No More IOUs

When you’re starting out on your own again after divorce, it’s almost impossible not to call on the help of others.  There’s no shame in doing that.  Be it money, food or someone to talk to, all these collective forms of help are our lifeline of hope in those dark days when we are stillContinue reading “No More IOUs”

Questioning those who Question

Before, during and since my boys went off to university, I have had people ask me how I feel knowing they are no longer with me.  There have been occasions where I know the questions are not simply about me missing them.  I feel that underlying the questions are preconceived notions of what can beContinue reading “Questioning those who Question”

Me and A Thousand Others

There are times when I come to this blog with a clear plan about what I want to say. Sometimes, the thoughts which materialise onto paper are those which have been brewing in my mind for a while. Other times, the thoughts come to the fore often last minute. In almost all those cases, theContinue reading “Me and A Thousand Others”

My Crafted Realm

Yesterday, I dropped off my son to university where he will be entering a new phase of his life, inshaAllah. How do I feel? Excited. Not just for him, obviously. I am also excited for myself. To be around to witness the academic journeys of my sons and their evolving maturity as they move ontoContinue reading “My Crafted Realm”

A Year (and more) of MyMotherHalf

It’s been just over a year now since I took that leap of faith and plunged into the world of blogging. As seems to be the tradition of many bloggers, this is an appropriate point to look back and reflect. As a reminder to myself, I just read my very first blog post to seeContinue reading “A Year (and more) of MyMotherHalf”

A Personal Review of Ramadan

Alhamdulillah, we are almost at the end of the blessed month.  Perhaps saying “Alhamdulillah” might seem an inappropriate choice of word.  It suggests a sense of relief.  However, I mean it in the sense that I have been fortunate to have experienced most of this month and inshaAllah, will see it right to the endContinue reading “A Personal Review of Ramadan”

Unsticking the Stigma

Looking at the blog title, it should not come as a surprise that my topic today is about Divorce.  Yes, I say Divorce with a capital ‘D’.  This is because the impact of it can’t be overemphasised. Why am I still dwelling on this topic given it’s been almost five years since that decisive turningContinue reading “Unsticking the Stigma”

Learning Not to Judge at Face Value

I was recently asked, “Where do you get the inspiration to write your blog posts?”  To be honest, for the most part, I rarely plan what the conversation for each week will be.  My inspiration usually occurs during an epiphanous moment I have in the middle of a casual conversation with someone or when IContinue reading “Learning Not to Judge at Face Value”

Patience For and With the Good

We all know the need to bear patience when things don’t go to plan.  Our plan.  How many times have we heard someone give that timeless advice to keep positive, understand that when things go seemingly wrong, it’s Allah’s way of testing us to remain calm?  We need to put our wholehearted trust in Him.Continue reading “Patience For and With the Good”

The Secret of Insouciance

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about longevity.  I guess when the prime of life has passed, this is the inevitable phase that the mind enters. Coronavirus, lockdown, vaccines, isolation, death…all pretty grim words that have become part of the vernacular of front doorstep conversations and political debates across the world.  Glancing at newsContinue reading “The Secret of Insouciance”