Fall; the Rejuvenating Season

Whenever October beautifully and slowly folds in, I reminisce over the allure season and its warm colors.

To me, Fall reflects a reality of change and modification. One day, like those Autumn leaves, we will set off and leave to a journey elsewhere. To that, I celebrate this Truth through the poem below;

Brown, orange and red

Each leaf drops down dead.

Yet, there is beauty in that

Highlighting the fact

That at one point any entity comes to an end –

Yes, that is the main message I send!

Dried leaves crush under my feet

Making music down the street.

Mellowed richness gather by the side

Saying good bye to my stride.

They don’t quit, they just leave

To another life, they believe!

Crispy cool air brushes at my cheeks,

Then, from a tree a squirrel peaks,

Longing for this season to arrive

As it hops, looks around, and hive.

The first smells of the fireplace,

In my nostrils, leave wood trace.

The crimson and scarlet colors

Scatter all over like feathers.

Keeping me warm as I walk

Making me unable to talk.

Pumpkins, acorns, berries, and corn

Honeyed meadows are born.

Wearing a burgundy scarf and a golden crown

Nature astounds me with its gypsy gown.

With every leaf fluttering to the ground

My heavy burdens are released and drowned.

It’s at this time of the year

I feel I have nothing to fear.

Like the balanced day and night

The good equals the evil on the inside.

Making me assess my soul,

Asking where I’m heading

And what is my goal?

The impermanence of life can be seen

Felt and absorbed with a mind so keen.

Let the darkness inside settle still

Until it frosts to a complete chill.

Give the Light the time to grow

Work on oneself before you go.

It’s true that every phase will soon be gone,

But a soul is constantly on the run.

Floating and twirling in many a form,

Thirsty for that bright Truth to swarm.

Filled with hope I float along,

In this caramelized paradise where I belong.

Feeling happy and in peace,

All my agony has been released!

Autumn, life with you is just a start

A beginning of a new cycle, there is no doubt!

Because when one existence says adieu

A new one blooms in another milieu.

Rania Hussant

October 1, 2017

P.S.: These pictures were taken twelve years ago when I used to live in France.

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My 3rd Blogiversary

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Hello guys,

Three years ago, I launched thehelicoptermommy since I wanted to share my experience as a mom of five through a real virtual world that can reach moms across the continents.

Moms who come from different places, diverse backgrounds with various beliefs and several principles. Moms who are employed and moms who are not. Whatever and wherever we come from, we are after all moms, and that is what unites us!

Yes we are simply moms who are doing our best and trying to enjoy motherhood with all the bitter sweet challenges it brings along.

We all have our own daily struggles and hassles. We all deal with such conflicts in the best way we think is correct. We make mistakes and we learn, and then a new battle arises. Yet, on the baseline, we all share the same foundations. In fact, we are all riding the same boat.

Throughout those few years not much has changed, but thanks to wonderful people like you a lot has been acquired:

• I love the fact that through blogging I have met inspiring super mamas who have left a special mark in my heart. From the inspiring moms whom I worked with, to those whom I met virtually, I have learned a lot from them and made some new good friends too.

• I can’t be more happier to be able to exercise my passion and hobby as an aspiring writer, especially because it inspires other moms in maintaining a positive attitude. Moreover, writing those words which come tumbling down on me, helps me maintain my sanity as I juggle through my busy life.

• It is always a great pleasure to know from you my dear followers and readers how much you enjoy my posts and find them beneficial. That is the best reward I can get! At the same time, going over my words again calms me down and helps me overcome certain challenges I face as a parent.

• With the blogging experience I have gained more patience and an awareness of how people and things function. Things do not come the easy way, and one needs to work hard to attain the successes one seeks.

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Today, thehelicoptermommy celebrates its 3rd anniversary, and I am looking forward to the years ahead of me.

For this year, we will continue to empower moms throughout their journeys by holding as many educational and intellectual events related to parenting as possible. Please, let me know of any specific topics you would like me to address, so we can tackle it in the coming year.

Finally, I do hope that you will continue to enjoy my platform as without you, all of this would not have been accomplished .

