3 Things To Consider When Doubting Your Gut

February 22, 2016

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re deciding if something is right for you or not? It isn’t a feeling that one can explain in detail, but it’s a feeling that everyone has experienced at least once throughout his or her life.

In any challenge that comes our way, whether it’s feeling adventurous while deciding whether to go left or right, or it’s trying to weigh the scales with a decision that could change our lives. When making the final choice, the one thing we listen to the most is our gut, our instincts, or that little voice in our heads.

How many times have you ignored your gut feeling and ended up in a situation you didn’t want to be in? No matter how much we tend to deny its impulses, in the end, our gut seems to always know what’s best. I don’t know exactly how that feeling in your belly is able to make the right choices, but I do know that if you ignore it, your decisions are often shadowed with regret. There are a few important things to consider when doubting your gut.

3 Style Tips to Keep You Looking Fabulous

February 18, 2016

It’s challenging to dress for work in the morning. Especially when you spent all night binge watching your favorite shows, partying hard with your best girls, chatting it up with your hubby, or whatever kind of good night you had that kept you up until the wee hours of the night. Whatever it was, in the end, it makes waking up in the morning hard. But it makes it twice as hard when you realize you have to dress appropriately for work the next morning. It’s not casual Friday (or Thursday in some countries), so we can’t slack off and wear leggings and an oversized sweater all day long – unless your company allows it then we should all work there. But for those who have to endure the pain of dressing up professionally every morning, worry not; I have 3 tips to keep you fabulous for work when time seems to be too short.


Why Some of Us Celebrate Valentine's Day

February 14, 2016

The last time I wore this cape on the blog was on my Highland Layers post. I remember feeling so much like a highland wife when I first got this, and now it just makes me feel super comfy. Today, I've decided to pair this cape up with my mint green heart sweater; that makes me look like mint chocolate chip ice cream, some olive jeans, and boots, to for a comfy cozy Valentine's outfit. 

Valentine's Day was called "Single's Day" and "All Black Day" because back in the day when we were mere teenagers and preteens stuck being single, the craze of getting a rose, paper hearts, or chocolates on Valentine's was floating in the air. So when the big V-day hit, anticipation for getting, at least, something from someone rose high as a kite. If we got a heart in our lockers or a piece of chocolate on our desk, it would make us feel just a little bit loved, giddy, and less like the whole world sucks. Sigh, the good old days.


Fuck It and Get Out There!

February 11, 2016

I’ve always been the kind of person to run away from my problems; the kind to always hide whenever I get the sense that something in my life is about to drastically change. I would lock myself in my room, turn off my phone, hide under the covers and wait for it all to go away. Once I snap myself out of it, I would fall into a state of depression and complain that my life sucked. Along with that, I began to hate myself for acting like such a coward. I knew that I needed to get out and do something. Heck, I really wanted to, but I never got the courage to just fuck it and get out there. It all seemed too scary for me.

When a guy would show interest in me, I would run away, stop replying to his texts and block him out of my life for months, sometimes even forever. When a job opportunity would come up, I would over think so far into the future that I would end up running away and telling them no.

Is The Universe Really Against You?

February 8, 2016
One of my favorite motivational sites The Indie Chicks has decided to shut down. When I received the email my heart broke a bit, but I realized that I'm more grateful for that they have given me than sad to see them go. They helped bring my 2015 to life with my first ever proper article published online and with so many other motivating, inspiring, and badass women out there who contributed to the website. They got me excited and gave me a space to write my heart out and help others. I will forever be grateful for the ladies who made The Indie Chicks happen; Julie, Chiara, and Chrystal, and for literally making me a better person.

Since they will be shutting down their website and magazine. All the articles on that website will be deleted. So I've decided to repost my articles on here for everyone to view once again whenever they need a boost of motivation.

You’re 20 minutes late for work, so you rush and drop your phone in the process. There is a little dent, but not a crack. As you’re almost to the office, someone bumps into you, and spills their coffee all over that new blouse you decided to wear today. On top of it all, you think you stepped on gum, your phone keeps buzzing with emails, and the guy who spilled coffee on you now blames you for the situation. Is the Universe really against you?

We all have our good days and our bad days. But there are times when our good days would turn into bad ones, and rare moments when our bad days would turn to good ones.

Do you remember those few times when your day completely turned around and from waking up with a bad stiff neck and panda eyes, you fall asleep with a smile, and maybe still have a little bit of a stiff neck, but you felt good about the day nonetheless?

