My Random Things-Part 3- My Artistic Adventure

I have always been someone who wanted to learn to make art, but the only semi artistic thing I have done those past years was to color in adult coloring books. If you consider the posters I make on Canva using ready-made templates as art, I do those too.  So, when I saw an event…

The Choice

I have to tell you that I find it really hard to write about my personal life, so this is my attempt at doing so , so help me God. You see, on February 25, 2019, after a string of tests and doctor visits, I was diagnosed with an early phase of cancer which I…

Hard Shells (Fiction)

Layla signed the divorce papers, and with that the judge officially announced her divorced from her husband of three years. At first, a sense of relief overcame her, as this announcement marked the end of a long saga of verbal abuse and repetitive infidelity. Although the marriage had ended on this particular spring day in…

Force

I really did not want to get out of bed this morning, and if you live in Amman like me you would know why. One of the biggest challenges I face in winter is that of lifting the covers off of me, not to mention that moment when my feet hit the cold floor. In…

In 23 Days!

In 23 days, I’m officially not old or young. I grow a year older so that now I am no longer the bright-eyed fresh graduate who wants to start her career, nor am I the young twenty-something who wants to fall in love. I am not even the thirty-something who wants to make mistakes and…

Doormats

Ever since we were kids our parents told us to be nice to anyone older than us, to not correct someone when they are saying something that is blatantly wrong, and to not tell a person that he or she is not saying the truth. We were even told to simply not respond when someone…

Traveling Part Two

As I said in my previous post, my second day in Atlanta saw me navigating the train system or the “MARTA” as they call it around here. Coming from Amman, my family had prepared a list of items they wanted me to bring home with me. So, I decided to go to the mall. I…

Do it Anyway

Yesterday, I accompanied my friend to a networking event for women in business. To be honest, I did not think much of the event. I went because my friend asked me if I would be interested in going and I figured why not. Basically , I did not go in there hoping for the groundbreaking…

The Secret of Success

I know that you were compelled to read more when you saw the title of my post. After all, we all want to know the secret formal for success. What is really funny about our eagerness to read more on this topic is that there isn’t really anything new to be said about it. In…

The Pre-contest Fears

Contrary to popular belief, one gets more nervous about talking in public as he or she  gains more public speaking experience. This is the state I am in now. In two days, I am competing in a Toastmasters contest and I am, for the first time in years, feeling nervous about it. In the past,…

Words that Inspire

After speaking for many years and writing speeches for many, I have learned that a good speech is one that touches the audience. Sure, knowing who your audience is helps, and knowing the space does too. But then again those are tips you would find in any public speaking manual. For me, I learned from…

Laila

Cafes in Jordan are different. Everything about this country is different, but I’m not homesick. I have been here for 20 years and I’m still not homesick. When I first came to Jordan, I was a 20-year-old student learning Arabic. My original plan was to come to this country for a few months, learn Arabic,…