Wishes

I have a few wishes for you.
Wishes of good Health, Peace and Kindness. Wishes of Love, Joy and Happiness. Wishes of Growth, Productivity and Success. Wishes of Faith, Strength and Courage. Wishes of Wiseness, Light and Clarity.
I wish you all the most wonderful things for this upcoming year and I hope you find ways to turn all the wishes you have for yourselves into reality.
Don't forget, resolutions and goals only come to life with a good plan, hard work and a lot of dedication.
I wish you all a very Happy 2017, to you and your loved ones. I hope we make this year the best one yet.

Lots of love, 
xo
Sauniya
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Christmas Inspo

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all have a warm and wonderful one with your loved ones.
Where I'm from we don't really exchange presents for Christmas. It's more about celebrating the birth of the Christ. Only the kids before a certain age get presents from Santa.
I still however have something on my wishlist; a new camera. My old one broke a while back now and next year I really want to take more picture and keep more visual memories.
Christmas day I'm definitely looking forward to the food :P. The only thing about the day I'm likely to regret.
I also get to catch up on a few good movies or tv shows. Because I'm such a big kid I always re-watch Merry Madagascar :P, so fun. 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Christmas filled with Happiness and Joy.
Merry Christmas!!!
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A Few Thoughts

It's actually been exactly 6 months today since my first blog post. I can't believe this much time have passed. I barely felt it. Even though I haven't been as consistent as I would have liked with the blog, I've really been enjoying sharing, connecting with you and reading from you both on here and on your blogs. I really wanted take the time to show my appreciation and say thank you to everyone of you.
Ok I don't want to spend too much time rambling about this half year anniversary. I think this holiday season is getting me a bit emotional. Does anyone else feels like this?

Today I want to share with you a few random thoughts that have been on my head. Some food for thoughts, note to self and to you too:

-There is no happy ever after. There is no one point you get to in life or single event that makes the rest of your life effortless and happy. Life would keep throwing challenges at you and you'd have to keep working to make things happen, grow and evolve.

-Don;t believe in the misconception that a confident person is perfect. You can be the most confident person and still have a flaw or an insecurity. Having flaws or an uncertainty about yourself doesn't make you an insecure person. You can be confident despite all of that.

-You can not wish for anything to change but not be willing to make a change in yourself. The whole world around you will not adjust so you can get what you want. Change starts with you.

-It's absolutely ok to have standards higher than what others expect of you. Not everyone would share your passion and vision. Fight for what you believe in.

-You should love yourself exactly as you are right now. Loving and accepting yourself doesn't mean never changing. There is no growth without change. The love you have for yourself is exactly what should push you to want what is best for yourself.
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To Do Before The Year Ends

This year has gone by pretty fast for me. It didn't happen quite the way I expected but it was  relatively good overall. There are only 20 days left to the year. That might not sound like a lot but it is still plenty of time to finish the year right.
Here are a few things you should do before the year is over:

• Get a check up
If you haven't already this year, set an appointment with your doctor to get a health check up to make sure everything is good. It's very important to stay on top of you health.

 Re-organize around
You don't want to carry any mess around you into the new year. Tidy up, get your room a make over. A fresh environment always helps to get yourself in a fresh spirit.

 Give back
 At the end of the year, there are always a lot of clothing items and other goods accumulated you no longer use and could donate to someone in need. Giving back is a great way to show our gratitude. You can also help by doing some volunteering work.

 Treat yourself
Take some time to enjoy just You. Go on a weekend trip to a part of town you haven't visited yet, treat yourself to a nice spa day, Enjoy a good movie, whatever makes you happy.

 Reflect on the year
Look back and appreciate all the moments of joy, your accomplishments, every lessons you learned, everything you could have improved, even the moments of pain. Taking the time to evalute your year helps you plan the new one better.

 Set goals for the upcoming year
What do you want most out of 2017. Whether it's personal growth, career progress, travels, fun.. Start setting your goals now and think of the different ways you could make them happen.

