every 25 minutes

Being a McCall and dating Isaac would include *PART ONE*

- you hating isaac at first

- being the first person to see his soft side

- scott getting mad at him when he tries to talk to you

- you and isaac smiling at each other as scott walks away

- “i’m sorry. he’s-”

- “it’s okay.”

- you and scott arguing about you liking isaac

- your mom tells scott to let you be

- isaac considering you as his only best friend

- later on, as his girlfriend

- scott and stiles going on protective mode when they found out

- isaac smirking at them when you tell the duo to stop

- “he’s smirking! y/n!”

- “shut up! i’m still talking!”

- isaac being the one who calms you down in times like that

- him cuddling you when you’re stressed about the duo and/or school work

- “but i’m busy.”

- “and i’m clingy. so what?”

- him accidentally saying the “L” word while you two run around the house

- saying it back

- having a heated make out session

- your friends walking in on you

- “gotta blast!”

- taking each other’s virginities

- having slow and meaningful sex

- him sometimes going rough

- you love it either way

- him being proud of you when the school announced you were at the honors

- “i love you so much!”

- “i love you too.”

- him getting “mad” at you for wearing his scarves

- he likes it when you wear his clothes

- allison and lydia steals you for a day

- isaac calling every 25 minutes

- “isaac you have to stop.”

- “well lydia, i’m sorry i’m worried about my girlfriend.”

- “is that my phone?”

- treating you like a princess

- “i’m so lucky”

- him taking care of you while you’re on your period

- him taking your pain away

- “thank you”

- randomly saying i love you

- him getting jealous over guys you’re not even interested in

- him smirking in victory when you finally smile after having a hard day

- you being the first person that comes to his mind when he wakes up from a nightmare

- sneaking into your room

- “isaac?”

- “oh. hey mrs. mccall.”

- you stroking his hair as you both fall asleep

- scott and stiles finally lets you be

- “she’s my baby sister. i want her to be happy.”

- the duo acting like parents and have dinner with isaac

- you walk in on them

- “good luck.”

- isaac begging you not to leave him

- you staying at the living room, waiting for pack missions to end

- scott and isaac finally going home

- isaac immediately falling into your lap

- singing him to sleep

- singing p!atd songs at the top of your lungs when you think no one was home

- isaac walking in on you

- isaac joining you in singing

- arguing at who’s going to order the pizza

- “fine!”

- you falling asleep on his lap after eating all the food you ordered

- both of you falling asleep on the couch

2

Rigatoni & Sunday Sauce 

On Monday, I had a little time to get a bit of cooking done, and I decided that I wanted it to be a labor of love. I’ve posted my Sunday Sauce recipe before, but I will post it once again. I served it over some rigatoni, and this made for a great dinner, and amazing leftovers. I do apologize for not posting as frequently, but I have been going through a bit of a rough patch, so please keep me in your good thoughts! I’ll be back posting soon. 

Ingredients for Sunday Sauce

2 ½ cans of whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes

1 large yellow onion, diced

1 lb ground beef

½ lb ground turkey

½ lb ground sirloin

1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casing

4 cloves garlic, minced

¾ cup red wine

Freshly minced parsley and basil

Olive oil

Red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Sunday Sauce

In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes until they are completely broken down, with few chunks

In a large pot, heat a few tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.

Add in the ground meat and cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Once all of the ground meat has browned, remove from the pot and set aside.

Repeat the above steps with the Italian sausage and set aside.

Add in the onion and cook for a few minutes until it begins to develop color, about 5 minutes. If needed, add a tbsp of oil into the pot so that the onions do not scorch.

Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Before adding the meat, deglaze the pan with the red wine, being sure to scrape the fond (brown bits) from the bottom, if any.

Add in the meat and cook for 2 minutes.

Add in the tomatoes, season generously with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.

Bring the sauce to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes.

Reduce the heat to a low simmer and partially cover with a lid and let simmer for 3.5 hours, stirring once every 25 minutes being sure to scrape the bottom.

When close to finished, season with salt and pepper if needed and add in fresh basil and parsley. Dried oregano would also be a nice touch here.

Enjoy! 

