What a decade!
I'm sure, just like me, you've had a crazy ride with all the highs and lows.
So, as we end this decade and look forward to a new year and a new start, lets's take a moment together to recap the top 10 blog post articles and top 10 videos from We Be Inspired.
After all, WBI was born in this decade.
I wanted to create a platform where I could share with you daily inspiration and motivation to help us live a life full of purpose, with purpose.
It's what I want for myself and it's the path I've been on for the last almost 26 years now.
I'm (sometimes) obsessed with being the person I was created to be and to find myself through all the challenges and difficulties as well as the good times.
Together, I wanted us to use all our God gifted abilities and talents to truly live out our best life, helping ourselves, each other, humanity, and all of creation, and in the process also get closer to our Creator, God Almighty - Allah (swt) - work on strengthening our connection with Him, working on perfecting our ibaadah - our worship - and preparing for our best afterlife - for as I always say, each moment is our only moment!
This is my passion and my life purpose - to help you reconnect with God!
So, grab your hot or cold drinks and snacks, and get ready to be inspired and motivated, and step into the world of Islamic Spiritual and Personal Development.
And if you're new to this world, then, this is an awesome place to start right now, and when you finish, continue browsing the website for more content, articles, videos, and resources.
Oh, and, make sure you grab your notebook and pen - you're going to need it for sure!
Let's do this.
Let the class begin.
Top 10 Blog Post Articles from 2011-2019:
#10 YOU are NOT a Mistake!
God created you for a reason - for a purpose.
Each moment is teaching you a lesson and this lesson is shaping up the human you are meant to be - the human you are being right now.
The only thing is how you perceive it and how you react.
This will determine your path in life and what you achieve.
YOU are needed in this world - it's time you believe this and start living life full on!
#9 Give and You shall Receive!
We live in a society and culture where we want to work hard only so we accumulate all the goods of this world.
We want, want and want!
Its ok to have goods of this world - if done in moderation.
We need a roof on top our heads and clothes on our body. We need that. So we work for it and its ok.
But it's not always just about us as an individual, but we as a group, a community, humanity.
After reading this post, you'll become a giver too (if you aren't already) and watch the abundance you receive in return.
#8 I'm a Victim - Get ME out of HERE!
The topic we are going to look at today is about 'Self-sabotage' and 'Victim mentality'.
Today's topic is pretty deep - in more ways than one. So before we begin I request you to read this only if you are ready to move on from all negativity in your life, if you're looking for some solutions and answers and if you want to start making positive changes in your world.
If you're feeling very low and emotional then this topic may really hit home and may upset you or may even make you angry.
But do read it and do the exercises as it'll really help you.
#7 Need A Quick Spiritual Fix?
So here's the plan for us insha'Allah.
I'll give you the overall plan, but its for you to make your own schedule - because we've all got different daily schedules.
I mean normal people's schedule begins from 9am til 5pm, but someone as abnormal as me, my schedule is 5pm till 6am! (Don't ask!)
(Side note - it's 2019 and it's still the same - the 5pm till 6am thing!).
#6 Are YOU Aware of YOU?
How do we spend most of our days? Do we consciously go through the day knowing what we are doing or do we just ‘flow’ through the day on auto-pilot? Maybe you’re half and half – half on auto and half conscious?
And, so, the question is – what about the other half? Time to find out now!
#5 Courage Doesn’t Always Roar!
Today's topic is about; 'Courage and being Courageous’.
Before we continue further I just want to point out that this topic is not only for females but also for males.
In a society where gender biases are at a high we are always told that men are brave and women are weak.
We're not talking about the gender differences which Allah (swt) has created but how we always tell boys; 'Boys don't cry they are brave' and we tell girls; 'It's ok to cry, you're a girl!'.
You might cry when you read this post, but it's OK, it's a healing process.
Watch how your courage is unleashed.
#4 Is YOUR Patience A Virtue?
