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What’s the big deal anyway?! It’s just a headscarf!

With all the political drama that’s been happening around here in Quebec, I can’t help but feel sad for where humanity is headed. I mean, politicians are so darn smart; preoccupying people with matters like religious symbols and turning the state into a completely atheist place (which is fine by me-but why do they need to implement laws on banning religious symbols) rather than focusing on important matters such as infrastructure, health and education. I am a free woman despite what the law says. I have been brought up in a Muslim family and my dad may have strong opinions on culture and religion, but we were never oppressed at home. I mean, look at me and look at how I dress! Colorful, hippie queen right here!! Religion (Islam) does not force women to be completely void of voice and opinion and this misconception that some hold is driving me insane. Us, Muslims women, we’re not oppressed!!! And we don’t need the white man to free us! Or any man for that matter. We need to be respected for who we are and if we want to cover our hair, so be it. As long as we keep it to ourselves, then what’s the big problem?

I am so not enforcing my religion on anyone; I have friends from all over the world (mainly Christian) and we each have our views and ideas of how we want to deal with our beliefs. This does not however stop us from being the best to each other. I am talking about the veil because I am Muslim…but I feel very strongly about all religions. You do you! And as humans, we need to respect each other and that’s what matters. I am afraid that this is easier said than done because we are so headed in the wrong direction. I would imagine, if I ever was a politician, I would choose to unite my people and make them strong as a whole (i.e.: New Zealand), rather than pushing each group into a category and creating segregation and fear. It’s bloody sad how we choose to focus on how one decides to dress instead of spending time to know the person deep within. I am not saying all of us Muslims are amazing and perfect, no one is, but those of us who have real faith know that Islam is based on peace and tolerance. I choose to keep my religion in my heart and choose to practice it the way I see fit between myself and God. I don’t go around trying to sell anyone anything. But if anyone is interested to learn, I am open to questions. So, why is it that this politician feels the need to implement a law that will destroy the lives of many people? Muslim girls, Sikh men, Jewish men, Jewish women and Christian and Orthodox followers. You have your religion and I have mine—a verse from the Quran to clearly indicate to do whatever is it you see fit for YOU.

The problem with the general population these days (Arabs included) is that they are so focused on survival that they do not seem to take the time to learn about other people who are foreign to their own culture. And I get that, I really do. But for a city so big like Montreal, we can’t derail our attention from obvious problems to focus solely on religion symbols! Seriously??!! I grew up here and this my home and I, yet, still feel like my life can stop at any moment and politicians do not seem to think about that. What about those little girls who dream to be cops, RCMP officers or teachers one day? But can’t anymore because of some idiotic law who now forces them to pursue another career that they aren’t passionate about. I think about my smart, talented, little niece, who dreams to be an art teacher one day (she doesn’t have the veil now but maybe one day she will, who knows?!), but can’t be that anymore because of this said law….she then moves to a different country, but then that country will implement another law and another and we keep turning in circles. Vicious, deadly circle!

Alas humanity, we have failed you miserably! I feel so sorry for what’s to come and if I keep thinking about it, I might get sick; the true Montreal I know is a melting pot of amazing different races, religions and even sexuality. I believe that we are all free to live our lives the way we want (peacefully!!) and for politicians to take that away from us is a true shame. Montreal will forever be my home and I hope that it stays the way it is for my little girl to grow in and to also get to enjoy its true beauty. Being bi-cultural is nothing short of difficult, it is a blessing and a curse, but because so many of us (in Montreal) are in it together, then it makes the ride so much smoother and calmer. I really hope that it doesn’t change….

May your weekend be bright and beautiful x

 

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Top 8 Tips on self-care

As I have spent the last few weeks running around like a headless chicken prepping for the arrival of the baby, I forgot to take the time to take care of little old me. I know that I won’t get much time to do so after baby come for a few months until I am all settled. So I figured will take the time now for myself and enjoy it while it lasts. Spending time with my husband (who’s here for baby’s birth) is giving me the nudge to put it all aside and focus on us but mostly me. There is nothing wrong with a little selfish time to take care of your own needs, besides if you’re happy, then everyone else around you will be happy. You will radiate positive energy and that is always inspiring.

Here are my top tips on self-care and how you get to enjoy yourself and be all relaxed.

1) SKIN CARE

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That is like my holy grail of self-care. I am not going to lie; I am a huge sucker when it comes to skincare. I like to splurge because I feel like if I am good in my own skin, then I am more confident and I feel like I can conquer the world. Good skin gives me the push to put myself out there. I know I struggled in that department quite a bit when I was younger, but I learned that when working with good products (pricey or not), you will achieve your goal to perfect skin. I am super indulgent when it comes to masks and I like to do it whenever I have time. Back when I was single, it was a daily ritual for me…but since getting married, I have slacked a bit, perhaps because I have less free time on my hands. However, I vowed to get back to it, because it makes me happy! So ladies, mask away! Trust me, you’ll feel better!

