community work, personal

Help and be helped

It feels like just the other day that I wrote this. Its now 4 months that im apart of the Bright Stars mentorship programme and it has been nothing less than life changing.

I was a little sceptical in the begining; having been given a 12 year old, I often questioned if I’ll be skilled enough. I mean I barely can make sense of whats going on in my life lol.

It is amazing how just showing up, every week for as little as an hour can change you and the life of another human being!

We draw, write, read, colour talk about music, have picnics, play games etc.

My mentee is an absolute star. She is a bright little 12 year old that loves reading, and loves Maths and Life skills. Her ambition in life is to become a social worker. When asked why that, she says: ” to help children like me”. I was in awe.

I went into this initiative with the intention of helping….but she’s helped me in ways I cant even begin to explain. I am adored and loved unconditionally. What more could any human being possibly ask for?

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My Birthday Gift

These little gestures; this was by birthday present: a Card, a gift she had received from her previous bday and an award ahe received last year…all she had but she gave it to me.❤

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My "Mothers day" card

I told her about some of the hardships I’ve been through; the loss of my son a few years ago. She cried and opened up about some of her tough times. And on mothers day, this was my card.

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A random card

I love writing and so we’ve kinda got into the habit of writing each other letters or cards from time to time.

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My get-well-soon card

I was hospitalised for about 3 weeks in April and couldnt make my weekly visits with her. She sent this with one of my fellow mentors.

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A random thank you

Some time back she was having an issue with her Maths, we worked on it and she’s doing alot better now. We read almost every week and she loves it. I started taking my nieces with me coz i believe they must grow up with the mentality of sharing. With a willness to help and be helped. They enjoy her company and she adores them. We even went for a picnic on the beach.

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Busy with our sand castle
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The final product. Such fun

In trying to teach her that she can be anything she wants to be, it has ignited a spark in me that has been dormant for way too long. A spark that doesnt know mediocre. I have the urge and will to make a difference, one act of kindness at a time. One person at a time…Change starts with Me.

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motivation and inspiration, personal

Today I am just grateful

So I woke up with probably 101 things to complain about.

But im training myself to see the best in everything….not always an easy task. Hahahaha but…if anything, the goals we need to set ourselves up for are character goals!
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Im so grateful for waking up and seeing another day. Grateful for the roof over my head and food in my tummy. Grateful for family and friends, who no matter how full of eish I get at times, are always there to encourage and push me and who never leave.

Grateful for my faith. For My religion that grounds me. For My job. My health. For my blog, a platform where I can be me, im grateful for everybody who takes the time out to read and connect with me. Im grateful for my team at work, GO TITANS!

Im grateful for my upbringing which always encourages me daily to stay on the side of right ( or atleast try too) the upbringing that taught me to communicate and voice how I feel. The upbringing that validated and validates my existence and suggests that I AM WORTHY of all things great. The upbringing that taught me humility. Respect. That instilled morals and values so strong, that even when the world is heading in another direction and all things that are wrong are condoned, I stay grounded.

Today im grateful for my mentee, the person that in the passed week and weeks coming will remind me to never take anything for granted. What a blessing! Shukr Allah for choosing me to do your work.

Im grateful for my past and my lifes hurdles and pains that are inevitable and demand to be felt…if it wasnt for them, I wouldnt have had the strength to overcome all that I have and will need to and I wouldnt beable to have had the courage to set personal boundaries and to know my worth. Im grateful for love, both giving and receiving. Im grateful that I still allow myself to feel, cry, vent, laugh and appreciate.

Today im grateful for my flaws, without them I’d be plain down boring.#ImperfectlyPerfect. For my parents and for knowing God. Without them Id be nothing,seriously! For knowing that ultimately God’s plan ranks #1 and boy oh boy do I trust it. Grateful for all the oppotunities awarded to me and those missed.

Im grateful for my son Mikail, who even though isnt with me, pushes me to do and be better#MumsHeavenlyAngel

Today I am just grateful!

May peace and blessings be upon you all.

Juma mubarak all 🙂

Posted from Just an ordinary girl