 Celebrate
Regardless of whether this was a good year or not for you. Get together with family and friends and celebrate. Which ever way you want to do it, reminiscing over a nice dinner, telling funny stories, out partying.. just have Fun.
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Today

Hi Everyone. I hope you all are having a great week so far.
I've been extremely busy and had very little time to sit and actually put together a good post. I now officially have more drafts than published posts. So much on my head and so little time to put everything into writing. 
I can believe we are only 3 weeks a few days away from the new year. I'm super excited, but at the same time a lil sad to let 2016 go. I get the same feeling this time every year and never really get used to it. I've been focused on making myself ready for the new year. I'm trying to get into 2017 with a good spirit and better habits already. There are few things I want to happen, most of them relating to personal development, but I don't want to wait for the beginning of the year to start working on things. I mean if I can do it now why wait?! Plus I know myself well enough. If I start putting it for tomorrow then tomorrow I'd be in that same state of mind, I'll keep on procrastinating and it will never happen because tomorrow never dies. New year, new beginning, new things usually bring new motivation but why not start now since I already have the motivation, and make it better when the new year comes. 
Ok, I ended up writing a lot more than I thought I would. I hope you are making the best of this last month.  
Here is a little mid week motivation for you. Start today.
Have a great Wednesday Everyone!

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Maxi Dress From Dresslily

Even though I don't consider myself a fashionista, I like to dress well and I enjoy discovering new fashion stores.
I was recently contacted by the people at Dresslily, who let me select some Items from their store to review. If you haven't heard about Dresslily, they are an online fashion store offering trendy clothing, accessories and shoes for both men and women at an affordable price.  
Here is my experience with them:

I picked the Spliced Back Plunging V Criss-Cross maxi dress (here) and the Concise PU Leather Color Block Crossbody Bag (here
My sister is modelling the dress for me. Apologies for the low quality phone pics and the non ironed dress. 


The package took around 21 days to be delivered with standard shipping. The dress arrived slightly wrinkled but nothing an iron couldn't fix. The quality not bad, I'd say it fits the price.
The bag matches the description from the website. It is slightly bigger than I was expected and the quality is quite good. I think I'm going to have  hard time getting it back from my sister. :P


Have a lovely Wednesday Everyone!!

xo
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Some Tumblr Likes

Hi Everyone. I hope you had a wonderful week and a warm and lovely Thanksgiving.

Today I'm sharing with you some of my tumblr likes. These are a few thoughts I share, written by others. Some Motivation and Food for Thoughts, but also some Art and Fun.
I've been on Tumblr for almost 6 years now and I still enjoy it as much as when i just started. I reblog a lot of the things I like and I tend to be slightly more vocal on there but overall I try to spread some positivity. You can find my page Here.

Beauty of Diversity. Brazilian photographer captures Lara and Mara, black twins with Albinism and their older sister Sheila. 

On You. You have to save yourself.


Matt McGorry on how he likes his Women. I love the way he puts it!



On Culture. There is not a more developed or less developed Culture. There are different values and different purposes. (from Yawanawa: Strength. A documentary by DJ Alok Petrillo)

On life and goals. Take a break and go at it again.


On Rights. Human rights are for all Humans.

Art. Just look at the talent.

and this.. Just because I thought this was too funny :P
Let me know what you think in the comments section, I always appreciate your thoughts.
Have a great weekend Lovelies!


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24 Things I'm Grateful For

There are a lot of things to be thankful for everyday that we sometimes fail to appreciate. Like having a roof above our head, food, clean water.. I get caught sometimes complaining during hard times but I know I am truly blessed. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and for me it isn't just about good food and how much turkey you can eat, but more about getting together and being appreciative of all we have. In the spirit of the holiday I wanted to do a gratitude post and share 24 things I am thankful for.

Why 24? Thanksgiving this year lands on the 24th so I thought I'd round my list up to that number. From the very important things in my life to the simple things that bring me joy, In no particular order.

