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2k+ Followers

Hey guys! ❤️

You are all so awesome! Why? Well.. Look at this!! 

2054 followers? Am I dreaming? 😱 

I am so excited about this and I don’t even know why. I mean, I know how it’s not about the numbers and all that, but that number did make me happy. It may not be a lot for some of you guys, but it is a lot for me!

In my opinion, the blogging community is truly filled with the most genuine, kind and supportive people (who started off as strangers) I have ever had the privilege of meeting. 

It’s been only two months and a few days since my blogging journey began and you guys have been the best. 

I couldn’t possibly have been more enthusiastic and happy about my journey as a blogger if not for you guys. 

I reached my 10k visitors accomplishment recently too. It was amazing! 

Thank you for all the love, the support, the comments, the connections and basically everything else you have been blessing me with! 

Please continue to stick by me and my blog and bear with my lack of consistent quality work because I’m very busy with my exams (which are in two weeks). I’ll definitely be back on full swing once they are done with. (I’ll still be publishing posts though, so don’t go anywhere.) 

Thank you again and again! 

With Love. 

Here’s more articles about me (in case you are interested in getting to know me) –

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A Thank You Letter To God

Dear God,

This letter is something I’ve been wanting to write for a long long time. I’m so glad that I’m finally doing it!

Have I told you that I love you? I love you with all my heart! I am eternally grateful to you for everything you’ve done for me. Specifically though, I’m most grateful for these things you’ve done for me.

1. Thank you for making sure I was born to a Muslim family! Thank you for making it so easy for me to become a Muslim. While I do truly believe in Islam deeply, I don’t think I would have had the strength to convert to Islam from any other religion (major respect to people who’ve done so) because I wouldn’t want to become a disappointment to my family, no matter how much I believed in you. I am most eternally grateful to you for that.

2. Thank you for my amazing parents! My parents are truly the most wonderful parents ever! They have raised me up to become the lady I am with so much love and care, they are always there for me through thick and thin. While I do realize that most parents are like this to their children, my parents understand me deeply (I know a lot of children with parents who don’t understand them), and for that, I am blessed. I also see multiple cases in TV, where parents ill treat their children. Throw them away in garbage dumps when they are born, abandon them in far away places and even go to the extent of killing their own children. Thank you for giving me the privilege of being born as my parents’ child. No matter what our problems may be, no matter the struggle, it couldn’t get any better than them. 

3. Thank you for my amazing best-friend! Oh I was very careful with my word choice there, but I know you know what’s on my mind. I’m sorry that I fell in love with my best-friend if you think I shouldn’t have. It so happens that society has changed, and it’s difficult to not fall in love with someone. It’s not my parents fault. If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine. 100% percent. But the thing is, I know you love me more than anyone else. I know you’ll forgive me if it’s something seriously wrong. I know that my happiness means a lot to you. I am the happiest I’ve ever been when I’m with him dear God, you already know that. He has always been there for me, you already know that too. They say that everyone has a soulmate. I believe that he is my soulmate dear God. I pray every single day for your blessings to get us married and keep us together in heaven as well.

There are so much more things I am grateful for, but the list would just go on and on because I am grateful for everything you’ve done dear God. That everything is a humongous lot.

I know there are so many people who are getting more and more distant from you lately, but I promise I never will go there. I hope and pray that people will only get closer and not further apart from you.

Thank you for the gift of life! It truly is the most beautiful thing in the world.

With Love,

Just Another Believer.

 

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My Morning Routine – Why I Schedule Everything

Aloha readers!

I realized I may be overwhelming your email inbox with articles, and I’m not sure if you like it or not. I read somewhere that you shouldn’t overwhelm your reader with too many articles – unless you are Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling maybe. Also with my exams being only a month away, I decided to plan out a schedule – even for my blogs.

Scheduling could be a very effective tool for time management and help you immensely actually (if you want it to help you and take it seriously). It helps to not waste time thinking “What do I do now?” and start working on your next ‘thing to do’ immediately.

It doesn’t mean that you are a ‘boring ‘person because you aren’t spontaneous. It means that you are clearly aware of all the things you have to do, and you want them done.

Since when does being smart mean you are boring? Absurd.

