✨ 10 Hours Until A Level Results! ✨ Let’s Chat! ✨

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, and let me just say, this is the perfect timing! My final A Level results are hours away, and here I am at 3 AM not knowing what to think, what to expect, what to do other than feel my heart fluttering. ✨ ✨✨✨✨

So let’s start off with addressing the elephant in the room. 🐘

These A Level results will be historic, and quite frankly legendary. This will be the first (and hopefully last) time results are being handed out without giving THE ACTUAL EXAM. So my results are actually predicted grades that teachers just HOPED I would get in the end. 😬

Which leaves us with two possibilities. 1) The exam boards are lenient and hands out everybody’s expected grades, making it easier to get As and A*s and effectively decreasing the value of them or 2) The exam boards not giving a you-know-what and making it harder to achieve As and A*s.

But hey, this is a STRESS FREE zone. 💕And as much as I’m lying about not being even a teeny weeny bit stressed, I think it’s important to realize that these results are being conducted in the most confusing and unprecedented time in nearly a century. It’s completely normal to feel nervous, but just know that everyone did their best to satisfy everyone. The exam boards, teachers, students, and you. 🙂

I think more than ever before, exam boards are beginning to realize that final exams are not an indicator of anyone’s achievements. Some students work really hard all year but don’t get what they wants, while others are laid-back before the finals and wow everyone.

The real key is consistency. And I predict that final exams will eventually be devalued as schools look upon a students overall performance throughout the year.

But alas, I can also predict with 110% confidence that I will still be awake a few hours from now. 😂

So what do you think? Are you nervous for results? Excited? Intrigued to see how these turn out? And what about A Levels in general? Do you think they are an outdated way to measure students academics?

I’ll see you all in a couple hours, hopefully with my final results ready to share, God Willing! Until then, stay safe, and keep smiling! 🙂

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤

A Group of Men Took Pictures of Me And I Don’t Know What To Do

A couple of days ago, my eight year old sister would not step begging for me to take her to the park, which happened to be a 10 minute walk from our house. Being the perfect older sister, I complied.

I kid you not, I took 237 steps outside the house (my iPhone will verify that) before I noticed a group of young men aiming smartphone cameras at me. I squinted my eyes to see what was happening, and that’s when a series of flashes ensued.

They thought I didn’t notice the flashing light, especially with the bright sun out at midday.

But I noticed.

And I froze.

I can’t even begin to describe to you why I froze. I just did. I just locked my eyes with one of the men, and I was going to confront them.

But I didn’t. Because as “safe” as these politicians and leaders say women are, we are not. With me confronting them, I was only putting my own life in danger. Can you imagine? A 17 year old girl, with her younger sister, ready to confront a group of juvenile men? Had it turned physical, I would have surely been a goner. I could have been murdered, because in Pakistan, and unfortunately the rest of the world, the women will always be the one at fault. It’s unimaginable that the male is the guilty one at hand. And it would only bring disgrace and dishonor on me to even accuse someone of such a thing.

And imagine if I had called the police. Because get this, Pakistan actually has LAWS against sexual harassment (under section 509 of Pakistan Penal Code). But you’d be an absolute idiot if you think any of these laws are regulated. They would questions whether taking pictures of a woman without her CONSENT is even deemed as sexual harassment.

But worst of all, they would say that men taking pictures of me is a compliment. That it is simply a measurement of the beauty I possess (???!?!?)

I’m so upset right now. I know this happened a few days ago, which is why I delayed writing about it since my emotions were going through the loop of a roller coaster. But this is so wrong.

I feel humiliated. Embarrassed. Exposed. Vulnerabe. Angry. Furious. Violated. Stripped of all my dignity and self worth.

I’m just so angry. I’m angry because those men thought they were in power, and I’m angry that I didn’t even try to confront them, despite all the odds stacked up against me. The fact that I didn’t do anything about it means hat they still think they are superior to women.