.Being Alive

.My family

.Freedom

.Love

.Having a place I can call home

.Beautiful childhood memories

.Potable water

.Being in good health

.Good friends

.Random silly moments with my siblings

.Ice cream

.Having an Education

.Hard times because they made me stronger

.Good books and the knowledge, entertainment and dreams they brought me

.Having food to eat

.Having clothes to wear

.Good movies

.My mistakes and what they've thought me

.My phone, laptop and the internet

.Messaging apps that help me stay in touch with my love ones abroad

.Being able to admire all the beauty the world has to offer

.All my amazing and beautiful blogger friends and readers

.Possibilities

.God's Love

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you have a lovely celebration. What are you most grateful for this holiday?


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xo
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Thought Provoking Questions | #3

These questions are mainly intended to make you think, reflect on yourself and life. You don't have to write your answers down, but you can always let me know you thoughts in the comments.

You can find more Thought Provoking Questions Here and Here.

1. What do you want most in life and how do you work towards that?

2. Are you good to others even when there is nothing to expect in return?

3. What are you most grateful for this year?

4. 5 years ago how did you image your life would be today? How does it compare good  and bad to the way it is?

5. What are you certain of right now?

6. How much do you let others opinions influence your own?

7. What kind of people does the world need more of? Are you one of them?

8. What qualities do you value the most in others? do you have them?

9. Do you spend more time feeding your Hopes or feeding your fears?

10. What gives you peace?


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Few Random Things About Me

Hi Everyone. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine went well, nice and relax. I'm now ready for a busy week ahead. There is a lot I want to focus on so I might not have too much time to blog. 
I wanted to make a quick fun post but turns out thinking about interesting facts about you is a little more challenging than I thought.   

This image has nothing to do with anything I just think it's cute and I love it :)

So here we go, 10 random things about me:

 I'm a ninja. haha ok, not really. I like to laugh and I can be very silly. My siblings often get annoyed.

 I love Art and Photography. I enjoy taking pictures of others and everything around, but not so much of myself.

• I have a strong interest in Behavior, Beliefs and the Mind.

 I love Food. My favorite is pizza :P. I know, I know it's bad. Fave desert: Chocolate souffle or Ice cream. Fave veggie: Broccoli. Fave fruit: Clementine.

• I ate fried crickets before. It was actually good, I liked it.

 My favorite books: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and The Road Less Traveled by Dr M. Scott Peck. 

• I was a tomboy in high school. baggy jeans, sneakers and all. I don't even know when it changed. I actually wear dresses and heels now.

• Favorite TV shows: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Scandal, Power, Everybody Hates Chris (the show has ended now but I still watch it and it still cracks me up).

• I love Ice Skating. I don't do it often and I'm not super good at it, but it's still one of my favorite things.

• What scares me the most is not being able to grow and evolve.

Now you know a lil more about me. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Have a wonderful week ahead Beautiful People! :)


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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

We've all had moments when we felt lost, stuck and unsure. I remember being exactly in that state for what felt like the longest time last year and not having a clue what to do or where to start. It's ok to not have it all figured out. Sometimes getting lost help you truly find yourself and what you want.
Today I'm sharing with you some of the tips I used to help me handle those moments.
. Breathe .
Don't panic, don't stress, Take a Deep Breath and Pause for second. If you don't know what to do, don't just rush into anything to feel like you're doing something. Don't make any dramatic decisions. Wait until you've figured what you really want to do, then do that.

. Pray .
Thank God, pray for strength and guidance.. Just talk to God. Let him take over your life and guide your steps. Praying always helps me feel better. Whether I see the light right after a prayer or not, it helps me keep the faith and be at peace.

. Meditate .
Find a nice, quiet and comfortable place and just sit there. Clear you mind and get in touch with yourself. Sometimes we know what we want or what we have to do but we can't clearly hear our thoughts because there are too many distractions around. 

