My Journey Begins

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Photography By: Michelle Morgan – http://www.michellemorgan.co.ke/
Location: Kitengela Glass, Kenya – http://www.kitengela.com/
Makeup By: Kayte Macharia  – karekayte1@yahoo.com
Clothes Provided By: Kache By Angie, Junction Mall, Nairobi. 

I was sitting in a holding room at a Plaza, waiting to see my Doctor so that he could advise me on what the next nine months in my life would look like. I had just found out I was pregnant! I was giddy, overwhelmed, flustered. I could not stop grinning. I thought this would be me sometime in 2016, but as the saying goes, life is what happens when you are making other plans. 

As I waited for the Doctor to read me my full test results, it dawned on me that the last eight years of my life have been such a roller coaster. Getting into media, working in Kenya then South Africa, moving back home, starting a Business, then a Foundation, reconnecting with someone who would later become my husband…a LOT! I was on a full on journey and just could not predict what the next few weeks, let alone months, would look like. I decided then and there that I was going to embark on something I had been holding off on doing for years…starting a Blog!

I have always been super guarded, that is just my nature. But I have decided to lift the lid on my fears, my aspirations, my passion, my life. By sharing my story, I hope I can empower someone out there to dream, to dare to be different and to embrace life's ups and downs, because they will always be there! One's journey is always their destination…I have no idea where it will lead me next. I have made my plans but I am leaving it all in God's hands, because He has His own plans for me.

Janet's Thoughts will offer you an insight into what I am thinking, whether it is my views on a topical issue or some of my poetry and prose or maybe just my thoughts that day.

Inua Dada will showcase the work my Foundation is doing to empower and uplift the lives of girls and children in Kenya.

My videos will chronicle the different projects I have embarked on and continue to pursue.

So thank you for being here and reading my blog! Please interact with me and let me know what's on your mind as well. Let's do this!

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135 Discussion to this post

  1. Gladys mwangi says:

    Janet your the best always been my role model what can I say keep up with the good and fantastic job.

  2. purity kamunyi says:

    any time i read through your blog i get inspired alot long live mama huru

  3. lily says:

    Waaaaaow!may the good Lord finish the good work he started in such a brilliant mind.may he continue to make u such an inspiration to not only young but old as well.can’t stop admiring the good deeds,decency and the fear of God in your soul.may the lord be the pillar to your marriage and the young family.all the best and God’s blessings.keep up the good work!!

  4. Joynette says:

    Hi Janet,reading this has lifted my spirits God knows how,actually was listening to Mumbi@ Nation FM n she talked of your namesake’s concert to help raise her hospital bills n I decided to Google the storo in the process l remembered I read it somewhere on my fb page u had delivered a bouncing baby boy,congratulations to the newest mother I know..You are such an inspiration I wanna walk your journey,be my mentor its tough n l need somebody to look up to..especially now that am done with my degree awaiting for gradutuation this December n am 20 I realize there is much more I can do than sit at home eyes locked on the screen n browse my phone alday…Ouuuch Am In Love With This Blog!GoGoGo sweetie nakupenda love love…

  5. Joynette says:

    Hi Janet,reading this has lifted my spirits God knows how,actually was listening to Mumbi@ Nation FM n she talked of your namesake’s concert to help raise her hospital bills n I decided to Google the storo in the process remember I read somewhere on my fb page u had delivered a bouncing baby boy,congratulations to the newest mother I know..You are such an inspiration I wanna walk your journey,be my mentor its tough n l need somebody to look up to..especially now that am done with my degree awaiting for gradutuation this December n am 20 I realize there is much more I can do than sit at home eyes locked on the screen n phone alday…Ouuuch Am In Love With This Blog!GoGoGo sweetie nakupenda love love…

  6. I simply want to mention I am just beginner to weblog and really savored you’re page. Very likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You surely have fabulous articles and reviews. Cheers for sharing with us your webpage.

  7. Rey says:

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how could we communicate?

  8. Second time I discovered your site on Google. Great stuff.

  9. Eldridge says:

    Great blog here! Also your web site loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  10. I do believe everyone can use a tad bit more of this information.

  11. Ann njeri says:

    Mmmh i love this janet..your story is one to teach,inspire and entertain…ooh i love the photos too.

