the top 10 - a decade of blogging
How is it a decade already?!
If I can describe this last decade to you then it goes like this...
...continuous learning, challenges, emotional challenges, family issues, confusion, business building struggles, excitement, inspiration, motivation, creative bursts, flow state, coaching, teaching, training, speaking, opportunities - local and international, falling and failing - at life, deen, and business, getting back up and succeeding...and some more...
Yes, on repeat - for the whole last decade!
By Allah, have I grown in mind, body, soul, spirit, being, or what!
Throughout all of it, you have joined me on this spiritual and personal development journey to become better Muslims and better humans.
You joined me either at the start or when I published my first blog post on this site - Wednesday 7th December 2011 - or some time after.
You're either a female or male interested in personal development.
You're either a Muslim or someone from a different faith or no faith.
But you joined me here to read my weekly Wednesday blog posts, or receive my weekly Wednesday emails, or you've watched my YouTube videos, subscribed to my channels, followed me on various or all social media that I'm on.
You've seen me in action, all over the place, being creative, or you've seen me disappear from this earth...or the World Wide Web...and inactive.
We both have one thing in common...
We both want to be better everyday.
We both want to excel.
We both want to be better in our ibbadah - in our worship - and our connection to God Almighty.
We both want to learn why we are here on earth, heal our pains and hurts, understand why we have these issues, challenges, problems, and find active solutions.
I want to say...thank you.
Thank you for being on this journey of ups and downs with me.
Thank you for being patient with me when I fell off the wagon and fell short.
I was still learning and I thought I had it all figured out and I was here to help you figure it out too but I realised I'm still on this journey with you and always will be and there's always another layer to uncover and another thing to learn and implement.
I have for my entire life - subconsciously - been looking to look up to someone.
Someone perfect. Someone who has it all figured out. And someone I can emulate.
And whenever I thought I had found that someone to look up to with all those qualities and they didn't match those, I felt lost again.
The main thing I found throughout my life - and it's changing so much for the better now - is that those people I looked up to and saw as a success whether in life or business (and to me it's all one same thing) didn't speak about their behind the scenes - their failures - and so I thought it was always me who fell short and when they did show their failures, I didn't realise that they too are human on this journey and they really don't have everything figured out. Some things yes, and they've worked hard at it, but not everything. And in the grand scheme of things, that is OK. That's why they call it life!
I realised that I have to be the role model I always wanted.
And so, here we are, a whole decade later, and what I had envisioned for We Be Inspired and where it would be has not being accomplished.
And all fault is mine.
In trying to learn business development and how to make a business a success, I fell short on my deen side, which I had worked hard at since I was 14, and I'm working to rebuild that again insha'Allah.
I fell short on helping you and left you in the dark when I said I would shine the light and help us all.
I stopped weekly blogs posts and stopped new video uploads that you loved so much.
I didn't want to show up with my failures and made it all about me and left you alone.
Some of my life challenges pushed me so much that I wanted to end things forever.
I had no one to talk to or get the help I needed so I thought how could I help you.
If you look closely at the WBI logo, you'll see it has a flag at the end and this is to symbolise that we are flag bearers for each other.
We hold each other up throughout this journey in life.
And I still believe in this and my unique purpose here on earth.
YOU are what makes We Be Inspired.
I failed you and I'm sorry.
So, now what?
Well, I'm resetting my intention for my existence - for a start!
Allah does not change a condition of a person until s/he doesn't take the first step.
And with that comes everything else - my deen schedule, my learning and growth schedule, my business building and development schedule, my friendships and relationships schedule, and my commitment, dedication, and purpose to helping you find solutions to your challenges, so you can live a happy and healed life on the deen, and prepare for your best akhirah.
That's what you signed up for when you discovered We Be Inspired, right?
I need your dua support on that.
So, as we end a decade of WBI, let's look at some of the top ten posts that really put WBI on the global map of faith based spiritual and personal development.
Once you're done with these and want even more then go ahead and browse through the library archive.
The free recourses are still available for you.
And if you're really inspired and motivated again, then head over to our YouTube channel and schedule in your learning.
Here's the Top 10 We Be Inspired Blog Posts
#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 2021 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!
I hope you enjoyed reading those as I enjoyed curating them for you.
Make sure to follow the action steps in them and always keep your notebook and pen handy.
Leave me a comment below as I love receiving all your feedback, your thoughts, your ideas.
Let me know what else you want to learn, what challenges you are currently having, and how you want me to help you or what programs/products you want me to create for you.
There's a lot I've learned in these last two pandemic years from seminars and workshops that I've implemented and I want to teach and train you on it too.
And now, let's renew our intentions and let's begin this new decade of We Be Inspired 2021-2031 and beyond, full of inspiration, motivation, and success insha'Allah.
