The Sunshine Blogger Awards

sunshine-blogger-award-300x300Hey folks, I hope you guys are doing well. I recently have been nominated for the Sunshine blogger award by the lovely Natasha, and I can’t be happier. I never heard of this award, but it’s a great initiative that aims towards encouraging bloggers who are trying to inspire people out there, and at the same time to build a connection between them as there’s a rule of ‘being nominated and nominating back’. Taking and giving.  Anyways, I’m thrilled, and I’m very thankful to Natasha, her blog is quite lovely actually, full of beautiful words coming from the heart, make sure to check her out at this link. 

The rules of this awards are simple :

* Thank the person who nominated you.
* Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
* Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
* Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
* Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

My answers : 

1. What is the one thing you want your readers to take from your writings? If i could translate one thing throughout my writings, it would be the genuine thoughts and words. Continue reading

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up (Eponis tumblr)

Today, i would like to share with you a post i read recently on Eponis Tumblr blog, make sure to go check it out cause the blog is a true gem and has some amazing articles (here’s my personal favorite).I think it’s a really great initiative, we live in an era where more and more people deal with mental disorders, severe depressions, anxieties… We are messed up a little more every day, and the only remedy to this is to start loving each other, and most importantly: loving ourselves.

Are you hydrated?  If not, have a glass of water.

Have you eaten in the past three hours?  If not, get some food — something with protein, not just simple carbs.  Perhaps some nuts or hummus?

Have you showered in the past day?  If not, take a shower right now.

If daytime: are you dressed?  If not, put on clean clothes that aren’t pajamas.  Give yourself permission to wear something special, whether it’s a funny t-shirt or a pretty dress.

If nighttime: are you sleepy and fatigued but resisting going to sleep?  Put on pajamas, make yourself cozy in bed with a teddy bear and the sound of falling rain, and close your eyes for fifteen minutes — no electronic screens allowed.  If you’re still awake after that, you can get up again; no pressure.

Have you stretched your legs in the past day?  If not, do so right now.  If you don’t have the spoons for a run or trip to the gym, just walk around the block, then keep walking as long as you please.  If the weather’s crap, drive to a big box store (e.g. Target) and go on a brisk walk through the aisles you normally skip.

Have you said something nice to someone in the past day?  Do so, whether online or in person.  Make it genuine; wait until you see something really wonderful about someone, and tell them about it.

Have you moved your body to music in the past day?  If not, do so — jog for the length of an EDM song at your favorite BPM, or just dance around the room for the length of an upbeat song.

Have you cuddled a living being in the past two days?  If not, do so.  Don’t be afraid to ask for hugs from friends or friends’ pets.  Most of them will enjoy the cuddles too; you’re not imposing on them.

Do you feel ineffective?  Pause right now and get something small completed, whether it’s responding to an e-mail, loading up the dishwasher, or packing your gym bag for your next trip.  Good job!

Do you feel unattractive?  Take a goddamn selfie.  Your friends will remind you how great you look, and you’ll fight society’s restrictions on what beauty can look like.

Do you feel paralyzed by indecision?  Give yourself ten minutes to sit back and figure out a game plan for the day.  If a particular decision or problem is still being a roadblock, simply set it aside for now, and pick something else that seems doable.  Right now, the important part is to break through that stasis, even if it means doing something trivial.

Have you seen a therapist in the past few days?  If not, hang on until your next therapy visit and talk through things then.

Have you been over-exerting yourself lately — physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually?  That can take a toll that lingers for days. Give yourself a break in that area, whether it’s physical rest, taking time alone, or relaxing with some silly entertainment.

Have you changed any of your medications in the past couple of weeks, including skipped doses or a change in generic prescription brand?  That may be screwing with your head.  Give things a few days, then talk to your doctor if it doesn’t settle down.

Have you waited a week?  Sometimes our perception of life is skewed, and we can’t even tell that we’re not thinking clearly, and there’s no obvious external cause.  It happens.  Keep yourself going for a full week, whatever it takes, and see if you still feel the same way then.

You’ve made it this far, and you will make it through.  You are stronger than you think.


They even made a pdf file (selfcare_printable) that you can either print or keep in your computer so you can re-ask yourself these questions anytime you’re feeling low and weak. And, yes, if you know anyone going throught some hard times, make sure to share this list with them; it might help a little.

With love,

FZ.

