Saturday, 22 July 2017

18 Things I Learned in 18 Years

Salut, friends!

I turned 18 about 4 months ago but I'm feeling pretty wise right now. The title explains it all really, so let's dive in.

1. Failing to prepare is to prepare to fail. Make a timetable or a to do list and stick to it.

2. Always look out for YOUR mental wellbeing first.

3. I learnt that I love learning. Learning is cool.

4. You need to have a skincare routine even if your skin is perfect. Also, drink lots of water.

5. Mind your damnn business! Other people's business does not need to become your own.

6. It doesn't matter how long you've been friends with someone for. The quality of a friendship is measured on loyalty, compassion, solidarity, and of course, good banter.

7. Comparing yourself to others is inevitable.

8. You don't have to be friends with everyone who wants to be friends with you. If you don't get on with them, just keep walking.

9. Spend money wisely. Stop spending so much money on junk food.

10. Hold on to the Qur’an and Salah. Plan your day around your Salah and not the other way around.

11. MAC makeup is a bit overrated.

12. Follow your instincts. Go with your gut feeling.

13. Take photos of everything and don't delete your old instagram photos. It's always nice to be able to visually revisit your past.

14. Always try. What's the point in doing something if you're not even going to put in effort?

15. Sleep is very important.

16. Don't stress about the little things in life.

17. Don't listen to anyone who tells you that they don't revise but they get straight A/A*s. Issa lie.

18. You may never be cool enough for some people. Accept that and move on. You should never change just to please others.

Lots of Love,

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Ten Or So Things Glasses Wearers Can Relate to

The 43 Worst Things About Wearing Glasses

           Taking pictures becomes complicated. Lens flare, need I say more?

·          When enjoying a hot beverage or cooking, this happens. 

·         When it’s raining. They get all wet, drippy and foggy.
Will you be adding these to your wish list?

·         Others who wear fake ‘geeky’ glasses, unintentionally mock your pain.

·         You have a migraine because of them but then you need to see the world around you.

·      You wish ‘oculus reparo’ really existed. This was me when a ball hit my face whilst playing footie with the boys in Year 5. 

·         You feel very vulnerable without them.

·         Always having to clean them and sometimes the stain getting worse as a result of you trying to clean them.

·         Stereotypes- People who say "oh don't worry, you will get an A*. You wear glasses, after all." (If you are one of those people, you need to stop. That's just plain ignorance.) 

·         When you realise you don’t rock your specs as well as Ryan Gosling, Anne Hathaway, Marcus Butler or Jennifer Aniston to name a few famous glasses wearers out there.


·         No one ever sees your epic makeup skills, so having to forget about eye makeup altogether. This doesn't bother me too much as I don't wear much makeup to start off with.  But but but, here's a video by Tanya Burr for you to check out if you're worried .
     And here's one by Deborah from 'uwodoo'

·         Constantly feeling like they need readjusting. I am so used to doing this, that I sometimes even do it on the rare occasion that I wear contact lenses.

·         Last but not least.>>> Losing them, and then panicking because you cannot see well enough to find them. Then you find them; they were on your head all along.

Thank you for reading!

Lots of Love,

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Eid Preperations

So, as suggested by the title, this post is going to be about how I prepare myself for Eid*. Sadly, Ramadan* is nearly over. Which means no going to bed at midnight after iftar and taraweeh, only to wake up at 2:30 or so in the morning in order to eat as much as you need to last 16 hours whilst trying not to doze off. Tough stuff, but I'll definitely miss it.
Anyway, here's what I do. 


First and foremost, an outfit for the day. We have to shop till we drop and buy the all-important eid shoes, jewelry, dresses etc. Stay tuned for an Eid OOTD.


Then, my sisters and I get our creative hats on and start to make the house look spiffing. ;)

Cool Twisty Balloons

Tinsel with curtains open

Tinsel with curtains closed 

Eid Mubarak banner and some more tinsel

And even more tinsel draped gracefully on the clock. (We like tiinnssseeelllll)

Eid Mubarak bunting

And finally, FOOD!

Baking is life!
Here's some of the baking we've done in advance.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed :D

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* Eid= Wiki
Ramadan= Another wiki link

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Pet Peeves/ Annoying Things

Brace yourself, this is going to be interesting. Don't get offended or anything. I probably do some of these things , so oh well.

1. Sentences that start with "No offence but..." 
No offence but you're probably gonna offend someone so hush up. 

2. People who chew loudly. Can't stand 'em.

3. People who are like one year older than me who act like they're old enough to have mothered me.

4. People at school or in public who are incapable of flushing the toilet. Like, ew. Just do it. Take a lesson from Nike. The sports brand, not the goddess.

5. Those classmates who don't know when to stop talking in class. I mean, a few times is fine. But, dude, I want to learn.

6. My sisters and parents leaving my door open. You know exactly what I mean.

7.  People who think technology starts and ends with Apple.

8. People who are clever AND attractive but SO funny and nice, so you really cannot hate them. 

9. People who pull all the muscles in their faces so they can get their 'dimples' to show up in a selfie. Do you understand?

10.  Two-faced people. Enough said.

11. Teachers who just can't accept the fact that you have other lessons to study for, homeworks to do and exams to revise for other than theirs. 

12. Stubbing my toe

13. Toilets you have to pay for. This is such a pain, OMG!

14. When you enter a room and you literally are hit in the face by the strong stench of body odour. People, shower, deodorize, shave do what you gotta do!

