Here's the weekly planner page for the month of July. As always it's been made in the same format as the Big Happy Planner pages and I've made the document to the 8.5"x11" format but if you have a different sized planner you can adjust the document to suit your needs and print it to the size of your page.
Click on the PDF link below to download the document.
© Ammara Cokar 2018
It's been an emotional week with news of the passing of two very famous personalities (Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain) and the french man who threw himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. As a result, we've all been seeing a lot of posts addressing issues of mental health and suicide in particular. It's so hard to imagine sometimes how people who have had so much success in life, been such an inspiration to others, and brought so much joy can themselves be depressed and struggling with mental health issues.
Mental health continues to be a stigma and a topic that people are very uncomfortable approaching. I touched on this subject a little bit not too long ago in this post here where I talk about things that are my guiding light that help me to get out of dark times or help to lessen my anxiety. It isn't always so 'simple' though, you can't just tell someone to snap out of it, look at the positives, and do what makes them happy because at times something as seemingly simple as getting out of bed can be an impossible task.
Our mental health, just like physical health is sometimes not in our control- no one would be judgmental or blame someone for being diagnosed with a fatal disease. If you know someone that has become distant, aren't themselves anymore, or isn't around when they once used to be... reach out to them, let them know that they're not alone, that you care, and help them get the help that they may need in order to begin the process of healing. You never know how some kind words could potentially lead to saving someone's life. Please know that I am always here if anyone ever wants to talk or needs to get their mind off of things (with no judgement) via some good food, a listening ear, or some art therapy. Life is such a precious gift, and it is so so very beautiful.
© Ammara Cokar 2018
It's currently the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims who fast from pre-dawn until sunset. Where I live that's approximately from 3:30 am until 9:40 pm these days. Fasting isn't just about not eating- it's like spiritual training that we go through to build will power, improve our character, really be mindful and aware of those people that are less fortunate than us. We don't consume food or drinks during the day along with abstaining from a lot of other things such as backbiting, anger, vulgar language etc. Ramadan is also a month in which we give more charity and volunteer more of our time to the less fortunate. I've read in many places that it takes 21 days to form a habit and I feel like fasting for an entire month really helps build habits that are meant to carry you through the rest of the year.
This abstract painting is of the Kaaba which is usually synonymous with Hajj, or pilgrimage which Muslims will go to in about two months' time. People also go to mecca year round and the crowds are especially large during the month of Ramadan. The circles around the Kaaba represent the people that are circumambulating the Kaaba together in harmony and unity while praising and worshiping the One God.
I've added some texture onto this piece through gold foil on the Kaaba itself and some modeling paste and glass beads in the crowd of people. The glass and foil look particularly pretty when reflecting light.
© Ammara Cokar 2018
Arts & Crafts
I love creating stuff. I also get bored easily. So, on this blog you'll find my experiments with various mediums and techniques along with some of my students' creations from classes that I teach.
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