Thoughts & Reflections

Positive Vibes Only

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Start this year on a positive note. Let go of all negativity within you. That’s the best way to attract positivity in life. Happiness comes from within. You have to work hard on yourself inside out to achieve it. Let’s join hands and pledge to be our most positive self this year and encourage others to be positive too.

Love,

~F x

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Happy New Year!!

HAPPY 2016, GUYS!! 😀

I hope everyone had a great start to the new year. I was in bed from 9 PM completing Maktub by Paulo Coelho so I could complete my Goodreads challenge in time. So glad I did or I would have gone bonkers.

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This was me at 12 AM and I regret nothing. 😛

I spent today with my family. We had Nehari (Pakistani dish) for lunch. My mum is an awesome cook. I have not inherited any of her cooking skills sadly. After lunch we all watched Dilwale. It’s a Bollywood movie starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. It was alright. I thought I was over SRK but he looked really cute throughout the movie. Kajol looked pretty. Also, one can never go wrong with their pairing.

After the movie, I came to my room and started sorting, organizing and filing my paperwork. It was long overdue. I have got no further plans for the evening so I am sat here writing this post. I will probably go do more routine things now and maybe bake a cake to have after dinner with family. I hope you all have far more exciting plans for the evening and are having tremendous fun. :)I am really looking forward to how this year is going to be blogging wise. I want it to be awesome.

I am really looking forward to how this year is going to be especially blogging wise. I haven’t made a to-achieve list yet and I will probably make it along the year. I want  2016 to be awesome – for you lot as well. Let’s give it all we have to offer and nail it.

See you guys soon in my next post. 🙂

Lots of love,

~F x

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Life

My 2-Steps Destress Routine

The blog was very quiet a few weeks back. If you’re following me on Twitter (username: @famtaqblog) you might have an idea why. And if you’re not then let me just tell you myself. I had actually exhausted myself beyond repair. This is nothing uncommon for me. I do that often.

I have a fascination span of a three year old which means anything new and exciting attracts me instantly, and that’s how I end up getting into doing way many things that humanly possible. The problem is my attention span is that of a gold fish. I get bored very easily with a task and once I am bored with something I cannot complete it unless my interest in it sparks again. This is how I start losing focus and get behind my deadlines and my stress levels shoot up. Let me just add here that I SUCK at handling stress. I would have a complete melt down or in some rare cases I would become superwoman somehow and rescue myself.

I had a dozen of deadlines to complete in November. I did finish them all – in the nick of time – and such superb time management left me burnt out. I couldn’t do anything after that and I knew it was time to take a break from everything and just relax for a while.

I was looking for some stress free options to rejuvenate my system but trust me with me nothing is stress free, not even reading a book, which I came to realize is the only hobby I have, and so I didn’t know where to turn to. I tried to look for a thing that interested me in the past and that’s when two things happened.

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Clear Out

I am one of the most cluttered people I know in every category. Be it my room, my bookshelf, my computer or phone, you will always find a multitude of items. From a few years I have got into the habit of letting go of things that serve me no purpose and I must confess – I love a good ol’ clear out.

I am doing pretty well at it right now but I am also doing a good job at accumulating more stuff. It’s all under control for now but somehow I am still not satisfied. I feel like clearing out is something that needs to happen on a regular basis and for someone who collects a lot, I don’t do it that often. Anyhow, the one in November gave me some peace of mind so thumbs up to the process. It always helps.

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Headspace

While I was doing my earlier mentioned clear out on the phone I came across an app I download a while back that I liked a lot. I don’t know how many of you know about Headspace but if you don’t, give me the pleasure of introducing it to you.

Headspace is a guided meditating app. It’s available on Play Store and App Store for free but once you’re done with the first ten sessions, you have to pay for the rest. The free sessions are of 10 minutes each where the voiceover ‘Andy’ guides you throughout. I find his voice very calming and hypnotic too lol.

Once done with the free 10 sessions, you are introduced to their subscription which are quite inexpensive and give you access to a variety of categories; Foundation, Health, Relationships, Performance and Headspace Pro. I am linking the website for you to check out. I personally will suggest you to download the app on your mobile and give it a go. Even if you don’t want to subscribe to them you can always make use of those free sessions anytime you want so that’s a plus.

