2015

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20 days into 2015 and so far, so good. It’s not like I was expecting my whole world to change in a night, no I’m realistic. I take one day at a time, baby steps. But I have goals that I wrote down at the end of 2014, and I write affirmations to myself everyday in my journal. Fatma, you are beautiful and smart. Change your mindset and stay positive, only good things will come out of it, inspirational quotes. That kind of thing. image I woke up in the morning healthy, in my comfortable bed and knowing I can have breakfast. Do you realise the number of blessings you have in your life?

While I was in Mombasa for the December holidays, my little brother and I went bike riding at The Bamburi Nature Trail. It was so much fun, and after that my legs went numb and I kinda just wanted to sleep on the ground till evening, if my tummy wasn’t calling πŸ˜€ Not too far from the Nature Trail is Nakumatt Nyali and this Naivas mall that had a Java Coffee Shop in it so we headed straight there, a bit ironic coming from all that exercising πŸ˜€ My hijab was drenched in sweat, the whole time I was paranoid about running into someone I know and having to say hello and hug, kiss kiss kiss, you know.. The Swahili way.

Anyway, Nas (baby brother) ordered the English fish and chips and some juice, I ordered some milkshake and a nice big burger πŸ™‚ And when we were done stuffing our faces, we went to the stage and got a matatu to town where I overheard the most interesting conversation of the year.

The matatu driver had his left hand on the steering wheel and the right supporting his head on the wheel as he waited for the matatu to fill up. The tout is busy yelling out, ‘Posta Posta Posta’, while pointing his index finger to the sky (because town is up). Finally, two people get in and we head on to the sky. The tout asks in Swahili ‘What are you thinking about? Don’t worry we’ll recover it’. From the flow of the conversation, I could tell they had just been forced to bribe a police officer on the road and they had nothing on them. The driver goes on talking about how it’s a sticky situation, but it’s okay. He’ll stay up till 2 and replace the money. But there’s another problem, he hasn’t eaten since yesterday (it’s 3 PM by the way) and he got laid last night so he’s famished. Yes, he said that on public transport πŸ˜€

What am I trying to say? Several things.

1. We should respect everyone around us, you never know what they are struggling with in life. Just be nice. You don’t have to go hugging everyone but just be nice, courteous.
2. Be grateful for what you have. Have a positive mindset. You have more than you think you have and you need to be grateful for.
3. It is important to have goals and to accomplish them. This driver had to replace the money lost before the end of the night, can you think of how many trips to and from town those would be? Set goals. And push yourself to achieve them.
*4. Don’t watch series. Yes I said it. I’m stuck watching Homeland Season 3 and I just want to finish it and move on with my life! I kid. But seriously though, is anyone here like me? Once you discover a great new series your life just stops until you see the end? That’s why I prefer movies, an hour and a half and it’s done. image The point of this post is one thing. This year, you have a clean slate. A blank canvas. Whatever metaphor you’d like a to use, you have endless possibilities this year. It’s something to be grateful for πŸ™‚ I’ll have a second fresh start at the beginning of the Islamic year, but hey, I’d like to get myself in check sooner πŸ˜€
The year starts and you have all this energy and positive thoughts but its all dwindles off in the middle, you can’t let that happen πŸ™‚
Ever heard of Lou Holtz? He’s an American football coach, and at age 20 he wrote down 107 dreams, 102 of which came true. They included having dinner at The White House, meeting the Pope and landing a plane.
His tips on goal setting?

1) Decide what you want to achieve and the date.

2) What talents you must acquire to do this.

3) Who do you have to work with to achieve this.

4) What problems must you overcome to achieve this.

5) Have a plan.

6) Share with others why they will benefit.

Summary? Dream big, and make it happen.
For the first time in my short life, I wrote down my dreams and goals. Then I shared them with someone I trust and love, and we intend to remind each other of our goals and stay focused. I promise to myself they will come into fruition.
This year will be a great year, I put it out to the universe and it will come back to me.
Have a beautiful day!
Love, Fatma x x

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All photos taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

Pointless, somewhat bad writing, optimism and Instagram

Sometimes we get a little down because we’re upset or we upset somebody we care about. I am FAR from perfection, God knows. Depending on my mood,Β I either care too much about what others think of me or don’t care at all. I’m very clumsy, but a clean freak at the same time (you can imagine the chaos). I care too much, over think things and worry a lot, it’s not healthy and I bet it’s so annoying to my closest friends. Hey friends!

