Its about 9 pm. Everything had gone well today. Productive day, I should say. I picked up a novel by quite a famous author. Book cover seems pleasing. Nice title too. I should probably start reading this. I thought. I walked back to my bed with my eyes fixed on the first chapter. Its about an office-going girl somewhere in her twenties. Flips about two or three pages. Maybe I should read it before bedtime. I threw the book on my pillow and moved on. Few minutes later, I feel a bit uneasy. As though something was wrong. I rewind my thoughts. What could have happened? I was in my best moods today. The book. Maybe it’s that. I am lost in some random thoughts for a little while. SNAP! I decide not to read it further. At least not now.
I’m sure it’s not just me who struggles with odd thoughts like these in life. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t be at a place, I shouldn’t hang out with some people, do what someone is asking me to do and so on. I am by no means telling you not to listen to anybody, find excuses all the time or not to accept challenges in life. No! Don’t get me wrong. Let me get my point straight across. You don’t have to do anything just because somebody expects you to or give in to someone’s influence. If you don’t feel right about something or if you are able to foresee some kind of evil in store for you, don’t bother about the ‘what will ‘they’ think’. Over the years, I have learnt to trust my gut feelings and have no regrets later.
Listen. I was not always like this. I would easily give in. I wanted to ‘camouflage’ within my bunch of friends. Blame my age in those days. So I would not bother my intuitions. Until one day, that I can still clearly remember when my eighth grade teacher called me and said “Even I was someone like you. I did not know how to say NO. But it was too late by the time I realised I should have. The moment you feel something is not write, don’t get stuck. Put a full stop to it.” She was setting my thoughts right. Sometimes, it’s okay to agree to disagree.
On the flip side, we have put ourselves to believe in the power of thinking but we underplay our feelings. Neuroscience claims that intuitions form an essential part of our thinking. Intuitions are basically those nagging gut feelings you develop when you are doing something. Some say it is as though they are bits of informations stored in some dusty corner of our brain that we rarely tend to use. So when we get them , we should probably try attending to this quiet, wise voice in the head and quieten the loud voice of logic.
One reason why going by your gut feeling is the best thing to do in most cases is because feelings don’t lie. Just because something looks right ,it doesn’t necessarily have to be what you are engaged in. Gut feelings are said to grow with experience. That means more experience,more accurate gut feelings. They give you warning signals most of the time-that ‘This doesn’t seem right’ kind of feeling. The one feeling when you say ‘ I’ve got butterflies in my stomach’. Scientists treat the gut to have a mind of its own- though the signals come from the brain. Living by gut feelings might not be the best things all the time,but definitely MOST of the time. People who lack intuitions are said to be cognitively paralysed.
Intuitions are more than just feelings. They alter the decisions you make, acts like danger radar and informs you that your body or mind is ‘under stress’. Don’t do things with closed eyes and say ‘But the whole world is doing it’. That’s not an excuse good enough. You get gut feelings for a reason. Don’t ignore them. End the battle between your mind and gut ,listen to your gut and live a much more passionate life.
Thanks for reading💙
السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
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After about two days of total lack of any motivation, I decided to make a comeback with a DIY room decor art. I felt I cannot just sit back and wait for inspiration to descend and felt the urge to do something creative. Plus, I had this palm leaf theme stuck in my head ever since I saw one of the wall stamped art by Interior Designer Mr. Kate. So, I decided to go with it and create an art!
Anyway, this is how it worked 😛
Things I used-
🗒 Canvas( I used a 12″*13″/ 30*40cm size)
🎨Paints [yellow, green and black]
🖌 Paint brushes
- Paint the entire canvas yellow. Don’t even bother about the unevenness.
A few more leaves from here and there, some intersecting and some not and then….Done!
It turned out to be super cool and suited well with the summer theme. I would say, it looked much like a ‘happy’ kind of painting. I can tell you, if you are the type of person hunting for decor ideas for your bedroom or around the desk-area, then go for it! The best thing being that you do not have to be anywhere close to an artist to be doing this. All you need is some sheer passion and time.
Let me know what you think about it in the comments section below and yeah, Have an amazing day!
I’ll see you very soon!
I can relate to this so much. Beautifully written thoughts.❤️ Could not stop from reblogging.✌🏻
Do you ever have one of those days when you’ve got a million things you could be getting done, but have absolutely no inspiration? One of those days where even the simplest of tasks seems challenging and you can’t seem to get yourself to concentrate?
Currently, I’m having one of those days.
