriptions of the world outside. Some days he would describe the beauty of the trees in the park across from the hospital and how the leaves danced in the wind. On other days, he would entertain his friend with step - by – step replays of the things people were doing as they walked by the hospital. However, as time went on, the bedridden man grew frustrated at his inability to observe the wonders his friend described.Eventually he grew to dislike him and then to hate him intensely.

One night, during a particularly bad coughing fit, the patient next to the window stopped breathing. Rather than pressing the button for help, the other man chose do nothing. The next morning the patient who had given his friend so much happiness by recounting the sights outside the window was pronounced dead and wheeled out of the hospital room. The other man quickly asked that his bed be placed next to the window, a request that was complied with the attending nurse. But as he looked out the window, he discovered something that made him shake: the window faced a stark brick wall. His former roommate had conjured up the incredible sights that he described in his imagination as a loving gesture to make the world of his friend a little bit better during a difficult time. He had acted out of selfless love.

This story never fails to create a shift in my own perspective when I think about it. To live happier, more fulfilling lives, when we encounter a difficult circumstance, we must keep shifting our perspective and continually ask ourselves, “Is there a wiser, more enlightened way of looking at this seemingly negative situation?” We walk this planet for such a short time. In the overall scheme of things, our lives are mere blips on the canvas of eternity. So have the wisdom to enjoy the journey and savor the process”
-From Page 9 of “Who Will Cry When You Die” by Robin Sharma

#Vlog. Been years since I performed that #SpokenWord but here goes nothing. Hope to see you all soon with more xx.

"The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live."

-Norman Cousins

#1. Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil your present…

#1. Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil your present…

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