Sunday, November 15, 2015

Quotes : The Happiness Project (Pt.1)


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.


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''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.. 


Monday, November 9, 2015

The Craziest Thing We Can Do Is Nothing


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, 




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Feature : Behind The Scenes



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







Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recipe : Happiness Smoothie.


My favourite mornings consist of two things: Sunshine, and a fruit smoothie! 
I started experimenting with smoothies a while back when I went on a cleanse detox which included a lot of fruits/veggies/fish and excluded meats and dairy products.
It made me feel brand new in just 7 days. My skin was completely renewed, and I felt more energetic than ever!

After the 7 days were done, I decided to stick to a healthy lifestyle as much as I possibly can. Even on some days where I do get comfortable eating junk or too much chocolate, I'll make up for it the next day with a fruit smoothie.

Cause what's the point of feeling guilty if you enjoyed whatever you had while you're having it? It's already inside and all you can do is just have a helthier next meal to make it up.

Our body is the most important home we will ever live in. So take care of your home, give it natural and colorful foods that will renew it's cells, refresh it and keep it more alive than ever.

Here's the little recipe to my favourite smoothie so far. It's sweet, SUPER healthy, and perfect to start your day with.

Below each photo are just a few benefits of each fruit.





Amount : A handful and a half of frozen blue berries.

- Benefits -

Makes you happy.
Helps your workout, takes away some of your belly fat.
Takes care of your most important sense, your sight.
Gives your brain a lot of energy.
Helps your digestion system run smoothly.
Takes care of your heart.
Protects you from cancers.
Fights the bad cells in your body since it has the highest antioxidant capacity in all fruits.



Amount : Four strawberries, and one slice of pineapple.

- Benefits -

Pineapple Strengthens your immune system.
Reduces inflammations.
Helps with colds and flus.
Strengthens your bones.
Prevents asthma.

Strawberries help your memory.
Help you burn unwanted fat.
Give you beautiful nails and hair.
Take care of your eyes.
Fight cancerous cells.
Keep the wrinkles away.



Amount : One banana, and a quarter cup of almond milk.

- Benefits -

Bananas Distress you make you happier.
Give you tons of energy.
Strengthen your blood.
Protect your bones, eyes, heart, and digestive system.

Almond Milk Makes your skin glow.
Helps strengthen and heal your muscles.
Lactose-free.
Keeps your heart healthy.










Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Video : Plant Time-lapse


For my 24th birthday, my brother-in-law got me a ''Click and Grow'' plant that is sort of an electronic plant that waters itself on its own.

I'm always amazed to see plants grow, and this time I wanted to share my vision with everyone and photograph a time-lapse of this plant over the course of 2-3 weeks! 

Get ready to be amazed with this beautiful plant!!! :)