2) WATER

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This is pretty obvious but I tend to forget to hydrate and it just makes me feel sluggish, lethargic and causes me to have headaches. Well, headaches no more because I am getting back on track. I find it quite hard sometimes to replenish on the H2O but it is the essence of our existence. I sometimes go a full day not even drinking 1 cup of water and I realize it is bad for me…but I just don’t think of it. However, now, I have a refillable water bottle with me and I spend most of my day with it in my hands so that I remember to drink up and stay hydrated. It not only helps me with headache, but it also helps me with my skin. It’s much more hydrated and smooth; I don’t feel like a lizard anymore. Staying hydrated helps your body detox hence giving you more energy to be out and about doing your thing!

3) EXERCISE

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I have always been an active girl…since I was little and I am not about to let it go. However, since hitting the third trimester, feeling heavy and tired weren’t helping me in that department. The least I would do these days is take a walk and trying to get to 10 000 steps as a goal. Most day, not gonna lie, I don’t get to my goal, but at least I know I tried. I always loved to exercise as a means to detox my brain from bad thoughts and bad energy—yes it was also for my body, but mostly for my mental health. I was always a pretty angry child and stress was eating me up, so the only way I found to let that all go was through working out. I did everything anyone could possibly do, like zumba, pilates, yoga, dance, you name it!!! As long as I move, I am happy and I cannot wait to get back into working out, because I always feel much healthier and much happier. Work out ladies! Work out for your mental health!!!

4) READ

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When I was little, I remember eating up books for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I loved loved loved reading! It was our things as a family when we were little…going to the library every weekend was a ritual and we all loved it so much. As the years went by, I slowly started losing that habit and it makes me quite sad that I let it go. Reading feeds your soul! It transports you to worlds undiscovered and it helps your imagination flow and your brain to be in working gear rather than being lazy. Taking the time to read before bed helps you relax and forget about the burdens you may carry. Taking the time to read a book daily is a challenge but a good one because you know you’re doing yourself some good. I am slowly getting back into it and I am enjoying it so far.

5) DO WHAT YOU LOVE

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I have always been an advocate about pushing people into doing what they love because I know what it feels like. That pure beautiful raw rush that you get when you do something you love is irreplaceable. We live only once and taking the time to do something you love, whatever it may be is fulfilling and satisfying. Living your dreams is not impossible, we just need to let go of our fears and our limitations. Impossible is nothing! I try as much as possible to have a little list of things I wish to do and cross it off slowly and man is it amazing to know that you can! Even if it seems silly to others, do it anyway. Like blogging, or vlogging or riding a bike even, whatever it may be, do it for you and only you and never listen to what others have to say. It is easy for others to judge you…or humans judging each other in general, but fuck it and live the moment and live your dreams because you never know when your time will come. Even though I am going to be a mom very soon, I will still have that list close to my heart and accomplish whatever I can because I know that the happier I am, the happier my little family will be.

6) MEDITATE

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Very much like exercising for many, meditating is food for your soul. For me, it is what gives me the power and the energy to keep the show going. Taking 30 minutes daily for yourself to pray, meditate or simply reflect on your life and your purpose should be enough to keep you happy. For me it’s praying and I find that when I take the time to pray, I feel less anxious, less stressed and less disoriented. I, like many other women around the world, tend to be very hard on myself and demand a lot more of myself than I can give and that is a sucky attitude to have. We women feel like we need to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and we want to take care of it all and if we don’t, well we feel like failures. But let me tell you ladies, we do a lot more than men do (not being sexist—its’ just fact), but we still cannot accept it and still want to do more. This is why mediation is important because you take the time to reflect on your life and take the time to love yourself more, appreciate yourself more and respect yourself more.

7) EAT HEALTHY

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Not saying we can’t indulge and eat that greasy burger or eat those crispy fries, I am saying be balanced. Life is not about forbidding yourself from enjoying the bounties given to you; it’s about knowing when to indulge and when to restrain yourself. However, eating healthy keeps your body in check and keeps you active and happy. Eating healthy keeps you from feeling sluggish and tired and that should be your number one priority. Your body is your temple and taking care of it will keep you positive. Besides, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, it can be creative and exciting; you just have to learn a few tricks.

8) SLEEP

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Last but not least, sleep! Sleep people!!!! That is probably one thing I am struggling with lately and will struggle with for a little while longer. The less sleep I get, the more tired I feel, the grumpier I feel, and the less motivated I feel. Despite having less sleep, I still try to stay active…but some days I just want to be a couch potato. I suffered from insomnia for the longest time and was able to run on little to no sleep sometimes but lately I have been wanting to cocoon and sleeeepp. But man, I can’t help but feel guilty whenever I feel the need to nap because I feel like I could be more productive to the universe. However, it is good to sleep and when you feel like taking little naps, do so, because when you are rested, your body and mind are stronger and you have the power to do anything you want to do.

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So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, treat yourselves with love and dignity and don’t be afraid to tell yourselves that you’re doing great; it doesn’t mean you’re a show-off or a self-centred asshole, it just means you acknowledge that you are human and that you need a break. There is no harm in taking the time for yourselves and try to live without judgement and negativity. There’s only one life and you deserve to be happy, everyone deserves that!