Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Lessons From This Month

Ramadan! It's Ramadan and for me and muslims alike, we have been fasting. It's not been easy, but it does get easier and it's definitely rewarding.

Ok, so firstly, if you're not quite sure what Ramadan is, then check out this video from Tazzy Phe and also from Aminakin (Pearl Daisy) Both are great places to start! :)

Here are a few things that this month has taught me - some are random but definitely worth mentioning!

1. I cannot make samosas - Now, hold your horses, I can, ahem, cook them. What I mean is actually making that triangle shape...mine just doesn't work, the edges don't meet and there are holes! But never fear, I've heard you get better with practise.

2. Patience - Fasting really reinforces that notion of patience because we have to 'let go' for a time of so many things we think is impossible to live without, like food and water! This isn't only things like food and water, it goes further to include things such as manners. For example because the month has been described as a month of reflection, when you are speaking with someone and they annoy you, whilst fasting, you are more aware of what you are saying because of what ramadan means. So rather than putting that person in their place, like you would normally do, you think before you speak! We should really do this anyway, but because it's ramadan we are extra aware of things like this and then try to become and stay a better person throughout the rest of the year.

3. Thankfulness  - I've realised that we have so much to be thankful for. This laptop I'm using to write this post on, the money I saved to buy it, the hours I worked to save for it, my job, - none of it would be possible without help. And what I'm describing to you is material, but it goes further because we have our health, strength, senses, legs, families, beds, shelter....the list is endless. So stay thankful. It also helps us to remain humble people and realise the importance of helping others - we don't know the situation other people face. So lets say thank you and alhamdulillah more often!

4. Life goes on - So there I am sitting at the desk helping a customer whilst at the same time, there is a thunderstorm in my stomach. And here it is, I may be hungry for a short time, but that doesn't mean the world stops for me. In the same way, there are people going hungry, like people who actually have no choice but to stay hungry, and still we live our lives. This really isn't meant to be in a horrible way, what I'm trying to say is that we keep doing the things we do, living whilst there are really people out there - and 'out there' doesn't just mean other countries, but also your own country, the city you live in -  who are homeless, hungry, poor, have lost their families and homes, yet we carry on with our lives as if it's all the same. We have to stop and think about this, seriously.

5. Be less judgemental:
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6. And lastly, there are some amazing people out there! Ramadan is a month where we reflect upon ourselves, and in doing this, it often brings out the good in people. It's about self-improvement.

But most of all, it makes me realise that we don't have to behave like this only for ramadan - we should constantly seek to improve ourselves and ramadan is the beginning of that!

So everyone, muslim or non-muslim, lets take something good from all of this. Pick something good and make it a part of your life. It's one small step that can lead to many more. It doesn't have to be something huge and can include things such as:
- smiling often,
- saying thank you,
- holding the door open for someone,
- volunteering to help
- picking a dangerous object from a path and moving it out of harms way, 
- donate books to a school, shop or library, 
- donate old clothes to charity,
- contribute to a charity  - even if its only a penny - and if you can't give money, simply promoting it could be your form of contribution because through you, someone else might donate!

See what I mean, we don't have to go out of our way to make this happen. Lets keep it simple.

Also, if you are looking for inspiration I recommend you watch the Inspiration Series by Mohamed Zeyara - it's about the morals of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and how they are still very relevant now can be applied in daily life. Here's the series link

Keep Reading, F x


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Liebster Award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Catherine over at GreenTeaPlus :)

Check out her blog people - it's great! 


I've never done this kind of thing before so it's quite exciting for me, anyway, here goes!



These are the rules:
  • Post the award to your blog
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blogs
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you
  • Pick 5-11 nominees with under 200 followers
  • Create your own 11 questions
Note: You cannot nominate the person nominated you. You also need to inform the people that you nominated them.

