​#FabulousVeils Novel#CreativityChallenge#Passage 4

The next two days made Fatma appreciate her life back in the city and she longed to go back to work. She missed the morning cup of Nescafé she would drink in the Madame’s house in Maadi. The Madame always left early and came back after Fatma’s departure. This was her favorite day of the week. Starting with a cup of coffee in the Madame’s mug, trying to sit on the high chair and falling, laughing at her fat body and short legs. This Madame was generous, always insisting that Fatma eat whatever she wanted from the fridge before working. She didn’t merely leave her an egg and beans like the other houses. Fatma’s mouth watered remembering the round baked thing she tasted once, that was coated with chocolate and filled with yellow custard. She couldn’t remember how the Madame called it. 
Join the ‘Creativity Challenge’ and have your illustrations displayed at the Book Signing of Fabulous Veils. 

Book Signing invitees will be voting for best illustrations. 1st place winner will receive a free copy from Fabulous Veils and the 2nd place winner will receive a voucher of 50 pounds from Diwan bookstores.
All what you need is to send your drawing for the passage shared from the novel. Let us see it through your eyes and your talent. Set your talent free and show us what you can do with whatever tools & in whatever form you want. 

The last date to submit your illustrations is Thursday the 8th of December. You may share them here in the comments or send them by email at iman.refaat@gmail.com with the title of ‘Fabulous Veils Creativity Challenge’.

Make sure to write your name, country, age and the date on the illustrations.

#Fabulous Veils# The Secrets behind the Scenes# Secret 1

The first secret that made me insist on making my dream come true was a very simple thing; a post on Facebook! The post was questioning the one thing I would regret on my deathbed that ‘I didn’t do’.

This post reminded me with a lesson I read for Robin Sharma, author of the best selling book ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari.” His lesson was ‘Connect to your mortality.’ Unlike what most people think, remembering that we will die is an excellent incentive for  us to live. Because we truly realise the value of things from its opposites. We appreciate our health more when we get sick for example.

Moreover, I remembered after reading this post the 2nd habit of highly effective people of  Stephen R . Covey ‘Begin with the end in mind.’ I thought of my 80th birthday and the life I wish to celebrate that I had lived as Covey advised. Writing a novel was my dream that I would regret if I hadn’t done, that I sincerely wished to live and that I wished to celebrate at the end.

What’s your dream? You too consider these three points shared by Facebook, Sharma and Covey.

I post my videos in Arabic and share the content in the comments in English to better serve my community members.

#Fabulous Veils# The Secrets behind the Scenes# Intro

Writing a novel was my childhood dream since I was ten. However, I never had the courage to pursue this dream till I was almost turning forty. Something simple happened yet it had a very profound impact on me. It urged me to make the decision of making my dream come true. In my series of videos “The secrets behind the scenes” I will be sharing the tips, tools and strategies that enabled me to reach my dream. My aim from this series is to help ‘you’ make your dream come true. You deserve to be happy and pursing your dream will make you happier than you can ever imagine.
I will posting my videos in Arabic and sharing the content in the comments in English to better serve my community members.

#FabulousVeils Novel#CreativityChallenge#Passage 1#Eman Elmofty

Many thanks to my colleague and friend Eman for being the first to join Fabulous Veils creativity challenge. 
Her illustration will be displayed on Fabulous Veils Book Signing.

Who else is up to the challenge?

Passage #1: 

“It was the call for al-Fajr prayer that put an end to Gameela’s tender caress with the weapon she had been holding. She made herself comfortable on her thick mattress, returned the pistol again to its residence and concealed herself well with the old colorless bed cover she had owned for a long time.”

  

#FabulousVeils Novel#CreativityChallenge#Passage 1

Join the ‘Creativity Challenge‘ and win a chance to have your illustrations displayed at the Book Signing of Fabulous Veils. All what you need is to send your drawing for the passage shared from the novel. Let us see it through your eyes and your talent. Set your talent free and show us what you can do with whatever tools & in whatever form you want. 

The last date to submit your illustrations is Thursday the 8th of December. You may share them in the comments or send them by email at iman.refaat@gmail.com with the title of ‘Fabulous Veils Creativity Challenge’.

Make sure to write your name, country, age and the date on the illustrations. 

Passage #1

It was the call for al-Fajr prayer that put an end to Gameela’s tender caress with the weapon she had been holding. She made herself comfortable on her thick mattress, returned the pistol again to its residence and concealed herself well with the old colorless bed cover she had owned for a long time.”

Books That Alter Destinies

How many words do you speak per day? How many of them do you speak to yourself? And if you were to sort these words would they be mostly negative or positive ones? Words of guilt, blame and criticism or words of affirmations?
 In the 7th ritual of ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ Robin Sharma introduced the ritual of ‘The spoken word” as:

– Define a series of mantras and recite them every day

– Constantly affirm all that’s good in your world through mantras 
Do you have your own mantras? Well, let’s first define the meaning of a mantra:

“ A mantra is a numinous sound, a word or phonemes, or group of words believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.”

