30

Long time no post.  The trial that I’ve been working on for 2 years and that has been consuming my life for the last few months has finally begun.  I’ll probably be going down to Chicago next week to assist.

Today I turn 30 and I’m having a third of a life crisis (inshAllah I can hope that Allah [swt] grants me 60 more years).  We celebrated my Grandma’s 90th birthday this last weekend.  I was a late birthday present for her – 1 day after her 60th, I came into this world.

More than a hundred people came by to wish her well.  I can only pray that in 60 years, I am still happy and healthy, and that I have so many people that love me.  And, I hope that I am still worshiping Allah [swt] and striving to follow the path He gave our beloved Messenger [saws].

My third of a life crisis is many fold.  I’ve been a muslim for more than a decade – nearly my entire adult life.  And yet, I’m stunted in my spiritual growth.  I need to stop and rework my plans deen wise.

I need to get back on track with healthy eating.  I started some new medication that I think is causing me to gain weight.  And I’m not eating nearly as well as I have in the past.  That happens when you work 80 hours a week.

I need to exercise.  I haven’t been to the gym in 2 months.  I want to start running again, and run a marathon before I turn 40.

Once I lose weight, inshaAllah, I want to start to dress “nicer.”  These days, I look like a dumpy, chubby shlub who wears hijab.  Not the best dawah.

I want to become a socializer at my cat shelter, to help timid and feral cats become kitties that anyone would love to take home.

I want to spend more time with my cat.  Squeaky is desperately lonely without me.  And I miss her terribly.  This picture is from last Friday, when we finally had some time together outside.  Even when I get home at midnight, she still runs to the front door, thinking we’ll be going outside.  I hate to disappoint her.

I want to learn how to thread my sewing machine.  And sew sew sew so I can make costumes.

I want to develop patience to make more complex cross stitch.  I stitched my brother a Firefly piece for his birthday, and he really liked it.  Picture forthcoming inshaAllah.

I want to become a better cook.  I love to cook, and again, haven’t had any time to do that in recent months.

I want to spend time outdoors.  I used to camp and backpack.  I want to do that again.  Nature is a huge sign of Allah [swt], and I want to be there to see it all.  See that picture?  It makes me say subhanAllah!

Yes, there is a lot that I want in my life.  Oh Allah [swt], give me the life, the energy, the strength and the time to accomplish what is best in my life.  Ameen.

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8 thoughts on “30

  1. Hmmmm. . . I think I can help with one of those. Can you take a well-lit picture of your sewing machine? I’m pretty good at threading most machines.

    • Thanks! I will when I get home some night before 11 :( I do plan on signing up for a sewing class (or 2 or 3 or 10) once things slow down at work. I have some pretty elaborate costume designs in mind that will require a lot more skill than I possess now. And by skill, I actually mean lack of skill!

      • Check out Treadle Yard Goods on Hamline and Grand. They usuallys have decent classes on a regular basis.

  2. “I want to become a socializer at my cat shelter, to help timid and feral cats become kitties that anyone would love to take home.”

    That’s something I should think about doing on a volunteer basis around here. My two shelter babies (the other was a stray) had Issues. Adalyne used to be a lot more cranky–well, violent–than she is now; the key has been to understand her moods and make sure she feels safe. Trixie is an anxious girl, but she’s gotten so much better; she’s made strides most humans couldn’t without medication. Seeing them heal has made me want to see it happen to other kitties.

    “I want to learn how to thread my sewing machine. And sew sew sew so I can make costumes.”

    …this is also a goal of mine. :)

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