Look up, you are not alone 3

Keep looking up …

That’s the secret to life.


Have you ever had a desire to achieve something that in the natural mind looks and feels unachievable?

How did that moment look and feel for you?

Lately, I had an idea to put all my goals on a piece of paper. I decided to dare to include even my most crazy ideas. I took the step of finding pictures that matched what I had written (thanks to Pinterest). A generous friend of mine volunteered her time to make a collage for me, all my pictures on one page, as a gentle reminder of what my goals were.

I have to admit that at first glance at what my friend had put together, I felt afraid. As my eyes scanned through the images, that almost looked familiar, I felt as though I had set myself up to fail. For I did not have even the slightest idea of how the story, that these pictures told so beautifully, would ever unfold in my life. All I knew was that I needed more than my strength, I needed the faith to believe that this could also be my story.

I smiled and looked up knowing that if I continued looking around me, nothing made sense. I prayed to the heavens to release what was for me, then I rested in the belief that this would open up my eyes to the opportunities around me. The fear was replaced by a sense of comfort that I did not have to do this alone.

Do you often feel overwhelmed by life? Or, do you feel like you are running in circles with no sense of accomplishment? I dare you to stop what you are doing. Reflect and identify what it is that you really would like to achieve, even the most seemingly out-of-this-world idea. Ask yourself some tough questions; like what does it look like, feel like, taste like, and why does it matter to me? Then look up to the heavens, and ask for help.

Like me, God may open your eyes to the everyday opportunities around you that connect you to your heart’s innermost desires.

No matter where you find yourself today, take a moment to stop and look up. This might be the very thing you need to get a fresh perspective, to get the deep knowing that you are not doing it alone.  The universe has your back, and God is with you. The comfort you need to recharge and to keep going with clarity, is in the simple act of looking up.

About Shiko Kariuki

Shiko Kariuki grew up in a small country town in Kenya and relocated to Australia to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing. After graduating from her studies, Shiko saw the gap in underrepresentation for women of colour. In order to share her story and make an impact, she pursued Miss Africa Perth, using the platform to advocate for African youth by championing community events and charity fundraisers. In 2019, Shiko was crowned Ms. Galaxy Australia 2019, a title which saw her competing in the U.S. and becoming 3rd runner up on the Galaxy international platform. She has used the platform to run quarterly confidence workshops for teenage girls from culturally diverse backgrounds in her quest for women's empowerment. Shiko blogs about her life experiences and culture. When not working as a registered nurse in the mental health sector, you will find her planning her next adventure in a bid to satisfy her wanderlust.

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