It’s funny how life leads you. Really it is. It’s been 10 years since I was in high school. And trust me, in high school I was a very different version of my current self.
Of course I was younger. And possibly a couple of kilos lighter. And most certainly, a lot greener and less experienced at life than I am now.
I left the country soon after for my studies and since I’ve been back it’s been fantastic to meet some of the friends I made in high school. We’ve all been on very different paths.
Some have completed second and third degrees in medicine and law, others have gotten married and started families and others yet are making big strides as public figures!
And as you may have guessed from now, Amina Abdi is an old high school friend of mine who, need I say, is doing amazing things in the entertainment space!
Amina and I were in the same house - Chania/Yala and she was actually my senior, so we weren’t even allowed to be best buds! Hhaha!
I remember her for fearlessness.
Amina has always just been herself. She’s not out here to impress you or seek your approval. Nah, she’s always known her worth, had her head in the right place and been absolutely fearless about what she thinks and wants.
In a world where conformity is the order of the day, Amina has charted a path for herself based on her unapologetic and audacious character. She’s fearless and I love her for it.
So naturally, when I landed from Australia, I had to meet her coffee. And meet and chat we did. Amina’s gentleness was apparent from the get-go. Being strong doesn’t mean one is not gentle.
She did not have a facade and we cut through the fluff and spoke about real life - from creating a career in Kenya as a creative to juggling motherhood while maintaining emotional and mental balance.
Amina is fiercely aware of her priorities. Her determination comes from within and she sets high goals for herself.
She's has taught me the importance of getting one’s foundations and value system right. To go far, you have to have an in-depth understanding of your core. Know yourself. Pace yourself against yourself and then work hard. Period.
And so Amina and I decided to have this shoot together. To celebrate and in some way commemorate the eternal truth that we as women do need to speak honestly with one another.
We need to cut through the fluff, say what we mean and spur each other on. We learn best when we learn from each other and trust me no woman is an island capable of thriving on her own.
Amina is a ball of fun. Check her out on Instagram here. She’s clearly creating a life she loves that’s filled with sunshine!
Oh and of course many thanks to Vivo Activewear for dressing us and Backyard Shoez for adorning our feet in these beautiful heels!
Greg my photographer, always comes through. Thanks for this Greg! Follow him on Instagram here.
And so in celebration of a fearless pursuit of our dreams and humble gentleness that is divinely woman, I’m sending you lots of love and sunshine!