As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu
Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah…
You know the feeling you get as an athlete or runner, when you cross the finish line and you crushed a new goal or time? Yupe that is what I am feeling right now. I am so full of joy and happiness. We have completed 30 days of fasting. Alhamdulillah!
I feel like I just ran a marathon and I came in first place.
This Ramadan was very different for me. I had several commitments that I wanted to keep. Personal, spiritual, and business. Family wise I have additional people in my home and dealing with blending two families into one. That is a task in itself, but trying to get everyone on the same page as far as fasting and the rituals of fasting is even more of a daunting task. Keeping 10 people on task is a challenge. Alhamdulillah we made it.
Last year for Ramadan I decided I would post a dua every day for 30 days. I think around day 10 or 15 that idea fizzled out and I never completed the task. THIS year I decided to give it a go again and post for 30 days. Wow, talk about hard! It was a serious challenge for me. My goal was really to share with my readers and followers my daily experience with fasting and to give non Muslims the insight of a Muslims life. Seperate from what the media televises to the world. There was days I wanted to give up because I was late with my posting or I simply got caught up with my daily life and just forgot, but I did not give up. I persevered and I posted anyway. Some days I combined 2 or 3 days or combined the weekends into one post. The whole point was to stay committed to the task at hand, which was post my daily dua and experience for the month of Ramadan.
Another new experience for me this year was my business, Siri2Siri. My clothing line has been flourishing which is a good thing. When Ramadan started I realized even though I wanted to commit more time to my relationship with Allah (God ,Dios) I did not want to lose my momentum with my followers and sales. I have to say usaully when I fast I fast from tv, music and social media. However, the majority of my sales come from social media. So I decided to do very little sewing. More brainstorming for blog ideas, content and new designs. I realized with Ramadan being here the hustle does not stop. Life does not stop, business does not stop. You have to find the time and energy to make it work and keep going. And I did, I made it a point to carve out small bits of time to, post, blog and all things social media.
Even though I did not spend slot of time in the masjid. It was nice to be at home with my family. It was an awesome feeling for us to wake in the morning to begin our day together worshipping Allah and then to come together at night to break our fast as a family. I made it a point to take time to reflect on my life and how I am living it. What do I need to improve. It was a time to recommit to myself and my projects. It was a time to discipline myself and control my spending and coffee addiction.
There were days that was more challenging than others. But I persevered and kept my eyes on the prize. And now that Eid is here I truly feel the spirit of Ramadan in my heart and soul. And now I hate to see it go!
Eid Mubarak everyone. And thank you for allowing me to share this experience s with you!
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