Reasons You Shouldn’t Let Your Anxiety Win

I know from personal experience that anxiety and having a mental illness in general can be exhausting and sometimes you just want to give up however here are some reasons you shouldn’t.

Because you deserve the best life- Even though when you have anxiety it may feel like you don’t want to do anything you have to remember that this is just your anxiety talking. Don’t let it stop you from doing what you want and living the best life possible because you deserve it!

You’re bigger than your anxiety– When you have anxiety it feels like it’s taking over your life but always remember you are bigger than your anxiety and you are the one who controls it.

People care about you- It may feel as though you are alone and that no one cares about you but you need to remember that there are people out there who care about you. You should also be your own priority and take care of yourself because you deserve the best!

I truly believe that everyone is bigger than their mental health and it is possible for you to beat your mental illness. If you need to please seek help from a friend, family member or professionals to help you to get better.

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Why Your Blog Isn’t Taking Off

There are multiple reasons why your blog might not be taking off however a lot of them are easily solvable!

Marketing- blogging is often about marketing. You need to make people want to read your blog and to just once you need to make them want to follow your blog and keep coming back. A good way to make sure people keep coming back is to be responsive in the comments and genuinely interact with followers.

Small  blogging problems– there are a lot of small problems that are easily solvable that may be why your blog isn’t taking off. Check out these posts to see if you have any of these problems and how to solve them.

Advertising– if you want your blog to really take off you need to advertise yourself. There are certain ways to do this. Firstly, you can do some actual advertising through Google, Bing or bigger blogs that have guest posts/shoutouts. Another way to advertise yourself is to be active on other peoples blogs. Let me make it clear by that I do not mean spamming other blogs with “check out my blog” comments. I mean leave genuine comments about their content, like their posts, share the ones you particularly enjoy and remember to make some new friends!

Be genuine– if your writing is genuine and you are passionate about what you’re blogging about your readers will appreciate it and keep coming back.

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Amazing Songs I Discovered In My Country Music Class

As you guys know I really enjoyed my country music course that I took and some time ago I wrote a post about my favourite musicians. I decided to also write a post which specifically was about the songs I truly enjoyed and some information about the song and why I loved it so much.

The Carter Family- No Depression

As you may know from my previous post The Carter Family is country music royalty and No Depression at least to me is one of the most beautiful, raw and real songs I have ever heard not only in country but in music in general. It was released during the Great Depression and I think it did a great job in describing what life in the 1930’s was like in the South for the working class.

Dixie Chicks-

After the 2003 incident The Dixie Chicks received an insane amount of hate even though they were just expressing their opinion and practicing their right to freedom of speech. This song was released to address this and to express their side of everything. I love that they refused to apologise and stayed strong.

Kitty Wells- It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

This song was among the first response songs ever written in country music. It was a time when honky tonks were popular and many men got drunk in these honky tonks and cheated on their wives. However, instead of taking responsibility for their actions the men often blamed the women at honky tonks who were referred to as honky tonk angels. Hank Williams song Wild Side Of Life in particular did this to which this song by Wells’ was released as a response.

Dolly Parton- 9 to 5

I mean it’s Dolly Parton of course she had to be on this list! This song in particular is such a perfect description of what blue collar work feels like for the proletariat that I was just obsessed with it. Of course, it helps that it’s also super catchy and fun to listen to!

Johnny Cash- Folsom Prison Blues

I love Johnny Cash and this song is probably one of my favourite songs by him. I think it’s amazing how much time he spent trying to reform prisons and that he even performed in prisons.

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Amazing Musicians I Discovered In My Country Music Class

As you guys know I really enjoyed my country music class and thought I would share some of my favourite artists that I learnt about along with some background information on them and their music. Also this is far from the full list there are lots more musicians that I loved these five are just the ones that truly stood out for me.

The Carter Family

To me at least The Carter Family is really the heart of what country music is. They are really country royalty and the people who pretty much started what we now know as country music. There were of course other early musicians but they were extremely popular. What really stood out for me as well was that they didn’t make much from the music and continued working throughout their life and only made music for a couple of hours every year.