Montée de l’extrémisme religieux dans le monde Arabe

Je suis indignée, dégoûtée. Les pays arabes et musulmans sont de plus en plus proie à une montée de l’extrémisme religieux et à la radicalisation de la majorité de la société. La “populasse” est de plus en plus violente, de plus en plus fermée, de plus en plus psychopathe. Cet article ne parle pas des vrais musulmans comme j’en connais beaucoup, ces personnes croyantes, qui n’ont rien à prouver, qui travaillent sur leur foi et leurs actes pour devenir meilleurs, qui respectent les autres et la diversité. Je ne parle pas de ces personnes, je parle de toutes les autres personnes… Les plus nombreuses aujourd’hui malheureusement.

Que ce soit ISIS, Daech (et toutes les personnes qui pensent que ces groupes armés défendent la religion musulmane), le chaos en Lybie, en Syrie avec les djihadistes, la massacre de Charlie Hebdo, la polémique sur le film Much Loved de Nabil Ayouch, et celle qui a suivi contre le festival Mawazine sous prétexte que le concert de Jennifer Lopez (et de Placebo) était une atteinte au respect et à la religion du pays; les 37 morts à la plage de Sousse en Tunisie, le “No bikini” sur nos plages alors que jamais, dans l’histoire du Maroc, une telle atteinte à la liberté des autres à été revendiquée (signe que l’on est pour ce qui c’est passé à Sousse), l’arrestation des deux jeunes femmes au souk d’Inzegane récemment au Maroc à cause des robes qu’elles portaient, le lynchage brutale et barbare contre un présumé homosexuel à Fès… Les droits de l’homme, dans le monde Arabe, n’ont jamais été aussi mal.

Trop de marocains se prennent pour des prophètes en critiquant la vie privée des autres, leur croyances et mode de vie, quand ils ne se prennent pas pour Dieu lui même ! 

En tant que marocaine, je me retrouve de plus en plus piégée au sein d’une société qui était avant connue pour son ouverture d’esprit, son respect de l’autre, sa cohabitation avec la différence… Mais de plus en plus que les pays extérieurs gagnent en liberté, nous autres musulmans, avons peur. Oui, peur de perdre notre identité, notre religion. Alors ils s’obscurcissent, se referment, deviennent agressifs, fous. Au lieu de s’intéresser à des sujets bien plus importants, on cherche à imiter l’Iran et l’Arabie Saoudite (on deviendra exactement comme eux, en apparence religieux mais capable du pire) et devenir un pays ou une seule manière de vivre (celle qui respecte leurs idéaux seuls et pas ceux des autres) a le droit de foisonner. Pour paraître bon musulman, on commence à argumenter les crimes, à argumenter le fait qu’on critique la vie personnelle et privée des citoyens. On se comporte comme des ayattolahs radicaux, des prophètes qui ont tout les droits, quand on ne se prend pas pour Dieu lui même ! La plus grande excuse est “Dieu nous a dit de défendre la religion et de ne pas laisser opérer le mal”. Premièrement, on défend la religion en étant bon musulman, et le bon musulman se doit d’accepter les différences culturelles et religieuses des autres.Non pas en étant extrémistes et têtus : je crois que faire ceci est mal, donc tu ne le fais pas parce que je te le dis, si tu n’acceptes pas, tu meurs !

Le pire, c’est notre gouvernement, encore plus con et arriéré, qui a peur de la foule, de la  masse rétrograde, et qui défend cet extrémisme de plus en plus agressif et hors de contrôle. C’est une honte. C’est que le problème réside dans les têtes, on a tous des croyances, mais les marocains aujourd’hui, et les musulmans en général, pensent défendre ses croyances alors que tout ce qu’ils font est de libérer les criminels, les assoiffés de sang et de haine qui sont en eux, d’opprimer tout ceux qui pensent ou vivent différemment. Ceci n’a jamais été l’islam, l’islam est une question personnelle, une question de conviction  qui n’a besoin ni qu’on tue en son nom, ni qu’on opprime les minorités en son nom, ni qu’on oblige un pays entier à penser et vivre ‘de la bonne manière’ afin de se sentir musulman entier et confirmé. C’est un vrai bordel dans les esprits des gens, réveillez vous nom de Dieu. Pourquoi tant de haine ? Si on donnait le choix au Marocain lambda, il voterait pour un pays rétrograde, fermé, islamiste intégriste… mais irait vivre dans un pays laïc et ouvert, la France, l’Italie ou les états unis par exemple. C’est à n’y rien comprendre : ce marocain admire les autres pays qui respectent les droits de l’homme, il est impressionné par la diversité religieuse, culturelle, ethnique… au sein d’un même pays, mais pourtant voit cela d’un mauvais œil au sein de sa patrie.  Continue reading

Universal and human energy part1

Hey folks! Today’s post is all about energy. I’ve been reading many books and articles about this matter and it has been one of my primary interests lately. And the reason behind this relatively new interest of mine is that I came to realize, and truly believe in the old saying “Everything around us, and in us, is energy”.