With love,

Rania – thehelicoptermommy

PS: Thank you Atelier Blanc for hosting me and providing me with your charming venue.

And what other place to be when I got to indulge myself with their rich chocolate in celebration to my three beautiful years of blogging?

Photo credit: @nad_naddoun

My Flower in the Desert

In the desert, when you were born,

You were so tiny,

I couldn’t even hear you moan.

I looked at you,

Not believing my eyes

‘Cause I’ve never held a baby of that size.

A tough preemie you were,

My determined and resilient girl.

A spirit with ultimate power

You bloomed into my Dahlia flower.

A lovely combination you are

Just like that burning star;

Hard and smooth as a golden pearl,

Your character enjoys any dare.

But also soft and filled with love

Your cuteness flutters up above.

I adore watching the sparkle in your eyes

As you ask, inquire, and analyze.

You also have that element of fun.

Sometimes playing a pun,

Other times crying out a giggle

And around you turn in a wiggle.

Books bring you joy,

Filled with stories you enjoy

‘Again’, you ask with delight

Ready to hear more every night.

I love how you care

Asking about your brothers’ welfare.

At the same time you boss them around

Stepping your foot firmly onto the ground.

I adore your determination

And I look at you with admiration.

You dance, laugh, and play

Cry, nag, tease and sway.

You chatter, talk, squeak and sing

And with all this you do bring,

Colorful emotions to my heart.

I so pray we would never part.

Your will to live and thrive,

Like that flower which has strived

Out of the perched dry sand

And blossoming proudly as you stand,

Is what makes me blessed, joyful

And forever and ever grateful!

Rania Hussant – September 2017

Photo credit; rachahallakphotography

Working Mother’s Day with Chirine Ajouz

Chirine Ajouz Kabbara: Managing Partner at Est. F. Kabbara (kitchen and wardrobe supply company)


. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Just like any mother out there, I face the usual daily challenges that come with raising children in addition to the challenges that come with your outside job. The biggest challenges have been to find the right balance to make both worlds work in harmony. And in all honesty, the toughest challenge is finding time for yourself. But I have learnt that regardless of what’s going on, a mother needs time on her own to be able to give back to her family and work.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

My family is always my number one priority. I am lucky that I work for myself so it’s easier managing my home and work. I plan my work day and meetings in accordance to what I have going on at home. For example, I try not to take meetings after 3:00 in the afternoon during the school year as I choose to be at home with my children at that time. But that doesn’t always work out. My kids have learnt to rely on themselves more since a lot of the time I have to be out working. Basically you become a master at planning and juggling.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

For the first 3 years I had children. I was a stay at home mom and it was wonderful, but as my boys grew older and didn’t need me as much I felt I needed to go back to work. It was tough at first but my boys were so supportive. They started appreciating me more and they actually became more independent. It also helped me realize that it’s not the quantity of time we spend with our kids that matters but rather the quality. Going back to work has helped me fulfill myself as a woman. I am not just a mother at the end of the day, I am a woman, a person that needs fulfillment and self-actualization on all levels. It’s tougher out there for mothers because we are expected to balance it all and do great at it all. We do end up working on a somewhat even equilibrium between home and work but most of the days it’s not perfect and that’s OK. So yes I encourage every woman and mother especially to go after what she wants. It’s not going to be pretty all the time, but you can have both worlds.

Working Mother’s Day with dxbmommysjourney

Nilufar (dxbmommysjourney): Admin/HR executive and I blog/vlog as a hobby
. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

I forget my meal times and don’t get enough sleep, but I am happy with the first challenge though 🙂
. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

I do follow my strict plan and try my best to stick to it. Every minute plays a role for me, that’s why great time management and schedule are important. Weekdays are for work (for me) and education (for my son). Weekends are for partying around, not the actual party, but we have a rule of taking the most of the weekend to make up for the week. I do my house chores after 8 p.m. when my son is asleep, daily, in portions.
. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

