Bad habits are hard to break

 
This Ramadan has been going by so fast, that I can’t believe we are in the last 10 day stretch.
I started the month off with a bang, feeling on top of the world. My Quran reading went up, my spiritual focus felt amazingly clear…and then that time of the month happened. 

I definitely felt better than previous “times of the month”. But it seemed to last forever…and it kind of killed my motivation. 

It has always been hard for me to not fast and then jump back to fasting. So this time around, I didn’t indulge in my days off from fasting/praying so that getting back on track wouldn’t be too hard.

But, there is something about missing a chunk of Ramadan that kind of kills the feeling. You almost feel left out of everything.

It’s funny in a way, because I’ve heard people say things like “Men wish they had a period so they could skip a few days of fasting”. And I think they don’t realize, while we may have a few days off, it does take a lot of effort to get back on the horse so to speak. And not to mention the need to make up the days later. 

I’m trying to tell myself not to let this last week go by without putting in any effort. 

And I’m hopeful I can make the best of what’s left without dwelling on the days I missed.

In other news, the positive part of Ramadan is connecting with friends and sharing Iftar. There is something so cozy about getting together for a meal after having waited all day!

I don’t have family in the area and Ramadan can feel lonely when I remember our family gatherings, but good friends make up for it. 🙂

The pic above is a cookie cake I brought to one Iftar.  My husband and I started a yearly tradition with the kids that when we get invited we have a cookie cake made saying something about Ramadan. This just happened to be on the 4th of July, hence the dose of patriotism lol.

How has Ramadan been for you so far?