LIFE // Ramadan Journal 2018 (1/3)

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

I thought I’d publically journal my Ramadan moments and feelings to see how I grow, evolve and if not learn from this blessed month, If I can leave this month with good habits (spiritually, praying, mentally and soulfully) then I’ll say mission accomplished. As nice as vlogs are too watch back on, I feel as though vlogging would take up too much time and effort and I really can’t afford to do that right now (time-wise). Last year I didn’t fast as I was pregnant so I was really anticipating this year and was concerned, if not slightly scared of the 19/18 hour long fasts that await me. I intend to split this journal into three segments and share them ten days at a time, as otherwise, it may end up being too long to share in one post.

– O N E –
The first day of Ramadan went splendidly well, went by much easier than I anticipated considering the UK is one of the longest hours (18/19) to keep their fasts. It was a simple day and one that I broke alone at home as my partner was working. I broke my fast with a simple meal of 3 dates, water, 2 chappatis and chickpea curry. I’m going to try and eat less meat this month too, see if I can switch up my diet to include more vegan and dairy-free alternatives. I wish to make these dietary choices to better my health and I feel like Ramadan is the perfect way for me to cleanse my body as well as my soul.

I found that I got irritable towards the end of the fast as I was concerned about breaking my fast late as I was tending to Isa who was having a bit of a meltdown. He’s just so ill at the moment, no doubt from the sudden changes in weather – and his bedtime is usually around 9/10. So I was eager to get him to bed so I can eat and pray in peace. It didn’t quite go as planned and ate as the little man played/ ate with me.

In terms of self-control, what I tried to focus on was to think before I spoke and really control my anger. I’m confident by the end of the night we had a positive change. Throughout Ramadan, I’m trying to be more self-aware so I can leave Ramadan as a much more appreciative and controlled person.
– T W O –
Last night I wasn’t feeling my best so I stayed round my moms and completed sehri there. When I woke up, I wasn’t feeling my best and felt super ill causing me to sleep quite a bit throughout the day and when I woke up I had the most splitting headache and felt super weak, I was really close to wanting to break my fast but I didn’t. I pulled on through and Alhamdulillah was able to complete another day of fast. When staying round my mom’s I couldn’t resist her food so it’s with regret I mention I ate fried foods of chicken nuggets and samosas! – Just goes to show how weak my self-restraint it (a work in progress for sure!).

Self-control & awareness// I realised I was very calm yesterday and I was aware of my surroundings really forcing myself to be in the moment, with my son and off my phone. Reading with him and praying with him. Something you all should know about me is that occasionally I can be quite ditzy and mindless, thinking about nothing and just blindly letting time pass by, I never realised just how idly I’d let moments pass and allow frivolous sh!t get in the way. Being awoke of your surroundings (not just your day-to-day life) but the world around us is so important. It’s no longer okay to be ignorant and mindless, especially when we live in an age where information can be found at our fingertips. I’ve realised if I’m not informed I can’t be the best mom and raise my son in a manner which matters to the world. We’re living in world which is nearing an end, and throughout my journey here I wish to be able to help people, if not physically or through my actions, then at least vocally. With that said, I stand with Palestine.

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Advice || Blog Resolutions

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

Fun fact: I’ve actually been blogging on and off since 2008/9 maybe 2007? Regardless, it’s been more off than on but throughout those years I have been hovering around the scene far more than I can actually remember. Oh and you won’t believe it but my first ever youtube video was uploaded on 12 Jul 2011 19:29 simply titled “Introduction. :D” LOL

I started blogging on Blogspot before deleting it and reinventing myself in 2014 onto this platform here. I really wish I had kept that blog as it would have been interested to reflect back upon on it – maybe for a bit of self development? It’s just nice to look back on certain aspects of my life to see how far I’ve come/ changed.

For me blogging was an escape from my reality an area of the inter web that showed me just how much is out there in the world. I discovered the art of makeup (still learning), learnt about fashion, learnt how to semi-code blog layouts, discovered new places, new foods and even new friends ♥ – and for this I’m extremely thankful for.

Now that I have finished uni I have plenty of free time on my hand to spend time with you and connect with my lovelies (when I’m not being a mommy of course). It’s a nice escape and an added dimension to my current life allowing me to enter a realm that I typically wouldn’t be able to escape. I mean come on, I’m writing the blogpost at 3am! Where am I going to go and connect with others at 3am? Not in my reality or my little town, haha. The inter web has no closing time. Period! – and that’s what’s so great about it!

What to expect from me in 2018 – is all things beautiful, from beauty to fashion to food and to mommyhood – and anything else YOU desire, just get in touch and let me know! I’m also planning to do various challenges and tags! 😛

I don’t have a lot of personal resolutions this year (read more [here]), however my resolutions for my blog this year is super simple and as follows:

  • Blog regularly (In Sha Allah, God willing) – I aim to have either a blog or a video up for you lovelies every Wednesday and Sunday! (&& maybe more if I’m feeling super productive :D)

To measure my blog resolutions I would love to see my lovely blogging family expand in the following:

  • Grow my blog to 1,000 followers by the end of 2018
  • Double my youtube following (currently 1469 followers) let’s grow my family to 3k!

Having said that you now know what you need to do 😉 follow my blog and/ or subscribe to my youtube channel [here] – joking aside, in all honesty please do show your support and love by subscribing it would mean a lot to me, and it’s free to do so!

I’m always up for a good chat so feel free to get in touch! I look forward to really connecting with you all on my various platforms (listed below) over the coming year! Cheers to 2018, let’s have fun!

Until my next post xoxo

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ADVICE || Coming to the end of 2017

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

Once again another year has flown by in the blink of an eye. Again this wasn’t a post I was intending to do but I was talking to my friend about the new year and she reminded me/ suggested I write up a new post for this year. I took a moment to read my posts from the previous two years here: [2015] and [2016] and to be honest it brought back many memories hence writing these end of year posts will definitely become a staple on my blog.

I remember leaving 2016 feeling deflated, overwhelmed and exhausted but hopeful to change things around in the new year and become a bit of an activist in all aspects of my life. However that all went on hold and changed when I learned I was going to be a mother. All of a sudden my outlook on life and priorities had changed. The prospect of having a baby and becoming a responsible adult for another being motivated and pushed me in a different direction to become the best role model I can be for my child. Alhamdulilah so far that is exactly what has happened as I spent my final year at uni pregnant and finished with a first. Giving birth and graduating are my personal favourite highlights of the year.
 
Leading on from that it brings me to say that I welcome 2018 with open arms and invite in happiness and good health, filled with joyous laughter, memories and accomplishments. My plans for this year is pretty simple and that’s to continue on growing my stability with home, relationships,work, economic finances and faith.

I don’t have any resolutions this year but to continue to perfect, grow and manifest the above. I’m going to continue to work on things that make me happy, spend my time more positively and live for every moment.

2018, I’m excited to meet you and ready to have fun. What are your plans for the year?
Until my next post xoxo

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