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I come here once a week just for the vegan crab cakes. Side bar: You guys are probably wondering where my usual long, thought out, captions have gone since this it’s been FOUR whole posts with none of my opinions attached 😱😱 Fear not! My sister @afshaontherun and I are coming out with a JOINT YOUTUBE CHANNEL! We will be covering a huge variety of topics including things like: toxic monogamy, cultural appropriation, dealing with feeling jealous of your friends, addiction, abusive relationships, along with so many others. This is where we will be delving into all of society’s socioeconomic issues and bringing light to subjects that are not usually discussed. We are open to hearing anything you guys want to see talked about and will also be bringing guests onto our channel who are knowledgeable about certain topics. We are so excited to start the conversation with you all ♥️
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. I thought, after that, life will finally begin! At last it dawned on me that these obstacles, were my life." - Alfred D. Souza Attended a 40 hour leadership conference with my sister in Calgary and whew was there a lot of self growth 😅 Here’s one of the lessons I learned: Stop waiting until you lose ten pounds, until your next paycheque, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Monday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until winter, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink.... there is no better time than right NOW to be happy. We hold onto the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, just around the corner. But life is happening right in front of you, right now. If you’re holding off on something difficult, take small steps towards that goal everyday. Stay away from that “one day” or “someday” mentality. Life is not a problem to be solved, but instead, a reality to be experienced.
“Is it hard dating a white guy?" I get asked this often, and honestly it’s a very valid question. When it comes to social hierarchy, white men and coloured women are on opposite levels. Not only do I deal with sexism, I also deal with racism. White men get to live life not knowing what either is like. I'll be the first to say not all of them are able to discuss their privilege. I went through my fair share of meeting men who were unable to view life from a different perspective. But when you come across a human being who is willing & open to learn about oppression, it isn't exhausting. In fact it's pretty effortless. The biggest road block is whether your partner is willing to listen to and understand you or if they dismiss and belittle you. Witnessing how people treat me flipped a switch in Jon because he was able to see that we come from two different worlds. He also realized how important using his voice is. When someone insults my food he makes it a point to tell them which curry dishes he loves the best. When someone makes fun of my name being different he’ll tell them he feels bad their parents weren't as creative. When someone calls me an immigrant he’ll remind them that Canada belongs to indigenous peoples and we’re all immigrants. Other than witnessing racism, coming from different lives is only exciting. Each person is exposed to another culture and a whole set of different experiences. Every trip to the grocery store, every tv show, every detail in life can be compared & contrasted. Conversations between us always have the potential to lead down a rabbit hole that takes us into another world & teaches us something new about the other person’s childhood. So maybe dating any white guy would’ve been a struggle, but it’s not hard being with this kind soul. I’ve never been more confident in my roots or prouder of where I come from. My advice is to stay away from people who belittle you. Find the ones that celebrate you, but mostly, that are willing to listen to you & feel for you. Sympathy says I pity you, but empathy says I’m in this with you. Happy Wednesday my loves! 💞 (ps excuse our toilet in the back)
Anyone else feel like they’ve been in a rut lately? This semester was much tougher than last semester for me, in every way. I’m happy to say I’m finally feeling like myself again. Here are 6 things I’ve learned this winter to get you out of that hole: 1) Get moving. Endorphins aren't flowing when you’re sitting in your class or your work desk all day. Lifting weights is important but moderate to high doses of cardiovascular activity are necessary for that natural dopamine high 2) Recognize that humans are social creatures. It can take a toll on you if you’re not talking to many people for weeks on end. If you’re always putting friendships on a back burner, it can actually hinder your goals. Work towards your future but also nurture your friendships the way you would a romantic relationship. Friends are important 3) Take a moment every single evening to reflect on your day and the things you appreciated. Something that made you happy and allowed you to temporarily forget about stresses. It can be as small as when you were sitting down to eat your favourite breakfast, or letting go and dancing in your car on your drive home 4) Join a club/sport/team. I recently joined the badminton club at macewan as well as a volleyball team and it was the best decision. Working with others towards a common goal is a good way to feel united & purposeful. As well as being an awesome opportunity to meet friends 5) Volunteer. Many people work to perfect only their own lives yet still feel unhappy. True inner happiness comes from positively impacting others. Our purpose is to help one another. Check out a local seniors home or homeless shelter and see what you can provide. This is another opportunity to meet like minded people who care about others 6) Analyze your work habits. Do you rise or crumble with pressure? Do you work better with a packed or relaxed schedule? I personally work well with a hectic schedule. With limited time, I complete tasks quicker and with a relaxed schedule, I tend to procrastinate and feel lazier. Make sure your schedule reflects your work disposition Hope these tips helped 💜 Happy Thursday everyone!
It’s always so hard to keep a straight face during these videos 😂 Doing it the wrong way feels so unnatural and actually hurts a lot. Try to remember these tips for each! 1️⃣ It isn’t necessary to switch to single arm curls, however, working out muscles individually will always help with imbalances. Always start with the weaker arm, and match those reps with the stronger arm. I find single arm curls help with my shoulder not rotating forward. 2️⃣ Swinging is a big no no! Don’t cheat during your reps or you won’t be contracting the muscles you want to be, and you’ll also be increasing your risk of injury. 3️⃣ This one is pretty self explanatory. Don’t drop your elbows, instead keep them at a 90 degree angle. 4️⃣ I know correct form usually makes people look like a robot, but that’s how you properly isolate the muscle you’re trying to work! Staying still and not swinging also brings your core into play as you have to remain balanced. Keep your spine neutral and maintain good posture instead of looking down and curving your spine. 5️⃣ I’m on the short side and my arms tend to hit the top of the bench when I sit on it. My trick is to use a firm medicine ball to sit on in order to be able to fully extend my arms behind me. Midget life. 6️⃣ When doing anything overhead, remember to stack your joints. Stack wrists over elbows and keep them in line. Hope this gave you an idea of what your lifts should look like! Leave a comment below if you like these do’s and don’t videos 🙏🏽
I used to have classes with a girl who believed feminism and women’s day aren’t necessary. She said she's equal to her male counterparts and always has been. This post is dedicated to women like her. If even one person learns something from this post, I'll be happy :) Here's to educating folks. . First of all, the reason you are allowed to have the opinion of feminism not being necessary... is because of feminism. Women were arrested, beaten, and gassed, for you to have a voice. For you to vote. For you to work. For your equal education. You did nothing to earn those rights. You unknowingly reap the benefits of the strong women who fought misogyny and the patriarchy for you. Still, you sit on your pedestal, wrapped up in your delusion of equality. So I'll break it down for you. . I'm sorry, but you are not equal. Even if you feel like you are. You still don't have full rights over your body. Men are still debating over your uterus. Over your choices. You still have to carry mace when walking alone at night. You still have to prove to the court why you were drunk on the night you were sexually assaulted. Your rapist can still walk free without any jail time. You still make less than a man for doing the same work. You still have to fight to breastfeed your child in public. You still have to prove to other women it's your right to do so. . You are still objectified. You are still cat called and sexualized. You are still seen as a hole to be dominated in the bedroom. Your pleasure during sex is still seen as not a priority and as not necessary. Engaging in oral sex with a man is still used as a synonym for degradation and disrespect. You are still judged on your outfit instead of what's in your mind. You still can't reach the same levels in sports that men do. You are still consistently threatened with murder and rape online when you play video games. You are still more likely to experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner in your lifetime. Your body hair is still seen as disgusting. You are still automatically assumed to be the one to stay at home and take care of the children you made with another human. . (continued in comments)