For me I have different mantras which I use in different settings. I’m alive, I’m blessed, I’m grateful are some of the mantras I use during the first hour of my day to fill my heart with gratitude. On my challenging days I repeat “Winners never quit and quitters never win” for Lisa Nichols. When something bad or negative happens I tell myself “La’alo kheir”, which is a mantra in Arabic which means that maybe this bad things turns to be good. 

If you use mantras, share them with us in the comments, if not consider using them, they do have a magical effect.

  

Book That Alter Destinies

How do you start your day? The way you start your day sets the tone for its remaining hours. Waking up on an annoying beep then hurrying to be on time for whatever you have on your schedule won’t guarantee you a well lived day. 

Robin Sharma, in his Monk who sold his Ferrari book, introduced the “Early awakening”. In this 6th ritual of the ten the book presented he wrote:

– Rise with the sun & start the day well off

– 6 hrs of deep sleep are enough

– Never eat after 8:00 pm (digestion)

– Meditate to soft sounds/music immediately before heading to bed

– 10 min before sleeping & 10 min when waking up are very influencing on subconscious 

– Laugh at the beginning of the day

– Live each day as if it’s your last day

This was one tough ritual to adopt. Waking at 5 am every single day even when the weather was cold and the bed was warm was truly torturing. Year after year I failed to commit to this one. Till last year I made it. Waking up early despite the cold weather, on weekdays and on weekends and even during holidays and summer vacations. How? The purpose. I had something I wanted to wake up for. At first it was my novel. I started to wake up at 5 am to write for an hour before going to work. After ending my novel I became addicted to this habit. I rise with the sun. I take quiet time at the beginning of the day to decide how I want to live it. Who I want to be. The values I will stand for. Whom I wish to become. The unit of the day reflects our life as mentioned by Sharma. Having time to meditate, to reflect, to exercise and to learn before carrying out the daily duties is no longer a tough ritual. It’s a gift I offer to myself and its impact deeply affect my relationships, my inner peace and my happiness.

Finding it difficult to rise with the sun? Watch this video for Robin Sharma. 5 Tips On How To Wake Up Early:

Books That Alter Destinies

Ten rituals were shared by the “Monk who sold his Ferrari” for Robin Sharma. A novel he narrated as “a fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny”.

Dreams and destiny are two big words. Many people believe that it’s hard to dream in our fast materialistic world. And many others believe that they have no choice regarding their fate. In all his teachings, Robin Sharma propagate to the fact that the person is the creator of his own destiny.

In his heart-touching and mind-provoking fable, one of the rituals he tackled was the ritual of ‘Personal Reflection”.
This daily ritual consisted of:
1- Taking time to think.
2- Considering own actions (positives and negatives).
3- Knowing what was done wrongly during the day and taking immediate steps to repair it.
4- Writing the thoughts that went through the mind.

Watching a video lately for Bob Proctor I was shocked with the fact he shared. “Most people don’t know how to think”. At school, pupils neither learn how to think nor get equipped with thinking tools.The results is a generation of people who, asked to think, don’t know how to process this common sense order.

Trying to think as invited by Sharma, I started to search the internet and the bookstores for resources. Mind maps, thinking hats, brainstorming activities, proactivity cafes, fishbone techniques are few examples of what I have found.

From this rich book I was alerted to the importance of teaching my children and my students how to think and equipping them with tools to help them pursue a fulfilling life, the life of their dreams.

To watch Bob Proctor’s video on thinking click the link below (from min 19)

Books That Alter Destinies

Is knowledge truly useful? One of the great lessons I learned from Robin Sharma was the importance of continuous learning. Not only he advocated for the great benefit of nurturing the mind on daily basis, yet he insisted that one should put what he learns into practice. 
Before following him I used to read on and off. Though my favourite hobby is reading yet with my super busy life I found it hard to commit to reading daily. Right after reading the ‘Monk who sold his Ferrari’, I challenged myself to read a book per month and I nearly finished ninety books in six years. However, this still wasn’t what Sharma invited people to do. He talked about daily habits that would nurture the mind. Trying to improve, I joined his five am club in which he emphasised on the importance of learning for twenty minutes every morning before engaging with the real world. I shifted from learning from books to listening to podcasts, watching TED talks, following mastery sessions and subscribing to blogs. With his inspiring insights I was able to select what to read and what to watch and to try to put them into practice. 
Reflecting on this valuable book I feel happy, though I still didn’t adopt all its profound teachings, I can tell that I changed and developed by putting its knowledge and rituals into practice.