This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. My shoulders were particularly painful and I struggled to type.
I participated in my third Plastic Free July.
Many thanks to the Common Objective team for organising and hosting the Expo 2021 webinars.
For those that don't know I was admitted to hospital after a few weeks of excruciating pain in my left ovary and required urgent surgery.
My cyst was removed 17th March 2020. This was my third polycystic ovarian surgery since 2004.
During November 2017 I had my first rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder, and then a year later October 2018 I had the same surgery on my left shoulder.
Its been a long 4 years of excruciating pain, sleepless nights and slow healing.
I still have bouts of low energy, pain and anxiety.
This month was particularly bad, my left shoulder was very painful and typing incredibly difficult.
Thank you to all my friends and family who sent get well messages.
My gorgeous bespoke recycled plastic bag purse created by Awa I Manneh and the Recycling Women of Gambia.
I had the pleasure of welcoming environmental activist and founder Isatou Ceesay to my home a few years ago.
READ: My blog and visit by Isatou Ceesay to Dubai and the UAE.
Me with Isatou, Jumeirah Beach April 2019
My forever green fair trade recycled paper bouquet.
Plastic Free July 2021 Video
'All because the lady loves blueberries.'
Many thanks to the Common Objective team for organising these informative and educational webinars and all the guest speakers and brands who participated.
Founding the Ethical Fashion Forum
In 2005, a group of entrepreneurs and business owners got together in London. They had a common objective - to build successful businesses with a positive impact for people and the environment.
They believed that they would be able to achieve that objective more easily by joining forces. A year later the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) was formalised with 20 founding members from 4 continents, and a mission to make it easier for fashion businesses everywhere to succeed in 3D.
The CO Vision
Our vision is a world in which business works better for everyone. And the planet
We’re starting with the fashion industry, which for us encompasses apparel, textiles, components, footwear, accessories, and jewellery. When we’re ready, it is our ambition to expand to support other sectors too. We believe that business in 3D - in which sustainability is a goal rather than an add on - can be a solution to the greatest challenges of our time, on a global scale.
Source and credit The Common Objective website.
Thank you for reading and I hope to bring you another monthly blog next month health prevailing.
Love and respect to everyone making and being the difference.
My sister sent me links to webinars about Great Mental Health Day which took place 26th January 2024.
I am grateful to all the guest speakers and trainers who took time out of their busy schedules to talk about Suicide Prevention, Bereavement and Write to Speak Your Poetry.
Translation in Urdu
میری بہن نے مجھے عظیم دماغی صحت کے دن کے بارے میں ویبینرز کے لنکس بھیجے جو 26 جنوری 2024 کو ہوا تھا۔
میں ان تمام مہمان مقررین اور ٹرینرز کا مشکور ہوں جنہوں نے اپنے مصروف شیڈول میں سے وقت نکال کر خودکشی کی روک تھام، سوگ اور اپنی شاعری لکھنے کے بارے میں بات کی۔
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.
My right shoulder is still very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.
Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.
I joined a couple of sessions about Mental Health and Suicide Training.
These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.
Translation in Urdu
نیا سال مبارک ہو!
دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔
میرا دایاں کندھا اب بھی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور دوبارہ سوجن ہے اور میں نے اس بلاگ کو ٹائپ کرنے کے لیے جدوجہد کی ہے۔
اپنی تکلیف کے باوجود میں ایک ویبنار میں شرکت کرنے اور کمیونٹی کے ممبران کے بارے میں ویڈیوز ریکارڈ کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گی جو اس میں شامل ہونے میں دلچسپی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں۔
میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔
ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔
During December 2023 I was invited to join the Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) ad hoc sub group to encourage and motivate new World Pulse Community members to join.
Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.
Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.
Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6
The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended.
I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.
2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.