This app has been a superb help in calming my stress levels. It has also made me aware of my breathing in a whole different light. Highly recommending!

Link: Headspace Website

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That’s my 2 cents in dealing with stress when you burn yourself out. Tell me in the comments below how do you work your way through stress and let’s get some ideas rollin’ in here. 😀

Much love xx

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Life

Last Night~ <3

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It rained here last night, the first of the season. I was and still am beyond happy about it. The weather was amazing since morning yesterday. It was windy all day and the sky was filled with heavy clouds. I wasn’t really expecting it to rain and I guess that surprise factor added more to my joy. I don’t remember the last time we had such amazing weather.

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For me, rain is my weakness. When I heard it raining I grabbed a long scarf because pajama party all day all night #LivingTheJoblessLife and made a dash for the garage. It felt so good, aah! ❤ I love rain; I love being in it, I love the sound of it, I love the smell of wet earth afterwards, I love everything about rain. Some people might say what’s the big deal but seriously when you live in the desert, rain is your miracle.

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You know what; such weather always reminds me of Twilight, the movie and the book. To be honest, I was watching Twilight when it started raining. I had, okay who am I kidding, still have this tiny little dream of living in Forks one day, ha, because rain lol. I was in fact checking out their Twilight related festival info after last night. Maybe one day I’ll go there for it and experience Forks for myself. It would be like a dream come true. I hope the Cullen house is real and is there only as I loved that house.

I don’t really know if this amazing weather is going to stay or we will have more rain in the coming weeks but I so hope we do. Our summer comes very early and stays for forever. Nice weather and rain doesn’t come our way much often so I am really keeping my fingers crossed for it to stay a while.

It is cloudy today as well and a little windy and I am working facing the window, ha. Hope you guys are having amazing weather wherever you are. It’s the small things that make this life so beautiful. ❤

Much love,

Fam x

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All Hallows’ Eve~ (Being Fancy Really!)

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Happy Halloween, Guyss!! 😀

This is my most favorite day ever. A few things I love about All Hallows Eve:

1- Carved Pumpkins

2- Spooky Decors

3- Halloween themed Movies

4- Dressing up as whatever you want

5- The makeup 😉

6- Getting ready with a friend or a band of friends

7- Trick or Treat

8- Candies & Chocolates

9- All the excitement and fun!! 😀

Hope you all have a wonderful time tonight and have something fun planned. I watched Hocus Pocus last night for the first time and it was superb. I might end the day with another Halloween movie. See ya’ll later!

Have a Spooky time!! 😀

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Books, Quotes

MyMissingPiece~

An Abundance of Katherines

He didn’t want it to end, because he knew the absence of her would hurt more than any breakup ever could.
But she left anyway, and he was alone in his room, searching out anagrams for mymissingpiece in a vain attempt to fall asleep.
– An Abundance of Katherines by JohnGreen

Moments

Moments – September ’15

I have said this once before that I am not a very Monthly Favorites kind of a girl. I don’t use anything enough to form an opinion in a month. But I’ve always had a thing for documenting my life and thoughts. I find this idea so amazing because I love looking back at memories and seeing how far I have come or what I was like before and if I have changed as a person or not. I have been thinking about it from so long and have finally decided to start a new category called ‘Moments’. I plan to write a post a month about the previous one and talk about anything and everything I believe I would want to commit to my memory or look back at after a while. This post is the first installment of Moments series. I don’t know if you guys will like it but I hope you do! 🙂

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Wanderlust

I had an intense desire for wanderlust in September. I just wanted to grab a bag, pack some clothes and go away for a long while to somewhere very far. Be around the beach, get lost in the wilderness, be in the rain, sleep under the sky filled with stars, just be near nature as much as possible and live a simple life. Then I looked at my bank balance realizing I can’t afford an air ticket and all the pending work I had and asked my heart to shut up! One day I will travel the world without any restrictions and do as I please.

