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Dear Me!

I have been born and raised in a society full of challenges, and I learn over time to love these challenges and to cope with them in a very healthy productive way.

I was born and raised in a desert country filled with many wonders. Trees grow out of rocks. Frogs come out of the sands in a cloudburst. I always think that there’s a reason why the old prophets went to the desert and not the jungle. There is no static in the scenery so, the eyes can rest and therefore, the heart. These wonders brought out the best in me and taught me so many lessons, taught me to take control of what I have power over instead of craving control over what I don’t, to be brave enough to create my own way of life and turn a deaf ear to a very judgmental society.

In this International Women’s Day, I’m thankful to be a woman,  and to have the love and support from my family  who taught me that women are not less significant than men when it comes to future.

I have been guided with one of the most profound sayings that I have ever come across that I made it a personal motto.  Clare Boothe Luce, the renowned US play wright, journalist and later a congresswoman, once said “If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes’; they will say, Women don’t have what it takes“. Because I am a woman, I must take unusual effort to succeed.

My heart and prays will always be with those less privileged sisters out there who are struggling to make a living.

Happy Women’s Day to you all

P.S. Dear Mom, you will always and forever be the first successful, brave and unique woman I have ever known, loved and admired.

Prisoner of Tehran

In 1982, Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran’s notorious Evin prisoner, but her own personal growth and bravery are what helped her to survive even the most horrendous situations. 

 Prisoner of Tehran is an extraordinary story of Nemat’s journey to freedom. Her story is tragic, gripping and sure to provoke your tears toward the end. It is an unforgettable memoir, it a  must-read. 

 

Things I ♥ about Myself

Hello Dreamers:)

We live in a world full of negativity, I always hear people go on about what they do not like about themselves, and this always pisses me off. We all have good things, you just need to be aware of your wonders and turn a blind eye to your foibles (temporally to give yourself a break)

So, today I decided  to write about things I love about myself and encourage you to do the same.

Here’s some of the things I love about ME. (Please do not mistake my self-love for narcissism)

♥ I feel I am perfect with all of my imperfections.

♥ I am always willing to say “I am sorry”

♥ I have bright shinny future ahead of me.

♥ I am good with words.

♥ Curiosity what makes me thriving.

♥ I can find beauty in the most odd things.

♥ I am a day-dreamer (as well as a night-dreamer of course :0)

♥ Pain makes me stronger not weaker.

♥ I treat others the way I want to be treated.

♥ I judge people based on their actions, not on their gender, race or age.

♥ I am stubborn, I never give up.

♥ I am ambitious for learning.

Now, it is your turn, trust me it will make you feel great!!

B

Look Beyond Words

Only 7% of your message is expressed in your words. The other 93% is in your intonation, gestures, facial expression, demeanour, clothes, hairstyle, or the gun leaning against your shoulder. Your behaviour and body language are far more expressive than what you say. And no word you utter can neutralize what you show or what your body communicates. Keep that in mind.

a Page from “Think Like a Lawyer Don’t Act Like One

Happy 2015

Happy New Year 

سنة سعيدة

Bonne Année

Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun

明けましておめでとうございます

Selamat Tahun Baru

新年快乐

Glückliches Neues Jahr

สวัสดีปีใหม่

سال نو مبارک

Щасливого Нового Року

새해 복 많이 받으세요

Feliz Año Nuevo

С Новым Годом

Sretna Nova Godina

ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ

Καλή Χρονιά

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

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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 

And

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:)

Happy New (School) Year

School is here, the change from the routines of summer to a new schedule is often identifies as the cause of stress, anxiety and worries. Whether you have been away from school for a short period of time or for several years, you may experience these feeling during the first few days o school. It is unavoidable and I am sure that all the students out there can relate to that.

Returning students sometimes face the unknown and the unfamiliar. They may wonder if they will finish this time, how long it will take to finish and what lies at the end of the journey.

Here are some tips to ease Back to School Anxiety.  Eat well, drink water, exercise, breath deeply and don’t forget to set a positive, optimistic tone to help you get through the ups and downs of the daily life of school.

Good Luck :)

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Lots of us have a thing called a “bucket list,” those experiences we wish to have before we pass on from this life. And I’m no different.

Few minutes past 5PM last 19 July, 2014, Saturday, I crossed off one dream that was on my bucket list: a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It was a wonderful spiritual experience.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is one of Abu Dhabi’s top tourist attractions and the largest religious center in the United Arab Emirates and the 10th largest Mosque in the world.

This mosque is not just a place of tourism but primarily of worship and must be considered sacred at all times. The size of the Mosque is 22,000 square meters and has a capacity of 40,000 people to pray at once.

Dress codes must be observed. Long, loose fitting, ankle length trousers or skirts for women and men. Women must wear a headscarf. Footwear must be removed prior entering the main prayer hall.

I went there for Maghrib (sunset) prayer and stayed there till Isah (night-time) prayer. I wondered around and was stunned by the Islamic architecture, I was really mesmerized by its white and gold color design. While the prayer halls of the mosque are grand and luxurious, the corridors are simple and yet a treat to the eye.

Simply, it’s beyond beautiful.

Hope you will have the chance to visit it one day and see this one-of-a-kind place on Earth.

Peace! 

Snail Mail

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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.

                                                                                                                                                         XOXO

A day in Victoria

Hello Everyone.

Last week, I took a lovely peaceful day out away from the hustle and bustle of the daily life. I spend the day with my friend, wandered around Victoria – Canada.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, we went to Jam Cafe in Downtown Victoria, a great breakfast spot.  I loved the ambiance, the menu selections are outstanding and the restaurant’s decor is really creative. Simply awesome.

The only thing I hated it about Jam that we had to wait 30 minutes before getting seated.

 

I really enjoy visiting Victoria, there are many things to do in the city centre and a day can easily fly by. Whether you want a busy night bar, relaxing spa centre or a day out on the water fishing and watching whales.  

Have you had an amazing experience in Victoria?

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 :)

Knapsacks of Brainfood

Unlike the passive activity of television, reading takes a mental effort which results in keeping the mind sharp and engaged.

I have read once that human beings have been recording their knowledge in a written form for more than 5000 years. This means all the things you are working on and all the problems you are struggling with are probably have been addressed in some books somewhere by someone who has more knowledge than you do. So, be smart and save yourself the trouble of learning from trials and errors and find yourself a book to benefit from the knowledge that have been written long time ago.

Life can get hectic and you may find yourself running from sunup to sundown trying to catch up with the busy lifestyle you have, so make reading much easier for you, have the book you want to read handy on your device and let the fun begin.

Audiobook is very useful and effective in our fast-paced world, save time and listen to it while you are commuting, doing the daily life chores, or anything else that does not require much focus.

Here are two of my favourite audiobook websites,

1. http://www.audible.com

2. http://www.audiobooks.com

Happy Reading ;)

 

#BlogshopSF

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