Monday, 23 December 2013

The Time of Year

It’s that time of year again when people start rapidly planning for the next year and reflecting on the past year. It’s gone so fast! I remember New Year last year – a miracle really as I find it difficult to recall what I did yesterday! We spent the day in London and watched the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, it was brilliant!

I don’t actually celebrate New Year but I do like fireworks, so it worked out well for all of us! And now it’s back to that time where we decide what we’ll do on New Year this year!

I’m sure there have been some Delete Button moments in the past year for all of us – one of mine is writing ‘2012’ for most of the year because I still can’t get my head round the fact the it is no longer 2012; that’s right, my brain still makes me automatically write 2012! How I’m going to write 2014 is a mystery to me! There have also been very cringe-worthy moments, you know like the ones where you try to explain what you mean but in actual fact, you’re digging yourself into a deeper hole...awkward. You end up using the most unrelated and longest example and immediately after the words have slipped out of your mouth, you realise what you've said, and of course, what you should have said...most definitely awkward.

So I’ve decided to think before I speak, definitely before I give examples – hopefully this will stop me from saying ambiguous and silly things. :)

I’ve noticed that this time of year, for many, is a time to contemplate, reflect, plan and set goals. Whatever you decide to do, spend time with the people you care about and the ones that make you happy. Meet new people and get back in touch with those you haven’t seen in a while. Learn to forgive but don’t always forget. By not forgetting, you stop yourself from getting hurt that way again and by forgiving, you can get on with living your life. And remember, whatever happens, it’s your decision, so decide on what you think is right and will keep you happy.

Had a Delete Button moment? Let me know by commenting below! 

Monday, 16 December 2013


I have been actively blogging for a year, readers! Can you believe it!? I'm proud of myself - something I never really admit - for maintaining my blog, and even though there are so many things that could be improved, my blog has survived! Wooooo :) *virtual high five*

There have been highs and lows, but what I've learnt from the last year is perseverance. My blog isn't going to be be read by millions of people overnight and I'm not sure I really want that to be honest! What I do want is for you to enjoy reading my blog just as much as I enjoy writing it. I want you to laugh, to stop and think and leave with a smile

Did any of my posts make you smile? :D 

It's not easy but I do think that at a snail slow pace, it's getting better. It's all a learning curve and there is always room for improvement! 

And let's celebrate by eating this delicious Eaton Mess! 

Here are five things I've learnt along the way and would like to share with you:

1. Embrace change - Everything changes, people, life, bus routes, everything. Friends move, people get married and some leave your life forever, but that's not the end for you - it's a new chapter and no matter what happens, embrace it and keep going! 

2. Learn from criticism - There will always be some one who doesn't like what you do, I can guarantee it. Don't let it get you down. Take note of improvements you can make and seek to imporve yourself. Don't got too bogged down with the criticism, do not let it put you off. Learn from it and keep going. 

3. Stop comparing yourself to others - You are you, and I am me, why change this? For years I had been comparing myself to others, but I've learnt that you can only work to the best of your ability, look your best and feel your best. We are individuals, a group of collective individuals, and it should be kept that way. 

4. Connect with other bloggers - I've discovered that there is a whole world out there, so many great blogs to explore! Join link-ups, share posts and comment on other blogs. Get yourself out there and take a look at what's already out there. 

5. Don't give up - Things only become not possible when you stop trying, therefore don't ever, ever, ever, give up. It's the most important piece of advice I have to give, and it's most definaltely universal advice - it can be applied to pretty much everything. :) 

And finally before I go, I'd like to say thank you. Thank you to my mum, dad, friends and family for nodding along when I told them I had a blog. Thank you to my aunt for not suing me when I told her I'd written about her in 'Stop the Car', and my brother for constantly talking, inspiring me and making me think. And to Nazreen, a fellow blogger who is always full of encouragement. 

Most of all, I want to thank YOU. Thank you for reading and occasionally  commenting on my blog, it makes me so happy! Having an audience of readers I what keeps it alive, so once again, thank you! 

Keep reading! 
much love, 
Fatima x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

The Night Before

I can officially call myself a 'commuter' - that's right, I travel on a regular basis. Looking at it properly I have been a commuter for the past three years, but back then it didn't seem that way. A twenty minute drive/bus ride is very different compared to an hour! 

But as tiring as it may be, I still love it.  

It's a time I can use to catch up on my reading, both my required reading and things I'm reading for myself. :) Mostly, I see a whole lot more! 

I see mothers with prams loading all their shopping onto the train often helped by a polite person. I see workers travelling to work with sleep filled eyes and others with bikes and large backpacks filled to the brim. And then as the train fills up, there are those that can't find a seat, clutching onto the poles with their heads lolling to the train, most fall fast asleep! 

This week I watched a man do just this and couldn't help but wonder what he had done the night before. A lot of possible ideas came into my head, but this was what worked best for me: 

My artwork - produced whilst I was on a train! 

That's right, I imagined him wearing a pink tutu skirt with wings strapped to his back. What a night that must have been! 

The best thing about it all: I can let my imagination run wild! 

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