Late night thoughts..

Hi friends,

I have missed writing but life has just come in the way! I guess it’s my fault too because I am not making time for it. Anyway, so as I was sitting here in my room, after everyone in the house went to sleep, I thought, why not take this time to reflect and do what I really enjoy, write!

I am one month away from my wedding day and things are starting to get real, as most would say. There are checklists to cross off and errands to run. But amidst all this hustle, there is joy in spending this last month at home with my family, laughter and unconditional love for my nephew Arhaan, and the peace and blessings of the month of Ramadan. I truly can’t be happier. 

As I prepare to start this new chapter of life, I feel truly lucky to have been around so many different kinds of people. This has taught me some very important life lessons that are endorsed by my mother dear. So here’s some food for thought straight from my head..

1. Make Allah/God your best friend. This one’s a tough one for most of us who have roots in the Asian sub-continent since God is presented to us as someone we should fear if we do wrong. I disagree. I feel that if you make Him your BFF, that’s all you really need. Your relationship with God is personal and no one should judge it. He knows best after all 🙂 

2. Be patient. Definitely my toughest but only God knows how much I try. Patience is such a virtue and I can’t stress enough how much this can work to your advantage.

3. Be persistent. If you believe in something, never give up on it. If you can create the feelings of having something before you have it, the universe will definitely rearrange itself to make it work for you! (Lesson from The Secret — P.S. it’s on Netflix the last time I checked)

4. Be positive.. ALWAYS. Okay, so maybe patience and positivity have a tie on which one of the two is tougher to do. One of my friends though will disagree and say that I am super positive. However, I know there’s room for improvement. Thinking positive yields positive outcomes! (another one from The Secret) 

5. Exercise humility. This one is definitely one taken from my dad. He always reminds us to keep our feet grounded and to live a simple life. If you are succeeding in life, it is by God’s grace. And there is always room for improving yourself and learning more. Never take things for granted.

6. Be thankful. I exercise this as much as I can. It gives me peace as well as makes me realize and feel how lucky I am. Always look at the person who is less fortunate than you instead of comparing yourself to the one who has more than you do.. and you will experience so much gratitude for what you have in life. 

7. Relationships are delicate. Treat them with care. Nurture them. Respect them. Consider them blessings. Again, be patient with your words. 

8. Some friends are truly forever! I have my bunch that I absolutely love and can’t wait to see them at my wedding! When you call someone your friend, mean it and show it. 

9. The power of words is underestimated. The method/way of communicating is equally important. Think before you speak. And own up to what you say. 

10. Life is a roller coaster. It has it’s ups and downs. It’s just about how long you decide to stay down before doing something about it — trust me, it is in YOUR hands. And the attitude you carry when you are up! 

Happy Living Guys! 

With so much going on in places around the world, more recently in Palestine, I truly hope that the happiness and togetherness of mankind eventually prevails. Testing times but if we all try and do our part, we can change what the world is becoming. Prayers for all those affected in political arguments and unsettlements. 

I hope everyone will start to count their blessings before bed every day.. 
P.S. being thankful all day helps you stay positive.. even if it’s small things. 
I used to write about things that I am thankful about.. might start doing that again. And as an example, I’ll list out all the things I will be thankful about tomorrow — even the tiniest ones 🙂 

Good night! 

Down Memory Lane..

I was in the zone today when it comes to getting my stuff organized and I came across this email that I received 8 years ago, from one of my bestest friends. And my heart is filled with so much joy to say that this friendship still holds the same warmth that it did then! I am sharing this poem that she wrote for me, here on my blog for two reasons, 1 – because she is an amazing writer and such an inspiration for my writing and 2 – because i want to save it forever on my blog! Love you Maria!

Sabrina…
I sometimes think of the day we met
the times we’ve shared
for being the shoulder I could wet
for all the times you’ve shown you cared
I sometimes think of the years gone by
of the memories we have made
the way time does fly…
yet our friendship does not fade
I sometimes think of the friends we are
the friends we’ve been… the friends we’ll be
and whether we’re close or really far
You’ll always have a friend in me
And today I think.. its good bye to the teens
happy birthday… have a beautiful year
live life to the fullest.. thats what it means
even through the pain and fear…
Keep smiling, shoot for the stars
walk the path, run the race
you never know, you might reach mars
wherever you are.. leave your trace 🙂
Happy 20th Birthday Sabrina!!
lots of love, and hugs
Maria

 

A lot on my plate!

Hello friends,
I hope everyone is enjoying March. I know places in the North don’t feel much like Spring but I hear there has been some sort of a break and temperatures did go into the positives. That’s a good start I guess. 
For me, the year is already moving toooo fast! There is no time to stop and take a break! I felt like I had time to do everything that I want to and need to do. But it just has made me feel overwhelmed and I haven’t been very productive. So I decided to write since that usually helps me. 

To start with, I’m getting married and there is all the wedding planning stuff going on which is fun but definitely takes up time. Then, there is my rotation that I’m doing and need to commit at least 2 days of the week for that. Next, is my favorite thing to do in the world.. hanging out with my nephew Arhaan!! He is so so adorable and I just can’t seem to focus on anything else when I have time to spend with him! Then of course is my continuous studying for the boards — I don’t feel prepared but time is just passing by and I feel like the time to take the exams will come sooner than I want it to! AND I need to sort through some paper work that’s sitting at my desk for the past couple weeks. In the midst of these important things are also little things that I want to do — like cleaning and organizing, hanging out with my mom, meeting up with friends, going to watch a movie, watching TV, sleeping in, talking to Saad, writing, looking for different cupcake places, going out to breakfast, or simply having a back and forth text conversation with a friend for more than 5 minutes! And of course, going to the gym!

Just writing about all this makes me tired! 

Maybe putting this out will help me start fresh tomorrow and start prioritizing and planning so that I can get everything done that needs to be done! Time to hit that RESET button!

Friendships

Friendships

Came across this and thought how true..
Feel so thankful to have met all the wonderful people that I now call my friends — although the distance can be a pain sometimes, I love having friends from all over the place.

You all make my life colorful and this post is to THANK YOU all for simply being there for me.. to hang out and do nothing, to listen to me vent, to keep up with me on social networks, to enlighten me with positive stuff, to tell me when I am wrong, to go out and have a good time or even to simply text back and forth throughout the day! Just knowing that I have a friend some place is a wonderful feeling 🙂

14-day Flat Tummy Challenge.. FAIL

Ok friends.. here is my update on this “Flat Tummy Challenge” that I took on at the beginning of February.
So I don’t think the Challenge itself is a fail but my attempt or for that matter, lack of attempt, caused this to fail miserably. My biggest challenge was just the eating clean part of it. It is so hard to eat right when you are surrounded by yummy stuff that tastes so great but is not conducive for weight loss nor to tone the body!

Sorry to disappoint but that’s all I have to say about this one!

Thinking of a better plan to implement in order to lose some belly weight..
I’ll keep ya’ll posted!

Happy Sunday!

Day 6&7: 14-day Flat Tummy Challenge

I was dreading this post because I haven’t been good. I am just starting to realize how hard these change-of-diet resolutions are when you are the only one making the changes! I’m guilty for not deleting soda yet AND I haven’t been to the gym since Thursday of last week!

So, today’s advise/lesson is just that we all fall/fail are not always perfect but the fact that we keep trying to improve is what really matters 🙂

Good luck to all of us!

P.S. I saw some before and after pictures of people who tried this challenge from Feb 1st-14th and THAT was motivation enough for me to get back on track with this! Here’s the link: http://www.clubfym.com/public/Flat-Tummy-Mini-Challenge-Results.cfm