Low Carb Vegan Breakfast Muffins

You will need: 

3 Ripe Bananas – mix them up until smooth

1 cup chia seeds (not nessasary but add additional protein)

1 cup sliced almonds

dash of cinnamon (to speed up metabolism)

5 - 8 cups oats (I usually use a mix of rough cut and fine ones) – precise amount will vary depending on the size of the bananas – constancy is fine when the batter is more sticky than liquid

(frozen) berries to taste

Mix everything up in said order. Fill the batter in some cupcake liners (silicone works best – paper is also fine). Bake every for ca. 25-30 minutes until the tops turn slightly brown. Let them cool down before eating.

I usually take one to go for breakfast as you can prepare them for the whole week up front. Super easy and healthy breakfast! Enjoy!

Things To Do During That 5 Minute Pomodoro Break

Today was my first experience with the Pomodoro method (which is studying for 25 minutes, taking a break for 5 minutes, then studying for another 25 minutes, etc.) and it went so freaking well! 25 minutes didn’t feel like a lot, and I managed to study for 4 hours, which was really good as I was reviewing math and I usually quit about 1 hour in with that subject. 😂 I like this method so much that I decided to make a post about it. Here’s some things to do during that 5 minute break!

Drink a glass of water - I’ve been trying to stay better hydrated, so drinking a glass of water almost every 25 minutes is probablyyyy going to help.

Eat a snack - They say chocolate helps stimulate your brain, and what kind of fool would I be to argue with someone who’s telling me to eat chocolate? ;)

Do jumping jacks - or some other easy exercise just to get your butt to stop feeling numb from sitting.

Answer your text messages - I was chatting with 6 different people while trying to study, so I answered them when I could. 😂

Go to the bathroom - After all, you’ve drank, like, a gallon of water by now, right? 😂

Post a picture of your study space - This could be dangerous, as your 5 minutes on Tumblr could easily turn into 5 hours, so exercise this with caution. Of course, you could always take a picture and then post it later.

Organize stuff - I’m that freak that loves organization (one reason why office jobs appeal to me), so actually it’s really calming for me to make my bed, pick up my room a bit, or even just arrange my desk in preparation for the next 25 minutes.

Check social media - Again, exercise with caution! One moment I’m going through my Instagram feed and the next I’m watching glow up videos. 😬

WeHeartIt - My all time favorite app is WeHeartIt. I am so addicted. I love scrolling through it and salivating over all the pictures of cute clothes and bedrooms. (I’m a simple girl.)

Write in your journal - If you keep one, that is. I think it’s relaxing to journal or doodle.

Dance - I had to add this. 😜

5 minutes isn’t a lot, but it’s enough to replenish your drive, so use it well! Do something that relaxes you or something that gets you off your feet – depending on your mood. Math stresses me out, so I opt for relaxing. History can be dull, so for that I would choose something more energetic. Just make sure that when those five minutes are over, you’re back at your table and ready to learn. ^_^

Also, a YouTuber named Thomas Frank made this great video where he studies for 25 minutes. Watching it is sort of like having a study buddy, and it helps you keep track of the 25 minutes!

Why snack?

We all know that, to keep our brains running smoothly, we need to fuel them appropriately with a balanced diet. This is specially important during exams or other stress periods, because mental work burns more calories than sometimes we realize.

One easy and effective way to get that extra energy our brains need are snacks. When used in conjunction with an already good diet, they can give a much needed boost to your memory, attention, comprehension…

When to snack?

I’ve found the best time to go for a little snack is during studying breaks. I use the pomodoro technique, so every 25 minutes I’ll have a little break, and that’s when I do my snacking. Not every break has to be a snack-break, of course!

If I am cramming, I find eating while studying also works, but it is messier and can interrupt your focus. So try your best to plan little breaks at set intervals!

How to snack?

Eat small things, both in portion and in size. Finger foods are much better than stuff you need utensils for. Bite sized foods work best and are generally less messy. Small portions mean you get energy as you need it, and that you won’t overeat or force your body to do a heavy digestion while studying (trust me, you don’t want that! You want all the energy going to your brain and not your guts!).

What to snack?

Here’s where many people get stuck, but truth is possibilities are endless. I advise against junk food, but even that is better (in moderation, of course!) than having nothing at all. It is a good idea to plan ahead what you will be eating and snacking that week: this way you can make sure you choose a variety of foods with good nutritional values, and your choices are wiser.

