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20, 06, 2016

What I learned from keeping a gratitude Journal

Gratitude is an important quality that we should all have. At the beginning of 2016 it was on top of my new year resolution. Since then I started keeping a gratitude journal. Here's why I learned and Why I think you should join the club.Gratitude. It’s a word we hear so often. We’re told since a young age about its importance but sometimes fail to apply it to our lives. As a religious person, gratitude is a trait, a quality that brings you closer to God, and that’s why at the beginning of this year being more grateful was on top of my resolutions. It’s kind of hard to keep up with the little things that make us happy in life, especially if things are not going your way. So I found an interesting way to do it. I bought a small journal and dedicate 15 minutes of my day to reflect and write at least one thing that made me happy.

So far here’s what I learned and why I think you should do it too.

  • If you dig deeper life isn’t that bad

I don’t know what you’re going through at the moment, or how good your life is but something is sure we all have something to complain about. And for some reason, we let those things take over our day and overcome the good aspect of it. Every night when I take my pen it takes time to find that one thing that made me happy. Sometimes it didn’t even come from me, it could just be a simple visit from somebody I missed; or just a call. We should look deeper than our little person and not only be grateful when we receive something but also when we have the opportunity to give and make someone else happy.

Gratitude is an important quality that we should all have. At the beginning of 2016 it was on top of my new year resolution. Since then I started keeping a gratitude journal. Here's why I learned and Why I think you should join the club.   It’s only bad when you compare yourself

This one has a bigger house and a faster car. So what? You’re alive and have the potential to have everything you want if you pray and work hard for it. You’ll never be able to see your growth if you keep comparing yourself to others. And gratitude cannot be a part of your life if you’re not thankful for what you already have. By the way, you have no idea what they went through to be where they are. We only see the outcome, not the process. There will always be people more successful than we’ll ever be but they’re people who beg to have what we take for granted. It’s important to keep things balanced. Look up to be motivated but look down to be grateful.

Even the little things count

I’m not going to lie, I would like to write a big accomplishment every day in my gratitude journal. But it’s not always the case. Sometimes I write the most random things. From the joke my grandma told me to a canceled test, I was not ready for. Everything count. I am glad I learned that at such a young age because it feels like we only enjoy these moments when they become memories.

There is no right way to keep a gratitude journal. You can write daily like I do but also once or twice per week, it’s all up to you. The best thing is to include this sense of gratitude in your life and be able to read your blessings, big or small at the end of the year and see how much you’ve evolved and changed.

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14, 06, 2016

The joys of a workout

Since I started working out a lot of things changed. Things that have nothing to do with weight loss. Here are some amazing benefits of having a healthy lifestyle. How a workout can affect your day

Since the beginning of this year, I decided to get back to the gym and loose that extra weight that has been bothering me for so long. I’ve been inspired by someone in particular and that someone is Khloe Kardashian. If you’ve seen her insane body transformation, you can only be inspired to throw all the junk food away.

I started to go to the gym religiously and of course when you put hard work and dedication you start to see the results. I didn’t want it to be a fast weight loss. I wanted to enjoy every little step of my progress.Full Story


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10, 06, 2016

A glimpse at Istanbul modest fashion week

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Modest fashion week happened a few days ago in Turkey and seventy designers are taking part in the two-day event hosted by Modanisa, an online retailer of Muslim fashion. It was an amazing way to find new inspiration for my own wardrobe. Not only from the runway but also from the influencers outfits. Since I decided to incorporate more colors in my closet, I mainly started looking for everything that wasn’t plain back and white. I sure wasn’t disappointed.
Hanna Hariri hijab, abaya and dresses (floral prints) collection for modest wear. Modest fashion week in Turkey by Modanisa model leena Assad from withloveleena

 

I couldn’t get over how beautiful Hanna Hariri’s collection was. Her signature is definitely the beautiful floral print, simple and elegant.
The two pieces that grab my attention the most were this volumetric Bloom silk skirt coming right out of wonderland, reminds me of the beautiful garden of Versailles.

The second dress to me is pure art. The more I stare at it the more I tend to see starry night by Van goth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIMIYA hijab, abaya and dresses (floral prints) collection for modest wear. Modest fashion week in Turkey by Modanisa

 

 

I’ve never heard of MIMIYA
before modest fashion week but I’m glad I found out about his amazing designs. The prints that he used for this collection are very asymmetrical with a lot of orange tones. It’s a beautiful mix of classic and fun.

