On my birthday last year, we were getting excited for our trip to the Maldives🇲🇻, my number one bucket list destination. This year, Saad is recovering from surgery so we just ordered in some fried seafood🍤 and plan to watch a Disney movie tonight. The most important thing is that we're together. Allhamdulillah for all of life's moments, all the ups and downs, both the breathtaking and humbling experiences that shape us. P.S. Even though we won't be lounging in an overwater villa during the holidays, you can 😉☺️ I wrote a whole post detailing everything you need to know about traveling to the Maldives. Just head over to da blogggg. Ok going to stuff my face with a lobster roll and watch The Office now 👋🏼 Happy Birthday to me🎉🎉🎉 #travelwithannum
#TBT to 2015 when Saad and I celebrated our 5th anniversary in Iceland🇮🇸 by doing the most adventurous things - like landing on an active volcano🌋 with lava flowing beneath the ground and smoke billowing out of every crater. These up close encounters with the greatest forces of nature have no doubt helped us become braver, together. But our marriage has also been full of less Instagrammable moments that have required bravery - like yesterday when Saad underwent his 3rd eye surgery and I saw him with stitches and blood coming out of his eyes💔. Through the dichotomy of experiences like these, I have realized that love kindles different aspects of bravery in different ways. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; strength enough to scale an active volcano. Loving someone deeply gives you courage; courage to face difficult situations with hope despite the fear lurking inside. SubhanAllah for the power of love.
A question I get asked a lot is What is your favorite travel destination? I fall in love with some part of every place I visit, but one country holds an extra special place in my heart. And that country is Iceland🇮🇸. This was the country that awakened my adventurous spirit. Prior to Iceland, I thought going on a 'vacation' meant going somewhere warm and tropical to rest and relax. I never envisioned myself on a trip that included treks to snow-capped glaciers and volcanic mountains in the bitter cold. Never did I think I'd enjoy a vacation that took me so far out of my element. But Iceland taught me that life and magic lie at the end of my comfort zone. I've written more about my experience in this Nordic island nation on the blog! Click the link in my bio for part I, which details EVERYTHING you need to know to plan a trip to the land of fire🔥& ice❄️. P.S. If you're wondering why I'm posting about Iceland and not Spain since we were just there, it's because this series was already under development before but I promise Spain is next inshallah! #travelwithannum
Cozy fall Sunday at home 🍁🎃🍂 #createwithannum
💋Lips as red as an apple 🍎 My favorite fall tradition in New England is to go apple picking in a lovely orchard. Spending an afternoon getting lost between trees with more apple varieties than I knew existed, sipping on hot apple cider, and taking home a bunch of delicious cider donuts = quintessential fall bliss. By the way, I wrote a blog post last year sharing my favorite orchards to visit, fall decor, and other fun fall activities to do. Sharing it again in celebration of my fav season! Link in bio 🍂♥️🍁 #travelwithannum
Barcelona had some of the most captivating and creative architecture I've ever seen. For example, this is Manzana de la Discordia in Spanish or The Block of Discord in English. It is a city block in Barcelona🇪🇸 noted for having 4 buildings by 4 famous Modernista architects right next to each other. The styles of the architects were very different and each building clashes with the others and the rest of the neighboring architecture. On the right is Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo. Casa Batllo is sometimes called the House of Bones because of its visceral qualities. I'll give you a quick tour in my stories 🦴 #travelwithannum