Note: I received a complementary copy of the book #AlhumdulilahForSeries, however, as always, all opinions are my own.
Ever since I became a mother last June, my whole life changed. Most people would think, well duh you had a child, of course your life will change! However, no one truly understands how much your life changes until you experience motherhood firsthand. Motherhood is the most rewarding, overwhelming, joyful, exhausting, would-do-it-all-over-again experience of your life. It is literally all of those things combined, if not more. And if you are wondering, it is all those emotions at the same time on any given day.
When you have a child depending on you 24 hours out of the day, it changes you in ways you could have never imagined. The cliche thing to say is that it has made me a better person but the truth is that it has also brought me to all-time lows as well.
During my first year as a mother and a budding entrepreneur, the one thing that has gotten me through a frantic moment, day, or week, is simply re-centering myself and uttering "Alhamdulilah".
What is "Alhamdulilah"? Ayeina.com explains it beautifully:
"The word Alhamdulillah has two parts: 1) All praise is for Allah 2) All thanks is for Allah
You can praise something or someone but you don’t necessarily thank them every time. While you can thank someone and not have their praise in your heart.
When you say Alhamdulillah, you accept all the baggage that comes along with it. You praise Allah and thank Him with all your heart. Because the more the attitude of gratitude you develop, the more the blessings shower on you – or maybe it’s just that you’ll start seeing the blessings in so many places you never saw before." -www.ayeina.com
And that is what gets me through life. Alhamdulilah. Refocusing and renewing my intentions to remember why I am doing what I am doing. Suddenly diaper changes, spills, and clean ups have more meaning and a greater purpose.
I was so grateful when I received the #AlhamdulilahForSeries - A Muslim's Mini Gratitude Journal from www.ayeina.com! I have been following them on Instagram for quite some time and whenever I would see their posts in my newsfeed, it would remind me to reflect and show gratitude.
My daughter and I sat down to read through the journal. The images and colours are so vibrant to they were appealing to me but also to my 1 year old! The repetitiveness of "Alhamdulilah for..." makes it a great read to keep young children engaged.
My favourites were:
"Alhamdulilah for whatever hit us was not going to miss us and whatever missed us was not going to hit"
"Alhamdulilah for home cooked meals"
"Alhamdulilah for strength when life gives you lemons"
There is also a section in the journal to write your personal "Alhamdulilah for..." each day. This is my favourite part of the journal as it allows me to refocus and re-centre myself in the midst of a hectic day. Today I wrote:
Alhamdulilah for facing my fears and accepting challenging opportunities to grow professionally.
For those of you living in Mississauga, the mini #AlhamdulilahForSeries Journals are available at Modah. Alternatively, it can be purchased online here. The #AlhamdulilahForSeries Journal makes a great gift for all ages. Whether you want to teach your child about gratitude or remind a friend to slow down and reflect a little bit each day, #AlhamdulilahForSeries has got you covered.
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