40Days to transform my life!

Feel like you are letting yourself down? Know you can do better but aren't sure how? Make great resolutions but don't follow through? Sounds just like me. Which is why I am resolving to commit 40Days to making a lasting difference to my life, insha Allah. This blog is the online home of my personal 40Day Challenge - you can join me or simply follow my progress (or lack of it!).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

40Days to transform - can I do it? Can you?


Ok, so what began as a germ of an idea yesterday has sprouted already!

Here's the deal: I am tired of stress, I am tired of chaos, I am tired of letting myself go and letting myself down. Over the years, I have tried to make so many changes. I have made lists and schedules and programmes and, after a week, sometimes less, I am back to square one, shaking my head at yet another failed attempt at self-improvement.

Well, this time I am trying something different. I have decided to give myself 40 days to make 10 resolutions and stick to them - and, to ensure I do, I have decided to make it public. That's right, the resolutions, the motivations, the daily reports and insights - and the photo evidence!

I will be enlisting the help and support of qualified, experienced sisters to mentor me - sisters with strong iman, life coaches, health and fitness experts, experts on parenting, wise women - to guide me and keep me motivated. I will be reading and sharing wisdom from Islamic teachings and others, from the Internet and SISTERS Magazine. But I am also counting on the support of you, the readers.

But hey, how about we do this together? If you are anything like me, you know what you want to change but may sometimes lack the motivation or stick-with-itness to make your resolutions truly lasting.

So how about we do this: I'll show you mine and you show us yours. I'll share my 10 habits and you can choose 10 of your own. Then we'll meet here, every day for 40 days to encourage and to remind each other, to commiserate over our little failures and celebrate our successes.

I really want to do this and would appreciate your companionship on this journey of transformation, due to start on Friday the 1st of April bi'idhnillah. In my next post, I will share my 10 resolutions with you. Hopefully, you will have decided on 10 of your own and will be willing to share them :)

“Truly, Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Quran 13:11)

I'm ready for a change, a real, lasting one this time. With the aid of Allah ta'ala and the support of our sisters, let's strive for 40Days to transform our lives, 10 habits at a time.
Who's in?


Na'ima B. Robert


Anonymous said...

As salaamu 'alaykum Naima : )

I'm soooooo in!

I can't wait - this is just what I needed!

And I can't believe that I'm sharing this journey with you... : ) alhamdullilah

Anonymous said...

Alhamdulliah! This is So great! Just wHat I NEED too! I'm IN :) very eXcited and looking forward to d0ing This!

Anonymous said...

As salamu alykum Naima

I'm not sure how ready i am for this, but inshAllah I will be by the 1st of April. I've got time to syke myself up.

I totally needed a support group aswell. So LET'S DO THIS SISTERS!

=) mwah!


umm Nafisa said...

Insha Allah count me in

Nida said...

Assalaamu'alaykum Sister Naima

Such an innovative idea , i am super excited so

me is in


Jo'Hara said...

i've made empty promises to myself on countless occasions. but now it's coming to an end!

i've been saying that I need motivation and encouragement, and Alhamdullillah, here we can all motivate and encourage each other.

for so long i've been feeling in a rut, and low and behold, here this post was and I feel the urgency to change.

may Allah ta'alla reward you in abundance for being such a light in people's lives

Umm Imran said...

Assalamu alaikum sis Naima,
It sounds like a great idea mashallah! May Allah swt reward you for starting this blog and make it a sadaqa jaariya for you and every sister who is invloved in this wonderful initiative. Insha-Allah I will also try my best to transform my life in 40 days! Have you read the book 'Agenda to change our condition' written by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Shaykh Zaid Shakir? Reading and following this book can be a great way to start this journey insha-Allah! Wish you all best of luck my sisters :-)

Anonymous said...

Does it have to be Ten changes? I am struggling to gain focus with my studies... if i can just move through that blockage, it will feel like twenty changes already :)

Hidden said...

MashAllaah i love the idea. Reading your first paragraph comforted knowing that it isn't just me to who doesn't stick to her resolutions and I'm not the only 'losing it' due to stressful and chaotic life.

I'm in

Umm Nafisa said...

but why 1st april sis?? lets do it today insha Allah. Why procrastinate a good thing.... lets do it now insha Allah

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the traveller said...

asalam aleikum

masha Allah, this is just what i need i am in may Allah make this a successful journey for us ameen

safiya said...

count me in InshaAllah

Raha said...

Count me in sis !! Can't wait inshallah :)

Anonymous said...

I love the idea and I'm so in! Its so comforting to know I'm not the only one striving for self improvement and often not reaching it =)

Umm Maymoonah said...

I'm in In-sha-Allah, although I doubt I'm brave enough to share the ideal me yet - but count me in!

Loving you Naimah.

Umm Maymoonah said...

ps - I've already started this 6 days ago - in some aspects of my life, and still strong in it alhamdulillah, you have motivated me even more.

Na'ima said...

Asalaamu alaikum, my dear sisters,

So glad to have your company on this journey.
I'm starting on the 1st of April because I just got back home from 7 weeks abroad and things are still up in the air at home. Need a bit of time to get settled BUT have already started training for my 40Days - keep coming back to read the updates and post your own please!

Na'ima said...

Asalaamu alaikum, my dear sisters,

So glad to have your company on this journey.
I'm starting on the 1st of April because I just got back home from 7 weeks abroad and things are still up in the air at home. Need a bit of time to get settled BUT have already started training for my 40Days - keep coming back to read the updates and post your own please!
Na'ima B.

Anonymous said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Would LOVE to take part!

Hajjah D said...

Inshallah I'm in.

Nida Khan said...

I am in for sure! JUST what i needed and exactly how many days I have left before my vacation :D Yeyyy!!!

Anonymous said...

Yeyy, this is exciting! This is just what I needed as around 40 days are left before I am off to vacation...:D Needed to transform myself for the better before that...

I AM IN!!!
JazakALLAH Khair.

Anonymous said...

iAllah, my dear sis..
with bismillah and lillahitaala, He 'll make it easy for u =)

As for those who strive in Our cause, We will surely guide them to Our ways; rest assured that Allah is with the righteous.(29:69)

you certainly has inspired me!!

-sis nusayba-

amirah said...

im in too this is such a great idea! i have been making list every month of changes to make and nothing is really working so good so inshallah this will be a good starting point

poshnmodest said...

MashAllah sister! This is such a brilliant idea.

I would love to join and change my life too to strive to become a better muslimah, InshAllah.

Homeschooling mom said...

I'm in!! I need to lose weight amongst other things!!

Anonymous said...

Inspiring post. I am going to join you and make some resolutions that I stick to, insh'Allah.

Jenn said...

Alhamduli'llah! So when does it begin? Insha'llah, I will be one of the many to benefit from the commitment we are making together.


fawziyyah bint surakah said...

Got a lot going on. Not sure i'm ready for this. I smell motivation though, I've got to try. Now thats it Sister, we are in this TOGETHER!!!

Anonymous said...

Assalamou alaikoum ukhti

Oh wow, i'm 100% in! Barak Allahu fiki