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Hello everyone!

I am gonna start this journey now & I am so excited as well as nervous. Well I always wanted to do this but you know I was like Oh my God how i will be able to manage time and all, actually right now too I am like, what am I doing?Haha. And guess what, I made this account like 9 months ago but didn’t post anything,not even a single word. Oh God. I Know I am so lazy but I have to do this. Lol

I have tried to come out of my comfort zone. Awkward feelings aside, I thought that this might be quite a nice way for me to write whatever is in my mind you know.I will write a detailed post on this but for now I am looking forward to a great experience😊

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“No Filter Me” – A New Series!

I am so excited to share with you all that I am starting my first ever blog posts series here and it’s “No Filter Me”, I’ve been working on this since past one week and just decided to announce it now and write a brief introductory post first. How great it would be to talk about life without filters? We need to talk about that. We all have the ability to lovingly express ourselves to others and to speak our truth. Nobody should be ashamed to share what they go through everyday. Talk about it, talk about your fears, your struggles, talk about all of it.
This series will be all about the posts that will include the stories of real self, the one which we don’t show up on social media usually and the one which has seen the struggles whether you’ve overcome those hardships or you still are struggling you know, I will share those stories of real hard work, determination and stuff that will help us all. There’s a story that every person wants to tell, a story of his real self which many people don’t know and a story of how he’s what he’s. What are the struggles that one goes through on everyday basis or the bigger ones that he fought with. I will share the stories of bloggers as well as other people who have a story to tell just to inspire or motivate others. I think in this world of social media we often forget who we are, what are our roots and it’s very important to discuss that so basically that’s the whole idea. To be able to bring some positivity, inspiration in your life. Those struggles can be related to body shaming, bullying, skin issues and whatever little the issue is, the point is to share what you go through in your life regardless of how famous you are on social media. This series will inspire you, so feel free to email me at usranaeem1997@gmail.com if you think you have something to tell. I would love to feature you on my blog. First post of this series will be coming very very soon, until then stay tuned.

Life with filters look beautiful but all the efforts and behind the scenes makes it all worth it.

The purpose is to inspire but on the same note, to tell others that life is not easy and everyone has to go through some of the challenges which makes him who he is. It’s exactly like when we see a picture with the hashtag ‘no filter’, we think it’s beautiful. Actually life without filter is beautiful and pretty amazing despite all the difficulties. Life is a journey of happiness, crying, love, hate and all the emotions combined together, it’s a journey to explore ourselves and the world around us and whenever some kind of barrier comes in the way, you realize how strong are you. You just need to sit down, plan and overcome it with that big smile on your face you know.

Waiting for your response. Email me now at usranaeem1997@gmail.com

Let’s share the stories without filter!

And oh I would suggest bringing a cup of coffee/chai.

This featured image is by my friend Mariam, follow her on Instagram

Loveandlight.x.

10 Things I Can’t Live Without!

Hi everyone. I really really hope that you all are doing good. Since I don’t post too many personal posts here and to be honest I don’t like writing about personal stuff here but months ago I did a Q/A session on Instagram and there somebody asked me “what are the things you can’t live without?” and I noted this question in my notebook and now after don’t know how many days, that specific question caught my eye again and I just thought okay let’s write a post on it because it’ll be quite fun not just for me to write but for readers as well.

Here are 10 things that I can’t live without, things that are essential you know!

1) FAMILY

Yes I know family is not a “thing” specifically but trust me I can’t imagine my life without my parents, siblings. I had to live 20 days without my parents and nobody knew what was going inside me. Nobody could see the pain but only me. It felt so hard at that time that I used to cry at night when nobody was watching. Me and my sister used to discuss how parents mean so much to us and how can people actually live without them. Okay seriously life’s nothing without them so yes number one has to be my family.

2) FRIENDS

Next is my friends because they are an essential part of my life as well. Not every friend but most loyal ones, specially those who know everything about you from the start and know who you are. You don’t have to describe yourself you know……..for me those are my school friends. We are still in touch and they are my best friends. Can’t imagine my life without them. Special mention for them—- Sana, Ayesha, Zarbakht, Maha and to everyone else, I love you guys. OK?
Also I have this ability to make friends easily and then I don’t wanna lose them ever like everrrrr but you know what my first impression is always rude, arrogant etc etc. God knows whyyyyyyy.

