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the Unknown

 A man who does not live abroad, have never seen the other side of life

I remember the day when I packed my things in a suitcase and packed my brain with bright and shiny dreams preparing to leave the homeland to a country I have never been to before. I remember all the faces that were surrounding me at that time, each of them had his or her sort of mentality about how the life could be overseas, I am pretty sure that most of them have pictured it as having a picnic in a very cool place. I can fairly say that none of them thought of it as a really tough mission, even ME.

The inevitable outcome of living in a foreign country is to experience some stress, anxiety, and homesickness. So, the first few weeks away from home were quite rough on me, but as far as I know, I coped with it in a very healthy productive way. Most importantly, I stepped out of my comfort zone and realized that I could function indecently without family and friends, and this is a huge accomplish for me.  

I gained a new perspective on the world, and I learned so many things about it that I could never learn by sitting in a classroom in my homeland or even reading a book. My professor always refers to us (the international students) as the knowledgeable global citizens, which is kind of cool to feel that you do not just belong to one part of the world, you are actually belong to the whole world because of the multicultural community you are immersed in.

My life here in Canada allows me to meet people whose not only come from various backgrounds, ethnicities, and communities, but also have unique skill sets and competencies, nurtured by life experience.

I have the opportunity to experience different cultures, languages, food, and traditions that are completely different from what I know or what I have seen on TV. You get also to meet like-minded individuals and we experience so much together and they will be lifelong friends.

In a nutshell, living aboard has presented me with so many extraordinary opportunities, to give back, to volunteer and to touch so many lives along the way.

Living in a foreign country on your own takes a lot of energy, a lot of guts, a lot of determination and a lot of dealing with annoying experiences. No one said it would be this easy but it will be eventually.

Love my life here and I would encourage everyone to pack their bags and buy the ticket.

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 Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover

                                                                         H. Jackson Brown, Jr.      


Sweat It Out

Since I landed here in Canada, my lifestyle has changed dramatically (in a positive way of course) and I knew the time had come to expand my comfort zone once more. So, I started to do things, I have never done them before. One of these things is taking a good care of my health and fitness.

I have read once an inspiring quote that says “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea” and based on my experience, I can say so as hitting the gym gets me relaxed and keeps me focus.

                                                       Stay Fit

De-stress Your Life

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One of my every day rituals is 30-mintue walk or jog. I am always cooped up inside all day, sitting in front of my computer working on my school assignments or blogging.

When I am stressed out, I consider walking in a park or other green space, which can actually help me stay sane, put my body into a state of mediation, clear my head and boost my endorphins (the natural stress fighter) otherwise, I get burnt out, cranky or depressed.

Walking scientifically proven to be one of the most sufficient ways to manage stress and cope with tension.

Next time, when you get stressed out, consider walking for better stress relief, and do not forget to take slow, deep, fulfilling breaths.

Wish you a healthy day ahead :)   

Nothing to Worry About


I just realized the fact that worry can eat up my life , it can consume me if I allow it to as today I spent too much time thinking about different things that have yet to happen. I allowed myself to worry about all sorts of of problems, I played each scenario over and over in my head like a continuos CD. It was an unproductive day at all and one of the tough situations life has put me in. So, I grabbed a pen and paper and started to write about all the gloomy nasty things floating up in my head.  I write and write and write till I managed to turn off the negative thought channel in my head.

An important lesson was learned today, I master that no matter how things are bad, there is always a light at the end of tunnel and all I need is more faith to find it, to use my inner compass to direct my way into the world and to trust what God has in store for me.

Despite all that I feel appreciative of going through this today, it helps me to better understand my self, and become more aware of who I am and how I react when life throws me a curveball.

Keep Calm 


Stay Positive 

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Time does fly. And it flies fast.  We are in day 258 in the year 2014 calendar. All what I can say at this moment is “I am lucky to be where I am today, I am privileged to have what I have” thank God.  However, I still need to work on some aspects of my life and more importantly to keep up with my New Year’s Resolutions.

107 days remain until the New Year 2015 and as time passes, I began to realize that the previous 258-day journey has taught me so many valuable lessons.

 It taught me to never trust anyone but myself and my own sense of what is right as this has been the best self-gudiance ever (in my humble opinion).

2660 To be patient as in life, there are many problems that cannot be solved overnight. Patience is a necessity.

 To stay faithful and not be prudent to take  a leap in the dark. To not lower my expectations even if people around me tell me otherwise.

 Change is always good, and from time to time, I need to tweak my lifestyles.

 The first secret to happiness is to fall in love with yourself.

 Good company is a key, because we become who we hang out with.

 I never know what I have until I lose it, and once I lose it I can never get it back

 I can start a revolution and most of the time I do not need the help from other people.

 To laugh at myself and let little things go.

 And finally to not underestimate myself.

                                                                           Have a lovely night everyone:)

Snail Mail


Yay !!! I just received a snail mail from my talented photographer.

I love snail mail, I love anything that can arrive with a postage stamp. There’s something universally appealing about hand-written letters, It carries ‘more than words’, it carries the sender’s breath, perfume and hands on the letter. Not like the cold and empty E-mails.


