Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Her Formula for Awesome


I recently had the privilege of meeting renowned Australian TED Talk speaker, Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Looking at that gorgeous feature photo of her, what kind of person do you think she is?

An oppressed woman trudging through the world wearing colorful scarves to alleviate her every day pain of being a woman? Is she a musician? An artist? An activist?

A Noob’s Guide to Surviving Finals Week

  1. Make a list of topics you need to cover. Getting it out of your head and putting it on paper helps. You need all the brain space you can get. Spend it on learning the actual material, not remembering what chapters the exam is over.
  2. Make a schedule for yourself. Give yourself a goal for the day. How many chapters do you want to finish by midnight? Be reasonable about it.
  3. Sit somewhere with natural lighting. Preferably on the top floor of a library by the window, so you are not tempted to see who is coming in and out of the building.
  4. Watch a motivational video before you start studying. If you are going to cram, you need 100% focus. P.S. Check out my motivational/inspirational videos posted every Monday.
  5. Keep all your essentials by your side. Have you pencil,pen, eraser, highlighter, notebook, notes/textbook, a snack, water bottle by your side. You don’t need to be getting up for things all the time. This only distracts.
  6. Keep your study area clean. An organized study space = an organized mind.
  7. Take 20 minute breaks every 2 hours of focused studying. Don’t burn yourself out. Just like your body needs time to digest food before you go to bed, your brain needs time to digest the information before you start a new chapter. Take a walk outside to get some fresh air and a bit of sun. It is scientifically proven to make you happier.
  8. Set up a time for your meals in your schedule. Feed your body. You know you can’t concentrate while your stomach growls at you in frustration.
  9. Stay hydrated. Sitting cooped up in a room all day studying is no excuse to forget taking care of your health. Your body heats up when you study rigorously for long periods of time. Cool it down with a glass of water.
  10. If you feel tired, take a 20 minute nap. Short enough to not let you dose off, but long enough to re-energize you till another 2 hours.
  11. Make midnight your deadline. Finish it off and call it a night at 12. Get at least 6 hours of sleep. It is proven that your mind is more fresh early in the morning after a good night’s sleep. You won’t be able to recollect the material if you haven’t given your brain the night to take in the information.
  12. Pack your exam essentials before bed. Two of everything. Keep your scantron,  #2 pencils, erasers, glasses/contacts, watch, water bottle, photo ID, calculator.
  13. Eat a good breakfast the morning of. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You don’t want to take an exam while hungry. I have made that mistake before. Not fun. Don’t forget your morning coffee.
  14. Take a deep breath and relax. YOU GOT THIS.

Watch a cute cat video:





All eyes on me,

the criticizing gems glaring at me as

this bodacious scarlet gown sweeps across the stage,

caressing every inch of my bare body.


Nervous and irregular breaths escape my chest.

Photography flashes flicker throughout the auditorium,

like the flames of a lit candle.

What do they think of me?


Then my mind wonders,

who are you to judge me

when I don’t even know myself.

My soul possesses confidence and beauty.

I am a warrior by heart.

Living the Dream

Lifestyle, Self

If money was not an object, what would I do? Who would I be? What would I aspire for?

If money was not an object, I would aspire to start my own successful hotel franchise, Farihah Hotels. I would also want to be journalist, actress, and UN ambassador. I would want to the world would be my palace so I could go on mission trips to benefit those around me. I would donate a large fraction of my earnings to the poor and to the research of developing cures for diseases. My home would be a simple one, as long as I have a loving family to cherish it with. I would live in a scenic and serene area not too close to the city, but not too secluded from society.

Unfortunately, money plays a considerable role in our daily lives so I do have to think practically when if comes to pursuing my dreams. That doesn’t mean I won’t shoot for the stars, because I know I was meant to fly. Believe in yourself.

Need a little motivation? Check out the motivational video for the week here

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing. “If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.” If you could choose a dream job or lifestyle , what would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!