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Reflections on my 26th birthday.

I turned 26 a few days ago, and it’s always a good time to reflect on how life has panned out over the year. The Rainbows for Batam Nov 2016 family planned a surprise for me with the kids, and I cannot think of a better way to start of being 26. I used to…

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Rainbows for Batam 2016

Last week, during Women’s Worth Wednesday with Soul Academy, I shared how Rainbows for Batam started when I was down in the pits post-apocalyptic-breakup, back in 2013. I’d just come back from Manchester, and had followed my ex’s aunts to Batam for their orphanage visit during Ramadhan, and well, everything else is history. There have…

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366. Tell the people you love that you love them.

I received news of my dearest friend’s grandmother’s passing and my little cousin’s admission into hospital within minutes of each other today. As I sat and observed people’s grief at the funeral later in the day, and talked with babygirl over the phone, I’d realised how temporal life and relationships truly are. It also made…

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365. The next time you have a panic attack.

Last week, I found out from my psychologist that I’ve been doing my breathing techniques wrong. Instead of helping with my anxiety/panic attacks, I have unknowingly prolonged them all these while with my deep breathing. He then taught me the correct controlled breathing technique, explained the science behind it, and got me to try it in…

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364. You’re supposed to feel however you feel.

There’s a lot of contradicting narratives about strength. For a very long time, I struggled with choosing between showing up and numbing down. You know how it is. The latter comes easy, because shutting down and moving on is what we’re told to do constantly. In the face of something potentially heartbreaking or painful, it’s…