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December 15, 2016

By Fareeha Qayoom

This year has been tough for me. Personally. Professionally. Spiritually. Financially. Creatively.

 

Personally –

my mom died.

 

Professionally – I work for a public university. There is a giant brick wall between the decision makers and the implementers. You need six months to move from point A to point B. Nothing gets done this way. I need to learn to de-stress and let go. It’s out of my control.

 

Spiritually – I think I have grown spiritually and I am a stronger and a better person.

 

Financially – no savings. Paid extra taxes. No hope of recouping my losses. The government is like a giant pit. You can throw good money after the bad but you don’t get any of it back.

 

Creatively – my creativity died this year. It might have been a combination of stressors. Suffice it to say, creativity needs room to breathe. It’s like a tender seed. It needs a conducive environment to grow. Criticism, clutter, and depression, can kill it stone dead. Mine was anything but. So I dreamed about uncluttered space, minimalist lifestyle and simplicity. Hopefully, next year I can take action instead of just dreaming…

 

December is the month we take stock and build on the successes and failures of the past. We also create new resolutions. Well, I don’t have any new resolutions.  I have only old.

 

  • Re-discover my creativity.
  • Simplify my life.
  • Make good decisions in the coming year.
  • Cut down on self-entertainment. Concentrate on self-education.
  • Make space for myself.
  • Do useful and productive things.
  • Thank God.

 

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

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