summer

Squeeze A Summer’s Day!

Summer is finally upon us! Raise your hand if you’re as excited as I am. *raises hands*

With a new season, new goals will be set. Priorities are re-prioritized, and objectives are re-evaluated.

Especially this summer, where some of us who are in college may be looking to work more, or take summer classes, or just graduated and looking for a job, there will be a shift in your daily routine and you will eventually ease into a new one. To make this transition as productive and smooth as possible, I’ve compiled a set of objectives you should set for yourself. I for one, am going from taking 5 classes in the spring to taking 1 online class this summer. I’ve been trying to figure out how to fill up this free time by setting new goals and things that I would like to get done this summer. So here’s some stuff I’ve been working on that would be of use to you:

1. Pick up or continue a hobby. I’ve decided to explore photography as a hobby this summer and I’m looking forward to buying a new professional camera! Hopefully I’ll be able to learn how to use it before the summer ends, haha.

2. Spend some time outdoors. You know what this means: beach weather! If you live in a sunny place like I do (yay Florida!) being in the sun will be the easiest thing to relax yourself but also have goddess-like sun kissed skin(yasss). If laying under the sun for hours is not your cup of tea, which I totally get, try out outdoorsy activities like kayaking, hiking, etc. This is a double whammy as you will be active AND will get some sun. Work it! I usually like to be under the sun with a good book. Speaking of books, my second book review will be coming out soon, so stay tuned!

3. Make a list of things you want to achieve by the end of the summer (example, save x amount of cash, find a job, learn how to play the violin.) Going back to #1, my goals are to learn how to use a camera professionally, and look for post-grad jobs. Yikes.

4. Maintain a balance. Although bumming it under the sun all summer sounds like heaven, you still gotta stay on your hustle and get things done! But who’s to say you cant do it all the Boss Ass Bitch way? No one. So have fun, try new things, get shit done!

With that being said, I will be taking a short hiatus for the next week or so (going on a cruise!) but I’ll hopefully be back with some nice photos to share with you! As for sarahalwani.com, I’ll be incorporating more (amateur)photography this summer as I try to fumble and practice with the new cam, so bare with me! I will also be adding more cultural posts as that is something that is very near and dear to my heart.

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Yyyyeaaahh

Yyyyeaaahh

Until next time, my habibis! ❤

Bisous
SH

What A Beautiful Mess

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“I wake up to the sound of Vespas whizzing across the road. I feel a light breeze wander in and around my grandmother’s bedroom, where I lay half awake. I look around, all the windows are open and the curtains are dancing. The entire room is drenched in golden sunshine. What time is it anyway, I wonder. I check the clock on my side table and its 9:32 am on a warm July afternoon, in my city of Beirut, the capital of my home country, Lebanon. I catch my grandma’s eye as she sees me awake in bed and she rushes over to ask me if I want her to make me a sandwich or if I wanted go to down to the local bakery across the street and buy a freshly baked chocolate croissant. Ah, one of the reasons I love visiting my grandma during summers. She loves to baby me and I love to be babied by her. I tell her I’m not hungry yet and make myself some chai and head towards the veranda overlooking the bustling street below.

Its World Cup season, and as I look in front of me and around me I see colorful European flags hanging from one veranda to the next, in perfect harmony as if the neighbors intentionally intended on doing so. I hear a foreign Southeast Asian language being spoken above me. As I look up, I spot a housekeeper on the balcony on the floor above me, hanging clothes to dry, speaking to another housekeeper who is also on a balcony in the building across from us. They are talking in such an animated manner. Totally casual. I look below me and watch the people bustling about on the street, the baker talking to the butcher outside while they are on smoke breaks, the grocer trying to sell fruits on his grocery cart, calling out and saying that they are on special. Suddenly, overcome by hunger, I contemplate going down the street to get a croissant.

I go inside and realized the power went out. Hmm, a sandwich feels much more appealing now that the power is out and I don’t feel like taking the stairs. It wont be back for another 3 hours, which happens on a daily basis. What a beautiful mess this place is, I say to myself. I walk to the kitchen and see my grandma already making me a sandwich, letting me know who is coming over today and asking me if I had any laundry to give her, as well as a number of other matters that I can’t recall because I was too busy thinking how much I love being here, in this place, right now, with her.”

That was a mere glimpse of a typical morning in Beirut at my grandmother’s house, where I spend most of my summers. Sometimes, it’s the little things that connect you to a certain place, to certain people, and make you feel loved and cherished. I haven’t been there in almost two years because of my summer classes but I intend on going back very soon.

Do you have a simple memory that connects you to a place or person (or both)? I would love to hear it!

Bisous

-SH