I'm Farah :)
You may know me better for my Enchanting Encounters blog. This is my personal one. Happy tumblring!
What if we woke up in a different place every day?
"1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you."
oof what an open ended question! haha I guess it depends on what type of book you’re looking for. I most recently have been reading the Hunger Games Trilogy (I’m on the 3rd one, NO SPOILERS PLEASE). Catching Fire is one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read so if you haven’t walked down that road, definitely go for it!
It depends on where you go, how long you want to ride for, etc. I believe the place we went to was around $45/person for an hour and a half.
The summer has been so good so far.
On Sunday, we woke up early and went horseback riding along the most beautiful trail I’ve ever seen. The weather was perfect— the sun was out, partly cloudy, and perfectly breezy. I learned to let go. My horse, Steel, was the most incredible horse I could imagine. He was just like me— he liked to eat a lot, had a fierce but friendly energy, and needed a push every once in a while to remind him that there were better things ahead. When I was riding, it felt like it was just me and him. I combed his already perfect hair with my fingers and felt his muscles as he walked. I can’t think of things that were more beautiful than that. I felt emotionally attached to him when it was time to go an hour and a half later. I spent some time with him after I got off and tied him back to his spot. I stroked his hair and spoke to him and, when he looked at me, I looked into his eyes and I felt like he could feel me too.
On our way to Skyline Drive we made sandwiches in the car and laughed and talked about everything. We picked up two more people and one of them had a smile that lit up the world and never disappeared. We stopped many times on our way up to take pictures and admire the view and the skyline was breathtaking. There is so much warmth in being wrapped in a sweater, cold, and admiring a beautiful view.
Eventually we got back into the car and headed to my friend’s family house out in the middle of nowhere to drop off her siblings. And the best thing about the middle of nowhere is that, as soon as the sun sets, the stars come out. All of them. I forgot about the rest of the world and laid on the pavement of her driveway and channeled the energy of the universe over and over again as it repeatedly took my breath away and reminded me how to breathe.
That was it on Sunday. That was all I ever needed. I forgot about my phone and the like, I forgot about all of the little, unimportant things that have a way of draining your happiness, if you let them, and I just can’t explain how incredible it all felt.
My dreams were lovely that night.
On Monday I woke up early to go meet up with Soos and cheer her on before her last final. It’s funny how you don’t feel your exhaustion when you’re with the people that you love.
Later that night I had a graduation dinner for three of my friends who are graduating this week at an upscale restaurant close to campus. It was lovely to get dressed up and have a dimly lit dinner with friends who you can laugh with.
Tuesday consisted of shopping with Baba to the point of collapsing in the car afterwards and me saying “Shop ‘til you drop, right?” and Baba replying with “Shop ‘til you die”. We finally found him a nice pair of denims though :)
Later that night Sarah came home and we squeaked about how much we missed each other. I remembered the surprise I got for us two weeks prior at the perfect moment and pulled out a bag of Now&Laters that I had saved for us until after finals were over. We ripped the bag open and dumped them out on my bed and talked about life as we unwrapped each one and put them in our mouths. We finally got to fall asleep next to each other, watching Friends, just like we wanted to every night of the semester. I woke up every couple of hours and smiled because we were still next to each other.
I had more lovely dreams that night.
Wednesday morning was a trip to the DMV to renew my license, a few other errands and a bit more shopping. Baba took me to the barber with him and I realized that I still don’t know why I love watching him get his hair cut so much. I gave him his first kiss since his new hair cut and told him I loved it. Truth is, I loved him, so really, no matter what his hair looked like he was always the most handsome man in the world to me.
I made a delicious dinner out of my leftovers from two nights before and I surprised myself with the tastiness of it all.
And now, well, now here I am. Writing, reading, thinking about the summer that is to come. I just got my acceptance to be on the DC team for the 2013 Solar Decathlon today, we leave for my family vacation to Mexico on Monday, two weeks later is my Volunteer abroad trip to the Orphanage, an early Ramadan, so many incredible books to read, movies to watch, adventures to go on, friends to see, places to go, people to meet… I can’t help but coming back to this constant feeling of appreciation for everything. I thought about it today— I’m literally the most blessed girl in the world. Alhamdulilah.
|me:||I'm going to bed early tonight.|
|me:||is that the sun|
Sometimes you don’t realize how much you missed the summer
until you find it on your lips.