Life

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends

I am spending the day with my best friend Rizi. We haven’t met in over four months and we don’t talk over the phone much either but right now we are talking non-stop and it feels like no time has passed between the last time I met her and today. You need friends like that in your life. People who don’t make you feel like friendship is an obligation. Though I do get annoyed because four months without seeing her face is an awful lot of time. I am lecturing her about it currently. I will go off before she starts taking it lightly. 😛

PS. Major food consuming session happening. #TeamFoodie

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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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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

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Reader with a Stalkish Problem? o_O

Oh, I really need to share this with anyone who loves to read and would listen to me atm.

So the thing is… any time I am at the mall or I am just out and about in general and I see someone with a book I get this sudden urge to just go over to them and strike a book conversation asking them questions ranging from “is it any good?”, “how’s the plot?”, “how’s the writing?”, “should I give it a go?”, “is it worth reading/spending my time on” (because I really don’t have much to spare reading books that would disappoint me), “suggest me some books!!”, and “you have a mighty huge bag of Borders in your hand. Can I just peek in to see what books you have been purchasing?” I have refrained myself from doing the last one twice now because it is a whole new level of creepiness. Once there were these two old men who had full bags of Borders and I just wanted to know what books are they into. The second time was day before yesterday when I saw a guy in Caribou Coffee Bar with this huge book in his hand and a huger Borders bag and he was so engrossed in his book. He was almost done with it and I really wanted to ask, “Do I need this book in my life, bruh?” Thankfully my friend stopped me from doing so – four times. *You are a good friend and I love you*

I am not crazy trust me. I am just very interested in having book related conversation with strangers who would maybe be into a different kind of literature than me and can help me experience it by suggesting some really good books. It was one of my resolutions this year as well. I want to read different genre so I know which ones do I like best because so far I have just no idea.

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Sadly the idea of talking to strangers is still not that acceptable here or I would have spoken to this little girl the other day at the mall, I think she was about 13 or 14, who had a copy of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that it is one hell of a read and would ask her to make sure she has the rest of the series in hand because once she ends the first book she will go mad if she doesn’t start the second one right away. Didn’t wanted to creep the kid out so I let her be and calmed the reader in me assuring she will find it on her own, it’s okay.

Tell me guys have any of you fellow readers ever been in such a situation? Please don’t make me feel like I am the only one. I don’t want to believe I am a creep, ha.

Until next time, 🙂

Love,

~F x

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Catch-up Posts

Catch-Up Post #12

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Wow, I didn’t realize I hadn’t done a Catch Up post from two weeks, ha. So let’s catch up on posts you have missed or must reread. 😀

1- FOTD with New Drugstore Purchases – I purchased some new bits from drugstore and thought to do a Face of the Day for you guys! 🙂

2- The Hand Creams You Don’t Necessarily Need – This one is a The Body Shop disappointment post. Read for yourself if you’re curious.

3- 3 Books I Can’t Wait to Read – Some books I can’t wait to read. 🙂

4- Passion Café Oman – Had a bad experience in one of the local restaurants and thought to share.

5- Quote of The Day~ – 🙂

6- Lately #11 – Got back to doing a lately post after a while. As usual its one of my favorites.

7- The Miracle Hair Bursh  – We are talking The Wet Brush here guys!! 😀

8- The Book That Has Got Me Captivated & Fixed My Funk ~ The Enchanted Rose (Misty Hills #1) by Nadia Nader – A series you should keep your eyes open for. Got done reading the first part and loving it. Can’t wait to read its sequel.

9- The Harry Potter Tag by Emily Reads Books? =D – A book tag with lots of Harry Potter characters? Of course I’d do it!!

10- Babia’s Happy Ending  – 

11- The Beginner’s Lipstick Shades – Talking about two every day shades that can get you into liking lipsticks.

12- Lately #12 – This one is completely lifestyle plus a project announcement 😀

~F x

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Books, Quotes

Book Quotes ~ The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

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And I am back with Favorite Quotes from a recently read book. This time I am going to share The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. I used paper tagging method this time and damn it saved me so much time while I was looking up the quotes.

1- “Father, I am from a different egg than your other children. Think of me as a duckling raised by hens. I am not a domestic bird destined to spend his life in a chicken coop. the water that scares you rejuvenates me. For unlike you I can swim, and swim I shall. The ocean is my homeland. If you are with me, come to the ocean. If not, stop interfering with me and go back to the chicken coop.”

