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#QOTD #42

My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion🌈 ❤️, some compassion 🤗, some humour 😃and some style 😎💄

~ you got it, Maya Angelou 

This week has been an extremely trying week. Work has been beyond overwhelming, it’s the last few days of Ramadan and my spirits have just been sweeping the floor! 

Whenever I get like this, I pray and then I turn to some of my favorite authors or poets and peruse through their work. This always creates an escape for me, because I get so drawn into their work. 

I came across this beautiful quote and I had to share, because as soon as I read it, my heart smiled! 

THE Maya Angelou! What a creative, talented legend was she. 

This quote reminded me that I shouldn’t just make it through the day, that I shouldn’t let work, or anything else, take “me” out of me, if that makes any sense lol! It reminds me that even when you feel like giving up, you should carry on, for after every rainy, gloomy day, there’s a 🌈that awaits! 

Isn’t this how we should approach life? Let’s think about it:


With some passion, towards the things that warm our hearts. 


Compassion, towards all the wrongs and evils and struggles in this world. Supporting and elevating each other.


Humour, because we know laughter is the best medicine contrary to what professionals may think 


and then style, because that defines us, it’s ours and besides, some fresh swag, kicks and make up can turn any bodies day around! 

Genius I tell you! Maya Angelou was pure genius! 

PCHS: our survival kit to get through this journey called life 

❤️ and 🌈💡 from just an ordinary girl 

* All pictures courtesy of Google and Pinterest *

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#QOTD #41

” The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home”

~ Confusius ( doesn’t seem confused to me 🙈)

I know I say this about every quote I publish, but I love this quote! 

What is integrity? 


To me, integrity is doing the right thing when nobody’s watching, it is doing what needs to be done based on principle and not on personal gain.

You agree? (Feel free to drop a comment and tell what it means to you.)

If we look around, how strong are our nations? I can tell you that mine is losing the trust of its people as the days go by. We’re constantly hearing of the bribery, fraud and corruption that’s going on in and with our government. The number of married people having affairs are on the rise. Kids are being kidnapped, cars are being hijacked, people are being killed for what’s rightfully theirs. Businesses are overcharging and under delivering. Service in general is just on the decrease.

If we all practice integrity and Inturn teach our young and loved ones by our actions, people would be doing the right thing always or atleast most of the time. We wouldn’t have as much of the stresses that we’re facing today and life would just have one less thing to deal with.


Whilst it would be rather utopian to think this is as simple as night and day, as we know the devil is a liar and is always lurking around,  I believe we can reduce this significantly and just like everything else, it starts with you and I.

So let’s do the right thing always, let’s do what’s fair based on principle and not on personal gain. Not only will we strengthen our nation, but God will be pleased with us as well! 

♥️ and 💡🌈 from just an ordinary girl 

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#QOTD #40

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss in life is what dies inside us while we live. 

~ Norman Cousins 


Death. A topic none of us, well atleast many of us don’t like to speak about, even though, to me, it should be discussed a lot more. 

With the world we live in, it’s so easy to get consumed and to forget that this life is temporary, it’s just a test. This life was never meant to be permanent. 

This quote resonated so well with me because death is something guaranteed, it’s something we should expect right? Therefore, it cannot be the greatest “loss” of life because in many cases when you lose something, it’s unexpected, you have no warning that you’re going to lose it.

The greatest loss is indeed one where we have the capacity to do what we love and what’s required of us but we don’t, for whatever reason that may be. The greatest loss is losing our heart, or our fire; that passion that we was once had. We lose our mark and become a thing just existing day after day. 

We lose sight of the career goals we once dreamed of. We lose sight of the essence of family and friends and true relations. We lose the kid in us, we forget how to see fun, colour and happiness in everything that we do. We forget the importance of God and our religious and spiritual obligation, we lose our humanity and moral obligations. We get consumed with things that really don’t matter. 

Why? Isn’t that the greatest loss because we have the time, we have the gift of life. We have the opportunity. 

It needs to all change. 


Let’s use our time on this earth to fulfill all of our religious and spiritual obligations and our hearts desires. So that one day when we pass, we would be remembered for just that. 

Life is all about balance, so whilst it’s ok to lose our spark sometime, it’s equally important to reignite that spark again. 

Don’t let that die whilst you’re still alive. If anything, help be the match that reignites the spark back in somebody else. Be purposeful.

May we all strive harder to reignite that spark within and to leave our mark on this earth. 

♥️ and 💡🌈 and a random 💭 from just an ordinary girl 

*all pictures are courtesy of Google*

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#QOTD #39

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way

~ unknown 

Whilst there’s many dads who are non existent, today we celebrate the fathers who are present in their kids lives, the ones that go far and beyond to do and be better. 

Today I celebrate my father who is my guiding light. I started writing this post late lastnight, my dad wasn’t home yet, neither was he out with his friends. He was busy worshiping our creator at the mosque…at that time! I knew that I needed to finish this post as a small token of honour and appreciation. 

Braemar Amos, my dad

You see my father is the best, I know it may seem biased because all girls are generally for their dads and all think that their fathers are the best, rightfully so. 

But here’s why I say mine is. My father is the perfect example of what a Muslim should be; flaw-filled but always striving to do and be better in terms of character. 

As old as I am, he still is my provider, my protector, my counselor, my confidant, my therapist, my guide, my example, my teacher. He still is my favourite soccer player, my movie date partner and sometimes my frenemy.

He is so bold yet so humble, my dad does tons of community work in our area. He makes time to visit and look after the elders in our community and also has such a playful yet impactful relationship with the youth. He makes me strive to do to more for others… what better example could I possibly need? 

