Author: The MAK Guide

Georgia Lawyer, who has relocated to Kansas City. Determined to do something I love. Passionate about: food, family, friends, faith & fashion. This blog is a little piece of my journey. Follow me on Instagram: TheMAKGuide Follow me on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/akstars/

Poems

Do people write love poems to their lovers? Is this a thing?

Well my husband and I wrote each other poems. They aren’t at Maya Angelou level, but they are much sweeter to me, since they were written from my heart and to my heart ūüôā

From my husband:

“oh maheen joe, don’t you know

 

that you are the one for me.

with every breath that i breathe
 

i think about our kisses

 

and that you are my misses

 

and you keep me warm

 

and every morning i am torn

 

when i have to leave

 

but i still think about you, with every breath that i breathe”

 

 

Here was my poem:

“to my joe
my favorite saqib joe
Allah blessed me the day you stepped into my life
and i became your wife
everyday i smile
even though work is bile
because with you by my side 
I don’t have to hide
kiss me my joe
my saqib joe
I am yours forever 
today 
tomorrow
in the hereafter 
and with so much laughter
i love you saqib jho.”¬†

 

 

xoxo

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The SuperSoul Sunday Podcast

Have you guys heard the SuperSoul Sunday podcast? It is amazing! I absolutely love it. Every time I listen to it, I leave the conversation thinking, THIS IS WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING: inspiring others (so I naturally had to jump on blog and post something really quickly)!

I absolutely love how inspiring each conversation is,  and how recharged I feel professionally and personally when I listen to them.

For example, this past Sunday she had a gentleman named¬†Don Miguel √Āngel Ruiz speaking about the Four Agreements, which are as follows:

  1. Be impeccable with your word. (impeccable with your word towards OTHERS and towards YOURSELF)
  2. Don’t take anything personally. (Described in more detail below)
  3. Don’t make assumptions. (OH MAN.¬† THIS IS SO HUGE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW)
  4. Always do your best. (I can’t say that I always do my best, sometimes I perform between 60-80%, and its because I feel so LOST, and I want something off of my plate or want to check it off¬† of the list ASAP– and this is something I really need to work on. When I get into the swing of things, I think this is an area I shine in, but in the early days of figuring things out – I’M NOT PROVIDING MY BEST WORK).

Something that really spoke to me was this:¬† “DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY“.

I am a woman, okay a girl, LOL. I often struggle with this concept. I dole it out to others so effortlessly, but when someone is unkind towards me (or I perceive unkindness) I get hung up. It sets me back and I feel this illusion of my world caving in on me. Dramatic, I know.

Lately, I try to think of the worst that could happen — and when I think about the worst or that its a moment that will pass, I feel at peace and I feel incredibly calm & I feel like I just want it to happen, so that we can all move on.

Do you experience this?

Well Don Miguel and Oprah, said two things which I loved:

  1. There feelings and judgments towards you is a reflection of them, and where they are coming from and their experiences.
  2. People WILL NOT think like me. The decisions I make are based off of my experiences – and I am the main character in MY story and NOT their story.
  3. If they talk about me – its because at that particular moment they have nothing better to do.

What are your thoughts?

XOXO

Instant Pot: Shan Chicken Biryani

Hi Friends,

I am going to start “vlogging” and trying my hand at recording a recipe (don’t hold your breath though). To that point, I made this recipe this weekend:

So delicious and so easy. Thanks to the Instant Pot, probably took 30 -40 minutes to prepare and cook everything.

As you know, I am known for deviating from recipes, and I only deviated from this recipe by taking Garlic Paste (purchased from the grocery store in the herb section) put it in the Magic Bullet, along with 2 jalapenos, 8-10 mint leaves, and a 2 tablespoon chunk of ginger (along with a little bit of water), and pureed the crap out of it. I don’t have time to chop things finely – nor am I that talented. Besides this small deviation, I¬†¬†followed the recipe like the video (only issue – I apparently failed to put my pressure cooker on “sealing” mode so after 8 minutes of cooking ¬†I was done!

I would recommend making sure your instant pot is sealed, because I seemed to have gotten lucky with respect to my chicken being cooked all the way through, and I very easily could have made biryani with the chicken being under cooked.

I also recommend preparing all of the ingredients before hand (chopping, cubing the chicken, soaking the rice & ¬†making the above mentioned garlic-ginger-jalapeno paste), since if I didn’t have my amazing husband supervising and mixing, something would have BURNED.

My thoughts on the recipe:

It was yummy. Wasn’t the BEST biryani I’ve had, but definitely tasted great and enjoyed eating it at work the next day and am looking forward to eating it at home (this is a good sign ¬†– since when I don’t take it to work or look forward to eating it at home, then it ends up in the trash …)

Curious to know your thoughts! Feel free to share in the comments.