2- I hunt everywhere for a life worth living and a knowledge worth knowing. Having roots nowhere, I have everywhere to go (Shams of Tabriz)

3- No matter who we are or where we live, deep inside we all feel incomplete. It’s like we have lost something and need to get it back. Just what that something is, most of us never find out. And of thise who do, even fewer manage to go out and look for it.

4- East, west, south or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond. (Shams of Tabriz)

5- For a new Self to be born, hardship is necessary. (Shams of Tabriz)

6- Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, Love can only be perfected in pain. (Shams of Tabriz)

7- The quest for Love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for Love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for Love, you start to change within and without. (Shams of Tabriz)

8- All I know is some people feed on the miseries of others and they don’t like it when there is one less miserable person on the face of the earth. (Desert Rose the Harlot)

9- I know you like cooking. Did you know that Shams says the world is a huge cauldron and something big is cooking in it? We don’t know what yet. Everything we do, we, or think is an ingredient in that mixture.

We need to ask ourselves what we are adding to the cauldron. Are we adding resentments, animosities, anger and violence? Or are we adding love and harmony?

How about you, dear Ella? What ingredients do you think you are putting in the collective stew of humanity? Whenever I think about you, the ingredient I add is a big smile.  (Aziz)

10- It is easy to enjoy the good and dislike the bad. Anybody can do that. The real challenge is to love the good and the bad together, not because you need to take the rough with the smooth but because you need to go beyond such descriptions and accept love in its entirety.

11- There is only one more day before I meet my company. I cannot sleep.

Oh, Rumi! The king of the realm of words and meanings!

Will you know me when you see me?

See me!

12- Ella wondered if “space” was a code for a new love. … The speed with which human relations materialized and dissipated amazed Ella more than ever.

13- She (Ella) had discovered that once she accepted that she didn’t have to stress herself about things she had no control over, another self emerged from inside – one who was wiser, calmer and far more sensible.

“The fifth element,” she muttered to herself several times during the day. “Just accept the void!”

14- “I breathed into him of My Spirit,” God says. Each and every one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. Ask yourself, just how often do you behave like a delegate, if you ever do so? Remember, it falls upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside and live by it.

15- Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not of the East, nor of the West…

My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. (Rumi)

16- Love cannot be explained. It can only be experienced.

Love cannot be explained, yet it explains all.

17- The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile. (Shams of Tabriz)

18- Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness.

19- If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.

20- I passed over recently harvested wheat fields, where the wind fluttered the head scarves of peasant girls and at night, fireflies glinted here and there like fairy lights. It felt like falling, except falling upward into the bottomless sky.

21- “In this world take pity on three kinds of people. The rich who has lost his fortune, the well-respected man who has lost his respectability, and the wise man who is surrounded by ignorants.” (Prophet Muhammad PBUH)

22- Nothing should stand between yourself and God. Not imams, priests, rabbis, or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters, not even your faith. Believe in you values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good.

23- Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.

24- Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.

25- Whatever you see as profitable, flee from it!

Drink poison and pour away the water of life!

Abandon security and stay in frightful places!

Throw away reputation, become disgraced and shameless!

26- The world is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. Fear not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s knowledge. Simply and fully believe in that. Whatever God does, He does beautifully.

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Thoughts & Reflections

SMILE – YOU ARE TOO YOUNG TO BE THIS SAD

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Smile… you are too young to be this sad. You are too young to abandon all your dreams, wishes and hopes because of all the negativity that is surrounding you. You are too young to give up this easily. Yes, I know your heart has been broken many times, by people you trusted the most and by people you never cared about. Yes, I know people have played you like a fool and have lied to you looking straight into your eyes. Yes, I know you are filled with self doubt and don’t believe in a better life. Yes, I know you want to give up and just give in to the dark, but please don’t. You are too young to feel this hurt. Look at yourself. You have a beautiful personality. You are kind, caring, helpful, honest and sincere – qualities that one can’t find any more in this cruel world. You are a gem, a rare gem. Don’t lose yourself amongst the rocks. Have faith in yourself. Believe you can change your circumstances and work towards it. Find happiness in yourself and don’t let the world manipulate your true loving nature. Anyone would be lucky to have you but you do not belong to just anyone. You belong to The One. Yes, The One exists. All you have to do is have faith and believe. Don’t let the world beat you down. You are not a commodity. You are precious, my love. You are the universe. Don’t let sad thoughts ruin your chances on having a good day, week, month, year, and life ahead. You deserve the best and you will get it. Just fight those sad demons who want you to join them in the dark. You are a particle of light. Shine through. Hang on to your happy thoughts. Let them make you whole. Don’t let sadness pull you apart. Yes, you can do it because I believe in you. And its time you believe in yourself too.

Love yourself – often and enough.

~F