Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 - the year end wrap up

So I promised Nafisa I would do this this year end wrap up.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Participated in a photo-shoot that was all about me.

 2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
like every other year I said quit smoking, I did for about 4 months
Diet - which is on going and Adding Fitness to the list.
I plan on doing Midmar and the Otter trail.

 3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
Quietly. By myself, it's a new experience.

 4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Inhaca Island off Mozambique

 6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

 7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
 well a weekend really last weekend of September I won a game show which meant I got to go on an amazing cruise and I won an Umrah trip.

 8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
 Keep on swimmin' (Not a cop out, but rather that I didn't give up) 

9. What was your biggest failure?
 Failing myself [Not doing more for me]

 10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I tried to do a cartwheel and almost gave myself an anneurism.

 11. What was the best thing you bought?

 12. Where did most of your money go?
Bills Bills Bills

 13. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Shake it off - Florence and the Machine.

 14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Dance,Read and Sing out loud

 15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Wasting weekends sitting indoors.

 16. What was your favourite TV program?
 Top 3: Spartacus, Misfits, Game of Thrones.

 17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Yes, but more for what I allow them to make me feel about me.

 18. What was the best book you read?

 19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Ben Howard

 20. What was your favourite film of this year?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt2 - Purely because it was the end of the books that were prevalent throughout my 20's

 21. What did you do on your birthday?
Had an amazing photoshoot with my friends.

 22. What kept you sane?
As always – listening to music.

23. Who did you miss?
My dad - My rock, my guide.

 24. Who was the best new person you met?
Not New but Kellen and Nafisa
Rediscovering old ones ( Shabs, J)
Ridwan Laher

 25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Your time is precious

Thursday, December 22, 2011

When I read titles like A letter to Islam: we are women, not things: iLIVE Fills me not with trepidation but as a muslim woman, my back is automatically up. I can't take away the experience this woman has had at the hands of the men in her life, but I fail to see how her generalisations make me want to empathise with her. In one swift article she has insulted me, my intelligence and disrespected my choice- yes my choice to remain muslim. My friend Saaleha said it perfectly. "it's tiresome we shouldn't have to apologise all the time" I am by no standards a feminist, islamist and detest the term moderate muslim. Yes South African Muslims are possibly the only nation of muslims that are allowed to practice freely, regardless of the sect they belong to. But I refuse to have to explain that EVERYTIME. She disrespects me by saying: No self-respecting woman can be Muslim. I can't fight for every muslim in the rest of the world, I can only change perceptions when I encounter them. I respect her right to state her opinion, much the same as I have the right to negate her statements. I will accept that people like her are scarred by their experiences but she doesn't speak for me. I am more woman today because I am muslim. It gave me rights, taught me bounderies and allowed me to find alternate means to express myself,to be educated, to be free. My Islam taught it to me. My Father lived it and the every other man I have met and or encountered respected it.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The most beautiful thing I have ever seen was sarcasm
Stuck between your lips before it poured out all over the conversation.

The arch of your eyebrow and the tilt of your head
as the words you spoke remain unsaid

Is as far as I got with the thoughts in my head but it's written in the same tone as Jason

Mraz's Beautiful Mess

"A Beautiful Mess"

You've got the best of both worlds
You're the kind of girl who can take down a man,
And lift him back up again
You are strong but you're needy,
Humble but you're greedy
And based on your body language,
And shoddy cursive I've been reading
Your style is quite selective,
though your mind is rather reckless
Well I guess it just suggests
that this is just what happiness is

Hey, what a beautiful mess this is
It's like picking up trash in dresses

Well it kind of hurts when the kind of words you write
Kind of turn themselves into knives
And don't mind my nerve you could call it fiction
But I like being submerged in your contradictions, dear
'Cause here we are, here we are

Although you were biased I love your advice
Your comebacks ‒ they're quick
And probably have to do with your insecurities
There's no shame in being crazy,
Depending on how you take these
Words that paraphrasing this relationship we're staging

And what a beautiful mess, yes it is
It's like picking up trash in dresses

Well it kind of hurts when the kind of words you say
Kind of turn themselves into blades
And the kind and courteous is a life I've heard
But it's nice to say that we played in the dirt
'Cause here, here we are, here we are
Here we are [x7]

We're still here
What a beautiful mess this is
It's like taking a guess when the only answer is "Yes"

Through timeless words and priceless pictures
We'll fly like birds not of this earth

And tides ‒ they turn ‒ and hearts disfigure
But that's no concern when we're wounded together

And we tore our dresses and stained our shirts
But it's nice today. Oh, the wait was so worth it.