“Things don’t happen to you, they happen for you.”

I think the pressure of the governments’ restrictions finally got to me.
I feel suffocated.
I’ve been feeling suffocated for weeks now.
A few days ago, I started to feel depressed.
I broke down in tears because of it.
I had pride myself on being able to shut down my chatterbox.
However, these last few days, I struggled to keep myself in check.
I failed.
I fell into the trap.
I unconsciously listened to the disempowering voices in my head and to make this worst, I believed them.
These voices in my head were mean.
They made me feel useless and worthless.
It was painful for me to go through my days feeling purposeless and unworthy.
It terrifies me whenever my thought goes to “I’m done”.

This morning, I made the conscious choice to see what was this depression all about.
I’m clear that I hate it when my movement is restricted.
I feel frustrated that I can’t do the simplest things like dine-in at my favorite restaurants, watch movies to the fun stuff like traveling.
I also realized something else.
In times of stress, I give away my power when I unconsciously choose to listen and believe the disempowering voices in my head.
What I had experienced the last few days reminded me of when I was depressed and suicidal a decade ago.

What has been brought to my attention is that I’ve got more work to do. I’ve got more healing to do for myself.
I need to grab the rein and reclaim my power instead of letting the disempowering voices ruling my mind and mess up my emotions.
Shutting down my chatterbox somehow doesn’t work as well as in the past.
I need to deal with the voices in my head head-on.
For someone who has the tools that had helped me get out of depression years ago, it got me thinking about the people who don’t.
How are they coping during these times?
What do they do to keep themselves sane?
Do they have support?
With what I have experienced these days, I hope and pray that they have all the support that they need to get through during these times.

My spiritual teacher has a quote, “Things don’t happen to you, they happen for you.”
I get it if some people cannot comprehend how things (especially “bad” things) that happened are “for” them.
When I first heard the quote, I didn’t resonate with the quote at all especially when I was looking from a victim’s perspective.
Often to victims, things happen to them.
When I finally took responsibility for my life, I got myself out of being a victim.
I reflected on what had happened in the past and along the way, I began to resonate with the quote.
Here’s what I believe, things happen for us so that we can transcend our fears, challenges, and limitations.

The depression that I have been feeling for days is showing me the area of my life where I need to work on and strengthen.
It shows me that the previous method that used to work has now become less effective.
It shows me how I can fall apart under continuous stress.
It shows me what happens when I let go of being responsible for my mental health.
Had I continue to let myself be depressed and think that all this happens to me, I wouldn’t have taken responsibility and have the clarity that it was me (or rather the voices in my head) that was making me miserable.

“Things don’t happen to you, they happen for you.”

When we are aware that things happen for us, and we dare to look deep within ourselves, we can discover the gems to expedite our personal growth to be a better human being.

 

Never meet your childhood heroes

I recently met my teacher at an event.

When I first saw her, I thought she looked familiar.

I searched in my brain and I finally recognized her.

I got so excited, I couldn’t believe that she stood in front of me and she was attending the event.

I waved my hand and after I got her attention, I sheepishly asked her if she remembered me.

She was probably shocked at first and after she got over it, she asked my name.

And she continued on saying, “Muamu ani macam kenal pulang.” (You do look familiar)

After I told her my full name, it took her a few seconds and then she remembered me.

Her demeanor changed instantly, she looked unbelievably happy to see me and she came forward to hug me.

She said, “Masa Muda Hashim.” (It was during Muda Hashim Secondary School)

And I agreed with her.

She asked me what year was it when she taught me.

I answered, “1997”.

Then she told me it was good to see me.

During the event, I got to reminisce how she was the teacher who told me upfront that I was smart and I shouldn’t waste it.

She also advised me to get myself glasses so I could see better in class (because at that time, I didn’t own a pair).

At that time I didn’t know that I need glasses.

I thought it was normal for me to not be able to see from far. (LOL right)

I guess she figured out that I needed them.

And so… I’m wearing glasses now because of her, because of her I saw the world clearly. Literally.

