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ramadan coffee therapy follow up

Ramadan Coffee Therapy Follow up

Salam !

Being ME Coffee therapy Ramadan Prep

Being ME Coffee therapy Ramadan Prep

It’s been over a week since the Ramadan Coffee therapy session at Showtime Bistro.

I promised to put up the handouts on the blog..I meant to put it up in a couple of days but was unable to because I’m trying to finish products for the Being ME bazaar. I;m selling some Ramadan Decor and Eid Gift items for my Mabrook Moments business Insha’Allah.

 

The event went well Alhamdulillah. Unfortunately the day before the Ramadan talk, I had a super busy day.

My parents and us siblings hosted a Sip n’ See for our brother and sister-in-law’s first child. Here are some pictures. Please keep baby Eesa and his parents in your duas.

Salam baby

Salam baby

The day of the Sip n’ See, I was on zero sleep. I wanted at least two hours but when my Fajr alarm went off I realized that I was just lying in bed fully awake. I managed to function semi-normally but on a social level I wasn’t great company. My blood-shot eyes and delayed responses probably scared the guests.

Sip n See for our nephew

Sip n See for our nephew

Oh well,at least the tea-sandwiches turned out..that’s all that matters right?

So back to my story.. on the drive to Showtime Bistro I was going over my talk with Shaheen and Fareheen (both of them are super eloquent public speakers by the way), I kept messing up and forgetting my points. I started freaking myself out.  I mentally listed all the  reasons why I was going to fail (yes I know not the smartest move).

I was a wee bit nervous (read freaking out and contemplating jumping out of a moving car so I wouldn’t have to talk) because the exhaustion from the day before left me like an unprepared zombie with a hangover. (more…)

Ramadan Ready Already ?

 

Salams!

So..Ramadan is about 2 months away..are you ready for it?

Some of  you might think it’s too early to start getting Ramadan ready but truth is I should have started writing about it 4 months ago. The Sahabas (RA) used to start preparing for Ramadan 6 months in advance. Why? Because they understood how valuable every single second of this blessed month is and didn’t want to waste a moment.

Think back to last Ramadan. On a scale of 1 to 10  how satisfied were you with your worship? Did you change for the better once Ramadan was over? Was there anything you wish you had done differently?

Ramadan is our annual Spiritual Boot Camp. It is a time in which we cleanse our bodies and souls through fasting. We purge and detoxify them so that we can recharge our engines for the rest of the year. Ramadan is our chance to have our previous years’ sins forgiven and to have every single good deed we do to be multiplied by 70! As you can see, it’s far too important to waste a second.

The purpose of this post is to identify factors that prevent you from having the optimal Ramadan experience and to come up with realistic solutions. Insha’Allah this will be your best Ramadan so far!! (more…)

do women hate each other

Do women hate each other?

Salaam dear readers!

Hope you are having an awesome Friday! I wanted to thank each and every one of you for commenting on my last blog post about The Solution to Being Overwhelmed via my Facebook Page, Instagram and private message . Not only does it make me super happy to read what you have to say but I really felt the bond of sisterhood.It was a pretty personal post exposing my current state and faults. Reading how it helped you guys and how I wasn’t the only one making those mistakes, truly comforted me. Thank you!

I’ve been blessed with very gracious and supportive readers; I am so grateful for this digital sisterhood. Times like these remind me how lucky I am to be a girl and to be surrounded by many females.It’s so much more fun being a girl! SO glad I’m not a boring boy.

Why do girls or groups of girlfriends have such a bad rep?

Movies like Mean Girls, Snow White  and every Indian drama out there  always illustrate women as being adversaries or in constant competition with each other. Cat fights over bags, boys and beauty seem to be the exaggerated norm. If women are not busy plotting against each other, their relationships revolve around a male somehow. To make matters worse, sisterhood and positive female relationships are generally ignored.  Men on the other hand are portrayed as supporting each other or working as team members .

Mother in law and daughter in law portrayed in Bollywod (Image from india-forums.com)

Mother in law and daughter in law portrayed in Bollywod (Image from india-forums.com)

In real life, most marriage advice given to brides-to- be revolves around maneuvering through the tumultuous mother in-law, daughter in-law relationship because it is expected that you will butt heads and have issues. Girls are taught to be wary of jealous friends and to hide their achievements lest they get evil eyed. Almost every girl I know can list a female or two that tried to sabotage them or hated them for their success (more…)

Fabulous Friday #2

Salaamz!,

It’s still Friday in my part of the world..two more hours to be exact.

It’s been a crazy day, some good stuff some, bad stuff- just life I guess.

Insha’Allah I will unveil some exciting news soon! Stay tuned!

On to what’s Fabulous this week…

1)Dalia Mogahed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah!

Umm.. how super cool is this woman???

I’ve been a Trevor Noah fan since my brother in-law introduced us to his stand up show ‘African- American’ on Netflix. Hilarious and brilliant!

Now that he’s had Dalia Mogahed on the Daily show,I think I’m a die-hard fan. To be honest, I was semi-worried if Dalia Mogahed was going to be able to handle the  Daily Show scene.Obviously I was projecting my own insecurities because she is a hijabi and ‘representing me’. I didn’t tune in to watch her that night, almost fearful that I would be  embarrassed or upset if she ‘crashed and burned’. Strange and irrational way of thinking, yes I know, but that was my state of mind at the time. Masha’Allah she  was so awesome! Intelligent, classy, funny, brilliant, eloquent  and just so down to earth and cool! I know she’s had bigger audiences full of prominent personalities but the late night show crowd can be tough. She owned it and I am so proud of her.

It’s kind of hard  getting a link to the episode, so I will try  to link it via Facebook.

I hope everyone is able to access it and appreciate an empowered Muslimah represent Islam. (more…)

Resilience and Fabulous Friday

Salaamz

Yaaay  it’s Friday! Anyone have any Black Friday shopping plans? I’m in the market for a printer. My last printer was pretty basic but got the job done. The best part was that it only cost $30.Unfortunately it is now just another name to add to the list of things my little one broke. No joke, this kid has some sort of ‘talent’ for destruction.

Hopefully I’ll get a decent one soon. I’ll have to keep it on top of my book shelf. There’s so much to consider when buying a printer- especially the cost of ink overtime. To read a pretty helpful article on ‘inkonomics’ click here.

Women only event at ISNA Nov. 29, 2015 resilience-real-women-extraordinary-struggles-unwavering-perseverance

Women only event at ISNA Nov. 29, 2015 resilience-real-women-extraordinary-struggles-unwavering-perseverance

Who’s going to the Resilience event this Sunday at ISNA? I’ve been looking forward to it since my friends told me about it. I’ve always had a soft spot for the rags to riches or the from zero to hero story.The underlying theme being that life can do a complete 180 turn for the better Insha’Allah. I love hearing real-life stories of how people overcame obstacles or tragedies. Just listening to their journey of resilience  from calamity to survivor is incredibly inspiring. (more…)