. Be Active .
You're more likely to find inspiration while being active. Get out there and expose yourself to as many things as possible. Read, write, interact with others, keep your mind stimulated.
"Inspiration exists, but it had to find you working" - Pablo Picasso

. Be Present .
Be in the now. Don't be so focus on figuring the next step of your life that you fail to enjoy the present moment. Accept things as they are. I'm not saying settle, but let go of what you thought this moment was suppose to be and Be Happy right now.

Remember everything is temporary and you can only grow from here.
I hope this helps.

Happy Wednesday! :)


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5 Things I Want To Learn

I like learning new things. From useful to fun or random.. it's always a good idea to stimulate and expand your mind. Learning a new skill gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. Plus you never know when you might need that knowledge.

Here are 5 of the things I want to learn:

A new language
I speak French and English fluently and I really want to learn a third language. I've started following small Spanish classes on YouTube. I don't have anybody to practice with but I enjoy it still.

The piano
The piano is my favourite instrument. I always wanted to learn how to play. I tried teaching myself with a small keyboard when I was younger but then it broke. I should get myself an actual piano and make it happen.

Cycle
I never had a bike or learned to ride one. I think bicycling around should be a very fun activity. Although I'd probably fall a few times and embarrass myself a lot learning, I really want to know how to cycle.

Self defence
I think everybody should learn self defence and be able to protect themselves. Having this skill would also boost your confidence and make you feel like a ninja.

Knit and Sew
It would be fun to be able knit myself a nice scarf, add my own little touches to my clothes and make them unique or knit a love one something special.  

What do you have on your list of things to learn?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

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Positive Affirmation

Decide that your day is going to be good and that you are going to do good. Believe that and act with that belief.

Your thoughts create your reality. When you have negative thoughts, you subconsciously do things that lead you in the direction of failure. You fail to truly invest yourself or do your best because you anticipate negative results. But this exact behaviour is what creates the negative outcome, and negative results validate the negative thoughts which create a negative life.
When you have positive thoughts, you're more likely to do things that go in the direction of your goals. And when things don't go as planned you're more likely to adjust, find alternative and stay happy.

I still have moments when I have to fight negative thoughts and self doubt. I might probably have to fight for a life time but I want to spend more time nourishing the positive thoughts and practising positive affirmation.

Affirmation of the day:
I am Strong, I am Confident, I am Able, I am Brave, I Believe in me.

I declare:
The last two months of this year are going to be great. I won't worry about what I don't have control over. I will make the best of whatever comes my way. I will be more productive, Love more, Help more, be more Grateful.
I'm putting it out there.

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Introvert Problems

Little fact about me: I'm an introvert.
I don't really like to label myself especially because of all the misconceptions behind the word.
When I say I'm an introvert people understand different things, from boring to shy to non-sociable. I just enjoy my own space a lot. I like people and spending time with them, but after a while I really need to be by myself and recharge. I never know what to say during small talks, I prefer deep conversations.
Sarah Andersen representing me so well lol

I sometimes get judged and told I don't know how to enjoy my life etc.. but whatever, I'm happy being me so I don't really care.

I found this chart on Tumblr. I thought it was a funny but yet quite accurate. I can totally relate. Well, except for the speak slowly part. This is by no means meant to stereotype all introverts out there. We are similar in a few ways but all very different and unique individuals. Every introvert has their own personality.
Here are 10 problems I'm sure all introverts know very well.



What are your thoughts? Are you more of an Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert (in between the two)?
I hope you're all having a Lovely Weekend :)

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Own It

Own your Thoughts, your Feelings, your Emotions.
Own you Actions, your Reactions, your Choices.
Own your Victories and Failures. Own your Strengths and Weaknesses.
Own your Challenges, your Fears, you Happiness.
Own the Consequences for your Acts, Good or Bad.
Own your Past, your Present, your Future.
Own your Circumstance, your Path, your Goals.
Don't live anything up to Chance, to Life or Others.
Don't give your Power away. Own It.
Own your Life.