I’m grateful that she saw that I had potential when I was unsure of myself.

I love her for what she did for me.

Yesterday that warm fuzzy feeling that I have for my teacher was soon replaced by betrayal and disappointment.

Before I continue, I need to explain a bit further.

Earlier this year my youngest sister was posted as a teacher to a secondary school.

On her first day, she was informed by the ministry that she needed to report to the principal of the school which she did.

My sister shared that her first encounter with the principal was rather unpleasant.

The principal didn’t even bother to welcome my sister, she didn’t even look up to see my sister’s face and she was just busy doing her own thing while my sister sat in front of her and was trying to have a civil conversation with her.

When I heard my sister’s story, I was thinking that this is not the kind of behaviour to welcome someone new or otherwise into your organisation.

This is a fuck off, don’t bother me, I have nothing to say to you (un)welcome.

Enough to say that my sister didn’t feel welcome at all and she felt dishearten by the way the principal treated her.

She left with teary eyes and her heart broken.

When my sister shared her experience with us (me and my other 2 siblings), we were so fucking pissed at the principal.

I was like, how dare she treated my sister, another human being, the way she did!

She was being unprofessional, discourteous and blatantly rude.

I absolutely hate her for hurting my sister.

Days later we found out that the principal had a hidden agenda and she wanted some other teacher to be transferred to that school and she didn’t want my sister and she wanted my sister to be out so that the other teacher can come in instead.

In addition, It turned out that one of my cousin’s also had several negative experiences with this principal.

When my cousin had heard that my sister was posted to that secondary school, she discussed with my sister and shared her own personal experiences of that principal.

It was something along the line that my cousin was supposed to be promoted to a higher position but got demoted instead because of the principal.

If you haven’t guess it already, that principal whose disregard of other people’s feelings is my teacher. The teacher that I was fond of.

The moment it was confirmed it was her, I felt conflicted.

I remembered that she was kind, helpful and honest too.

It’s like you’re married to a wonderful man, he’s being the wonderful husband but the people around you told you that your husband is a rapist.

Because of this, I couldn’t focus on doing anything else let alone meditate this morning.

There is a part of me that still loves my teacher and the other part really hates for what she did.

It’s difficult for me to believe the one person who saw a potential in the younger me could do such things to other people.

I don’t know how many people that she has hurt in order for her to get her way and I personally hate people who hurt other people.

I don’t care who you are.

If you are in the business of hurting other people, you are so NOT WELCOME in my world.

It’s best you get the fuck out of my life.

I acknowledge that I’m only hearing one side of the story.

I don’t know her side of the story, why she behaved and did what she did.

There is however no excuse for being such a dick or a bitch to someone who you don’t know and whom you’ve never met before.

I guess it’s so fucking easier to disregard other people when you think that they are a stranger.

I’m writing this to let others know that I acknowledge their experience with/of her and I don’t make their experience wrong just because I had several wonderful experiences with her.

I don’t know why she became who she is now.

But what stays with me is that I’m grateful for what she did for me back then.

I understand if this is difficult for you to swallow.

Even my own sisters find it unbelievable that I knowing what she did to my own sister, can be grateful for her brief existence in my life.

Having said that, I don’t condone her methods and behaviors that negatively affect other people.

Like I said, I hate people who hurt other people.

And I guess, the honeymoon is finally over.

 

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We are on Keto Diet

Lemon Garlic Salmon

I’ve mentioned in my previous video that my husband and I were on an extended 7-day water fast.

Since that 7-day extended water fast, we did another 4-day extended water fast the following week from Monday to Thursday.

After we were done with the 4-day water fast, we decided to try keto diet.

In it’s simplicity, it’s a diet where we get most of our energy from fats and protein. It’s similar to the low carb diet that we adopted years ago.

Currently we’re doing keto diet with intermittent fasting.

Switching from the water fast to keto diet is roughly easy for us since we had tried low carb diet before.

When we tried the low card diet, we ate 3 meals a day.

