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[Video] Ramadan Prep Seminar at ISCJ: How To Optimize Your Best Ramadan Mentally + Physically + Spiritually



Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatAllah wa barakatuhu :)

I did a seminar locally in NJ, sharing some of my best tips for your best Ramadan Mentally + Spiritually + Physically.

Here is the video, and you'll get to see some of my 6th graders chime in with awesome questions.

 ✿ .. As always, remember ..
* You are capable.
* You are worth it.
* You are cherished.

With Love & Peace,

وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ
And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]
[Surat Al-Baqarah, Ayah 45]

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3 Tips to Optimize Ramadan with Your Family & Friends

Ramadan is a time to connect with family and friends. Here are some tips to optimize that time, inshaAllah (Godwilling).
Note: You can adapt these tips to work with your spouse, parents, children, siblings, friends, etc.

Tip #1: Use shared lingo.
My husband Kyle loves sports and all things competitive. He regularly says "let's get it" even if it's not a sports conversation. I like to be silly with him and say it myself. It is highly unlikely for me to use this type of 'lingo' around just anyone. Therefore, it makes a special connection between us. To make this example Ramadan-specific, last year, I used this phrase many times as it relates to Ramadan. While we read Qur'an together, I would say "let's get it" many times right when we were about to start another ayah. :)

Tip #1 Action Item:
What are some unique phrases your family member or friend says? How can you mirror their language and make it Ramadan specific?

Tip #2: Help & Be Helped
Ramadan is a time to really connect with Allah SWT (God). Help each other get dunya (worldly) related things done quickly and efficiently. Two people can bang out tasks faster than one.

Tip #2 Action Item:
What is something that your family member or friend normally takes responsibility for that you can help with? What is something you normally take responsibility for that you can ask for help with? What Ramadan focused activities can you do with the freed up time?

Tip #3: Get Involved
Volunteer at a soup kitchen together, give away old clothing together, teach a class together. Do something for your community.

Tip #3 Action Item:
What can you do together this month to gain the pleasure of Allah SWT?

Those are the tips I have for you.

Leave a comment below and let me know any tips you have to optimizing your Ramadan with your family & friends, inshaAllah (Godwilling).

Thank you for reading! :)

If you want further support this Ramadan, keep reading....

I created a state-of-the-art program to ensure you (and I) rock this Ramadan with loads of energy, optimizing the maximum benefit of this Holy month. This is the 3rd time I'll be running my Ramadan Mind Body Soul Online Retreat, and this time it's open to not only sisters, but their families, organizations, and students.

2015 Ramadan Mind Body Soul Online Retreat
Here are what some participants said last year:

"I feel very inspired uplifted in spirit and don't feel hungry or thirsty until just before breaking fast. Right around Maghreb prayer I fell like I could faint. But following your diet and its really fabulous i have energy and feel really good." -sister from North Carolina

"P.s I really liked your Ramadan videos, I'm working my way through the initial ones and also the recipe book is great (lack of a more exciting word fails me) and I'm working on the journal." -sister from the UK

"I quite like the idea of this online Ramadan retreat as most of u with children will know... escaping anywhere is near impossible! I pray we all have an uplifting Ramadan guided by Yasmin Essa whose Ramadan planning videos and journal have been my best start to Ramadan ever!" -sister from the UK
 3 Tips To Optimize Ramadan With Your Family & Friends

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10 Ways Ambitious Women Can Thrive When Overwhelmed

Like many other women, I am one ambitious girl. Being ambitious can get me in trouble. Hello overwhelm! The good news is that over the years, I've learned how to press the PAUSE button when I am overwhelmed and leverage the situation to benefit myself and others. The goal is not to get rid of the overwhelm [entirely], but to use it as a map and move ourselves forwards. In this post, I'll be sharing some awesome tips, where I'll keep it real and help you do the same, inshaAllah (Godwilling).

Tip #1: You are not your overwhelm. So, stop judging yourself

This one is HUGE! You will never, ever, ever thrive while experiencing overwhelm unless you treat yourself with kindness when you are at your worst. A big part of overwhelm freedom is realizing that you are not your overwhelm. You are not crazy just because you are feeling crazy. 

