A mini Washington, DC tour in photos!

I went to Washington, DC with my sisters and friend yesterday and got some pretty cool pictures that I’d love to share! Enjoy and let me know which photos you like!  
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

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Please Don’t Give Up

It’s 2:52am and I should really be working on my 10-page paper due in a few days but I had an itch to write…so here I am.

There’s a lot I could write about and there’s a lot I have to say, but I won’t say any of it.

It’s almost 3am and I just have one thing running through my mind: “Don’t give up.”

There’s a lot I have going for me right now and there’s so much I’m happy about, and on the flip side, there’s a lot I still have to work on and so much I’m stressed and worried about.

This a message for you and me: Please don’t give up. 

Whatever you have going on that’s worrying you, I promise it will get better. I promise that things will get better. All you have to do is not give up. That’s all.

And I know that’s so much easier to say than to do, but I’m telling you, I’ve had the lowest lows and so have you – but we’re both still here. We both find something to smile about everyday. I think that’s admirable and inspirational.

I could give up and you could give up, but what would that do? How would that help? It wouldn’t.

Try to be better than you were yesterday. That’s all. You are enough and you are stronger than you think. You have to keep going because one day you will look back at right now and you’ll be proud of how far you’ve come.

There’s countless things you have to do but I promise if you just get through one thing at a time, you will get through it.

Whatever is daunting you and hurting you, it will pass.

Just please don’t give up. Give every single day your absolute best. Go to bed knowing that you did your best and promise yourself to give tomorrow your all.

This is a message to you and it is a message to me.

Please don’t give up. I believe in you.

My Week in Photos! (7)

 It’s been a busy busy week for me, but a very productive one as well! I went out to Old Town in Alexandria VA and spent a lot of time outdoors – the pictures don’t do any of it justice! 

I hope you have an amazing week!   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

 

The Moon and I

I love the moon, I’ve always loved the moon.

Maybe that’s why I’m a night owl instead of a morning person.

You can always count on me to be the one to say, “Look at the moon!”

I remember wondering, “Why is the moon always following me wherever I go” as a young child.

Maybe it’s the way sometimes it’s red, sometimes it’s white, sometimes it’s blue.

Maybe it’s the way sometimes it’s full or a crescent.

Maybe it’s the way it doesn’t have it’s own light but radiates the sun’s light.

Maybe it’s the way it hides behind the clouds and peaks out every once in a while.

Maybe it’s the way it’s always there – you just have to look for it.

I don’t know what it is about the moon, but I love it.

This is probably weird but I talk to God through the moon.

Everytime I see the moon, I send up a little prayer – it’s like an instinct.

The moon reminds me of the way the days pass by and the nights creep away, but memories don’t. They stay around and linger in our lives as we grow older and live life. The moon is always there, it never goes away. It’s kinda like love.

Whenever I see the moon, everything stops for a few seconds and I feel alive and at peace. I send up a few prayers and smile to myself.

“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

What is Ramadan?

Muslims around the world are currently participating in the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar and is a spiritual journey as well as a physical and mental/emotional one. It’s when millions of people fast for long periods of the day and try to be the best Muslims they can be.

From sunrise to sunset, Muslims of all ages refrain from eating, drinking, gossiping, backbiting, arguing/fighting, sex, and anything else negative. On the East Coast, we wake up at (or stay awake until) 3:30am, eat something for breakfast, and do not eat for the next 16-17 hours. We break our fast at around 8:30pm. The time ranges differ from region to region, from country to country, because there are different sunrise and sunset times.

The month of Ramadan is a spiritual journey. It’s a lot more than just not eating all day. It’s more of a mental cleanse where we push ourselves to our limits and try our best to be the best versions of ourselves. We eat big dinners with our families, pray extra prayers, and rejoice as a community. I feel a spiritual connection with people all around the world and that feels good – it feels like I am a part of something way bigger than just myself.

There are exceptions to fasting – those who are young, too old, traveling, ill, pregnant, and those who are on their periods are exempt from fasting, but are still asked to be the best and holiest versions of themselves.

It’s amazing because during this month, we all understand what it is to be poor, to not have food or water, like those who are less fortunate. No matter how rich or poor, no matter where you live, and no matter what the color of your skin is, during the month of Ramadan, we come together and partake in a grueling spiritual journey that essentially makes us better and more grateful people.

As the 29-30 days go on, the fasts get easier. That’s not to say that they get easy because not eating or drinking for long hours of day never really gets easy. But you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride for getting stronger throughout the month.

At the end of the month, we have a huge day of celebrations called Eid Al-Fitr – it is one of the 2 biggest celebrations in the Islamic calendar. It is one of the happiest days when we all celebrate with our family and friends, we eat lots of food, and we wear extravagant clothes.

We are about a week or so into Ramadan and it’s going to be over by July 17 I think. So happy Ramadan to all those who are partaking in this holy month, and to the rest of you all, I wish you a holy and happy month. If you see a Muslim who is fasting, wish them a happy month and tell them you’re rooting for them and they can get through the long day and it might make their day, who knows!

My week in photos! (5)

It has been such a long week! 2 of my siblings graduated (one from 8th grade and one from high school!) and both of their graduation ceremonies were a big deal for me. Ramadan started (keep an eye out for a Ramadan post coming up later this week!) and I have a 50 minute presentation tomorrow – needless to say, I’ve been busy!

Thankfully, I documented a lot of my week through pictures! Enjoy and have a very wonderful week!

Tell me something great that happened to you this past week! Or something you’re looking forward to this upcoming week!