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Suzie

Those that know me well are fully aware of the power of ‘Suzie’ and who she really is, and for those that don’t, well, you’re about to find out.

Over the past two days, I’ve spent some time watching a Netflix documentary called ‘Inn Saei” produced by Kristín Ólafsdóttir which discussed the notion of intuition vs logic. It highlights the impact these have on our everyday living and potentially our future based on which we decide to go with. Ultimately these decisions are framed by our personalities and who we are as individuals.

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I’ve decided to do a little amateur research of my own, and along with proven studies, my anticipated findings suggest that logical thinking is more common nowadays. The similarities in people’s traits are clear, those that are logical thinkers are less emotional and more calculated thus more risk-averse. It’s the way our education is nurtured, how our workplaces are programmed and how our society positions logical thinkers in a brighter light in making decisions over intuitive personalities because of this idea that rational is correlated to stability and assurance. I wonder though, how have successful artists, musicians, designers, creative people done this? There is no logic in what they do.

What if they never took the chance?

Prior to technological developments, it’s said that people were more connected to their senses and have more awareness of the world around them, which is true. In the past, they would have had to make decisions based on responses to nature, their experiences and perhaps failures. In today’s world, we don’t need to look outside to determine the weather, our phones can tell us the temperature nor do we need to be as ‘confrontational’ because we can address issues over texting or be emailing and in most situations, we receive a calculated response to smoothen the situation. Isn’t doing the same thing over and over again to avoid failure means you will never progress? or is it a level of comfort and security one isn’t willing to give up?

Where does intuition play a part here?

Ian McGilchrist, a Psychiatric and Author of a book called The Master & His Emissary explains that Institution is not just some pink and fluffy feeling. Intuition is the awareness of the subtle stuff which lies outside the focus of attention. The stuff that we’re aware of subliminally and unconsciously and they act to alter us to things that are rather slow conscious mind may not be aware of. They, therefore, are often implicit things, subtle things”. By following your instincts and through experiences I really believe you can almost predict people’s behaviour and their decisions, but at the same time, there’s a chance you get it wrong you then fail.

Is chance a good enough reason to gamble and succeed or is the failure not worth the risk?

That brings me back to ‘Suzie’ my alter ego, my intuitive self, the one thing about me that knows all, predicts all and finds all. I can count on one hand the number of times its failed me, through her I see within, from the inside out – she is always ahead.

Yes, I am emotional, irrational and definitely not logical she gives me purpose, one to never stop.

Don’t you believe me? ask around, for those that know me can tell you.

I would love to hear your take on this, do you agree with the above?
Leave me a comment or contact me via Instagram @noorsimhairi or email me on noor.simhairi@gmail.com

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I’ve got you.

Hey friends,
Many moons ago Frank Ocean wrote a letter to himself, one that was simple, significant and best of all still relevant. I had shared this four years ago, perhaps it was close to my heart and although years have gone by, if you read you’ll get it.
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You learn that life moves on, time heals all, you’ll meet good people and bad people, unhappiness is temporary, nothing lasts forever, work is work, worrying is temporary, the bad days fade, perhaps you’ll come across worse or the worst might have passed, if the next comes it will also pass, relationships change, logic is often reasonable, people change, what was five years ago may not be today and that’s okay, you’ll feel happy, what you thought was grand becomes insignificant in time or perhaps it grows greater, unexpected things happen, the past shapes you but the future is what makes you.

Always trust your first instinct, be kind, loyalty is sweet, don’t accept s***, be vocal and stand up for what you believe in even if the world is against you, learn what lines to cross and carry your self with the highest and utmost respect. Don’t start drama and say you hate drama, practice what you preach, and just know that “it is during the worst times of your life that you will get to see the true colours of the people who say they care for you”* – ain’t that the truth?

*Rita Ghatourey

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Ah Roma,

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What the eye sees first it always remembers
Rome was my initial glance at Europe, it holds to be my favourite city
Why do I like it most?

Perhaps it’s the sense of familiarity, or it’s aura
Or maybe it’s character and it’s people’s loud nature
The food is delicious and made with love; it’s touch of old and tradition is inspiring

It’s a sassy city, it’s men and women are well dressed
Their dark skin against their white cotton clothing and scattered Jewellery excites me
It’s an understated classy, not as snobby and straight A as Paris, a city with attitude, roughness and oomph

I love Gelato, it’s a treat that I can have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, also brunch and every time I want something to munch
It’s buildings are grand, you walk the city as though you’re walking through history
The Vatican City itself is something else, I’d do it no justice if I attempted to describe it

If you’re planning to visit anytime soon then consider yourself lucky, I’ve just done the hard work for you:
  • Comfortable shoes are a must, but keep it stylish – it’s a crime to let ease over looks take priority.
  • Walk around the city, every street is different, every corner has a huge building with history that interest those that are not even interested.
  • The Vatican City, Museum and Sistine Chapel are a must, waaaaw.

    Now, let’s take a pit stop for food .. 

  • Prepare to CARB LOAD, a term that makes me uncomfortable but you cannot escape it, so let’s make it worthwhile:

    – For traditional Pasta you must visit Trattoria Da Enzo, a really popular restaurant, one I recommend you book in advance to avoid the long wait, trust me you will be waiting.
    – For traditional Pizza, visit Pizzeria Ai Marmi, very casual but delicious!

  • Gelatoooooooo, yes. Take my word when I tell you that we tried every good Gelato in the city, here are the best well known, best ranked and most delicious:

    – Gelato Giolitti ( The oldest Gelato place in Rome)
    – Fatamorgana Gelato
    – Gelato Di san Crispino
    – Gelato Del Teator

    If I was born Italian I’d say Rome’s mid city feels like home, but awkwardly enough I’m not.
    Third time lucky, forth is what I look forward to.
    I call it crazy love ❤

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