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Last week of August and start of September were very busy days for me. I had so many errands to run and some urgent shopping to do. When I got home after I was done getting all the things I wanted and sat down ticking them off my wish list I was overwhelmed with emotions. I had all the stuff I ever wanted, even things I wrote down one or two years back when I thought I will never be able to get any of them. I felt so blessed that I was living a comfortable life, could get all the material things, had a roof over my head and dine out at good places. I thanked the Lord so much. It was my favorite moment of September.

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Coca Cola Glass

I started having a little obsession with a glass in September. I am a well known mug lover and collecting them is my hobby. I am not that fussy about glasses but one day mum was rummaging through her kitchen cabinets and found some Coca Cola glasses merchandise which came with McDonald’s value meal a while back. I set eyes on them and that was it. I called dibs on all three. I have been using just one for now and I love it. It is green, has ripples and the Coca Cola logo seems super cool on it. I am not a fan of fizzy drinks but this glass is the cutest ever.

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Now that I am not working and have a lot of spare time on my hand I thought why not rewatch Friends TV series from the very start. I didn’t realize I was signing up for the worst emotional trauma ever because it was 11 years ago when I finished this series and I hardly remember anything about it except season 9 and 10. I thought rewatching it wouldn’t hurt but damn did my feels box explode so freaking much.

I loved everything about the show. From ‘It’s always been you, Rach’ to ‘because you are Rachel & Ross’, to Mona & Chandler and that one drunken night in London, to Joey’s love for food, kiddish mind, crazy acting stints, being always there for his friends and falling in love with that one girl, to Phoebe’s craziness, smelly cat, David who moved to Minsk and that one special guy, I loved it all. It was all so damn perfect.

The night I finished it I had no idea what to do with my life anymore and I was so upset so I watched all their interviews and the next night I watched the first episode of season 1 again. I don’t think I will ever get over Friends now. I feel you guys who keep crying about this show and ask for a reunion. We need couple more seasons, yeah, and I don’t mind if they have aged. We all still love them madly!!

The fact that I have mastered Chandler’s expressions and his laugh is a bit alarming though because I don’t know how to loose it now. xD

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Halloween 2013

I think when its September there isn’t much on a person’s mind than Halloween or at least that’s the case with me. I love Halloween because you get to dress up and all that, ha. I dressed up as Queen of The Seelie Court of New York from The Mortal Instruments in 2013 and that was so much fun. I couldn’t do anything last year which was really sad so I am looking forward to this year’s Halloween. 🙂

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A Peek Into My Weekend~

I am not really an outdoorsy or party kind of a person. I like to stay home more. Going to the mall is perhaps the most action I get on my weekends. Though I always prefer staying in bed and read a book, watch a movie or write instead.

One of my other favorite activities to do on a weekend is give my makeup brushes a thorough cleaning. I like to give my brushes a proper wash after a week (if I am applying makeup daily) or at least after every two weeks. It really depends on how much they’ve been used. Sometimes I don’t give them a wash for a month if I haven’t used them at all.

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I am very fuss free when it comes to cleaning. I like to go for the easiest method possible which does the job as well. I use Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Cleanser for this purpose. I usually just take a brush, put it under the tap of warm/hot water facing downwards so that water doesn’t get into its core or change its shape. Then I just take a bit of cleanser in my palm and swirl the brush on it and then wash it facing downwards. I do this whole thing one more time or sometimes two more times if the product doesn’t come out in one go. I repeat this for all the brushes.

Now that the brushes are clean I wipe and swirl them gently on a towel and keep them to dry on the table in a cup. While I am doing other errands I pass by them and caress them every now on then so when they dry they are back to their original shape.

It’s weird but cleaning my brushes is perhaps my favorite chore so far because what’s better than super tidy brushes that provide you super flawless finish the coming week. 😉

How often do you give your brushes a wash and what method do you use? Leme know in the comments below! 🙂

Hope you guys have better weekend plans than me, ha! Leme know about them 😀

Love,

~F x

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Happy Annv

Wow.. time flies so fast.. 🙂 I would like to take a moment and thank every single one of you for reading the blog, commenting, suggestions, liking and sharing. Thank you very, very much! I love you lot!! 🙂

And you lot who have been here from day one – yes you know who you are – you guys will always have a special place in my tiny heart. ❤

~F xx

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