 

 

 

How to Pack for an Indian Wedding

Here is a basic checklist of things you’ll need for the Indian / Desi / Pakistani wedding you’ll be attending:

  1.  For each event, a different out fit. Even if there are two events in one day- you pack an outfit for each separate event.
  2. Bangles (ask a friend or order some off of Amazon – sizing can be a little weird, so make sure you do it two weeks in advance so you can return them if they do not work out)
  3. Eye Liner
  4. Your favorite eye shadow palette
  5. Foundation
  6. Beauty Blender
  7. Translucent Power
  8. Primer
  9. Setting Spray
  10. False Lashes
  11. Making removing wipes
  12. Facewash
  13. Razor
  14. “Chill Clothes” – stuff to wear when you grab breakfast, are attending dance practice or hanging out with everyone after the event ends.
  15. Curling Rod/ Iron
  16. Blow Dryer
  17. Straightener
  18. De-Frizz Serum ‚̧
  19. Clutch
  20. Flats to wear when dancing
  21. Perfume
  22. Jewelry
  23. Heels
  24. Back up cell phone battery (pictures you guys)
  25.  Safety Pins
  26. Bobby Pins

If you were to pack all of the above – I think you’d be in good shape!

 

 

Taking the MISSOURI BAR?

Don’t feel that great about it, since I am working a full time job and I have about 50 other excuses up my rear,but that being said – they are excuses. SO PRAY FOR ME WORLD.

 

Above portion written on 7/21/17.

Post edited below on 10/7/2017:

I passed. Thank God. I always like to put my tips and tricks on what I did just in case I have the possibility of assisting someone else during this mentally gruesome period in your life, that is also referred to as “studying for the BAR”.

So I did roughly 1000-1200 questions. I did every single EASY question and most hard questions and half of the medium questions.

In retrospect I wish did all of the MEDIUM QUESTIONS & all of the HARD QUESTIONS, because there were basically NO EASY QUESTIONS ON IT.

For the essay portion this is what I did:

I looked at the question – thought about it on my own for like a 2-5 minutes (reflected). Then jumped into the answer. I looked at how the answer was given, how the rule was dropped in and how the analysis was tied in.

I would look at ALL OF THE ESSAYS. Why? Because looking at the essays means you are also learning the rules for the MBE portion. Two-for-One = my favorite.

I didn’t really watch all of the videos. I did watch many of them. I did read the book to just like understand certain rules I repeatedly got wrong or wanted to know more about (because sometimes you’ll want to know how a lawful search works).

I passed with spare points. I can practice laws in all the states but Alaska.

Peace & Love.

 

 

Thrifty Couple Alert

I’m a young associate and my husband is a resident. For some reason, my husband and I live like we are both college students with AN INCREDIBLY LIMITED BUDGET. We really do not have to live this way, but we do it (subconsciously I think) to pay off my student loans ASAP. This thriftiness has lead to a TON of funny stories of schemes we try to run with coupons, Ebates, repairs and making things last.

I know one day we will have a lot, or at least not have student loans and will have the OPTION to do a lot without feeling guilty, and I hope we can remember these “simple days” of a washing machine that only emits SCORCHING hot water on all the water temperature modes. In an effort obtain “warm” water, I throw a ton of ice cubes into the washing machine. The quality of the wash has ruined a few of my clothes since it seems to leave a HEAVY lint/calcium deposit lines on my clothes (which actually causes me a TON of rage), but today the BEST THING happened.

Back story: My sweet, sweet, sweet husband’s had to purchase new underwear due to the fact that scorching hot water has been doing a number on the elastic band on his underwear.

Present Day:  Today I got a text from my husband, his underwear has apparently been falling under his scrubs. LOLOL.

I honestly have a lot of work to do today, but it is moments like these were I am so happy to share my life with him, through the ups & the downs, and I love that we are always laughing, even if its at our own expense.  In an effort to never forgot the heavy heart-ed laughter I am feeling, while completely alone in my office, I decided to share this with you <3.

 

 

Brazilian Blowout!

I recently got a Brazilian blowout (June 28).  I was a little bit skeptical about it, but after about 3 hours at the salon getting the treatment and about 60 hours after my initial hair wash at the salon РI think I MAY BE A BELIEVER. For example:

I woke up with morning at 8:06 am.

Out of the shower around 8:23 am (at least that was when I checked my phone).

Blow dried my hair around 8:36.

At 8:43 I realized I needed to put clothes on and LEAVE Immediately.

8:52 am out of the door.

9:06 am I was at the office with my laptop on.

My hair was about 85% dry when I entered the office. I just looked at myself in the mirror at around 2:15 pm, and I am happy with it! This RARELY happens. I’ve never been one of those girls with awesome hair straight out of the shower or one of those girls that could blow dry it for a few mins and feel awesome but with the hair treatment (as it currently is in my hair) I am totally one of those girls. ¬†Although, I am incredibly happy with the immediate results, I’ll have to wait and see if it is just as effective 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 weeks from now.

I’ll try to keep you posted on how the result looks at certain future intervals. If the effects on my hair lasts until Labor Day weekend, then I will definitely get it done again, if not then I will have to think a little harder about getting it to done as part of my hair care routine.

XOXO.