An Award… Maybe?

This entire post may be ‘invalid’, as a rule of the award is to post the default picture alongside the questions you answer, but I really (really) feel that the picture doesn’t suit my style.

phew, now that that’s out of the way, here goes.

I was nominated by Maha (funhousevision) – who might I add, is an extremely versatile blogger, for the Entertainer Blogger Award. Thank you Maha!

The rules are as follows

  1. Write a post… *mumbles*  including the award picture
  2. Nominate twelve other bloggers
  3. Nominees should answer the same questions as the ones below
  4. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link their blog

 

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-8.pngWhat do you hope to gain from blogging?

Knowledge and experience as with most things, and an audience of some sort – to read my writing of some sort.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-1.pngWhat genre of film entertains you the most?

Ooo. I’d like to say horror, but cinema has failed to successfully horrify me as of late.

Mystery, a good thriller mystery.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-6.pngDo you consider yourself a writer, and what inspires you to write?

I say this too often, but I’m inspired by the world around me. The components that make up ‘me’ as an individual and other people as unique humans on Earth. Uhh, yes I consider myself a writer.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-4.pngWhy did you choose your particular WordPress username?

I named my blog after my Instagram page.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-3.pngWhat is your favourite book, and why does it speak to you?

It’s too hard to answer that, in this tiny space between two questions. Look out for the blogpost (coming soon…not that soon)

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-5.pngWhat is your favourite song, and why does it speak to you?

I don’t have a favourite song. That’s the short answer. I’ll go with that.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-2.pngWhat is your favourite photograph, and why does it speak to you?

I love this question. I don’t have a favourite, more like a collection of loads of little pictures that ‘speak to me’, but if I tried to share all of them, this blogpost might never end. Here’s a picture that I took on my phone this morning at 7:35 am, as I was headed towards the train station. I’m not sure exactly why I specified the medium that the photo was taken on, all my pictures are taken by me on my phone (psst..I don’t have a camera/dslr just yet).

In the most humble manner possible, I present to you my favourite picture of the day, which just so happens to be taken by me.

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Well it didn’t really say much, except remind me to be grateful for the life I have. There’s just something about leaving the house early on an autumn morning whilst the moon is still out and the sun is yet to rise. All I can say when I am overcome by this feeling is, Thank God.

I Nom-in-ate:

  1. saiz
  2. Ofbrownhuesanddarkeyes
  3. herinkedsoul
  4. aclockworkhafsa
  5. thepakistanigirlsguide
  6. myjuxtaposedthoughts
  7. fromheretothere
  8. tehreemsiteblog
  9. joiedevivre
  10. bhammerblog
  11. monochromemessblog
  12. ramblingsofalazygirl

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The Daily Diaspora 

I talk of colour,

to render all that is misunderstood
Because brown,
Is plaited, scarred, pigmented and hyper,
It is rushing through the subway and laying in fields
To a beat pounded on the dhol
And amplified by bass.

//
It is imbued in the richest coriander
and tumeric pastes,
my lok
my virsa,
skips between
salwars n’ sneakers,
folk and green,

//
drenched in mother-tongues sung in the East
but synched by lips that tilt a little to the west.
It is sand-root kids
on a jean-clad quest.
And mauve lipped girls,
Dreaming in gold.
Brown is.
// The Daily Diaspora

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*lok/virsa: cultural heritage

This is my somewhat free verse take on the #PoetsOfColorChallenge – which was originally created by @_salvinc on Instagram.

I nominate all poets and writers of colour to participate in the challenge!

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Today, I guess.

“Monday’s aren’t so bad, I’m into the whole start of a new week productivity kick, but I find listening to a Ted Talk in the morning is really motivating and interesting depending on what you listen to…” – M (answer to last Monday’s question by @fromheretothereblog, who shared her Monday routine, which is strikingly similar to mine!)

This would be my third post since university has started, which from an idealist point of view, is a ‘job well done’ for keeping up with blogging whilst getting into the new academic routine. But let’s be realistic, if I carried on at this rate then within the next two months – my blog would be as dormant as it was before summer.

