Naeem

It seems like whenever i return to my old bedroom I get the urge to tumble again.

Today’s update: I came out to my sisters. That has gone well so far. I wanted to do it before I turned 25 and it happened. Not sure how I feel but it’s done now. They have a lot of questions which is understandable. I just have to remember they need patience and time to adjust.

Just a starter piercing. Looking forward to finding new ones.. 

So it’s now well over a year since I made the move to London.  Even though at times I think not much has changed, I know I’ve changed a lot as a person.

I guess the biggest things that have happened were passing my teacher training course and getting my first teaching job. It’s something I always wanted to do and I’m so glad I got the chance to do it.

I’ve also made some amazing friendships which I’m so thankful for. I’m happy in London, even though at times it can be a very lonely place. I’m not sure I’ll stay here forever, but for now it’s the right place for me.

Tomorrow I move flats again so that I’m closer to work. I don’t want to live near work but financially it makes so much sense and I’ll be closer to a lot of friends so I’m definitely happy about that.

There were also some sad events this year but that’s life and those experiences are something to learn from. Those events have meant that I’ve had to take a step back from keeping in touch with some of the people I love in order for me to deal with them. So this coming year I want to concentrate on spending more time with friends and keeping in touch. I also want to start dating more. Hopefully some lovely guy will ask me out! If that fails, i may have to ask them out myself!

Finally, I  want to do more things for myself. Things I maybe was too scared to do because I was afraid of what family might think.

And to kick it off, yesterday I got my ear pierced on the spur of the moment!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2013

Salaam/Peace everyone, 

Tomorrow marks the start of Mental Health Awareness week 2013 in the UK.

1 in 4 of the general UK population experiences a mental health problem each year. The LGBTQI community is particularly prone to issues with mental health and as such I think it’s all the more important to talk about in this space.

The Mental Health Foundation is running their annual campaign and it’s a great time to remind each other of the importance of looking after our mental health and general well-being.

Follow this link for more information of this year’s campaign:http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/mentalhealthawarenessweek/

Follow this link for information on getting help if you’re struggling with mental health issues: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/getting-help/?view=Standard

As always, our Advice Centre has links to info on dealing with depression and getting help if you’re feeling suicidal.

Inshallah this finds you all in the best of health,

-Naeem

baritoneblues:

My final song was for Naeem.  To try and reflect Naeems personality it had to be warm and comforting with a touch of soul and sass.  After failing repeatedly to create a warm rich sound, I played about with it a bit and ditched the warmth idea and went straight to a sassy bluesy idea.  Easier for me to write, definitely more playing to my strengths.  I think because this was the last one I attempted, I got more ambitious but also it meant that I drifted away into my own little world making it kind of frantic at the end, which is not indicative of Naeem at all.  But I still really enjoyed the end product.  I guess if you listen to all of the pieces together, you can get a pretty clear idea of the things I do when I’m composing.  I like to have themes and build them up and repeat them.  I like to play with rhythms in basslines.  I like throwing in obscure chords for the sake of it some times.  But it’s been great to have a challenge and a deadline to actually work on something again.  Hope to do something similar again in the future.  

What an amazing Christmas present! Shaun composed a piece of music for me. :) He is so talented. You should all check out his blog. x

dyemelikeasunset:

I am not Haraam

Hiatus interrupted for awesomeoness blogging.

dyemelikeasunset:

I am not Haraam

Hiatus interrupted for awesomeoness blogging.

Breaking my own “no more tumblr” rule to share this….LOOK WHAT THE LOVELY SHAUN SENT ME! This was such an awesome thing to come home to. THANK YOU!!!
enchantedengland:

   Hidden in the centre of London, the ruins of St-Dunstan-in-the-East, a church built in the eleventh century and severely damaged during The Blitz. The ruins were repurposed into this Victorian gothic dreamscape of a public garden, crawling with Virginia creepers and creepily atmospheric. This is a brilliant example of the beauty of beautiful decay. I would’ve stayed here all night but they close at 7 pm or dusk, whichever comes first.
   The park is open all year long and free to the public. St Dunstan’s Hill, EC4, tube stations Cannon Street and Bank (image london123 flickr)

Ok, I’m definitely visiting this place one weekend. 

enchantedengland:

   Hidden in the centre of London, the ruins of St-Dunstan-in-the-East, a church built in the eleventh century and severely damaged during The Blitz. The ruins were repurposed into this Victorian gothic dreamscape of a public garden, crawling with Virginia creepers and creepily atmospheric. This is a brilliant example of the beauty of beautiful decay. I would’ve stayed here all night but they close at 7 pm or dusk, whichever comes first.

   The park is open all year long and free to the public. St Dunstan’s Hill, EC4, tube stations Cannon Street and Bank (image london123 flickr)

Ok, I’m definitely visiting this place one weekend. 

living-in-technicolor:

huri-yyah:

FOREVER REBLOG

This is me, Kini, Nafisah, Naeem and Hussnain.

living-in-technicolor:

huri-yyah:

FOREVER REBLOG

This is me, Kini, Nafisah, Naeem and Hussnain.

(Source: ladymangoberry)

Look what I got in the post today. It’s a unicorn from the lovely Zu and Tracy aka reckoneradiohead and gentlythenight. THANK YOU SO MUCH. XXX And everyone, I want help naming him!