Some ideas:

  • Drinks
    • Fruit smoothies (a favorite here is frozen strawberries, banana & cinnamon)
    • Tea (any type, hot or iced)
    • A small cup of hot chocolate
    • Orange juice
  • Fruit and vegs
    • Grapes
    • Berries (I’m a fan of blueberries, but to each their own!)
    • Carrot, green pepper and/or celery sticks
    • Hummus (pair it up with the vegetable sticks and it’s yummy!)
    • Guacamole (it can work as a dip, too!)
    • Clementine wedges
    • An apple
    • A banana
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Pickles
  • Carbs
    • Oat cookies
    • Bread sticks
    • A good old sandwich (this one is too much for me, but it’s good for longer breaks)
    • Hard pretzels or pretzel rods
    • Dark chocolate (but do not overdo this one!)
    • Popcorn (same here!)
    • M&Ms (or similar, but in moderation)
    • Granola bars
  • Fats and Proteins
    • Nuts (I’m specially a fan of walnuts, but any one goes!)
    • Olives (pitless)
    • Cheese (wedges, mini cheese balls, diced…)
    • Yogurt
    • A hard boiled egg
    • Cold meats (diced, rolled up slices…)

The list, honestly, is endless, as are the benefits of regular and healthy snacking for students like you and me.

ETA: Adding more snack ideas as I come up with them. Feel free to share yours!

(Note of the Author: Please forgive any mistakes I may have made. English is my third language and sometimes I get brain-hiccups while writing long things!)

to be honest my biggest struggle while studying have always been falling asleep. i know lots of people like to drink coffee to make them stay awake but sometimes I feel like I don’t need to stay up THAT late that I need coffee, plus too much coffee isn’t good for you also I don’t want to stay up too late because of the caffeine then end up waking up really tired. Of course if I want to stay up REALLY late I’ll drink coffee but this is just my routine and what I do for most of days. since this works for me and has helped me I want to share it!

take a nap

some people may not have time for nap and that’s okay but if you do have time, taking nap will save your energy for the night. 1-2 hours are enough or just do it on how much time you have

study on your desk

study in bed or wherever that make you too comfortable will make you sleepy, so sit up straight on your chair and study on your desk. clean up your desk before, no need to be perfectly clean but just enough so you have space for all your books and laptop and not many random stuffs in front of your face. clean workspace will clear your mind. lay down all the materials you need, throw away distractions and just start studying!

DRINK WATER (LOTS LOTS AND LOTS OF THEM)

THIS. this is the main key or the savior of our method/tips here. and i think this really works for me. as you may know, water is really good for our body and has a huge role in our body. water is the healthiest way to go in terms of what to drink. staying hydrated while studying is really important, because 80% of our body consists of water and nearly 85% of water makes up our brain so basically every cells in our body and our brain need water to work. The levels of oxygen in the bloodstream are greater when the body is well hydrated and lack of oxygen is what makes us feel tired/sleepy. I always have my water bottle when I study and drink it every 10-15 minutes, even when I don’t feel thirsty. Drinking lots of water will make you need to go to toilet so you’re forced to walk to the toilet and this is what helps you to be awake too.

study snacks

your brain needs nutrients so it’s important to feed it with healthy snacks. fruits are the best choice for study snacks, berries, grapes, bananas and chopped apples are great and easy to eat or just eat your favorite fruit! I like grapes for my study snack but sometimes I just have cookies or chocolate biscuits 

take breaks

always, always, always take breaks while studying. your brain will most likely to lose its focus if you’re studying for a long time without taking breaks, so taking breaks will improve your focus and refresh your brain. I like to take 5-10 minutes breaks every 25-30 minutes, but sometimes for history I like to take breaks once I finish one page. taking breaks can be tricky, they can lead to procrastination if you don’t do it right. 

things you can do while taking breaks :

  • stretch
  • do a little walk, just around your house
  • play with your pets
  • reply some texts (but do not get carried away)
  • watch a 3-5 minutes youtube video
  • eat your study snacks

things you CAN NOT do while taking breaks :

  • go to or lay down on your bed. DO NOT do this. it’s a trap. seriously. once you’re there there’s no coming back. DON’T TOUCH YOUR BED

this is optional but

I personally don’t like studying without any sound, music also keeps me awake so I like to listen to instrumental musics. I prefer listening to instrumental musics than regular songs because the lyrics will distract me and I will end up singing along. If you’re easily distracted by regular songs like me instrumental music will be perfect. when I’m not really in the mood for music I just play ambiance sound, and when it’s raining outside I usually don’t listen to anything because the sound of rain is enough for me. I know some people like to listen to regular song so just do what works for you!