  12. Rahab says:

    Waaaaa,,.. today being a wensday ua my woman on post…#wcw#…..ua ma role model….y lie love seeng you on telly wid workmate..esply nao…seeng you anchorng wid dha belly….drives me nuts,,just hopng one day al see maself thea…Go on inspiring your pple n awa Daddy above wid bless you abordantly Ua blog ROCK……4 sure he who finds a wife finds a good thing $ obtain favour from above..Getting girls to build apps'''Go Jano;..@Janet Mbugwa Ndichu…

  13. mercy says:

    Hi Janet I love your blog you such an insipiration a motivation to many women ..personally i have always looked up on you as an insipiration and i would appreciate more if you became my mentor as a youth only 18years of age it would be my joy to be rooted in your ways ..how I hope and wish you be that mentor thanks in advance

  14. maureen makau says:

    kenyan beauty

  15. Jackline Adhiambo says:

    Wow! Am Really Inspired Much! I Love And Honor You Janet..You Have Come Far…Am Also Planning To Open My Blog..Thanks Janet..

     

  16. maggy njoki says:

    i know ndichu loves you jano but i also love you..you are a role model to many of us wish i will meet you one day

  17. CelineKaranja says:

    Janet you have a beautiful soul and beautiful inside and out…am just speechless on how describe you. i just read your blog today and i am inspired and motivated. One thing i learnt from your post is dare to be different and to embrace life's ups and downs, because they will always be there!. Thanks God Bless

  18. Grace says:

    Hi Janet,

    I think this is the right track on your journey(Starting a blog). The thoughts shared are deep,true and awesome reminds me of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat pray and Love). I was hungry for more while I read through 'My journey down the aisle' , I want to know the real journey slightly away from the procedures(Which I appreciate),not for a juicy gossip but I want to know your real experience in that journey (What you feel comfortable sharing and when you feel okay sharing).

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Hi Grace, I remember how much I loved reading 'Eat, Pray, Love'. Great book! In time I'll be able to share more intimate tidbits into my wedding day but for now, this is what I felt was important to share. Thank you for your feedback though!

  19. Your site helps it be really easy to read, comment and share!

  20. Zipporah Mundati says:

    Thanks Janet for your blog. It encourages that no one is perfect we are just striving to get better. I recently turned 28 and it dawned to me that i am just existing so i made up my mind to wake up and am working on finding myself a day at a time thats what i am doing.

  21. Hope Wambui says:

    This blog will be my ultimate daily bread…
    So inspiring…dare to be different…

  22. janet says:

    thank you janet…i admire you a lot and as i flip through your blog i feel like its me…jst younger

  23. janet says:

    my name is janet too..and for a long time  i have looked up to you.I look up to you,i love your style and everythng and even now as i flip through your blog,i feel like im simmilar,hehe..jst younger…but you are my inspiration.Thank you Janet

  24. Annette Temba says:

    You are inspiring i going to read u …love ilu and thanks for this.

  25. Mercy koitaba says:

    Am proud of u Mrs Ndichu..you’ve alwyz been my inspiration n ul always be.One of the things i like about n have bn practising it is humility.U just know how to handle yourself I saint ur mum for tht she brought u well.Beauty,fame,money havnt changed u a bit n thts how life should be..I would pray tht u get a daughter just like u.Just finishd college n as i start a new journey in life I give thanks to God fr pple lyk u who keep inspiring others n want the best for others.I fully present in ur journey janet as av been always following u on instagram.You are a woman of substance n ur kids will ab the best mummy in the world tht am sure..God bless u n be with u in ur marriage,career,motherhood n evrything ahead.u r a VICTOR..

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Mercy, your words have humbled me! I try my best, God knows I still have a long way to go, as we all do. People like you keep me encouraged and I pray that you succeed in all that you do! Thanks again for walking with me on my journey.  

  26. anne says:

    Going to walk with you on this Journey..let do this Janet

  27. sharon wanjiku says:

    hi Janet I read your blog you are an amazing woman n ndichu has found himself a woman full of Gods’ favour happy marriage life and motherhood experience

  28. naima says:

    Lovely janet.Please i want to share something with you private janet

  29. Wambui Warui says:

    This is awesome, this is great.

    Why?

    I can see young people sharing stories on the same blog as comments that are inspiring too!

    You are selfless and amazing Janet!

     God bless you!

