Saturday, April 30, 2016

Monthly Recap - April

Hello Poetteers,

It's time for my monthly recap! I look back at my goals I set in the beginning of the year and see how well I progressed. 


I read two novels, one poetry book and a non-fiction book. The poetry book is Lullabies by Lang Leav and you can find my review here. The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey is a beautifully written story about tragedy and the life that follows after it. I love how art played a role in the story. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is by far my favorite book of the year, maybe of life. My non fiction book was Girl Code by by Cara Alwill Leyba. It is an inspiring read. I'm currently reading When We Collided by Emery Lord.


Before April came around I outlined a novel to write during Camp Nano. On the first day I looked at my outline and didn't like it. There were a couple scene that excited me and I worked on them. I reoutlined my story and it was decent but it still didn't spark anything in me. I made the decision to pants the project. Yet after that first week I forgot and abandoned the project. Three days before the month ended I remembered the project and opened it up. I read what I wrote last and started writing. I was able to write a lot and more as the days continued. I'm not worried about 'winning' camp nano. I already did with my excitement and not giving up.


I started bullet journaling. You can find my thoughts here.

Goals for Next Month

  • flesh out camp nano project to be several short stories
  • read five books
  • keep up with an exercise routine 

stay inspired, 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bullet Journal - One Month Update

Hello Poetteers,

Back in March I was researching about bullet journaling. In the simplest way bullet journaling combines planning, list making and traditional narrative entries. I have been watching BohoBerry's videos and reading blog posts that I finally decided to try it. I started out by doing the monthly habit tracker. It really helped me to see where I'm at and what I need to do.

Through her I was introduced to Tiny Ray of Sunshine. Both ladies had a gratitude log and it is by far my favorite and most inspiring spread I've seen and done. Through my own research I came to find the website, Page Flutter. In one of her blog posts she shared a narrative hack of splitting my index into two parts, one for everything else and the other for narrative entries.

The most common planning log in the bullet journal is daily logs. I liked it but it made me feel constricted in my narrative writing. I finally saw some people do weekly logs. Most people I saw do both but I didn't have that much to dos and I don't want my journal to be filled with repetitive information.
My favorite spread. Thank you for the inspiration, Page Flutter.

The big thing I love about bullet journaling is I'm not neglecting my to dos like in a traditional planner. Also, with all the technology I had moved from handwriting to typing my poems. I miss handwriting. It feels good to handwrite my poems again. You can find my poems on Instagram or check out one of my books.

Lessons Learned

Don't feel pressured to be like everyone else. Do what works for you. Don't feel pressured to decorate. Don't feel pressured to do all the collection/spread ideas you see. Do work on it everyday. Do the spreads that will help you.

Don't wait for the perfect time or supplies. Just start. Tweak as you go. Leave enough space for an index. Don't work ahead. Use one notebook. Lastly, don't use multiple notebooks unless VERY necessary.

stay inspired, Fida

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Poetry Spotlight: Lang Leav

Hello Poetteers,

In this series I'd like to highlight my favorite poets.

Lang Leav is an international best-selling author of Love & Misadventure, Lullabies and Memories. I recently finished reading her collection, Lullabies. It is filled with amazing poetry and stories. I don't have my own copy but I wanted to highlight the whole book.

My Favorite Poems

Wounded - I like that it covered the two types of wounds.

Grounded - It is a sweet poem about birds and something bigger.

Mixed Messages - It beautifully said the importance of communication.

Acceptance - it's a reminder.

Time - it holds so much truth.

Where You Can Find Her

Instagram | Website

stay inspired,

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NaPoWriMo: Kennings Poem

Hello Poetteers,

It's day 20 of NaPoWriMo! The prompt today is to write a Kennings poem.

What is a Kennings poem?

A Kenning is a two word phrase describing an object often using a metaphor. A Kennings poem is a riddle made up of several lines to describe something or someone.

An example of a Kennings poem:


Big hug
soft kisses
cold protecter

Memory keeper
stitched love.

Stay inspired, Fida

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Blessings - Sea Salt Chocolates

Hello Poetteers,

It's another week I share with you some of the blessings that has passed by me this past week.

> I recently discovered sea salt chocolates. It is an interesting & aquired taste but if you find the right kind its very delicious!

> The birds are chirping is my wake up song and as they constantly chirp through the day the cats stare out the window and get excited.

> The sunsets have been catching my eye after passing by so many days without my attention.

> I've noticed I'm on the my phone and the internet less.

> My handwriting and creative work has been on a really good flow.

stay inspired, Fida

Friday, April 15, 2016

I Challenge You With Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

It's national poetry month and what better way than to celebrate it with an Instagram poetry challenge. I haven't found much poetry challenges on Instagram, so I thought to change that. This is my first time hosting an Instagram challenge. If you loving writing or poeming I hope you join us! This is a week long challenge that starts on Apr 16th. The prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.

