Ally’s Thoughts: Arisha Akhir, Corporate to Writer

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Image from: The Star Online

Hi everyone!

I read the news today and I cannot contain my excitement to share this one with all of you!

Via She left corporate life to become a writer – The Star Online

When she struggles to articulate her innermost thoughts to the people who matter deeply, Arisha Akhir resorts to taking the literary route – writing her feelings in prose. The 33-year-old teacher, writer and poet, often feels that saying something verbally lacks depth. Nothing beats saying something in the written word.

“Sometimes, it’s just hard to tell it like it is, to relate the painful truth. And sometimes, saying thank you just doesn’t seem enough for me … I have to put it in writing,” said the Piscean.

Writing became a means to an end for her in expressing herself. When her mother (after numerous threats, one would assume) suddenly confiscated her staple reading diet, her cache of Archie comic books, she attempted to exact her own form of revenge – creating stories plucked from her imagination.

“I was always a very competitive child, so when those comics were taken away from me, I decided, I would make up and write my own stories,” she expressed, laughing in incredulity.

Personally to me, it is always inspiring to read or to know someone that fight for their passion and be someone they wanted to be. It doesn’t matter as long as they know what they want.

It is better to fight for the things you want rather than wasting your life doing the things you don’t want to because we don’t live forever. You will never be afraid if you know what you want to do. It will be a motivation for you to keep on moving forward and fight for your passion.

I was there before, not knowing what to do and without passion. I woke up every single day and go to work without understanding what I like the most. If you came to realize that you found the thing that you want to do, do not let it go. No matter how old you are, take it as something fresh and let it motivates you to go further.

In my perspective, Arisha Akhir is a hero. One who is brave enough to pursue and venture her passion against what others think foolishness.

Her ambition and passion inspires me, I hope you feel the same too!

*By records, I am now in a corporate world for the second time.

And a heavy smile is no better

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Image from: https://troisheures.wordpress.com

I saw her eyes,
Damp and watery,
Inside the train,
On my way home,

Her shaking hand,
Tightly gripping the phone,
With her shaky voice,
Talking to someone on the other side,

It is light to ignore her,
And a heavy smile is no better.

Ally’s Thoughts: Aleph by Paulo Coelho

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Hi everyone! How is your day? I hope you guys have a great day!

I would like to thanks Singledust for this amazing book! I visited her last month to let her borrow one of my book but instead, she gave me this book as a gift. Again, thank you!

As usual, when it comes to Ally’s Thoughts, it is not a review but more of a thought. How I feel about books or movies. Usually there would be a certain theme or issue that i want to share my thoughts with.

From Goodreads

Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, Paulo decides to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. On this journey he will again meet Hilal – the woman he loved 500 years before – an encounter that will initiate a mystical voyage in search of himself.

So, what I want to talk about?

How much do we know about spirituality? By Oxford definition it is the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.

I am a person who believes in spirituality. To me, spirituality is a base that will define the qualities in you. When you have a high spiritual level, you will feel more connected and understand better about the things you believe in. Be it in religion or self discovery level.

In this book, it touches spirituality in various angles such as in self experience, Sufism and different beliefs.

Have you ever think how are you doing in spiritual level? Do you have low spiritual level? Or perhaps high?

I am not sure about myself but I do have spiritual conscious. One for example is that I realized there are bigger things in life than just the things in front of you. To realized that is just a step in a spiritual journey.

What kind of things bigger than the things in front of you?

The first thing would be ourselves. What kind of qualities do we have. Are we being good or bad towards ourselves? How do we perceived life? Are we doing the right things?

If to realize is a step in a spiritual journey, where is the destination? Again, depending on your belief. If you belief in religion, perhaps the journey will take you closer to your Maker. If  you belief in self discovery, perhaps you want to be someone better. I believed that during this journey, you will experience different things.

I am in this journey. During my journey, I experienced a lot. From the feel of calmness to the point of self destruction. Some are straightforward but some are the things you can’t even explain logically. The only best possible answer would be coincidence but I don’t believe in coincidence. My journey made me learn that there are no coincidence, everything happened for a reason and it is totally up to me to find the reason or not.