3) BOOKS

Oh yes…….books. Another essential. My love for books is very old but the fact that it has evolved over the years is so much satisfying, ah my true love. Books have taught me so much. I have cried, laughed, imagine and what not just because of books. It’s a WHOLE journey and these days I am free because vacations so everyday either I am reading or eating, that’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Somebody asked, “what makes you happy?” and without even thinking I said books and food and I can’t explain how true is this.

4) WRITING/BLOGGING

I have not talked about it much but I am really really passionate about blogging and that is why I call it my “happy place”,
I never knew that I would be saying this but actually it’s true. Writing your idea on the paper and figuring out things and when you finally hit that publish button you feel free, that feeling is undescribable. I love what I am doing and can’t wait to share more with you all. Thank you for showering me with so much love. I hope I’ll be able to continue making you all happy.

5) MY PHONE

Actually it’s not a must but sometimes I feel like it’s necessary because you stay connected to the world. Now that I check emails and blog from phone, I feel like it’s essential. Also not to forget, my public Instagram account. You have to post everyday and as a blogger you have to post stories and keep your followers updated because otherwise there will be no growth in terms of new followers or engagement on your posts so yes it’s really important for me now then it was before. Another reason is that I use my phone to take pictures and I love taking pictures specially of sky, food and all things nature so yeah.

6) TEA

I am not someone who’s addicted to tea but i can’t function without it aswell like I don’t know how to explain it but I really want it in the morning. No good morning is better than the one that a cup of tea says. So it’s like hey, I can’t live without ya! Wait let me elaborate it more and I find it so relatable,

” If you’re cold, tea will warm you; if you’re too heated, it will cool you; if you’re depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you.”

7) FUN AND NICE CONVERSATIONS

You talk to people daily but you can’t call every conversation fun and nice. You are getting it right? Everyday you need someone to talk to about random things, about life and you feel like if that’ll not happen, you’ll explode. That’s exactly what I go through. Whenever I feel like I just talk to my mother about life and blah blah blah but mostly i text my friend because she has amazing sense of humor (which helps actually) , she has that ability to continue what you are talking about so it gets better and better. Sometimes all you want is a light, fun conversation and nothing else. You feel me? Anyways moving to the next……

8) POSITIVITY

Can you live without positivity? I can’t. It can be in any form. A positive thought, a positive message, quote like anything which reminds you of who you are. This is certainly one of the ten things I can’t live without like maybe i’ll be able to breathe but I would be dead inside without it.

9) AN ESCAPE

Escape, something we all do in whatever way but we do. Maybe not everyday but it’s very necessary to just sit down and plan. It can be in the form of painting, reading, watching, anything that can be escape from everyday life in a good way. Some me time maybe which is necessary in order to get your mind off from all the hustle and bustle happening around.

10) FOOD/SLEEP

Well I can’t think of anything else and at the same time I can’t miss food and sleep because guys i can’t live without these not because I am a human being but because I love love love eating and sleeping. I don’t sleep because I get tired, I sleep because I love it. You feel me? And same is the case with food, good food is something that I live for and I am sure you all can relate to it aswell. All I do is eat, sleep and read these days and let me tell you I am a pro at it. Yo!

That’s it. These are the 10 things that i can’t live without. I really hope you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Tell me yours in the comments below. I’m waiting 💜 lotsa love.

Loveandlight.x.

Eid Story!

Hope you enjoyed reading my Chand raat story. Now I am gonna share Eid story so please bear with me. I woke up at 9:30 a.m after ignoring the alarm at 8:00 a.m which I do often. The fasting feels were there as I didn’t think of eating breakfast but when my sister called me from kitchen, I realized oh Ramadan is over. After eating breakfast I just quickly helped in cleaning the kitchen and then I went straight to my room to get ready.

I got ready and waited for everyone else to get ready because then we planned to do photo session which is a must you know. Before eating meetha(which is a necessary thing on eid) we took alot of pictures and then ate custard, chaat and sawaiyan. Mostly we spend every eid at hometown because all my family lives here and those who don’t, they come specially for eid so whole day gets very busy as we have to go to every relative’s house one by one. We had our lunch at mamu’s place which included biryani(everyone’s favorite) then we went to phupho’s house and ate some more meetha and spent the whole evening there and after that we went to second mamu’s house and enjoyed so much because it rained and you all know how much I feel happy when it rains. We made some videos and laughed while watching them and after that dinner was ready, we just ate it. Basically Eid day one was all about eating and laughing and collecting Eidi(oh yasssss). Also by “we” I mean me, my sister, cousins. This was the last stop and then it was time to check and respond to messages. Over all it was an amazing and a busy day.

