How I developed a way with words (and you can too).

how i developed a way with words (and you can too).

A few days ago, in a family gathering, a relative asked me how I built my writing skills and learnt to use the big words. She wanted me to give her teenage daughter some tips on how she could get a grip on the English language and manifest it in her writing. A lot of Pakistani parents worry about this as English isn't our first language but not kno...
Inspiration, quotes, gilmore girls

weekly inspiration for the ladies courtesy of gilmore girls

Although a lot of guys around the world watch Gilmore Girls, it is a fact that it is predominantly a girl's show. However, it's not the gossipy, soapy, women plotting against each other and pulling each other's leg kind of show rather it is an epitome of inspiration and positive vibes. It has a diverse female character base with a myriad of qualiti...
Seagull, royal botanic Garden, Sydney

5 life lessons i learnt from seagulls

Seagulls are the most inspirational creatures in my opinion. If I owned a sporting team of any sort, a seagull would be my mascot. Why? They're the perfect combination of beauty, strong-will, friendliness and confidence. This little ode to seagulls may seem peculiar to you but as a result of long hours of observing them for days, I realized that...
quotaholic

5 tv show quotes for your weekly inspiration

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a legit binge-watcher. I don't just watch a show, I indulge in it. I dissect every dialogue, every gesture and pretty much perform an autopsy on whatever I'm watching. In fact, most of my inspiration, motivation and life lessons come from my beloved TV shows. Over the years I've relied on quotes from different TV...

the paradox of boredom

If we had a dollar for every time we feel bored, we'd still be bored. Even if we spend all that money to buy things to keep ourselves entertained, sooner or later our minds will get used to them. Thus, initiating a quest for something new. In this day and age, we are seldom NOT doing anything. The things that are second nature to us would have been...

sunshine blogger award

I'm so delighted and honoured to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by @ItsNicoleCarman. She is a strong-willed, talented blogger and a mental health advocate. Her blog Navigating Darkness is all about opening up and talking about mental health issues. Do visit her blog and show her some love. Thanks a lot, Nicole <3 I think of the b...

anywhere but here: struggling with the present

A mind that moves at a speed of light can be exciting or it can be exhausting. It yearns to fast forward to the future to create perfect scenarios or quickly rewind to the past to erase the imperfect ones. What it doesn't do is pause and be present. If you have one of those minds, most of the time you are not actually present in your body. You k...
olive tree

the late bloomer: a story of an olive tree

Years ago we planted an olive tree in our garden. Olives are not native to our region (Punjab, Pakistan) and this particular baby refused to grow any. We waited for the olives for some years but when they didn't come we figured it was a mistake to plant it here. My mother even suggested that it be cut off but I didn't let her. The least it was doin...
Train, Insignificance, wheels

insignificance on wheels

What do you think of when you travel in a train or a bus? Of the meeting, you're getting late for? Of the family reunion, you're going to attend? Of a wedding that you so don't want to go to but your social standing depends upon it? Or do you take a moment and hop off the treadmill of "routine". Whenever I ride a bus or a train I think of insign...

3 ways we sabotage our own happiness

Ask anyone what their goal in life is and most of their answers will revolve around their job, family, friends or health. while all these things are means to an end that is happiness, you'll seldom hear people saying, "my goal in life is to be happy." From childhood to adulthood, right until the end, our priorities change. We assign new meanings...