be brave

DIY : How To Chase Your Dreams.

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Yes, I am categorising this post as a DIY, because you are the only one who will CREATE the life you love for yourself.



(A bada** playlist to fuel up your motivation :)


Almost two years ago, I left an amazing full time job to pursue my dream. I thought I had it all figured out, that the second I would leave, I would start creating my dreams. But...

Life gets in the way...

 And as a designer, emotions play a huge role in my inspiration process.

Starting something from scratch on your own, is very scary. And with that come millions of different emotions :

Excitement, doubt, confusions, disappointment, happiness, sadness, more doubt, loneliness, FEAR FEAR FEAR....



I had a lot of moments where I felt like giving up. 
I felt so alone and demotivated. 
I didn't know why I was even doing what I was doing. 
Nothing made sense at that point.


''Remembering that you are going to die is the best way i know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. have the courage of following your heart and intuition'' - Steve Jobs


I went through a lot of bad and good ''phases'' where I'd either feel super inspired or very down.
I had no balance.

I used the ''bad'' phases to take care of myself, travel and recharge my brain. And with travelling and experiencing different things in life as it went by, it helped me remember why I wanted to do what I do. 
Having experienced a lot of feelings through-out the years, the ideas slowly started to flow as time went by.


I realised that no one is going to save me. That my dream is MY dream, and if I wanted to make it happen, I had to START somewhere!

I pushed myself when I didn't even want to get out of bed.
I worked day and night, even on sh*tty ideas, I worked on them until I realised I didn't like them.
If I didn't know how to do something, I taught myself.
If I had a really bad day, I'd let myself rest and let go, but I would START over the next day.



Looking back, I have zero regrets. I love what I do right now, and if I never took that risk, I would have never reached where I am today. I may not have reached my goals yet, and I definitely still get those ups and downs, but I am enjoying every day as it goes by, knowing that I am getting closer and closer to my dream, no matter how hard things get.




If you're having a hard time feeling inspired and motivated, please know that ITS OKAY.
BUT, no one is going to take that fear away from your head except for YOU.
Trust me when I say that the SECOND you start, you won't stop.

You just have to START somewhere, anywhere. Even if your first 100 ideas don't make sense, you'll only know they sucked if you write them down, design them, or bring them to life. And with every failed idea, you get closer and closer to the idea you want to actually create. But you'll never find it until you try again and again.


Every day, dedicate a whole hour into your dream. Whether that hour goes to research or anything small, you're still getting a few steps ahead towards your dream!

Things don't happen magically.

Quality work isn't created over night.


Don't feel disappointed if things don't work out right away. 

Dreams need time and effort.

The important part of it all, is to start somewhere. 

Anywhere.
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What have been your struggles lately? We'd love to hear your stories.


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If you'd like to check out my fashion brand on Instagram (@hindadib)
& the website www.hindadib.com

(All photos via Pinterest)

Favorite Book Quotes

Quotes : The Happiness Project (Pt.1)

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On January of this year, I bought ''The Happiness Project''. And since it is about a whole year's resolutions, I decided to start reading each month as it goes. 

Unfortunately I am a very slow reader and I like to take my time so I didn't really reach November in the book just yet. I don't know what it is but I feel kind of sad to finish a book that I enjoy so much, I wouldn't want it to end so I take my time reading and going over it again and again!

Every time I read this book, I find myself smiling, crying, laughing and feeling everything Gretchen writes. You will definitely relate to it in one way or another! She talks about happiness, attitude, family, work, friends, and much more.

I like to keep a pencil close while I read, to underline all the quotes or sayings that I find inspiring and relative to me. So I thought I'd share what I've got so far.

I haven't finished the book yet so these are just some of my favorite quotes from reading halfway through.


♫  


''You've been there and done that so you know it's possible to do it again. It's a matter of weathering the storm and navigating to your happiness destination. It probably won't be the same path but it is achievable.''


''I'd been haunted by an uncomfortable feeling -- that I wasn't doing what I was ''supposed'' to be doing. Now, through my wiring career can be a source of ''feeling bad'' as well as ''feeling good'', I do ''feel right.''


''Happiness'', wrote Yeats, ''is neither virtue nor pleasure not this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.''


''I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth''


''Happiness begins with my attitude and how I look at the world''


''On sunny days, I think ''great,'' a good day to be outdoors and on grey days I think ''great,'' a good day to be indoors. It's all in your attitude.''


''Of all the things that wisdom provides for living one's entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship''


''Whenever I feel blue, working cheers me up''


''And perhaps most important, I would take care to remind myself to remember how lucky I was to be as eager for Monday mornings as I was for Friday afternoons.''


''People don't notice your mistakes as much as you think''


''I didn't want to be like the novelist who spent so much time rewriting his first sentence that he never wrote his second. If I wanted to get anything accomplished, I needed to keep pushing ahead without constantly second-guessing myself.''


''Starting my blog, for example, made me feel anxious, but deep down, I knew I could do it and would very likely enjoy it, once I'd overcome the initial intimidating hurdles.''


