Wednesday, 6 August 2014

If you're upset

There are moments in our lives where we're upset. Like REALLY upset! All you wanna do is to throw a pillow on your face and make scenes in your head that make you upset even more. Or remember the saddest moments of your life. Or listen to the songs that make you sad. And this stuff happens in real life, at least to me. Or I should say I used to do all these things. Everything looks ugly when you're upset. I've had those moments. Look at me, I'm a teenager and at the point when you're almost 17, every problem looks extreme and you think you can't get away from it. But the truth is, you do. Never let your upset side take over your future bright side!

Just 3 weeks ago, my result came out. I was over my grandmothers house for a feast. Everyone was there, my babajaan's (dad) relatives and his cousins. I checked my result online and it was 80%+. That meant it was A+. I was so happy, literally dancing everywhere. Everyone congratulated me. I got hugs, wishes, cheer ups, I was queen of the moment. But I've had an idea that there's something in my mind that's annoying me, I went home and checked my examination card to see if the result is REALLY 80%+. And then it came up that it wasn't my own result. Yeah I didn't get 80%+. I got 75%. I had put the wrong roll no and my result was just 75%. I was stoned. I couldn't go back and face everyone. It was so scary. I told Noor to go back to grandmother's house without me because I am not going to face them, at least right now. I need some space to accept what have I said VS what I really got. I was thinking that my family folks are going to laugh out loud about that. GAAHH! It was upsetting and embarrassing. Maybe not everyone reading this would feel how horrible this was, but it was horrible. All I was thinking that I shouldn't have told everyone about it,  getting more than 80% is a big deal! But Noor told me to GO & FACE! Well this GO & FACE sounds pretty motivating!

So yes, I went back. Met my grandfather downstairs and I told him that what have I done. When he heard my tale, he was laughing. I was thinking that it's not right time to laugh at me, he should be giving advice to me. He said that 75% is still a good grade, I got an A and I should be grateful that I am not failed. *He had the point.

So in short, I went upstairs (I took him with me, you never know when you need your grandparents around) I told everyone what was my actual result. I was expecting everyone to laugh or pity but hey! They didn't say anything like that. All of them cheered me up that getting an A is a great thing. My aunt told me that she got 62% and still didn't care about that. This taught me a lesson: Getting alone and leaving everything when you're upset in NOT the answer. Thinking bad things and making things worse is NOT the answer.

The answer is: Don't be upset anymore. 

Do the things that you love or the things that make you feel better. I paint and draw when I need to get over somethings. Or eat things you like. After that evening at grandmother's house, I ate a lot and slept on the couch while talking to my folks. Yes on the couch, in the middle of living room, with people around.

I spray my favorite body spray all over when I am upset, it works! Good scents help you feel better about the disasters you make. Or I read a joke, or a good book, or check out my favorite Youtuber or or or STALK YOUR FAVORITE CRUSH PERSON!

I won't say talk to someone. Because that's not my own option. I have a bad habit of stop talking to people when I am upset. I know it's not good.But bad habits are hard to leave. But if you're good at sharing problems, talk to someone too. Or call a funny friend, because funny people best people!

Tell me how you get away from upset situations? Or does pizza and lemonade help you to be less upset?

Monday, 4 August 2014

An Eid to remember

Finally, I'm done with Eid gatherings and dinners. This Eid was one of the MOST busiest Eid for me because (1. I'm a big girl now so I had to host things. (2. WE HAD SO MANY FEASTS MORE THAN EVER! I didn't argue much about my dressing like last year because suddenly I am bored with dressing up, yes a girl can say that. All I needed was a teal colored dress and I ended up getting one for Eid. I got the last minute henna treat by my own self and that's how my Eid outfit went.

One of the best thing about Eidi! Eidi means MONEY! Yes kids get money as gift in Eid. Our elders give us money treat and I felt pretty much rich this time. Eidi is directly proportional to the amount of guests you get to meet #maths. This means: More guests = More richer you get. 

And good news is that this picture of my Eidi won a little competition that Pizza Hut guys ran on their Twitter. Now I can't wait to get a tiny prize in mail. Look, Pizza is this awesome! Thanks PizzaHut guys!

Would you believe I didn't get much time for a proper photoshoot? Yes! All I have is a few car selfies that came out just because Noor is a selfie queen and always ready to take 1k selfies at a time. We were out in the city for some wandering with babajaan (my dad) And I'm glad Karachi was cloudy.


Look at me. I rarely put on make up. My make up routine starts with a lip balm and ends up on a lip balm, nothing else. No matter where I am, parties, gatherings, birthday or anywhere else. All I put on this EId was a lip balm, a mascara and an eye liner and I was done. This addition was on a special request by my amma (mum) Make up is not necessary to feel pretty, there are other stuff that make me feel pretty. I think I need to blog about that hahaha.

