The Only Way

Once again I find myself in a situation which I do not know how to deal with and once again the only tool I have got in my hands is writing. I have probably mentioned this before but I am one of those people who don’t believe in sharing the details of one’s life, especially…

What we don’t tell our kids…

There’s a lot that parents don’t tell their kids when they grow up. This is a thought that I have been going over for days now. Growing up I always had this lovely, flowery idea of myself as a child: that I was a kind, considerate, helpful, always-smiling semi-angel. And most of this perception was…

Quarantined in Cairo

This is our third week into quarantine. After the decision made by the Egyptian government during the first week  of March, to close all schools and nurseries for at least two weeks, that were later extended into a month, I’ve pretty much stayed home with my son. We moved quite swiftly into distance teaching via…

Holiday vibes: My trip to Finland

It was November and I was all busy with preparing for the term exams when I had a casual video call with my little sister and brothers. My dad jumped into the camera and saw Yunus laughing at him out of recognition. Just then and there he decided that a year was too long of…

Reviewing 2018

It is hard to even begin thinking of how I would be able to put this year into words. But if I had to choose one word, just one word to describe, symbolize, and represent this past year, I’d say healing. Carrying a baby for 9 months and eventually giving birth to him was the…

A night full of poetry

Back in lower secondary (grades 7-9), I used to be super active at school taking part in the student council, volunteering in event-organizing and tutoring and representing the school in various events. I was very passionate about all the extra work and spent hours after school planning, working on or executing some new project. Towards…

On Pain

  Today, I’ll be featuring a piece written by one of my dearest friends, a soul sister and my high school savior and guardian angel. Aasma is one of the strongest people I think I’ve ever known. She’s stronger than she even realizes. She’s also super inspiring and hence why I wanted all of you…

Where I am at now…

Wow. It has been a while. I can’t even describe the relief I am experiencing the very moment I opened an empty file to start writing out what has been going on these past months. Writing has always, without exaggeration, been a source of relief for me, whether it was writing in my tiny plastic…

What now?

I like goals. I need goals. Have always needed. I consider myself a very motivated person when it comes to everything and anything I do. However, that motivation always stems from a goal that I have set for myself, whether it is academic success in high school or university or a personal or social milestone…

The new phase of self care 

In Finland, they call the first years of parenthood “ruuhkavuodet” which roughly translates into “rush years”. Having one or more young children at the same time and trying to manage house and work and KG and all that can definitely amount to something called “rush”. It’s a fast moving traffic jam. That’s paradoxical, I know….

Post-uni Vibes

Often when we are busy with work or school or life generally, we sometimes try to imagine what it would feel like if we weren’t that busy. It’s hard to picture to be honest. Especially during my fourth year in college, it just felt like the impossible: freedom, relaxation and nothing specific to do by…

Toddler Toy Favourites

If you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while, by now you probably have reached the conclusion that my son, Yunus, is quite an active child. He is only 20 months old, but moves like a rocket and has immense creativity in his daily missions of both playing and destruction. For the past few…

It’s not a mess

Who doesn’t want to wake up every day to a picturesque, Pinterest-like of a home with everything tucked in nice and neat in cute boxes and with no toys or bread crumbs on the floor and most of the cups and plates in the cupboards where they belong? I believe it is unnecessary to even…