The Dixie Chicks

I love the Dixie Chicks so much! They are an incredible band that you have likely heard of at some point if you were alive in the 2000’s. They were the biggest country band at one point but unfortunately lost a large chunk of their fan base due to an incident in 2003. However, this changed their sound and made them more alt.country which I actually love!

Steve Earle

He’s another alt.country musician that I am really into. He has a very unique sound that isn’t exactly country and isn’t rock either. It’s just very unique and I personally really enjoy it.

Old Crow Medicine Road

This is another alternative country band that I have been very obsessed with lately. I love their sound and how old school country they sound.

Kitty Wells

I absolutely love her because she started something called response songs which are a very classy version of a diss track. Basically in a response song the singer will usually use the song they are responding to’s music, rhythm and sometimes words and respond to that song in this way. Kitty Wells’ response was to a Hank Williams song but also country in general which was blaming women in honky tonks for the affairs men were having there but she was like it’s not the ladies fault it’s the men who act like they aren’t married and sleep with random women they meet at the honky tonk.

O.B. McClinton

He is one of the very few African American country musicians and instead of hiding his race or not talking about it he put it out there and was proud of being African American. He also knew what racists were saying about him and his music and made fun of it. Unfortunately, he eventually stopped making country music due to the racism he faced but the music he did make was amazing.

 

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Traveling While On Your Fitness Journey (Collaboration)

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This can be difficult for many of us out there. Between going site seeing and trying new culture food. However, there are some healthy habits that can help you overcome these obstacles.

  • No gym, no weights, no problem! Here are a few basic bodyweight exercises that will help you stay on task with workouts: squats, pushups, lunges and planks.
  • As far as healthy eating while away, while at a restaurant customize your meal with healthy options. Just because you’re trying to stay healthy doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself on the awesome food. The keyword is moderation. Don’t over eat but instead sample your vacation treats.
  • Treat a Day- how do you deny yourself tacos in Mexico or fish n chips in England and even a tasty croissant in France? Simple, you don’t. Just limit yourself to 1 treat a day. Substitute sauces or condiments with something healthier.
  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! Traveling can dehydrate you if you’re going to be in the sun more often than usual. Keep water with you everywhere.
  • Something that is difficult for a lot of us on a day to day basis is eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Don’t let the whole “I’m on vacation” mindset ruin your progress.

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Live Like The Movies Do (Guest Post)

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Dearest Queen Tuya,

It is with a heavy hand that I pen this letter to you. I know it has been too long since you last heard from me, I wish it did not have to be that way. Things have spiraled out of control since you last heard from me. My unit has been moved four times over the span of six months. Gunshots are what I wake up to, screams are what I sleep with. This is not how I imagined it would be, this was not my plan. Before I left you made me promise that I would come back to you. You said you would never forgive me if I was to ever leave you behind. I promised just as you instructed, but we both knew those were worthless words said by a couple of kids who knew nothing of the world. I was supposed to save the world without wearing a mask and a Cape. At last, I am the one in need of saving. I still remember what you said to me before I left for my first deployment, “I don’t need you to come back a hero, I just need you to come back”. I did come back. I came back a broken man. All those nights I woke you up because of the nightmares that tormented me. Waking up drowning in sweat, yelling out loud during my sleep. Waking up to see you crying on the kitchen table hurt more than any gunshot wound. I was unrecognizable to you. I was not the same man that left. I was always on the edge, walking a fine line of insanity and reality. Voices in my head kept me imagining myself on the battlefield, dead bodies everywhere, including those of whom I once called my brothers. You helped me heal.

