So Much Going On!

No matter how much I say to myself “I won’t let life come in between my blogging…“, but unfortunately it always does. Life does come in between, and you’re left feeling guilty and shitty that you’ve abandoned the one thing in your life that gave you absolute JOY. I miss doing this. Hitting my two index fingers on the keyboard (yeah I type like a child) and pouring my heart out. Anyway, this is a “lame-excuse post“, a post describing the things that have happened to me and my family (don’t worry it’s all good news) over the last couple of days, and how I am always NOT-HERE anymore. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. MY BROTHER GOT ENGAGED!!

YAASS! The one thing my family was anxiously waiting for finally happened! We found my Bro’s Miss Right 😀 And God, she is…. AHMAZING. I couldn’t have asked for a better sister-in-law. She is not only a talented writer (anyone who can write well is a winner in my books) but she’s also THE most compassionate person ON EARTH. She has great taste in movies, music and novels (thank God for that). And she is gorgeous. My little future nephews and nieces are gonna be soooo cute 😛 Hahaha I’m really excited for the wedding. It’s gonna happen in next year’s February most probably.

She has already become my sister/best friend in this one month, and I absolutely LOVE her. I don’t wanna get into the specifics, coz she is like a really private person when it comes to her own life, so that’s why I’m not gonna reveal too much 😀 But just know this, me and my family are the luckiest people on Earth to have her in our family. We all love ya so much Amna, you dash insaan. :3

Love Ya

2. I GOT A GREAT NEW JOB!

Alhamdulillah I got a really cool kickass new job. Well actually two. The thing is, I got a really great offer from this company called RepairDesk; it was sort of a startup that sells point of sale systems for repair shops, and they were huge overseas, especially in the UK and USA. I loved the work there, and the team was such a delight to work with.

But then I got another job offer for a Social Media position from this bigger multinational company, called Cresset Technology. CressetTech is one of the oldest and biggest digital agencies in my country. And they deal with a heck load of huge clients, mostly the biggest fashion brands of the country. So they offered me better pay and more exposure, therefore I decided to pursue that instead. So now I’m currently working there. The work is so amazing, I’m getting to learn new stuff everyday. I really do see myself building a career here. Before this I didn’t know the F of Fashion 😀 but now I’m getting the hang of it and love the work they do. I sometimes feel like Anne Hathaway from The Devil Wears Prada 😛 Yes, I’m that clueless, but it’s so much fun 😀

Clueless Me

3. I GOT A NEW PHONE!

Well, technically speaking this isn’t a part of the lame excuse 😀 I just feel like showing off :’) Actually my previous phone Motorola Moto G was acting out and had become a pain in the arse, so my Dad decided to gift me a new phone. Yes, HE IS the best Dad in the world.

I selected the LG G3. And aahhh man, it’s the best decision of my life. I actually wanted a phone that took kickass pictures and this was the best in the market within the price range. Take a look at this picture I took. It’s like top notch DSLR quality, right? *beaming with happiness*

LG G3 Camera
*heavy breathing*

4. GETTING NEW DECORATIONS FOR MY ROOM!

Well, now because I have some spare money lying around I decided to spice up my room. I won’t show it to you until it’s finished so stay tuned :3

5. Well that’s pretty much it.

Told you, it’s a lame excuse post. These aren’t reasons enough to abandon writing. I used to think that when I start with my job I’ll get the free time to write at night, but right now my body isn’t accepting this new routine. I get home by 7pm and sleep by 11. In between I try to take out time to do some reading and spend time with my family. I’ll try my best to keep up with you guys on the weekends at least. Almost everyday I experience something that I wanna write about. I note down those ideas in my post-its, but then again, I never have the time anymore to dedicate half an hour to you. That’s so pathetic on so many levels. I’ll try guys, I’ll try my best. I miss you all so much.

Papa bless. ❤

Thank You 2015

[Note: Yeah, I couldn’t come up with a more clever way to title this post. Sigh. Please bear with me.]

We all know 2015 was a year filled with tragedies for so many people; lives were lost, people were banished from their homeland, families were torn apart. But this year also taught us the power of endurance of the human spirit. It taught us that people are still kind and generous regardless of what race, creed or religion the helpless belong to. It taught us that our enemies sure can hurt us but they can’t break us. So before going any further, look back to the year and focus on the positive. Focus on the GOOD in humanity. There’s plenty of it in this world 🙂

Now let’s get to why I wanna thank 2015, speaking from personal experience.