You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference, or download the prompt list PDF.

  • Be sure to tag your poems on Instagram with #dailypoetrygram so we can all see it.
  • Tag me (@poetfida ) so I can leave some love. 

stay inspired, Fida

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Poetry Spotlight: Nav K

Hello Poetteers,

In this series I'd like to highlight my favorite poets. If you remember, a couple months back I highlighted the top ten poets you should check out. 

I had the honor of getting in touch with Naveed Khan and interviewing him for you today.

When and how did you get introduced to poetry?

I've dabbled in poetry since I was a boy, but only as a means to really grasp what it really is. It wasn't until much later, in university, that I took the opportunity to really dive into studying it properly. Studying English in university, I had some freedom in choosing what area I wanted to focus on in my third and fourth year, and although slightly reluctant at the time, I elected to study poetry more thoroughly. At the time, I was convinced that I still did not understand most poetry well enough and wanted to learn more, and even after having done so I don't think I can comfortably say that I know everything. The world of poetics is so deep and vast that it may not be entirely realistic to say that one may be able to grasp all of it in his or her lifetime. Poetry moves with the motions of life, it is ever-changing and developing.

I would have to credit my introduction to poetry to the love of music. I discovered early on that music is written in some form of scheme or meter (take rap, for example) and I sought to replicate it in my own style.

What is your inspiration behind your poems?

The inspiration behind my work is life itself. I like to think of my approach to my work as a form of journaling my experiences, not necessarily the day-to-day but at least the most significant parts or those that stand out in some way. My writing is a way of documenting the world around me. That includes people, places, events, thoughts, and feelings. I don't think there's any greater inspiration than that happening right before our eyes, either to understand, record, or to unearth some deeper meaning.

What keeps you going back to poetry?

What has always intrigued me about poetry is the fact that so much can be said in so little words. A novel or stories written in prose have an infinite space for storytelling and development, but poetry is much more brief and packed with layers of meaning. It is this complexity in the realm of storytelling that draws me back to it every time. That, and the fact that it is perhaps the oldest surviving form of art. Ancient poets told their tales orally (such as Homer), and going even further back, through inscriptions and drawings on stones or walls. It's fascinating because so much of human history is recording in and through poetry. The fact that all existing religious texts are written more or less as poetry says enough about its depth and power.

Do you write in one sitting or over a span of days?

How long I spend on writing depends on the writing itself, and often on whether or not I am able to find the right words and record them down in a way that I can agree to be at least satisfactory. This means sometimes, I'm able to do it in one sitting, which can span between several minutes or hours. Often, however, and more recently, I find myself working on writing over spans of several days or weeks, and in some instances months. There have been a few occasions where I've worked on a single piece for up to a year. They're not necessarily the best pieces because they took so long, they just needed more work until I could consider myself to be happy with them.

Do you read your old poems?

I always try to revisit my old work every once in a while. It's a good practice and it reminds me of who I am, where I'm coming from, and the experiences that have brought me to my current moment. Most of the time, revisiting my old work reminds me that I have a lot more work to do, and it also indicates patterns in my writing and allows for me to reflect on my strengths and areas of opportunity. My writing is a part of myself in a way that I'm always looking for ways to improve and develop. Nothing about writing should ever be static, the same way human development is never static.

Who are your favorite poets?

This question is interesting because if you read into a poet enough, you'll find there's something to love about each one. So I don't think this question can be answered as an absolute, but I will mention some poets that I adore, which include Neruda, Rumi, Wordsworth, Cummings, Amiri Baraka, Fred Wah. I'm a huge fan of Robert Frost.


I learned a few things and hope you did too. I'm glad to have Naveed on my blog. You can find him on Instagram and on his website. Thank you,


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Visual Poetry, Part Two

Hello Poetteers,

Last week I shared with you writing shape poetry, a type of visual poetry. This week I'm continuing with that, showing you the other type of visual poetry. This kind of poem lets you enhance the meaning of words.

Example #1

You can find the original poem on Instagram

This is part of the first poem I posted on Instagram.

As you can see it makes the poem look more appealing but it also may make you read it differently or add emotion and emphasis on the word and whole poem. You can find more examples here. Have you tried it out?

Stay inspired, Fida

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Poetry Tuesday: Let it Surprise You

Hello Poetteers, 

I have been writing poetry for a long while. It comes easy for me. I don't always sit down and tell myself I'm going to write a poem right now. If I'm feeling something it comes out naturally. I'll come from it with a pile of poems all talk about the same thing, maybe in the same way or a different way. If I'm feeling something and can't think of a way to express it I don't force myself to write it. There are times I have nothing. I have to sit down away from a paper because I don't want to think too hard on the subject.

It may come out bad or good. Either really good or silly/ridiculously bad. Every poet, I'm sure, has a pile of bad poetry. 

