2018 – A post about starting over

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As I spent the first half of the year whining and crying -literally- about the struggle of adulthood, the second half of the year became the period when I had the biggest wave of emotional and mental growth. Heck, I even thought I was already 24 at a point of time. (I’m still 23, not like there’s a big difference, but still.)

2017 is ending, and just like all other years before, I made plans and goals for a better year ahead. There were many plans this year that I didn’t get to fulfil. Many nights I laid awake overthinking and generally being an emotional wreck. To be fair, I didn’t have a very productive year. It was like a very long filler episode, without much progression in my life. It was only after June that things got brighter, and next year, I intend it to be even brighter.

However, I have to stop myself from going down the path of over ambition again. But as a human, we all have sudden bursts of overconfidence. And when we fail, we feel the fall much much harder.

Hence, to avoid my future 2018 self from ridiculous expectations, I will write a small list of reminders just in case I need 2017 self to slap me in the face. Maybe these reminders might help you too.


  1. Keep your goals small, relevant, and with a bit more discipline, reachable.
  2. A better year doesn’t have to begin at the start of the year. It could be the middle, it could be towards the end. Fate doesn’t care that it’s January 1st.
  3. Don’t intend on fulfilling a success story. Success is a lie. Haha.
  4. Dedicate the year to learning new things.
  5. Lastly, focus on yourself.

With all that said, I really hope 2018 will be as promising as I am making it out to be, but if it doesn’t.. who cares! There will always be next next year…

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Cut & Paste Zine: Covered and Unbothered

Hello friends.

A few months ago I made my first zine titled Covered and Unbothered, a zine about the hijab and issues that women in hijab face. The situation may have improved since, due to more and more women in hijab being represented in mainstream media. Since I don’t really plan to print physical copies anymore, I decided to dump it here in case anyone is still interested in reading it.

Here’s the zine. I hope you like PDFs

Dated September 2016.

Thanks for reading!