I know this rant makes no sense, but I hope it gives you an insight into how emotionally troubled and disturbed I am. I literally don’t know what to do. I pray to God Almighty that He punishes them severely, because as much as we all preach forgiveness and letting go, I can’t. No way. What those men did is plain disgusting, and they need to pay.

So what now? I literally don’t know what to do. Those pictures of me could be circulating in WhatsApp chains, men may be jerking off to it, who knows, maybe I’m about to be killed in a few days? All I know is, I’ve let those men win, because I’m terrified of leaving the house now.

God, I just want to scream and kick and punch those men so bad right now. They’ve turned my life upside down in a matter of days. Making me questions my own self love and respect.

But for now I suppose I’ll just cry.

Because that’s all I can do.


your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤


I want to thank those men, for making me declare an all outward against sexual harassment. And when I get on something, I won’t stop until I’m dead. Can’t wait to see you and people like you in court!

9 Things Muslims In Ramadan Understand All Too Well|Ramablog #1

untitled designAsalamualykum, my fellow Muslims and non-Muslims!! Ramadan Kareem! 

Hey there! So this is the first Ramadan I have a blog and I’m going to kick off my Ramablogs (hehe) with a post I hope fellow Muslims find relatable! And even if you aren’t Muslim, I hope I have in some way, educated you about Ramadan struggles!💁‍♀️


1. Binge Eating At Suhoor (Meal Before Dawn)

Now I can’t personally relate, but my family and friends can! Especially when they wake up with only 10 minutes left!😱

2. Wobbling During Taraweeh (Taraweeh: AKA Leg Day Workout)

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Actual footage of me after Taraweeh prayers

I felt this every year when we used to pray at the mosque, when the imam leading the prayer made Taraweeh last SO LONG! I would shift my weight from my left foot to my right foot to ease the pain. And the WORST was when my foot would fall asleep! 

Now with this whole global pandemic, Taraweeh have become somewhat easier with my family praying at home together. But I still feel like I’m doing my leg day workout! 🦵

3. Using The Bathroom CONSTANTLY After Suhoor (all that water you speed drank!) 

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This is my reality now, especially since I’m consciously making sure I’m hydrated this Ramadan! Every Suhoor, I end up drinking SO much water, to the point that I can hear it swoosh in my stomach! And I’m waking up at LEAST three times just to relieve my bladder. Anyone else?😳

4. Eating Too Much At Iftar (even when you say you won’t)

No explanation necessary! But I must add, I come out of Iftar looking pregnant!🤰

5. Staying Up All Night And Ruining Your Circadian Rhythm

Every year, I say I’m going to sleep early and wake up early during Ramadan. Well, um, that’s going great!😌

6. Vowing To Not Eat Fried Things

Trying to be all healthy shmealthy huh? Those pakoras, falafel, samosas, chicken nuggets,  fries, and rolls won’t disappear on their own! And why are these so tempting?? I eat one, and I just gotta eat them all!

Why are the best foods SO BAD FOR YOU?!?!? Explain! 

7. Freezing Masjids

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Not too relatable now (I hope!!), but why is this so true? I’m nearly shivering during Taraweehs! 🥶

8. When You’re Thirsty All Day Long (but suddenly not at Iftar)

Same goes for hunger! It vanishes by Iftar time! 

9. Ramadan. In. Summer.

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I’m counting down the days that Ramadan is in the winter!! 🥵This summer weather is too harsh! But gosh, I can’t just give up my mangoes!! 🥭


AND there you have it! I hope you found some solace in knowing that we are all going through the same pesky things during Ramadan. But isn’t this what makes Ramadan so special?

I’m over here complaining about this, but deep down, I’m loving it! 🥰🥰

Soooo, how many of you all are fasting this year? How is it going so far? And if you aren’t, just drop by and say hello down in the comments!! (If anyone is up for a deep conversation about why mangoes are the ultimate fruit, you know who to go to!)

