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You’ve Been on a Journey My Love

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You’ve been on a journey my love,

To lands distant and different,

You’ve met people from races

and places, that loved you in an instant,

You left them behind, leaving a gap in their day, their hearts yearning for you,

you left them weeping and wishing you’d stay, but you never knew.

You felt their love, their smiles, their hold… but you won’t remember.

Maybe you’ll hold onto the feelings, but your memories will be the pictures that we treasure.

(By Anirban Roy)

Annya Roy, she brings me so much closer to my sunshine.

My name is Najia Alavi. I’m a fashion designer

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My name is Najia. I’m a fashion designer. I don’t want to post pictures of me in clothes that don’t define who I am.  I can’t say I care much for fashion, the fashion industry or the unreality the fashion industry shares with the world.

I do care about living a beautiful life, sharing my beauty with the world and feeling… just feeling…

I care that I found something that I’m deeply passionate about, I have found something I love, I found something that makes me want to be my best and brings smiles to people’s faces, something that connects me to a world that wasn’t always mine and something that connects me to a person’s universe who I stumble across that wouldn’t have otherwise happened. Oh! and most of all I love creating a universe which is all mine; those who believe in the same kind of magic are welcome.

If something makes my heart skip a beat I care; including things I find, create or create with people I love. this is my journey, I’m excited to know how it turns out intrigued that I can recognise the people who can be a part of it, overwhelmed with the possibilities that are unfolding in love with the moment that is now.

Fashion is not real – we are. my life’s intention is to love lots, have adventures, play more find the people who make my heart beat faster, make me feel crazy, dizzy and uneasy, I love that I’m imperfect, I’m happy to break the rules, say F*** IT! (sometimes)

Its real, It’s more fun, its magic!

Life from now is all about alignment for me, shaking it up, letting go and trusting more that I have sown enough seeds to turn into orchards.

It helps me get closer to my sunshine.

No One Told Me it was Ok to Fail

Ok To Fail

 

So I spent the majority of my life failing. I was the student at school who got 184 unauthorised absences in my first year of A Levels. Other students laughed at me, teachers tutted and me because I should have been in A level chemistry instead of the art room, my parents washed their hands off me on the education front. Nothing ever inspired me unless it was creative. Then I was an A* I didn’t even have to try.

So an A* 2 E’s and an N (near pass) should have screamed something to the world. I was bloody good at being creative. Not how useless I was at everything else!

I always told myself it was ok to be fantastic at one thing even if the rest of the world didn’t agree. Who cares about biology and chemistry now?

I can’t say I regret that I never thought it was worth the effort to even try. The years I wasted believing I was worth less than average and hating everything about the education system and those who fell into the trap of playing the game. Telling themselves that a non-science degree wouldn’t quite cut it in the real world.

It wasn’t until I got accepted into Central Saint Martins that I realised what my education was always about and I could learn to be bold brave and be supported in my vision to go against the grain and do things differently. Look deeper into meaning and be confident with doing things my way.

I found inspiration on the floors of nightclubs, overseas execrations and chats over coffees with a likeminded tribe of people. It was only when I was playing that I found my true inspiration. People still find that hard to grasp. That do you mean you only trade two days a week? What do you mean you’re spending 3 months in Asia? What do you mean you love Monday mornings?

I have always had a very clear vision of what success looked like to me and when I love what I do the most with people who get it is when real magic happens. It’s something you can’t put a price on. And only that tribe of people will only ever understand it’s never about the money but about pushing as hard and as far as you can to create something amazing.

I have haven’t been running away from conformity all my life because I feel like a failure in the system. I have been seeking the sunlight in a world that supports my magic and believes that failing is a part of getting to the best parts of who you are.

Is it a wonder that I feel like I’m winning all the time?

If I’m not failing I’m not really living. In that case How else would I get closer to my sunshine?

Ashram Ghandi

I Love You

 

Time away is not ever about escaping as such; More about reconnecting.

Reconnecting to the ‘me’ that I have forgotten, put on the back burner, who’s voice I ignore over and over again because now is not the right time, other people need me more, I haven’t achieved enough to be able to put myself first just yet. There is always tomorrow and after I have done this bit first.

There is never time for the child who’s voice you have spent years ignoring to the point that it’s hard to really hear what that child wants anymore or even ever again…

For me I’ve learnt that the truth of uncovering is much more powerful than discovering.

Our gold is beneath the surface. Scratch hard and see what glistens.

Ashram Ghandi is a beautiful ashram set on the edge of a mystical sea wall. On the other side a lotus pond, there is a nursery on site and you will be greeted by a few lazy cows.

Here we practise yoga, eat clean, chant and meditate under the moonlight.

We unplug and take time to breathe…it helps me get closer to my sunshine.43