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Today, I am thankful for…

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What are YOU grateful for Blog friends ?

Today, I am thankful for my little sister.

Talking to her is like looking at myself in a mirror, we share mannerisms, we finish each other’s sentences, we read each other’s minds and we laugh at the same things which is always a good thing.

I am thankful for her constant support, her original passion for cooking, her love for sundays, her obsession with the Vampire Diaries (God knows she cried her heart out when Stephan died).

I am thankful for the fact that she will tell me what she likes and dislikes in me, that she continues to see in me what I could never see in myself and that she always acts like my big sister even though she’s 4 years younger than me.

My little sister is smarter, stronger, more beautiful and more poised than me.

Yesterday, she told me: « You know what ? I would have loved you even if you weren’t my sister » and then hugged me for a long time when I replied: « Well, I love you so much because YOU ARE my sister and I wouldn’t change that for the World. »

That’s the kind of human being I was blessed with. I have expressed my appreciation towards so many people over the past 3 years on my Blog but not even once to my little sister Jalila.

I know you’ll probably read this by the next 10 minutes. Get off Facebook and go read a book.

I love you to bits and pieces and I will be thankful for you, forever and always.


PS: Jalila and I love horses. Just saying.

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5 healthy habits to start this year in school

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School/ university is an excellent time to start practicing healthy habits that will help you to lead a much happy and fuller life.

Here are 5 healthy habits you can start getting used to this year:


Socializing is a huge part of life anyway and it’s much better for your mental health if you interact with other humans ! You don’t want to have conversations with your mind for 3 or 5 years, now do you ?


Dreaming big won’t help you achieve anything if you don’t work hard enough to turn that dream into a reality.

What I would suggest is to start small and work your way up. You’ll feel much better about yourself when your goals are met.


Having an optimistic outlook on life is going to make you a much happier person and a happy person is much likely to achieve goals with a smile on the face and a clear mind.

Not only will you physically feel better, but happiness is contagious. You’ll be more likely to attract other optimistic individuals who will be supportive of you and not criticise your every move.


It’s never too early to start taking care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise and go to bed at a decent hour. You knew that last one was coming 😀

Getting plenty of rest is the most important of all.


Being a student, you’re always going to have something to read whether you want to or not. However, I’m referring to reading books, magazines, Blogs and articles you actually enjoy.

Reading keeps your mind fresh and thinking quickly. Read for enjoyment from time to time.

According to them… I died last sunday !

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I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 5 and a half years old and I can say that I’ve lived a very normal life so far. The abnormal only appears when I’m dealing with a sudden blood sugar change.

However, I’m not going to lie. I am still learning how to deal with this « sweet » ups and downs every single day of my life. See what I just did there ? and I have my family and my closest friends to thank for the constant: « HIIIIND.PUT.THAT.DOWN ! » or « Here, take a tiny bite and let’s act like it never happened! » with a kind, caring look on their faces.

I like to think that my name is a Pinkberry flavour 😀

Looking back, here are some things I have dealt with that are diabetes related:

  • I have lost my sight temporarily 4 times,
  • I collapsed in school twice during the past 5 years,
  • I was high on sugar because I forgot to take my insulin on time,
  • My friends beared my sudden mood swings so many times,
  • My heart started beating so fast, my hands shaked, my knees got weak and my back froze due to a low blood sugar,
  • I missed school so many times due to morning low blood sugar, I am not complaining though 😀
  • I almost died last sunday ! (Hashtag: TrueStory) 😀

On a lighter note, they say Diabetes is life-changing. But you know what ? This is the only life style I have ever known and I am very grateful for it because it has made the person who’s writing this article right now.

And yes it is difficult to see the good side sometimes, -I learned this the hard way-. But it doesn’t have to be just about smiling on through; there are actually some real positives about coping with diabetes.

For instance:

  • I don’t take life for granted and I never will; I love life to bits and pieces,
  • I am a hopeless optimistic person and I prefer to walk away from negativity and spread positive messages around,
  • There is never something that my friends can do and I can’t. It’s just that sometimes, I have to plan better ahead. Which isn’t a bad thing,
  • I found out who my real friends are, early in life and I am grateful for every and each one of them,
  • I get served first on an airplane and this one is perhaps my favorite. It sure makes up for the scrutiny through security !

Now if you are a diabetic or you have a family member who has diabetes, here are 5 ways to be be positive about living with Diabetes:

  1. Diabetes is not the end of the road; it’s a chance for a brand new beginning.
  2. Living with diabetes really does make you prioritise your health and this is not a bad thing.
  3. Part of coping with diabetes makes you tune in closely, helping you listen to AND hear what your body is telling you. Which could end up being a lifesaver way down the road.
  4. Managing diabetes helps you make choices that will include your entire family and entourage.
  5. Coping with diabetes forces you to embrace exercise and eventually you wonder how you ever lived without it.  I started running about 2 months ago and Yoga is still one of my favourite ways to reduce stress levels and building a stronger body, which will pave the way for everything else to go right in your life.
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5 ways to detox your mind

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STOP ! Take a moment, hold your breath, count to ten, breathe then consider ways to change your state of mind, free up some space in your cluttered head. Have a look over the areas of your life that you can improve upon: Spiritual, school, college, university, career, financial, physical, mental, family and social.

Here are 5  to detox your brain:

1. Live in The NOW !

Choose some positive mantras, and keep them in mind throughout the day.

Choose optimism and settle for nothing less than magnificience in your life.

Be present in your life ! Take a moment to enjoy the now. Take joy from the little things that are happening around you, don’t miss them because you’re too absorbed in the flurry of life.

2. Let Go of Grudges:

We’ve all had bad things happen to us in our lives. These events help define us, and who we become as people.

The key is not letting these negative happenings consume us, and become all that we are. One of the difficult but rewarding ways to clear your mind is to decide not to let negativity stagnate you. Then move forward mentally.

3. Don’t Sweat about The Small Things:

Always try to look at the big picture; look at the grand scheme of things. Obsessing over perceived slights, what people may think of you, hurtful experiences drain your energy, and sap your joy and happiness. You have better things to do with your time ! There’s a life out there to be lived ! You’re denying yourself new opportunities that are out there waiting for you.

Don’t look down, don’t look back, look at the horizon. This is an essential element in detoxing your mind.

4. Sleep:

You know it’s important and you know you don’t sleep enough ! Don’t watch the TV before going to bed, make sure you have a dark room, and lay the day’s worries at the bedroom door.

Count your blessings of the day as you drift off to sleep with a smile on your face.

5. Breathe:

Take a moment to drop your shoulders and relax your jaw. Breathing out, feel the stress and negative feelings leaving your body through your mouth. Inhale, and feel positive energy coming in to replace the bad. Do this 10 times and you’ll be amazed at how ready you are to go on with your day.

Remember small steps can still take you forwards !

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