If I talk about second day of eid then it was almost the same accept it was in a reverse mode. Lol. Eating, laughing, talking and visiting continued. Third day was quite like i slept a lot and just stayed home but still in the evening I had to go to mamu’s place again. Overall not a boring Eid like we have mostly in cities where you just sleep all day and do nothing so basically spending Eid in village is quite good.
On the fourth day(which is not an eid day like Eid over type scene) I along with my cousins planned a trip to main Murree, Mall Road which is quite a busy place just to eat pizza and have fun yeah so we had a fun day and we arrived back at 9:00 p.m.

That’s all about my Eid story. Tell me yours in the comments below 💜

Loveandlight.x.

Chand Raat Story!

So I thought of sharing with you all everything about this Eid because I really enjoyed it like all the details so Starting with Chand raat, I spent Chand raat with all of my family at my hometown (Murree). It’s a northern area so weather was so so amazing and still is while I am writing this. Look at the pictures below.

It was the last iftar so we gathered at taya’s(brother of my father) house and enjoyed last iftar while talking about how this ramadan was the quickest one and remembering our parents who are in Saudi Arabia for Umrah and I missed them so much but they are coming back on Friday so I am pretty excited about that. Then we talked with them through internet and wished them Eid Mubarak. After eating dinner, i decided to get henna on my hands and my sisters and cousin joined in. My cousin knew how to do it so it was a fun thing to do. I love henna not always but on special occasions like Eid and on weddings. This is how it looked like✨

We talked and laughed so much while eating mangoes(my favorite). It’s such a nice feeling to catch up with your cousins on such occasions, trust me you feel so full, so full of life and you feel happy.

We got done with henna around 2:30 a.m and after that my sister just sorted the bangles which we planned to wear on Eid day. Henna and bangles are a must on Eid along with jhumkas because they give such a traditional look. Some of the best things about Eid is the excitement, the happy faces, catching up with family and yes mehendi and bangles as well.

And oh there was a chai session as well which took 20 minutes. Lol
So guys this is how I spent my Chand raat and slept at 3:30 a.m to wake up at 8 a.m again which by the way I didn’t. Haha.

Share in the comments below how you spent Chand raat, waiting waiting.

And also next post will be about Eid day so stay tuned! Lotsa love.

Loveandlight.x.

A letter to my 21 years old self!

Dear 21 year old self,

Congrats! You’ve made it to twenty one like where did all the time go?
Anyways I hope by now you have realized that everything is always going to be alright. You are being thrown into some of the greatest years of your life. There is so much that happens during your twenties, so hold on tight, you’re in for quite a ride!
To be honest your teenage years were cool but you spent a lot of them unsure of yourself. You didn’t know what to do. Growing up always scare you because you wanted time to slow down & I know you must be thinking right now where did all the time go but trust me there’s nothing to be scared about. You are scared that your dreams will be shattered or you won’t be able to do what you want to do but the thing is you have to trust & love yourself first. Don’t care about what other people think about you, keep doing what you love. You will change your mind alot but things will fall into place. These early years are meant for discovering your passions and isolate your dislikes. Trust your instincts but continue to work hard. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but you have so much more privilege than you have any clue about. Practice gratitude every single day.

Life is complicated and full of opportunities but no one is going to tell you how to get to where you want to be. We all have different paths to take and figure things out in our own ways. You’re 21 and have the rest of your life ahead of you. Think about it……..in your twenties you will graduate and you will be thrown into the real world. Okay let’s be real, that sounds absolutely crazy but it’s true. I want you to get excited because this day symbolizes the door to your future, your life and your life is what you make of it.

Right now, right this second, you are your youngest self. With this being said, I want you to to understand few things, and realize that you have the power to achieve what you want. You have to hold on to your dreams and never let them go. You have to be selfish during these years because focusing on yourself and figuring out what you want is so important. Find people who who appreciate you for your originality and never let them go. Never forget the importance of your family…….always keep them close to your heart. Stay humble by constantly reminding yourself of your roots.

