My takeaway from Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’

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I have been feeling blocked from writing for months now.
I have been trying to figure out why but alas couldn’t find an excuse. I know writing is something that makes me happy but still I couldn’t bring myself to the table to write.

Every day I found myself making excuses. Putting off writing till I got all other tasks out of the way, only to make an excuse ‘Now it’s too late to write, I will try tomorrow.’

Stephen King in his book ‘On Writing’ with its infinite wisdom for new (and old) writers had this one line which…


Generations later, still enslaved to the colonial past through language

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I speak two languages fluently: Urdu and English.
Urdu is the national language of Pakistan and also my mother tongue. I started learning English in school at the age of five.

Education in Pakistan is available both in English and Urdu, but with a very visible social divide. Private schools have education solely in English (with Urdu taught as a subject till grade 12), whereas public schools have education in Urdu and English both (with a greater tilt towards Urdu).

It was only after I moved to Germany and began learning the German language, I started realizing deeply rooted unsettling…


We all have stories within us, waiting to be told

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by my page. I could go on and write about topics, but when it comes to writing about myself I get a bit tongue-tied. I will give this a shot, so here goes.

I was born in Lahore, Pakistan; a city rich in culture and history and loved for its hospitality. I have spent 25 years of my life in this beautiful city and, it will always remain my first love.

I moved to Cologne, Germany for my Masters and later stayed back for work opportunities. I have been calling it home for the past…


Set yourself on the path to achieving your goals in 2021.

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Hello December!

It’s that time of the year, where we reflect on the year gone by, set goals for the new year, and gear up to follow through with renewed vigor. There is just something about the promise of new beginnings, and starting fresh all over again which motivates us to set goals every new year.

However, whilst setting new goals we should also reflect on why the previous goals did not yield results as we expected them to. As it turns out many goals simply fall through within the first 30 days of the new year.
In December 2019…


As another socially isolated Ramadan awaits us.

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My alarm rings at 4 in the night, alerting me to eat something quick before my next meal 14 hours later. I leap out of my bed, turn the alarm off and proceed to fix a quick meal to load me up for the day. I have my meal quietly whilst watching some mindless television and checking the time on my cell phone to ensure the time for the morning prayer (the time I should stop eating).

Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims, wherein Muslims fast and abstain from drinking water, and food from dawn till sunset. It…


I embraced a one-word theme for the year instead of writing a list of goals

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A few days into the new year on one of my daily walks, I listened to this amazing podcast, ‘Happier with Gretchen Rubin’. Gretchen Rubin is the author behind the book ‘The Happiness Project’. In this particular podcast, she discussed choosing a one-word theme for the new year.

She suggested choosing a one-word theme to serve as a guiding value as we navigate our way into the new year. Discussing her experiences she shared that her one-word theme for the past years had ranged from: Upgrade, Bigger, Lighten Up, Re-purpose, Delegate, and Infrastructure.

I really liked the idea of the…


Let’s get rid of the word “bossy.”

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Patriarchal structures saw women pushed over by men for centuries. Many cultures saw girls being confined to the domestic aspects of life — boys would be encouraged to get an education in sciences and maths, which were deemed to be career paths unfit for girls.

The impact of gender stereotypes in maths and sciences has impacted career choices among students. Kids from a very young age identify math, physics, and chemistry with masculinity.


Remind yourself of these things.

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For most of my life, I have been this person who wants to get proficient at something super quick. I developed an interest in yoga about five years back whereby I also joined a studio to practice yoga three times a week. I would watch in awe at Yogis who could pull a headstand. After a while, I started getting impatient when I couldn't pull a headstand in a mere few weeks and ended up giving up on the practice altogether.

I forgot at that moment that fellow yogis with the perfect poses had been practicing for years, and had…


The reason virtual connectivity is energy-draining, and what we can do about it.

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The Coronavirus pandemic resulted in most of us moving to work from home for an initial two-week lockdown. 9 months in, the situation hasn’t much changed. From what it looks like, this working from home situation might carry on for even longer.

Video calling and conferencing has become an essential part of all of our lives, be it working from home, or studying from home, or even staying connected with family and friends we aren’t able to see because of the restrictions.

Zoom Fatigue refers to tiredness, anxiety, and burnout resulting from the overuse of virtual platforms. The term Zoom…


What the Election has brought to the front

Map showing states of America where Democrats and Republicans have emerged victorious
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Between November 3 and now, I, like many others I believe, have been refreshing the Election results, again and again, to see the final results.

As I refresh one more time, I can’t help but wonder to myself, ‘Does it even matter ?’

Considering the narrow margin of votes between the two candidates, and seeing that nearly 50% of voters still chose Trump makes me confused, alarmed, and also sad.

The voters have spoken loud and clear, haven't they? 50% of them support the racist rhetoric, anti-climate policies, and the sexist hate spewed over the past 4 years of Trump’s…

Sabeena

full-time Engineer + leisure-time Writer. Sharing thoughts on topics that matter most to me.

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