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Bismillah

Recently I read that it is good to have a mission statement as a mom/wife/write./believer etc. I agree with this because in part because I’m trying to get myself organized and this is the year I’m going to do it bi’idhnillah. And in part because I see the managing of my self, my family (husband/children), my work/home, etc to be a type of job (paid in full by Allah swt at the end of my contract inshaAllah). And any job of any company requires a mission statement.

So I went about creating a mission statement. It was actually a bit hard but I think I have something workable. My mission statement should remind me why I’m here and why I have the responsibilities I have. It should inspire me to do better and re-focus me when I loose sight of what is important to me in this life. It should serve as a guide to what is next to be pursued, and a source of inspiration for what more I could accomplish.

And so here it is:

‘To worship Allah as if I see Him and even though I don’t, to always remember that He sees me and two Angles are recording all of my intentions and deeds. To be the bird whose head is Love for Allah and whose two supporting wings are Hope in Allah’s Mercy and Fear of Allah’s Wrath. Therefore, to be sincere in my intentions and deeds, patient in my struggles, and thankful for every moment for it is a blessing granted by the Merciful and Beneficent nature of Allah.

To be an oasis in the desert that is living to my husband and children by being patient in times of hardship, by putting their needs above others, helping, supporting, and loving them with all that Allah has blessed me with. To my husband, I wish to be the wife of his dreams, who pleases him whenever, and to whom he has full trust, reliance, and finds fulfillment of himself as a man and a father. To my children, I wish to be the mother that they would not change even if they could, to be their teacher, advisor, friend, and nurturer. To show them the right path, instill in them confidence, and teach them to think, to reason, and to view the world from perspective of a righteous believer.

To let my home speak of the thankfulness I hold in my heart for the generosity of Allah in our lives by keeping it clean and smelling great, filled with a welcoming atmosphere to family and guests alike, and a place that serves health and nutrition along with wisdom, love, calmness, and laughter.’

I do feel like this mission statement does not contain everything that I would like, however, I’m in a place of transition this year inshaAllah and as such, I feel what I have down is sufficient for my what I anticipate my needs to be for the rest of the year.

 

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Bismillah

Below is a post I liked and plan to re-read so I can implement once I have a steady residence again inshallah.

Our Winter Flower Gardening.

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Bismillah

These are rules that are to help me be more efficient in the kitchen. Feel free to copy and use inshallah.

– Put back what you took out and fix what you broke.

– Before you start cooking, have all the ingredients and utensils on hand, so you don’t have to waste time looking for bits and pieces in the middle cooking

– If possible, prepare all your ingredients (chop, slice, cut, shred, squeeze, and measure) in advance. Then start cooking and everything flows faster and smoother and you are less likely to have forgotten something important.

– Clean your counters as you go, return items to their storage after they have been used, and put any dirty dishes straight into your sink/washer so the counters stay as clean/clear of clutter as possible.

– Wipe any mess as soon as it occurs and don’t let the mess harden to reduce the amount of scrubbing you have to do later.
– Put away clean dishes as soon as they are relatively dry (if you don’t dish rag dry them)

– Don’t put your dirty dishes anywhere but in the dishwasher. This is more sanitary and efficient.

– Try to have your sink clean, your counters wiped and your clean dishes put away before actually serving the food so that after the meal clean up would be a breeze.

– Put a verse to memorize, a hadith to contemplate, a lecture to listen, etc. Pray for your family, for the food to be beneficial to those who eat it, thank Allah for His provisions, etc. Turn kitchen time from a task into an act of worship of Allah inshallah

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Dirty Dishes – Poem

Bismillah

Thank God for dirty dishes,
They have a tale to tell;
While others may go hungry
We’re eating very well.
With home, health, and happiness,
I shouldn’t want to fuss;
By the stack of evidence,
God’s been very good to us!
~ Anonymous ~

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