THANK YOU!

When 2014 was nearing the end, I was at the lowest possible point in my life, and I had no clue whatsoever that the coming year will prove to be by far the absolute best year of my entire existence. I was told since I was a kid that when it feels like life SUCKS – that it’s not giving you lemons, it’s throwing huge ass watermelons right at your nose – THAT’S the point where you should be relaxed that things are now gonna turn for the better. I didn’t quite believe it back then but now I’ve learnt that the best thing about a bad patch in your life is that it doesn’t last forever.

Mine didn’t as well, and I am eternally thankful for this year which has been the pinnacle of my personal growth.

Nah, I didn’t land a big job, or get thousands of followers on this blog, or did anything that quantifies material success. What I achieved was far more fulfilling than that. What I feel today, this satisfaction, this hope, this calmness, this can never be achieved by money or fame. Yeah sure, everyone has their own definition of happiness; if money and fame makes someone happy then good for them. Heck, for the past 4 years even I myself used to think of money and success as the ultimate answer. But this year changed me as a person. I am NOTHING like I was a year before, and believe me, that’s a really good thing.

My personal achievements in 2015 might seem laughable to some people, but let’s just say they’re a pretty huge deal for me. 🙂

Alright without further ado, here’s my year in review 😉

(oh snap that rhymed)

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How I Celebrated Christmas

Christmas time isn’t just a time of celebration for Christians, it’s also a special day to us Muslims as well! Well, a lot of people might not agree with me; some would say, “Well it ain’t your holiday, you don’t hold the same beliefs, stick to your Eid.”, others would say, “You sure do love Jesus, but you shouldn’t celebrate Christmas.”, while rest of the world might think, “We don’t give a damn about what you do and don’t believe in, we just love Christmas ‘coz of the lights and the food.”

But deep inside, I’ve loved Christmas since I was a child, and me and my family have always celebrated this day like it’s another “Eid” for us.

Simpsons Dance

Sure, we don’t get to have an XMas Tree, or do any lighting decorations, or even exchange any gifts (boooo), but me and my fam have always made special plans for this day and this time was no different. So, come on and see a little glimpse of how a cute little Muslim family celebrated Christmas.

Sharing the Love With our Christian Bros:

Where I live we don’t get to meet many Christians families around us. So when I come across some I always make sure they feel we’re part of the same brotherhood (which we actually ARE; don’t forget we also love Jesus as much as you do, duh). So lucky for me, where I’ve moved (to my new home) we have a Christian fam living right near us. When the day started we took some delicious sweets and gifted it to them in a nice little box (wrapped up real cute with a ribbon and all).

My family loves it when we make people smile, it’s a part of our Life Mantra, “Your day isn’t complete until you’ve made someone smile.” Therefore it warmed my heart when their Mom and Sis hugged me real tight. ❤ It got me off to a perfect start of a great day.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS THAN WATCHING STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS ON PREMIERE DAY!!! *FANGIRLINGGGG*!!!

Star Wars The Force Awakens
Image Courtesy: http://www.vulture.com

Yesssss, Star Wars The Force Awakens premiered yesterday in Pakistan, and I had the honor of watching it on the First Day, First Show! Thanks to me for booking my seats early. :3

Please don’t judge me when I say I had never seen the Star Wars franchise. I always wanted to catch up but I never found the time! So I had to watch all 6 parts just recently (10 days ago) because I wanted to be up-to-date when I see TFA. And oh boy, was I missing out. Now whenever I hear the Star Wars theme music I get a mini “Fangasm”.

I’ll do a detailed review of the original trilogy, the prequels and The Force Awakens some other day, but right now let’s just talk about the overall experience!

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I’m Walking on Sunshine (Woah Ooh)

This is exactly how I feel like whenever I get a blogging award nomination…

Oh yeahhh

No, not like that guy on the left or the woman in the back. I’m talking about J-Law’s FTW fist-bump. Woohoo! 😀

This time I’m nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. *applause!*

Image Courtesy: shoeaholicnomore.com
Image Courtesy: shoeaholicnomore.com

Gotta admit, I’m not really a “sunshiney-ish” blogger but I’m glad some of you think of me that way :’)

I’ve been nominated by (yet-again) Mr. Akhiz Munawar. Damn, you’re spoiling me, son!

