Relationships

Choosing Friends: Part 1

The sad thing is that sometimes we feel like a friendship/relationship is toxic and emotionally draining, yet we find it difficult to evaluate the friendship or let the person go because of the length of the friendship. Remember, however, that quality is better than quantity and while it’s easier said than done, sometimes, it’s okay to be selfish. Your emotional health and wellbeing is very important and it is essential that you care for yourself and re5mind yourself that you can love people from afar. 

Something to keep in mind though is, we are not perfect. If a friend has one bad trait and several good traits, if that bad trait can be addressed and isn’t detrimental to our wellbeing, we should consider keeping that friend. Everyone has sides to them that someone wouldn’t like; what’s important is choosing to accept them the way they are as we would like them to accept us. 

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Reflections

Reasons to take a year out

My favourite thing about work was that everything about work stayed at work so when I walk through the gates at the end of the day, I could spend the rest of my day pursuing other interests I had. This is something we don’t get at University because of constant deadlines and revisiting of lectures (or time mismanagement lol). I was able to spend the “extra” time I had reading several books which have contributed to the person I am today.

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Reflections

2017: End of Year Reflection

Through everything I have been through this year, the one thing that continues to stand out to me is the amazing support system that Allah has blessed me with. I am so thankful for the people who were present during every moment of growth in my life. 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Unveiled by Rumki Chowdhury

The first part, Mind, continuously explains ways in which anyone wearing the hijab is free but the idea that they are caged is based on the misconceptions of others’ minds and until they allow themselves to look beyond these thoughts, they’ll never be able to comprehend the freedom of a hijabi. This is empowering for anyone who wears the hijab. It’s nice to hear the reiteration of the fact that your hijab is beauty and it doesn’t in any way affect what/who you want to be.

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Reflections

Reasons to Keep a Journal

Life has become busy and fast-paced too; things that happened last week seem like they happened months ago. Life feels like one blur. Journalling helps me capture beautiful moments, good moments, moments filled with life-lessons, and track my victories.

Being able to reflect on these times, keeps you in a state of gratefulness. You realise you have so much to be thankful for especially during times that you’re feeling down or times when you begin to doubt yourself.

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Reflections

8 Things I Learnt from My First Year of University

Du’a should become your best friend//mantra, because Uni can be stressful due to the pressure we (and others) put on ourselves. Knowing that Allah has constantly got your back (as long as you’re doing the best you can in every situation you find yourself) is strengthening. It’s what keeps you going. Understand that you’ll stumble and fall, you’ll make dumb decisions, but that’s okay as long as you recognise your mistakes and turn back to Allah. Now is the time to find your feet and hold on to the rope of Allah.

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Writings

It won’t happen again

The first time your manager made an inappropriate joke, you just stood there and smiled, stiffly. You were too dazed to speak because he was the one person you least expected it from. But then again, should you have expectations? You knew you had to say something because silence was a form of approval, yet, …

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