There is one last thing that you need to promise yourself, something that is so important for your mental and emotional well being. Always stay strong and independent, as cliché as it sounds. You are incredibly smart and capable of supporting yourself and there’s so much pride that is attached to that. I want you to be the best possible version of yourself.
Just never lose sight of your strength and how amazing you are because it will be so rewarding to you in the end.

Get excited……. there’s so much to look forward to.

With love,

Me/You

Love and light.x.

5 Ways To Prepare For Ramadan!

Ramadan is almost here like it’s just 10, 11 days away and I still have to do alot of things. Unlike last year I am trying to do all the extra things before Ramadan because I really want to focus more on myself in a spiritual way so by doing the things I am going to mention below, I feel like it will be very helpful and fasting will turn out to be really productive just like the way I want Insha Allah. So yesterday I wrote the “To-Do-List” and I thought I should share it with you all here as well because it might be helpful for you in preparing for the most BLESSED month, RAMADAN.

1) CLEAN UP & PLAN YOUR MEALS

First things first. We(me, mother, sister) still have to do some cleaning like organizing fridge, kitchen, bedroom, carpets, cupboards and even entire apartment. It really gets tough in Ramadan if the house is not cleaned or things are not in their right place.
Next step is planning of meals. We are done with the grocery shopping but really need to organize you know by sorting out things and putting them in the right places. Make tomato, garlic, ginger pastes because these are used in almost every meal and it’ll be really helpful and most importantly time saving.

2) DO EID SHOPPING

Most important thing is to shop your Eid outfit before Ramadan starts and this is what is on my to do list. I have planned to buy all the things before Ramadan because it’ll be less stressful. This way you will be able to save time for more important things like reading Quran.

3) SET GOALS

Set yourself some goals for the blessed month and write it down. Mine include zero or less use of mobile/social media and to read more Quran and Islamic books related to Ramadan to make it more productive. Gonna add a list of all the easy ways I can earn some rewards you know.

4) READ QURAN

I really want to focus more on reading Quran this Ramadan and to make it possible, I’ve made a routine and fixed some time for specially for it and by doing it, I feel like I will be able to give more time to it in Ramadan as well. We prepare for Ramadan by doing all the daily routine things but I guess what is more important is to prepare for it in a spiritual way you know and this is what I want to achieve. May Allah help me Insha Allah.

5) SLEEPING HABBITS

I really need to fix my sleeping schedule because as much as I love sleeping, I’ve to make a routine in order to manage time and make it more useful you know otherwise I really struggle alot in Ramadan as well which I don’t want to this time and I really hope I will be able to do this Insha Allah.

These are some things that are on my to do list before Ramadan and I have to do them in just a week. Not just physically but I have to prepare myself mentally, emotionally and spiritually for this great month. The Prophet(S.A.W) used to do alot of extra good deeds in Ramadan. He would pray more than usual, give more charity, pray the late night (Tarawih) prayers and seek the night of power.

Let’s work and make this Ramadan a more productive one which will be a source of inner peace for us all Insha Allah. Do remember me in your prayers!

Love & light✨

A Day In My Life!

Second year of blogging and I decided to write a little different post from usual. Actually I love getting to know people more you know so I thought to share a little bit of my personal life with you all and what I do in a day, mostly it’s the same boring routine and on weekends I sleep so yeah nothing interesting but let’s just pretend that it’s fun. Everyday I learn new things and it’s just a great feeling that you are evolving and growing into a better person each day or at least I am trying to be. Everyday is an opportunity to spread kindness all around so we should make sure to practice this.
So okay, starting with my morning routine.

My Morning Routine:

First let me tell you all that I am not a morning person at all, although I want to be but don’t know why I am still struggling to wake up early in the morning. I start my morning waking up to the extremely irritating sound of alarm despite the fact that I always set alarm 15 minutes earlier from the actual time because I take that much time to get out of bed but still I hate it. I am glad this semester is in evening so I wake up at 9:45 and get out of bed at 10:00 and go straight to bathroom. After that I eat breakfast that mostly consist of a cup of tea, a piece of bread and boiled egg. After that I get ready for university and just apply ponds mosturizing lotion because it suits my skin alot and a lipstick is necessary just to look less sleepy you know, currently I am obsessing over Huda beauty mini pink edition. That’s it but sometimes I wear Maybelline’s Lash sensational mascara and seven cool highlighter. And then at 10:30 I run to the bus stop because I go to uni in the bus. I get ready in just 30 minutes, wow proud of myself. Haha. In the bus I check emails and social media quickly.

