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.
There has been one good thing that has come out of my insomnia this past week: being given the chance to really plume through the thoughts whirling around in my head. While the common response would be to check one's phone and endlessly scroll through one's social media feed, I no longer reach for my… Continue reading The gift of insomnia
In one week, Cake & Cows will be two years old. I'm not going to make any baby analogies, don't worry. A lot has happened in these two years. I was published for the first time by a site that was not controlled by me... and then again and again... and then stopped writing for… Continue reading It’s all about acceptance: Reflections on life and writing
After weeks of inactivity, I have this sudden urge to just start blogging again. Maybe it's because work is slow this week and I have zero motivation to work on re-writing my paper (I started though! That counts, right?). Also, in a world where living on the internet has become the norm, I feel that… Continue reading The convergence of writing and reflection
Ramadan will begin this evening and thus, tomorrow will be the first fast of this lunar year for many Muslims living in North America. I now live in the land of calculations (i.e. ISNA), so I know for a fact my first fast will be tomorrow. But whether one follows the moon- sighting or not,… Continue reading It has begun… or will begin very soon! i.e. some pre-Ramadan thoughts.