''In order to have more success, I needed to be willing to accept more failure''


'' ''I enjoy the fun of failure''. It's fun to fail, I kept repeating. It's part of being ambitious; it's part of being creative. If something is worth doing. It's worth doing badly''


''I think I might have shied away from pursuing these goals, because I wouldn't have wanted to deal with rejection''


''If I do my project my way, I'm unspiritual and gimmicky; if I tried to do it in a different way, I'd be inauthentic and fake. Might as well ''Be Gretchen.''


''The most effective way to lighten up, is to make a joke''


''The days are long but the years are short''


''Family traditions make occasions feel special and exciting. They mark the passage of time in a happy way. They provide a sense of anticipation, security, and continuity.''


''I think by knowing who we are as people and being ourselves, we can start making the world better''


''I started a ''Happiness Box'' in which I'd collect all sorts of little trinkets meant to trigger happy thoughts and memories''


''Just because something is fun for someone else doesn't make it fun for me.''


''I think a real life-shaking catastrophe can provide in-sights into happiness that you couldn't have any other way.''


''Samuel Johnson said, ''The business of the wise man is to be happy.'' In whatever condition life happens to offer.''


Until next time..

Much love.. 


birthday

The Craziest Thing We Can Do Is Nothing

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Everyday, we wake up to a routine we are used to. We get up, drink a glass of water, and go on with our day. Not recognising the simplest and smallest things we are blessed with.
*CLEAN WATER*

Over 700 million people don't have the luxury of simply drinking clean water whenever they're thirsty! 
Women and children spend over 8 hours walking with gallons of water on their backs to bring water to their families. And the water they collect is not even clean!

Every day, 1,400 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday.
BUT, with our help, so many lives can change.

That's why, for my 25th birthday, I decided to celebrate differently and start a campaign to help charity: water  build drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world so that more children can celebrate their birthdays with clean and healthy water.



Never have I ever felt more at peace now that I turned 25 in August. 25 just feels so balanced (cause you're in the middle of 20 and 30, I guess haha) But no, really, this birthday was so special because it gathered people together for a cause so close to my heart and so very important. 







Together, we raised $1270 (AED 4665) and 100% of the money raised by this campaign is being used to bring clean water to help those in need. 


In 21 months they will be able to show us exactly where the money went and who it helped. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single one of you who helped and supported this cause.


So many thanks to everyone who supported my campaign and helped reach this amazing target! Your souls are beautiful. Never forget that and never stop giving.

My Bday campaign is now closed but if you'd still like to donate to charity: water, click here
And if you'd like to dedicate your next birthday to water, click here

So much love, 




fashion designer

Feature : Behind The Scenes

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A while ago I teamed up with StartUp Fashion to do a fun little collaboration and share my working process on their Instagram page throughout the day.

It was one of those ''multi-tasking'' days where I tried to do a little bit of everything I've been working on lately which is making accessories and starting up my clothing brand. 

Sometimes I prefer focusing on one thing all day, and other times I just feel like curling up in my bed and cry all day! It's always ups and downs.




When I left my full-time job in November to start my own fashion label, I thought that I would be set and done with at least one collection by April. But guess what, its MUCH harder than I thought it would be. There's so much more to creating a brand than just ''designing a collection''.

Having my own fashion brand has been my dream for a long time, not necessarily since childhood, but since I decided to study fashion design for my BA.
The more I created clothes in college, the more I became passionate about it. I truly fell in love with the feeling of seeing my clothes on the runway, on photos, or simply on a hanger.

I cannot even explain how my heart was flying with joy when I saw my graduation collection down the runway. It really was the best feeling I've ever had in my whole life. I can't describe it in words. All I know is that I want to live for that feeling and no matter how hard things get, I will keep pushing myself forward to make it happen again and again.


It has been a tough journey since I started working on my label in January. There has been times where I wanted to give up and start something else, and times where I stopped believing in myself and my dream. Times I thought I couldn't do it, and that I don't know enough or can't do enough or just not good enough to do it.

Through all these discouraging emotions, I try my best to pick myself back up and make myself believe I can do it. It's hard, but possible. There's always something new to learn.

Nothing in this world is impossible if you work hard enough. Yes, failure is scary, but it can also be fun. You learn and you grow and you try again. Nobody ever made it by getting it all right the first time.

On Startup Fashion's blog, they asked me this question that I'd like to share here for anyone who's on a similar boat : 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO FELLOW EMERGING DESIGNERS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Sometimes it can be tough. It will be very tough. But you are much stronger than you think you are. Don’t ever give up. Wether you’re just starting up, or you’ve already started.
When things are looking down, look up. Look up to your dreams and chase them. Some days you might just want to stay in bed all day and do nothing at all, and that’s OKAY. Do that, but get back on your feet the next day and keep going. You can do this. Don’t be afraid of failure. Failure can be fun, you learn so much when you fail, you grow and you build your empire as long as you keep trying. Your dreams are there for a reason. Believe in them. Believe in you. Always.

I found some amazing online communities/websites/articles that encourage and help small businesses start and grow. They really have been my little family on the internet lately and I'm so thankful for finding them as they have been helping me with many things I never knew existed.
www.pinterest.com/hindadib/girlboss/





Have an awesome June! And always..
 xox