I’ve tried virtually everything to get myself to focus. I’ve gone for a run, drank coffee, and read a book, but nothing has seemed to put me in an attentive mood. It’s beyond frustrating, considering how much work I could be finishing up if I was in the right mentality.
Every now and then, I think it’s natural for us to feel uninspired. For me, creativity and motivation come in doses. One moment I feel like I can accomplish a thousand things at a time, the next I’m struggling to complete one.
And while I realize that inspiration…
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السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
Last week, I was at home for 2 days and it was so much more hotter there. I do not know if I should say this, but I was literally sweating like a pig:D And then I decided to treat myself to a cold, cold frappuccino. Here’s how I made the worlds’ most easiest Frappuccino ever!☺️
You will need:
☕️coffee mixed with hot water
🍨vanilla ice cream -2 cups(or even milk)
🍚 sugar- 1-2 tablespoons
🍫 Hershey’s chocolate syrup- 2 tablespoons
1. Add some ice cubes to the blender.
2. Pour some coffee.
3. Add the ice cream.
4. Add sugar.
5. Add some chocolate syrup.
6. Blend well!
7. Add some whipped cream and chocolate syrup on top before serving.
Trust me, it was super easy to prepare at the same time sooo satisfying. Make yourself one and go out and have a drink under the sun.
I’ll see you in my next post!👋🏻
السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
Hello and welcome back!
Few days ago, as I scrolled down my YouTube recommendations, I happened to watch a video featuring Erin on The Doctor’s show. If you haven’t heard of her, she is a women who suffers from an addiction to exercise. Yes, exercise! How many times have you and me been told ‘ Exercise! Exercise is the key to fitness’. But what if it was excess?
Erin from San Diego is consumed with exercise and she works out 8 hours a day. She just can’t stop herself from working out. She is now, in tears, seeking medical help to get out of the obsession.
Since then, I have been thinking about how important it is to draw balance in our lives. To know where to go an extra mile and where exactly to pull the brakes. Moderation is the call of anything successful.
People who sail through a smooth life are those who can attract balance to their lives. We need to sense things much before they take the shape of addiction. Once you lose control of anything, it can only bring in harm. Don’t just do things in oblivion. Remain mindful and monitor your actions wisely.
Workaholics! Shopaholics! Gluttons! Game-junkies! Spendthrifts! Slow down! Don’t forget to pull the reins and live a life with quality.
It would be incomplete if I do not mention how the greatest man to have walked on the Earth sought moderation. There could be no better example than Prophet Muhammed (S) who shined in all aspects of his life including worship, family, social, religious and political aspects. Let me substantiate with an incident from his life. Once three men came to his house to inquire about how much worship he performed. When the men were informed of it, they considered their worship to be insufficient and said ,”Where are we in comparison with the Prophet (S) while Allaah has forgiven his past sins and future sins.” One of them said: “As for me, I shall offer prayer all night long.” Another said: “I shall observe fasting continuously and shall not break it.” Another said: ‘I shall abstain from the woman and shall never marry.” The Prophet(S) came to them and said, “Are you the ones who said such things? By Allaah, I fear Allaah more then you do, and I am most obedient and dutiful among you to Him, but still I fast (some days) and I don’t fast (other days), I pray at night and I also sleep (meaning he does not pray all night), and I married, and whoever does not follow my Sunnah (way of life) does not belong to me.”
With regards to eating he said, “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is enough for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going, but if he must (fill his stomach), then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for air.” The saying goes ,’Too much of anything is good for nothing.’ Even devotion. Even food.
President Barack Obama was asked about his approach to balance in life. He says he might have been more successful if he spent more time around politicians, but he would not to chose to do that- because that’s not all that his life demands. He needs to be the dad to his daughters, husband to his wife just as he was being the President to his people. It has always been unusual for entrepreneurs to think this way though.
I want you to pause. Spare a moment to think of all the activities you are into. Are you overdoing any of it? Are your energies spent in the right direction? Or are you not giving something all that it deserves?
Balance. Let it rule your life. A little bit of everything that is good. Or more appropriately, required proportions of all good things. Do not let anything eat you up. Not even your thoughts, friends, food, family, sleep, work or even exercise:/
I’ve learned that it isn’t easy as I thought. I’m never going to see the balance scale of my life stay firm without tipping right or left. Its always going to be a struggle I should engage in. And hopefully, make life worth.
Thanks for reading💜
Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Jolia L.
