On moving and a fresh start

I’m back! And we’re moving! Please check my about page; I’ve updated it to reflect our growing family.

Back to moving: if you know us in person, you know that this isn’t news. As renters in the GTA, it feels like we’re constantly moving from one home to the next. Unfortunately, the stability of a “forever home” is one thing we crave but are not likely to achieve any time soon, if ever.

But this move is a bit different. In the last year or so, I’ve been a lot more mindful and introspective about who I am and what I want in life. Stress has been an issue in our family for quite a while and we all need to do some unwinding, kids included.

Returning to our fitrah

The more I reflect on life, the more I realize that happiness isn’t about people, places, and things. In my opinion, happiness comes with returning to our fitrah (our natural human disposition): a return to what really makes us “us”.

When I list the things that make me happy and the things that don’t, I see a clear divide between what’s really me and what’s me trying to be someone I’m not. For example, I love being outside; reading and writing; cooking simple rustic foods; teaching; learning. But my phone annoys me; my instant pot has too many functions; my kids have too many clothes and toys that create clutter and frustrate me. I’m a person who likes simplicity. I like nature, trees, wood, stone, and clay. I like using what I already have in ingenious ways. Buttons that do one thing and do it right. Technology that works and doesn’t intrude on my life, but rather blends into the background.

With this move, I’m not just moving to a new house, but my goal is to move back toward my fitrah, which to me means an acknowledgement of who I am and who I was created to be. As a family, I think we can all benefit from some simplification in life, especially with society’s demand that we take on more and more and be busier and busier. A lot of my upcoming posts will be an attempt to process these life changes. I hope you’ll follow along and make changes along with us!

If there’s something in your life that you’re trying to leave behind in an attempt to simplify, feel free to comment below. Let’s compile a list of tips to encourage each other!

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4 comments

  1. I can relate to so much of this (especially the clutter)! Looking forward to hearing about the journey!

  2. Oh I’m 100% with you on this Suhaila. I think we really need to make an effort on this. Thank you for this wonderful post.

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