When Bobby found intermittent fasting by Dr Jason Fung, we gave intermittent fasting a try.

We started off with skipping breakfast and only had lunch and dinner.

Then in a couple of weeks, we started to eat lunch much much later to the point we fasted for more than 16-18 hours a day and this eventually resulted us in having one meal a day which is dinner.

I also want to share that because I did the extended 7-day water fast and the 4-day water fast, I experienced the following goodness as a result!

    1. I don’t crave fast food anymore! Their smell has surprisingly turn me off.
      I remember when we used to visit at least 1 fast food restaurant a day.
      I was addicted to spicy chicken KFC, spicy chicken Jollibee and pancakes and breakfast meals from McD.
      Ever since the first day of the 7-day water fast, we have stopped eating fast food.
    2. What about pastry and baked goods? Same thing! M turned off.
      When I see baked goods sold at bakery, I’m reminded by the amount of sugar and flour that they contain.
      Since I bake cakes once in a while, seeing 10g of sugar is already freaking me out.
    3. I have zero interest in eating out in restaurants just because I don’t know if they add sugar/flour into their cooking.
      I found out that some people put sugar in their chicken curry!
    4. Having said that, I do eat out when I have my cheat days.
      These are the days when I allow myself to eat all the carbohydrates that I want and that includes my favourite pepperoni pizza.
    5. I used to be addicted to Oreos and cheese flavoured Twisties.
      I used to had to have them daily and after the extended water fast, I’m not addicted anymore.
      I stop buying them.
    6. What I learned about myself during the extended water fast was that I missed prepping and cooking food.
      I had forgotten how I love eating and cooking my own food.
      So because of that, I’m back cooking my own food.
      It helps a lot when my husband loves to eat my cooked food.
    7. Ever since we’re on keto diet, we eat more veggies daily when compared to when we were on low carb diet.
      I get to shop for fresh veggies weekly!
    8. I’m now more mindful when buying prepacked food.
      I looked at the nutritional content and checked whether they have artificial sweeteners, how much sugar, flour, fat content and carbohydrates they have.
      Because of this, we become very selective and we don’t buy most of the prepacked food that are advertised as “healthy”.
    9. I’ve learnt to love baking as well.
      I used to be put off by the ridiculous amount of ingredients that it takes to bake something.
      And with the Keto diet, there are quite a lot of easy ways to make keto desserts recipes out there and I’m willing to give a few of them a try.
    10. I’m losing weight slowly.
      The losing weight is from intermittent fasting couple with the keto diet.
      Last week, my weight was 67.8kg when I started the keto diet and on the 5th day in the morning, my weight was 64.7kg.
      This week, my weight started at 65.5kg and today is the 3rd day and I’m at 64.7kg.
      Currently my goal is to be at 60kg.
      And once I hit 60kg, my new weight goal would be 55kg.

I remember the time when I did intermittent fasting with one meal a day and I ate carbs with no veggies and not enough protein.

To be honest, I felt sluggish.

And I hate that feeling.

With the keto diet with plenty of veggies and protein, I can feel the difference.

I’m not sluggish anymore.

I’m awake.

And I love that!

Owh before I end this post, the picture above is a shot of lemon garlic Salmon that I cooked for our dinner.

It was surprisingly fulfilling!

It’s the perfect meal for keto.

If you’re interested in the recipe, click here.

Life isn’t always a bed of roses

I’ve been wanting to write about this part of my life that I don’t openly share with people. Previously whenever I thought about writing it, I often ended up feeling angry and hurting. Therefore, I had decided to wait for the right time. It’s mostly for me to have the right mindset so that I am able to share my experience at best without judgement on most of my part.

At the time of writing this post, I’ve been married for more than 11 years. While some other married couples have at least a child with them, my husband and I have none.

If you’re asking have we tried to have children, my answer is yes, we did.

We were entering 3 years of marriage when I finally decided to get pregnant.