Starting from today (at-least until my exams are done), I decided to post one article per day, at 6am. You can use the world clock to check what time that is in your state/country and read it right when it is published.

I hope this works for the best, for you and me. Cheers! Happy Reading!

With Love.

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Differently Abled Given Love, Support And Employment

Dis-abled? I think not. The better word is “differently abled”.

I am very touchy about this topic, because I have a loved one who is differently abled. He is diagnosed with down syndrome. Although we aren’t blood, he’s like my little brother. I have dreamt of someday making the world a better place for him.

I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to working hard, to make life easier for the lesser fortunate. Be it emotionally, physically, financially or anything basically.

In my mind, even though my family can’t possibly be categorized under ‘a rich family’, I wholeheartedly believe I’ve had my share of luck with unconditional love and support from my wonderful family. Having approached 18 years of living, and legally being an adult, it’s my turn to be the giver.

Now that you are able to know what I’m doing with my life, you’ll see that someday I’ll accomplish my dream and there will be an article titled ‘Aqueel’s Happy Place’ telling you all about it.

What may ‘Aqueel’s Happy Place’ be?

Inspired by GG’s flowers and Bitty & Beau’s, and my darling Aqueel, it’s going to be the first (hopefully) shop providing employment to differently abled people in Sri Lanka.

  • GG’s flowers – The Canberra florist is a family-run, socially-sustainable business, that was started as a way to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with special needs. If you are living in Canberra, the next time you want to buy some fresh flowers, make sure to buy them from GG’s flowers. You can check out their facebook page here.

  • Bitty & Beau’s – A coffee shop that provides jobs for those with intellectual and development disabilities. Amy Wright, whose two youngest children have down syndrome, started the business a year and a half ago. If you are living in North Carolina, the next time you want to head over for some coffee, make sure you go to Bitty & Beau’s. You can check out their facebook page here.

Here’s a video about why people love Bitty & Beau’s coffee shop –

Join us in our mission to give differently abled people love, support and meaningful employment. If you are able to do something like this, please go ahead and take the initiative to do so. Let’s change the world, one step at a time.

With Love.

 

You can find more inspiring videos under Changing The World One Step At A Time – Let’s Focus On The Good.

Here’s A Few Direct Links –

 

Little Me

Have you listened to Little Me, by Little Mix? I think almost every girl can relate to that song.

I’ve been listening to this song five times in a row now (I’m not kidding). When I listen to it, I feel so good about myself. About how much I’ve grown. Everything I want to say to Little Me (everything in the song), I feel like I’m accomplishing all that now. I just wish I could say it to Little Me to empower that little girl and tell her that she’ll get there. To hang in there.

It really is a wonderful song.

If you are a little girl, reading this, wondering what’s wrong with your life. Go listen to this song. I’m sure when you are older, you’ll wish you could say it to your little self. Take the message to heart girl! You’re beautiful, wonderful, everything you don’t see. You can be beautiful, wonderful, anything you wanna be. You are amazing! ❤️

​She lives in the shadow of a lonely girl

Voice so quiet you don’t hear a word,

Always talking but she can’t be heard,
You can see there if you catch her eye,

I know she’s brave but it’s trapped inside,

Scared to talk but she don’t know why,
Wish I knew back then

What I know now.

Wish I could somehow

Go back in time and maybe listen to my own advice.
I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out,

Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder,

Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful,

Everything she doesn’t see,
You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out,

And know that right here, right now,

You can be beautiful, wonderful,

Anything you wanna be,
Little me
Yeah, you got a lot of time to act your age,

You can’t write a book from a single page,

Hands on the clock only turn one way,
Run too fast and you’ll risk it all,

Can’t be afraid to take a fall,

Felt so big but she looks so small,
Wish I knew back then

What I know now.

Wish I could somehow

Go back in time and maybe listen to my own advice.
I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out,

Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder,

Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful,

Everything she doesn’t see.

