Saturday Shenanigans Seven

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One of my favourite places to hang out is Melrose Arch, an artsy precinct with cute restaurants, coffee shops, fashion boutiques, retail stores and amazing apartments, reminding me a little of Block 338 in Bahrain.

The Starbucks here has a cute vibe; the material palette, decor and lighting works so well together. I particularly loved the wooden seats outside. I make a habit to consciously collect pictures of inspiration just in case, so in the future I can execute the ideas in my spaces.

I didn’t experiment much with my food choices as I just wanted a coffee and a cute backdrop to take pictures. Had a cappuccino with almond milk, and some delicious chocolate and lavender macaroons.

Feeling so fulfilled typing this out, I just love it when I start my week off inspired.

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, 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.

Untitled-1.jpgRedesigned pilgrimchic.com, and learning a new language (CSS)

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.

In Transit.

I don’t know when I stopped counting down the days in a year. It used to be a habit I started with the intent of making me more conscious and aware of time.

At that time, I felt like I was really chasing after something. Keeping track of my goals every day amidst anxiety, hope and extremely bourgeoisie dreams. It hit me the other day that I got drowned in working hard that I forgot that I initially had an end goal.

When you end up working so hard you lose track and forget your goals… Just working. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a moment of lucidity that prompts you to realize you got a little distracted on your goals. It’s great, because it will force you to sort of restart your system and get back on track.

Remember, the work is a stepping stone but it is not the end goal.

So you take a step back, take a deep breath and empty your mind. The world sort of goes quiet in those moments. And you get to watch your life from a few steps back and think, hey. I’m proud of you kiddo.

That lucid feeling descended on me on Thursday. I looked up to the sky and saw the thin crescent moon at around 4.30 pm marking The Islamic New Year, 1439. A new moon. A new year. It just seemed very special and magical in that moment.

I can’t describe what happened next but I felt the hairs raise on the back of my neck and arms, and the entire world went completely silent. And there I was – just staring at the Alzu Petroport view point.

There’s this pool where wildlife come to graze – I remember seeing zebras and buffaloes. It’s almost as if that moment overcame all my senses that I couldn’t really digest all that was before me. Like, I was in a dream.

We got only five minutes to take pictures then we were back on the road. It was a long ride, from Nelspruit to Sandton, and I’m grateful I got to see the sunset. The sun sets quite early around here – a huge ball of fire in the sky from around 5.30 – 6 pm. It’s magnificent.

Oh, and today is the 268th day of 2017. 268/ 365.

97 days remaining in 2017.

I need to do more memorable things.