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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everybody!!! Hope ye had a great week

I got nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!!! Eek! Huge thank you to  anonymouslyafroirish for nominating me and for putting a huge smile on my face. The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to ‘bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”, so it feels pretty cool to have been nominated.

AnonymouslyAfroIrish has given me a set of questions that I have to answer. These questions are generally designed to give some insight into the person that I am. So, let’s go!

  • What is your favourite quote?

I’m not sure that I have a favourite quote. However, there is a particular one that I try to live by. I have it in my Instagram bio, so it must be legit!

“Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered” – Dr. Seuss.

This quote serves as a reminder really. It’s only as I get older that I try to implement this into my life. No one knows what tomorrow holds, so I always try to be the best person that I can be. it doesn’t always happen, but I do try.

  • What is your favourite childhood memory?

These questions are hard! I don’t remember much of my childhood. I think a lot of my memories are slightly made up from pictures that I may have seen from my childhood. However, I know for a fact that this one is real. I was in boarding school in Nigeria. Anyone that went to boarding school knows that there is a hierarchic system. The younger and smaller you are, the less power you have. You were sent on errands by ‘seniors’ and had to do as they said. They would ask you to get their lunch, fill up their water bottles e.t.c. I was very shy going into boarding school. Every time I passed the senior hostels to go to my hostel, I’d get stopped by one senior or another.  On this particular day, a senior stopped me and asked me to go fill up her bottle. I’m not sure what came over me, but I literally took the bottle, kicked it in the air and ran. I still don’t know what came over me but I’ve never been the same since. I just couldn’t accept what I thought was unfair. I still can’t.

  • The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

Well, this one is easy. the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is calling off my engagement! I’m sure ye can imagine why.

  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hmm.. where do I see myself in 10 years? In 10 years, I hope to be happily married with children (twins, preferably). I hope to be a qualified teacher, educational psychologist and a personal trainer. I also hope to be empowering women in some shape or form.

  • How does writing your blog make you feel?

At the beginning, my blog was mainly a place for me to vent. I started it while I was in my final year in college/university. I was ridiculously stressed, with so much to do. I remember it very clearly. I was sitting on my bed, my laptop on my lap, on the phone to a friend moaning about final year. It was during that conversation that I remembered that I used to write and felt that I needed to write. Putting my thoughts on the page made me feel slightly better about whatever was happening at the time. It wasn’t much of a blog to begin with. I really only shared with a couple of friends.

  • What is your favourite television show/movie and why?

I don’t really have a favourite tv show/movie. I don’t have a lot of favourites mostly because I am a huge critic. I watch a lot of different genres. I don’t do thrillers/horror, though!

  • What is your favourite book?

Again, I don’t really have favourites. However, the first book that comes to mind is ‘If I Should Speak’ by Umm Zakiyyah. I read this book a couple of years ago and I’ve been meaning to read it again. Out of all the books that I’ve read, this book has had the most impact on my spiritual  life.

  • What are your biggest regrets?

I honestly do not have any regrets. I try to see ‘mistakes’ as a learning curve. The decisions I made in the past made the person that I am today. I am super proud of that person, so I don’t have any regrets.

  • What is your biggest achievement to date?

I found this question quite difficult to answer. I really had to think about what I’ve achieved that makes me feel accomplished. I think my biggest achievement is the person that I am today. I’m not sure it is something that I can explain. There’s still a long way to go, but I have definitely come a long way. I’ve come a long way from the girl who said she’d never wear the hijab, the girl who was too scared to take a leap… I’m still working on her, but I’m very much proud of that girl. Alhamdulillah!

I’m now going to nominate TheMuslimGirl 🙂

Till next time

-A