I hope I can help you in any way or give you some inspiration. please keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you because everyone is different. my only purpose is to share this and give you some inspiration

good luck and happy studying!

Starting Your Studyblr Journey

Hello my friends,  today I will explain how to start your studyblr and make your studies an important part of your life.

Your Blog

Starting your blog is really simple: you need a blog title, a URL address and a theme. It is a good idea to make your blog title, URL address and theme related so that your blog is easy to recognize by your URL.

I recommend that you make a tagged page for each subject that you do as well as for your original posts. To get more followers: make as many original posts as possible, add lots of tags to your posts and use your queue so that your blog is always active.

100 Days of Productivity

A popular trend in the studyblr community is the 100 days of productivity. The 100 days of productivity is when you have to do something productive everyday for 100 days. You also have to take a photo and post it on Tumblr. The idea is that you create a new habit and have people that you are accountable to. 

Studying More

If you are in the habit of not studying often I recommend that you start small. When I started my studyblr journey I studied for only an hour a day but now I study a lot more. I think that if you start a big new routine you will become exhausted and won’t be successful in sticking to it.

It is a good idea to make a study timetable so that you have a routine. This is my weekly timetable which is also the background on my computer.

I use the app FocusNow to focus my attention on my homework and studies. It is a time which records how much time you spend studying. For every 25 minute session that you study for you receive a virtual plant for your virtual farm. There is also a function which means that if you leave the app the plant dies.

Study Strategies

There are a lot of study strategies which are suited to different subjects and different people. For every subject you will need to take notes. It is a good idea to rewrite your notes after school or university so that you have a better understanding of the theory.

After I have finished my notes I do as many practice questions as possible. This is very important because if you apply your knowledge you will remember it better.

There are other study strategies which are useful and popular in the studyblr community. These include making mind maps. I used to this method study for geography and I sometimes  use it for chemistry as well. It works well for subjects where there are lots of concepts that are related to each other. Another useful study method is the use of flashcards to test yourself. This is useful if you have information to memorize which is why I use it to memorize my French verbs.  For subjects that have lots of notes I read my notes out loud so that I can read them and hear them at the same time.

This post is based on a video in French on my YouTube channel: Vlog Myself Fluent

Practice was rough - Rap Monster (Smut)

