New Year: New Beginnings

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With the New Year upon us, everyone talks about creating resolutions to keep for the year. Of course, many of us are aware that most of these resolutions get lost in the shuffle of our busy lives.

That’s why I personally never really create resolutions for myself. As Muslims, each day is like a new beginning for us. We have the ability to make each day better than the last, and in doing so, we can achieve so much.

However, I am a firm believer that having some goals in mind for the upcoming months, is a good way to have a focus and try to achieve some things!

So here are a list of some things to focus on for the next year!

1. Exercise

SO many people say how they want to be healthy, eat better, stay fit, and all the rest, every year. I also believe that a Dumbellshealthy lifestyle can be beneficial in many ways. So a great way to get started is to just exercise! Of course, it’s hard to find the time and motivation to go to the gym regularly, so start slow! Go for walks as many times a week as you can, getting your heart rate up is healthy for your body. Once you are comfortable with that, then try to join a gym or perhaps yoga! Try to get your family and/or friends to join with you, that way you have each other to motivate and go to these activities together. Not only will you begin to feel better about your health, exercising can also be beneficial in your daily prayers.

2. Giving up a bad habit

Everyone, sadly, has a bad habit that harms them in some way. Be it smoking or overeating, we all have our fair share of bad habits. Make a promise to yourself this year, to first identify these habits and then give them up. Or at least to reduce it to a healthy level. For example, some people are addicted to coffee or caffeine, and we all know overindulging in anything is not advised in Islam, therefore breaking any bad habit this year will only aid you.

3. Be Positive

“Give Glad tidings to those who exercise patience when struck with adversity and say, ’indeed we belong to God and to him is our return’ such ones receive blessings and Mercy of their lord, and such are the guided ones,”(Qur’an 2:155).

This is a lot harder to achieve of course, but a positive outlook can change one’s entire life. I struggle with maintaining a positive outlook on life on a day to day basis, however I’m trying my best to do what I can to not fall into a negative hole. Some tips: have inspirational quotes at your work/school desk & home, have stress relief strategies that you can incorporate in your life and lastly, saying thank you to Allah no matter what situation you are placed in.

Positivity

4. Laugh More

We all know that Laughter is the best medicine, and Smiling is Sunnah and an act of charity. In today’s world, everyone is so caught up in their own lives, we forget to even be polite to our fellow Muslims and Non-Muslims alike, when the best way to do is just by smiling. Laughing instead of yelling or crying, has a huge impact on your health. Telling and listening to jokes, reading or enjoying comedy, all help your mind and body. So this year, share a laugh and a smile with as many people as you can!

And that’s a few quick goals/tips/reminders for your new year! Hope you all have a fantastic beginning to this New Year!

Sprinkle Of Surprise

Dreamer. Believer. Achiever. Above all, Alhamdulillah always. I am a 20 something year old girl living in the USA, I have recently graduated from my undergraduate and I work full time. Even more recently, I began writing a blog, titled ‘Sprinkle of Surprise’ where I document moments of my life I want to share with the internet. I am a makeup enthusiast and I enjoy reading fiction novels in my free time. I can’t wait to travel to many countries in the world one day, inshAllah, and experience various foods and cultures and people. These days, I am focusing heavily on myself and my body and soul. I have adapted a healthy lifestyle and am attempting to consume healthier foods and exercise daily. I already feel better about myself with my new adapted ways and I pray inshAllah I can achieve my health goals. Lastly, I am a firm believer that Allah is the greatest and will always guide his believers to success. Upon doing some soul searching and realizing the importance of prayer and faith, I have been able to look at life in a more positive way. Of course, there are bumps along the way, but with prayer and faith, Allah will always guide the way.

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  • Najmah Capal

    Jazakillah khair for shairng this sis. I gained weight last year. This year I’ll focus on my health too in shaa Allah <3

    • Sprinkle of Surprise

      Awesome! Health is always a great focus of the new year 🙂

  • Fatima Hachem El Hamoui

    Jazaaki Allahu khayran for sharing this lovely post with us sis. It’s very inspiring and helpful! I’m going to personally try to focus on exercising more this year because I could really use some lol. Keep up the great work!

    • Sprinkle of Surprise

      You’re welcome! I hope this is beneficial for everyone! Best of luck! 🙂

  • Foz

    Great advice…. Already working on 1 and need to work on the rest!
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  • Khudaija.A.Nagaria

    Assalam O Alaikum Sis,

    Great goals to work towards. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala keep us all steadfast. Aameen!
    Khudaija.A.Nagaria recently posted…The Du’a That Changed My World!My Profile

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