Day 317: The Song of Love

I felt inspired to write the song

That sings in so many souls

The song of youth and passion

The song that blossoms in the spring

The song of Romeo and Juliet

The song of longing and gazes

The song of jealousy and envy

The song of stolen kisses

The song of late night wishes

Alas to my dismay

There is no muse for the song’s dedications.

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Day 316: Fitness Update

This is my 8th week at the gym and I have to say it’s going really well. I went yesterday and had one of the best workouts ever, not because I like the gym or had a great personal trainer. But because I found the perfect song to workout to and played that on repeat and had a blast.

Here are some of the things I’ve noticed from my 8 weeks of going to the gym three times a week:

  1. I can eat more!! Since I’m burning calories that I don’t usually burn, I need my metabolism to still do its job or else it might get lazy. So every calorie I burn I make sure I eat it’s equivalent in food.
  2. My arm muscles look amazing. I caught a glimpse today in the mirror and was very impressed.
  3. My thighs and bum look so so so good. Again I’m very impressed with them.
  4. I love the Couch to 5k app. I can run for 28 minutes non-stop on the treadmill/ outside without getting out of breathe. It’s an amazing feeling especially considering that 8 weeks ago I could barely run 1 minutes without needing to drinking a whole river.
  5. I still hate going to the gym. I’m never excited for the gym, I always dread it. Whereas I crave jogging outside but can’t because it’s cold and dark and raining most of the time. I honestly hate the gym.

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Day 315: Back to Basics

I’ve been thinking a lot about 14 years old me. I knew exactly who I was, what I wanted from life, and who I wanted to be (at least that’s how I remember it). I read all night long and listened to pop music and the occasional country music and watched Disney Channel all day everyday. 14 year old me wrote witty diary entries about celebrity breakups and tv dramas. She wore blue eye shadow and lived fearlessly. She was unapologetically Khadija.

I’m definitely not the same person I was 10 years ago. I’ve grown up a lot (thank God), I’ve learnt things the hard and easy way, I’ve laughed and cried and somehow lost a little bit of myself to everyone’s expectations (including myself). I forgot how to live fearlessly and be unapologetically me.

So this month I’ve been going back to basics. Going back to all the things I used to love, listening to the High School Musical soundtracks (minus the 3rd one because that movie sucked), going for long walks, sketching, getting lost in a book, going to the park, putting pen to paper, spending hours chatting with my neighbours and just letting go of all expectations. To be as free and fearless as a 14 year old with nothing to loose and everything to gain.

Thank you for reading.

Day 314: Mamma

So last week my mum went on her first ever holiday without the family. All of her holidays have been with dad, or me, or my brother, or all 4 of us, or with another member of our extended family, but never ever with someone outside of the family.

So last week she went on a girls trip with her friends for the first time ever! She definitely deserves a holiday, to get away from her annoying husband and kids. So I just wanted to write a post about how much I missed and adore the woman I call mamma.

Mamma you’re my smile in the morning

You wipe the tears that fall

You cover me with kisses

Your lift me up with encouragement

You fill me up with amazing food

You shower me with compliments

You raised me with respect

Mamma I love you to the moon and back!

Thank you for reading.

Day 313: Dublin

I spent this weekend in Dublin, making the Republic of Ireland the 25th country that I’ve visited. Although Ireland is in the EU and not in the UK, it reminded me a lot of England. The plug sockets were the same, the buses looked the same, they drove on the same side of the road as the UK, the only difference was that they used euros. It felt like I never left England, and that was both good and bad.

It was good because I was comfortable and felt familiar to everything there was. I felt like I knew where I was going, and how to get to where I needed to get. It was bad because I had left the UK and I wanted it to feel different. I wanted to explore and get excited about new foods and a different experience. I’m told by my Irish friends that Dublin isn’t “real Ireland” and that I should visit the Irish countryside to get a true feel of Ireland.

One thing that I did enjoy a lot about Dublin is all the Irish history, culture and folklore. As a fan of James Joyce, I was excited to see that they had a Dubliners walking tour. I was also able to visit Kilmainham Goal, and learnt all about the Irish revolutionaries that where imprisoned there.

I don’t think I’ll be visiting Dublin again, but I do plan on seeing some Irish countryside in the near future.

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Day 312: 25 before 25

So one of my goals this year was to travel to 25 countries before turning 25 (next Feb), and I am happy to say that I have achieved this goal. I have seen 10% of the world! It’s not a lot but it’s a start and a very good start.

From the 25 counties, I’ve visited:

– 19 European countries

– 1 North American country ( including 7 states)

– 1 Asian country

– 4 African countries

Of the 25 countries I’ve visited, my top 3 are:

1) Sierra Leone

2) Belgium

3) Morocco

These were the countries were I felt at home, where I was in the sun, laughing and living my best life.

The top 3 most important things that I’ve learnt through travelling are:

1) I love comfort and luxury. I would rather be in a fancy expensive hotel than a cheap hostel any day.

2) I am braver than I think. I love being a badass and trying new things, even on my own!

3) The world is filled with amazing people and shitty people wherever you go!

Although 10% of the world is not a lot compared to the 90% that I’m yet to see, I am so excited to see the rest of the world. My new goal is to visit 40 countries before turning 30. This means I have just over 5 years to visit 15 more countries.

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Day 311: Buffet Breakfast

Oh how I love thee buffet breakfast

Thou makes one’s morning filled

With joy and steady expectation

With all thy variations of teas

With trays overflowed of pancakes

With eggs cooked in different forms

With fruits from all across the globe

With French pastries and gluten free bread

With fried potatoes and Sausages

Oh buffet breakfast, how I love thee.

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Day 310: The Best Day

Oh what a day it’s been

So many victoires achieved

So many mountains overcome

Performing at my best

Reaching goals that I’ve set

Catching trains I ought to miss

Leading tours with a bunch of kids

Oh what a day it’s been

One for the good books

Nov 7th will forever be my day

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Day 309: Packing

She folded it all up, placed it in a neat pile, ready to be put away. She knew it was time, there was no space for all her stuff in this season. She couldn’t use them to cover up because there as no cold to be covered from. Summer was here for her, and she was ready to enjoy it. She knew she loved the things she was putting away, coats that had protected her in the deadliest of storms, boots that had walked with her through the snow, and gloves that stayed hand in hand through the chilly winds. These were items she was grateful for, but it was time to put them away, time for summer dresses and sun glasses.

Thank you for reading.

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