New Year’s Resolutions, Have We Kept Them?

You’re probably reading this and thinking “Why on earth is she talking about New Years when it’s July?”. The blog title gives it away. Most of us have probably forgotten that we made resolutions for 2017 or we just don’t even think about it. You’ll be surprised (not really) to know I haven’t kept any of mine, well consistently anyway. Every year I tell myself I’ll aim to make realistic goals yet somehow they don’t become reality (probably because they are way beyond my abilities to take on anyway). Half way through the year and let’s reflect on how I’m doing with these resolutions.

SPEND MORE TIME BLOGGING:

I think everyone who read’s my blog and keeps up-to-date with it will probably know this is an absolute shamble. I’ve not spent much time blogging since January, I seem to always go through phases where I’ll blog a lot but then have a long period of not blogging at all. I need to find a solution to this problem ASAP. (If anyone has any suggestions on keeping the ball rolling with blogging, please hit me up, thanks). I say all that but I have been able to continue blogging and I’ve not given up – which is good for me! Let’s get this motivation back and we’ll retry this resolution again next year but do it MUCH better. This time next year, I aim to have at least 200 posts. {Side note – I made a blog post on 19 Things To Do Before I’m 19, to have 200 posts but it has NOT happened (was I a bit too big for my boots?)}

JOIN A GYM:

Well, this has not happened. At all. I did plan to join one after my exams had finished but this went down the drain after losing the motivation and not having a gym buddy. How do I go about gaining the confidence to join a gym by myself and look like a moron using the equipment for the first time?

STRESS LESS OVER LITTLE THINGS:

Now actually, compared to this time last year, I have been less stressed. Maybe because I’ve only actually had one exam so I’ve had less stress over little things such as “am I revising enough?”. However, I have still stressed out over little things such as stressing over whether I’m good enough to blog? I think we all stress anyway, it’s natural. I think I am doing well with this resolution though it is probably a general thing anyway.

BE LESS DEPENDANT ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

This has not worked in any shape or form. This is probably the most unrealistic resolution and goal for me because I seem to always be on it unless I’m asleep or too busy. Social media is a huge part of my day to day life and I do depend on it, for my news, updates etc. I think can be good and bad. Being dependant upon it may not be too good but I have been able to reach out to potential interviewees through social media.

SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE – IN NATURE:

This is probably one of the only New Years Resolutions I have actually kept coherently. I have definitely spent A LOT more time outside, instead of being at home watching Netflix. I hope this continues throughout the year because being outside according to psychologists and experts does actually mean you’re more likely to be happier.

Let me know if you’ve kept up-to-date with your resolutions and if you’ve been cheeky and not even bothered with them!

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I’m Jumping 160ft! 


As many of you will be aware, I’ll be taking on a 160ft bungee jump this month. This is the scariest but the most exciting thing I have ever done. As someone who’s afraid of heights AND water, it’s probably not a great idea but why not? It’s for an amazing cause and is also a little bit of ‘fun’.

I’ll be jumping to raise money for Water4Life projects in Africa with Islamic Relief. There are so many people who die every single day purely because they aren’t drinking clean water. We take advantage of that. Sometimes we get caught up with life, we don’t realise how privileged we are just to have the basics necessities to live.

I’m jumping over Salford Quays, now this is where I also study so it’s close to me and it’s somewhere where I’ll go to after the bungee jump. (Either really good memories or bad ones, let’s hope it’s all good right?).

If you’d like to sponsor me, even if it’s just a pound, it’ll be mean absolutely everything! The link is:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shafiasbungeejump

 

I’m watching Spring Reign tonight!

Hi all,

I know I’ve not updated my blog recently, with Ramadan I’ve been very busy and unable to post as much as I’ve wanted to. However, I booked tickets to watch a play tonight and actually I’m really excited. The play, Spring Reign, directed by Benedict Power and scripted by award winning writer Rob Johnston follows the conflict in Syria and tells us a story that reflects the pain and suffering that the people face. It has been showcased in ten different locations beginning at Salford’s Lowry Theatre and finishing tonight at Hyde’s Festival Theatre.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get a good interview with Ben Power, the director himself and hear what he has to say about the play and the success of it. I shall update and upload a new post once it’s finished!