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️ 

Awesome Blogger Award! 😁

I was nominated by Jess! So let’s show her some love and check out her blog!! 🥰

Now without further ado, let’s get into the questions!!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least five awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees ten new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Questions

  1. What is the first thing you’ll do after social distancing measures are lifted? Nothing too exotic, but I NEED to meet up with my friends and sit in a circle on the grass while recounting all of our funniest and most epic memories from high school! With our schools closing so abruptly, we never got a chance to properly say goodbye. It sucks even more because it is our last year of being together as a group.
  2. Your house is burning down, and you only have enough time to save 3 things. What do you save? Honestly…I don’t really have anything I’d truly want to save. I’m a minimalist and I don’t have any possession of mine that I must MUST save. I mean, there is my iPhone 6+, but it barely functions and so I wouldn’t mind it burning! 😂
  3. What’s your favorite social media platform? Does this blog count? I actually cannot, I absolutely CANNOT, stand social media! It’s weird, most 17 year old girls fresh outta high school have the usually Instagrams and Snapchats, but not me! 🙅‍♀️
  4. Where would you like to travel one day? I would love to visit countries where there is a humanitarian crisis and try to help as many people as I can. So wherever I get a calling from!🌍
  5. Would you rather have the power to fly or be able to turn invisible? Depends on the speed at which I would be flying. I’m such an over thinker, so I’ll go with invisibility. I could sneak myself in for free anywhere! Maybe even crash top secret meetings and be able to end wars. The possibilities are endless!🙇‍♀️
  6. If you could snap your fingers and solve a global problem, which problem would you solve? WHERE DO I START?!? You guys reading this have no idea, but I want to do so much and help so many people. I don’t even say this to gain attention, I genuinely want to be able to help so so so so many people and set up schools, hospitals, prison reforms, build roads and skyscrapers and create millions of jobs. I could go on for hours and hours and hours! Probably even days! It’s my absolute passion, and it consumes 100% of my daydreaming!♥️
  7. Who is your role model/who do you admire the most? My maternal grandfather and Aisha (ra), the woman I was named after!
  8. What’s something you want to achieve this year? I want to grow my blog audience for sure! I also want to get into the best shape of my life, complete my online courses, get into medical univeristy (God Willing) and do virtual volunteering! Wish me luck!🙏
  9. Cats or dogs? I think dogs are cuter, but cats for the win!🐱🐶
  10. What’s one song you’re loving at the moment? I’m really not a music listener! I love listening to chirping birds and forest sounds on YouTube, however!

My nominees: Mohamad at My Martial Path, H.R Phoenix, daneelyunus, Nina Yoma, Shruti Pandey, I Blog A Little Bit of Everything, The Indian Reverted Muslimah, Its My Style Of Living, Vincent Ehindero, Haroon.

My Questions

  1. What food have you never eaten but would really like to try?
  2. What social stigma does society need to get over?
  3. What’s your cure for hiccups?
  4. What’s the hardest you’ve ever worked?
  5. What’s a common experience for many people that you’ve never experienced?
  6. What food do you crave most often?
  7. When was the last time you stayed up through the entire night?
  8. What outdated slang do you use on a regular basis?
  9. What’s the most rage inducing game you’ve ever played?
  10. If you were in charge renaming things so that their names would be more accurate, what names would you come up with?

You guys! I cannot believe I’ve got yet ANOTHER (!!) award! Ya’ll truly don’t know how loved that makes me feel! Knowing that there are people put there who have stumbled upon my corner of the internet, knowing that people dedicate their own time and energy to comment and start a conversation. I mean it’s just so beautiful! Thank you ♥️🙌

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!! Eid Mubarak! 🎉 🌙

I’m going to keep it short here. Cov-EID Mubarak! Ramadan is now Rama-DONE! (I’m so sorry you had to read that lol) 😂😂

A whole month of fasting later, and it’s now Eid! EID MUBARAK!!

