Self-Discovery Blogs

“Detachment.”

I just finished my semester and let me tell you- this has been the hardest semester ever! I know I’m not alone- college students were going through it. Honestly, with all that’s going on with the pandemic, who isn’t going through it?! Not only has it been mentally draining but it’s been exhausting. Just incase… Read more ““Detachment.””

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“Forgiveness.”

Sometimes we unintentionally hurt ourselves. How so? We hurt ourselves is by choosing to hold onto grudges and refusing to forgive others. When we hold onto grudges, we are emotionally unstable- you know what happens when we’re emotionally unstable right? We make irrational decisions. Although I was born into Islam, I still had to find… Read more ““Forgiveness.””

“Unhappy.”

It’s funny because people always talk about the “winners circle” and the “losers circle.” My question is, what makes a winner a winner and what makes a loser a loser? Time is flying; it feels like 2020 just started and now there’s only one month left. Life flies by just like that … 2020 has… Read more ““Unhappy.””

“Realities.”

These past couple of weeks, I’ve just been reflecting about everything going on in the world. Religious rights are continuously being stripped away in France. In fact, hate crimes against Muslims have escalated. A Muslim Holocaust is still taking place in China. Africa is still bleeding. COVID-19 cases are rising. What else am I missing?… Read more ““Realities.””

“Productivity.”

Sometimes an important question I need to ask myself is, “Hadiatou, are you present?” I get so caught up in my to-do lists and before I know it, it’s the middle of the night, I’m tired, and then the cycle repeats the next morning. I have this semi-bad habit of measuring my success throughout the… Read more ““Productivity.””

“Gratitude.”

Gratitude is described as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness (Google).” You know what my greatest treasure is? Islam. Alhamdulillah for Islam. Without Islam, I am nothing. What’s your greatest treasure and why? I was born into Islam but I don’t think my journey of finding the… Read more ““Gratitude.””

“What Matters.”

What matters most to you? Is it your family? Is it your religion? Is it your spirituality? Is it your well-being? What is it!? You know the famous quote, ” you’ll always find time for things that matter to you?” Well it’s true. I started my semester two weeks ago and let me tell you… Read more ““What Matters.””

“Dear, Human …”

Audiobook: Life is a roller coaster. It has it’s up and downs. As humans, it’s common for us to sit and wonder all about our life regrets. But do we realize what that does to us mentally and physically? It shifts our focus on the past that we can NEVER change and distracts us from… Read more ““Dear, Human …””


“Don’t Overdo It.”

Audiobook: You know how people can applaud you for something but you still feel like you should’ve done more? Well that’s exactly how I’ve been these past couple of weeks. I’ve been beating myself up mentally about how I’m not “where I’m supposed to be.” But if you think about it … this is where… Read more ““Don’t Overdo It.””

“Colorism Part: One.”

Audiobook: Light-skinned, brown-skinned, dark-skinned. Which one are you labeled as? I was called both brown and dark skinned while growing up. I’m more so dark skinned now and I’m happy about it. I grew up in a society that taught me that I’m not light enough to be considered beautiful. Embracing the melanin in my… Read more ““Colorism Part: One.””



“Trauma.”

Audiobook: Natural Disasters, Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Domestic Violence, Medical Injury, Community Violence, Neglect, Deprivation, Traumatic Grief, Victim of Crime, Kidnapping, Accidents, School Violence, and Loss. What is stated above can all be different forms of trauma. Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience (Google). Here’s a question for you: How often… Read more ““Trauma.””

“Privilege.”

Audiobook: When I think of the word ‘privilege,’ I automatically think of ‘White Privilege.’ Although white privilege very much exists (there’s no denying that) there’s something else. Lately, I have been thinking about my own privilege as a First-Generation American. Heads up, it’s definitely not comparable to white privilege. Anyway, as a Fulani woman who… Read more ““Privilege.””

“I Did It- So Can You.”

Audiobook: Two days ago, I received the news I’ve been dreaming and waiting on for a whole year. Last year, around this time, I set a goal to work my way through admittance to a specific nursing program. Because of this goal, I worked ten times harder than I normally would- giving nothing but my… Read more ““I Did It- So Can You.””

“Losing a Loved One.”

Audiobook: On the first day of Ramadan, Allah swt gave my family the test of losing a loved one. Even though a week has gone by, it still hurts, I don’t know if will ever truly go away … you know, the feeling. It’s very strange to me because it does not feel real at… Read more ““Losing a Loved One.””

“My Lifelong Struggle.”

Audiobook: Today’s blog is a bit more personal. … “You’re too nice,” they say. I’ve heard that all my life as an introvert. Ever since I’ve started school, I have been known as the shy kid. I used to be so shy that I was too afraid to say good morning to my own teacher.… Read more ““My Lifelong Struggle.””

“Personality Matters.”

Audiobook: We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. — Cicero, Philosopher Personality is everything to me. I admire people who aren’t afraid to show how dope they are! It’s honestly what draws me towards people. What ever happened to just being you? Not trying to be like another rapper,… Read more ““Personality Matters.””

“Transitioning.”