As an Dark skin woman, I know these colors will compliment my skin even more. I’ve never been one to be scared to wear prints, and seeing these pieces make me even more exited about them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modest fashion week was a lot bigger than what I’m showing you on my blog. I decided to only show you my favorite parts of it. And just by seeing what I posted you can see the contrast and the diversity of each designer. A beautiful way to represent modesty and its beauty. It’s amazing to see these events coming up and create a special market for those who chose to wear modestly no matter what’s our religion or race.

 


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07, 06, 2016

6 Steps to Make This Your Most Productive Ramadan

 

Islam gives us the opportunity to get better everyday. You shouldn't wait for the last 10 days of Ramadan to give your best. Here are a few things that can really help you maximize your rewards everyday. From reading the Quran to healthy tips

Hey everyone. By the time you’re reading this I think Ramadan already started but it’s not too late for me for me to post this. I always have a lot of questions regarding what I can or cannot do during Ramadan or just how to make this month better. But sometimes there are some random topics that aren’t really addressed so I decided to answer them based on my experience and my personal goals. Hope it can help.

I decided to divide this post in two part, the first one is health and fitness related and this one is more focused on the spiritual side of Ramadan so here we go.Full Story


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06, 06, 2016

How to stay healthy and workout during Ramadan ?

here are some easy tips not to take weight during Ramadan and keep our workout routine . It's important to make healthier eating habits to make sure we have the normal nutriments intake. I share with you everything I learned during my 4 years of fasting, hopefully you can find motivation and inspiration. Ramadan Kareem

Hey everyone. By the time you’re reading this I think we’re Ramadan already started but it’s not too late for me for me to post this. I always have a lot of questions regarding what I can or cannot do during Ramadan or just how to make this month better. But sometimes there are some random topics that aren’t really addressed so I decided to answer them based on my experience and my personal goals. Hope it can help.  Full Story


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03, 06, 2016

Top 20 songs for motivation

Hey everyone! I’ve been MIA literally everywhere even in my own life!  Finals are killing me and I’m trying my best to end this year as well as I started it. I know it’s going to be tough because the lack of motivation is real. One thing that I like to do when I’m not in the mood for anything is listening to songs that are going to make me 10 times sadder than I already am. Since I don’t want anybody to be sad, I will spare you the crying.

My Top 10 songs to have on your workout playlist was such a success that I decided to make another one. Hope you like this one as well.

I understand that my type of music might not be yours but it doesn’t hurt to explore something a little different.

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My Top 10 songs to have on your workout playlist was such a success that I decided to make another one. Hope you like this one as well.Full Story


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31, 05, 2016

May letter : accomplishments and goals

 

If you neglect to charge a battery , it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you loose momentum to finish the race. This is an amazing motivational quote by oprah winfrey. I couldn't stop myself from sharing this quote with my career girls and bloggers out there. No matter if it's fitness, weight loss or work, achieving your goals takes time. Don't be afraid to take a break. better life, positivity, happiness

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that it’s a ritual for me to list all the achievements and future goals , so I can look back on them and see how far I am from when I wrote them. Well, April will be one these months that I won’t really want to look back to.Full Story


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17, 05, 2016

Does being vegan makes you more human?

free-stock-photos-for-entrepreneurs-1If you had told me that I’d ever consider going vegan one day, I would have slapped you with my fried chicken. But lately, all the videos of animals being slaughtered on my Facebook feed lead me to read a lot of articles about veganism and I guess my feeling just took over. I didn’t really want to participate in these Barbary in any way. I kept seeing the images flashing by and I automatically wasn’t so comfortable eating meat anymore.

Now, I know myself, I love animals and so far I don’t consider myself vegan. One question has been bothering me a little lately,Full Story


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13, 05, 2016

What I wish I knew before starting a blog

 

WHAT I WISH I KNEW BEFORE STARTING MY BLOG

I started blogging 3 years ago and at that time I didn’t even know that what I was doing was called blogging. I learned a lot during those 3 years, and here I am now. I’m not the most successful blogger out there that’s for sure. But I learned from experiences and that for me is the most important. No matter how much advice you receive, if you don’t go through something, you’ll never understand it. I created Veil by Maryam thinking that I knew everything and I was now a professional at blogging. Who was I kidding?

When I asked other bloggers what I should know about blogging, they said “just be yourself it’ll be okay” or “enjoy what you do, that’s the most important”. I don’t disagree it’s obviously true. But here what I wish they told me when I asked them about the reality of blogging.Full Story


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09, 05, 2016

Alice in Instagram land : The bad side

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As human beings, it’s natural to feel the need to be the best, to be appreciated and have an influence. Back in the days people had to work harder to achieve that type of goals. But with the rise of social media, we don’t need to make such an effort anymore. The world is more connected, you can reach people in the other side of the world without even moving. That’s actually beneficial for us, if we know how to use it.Full Story


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