May the blessings of Allah SWT fill your life with happiness and open all the doors of success now and always. May this special day bring peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone. May Allah blessings be with you today, tomorrow and always. 🤲

I hope you all have a blessed Eid! Even to those who don’t celebrate, go out there and seize the day!

As always, keep me in your prayers! 🤲 🙂


your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️

 

What Generation Do You Belong To?

what generation do you belong toMy family got into a very interesting discussion regarding the so called “generations” we each belonged to the other day!

My siblings and I are all Gen Z (whoop whoop!!🥳)and my parents are both Generation X!

It got me thinking, what the age demographic of my readers was. In order to collect this raw data (I’m so scientific hehe) it would be boring and maybe even rude to ask everyone their ages. 😂So to make it more fun, tell me what generation you belong to!

Not only that, share some of your earliest memories, something unique to the generation you belong to! Let’s turn the comments section into a full on history lesson! You with me?💃😜

Which Generation are You?

Generation Name Births Start Births End
The Lost Generation

The Generation of 1914

1890 1915
The Interbellum Generation 1901 1913
The Greatest Generation 1910 1924
The Silent Generation 1925 1945
Baby Boomer Generation 1946 1964
Generation X (Baby Bust) 1965 1979
Xennials 1975 1985
Millennials

Generation Y, Gen Next

1980 1994
iGen / Gen Z 1995 2012
Gen Alpha 2013 2025

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️

5 Easy + Healthy Dessert Ideas ft Bayance and Ceres| Ramablog #2

Asalamualykum! HEYYY! What’s up everyone? Anyone hungry? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

This post is in collaboration with Bayance and Ceres! These two have included recipes for Iftar and Suhoor, so our Ramadan is basically set! The three of us have essentially made sure ya’ll are well fed for the rest of the month! What more could you possible need?!?! SO CHECK THEM OUT. LIKE…NOW! 😱They are amazing amaze amazing fellow (Muslim) bloggers who are so much more composed and professional than I am hehe.😜

I’ve got some super easy (GLUTEN FREE💃) recipes that we can all try out this Ramadan! I’ve tried my best to incorporate foods that are associated with Ramadan, like dates, yogurt, and fruits! As a plus, I have also tried making them as simple as possible, because I know you all might not have these ingredients lying around, and with this global pandemic, I don’t encourage you to go out right now!☹️

  1. Yogurt with Honey, Nuts, and Fruit!

This has been my go-to, EVERYDAY snack this 😍Ramadan! I can’t believe I have tried it sooner! This recipe is COMPLETELY adaptable! Add as much as you need and want, but be sure to taste it along the way! Don’t add too much honey or too much yogurt.

Ingredients

  • cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Any fruit of your choice (I love bananas and strawberries!)
  • As many nuts or granola your heart desires!

 

     2.  Date Energy Balls

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From DetoxInsta

I’ve seen these everywhere and lemme just say, these taste heavenly. I finish all these balls in literally, one day. I know, its a problem. There are so many variations of this!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of soft dates, with the seed removed
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 2 cups of any nut of your choice! (walnuts work great, if you love peanut butter, add peanuts!)

Instructions

  1. Blend up the nuts and coconut in a food processor until they are completely crumbled.
  2. Add in the dates, salt, and vanilla extract.
  3. Once the mixture becomes sticky and doughy, you can scoop it out and roll it into balls! (if the mixture isn’t forming, you can add very little amounts of water or coconut oil)
  4. Place it on a sheet and place in the fridge or freezer!

3.  Chocolate Ice cream Using Bananas!?!

Close up of chocolate banana ice cream, served in a bowl together with fresh banana slices

Yes! You heard that right! Something people may not know is that I’m actually gluten free, so finding ice cream was a pain. I LOVE ice cream, but I LOVE fruit too. This is MY FAVE, low calorie, sweet, quick dessert idea!♥️

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2tablespoons milk
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3tablespoons cacao/cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Just add everything to a blender and blend away! You can eat it as soon as its done, or put it in the freezer for a few hours for a thicker consistency!