You lay quietly on the brown leather sofa, watching ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ it wasn’t your preferred TV show but at this hour you had nothing better to do than watch it as you scrolled through your Facebook newsfeed, completely bored and gradually becoming needy. Unfortunately your boyfriend, Namjoon formally known as Rap Monster, was still at the BTS dance practice which usually ran for around 5 hours, you counted the time that ticked on, approximately 4 hours and 34 minutes had passed since practice started, he got a 2 minute break every 25-30 minutes, in which he would text you. However this text sounded almost angry, like he was in a bad mood with you, it read ‘make your way to the big hit building, use the pass I got you and come to the practice room as soon as we’re finished.’ It was so formal, no love hearts, kisses or smiley faces, very unusual for your boyfriend anyway, you decided to reply, formally too. ‘Okay Sir, see you in 25 minutes.’ You changed from your PJ’s into a navy blue cropped hoody, some black leggings, and black nike trainers. You threw your messy hair into a pony tail as you put on some light make up. After grabbing your bag with the pass, your phone and your purse in it you finally escaped your house jumping in your silver BMW before heading off to ‘Big Hit Entertainment’ You presumed that practice would run on a little late so the traffic you had been stuck in for 27 minutes didn’t bother you too much. You played some mellow, chill out music to stop the road rage, just as you exited the large line of traffic you received a text, figuring it wasn’t important you decided to ignore it. You where 20 minutes late but that wasn’t a big deal. “Hey Kyan” You spoke to the front desk worker, you had known him since you began dating Namjoon, “Hey Y/N, Rap Mon’s looking for you in the practice room” He spoke, like he had been ordered to do so. “Okay cool, see you later” You spoke happily, not having to show your pass. You walked up the flight of stairs to the practice room, expecting to see all of the boys chilling, but you walked into complete silence, “Hey Babe!” You spoke happily, smiling at your sweaty stunning boyfriend. “Where have you been?” He spoke, angry, at the fact you where so late, especially after he had been needy for around 2 hours now. “I-I was stuck in traffic” You spoke, now having a lump in your throat at how he was speaking to you. “You should have called me.” He spoke angrily. “I’m sorry” you said feeling bad about leaving him alone for that long, “If your sorry, make me forgive you” He said, his voice full of lust and sensuality. “Erm, Nam-” “What did I tell you to call me when I’m angry?” He spoke,his voice scary, yet so arousing. “Sorry, Sir” You spoke, beginning to feel a certain somewhere moisten. “Here.” He spoke pointing directly in front of him, you walked over to him and stood, head down like he usually made you when you made him upset. “Strip” he spoke, being 100% serious, “B-but the, the door..” you said nervous of someone walking in on you. “I warned everyone to stay away from the practice room, we’re safe.” At that, you began stripping, first slipping off your shoes, followed by your socks. You could tell he was getting impatient, so you began to speed up a little, removing your leggings and jumper leaving you in some black lace bra and panties. “Kneel” he said, the one word answer doing indescribable things to your abdomen. “Yes Sir” you said getting on your knees, knowing exactly what you where going to have to do. He began removing his red supreme belt and head band, pulling down his light blue jeans. he removed his timberland boots and navy supreme shirt until he was in nothing but his grey calvin klein boxers. He looked down at me, testing me. “Suck me” he said spoke, pulling on the hair of my pony tail. “Yes Sir” I said pulling his grey tented boxers down revealing his erect member, throbbing to be touched by you. You firstly put your small hands around it, stroking back and forth, earning a groan from him. You played with his balls as you licked the tip of his cock, tasting the saltiness of his pre-cum. “Stop teasing” he said as pushed your head down, causing you to choke slightly. You coughed slightly sending a small vibration down his length, earning another small moan. You began to go back and forth, swirling your tongue and hollowing your cheeks. When you could tell he was close you flattened your tongue and he rolled his curved hips into your small mouth. “Fuck Y/N, I’m cumming” he spoke as he release into your mouth, you swallowed up every last drop of the salty yet somehow sweet white taste that slid down your throat with ease. “Good girl, you can have your reward now.” He spoke as he lay you on the cold wooden floor, “Spread your legs for me baby” he spoke gripping your thighs lightly as he spread your legs to their fool potential. He removed kissed your wet core through your panties as you moaned slightly, the sensation slightly overwhelming. He pulled down your black lace panties to see your, tight wet core, roaring ready for him, he smirked at just how much he had effected you. “So wet for me already” he spoke, reaching up to your mouth “Your already so wet, you probably don’t need any help but open wide anyway" he spoke, making you suck on three of his fingers, lubrication certainly not needed due to the way he was making you feel. Without warning his first finger plunged into you, making you moan out his name as you threw your head back on the hard floor. When you began to loosen up he added another finger, before finally adding the third, slowly curling his fingers, hitting all the right spots, when he knew you where close he took his fingers out, licking up the juices, then all you saw was his blonde hair disappear in-between your legs, using his thick plump tongue to slide through your folds, finally bringing his thumb to your clit, rubbing a small circle, sending you over the edge. “Oh my god” you spoke rolling your eyes back, your whole body shaking and you released. You felt him lick up all of your juices and it felt unbelievably good. “Can you stand up for me baby girl?” he spoke, getting up and taking your hand. You stood up shakily as he caught you, “Jump” he spoke, you wrapped your legs around his torso, he picked you up and walked over to the non mirrored wall. He kissed up and down your neck leaving small purple bruises from your jawline to your breasts, the bra which he removed on the way to the wall was now on the floor as he stared up. “Your still on birth control right babe?” He whispered in your ear, all you could do was nod. “Nice and quiet for me baby, we might distract the recordings. He sunk into you slowly, allowing you time to adjust, before moving he lifted you up and down, you bit your lip, trying to suppress the moan that was dying to escape your mouth, still perched on the wall as his thrusts got deeper, fulfilling all the right needs. He placed his thick finger on your bright pink and thriving clit, sending you over the edge, he placed the same hand he had been teasing you with over your mouth, quieting your uncontrollable moan, courtesy of your orgasm. Feeling your warmth tighten around him caused him to fall over too, spilling into you and running down your thigh. “I’m sorry I was late” you spoke through deep breaths, “It’s okay, I like it a little rough after a hard practice, lets get you home.” He spoke kissing you, carrying you to your pile of clothing on the other side of the room, you thought about what had happened just seconds ago as you got ready, maybe a little rough practice can be good sometimes, you thought to yourself as you tied your thin shoe laces, you loved this boy, no matter how rough he could be.

