Neighborhood Farmer’s markets

Darlings,

Farmer’s markets are little neighborhood gems.
All of the fresh, organic, hand-made, home-grown, artisan and gourmet options
make a trip to one make you feel like a better person instantly.
I think my love for farmer’s markets started when I was a little girl, years ago at going to the farmers market with my mom.

Every market since then has been just as wonderful an experience.
The farmers are always nice and really get my need for free food and samples.
So basically I guess what I’m saying is if I can get something for free, I’m game.

As soon as spring hits, I make an effort to go to my closest market.
Since it’s outdoors, dressing comfortably is a primary goal.
Kudos to kind farmers for igniting my love for fresh produce and free samples.

Find a market near you, Support your local farmers!

 

Love-

Faduma Sahra

No, there were no tulips and peonies so I bought yellow roses

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Smoothie Bowl

The last 10 days of Ramadan (Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the holy month is marked with prayers and self-reflection –– as well as fasting daily from dawn to sunset). I have been focused on my health, eating right and my goals. I can say for the first time it’s going pretty smooth. I’ve been travelling/ working on projects while still working on my nonprofit org. It has been the best experience so far. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by people who are always working on bettering themselves

One thing I have struggled with the past year is the constant feeling I should be creating something. I have always gravitated to doing more. One of my goals for 2018 is to explore and to keep growing in every way that I can.

See below what I have been making for suhoor (a pre-dawn meal, before fasting until sunset) and Iftar (the larger night-time meal to break the day’s fast)

Smoothie Bowl:

Smoothie bowls are pure, simple and take only minutes to prepare. They are all kinds of satisfying and contrary to what some may think they are actually also quite filling thanks to the abundance of raw fruits, greens, protein, nuts and seeds you can add to the mix (pun totally intended). Mixing up the toppings is the best bit. Choose from a range of granola, goji berries, nut butters, coconut, chia seeds, cacao nibs, buckinis or fresh fruit. The options really are endless. Most of the time it’s just using whatever is in your fridge or pantry. Here’s some options that can make your bowl a little bit “fancy”.

Banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries with 1/4 cup frozen mango and 1/2 cup toasted coconut milk, topped with granola, coconut flakes and raspberries.

Berry smoothie bowl topped with granola, coconut chips and roasted cacao nips

I love mango smoothie bowls (Mango is my favorite fruit)

 

Papaya: Dairy free yogurt, blueberries, coconut flakes (I love coconut), chia seeds, bee pollen

Old-fashioned organic oats w/ Almond milk and honey
Topped w/ Chia seeds, coconut flakes and bee pollen

Mango peach smoothie bowl

 

Love:

In the midst of a world changing right before our eyes and trying to master each and every one of our life goals, it seems silly to think that whenever my friends and I meet up we end up in a long “love is lame” or “ugh, boyz” conversation.

We talk about work, we talk about our goals, we talk about our self-image, but something about love always strikes a chord, and I don’t know why that is.
Is love what makes the world go ’round? What I do know is that it’s taken me a long time to say this out loud. Greater than my fear of not understanding everything about love is my fear of admitting I want to know.

Why is that even a thing I have to be worried about?
Why is an interest in love seen as inherently female, and even further, why then does that make it something not to be valued?
I am an accomplished adult woman who plans to continue knocking down every single one of my goals—oh, and also, I want to talk about tingly butterfly feelings and whether or not they mean anything.

You find out a lot about yourself after your first real heartbreak. I learned so much about myself that I hardly can recall who I was before it happened.
I find myself sort of like a new friend. One of the things I’ve discovered about me is something I didn’t have words for until I rediscovered this poem by Nayyirah Waheed: I am a brutally soft woman. That’s it. One affecting line.

I am not made to be hard, and I won’t spend any more of my life around people who cause me to put up armor. I don’t want to protect myself—I want to be around people who I don’t need protection from. I like myself soft and exposed.