Honestly, children are not meant to stop us, they are here to learn from us. As much they see hard working and dedicated parents that much they learn to set their own goals and dreams. I believe being a working mom is part of nurturing the child too. My mom was a working mom and I’ve seen her climbing the career ladder from being the teacher of the school and reaching the school director position, that gave me the belief of how strong and dedicated can one woman be, this is also a base for my independent and persuasive character. I always tell that my parents are the reason of my achievements, as a daughter I understand that my mom has nurtured my dedication and I thank her forever. Life is tough, we never know where we might end up, we need to be ready for all, if I wasn’t a working mom I would never survive after all I went through. That’s why we should never drop our dreams in favor of “raising children” because setting an example of achieving our own goals is part of nurturing our children. After all, time flies and kids end up being busy at schools with their own tough schedule of activities and friends living their own life.

Working Mother’s Day with working_mother_of_ 2

Haneen A Khzam: Senior Project Assistant & Small Business Owner

.What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Challenges are everywhere. You can’t be a working mom without challenges and everything else you hear is not true. The biggest challenge you’ll face is balancing your life as a mom/wife and as a business woman (no matter what business you’re in). Finding the time to do all is difficult and you’ll never say again “yes, that would be a convenient time” as you’re always tied up.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

What I try to do is achieve quality time with my family rather than quantity time (not that I have the quantity option though 🙂 ). Whenever I’m at home, I’m totally at home trying to use every single minute with my kids: playing, watching things they like, having picnics in the kitchen together, even when I need to cook for next day or bake them some brownies or cupcakes, they’ll be around helping. Also when I have deliveries for my small business, I take them along to try and squeeze every minute I can with them.
And then when I’m at work, I’m totally at work, doing what I’m good at and delivering my best.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

I can’t promise it’s easy! It’s going to be tough! You will have the mommy guilt forever! And you’ll always go to bed tired! But it’s all worth it.
If you’re able to manage a household and kids on your own, you’ll be able to manage a career/dream as well.
When you’re a working mom, you’re doing your kids a great favor.
You’re pursuing a role model to your little girl, that she can have it all in her future, she is strong and she can follow and achieve her dreams. That she is capable and unstoppable!
You are also being a role model to your son. You’re showing him that it’s okay for a woman to have it all. It’s okay for a woman to build a career/business and still manage her family. You’re showing him how strong women are! You’re making his future life with his wife and daughter smoother.
Not to mention, you’re doing it for them, to grant them a better life, education and peace of mind.
And guess what, they are both proud of you and look up to you. And no matter how many sad looks you get every morning you leave the house, they still love you to bits.

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Working Mother of 2

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Working Mother’s Day with dahliaphotography

Dahlia Khattar: Wife, Mother, and Photographer

.What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Since I do not work full time, the challenges I face as a working mom are relatively few. That said, what most women relate to is the usual struggle in trying to successfully juggle responsibilities as a mother along with that of a professional career. My dedication to motherhood and my work ethic are both at a 100%, hence sometimes I feel that there are not enough hours in the day to fulfill all this. Moreover, we all have obligations towards our partners, our homes, and even ourselves.
. How do you maintain work and daily life as a mom?

I try to maintain an equilibrium by always reminding myself that while I may execute my work professionally and wholeheartedly, my family life should always remain my priority. Being organized and having time management skills are key. For instance, I try to work as much as I can while my kids are either in school, doing activities, or asleep. This way I am able to stay fully engaged with my family when we are together. On that note, family support is also very crucial and I am so grateful that my husband and parents always pitch in when I need the help. A balanced family structure is all about teamwork.

.. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

My advice for moms is to never give up on their dreams, because it is an incredible feeling to be able to achieve one’s goals; and most importantly, it sets a great example for your little ones. Your children are always looking up to you and learning from you, so one should always try to be the best role model possible. I believe that women in general are built very tough and are innately great at multitasking. As I said before, nothing is impossible when you have a good schedule in place. Also, never forget to save a piece of your day for yourself to unwind and relax. After all, you are the glue that binds everyone and everything together, so go easy on yourself and don’t feel guilty for taking some personal time. You need to be able to take care of yourself and be at your best, in order to take care of others.