Why Speak?

As a child, I was told that quiet was good and silence was best. I was taught that sealed lips are what made great men and that silence was golden. For years, I didn't speak. I was silent and the world took every advantage of that. As I grew older, the world did not become kinder, but I grew bolder. I learned that I deserve to speak and to be heard. It became apparent that very few were speaking about the problems I was experiencing every day of my life. As scary as it was, with absolute fear that everyone would hate me and I would embarrass myself beyond belief, I stood on a stage and spoke.  It was as if I were was speaking out loud for the very first time.

That was over three years ago. Since then I have spoken more and more about topics that many will not speak of. Mental Health, Mental Illness, Wellness, Intersectionality, Systems of Oppression (White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Islamophobia, Ableism, etc), and more.  

I speak because I no longer know how to survive without speaking. It is a necessity to share my story, and the tools that I've learned throughout my journey. 

 
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Starting the Discussion

Today, I go around the country speaking about these topics and conducting workshops to teach others these tools. If you're interested in having me come speak to your group and/or facilitate discussion, no matter how small or large, please email ibelong@lifeinmydays.com. I am flexible with travel, so don't let geography stop you from asking, and please don't let finances stop you from bringing these conversations to your community. We can make this work. 

Previous Events and Media Coverage

October 2016- "Mental Health is not One Dimensional @Muslim Girl"

September 30th- Westfield State University Ending Stigma Talk

September 26th- WPI TLC Conference Keynote

July/August 2016 – "For the Healing of Our Nation United Methodist Women members in Massachusetts work to build multi-faith understanding and mutuality."

April 4, 2016 – "Building Respect and Acceptance in the Classroom"

March 18, 2016 – "Diversity training in the Wachusett schools "

February, 2016- Mist Boston Workshop "Expressions of Pain"

February, 2016- Mist Boston Speaker Event "Mental Health and Being Muslim"

February 16, 2016 – "Building Love and Compassion in an Age of Mistrust"

February 9, 2016, 12 pm – “Voice for the voiceless” WCUW FM, Worcester, MA

January 19, 2016 – "UU church hosting a panel discussion on Islam"

January 13, 2016 – "State of the Union" Interview with TV3

December 21, 2016, 8:30 pm – "Hank Stolz Experience" TV3

December 10, 2015, 8 am – "Hank Stolz Radio Show" WCRN AM 830

December 3, 2015 – Telegram & Gazette Article: Area Muslims explain faith in face of fears