The important question is…

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Are you prepared to sweat your way to success?

Are you willing to sweat it out?
You’re going to need to. The road to success isn’t all glamourous. It’s sometimes dirtied with roadblocks and potholes. You might trip up, you might fall down. There will be times when you want to give up. But the most important thing is to remember that 1% inspiration. Remember the reason for all your hard work; remember why you started.

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Have you discovered IISuperwomanII yet?

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Have you discovered IISuperwomanII yet?

If not, we definitely think you should! Lilly Singh AKA Superwoman can ALWAYS make you smile, laugh and generally brighten up your day with her hilarious videos. She talks about real issues facing us all, from reaching a mid-20s crisis (see below!) to what brown girls have to put up with when fending off the ‘arranged marriage’ conversations!

We LOVE her honesty, T shirt references and of course her Canadian accent!

Take a look, feel inspired and be prepared to laugh out loud.

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Feeling blessed, overwhelmed and grateful at The Ramadan Tent

Yesterday evening, I went to The Ramadan Tent, situated in the grounds of The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Set up by Omar Salha, a SOAS alumnus, this Ramadan Tent welcomes Muslims to break their fast for Ramadan by serving iftar, the sunset meal.

The Ramadan Tent

News of the Ramadan Tent has travelled fast. One of my good friends learnt about it through her flatmate and now both volunteer there, helping in the iftar preparation and disposal, and ensuring that everyone feels welcome, and is accommodated with food and a place to sit.

Muslim or not, it does not matter. Committed volunteers have made this special iftar possible and welcome the public during Islam’s holy month, regardless of religious, socio-economic or political background making it truly an event that brings old and new faces together.

It truly was a special feast. Sustained by charitable donations, it was so inspiring to see so much food being provided for so many. As we sat on the ground around long mats acting as tables, it felt like a large family picnic was about to start. There was a sense of community, a sense of belonging and a feeling of togetherness. The homeless sitting amongst students and members of the public, no prejudice or judgment was placed. Each person was treated as part of an extended family.

Ramadan Tent

Before the call to prayer and breaking the fast, a speaker is invited to speak. Yesterday, Omar had invited Jehangir Malik OBE, director of Islamic Relief UK to talk. Malik reiterated how wonderful it was for so many people from across London to come together in the spirit of Ramadan. In a recent Huffington post article, Omar mentioned how not only did he hope this Ramadan campaign would challenge some misconceptions about Islam but also bring communities together.

Similarly, Jehangir Malik also feels that Ramadan Is a Time to Break Down Barriers, Not Build Them Up’.’ Having just completed a trip to Syria, his words had a lasting impact on me and I could tell on others too. Here we were sitting down, surrounded by a family we’d only just acquired, being provided with food and water whilst there were so many across the world struggling for just one of these basic privileges.

Dates were passed around to eat and symbolized the beginning of iftar. A change in the wind during the call to prayer made for a magical atmosphere. Despite not being Muslim myself, it was as if the summer breeze whispering around us had somehow cast an invisible spell, connecting everyone there. It did not matter what religion you were, where you had come from or what your economic situation was.

Ramadan Tent

As people, we were all the same; we all hoped and prayed for a world that we could feel proud to live in, we all desired an end to the suffering of those less fortunate and we all wanted to leave our positive mark in some way or another. It was an overwhelming and inspiring moment.

My friend told me how, on one occasion, due to the increased popularity and interest in The Ramadan Tent, there had not been enough food to accommodate all guests as well as committee volunteers. In this instance, volunteers refrained from eating to ensure every single other participant had food in front of them. Bearing in mind, the majority of these volunteers had been fasting themselves, it was moving to hear the extent of their charitable duties.

I have an immense sense of respect for those that are fasting during Ramadan. It requires dedication, commitment and perseverance -it is only when one is tested that one realises their true potential.

Ramadan Tent

Many are all too aware of how the media can misconstrue or demonise Islam and as a result alienate communities. This event however, as Omar hoped it would, disputes Islamic misconceptions and teaches non-muslims about the core values of Islam. There were times during yesterday’s iftar that I could not say a word. There was a spell I did not want to break. I felt proud and privileged to have experienced such sharing, generosity and sense of community. I left feeling happy that this was such a positive opportunity for others to appreciate the true spirit of Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak to all those participating!