I want to hold your hand again. I miss the little things Tuya. I miss how you would make that cute sound when you laughed. I miss watching the stars with you at night, giving them names and watching them disappear. I miss making breakfast with you, dancing in the kitchen while jazz is playing in the background. I miss watching you walk back from the garden while I wait for you on the porch. You walked so majestically, like a goddess so graceful because you did not want to hurt mother earth in your words. The last time I watched you walked back from the garden, you were in all white. You had your hair band on that looked like a tiara, the arms of your dress were floating with the breeze. I began tearing up the closer you were, I was about to break the news to you that I was being deployed again. You looked so beautiful, glowing in the sun like it revolved around you. You began crying when I told you the news, you were so crushed. I tried to console you, but I cried uncontrollably with you. I never told you this before, but when they called to inform me about my deployment. They informed me that the chances of returning would be slim to none. I could not stomach telling you that, I did not have the courage. Yet I still promised you I would return. Please forgive me Tuya, please forgive me.

I can not come back to you Tuya. Not like this. What I have seen, no person should ever have to. My platoon drives by dead bodies on the daily. Everyone and anyone are a threat to us, as we are to them. Even the children in these streets can not be trusted. Civilian casualties have become a normality. We have lost 20 soldiers in a span of three weeks. All together I am afraid to list the number we have lost in the two years I have been back. My letters could not be sent since we kept changing locations for safety reasons. It is with great tragedy that this will be the last letter you ever receive of me. I am writing my obituary already as all of my brothers know this will be our last fight. We will be conducting a mission that requires us to ambush a safe house. Intel tells us that it is full of traps, explosives and suicide bombers. We are already dead. Truthfully, I died when I left you. When you waved at me goodbye, I knew I would never see you again. I knew I would never see our plans come together. I knew our life would never bloom like our garden flowers.

Before my death, I must ask for a favor. Selfish of me to ask anything more of you, after all you have endured. But my beautiful Tuya, I must still ask.

I ask with all my love Tuya, that you live your life. That is my last request.

Tuya please move on with your life. I know you do not want to hear that from me, but my time is limited. There is no point in holding out hope, I have already accepted my fate. Please Tuya live the life we always wanted to live. Find a husband who will do what I was never there to do. Have a family, you deserve it. You will make a beautiful mother; those kids will love you eternally just like I always will. I did not have everything I wanted from this life, but I had you. The memories we made will follow me to the grave. Please do not weep for me, weep for the life we never made. That is my ultimate regret, not giving you the life, you deserved. I left to fight for my country and pride. I never had the chance to fight for us. I do not believe in what I am fighting for, I vented that to you countless times in bed. Human beings should be better than this, we should be beyond bloodshed. I keep telling myself I am fighting for you and your freedom. You are worth my life to me.

I constantly pretend we live like the movies do. When the bombs, gunshots and cries keep me awake, I think of the life we never had. I dream of us with our four kids, two girls and two boys. Just like a movie script would have it.

We fight over what to name them, but in the end, I will let you win. You are the best mother in the world, you nurture our kids like no other. You spread love in the house, you teach me how to be patient with the kids. You help me fight my PTSD from the war, you heal my scars and love me unconditionally. You are gentle with me, even at my worse. You teach our kids what it is to be a good human in a planet full of so much evil. We finally get that ranch that we always wanted. You fill them with all the animals you have always wanted. You always loved every animal you came across. The kids help with the ranch when they do not have school, it has become a family commitment. It brings us closer together. The kids get older and start heading off to college. You tell them to take all the life skills you taught them and not to stray away from them. You and I are alone in the house again. We relearn how to be in the house by ourselves again. But as long as we have each other, we are fine. I will be there for you whenever you need me. In your sick days, I will heal you like you healed me. In your angry days, I will be your therapist. In your sad days, I will be your shoulder to cry on. When our kids graduate from college and get married, they will come back for Sunday dinners. We will have our grandkids running everywhere. We will cherish them, love them just like we love each other. I will hold your hand when we take our walks to the garden to stretch our old bones. I will help you with your medications. Our kids will always find us in our chairs on the porch. I will tell you how beautiful you look even in our ancient days. I will look at you the same as I did when we were seventeen. I will kiss you just like I did when we were in our twenties. Our kids will bury us next to each other. We will be forever linked in life and death. I will never leave your sight.

