I’ve been in enough artistic and literary forums that have attacked the white man for saying he ‘discovered’ Mt. Kenya. Or the River Nile. Or Mt. Kilimanjaro.
So I’ll start with a definition of discovery and a disclaimer for my use of the term.
Definition of discover
1)to make known or visible : EXPOSE
discovering himself … as her adoring and magnanimous lover— T. L. Peacock
2)to obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time : FIND
discover the solution; discovered a new Italian restaurant
discovered he was out of gas
Hm. Now that I see the definition, perhaps we should cut the white coloniser some slack. These things were discoveries to him.
But that’s not what this post is about.
This post is about a list of things, places, TV series and books I discovered this year and really enjoyed.
Note: This post is not sponsored or affiliated with any of the people, places and things mentioned.
Nude Essentials is a Kenyan brand that makes all-natural soaps, oils, creams and shampoos by hand. With the “going natural/organic” wave that’s been rising steadily these last few years, I’ve found that sometimes you can’t be too sure whether a product truly is made using natural ingredients.
These guys are legit.
I decided to start out with their Shea Butter soap. From the first whiff, you can tell it’s natural Shea Butter (at least that’s what my more knowledgeable friend said. My nose is not there yet :D).
What I can tell you without being a “natural ingredients connoisseur” is the undeniable effects of using this soap.
- It lathers well (which is saying a lot because my house has hard water)
- It’s gentle on the skin while leaving you feeling cleansed. From the very first use, my skin felt like I’d just gotten a nice sugar scrub
Soon as I can, I’m getting more of their products. I’m especially excited about trying out their Lemongrass and Baobab soap and their Baobab Insect Repellant (not entirely sure when and where I’ll use this one, but hey).
For those of you who don’t know, Breaking Bad is an American TV show that came out in 2008. It’s about a high school chemistry teacher who is already struggling to make ends meet when he’s diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He turns to making methamphetamine (meth) to secure his family’s future.
I heard about it when it was released but wasn’t interested in watching it then. I’m glad I didn’t. With everything I’ve been learning the last few years about being in alignment with your Self, I understand the timing of everything better. This was the time for me to watch Breaking Bad. Watching it any sooner would have been unnecessarily scarring.
Thankfully, the entire show is on Netflix, so I didn’t have to worry about where to find it. (Thank you, Netflix!)
Nothing could have prepared me for the sheer genius I saw watching those 5 seasons. The story was so well crafted and evolved so organically that I now understand what all the fuss was about when it was airing.
Every episode had me looking at myself, assessing my own choices, fears, beliefs and thoughts. I’m so grateful for all the things I learned from Walter and Jesse.
The number of K-dramas on Netflix
I’m forever grateful to my childhood friend who introduced me to the world of K-dramas. Khamsamnida chingu!
Korean dramas (popularly known as K-dramas) are simply that. Korean TV shows that are always full of drama and watched with subtitles by us non-Korean speakers. They are the Asian version of South American soap operas without those awful voice overs. And with much more class.
Being foreign shows, it can be tricky finding a good site to watch them on. So when I discovered that there was a growing section of K-dramas on Netflix, I was ecstatic! Many of them were on my ‘To watch’ list too!
Qoya Movement by Rochelle Schieck
Anyone who knows me knows I love dancing. One of my favourite things about being in school was participating in the traditional dances for the end of year school concert or inter-house competitions. At home, my mother and I bonded over So You Think You Can Dance for years. There was just something about watching these dancers work on a piece and then watch their final performance at the end.
I loved everything about it. Their outfits, learning about different dance genres, watching them move their bodies with such grace and power.
But I’ve never thought of myself as a professional dancer. And I didn’t fully realise that I didn’t have to wait until I was at a dance social or a party or a club so I could dance. All I knew is that I wished I could have more chances to let loose and dance.
Then I found out about Qoya.
Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, our bodies remember. It’s really about moving your body with no judgement of yourself and no need to choreograph or look good. Just dancing with wild abandon and connecting to your body in deeper, meaningful ways.
This has been a wonderful way for me to reconnect with not just my love for dance but also myself. Anytime I feel overwhelmed, I know I can dance and feel better.
A big thanks to Will Smith for starting a YouTube channel and introducing me to these handsome, crazy and inspiring group of friends.
I’m not sure I can express with words just how much these guys are doing for me, just by being themselves. These days, everytime I watch a video of theirs, I cry.
I cry at the hope they restore, the joys they inspire and the fears they help conquer.
I cry at their kindness and genuine nature.
I cry at how simply they remind me that everything I want is within my reach. All I have to do is say “Yes”.
Here’s their 2018 YouTube Rewind video. If you don’t know anything about them, this is a good place to start.
There you have it.
A brief highlight of some the things that made me laugh, cry, gasp and generally come to know myself more. Thank you 2018!
If you’d like to share something new you discovered and enjoyed this year, leave me a comment below.