My Day Routine:

From 10:30 to 6:00 I spend all the time in university, basically I spend my day at uni and at the end of the day I get really tired. If you have good friends then trust me your time at the uni will be amazing and you will enjoy it otherwise uni is boring. Most people hate uni and that makes their lives more difficult because obviously you have to go and make assignments, attend lectures and prepare quizzes but if you will hate it, it will like a burden and you will always be angry and stressed. How I handle all this is just by making sure that whatever I am doing, I am enjoying it otherwise it’s useless. Even though I make assignments and prepare for all other stuff at the last moment but the thing is if you’ll start worrying about things from the start you’ll end up crazy, that’s how I see it.
Ok so finally at 6:30 I reach home happily.

My Night Routine:

After changing clothes, I eat something or just drink tea. Then I watch television(mostly news) or just scroll social media. Then I talk about how my day was with my mother and she tells me how her day was and then we decide what to eat for dinner and she cooks it. After eating dinner with my family, I wash the dishes. After that I do some uni work including assignments and preparing quizzes that sucks to be honest. Then if I have time, I continue reading the book that I was reading the day before. That’s it and oh also I apply almond oil, apricot oil from Nawab Organics on my face before going to bed because they are really good for the skin and specially for dark circles and acne. I am trying to sleep early but have not been succeeded so far.

And that’s it, a day in my life. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

Share yours in the comments section below.

Loveandlight.x.

MY FIRST BLOGIVERSARY + A RECAP OF ALL THE POSTS

I can’t believe exactly one year ago I published my first blog post. 31 posts later and here I am today writing 32nd post with a happy heart and clear mind. I have come a long way and I am extremely grateful about the fact that I am doing something that is making me happy you know, just the feeling itself is surreal. When I started this blog, I didn’t even expect to cross 50 followers and now we are a family of 150+ but yes I knew that whatever I am going to publish, there will be someone out there who will read it and might get inspiration or motivation. I have achieved so much but the best part was coming out of my comfort zone, trying new things out. This blog is my happy place and never could have imagined that it would grow and evolve into what is today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single one of you reading this post. Your support truly means the world to me!
Collaborations are a part of blogging and I feel so honored to be able to work with such amazing brands which obviously I am gonna link down below, I will continue writing about the brands that I personally use and never give any false opinion just for the sake of free products which I guess is very common nowadays. I don’t like just reviewing, my first priority always is to write on important issues and one such example is mental health because it’s really important to spread awareness and I consider it as my duty and I really hope you guys love it too.
Most importantly blogging has been a learning experience for me and I have learned so many new things. I started with literally just an idea and didn’t know anything else but I know alot of things that I never knew I would be able to. I am grateful to Allah for blessing me with so much. As I said before, this blog is nothing without you all and your support so thank you and you can give me suggestions as well and leave me a feedback through email , would love to read it. Okay guys let me share my posts, tell me which one stands on top of the list? Like ranking maybe?

RECAP:

I am going to link all my previous blog posts that I guess will be a recap and it will sum up my whole year of blogging so please bear with me. Haha
My first post will always be special for me for so many reasons. I first posted the necessary Hello post just to introduce myself and what I am gonna do and then I published THE TIME IS NOW , It is all about why I started this journey and when is the right time to start doing what we love to do. Next I published PERFECTION IS A LIE because I really think it is. What do you think? Read to know what actually I meant. Next I published a review on GRATITUDE JOURNAL FOR MUSLIMS (ALHAMDULILLAH FOR SERIES) by Ayeina and I love it so much. I loved publishing a post about MOTHER’S DAY because my mother is the biggest inspiration in my life. I and my sister made a bunting for Ramadan so I published a post on that which is RAMADAN DECORATIONS and then a post which is dedicated to all of you LIVE EVERY MOMENT. I still struggle alot with organizing my routine and all but things I apply in my life to get organized are in this post ➡ 3 SIMPLE WAYS TO GET ORGANIZED