Sometimes, it seems pretty easy to turn a good day into a bad one. Just one negative thought or action can drastically change your entire day. Perhaps you stubbed your toe at the end of a table and you start to swear and groan in pain. While hopping around on one foot, you knock over your coffee mug and a stack of paperwork that you spent hours working on, so you end up in pain both physically and emotionally because your favorite coffee mug is now shattered and you can’t buy a new one now because you’ll have to clean up the mess and redo the paperwork that is now soaked in coffee.

Here is a virtual hug for all of you who have gone through a situation like this. It’s okay, everything will be fine.

Now how does a bad day turn into a good one? Well, that’s all up to you. As your day goes, everything that happens is all up to you. Whether you go to your favorite restaurant or try that new one across the street, the decision is all yours. But here are a few things that may help you along your way to a great day.

Have Faith

They say that hope is faith’s sorry cousin, which is true. Hope implies wishes and dreams, while faith implies action, goals and certainty. Wake up every morning, know and have faith that today and everyday of your life will be filled with great opportunities, excitement, and overwhelming feelings of joy. Sit in bed for a bit and repeat the words out loud or in your head, “Today is going to be a good day. Today is going to be a great day” and let those words sink in for a bit before you get up.

Smile & Be Grateful

Smiling is the best kind of make up. When you smile, the certain muscles on your face gets stretched and relaxes, and can instantly brighten your features. People tend to forget what you’re wearing or how your hair looks when you give them a bright smile. Start smiling and thanking others for even the smallest gesture as opening a door or holding the elevator. Thanking others with a smile may turn the other persons day around, and by knowing that it may even brighten your day.

Indulge in Something Great

Focus on things that calm us down like, knitting, reading, meditating, eating, or watching your favorite TV show. Sometimes we need that little something to help us boost our days. Now I’m not saying skip work to spend your entire day eating a tub of your Ben & Jerry’s and watching Netflix. I’m saying you should make time to indulge in the good things in your life. Read a chapter of your favorite book during your lunch break, or go to your favorite coffee shop and indulge, and savor every word and every sip. There is something about letting your senses take over that relaxes a person.

Don’t Forget to Breathe

When all of the above seems to slip away and your good day meter has gotten a little cray cray. It’s always good to breathe. Take a deep, deep, deep breath through your nose letting all that air fill your lungs and abdomen, hold that breath in for a few seconds, then breathe out slowly through your mouth.Repeat this a few times and focus on your inhales and exhales. Breathing deeply can relax your body mind, and allow you to think clearly. The slower you breathe and observe your breathe the more breathes you’ll take in your life.

The decision to having a good day is in your hands. It’s all you. The only way the universe will go against you, is when hell breaks loose. So don’t fret, have faith that the rest of your day will be a great one, smile, be thankful, indulge in the things you enjoy, and breaaaathe.

Have a wonderful day everyone, and good luck!!

Image Credit: Shutterstock and The Indie Chicks

It's Okay to Say No

February 1, 2016

Let's face it, the whole world revolves around time. We schedule everything according to how much time we have in our day. Some of us plan a whole lot of things during the day that would eventually leave us with only 4 hours of sleep at night. We would do this for every single day until we give up and face the truth. We can't. Handle Everything. 

Why do we put so much on our plate when we know that we can't handle it? Why do we go on agreeing to things that we aren't really into? Why do we think that we can do everything but we really can't because it's just too much? 

I believe that it's just how we sometimes are. We subconsciously take on so many projects and so many extracurricular activities because what if these things won't be here tomorrow? And here comes that phrase that everyone hates, You Only Life Once (YOLO). It's inevitable, this phrase not only has become viral, but it also speaks the truth. Some of us subconsciously think "yolo" and accept the challenges and projects in front of them when in reality they don't really need to. 

Some of the things that we take on don't really need to be taken on. We don't have to sign up for every workshop out there or say yes to every client that emails you. It's okay to say no sometimes. We're only human. We can't reprogram ourselves to work like mindless robots because we aren't. We get tired, exhausted, anxious, and we crave for a weekend out once in a while. 

| Denim Shirt & Shoes - H&M | Sweater & Bag - Forever21 |
| Necklace & Jeans - Thrifted |

Photo Creds: Najla Qamber

So, it's okay to let things go sometimes. It's okay to say "I'm sorry, I'm swamped all week.". And it's okay to admit to yourself that you're tired and that it's time to take it easy.

Take it easy this week. Try not to stress on anything that doesn't matter as much.
Relax and just enjoy life, you deserve it.