Art from the Heart – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran


Eclectic Yemeni is a young female artist who shares her talent through social media. She combines her contemporary style with traditional themes to create moving, thought provoking pieces that appeal to people of all backgrounds. We speak to her about her work, inspiration and future plans.

Zatasha Kiran: Tell us a bit about your childhood.

Eclectic Yemeni: Growing up I always wanted to be the person I am today, I wanted to be content with whatever I had at hand. Growing up in Yemen didn’t really allow me to be exposed to art or artists, it wasn’t that important, at least to my environment it wasn’t. Continue reading “Art from the Heart – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran”

Sabeel: A Woman of Many Talents – Interviewed by Zatasha Kiran


25 year old Sabeel Butt studied BTEC Business and A-Level financial studies at college and then went on to university to study politics and law before deciding university just wasn’t for her. After completing her first year she decided not to return, she felt that she is more of a practical person and would like to spend her time and effort on something she really enjoyed. Whilst Sabeel now works in retail at a large retail outlet, she is also involved in other businesses. In her spare time she loved to bake so, decided to take a short course on cake decorating at her local college where she also completed a food hygiene course. A few years ago she decided to turn her hobby into a business and started work as a part time cake decorator. She has also recently launched her own makeup line which is quickly becoming quite a hit with local and international beauty bloggers. We talk to Sabeel about how she got started.

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Zatasha: What was the deciding factor for you to leave university and pursue entrepreneurship?

Sabeel: After completing one year at university I decided it just wasn’t for me, I had no idea what I was going to do but all I knew was that I didn’t want to go to university.

 

Z: Was your family supportive of your decision?

S: They weren’t happy with my decision to begin with, but they all eventually came to the realisation that I was serious about not continuing with university.

 

Z: What would you say are the three biggest obstacles in starting a new company?

S: I’d say the biggest obstacles would be balancing growth and quality, and money management.

 

Z: How did you overcome these challenges?

S: The best way to overcome any challenge is by trial and error.

 

Z: Who inspires you? 

S: My biggest inspiration is my parents who are both very hard working people and that have patience to overcome any difficult situation.

 

Z: How long did it take you to get your companies up and running?

S: My cake business started as a hobby and then gradually grew by word of mouth. With my cosmetics line, anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love makeup, I first made a few products for myself and posted them on my Instagram account. I received so many compliments and decided to start a business. It took me almost a year to gather and create my products and I’m still growing as a company. I appreciate all the support I have received from all around the world.

 

Z: Where do you see yourself and your businesses in the next five years?

S:  I hope to have a successful, stable cosmetics line which is internationally recognised.

 

Z: What are your interests beyond your businesses?  

S: I have many interests such as cooking, playing with animals and admiring nature.

 

Z: What personal strengths helped you in following your path of success?

S: My biggest personal strength has got to be patience, which I think I got from my parents. You have good days and bad days, but you have to learn to keep it together.

 

Z: How do you market your products (cakes and makeup line)?

S: I use Instagram and Facebook as a platform to advertise my business and it’s quite successful.

Z: What tips would you give to people looking to become independent entrepreneurs in today’s market? 

S: Build something you are passionate about and never give up!

Must Read: Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy – Reviewed by Dr. Hilana Omar


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Photography Credits: Christoph

How many times did you have a long to-do list ready and nothing was ticked out ? I know, I do that every single night before I sleep, and only keep adding more to it through out my working hours with the hope of getting things done before I get to bed. I get home by the evening, thinking about what should be done first and about the long list I have, and I end up doing almost none. That’s frustrating! Delaying a lot of things till the weekend, and end up spending it doing them all at once. That cycle is a never-ending one leading to a sequence of disappointments. At the beginning of 2016, just as that of every year, I got a new agenda to keep my tasks and goals in one place in front of my eyes at all times. Every month passed by and I have barely achieved any of what’s on its first page.

On the 1st of September, I started reading a new book , looking for a change or any sort of guidance through my mess. “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day,” says Mark Twain. That doesn’t seem yummy at all. That is the quote Brian Tracy wrote his book around. In his book Eat that Frog, the same concept is discussed in depth saying that if you do the tasks you keep procrastinating first, everything else won’t seem that bad. Even if Mark did not mean it that way, Tracy made a quite clear point of it. He also said that if you eat the uglier frog first, then the second one won’t put much taste difference. He stated that the same idea would apply if you had an ugly frog to eat in the morning, but you spent too much time looking at it, the idea of eating it will be harder to swallow. In other words, do the heavier and delayed tasks first, everything else will follow easily. I decided to try that, but most of the time the heavier tasks are the ones that are time consuming and can’t be done during work time. I applied his advice, and tried to do it first, still I had to delay other tasks on my to-do list to the next day because of lack in energy and time.

