30 Things I’ve learned in 30 years

My birthday is coming up very soon and since I’ve been having lots of contractions on and off , I don’t think I will last until my due day month of August. I thought I would share what I’ve learned in my 30 years. It will not be in any order, it will be just random thoughts that pop into my head as I write. I just hope I can think of 30 things. Here we go!

  1. My mamma always told me in Portuguese, “You catch bees with honey.” This saying has many interpretations but what I took from it is, to be kind, it will take your further than rudeness.
  2. Being patient does not mean you sit around waiting for something to happen. You have to work hard even if it means waiting forever to see the outcome of your hard work.
  3. Crying and letting your emotions out does not mean you are weak, it means you have courage to deal and confront with your problems and emotions.
  4. Mothers are always right! My mamma told me I will understand her when I have kids of my own and oh boy was she right about that!
  5. My crown is my hijab. I wear my faith on my head and there is nothing more powerful than that. It keeps me in check and conscious of my every action.
  6. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. First impressions are not the most important at all. Great people can pass right by you because of misjudging at first glance.
  7. Everyone has a story worthy of telling. Worldly problems can be solved through story telling, we would soon discover how similar we are than different.
  8. You can’t change the world but you can work in changing yourself and hopefully something good will come out of it.
  9. Things never happen according to our plans. It doesn’t mean we can’t work hard towards our goals and dreams. But I strongly believe that God has a better plan than we do. There are things that we want right now that can actually harm us, if our plans are shifted by God’s will it’s for a purpose.
  10. If something is meant to cross your journey it will and if it is not meant it will not.
  11. Never assume! So much negativity comes out from assuming something of someone or situation. The truth is only God knows our true intentions and if we don’t ask because we assume we know everything than we stay in a stage of ignorance.
  12. The best stories come from our elderly friends. Truly they are like libraries, if we do not communicate with them, we miss out on a lot of experiences, expertise and knowledge.
  13. To take care of your health. Health is best richness we will ever have. Health is worth more than money. We shouldn’t take health for granted and try to take care our body, mind and soul as much as we can.
  14. Society has undertaken the value of a mother. Being a stay at home mother is viewed as a failure in life and a waste of time. Stay at home mothers don’t get the same respect as a women who establishes her career and is aggressive in the workforce.
  15. Societies that value and support motherhood are overall a more successful society. Take some European countries as an example, such as, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands ect. look at their crime rates and quality of life.
  16. Peace and tranquility lies in the remembrance of God and not in beautiful island far away.
  17. Men and women are not created equal that doesn’t mean we are not equally important and valued. I should not strive to be the same as men nor should I want to strive to be like a men for the sake of his manhood but for his motives and accomplishments. Giving men the standard of what a women should strive for is just reiterating that women are inferior and to be superior like them, we should work to be the same as them.
  18. A person’s self value does not come by the things one has or achievements but rather by ones intentions and good action.
  19. What use does knowledge have if one uses for evil?
  20. Knowledge is everywhere it is not restricted by standard education.
  21. You may look to your right and find someone who is in much better situation than you but if you look to your left you will find someone else in a worst situation. Be grateful.
  22. Look for the things that you do have and not what you don’t have.
  23. Don’t take your mood out on people. This is actually very hard for me because I can’t control my emotions very well, whether its anger, sadness or happiness so I tend to act the way I feel but the reality is, no one deserves to be treated unkindly only because we are not having a good day.
  24. Everything has it’s time. Another one that is hard for me as well. We might see everyone else successful around us while we are stuck in a puddle but we don’t know what the future has installed for us.
  25. There is no such thing as a picture perfect. What we see in the exterior might not be what we really think it is. Doesn’t mean someone that looks happy in the exterior is actually in a stage of contentment.
  26. This wordily life is not meant to find happiness it is meant to find God and our purpose in this life.
  27. Kids are not a burden they are a blessing. I am tired of hearing how expensive and time consuming kids are. There is nothing more worthy in this world than passing along your legacy and hard work that one puts towards raising your kids.
  28. Let go a bit! I used to pride myself of being spontaneous and going with the flow. Now, I feel I am very controlling and have to organize my time. Although, I believe it is good to have some sort of organization in your life, it is important to let go of things and try to enjoy unpredictable moments.
  29. Traveling is the most enlightening experience in the world.
  30. Spend your money wisely. Oh how I wish I could take my own advise!

Wow, I can’t believe I made it to number 30 and I can’t wait to have 60/70/80 and 90 more tricks under my sleeve. Let me know what were some of your life’s biggest lessons. I would love to learn from you.

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Gezazy Store a Gem in Maady

Today as I was walking by a strip filled with plants and flowers in Maadi, one store always captures my attention. However, today I entered  and asked about a particular furniture that I wanted to know if it was on sale. From afar, you can tell that the store uses recycling products such as glass and wood and recreates beautiful pieces of art. A young woman immediately greeted me with a warm smile and to my surprise Asmaa Farrouk was the owner of this Gezazy. It was a glorious moment to meet such a creative young woman being an entrepreneur during times where the world thinks that Egypt is collapsing due to recurrent events on the media.

What is Gezazy store in a nutshell, you might ask? I will link her facebook page here, so you can check out her work but I will also steal some of her photos and place them down bellow. Asmaa recycles bottles, glass and wood and recreates new things with it. For example, she has a huge collection in her facebook demonstrating lighting features, lamps that she recreates with recycling bottles, she also recycles wood and makes awesome, edgy and modern furniture. Not to mention she has a free library and lounge, where you can just chill, read a book while zipping on free tea and coffee.  Ohh, I almost forgot to mention, not only does she have a carpenter on site building furniture but you can also place an order for her to send a carpenter to your house and make anything that you want using recycling wood and panels.

This definitely was an O M Geee moment and I couldn’t wait to share her store here on my blog. If you live in Cairo you should visit Asmaa’s Gezazy store at 250 St in Maadi. If you do not live in Egypt please support her by visiting her Facebook page by clicking here on Gezazy you will get very inspired.  Enough talking and here are some of her work.

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Her on site library, where you can read and enjoy a free coffee or tea.

Portraits

I am by no means a photographer, my photos are taken by pure enthusiasm for capturing pictures. If in my wildest dream I would become a photographer than I would like to be a portrait, special events or a journalist photographer. I love to capture people’s emotions and freeze it into time. However, portrait photography is the hardest to capture. Unlike landscape, people move very often, giving one second to capture that perfect moment. Looking at these picture I have taken a while back, I realize that the photos are full of mistakes; whether the lighting is off, high saturation or the positioning of the frame needed improvements. Look at me thinking I know how to talk photography!

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My grandma in Cape Verde touching a banana tree’s flower

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Egypt, Cairo 2014

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Praia, Cape Verde 2012

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Praia, Cape Verde 2012

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Boston, USA, 2015

Also, I feel like I have the hardest DSL camera, the Sony NEX 5 (I think that’s the one). I still don’t know how to focus the camera where I want it to focus. Or to take night time photos indoors, it always comes up blurry. If you have any tips on how to work this camera, I would really appreciate it if you leave it in the comment section bellow.