This Eid was busy, yummy, tiring and memorable as always! We've had so much yummy food. From biryani to chicken roast, cold drinks to sweet dishes, everything. But my most favorite thing is to sit with a group of people I love and eat, laugh and remember the most silliest thing you've ever done! Eid is a blessing for sure that comes after Ramadan. I hope you've had a great Eid this year. And oh, it's August. My birthday month! And there are two weddings in a row to attend! This month is going to be a busy one! 


Friday, 25 July 2014

Heart breaking moments for Bloggers

I've been thinking of writing this post for a while because every Blogger has a her/his own heart breaking moment and it HURTS inside, somewhere in the middle of heart where the blogging part is alive. And when I say it hurts, it actually does.

No good emails found
My morning rituals include checking emails before going to brush. And in that case, if I'm unable to find a good email, MY DAY IS RUINED. I keep telling myself that I am a bad blogger and nobody likes to email me. Nobody loves me. Nobody. NO EFFING BUDDY! Good emails are a must. If they're not in your email box, you feel bad. You really do. Good emails are like a letter from another blogger, a blogger notification, a new ad, a new opportunity, a secret admirer of your blog & maybe a reply from your favorite blogger. If they're not in our email boxes, I swear we feel bad!

There are 0 Twitter notification
"Well, this hurts the most. Zero notification? Like seriously? I tweeted the most awesome tweet 2 minutes ago and nobody favorited it. Are you guys serious? I'm don with you all."
But obviously you're not.
When I tweet something good, I keep an eye on my tablet to catch a new notification from Twitter. You never know how happy a blogger can be when there are 20+ notification at once. C'mon, it's time to celebrate!

Blog design is screwed up
NO JUST NO. Let's not think about the Blogger's nightmares. I mean, a messed up blog design is simply a nightmare and the only difference is that your HTML is really screwed up! This literally gives me shivers when I think about old times where I accidentally ruined my whole new design and it took me 5 hours to remade it. You can imagine the terror. Oh terror.

A long written comment is VANISHED
I'm a good commenter sometimes, I don't spam people with nice post comments or follow for follow because it's against the laws of Blogland. But it breaks my heart when I write a really long comment and it suddenly it goes away. Blogger, why you do this to us? Then I usually give up and leave. Sighs.

A bad comment
Nice post comments, asking for follow comments, asking to check a blog comments, "Nice outfit " comments on a painting post comments, random-companies-spamming-you comments, your-class-fellows-spamming-your-blog-with-anonymous-profile comments, a rude person leaving hate you in comments.

Or no comment at all
This hurts the most and breaks my heart into million pieces. When a zero-comments-moment show up, I'm like: "It was my fault. I didn't write it as good as I use to write. It's all my fault. I suck! Now my readers hate me!" And this s the reality.

Somebody unfollowed
The headline goes like: NO WHY WHAT PLEASE I LOVED YOU! Last week, I lost 5 followers on twitter. 5 FOLLOWERS LOST. You can imagine that was a really heart breaking moment. When someone follows, it feels like I am doing a good job. But when someone unfollows, I know what to do. Complain this to everyone you meet in next few hours and be sad for a while. Easy peazy!

Somebody steals your content
This is horrible. There are a few copy cats that are rude enough to use your photographs without your permission and put their OWN watermarks on them. This is the worst thing that can happen to a Blogger. For me, blogging is about being original and have your unique voice and stuff. When I read that someone stole something from my favorite blogger, I feel so bad. Because this is simply wrong.

Nobody reads my blog
Low pageviews & low analytics. This is my BIGGEST HEART BREAKING MOMENT. Let's stop this talk here because I literally cannot even.
I can't even.
I am unable to even..
I have lost my ability to even.
I am so unable to even.

What are your heart breaking moments when it comes to blogging? Share them here and we might get a book published!

Linking up with Nicole & Ash!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What to do on a rainy day

Mr. Bad weather is cheating on me. It's been three days that we're having pleasant windy days with dark clouds and still no drop of rain. Isn't it rude, mother nature? If you don't know, I'm a big fan of rainy seasons. I've been making so many plans in my mind for rainy season, maybe one day I'll wake up and rain would be out there to surprise me! I mean, a girl can dream.

Go OUT to enjoy the rain
Yes, please. And smile or laugh loudly. Go out and feel the rain. Maybe that's the best thing you and I can do on the rainy day. Since when I was a kid, my funny wish was to stand under the rain with an open umbrella. Just to do how stuff works in tv commercials, old days stuff. My granny's house is 50 seconds away from ours, so when it'll rain, we'll go to her house and reach the rooftop because it's an ideal place for rain suckers like us.

