Au revoir 2015, Bonjour 2016

Ohlala, where has the time gone? I can’t believe my last blog post was 2 months ago!

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I’m not a fan of GIFs but this one is so appropriate for how I feel right now. Time flies rather unnaturally in Dubai, it’s so strange how sometimes I am completely unaware of the day of the week. Now, I can totally understand how people have ended up staying here for 5, 10 and even 15 years! Dubai is in a constant state of development, so I guess being a part of an ever evolving environment results in being unable to keep track of time.

Moving on, I don’t make new year’s resolutions and I don’t plan my future, even my move to Dubai was a spur of the moment decision. So, this post is a brief post where I need to speak my mind and share some pearls of wisdom in hope that they will help someone else out there who might be in need of some words of encouragement. We are humans and it’s difficult to always remain positive and even some of the best of mankind have had their downfalls and couldn’t see a way out, but there always is.

  • Don’t be sad, after enduring a difficult 2013, my husband gave me a book called ‘Don’t Be Sad’, this is one of the best books and some of the best advice I have been given, along with Yasmin Mogahed’s Reclaim Your Heart. Even if you don’t read these books, don’t be sad. Sadness doesn’t last forever, same as happiness and true happiness comes from within, not from material things, fame or fortune.
  • Ignore ignorant people, this is exactly why they are called ignorant. I have received abuse from a blogger who I had not previously heard of before via twitter. This blogger sent abusive tweets about my age and religion. I even have the screenshots as evidence because I was gobsmacked. This is completely unacceptable, I had to block this person who I didn’t even follow or know existed. Thank God, I am confident and secure in myself to not be affected by this immature person’s words but for someone else, they may have taken it so badly. As for being ‘old’, even if I was old, I will still blog because there are lots of ‘young’ and ‘older’ women who appreciate real beauty advice from ‘older’ women with real ‘experience’ and ‘good advice’. In regards to the tweet about my religion, my response was my religion warns me of people like her (ما شاء الله‎).
  • Never be afraid to express your opinion, we are all individuals, we are not like sheep. Stand out and dare to speak up if you really believe in something whether it’s your idea at work, a charitable cause, an experience (good or bad), a dominating person within in your life who needs to be told to just ‘back off’. Speak up, be assertive and confident.
  • Filter out the fugazes, if you don’t, don’t worry, they will soon drop off like the strap of a cheap knockoff fugaze ‘designer bag’. Thank God, this has happened slowly and surely for me and all very naturally. (By the way, if you didn’t already figure it out, a fugaze is a fake).
  • Laugh..a lot. You can begin with the quote below, it’s a quote I have always remembered since I was at college (also some of the best days of my teen years, where I laughed so much with my good friends whilst pre ordering our Chanel star products (as they were called back then). Be around people who genuinely like to be around you, not for what you can do for them.

” ….from 18-35 a girl needs good looks, 35-55, a good personality and 55 onwards, cash..”

That’s all ma copines, I will be back with a post on beauty brands we need in Dubai which includes an INCREDIBLE probiotic line of skin care called bioesse and my new favourite vegan, matte lipsticks by Aromi, oh and a brand YOU need in the UK, a vegan self tanning brand which smells AHHHH-MAZING called Svelta.

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