For example, back in 2008 when I was in high school, I participated in a play (bad idea) and forgot my lines and basically made a fool of myself on stage. I held the mic from my stomach people, no one could hear me and I just looked like a mute retard with bad dance moves (because I use my hands a lot, I’m very expressive). My best friend heard me fret over this for the rest of that school year, and it took me two years to get over it and get to the point where I can laugh about it (but secretly hope people can’t remember).

Anyway, this post is a little pointless. I just felt like babbling on the internet.
It seems incoherent and I keep throwing in all sorts of ideas. Confusion. Well, that kind of sums me up.
What I’m trying to say is, we were all created differently. Having people who love and appreciate me in my life made me realise that I am perfect with all my imperfections. I can be as quirky as I want to be, at least I’m real about who I really am right?
(It’s no excuse, however, to be rude or obscene in the name of being yourself. We all have to be ladies, ladies and gentlemen. But I appreciate anyone who can be themselves around me and the rest of the world).

Going in line with the randomness of this post, it’s not as pointless as I think it is. Someone very special to me is celebrating a birthday next week.
If you’re reading this, know that you are loved and I wish you nothing but good things in this life and the hereafter ❀
I bet I’m the first to wish you a happy birthday, a week ahead.

I turned 24 about a week ago (a week ago) and to be honest, I don’t feel like I have it together yet. I woke up that morning expecting to feel like I can conquer the world, or that I can fly and get one million Kenya shillings in the bank with a click of the mouse. Nope. Still the same ol’ confused girl with nothing but good intentions.

I have come to accept who I am, and that for some progress comes slowly for some and that I fit in this category. I push myself to be a better person, and make sure I go to bed feeling like I have accomplished something meaningful at the end of the day (however small the progress is).

I am very optimistic despite my slow progress, I know I am capable of so much. I’m optimistic about life, and even if I make mistakes from time to time, I learn and grow from them. I believe in my greatness and surround myself with people who inspire me. And I TRY.
I am thankful to Allah for all the wonderful people and things He has bestowed upon me.

I’ll end this post by sharing a few of my Instagram pictures. It is, by far, my favourite phone app and I am addicted! Recently, I think of different scenes in my daily life as pictures and snap whatever catches my eye and edit on VSCO.
You can follow me on Instagram (fatma_bint_sultan) to see more πŸ™‚

Last thing, I’d like to thank all those who see potential in my blog! The feedback had been so positive that my morale has grown and I’m actually excited to write and post more! Thank you all, even if I’m sure you’re all my Facebook friends.Β Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead, positive vibes only πŸ™‚

Lots of love,
Fatma x x

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Sketch Life 01

Being an architect, I tend to gravitate towards art in whatever form it is.

My two favourites are photography and sketching.
I must mention, however, that I’m not a professional in both. I am a self taught amateur photographer and sketch artist.

I use my mobile phone to take pictures and sketch during my free time. My sketches range from abstract pieces and doodles, to those of celebrities and prominent people. They are not perfect by any means, some turn out really great and some are just pathetic attempts at procrastination. For example, my Bob Marley sketch has to be the best sketch I’ve done! But Malaika Firth and Jhene Aiko didn’t turn out too well, but I love the end result all the same!

Recently, I’ve been meaning to buy myself a painting kit and start experimenting with oil paints, but these things are expensive man! πŸ˜€
Note: Winsor and Newton products are the best for anyone who wishes to pursue art.
So until I can afford to buy myself the painting material, I’ll stick to my photos and sketches (Mama and dad I hope y’all are reading this because I’ve been saying this for months).
Or you, my readers, can help me buy my paints by purchasing some of my pieces πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
Way to market myself huh? It is my blog after all hehe

I’ll share more of my photos in the next post in’shaa’Allah πŸ™‚
Wishing you all a lovely week!
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All pictures were taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.

PS. What do you think of the new Google Nexus 6? From reviews I’ve read and watched, it seems like a better device than it’s predecessor (which is AMAZING) but I’m a little worried about the size.
If any of my readers is lucky enough to own the device, please leave a comment below on what you think of it!