     

     

  30. Suzi Muturi says:

    thanku for sharing ua journey;-am inspired n a’ve learnt to accept positively wat life gives me!!truely grateful mami,

  31. kathure says:

    Janet the journey…ur really an inspiration to me dear one ….can’t wait to walk your journey may God bless u

  32. Verah says:

    You are deep Janet. I kind of understand you because I am a lot like you. guarding everything we feel, fear so
    jealously. It’s a bold step to come out of that confinement. you will feel pain as some attack what you have held most sacred and personal. Along with that pain however, will be a woman who will pick a sentence from this blog to find her esteem, to pick herself up, to find love. … Good luck

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Brilliantly said, average. Yes the truth is that some will come out and attack me for speaking my truth, but I'm proud to speak my truth and will therefore not worry about the naysayers. Thank you for your comments! 

  33. Rees says:

    Now go Gal and soar! You are an eagle.
    Through your journey, i see me. So much happening in my life at the momet, wedding, career, the voice in my heart every morning telling me there is more to life than this!
    And I dont know where to begin…and i know I gotta begin from somewhere..
    Go Janet go! Am watching and supporting you.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Rees you will be fine! Just take it a day at a time. Everything you're going through with the wedding and your career is a blessing. Embrace it and breathe easy. All the best! 

  34. Ann says:

    That’s a beautifully written piece and can’t wait to walk your journey.

  35. eric gakunga says:

    quite inspiring. determination is the key I can see

  36. Joseph Muchene says:

    Nice photos there

  37. Joseph Muchene says:

    Awesome

  38. Ritah Anindo says:

    Hello Janet i wish you a happy marriage. and big up sana i am part of the people you have helped and i really appreciate its through you and Miss Koch i have reached this far. Thanks! thanks! thanks! you really have a big heart.
    You are always part of me though it has been long. Love you friend.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Hi my dear, I’m so happy to hear that! What are you doing now? I wish you all the success, God truly bless you and may you keep soaring!

  39. vivian says:

    I missed u gal when u were preparing for your wedding.I kept on asking when you will be back on the telly.I love your humble self.I smile when i see you bring the news to the world,i sit back and enjoy.I wish you well in you marriage,put God first and it shall be well.May God guide you through it all.

  40. Eunice Wambugu says:

    I have never known what the term “TV Sirens” mean but I have always admired your decency and felt offended if they included you in this description. YOu are one above many and as a mother, I wish you a beautiful marriage where joy, love, trust and the fear of God abounds. If I had a daughter, I would have wanted her to be like you. I have sons but Ndicu got you fast. God bless.

  41. Grace Kimani says:

    This has just come in handy at my lowest point of my life when things are going the way I was expecting but God is still on the throne. Janet go on gal and give hope to young gals who are almost giving up…..God bless you a
    in everything.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Hi Grace, I pray that even now, in your lowest moment in life, you’ll find the strength to rise above whatever it is that is holding you back. I’ve had some very low lows in my life before, I had to keep swimming to get to shore. Don’t lose hope, okay? Stay well dear 

  42. ann mugure says:

    nakupenda! i want to be just like you …..i cried when tyra banks stopped her shows..but now i got you …even more relatable coz we’re both kenyans…long live janet…how i love this blog!how emotional it makes me!

  43. Everlyn Muya says:

    Thankyou for being such an inspiration to me and other young girls…..I love you soo much a big fun of you I wish you well….God has never forgotten his own people keep believing and focusing on him….Jeremiah 29:11 Be blessed Janet hope I will meet you someday when I come back to Kenya….It would be a pleasure

  44. Zipporah Wangari says:

    I wish u would believe this. ..That moment u write that u are imperfect. .u leave me wondering. .I consider u soo perfect. . so if u said u are imperfect. . I find it that a million times imperfect…..Am 23year and still trying to make it through school… but if someone asked me. .. I should be somewhere working” an experienced professional woman with a business making its way into the entrepreneurship world” but What am I. .a lady that completed her diploma, No work No Money and still wanna get back to school for my degree and laters my Masters. Am hoping for the best. u inspire me a lot dear. ..Getting married in your 30s is more that what I have wanted. Many in this generation are starting their families at 18,19,20,21etc. …My Role Model. .. u have done it. .. your time has come to start a family. .. 2015 is not too late nor could 2016 be the appropriate year for u to start a family of your own. The write time is now. .I wish u always shoot to the tv screen how proud I am to see u do a live broadcast while pregnant. .. it takes courage. ..again and again. .I say am so proud to have a Role Model like Janet Mbugua -Ndichu.Mob love Janet. .. all I wish is hope it’s not too late to accomplish all u have done by the age of 40 coz I can’t make it before 30.