anonymous asked:

Hi Darby! I was wondering if you could do what it would be like to have the maknae line plus J-Hope as a college boyfriend? Thank you so much!

no one talk about college im not ready  s c r eam ing

J - Hope - He would be the college boyfriend that would probably end up getting a spare room key from you just so that he could pop by whenever he knew it was just you in the dorm (to spare your roommate otl). If not that, he’d be the boyfriend that would always want to take you away from the campus and out onto the streets of the city to have some fun before returning to study! He’d bring you little snacks every once in a while, maybe a new set of pens or something to hang in your dorm room. Not to mention, I feel like he’d be the college bf to want to take you on a cute lil dinner date at least once a month.

Jungkook - He’d be the college boyfriend that would study with you, no doubt. He would text to see if he could pop by your dorm, and you’d reply saying that you have to study, him responding with a ‘Cool me too. I’ll be there in 5′. He’d make himself comfy on your floor or bed, spreading his work out and asking you questions about what you had to study. Oh- and he’d bring lots of snacks like omg s n a c k s . But he’d also be the college bf to come running at you at full speed when seeing you on the campus, yelling your name cheerfully in an attempt to embarrass you if you were with your friends.

V - Taehyung would be the college boyfriend that would be majoring in something completely different than you, but would still take time to learn about what you were majoring in. He would be asking you questions about everything you had learned, constantly, and would subtly getting you to study in that way (cool, right?). He would push you to stay hydrated, sleep at least 8 hours a night, and to take 5 minute breaks for every 25 minutes of studying. He’d meet up with you before you go to your first class of the day, giving you some kind of motivational, cheesy quote before giving you a lil kiss and sending you on your way.

Jimin - I’ll be honest here he’d be the ultimate college boyfriend like– he’d probably end up having all of the classes you did (maybe at different times) so if you missed a day he would be the guy to record the entire class lecture, give you his notes and his interpretations, let you know what’s happening next, etc. He’d be the college bf that would walk you to class and then sprint to his because it’s starting in 4 minutes and on the other side of campus, but he’d also be the boyfriend that if the two of you were both sick, would take you on a roadtrip to Wallgreens or CVS to get some medicine and spend a sick day together. He’d buy your favorite drinks and snacks during midterms and finals, sending little notes under your door so that he didn’t interrupt your study session, etc. Ultimate college boyfriend.

- Darby

Originally posted by sugutie

anonymous asked:

What can you do if you start losing interest in your islamic studies?

Salam Alikum

The main reason for losing interest in studying Islam is a decrease in one’s level of Iman (Faith). An increase in the decrease in the level of Iman in one’s heart is pretty normal – it happens to everyone. Some days we feel very zealous about worship and other days, it’s difficult to even concentrate during Salah.

So I advice you to work on increasing the level of Iman in your heart and your interest in studying about the religion will inevitably grow as a result. You can try the following to help increase the level of faith in your heart.

1) Do dhikr. Select a time during the day when you will recite a certain supplication (such as Istighfar, sending Salawat upon the Prophet SAW, Subhan’Allah, Alhamdulillah, La illaha illa anta..) and do this every day. It will help keep your Iman stable.

2) Listen to reminders. Do it even if you don’t feel like it because once you listen to a reminder with sincere intention, it will improve your Iman and make you more conscious of Allah SWT. I would recommend you and all those reading to listen to this series called Quran for Young Adults by Nouman Ali Khan (available at www.bayyinah.tv

3) Listen to Tafsir (explanation) of the Quran. Again, if your intention is sincere, it will undoubtedly increase your Iman and you will discover the treasures that the Quran holds. To start with, I would recommend the Cover to Cover Tafsir series by Nouman Ali Khan (available at www.bayyinah.tv and http://podcast.bayyinah.com/category/juz_amma/)

4) Try to establish Salah with khushoo and do all the Sunnah and Nawafil Salah as well along with the obligatory rakahs. It will help you draw closer to Allah SWT

5) Ask Allah SWT to help you increase your Iman by making dua.