Love, respect and blessings,

Ana at The Asian Destination xo

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Facing The Fear Everyday…Love without limits!

So I’ve been meaning to post a blog that is a bit more personal. A bit more vulnerable. A bit more me.

But the one thing that has been stopping me, is fear.

Fear of being judged, fear of expressing myself properly.

I felt like this the very first time I published a blog post. That scary few seconds before I hit send, my stomach was turning…yet after I had clicked ‘publish’, I got a buzz afterwards. Why? Because I love to write. I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t. I haven’t done many ‘written’ posts in a while (this is hopefully the beginning of more!) But, as some of you may have noticed, each day, there is a new quote hoping to inspire you all on your way through this crazy world we call life.

I love my quotes. I relate to the spoken word in a way like no other. I am one of those rare specimens that require a pen and paper just to make sense of all the thoughts competing for my attention and focus. Many of you reading this will agree and find comfort and inspiration in these quotes, as much as I do. I love hearing how each quote has had a positive impact on your lives; it makes me happy to know that someone’s day has been brightened just by a quote that I’ve found and posted. However, not everyone likes them. Some find them ‘cheesy’ or ‘soppy’ and have given me negative feedback over them. Initially, I took this feedback personally. I hesitated before uploading more, I found shying away from certain quotes I used, just so that I would get more positive feedback and for my content to be liked and accepted.

In doing so though, I realised I wasn’t being true to who I was. Some of these quotes have helped me through some of my toughest periods and denying their impact on my life and my writing, would be denying a part of who I am. What I have come to realise is that you have to do what you love, regardless of the negative feedback. Your passion is worth any hate you receive. Why?

Because when people hate, it’s not because they actually have a problem with you. Whatever they appear to ‘hate’ about you, is actually a reflection of what they ‘hate’ about themselves. The first time I heard this concept, it confused me. Yet, as I thought about it, everything became clear.

In addition to this, every single one of us is trying to forge our own path – we’re doing the best we can given our own unique circumstances. A person is the way they are because of their own individual experiences and so we have no right to judge. All we can really do is to love without limits.

So today: Love & respect & smile. Celebrate being you and keep facing your fears everyday #FAFE!

Love & respect,
Ana at The Asian Destination xo

 

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Pass it on…!

What happens to one good deed? Well, it gets multiplied, don’t it?

This weird and wonderful cumulative effect of kindness gets passed on. So remember that tiny little smile you gave to that stranger, or that compliment you gave? Well it’s all having a bigger effect on the universe than you think so keep doing what you’re doing and show a bit more love each day!

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What’s your unique story?

We’re all experiencing life in our own unique ways. Each and every one has a story tell, be brave enough to let the world hear it.

Have you ever felt like you’re not good enough? Maybe you felt like you weren’t good enough for someone, academically or just worthy enough to live your own dreams.

Well, you know what? That’s absolutely false.
For a long time I felt like I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t studying in medical school, like a good, typical Indian. However much my parents assure me otherwise, there’s a small part of me that still believes it to this day.

Today is worth living, for your own dreams, not someone else’s. You start and end this world alone, in possession of one precious gift called life. It is up to you what you do with it; whether you choose to live life for yourself or not, the time will pass anyway. So isn’t it just worth making it YOUR best life?

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Do it now!

What have you been putting off?
Sending a card?
Doing the dishes?
Calling a friend?
DO IT NOW!

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Squash ’em!

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Your fears don’t define you, remember that. Are you facing a fear everyday?

Each fear squashed is a step closer to your main goal. So start squashing!

We want to hear from YOU!

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Are you Asian and just have a story you’d like us to feature? Are you budding artist, writer or have secret talent you’d like to share? Get in touch with us because we want to hear From YOU!

We love stories about following your dreams, setting up your own businesses alongside studying or working. We’re inspired by the people that work a 9-5 job yet still make time to pursue their passions.

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Happy Tuesday! xo

What more can we do?

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We can do more to help others everyday. Just because we did something to help someone today does not let us off doing something tomorrow.

Each day is new. What are you going today to help someone?