4. Date Smoothie

Two date shakes in tall glasses

Ingredients

  • 1/2cup  milk
  • 4pitted dates
  • 1banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1/8teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2cup ice cubes
  • 1/8teaspoon vanilla extract

– If I’m being honest, lazy folk like me are real straightforward, and would just add the dates, milk, and some ice! Tastes DIVINE even then!

 

5. Watermelon Sorbet!

A small bowl of a homemade, easy watermelon sorbet on a plate with a slice of watermelon and half a lime

This year, watermelon has been the hit item on our menu! Everyday, I’m cubing at least 1-2 watermelons and chilling them in the fridge to eat for Iftar. 😓Anyone else loving watermelons this Ramadan?🙇‍♀️

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of frozen, cubed watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon or lime or even ORANGE juice
  • some honey  if you feel like it’s not sweet enough

Instructions

  1. Blend up the frozen watermelon in a food processor and add the lime juice
  2. Blend it until you get the texture you want!

And that’s all folks! I wrote this entire post 🤤while FASTING and my mouth is watering! Probably not a good idea, whoopsie doos! But do let me know if you tried any of these, or if any of them look appetizing!😌

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️

Eat. Sleep. Repeat. (anyone else?)

untitled design-3We’ve reached Day Number: I Have No Idea in this whole lockdown mess. And let me just say, staying at home and doing nothing but YouTube and watching movies sounds amazing theoretically, but in actuality it really, really sucks. ☹️

I’m not sure what it is, but I haven’t lived up to a SINGLE goal of mine. Every night I make the intention to wake up bright and early, but I end up snoozing past 1 PM easily. That isn’t to say I haven’t woken up early at all, but it varies extremely. To highlight this, I have a graph which perfectly illustrates my circadian rhythm. Be warned, it involves A Level Chemistry. 😱

Here’s a little sneak peak of A Level Chemistry, should any of you to choose to study it. 

Then I spend my days washing the dishes, or cleaning up the rooms, maybe some cooking, and eating of course! Any other spare time I use on WordPress or doing something on my phone that doesn’t require Wifi. Did I mention? Our Wifi has been acting up these days. My siblings and I successfully used up 150 GB of data in a mere two weeks.

(Spoiler alert: Mom and Abbu were not happy campers about this) 😳

Depressing, right?

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I’m not entirely sure how to get myself to do something to be honest. While my siblings are taking their online classes, I have none. I’m waiting for my final results to come out in August, so that I can start applying for university. Not to mention I can’t meet up with friends, get out of the house, take an internship, or even get a job. I tried to volunteer at a hospital, but they said you had to be 18 years and older. Bummer.

Until then, it’s a waiting game for me.

That’s not to say I’m not grateful! I’m immensely grateful I even HAVE the luxury to stay home. All I’m saying is that it’s getting a bit repetitive and tedious.

So why this blog post? I’m hoping that by telling over 300 people (did we reach 300 already?!! <3) that I’ve become somewhat of a lazy bum, it will motivate me to stop being the said lazy bum. You getting me so far? I know it’s okay to be feeling like this, especially during a worldwide pandemic, but it seems to be taking a toll on me.

I’ve always been an outdoorsy, extrovert, workaholic type personality. Suddenly being hit with nothing significant to do is a complete 180! I feel almost guilty for staying at home, when I could be out somewhere volunteering. Or inventing the Covid-19 vaccine. Or developing a rapid test, that’s 100% efficient. 

But maybe that’s just me? The whole gist of this post was to kinda ramble up my thoughts here. And to make sure anyone else who hasn’t been exactly productive during this lockdown knows they aren’t alone.💕  img_7597

In short, I’m feeling useless staying at home, but I also know it’s necessary. Oh, and I also need to fix my daily routine up significantly. I’m hoping that this post will be able to do just that. 

Enough about me though. I’m sure you’re tired anyways! How have you been coping? Is anyone else feeling like I am? 

