Hellooo everyone! Ramadan is literally upon us – some have begun today and some are starting to fast tomorrow. I talked about my personal struggle as Ramadan approaches in one of my previous posts (read that HERE ). I decorated with intention to help me get into the frame of mind that is so important to have a successful Ramadan, whether it is for increasing your spirituality or in helping you keep your fasts.
This year, I am setting myself some tangible goals for Ramadan which I hope to carry forward. I have been doing this for years in a small notebook, but thought that maybe someone else out there could benefit from my little goal list in order to get some motivation.
Try to make it to Taraweeh prayers
Up until four years ago, I would be at Taraweeh every night or almost every night. And then I just dropped off the band wagon.. I made excuses like Taraweeh is so late, I don’t get enough sleep even though I have a flexible work schedule. So this year a personal goal is to go to Taraweeh on the weekends or even the weekdays if I can. I know for me, this will be difficult given I have half a dissertation to finish in the next 2 weeks and a toddler. But I at least have to try.
Try to take care of my body!
I have been eating healthier and taking care of my body in terms of exercising (mostly yoga for strengthening and toning – I cant do cardio due to a medical condition) and its really paying in terms of my energy levels. I have been feeling better, eating better and over all everything feels great. However, in Ramadan we tend to fall into the trap of unhealthy meals at iftaar. I am no nutritionist, but logically it doesn’t make sense to eat a carb heavy meal right after fasting for 16 hours. A few years ago, I had the rule that I would ONLY eat one plate of food (whatever it was) but that plate size would be the size of a salad plate. And I would feel so energized that I made it to all the taraweeh’s and even qiyam that year. So I am bringing back the salad plate portions and also adding in my “smoothies and samosas” to my iftaar plan. I love samosas, infact so much so that I can safely say they are my weakness (pakora’s are a strong contender too). So here’s the plan – work out for 15-20 minutes right before iftaar and then have a smoothie at iftaar followed by 2 samosas. And lots of water.. I shall keep you posted on how I do with that!
Read more Quran.
Again 4 years ago as when I went downhill. I had been reading a whole quran in Ramadan before that and last year, I don’t think I read more than a few juz. I need that to change this year.
Make a dua list!
I write down dua’s for myself, my family and for all the things that I want (because who are we kidding, we pray for things too..) and I make dua several times during the day. My favourite time to make dua is right before iftaar – it is also one of the times in the day during Ramadan, that dua’s are most accepted [ ” Whatever is prayed for at the time of breaking the fast is granted and never refused – Tirmidhi”]. So literally, I will pull out my hand written dua list and read all my duas.. and so many of these I have actually seen come true or be answered in the past years. So I will definitely be doing that again this year.
Those are my personal goals for this year – do you have goals for this Ramadan? Share in the comments below to motivate me and others!
Ramadan Mubarak everyone!