He literally makes lives easier, during the week he will clean and do our washing, he will go out of his way to ensure that he’s family is always #1, that we’re comfortable and happy even if it may tire him. 

He is so fit 🙈at 53 he still plays soccer every Saturday and trains during the week ( this is one thing I could not follow suite with hahahah) 

2016 soccer ⚽️ presentation
Dad at a ⚽️ presentation
Dad at a ⚽️ tournament
 

My fathers dedication to his faith is one of the most admirable things about him, he ensures he answers the call to prayer 5times a day, at his age, he is still learning to read Arabic and still attends madressa to learn more. God is really the greatest! 

He is the perfect grand dad to my nieces , takes time to do the little things that make their little hearts happy, be it tickles, movies, outings etc.

Dad with his grand babies

He tries his best To honour my mother and that is such a beautiful thing to witness! Because she is a queen and he knows that. Witnessing him love and respect and honour her is a perfect example to us as his daughters because we know what not to settle for.

My 👑 and 👸

He is just an all round amazing dad and if he knew I published this, it would probably upset him because he’s that humble in all he does. I always get told after taking a picture of him “don’t put that on FACEBUCK” 🤣Yeap technology and him aren’t friends! #bless


So Daddy, words will never be able to thank you enough for the role you play in my life. Always there to push me when I’m struggling and there to catch me when I’m about to fall. 

You are a Muslim personified, you teach me that it’s ok not to be perfect but that I should always persevere to be better in character for the sake of my creator and nobody else. 

You teach me that I should want for my brother and neighbors all that I want for myself. You teach me that helping others is an obligation and not just a thing to do. You teach me to have courage and stand for what’s right even when it may not be fruitful and you teach me to be kind.

May the almighty bless you with a long , happy and healthy life so that you can continue doing the amazing work that you so wonderfully do, may he make it so that one day I could be nearly as impactful as you are inshallah ( by the will and permission of Allah). May all your hearts desires be fulfilled because I know they’re all pure. May Allah always be your guide and may he always help you with every difficulty you face. Aaameen 

Happy daddy’s day to all the amazing dads out there! We need you. 

Love, light and appreciation from just an ordinary girl 

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#QOTD #33 – let’s be like crayons

You know, in life you’re going to be broken down. You are going to be hurt, you at some point are going to give more than you receive. You’re going to go through things that will make you question everything; faith, your purpose, people and even your own existence.

We always hear people say that it’s always for the better and that we break so that we can rebuild ourselves to something stronger, a better version of ourself they say. It may seem as though it’s a cliche’ but it’s the truth. Atleast I think it is.

I Came across a picture and it reminded me of a quote. One that I’m actually quite fond of because it suggests that you don’t have to wait to be “rebuilt” after being broken to still impact the world or those around us. It suggests that we don’t have to be in perfect condition to carry out our purposes. 

It goes:

Broken crayons still colour.

~ unknown 


Just like that crayon, when we’re “broken” and when things seem jaded, you have the ability to create something beautiful. You still have something to give, that colour is you(: God has an amazing way of making things work out and just because we go through certain things, doesn’t mean that our essence should change.

In most cases, it’s for us to realize just how intense our colours are, how unique and special we are. It’s Gods way of forcing us to focus on what’s important. 

So even though that crayon is broken, it may not be new, fancy or even appealing to the eye…it still has the ability to carry it out it’s function; to make things beautiful with colour. It’s sole purpose is not affected by it’s break. There’s beauty in every struggle indeed.

So always remember, no matter what life throws at you, peservere and colour on. The world needs you (: The world needs more colour.

Happy humpday everybody. 

Love and light always. From just an ordinary girl 🌈

|colour on|

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#DurbanBigwalk 2017


It is exactly one week since the Discovery and East Coast Radio (ECR) big walk. 

The big walk is an annual event that takes place in Durban along side the promenade.  Tens of Thousands of people gather and walk / run all in the name of being healthy and having some fun whilst at it.

It’s a social/health inspired event that quickly gained its popularity over the years. 

Birds eye view of the event. Photo cred📸: ECR
My family and I, amongst many other families, were up at the crack of dawn, setting up refresher stations for the walkers/runners. Yes, we volunteered. And it was amazing. 

Our morning view. Photo cred📸: Me

The theme for the year was “we are solemates”. Seeing a city flock out in numbers and walk/ run side by side irrespective of age, colour or creed was one of the highlights for me. I’ve attended the past 3 annual events however, this year I was amazed at the number of kids that took part in the event. It really was such a beautiful thing to see. 

What was even more amazing was that I got to meet one of my all time favourite radio personalities. THEE Jane Linley.


She is just as amazing in person as she is on radio. 

Our refresher station saw every person that took part in the race/walk and boy oh boy was it a sight to see and a thing to feel. 

We saw people laugh and literally cry but what we didn’t see what people give up! We cheered them on and they did it! 

We came. We laughed. We danced (at certain refresher stations, ECR radio personalities were there to encourage and cheer on the walkers/ runners). We hydrated. We felt. We ate. We were present and it felt oh-so-goooood.

You’re welcome to click Durban big walk for more information on the event. 

Our day in pictures

Some of our stylish walkers. Photo cred📸: Me

Hope to see you there next year. To all the participants, you guys were super amazing. 

Love and light,

From just an ordinary volunteer

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#QOTD #22

#TruthfulThursday

We all have had dreams of making some huge impact in the world. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I came across this quote from one of my favorite woman of all times, Mother Teresa:

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa

This really speaks volumes! Change the world by one act of sincere kindness at a time.

A wondeful day to you all.

Love and light.

From, Just an ordinary girl