The good news was after 2-3 months of trying, I was pregnant and we were to be honest surprised with the news because we didn’t expect it at all.

The bad news was the pregnancy ended up to be ectopic.

We were in the hospital when the doctor told us that my urine test was positive.

We went to the hospital that morning because the night before I had a severe cramp (it was like a menstrual cramp) to the point I couldn’t bear the pain and I passed out from the pain. I was lucky, I was at home when it happened.

I woke up the next morning. I went to toilet to pee and I felt “something” hanging out of my vagina. I held it by its edge, pulled it out and it was a thick pink flesh. I called my husband, showed him the flesh and he said, “Better go to the hospital.”

Since the pregnancy was confirmed ectopic, I was admitted into a ward for the doctor to monitor my condition. I kept on having painful cramps since the that night I passed out. There was a day when I was in so much pain that one of the doctors injected me with something to help ease the pain.

They did several ultrasound just to be sure that there was no fetus in my uterus. They checked that my left ovary was swollen. Looks like the fertilization process happened and got stuck in my ovary. They also took my blood to check the level of my β-hCG (pregnancy hormone).

After all the check ups, 2 doctors came to see me in the ward the next morning. They mentioned that I have to undergo surgery to remove one of my ovaries. I was shocked and my mind immediately went into shut down. I had stopped listening at all. Thank God my husband was there with me. He heard whatever it was that they needed to inform us.

After the doctors left, I turned and said to my husband I don’t want surgery. I don’t want doctors to wreck my body and remove anything. My husband, being the smart and intelligent man that he is, did his research on ectopic pregnancy.

Turns out there are several methods to treat ectopic pregnancy. Surgery is one of them and it is an invasive method. There was an alternative non-invasive method.

The next day, we informed the doctors that we don’t want surgery and we opted for the non-invasive method which was using methotrexate.

One of the doctors didn’t like it that we chose methotrexate. We were told that methotrexate only works on early pregnancy and they needed to confirm with my β-hCG level. So more blood was taken from me. It felt like once we made the choice of no surgery, that one doctor, lost interest in me.

In my head I was thinking of course that doctor wanted me to opt for surgery. I was just another money in the bank for him.

His concern was he didn’t know how far along I was and it was to prevent internal bleeding just in case my fallopian tube ruptured which could happened at any time.

During the whole time I was in the ward, I was already scared and I felt vulnerable. I didn’t need a doctor to scare me further with the possibility of death by internal bleeding.

The other doctor was nicer. She said I don’t have to go through surgery if I don’t want. I remember she hustled the nurses to take my blood and also to order methotrexate asap.

A few days later, after a different doctor had confirmed my β-hCG level, she administered methotrexate injection into my upper arm.

The doctor informed me that methotrexate stops any fetal growth and it’s like a poison. Her advice was for us to stop trying to conceive for a year because methotrexate can cause birth defects.

I was released from the ward (despite having several cramps) after the doctor has seen the decline of β-hCG level in my blood. I was unfortunately got admitted again because of the painful cramps.

I got my period weeks later.

A year had passed and I had my first fertility related appointment. I remember the doctor was asking if I wanted to get pregnant and I said yes. She then signed me up for a second appointment.

It was before I attended the second appointment that I had a big realization.

I realized that I held a belief that there was something wrong with me for not being able to get pregnant and have children.

And I was also quick to realize that having a belief that something is wrong with me (just because I’m not pregnant and not having any children) can damage my own mental health.

That was a light bulb moment for me and that was when I made the choice to believe that nothing is wrong with me. For me, not pregnant and not having any children is not wrong.

I also made the decision to not continue with the appointments anymore. I told my husband that I wanted to stop. My husband respected and still respects my decision.

I remember that was the moment when I told myself that I didn’t need to undergo all the hassle just to get pregnant. I wanted no drugs whatsoever. I didn’t want to put my body nor my mind in distress. I said to myself, if it happens then it happens and if it’s not then it’s not.

Fast forward today, I don’t deny that there were times when I had thoughts of what my life would look like if I had children. The thing is I can only imagine it and there’s no way for me to truly experience it.