However, the difference between this September and September 2015, is that I know i’ll continue blogging (regularly) simply because I really, really enjoy it.

Well Hi,

It’s been a week since I have started university as a second year student and I have a couple of things to say. Firstly, what’s with all the maths and computing students. I mean sitting in the library trying to focus on work with a pair of frantically calculating math-ers sat near by sort of just, blows the words right out of me.

Ok that was a slight exaggeration and

Math-ers isn’t a word. My point exactly.

Just seeing the stress suddenly falling on to their face like a ton of acute angled bricks (get it) makes me feel a little well, nauseas. Don’t get me wrong, I admire them for doing what they love.

I do not hate numbers, but I do have a problem with the way mathematics are taught. You might have figured by the nature of this impromptu rant, that me and math don’t really form the most successful marriage. I struggled with math as a child. I still do. I wasn’t the smartest kid in school. However, my ‘above average’ performance in English, meant that I was just ‘expected’ to excel in all other subjects too.

Before I move on, what does ‘average’ even mean. I understand certain levels are set in the education system, in order to recognise those that are struggling and need the extra attention. But how me performing well in one subject meant that I had to automatically do well in maths too, didn’t make much sense to me. 

Recalling my own experience at school has made me think of children at school as young as 6 years old that think they’re not ‘good enough’ because they don’t fit a certain academic criteria. I don’t think that’s the healthiest mind set a child should grow up believing. 

Well that concludes this rather shaky update (literally…im on a train) 

Rimsha 

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Papergang: Review

I received my second helping of the stationery subscription box (papergang), yesterday but I had to wait 24 hours until I could tear the box open. I’m sure most of you can understand the level of self-control I had to reach in order to wait.

Again, no – this blogpost is not sponsored by papergang, or anybody actually.

This is simply the Tuesday morning confessions of a stationery lover!

Papergang is (according to their Instagram page) a monthly subscription box by Ohh Deer, for paper lovers. I subscribed to their monthly box some time in August, before the August box was issued and what I will be reviewing today is the September box. Before even getting into the review, I must say what I love most about this subscription box is that it comes in a slim box that the post man can just slip through your post-box and the packaging is always extremely eye-catching, papergang post sure does brighten up my day.

The Contents:

wp-1474964387835.jpegscreenshot_2016-09-27-09-13-36-2.pngGiftwrap: animals in party hats. In other words, the coolest giftwrap you can find

screenshot_2016-09-27-09-13-36-5-1.pngPlanner: blue ombre weekly planner ‘my week’.

screenshot_2016-09-27-09-13-36-6.pngPrinted Calendar: for the month of October

screenshot_2016-09-27-09-13-36-4.pngGreeting Card: a card which reads ‘Its your birthday’ with cute birdies all over.

screenshot_2016-09-27-09-13-36-3.pngGreeting Card: which reads ‘Hedge Hugging’, I adore this as it gives you the option of giving this to a friend for any occasion.

screenshot_2016-09-27-09-13-36-1.pngSticky Notes Pad: it reads, ‘lets get this shit done’.

A little more about the hands behind the box. The accessories are designed and illustrated by independent UK artists with the funkiest designs I have seen on stationery, which I think gives the box a unique touch.

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‘artwork by Lizzy Doyle’

 

Despite claiming to love stationery, I have actually never bought a planner before because, well I guess I’d never found one which suited me. The planner in this month’s box is a whole other story.

Firstly the turquoise ombre cover is gorgeous but other than that, I was sold by the plastic cover around the planner – which has a zip at the back.

It is basically a planner with a built-in pencil case *inserts heart eyes emoji*. Of course I had to show you the stationery inception in action.

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The box also includes greeting cards that tie-in with the animal theme of the box.

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The review would be almost incomplete if I didn’t introduce you to Drew. When I received by first box last month – this was the first thing that popped out –

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Drew is an iron on patch, and leader of the papergang. If you’ve figured out anything about me by now, then you’ll know just how adorable I think this idea is. A cute iron-on patch to initiate membership for me, gives the entire connection a personal touch.