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️ 

 

Liebster Award! Liebster Award! 🥳 (i was nominated twice woohoo!!)

MY SECOND AND THIRD AWARD!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!? 😭😭😱😱😱🎉🎉🎉

WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN HOW AND WHY?!?!💃💃❤️

I was nominated for this award by Mohamad Toutounji AND Racheal’s Novels! Thanks you two!! Both of them have accomplished so much with their own blogs that I can only aspire to achieve. Check ’em out! 🙃

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!
  5. Make up to 11 questions and ask your nominees
  6. Notify your 11 nominees

11 Facts About Me

  1. I’m 17 years old!
  2. I’m currently living in Pakistan, but I’ve also lived in the USA and Saudi Arabia
  3. I’ve got three younger (kinda irritating hehe) siblings😌
  4. I have attended a total of 8 different schools!
  5. I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth! Seriously though, it’s a problem at this point!
  6. A bit odd, but I don’t like watching TV series and much rather prefer movies!
  7. Speaking of movies, I only find movies based on true stories to be intriguing. I know I’M PICKY!😓
  8. Not about me per se, but my mom is a twin
  9. I’ve travelled to a grand total of 14 countries! 😱
  10. I’ve been blogging for less than a year
  11. Despite living in Pakistan, I can’t read or write Urdu, but I can speak A TINY BIT and understand conversational Urdu! 😜

Mohamed and Racheal’s Questions

What is your favorite food? There. is. not. a. single. food. i. won’t. eat.

What country are you from? Born and raised in the US, but I’m from Pakistan. Make sense? I never know what to say for this.

What kind of music do you like? I’ve said this in my last award post, but I don’t listen to music! ☺️

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I stayed more committed to something, like, cough cough, blogging regularly. I’m working on it! 😳

Biggest regret in life? Deep. I wouldn’t say I have regrets, because it would consume my mind all day and make me feel guilty. It’s not a regret, but I wish I was old enough to remember my grandfather before he passed.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Extrovert for sure! I’m always needing to go out and socialize.

What’s your passion? Where do I start?? I love baking, cooking, reading, writing, blogging, studying, exercising, walking, eating, sleeping, volunteering, helping others, bothering others, joking around and SO MUCH MORE! 🤷‍♀️

Why do you follow my blog? I follow Mohamed’s blog because he’s been a great friend and his Bruce Lee posts are intriguing. Racheal’s posts have such a great sense of humor and I enjoy her writing style! It sometimes reminds me of mine lol.

If you were a drink ( alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would you be? Ooh this is creative! I really only ever drink water, but I guess I’d a highly caffeinated energy drink, because I’m super wild and I put myself out there!

Do you believe in the after-life? Yes.

Do you believe in karma? Not necessarily karma, but I believe in “reaping what one sows” and that everyone will be judged accordingly by God.

My Nominees!!

Vincent Ehindero,  Chloe Luna, Undressed Thoughts, haroonsblog, Simply Chronically Ill,  Saba Niaz siddique, Perspective girl, saania2806.wordpress.com, Life’s Fine Whine, Megha’s World, Tilly’s blog, pennygirlonline2002, The Ju Photography, 

My Questions! (I tried to make them as creative and fun as possible!)😱

Which holiday would you erase altogether from our calendars if given the opportunity?

How old is the most expired item in your fridge?

What animal most closely resembles your eating style?

Would you rather go to space or to the bottom of the ocean?

What kid’s movie did you think was too scary when you were a child?

Is cereal a kind of soup? Why or why not?

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award or the Nobel Peace prize?

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

What do you like as toppings on your ice cream?

What is the first thing people notice about you?

If a millionaire decides to fund your all expenses paid one week trip to anywhere, where would you go and what would you do?


 And there you have it! I’m so beyond grateful for the recognition I’m getting! I’m too lucky!! 😭😭

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️ 

7 Reasons Why Braces Suck 😫 (i speak from experience)

1Alright, I trust you. And I’ve never told this to anybody. But I trust you with this secret. 