12. PDA- Maybe I'm just jealous. But, still. Nu-uh!

13. The bipolar weather of the UK

14. Loud phone calls on the bus. Like, thanks but no thanks. I don't want to know your life story. 
(You can read my tweets about my numerous interesting bus situations. My username is @aisha_shola).  Ayyyyyeeeeee

15. Slow internet

16. Wobbly tables in exams. The one time I had to endure this, I swear I was scarred for life.

17. Tangled earbuds

18. People with over 50 seconds on their snapchat story.

19. That person who has to remind the teacher that they didn't set any homework. NO! Just no.

20. Movie talkers

21. Last but not least: fake laughter/obnoxious laughter.

Thank you for reading x
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Monday, 5 May 2014

REVIEW: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Books

I first read this book about a month ago after reading The Fault in Our Stars, when my thirst for more John Green books was at a high. Then on Saturday I picked it up again because I was just getting bored of revision and I wanted to have a laugh, which I knew was guaranteed from the book.
On  with the review!

So, Colin Singleton is somewhat of a child prodigy whose type, when it comes to women, is very particular.  They have to be called Katherine. No Catherines, or Kathys or Katrinas or Katies or Kates. But he has one major problem and that is that he is always being dumped by them. He has just been dumped by his 19th Katherine and is feeling really depressed when his best friend, Hassan, suggests a road trip.  This road trip takes them to Gutshot in  Tennessee where they meet other characters like Lindsey Lee Wells who add more excitement to the story.

Throughout all of this, he was working on a theorem called 'The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability'  which is basically a graph that would potentially predict the future of a relationship using his past experiences I didn't have to understand the doodles to understand the story and it just sort of made me feel 'cool' that I could get the gist of what was going on in the maths. And anyway, there are footnotes for those interested in the details.  The graphs are one of the things that make the book unique and different from others. 

John Green's characters and dialogues are just really fun and funny.  My favourite character has got to be Hassan and here's a quote that I remember from the story “Dude, you're such a geek. And that's coming from an overweight Star Trek fan who scored a 5 on the AP Calculus test. So you know your condition is grave”. 

One thing that I disliked about this novel was that the love story ending  was a bit too predictable but perhaps that is just to fit in with theme of predictability and whatnot.

Overall rating: 4.5 /5

That was my first ever review and I hope it wasn't too despicable. Haha, I can't even use the word 'despicable' without thinking of the film 'Despicable Me' and cute minions and awwwww. 

So cute!

Ok, I'll stop.

My goodreads:

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Things That Make Me Happy

Happy by Pharrell Williams. Here it is
 You’ve probably already heard this song but  you can go listen to it again!
So, in no particular order, here we go.
1. Family
Family has got to be one of the most valuable things to have. As corny as it may sound, they are the only ones who are there till the end- no matter what.
2. New things/Shopping
Who doesn’t love shopping!? That feeling you get when you carry a newly purchased item out of the store or when you click the ‘order’ button on whatever online place you’re shopping at, is simply indescribable. I especially love online shopping at Forever 21, because we don’t have one here in Bristol.
3. Friends
What would we do without them.
4. Solving maths problems by myself
So, this is a weird one. I can be a bit of a book geek, generally, but definitely not a maths one! However, I must admit to getting a rush of ‘joy’ at the rare occasion of  managing to figure out an equation or a mathematical problem of some sort.
5. Smiles and laughter!
I love it when I smile at a stranger and they smile back. It just makes me go all warm and fuzzy inside. Also, laughs! There are so many different kinds of laughter: contagious, animal-sounding, belly laughter, and the snorting kind.If you don’t love laughs, you need some brightness in your life!
6. Getting likes on things
We all know that feeling. It’s just a great boost of confidence when you post a selfie somewhere and your people (i.e friends, acquaintances and maybe family) generously shower you with likes. However, the problem is that when that doesn’t happen, people get too affected and that’s one of the many things I’m working on.
7. Seeing justice being done
It just makes me feel like there is hope for mankind.
8. Winning netball matches
My netball team’s  amazing coach whose Australian accent brings us great amusement really knows how to work us hard and it’s awesome to see that all her shouting and ‘coaching’  does pay off.
9. Reading a brilliant  book
This doesn’t even need an explanation! I love it when a book is so good, that you literally can’t put it from start to finish. But, it doesn’t even need to be a brilliant book. I love reading anyway.
Thanks for reading this!  I hope you liked that.
 If you mildly enjoyed this (or even if you didn’t), kindly donate a like.
Perhaps, comment what makes you happy the most.
Goodbye, my large heap of  revision awaits.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Self esteem

Having a high self esteem generally means you generally regard yourself in a positive light. Esteem means respect and admiration; typically for a person. So obviously, self esteem means self respect or self admiration.
Most people these days don't have high self esteem and the media doesn't exactly help their cases.

Reason some people have low self esteem:

1. Looks

The media portrays what is supposed to be the perfect lifestyle, with the perfect body and face.
 This leads to low self esteem as people don't realise that it is all fake.

For me, my self esteem changes according to the situation- that's probably what it is like for many people. When I'm around peers that I feel like are cleverer than I am or better looking than I am, I regard myself in quite a negative light. Here are some of the things that help me to improve my self esteem whenever I'm feeling low.
Ways to improve self esteem:
1. Think of good things about you. Make a list and read through it, then feel happy.
2. Be thankful for everything materialistic you have- no matter how little.
3. Remember to smile
4. Avoid trying to be perfect
5. Avoid people who pick out your flaws