Happy Monday:)

Happy Monday lovely readers,

The weekend is over and Monday is here. You may have partied too much, or rested too much and all the good intentions in the world wouldn’t pull you out of bed. So, this Monday try not to be the groggy person who hits the snooze button every time it goes on, instead be the early riser and give your week the perfect jumpstart.  Here are some quotes I find them really inspiring, uplifting and encouraging .

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.” Bill Meyer

 “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau

 “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” 
Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  James Baldwin

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”  Michael Jordan

“Yesterday ended last night. Every day is a new beginning. Learn the skill of forgetting. And move on.” Norman Vincent Peale

 “Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” Buddha

What is your favourite inspirational quote that helps you to get through lazy Monday morning  Please share it below as I’d love to hear it..

I ♥ Fridays

Cheers, it’s Friday ♥

My last assignment was due in on Thursday and now I can officially start my weekend, clear my mind and let go of issues.

This week, I have learned or should I say relearned  that no matter how busy I am and how hectic my life gets I need to make some time for myself to clear my mind and let go of issues.  

I simply love weekends because to me they mean fresh air and freedom. They mean fill flops, no make-up, messy hair, not being on a schedule and eyes can relax from not having to sit in front of a computer all day.

It is always good to have some time to offload all the things that had gone on top of you during the week and do something makes you happy, dive in your favourite activities and leave the world you have been living for two days:)

Happy Friday :)


Hello Beautiful People,

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far :)

I’ve been interested in #Blogshop for a while, and recently I had the opportunity to haul myself from Vancouver to San Francisco just to attend this workshop. It was such an amazing experience and one of the best investments of my life. 

It was ideal learning climate and a wonderful opportunity to free the creative spirit and learn some new Photoshop skills.

If you’re interested in taking Blogshop, you can learn more here

It’s about YOU

“Be yourself; everyone is already taken” ~ Oscar Wilde

Our experiences in life clearly shape us into the people we are today, however; this does not mean that we necessarily know who we are and what we want from life.
Since we were little, we have developed beliefs and values, some good and some not so good, as a result of our society and the pressure from family and friends to comply. We were not given the opportunity to choose what to believe in or even to build our personality without other people’s interference. We were forced to fit into the society’s mould, and you can imagine what would happen if we did not.

My story to understand myself begins in childhood and continues into the present. I was not the perfect kid, but I knew that I had what it takes to be one. I found myself immersed in reading and not really part of the family life. Fortunately, this has helped me become a self-aware and instinctively began to see aspects of my personality and behavior that I didn’t notice before.

I realized that I have to learn from my past not to run from it, to let go of the things that bring me down not to embrace them, and to release my regrets and failures not to hold them.

Just like snowflakes, we are different in our own unique beautiful way. Modelling yourself after someone is a real disaster unless that will motivate you to do better. Being your self is what makes you special and no one on this earth is going to be like you.

Do not waste your invaluable time being afraid of who you are because at the end of the day all it matters is what your heart says not other vapid opinions of jealous little people.

You do not have to do anything to please other people by being what you think they want you to be. More importantly, you do not have to do anything to feel that you are worthy.

Turn your back to friends and family member who bend your ear about nonsense, make you feel terribly about your self, and contribute nothing to your life.

Finally, it’s okay to not be okay,life is not meant to be a joyful ride. It meant to be lived with a sense of contentment. You just need to feel fine and secure with what you have, what you are, and where you are going  at this moment.

P.S. Go ahead. Be curious, eccentric, and wild because NORMAL is boring.

First Thought

Okay, I have to admit that writing my first post was really scary. Just thinking about it sent a wave of nervousness through my body. Then the inevitable “How the hell am I going to do it !!” thought raced through my mind. At the same time, I was pushing my self too hard to finish writing it as  I was thrilled to see how readers would interact with what I am going to write.

I personally believe that every woman is a story to tell, and I am here to share my story. With some help, I have come to realize that my perspective about life is eccentric if not whimsical.  But before we go further in this,  let me warn you that even thought I am coming from outward conservative culture, I am not the typical Saudi girl that you may think I am. I am not that girl who is sitting behind doors and not very much part of the public life. Because of that, I decided to start my own blog and share not just my story but also my reflections on a wide range of topics. It is also going to be pretty much a  lifestyle destination that delivers  inspiration to live in a stylish and creative life. However, My blog might be confusing to some of you and sometimes you may feel that it is like a puzzle needs to be solved, but keep in mind throughout my posts that we actually live in a very confusing world so, bear with me. And yes, I jump around with tangents and this is the way my brain works. If you want a less confusing story, come back to me in ten years from now when I sort it all out.

When I was a little girl, I was inspired by Majid and  Basim magazine and I desperately wanted to become a writer. More precisely, I wanted to be a novelist to write a long story where I can have my imaginary people and create my own plot line.

I  love writing, I write to not lose my inner voice, to sharpen my confidence while honoring vulnerability and nourishing glimmers of personal insight. I write not to escape life, but for life not to escape me.

 I am sure you will enjoy a really fun ride.

                                                                                      Welcome to my WORLD :)