I am always inspired to create new things when Fall is in the air. Something about the change of weather inspires me to make a change at home. It is always important to create a space that empowers you. That is why I believe that your sacred space (home), should always be updated every few months. You don't have to do a major make-over. Do DIYs! Here are two IKEA HACKS under $50.
At the beginning of this year, we received an email from Helal, sending us her book and asked what we thought of it. We were honored that Helal trusted our company for a review. We absolutely loved the book! It is definitely a book every mother should have for her children, especially for young daughters. The story is about a strong young girl named Safa. Safa's tired of the same old sad news she sees on TV, so she comes up with a wonderful idea! She creates her own broadcast about the who, what, when, where, and why about her day at school. Her bedroom becomes her very own newsroom to tell her mom all about her day, pulling her mom away from the negative news on TV she gives her an upbeat news story to cheer her up...every night.
It is inspiring to see a young girl wanting to bring positivity to the world. We sat down and got to know Beautiful Doer, Helal who is now part of our Facebook private group (The Beautiful Doers, join the club here)
1. What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired to write Nightly News with Safa as a way to show my daughters that we can shape our world into a more positive community. This world can be a scary place, and that often shows up in the news. I can look at my TV in horror, and in an eery juxtaposition hear the beautifully innocent sounds of my children playing. That's when the worry begins to set in. "What if this world robs my children of their joy?" "What if my children begin to believe that who they are isn't good enough?" "What if....? What if.....? What if....?" And, that right there, inspired me to write Nightly News with Safa. I need my children and all children to know that there is good in this world, and it starts with them.
2. Who was Safa based on?
Safa is based on my eldest daughter (with a different name by the way). I noticed that my daughter, regardless of what was going on, could light up our house with her cheerful smile. She had the power to lift our spirits, and that's exactly who Safa is meant to be.
3. Who is your inspiration ?
My inspiration is Hena Khan, the author of "Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns" & "Amina's Voice". I love how she embraced her Muslim identity, and was able to convey that to a mainstream audience. She's a wonderful story-teller.
4. What advice do you give parents on creating a positive environment for their children?
The most important piece of advice I have for creating a positive environment for children is to start with yourself. I truly believe that children are like mirrors. They reflect and mimic what's right in front of them. It's important for parents to make sure they have a regimen of self-care, so that they and their households are healthy and happy. Let's show our kids how to respond to negativity by being models of proactivity and calm. Most important of all is to recognize that we will falter and that we're only human. We might curse as we stub our toe or shout in a moment of stress, but we need to own it and acknowledge it. Explain to your kids, that you're human and make mistakes, but most importantly that you're willing to acknowledge and learn from them.
5. If you can change the media what would you do differently?
If I had to choose ONE thing to change about the media (and I'll only choose one because I don't think you guys have all day), it would be to include a mandatory "how to help" segment. For every crisis mentioned, tell viewers how they can make a difference. That would encourage some positive change instead of fanning the flames of fear and despair.
6. What would you like to be known for?
Making the world a better place for our kids to grow up in. Childhood is such a precious time, and I would be honored to be associated with a child's happy memories and future success. I hope to empower kids to be happy in their own skin and realize the power that lies within them.
7. Do you worry about the future for our children ?
In my heart of hearts, no I don't. There is so much good in humanity. I look around and I see people of all faiths and backgrounds championing human rights issues, promoting diversity and overall just doing amazing things. Good will always prevail, and I place my full trust in God :).