The Real Me-Part Two (Fiction)

“So, how do we get to know each other? Do you meet men alone, or do you do it with a relative around? Or do we talk on the phone, or do we have pointless conversations online?” Hashem asked.  “So, you agree to my terms?” Dina responded “I don’t even know what your terms are…

Book review- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Let me start by saying that I dislike self-help books. If you regularly read my posts you would know that I don’t like any book that promises me a great life simply by smiling and believing that everything will turn out ok or by saying certain words or acting a certain way. Whether we like…

Shallow

No matter how hard we try to hide it, and how emphatically we say to the world that we are deep human beings, we all do have a part of us that is shallow. This is the superficial part of us that is obsessed with image, status, power, and things as opposed to brains, intellect,…

Who’s Keeping Score?

Dear reader what I plan to talk about today is a controversial topic, so if you are sensitive person and your opinion of me is a direct outcome of your agreement or disagreements with my thoughts then don’t read this post. Now that we clarified this point let’s move on. If you have been following…

Another Year

Tomorrow I grow a year older, and so I figured that this  is a good time for me to evaluate what I did well and what I need to work on for the next 12 months. This year, I think I learned one of the most valuable lessons anyone can learn. I learned to stand…

Can We Have it All?

Who believes that women can be strong? I am sure that many of you read this question and are nodding your heads in agreement. Who believes that women are fragile? I believe that many of you are nodding your heads in agreement to that question too. Who believes that a woman can do everything a…

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…

25 Days and Counting

Today marks the 25th day of my 100 days of blogging challenge. I started this challenge  not knowing if I will be able to continue, but I’m quarter of the way past the starting point, and quitting now just seems like a silly idea.  Many people would ask me why I decided to do this,…

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…

An Important Lesson

Yesterday, and for the first time in my life, I planned to talk in a non-toastmaster, non-work related event. The reasoning behind that was that as a person who claims to be a good speaker, I should be able to talk in front of anyone. Well, things didn’t go that way. You see, I arrived…

The Powerful People

In Jordan the Toastmasters are a powerful group of people. However, their power doesn’t come from their family names, their tribes, their background, or their money. It comes from within. In fact, it is the direct product of their ability to employ the merits of good communication in order to deliver a message. Yesterday, at…

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,…