6) Establish Tahajjud salah. You will see that when you wake yourself up for the sake of Allah SWT alone in the middle of the night (or maybe 20-25 minutes before Fajr adhan), it will just be you and Allah SWT. There won’t be anyone around to disturb you – sometimes not even your own thoughts. It can be very comforting and once you establish tahajjud salah, you will have a sense of purpose throughout the rest of the day because you will have that mindset throughout the rest of the day of doing things to try to increase your Iman.

7) Keep a voluntary fast for the sake of Allah SWT. Fasting increases the believers in Iman

8) Make  a list of a ‘good day’ in which you do everything for the sake of Allah SWT and measure this against your actual day to see where you are lacking and what are the things stopping you from getting closer to Allah SWT.  Conversely, you can also make a list of all the things you do as a Muslim that you shouldn’t be doing. By doing one of these two things, you are planting a seed in your heart – if you water this seed continuously by doing good and stay away from evil/sin, there is no way that the level of Iman in your heart won’t increase.

9) Keep the company of good friends – stay away from bad company. Don’t put yourself in situations that can directly have an adverse effect on your Iman.

10) Help people. If someone asks you for a favour or for help, don’t ever return them empty handed – no matter how small the thing they are asking you for is – grant their request and be conscious of doing it for the sake of Allah SWT.

The above must be done on a regular basis to achieve results. Once you do the above, you will automatically want to know more about Allah SWT, the Prophets life and what the Quran says and hence, your interest in studies of Islam will grow

In particular, I suggest that you select a time during the day (for example after Isha or Fajr salah) which you dedicate to your Islamic studies. It can be as short as 20-30 minutes but make it a part of your routine. Once you commit let’s say 25 minutes every day at a certain time to Islamic studies, you would have spent approximately 3 hours each week learning about Islam. I feel like this is the best way to commit yourself to studying about the religion – make it a part of your daily routine by selecting a time of the day when you do it. In order to maintain interest in Islamic studies however, you are going to have to take a good look at your lifestyle and try to stop doing things that are a direct cause of a reduce in your Iman and by extension, a decreasing interest in studies of the religion.

Hope this was helpful. Takecare :) 

300 followers smut series - Day 5: Tsumugu Kido

[I struggled writing Tsummy. My brain is running on fumes for ideas but I thought this is was pretty Kido, pleasue excuse my poor attempt at trying to get his Kansai accent accross…Also, I may have rushed it a bit but I’m running so far behind my schedule it’s hard not to…As usual sorry for any mistakes & enjoy]

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studying with Bear 🐰 Today I made myself a timetable for the next week - yes it’s colour coded, and yes I am a slight organisation freak! 👽 Let’s see how well I can stick to this. I think the trick is to treat study as though it’s work: non-optional, with designated meal breaks and a start and end time. During my study blocks, I’ll be taking a five minute break for every 25 minutes of study, and every couple of hours I’ll take probably a 15-20 minute break. Plus there’s plenty of designated “me time” in there, so that should help. LET’S GET OUR STUDY ON! 📚 ps. I think I’m really going to enjoy the subject I worked on today, Nutritional Foundations! I love learning something that’s directly nutrition related!

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A Year Every Minute Pt. 25

A story centered around the lives of Gaster, Sans, and Papyrus from beginning to end. Themes will be both happy and tragic.


After breakfast the three of them headed out of the core facility and through Hotland. The fastest way into Waterfall was the ferry, a single little boat manned by a robed monster. During the weekends it was a little busy, the three of them sitting on a bench waiting for the River Person to come back from their latest trip.

Sans was still having a hard time staying awake, boney fingers clutching a thermos filled with even more coffee after finishing his first cup back home. His father and Papyrus never had a problem staying awake, although Gaster was obviously much more grounded than the little skeleton bouncing around the edge of the river… Unless you gave him something to tinker with. Then it was clear to see where Papyrus got all his energy.

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So, I just hit 100 followers and as a thank you I thought I would share the app that has saved my life this Easter holiday.

So, I was all set for a break of disappointment and failed goals because I cannot get off my phone, and that’s when I heard about FocusNow.

