Are You New Here?

Image of a wooden board with the word 'welcome'.


Do you ever feel like you can’t quite figure out what you’re thinking? Or find yourself at a loss when you try to communicate your thoughts? No? Okay.

Well, I frequently feel that way, and this blog is the result of my efforts to make sense of my world, and the thoughts I have about it. I write about different things – any thought I have can easily transform into a blog post when I start to write it down. I value genuineness and that is what I would like you to find here. Think of this blog as a home for the genuine thoughts of a kawaida Kenyan girl trying to figure things out. Isn’t that what we’re all doing? Trying to figure things out?

You may find that the personal essays I share here mostly explore relationships and the human condition. Basically, I write about people and what I make of them. I work used to work in mental health, you see. (I am now a book editor specialising in fiction, and I am pretty good at it, if I do say so myself, so give me work!). I write about my experiences hoping that you will see your own experiences in them. And I hope that we will then be able to talk about those our similar (or different) experiences, and proceed to live happily ever after.

I (try to) post personal essays on this blog every week every month. (In the years since I started this blog, I have tried over and over again to keep to a weekly posting schedule, but I finally learnt that I can’t do that because life, and also because I truly don’t have something to say every week. So I adjusted, and so far, it’s working! You know what that is? Growth!). So every month, you and I can hang out and have honest conversations. Trust me, it’s a good deal. In my humble (ahem) opinion, I am a very cool person.

My name is Michelle Chepchumba. I love to read and to write and to eat good food and I nap quite a bit. Let’s be friends, okay?