With all my love, duas, and light - til eternity and beyond.
PS - Did I mention that our Academy is launching in 2022 insha'Allah? Get excited!
As we begin the New Year, lets start to implement lessons from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in our lives.
Have a journalling reflection moment to see which of the above you are already applying in your life and which ones you can add now.
Give yourself a 30 day challenge and do at least one each day with full sincerity and with the intention of becoming a better Muslim, a better human, an asset to humanity, and closer to Allah (swt).
See and feel the effects of the Prophet's (pbuh) teachings in your life.
Better still, we're in a national lockdown in UK, what a better way to spend time with your family and to prepare for Ramadan right now.
Create a daily challenge for yourself using the lessons above and then research the Qur'anic verse for it as well as where in the ahaadith it's been mentioned.
So, will you take on this challenge now?
Let me hear your #challengeaccepted in the comments below! :)
[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. They'll really help you during these tough times. If you're a regular WBI'er then you're good for now - keep an eye out for the regular emails.]
I've recently come across a new concept.
It's new because it has been brought to my awareness, however, I realised I've always felt this deep within and I knew there was something about it.
I just didn't know how to express it.
Well, until, right now!
I was listening to a podcast (as I do, as you know I'm a personal development junkie and I'm always learning constantly, daily!) and the guest on the show mentioned how September is the new January and how, even though the year is long past the mid mark, we can start fresh in life right now.
And since you've been part of my world for a while you know what I always say;
'Each moment is our only moment...'
See, for us here in the UK, our new academic year starts in September and we've been conditioned to begin a new chapter of our lives from the age of 2!
Yes, 2, for those of us who started nursery at that young age.
And once you're all grown up and start your own family with children then the same pattern starts all over again.
It actually continues forever...
Have you ever felt a wave of newness come over you once August summer holidays are over?
It's like you want to get back to study or work and you've been reenergised after a well deserved break.
I've always felt this deep within.
This is what they call inspiration and being inspired!
I mean, I feel this about January too - because you know, new calendar year, but there's always something about September and maybe because I've always been studying and I get a fresh supply of stationary and I'm ready to get back on it.
We know that God tells us that; "Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves." [Qur'an; 13:11 - partial]
So, I say, let's begin anew right now!
I'm giving myself a 28 day challenge.
Because you know I love challenges!
Challenges push me out of my comfort-zone-comfort and help me to grow and transform into the person I want to be now.
So what is the new challenge?
It came as another reminder from another teacher - to practice more afformations!
What are afformations?
This is a term created by Noah St. John and basically what we do is ask positive questions instead of the negative ones and be open to receiving the answers.
Our mind is like a computer and whatever we input into it, it will equally output the answer (whether we like the answer or not!).
An example is if we ask ourselves; 'Why am I always broke?'
Our mind will go search within the archives of our brain to discover all the times we said we were broke and the situations we were in which made us feel that way and our mind will speak back to us and say; 'You're broke because....'
So, afformations are a way to put a positive spin on it.
Wherever intention goes energy flows.
In other words, whatever we focus on, expands - negative or positive.
However tempting it is - and it is tempting and that's why temptation is a sin - we MUST focus on the positive so we say; 'Why am I financially abundant right now?'
Yes, I know, that may not be your current reality, but we MUST stay in the positive long enough to see the results.
And to do this we MUST repeat daily and frequently and especially when we are feeling low or ladies - you know, when our hormones are bouncing off the walls!
Remember God says He will give us the good times and the bad times.
It's all a test and trial to see how patient and grateful we are.
Everything comes with practice, discipline and determination.
Of course it's not easy.
I never said it was easy!
I've been on this path for the last 23 years and I'm still learning new things daily!
But we owe it to ourselves to live a happy and healed life now.
Here are some more examples to get you going on this challenge;
"Why am I healthy, fit and energetic right now?'
"Why is my relationship healthy and peaceful?"
"Why is it so easy for me to pray all my daily prayers?'
You can add as many as you want however do sit with each one for a moment and fully feel it in your soul and listen to the answers.
When you do get the answers - and answers you will get - don't let your rational mind brush it off.
Play with it - you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
And of course you don't just say these things and sit and wait and just sit and wait - don't, you'll get cramps - you have to actively be involved in doing your part of being fit and healthy and working towards financial abundance and a healthy relationship. But all these will help.
That's our challenge - let me know in the comments below if you'll stay with this for the next 28 days because I am! :)
Lots of love, duas and light.
Nadia Leona Yunis
I'm writing to inspire and motivate you to make positive changes in all areas of your life so you can live a life full of purpose with purpose - because this is what I'm doing for me too!
Nadia Leona Yunis