Sometimes poetry is a is a conscious thought and sometimes it is the unknown thoughts that come up in my poetry. Not all good pieces have to be hard to come up with. I'll start writing a line and then something else takes over. I may end up shocking myself with how good it is and the depth in it. 

Stay inspired, Fida

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Blessings - Golden

Hello Poetteers, 

It's another week I share with you some of the blessings that has passed by me this past week. 

Finding a new song - There are so many songs out there talking about things I consider inappropriate, so to find a song that talks about something I believe in, it's the best feeling. The song I'm talking about is Golden by Zayn Malik.

Gourmet homemade vegetable pizza. The feeling of accomplishment. Constantly surprising myself with the littlest things. 

Lastly, I released a merch collection called Healing Heart. You can buy the merch here

Stay inspired, Fida

Friday, April 8, 2016

Put Your Poem into Shape

Hello Poetteers,

I've heard of shape poetry, but only recently tried it out. The name itself tells you what it is. It is a poem that takes on a form of a shape. Shape poetry is a visual result of what a poem is talking about. Ask yourself what is your poem talking about? Is it about a shape or refers to a topic concerning that shape?

This poem is about loving myself. When you love yourself it feels like you have wings. This is what I attempted:

This is another poem about loving yourself, so I made it into a heart.

Shape poetry is only one type of visual poetry. Another type of visual poetry is that in your poem you can let specific words enhance their meaning. Enhancing the word will add emphasis and emotion to what the full poem is talking about. I can't wait to try it. You can find more about it here.

Stay inspired, Fida

P.S. So many of you love the poem, Capture It, I designed it for a magnet. It is now available here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Poetry Spotlight: ThePaintedLadySings

Hello Poetteers,

In this series I'd like to highlight my favorite poets. 

If you remember, a couple months back I highlighted the top ten poets you should check out. I had the honor of getting in touch with the lovely lady behind ThePaintedLadySings and interviewing her for you today.

FI: Hello PL! When and how did you get introduced to poetry? 

PL: I remember the first time I was completely mesmerized by a poem, in which I feel was the first time I was properly introduced to the world of poetry. I was listening to a TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, who was giving a beautiful talk on education. At some point, he recited ‘The Cloths of Heaven’ by William Butler Yeats, and I was entirely hooked.

FI: I'll have to read that poem! What is your inspiration behind your poems?

PL: My hope whenever I write a poem is that a sense of hope, beauty and inspiration emanates from it.

As such, I try to derive inspiration from this hope to write my poems. I also genuinely want to pen down poems that feel sincere and which shout who I am as a person.

FI: What keeps you going back to poetry?

PL: Oh, simply the beauty of it. There is something about the language of poetry that always attracts me to it.

I love how words can be seamed together to form an overall picture that captures hearts.

FI: Do you write in one sitting or over a span of days?

PL: It really depends! Sometimes, I can successfully write poems at a single time and other times, I can’t, ha!

FI: Do you read your old poems?

PL: Totally, yes! After I’ve put my poems out there in the world, perusing them again allows me to be in the position of a fellow reader, instead of a writer. As a reader, I would want the words to leave me in awe, and the poem’s essence to touch my heart and senses. I genuinely hope to achieve this in every poem.

FI: Who are your favorite poets?

PL: If I were to list and describe poets and writers I adore in intricate detail, everyone here will be bored out of their senses! To save humanity from this boredom, I’d have to narrow the list to a few poets like W.B. Yeats, Rumi, Maya Angelou, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye etc. Who doesn’t love Maya Angelou? Her work is timeless and will always be relevant to the pivotal issues the world constantly faces. She empowers, and her poems are filled with hope for a better day. Rumi’s poems always remind me of love, be it a romantic one or love for oneself, which is so important! His words warm my heart and are just beautiful. I think Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye are redefining poetry today and they make poetry utterly cool yet lovely at the same time. If I could add one more poet/ writer I adore, it will be Yasmin Mogahed. Her work, to me, encompasses wit, intelligence, encouragement, hope and beauty that is simply astounding. Spoken word poets like Boonaa Mohammed and Hamda Yusuf are groundbreaking and leave a blaze of magnificence. I wasn’t kidding when I said I could write out a thesis worth of content when it comes to discussing poets, ha!

FI: Haha, well thanks for coming! You can find ThePaintedLadySings on Instagram. 


Stay inspired, Fida 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday Blessings: Pick Me Up After A Fall

Hello Poetteers,

The poetry chain challenge was supposed to start today but because of technical difficulties it won't be happening. Instead I'll be bring back an old favorite series, Monday Blessings.

> spring breeze > birds chirping > sound of rain > cat cuddles and sound of their purring > back to handwriting more > sunshine > flowers blossoming > reading and finding your favorite book of all time > productivity. 

What are you grateful for this past week? Share in the comments below. 

Stay inspired,