The universe is made up of matter and energy. Matter is pretty straightforward and easy to grasp, but energy is a bit more abstract. Everything has its own energy waves (talking about waves is more of a metaphor from my behalf, there is no certain proof that the energy flows in waves, or in circles, or in all directions at once… all we know is that it does flow), everything gives-reflects energy or absorbs it, and to some extent leave a certain energetical impact. I wanted to write today’s post so i can talk about this really interesting phenomenon that is taken so lightly by scientists and especially people who don’t acknowledge this in their every day life. And that is where the problems occur, when we ignore energy, or deny it, we can’t control it anymore; almost like it becomes independent from us. That is the main reason behind so many of today’s society problems: wars, anger, hate, fear… So what is energy in the first place ? It’s a hard question to tackle, but I’m going to try to as much as I can in a series of articles about this topic. This is episode 1 everyone, so get on board with me as I study and research and question and dive into the wisdom of energy, in all its forms.

“Hyperborea” by aerroscape on deviantart

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My 2015 summer bucketlist

Hey folks ! If you enjoyed last year’s bucketlist post, I have another one just for you this summer. It’s a new year, therefore, there are new and exciting goals on my bucketlist. Without any further delay, here are the 50 things I want to do this summer :

Renee Bargh

1) Watch 7 tv shows

2) Finish writing my book

3) Have someone special read it exclusively and tell me what they think

4) Create a giant painting

5) Work free-lance

6) Learn C++ language

7) Volunteer at an association/ngo

8) Read 23 books

9) Get the six packs i always dreamed of (4 to go)

10) Astral project

11) Do more lucid dreams

12) Go to the Oasis festival Continue reading

30 Random acts of kindness to do this Ramadan

My first year of Graphic design studies is officially over, I passed my finals and kissed hello this summer. Today is the first day of Ramadan, so I wanted to first wish all muslim people a happy Ramadan, may this month be a time for transcendence, redemption and goodness. To everyone else, I wish lots and lots of happiness, love, health and dream-oriented energy. For this special occasion, I want to make a post about 30 random acts of kindness, one for each day of the month. Because Ramadan isn’t just about the food or prayers, but all of it plus much more reflexion and intentions, there are many actions that we could do daily to help the world be a little bit less darker and most importantly, to help ourselves be a little bit less darker. And to everyone not doing this Ramadan, here are 30 random acts of kindness the universe needs asap from each and every single person around.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

 “Every act of goodness is charity.”

He also said “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms-all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.”

1) Don’t butt-in or give advice and opinions when you’re not asked for it. Have confidence in others; trust that they are fully capable of being in charge of their own lives. This one is extremely important because so many people nowadays just can’t seem to understand it. Try to take care of your own business and stop thinking that the universe needs your opinion, advice and perception of the current situations. If someone asks for your opinion and advice, give them all you have and express yourself freely, but if no one does, just mind your own problems.

2) Write a thank you note and express your gratitude to someone who has made your life better. It can be your parents, a friend, a relative, your teacher, a mentor… Anyone who inspired you in your life and helped you through a difficult time. Saying thank you is a thing, while giving them a hand written thank you letter is a completely different thing, it will make their day, and yours as well. Here’s a website for great e-cards.

3) Give 10 compliments a day. I’m talking about genuine, honest and original compliments that people will remember and that can shift a person’s mood completely. Remember having a really bad day, and then hearing something so good and genuine about yourself that you almost forgot you had it, but now that you remembered, you have that ‘extra’ that could help you move rocks.

4) Hold the door open for someone behind you. It can’t get easier than that.

Kristen Dunst for Terry Richardson

5) Greet people with a smile and an enthusiastic hello. You can do this in person as well as over the phone. People will appreciate your warm reception of them and feel welcomed. Smiling at strangers and saying hi is the easiest random act of kindness you can pull off.

6) Talk to at least one old friend of yours every week. It can be on Facebook or over the phone, but the most important part is to keep in touch with these people who once made a part of the life road with you, ask how they’re doing, tell them you missed them.

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