(Know that right here, right now)
You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out,

And know that right here, right now,

You can be beautiful, wonderful,

Anything you wanna be, oh,

Little me
Little me
Tell you one thing I would say to her

I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out,

Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder,

Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful,

Everything she doesn’t see.
(You got to) you gotta speak up,

(You got to) you gotta shout out,

And know that right here, right now,

You can be beautiful, wonderful,

Anything you wanna be,

Little me
I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out,

Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder,

Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful,

Everything she doesn’t see.
You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out,

And know that right here, right now,

You can be beautiful, wonderful,

Anything you wanna be,
I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out,

Talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder,

Tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful,

Everything she doesn’t see.
You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out,

And know that right here, right now,

You can be beautiful, wonderful,

Anything you wanna be,
Little me

With Love.

The Person Behind The Blog 💜

Dear Reader,

Thank you for dropping by. It’s been a month since I opened this blog. I’ve made so many friends. I’ve learnt a lot of new things. I’ve smiled, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried (of happiness) because of this blog and what it had given me. I’ve enjoyed every second of writing, sharing my feelings, my thoughts and everything I’ve got with you.

So I’ve decided to open up, just a little bit more. This time though, it’s not about my family, it’s not about my blogging, it’s about me.

I’m an 18 year old, young woman. I’ve lived 18 whole years, which in my mind is a lot. I’ve had family and a few friends who’ve been with me throughout this journey. While I am truly happy about who I am, and what I am doing with my life, it hasn’t always been that way.

When I was in school (I’m out of school now, my final exam being in a month and a half), I was quite popular (not to brag at all, because I hated it) because I did very well academically and I played scrabble, and did a lot of extra-curricular activities. I tried it all. If you live or lived in Sri Lanka, you’ll know about Lyceum Wattala and it’s scrabble team. We had an exceptional team with all five members (including myself) being world youth scrabblers.

I had a huge circle of friends, some who I trusted a lot. Eventually though I came to realize that everyone hated me. I didn’t know why. I used to cry and cry and cry. I came to realize that everyone thought that I was a guy craze. I was not crazy over any guy, at all. I just happened to have more friends who were guys because guys were fun to be around, and we were just kids then (completely innocent).

So one day, my best friend (who is the love of my life now) asked me out and I said yes. He was my bestfriend before he became my boyfriend, so he knew everything about me. He was talking to some other guy (one of my closest friends) about me, and that guy had remarked that I wasn’t a good person.

Now, I didn’t mind random people who didn’t really know me, spread rumors about me. But when your closest friend, who you respected as a brother, tells something like that, it becomes a scar. It still is a scar. It’s not a beautiful scar, but I don’t mind it anymore. My friendship with that guy, kind of went down the hill from that day.

I didn’t just get over it. It haunted me for a while. For quite a long while actually. Time heals everything though. I learnt that much. It taught me to not let anyone who didn’t deserve it get into my head like that. It taught me to ignore rumors. It taught me to love myself. Actually, that one, my best/boyfriend did that. He taught me to love myself, just like he did.

I am very happy with where I am now, what I’m doing with my life, how I’ve grown as a person. I’ll end this little story I shared about me with a quote I follow everyday,

Leave a little sparkle, wherever you go.. 💫

With Love,

Nusrath. 😇

My Aeipathy Besides Writing

To those of you who aren’t familiar with what aeipathy means, it means what the featured image of this blog says,

An enduring and consuming passion.. 💙

In my post about why I started blogging, I mentioned “Capturing photographs is what I do in my past time..”

Yup you smart person, you guessed it. In this post I’m going to share some of my snaps with you. 😬

Before I do that, here’s a list of what I love about photography. Fair warning, you might want to take up photography after you’ve read this list.

1. Photography changes the way you see things – No place in the world is boring if you love taking photographs. There is something to offer everywhere.

2. It’s a journey of self discovery – The photographs you take reflect your feelings. They reflect what you truly find beautiful.

3. It’s a challenge – Yes, it’s pretty simple when you think about it. Just take a camera, point at something nice and press the button. Yet, with time you realize how much more it is. You learn new things. You explore.

4. You capture a moment which might never be reproduced – There’s nothing more to say about that. It speaks for itself.

5. You get to share it with your loved ones – This is exactly what I’m trying to do via this post. 😉

6. Anyone can do it – It doesn’t have to be professionally, but I love how anyone can do it if they put their heart and soul into it (then again anyone can do anything if they put their heart and soul into it, but let’s stick to the topic shall we?).