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Here are the questions Catherine asked:
1. What is your HG beauty product if you can only pick one ?
Eyeliner 
2. What is your favourite season?
Autumn, I love the autumn.
3. Are you a coffee or tea person?
I used to be a coffee person, and I still LOVE the smell of coffee but I haven't had it in a while, so I'm now a tea person.
4. What or who motivates you?
My friends and family, they are always very supportive...also Jane Eyre. 
5. Where would you like to travel?
Everywhere! I'd love to take a year out and just go wherever I can, particularly Brazil, Mexico and Russia :)
6. Are you an online shopping person or in-store shopping person?
In-store shopping person, I like to touch everything and see it for myself.
7. Which beauty product that you regret buying?
Once I bought this concealer - it was the wrong shade but the funny thing was the sales person helped me! Total flop!
8. Are you a high heels, flats, sneakers or boots person?
Sneakers :) Converse all the way!
9. What do you usually do when you feel down?
Have a natter with a good friend, :)
10. What is your favourite movie?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, particularly the last one :) 
11. What is your favourite food?
This is a tricky one - I'm the one that eats pretty much everything. If I had to decide on one thing, I guess it would probably be potatoes...the possibilities with potatoes are endless! 
Bloggers I nominate:
My 11 questions:
1 - What is your favourite colour? 
2 - What is your favourite book?
3 - What is your favourite film?
4 - Are you a skirt or pants person?
5 - What ice cream do you like best?
6 - If there was one thing you could do what would it be? 
7 - What's your blog about? 
8 - Who or what motivates you? 
9 - What do you like the most about yourself? 
10 - What do you like best about your hometown?
11 - What is your favourite food? 
And that's it folks. Thank you to Catherine for nominating me and my blog! 
Keep Reading, F x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

the girl that got away

There are many things in life we believe we cannot live without, but in all honestly, you don't really know if you can live without it until to lose it. And it only takes a second to lose it. Stepping out too soon, saying yes instead of no - it only really takes a second. Reminds me of one of my many walks to the train station, it was pretty similar to my usual walks.

I walked the same route I did everyday, over the patch of grass and past the massive church, approaching the crossing before the train station. There, as I went from one crossing to another, I watched the light turn from red to green meaning that I would have to wait once more to cross.
I must have looked down whilst waiting because suddenly all I heard was 'thump' - something, someone, had been hit! I looked up to see that a young girl on a bike had ridden out, probably trying to get to the other side before the cars started moving again, and had collided with a car.

I think everyone was in shock for a few seconds because we all stood still at the crossing just looking at the girl. The woman in the car pulled over, registering what had happened. She had just collided with a bike rider. I looked at the girl on the ground but she was very quick to get herself back up. Traffic continued and as the girl was on the other side of the road, no one on my side of the road was able to offer her any assistance. She seemed ok, we were all too far way to know for sure. Luckily for her, she was helped onto the pavement by some people on that side of the road. 

And once she was up, she got back on to her bike and rode on. That was it. It seemed that I was in more shock than she was. The people around me seemed to be in shock too, but no one spoke. There was a silent connection, the looks on peoples faces told a very vivid story. 

This girl was lucky, the woman driving was obviously not expecting anyone to come in front of her - none of us were - and as the light had just turned green, she was slowly advancing, not at a great speed. This meant that the girl was hit, but not as hard as she could have been. She got up, reassured people she was ok, brushed down her skirt, got onto her bike and rode away! 

This haunts me because it has made me realised how close we are to losing everything. If that woman in the car was driving at a faster speed, the cyclist would have been seriously hurt. And as this happened, there was nothing, absolutely nothing any of us standing on the opposite side of the road could have done. Traffic continued the way it always does. Life went on. 

I just hope she had the courage to tell someone at home, it's not easy admitting these things. 

Keep Reading, F x

the church I pass just after the patch of grass :) 




Thursday, 3 July 2014

Spintastic!

So I promised myself that I wouldn't write this post till I went out for a run but now that we are fasting, the run will have to wait a while! So, here goes...Spin Class!

Note: Spin is when you ride a stationary bike quite - that's pretty much it. 

About two months ago - maybe just under, I started going to spin classes and I've realised something, I love it! I used to run but haven't been out for a while (something which I WILL do again) and I could see my fitness levels improve, but since then, I have been rather lazy. Till now. Well actually that's not true. I have been doing A LOT of walking recently - the trek from uni to the train station is quite long. Anyway.....

Spin is great! In the first week I thought 'what have I got myself into?' But after - and generally with most exercises - I felt really good. Let me tell you something to any of you wanting to try spin, the seat is uncomfortable!! On my first day sitting on the uncomfortable hard seat for a period of time, it was probably the most challenging thing I did, and the days that followed....bruises! But once you keep going, it gets much better. The seat is no longer uncomfortable and before you know it, you can actually keep up with the class. So you cycle standing up, sitting down and whatever else the instructor says you should do 'with your stomach muscles tucked into your spine' - something I'm still trying to remember. 

Also, the ladies I did it with and the instructor were all lovely! Company really does make a difference. 

In sum, I love it :) I'm actually quite surprised that I do, but it's something I'm definitely carrying on with. 

Have you done any new exercises? Let me know by commenting below! 

Keep Reading, F x

Even my shoes love a good workout ;)

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