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      My dear, none of us is perfect! We shouldn’t want to be. The way you are, the path your life is taking…all that is preparing you for the next step in your life. Believe in yourself and focus on your priorities. Thanks for reading my blog ?

    • ann mugure says:

      zippy!dear one…as you said janet is your model and by now you know her its just too human to keep up with all days events of our role models…she’s mine too…let her family n people who know her personally own her but i own her too in my own ways…how can i not when she has taught me humility and continually reminds me to fear God…these two virtues alone zippy should strengthen your faith…yu’re 23 n thinking yu can only accomplish your dreams at 40??gal 23 is not too late…keep focused..push through remember we all have struggles…janet said she thinks she’s imperfect!our role model imperfect yet that doesn’t discourage her…am 22 and i know 8 years is just enough to have struggled n made it..don’t give up…

  45. Peris kuria says:

    You are an inspiration to me will follow you keenly congrats

  46. keren says:

    am in love with your blog

  47. Hellen Makena says:

    Janet you’ve been my inspiration from when you had janet collection launched.Am an aspiring fashion designer so am a big fan of you n your wardrobe taste.
    I just wish you and your husband a happy marriage and continue what you begun.God bless you

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you Hellen, thanks for your kind words ? wishing you all the best as you pursue your career in fashion. Believe in yourself and you’ll go places 

  48. Jennie says:

    Very inspiring

  49. Janet Nashipai says:

    Thank you so much Janet.you are actually my namesake.
    I can relate to one of the journey…..so inspiring.
    And am so happy for you.

  50. marie kim says:

    Go Girl! We love you!

  51. winnie mutile says:

    M so pleased…everything about you is so inspiring..we all look up to you..keep doing good and blessing us..God bless you.

  52. Wambui says:

    Wow! What a piece! I love you’re blog. “The right time is now” .Such a brilliant mind. Blessings

  53. Linda says:

    You are such an inspiration to me..looking forward to so much more from you..:-)

    http://www.lindasworldofstyle.blogspot.com

  54. Peris Nyambura says:

    God bless Janet

  55. Nazarene says:

    wow wow wow go gal….am so very inspired

  56. Miss gee says:

    Wow!That’s some piece of inspiration right there.I am touched.

  57. Francis muthamia says:

    Congrats and the best in marriage life . You are a role model to many young people

  58. lucia kilisso says:

    All the best Mrs Ndichu!!!

  59. shirleen njoki says:

    That’s amazing!

  60. Emelda Njoki says:

    This is a source of inspiration.

  61. Alicia munene says:

    YOU DONT HAVE AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH I LOVE. YOU TRULY AMAZING.

  62. sarah says:

    you inspire me alot Janet, well done and keep doing what you’ve just started. can’t wait for more posts to come.
    God bless your union.

  63. Macharia says:

    Michelle Morgan, that’s top notch photography right there

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Isn’t she talented? See more of her work on her website and follow her on Instagram on @thefemalenomad ?

  64. Blessed says:

    Yes.lets do this together sweetheart and hope that you will also take time to reply to some of the comments as well because that is what engaging each other is all about in this journey. Much love .

  65. zippy njeri says:

    Janet you inspire me a lot…..would really want to be come part of inua dada foundation

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Thank you Zippy! Visit our social media pages (see under Inua Dada on my blog) to see what work we’re doing now!

  66. Liz says:

    Janet, you will be an amazing journey that will change the world. Good thoughts for you girl!

  67. Mwend says:

    I am totally inspired, and I wish you Gods blessings.

  68. alice awinda says:

    Truly an insipiration to me and to many women and girls out there.May God continue to bless you in every way and may you always keep Christ as the center of your life.With Him, you can do all things for He is your strength and prsent help in times of trouble.Baraka.

  69. nisii19 says:

    May God use you as a vessel of honour Janet to uplift others. Am twenty and look upto you as that big sister even though we’ve never met hehe! God bless you Janet

  70. Milkah Kagumba says:

    U are my no. one role model, congrats on making this big step and all the best.

  71. Maggie kay says:

    I can’t wait to see how this journey unfolds for you…i’m expectant too and as you’ve said life is what happens when you are making other plans…it shall be well :) I’m in all the way.

  72. Angela says:

    So proud of you and your journey! looking forward to every read inspired in every way!