Founder & Owner of: Be Yourself
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Successful Living Writer
It is an innate feeling to appreciate what is around us. It is gradual to see your vision, your reality taking place and notice these little details every day. It’s like coming out of a bubble of revolving negative thoughts, overanalysis to see your world as it is. And this is where it’s YOUR turn to observe, listen and appreciate. Sometimes it can be a job offered to your sister, the beauty of the sky after a violent storm, a good chat with your best friend, a compliment from someone. Small, simple events which make us feel alive, happy and part of the steps to have a good day. When you do notice all these little details, you do realize what is appreciation.
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Hello and welcome back to my blog!✌🏻
At least for the last couple of years, I’ve noticed myself in a state of quest for more productivity and organisation in my life. And I, by all means, look up to people who are able to schedule their lives and squeeze a 110% from the 24 hours they have at hand. If there’s one thing every human has without any bias, that ought to be TIME. Then, have you ever wondered, how some people get an incredible amount of things done while others just witness time fly by?⏳
Soo…big news folks! This is going to be my first post of my new series on Productivity Boosters. Let’s begin this off with tip no.1 which is
‘ Know where to multi task and single task’.
Few years ago, I remember having read an article that appeared in Readers’ Digest where it said that multitasking is ineffective and slows down productivity. But now, I have mixed thoughts on this subject and have decided to pen on the same.
One crucial tip to make constructive use of your time is to know how to proceed with a task at hand. More clearly, whether to chose multi tasking over single tasking or vice versa. What I have learned over the course of time is that when your task involves a lot of brain activity and cognition, do not give it a second thought, go for single tasking. You cannot be studying for a test and watching a video simultaneously. Or you cannot be at your workplace doing some important accounting while you are on a call or having chatty conversations with a friend. Or even better, you should NOT be texting and driving📵.We may claim to have done stunts like these, but trust me, it brings down the potential results. What is important, is IMPORTANT. They require attention, focus and NO distractions.
But on the other side, I have experimented multi tasking on many occasions. And it has NOT always been a no. When you are not in a hurry, and wish to relax, you could definitely try out some form of multi tasking. This, I feel, could make some terribly boring chores to seem interesting. When you feel the job at hand does not require any conscious thinking and focus but you could still get it done subconsciously, why not get something interesting to fuse with it?
When you’ve got hell loads to write for no other purpose under the sun except completion sake, why not listen to an audio, speech, TEDx talk or maybe even an audiobook? Or maybe when you have to get a handwritten article typed straight on your laptop, why not phone a friend and make such a dull chore seem more engaging?
But again, like researches show, there’s no multitasking in fact. What we are capable of is ‘serial tasking’. Our brain isn’t capable of handling more than one thought at once. So even when we multitask, our brain is switching back and forth between the two. But when the two chores involve 2 entirely different areas of the brain, is where multi tasking seems to work.
The whole idea I am trying to communicate is that, there’s no absolute rule to single/multi task. You’ve got to be the boss to decide which one to head on with. It depends much on the kind of work you have got to accomplish. And no matter what, you grow with every experience, so don’t be afraid to experiment what works best for you!
I’ll see you in my next post.
السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
Welcome back to my blog!
This time, I have for you ,a step-by-step tutorial on how to make this cute little DIY storage box!
Before I tell you how to ‘build’ one for yourself, let me tell you how it worked for me. Few days ago, I remembered that I had about 4 plastic boxes of dried fruits that I had nicely preserved long ago hoping that I could give it a rebirth in the form of a DIY. I do not know if I should say this, I do not toss anything into the dustbin without giving it a second thought. Who knows? Maybe you could transform into something priceless!
Then, as I rummaged through my ‘junk collection’, my eyes fell upon the little cardboard box in which I had my contact lenses delivered some time ago. I attempted to stuff 3 of those plastic boxes inside this bigger box and ta-daa, it was perfect! That’s how the story unfolds…
So you will need,
📦 empty boxes of chocolates/biscuits (any size, in twos or threes or more(depending on the number of drawers you want ))
🗳 a bigger box that can fit in the smaller boxes you have at hand. You could even cut 5 cardboard sheets and glue their sides and make one to fit in all your drawers.
📿 few beads
Scrap paper or white sheets
🎨 paint and brush
1. I took each of the 3 plastic boxes and cut its one side open( the side that should serve to put things in). Do the same with the bigger box- open up one side completely.
2. Now place the small box inside the bigger box and measure the space it takes up horizontally. Cut off the excess.
3. Cut 2 sheets from cardboard or thick paper to serve as a barrier in between the drawers. I cut 2 of them from chocolate boxes. Then I placed all the 3 drawers-to-be boxes and approximated the place where these sheets should be placed, marked them and glued them in.