A playlist
Some people have workout playlist, sad-day list, let's make a rainy day playlist because you can never ignore the music. Play a song you love or a song with memories. Play a new song to fall in love with. She will be loved by Maroon 5 is a MUST for my rainy day's playlist. I've already made my playlist for upcoming rainy season (that doesn't seem to appear yet) but keep the hopes high.

Read a book
Or a magazine. Or re read the book you love most. Mine are The House By The Shore & Looking For Alaska (another John Green treat) Isn't rain the perfect occasion for book readers? Feel and absorb the words and fall in love with writer. Have fun reading.

Pick a good drink
Brew coffee and take sips in your favorite mug. Or make some tea. Or squeeze some lemons to make lemonade. My drinking priorities have lemonade on top. Oh and I think hot chocolate isn't a bad idea too.

Take shots
Because I'm a blogger and I like to capture things.
 This one is my favorite but it's completely blurry. Still, a beautiful view.

I love when rain drops hit the ground and make this view. Isn't it simply beautiful?

Day dream
We all have that time in a day where all we want to do is to throw a pillow on our faces and day dream. So rain is a perfect time for that kinda day dreaming. Throw your favorite pillow on your face and have a time for yourself. Psst, I have this pillow on my bed and I'm seriously in love with this little cute piece.

Paint or create
When it rains, I feel so calm. Maybe others feel the same too. It's the best time to paint something or create a thing or color a page or write a thought. Burst out your creativity.

That's all what's inside my mind atm. I can't wait for monsoon to come and meet and greet with me. Because I effing love rain. What are your ideas for a rainy day? Hot chocolate or lemonade?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Let's talk favorites

Last night, I've had a sucky Internet time. The Internet connection guys had told us that they're giving us the best connection of town & of course without any doubt THEY LIED! While cursing them, I played FreeCell till 2 am to celebrate no Internet connection. Remember Freecell? That old school card playing game from 90's by Microsoft. I used to fight with other just to let me play those card games on computer years ago. Gosh, I feel old. I'm pretty motivated to post because Internet is running with a beautiful speed now. And Helene is having a link up. And I have taken good photographs to show. And and and and it goes on.

Psst, we're talking favorites here.

Favorite mom-purchases-for-Areeba-ever:
Let's get honest here, my amma (mom) and I have different choices. I don't like much what she buys me as "surprise and unexpected" item and she does the same for my purchases (hmm I rarely buy her anything, oh well!) so it's pretty equal. Last month I was randomly painting some papers and she suddenly appeared into room along my aunt, they both wanted me to close my eyes like people do when they want to show something special. So Areeba The Excited Girl closed her eyes and there was a DREAMCATCHER! FYI dreamcatchers aren't usual in Pakistan and I was desperate to have one for month, still too broke to buy online. I was jumping with my amma and aunt because they were equally happy to find it, buy it and watching me happy like a 5 years old. Here's the beauty, my very own lovely dream catcher!

Favorite Selfie of the month:
After ranting pretty much about how I cannot take good selfies, this selfie came out. I'm proud to say that I TOOK THIS I TOOK THIS! So this is me, looking like an old black and white tv character, probably thinking something very sad in her mind. Can you believe this come out when I was trying to capture a perfect duck face? Believe on accidental creations.

Favorite photograph of the collection:
Because selfies and photographs are different items, or not? Please. Anyways, here comes a photograph I found while cleaning my laptop's gallery. I took this back in December 2013 with my 3 years old (who's fabulous 4 now) in a random wedding. Look at the henna and little ring and bangles and cuteness of photograph. I LOVE THIS!

Favorite song by favorite boy:
Aha! Let's talk like a crazy fangirl who likes a Youtuber. And we can go like favorite song by favorite crush with favorite eyes: Troy Sivan & his TFIOS song. Things depend. His song for The Fault In Our Stars is on my playlist and I've put it on repeat. I even remember all the lyrics. Whenever I listen to it, I can imagine Augustus carrying Hazel, running. And I pant. Woah, feelings! So this is the most favorite song at the moment.

Favorite page from Art journal:
Look at the creativity by this chic. This page is basically a story of a girl. This story depends on the person who's looking this page. What comes into your mind first when you look at this and wonder about her. It could be anything. Anyway, it's my favorite piece so that's why it's here!
Err, that's all from my favorite list. What's your favorite mum-purchses-you-ever, selfie, photograph, song, moment, food and whatever you have as favorite this month? 

Helene in Between