Finding Layla Part One- I Write to Understand (Fiction)

I am Layla, I am 29 years old. I write those basic details simply because at times I forget who I am. At an early age in my life, so early that I don’t even remember when, I adopted a social skill that enabled me to get ahead in my life, in my job, in…

My Random Things-Part Six- In the Spotlight

I have to let you in on a little secret; I am terrified of getting my photo taken. My fear of the camera is ironic because I have no problems speaking in public, or giving presentations to rooms full of people, but I do have a fear of seeing a camera lens peering at me….

My Random Things Part Two – Searching the Power of Speech

Being a Toastmaster for many years, I have come to believe in the power of Public Speaking.  I do believe that words have an impact on us. Why else world initiatives like TED Talks alongside other speaking engagements gain popularity. People, in my opinion, are wired to enjoy hearing other people share their experiences through…

My Random Things-Part One

This year, and after being diagnosed with illnesses which I spoke about in my blog post titled The Choice, I realized just how short life really is, and it also hit me just how many things I wanted to learn and how many times I have delayed my plans to learn them. I delayed my…

Is It Necessary?

All my life I was and I always will be an advocate of people taking initiative, feeling empowered, and showing leadership, but what happens when this empowerment becomes an abuse of power or a means to be dare I say the words Bitchy, brutal, or mean? The other day, I entered a busy cafe in…

The Myth of Productivity

All our lives, we have been taught that we need to do something useful with every minute of our day. As kids, we were taught to get home from school, eat, do our homework, and then play a bit before bedtime. A six-hour school day may have one break of 30 to 45 minutes, or…

My Boundaries

On one of the many Facebook groups I follow, the group admin was asking the group members to state what their boundaries were. I thought about my response to that question and then it hit me that my one boundary in life is letting others affect my mood with negativity. Sure, I do understand that…

We Are in Our Own Heads Sometimes

Yesterday morning, I was sitting at our kitchen table having some hummus for breakfast when my mom walked in. She saw me eating the hummus with half a white loaf of bread. My choice was based on the fact that I simply needed a change from the loafs of brown bread I had been consuming…

Spirituality?

I believe I am someone with a selective sense of spirituality. I do believe that we are our thoughts and I do understand that our moods affect our health. However, I don’t believe that wanting something badly is enough of a guarantee that we will get it. I don’t believe that simply wanting to be…

Our Words, Our Relevance

Today, I discovered or at least I remembered how much I love to talk to an audience. I find beauty in sharing information of value. To me, it is an empowering feeling when you are either presenting an idea, a product, a service, or you are even telling the world a personal story that your…

The Cutoff Point

I wonder if by the age of 40 we could really possibly have our entire lives mapped out before us. I personally don’t think it is possible, because believing so simply means that the things we learn in the one year before that point or the years following that point are useless.  However, society wants…

Homebound

For the last month, I had been at home recovering from a surgery. I have been stewing in my own laziness, so to speak. Sure, the time I have been off work was beyond my control, but let’s face it, we can easily get used to the laid back lifestyle. From someone who used to…