  73. Tabitha says:

    ur trully an inspiration….go girl u got this

  74. Sandra kavyu says:

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou janet your words inspire me alot and somehow make me strong enough to face my drawbacks in my journey to success,,, keep writting and inspiring ecause the impact you create in ‘us’ pple like me out there is great

  75. Florence karimi Mbaabu says:

    Proud to be team Janet….love you girl and all the best

  76. miss karani says:

    Janet, you are a God sent gift to the young kenyan ladies. i know of a few who look up to you (my sister and i being one of your greatest fans) as their role models. as you embark on this new journey to continue inspiring many more people, i pray God will grant you the strength ,power and wisdom to reach many.their is always a start for everything. Thank you janet for sharing your thoughts with us . we all need the inspiration

  77. Isaac says:

    Wow Thats a great story Janet Ndichu. Thanks for sharing

  78. Mercy Oloo says:

    Wooow….I love this and thanks for inspiring

  79. louisa ayeka says:

    You are an inspiration to many..me included..Thank you for making a difference

  80. njeri says:

    quite an inspiration.all the best Mrs.Ndichu May God guide you throughout your journey.

  81. Juney Karisa says:

    Hi, m an upcoming journalist, m young, m 20 n m graduating this year in November yeaaaah. Am happy actually. For me your story will serve as a cushion for my life. I look up to u guyz n everyday am on IG @kahonzi_ / Juney Karisa i see a note of motivation and m like God if Janet made it then i will reach apo. I love her dress, her make up, her bold nature and Lord my story of life may be different from hers but one thing we have in common is she trusts u n thats enough reason for me to trust u. Her testimony will keep me moving. And for us ts a dream, an impetus to reach wea u are and beyond. Actually I am the daughter of a former minister, a late one but one thing i insist on doing is living my story. Am glad that it will take a year for people to knw this but i want to show the world that i too can make my own brand. I am among a group of 5 girls from my high school who joined University. Natoka coast so its all marriage n babies. Wakikuona unasoma they b like why u trying so hard na unaeza kuolewa. June ur 20 na una degree na unangangana tu kuendelea. I believe God created me for a bigger purpose not just marriage n kids. My story, my testimony lazma ifikie watu. So i joined KBC for my attachment yeah, (hope m not boring woi) n mum wasnt sure cz nlikua KBC msa n life wasnt moving. I cme to Nairobi requesting for a transfer then wako like noo hatuezi n i wasnt ready to go back hme undifitee. I walkd into the editor in chief’s office, Mr. Maina, na nkam assure ad b an asset n he gave me 2weeks to prove this. N in less than a month i did 2 feature stories mostlycku empower girls in university. Am a founder of JKUAT female association so am a feminist kinda. N he was pleased but hakunisho. By the end of my 3 months i had dne 6 feature stories n pple were reacting to them. I knew God was on my side. So the MD akani request nibaki. I was retained n i got to cover major stories n i was grateful. I culdnt get employed tho ju sna papers n nw wanani frustrate i ges its life. My piont tho u n other anchors n reporters make me see the light as n. Unakua frustrated at work n it hits like kwani hw did Janet make it. Myb walilia but wali press on. Press on. I bless God for u n for providing such a platform i mean i think u can talk to us n motivate us. Like sai i quit Kbc cz of them lying n using me but smth av never told anyone s i was raped by an anchor apo n being n the same newsroom wth this person is traumatizing. I break dwn everyday n akuna kitu naeza fanya. No one understands y i left but ii burden i cnt do it. At wat cost… I love wat i do n al keep duin it just not wth him around. Nmeongea sana. I dnt knw ka utaeza soma but plz never stop innuaring ata sisi… Love u Janet

    • Janet Mbugua says:

      Dear Juney, thank you for your honestu. You’re such a survivor at such a young age! I’m glad you look to us and feel inspired. I’m sorry about the incident that happened to you and I pray it doesn’t make you feel helpless. Keep being a go getter, but be sure to remain humble and wise. God bless!

  82. Kevin Alema says:

    wish you all the best mrs janet ndichu n that great angel in u

  83. princess Lynnet says:

    Wow! What an inspiration sweetheart. I didn’t realize it was over,just wanted to continue being inspired by your brilliant words. Its never too late to start over again. Thanks and keep sharing More with us Janet. I would like to meet you soon.

  84. Maureen murithi says:

    u inspire me loads….u are my role model. ..will follow this closely

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