The Grandest of Canyons

a few days ago i took a short trip to the Grand Canyon. how crazy is that to be able to say?

Minkailu and i spontaneously drove up from Phoenix after work, took a short hike down Bright Angel Trail in the wrong shoes and just stared out into the never-ending twists and turns of the canyon imagining what kind of life the valley below held.

looking into the canyon gives you such a strange feeling. your eyes can’t quite take in the magnificent views. it seems almost 2-D with all of the sediment layers and the extensive depth. if you have the chance, this is a site worth seeing in person.

we had a difficult but doable hike back up to the top and we walked over to a look-off point to see the sunset, an indicator of iftar. not too long after i squeezed through the crowds to sit on the ground by the edge did we start to see lightning in a distant thunder storm. it was incredible to say the least. everyone was oohing and aahing at the intense strikes of lightning and counting the seconds between thunder.

yep, that’s a rainstorm.
the sun finally set and we made our way back to the car while downing water and chomping on delicious beef jerky, as the storm grew closer.
alhumdulillah. i’ve now experienced the canyon twice. the first was with my family on a cross-country road trip. next time i’ll hike down to the valley and explore for longer than a few hours, inshallah!
side note: i should really start using my camera. excuse the quality of my phone pics. no photo could do the canyon justice anyway ๐Ÿ˜› hope you’ll have the chance to visit!

Opportunities

For years I admired the beautiful building at the White House from the outside. This year I’ve gotten the chance to visit the Eisenhower Building twice – the first to meet Muslim women leaders from all over the country and participate in a workshop about film and media, and the second as a staff member at Islamic Relief USA, to photograph a meeting with government officials to discuss collaboration between nonprofits and governmental programs/resources to aid those in need. I admire those who dedicate every day towards humanitarian work. I’m so proud to be a part of such an amazing nonprofit. After graduating from VCU (the one true love of my life), I struggled, as many young graduates do, to find a job that I loved. Almost a year after graduating I got hired and I couldn’t be happier. So far I’ve been to Arkansas to photo-document our organization’s response to the tragic tornado that hit, I’ve been to many governmental buildings, I’ve met celebrities and humanitarian heroes, and I’ve even presented in front of an audience of over 700 people!ย Get involved and make a difference in whatever way you can! It’s such a rewarding feeling and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll develop skills and be granted opportunities because of your skillset. I’m so thankful, alhumdulillah every day.

the Eisenhower Building at the White House
this is fun, but nobody’s life is perfect. i mean, look at my untucked shirt!