Again I went deep into the same cycle of procrastinating tasks to the next day, then it hit me that what if i rearrange my to-do list according to the priorities, that seems more convincing. That night, I wrote my to -do list as usual, but this time I renumbered them according to how important it was and when it was due. I had some articles and researches to read and summarize, and since it was a priority on my list , I had them done in the cab, on my break and through out the day as long as I had no patients. I had my stops on my way back home, according to how close the destination was from my house. I got my medications, grocery, my lab results that I was supposed to take two weeks ago in that order. True that on the first day, I had a lot of things done, yet I still had things pending to the next day. However, I could totally say that it was really a productive day, and most of what was on my list was done. Yet because it was being delayed for a while, I had so much left to be done. I wrote a list of things I have been delaying, and again in priority order, and on a different page I had my to-do list for the next day. That helped me get my daily tasks done, and if I had extra time, I would do something from the other list. Distributing them throughout the days of the week, I had all my procrastinated tasks done by the weekend and I had my day off peacefully relaxing.

However, eat that frog wasn’t all about the cutesy of the frog, it is very organized and comprehensible, pretty much inspires you on how to get your things done. A lot of reviews stated that it is the “definitive guide” on that matter. Go get your to-do list for the things you have to do tomorrow only and Eat that Frog !

7 Tips for Learning a New Language – By Zatasha Kiran


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Photography credits: Kaboompics

Learning a new language can be difficult, there are a lot of rules, ideas and new words to take in and it can get overwhelming.

Here are a few easy tips to help improve yourself every day:

1. Record yourself – you don’t always have to talk to someone else to speak your new language, record yourself speaking on a daily basis and listen back.

2. Write a diary – write a few sentences about your day, what you did, where you went, who you saw. Make a habit of it by doing it at the same time every day.

3. Use new words – practice the new words you learn by writing sentences and using them in conversation. Keep track of new words by putting them where you can see them (on the walls in your room etc).

4. Movies and music – listen to music you like in your new language and try to learn the lyrics. Watch movies too, you can use the subtitles option to read and look up any new words you don’t know.

5. Read, read, read – whether you like fashion magazines or local newspapers, try to read as much as you can. Be sure to choose things that actually interest you so you don’t get bored.

6. Vocabulary book – have a special book where you can write down new words you learn and their meanings.

7. Set goals – give yourself a target to achieve and work towards that. It could be learning how to spell a new word or learning to use a new phrase.

The Story of Christy Brown ~ By Shatha Akeel


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Photograph Credit: The Irish World

If you believe that you have difficult conditions, bear a load, and you are thinking that they prevent you from reaching your dreams, let me remind you that great things come from the hard times.

Today, I want to share with you the story of Christy Brown, an Irish writer and painter who had cerebral palsy and was able to write with the toes of one foot.

Christy Brown was born to a poor family. After his birth, doctors discovered that he had severe cerebral palsy. The surprise was heavy on his family, especially his mother. Continue reading “The Story of Christy Brown ~ By Shatha Akeel”

Got it Covered? ~Interview by Zatasha Kiran


25 year old entrepreneur Karima Saleh is the co-founder and owner of a popular scarf brand KaafMeem. She started the project a year ago with her partner and brother, Mayyar Saleh. Karima was born and raised in Jeddah, KSA and went on to study Interior Design at Dar Alhekma University, renowned for its support of young upcoming talent, as well taking an extra design course. Her day job in management consultancy allows her to exercise her creative abilities in the field as well as use that knowledge to boost her own business. In addition to working and managing a full time business, she is also a freelance fitness instructor at one of the biggest gyms in the kingdom. Talk about multitasking. We talk to Karima about how she got started.

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Karima and Mayyar Saleh Founders of KaafMeem

Continue reading “Got it Covered? ~Interview by Zatasha Kiran”

Must Read: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – By Dr. Abdullah Bahi


I got this book as a gift from a beloved person in 2013. It was a new edition labeled “25thAnniversary Edition”, with the addition of real stories of some of the millions of people who read this book and had their lives turn around to the better.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is a self-help book by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., who sold over 15 million copies in over 100 countries in the past quarter of a century. Continue reading “Must Read: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – By Dr. Abdullah Bahi”