Please Tuya, let us live like the movies do one last time. After that, I will not mind when it is over.

This is the life I wanted for us Queen Tuya. Now as the tears drop on this letter, I want to tell you go live that life Tuya. Go be the woman I always wanted you to be for me. Go show the world how beautiful you are inside and out. I love you to the moon and back. May we find each other in the afterlife. Maybe then our movie can become true.

Tearfully, Bilal

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Royal Dosa Hut Review

Recently I found out about this place in Niagara called Royal Dosa Hut which is a vegetarian restaurant that offers mostly south Indian food. I was super excited because there aren’t a lot of vegetarian/vegan Indian restaurants in the area although there are a few with vegan/vegetarian options. It’s pretty far from where I live so I hadn’t found time to go there due to my busy schedule last semester but I finally decided to try it out today before my winter break ends and here is the full review of how it went!

So obviously like any millennial I looked at their menu and reviews online and saw that it had a lot of horrible reviews about how their food was tasteless and gross. This kind of made me think maybe we shouldn’t go there but then I was like you know what it’s worth a try. For their full menu click here.

We decided to start with a small item first to share in case we didn’t like the taste and so we started by ordering my favourite south Indian food- idli sambhar!

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It was absolutely delicious! We could tell it was freshly made and it tasted just like homemade food which is the taste I had been craving for! It was not too spicy or extremely flavourful- it was simple but in a good way. I know I’m horrible at descriptions but that’s the only way I can describe it. It was simple and mildly flavoured but since it was freshly made it tasted amazing.

Since we loved the idli we decided to get their masala dosa which is a dosa stuffed with potatoes, onions and yellow lentils. We also got the regular samosa’s.

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They were absolutely amazing too! Like we never finish our dosa because they are quite large and filling but this one was so good we literally could not stop eating. Again it was quite simple but that’s what made it so delicious. It reminded me of the homemade dosa my mum used to make. The samosa had a really unique taste I had never had before but it was still really great. They were nice and crispy on the outside and the filling was really great on the inside.

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Like I said we could not stop eating and finished all the food so we decided to get some more items for dinner. My sister got the pizza uttapam and I got another dosa. The Uttapam was topped with capsicum, tomatoes, onions and cheese.

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They were both fantastic and I can guarantee that we will be going back there real soon! As for the ambiance- it was a really cute little place and since it’s a Thursday it was just us and one other family which meant the food arrived really fast and it was very fresh. It was also quite clean and had a really nice energy/vibe to it.

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I would totally recommend it if you like simple but delicious food. If you prefer really spicy food than maybe let them know in advance so they can make it specifically for your taste.

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Goals For 2020

So I set some goals for 2020 and thought I would share them with you guys as a way to motivate myself to stick with them. Let me know what your goals this year are in the comments I would love to hear from you!

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Be more open to life- I did this one last year too I think I got really great results. I met new people, traveled to new places and had some amazing experiences and I want to continue with that this year too!

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Make better use of my time– Okay, so I may have procrastinated a little a lot last year and I really want to procrastinate less this year and just manage my time better in general too. This one is a little more difficult but something that needs to be done.

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Be proactive– Again, I was not always proactive last year and I want to work on that and be more proactive with not just my university work but also everything in my life too.

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Blog more- I did try to blog as regularly as possible last year and it ended up really paying off because I more than doubled my views and gained a lot of followers which is amazing!

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Be more positive– I did try really hard to stay positive last year but there were times that I really slipped up so this year I want to try even harder. I know I can’t be positive all the time I don’t think anyone can but I do want a more positive energy and outlook in general this year because I can totally be a pessimist and it’s exhausting.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! It’s not just the end of 2019 but the end of a decade which is just crazy I literally remember when this decade started and I was just a teenager!

Anyway I hope you guys have an amazing time today and I hope you achieve all your goals in 2020 and that this next decade is the one where your dreams come true! Sending lots of positive energy your way for 2020! Let me know what your New Years Eve plans are in the comments below!

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