Do I indulge my imagination? Most of the time no. If I did, often they don’t last more than mere seconds.

Do I regret for not continuing the fertility appointments? My answer is not at all. I made the right choice for me at that time.

I’ve come a long way to be okay and even to be able to be grateful at my current situation. (Believe me because I used to bitch about this a lot)

I used to believe that it was my fault that I had the ectopic pregnancy. I had blamed myself for years.

Facts are, it happened and we don’t know why it happened. If we’re looking at the science of it of course anything was possible. However, it happened inside me and it was not in my control. And so I came to accept that there was nothing more that I could do about it other than moving on with my life.

Along the way I also encountered several rude people (interestingly, they’re women themselves) who made snide comments about me not having children.

Dealing with these rude people who clearly don’t care about my feelings took a huge toll on me. My own mental health spiral down hill. Those were my dark times. For years, I was the worst version of myself. I was suicidal, my own negative thoughts were my close companions and the constant thought that I had everyday was to end my life.

The only person who kept me sane was my husband. He comforted me and he was there for me whenever I had my breakdowns.

All these negativity that was happening affected our relationship. I even remember asking for a divorce from my husband. I was a fucking mess, I was depressed and I could see that my husband was slowly being affected by my own negativity.

In the midst of my own turmoil, all I wanted was to be happy and to reciprocate the unconditional love that my husband has for me. It was a struggle for me to do just that being depressed and suicidal.

I knew it wasn’t easy for my husband and I had a rough idea of the tremendous emotional pain that I had caused him. At some point, it was just too painful for me to see how “broken” we were as a couple and I knew it was because of me. Finally, I couldn’t stand for us to continue living in (my) hell anymore.

I had to step up. I confronted my own demon and I had to make difficult choices.

With persistence over time, I eventually found my own inner strength to crawl out of the hell hole to transform my life and save my marriage.

I admit my journey isn’t a pretty one. Most of the time, I was suffering mentally and emotionally til I decided enough was enough. I told myself that I had to toughen my mind for the sake of my own mental health.

Once in a while, I still come across women (either relatives or strangers, married women with children) who think it’s appropriate to ask me if I’ve checked myself at the hospital after they hear that I’m married for more than 5 years with no children.

I used to be angry at that.

Now I get it.

For these women, they believe that it’s not normal to be married and have no children. To them, since it’s not normal, there has to be something wrong with the wife or the husband.

The part that used to get me really pissed was when they wanted me to buy in their beliefs, saying it’s not right for a married woman to have no children, saying (stupid) things like husbands would leave their wives if their wives don’t give them children or (bullshits like) how lonely our life must have been since we don’t have children and also we won’t be happy for the rest of our lives til we have children.

In my head, I thought to myself, why these women don’t try to understand my situation? Instead they paved (for me) the road to hell with their “so called” good intentions.

I used to blame these women for not understanding my current situation.

Now that I’m wiser, I realized that there is no way for these women to understand and fully grasp my situation.

For these married women with kids, there’s no way for them to truly understand married women with no kids. Being married and have no kids is not in their reality because that is not their experience.

And of course vice-versa.

I got “don’t you want to be happy?” question when I told some people I don’t have children.

That question made me really think.

It made me question myself. “Am I not happy?”

After I attended The Landmark Forum, a huge insight that I got was for me to be happy, I choose to be happy. My own happiness isn’t attached to “things” or of me having “things”. My own happiness isn’t depleted just because I don’t have certain “things”.

My answer is I am happy regardless.

It’s rather unwise to be unhappy just because you don’t have children, “things” or “whatever”. If one person’s happiness is attached to them having children, “things” or “whatever”, what happens to him/her when they don’t? Are they just going to be unhappy for the rest of their lives until they have whatever it is that they want? What if that day never comes? What then?

I also got “you don’t know what you’re missing” speech from these people.