4. As there was space left on the sides of each drawer, I cut small squares out of the cardboard sheets ,stacked and glued 2 of them and then glued them on to the sides of each drawer on both the sides equally. Ah! Now the drawers are secure.
5. You could choose to paint the whole thing or wrap it completely with a scrap paper or washi tape. I was in the process of experimenting, so I wrapped them completely in white paper and then painted the whole thing yellow! 🙂
6. Glue a button or bead to the centre of each drawer for ease of pulling and pushing it. Add your taste of decorations on it and make it unique.
You could make them in any sizes you wish to depending on the boxes of biscuits you have stored:P
I apologise in advance if I have fallen short in describing the process. You can always drop in your questions in the comment box below and I will be happy to clarify it for you. And I hope the pictures shed light on the process, if not my explanation:/
I’ve decided to use this to store my bead head pins, bobby pins, rings and so on. And I loved the way it turned out!💛
I’ll see you soon in my next post!
السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
Welcome back to my blog:)
So, today, I’ve decided to pen about a ‘before -bed-checklist’!🗒
I don’t exactly remember since when I have fallen into the habit of a bedtime routine ,anyway, it has been a couple of months ,I believe. All my life, I used to be the one who would just crash straight into the bed -whenever I felt like doing so. But, now ,I have realised that incorporating certain routines before bedtime can reward you with a restful and relaxing sleep for the day:)
So here are the to-do’s before you hit your bed:
1. Prep-up for tomorrow!
Take a break, breathe out, relax and jot down anything important you have planned for tomorrow in your planner, whether its a real planner diary or a mobile app. Also, take time to chose your outfit for college or work tomorrow and get them neatly ironed. If you are school-going, then get your books and other stationaries in your bag based on your schedule. Also, set up your alarm!
2. Set your ‘inner clock’ right!🕦
There’s a clock ticking inside each one of us, responsible for much of our hormone secretions ,alertness ,sleep and so on called the ‘Circadian Rhythm’. This is why we tend to feel drowsy or energised around the same times every day. ‘To go to bed early’ is something we’ve heard a zillion times. And it’s no joke. But, the careers we pursue ,in many cases, demand us to stay up during the dark hours. I find it next to impossible most of the time ,being in medschool. Often times, my day seems to start after 9 pm.=D
Even if you can’t be an early bird to bed, You should at least try to hit the bed around the same time everyday. Work on minimising fluctuations in times when it comes to sleeping and waking up- so that your internal body clock tunes to it.
3. Cleanliness first!✨
To sleep with clean teeth is important. Don’t skip brushing before bed. This is important to keep cavities and tooth decay at bay!
Use a cleanser/face wash to wash away all that makeup, dirt & oils on your face after a long day of exposure to the environment -to prevent acne and blemishes.
I have heard from skin care specialists that the skin regenerates at night and absorb products better. So if you are really into caring for your skin, moisturise before bed.
Also, if you have long hair, be sure to detangle and put them into a loose braid to avoid hair damage.
Use the washroom before you hop into the bed because you do not want to find yourself awake in the middle of your deep sleep for doing so. And if you are a muslim, do not forget to perform the ablution (wudu’) so that doze in a state of purity and earn the rewards.
Dust your bed spread by holding one corner of it and make sure its clean. This is again a sunnah of our beloved Prophet (S).
If you are dying to catch a calm and relaxed sleep, maybe you should also try a pillow spray and spruce up your bed.
Be sure to chant your prayers & forgive everyone before you end your day. For muslims, here’s the list of prayers before sleeping. You cannot afford to miss out this routine.
Change into loose clothes and off the lights. Sleeping in the dark is central for a good sleep because ,your hormone ‘melatonin’ (sleep hormone) is only produced in the dark.
The best position to sleep is to sleep on your right side- both according to the sunnah and science. The worst sleeping position is to sleep on your stomach-again, both according the sunnah and science.
It’s upto you to decide how many hours of sleep makes you wake up with energy. There’s no standard duration as such- it depends on your health and lifestyle. You be the boss to decide this!
So, yeah, that’s ALL! I do not claim to be ‘Miss Perfect’ and do ALL of these every single day, instead, I ‘m striving and sticking on to it as much as I possibly can:P
So why don’t you move on, blend, match, add-up and build a bedtime routine for yourSELF?
Sleep tight! 💙 💤