Welcome To The New FUNKYRIFFIC!

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

So let’s get to it! 

For those have been following this blog way back in 2004 probably have seen the evolution of FUNKYRIFFIC! from Nawal’s Goalicious – Eccentrico Funky Muslimah – Nawal’s Life In a Suitcase to Funkyriffic. Some posts stayed. Some got deleted (not relevant anymore & just HECK NO! ). What started as a way to jot down my goals and a source of motivation, it branched out to a lifestyle avenue for me to express myself in many ways and share my love for design, arts and crafts, all things good, parenting, being a muslimah and not just limited to my goals. 

My 2019 goals. #nawalgoalicious

I’m always into arts and crafts since wee age. Always loved Art Attack and Debbie Travis DIY shows and anything related to making, creating, revamping..I was all in! Designing things and making it come to life are my passion! I know and live that for a fact!

My 2017 planner design. I’m just a sucka for planners! This particular one was made with fabric, trimmings, embroidery, studs and buttons.

But.. along the way I tend to ‘try’ other things. See what works and what not. There’s just so many things to do in life and I wanted to do it all! My mind were cluttered. Surely we are allowed to experience and do many things but what is it that will be my ultimate anchor? I sought guidance from Allah to give me some clarity on my WHY? and my WHAT? and Alhamdulillah, my heart weighed on the thing I loved most but never pursued seriously. Designing!

So here I am in my newly revamped blog, I have the opportunity to showcase that side of me that has been suppressed due to busy-ness, busy being busy and millions of excuses. 

They say if you spend a lot of time at the barber shop you gonna get a haircut! You need to mingle and be around people who are doing it, people who are inspiring, people who are hardworking, creative individuals who never afraid to venture out! I needed that push. I wanted to do this so bad but I was in a blank. I need to be with my people. To connect, to be inspired. I believe that we are made to be great! Not mediocre and just settle.

At Blogher Health Conference 2019 @ LA.

I discovered Blogher Health Conference in January 2019 and my life changed from that point onward. Well probably not drastically but I do see some positive changes. I was skeptical at first but I knew I had to be there and it was the BEST DECISION EVER! Straight up! To see so many women, empowered and do what they do best in their crafts really a capatti slap on my head. A wake up call! “I could be the one on that stage if I ……….. “Yeap…fill that blank with whatever words you want to say because really… I can be as successful as those women on that freaking stage and so can you! So what’s stopping me? I’m going to stop right there. I’ll continue with that in my other post!

And again my friends…. that’s just 1% of my wacko life intro right here. May this newly revamped blog be a catalyst for this creative pursuit. I appreciate you spending the time to read till the end and for doing that I’m giving away a fun printable FUNKY! DAILY LIST below that I designed specifically for all of you FUNKYFRENS! (click picture for PDF version or Right Click – Save Image As for Jpeg) Have Fun! and Happy Planning! – Nawal

Ideas Meant Nothing Without Execution

Ideas ideas ideas. 
Each one of us has 1001 ideas. Our past experiences have made us more creative by the day.

But lemme tell ya. 
Ideas don’t mean anything without execution. Having tons of ideas is not rare nor something unique anymore. You are not the only brainiac that ever existed. What is rare is that you actually put action towards all those ideas. 
Cuz talk is cheap but execution sets you apart.

Pairing an Abaya with a jean jacket – pin a hijab at the back and let it fall in front – top it off with a cap.

Happy creating everybaddddi! Compile all your ideas and execute it one at a time! You have that power to change. To make the world a much better place to be in. InshaAllah! 
You got this! – Nawal

Love Your Flaws

Flaws are good. 
They are part of you that are often ridiculed. 
Why the discrimination? 

You have to enjoy it, embrace it, love it.
Your flaws, your scars..all of those have been with you through thick and thin. 

So celebrate them!
Here’s to more scars, more flaws and more adventure! – Nawal

Lazy Bum No More!

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them

Walt Disney

Since I have 950 things to do in my life, I don’t think being a lazy bum is an option. Watching Netflix everyday while having things to do still, IS considered as a lazy bum! So yeah, I had this tiny book since 2004 where I jot down what I want to experience, learn and do in my life and to date I have 950 things of which I am slowly putting it on the blog! – You can check it here —> #nawalgoalicious

That was this blog was about when I first started. My goals..things to do..things to experience! It is all exciting! I don’t know but just talking about it made my eyes lit up! We can do whatever we want! Seriously! I had so many things in there that made people laugh cuz they thought NOOO WAYYY I’LL DO THAT! Not only that, it also kind of like a manifesto..it gives you this feel good jolt of enthusiasm of WOW! We can do this! I can do this!

So with 950 things-that-I-want-to-do-in-my-life strapped on my waist, shoulders and vertebrae, do you think I have the time to meddle into other people’s business and be talking about other peeps?? HELL NO! Say it with me : WE AIN’T GOT TIME FOR DAT! Shift your focus to things that matters and make yourself your own 950 things to do list! You will be surprise that you are actually capable in doing things beyond your norms and imagination! – Nawal

Change Is Good Right?

Just like the weather, changes need to be made to accommodate current situation. It’s imperative! How many times situations happened in our lives and we are the first to jump at the possibilities of new opportunities? How many of us welcomed changes like a breeze? Or perhaps fret at the idea because we are too old to do this?

I have faced many changes in my life. From having a high profile job to not having one for quite a while. From being with my family back in Malaysia whom I am so closed with to just being by myself here in Colorado Springs – got married with a man of 2 beautiful girls and jumped into the stepmom bandwagon. You see, changes are inevitable. You just can’t avoid them. It will happen and come to you whether you like it or not.

You have 2 choices here. Just 2. Don’t be making so many choices that could eventually clutter your mind. Either to embrace the change and improve on yourself by learning new skills etc. or say goodbye to it and continue to what YOU feel comfortable for YOU. Just know that to evolve..you need to change. That’s how science works doesn’t it? – Nawal