Monday, 23 January 2017

Turkey 2016 #1

Here are a few photos from my recent trip to Alanya, Turkey.

The view
Sleeping so close to the beach was awesome - and having breakfast with that view was even better. I don't think there's anything that can beat it really if that's the kind of holiday you are after. It was lovely and warm and the temperature of the water was perfect too!

Our back garden  
Here's a shot of the beach - the garden of our hotel was the beach and so we didn't actually have to go anywhere to get to the beach, just walk outside...

The moon and beach in the night... So beautiful and insanely fierce at the same time! I tried to take a photo but my camera skills are somewhat terrible in the night, and the photo doesn't do it any justice whatsoever.
Night Time
We went to the beach in the night a few times and each time we got closer and closer to the sea. The first time we went we stood on the steps to the beach and went no further. The waves were so fierce and it's all so different in comparison to the day time. During the day the sea was inviting and warm but come nightfall and it was harsh and loud, the waves stronger and fiercer than I've seen before. Each day we crept closer and closer, taking in its beauty. It really was beautiful.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hello 2017

If you were to ask me this time last year if I'd have thought that some of the things I listed last week were to have happened, I'd have laughed in your face. Literally, I would have. I still do laugh when I think about some things I did - not because they were funny but because there are times where I find it all a little hard to believe.

Now I regularly give myself the 'you can do anything' talk in my head because I do think we CAN do anything if we try, and at the end of the day, trying is better than not. But sometimes it's just so hard to take that first step. So damn hard.

It's so hard to go from doing so much to doing very little. From being constantly busy to wondering what to do next. It's hard. It's hard breaking routine, it's even hard not having a routine. It's hard going somewhere where you have memories of people who have left - people who have moved on to better things. It's worse feeling left behind.

It's hard when you are plunged into the real world having studied for donkeys years, and I'm guessing it's just as hard for those who've worked for ages to go back to studying. It's hard to see people leave and it's hard to say goodbye.

It's hard admitting things to yourself even when no else needs to hear it.

Lots of things are hard. But so many things are good. So many awesome things happen when we open our minds to the possibilities and embrace opportunities. When we do things a little differently and embrace change, when we let people into our lives and even when we take some out. There is so much good, sometimes it's just a bit hard to see.

So this year, 2017, step into the year with an open mind. Let's be open to possibilities and embrace things, even the crap that is bound to happen.

Look at what you have, because dude, what you have is good. It's freaking awesome. Make the most of it. Seize it.

Be open to possibilities because things happen when you least expect them.

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Blogiversary No. 4

Four years ago in December I started my blog. FOUR YEARS! Can you believe it, my baby, That Delete Button, is four years old. I personally can't believe I've kept it going that long and in the past few months so much has happened that I have, at times, questioned the future of my blog. But I've decide that I will continue because why give up doing something you love?

I am sorry about the recent inconsistency in my blog posts, time just goes so fast and like I said, it has been a little crazy. So this year I'm not going to do an advice-y sort of post like this one but an update post. An update of some of the things that have happened in the last year - both blog life and personal life updates.

I was really weary of putting things that are too personal on my blog but I've decided to include them. I won't go into dep
th but they are there nonetheless. It'll help you understand how crazy the last few months have been too.

So, here goes!

1.Independence is not loneliness. I wrote a post, quite an angry post, on how we should encourage independence and my post was read by a lot of people, A LOT. Mostly because I shared in on Medium (a blog post sharing platform) and so this was a big, huge, massive, EPIC achievement for that Delete Button. :)

2. The Canadians came to visit. That's right, my lovely Canadian family came to visit. I didn't get to spend as much time with them as I'd have liked but we did do some fun things and I really hope they visit again soon, all of them!

3. Laser eye surgery. I booked myself in for Laser Eye surgery after getting really fed up with my contact lenses. The prescription on my lenses just wasn't right and they kept moving, which meant that I couldn't see clearly trough the part I was supposed to be looking through. So anyway, I took the plunge and eventually had the surgery.

4. Turkey. Pretty soon after my surgery, I took some time off and travelled to Turkey. Dude, it was fun.

5. engaged. Then I came back a got engaged.

6. I Left my job.*sadface* My work were actually really supportive of the CELTA course and my recovery from surgery, particularly my manager, but in the end I decided to leave because I knew I would leave sooner or later.

7. CELTA. After coming back from Turkey, I actually applied to the CELTA course - I did a TEFL course during my final year of undergrad and that was when I decided I would take it further. Only I applied for my Masters and went on to do a other things instead. I had a few thoughts about it last year but when we came back from Turkey, I researched the course properly and applied for it...and got a place. I really should do a whole blog post on this really because it was actually really, really, really good! (I got engaged just before I did the course).

8. Married. So point number five reads that I got engaged, I sort of got married after too. It's a long story but the short version is that we've had our religious ceremony and will have a whole shebang done in 2017.

Well, that was quite a year wasn't it?!

What have you been up to?

