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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy 2011!

Happy New Year!

When do you officially stop saying Happy New Year?  I have been back home for just under two weeks and have been Happy New Yearing it up left, right and centre.  I plan to keep it up until the end of January.  So...Happy New Year!

As you can see below, I tried to bring Isaac home with me.  I couldn't fit his Mom and Dad into my suitcase as well.  My plan to bring him to Canada was a bit of a flop!

Melanie over at LiveLaughConnect gave me the Stylish Blogger Award"Faiza over at It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day has style not only in fashion, but in life! She is stunning inside and out!"  Thank you Mel! 

In accepting this award, I must share 7 things with you. 
I can't think of a better thing to do for my first post of 2011!

1.  I like words!
I am trying something new in 2011 and that is to write my goals and dreams down.  In 2010, I did a lot of writing.  I enjoyed writing my blog, I formed some meaningful friendships with penpals across the globe and I did a lot of journaling.  Writing brings me a lot of clarity and keeps me honest to myself.  I also discovered that by writing down some of my goals (sometimes over and over again,) I was more likely to spend time striving to achieve them rather than spending the same amount of time daydreaming and thinking about them.  So the next six things you will learn about me are six dreams I have for myself in 2011.  I can't wait to write about achieving every single one.

2. Road trip with my bestie.
One of the most beautiful and most important people in my life is my Shafik.  I can't remember when we met and I love that.  I know that he has been in my life longer than he hasn't.  What a gift!  This year, my bestie and I are taking a road trip!  When we are together we become two of the biggest nerds ever. Stay tuned! 

Shafik and I all smiles and wrapped up in a hug as we prepare to walk 60K for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Toronto in 2003. 

3. Make my Mom a meal she'll never forget! 
My Mom is a great cook! You can taste the love she pours into everything she makes.  Once, she accidentally put citric acid into a dish instead of salt.  The meal still tasted great even though we could tell something was different.  When she figured out what had gone wrong she sent out an email apologizing to us.  That's my Mom!  She shows us her love by making us our favourite meals time and time again.  Somehow, with a Mom like this, I ended up with no desire to cook for others and little desire to cook for myself.  I love to eat a homemade meal, I just don't want to make one.  This year, I am going to make my Mom and meal that she is going to love!  Watch out Mom!

4. Take a ballroom dancing class with my Dad. 
When I was a little girl in pigtails, my Dad would sing Mona Lisa to me at bedtime.  He'd also ask me to dance with him in the living room.  As I got older, I thought he was being cheesy but now I smile so wide when I think about how very cool my Dad is!  Dad, I know you read my blog, so when can we take a ballroom dancing class?
5. Watch the sun rise and set in the same day...on purpose.
I've never done this even though I have a front row seat to gorgeous daily sunsets over the Toronto skyline. 

6. Learn how to change a tire.
I have been driving since I was 16 years old and among other car related chores, I also have no idea how to change a tire.  I know a spare tire is located.  At least that is a start!

7.  Meet a blog friend in real life. 
I don't know how.  I don't know where.  I don't know who.  I just know it will happen.

Okay so now it's your turn.  Please, please, please accept this Stylish Blogger Award and tell me any 7 things about you.  Anything at all!  When you do, please leave a link to your blog in the comments section so I can check it out.



Erin said...

You could make that roadtrip... to BC! And then you could meet this bloggy friend in real life! Good plan?

PS: Happy New Year! Say it till February 1st, I think.

Phoenix Peacock said...

He is the CUTEST baby boy - with his page boy hat, how sweet! and I love love love that you will be taking ballroom with your dad!

Claire Kiefer said...

You know I'd welcome you in San Francisco anytime. :) I love this idea & your list of things you want to achieve this year--I think you're right that it's a good idea to write them down. Mine would include: take as many trips as possible, love my body, be very diligent about writing poems and sending them out to magazines, and become throughly okay with being single. :)

That picture of Isaac in a suitcase? DARLING.

Tima said...

It's good to see you back. Been missing your blogs! But where, oh where is your desire to visit Dar on your list?

rachel awes said...

happy new year, dear faiza!
i love your list! ohhh, i'd love to watch a sunrise & sunset in the same day w/you!

Marz said...

Oh Faiza how I have missed you blog!!! I instantly am always cheered up by one of your post or blackberry messages! :) Thanks for the chat last weekend, I've been thinking about you ever since! xo I wish more than anything I could be that blog friend you meet in real life!!! I know in my heart that one day this will come true. I absolutely loved reading your list!! I just adore hearing about your family and it makes me so happy to see someone else as close to theirs as I am mine. Your parents seem so lovely and I was so touched by ballroom dancing with your dad! :) My mom is just like your mom and shows her love through her delicious home cooked meals. And just like you, I ended up with no desire to cook - but at least you know how! I honestly do not know how because I've never actually tried! It's one of the things I'd like to change this year. Wish me luck! :) xoxo

bklyn76 said...

you're back! woohoo! and what a great post to kick off the new year! i know you'll do everything on your list and i'm excited to be along for the ride... xo

Meghan said...

Welcome back! Little Isaac continues to get more and more adorable! I am so glad you had a wonderful trip!

Salim J Kanji said...

Do your friends know that you are on very naughty girl? Love you to death.


Rashida kanji said...

Faiza dear you are such a sweetheart.I love reading your blogs.They make me smile from ear to ear ,however this one brought tears in my heart!.Yes I am waiting for that delicious meal!.
Love you always.

Mom xxxxooo

Krystal said...

that is a good question! At the beginning of the year when radio people were like, "happy 3rd day of 2011" I was hoping they'd do it all year long :)

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Congrats on the award! These are 7 great things! I hope you get all of your goals done. :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

Krystal said...

I love your list of things you want to do, so meaningful! (better than my 'start flossing better' :) )

Mrs.B said...

I love the list!...and have missed your wonderful blog.

I hope you are having a "Happy New Year" and that you get to cook that wonderful meal for your mother soon!

Take care.

Stephanie said...

haha, trying to sneak a baby into a suitcase sounds like something I would do! :)
Especially a cute baby like that!
I looove that your mom fessed up to her cooking mistake! haha.
And you and your dad...too cute!!!
And today is the last day to say it...tomorrow is February!!
"Happy New Year!!!"

Simply Me said...

Happy New Year to you too Faiza ..let me just say it quickly before Feb is here ..I have like 45 mins :P ..Great post to start the year and I love the little Isaac ..who wouldn't want to kidnap such an adorable baby and I hope you achieve all this on your list and more ..
all the best !

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