I know it’s imperative to find someone who chooses us and acknowledges our many layers, who can be open and vulnerable, and most importantly, who is ready. To meet someone and be met. To be chosen and to choose.
To love and to be loved. This is everything. All we need is that same energy reciprocated, and despite how open and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deeply as they’ve met
themselves. Don’t be afraid to be the one that loved the most and give everything you had, because you’ve got to find people who love like you do and who are ready. 
Out with the old, in with the true. Ready for summer.

Love – Faduma

 

 

 

10 SELF-CARE TIPS FOR WHEN LIFE GETS HARD

 Happy spring… Happy Monday,

I wanted to take some time today to offer self-care tips for when life gets hard because that’s the time when self-care is the most important and when we usually let it fall by the wayside. 
I know how busy, and chaotic life can get at times, so today I wanted to share how I engage in self care in my personal life. I try to engage in one of the following ideas below on a daily if not weekly basis. Engaging in self care on an on-going basis really helps to reduce stress levels, not just when stuff hits the fan.
Let’s dive in

  1.  Unplug: In a world where we seem to be attached to our phones, social media platforms etc. Taking a break from your phone and giving your mind a break can be refreshing.

  2. Say No: If you feel that saying yes to projects or commitments that you are not in the space to carry out would add more to your plate, simply say no.

  3. EXERCISE: Just as sleep is important, so is exercise. For some, exercise is only about preventative health measures, but for others like myself it is also critical to my mental health. I am no longer using it as an escape, but as something that starts my day off on a positive note. I am able to channel whatever negative thoughts and feelings I have into an activity that improves my overall strength and clarity and leaves me feeling better than when I went in.

  4. Go to a coffee shop and  order your favorite drink: There’s something about ordering an almond latte from my favorite cafe that does something for me.

  5. See a therapist: There’s nothing like investing in your emotional health. It may be pricey, but it’s beyond worth it. Don’t be embarrassed about going to therapy either. There’s power and strength in feeding yourself emotionally to live your best life.

  6. Pray: My faith is the most important thing to me. It’s a driving force in how I live my life, and how I treat people. Praying, cultivating a personal relationship with my lord is a perpetual thing for me, and it honestly, just helps.

  7. Talk to a close  trusted friend or family member: Use discernment about who you share with and what you share. Again, why number 5 is so important.

  8. Make a dope playlist: Whatever speaks to your soul, sign into your iTunes, Spotify or music gallery and curate a self-care play list.

  9. WRITE: Even if you’re not a writer, get a notebook or journal to write about what is going on. If you are anything like me, your mind is racing a million miles a minute and you have a tendency to overthink every scenario. Spend a little time each day writing about your feelings, what is going on at that moment, and whatever you feel compelled to put on paper. Don’t worry about anyone reading it and just write. Even if you think that writing will be useless, do it anyway. I’m always surprised at what comes out when I start writing and the amount of free space in my brain after I am done.

  10. FEEL WHAT YOU ARE FEELING: This is one of the most important self-care tips. For many, many, many years I didn’t know how to feel my feelings. I ran from them at every chance I got because I was so uncomfortable. This led me to using anything I could to mask them. When I realized that I had to stop running, I had to learn what feelings, and how to specifically identify them.
    I know that any negative feeling is uncomfortable. No one welcomes sadness or pain with open arms, screaming “I CAN’T WAIT TO FEEL YOU!” The tough thing is, though, that we have to. By going through those feelings we come to terms with the situation, we learn from it, and we often come out stronger on the other side. The process is often the most painful, but not going through it can actually draw it out much longer.
     

These are just a few things I do when I need to refresh and take some time for me. Hope you found a thing or two on this list that you’d like to try. If you found this helpful, and think a friend would love it, please feel free to share!

Love,

Faduma

My 23andme Result

Have you heard of 23andMe? It’s the latest trend to catch fire around here and ironically right after having  a discussion with my mom centering around the desire to try a DNA kit,  23andme contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying it out.
Of course I jumped all over that because I was extremely interested in trying it, if for no other reason than to come back and share what the process was like and what 23andMe results look like with my family. Of course I have to share my 23andMe results with you too, so you can get a look at what the results reveal and what you might benefit from by doing it yourself!

