Life

My goals for 2018

I know it’s a week until new years but I thought I would share my goals a week in advance. Since I am going traveling the first week of January and I still want to film 2-3 videos in advance, I thought I would do this now.

I always take a look back at the year I’ve had and summaries my feelings, accomplishments and travels. I will still do this at the end of the year but for now I’ve picked my brain on what I want to improve in 2018.


MY GOALS FOR 2018

1. Read the Quran every day! I did this after Ramadan and even though I just read a page or two sometimes, I sat myself down after Maghrib prayer and read. Now I’ve fallen out of my routine and only read a verse or two on my Quran app.

"The most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even though it were little." Sahih Bukhari 8/471

2. Listen to the Quran every morning. A great way to the beginning of a new day and why not start the day of right. This is something you can do while preparing breakfast, getting dressed or doing your laundry.
3. Do dhikr. Remember Allah (God) in everything you do. Say thank you for the food you have, the clean water, the job you’ve been giving, your faith, family & friends. Nothing would be possible without Allah.

Alhamdullilah - All praise to Allah
 Subhan'Allah - Glorious is Allah
 Allahu Akbar - Allah is the Greatest

4. Learn Surah Al-Kahf. The 18th chapter of the Quran. A surah I’ve started to learn but then again forgotten because I don’t practice it. Insha’Allah I will learn at least the first 10 verses before Ramadan 2018.
5. Listen to Surah al-Kahf every Friday.

"If anyone learns by heart the first 10 verses of Surah al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal (Anti-Christ)." Sahih Muslim 4/1766

6. Fast Monday & Thursdays. Prophet Muhammad saw used to fast on these days because these are the days our deeds are shown to Allah.
7. Wake up for Fajr consistently on time, and also pray Tahajjud (night prayer) at least once every week.

Our Lord comes down to the nearest Heaven every night when the last third of the night remains.

8. Write a gratitude journal. A place where I can write down what I’m grateful for, what I want to improve and my accomplishments for the day.
9. Create a new video every week with bonus videos sometimes during the week. Focusing on lifestyle videos, fashion & style and beauty related videos.
10. Gain 500 subscribers on YouTube.
11. Buy a Nikon j5 to improve my video quality. Support me on Patreon if you’d like!
12. Keep a daily diary on my laptop without any filter. Somewhere I can write exactly what I’m feeling and experiencing.


I hope you continue on following my journey and let’s check off this list one by one together. Do you have anything you want to add? Leave it in the comments.

Happy holidays!

Elizabeth

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Life

Back at work & feeling lazy

I’ve been back at work the last two days after having (almost) a one year break. It’s safe to say I was quite nervous on Monday. Luckily I eased myself into it, only working a couple of hours a day and my first ‘customer’ was a college. Yesterday though, I had 2 paying customers. It felt like it went in slow motion, especially the first cut, but I managed to be done in time.

Today I have a day off and even though I feel like I do something ever single day, whether it’s laundry, cleaning or just look after my son, I can’t help to feel lazy. I don’t know why and I wish I didn’t beat myself up over it. It’s like everyone around me is so productive and I’m not even halfway to my goals.


We did manage to create a new office space so hopefully the creativity will just be flowing in this room. I really want to start sewing again reguallary and actually finish pieces I love and would want to wear. I have some huge ideas, I just don’t know how to get them down to paper and where to start. Fixing my serger to the right stitch lengths has also been a battle. I still have to figure out what the right settings are and how in the world I’m going to use it probably.

Wish me luck!  

Elizabeth

Life

Time for change

After countless promises to myself that today, the last days in 2014, will be the right time for a change. A change for my bad eating habits after the holidays, a chance for a workout again after 3 weeks,  a change to feel better, feel like my old self.

Like that ever happened.. hah. Now I’m battling with my mind if I should finish these potato chips or if I should just throw them away.It’s not like I enjoy eating junk food. I actually feel so guilty and crappy because I’ve put poison into my body. So yep, think I know the answer, they are going into the trash.

It’s time for a change, and there is no better time then tomorrow. Yup, tomorrow it will change. We still have time, 2014!

Wish me luck ♣

Elizabeth

Little things

I wish for all eternity

I will never get sick of the days spent with you. Never regret that you can bring a smile on my face when I´m down. And loving when you call me ´your girl´ at the end of a sentence. I can never regret anything we’ve been through cause you bring me more happiness then I thought was possible. And when I dream of you, even after all these years, I still wish for all eternity with you.


Elizabeth

Life

One trashy motel after another

Day 4: Key West

Today we started the day waking up unnecessary early to get breakfast at Starbucks before the rush started. Sitting outside wih our 50 dollar breakfast while tanning. Getting back to the hostel just before the pool opens and we’re ready for a swim before hitting the road.

Whiles driving over bridge after bridge, island after island only seeing water on both left and right as long as the eye can see, we arrive Key West after 4 hours in the car with only 3 stops along the way.

Unbeviebly beautiful this world but I have to say that Key West wasn’t all that.

Trashy motel rooms that are getting worse by the day. Luckily we’re only staying here for one night and then it’s of to Miami. And after a beer, one cocktail and a round of biljard hitting the bed sounded real good. And after walking home getting a bit lost at first I’m lying in the bed while Pirates of the Carribian is on in the background.

But I think the night will end soon after reading a bit of The Help.

Elizabeth

Life

Alone time

I finally have some peace and quit before we’re of to the next destination. It can really become too much when you’re travelling with others so it’s nice to have that quit time when it comes. We checked in to the hotel very late yesterday and are only staying here for the night. The others are off picking up the car and then we’ll probably be heading to an OUTLET and the beach.

I can’t wait to see the nature here in Florida and spend some well-earned money as well.

Now I’m off before the others come back, but I’ll be sure to update you as much as I can along the way – crossing my fingers that there will be wi-fi.

Elizabeth

Life

No emergancy call needed

So I’ve been sitting on the same exact spot for the last three days. Sleeping, drinking countless cups of tea with the exception of a coffee and a hot cocoa here and there. I’ve catched up on some tv-shows but most importantly some well needed sleep. I can’t remember the last time I slept more than 9 hours in a row and for the last couple of days I’ve actually manage to sleep more than 10 hours a night and even sleep a little in the mid of day. And what I’ve noticed is that time goes by so slowly when you have absolutely nothing to do which is great because there is always something on my agenda, every single day. That’s probably why this cold came at the time when I was most exhausted from all the stress and work around me. I didn’t get enough sleep, I didn’t listen to my body and hear what it had to say and in the end non of the countless overtime helped me anything in my life.

“Take care of your body – it’s the only place you have to live in”

Elizabeth