Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New Life Chapter

After waiting for years, okay maybe a little less , I am finally in college. I can't exactly tell you how it feels to be all grown up and out of high school melancholy and stepped in a new phase of practical life. But it's good.
I had always attended my academic years with Areeba who happens to be my twin. If you some twins, you must know they're supposed to be together. While choosing our colleges (and careers), Areeba and I decided to choose our own potential fields rather than just following each other because "that's what twins do". It was going to be hard, obviously.
Eventually, I chose my field which is Commerce. I always knew I was going to choose it anyways. No matter how terrifying Math could get or how complicated Economics is. #YOLO?

SO , I attended my college orientation in past week. Holly muffin, it was awesome. Meeting everyone and learning about my new institution was an overwhelming experience. Ever since classes started, all I am doing is to eat sleep and study. This circle now includes writing this post at 1AM midnight because I , very mistakenly, slept all afternoon.

The most exciting thing yet is college election. Each faculty will present some seats. I am already a participant from my faculty and voting will be done on Monday. Can it be Monday already, plis? Perhaps it's the only Monday I have ever looked forward for. Plus there's a Welcome Party coming up. GAWD could I be more excited?

In between, there's a lot to do. Studying, managing schedule, working out, MORE STUDIES.
The more I think about it, the huge it gets. So I'll just leave it for a while and sip another tea cup out of many. Why tea is the solution of every problem? Though I am not even troubled with this fact.
My face is prettily filled with 60%  tiredness and 20% dust

I guess it's safe to say that THIS is the new chapter of life. They named it college. I can't wait to document everything as we goooooooo!

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Inside The Head Of A Young Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur is a hard word. Right? It really took me a great while to learn the spelling. Um, though my spelling bee skills have always lacked so I probably wouldn't blame this spellings. But BEING an entrepreneur is a whole another thing. Basically, an entrepreneur is a person who establishes a business from scratch and take it to higher levels. Sometimes, even more than that.
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most powerful entrepreneurs of the world. Like that. Hmm.

Today, I wanted to talk about entrepreneurship but on a little different scale. Young entrepreneurship.
When I was in 8th grade, my main aim was to get out of school ASAP have a career, preferably on a small level. It just bothered me too much to have a plain life , without any spark in it. There wasn't much to do for me. Studies + social life = the end.

I had been inspired by so many people from my life who were completely self-made or too successful in their own fields. If you've ever wondered why I am too into Math without even loving it, it's just because Math is what my family subject is. Natural.
Well, there have never been so many opportunities in Pakistan for teens to grab. So you've to either create it , get it or LOOK HARD for it. I had no idea what opportunity I might take. Or how I was ever going to achieve it. Aw killer thoughts. So I wondered what could be the most important thing for me?
Internet. Heck yes. My Amma Jaan claims this generation is so ruined that they'll die without an internet connection. So if I could use internet for a better tomorrow, what else could be better than that?

I already had a blog (on which you're reading this) so I started using it for a more influenced social impact. I wrote about things that I loved. Writing and designing web spaces had always been my favorite thing so I turned them both into a blog & a designing studio. I knew it was something I would always love to do, no matter what, so it must go on. It was the first step of young entrepreneurship for me. It may or may not stay small like this but I am proud of what I did or I am doing. Wink wink.

I am 17 years old. And to everyone who's reading this, I wanna say you to work hard. Sorry, HARDER. We're not just stupid youngsters, lingered to our phones and iPods and dreaming about movies. We're the future and for future, do something when you're too young. To make mistakes you would remember not to make in your 20's. To lead a life your next generation would be proud of. It's not about money. Or fame. It's about just trying out your capabilities.

This post idea was dancing in my mind ever since Global Young Executive featured me in their young entrepreneur spotlight. I am still "awww-ing" over it.

I am featuring one of my very favorite young biz lady in this post, too. Melyssa of The Necter Collective. She's been an inspiring web person and I adore what she does. I asked her some questions that had always made me curious. Yipes.

Q1: How do you manage a good schedule for blog posts and designs? I know it's an OLD question and must be a boring one but you can answer it in a nutshell.
A. I decided to write a full post about this here:

Q2: When you're less motivated about blogging and designing , how do you cope with it?
A. Good question! I find this to be one of the most difficult things about being an entrepreneur. When I'm unmotivated, I usually take a little break or a 20-minute nap to refresh myself. If I really need to get to work, I'll start with the easiest or most fun things on my list, to ease into my work day. If I just can't work, I don't force it. I'll take a few hours or the whole day off and go do something else. Then, I'll just work an extra day (usually) on a day I'd normally have taken off. I find that with creative work, it's hard to force motivation. You just have to grab it when it comes and use your time efficiently when it's there.

Q3: (tad bit less relevant) what camera do you use for blog photography?
A. I use a Panasonic Lumix. To be honest, it's not my favorite! I had a Nikon D50 in the past and would recommend that one instead. :)

Q4: Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs?
A. My advice for young entrepreneurs would be that literally anything is possible. Anything. If there's something you want, you can typically achieve it with a lot of hard work and networking. Decide what big dreams you have and then chip away at them in small ways everyday.

I'd like to know your views on young entrepreneurship / young careers. BOOMBASH?
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Quotes From Real Life

I am that kind of person who needs to get inspired every once in a while. No matter if it's a quote, a tv show or even Amma Jaan's mega long lecture (last for like...2 months?)
But quotes are even better. You never know how a simple line could effect your whole existence. Your whole life story. Errrrrything.
There are so SO many quotes out there, from successful/famous people. But today , I want to share some quotes off my own life. Some stuff people from my life told me. It inspired me to be a lot better person than I could ever be on my own.