Doing the 23andMe DNA test is very easy. Get started by ordering your 23andme kit from their website. You have the option of choosing either the Ancestry only kit or doing the health and ancestry kit for a higher price.

 

My 23andme results pretty much as expected, with no major surprises. It turns out I am 99.7% sub-Saharan African.
I grew up knowing that I was Somali. People always assume that I’m mixed with something since I’m light skin, but as you can see my result, I’ve 0% North African & Arabian in me.
A PROUD Somali girl!

 

There’s a ton of really fun reports that indicate how likely you are to have certain traits. I discovered the report indicated I was like lactose intolerant which is true (if you know me then you know I use almond milk on my coffee and cereal). It also indicated that I have the gene to smell the unique smell in urine after eating asparagus. How weird is that?!

I also discovered the reports indicated that I am not likely to be a deep sleeper which I find to be true as I wake up easily. Interestingly, it indicated that I am more likely to taste bitter. I also love salty food more than sweets so true. I’m so intrigued by how accurate, these reports have been! It’s seriously cool.

 

There are many, many detailed reports to view. You can also view them in a summary style, printable report. Above and below you can see some of my summarized reports. They are right on in their indication that I am unlikely to flush from alcohol, consume less caffeine and have more movement during sleep.

23andMe results also indicate if you are a genetic carrier for several different diseases. I was happy to see what diseases I carry and don’t carry.

23andMe also gives the option to connect with relatives you may not know you have. You can decide whether you want to reveal your identity and full name or remain anonymous. You can choose to connect with relatives and the report reveals the likely relation to you. I had a long list of  3rd or 4th cousins that I could connect with if I want to.

You can also choose to participate in research to help them identify more common traits among people with your similar DNA traits. By participating you’ll unlock additional reports as well!

Get started and find out what your DNA reveals about you! Do you have wet or dry earwax? Do you sneeze when suddenly exposed to bright sunlight? Find out these and many more surprising things revealed by your DNA! Get your DNA kit at 23andme.

LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE, BABY

No romance? No problem! Celebrate love on your own terms.

Valentine’s Day is the notoriously pink and red holiday that celebrates l’amour, amore, L-O-V-E, baby. Only, it seems the kind of love that gets all the attention is romantic love, which is a real shame, because there are so many other types of love out there. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that these are the loves that are just as worthy of celebrating.

1. Family Love

I am a firm believer in telling your parents, siblings, aunts, cousins and so on that you love them as often as possible. So why not in a special way on a day allotted just for loving?

 2. Food Love

More faithful than any romantic partner is food. Take Valentine’s Day to enjoy one of your favorite meals at one of your favorite restaurants or splurge on that one spot you’ve been wanting to try for forever. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

3. Friend Love

In all honesty, Galentine’s Day is the only reason I get excited for Valentine’s Day. The relationships I have with my friends literally get me through some of my toughest days, and I love having this day to celebrate with them.

4. Self Love

And, the greatest love of all, as Whitney Houston put it, is learning to love yourself, and I’ll be using this Valentine’s Day to do just that. For my selflove day, I’ll be treating myself to a new book and fresh manicure.

Inspired, Fitness

Pilates + Yoga = a lot of leg shaking

I decided to take a break from my yoga class and sign up pure barre. It’s been 2 years since I took pure barre. When I walked into pure barre I was expecting a cute, fun inspired workout. Maybe there would be some light stretching against the bar. Ten minutes into the class I was already sweating. Twenty minutes in my legs were shaking and I thought, “I seriously can’t be this out of shape”.

It turns out, I wasn’t. The Barre is just that intense. I’m used paced cardio like yoga, but the moves we did targeted specific muscle groups by holding exact form and making small, tight adjustments. It’s a mix of yoga, Pilates, physical therapy and yes, ballet, so for every muscle toning move, there was a relaxing stretch that followed, for which I was grateful.

In the following days, I could still feel the workout with each step I took. I’m telling you guys, it’s not as easy as it looks, and even the girls in the class with me who’d been coming for much longer were shaking. That said, I think the shake is a good thing. It means your body is doing work, and that’s what you want out of a work out, right?