When I think of summer vacation, I usually imagine sunny beach days and lazy bed days. While mum, mentally plans any activity that would make my summer time valuable and productive. And that’s how I imagined my last summer vacation would be; me staying in bed binge-watching tv-shows, and mum complaining about my laziness. That’s how it has mostly been for the past 20 years of my life. However, my 21st summer vacation took a turn towards mamma’s way because mamma knows best yo!
Here is a list of all the things I did last summer:
1) I had laser eye surgery.
Most people don’t know about my laser eye surgery because I didn’t make a big deal out of it then, but it’s definitely a big deal to me. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d know that I was so excited to wear eyeglasses when I was little. But a few months later, I realized how unpractical they were and that was when I started hating them. So I wore eyeglasses for nearly 11 years and got rid of them as soon as I turned 21. Laser eye surgery was as easy as most people say; I was very excited that day but very nervous as well. I was excited to lose the eyeglasses but nervous that I’d blink mid-surgery and ruin the whole operation. Apparently, they use a thing to fix the eye open apart from their hands… There’s no way I could have guessed that on my own! Anyway, with my now-perfect eyesight, I can clearly see what’s around the pool when I go swimming.
2) I had a full time job at Mo4 Network, a marketing agency.
I’ve talked about how that happened in a previous post so you can read up about it here.
3) I went Graffiti hunting.
Thanks to my summer job, I came across amazing graffiti located in Mohamed Mahmoud street in Downtown. But instead of just standing in awe in front of those murals on my way to the office every day, I went to see every single mural there on a weekend. It was more like a mini-adventure for me; I woke up very early in the morning to spend two hours talking loads of photos of the stunning graffiti. And because I was filled with post-adventure excitement, I couldn’t wait for a post day to blog about it so I blogged it on the very same day I went there. It’s definitely one of my 2016 highlights! Read about my (first) graffiti hunting here.
4) I ushered in a competition at Cairo Festival City Mall.
For those of you who don’t know, Cairo Festival City is a really huge mall in Cairo which Mo4 Network runs its social media accounts. I helped in running a competition Mo4 held for CFC mall where I had to roam the mall with Aladdin on his magic carpet and document it on Snapchat. It was unbelievable! I mean, I never thought I’d have to do that in a million years.
5) I directed two photoshoots on my own.
The first time I went on a Mo4 photoshoot, I had no supervision. I was the photographer’s boss at the moment; I directed the whole shoot completely on my own. I even took a few photos myself and one of them got featured!
6) I covered two live events for Mo4.
One of those events was a Pokémon Go hunt in Downtown; that’s where I caught Pikachu. My brother was so jealous then that he still refuses to admit that I have a Pikachu in my Pokémon collection and he doesn’t. Read about my fun Pokémon hunt here.
7) I did a Harry Potter movie marathon.
Who doesn’t fancy a movie marathon all the time? Absolutely no one! I’ve been trying to plan one for years until finally my brother helped me put it into effect and we watched all 8 movies of Harry Potter while eating unhealthy food. Mum joined in too and the marathon turned into cozy family nights. Read about the HP marathon we had here.
8) I poured my heart online about my hijab story.
I know I previously said that I fear the eyes of the public, but that doesn’t apply when it comes to sharing a personal experience. I’m very open to sharing a private matter for the sake of helping or inspiring others; that’s why I write posts like Learn to Love Yourself and My Hijab Story. It took me years to talk about my hijab story with my close circle, and it took me 3 days to write it all down in just one post. I’ve probably mentioned the following before in the blog but writing My Hijab Story was the hardest post I’ve written so far; I was very emotional and shaky the whole time I was writing it. I don’t regret it though because I feel like I’ve helped a few people understand what it’s like to be a hijabi and maybe inspired some to look more into it. Most importantly, I’ve definitely helped myself to love my hjiab and be comfortable with it. So yeah, I get to use my little space on the internet to say that I’m proud of myself for writing that post.
9) I finally did my first DIY project.
I’m all about DIYs and crafty things, but I never came across a DIY that seemed so easy to start with. Then I came across Roman Atwood’s DIY melted crayon art which encouraged my friend and I to do it. And we did! It was a very joyful day full of rainbow colors splattering on our clothes and we did not mind. See for yourself the most colorful DIY I ever found here.
10) I went snorkeling for the first time ever in my life.
I’ve rambled about my fear of the sea in a previous post and how I went snorkeling thrice is a big deal and that’s why I can’t shut up about it. Read about my first snorkeling experience in the world’s most dangerous diving spot here.
So these are the 10 things I did last summer that made my vacation valuable and productive just like my momma likes it to be. I still can’t believe that I’ve done all of this, although it might not seem like much to some of you, but it definitely is to me compared to my previous lazy vacations. I’m proud of myself!
What about you? How did you spend your summer vacation? Whether it was your favorite vacation or not, let’s have a chat in the comments below. I’d like to know.
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