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Proud to be a Muslim – No apologies. No excuses.
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
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


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