Audiobook: The transition from being able to go wherever whenever versus being confined to our homes has made it tough for me to keep up with everything. Although it has been tough, I know that is not an excuse for me to slack off … or you. You and I shouldn’t give up on our… Read more ““Transitioning.””

“Evolution of the Fulani Girl.”

Audiobook: Evolution: the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form (Google). Being cautious about how you present yourself is normal as a female simply for the sake of your safety. Let’s face it, this world is full of scary and intense situations. We live in a society where women’s… Read more ““Evolution of the Fulani Girl.””

“To Be Black & Muslim …”

Audiobook: Let’s take a flashback to when you were seven years old. Did you notice as much issues in our world back then like you do now? Of course not! When I was seven, I was first exposed to racism in the muslim community when I started Islamic school. Although I was young, I noticed… Read more ““To Be Black & Muslim …””

“Guard It.”

Audiobook: You ever heard of, “don’t overcommit.” Hadiatou has that problem! I’m the type of person that loves to knock everything out ASAP! That results in me cramming and jampacking my days with goals that can sometimes be unrealistic and makes me neglect my free time. Before I know it, I end up drained, irritated,… Read more ““Guard It.””

“Seasonal Depression.”

Audiobook: Seasonal Depression. What is it? Why is Hadiatou talking about it? Because it’s that time of the year. I was first introduced to seasonal depression by one of my friends. I noticed how my friend was acting moodier during the winter time but I didn’t then understand why. I did a poll yesterday on… Read more ““Seasonal Depression.””

“Stop Burdening Yourself.”

Audiobook: So I started my spring semester this week with 17 credit hours. By the end of the week, I’m left with 14 credit hours. Here’s the reason why I ended with 14 credit hours this week: I had to have an honest talk with myself. My reasoning behind taking 17 credit hours, is not… Read more ““Stop Burdening Yourself.””

“New year, New you!”

FYI: This is the 25th Blog ( Last Blog of 2019!) Audiobook: Let’s be real … we always see the same posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, EVERY YEAR. It’s mostly all about what everyone is bringing into the new year and what they’re leaving in the current year. During this time of year in… Read more ““New year, New you!””

“The Importance of Detox”

This week has been hard. It’s that time in the semester where everything is due. I don’t feel like I’m getting any sleep. I literally have no motivation to type any more papers or do homework. The past couple of weeks has been the most exhausting. The semester has done a great job in draining… Read more ““The Importance of Detox””

“Focus On The Good”

On Monday this past week, the absolute unexpected happened to me. **Just an FYI, I’m a commuter student and I spend my weekdays at the university until 8pm before I actually go back home.** I was in the middle my break between my classes, so I decided to go to my car and just chill… Read more ““Focus On The Good””

“Overcoming Self-Doubt”

There are days in our lives in which we’ll never forget. We remember all the little details like the weather, what we’re wearing, but most of all, how we felt. A lot of the times, the days that we remember most are because of how it has affected who we’ve become. Let me take you… Read more ““Overcoming Self-Doubt””

“How You Manage Your Time, Will Either Reward You or Make You Suffer.”

We always say “we don’t have time,” for the things we have to do. But the truth is, we don’t make time for the things we need to do. I’m not pointing fingers at you because I’m the same way. Whenever it comes to homework assignments, studying, or getting chores done, it’s easy for me… Read more ““How You Manage Your Time, Will Either Reward You or Make You Suffer.””

“Sleep is Essential”

Warning: If you’re under the age of 16 then you might not understand where I’m coming from. Back in elementary school, adults always emphasized to us kids that we need a minimum of eight hours of sleep. Most of us were forced to be in bed by 9pm, and then would be pissed about it… Read more ““Sleep is Essential””

“Here’s the Issue …”

I am my biggest enemy. I often fail to recognize my accomplishments because I’m greedy towards the want to always attain more progress than what I already have. Some may call this self-actualization. The start of this semester had a rocky start of overwhelment. I became so overwhelmed that I questioned my ability to continue… Read more ““Here’s the Issue …””

“Check Yourself First”

Have you ever found yourself having the same issues with several people? Why is that happening? Why would several people have the same issue against you? Could it be because you made a poor decision for the issue? Before you continue reading, think back to a time where you know you could’ve made an issue… Read more ““Check Yourself First””

“Hijab Story”

Some of you are unfamiliar with the term, “hijab.” Today I am going to be referencing the physical “hijab.” The physical hijab is defined as a veil worn over a Muslim woman’s head while in public or surrounded by men. The purpose of hijab is to guard your beauty and promote modesty. While I was… Read more ““Hijab Story””

“Two Keys to Flawless Makeup”

         People often think that makeup is “one and done;” however, makeup requires steps that should not be missed or else, you have ruined your makeup before you’ve even started it. Before applying foundation, one must prepare the skin for all of the products it’s about to take on. General people who… Read more ““Two Keys to Flawless Makeup””

These blogs describe personal journeys of various ways I discovered more about my myself, and how that’s impacted my life and pushes me towards becoming my ideal self.

My hope is to inspire others to get started on discovering more about their selves for their sake!

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