I thoroughly love all the items in this months box and I would definitely recommend you to subscribe to the box to. The contents card totals the contents of the box to just over £20, the box is sold for £9.95.

They do ship to most countries, if where you live is not on their list, you can also request for them to add it on.

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There you have it, my Tuesday blue’s.

See how I customised a plain old notebook using last months papergang packaging and washi tape here.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead,

Rimsha

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What’s In My Bag

I can’t think of a more fitting introduction to this post, than to tell you that I officially go ‘back to school’ tomorrow! Which means the official end of summer and the official kick start to getting things organised.

I was inspired quite a few months ago to do a ‘what’s in my bag’ when I saw aclockworkhafsa‘s version on her (ever so wonderful) blog. This may not be half as interesting as I thought it would be initially, but to my trusted readers that stay tuned till the end – answer this weeks question in the comments (the quirkiest answer will have their blog/site/Instagram page shouted out at the start of my next post or the next respective Monday.)

So, the bag.

I’m quite a fashion wimp when it comes to bag type accessories, as I tend to go for the most comfortable for university (because I commute, hence – walk around..a lot). I cant bring myself to purchase any colour other than black for my rucksack/backpack. I fear an alternative colour would get a little too mucky for everyday use in the winter.

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The bag is of a velvet feel, with gold zips and (faux) leather straps – I bought this from New Look not too long ago.

The basics I need in my bag (minus my books and crumpled assignments) are,

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screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-4.png A lip balm, because I’m not a fan of chapped lips. Ok that was too scripted a reason, the truth is, I just love the smell of it. I mean its blackcurrant flavoured, do you blame me?

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-3.pngA mirror

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-5.png A roll-on, ehem. I am human and therefore I sweat. That sounds like a philosophical quote (it flows with the rhythm of – I think, therefore I am). I prefer roll-ons over spray deodorants, as certain fragrances can sort of make me travel sick. Or at least, add to it.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-2.pngA travel cup/mug, some mornings – I prefer my tea on the go.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-7.png A notebook/journal, because a girl needs a little paper in her bag!

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-8.png Speaking of paper. My wallet. I keep everything in here. Up until last year, I was in denial about large mum-ish wallets – it wasn’t until I got one that I realised just how much easier it makes life. I keep everything in here. You can even find my keys stuffed in one of the pockets.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-1.png An umbrella. British weather is as unpredictable as my mind on a Thursday morning. It tends to rain almost everyday in autumn. All day. Did I mention everyday? eh, I’m not complaining.

screenshot_2016-09-19-12-23-35-6.png Lipstick/lip crayons, you know as well as I do that uni days can drag. I hate the look of a long day on my face, especially when I still have a lecture to go. For times like that, I need an emergency ‘pick me up’ to feel fresher and more motivated to continue. I find, pops of colours are like Paracetamol for my drained mind.

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Now I do have a tiny confession to make. I never use the mirrors I keep in my bag, I just buy them because I cant resist the pocket-sized cuteness. Who can?

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Being a student is synonymous to balancing larger than life text-books without toppling over. I don’t like to fill my bag with text-books, firstly; I doubt they would even fit in and secondly; I may not be strong enough to carry 8 + giant books on my back. Which is why I carry this …

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A pouch that contains a plastic/waterproof reusable bag. It may not be the most glamorous thing to carry books in, but it does the job!

and that is all that’s in my backpack. I have this very grey feeling that I have missed something crucial, but if it wasn’t in my bag and it was that important – I’ll realise when I’m frantically looking for it at the train station tomorrow morning.

Now tomorrow is Tuesday and the first day back to university for me – but I LOVE Mondays. I know I know, I’m probably one of a rare few. Share the Monday love with me by answering in the comments –

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MONDAY QUOTE/SONG, ROUTINE OR SNACK THAT KEEPS YOUR MONDAY MOTIVATION AT ITS PEAK?

