Lifestyle, reflection, Reviews

Year in Review

Hey Guys!!

I’ve totally flaked on my blog this week *I know*. I had the grand idea of participating in blogmas by even shortening it to 12 days and I still fell short. However, I’m here today to discuss my year, 2016.

What can I say about 2016?

I don’t think there’s any one word to describe it for it had its ups and downs. I feel like a lot happened this year pertaining to the world, but for me not so much *or maybe I’m downplaying myself a bit*. Continue reading “Year in Review”

Inspiration, reflection

Destination Unknown


I can’t believe there are only THREE days left in the year; 2016 is definitely getting out of here with quickness. That also means three more days to get my life in order and make some goals for 2017.

For this year I only started making plans in January which was extra late, but this time hopefully it’s not the same. At the beginning of the year I was living in Texas and had a totally different outlook on my life and where I’d be at this point in time.

It’s good to make plans and to have an idea of where you want to go in life and the accomplishments you want to make. However, some times everything doesn’t go as planned and changes occur. The path I had set out for myself in January took many turns, and eventually I had no choice but to go with the flow.

As I go into 2017 I welcome new pathways in hopes that they enrich me with blessings and lessons to be learnt.

Welcome Home

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”



Daily Prompts, Lifestyle

T’is the Season

It’s the eve of December and thanksgiving is long gone, so you know what’s next right?


The most wonderful time of the year.
I absolutely adore Christmas for so many reasons.
From the food, music, decorations, movies etc etc
I just love the feel of the Christmas season.
It also happens to get cooler in the tropics as oppose to Winter elsewhere. Continue reading “T’is the Season”

Daily Prompts

WPC // Magic of Nature

Don’t you think it’s awfully magical the way the sky changes from day to-night or night to-day?

The different colors and hues which light up the sky sending you into a shock of amazement.

It’s also magical the way it makes you feel; a sense of calmness as you watch another day end or begin.

To me, nature is simply MAGICAL

Here’s a picture of the sun setting just beyond the hills from my home. It was simply amazing seeing the sky decorated with such colors from my window.

P.S You can find magic in any thing.

Daily Post Weekly Photography Challenge: Magic

Stay Tuned

Daily Prompts, Uncategorized

Here & Now

Damn Ali, back again with the discover challenges! Do ya’ll remember when that was a thing? All the “Damn Daniel” remarks etc. Anyways, it’s been awhile since I participated in a Daily Post Discover Challenge; I usually like these challenges because they push you to think about certain topics not just at surface level, but at depth. Continue reading “Here & Now”

Daily Prompts, Lifestyle

Falling for FALL

As Summer comes to and end, I’m stuck on an island dreaming of fall. What’s wrong with me, right? I can think of so many individuals who would love to be in my position. However, after experiencing the change of seasons over the last three years, Fall definitely grew on me.

As a part of this week’s discovery challenge The Poetry of List-Making I decided to share what my dreams consisted of; so here are:

My Fall Favorites

Continue reading “Falling for FALL”

Inspiration, reflection

Who am I?

You may know my name, my age, my weight or little facts about me like my favorite show, food or color.

But, do you really know me?

I recently shared my blog with two of my closest friends, and they both made the same remarks I thought they would. “I never knew this side of you”, “who is this person?” Basically remarks which showed that they never really knew me, or I guess at least that part of me.

However, I can’t blame them. I’ve kept this part of me hidden for so long. Partly because I wasn’t sure how to portray it, and another part for fear of being judged/ridiculed. My passion for the arts, to create, to inspire just didn’t seem in line with what my other friends were interested in. So I’ve been found to put my interests on hold while I continue living up to my friends expectations, doing whatever they were interested in.

Continue reading “Who am I?”


One Step at a Time

This weeks discover challenge Obstacles asks us about whether or not limitations/obstructions push us forward in our creative work. At first I questioned this question, how can that be possible? How can these negative platforms push us to be better creatively?

Then I saw it.

My breakthrough. [Which coincidentally happened the same week of this challenge]


*Check out last weeks Hope & Dreams first before continuing*

I stumbled across zazzle while searching through goggle for a custom print site where I can add my designs to products. I had tried custom ink before but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. Reading through Zazzle’s services I realized this was exactly what I needed at the time. It would be the start of my online store where I can showcase my creative designs.

Here, my obstacles were finances. I had all the ideas and plans of how I wanted my design business to be, but no real money to invest in it. So, I decided to give Zazzle a try; however, the way you make money on this site it through royalties. Even though this may not be much, as opposed to selling products on your own – IT’S A START. Which is really all I ever needed, and hopefully with proper designs and marketing I can be successful.

How did it push my creative work? It gave me a medium to showcase and sell my designs, as well as new inspiration for further designs. I’m excited at this opportunity, and this excitement only leads to me wanting to create more.

As a result I created a new logo for my store. “New” because I’ve played around with other designs while waiting to see how I can start my business.


Store name: CreatedbyAli 

Stay tuned for more designs by following my Instagram page.

In the future I hope to link my store to my blog, but for now one step at a time.




Daily Prompts, reflection

Hope & Dreams

In response to Risk

I’m definitely not one to take risks, and thus I’m stuck with so many hopes and dreams.

So much I want…..





  • So many places to see,visit and explore; not only around the world, but as simple as in your current city. I’ve been dying to go to an art museum, or simply check out an outdoor coffee shop. However, I feel like it would be lame if I went alone, and before I moved that simply didn’t seem like something my friends were into. Now that I’m here in a different state with no friends it’s even more difficult, but maybe I should give it a try. I also want to check out Wynwood Walls in Miami; I’ve always been dying to go to a grafitti museum/urban art. *One day, hopefully sooner than later – sigh*


  • So much to learn. When I say education I’m definitely not talking about going back to school, even though that’s a possibility. What I want to learn is a new language, yoga, how to sew, how to be proficient in adobe applications, and there’s so much more. Things you can’t learn from a book or a class; simple stuff to the way of life.


  • Ahh, the biggest of them all EXPERIENCE. It may just be your best teacher, and I want to experience it all. Food, travel, adventure, the lifestyle I desire…even everlasting love.


  • Lastly, the one I’m most afraid of…. to even take the risk – Entrepreneurship. I’ve always been dreaming of having my own personal blog (a legit website) plus my own business. The thoughts of failure however, keep me from pursuing these dreams. What if I run out of topics to blog? What if they don’t relate? What if my posts suck? What if they don’t like my designs? What if they don’t purchase anything? Support? What if? I know it should be a learning process, but it’s hard overcoming that. I also wouldn’t know unless I tried….


The risk may be worth it, but first I have to let go of fear and step out of my comfort zone.