I agree. I don’t because I don’t have children to begin with. And I am fine with that. There’s no way to miss something if you don’t have it in the first place. Just like fasting. The only way for you to miss food is when you have it and then you have to fast and refrain yourself from eating it. If you don’t know what food is and never tasted food, there’s no way for you to miss it.

Another question that I got is “don’t you want to have kids so they can take care of you when you’re old?”

I say bullshit to this. Look around. If you’re that old and you can’t take care of yourself and you have your children who are willingly to take care of you then, you’re very lucky. I don’t see that for myself. So I’ve made a deal with God. I told Him, the moment I’m incapable to take care of myself, I give Him the green light to pull the plug.

Have you heard this little gem, “don’t you want your DNA to live on forever?”

You know what, knowing what I know about DNA and topics related to it and more, I’m happy to put it at end with my death. Enough said.

Now, here’s a bonus question, “what about your husband? don’t you want to give him children”.

To be honest, I find that question irrelevant.

When I chose to marry my husband, my first and foremost intention was for companionship. And to this day it still is. The question “when or will we start a family?”, my answer is it’s not a priority for me.

And I’m not going to lie, one of the best things of being married is to have sex. Believe me, sex was an incentive for us to get married. (I said that because it’s haram (illegal) to have sexual intercourse when you’re not married in Islamic religion)

I know some people said sex is for procreation. However, for me, as much as sex is sacred, we do it because we wanna have fun and experience pleasure at the same time. Getting pregnant is just a side effect.

I have to say that my husband is one of a kind. He doesn’t fret about us not having kids. He doesn’t push me. He doesn’t stress about these petty little things. He genuinely doesn’t care what other people say/think. He accepts the reality as it is. We don’t have kids because we don’t have kids.

I also used to get people around me pushing me to get pregnant. And these people are often married people with kids. My reaction is often to ignore them. I remember thinking to myself that I won’t be pushed and battered into it just because other people are expecting me to join the club. I’ll fucking do it at my own time.

I get that some people may think that I am selfish for the choices that I have made.

As much as I want to say f**k off, I say just mind your own damn business please. You don’t get anywhere in your life by being nosy in someone else’s. And yes, I have a right to be selfish. It is my life afterall. I get to call the shots about me and my life. I choose how I live my life. Other people’s advise and opinions mean nothing to me.

I acknowledge that I am not getting any younger. I am soon to be in the veteran category in any sports.

The older I become, the more apparent to me that I’m in no hurry to catch the motherhood fever.

I realized that I have a choice.

I can choose what I want to experience.

I can choose to be upset just because I don’t have any children, I can be stressed about it, I can blame God or my body or I can accept it as it is and go with the flow.

I am done feeling sucky about me not having kids anymore. So I chose the later.

I’ve accepted that it is okay for me to be married and have no children. I am good with just being a wife and I am also good that I am not a mother.

I don’t see me not having children as wrong anymore. I’ve adopted a new perspective. Married with no kids is just different, that’s all. My husband and I often joked about this, saying that we’ve been single for the last 11 years. Despite the hardships and ugliness that we went through, I love being married to my husband with no kids. I’d rather appreciate it.

The truth is, I am reeling in my existing freedom, I am grateful that my husband loves me unconditionally and I am mostly in gratitude for my life the way it is.

I am happy with where I am.

Face to face with my dark side

I am aware that I don’t share much of what’s going on emotionally with me.

However, this time I feel compelled to share.

For the past few months I had been noticing a certain emotional energy that came up. Often times I was quick to dismiss this energy. What happened next was the more I dismissed it, it came back with stronger energy to the point it had started to bother me and my mental health.

I started to question myself why this energy come up out of nowhere. I even tried to identify what the hell is it. I only got bits and pieces. I was clueless to why I was harassed by it.

It made me feel uncomfortable and this energy scarred me a bit.

