Why We Love Jeddah Mom (and You Should Too!)

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Do you ever wonder about other women’s lives? Like actual real day-to-day, hard working women? So often I meet one and think wow, she looks so great, works so hard and seems to get so much done! I wonder what she is doing to keep it all together like that. Or hear about someone and think wow, I wonder what she is doing so well, and how can she do all she does… without collapsing. We admire them and often have them as mentors.

With that in mind, Pathways will be interviewing women and posting their interviews here in our community journal. These are women I know personally or have been recommended to me as being women who inspire others to do more and be better. Women who motivate others and are truly beautiful inside and out. Let’s peek into their lives just a bit, shall we?

Meet Ayesha of JeddahMom, She is also one of our regular contributors in the monthly columns.

She is a former Biotechnology lecturer turned Stay at Home Mom. She shares her passion for crafts, positive parenting, home management tips and recipes through her blog. And goes above and beyond her role as wife, mother, blogger and takes time to connect in groups and connect with others.

I cannot think of a time when I reached out to her that she hasn’t responded. And even with juggling her life, she is always there to listen and tries to help with anything when asked. Now that you know how lovely she is as a person, read on to learn more about her life, favorites, dreams, and inspiration.

Please share with us about:
  • Words that touch your soul. The Holy Quran.
  • Greatest Comfort – Knowing I have people who like hearing from me.
  • Things you should be proud of – Your family and who you are. It doesn’t matter how they are… Nobody has a perfect family but that feeling of belonging somewhere is so important. It’s your roots. Like plants are different so are we… We are all different plants. Some are trees… The Great Oak even but there is nothing wrong with being a little pea.
  • Goals and dreams (present and future) – I try hard every day to be a better version of me (as a mother, as a wife, daughter, a Muslim…) That’s my goal. Dreams will only work when I do. 🙂
  • What you are grateful for– Everything. Family who aren’t afraid to speak their mind or listen to me argue, friends who join me in my craziness, food that doesn’t come rushing out of me after I have eaten it (It is a blessing to be able to eat ! Not many realize that); a place to live in safety and security, a husband who doesn’t mind spending on my adventures, the ability to have children who are healthy; Life ( I beat my illness and saw my daughter turn 4 this year. I am here!) Water. Strangers who do not judge me on my appearance.
  • Ways in which you can love others. Be willing to listen. It takes patience, perseverance and the willingness to accept others for whatever they are to be able to listen to them and not judge. Whether it is your child, your spouse, your friend, your boss… a complete stranger even… be willing to listen to them at least. Agreeing or disagreeing with what they say, applying their advice or opening your wallet to pay for something comes after you have listened.
  • Things that make you happy, body and soul. Playing with (my) kids. They’ve got magic in them Alhamdulillah. Nothing makes me happier.
  • Places you want to go. Okay, today is not a good time to ask me this question. I’m too tired from school runs to travel anywhere. Let’s discuss this after Ramadan. 😀 That said, I am an impulsive traveler, always ready to pick up my bags and go.
  • Ways to cleanse for spring. Hire a maid. Don’t kill yourself trying to do it all alone. Don’t be afraid to throw out the Marie Kondo book! That’s the easiest way to beat stress.
  • Favorite essentials. My fountain pen, mechanical pencil, and notebook.
  • Things that feel like home. Home is where my hubby is.  There was a time when home was where my mom is but… now home is wherever Z takes me.
  • Favorite things to make or do. I crochet and craft a lot. Always in search of a new crafty adventure…
  • Childhood dreams. I always wanted to be a mom but was afraid I’d sound dumb if I said that out loud. 🙂 So I studied to be a scientist, taught at University and then left it all to get married and start a family. A lot of detours later, I am happy to be ‘just-a-mom’! Alhamdulillah!!
  • Favorite quotes: ‘Life is like a bank. What you fill in it, you get back times the interest.’ What are you filling in it?
  • People you admire. I like people so there isn’t just one person. But… I look up to my father. He taught me that every person no matter how educated, how old, how rich or poor he is, he has something to teach you. Every one of us has a talent. And… he always raises the bar a little bit higher for his children to follow. 🙂 Alhamdulillah.
  • Best advice for overcoming failures. If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived life to the fullest. Fail. Fail better. Fail again. Fail till you don’t know how to fail anymore. Be a Phoenix. Rise from the ashes stronger, bolder and mightier.
  • Ways you are energized. I write. A lot. If I am sad, I write. If I am happy, I write. Then when I have nothing to do, I write. If I can’t clean my house, I write lists. If my life’s a mess, I write my routine. If my kids don’t listen, I write out a plan. If I fight with my husband, I write a piece of my mind (and throw it.. but..!) I write. If I am really proud of him, I send him a note. When I’m down, I write a quote to stick on my wall. Writing gives me that ‘I’ve got this’ feeling.

Thank You Ayesha, I am absolutely honored to call you not only my Jeddawi neighbor but also a friend and mentor. I admire and am inspired by your sense of adventure whether it’s gallivanting around the world or writing for your blog. Your kids, no doubt, will have that sense of adventure installed in them. Love it.

Thank You for sharing your time for our community journal, And of course, thank you for sharing always in Pathways in our Monthly Columns.

I cannot wait until next month where we will get to know someone else a little bit better.

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