Get To Know Me

I asked you all to ask me questions through instagram for the relaunch of Jorlaska. There was a lot of technical issues in regards to the website which are now resolved and new things will be featured soon to showcase many journalistic writings, poetry, opinion articles and many other writing styles. But first, let’s answer some of your questions.

The most popular question was how am I?

At this current moment, while writing this post I am feeling wonderful, incredible! I have Spotify playing on the background and although the it is a shuffled, random playlist, the music is top tier. I have drank some coffee and set some goals for the future, maybe the next couple of months. I hope you all are feeling amazing as well!

The next popular question was what/ who is Jorlaska?

This has been the most anticipated question for years among family and friends. Jorlaska is I. I am Jorlaska. The name came around 5 or so years ago, when this blog was first created. It doesn’t have a meaning nor is it actually a word. It was derived from one of my favourite books, the first one to make me sob during a free period in 6th form. If you can guess the name of the book, you can have the opportunity to go on a coffee date with me, when we are released from lockdown. (UK only at the moment)

What is your favourite colour?

I am addicted to any shades of yellow. Shout out to a university friend who made me fall in love with this colour. Yellow brightens my day and reminds me there is always light if one remembers to turn on the light (see what I did). It reminds me of a new day, sunflowers and the beautiful complement I got from a co-worker. It is my soul!

Tell us one hilarious moment

I have many hilarious moments and they usually at my expense. There is a reason for this calmness and why i call myself clapt. I in no way think I am funny but my loved ones are always laughing at my “jokes”. They gas me up so much that I end up thinking I could make a career as a comedian. One day, I decided to take this new profound realisation and consciously make a joke in front of a stranger. As you probably guessed, this was a fail! The person looked at me like I had grown a third head in a matter of seconds.

How did you overcome the things you have been through?

The truth is I haven’t. I am still in the process of healing from the past. There are moments where I am back to where I begun. There is still pain and a lot of feeling nothing. However, the one thing I have realised that works in trying to overcome things, is to feel. Feel the anger, the hatred, the pain. Let it pass through you but don’t let it consume you. Let it go because there is hope that the sun will always rise again. Surround yourself with positivity, with a good support network and always take care of yourself.

Why did you take off your hijab?

Taking off my hijab was not a conscious effort so I don’t really have much of an answer to this question. I like to hope there will be a day where I put it back on but right now that day is not until the far future. During the time, I took the hijab, there was a few difficulties and changes that I went through in my daily life that eventually changed me as a person, including how I felt about my faith. And I think that is reflected in my decision to taking it off.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little more because I really enjoyed reading and answering your questions. If you want to learn more about me and be notified to future posts, you can subscribe below with your email. It will be very much appreciated.