I reviewed pretty hijabs by Hidden Pearl ➡ HIDDEN PEARLS-HIJAB REVIEW and then I took a break from blog for one month and after that I published I AM BACK AFTER NOT SO LONG EID BREAK . Next is a post that is my favorite because it’s powerful and that is PAIN, NOT JUST A STRONG WORD and SUFFERING. A fun and light post ➡LET’S TALK ABOUT SUNDAYS. An important post on WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY and another review of HALAL GOODIES BOX. Published a post related to Autumn Season ➡ WHY I LOVE AUTUMN. Exciting part is I Got nominated for LIEBSTER AWARD as well. Feeling low? Read YOU’RE WORTH IT. Next I published posts at the end of year 2017 ➡ THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS and BEST OF 2017 which includes all the highlights of my year. My first post of year 2018 ➡ DECEMBER FAVORITES (I can’t wait to do this again). I behave nonchalantly sometimes but you know what ➡ BEING NONCHALANT IS COMPLETELY OKAY. Another review on all products that are chemical free and I am still using them on daily basis ➡ NAWAB-ALL THINGS ORGANIC

A light and fun post ➡ MY IDEAL WAY TO SPEND A CHILLY DAY. A review of my favorite beauty product ➡ GARNIER BB CREAM REVIEW and a post which is close to my heart ➡ 5 WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME. Another review ➡ ALI HUDA-NETFLIX FOR MUSLIM KIDS. I still have to complete this list though ➡ MY SPRING BUCKET LIST. First interview ➡ INTERVIEW WITH WRITER AND BLOGGER PAPATIA FEAUXZAR

And last but not the least,

GRATITUDE: THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and thankyou once again for being a part of my journey!

Follow me on my Instagram too because it might be possible that I will do a live this weekend. Lotsa love🌟

Loveandlight.x.

Gratitude: The Secret To Happiness!

Life sometimes can feel like a burden. Waking up early in the morning, doing same boring tasks each day, having bad days, not able to do what you want to do, all these things contribute towards feeling tired & bored. We need motivation, inspiration to feel good but we neglect the things around us. We ignore little things which are actually making us feel good everyday & they push us to do same boring tasks with hope that future is bright you know. We begin the day thinking about good times & we go to sleep thinking about the same thing but we never do any kind of effort actually to make our thinking better. We chase things that are not meant for us or the things we can’t have in our lives no matter how much we want them to be a part of ourselves, we can’t because that’s how it is- that’s how it’s written. Deep down we know that those things are not for us but still we don’t stop chasing them, you know why? The real reason behind all this is lack of gratitude. We don’t appreciate tiny things & then we end up chasing things that are not made for us. Sometimes we want to be happy but things don’t go as we like them to be and we feel like giving up but you know what we lack at that particular time? Gratitude. Yes gratitude is associated with happiness in a huge manner. If you will look at everything with that perspective, trust me you will be more happy everyday and it will be the real happiness. Try to live your life by filling gratitude in every way and that will lead to a positive lifestyle. Sadness will be replaced by happiness and confusion with clarity.

“Being grateful makes you happier.”

There’s so much to focus upon in our surroundings that can help us to be more thankful and less complaining. There are so many people with any home, job and even family and they don’t even have access to things that you have access to. They want to live a life like you do and YOU run after things that are not meant for you, that will destroy you but all you do is ignore that and keep on running. Sit down mate and think about what you are doing for yourself. Think about good times and if you can’t focus on positive things, pray to Allah and be thankful. This will make you a better person. Chase your dreams but don’t run after things that are not made for you but in order to live a luxurious life you run after them. Try to live in the moment and spread kindness like confetti!🌻

There’s a reason why I am writing specifically about gratitude because I feel really thankful to Allah and the reason is this is the month I decided to do what i wanted to do for a long time but couldn’t decide you know but now that it’s been a year, it really feels surreal. I am so happy that I am doing what I love doing other than studies and that is blogging. I made an account on wordpress 2 years ago and didn’t publish a single post because I wasn’t sure about it and then in April, 2017 I finally published my first blog post & now this one’s 31st post that I am going to publish…….phew I have come a long way. Hahaha. I just wanted to thank all of you, thank you for being with me on this journey and thankyou for always interacting on my posts and showing love, you know who you are. Thankyou so much, your support means alot. This couldn’t have been possible without you all. It’s been an amazing journey so far with fantastic experiences, collaborations and opportunities and also this whole journey has been a learning experience in a better way. The best part about all of this is that I feel happy and that I guess is the real achievement. Let’s end this post on a positive note and also my blogiversary will be on 13th and I will come back with a new post on that day so stay tuned!💗✨

“Do not wait. The time will never be ‘Just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found AS YOU GO ALONG.”