Ready for it? *deep breaths in and out*

I, Ayesha, had braces once upon a long, long, time ago.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS. It’s something only a handful of people know about me. And I’ talking only seven to eight people.

You may be asking yourselves, “How did Ayesha manage to keep this a secret for so many years?” Well let’s just say, you don’t really get to socialize a lot when you’re homeschooling in Saudi Arabia. 

AND NOW OVER TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE KNOW!! 😱😱 WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?!?!

Anyways, here are some of the worst parts about having braces.

1. No More Biting Apples For This Princess (or anything hard for that matter)

That’s right. Biting into apples was a HUGE no-no for me. In fact, anything too hard risked breaking the glue off of my teeth. So apart from, apples, there were no nuts of any kind, no popcorn kernels, and no hard candy!

I once was munching on a healthy snack of nuts when I felt my braces snap off the back of my teeth! It was so embarrassing when my dentist say it, even after SHE WARNED me not to eat hard things.

2. Cutting the Inside of Your Mouth

This was awful. Every month when you got your braces re-adjusted, they metal wire would cut the inside of my mouth. Even though the cutting only happened during the first few days of every month, the pain and cuts take time to heal! You’re given some wax to cover the metal parts of the braces, but sadly, it doesn’t make your sores heal quicker! 😭

3. Getting Food Stuck In Your Braces

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YUCK! This just makes me nauseated. I would find food from hours after a meal stuck in my braces. 🤢 

The worst culprit? Peanut butter sandwiches! These things were so sticky and mushy and just ew ew ew! In fact, stay away from all sorts of bread in general! Believe my girl, finding chewed up food from hours ago, covered in saliva, is not cute. 🤮🤮🤮

4. Tightening Your Braces 😫😫

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This was hands down, THE MOST PAINFUL THING I HAVE, AND EVER WILL EXPERIENCE. I would rather co through childbirth and labor 100 different times than feel the pain I felt when I got my braces tightened. 

I would literally need to take painkillers because my mouth would be throbbing in pain. Sometimes, the pain from my mouth would magically diffuse into my head, resulting in the worst headaches imaginable. I couldn’t eat solid foods for days after either. The pain I felt afterwards was so intense, that words cannot even describe it. No word exists that could describe the intensity of the pain I felt. Even Leonardo DiCaprio can’t reenact it.

5. Wearing Rubber Bands

So apparently, not everyone has to do this…? Basically, they are these minuscule rubber bands that you hook onto your braces in order to align your teeth. These hurt too.

When I first was told I had to wear them, I had to spend an hour trying to stretch them onto my braces. These bands are SMALL. As small as the the ‘O’ key on your keyboard. And I stretched this over my top and bottom teeth to form one huge rectangle. 

After you put these in, say hasta la vista to talking, smiling, and movement involving your mouth! 

6. Smiling 😁

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Kanye West is just perfect when describing this. You’d smile because you were genuinely having a great time, then suddenly remember you have braces and hide those teeth away! Don’t worry though, life is too short not to smile, so don’t be insecure about your braces! 😁

Just know we all still feel you. 

7. Retainers

When was the last time I wore my retainers? I decline to comment. 😶😶😶😶

It’s been well over a year and I haven’t put this gross “armor for you teeth” in my mouth. They’re clear, make it hard to pronounce some letters, and just overall suck.

The worst is when you’re waking up and you take them out, only for a huge trail of saliva to fall into your hands as well. TMI, I’m sorry, but it’s absolutely necessary!


And there you have it my folks! Why braces permanently scarred me hehe. In all seriousness however, if you’ve been one of the unlucky ones to have braces, or have ever had them, just know that at the end of it all, you’ll have a beautiful smile and pearly white teeth! And even if you don’t want them, you’re smile is just as gorgeous!!

You are never fully dressed without a smile! 

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha❤️