Kismayo, Somalia

Home! I’m glad to finally meet you!

Peace and prosperity

Goobweyn: what a beautiful place! Is where Jubba river & Indian Ocean meet.

Mango obsession: I ate and drank for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert ❤  

 

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Monday motivation

This morning I woke up to so many of the women I’ve connected through my social media making announcements about their ventures. And they’re killing it out there! These women are powerhouses and paving their own way through the world! I’ve got women on my feed launching their own businesses, raising funds, securing deals left and right, creating successful brands, startups, podcasts, digital talk shows, capsule clothing collections, initiating causes to help others, balancing their 9-5s with their side hustles, enjoying their motherhood and still managing to pursue their dreams… there is SO much inspiration around us and I don’t imagine these women stopping anytime soon (and nor should they because this is just the beginning) 
So, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say – kudos to you all for being able to keep pushing and believing in yourself. Thank you for not only paving the way for yourself, but for those around you as well. May your drives take you far in life and may you all continue to be successful! May you continue to inspire us all. Happy belated women’s history month.
Happy Monday and Happy 1st day of April. 

Love,

Faduma 

 

 

what’s in my bag

Hello Sweet Peas!

Next to diamonds, I’d argue that a good bag is a girl’s best friend. What else holds our entire lives, our on-the-go-life savers, and even some of our deepest, darkest secrets, like a trusty handbag?

Right now, my Kate Spade tote bag is in heavy rotation. My favorite thing about it is that it’s such a compact size. It just holds so much.

I’m the kind of girl who throws everything and then some – laptop, calendar, books, papers, notepads, earring (my favorite accessories), lip balm, a makeup pouch, wallet, change purse, pen pouch, snack bar, lotion, hand sanitizer, a bottle of water – into her bag, just in case.

 

Love,

Faduma 

 

 

Fear of failure

 

 

Last 10 years I’ve traveled on my own whether its study of aboard across the world, or work travel. But I was so scared, overwhelmed and anxious last December to book a ticket to my new adventure. I wanted to be the best, but felt my worst. I wanted to lead, but also felt invisible. Paralyzed by fear of the unknown and frozen by the fear of failing. There is so much I want to be. For God and for me.
 I then began to realize if I kept pushing that date back, I’d NEVER make my dream a reality and if I fail at least I know I tried. It would never be in perfect condition so I just had to go for it.  It will always be a work in progress, and that’s okay.

Starting is the hardest part. I think that holds true for a lot of things in life. Starting a job. Starting an adventure overseas. Starting new relationships. It’s the unknown that scares people. But fear is for people who don’t get out much, and me, I’ve learned to get out much.

 To me, life is about the journey, where you want that journey to ultimately take you, and what you’re going to do when you get there. If you never start the journey, you’re ultimately doing yourself a huge disservice. This can also be paralleled with throwing caution to the wind.

I also learned to put my trust in God and that putting my words down and releasing them into the universe was therapeutic in a way. Maybe I’m not the only one thinking those thoughts, and that was some kind of weird therapy for me. Maybe that helps you,        maybe it doesn’t. 

To combat any fear within yourself, know that you will never have all the answers to your questions and that perfection does not exist, so find the good in the imperfections. They make us human and relatable.

 

Love,

Faduma

 

2019 Dreaming!

Hey Darlings,

So incredibly thankful for this amazing year. 2018, despite its hard beginning, became one of my favorite years I have spent on this earth…  The calm after the storm that was 2017.

2018 renewed my soul, brought me unlimited joy, and allowed
me to explore my passions. I have never felt more myself
as i did this year.

Forever grateful for the opportunities and experiences
this year gave to me.

I pray that the new year brings you everlasting happiness, blessings and peace!

Love, 

Faduma 

 

 

Goodread

Can you believe 2018 is almost over.  It has been pretty good year to me, and I’m sure it’s because I’ve made an effort to be more of an optimist. On a smaller scale, it’s probably also due to coffee and all the greats books I read  on travels. But maybe I’m projecting. You tell me.

Last year a lot of my books were self-help books. Helped me cope with changes and personal growth. Here are some of my favorite books I read on 2018. 


1. Kahlil Gibran’s The  Prophet –  I love love love this book written by one of my favorite author of all time.
The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics. A collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Short but invaluable book of philosophy and encouragement It is filled with wisdom. Despite the religious implication
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” 

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood:  I have loved this book since the first time I read it. It is horrifying, suspenseful, introspective, and just close enough to believable to be truly scary. If you only know the Republic of Gilead from the Hulu show (not the same), read this book.
  2. Becoming – I’m so thrilled to add Becoming to my list! A powerful, surprising and moving book as well as refreshingly candid that I think will be deeply inspirational to many. 


  3. Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi THE HYPE IS REAL!
    I always prefer to decide for myself if the new overhyped YA book is worth it… and I’m happy to say that this new Fantasy book totally was!

    This is genuinely the greatest debut fantasy novel, greatest fantasy novel in general that I have read in a very long time. Initially, I was TERRIFIED to read. The combination of its size and an epic high fantasy novel was very daunting to me, but I am so happy I picked it up. I cannot possibly recommend it enough.

  4. The Sun Does Shine How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row – am not sure where to put my feelings after finishing this book. I am appalled, sad but also filled with admiration for this inncent man on death row for over thirty years, who managed to retain hope and love. He hung on, didn’t give up.
    Before I read this book, I didn’t have an opinion on the death penalty, but now I do!!!

  5. Letters to a Young Muslim: is a compilation of letters from a father to his son. It is full of wisdom and thoughtful reflections on faith, culture and society.  Love that this book encourages the readers to celebrate individuality whilst recognizing it is our shared humanity that can bring us together.

  6. Good fantasy novel Melina Marchetta never fails to write heart-wrenching relationships and tragedy and pain, of which this was a stellar example. I loved and cried over my favorite characters and the hardships and obstacles that they encountered.
             Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)
             Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)

  7. All The Light We Cannot See – follows the complex arcs of two such invisible lines through the lives of Werner Pfennig, an orphan boy in pre-World War II Germany and Marie-Laure Leblanc, a blind girl living in Paris with her father.
    The writing was incredible, the descriptions so vivid. It did a superb job of showing the reader how the characters felt through their actions, rather than telling.



  8. An immersive story of an interesting and well thought out land with lovable and hate-able characters. Just what I needed. Perfect mini escape from the real world, into magic ❤

    • Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
    • Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
    • Assassin’s Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3) 

  9. Ruby by cynthia bond –  It rips your soul out of your body with it’s strong, dark presence. You beg to be released from the grips of this story. 

  10. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood – If you’re going to read this book, definitely listen to the audio version.
    Feels like he is sitting down with you and telling you his life story. Not only that, but you get to learn quite a bit about pre- and post-Apartheid South Africa from the perspective of someone who hypothetically shouldn’t exist.
    Noah’s mother is black and his father is white, and when he was born any mixed-race relationships were illegal.

 

Winter Blues

Happy 1st of December 🙂

There’s no way around it — winter is here. We were spoiled in the east for a little bit there, 
but now, Mother Nature ain’t playing no games.

I’m coming to terms with the colder temps, but it’s a sad, heartbreaking process. It takes me twice as long to get ready these days, mostly because I’m wearing twice as many layers.

It’s not all tears and frostbite for me, though. With coat,
Vitamin D and a cup of hot coffee to go, I have what I consider a sure cure for the winter blues.