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What has someone told you that you’ve never forgotten?

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Greetings internet, welcome to DAY 2 of the #MarchWritingChallenge! Today’s prompt is:

What HAS someone said to you that yoU’ll never forget?


Years ago, after a beautiful brunch filled with pastries and almond milk lattes, my friend and I were walking around our familiar neighborhood. For as long as I can remember, there’s been a Psychic shop near where we were. Neither of us had gone to a psychic before (or knew anyone that had). But, it was so beautifully decorated, looked so inviting, we just had to go in (you understand). 

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The psychic was a middle-aged lady with brown hair and wisdom marks near her eyes. She had her son with her in the store, calmly watching cartoons on a tablet. The woman warmly greeted us inside to a bright pink lounge area and applied an oxygen mask over her face as she sat down on the couch. (This was pre-COVID, of course.) She and her store were charming.

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My friend and I got tarot cards and our palms read to us. In all, my reading probably lasted about 30-40 minutes. As she focused on laying the cards out one by one, she spoke about my future career, relationships, family life, etc. Whether or not it’s true, hearing it was mind-blowing.

In the end, I had the opportunity to ask her any question I wanted. I didn’t know about this part. Quickly, I asked, “is there anything else you would like me to know?” (facepalm, I know)

The woman blinked slowly and smiled. She said, “your aura, at its core, is a lovely aqua blue. There are things or people in your life that are clouding it. Make sure to wash that away.” Then she gave me a small, shiny crystal to keep in the shower and hold when I lather.

Fist-pumping her son on the way out, I never did stop thinking about that reading.


Now, in no way am I saying that psychics are real. Still, what she said has never left my memory. At the time, I was facing challenges of my own and often didn’t feel like myself. Of course, with time comes the best healing, and I hope I’ve done an excellent sweep in ridding any lingering clouds in the sky that is my aura (LOL, sorry, I had to).

Until next time,

Read more information about the #31DayWritingChallenge here.

Read yesterday’s post here.

10 Things That Make Me Happy

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Hello readers, happy Monday and Happy March! Today is the FIRST DAY of the March Writing Challenge! To kick off the month, today’s prompt is:

What are 10 things that make you happy?

To be honest, this question isn’t as easy as I thought. Because, like, am I supposed to mention just tangible, actual objects that bring me joy? Or, can I include a more abstract-type “the feeling of…”; also, can I include people? (since they’re not technically things…).

Anyway, I need to stop over-thinking this activity and just go for it. So, in no particular order, here are 10 of a lot of things that never fail to make me happy:

Let’s type this up, since I don’t have the neatest handwriting.

1. Walking my dog.

Although it’s really him walking me most of the time (LOL).

2. Charcuterie boards.

With lots of spread & fresh grapes that pop in your mouth.

One of the boards I managed to put together despite “limited” ingredients 😍

3. Freshly-cleaned bedsheets.

You know, you just get that feeling as you climb under the sheets, especially after a hot shower. It’s like Heaven on Earth. Who’s with me?

black and beige book on white bed sheet
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4. Tarot card readings.

Honestly, whether it’s bluff or not, nothing can change my mind on this 😂 (trust me, ask my friends/my BF has tried). They’re just fun, to give and to receive. Sometimes they’re weirdly accurate, while at other times, you get a freaky card and are like WTF. But it’s all part of the process – just sit back, relax, and have your question ready.

You do Tarot readings in the library TOO?

5. My tattoo.

It hurt a little bit.

It says Sandra in Arabic, located (privately) on the side of my ribcage (sorry, not pics to publish). I tattooed the name in Arabic because it is my late sister’s name, who passed away when I was around 16 years old, and because Arabic is the language of my culture/heritage in Syria. I am always happy when I see the tattoo. Sandra will always be a source of inspiration for my life goals, and I am so glad to have her on my side (literally).

6. Wine.

Nothing like a fresh, cold glass of Pinot Grigio on a warm day, or the sweet, cinnamon-y taste of mauled wine during the winter holidays. I’m no connoisseur by any means, although I’m not opposed to the idea.

7. Skincare.

Not only does this help with me a morning/evening routine (which I need and love), but who doesn’t like healthy, vibrant skin? (I’ve been using these three products forever and truly can’t get enough.)

Also, face masks are a great way to relax at the end of the day and incorporate some self-care into a busy schedule.

Sulfur mask by ZO Skin

8. Traveling.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

9. Sunsets & sunrises.

There’s something always so calming about them…

10. My family & friends.

Duh! (Below is a non-exhaustive collection of said persons.)

It was a fun mental exercise to reflect on some things that genuinely make me happy. I don’t think I’ve ever done something like this activity before, and it was a great way to experience something new and challenge myself. I highly recommend you make a similar list, as well as leave any thoughts or questions below!

Until Day 2 tomorrow,

31 Ways To Challenge Yourself this March (Number 2 Is My Favorite)

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Writing is good for the mind and soul. I’ve wanted to challenge myself lately, and because March is coming up soon, why not create my own set of prompts and hop on the Writing Challenge train?

Alas, after coming up with a balance of thought-provoking + entertaining questions, I present to you my very first 31-day March writing challenge!

(Pssst: downloadable PDFs at the bottom of the page!)
(Pssst: downloadable PDFs at the bottom of the page!)

In short, I challenge you to answer each of these 31 prompts every day during March. You may spend at most 1 hour, but no less than 10 minutes, per day answering these questions. You can either type them or hand-write them, whatever you prefer!


(Of course, I’m doing this too.)

What’s the catch?

  • You are not allowed to think about your answers ahead of time.
  • There is no “right” answer.
  • No skipping days (unless it’s an emergency).

Why the 31-Day Writing Challenge?

Well, besides the obvious getting to know yourself better, it’ll enhance focus, expand vocabulary, refine communication, improve contemplation, and revamp your brain activity! (AND we’re doing it together.)

Be sure to come back on March 1st to read my entries and follow along!

Are you ready?

Sign up here!

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My Fall-Themed Collage/Bullet Journal

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The current lockdown is the perfect opportunity to get into a new hobby. With all the extra time spent at home, I wanted to try out something that would be fun and creative. There are many at-home activities to fulfill these criteria. Still, I kept seeing many gorgeous fall-themed collages on Pinterest (gotta love that site) that took my breath away. The constant stream of stunning collages pushed me to join in with my journal spread attempt finally. If you’re ready to begin your spread as well, be sure to gather an unused notebook, some magazines, glue, a glass of Pinot, and scissors (careful not to cut yourself!). Keep scrolling to see my finished spread. 

Next, cut out what you want to include in the spread and lay it all out on the page before using any glue. This is a picture of my first spread, which took me about an hour to complete. All in all, I am happy with how it turned out!

This spread was enjoyable and relaxing to complete. Pro-tip: play some old-school fall music to help get in the spirit some more. (Might I suggest some autumn jazz lo-fi?) Ultimately, I hope that my spread gave you some inspiration for an activity that relaxes you and engages your creativity as well. Check out Pinterest for some spread ideas! 

If you’re looking for some festive Halloween activities to try out this month, check out this article here.