Thoughts

I like to reflect.

My thoughts jotted down..

A conversation with the right person

“Are you mad at me?” “No. I’m mad at myself.” “Why?” “I find something wrong with everything.” “There is something wrong with everything!”

25 Things 25 Has Taught Me

*Inspired by Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love* Don’t be afraid to start that business or project you’ve been talking about for years.You are worth investing everything into.Don’t be afraid to publish your writing even if your view might evolve and develop later on in life.It’s okay to say no to that coffee walk…

Indian Matchmaking: A Review

I just finished watching season 1 of Indian Matchmaking on Netflix. Although I am not Indian, many moments in this show rang true with the way marriage is viewed in Egypt, my home country. As a woman who is in her prime marital years according to both these cultures, this show sparked a lot of…

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” – Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

Disclaimer: JK Rowling is not my favourite person right now. I don’t agree with her recent essay on her (harmfully simplistic and inaccurate) views on sex and gender. I found this video explained why really well if you are interested. I do, however, love the Harry Potter franchise, a world I grew up with and…

Reflection: November 2015 Paris Attacks

This was written 2 days after the 2015 Paris attacks. My unfiltered thoughts on the matter. The recent attacks in Paris were devastating. I remember the moment I heard about them and immediately my heart sank as I switched the tv on to watch the news. I was up until 2am that night discussing how…

Time Capsule

It’s been almost nearly 5 years and I’m back. Wow! Hello to everyone who remembers NEWTS and followed it and supported it. Nice to see you again. Apologies for ending NEWTS and rebranding my blog to be my creative writing space. Things have changed – I have changed – and my blog is coming along…

Three Things I am Grateful for Today

What I am grateful for today: Not having a cold. As with most health conditions, I think this is one of those things you take for granted until you get one. But today I am going to fully appreciate being able to breathe out of both nostrils and not having to listen to my music…

Power of Three

It’s funny how things come in threes. This week, life seems to have wanted to prove to me the power of three. Here’s a couple of ways it did that: I’ve been applying to jobs constantly since graduating from university. It had been a while since I’d heard any good news from any job application and I…

Egyptian Revolution

So today, I watched The Square (‘Al Midan’) by Jehane Noujaim. It’s an Egyptian-American documentary film about the civil uprisings that occurred in Cairo between 2011 and 2013. Having grown up in Egypt and having family that live there (in Cairo), means that I actually followed this closely via the news and social media while it…

Nostalgia

I am feeling very nostalgic lately. This is primarily because it’s Freshers’ Week here in Manchester (in loads of other student cities too), and it is the first time I am experiencing it as a non-student. Living near the rowdiest campus in the city does not help. For example, as I was brushing my teeth…

Languages of Love

According to Dr. Gary Chapman, a love expert, there are 5 languages of love. (Side note: How do you become a love expert ? Sounds amazing.) These languages are: Receiving gifts Quality time Words of affirmation Acts of service (devotion) Physical touch His theory states that everyone has one primary and one secondary language that…

Appreciation

I want to take a minute to appreciate. I was chatting to my sister earlier, telling her that I felt like I didn’t have much going for me. Immediately, she told me off for being stupid. Tough love, eh. She said that I am so much better off than the majority of the Earth’s population…

Open-minded

Open-minded Being mixed race, and balancing two almost opposite cultures, has meant that open-mindedness is something I’ve grown up with. I am half Egyptian, a quarter Scottish and a quarter English. I grew up in Cairo, Egypt and moved to England when I was 10. Egypt, like many countries in the Middle East, is relatively…

“A pl-“

“MONICA: Phoebe? PHOEBE: What? MONICA: Do you have a plan? PHOEBE: I don’t even have a ‘pl’.” – Friends Those words have never rang truer in my life. For those of you who have not seen this episode, or worse, are not Friends fans (smh), in this episode Rachel freaks out over how unaccomplished she is…

The Perfect Bath

Last night, I had the perfect bath and I am going to share some tips so you can have the perfect bath too ! I know sometimes it’s hard to switch off, but hopefully these tips can help. Pick a good time. I chose just before bed, after a long hard day. It’s a great way…

Faith in Humanity Restored (for today)

It is 8.30pm on a Tuesday and I’m full from the Nandos I ordered in. I was reflecting on my day when I felt inspired to write about it. Something happened today which pleasantly surprised me and I feel grateful. At 8.30 this morning, I was on my way to an interview thing at the…

Just Keep Swimming

I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write about this week. I’ve already planned out my TSN and am super excited to try it out. I have loads of ideas for one of my extra posts, topics I’m quite passionate about, but the words just weren’t coming out. I have also been super busy the last…

Labels

So here I am, sitting in my living room, after having just got into a mood and feeling embarrassed by my behaviour towards a friend. I am just about to carry on my Netflix Gilmore Girls marathon, when I decide to check my Facebook news feed quickly. I come across a long Humans of New…

Thoughts on the Daily Prompt: Carefree

Carefree Carefree. I like that word. Carefree. The more I think about it though, the more ways I find of interpreting it. Now, I think it’s actually quite a complicated word. So I google-defined it. “Carefree: adjective. Free from anxiety or responsibility, e.g. ‘we were young and carefree’.” Well that word couldn’t be any more relevant…