Where Is The Woman In The #ARABsmis?

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Do we need a women quota even in large-scale summits? In a time where every other day there is a new summit, council, workshop, talks and speeches about women’s role in the society, women equality in the jobs market, women equality in the society, etc; we are still unconsciously marginalizing women in everything until we receive a directive from the country’s leadership mandating a certain quota to fit the woman in. Do we need a women quota to be mandated on all award ceremonies in all fields from now on to ensure women are remembered?

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Real Life Influencers Vs. Social Media Influencers

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The Influencers

I couldn’t help but wonder after Giorgio’s passing away, how he’s a true community influencer, he changed so many lives around him with his support, he mentored so many youth, and he will be remembered for years to come for all the good he did in this community. The kind of good for the sake of goodness and utter believe in being part of creating a better world, not the kind of good for the sake of commercialism or social media fame. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Carry Giorgio’s Torch

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Giorgio & I back in TEDxChange, 2012
Giorgio & I back in TEDxChange, 2012

Today we mourned the passing away of Giorgio Ungania, a person who influenced the life of many in the UAE, a person who touched so many lives, believed in so many ideas from our community, supported the youth endlessly, and most importantly, believed in grooming talents from within the country, and what a sad news to end the year with. Read the rest of this entry »

Here We Start – Issue #56

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Artwork by Hayat AlHassan (@HayatAlH)

November is finally starting with all its galore. It’s the month of two main events in UAE: Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and AbuDhabi Art Fair. This is the 33rd year the SIBF is running. I still remember when I was a kid and my father used to take us there to get our books stock for the year, as bookshops weren’t exactly as wide spread as they are nowadays. I used to be so fascinated by this fair, actually, I still am! I get excited months before it starts, and I begin to plan my agenda around its schedule of events, ensuring I go few times to get the most of it, browse the new and old books available, and buy my pick. This is one ritual I don’t think I’ll give up in my life, because till date, nothing beats the feeling of being in the middle of books and people who love books and reading. It often feels like finding home within home.

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Here We Start – Issue #55

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Artwork by Maryam Zainal (@Maryam_Zainal)

Artwork by Maryam Zainal (@Maryam_Zainal)

Those who know me personally know that last month I was honored to be chosen as a delegate to the 51st International Achievement Summit. And like all the other delegates and myself before we started the program, it would be safe to say, no one really knew what was this all about, because it’s not one of those summits that you hear all the media frenzy around. So what is it all about?

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When I Was Finally Ready To Embrace Caroline Myss

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The other day I was watching this interview with a lady called Caroline Myss. She was being interviewed by no other than my idol: Oprah Winfrey on her show: “Super Soul Sunday”. The interview blew me away on so many levels! In so many parts I just had to pause the show, write down some notes, and then rewind that part again, mesmerize while listening and let it all sink in, not to mention all the nodding along and the brilliant Ahha moments!

Oprah & Caroline Myss

There is a possibility that I may have related more to this now than I would have a year ago, cause I believe I’ve just recently had a new spiritual awakening that opened my mind and soul to so many things around me and helped me grow.

Here are some of the very prominent quotes I wrote down from the interview:

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Rediscovering My Introversion

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A Map of the Introvert's Heart by Gemma Correll
A Map of the Introvert’s Heart by Gemma Correll

One of the main things I rediscovered in my 100HappyDays challenge was my love of solitude. I do remember as a kid that sometimes I was thought of as withdrawn to my own world, I mean, come on, no social kid could have finished reading all the books I did read as a kid! But then when I entered college and graduated, I realized people perceived that as Introversion, and pretty much frowned upon it. So I started to deviate from that and become very out there but a lot of times I struggled, because I’m still the shy person from within, but like they say: fake it till you make it! Read the rest of this entry »

My #100HappyDays Experience

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Picture from http://100happydays.com/
Picture from http://100happydays.com/

As most of those who follow my Instagram account know, I’ve recently completed the invigorating 100 happy days challenge, and I have never felt this happy before. And I’m not talking about normal happiness; I’m talking every day happy, grateful and thankful. I pass by the mirror not to check my figure or flaws, no; I smile at myself with joy from within. This challenge really gives you what it promise. Read the rest of this entry »

Ropes I let go…

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Saleh Al Braik

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You know when you feel like you’ve been holding on to something for so long, that your fingers begin to go numb. You dig deeper to find the strength, & hold your feet in place so that you’d have a better standing position to hold on for a little while longer. You reach that certain limit where you have a flash of letting go & how good that would feel, the pressure from your shoulders would unlock, & all will be right again with the world. Finally the moment comes, where the rope slowly slips through your fingers and then all of a sudden it goes away all at once. No more pressure. No more pain. You are free.

 

There are several ropes that we hold on to during the course of our lives. These ropes are generally relationships we have with people, or even a memory that…

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