I’m on a (Warning: too many adverbs coming through) drastically, painfully, excruciatingly busy schedule today, so I won’t be able to nominate others. I hate to break the chain on my end but I have to finish this post in about 5 minutes. And also, the people who I do decide to nominate tell me to not do that anymore because they’ve had too many 😀 See, I have such brilliant people in my WP Fam :’) Proud of them all ❤

So Akhiz asked me a few questions that I have to answer for this nom. Here it goes!

1. Who is your favorite historical personality, your favorite saying by them?
Answer. Err, they’re too many, but I have to go with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and my favorite saying of his:

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”

2. Hope, Faith or Love? If you are given a choice to choose only one that will stay with you for the rest of your life which will you choose?
Answer. Faith. If you’ve got faith, the other two are right around the corner 🙂

3. What’s the biggest problem of your country and what’s the sure shot and effective/fastest way to solve it?
Answer. Evil politicians. Solution: lock them all up in a time capsule and open it in the 30th Century.

Nailed It

4. Your all-time Favorite Movie and Song?
Answer. Now that’s a tough one! I have to say, ummm, there’s a close tie between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Forrest Gump. They hit me hard every single time! Can’t ever get tired of watching them.
As for the song, let’s go with “Holocene” by Bon Iver, “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent and “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele. Yup!

5. When you are angry how do you express it?
Answer. I don’t. Anymore. I used to, by lashing out at my close loved ones. But not anymore. I guess it’s just a side-effect of growing up 😕

6. Is John Snow Dead?
Answer. NO! A thousand frikkin’ times NO! Just like Glenn isn’t dead in The Walking Dead, my Jon Snow (or should I say Azor Ahai reborn) isn’t dead either!

Save Me Jon Snow

Great questions, mate! 😉

At the end I’d like to thank aalll my beautiful WP Family members who take out the time from their busy schedules and visit my boring-ass blog. You’ll never know how much this means to me… Okay, okay, want a clue?

*shouting* IT MEANS THE GALAXY TO ME!! 🐱

Another Year Has Gone By

No, this post isn’t about the Celine Dion song. It’s about the day I said hello to this world. Yeah guys, I just got a year older today! Hooray for me!

I stopped celebrating my birthday a few years ago. For those of you who have been with me on this blog since the beginning know that I’ve went through some really shitty years. Years in which I made bad friends, trusted the wrong people, and let them take complete control over my life. Those are the people who made me hate my birthday. It was like the one day in the entire year when I could feel absolutely horrible about myself.

Crying Clown

Once I got over that terrible period in my life I decided to no longer give a shit about this day. I started to hide my D.O.B from my new friends, hid it from all my online profiles, and strictly told my family to respect my wishes and never indulge in any celebration. All of their efforts to make me happy on this day were futile because I was too stuck up on the past.

But 2015 has been a life-changing year for me. It has been by far the happiest year of my life (the reasons of which are exclusive to me, myself and I). A few days ago my Mom came to me and said, “Stop being such a tight-ass. Let us celebrate this year. I don’t give a damn what other people say but you are special to us; this day is special to ALL OF US.” As usual, I protested at first, but I just couldn’t let her down (she was looking so excited), so I promised that I’ll be on my best – and happiest – behavior on the “big day”.

*Warning: This post might turn a little “Facebook-y”. I don’t mean to rub in my happiness in anyone’s face, I just want to save this feeling in writing so that when I look back I know how happy I was.*

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Why Are You People So Generous? :’)

With a total of 10 Blogging Award Nominations now, I just can’t help feeling so weird and “out of place”, because I feel so inadequate that I’m in this community of such amazing writers whose biggest passion in life is writing, and here I – a very non-serious blogger who just writes casual gibberish from time to time – gets these nominations. I just feel ever so humble for the love you people have shown me. I don’t deserve it (AT ALL) but nonetheless thank you so so very much to each and every person I’ve come to know here.

I’m sorry that I couldn’t find the time to write a proper post for these awards. Sorry 😦 Anyway, here it is (FINALLY).

