Anxiety and insomnia never were a good mix.

One of the things I have learned in organizing public programs is that you have to be willing to let go of your reasons for starting the project. When I discovered there was some push back against one of my core reasons for starting this particular project, I was reminded of the lesson I learned… Continue reading Anxiety and insomnia never were a good mix.

Sometimes what you really need is to talk to yourself — and blogging might be a socially acceptable way to do this.

It's amazing how reinforcing blogging can be. It reminds me of advice I used to read from "diet" experts about sharing your progress on social media: it holds you accountable. Notwithstanding my many reasons for arguing against this particular advice -- a) not everything needs to be on social media; b) perpetuation of the idea… Continue reading Sometimes what you really need is to talk to yourself — and blogging might be a socially acceptable way to do this.

An ode to blogging

One of the things that really just irritates me is when I have a blog post pretty much ready to publish, but then life gets in the way (boo, life!), and then when I get the opportunity to finally publish the post, I feel differently about it and then end up trashing it. As I… Continue reading An ode to blogging

That Post-Hajj High

I realize the word "high" and pairing it with anything Islamic is kind of contradictory. Getting high is kind of completely antithetical to Islam. Ecstasy is no better. Maybe spiritual elevation? I don't know. It's not succinct though. And as a writer, I like my titles to be as succinct as possible. Although most of… Continue reading That Post-Hajj High

Off the Grid Again. Partially.

I have officially been off Facebook for a month. It happened in stages, of course, this social media "detox." I've never been a consistent social media consumer/user. I resisted joining for many years, and then was off for a number of years after I eventually gave in (again). But when, beginning in 2015, I had… Continue reading Off the Grid Again. Partially.