Monday, February 29, 2016

#MondayMotivation with Maryam - Week 2

I had to use a picture that had coffee on it to accurately represent getting through a Monday. I'm sure it's how many of of get through life. Happy Monday! :D

I've had a few people tell me that they really enjoyed my Monday Motivation post from last week. I am thankful for the feedback and thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I am really looking forward to keeping up with this on a regular basis. I have other topics I want to write about as well as more fashion and beauty posts, hopefully I will get into a scheduale once school is over!

Quote of the week: 

It is so easy for us to point out the talents of others, which we should be doing. It is amazing to be able to see how different and special other people in our lives are. Recognizing the unique qualities in others and encouraging them is the best gift you could ever give. As important as that is we should first find the blessings in our own individuality. We can't all be good at everything. Ever since I was little I loved art. I wished I was able to draw and paint and be creative on the spot. That is funny to me now because I can't and never could be an artist - and that is okay! If everyone could be artistic there would be no one to admire the art. We all have specialties unique from those around us. As soon as we recognize who we are and what we are good at we can use it. That is how to we can thrive in life. When talents are brought out and passionately explored it can lead to great things. You are so much more capable of anything when you use the fact that you are different and embrace who you are.  There is no such thing as perfection, own who you are and use it in the best possible way. 

Thank you for reading! :) 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TED Talk - Dalia Mogahed: What do you think when you look at me?

Dalia Mogahed, a well known American scholar, author and advisor got the opportunity to give a TED talk recently. It is an inspiring talk that I would encourage everyone to watch. She discusses the many misunderstandings about Islam and the portrayal of the religion in the media. She challenges the mentality of the average American who has no knowledge of Muslims except through American news relating the followers of the faith to extremist groups. This talk is perfect for those who have never met a Muslim as Dalia Mogahed relates to the average American by describing herself as “a mom, a coffee lover, an introvert, and a wannabe fitness fanatic” while adding that she was a practicing spiritual Muslim that chose her faith. Society would view her and other Muslims, especially the Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab as outsiders who they probably can’t relate to. They are automatically categorized into the minority, obvious outcasts and potential threats. Oppressed individuals with no sense of freedom - sad, but these are common misconceptions. This is why such talks on an open public platform is so important. People need to be made aware of the perceptions they have on others just based on what they hear and then judge them when they are visually obvious. Education is vital for understanding, tolerance, and a sense of unity. We should be doing whatever we can to stop terrorist groups as they are a harm to everyone.

"ISIS has as much to do with Islam as the Ku Klux Klan has to do with Christianity. Both groups claim to base their ideology on their holy book, but when you look at them, they're not motivated by what they read in their holy book. It's their brutality that makes them read these things into the scripture." - Dalia Mogahed

Please take the time to watch Dalia Mogahed's enlightening talk:

Thank you for reading! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

#MondayMotivation with Maryam

Ever since I started thinking about blogging I knew that being a source of help for others was what I wanted the main message to be. The little amount of positivity I could give out to even one person would be enough motivation for me to continue writing. I am one of those people who keeps a folder on my phone filled with screen shots of inspirational quotes on Instagram and Twitter to be able to read when I need encouragement and it always helps me. I thought it would be a good idea to add it to my blog on a weekly basis, Monday's seemed appropriate! No matter what we are going through it is always nice to hear uplifting words whether they come from close friends and family or random strangers on the internet. :)

Quote of the week:

Words are so powerful in the ways they can be interpreted. The same words can have many meanings for different people. I love this quote because of what I take away from it. To me it means that I shouldn't let anyone devalue who I am as a person, my thoughts and dreams. People are going to judge me and my decisions and that should not change them in any way. The only places I need to seek validation from are myself and God. There was a reason we were all placed on the planet that is so unique from any other person. Our individuality is something we should embrace and celebrate. We all have a purpose and if it is not apparent right now it will be when the time is right. We owe it to ourselves to try our very best in whatever it is we what to do and whoever it is we want to be.

Thank you for reading!