I hope you enjoyed this somewhat overly-descriptive log of whats in my bag,

Thank you for reading.

Rimsha

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Stationery + Notebook Cover; DIY

Last month, I purchased my first ever subscription box. The first thing that caught my attention was the funky marble cardboard packaging! In fact, I thought it was soo beautiful that I should cut it up and make good use of it. I’ve never done a DIY on my blog before, but there’s a first for everything right. Since ‘back to school’ season has commenced, this DIY is for those of you that like to add a personal touch to your stationery.

Today, I will be showing you how to customise a plain notebook and pencils using printed paper/card (which happens to be recycled packaging in my case) and the washi tape that I received in my paper gang subscription box.

No, this blogpost is not sponsored by papergang.

Of course, you can substitute the print and washi tape I use for colours/designs that you prefer.

D.I.Y Notebook Cover

  1. a plain notebook (or cover a notebook with black card)
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  2. pens/pencils/stationery of your choice
  3. a glass jar/glass mug (these are available at most kitchen/homeware stores and are very affordable)wp-1473936927040.jpeg

4. Basic equipment to cut and stick (scissors, glue, a ruler and pencil)

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To begin, you need to faintly line a large section of the card using a pencil and ruler (to ensure a straight edge) and cut the card along the pencil line.

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I cannot cut a straight line to save my life, but that can be fixed once you know how much card you need.

 

Next, measure the length and width of the space you would like to cover.

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Cut your desired shape (I kept mine as a long rectangle) and stick the card on to the notebook, like so –

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You may choose to finish here and leave your notebook like this,

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(or)

Roll out the washi tape and pull the tape along the length of the spiral/wire.

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cut the tape and neatly fold the excess over the edge of the cover and stick down.

 

Once I completed the notebook cover, I was obsessed with how the copper foil effect came out and proceeded to add washi tape to the ends of my favourite black pen, pencil – and also along the length of my ruler.

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TIP: Stick a small piece of card (left over from the material used to cover the notepad) at the end of your washi tape. This way, you wont ruin your tape whilst looking for the end the next time you use it.

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Finally, I filled my gold – rimmed glass jar with pens.

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the final look!

 

I think the matching notebook and stationery are great accessories to go in your school bag, or to use as display on your desk.

If you liked my first minimal DIY and would like me to share more, let me know in the comments and if you try this yourself – I would love to see how yours turns out!

Support my little blog by sharing this post with friends.

Love, Rimsha.

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Self – Help

Hi,

Before you read on, I would like to make a couple of things clear (in the most non-disclaimer tone possible). What you’re about to read today is a collection of thoughts and feelings collated through the experiences of many lovely individuals who shared their stories with me – in hopes to help somebody else. I am not an expert.

If you’re familiar with my work on Instagram, then you might be aware of the fact that this is not the first time I am writing about mental health, well my reasons for that are because I strongly believe that the lack of attention towards mental health is a global issue that affects most nations – one that has not yet been properly addressed.

We are often under the misconception that mental health is linked to the ageing body and we class it as an issue that affects the elderly. Well, we couldn’t be more wrong. Although the figures cannot be measured exactly, mental health disorders as well as issues such as anxiety and depression have been known to affect children as young as five years old.

Don’t Suffer in Silence

People that are affected by mental health issues tend to suffer in silence, for many reasons. They fear that people would start to look at them differently, or that they would be treated differently, or they simply feel that nobody would be able to offer them the support they deserve without being judgemental.

The first step in helping yourself, is recognising that their is some sort of a problem. Often times, we’re in denial about our health – be it mental or physical, and we’re so caught up in our urban lifestyles that we lock any health concerns in to a tiny corner of our mind and some even throw away the key.

Either speak to somebody you can trust, yes you may not have much to say at all and you feel that you might sound ‘crazy’, but the matter can only escalate if you never let it off your mind. You don’t need ‘help’, if the four letter word scares you then don’t use it. What you do need, is to talk it out.

screenshot_2016-09-09-12-22-05-1.png(tip: if you like to write, record your thoughts in a journal – scribble therapy can do wonders)

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But…what is ‘it’?