Like the book for example, the journey of Paulo, Hilal and Yao took them to different destination but they embarked the same journey. I’m not sharing more than that because if you are interested, you need to read it for yourself.

You can find yourself doing the things you like to define you but you need to be in touch with your spirit to know who you really are.

Also, this book actually have its official song!

Ally’s Thoughts: Apr-ter And Coming May

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Hi everyone! How are you? I hope everyone is in high spirit as we already a step away from April and May is here!

Sorry for the try hard title on Apr-ter (April after with silent r). I did my best on that one as my brain currently not in my optimum state.

April has left us with a big grinning smile. Especially to the NaPoWriMo participants that worked really hard completing their daily prompt! I salute and congratulates all of you. Compile all those works and make it a book. Then, you can keep it, sell it or share it for free with others. It is yours and you should decide what is best for you. As for mine, I will compile it later and put it together with my other free ebooks!

While May is already here and for me, May is going to be a torture. As I mentioned last week, I just started working and by the projection of my tasks, May is definitely going to squeeze me to the very last breath.

My tasks are fairly simple but requires a lot of coordination and revision. I’ll just grab all the experience and prepare myself for a different journey later on. I may not be the best person for the job but I’m willing to be one. I’m sure to work it out.

As I was having my three days holiday, it got me thinking. To work is something that I am required to do but writing is something that free me from it.

To work is to supply me the necessary things for a living. However, when I write, poetry especially, it feels lifting. Work can stressed me out but writing poetry relief me from my stress. Then, I thought of something.

When we go to work, we came to work with a working mindset. For example, you work 8 to 5 and when you got home, you still in your working mindset. If you are stressed during your working hour, you might still be stressed when you reached home. Why? Because you are still thinking about your work.

Therefore, if you realized you are facing this kind of situation, do not go home straight. When you leave your workplace at 5, spend the next hour relaxing yourself. Hit the cafe, gym, shopping mall, movies or other place for your leisure. Why? To change your working mindset to the relaxing mindset.

Personally for me, work should stay at work and not at home. Why? Unless you are working from home, there should be no reason for you to bring your work home. Some people might beg to differ, by all means, please. However, where is the balance of life in there? I do not live to work but I work to live. Just try your best to complete your tasks at work and after that take an hour break to relax yourself. Remember the mindset.

I am feeling a bit anxious to be honest but I hope I can get through. Sometimes, we all need the sweet little push in life, isn’t it?

Well, enough of babbling. I wish everyone will have a great month of May! All the best on your journey towards your dream and destination.

Ally And One Lovely Blog Award!

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I was nominated by Jamie @ Don’t Give A Jam for this award.

Do visits her blog for her amazing adventure in life. She has wonderful sense of fashion style too. If you are a beauty enthusiast, she is definitely worth to follow!

I am actually excited that this is actually my first One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you Jamie for considering my blog to be a lovely one.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 people
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them!

7 Facts about Myself

  1. I like pizza and I can eat a whole Large pizza on my own.
  2. I am ready to go anywhere wearing t-shirt, khakis and slippers. Anywhere!
  3. One of my goal is: Taking my friendship network globally!
  4. I don’t mind interracial relationship.
  5. I spend a lot of money on food.
  6. I like myself more when I have a shoulder down long hair.
  7. I am a ISFJ-A person.

I Nominate

You guys have lovely and interesting blogs! So, lets share them with the rest of the world!

I hope everyone will have a great and lovely weekend!

NaPoWriMo #7: a poem about luck and fortuitousness (To have human conscious)

NaPoWriMo #7: a poem about luck and fortuitousness

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Image from: The New York Times

As I inhale this air,
Deeply, filling my lungs,
Holding it inside me,
I don’t want to let go,

I’m not a lucky man,
For coincidental,
Surprises in my life,
Still a fortunate one,

I’m totally grateful,
First, for my family,
Then, my amazing friends,
And all the memories,

They don’t have what I have,
They struggled everyday,
To survive in war zones,
And it is not their fault,

I should appreciate,
And share my gifts with them,
I am still fortunate,
To have human conscious.