Category: Life and People

Ahlan wa Sahlan

Ahlan wa sahlan wa marhaban bikum!

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An Arabic greeting that loosely translates to a very warm delicious ”welcome”.

It has been too long since I hit the publish button on here, close to eleven months since my last post, eek! It feels so good to be back on this positive space as every time I checked my website I remembered the reason why I started it in the first place. This time off has helped me clarify that vision and grow my passion for content creation and blogging. My intention was, and still is, to document my travels and adventures so that I can stay excited about life and perhaps even inspire my readers.

So here’s what I’ve been up to since I’ve been away.

Moved to South Africa

Last year in September, I came for a short trip to South Africa and well I guess it’s safe to say I fell in love with the country! The standard of living and opportunities left me inspired I told myself I had to come back. I was back home in Kenya between the months of November and February,ย applied for my Masters and got accepted into the MBA program at Monash South Africa.

Why an MBA while I’m a professional architect? Because I believe in capitalism.

I also work part time so it may make a little bit more sense as to why I’ve been MIA online? Either way, with strong accomplished women like Beyonce running the world it goes without saying that women can do so much more so I will try to be the best version of myself – studying, working and blogging too.

I am becoming a fully self sufficient human as each day goes by and it comes with so much growth *cough* challenges * and I am grateful for it everyday! As I type this out, I cracked my iPhone screen this morning and will have it replaced on pay day. Lol.

I digress. Moving on.

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If you’ve been following me for a while, I’m sure you have noticed that my blog look has changed.

I’ve always loved the minimal look it’s had from before but I kept hoping to evolve into a more professional vibe. I pray I will be able to collaborate with my dream brands and creatives I admire with time and I’m hoping the choices I make everyday will enable that vision. We all hope we can somehow get rewarded for our efforts as blogging is not easy guys! Creating amazing content and visuals takes time and sharpening your skills and I’m ALL ABOUT THAT LIFE! Growth all day errday. Why not create amazing content and enjoy my life as I’m at it?

The blog look is still not quite there yet as I’m learning how to design the site myself (CSS) and build the components of the website bit by bit. Any programmers in the house?

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The plan is to stop sitting behind the screen each day wishing I was doing more with my life when I actually can.

I intend to post whenever I can and perhaps even come up with a schedule, once a week to begin with on Saturdays after class. Although school and my livelihood are my priority, it can sometimes get so overwhelming that I felt that I needed to remind myself to enjoy life more. That’s where content creation comes in, scouting for interesting locations and getting to put down my thoughts in words on this virtual space.

It seems like it’s a recurring theme here on my posts – to not forget why we’re doing what we’re doing (work, school and everything else we seek out in this life) but remember to take a step back, be grateful and enjoy life. There is so much beauty within our reach, from the small things like taking a walk in the park, a cup of coffee or delicious pastry in a restaurant you’ve always wanted to visit, to slightly more complex luxuries like a road trip or globe trotting in another part of the world!

I hope you have all been well, truly.

Talk to you again soon?

Fatma xx

Location: Monte Casino.

Lost.

I was looking for the food court but ended up getting lost – found myself on this ‘bridge’ that connects the mall to the Michelangelo Hotel.

The art piece hanging on the glass ceiling reminded me of these wind charms I used to be obsessed with at some point. My friends and I used to buy them for each other as birthday gifts.

So I stare up at the art piece, snap a picture, and follow my two friends back into the mall.

Walking past Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Cartier and many other expensive designer shops I’d never dream of seeing during my lunch break. I’ve never been in the presence of so many diamonds and jewels. It’s is said that Sandton is the richest square mile in Africa.

I guess getting lost can be exactly what we need some times.

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breaking the silence

“Why Aren’t You Smiling?

You’ve gotta keep going.” – Jhene Aiko – W. A. Y. S.

 

Hills

My previous post is dated 27th May 2017, which is more than a month ago.

Much has happened, and yet things are pretty much the same still.

I’m growing. Still dreaming big and audaciously.

I took the month off to focus on fasting and prayer during the Holy month of Ramadhan, and it was really good for my soul. I even deactivated my Instagram account for a week, hah. There was a sense of calm that just filled my soul that even in times of distress I felt really close to my Creator. Like He could hear me when I’d ask Him to show me a way, and I really miss that.

I always question my purpose on this earth, and as each day goes by that yearning builds up. Almost like how you try to recall someone’s name – it’s on the tip of your tongue and swishing about in your brain – but you just can’t grasp it yet.

I meant it when I said I was elated for the BAKE Awards nomination. I wasn’t very honest when I said I was okay with not winning. You see the thing is, I felt like I was so close. That maybe this was my big break. Or just a victory I really wanted, you know? And when it didn’t happen, well, I guess I sort of had to reconfigure my strategy, which I’ve come to realize always seems to keep changing.

I find myself wondering and searching for a special solution that will make all my dreams come true, ignoring the fact that this ‘searching’ takes away the joy from the present. Always chasing, searching, yearning, forgetting to be present. To be grateful for what is, for the now. And to stop comparing, or setting time limits for my achievements because everyone’s journey and life purpose is different. The important thing is that I’m trying. I’m getting started. And even in moments when I’m weak, scared or feel like I’ve failed, I get up and march on.

Still marching.

Lots of love,

Fatma.