Fill in the blanks next time you are not feeling a little over your head: 
Even though I feel ___________________ right now, my overwhelm does not define me.

Tip #2: Connect with yourself
The more connected you are with yourself, the more you will be able to understand yourself when you are overwhelmed. This allows you to hit the PAUSE button required to reflect & redirect. It's very easy to get disconnected in this fast paced, digital world. Especially when juggling several roles. A good way to connect with yourself is to remember what you used to love when you were a little kid...before you became an ambitious overwhelm magnet :).

Tip #3: Pray + Remember that Allah SWT (God) is close

When we are overwhelmed, it is easy to fall to feeling alone & without support. News flash: this will not help you thrive. Remember that Allah SWT (God) is always with you, and always close. 

وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ
And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah] - [Surat Al-Baqarah, Ayah 45]


Tip #4: Trust your intuition
Allah SWT (God) created women differently than men. We feel things differently than men do. Our brains are wired differently. Allah SWT has gifted us as women with this AWESOME intuition. It's what wires us to be awesome mothers and caretakers. Don't ignore this gift! In fact, ignoring your own intuition or 'gut' feeling can often lead to overwhelm.

Tip #5: Prioritize your self-care.
This is a tough one to swallow for many of us. As women, Allah SWT has gifted us with naturally being wired to take care of other people. The mothers certainly know what I am talking about. Even if you are not a mother, you can relate to this. Although I'm not yet a mother, I have carried many responsibilities for many things in regards to my two younger sisters. As women, we tend to take care of everyone else first...and then ourselves...if we get to it. While this is very altruistic, there is a problem. This turns you into a bitter old lady.

Tip #6: Be kind to yourself.
Be kind to yourself when you're at your worst.
Be kind to yourself when you're at your best.
Be kind to yourself always. 

Because here is the blunt truth: 
If you can't practice kindness with yourself, you can't **TRULY** be kind to any other human soul. It's just not possible.

If you can't be kind to yourself, you can't truly be kind to:
your daughter  your son  your mother  your father  your extended family  your husband  your fiance  your best friend  etc...etc..etc..you get what I mean.

This is not about being selfish or vain. This is about realizing that if the glue that holds things together (you) is falling apart, everyone else ultimately falls apart, too.

Tip # 7: You are 100% responsible for your overwhelm. 
No one can make you feel anything without your permission. If you fail to accept this fact, you will never leverage your overwhelm.

I've had women tell me that when their overwhelm is out of control, they fall into 'victim' mode. That's the first step: consciousness of what you are doing. To stop being a victim. Even if someone wrongs you, you control how you choose to respond to that situation.

Trust me, sister. I know it's hard. I realize that our families can sometimes drive us up a wall. I realize that stress can be at an all time high. I realize that obligation and responsibility can seem overbearing at time. Hard doesn't mean impossible, though. Plus, I promise it gets easier with practice. I realize that sometimes, we have a bunch of crazy hormones running through our body and we get upset for no good reason at all. Even so...you're still in control of your overwhelm. If you want emotional freedom, you need to own your overwhelm.

Tip #8: Be patient
Realize this is a process. A process requires patience.  Leveraging overwhelm does not happen overnight. Sometimes you'll get it right. Sometimes you won't. And, that's okay.

Tip #9: Disconnect from technology daily!
I won't tell you exactly how to do this, as it will be different for everyone. But, please, please, please, make sure that you are spending time away from your devices and technology. Also, consider turning off your push notifications. I personally do not get any push notifications. Not for emails. Not for social media. I've been practicing this for a long time now, and it's one of the best ways to decrease digital overwhelm. While you're at it, unsubscribe from mailing lists that don't serve your truth.

Tip #10: Seek Support
There are many ways to seek support, such as family, friends, coaches, programs, books, etc. Find a way that works for you and seek support! 

I run several live programs every year for women. My next live programs are my Ramadan Mind-Body-Soul Online Retreat & my Glow From The Inside Out Monthly Support Group

If you'd like to get on the waiting lists for either of these upcoming live programs, please use my contact page to shoot me a message. Please include the program you'd like me to keep you in mind for, inshaAllah (Godwilling).

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