After my best friend twisted my arm for months and finally convinced me to start at home workouts instead of hitting the gym, I never in a million years would have believed all that would follow.
I started working out at home because all my responsibilities — school, work, church, friends, family — were keeping me on the run. Spending hours at the gym was no longer feasible and truly, I was doubtful that I would get a “real workout” with 30 minutes at home instead of 3 hours at the gym. But after finishing the first few workouts I realized that I was not in the quality of shape I thought 🤣
My weight goals brought me to the workouts, but it was these ladies that keep me showing up everyday. Sharing inside jokes, dreams, frustrations, and loss over the last year with these women have been irreplaceable experiences. These women give me the courage time and time again to fight for my dreams — being debt-free, sharing in family experiences without worrying about time off at work, and the opprtunities to share and spoil my hard-working parents. .
Interested in joining this gang of beauties? We’re always looking for new friends. Drop me a DM or fill out the application in my bio for this month’s mentorship 💕💕
If I can dream it, if I can believe it, if I work hard for it, anything is possible 💓 Reading my baby sister this bed time story, and this one line in the book really stayed with me 😭 leave to my baby sister to choose books that leave me feeling inspired and happy 🤗 this is an adorable story about Mae Jemison , the first African American woman to travel space and her story of when her teacher told her not to become an astronaut but guess what? She did anyway 👩🏾🚀💪🏾 self doubt and nay sayers are real and this story gave me just the pick me up I needed 🙌🏾LOVED this 😍 #chashmishdiaries#maeamongthestars#rodaahmed
new school year, new parking structure views •• i ended up buying a parking pass late in the summer, so I missed out on getting my favorite structure. for a few days I was bummed, because when things get stressful, i like stability and routine...and my walk to class from *my* structure had become just that. after parking in my new lot (begrudgingly), I realized it wasn't so bad after all. i really needed a change of scenery and perspective, even if it only meant parking on the other side of midtown. and on the bright side, i actually have a shorter walk to classes. #gradschooldiaries
Happy Birthday to the one that prepares for EVERYTHING, the coffee addict, the one who makes graduation leis, the one who’s always down to eat with me, the one who’s eccentric, the one who is a MAJOR cat lover, the smart one, the one with a comeback to everything, the one who loves like no other! Have an amazing day 💓 Love you 🤗 #chashmishdiaries
Looong day and it aint over yet! (Also been living in stretchy pants the last couple of days and loving it) ••• I’ve just emerged from a very yummy, intense module with @jasminetarkeshi about the sutras and weaving them into LIFE.
I cannot remember any other time in my life that my mind and my heart, and my movement practice and my more brain-y pursuits, were ever in sync. 🙏
I must say I’ve made peace with my gunas hehehehe and may have found that elusive equilibrium 🤩 (I also know i might get lost here and there, but am comforted that I know now how to find my way back)
Peace and love and liberation to all!
Dhikr is not only lafzi [by merely reciting words], rather it transcends the physical act of recitation and is intellectual in nature. It aims to reach to and dialogue with the core of one’s existence.
That is tazkiyat un nafs [purification of the soul]. 📖 ☀️ Reading/Discussion of Islam and Secularism with Prof. Z
July 2018, CASIS, KL 🌷
Deep respect for the First Peoples of Australia, and the courage and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. •••
dear World, What makes a “nation” great? Not its military arsenal nor wealth; certainly not the strongman that sits at its helm. It’s the collective values: the humility to recognise atrocities (past and present) committed under the guise of nation-building, the courage to fight for justice, and the respect for the dignity of even the peoples at the margins. It’s always a work in progress, at different rates for different states, but, really, that these values are in rapid decline across the world today is terrifying. •••
This is the Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Group at today’s event at Barangaroo.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
Sad to be moving out of my apartment and sad that I will no longer be living with this beautiful cuddle pup 🐺 you’ve been one of the highlights of this year so far ❤️ She keeps me company during studying and always makes me feel safe and secure 🐶 #chashmishdiaries
As I prepare for my travels, and things seem to be moving too fast, my childhood bestie, @yasmindoodles never forgets to remind me that every new step is a new adventure and that I should be proud of how far I’ve come. Thanks for this sushi themed card 🍣 #chashmishdiaries
Today is about this beautiful soul that I was fortunate enough to meet during grad school. Coming into grad school, I just assumed I wouldn’t make any friends but to my surprise I found you @fischstix82 💜 I am so incredibly fortunate to have a ride or die friend 💕who is intelligent, passionate, caring, and oh SO freakin CRAZY 🤪 These past two years would not have been the same without you, we’ve created some incredible memories filled with food, laughter, danger, photos, and love 💘 Thank you for always and forever supporting me no matter what 🙃 I am SO sad to watch you go but I am so PROUD that you’re going to work for the WHO in Geneva 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 You’re such a boss and you inspire me everyday to live my life to the fullest. You’re my grad school bestie and I love you to death 😩good luck and always remember that I’ll always be here no matter what. Also I will be messaging you on WhatsApp EVERYDAY 😊🤭😬 #chashmishdiaries#chashmishandfriends#gradschoolbesties#gradschool
In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold, the flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history which adds to its beauty 💕 This resonates with me so much as I’ve learned over the past two years that every mistake I make adds to my journey and my story 🙃 Today on the blog I thank the two people who helped me come this far in my education 🤓 Check it out ☝🏾 #chashmishdiaries#classof2018#gradschool
Let’s be honest, ya girl is ECSTATIC that I could get all of these people in a photo (my friends are SO difficult when it comes to photos 🙄) AND I got a free water bottle at graduation rehearsal! OH AND, I took my last final of my masters career 🙃 Happy Thursday indeed 💘 #chashmishdiaries#classof2018#gradschoolbesties#mph#gradschool