Two nights ago, while I was getting ready to sleep, it came up with full force. It confronted me face to face and it showed itself to me. What I saw scared me. My mind freaked out and I was 100% scared for my life. I didn’t know what to do but I reminded myself that energy needed to flow and so I just allowed the energy to be released without engaging my mind. I shut down my mind and I fell asleep. Unfortunately, I didn’t have pleasant sleep. It showed up in my dream and my sleep was continuously disturbed throughout the night.

I woke up in the morning feeling distraught.

I finally knew what it was.

It was extreme animosity towards the universe.

And what I got is that it wants to hurt the people that I love and ultimately to hurt me so that either I took my own life or continue to live life with full of regrets.

I finally told my husband about it.

Apparently my husband is familiar with this energy and he has been pointing out to me for months and years now and I, unfortunately didn’t take it seriously.

I felt immediate relief after I shared with my husband and that had allowed me the space to internalize what was going on with me.

Knowing how destructive this energy can be, I need to remain alert so I’m not consumed by it. I need to be aware that decisions that I make and actions that I take aren’t from this destructive space. One wrong action, that’s it, I’m going to regret it for the rest of my life.

What I noticed for myself is that the moment I’m emotionally involved with this energy, I dig a hell hole for myself. The more I engaged with it, the more I’m vulnerable and susceptible to its destructive ways.

To be honest, right now, I’m exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.

This whole experience brought me back to the time when I was depressed and suicidal years ago.

I had the thoughts to end my life.

But I didn’t do it.

What had stopped me from ending my life was when I heard a voice in my head that said, “If you do it, you’re going to regret it for the rest of your life.

And the reason why I’m still alive is because I believe that voice.

It wasn’t easy to choose to live when all I wanted was to die. I wanted to die because I felt that life was too fucking hard and strangely enough I felt that I didn’t belong and I just wanted to go “home”.

But I keep on choosing to live everyday because I want to see how life unfolds for me along the way and I want to experience magic and miracles that I’ve created for myself and my life.

It’s not easy to share this “stuff” with the people that I love. I’m very lucky that my husband supported me when I went through this disempowering phase in my life. If I share this with my sisters, they probably ask me to “go back to God”. Do prayers and stuff like that.

I have no issues with believing the existence of God. I love God. It’s because of Him, I’m here in the first place. He created me and gave me life. (Let’s not get into the procreation bits) This led me to think about how I create my own reality.

While I was on my own the whole day yesterday, I’ve come to the realization that I was the one who created that side of me who harbors that extreme animosity towards the universe. I also realize that it was created out of the need for me to survive situation/challenge that I went through long time ago. It looks like it’s also deeply ingrained in my subconscious.

At first I was stressed because I didn’t know how to handle this situation. If this is a person, what I can do is I just don’t see this person. But this isn’t a person. It’s a part of me that I found that I should be wary of and in my personal opinion, it should not be allowed to live in this world.

Now that I know I was the one created it and now that it shows up at full force at this time, I guess it is time for me to let it go and release it. I have no use for it anymore.

I don’t know how long is this process for me. What I know is the intense is the energy, the longer time it takes to be released.

It’s so good to have the support from my husband. He’s very well aware of my current situation. It’s just that he’s away for work for 3 days and I don’t think being alone while going through what I’m going through is healthy for my own mind. Right now, I’m staying at my sister with her family until my husband is back.

Additionally, to ease my situation, I turn to energy healing and crystal healing. I started to wear my black obsidian necklace since yesterday. It helps to remove build up negativity caused by me. I cleanse my chakras daily with energy healing, I activated a crystal grid for further emotional healing and I sleep with black tourmaline for protection, rose quarts for it’s soothing loving energy and selenite for aura cleansing. I also tune in for guidance using tarot cards and my intuition.

My black Obsidian necklace

It sucks if I think that I’m the only one who is going through this emotional upheaval but I’m aware that I’m not the one. There are others who are battling their own demon and whoever and wherever they are, I hope they find their strength to move through it with grace and ease.

With Love
Hayatti

My experience of using Iriscup

What is Iriscup?

It’s one of the many brands that are selling menstrual cups.