"If you own this story you get to write the ending." - Brene Brown


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Current Fitness Loves

I've been feeling really good with my workouts this week. I went from having to talk myself into it to being really excited about it. I've never hated exercising, but after slacking for so long (over 6 months) getting back to it was not easy at all.
One thing that definitely help was trying different exercises from various sources. I get easily bored if I have to do the same thing over and over.

Today I want to share with you some of the 'tools' (if I may call it that) I've been enjoying for my workouts.


Danielle Peazer Dance Workouts on Youtube
Awesome, fun, easy to follow. I love her workouts because you can easily squeeze them into you day, do them by yourself or with a buddy, and there's no equipment needed.
You can find Danielle's workouts Here
This is one of her workout videos I like

Carmen Morgan Workouts on Instagram 
I just discovered her last week. She has a lot a cool exercises you can do at home, outside, at the gym, with and without equipment. You'd also get some moblity flow.
You can find Carmen's Instagram Here
Here is one of her workouts I did last Thursday

The Nike Training Club (NTC) app 
This one I've been using off and on for about 5 years now. The app is basically your personal trainer. It offers you a large variety of workouts to choose from, and for all levels. You can even create a program to reach your goal, whether it is to slim down, get definition or get strong.
You can download the app for free both on iPhone and Android.


I hope you find some motivation with this post.
If you have any fitness love or know some cool workout tools please share.
If you don't like working out, share why and I'll try to find specific way to motivate you :)
Have a lovely weekend!

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Midweek Motivation

Hey Everyone, I hope you all had a great start of the week. My week had been good so far. Could be a little more productive, but still good. Today I'm sharing some mid week motivation with you. 

Star each day with a grateful heart. Be thankful for a new day and new opportunities. Decide that today is going to be great. Adopt a positive attitude, be happy and share your positive energy with those around you. 


Believe in yourself and what you are capable of. When you believe in something you consciously and subconsciously take actions that go in the direction of making those things happen. When you don't have faith, you don't give it your all in anticipation for a failure, and this exact behavior creates the failure.  

Don't just be active, be Productive. Do something today that gets you a step closer to your goals. Write down a list of everything you want to accomplish for the day, work hard and make it happen.
Be your own competition today. Do not compare your progress to that of anyone else. Focus on being better today than you were yesterday. 

I hope you all have a much productive and happy rest of the week!


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Thought Provoking Questions | #2

Here are some more Thought Provoking Questions for you. You do not have to answer them, they are mainly intended to make you think.
You can find the previous Thoughtful Questions I posted Here.

2. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

3. What qualities make you beautiful?

4. When did you last get out of your comfort zone?

5. How often do you renew your mind?

6. What activity makes you lose track of time?

7. Are you fighting for what you believe in?

8. What occupies your mind the most and how does it affect your life?

9. Where would you be in 10 years if you keep heading the direction you're in?

10. What are 3 things you are grateful for right now?

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My Fitness Wishlist

I spent a good amount of time this morning rearranging my workout plan. There is always someone or something interfering and this time I tried to plan alternatives. If the 6.00 am workout doesn't happen, I left a lil spot at 8.00 am or 5.00 pm when it was possible to make up for the missed session. I found some new workouts to mix up my routine that got me excited.

I haven't shopped for workout gear in a while, so I also spent quite some time online window shopping. I could use some new leggings and sport bras.

Sports Bra

Adidas logo sportswear, $43 / Topshop pink sports bra, $27 / Puma yoga sports bra / Adidas sportswear / Mara Hoffman white sports bra / Lorna Jane sports bra, $56

I usually go for black or grey leggings, simple and comfortable. Colors can make it so much more fun. I really like these pieces.
Sport Leggings

Workout Leggings

I like home workouts but I miss the gym sometimes. I wouldn't mind some extra tools.
I have two tiny dumbbells but they don't do much and I really want heavier ones.
Same for the jump rope. The one I have is so crappy I barely use it.
 Stability ball.. I just think about the so many things I could use it for.
Do you have a fitness wishlist? If so, what do you have on it?


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Disclaimer: stability ball picture from Pinterest. Rope and Dumbbel from google.
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