first love

I can finally appreciate why Islam asks you to protect your heart, because even with one that overflows with the remembrance of Allah, there’s a small scar with stitches in the letters of your name. And I am left in a paralysing duality of choosing whether I choose to stay with all pieces after you…

on childhood friends

Recently, I had gotten in touch with a childhood friend after 8 years. We attended only one term of primary school together – I move around a lot; that would be around 10 weeks together. To the objective third person, that barely looks like enough to truly get to know people, but one thing I…

Accepting Critiques – A guide for writers on writing and critique sites

You pour every drop of love into the written piece. It will charm, inspire, provoke thought, and more. But when you publish it online – on a critique group or site for aspiring writers – you receive a comment that reads like one of the following: SkaterGurl89: I admit to cringing at the phrase ‘petal-covered agony.’…

So Here Are My Dreams

So here are my dreams laid out for the world to see. Here is the absence of the weight of expectations, of the practicality of them, and simply dreaming for the sake of dreaming. Dreaming big is terrifying; dreaming small is imprisoning.

Your Australian Photography Directory | Find Professional Photographers With Ease

Photographers.com.au is a simple concept: browse high-quality, user-rated Australian photographers in your area that specialise in the type of photo you want. But even simple things can be hard to find. Photography can be an intimate experience. Factors such as having chemistry with your photographers, ease of communication to have changes made, and professionalism are…

The Ration Challenge: End

And finally, my thoughts for the conclusion of the Ration Challenge. Filled with gratitude –but I’m mostly salivating over the plate of fresh, luscious greenery– I realised that… I am incapable of fully encapsulated the daily suffering of refugees. 

The Ration Challenge: Middle

Incredibly overdue post, but I’d written the relevant points in dot point form. The following outline my thoughts in the middle of the Ration Challenge; specifically, from Days 3-5, where I began straying from my previous path of sorrow, towards gratitude. 

The Ration Challenge: Beginning

I severely underestimated my energy levels during the mix of Ramadan and The Ration Challenge. Rather than posting daily about my progress, I hope to report in three distinct instalments: Beginning Middle End

FREE button for your blog!

Recently, I was inspired by the amazing Kaye @ Beautiful Kayekie to develop my own buttons by graphic designing. Her Bloglovin buttons are spectacularly pretty, and I wanted to create something comparable to its beauty.

Free High Resolution Stock Photos — An Invaluable Resource

An extremely short post, as these images evidently speak for themselves. Discovered on this lovely blog, I am astounded by the sheer quality in Upsplash‘s photography collection offers. Their license? All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes,…

birth | 100 Emotions (a sketching challenge)

I am enthralled to discover this almost-exhaustive list of inspiring, complex, multilayered words over at cherrytato (an amazing blog, btw). And while the original prompt is to respond with the written word, I’ve decided to switch to sketching instead to expand my creative horizons. If you are interested, feel free to choose whatever form of medium…

Creative Blogger Award

I was nominated by my dear friend, Emma Snow, for the Creative Blogger Award, over at Books Forget Me Knot. Not only do I simply adore her clever blog title, but I’m an active reader of Emma’s excellent blog –check it out! ❤ The Rules: Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social…