Reflections on the Year 2015

As I reflect on the past year, I find myself feeling very blessed and grateful for my family and friends. I have experienced wonderful support and encouragement this year, with a fortification in my friendships and relationships. Even though I am in a transition phase regarding my career and there are a lot of unknowns in the coming year, I feel very much at peace that things will fall into place.

Here are some of the things I am grateful for from this past year:

  • I love being a mother: even though motherhood has been challenging, I find my love for the kids growing more and more every day. I sometimes stare at them in awe, not quite believing that these two adorable children are actually ours. I love having a family and taking care of them.
  • I love being married to my best friend: my husband has been such a rock for our family. He astounds me with his patience, his encouragement and his selflessness. He makes me laugh and he is so much fun to be around. He believes in me and loves me just the way I am. I can be completely myself around him and I am grateful for the 12 years we have been together.
  • Making progress towards my goal of becoming a doctor: this year, I sat the MCAT exam (after two previous attempts) and was very pleased with my results. I submitted my applications to five medical schools in Canada which was a very exciting moment for me! Although one medical school has declined my application, I am not giving up hope! I am waiting to hear back from the other medical schools.
  • Growing from unexpected challenges: this year I lost my job during my maternity leave. I had been employed there for 9 years and it was quite a big blow to our family. Despite the financial and emotional challenges of this situation, I am grateful that it has allowed me to spend so much valuable time with my children and to simply trust that God has everything under control.
  • Being more involved at church: I have loved playing piano more often during the service on Sundays. Teaching Sunday school has also been a wonderful blessing.
  • Tutoring: I recently stared tutoring college and university students in Chemistry and I am loving it! I enjoy the one-on-one time with each student and it is very rewarding to watch difficult concepts become clearer to them.
  • Growing my blog: When I started this blog in 2014, it was supposed to be a private diary. I was inspired by a fellow blogger to go public with my blog. It has transformed into a wonderful avenue for me to share my experiences and connect with others. Blogging has increased my self-confidence in many ways and I have made some incredible friendships through it.

I am looking forward to an amazing new year, full of exciting new possibilities! Thank you to all my readers and followers who have added a wonderful dimension to my life this year. You are so appreciated!

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24 thoughts on “Reflections on the Year 2015

  1. I know 2016 will be a blessing to all! I love reading of all the great things that happened this year for you and your family. I’m so glad I connected with your blog. You’ve been a blessing to me. You’re an inspiration. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much for those thoughtful words Carisa! I really appreciate what you said. Thank you for continuing to be a faithful reader. You have inspired me in so many ways this year too and I look forward to reading more of your writing in 2016. You are so talented! Wishing you all the very best Carisa! 😊

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful words JB! I have a feeling that 2016 will be an amazing year! I’m excited too! Looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store for you too. Thank you for continuing to be a wonderful mentor and support JB! 😊

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  2. It’s always good to take a step back and focus on our blessings! I lost my job last year from a company merger so you are in good company. I truly believe that if you want to be a doctor you WILL be a doctor so don’t give up on this dream!

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  3. Malaika,

    I say this with a high confidence level that your will and resolve have been a source of inspiration for me. You and your brother Jonathan have talents that I very much welcome. I find myself at home with a singer and aspiring pediatric neurosurgeon, a pianist, a calligrapher and biochemist (and totally awesome, but imperfect, people). I find myself at home when I visit both of your blogs. There’s something for everyone and along with your followers, I stand on the sidelines (with bated breath) ready to cheer when you post your medical school acceptance!

    I’m a husband, father, employee and student and I was amazed at how you handled all with such equanimity (even in tough days). Yes, there are days we’ll fall short, but I’m talking about really getting the score in the range you wanted on the MCAT with your schedule (which unlike us dads, is pretty much 24/7; I see it all the time in my lovely wife!).

    You had just sat the MCAT when I discovered your blog (which was just around the summer I was contemplating a decision about a career switch). Not coincidentally, I posted my first comment on the very day you got your amazing results (before they were public). It was a happy moment to see you share this with your husband and beautiful children and your brother, from afar, serving as a mentor and carving his own niche as a 4th year medical student. I’d say, I’m in good company to exchange beautiful and maybe, at times, unusual ideas!

    Best of luck for the year 2016!

    Cordially,
    Kenel

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    1. Wow! That’s amazing Kenel. Thanks so much for your heartfelt words and for showing your appreciation for what mothers do. I really appreciate that. And I’m glad that we could be an encouragement to you too. I’m really excited to see what 2016 has in store for you and your beautiful family. You are hardworking and determined. I have every confidence that you will achieve what you set out to do! Wishing you all the very best Kenel! 🙂

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  4. Wow Malaika, this is beautiful! You are naturally touching so many people and I am personally inspired by your courage and hard work. I feel blessed to have met you here. Here’s to a year of your dreams and congratulations on everything you have achieved this far. Bless you and your family!

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    1. Awww! Thanks so much for your ongoing encouragement Yadei! I consider it such a wonderful blessing to have met you and you continue to inspire me through your hard work and determination! Blessings to you and your family! 😊

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