Follow me on my Instagram to know more about this journey.

What are you grateful for? Also I am thinking of doing a Q/A so if you have any question, comment it down⬇

Love and light.x.

Interview With Writer And Blogger Papatia Feauxzar!

I wanted to interview an author who’s not just famous but is also an inspiration. She’s a true symbol of hardwork and determination. She’s none other than Papatia Feauxzar. Papatia is an accountant working from home but also a writer and blogger. I am so happy that my first interview for this blog is with her. Her book “The Ducktrinors” will be out tomorrow so let’s see what she has to say about that and also she’s Amazon’s best selling author.

1) For those who are unfamiliar, can you tell us about you and your books?

I’m a tiny African and American Muslim woman originally from Ivory Coast with big dreams (. Papatia Feauxzar is my pen name as I have mixed feelings about being known. I believe it comes with problems I rather opt out of. That said, every now then, I don’t mind showing my face before going back into hiding. So simply said, I like staying a mystery and let my works speak for themselves because there is a subtle underlying issue I try to get across for those who pick up on those tidbits. Finally, my name embodies my African, French, and American heritage. A lot of thoughts went into picking the name. Thus, it’s not exotic as people might think.
I write in many genres; children, YA, Contemporary Women Fiction, Romance—my expertise, and non-fiction.
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2) What inspires you to write?

My inspirations come from reading the stories of the early righteous, my personal experiences, and the deen pretty much.

3) When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

Writing has always been a passion that I decided to explore deeper after my son came in the picture. It allows me to be home with him. I have been writing since my early teen years but a lot of my works are lost, burnt, or with friends continents away with whom I have lost contact years ago. So in all, I have been writing over 15 years and listening to my djeli (storyteller) elders for over thirty years. They are oral storytellers and I’m one with a pen alhamdullilah.

4) What kind of books have fortified you as a writer?

Many books have; Islamic books, African books, secular books, romance books, sci-fi books, school books, thriller books pretty much. I don’t discrimate to be honest. I read all types of books and blend all the types to come up with a unique story. A diversified story usually strikes a cord with adventure-seeking readers alhamdullilah.

5) Do you feel there is more of a sense of community with self publishing then there is with traditional publishing? How important do you think interacting with your fans has been?

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing is a traditional publisher. Our business model is keen on supporting the authors within our publishing house and the oustanding ones we spot outside who are often self-published. They also, in turn, help us when they can. The experience has been genuine and supportive so far alhamdullilah.

6) When do you find time to write? Does this differ from when you first started writing your first novel?

Anytime I spot an opportunity of free time, I jump on it. I disregard my excuses and get to penning the stories in my head masha’Allah. The truth is we will always be tired, busy, etc. Make time. Don’t find time. Make time.
Yea, definitely. In the early years of my professional writing career, I used to have a desk job and a nanny. During down time, I will hone my craft and write the stories that came to me. Now, I have to find time time at the edges of the day when the baby is asleep or playing for a quick minute. I really have to shedule my writing around him and still be there for him at all times alhamdullilah.

7) The main character in The Ducktrinors series revolves around strength. What is that thing which inspired you to write a strong character like Hanifa?

I actually had a vivid dream in which I was Hanifa and Sylas was a bully trying to make people follow him and bow to him. I stood up for myself and many people lauded my boldness. Upon waking up, I decided to write the short story. Later, I expanded it alhamdullilah and now we have two books in the series subhannallah.

8) What’s the best book you have read recently? And who is your favorite author?

The best book I’ve read recently is by The Lei Crime Series: Violence in Vegas by Julie C. Gilbert . I don’t have a favorite author. I’m weird that way. But if I had to name one at the expense of coming off corny, it would be Allah subhanallahu wa ta ala because He’s the Greatest Author and Storyteller there is!

9) Can you tell us anything about your upcoming projects?

I’m working on two children’s books and the third book in The Ducktrinors series alhamdullilah. Duas requested (.

10) Finally, any advice for new writers?

Take help given to you by strangers at face value. Opportunities don’t knock twice. They disappear fast. Please check my blog Between Sisters, SVP! for additional and compelling writing and publishing tips. Thank you for the interview.

Thankyou for your time Papatia, really looking forward to tomorrow. Wish you good luck.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this interview.

Love & light.x.