Wish me luck,

Shafia

19 Things to do before I’m 19.

I turn nineteen in July and I would like to make a “tiny” bucket list of what I want to do before my birthday so here it is.

Last year, I was able to take part in three different charity run’s (well I say run but really I mostly just walk/run/walked). This year I have not yet taken part in any but I don’t think I’ll be able to take part in one before my birthday which is a shame really because it’s such a great way to raise money for any great cause. However, I do still have plans to raise money for charity before I turn nineteen and here it is!
1) Do a charity 160ft Bungee jump in Salford Quays.

I have already signed up to this but who knows, I might be too scared to jump when it comes about. I think this is a great way to raise money for charity and I know that is will be incredibly fun to do.

2) Visit three places outside Manchester. 

I love Manchester and my home, but really I have never had the chance to visit places outside Manchester or really go out of Manchester. Before I turn nineteen I would really love to go out of Manchester and visit these new places. It would be really exciting to get some video logs there and also do some photography.

3) Start wearing contact lenses, get use to life without glasses.

I have worn glasses since the age of 13, I attempted to wear contact lenses last year in October but I never continued to wear them. Before I turn nineteen I want to try wearing contact lenses again and this time keep it up because it was actually nice being able to see without glasses.

4) Finish watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. 

Now this sounds like it’s such a small goal but I began watching the series but then stopped to watch other series and never got back to watching it again. The new series is now coming out so I will just continue being behind so before I turn nineteen I need to catch up on this.

5) Attempt to become Vegan for a week. 

My sister is a vegan, though I’m a vegetarian I would like to attempt veganism because not only is it better for the environment and less cruel to animals but it is also a challenge because without DAiry Milk I shall cry.

6) Go on a social media detox for a week. 

Now this is NOT a realistic goal to reach before my birthday but I want to set myself a challenge and this is definitely a challenge for me. I would say I spend about 10 hours on social media a day so living without it for a week would be refreshing.

7) Wear heels.

This is a mad challenge, I have never worn heels. Well, actually I did at prom for about 2 minutes.

8) Finish my 500 piece puzzle.

Before Christmas I bought a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle; I never finished making it and I would like to finish this puzzle before my birthday, that’s a challenge.

9) Publish 20 video logs. 

I have posted two so far on my YouTube channel but I definitely need to keep up with this and reach at least 20 before my birthday.

10) Go out in a colourful item of clothing.

This is a strange goal to reach before my birthday but I why not right? Maybe bright yellow.

11) Eat 5 fruits a day for a week. 

We are told to eat five fruits a day but hardly any of us do it. We never realise how easy it is to do it and to eat healthier like is. Especially in the Begum’s household. We have fruits in all the time.

12) Try coffee. 

I have never ever drank a cup of coffee in my life. I have never really wanted to and the smell of coffee puts me off it but I would like to try it before I turn 19 so there it goes on the list.

13) Finish reading the Quran. 

As a Muslim I think it’s important to be reading the holy book and as Ramadan approaches, I would like to read the entire Quran.

14) Reach 200 blog posts. 

I am slowly getting into regularly blogging what I do and just general things. I want to reach at least 200 blog posts before my birthday of good content which is meaningful and interesting.

15) Get my ears pierced. 

I once had my ears pierced but this healed up very quick after I stopped wearing them. I want to get my ears pierced once again!

16) Raise 100 pounds for a homeless shelter or charity. 

Homelessness is a big issues in society. I want to be able to do my part and raise as much money as I can for a homeless charity before my birthday.

17) Go to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Believe it or not, I have never ever been here. I have always wanted to but I have never had the chance so there it goes on the list.

18) Learn how to make a mocktail.

Sam came up with this idea, she says to master the skill of mocktail making with different colours would be extremely challenging. 

19) Write a short story and attempt to get it published somewhere. 

Now I like writing but don’t know if I would be great at writing a short story. Before my birthday I would like to attempt writing a short story and event trying to get it out there.