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Skarf UK

I'm always on the hunt for good quality hijabs and finding them can be quite difficult. A few months ago I came across 'Skarf' hijab and was sent a few to try. Here are my thoughts:
  • These hijabs are so soft, lovely and comfy. 
  • They haven't gone bobbly - a problem I've found in some hijabs,
  • There aren't any pin marks left in the material, 
  • They don't run in the wash!!! 
  • They come in a good range of colours and I love my ombre ones :)
  • I have a grey one that is sparkly - hooray for sparkles 
  • I can wear them all day and still feel comfy,
  • They don't make me feel too hot - I did wear them on quite a few hot days and felt fine :)
  • Likewise, I don't find myself feeling really cold in them either!
  • They are so easy to wear and style,
  • The ombre colours made them so versatile
  • I love the patterns in the one I have - take a closer look at the photo to see it :) 
Skarf are currently working on a new collection and have an Instagram page :) Click on their name and it'll take you to them! skarf_uk 

Check them out and let me know your thoughts too! Have you tried their hijabs already? 

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

It wasn't the end...

Last Thursday I watched, for the first time ever, the final two episodes of Gilmore Girls. Yes, as huge Gilmore Girls fan, I admit that I had put off watching the last two episodes for all these years. I sort of knew what happened as I was told by my cousin but I never actually watched the episodes...I didn't want it to end and at the point in time when I made the decision to not watch the last two episode, I felt like I was in control. I decided it would not end and instead re-watched episodes as and when I wanted. 

Its a series, it’s not real - I mean there’s no chance I’ll ever meet Loreli or Rory because they only exist on screen but I still chose not to let it end. Even when watching the last episodes, I didn't felt like it had ended. I just thought ‘oh, ok. Well if that’s what she wants then who am I to say no’ (I was team Jess all the way). 

When I made these decisions, I was young(er). I was just settling into my teens and there wasn't much that I had control of - this was my way of control. But I was happy with that decision. There wasn't a point in time where I had a huge urge to watch the last two episodes, even last Thursday - the only reason I watched the last two episodes was because the new episodes that were being released the next day. 

I made a decision and it was a decision, although one of very little meaning and use in actual life - that I was perfectly happy to live with. There was no point in time where I woke up wondering what happened, no desires to find the ending. And before anyone questions how much I actually enjoyed Gilmore Girls to not watch the ending, I really did enjoy the series, I still do. I was, however, ok with not watching the last two episodes because I really didn't want it to end.

But as I’ve lived life a little more since then, I’ve come to find that things ending aren't a bad thing. In fact, the most important thing I’ve learnt is that life goes on, it always does. 

Anyway, my point is, make decisions in your life that you can live with, that you are content with and only you know what it means to you. Don’t let others tell you what it means to you. How do they know anyway?! 

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Travel in 2016

Until very recently, I'd never travelled alone abroad. It might sound bizarre to hear that a perfectly competent twenty-four year old had never travelled abroad without a parent. Yes, that was me - the reasons for this are many but in all honesty, when I hear them my mind filters out the words being said and all I seem to hear is "blah blah blah blah....".

Anyway, a few months ago I went for a short break with my lovely aunt and cousin to Turkey and I loved it! It was an experience, one I'd jump at again anytime and I don't regret any part of it. 

See, I've, Alhamdulillah, lived a very sheltered and protected life. Although I am independent and do many things alone (including travelling in the UK) I've never been away for long alone. The people in my life are very protective - often over protective and, this can be both good and bad.


Despite this - and I'm sure we all have different opinions which I respect - here are a few things I learnt/observed whilst away.

1. You are not alone
Firstly, there are always other people around you. Granted they may be busy trying to sort out things for themselves but they are always there. On the way back home, there were some major delays and so we spent a lot of time in a small airport. We'd already talked to someone about the delays and were directed to where we should be at the time of departure. When it came to that time, I stood in line with my cousin and my aunt stood in the line next to us. As my cousin and I had our passes and things checked, the man turned to us and asked 'Mama?' because he didn't see her with us. We pointed out that she was in the other line. There was no need for this guy to ask us where my aunty was and why we were alone but it was oddly reassuring that he noticed there were three of us. We weren't actually alone, help was around. This leads me perfectly on to point number two:

2. Never be afraid to ask for help
If you need help, ask. This isn't just whilst travelling, adopt this into your life.

3. Do something new
Do things you don't normally do or won't be able to do once you are back home. Seize opportunities people! Make the most of it all. :)

3. Meet people and make friends
Talk to people - you never know who you'll meet and the connections you'll make.

4. Language 
Languages are so beautiful and I love listening to people talk in different languages. Take a moment to appreciate them.

5. Enjoy it
Things don't always go to plan and that's ok - keep going because time spent on thinking of how things should've/could've been is time wasted. Make the most of your time.

FYI definitely visit Turkey, it is SO beautiful! (Blog post on Alanya to follow soon!)

What have you found when travelling?

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