I heard it in some academic lectures. I would have laughed it off if I wasn't a high school graduate myself. Education literally makes you more aware, more better and more focused towards your goals.

I've always heard it from my family. Believing something ISN'T easy. Nope. Not a all. But once you get hold of it, it's easier. Like "this too shall pass" to all my troubles. Wink.

Golden words coming from Amma Jaan. It was her indirect shot to me and Areeba (ahem ahem) but it made me wonder on my sleep routine. Really , sleep till noon is a bad thing </3 Moms can be hurtfully honest.
My twinnie, who's apparently a modern day Shakespeare, told me this happy game rule. There are a lot of things I want to do at the moment but things aren't falling into places. But I want to play my part. NO RAAAGRETS.

These are so few. All I could remember at the moment and I certainly lack good memory these days. Dang.

What are some inspiring words you've ever heard or been told?

Helene in Between Blogtober
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Virtual Blog Tour: My Writing Process

After a long , long Eid week that still happens to be going on (dawats , BBQs ) , I am kind of back to reality. No more spying on bakras & cows , no more online searches for best recipes. Gotta wait another year. Dang !
Zoe of La Vie en Zoe blog tagged me into this awesome virtual blog tour where you're supposed to share what's going on behind the scenes of your blogging work. I LOVE behind the scenes (yes I check all of my favorite movies' behind the scenes. They're funny) so typically, I am sharing how my blogging work goes on.

1. What am I working on? 
I am working on my writing skills and creativity. Two years ago , before Noor's Place, I was just a student planning to do major in business administration. I had a passion to write but I would hardly work on that. With Noor's Place and Noor's Blog Designs , I feel like being a real , yeah real deal of being a writer and a young entrepreneur. Oh! believe me this entrepreneur spelling had had me confused million time. I just got better with it.

2. How does my work differ from others of its type/genre? 
Every artist , no matter if they're writers or designers , has a beautiful imagining soul which is certainly different from others. It's not an exception for me , either. I write/create what I can. It might be better than some or worse than many. But in the end, it's something I do & I am pretty fond of it.

3. Why do you write what you do? 
I write because it helps me get better. In every possible way. I have so many notebooks , doodled with thoughts and words. When I am exasperated or just worried, I'd write about it. When I have something to share with the world, I'll blog about it. Be social & always learn new stuff. That's my motto. So I go along with it.

4. How does my writing process work?
Almost everything I write is on my iPod's notes or laptop's notepad or a notebook. Plain white sheets kind of intrigue me to fill it (no matter if I draw stick cartoons on it) . Then I find photos relating to that subject. There's something about a good photo. Good vibes, hah! It's really simple. For writing something, just get an inspiration. It works like a pillar to strengthen your writing.

My Nominees:
Areeba from I Have A Messy Bun
Sadaf from Chef In Frame
Aiza from La Tour De Force
Jadirah from Jasmine Catches Butterflies
Somdyuti from One Tiny Wish
Alissa from The Wallflower Secrets

How does your blogging process work?
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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Eid Ul Azha Recap

This is how I looked #ootd

fter 2 months of Eid Ul Fitr , which comes after Ramazan & 30 days of fasting , we had another Eid named Eid Ul Azha. This Eid is one where we slaughter animals like cows , following a tradition.
"It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son, Ishmael (Ismail)a, as an act of submission to God's command, before God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead." - WIKIPEDIA

This Eid has an even more diversed background that I couldn't put it all here. So I borrowed what Wikipedia has to offer. Thanks dude.
I , surprisingly , woke up far earlier than I am used to on this Eid day. Nayy , the credit still goes to Amma Jaan who happened to wake up way earlier. I don't know how moms have that capability , like following alarms and being perfectly on time. I can never do that. Or I suppose so.
umm.. I do have a good looking family.

Animals that were about to slaughter from my family included a cow (cute but terrifying one) and 2 billy goats. One of them was certainly adorable but another one was scary with those long and pointed horns. Horns terrify the crap out of me so I stayed away from it , ALL THE TIME.
Eid ul Azha is nearrrrr! This glorious "janwar" was not in mood to strike a pose ANYHOW. I somehow managed to have a photo taken (thanks @ohareeba ) . No worries dude, I can't wait to enjoy tikkas and biryanis off that flesh.
My favorite thing was to get dressed up (of course!!!) and do my make up and stuff. Aww I sound typically mean here. But but I love to do that. Okay.

After a traditional family gathering , there was tons of meat to take care of. It's mainly a "elders" thing but I kept an eye on what they were doing. So basically , the quantity of meat , no matter how much is that, will be divided into three parts.
1- For your own family
2- For your relatives & friends
3- For needy / poor people who can't afford a Qurbani
Areeba has the cutest pose evaaaaa

First day is lazy , especially for those kind of people , who have nothing to do with work. Like me. Whoops. So I spent the rest of day watching Teen Wolf , some classic fairy tales and played xbox , wild tennis shots. RAWR! I love playing kinect tennis. As I win 90% of 'em. No , I certainly have no idea because I was a crappy player in real life tennis events. This is the main reason why I love gadgets.

2nd & 3rd day was about FOOOOD, haha! There was a lot to eat. Biryani , Qorma , Qeema , different kind of curries , tikkas. I lost my counting. Thumbs down.
There are so many B.B.Qs I need to attend. And I will do it with responsibility. C'mon , it only comes once a year and... *insert another lame reason to attend a BBQ party*

How was your Eid (if you celebrated)?
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