There you go. I didn’t want to make the list too long, and keep you waiting, so I reduced it as much as I could. Enjoy (if it’s enjoyable) ! 😇

With Love.

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P.S. – This time, I own the copyrights to the featured image. 🙃

It’s Been A Week!

Hey lovelies, 💜

It’s been exactly a week since I opened this blog. Damn, time does fly. I feel like I opened it only yesterday. 🤔

Thank you!!! Thank you to each and every one of you who viewed my blog, liked and commented on my articles. Thank you for all the love you showed me! I really do feel like I’m blessed to have your support. You made me so confident (which I already was), you made me feel so welcome in the blogosphere (I’m pretty sure that’s what you guys call it, although I wonder why it isn’t blogsphere). You’ve made my day, you’ve made me happy, you’ve made me laugh. You haven’t made me cry though, looking forward to that too. 🤗

I have genuinely enjoyed every blog I’ve read and shared with you.

Here’s a sneak peak to my blog stats.

Oh! That reminds me, what exactly is the difference between visitors and views?

Secondly, Here’s a shout out to the amazing 300+ followers I’ve got in a week! I feel like that’s quite an achievement! Yes, I do know that it’s not about the numbers. However because of all the love I’ve received this past week I feel like that is a genuine number. Even if it’s not, thank you! And if it is, thank you, thank you and thank you! That’s a difference of two thank yous between the genuine and bogus number of followers (two is a lot guys, don’t underestimate the power of two entire thank yous).

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Also, I’ve really enjoyed connecting with so many people from around the world. It feels good to know that you can do that sitting at home, whether its a meaningful connection or not. I hope it is meaningful for you to connect with me through my blog, because it is very meaningful to me.

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Here’s some pictures of me when I was little as an appreciation of all the support, and to connect and share my life on a deeper level with you. 😇

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Above : Me with my mom when I was only 40 days old.

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Above : Me when I was about 2 years old.

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Above : Me with my younger sister and brother on the 40th day of my brother.

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Above : It’s a family affair.

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Above : A few years later (In 2013).

To be continued.. Await the latest family picture. 😉 Thank you for your time!

With Loads of Love. 💜

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Started Blogging

Aloha people!

How ya doing? This is the first most casual blog I’m writing (or rather typing). In this section I’ll be talking about random topics, tips on random topics, your suggestions (if there are any people reading my blog), and I don’t know.. I’ll surprise you I guess?

I’ll tell you a bit about myself, cuz connecting with people means you have to be transparent about who you are and how well you mean. My name is Nusrath. I’m an 18 year old girl (recently turned 18, so still hyped up about it). I was born and raised in Sri Lanka. I’m a Sri Lankan Malay. I am the eldest child in a family of five. I have one sister and one brother. Like I mentioned in my icebreaker, I’m a very forward and confident person. I love writing (and speaking) about topics I feel are very important. Capturing photographs is what I do in my pastime. I love capturing those moments you might never get again. My mum is my rock. She’s my inspiration. My dad is my biggest fan. My siblings are the typical siblings, adorable and annoying, but I love them to bits. I’m more of a what you’ll call a modern Muslim, I do believe in God completely, I try my best to follow my religion as much as I can, but I am also bold and fearless. I am ready to conquer the world (not literally, but get what I mean?).

As to why I started blogging, I always have wanted to but I needed that extra little push to get me started. I am writing my A/Ls this year. (If you are not familiar with that, in Sri Lanka that’s the final exam you have to sit for as a schooling student. It’s the exam which selects you for university. Sri Lanka provides free education, but to a limited number of students due to limited facilities, and to receive it you have to be one of the top achievers in the country.) So these days I am quite busy preparing for it. However, like any other student I found myself procrastinating. The worst part was I was procrastinating doing nothing. Just sitting and staring at oblivion. So I thought of turning to blogging to divert my procrastinating (or if I stop procrastinating, my well deserved breaks) to something useful, to something I’ve always wanted to do. And here I am.

I guess that’s enough about me for now. I don’t want to bore any of my readers to death. That’ll be terrible cuz I won’t have any readers after that, and it’ll be indirect homicide which I want no part of.

Until we meet again, adios amigo!

With Love.