Wow, Ramadan is flying by. With the new baby, trying to make it to Masjid as often as possible, running my business, and spending more time being conscious of God and learning more about Islam, these past 4 days have passed without my blogging about them.
Ramadan has been such a blessing so far. I've made dua every day (something I rarely do enough), I'm slowly becoming more comfortable with putting my full trust in my creator (and doing my part to make things happen), and I'm finding it easier and easier to exercise patience and forgive others. Clearly, God is softening my heart. It's a good feeling.
Today I am preparing for Ramadan. It’s a little late, since it seems Ramadan may start tomorrow, but inshAllah this Ramadan I will take as much advantage of the blessings this month has to offer as possible.
I am going to try and have a daily blog post with a similar template every day of Ramadan. This is a tool I will use to stay on track and to be accountable. My goal is the following 3 steps each day:
2016 has been full of adventures. February 29 (leap day) my baby boy Ali was born. He arrived a month early. It was a crazy night full of emergency surgery and a lot of worry. But at the end of the night, my wife was in good health and my baby boy was here. He was magnificent. God is great.
The past five months have been a roller coaster of emotions ranging from extreme anxiety to extreme excitement. I went from working for an employer (remotely, at home) to working for myself (also at home). While it doesn't sound like it, it was quite an adjustment. Instead of having a set list of tasks to complete, and a boss to answer to, my day was a blank slate. The only problem (or more accurately, the biggest problem) was that if I didn't do the right things, I didn't have a steady paycheck to rely on. And thus the anxiety.
Happy New Year! 2016! Woohoo!
2016 holds a lot of big changes for me:
I've quit my day job to pursue my calling to become an entrepreneur!
My son will arrive in at the end of March (God willing)!
My wife Farah and I are working on multiple business endeavors, including InnerLoop Innovations (my Branding, Marketing, and Web Presence Management firm), Personal Statement Consult (Farah's personal statement & essay consulting service, coming mid January 2016),
I've been leaning towards dumping my Nikon D7000 for a while now. I have to carry a minimum of 3 lenses with me everywhere I go (which is a pain), and my gear ends up being 1 of my 2 carry on items every time I travel. I am not a professional, I do not make a lot of money with my photography, and frankly, I wasn't enjoying it anymore. I knew something needed to change.
So I decided to do some research. There had to be something that I could carry in my pocket (or at least a jacket pocket), with enough "umph" to make me feel like I wasn't missing much. After much digging and nights of reading, I settled on the Lumix LX100.
First job. First car. College graduation. First new car. Get married. Grad school. Career. Buy first home. Climb the corporate ladder. Corner Office. Bigger house. Luxury car(s). etc.
It seems that we young Americans have confused the pursuit of happiness with the pursuit of accolades and material wealth. Somehow we've convinced ourselves that these things are happiness, that being able to purchase these things equate to joy. Unfortunately, not only is this not true, but it's a poisonous philosophy that will lead us to a life unfulfilled and unsatisfied, and worst of all still not happy.
On December 15, 2013 I walked across a stage and graduated from business school. For the past 3 and a half years I had been attending a dual master's program, Master of Business Administration/Master of Healthcare Administration, at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). I love UHCL. I went there for my undergraduate degree, B.S. in Biological Sciences. During my undergraduate career I worked there as a student as a Technical Support Specialist in the University Computing and Technology Support Center. I accepted a position in the Office of Admissions post graduation as the E-Communications Recruiter for the university and then enrolled in the MBA/MHA program. Now I've finished the MBA/MHA. I've been with the university for a total of 7 years.