FocusNow is a free app for both apple and android devices, and it works on the pomodoro technique. You set the timer, don’t close the app for 25 minutes and you get a tree for your farm. You can set the timer for longer if you want (anywhere from 25 mins to 150 mins) and it gives you a tree every 25 minutes. When you get to 100, you can unlock apples, and when you have 100 apple trees you can unlock grapes, and so on. You even get a nice graph to show you how much work you’ve got done on certain days.

If you have phone-related procrastination issues, I highly recommend this app. I downloaded it, recommended it to my friend after 8 hours of having it, and it’s probably the reason we’ve achieved so much over the school holidays. It’s surprisingly addictive, so makes you want to stop using your phone so you can get more trees, and even has a multiplayer mode so you can compete with your friends (I haven’t got around to using that yet though)

Good luck studying everyone! x

Does anybody get in the shower and get so lost in making up scenarios or just thinking about life that you forget what you got in the shower to do so you stand there for like an hour staring at the floor and you come out of it every 25 minutes and look around like, “what do I have to do? what have I done already?” cause you can’t remember if you’ve shaved or whatever already so you get pulled back into your head and start staring at random ass places on the wall and the only thing that completely pulls you out of it is the water running cold.

25 Things I Wish I Would've Known

No one can mentally prepare themselves enough for their first child. No matter what age you are you are never fully ready for what is about to come. Here is my list of 25 things I didn’t know, but wish I knew about a new baby and being a new mom.

1. Unconditional love has never looked so sweet.

2. You will never have the “perfect” sleep ever again. Or at least until your child has moved out. Say goodbye to those zzz’s!

3. Sometimes, you’ll need to leave baby in a safe place and take a step out of the room to gather your sanity. Unless you have the patience of a dead man, this one is inevitable.

4. Breast feeding is HARD! Don’t give up, you’ll regret it after awhile.

5. They say you shed weight from breast feeding? I doubt that. I think you shed weight from never being able to sit down and eat a decent meal.

6. Sometimes. Peeing while holding your baby just has to happen… You’re not the worst mother in the world, I promise.

7. Baby’s two month vaccinations are hard on mom too, it’s okay to cry.

8. Babies can NOT be spoiled at three months, that is a crock of poo and studies stand with me on that. Don’t listen to your grandmother.

9. Hemorrhoids can happen after birth too. They suck.

10. There’s nothing more mind settling knowing that your baby is asleep, and now you can rest too.

11. It’s okay to call over a family member or friend to watch baby so you can have a shower. It’s probably needed anyways.

12. You go ahead, and you look at that baby, and you cry! You made that! You’re a superhero!

13. Your poor, poor nipples… They won’t ever be the same.

14. You really don’t NEED that change table. It’ll probably just get used for clutter anyways.

15. Babies smell lovely. Soak that up.

16. You’re allowed to bed share, you’re allowed to co sleep, you’ll allowed to put them in the crib. Whatever works best for YOU momma!

17. You rock that 5 day old pony tail, don’t let anybody tell you different.

18. No matter what the nurses say you don’t HAVE to look down there two weeks postpartum.

19. Cradle cap sucks and I have yet to figure out how to get rid of it faster.

20. Newborns aren’t known for their flawless skin let me tell you that much.

21. They grow fast, don’t spend all your time wishing they could walk, or talk, or crawl. Live in the moment now.

22. Swaddle. That is my only true advice. Unless you want your babe to be woken up by his own arm smacking him in the face.

23. Welcome all advice, take in what works best for you.

24. Don’t cheap out on a decent stroller. You’ll be using it for the next two to three years.

25. Love every minute of this precious life you have in front of you. Time goes all too fast in this world.

:) -J

theflyingromana  asked:

Hi! I wanted to share a study tip that works for me - the timer method never worked for me because sudden loud noises =/= not my cup of tea. So what I've done instead is make a couple mp3s of white noise of different lengths, and put them every 15-25 minutes in my classical music playlists. So that way my brain can recognise music = work and no music = break, it's really soothing and keeps me on track well. (Also I use the Steven Universe intro after the breaks to get me pumped to work again.)

This is still the timer method, you have simply tweaked it to work with your particular brain. Good for you! That is a really important skill when you are neurodivergent. :)

-J