...Or does it make you more impatient?
Well, we have been hearing all our lives that patience is a virtue!
Is it true though? And has it worked for YOU?
Has patience become a virtue for you or made you even more impatient?
Let's find out and cultivate patience in our life.
#3 What are YOU doing this Moment?
Moments: Know that every moment you have is an opportunity.
An opportunity to grow, to excel to make your dreams a reality.
How do YOU spend your moments and what are you doing this moment?
Each moment is our only moment so find out how you can live each moment to the fullest.
#2 Have YOU Found YOUR Purpose Yet?
* Ever questioned and asked what you're doing here on Planet Earth?
* Ever had one of those days when you said; 'I've had enough! No more! I don't get it! Why ME!??
* Ever wanted peace and comfort - enough of the hustle bustle of daily life and just time to be you???
*Reflection Moment (take a minute)*
If so, then I ask you, what's stopping you from being you and having peace and comfort in life?
Read to discover your purpose in life and then live it out full til the end of your lifetime.
#1 There's something Special inside of YOU
"You say that you are just a body, but inside of you is something greater than the Universe." Imam Shafi (rahimullah).
We are spiritual beings living in physical bodies - both need taking care of. Our soul needs ibaadah (worship) and our body needs the right foods and exercise. When both the soul and body are aligned - we are at an overall state of peace and ease.
But when either one of them is misaligned then we are at dis-ease.
Have you ever felt at dis-ease? Then step inside of yourself and discover who you truly are!
Top 10 Youtube Videos from 2011-2019:
#10 Ramadan of Excellence 2019
#9 Challenge Yourself Daily
#8 Students you're in it to win it!
#7 What the FOMO is all that about?
#6 The Power of Chunking
#5 How to get Instant Soul Therapy & Heart Relief
#4 Let's share the burden today
#3 Challenges have Solutions
#2 Your Map of the World
#1 Who the Heaven am I?
So, there you have it, a selection of articles and videos to help you heal from your wounds and the past, release the negativity, set the intention, and step into the new decade - into 2020 - with excellence, health, and abundance - in ALL areas of your life.
Thank you for being part of this journey and I look forward to your company in the coming decade(s), insha'Allah - God willing.
I'll recommit to excellence and helping you to reconnect with God.
Please keep me in your duas too.
With all my love, duas, and light,
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We all have dreams we want to achieve in life.
Call them dreams, goals, intentions - but we each are either growing spiritually and emotionally daily, or we are dying.
(Apparently I stopped growing physically at age 14 so I'm stuck at 5ft3!).
Our dreams and goals keep us growing - growing and transforming daily into the person we are created to be, to live out our ultimate and unique purpose here in this world.
Many times though, our 'plans' don't go as, well, planned!
You may even, like me, have many and continuous falls and failures.
Failure and success is relative and it's defined how you want to define it.
Failure is also a lesson on how not to do something and what steps to take next.
Failure is also considered a redirection.
We plan, but God is the best of ALL planners.
However, as humans, we can easily lose hope.
It's our lifetime of conditioning and environment and all that's stuck deep in our subconscious that makes us lose hope.
But, if we are still pulled towards that dream, that goal, that intention - then what does it mean?
Should you quit or keep going?
Are you crazy to keep going?
Are you crazy to quit?
When we pray and make dua (supplication), listen to the response. It may not always come to us in a dream (as in, when we are asleep) but it may come to us as an instant idea, an epiphany, an ah-ha moment, something we read or hear, or even this feeling deep within.
This feeling is like complete peace and you just know.
Seriously, you just know, and you smile knowing it's going to work out - at the right time - and exactly the way it's meant to.
And you'll know if you're either meant to go for this dream or goal or something else will pop up - something even better - or completely different that you hadn't even imagined or thought of before.
Let's remind ourselves of the following words from the Qur'an and then we'll head into our 3 tips.
"Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits of your toil. But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, 'To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.' They are those on whom descend blessings from their Lord, and mercy. They are the ones who receive guidance." (2:155-157)
The verse above simply covers everything we need to know about life and our dreams and goals, and why things happen when they do. It's deep and in-depth in and of it self.
Really contemplate and reflect on it and see where it has or is currently applying in your life.
You'll discover answers to many of your questions!
And, here's 3 tips to help you in your dream/goal achieving journey:
1. Start and End - with your prayers, faith, hope, belief, and connection to God Almighty. Re-read the above verse from Surah Baqarah. Once we truly reflect on this verse, we will know that everything will work out for us. It may not go as we planned, but His plan is the best of all plans. Learn to surrender. So, make your plan, set the intention, take the action(s), and then turn it over to Him (swt). We need full reliance - tawakul - in Him.
Admittedly, this is hard for us humans, so that's why we have to continuously try and try and try again and try some more.
Read, watch, listen to inspirational and motivational content and learn from mentors and teachers - yes, even online - there's a vast library of information, knowledge, how-to's.
Just go to our library archive here on our website or visit our youtube channel - you'll find the inspiration and motivation to help you to keep believing and keep going.
2. Plan and Prepare - take some time out to create your plan for how you're going to achieve your dreams/goals/intentions - plan the practical steps you'll need to take. I know that many personal development teachers say, 'act first' - however, personally, I do my planning on paper, in my notebook, so I can see the structure in front of me and have a map to follow and help me navigate.
And then yes, of course, God is the best of all planners - and here is where we'll get tested. So, re-read the verse above and really connect with it deeply. Feel it to the core of your spirit.
Here also, reflect and write out why it is you want to achieve this dream or goal - what does it mean to you - your purpose with it - how it'll make you feel when you've achieved it. Take some time with this - it'll help you greatly.
3. Take Action - it's time to take the step towards achieving your dreams and goals now. In this step, we jump right in enthusiastically or have self-doubt and question our sanity, or both. Here is where we go back to step 1 and 2 to help us stay grounded. See how these three steps are interlinked?
When we take action, we'll be moving forward or we'll come upon a challenge. We may realise that our plan or the action steps are not quite working. So, what should you do? Go back to step 1 and then adjust step 2. It's the strategy that needs upgrading. You don't have to quit the goal or dream, but re-strategise and try something else.
These are the basic 3 steps. I use these too. I'm simplifying my life, and so, I'm keeping it simple with these three steps.
So, let me know, in the comments below, which of these steps resonates with you the most? Do you have more steps and inspiration to add for us all here? Are you stuck on any of the steps? Do you need help moving forward? If so, I'm here to help you with a mini one off VIP coaching session (ladies only). Just drop me a message below or contact me via the contact page and let's help you make your dreams and goals a reality now! :)
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PS - here's a Hadith to further inspire and motivate you!
Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: One day, I was riding behind the Prophet (SAWS) when he said, “O boy! I will instruct you in some matters. Be watchful of Allah (Commandments of Allah), He will preserve you. Safeguard His Rights, He will be ever with you. If you beg, beg of Him Alone; and if you need assistance, supplicate to Allah Alone for help. And remember that if all the people gather to benefit you, they will not be able to benefit you except that which Allah had foreordained (for you); and if all of them gather to do harm to you, they will not be able to afflict you with anything other than that which Allah had pre-destined against you. The pens had been lifted and the ink had dried up”. (At-Tirmidhi)
[BTW, if we've just met for the very first time right now on this blog post article and you resonate with my words and you want to learn more about me and how I can help you, then I invite you to CLICK HERE to join my 'Inner Circle Tribe' and grab yourself some FREE Masterclass trainings to start learning from me right away. Also, feel free to browse the website for more articles and grab some eBooks whilst you're at it too. If you're already a WBI'er then you're good for now - keep an eye out for the regular emails.]
Nadia Leona Yunis