Journal Sha - 20161231

On Life’s Lessons And Being Grateful

Bismillahirahmanirahim.

I’ve never really sat down and penned my milestones in my life, so this is a first, to remind myself on all the great blessings He has bestowed upon me.

I hated my job. I’d zone in and out of my days in the office and feel like I’m wasting my life. I looked forward to my weekends because that’s when I get to spend time with my other half, planning for our wedding. We couldn’t do much outside since we were saving up money and the cycle continued week by week.

In April, I signed up for a new yoga membership at Strala Singapore and I started going regularly (prior to that I was with True Fitness) and I loved how I felt after every session. I had a lot of personal time in that month because H and I decided not see each other for a month prior to our wedding so that we get to do some self reflection (story for another time) I started toying with the idea of becoming a yoga guide. Fast-forward to today, I’ve made the decision to pursue my 200-hour teacher training in 2017, InShaAllah.

I got married on the 28th May 2016 to the love of my life, (thank you Allah).

It’s been 7 months and 4 days that we’ve been married and it’s been more than wonderful. We went on a mini-moon to Lombok (I learnt how to surf!), came back and spent our first blessed month of Ramadhan and Eid together as husband and wife, became uncle and aunty to our precious niece, Sarah Alyaa and we just got back from our honeymoon (Paris, London, Iceland) after Christmas.

2016 was also the year I reconnected with people who truly matter in my life. I went on a trip to Melbourne with my cousins in October where we got the chance to truly bond (something I would have never imagined could happen– separate post on this). I reconnected with a sister I grew up with but lost touch along the way, Aida, who runs The Shawl Label and has been so much of an inspiration to me (love you Aida).

This was also a year I made so many new friends. The people I went to Spain with last year became a close circle. The friends I meet through my yoga practice, my encouraging guides, and a colleague turned friend, it has really been simply MashaAllah.

Sure there were times I’d feel low and jaded with everything, but as I reflect with all that has happened in 2016, I cannot be more grateful for the people who have walked into my life, the opportunities that have been laid out for me and all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. My biggest lesson for this year was

"to focus on the many positive things I had instead of dwelling on what didn’t work, and if it didn’t, I have to make the change, organically and be patient with it." 

I welcome 2017 with an open heart and mind and whatever it is that I plan to do, I give my full reliance on Him, because

He is the best of all planners (Qur'an, 3:54).

O Allah, if you know that this matter is good for my religion and my livelihood and my ending, then decree it for me and make it easy for me and bless me in it. But if you know that this matter is evil for my religion and my livelihood and my ending, then divert it from me and keep me away from it, and decree for me what is good for me and make me content with it. Ameen.

Love,

Sha

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