What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Its purpose is to prevent menstrual fluid (blood containing uterine lining) from leaking onto clothes. Menstrual cups are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone and shaped like a bell with a stem. The stem is used for insertion and removal. The bell-shaped cup seals against the vaginal wall just below the cervix. Every 4–12 hours (depending on the amount of flow), the cup is removed, emptied, rinsed, and reinserted.

Unlike tampons and pads, cups collect menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. One cup is reusable for up to five years or more. This makes their long-term cost lower than that of disposable tampons or pads, though the initial cost is higher. Menstrual cups are also promoted as more practical and eco-friendly than pads and tampons.

Source: Wikipedia

I discovered menstrual cup by accident in 2016. I researched more about it and after I settled on the brand that I wanted to buy, I made my purchase and it arrived in October 2016.

For the first few months of using Iriscup during my period, I was struggling to get it “right”. It was challenging for me to make sure that the mouth of the cup to open once it was inside my vagina. Due to my inexperience of using the menstrual cup, I leaked at least once month. It was rather messy to be honest. These were the few times when I had the thoughts of wearing tampons or just switched to pads.

I read someone else’s experience in the internet, she said to use menstrual cup, best start with using tampon. I guess this is to get women to familiarise themselves with the process of inserting feminine product into their body. I do feel using a tampon is so much easier than the Iriscup and I had been using tampons back in A levels in 1999 and restarted to use them in 2014.

I find that inserting either tampon or Iriscup isn’t the problem for me. I could insert them easily. With tampon, once it’s inside my body, I’m done. I don’t have to worry about leakage etc. However, with Iriscup, after I insert it, I had to “work” it so the mouth opens up so that it collects the blood into it. Otherwise I risk of leakage.

If you aren’t getting it, here’s a wiki info on how to use menstrual cup with pictures.

Despite my struggles, I persistently use Iriscup every time Aunt Flo is coming to town. Iriscup isn’t cheap and I do want to get my money’s worth. I, of course, had to work on a few tricks of my own to make sure the mouth opens up after inserting Iriscup into my vagina.

I finally found the one trick that works every single time and I had been testing it for a few months now.

Here’s what I do.

I fold the cup using the C-fold (refer to the wiki info above if you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about) and then insert it into my vagina. After that, I insert one finger to check whether the cup is still folded or not. If it still is then I slowly pull it out using the stem and push it back in and again I insert one finger to feel the cup. If the mouth of the cup is opened then I can feel the roundness of the cup. If not, I repeat the pull out and push in movement. Most of the time, I just do this once and it works and I haven’t had leakage incidents so far with this trick.

After more than a year of using Iriscup, I am finally consistently leakage free!

Why I choose to use menstrual cup?

Because I don’t prefer to use pads. Using pad is annoyingly uncomfortable for me which was why I used tampons. However, there are risks of infection with wearing tampons. Plus my favourite brand isn’t sold in Brunei anymore. I personally feel using menstrual cup is a lot safer than tampons. I also save money from buying tampons and pads. I stopped buying pads and tampons for over a year now since I use Iriscup.

Here’s the best part of using menstrual cup during my period, I sleep comfortably with it without worrying about infections and such. Pretty cool huh.

Why I choose Iriscup?

Because it’s made from 100% silicone platinum, it is an inert material (does not react with anything) and is completely safe in contact with the body. It has been certified with ISO 10993 Biocompatibility. This guarantees that the material used in its manufacture, 100% silicone platinum, is safe in terms of cytotoxicity, hypersensitivity and irritation of the vaginal mucosa. It has an exceptional shelf-life of 10 years. Cheaper than other menstrual cups in the market (at the time that I bought it).

I can’t say much about other menstrual cups as Iriscup is the first menstrual cup that I’ve been using so far.

If you are interested to know more about menstrual cups, you can just google it. There are so many brands popping up now with so many designs.

Kindly do your own due diligence before switching to menstrual cup.

I’m sharing for the purpose of information only. This is not an advice nor recommendation.

 

Until next time