There is a lot of controversy about what mental health is and the cause/symptoms of certain disorders. Some of the most common problems associated with mental health are; anxiety, depression and OCD.

OCD, which stands for obsessive compulsive disorder, is an anxiety disorder (which according to the oxford dictionary definition) is a disorder in which a person feels compelled to perform certain stereotyped actions repeatedly, to alleviate persistent fears or intrusive thoughts’. I don’t like to dwell on the intricate definitions of issues that can’t be identified or defined absolutely.

However, over the past few years, I have seen the term OCD being thrown around unconsciously and the disorder has been, what I like to call – glamourized. I myself, am not sure whether the humour that has been associated with the disorder is a good level of awareness, I often feel that the ‘jokey’ nature that has been created, takes away from the severity of the issue. Regardless of what you see OCD as, it is one of the most common disorders – 2.3% of the world’s population of adults aged 18-54 suffer from OCD.

“There will be days when getting up and going back to sleep will be all you do and the guilt of being usless will eat you alive – but don’t give up! You are important, your intentions are important” 

Anxiety, is known to lead to people unable to coordinate simple day-to-day tasks, making ordinary decisions can seem daunting and cause distress.

The build up of anxiety and stress can lead to panic attacks,

An anonymous contributor said,

“people should know that there are breathing exercises and techniques to monitor and trigger their attacks.” 

This is where the idea of ‘self-help’ may get tricky for some, the thought of having to manage something as terrifying as a panic attack alone seems impossible, but the truth is that a lot of these attacks can take place when you’re alone, and certainly have no ‘professionals’ around.

(reminder: if a therapist is not available, you can speak to your gp or family doctor – there is no shame in getting help)

What Can You Do?

If you are driving, pull over and park. Trying to get home during an attack would be dangerous, your attention does not need to be diverted, it needs to be relaxed. Focus on your breathing, panic terrors can lead to short quick breaths but try to take deep breaths and focus on your inhaling and exhaling. Most importantly, do not try to fight the attack as this can increase the anxiety and panic.

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Depression

Most people that offered me their experiences, said that they found that keeping their minds occupied in certain crafts is what helps them. Finding a hobby shouldn’t be an escape, but should be seen as a safe way of expressing yourself by realxing.

Some find solace in prayer.

screenshot_2016-09-09-12-22-58-1.png(tip: take time out of your day/week to do what you love, be it writing, painting or photography – what ever channels your positive thoughts)

For further advice or to talk, here are some helplines dedicated to easing the percussions of such issues

United Kingdom (TheMix.org) 0808 808 4994

United States (Teen Health and Wellness) 800 784 2433

more

South Asian Society & Mental Health.

Whilst writing this post, I searched for helpline numbers and sites that people could contact should they feel the need to reach out to someone. As a large number of my readers are from Pakistan, I searched for helplines based in Pakistan but unfortunately, I found nothing.

It is slightly upsetting to think that mental health is disregarded in the South Asian and Middle Eastern community. At first, I was disheartened but soon realised that mental health has only started to be recognised as an issue by leading nations fairly recently. The older generation (worldwide) are not properly educated to understand that mental health does not need to be kept ‘hush hush’, it is not something to be embarrassed about.

I urge anyone reading this in Pakistan to get in touch with healthcare organisations/youth centres/or anyone that you think could do something about the matter and create some sort of a helpline that young people, or people of any ages can call or email and know that they are not alone.

The ignorance towards such issues can only be changed by the younger generation. Change does not need to be something substantial initially, even if it is to simply raise awareness, we need to accept responsibility in ensuring that something is done.

screenshot_2016-09-05-18-46-54-1.pngWhilst speaking to someone about their experiences, they said: “..one must get help about mental health, but in case you can’t, remember how important you are”

You’re not alone.

Thank you ever soo much to those that shared their experiences. If you have any advice/suggestions of your own, comment them below to help anyone reading this. 

Rimsha.

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