Blogging Awards

Nominations:
Creative Blogger Award by Udayology

Dragon’s Loyalty Award by Princess Kick-Ass and Akhiz Munawar
Encouraging Thunder Award by JabrushBlog
The Premio Dardos Award by Akhiz Munawar
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by BeingEccentric

First of all, who comes up with the names for these awards? Just look at them, such badassery. Kudos to the creators!

Secondly, you see the names and blog links of the people who nominated me? These are some of the best people you’ll find here on WP. Go RIGHT NOW and follow their blogs. They are amazesauce!

Now I’m not gonna waste anyone’s time and write down the rules for the awards; you can go easily Google them. The rules of two of these awards is that I have to write 7 facts about myself. I’ve already done this before, so coming up with 7 more is, err, hard. Anyhoe, I’m not that interesting so, what I am gonna write is 5 weaknesses about myself.

  1. I’m very anti-social. It’s not just about my introversion, I just don’t like humans. That’s why I’ve had a hard time making friends. I only open up to the people I trust, and I don’t trust easily. I’ve interacted and opened-up myself a lot here on WordPress, so that says a lot about how much I trust you guys.
  2. I don’t utter many words from my mouth. I can be social with my written words but not verbally. I just think a LOT before I speak, and most times those words just remain stuck in the thought-process. Again, WP is the one place where I’ve said more words than I’ve ever did in my entire life. I don’t even speak much at home.
  3. Victim of over-perfectionism. Being a perfectionist isn’t that a good thing, and being an over-perfectionist is even worse. If things don’t go EXACTLY the way I’ve planned them to be I just don’t handle that quite well, and people start to think I’m aggressive (and crazy).
  4. I can’t tolerate stupidity. Is that a weakness? Yes. Because in life you will come across countless people who will behave stupidly around you, who will say idiotic things and you have to tolerate that. They might include your own friends or coworkers. But I don’t have that tolerance. I tend to get a very “get out of my face” attitude and it hurts them. So I’m really sorry for such rude behavior on my part. 😦
  5. I’m over-ambitious. You know what’s the bad thing about being over-ambitious? It’s that you take up so many new projects/things that when you step back and look at that interesting mess you’ve created for yourself you just can’t help thinking that it’s all beyond your capability. But I never turn away from a challenge so I keep myself so much drenched in that mess that my personal life (and my health) suffers because of it. :/

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My Tiny Little Haven

Many people may think that living in a small house with only one proper bedroom for a family of four must have been suffocating, but I believe that it is because of that small home I now have such a close-knit family. Mine is what you may call an “in-sync” household. It is one of the biggest blessings of life to have a stable and happy family unit, and I’m proud to say that I can count that in my set of blessings as well.

But that doesn’t mean that when I slept at night on the floor of my parents bedroom (myself on Mom’s side of the bed, and my brother on Dad’s side of the bed) I didn’t wish for a bigger home with a room of my own. Having my own room had been one of THE biggest dreams of my life; a room in which I could sleep on my own bed, a room which I could decorate as I wanted, have a view from the window into my own lawn, with my own TV, my own bookshelf; a space to call MY OWN! And thanks to the Allah Almighty, that dream was eventually fulfilled 6 months ago.

So ladies and gents, today I just wanted to share a part of my life with you guys which means a LOT to me. It may not be impressive to many of you, but it is my own tiny little haven – a.k.a. Miss Potahto’s Headquarters.

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This is the front view when you enter my room.

I have to admit, my most favorite part of the room is my window bench. I do most of my book-reading there. You know, I always saw these girls in movies during those sad scenes sitting in their window seats, staring out into the gloomy rain and looking glamorous AH, therefore I wished that maybe one day I can also stare out into the rain and look all philosophical and contemplative. So one of the perks of getting to design the entire map of the new home with my own hands was that I could squeeze in one cool looking window bench. Yeah, my room is the smallest in the home, because I myself insisted I didn’t want a big one.

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The view from the other side.

One of the reasons I had disappeared from WordPress for the past few days was that me and my Mom were busy buying a new bed, a new bookshelf and a TV for my room. Yes I waited 6 months for all this (we were a little tight on the budget.) The bookshelf is custom made. Many people would say, “That’s one tiny-ass bookshelf, you should’ve gotten a larger one.” But I wanted to decorate that side of the wall as well so I had to sacrifice on its height. 😦

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