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Let’s be honest. 2020 has been one hell of a year,a year for the history books. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. The stories that we are all hearing and living are unimaginable.

Who would have imagined a time where there is a curfew with NO moving out NO meetings at the cafe NO ladies who lunch NO lazing with friends NO traveling.

If you are in Uganda, you will commiserate with me when I tell you that our national water and sewerage  corporation has been going haywire, we have had days and weeks of NO water. Imagine that, the year where water is most crucial because we have to wash our hands hundreds of times a day and we are told NO! I mean what is that?

It has truly been the YEAR OF NO! Even the apocalyptic movies didn’t get it right. We thought they were fiction but mehn, they became reality.

Yes, we are taking stock. This is the 2020 that has been and we are not so sure how 2021 is gonna be but we are still moving on, hoping for the best and working on thriving no matter the situation


Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.

Walter Anderson

Now that quote may sound wishy-washy, like it is for a certain few or maybe people really do not understand what you are going through. I can not begin to say that I can even understand what you are going through because this year has thrown us a lot plus the kitchen sink.

I can however say with confidence that how we respond will determine our lives. There is no two ways about. It is what it is. Bob Proctor said. “When you react, you are giving away your power. When you respond, you are staying in control of yourself.”

2020 has been the year of reaction. We were blindsided and it was all we could do to keep our heads up and not drown with the challenges that kept on being thrown at us. The year is coming to an end.

I do not know about you but I am so thankful that it is and we are still here, pushing on. And in the midst of it, we have heard brave tales of communities coming together, people singing at their balconies in Italy.

However 2021 is now on the horizon and we can not deal the same way we have. We need to change the story. We flip the script and change it from NO to designing 2021 as the YEAR OF YES!

Credit: The Black List

There is only one way of doing that………..


Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Viktor E. Frankl

It has happened. The story is set. We can not change that. We’ll be talking about 2020 for decades to come…

But what kind of story will you tell?

You have a whole future ahead of you and you need to secure it. You know what you desire for your life. What you want in the different areas of your life. I am sure in the late hours of the night you envision what could be. And that is fantastic because YOU NEED TO DO THAT!!


We all need to be in a place where we can envision our best lives. How we want it to be, what we want to earn, what impact we want to have on our community and family, where we want to travel to…it could be climb Mt Rwenzori. If so, sign me up because it too is on my list of desires

.You get to choose the story you tell. It’s up to you to decide what you want to focus on.


But when are you, you and you going to do this? The time is NOW. There is no other time. No, it can not be tomorrow because we all know tomorrow never comes. Next week…well there is always another next week. But what we have, what you have is TODAY. The present!!! And it is called that because indeed it is a gift!! THE GIFT OF LIFE!

And this Christmas season, we have a gift for you too. Yes, a GIFT!

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate) Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate) There’s a party goin’ on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter too We gonna celebrate your party with you

Celebration~ Kool and The Gang


Celebrate because we got you covered. It can be daunting wondering where you have to begin on this journey of designing 2021 as your year of Yes! Envisioning your life and setting goals to make sure you create what you envision??!! Well WORRY NO MORE!!!.

We have created just for you, The Design Your Story Vision and Goal Setting Guide that will help you design the kind of story you will tell about your life. 

Design Your Story Guide walks you through the process of:

Envisioning your life Recalibrating your mindset Setting goals to achieve your vision 

By following this guide, you’ll be able to dive into 2021 with renewed energy, purpose, and motivation for making your story a reality.


YES to Dreaming Big! YES to Achieving your goals! YES to Taking action! YES to Designing Your Story!

It’s the perfect way to end this and kick off designing the new year with the clarity, motivation and unstoppable drive you need to achieve your most ambitious goals!


You can also enroll into our Design Your Story Coaching program where we will delve more into designing your best life. But you will not be doing it alone. No soorrrree!!!

You will have a coach and a group of people who will be walking with you on the same journey and willing to hold each other accountable so that 2021 and all years to come are your YEARS OF YES!

You can follow this link to get more info: The Design Your Story Coaching Program



Because that is who we are. This is Me!





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About the author

Kajambo, Hello Everyone! Let me tell you a little bit about myself..... I am a multi-passionate Creative Storypreneur, Designer, Creative Consultant and Creativity Coach with a mission to inspire and empower creators- individuals and brands to embrace their stories to unlock their creative potential to design their authentic, purpose-driven brands. I am also the Founder and Creative Director of This is Me!, a digital platform that takes on the role of bringing my mission to life. I love color and all things creative! Well, This is me!

6 thoughts on “TAKING STOCK 2020-THE YEAR OF NO”

  1. Yes!
    I really did enjoy reading this!
    There’s so much positivity even in the midst of No and the sooner we embrace it, the better for us.
    Thank you for this subtle reminder!
    Happy Holidays, Darling!

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